As I’m relatively new to the gyming world, I felt it would be a good idea to track my progression through the blog. As you are all aware, athletics is a big passion of mine. So the whole gym side of things comes hand in hand. This project was meant to start a while back but certain circumstances have led me to postpone it until now.
It has to be taken into account that I’m not technically allowed to do bodybuilding type workouts, as this would hinder my speed. Unfortunately, no glamour muscles will be worked on! My training gym wise is very much tailored for speed and power as opposed to gaining copious amounts of size. All my movements are fast and incorporate as much strength as possible in relation to speed. Taking this into account, the more weight I gradually lift will generally mean putting on a reasonable amount of muscle mass. So, although I’m not a bodybuilder my body will change with the increased muscle I will hopefully put on. This progression will be tracked through this section of the blog through photos.
I currently have two gym sessions a week, plus a separate circuit session which I will write about in the coming weeks. Both gym sessions will be recorded each week and I will be writing my progression through this section of the blog. In time, videos will be incorporated and photos of my workout. This will allow you to live the progression with me and see how I develop through the blocks each month.
Currently, I’m on week 12 of my 10-14 week block of pre-season training. The difference from week 1 to now has been drastic. The whole concept of ‘noobie gains’ has really hit the front and I’ve gained strength throughout my whole body, particularly my legs. An example of this can be seen in my weighted hip lifts. Week 1-4 saw me lifting between 40-60kg for 6-8 reps. Currently, I’m lifting 100-110kg for 6-8 reps. All this has been achieved through progressive overloading. Each week, the weight has been increased a little bit at a time – usually averaging a 5kg increase – depending on the exercise and how I am feeling. Obviously, the chance of a 5kg increase each week will slowly decrease as my weight increases on each exercise, but for now I’m happy to keep progressing up until I find myself levelling off. Once this occurs, I will re-evaluate my training and look to stay consistent and increase my strength again over longer periods of time.
Week 12 Stats:
Weight – 67.8kg
Weighted Hips Lifts – 8×3 for 110, 115, 115 kg
Barbell Step Up – 8,8,6 reps for 40, 45,47.5 kg
Walking Lunge (Dumbells) – 8, 8, 6 reps for 17.5 kg
RDL (Romanian Dead Lift) – 10×3 for 40 kg
Jammer Press – 8×3 for 25 kg
All other exercises completed were bodyweight exercises