New Tactics

I’ve noticed my blog is slowing down a bit, probably because my general bad health has meant my training volume has declined. Although I fully intend tomorrow to herald another full week of training, I will need to develop some new tactics if I am to maintain intensity without damaging myself further.

When it comes to weight-training, I tend to work quite heavy. Too heavy, most the time, without enough of a warm-up. This is clearly not a good thing and is often the result of being in a hurry. So, to start with, I’m going to start doing at least half a dozen warm-up sets before each working set, of which I will do only a couple.

Instead of working at around a 5-rep maximum*, as I tend to, I will start working around 10-reps instead. Not only will this reduce the stress on my joints, it will also help develop a degree of endurance for the various sports in which I am partaking. At the moment, my elbow is the biggest issue, so I will attempt to avoid exercise that place too much pressure on that joint – like flyes, which pull the elbow out to the side. Although presses do compact the elbow to an extent, lighter presses should be fine and should help re-develop my coordination, which is gradually slipping due to low-rep sets.

I believe my biggest problem at the moment is a high training volume and lack of recovery. Not only do I have a pitiful average calorie intake (which means I’m constantly running on little energy and have very little available for recovery), I’m also trying to balance so many different things at once that my body simply doesn’t have time to recover. Not wanting to drop anything, however, I have no choice to do spread my training out…

All of the above seems obvious in principle but, when actually trying to fit training into everyday life, it’s really not easy to spot when you’re doing too much of it!

Anyway, enough of the boring rambling and back to enjoying my last day of rest!

The plan for next week:

Monday Morning: legs training.
Monday Evening: boxing.

Tuesday Morning: chest and back training

Wednesday Morning: Tradex community day at the Belfry.
Wednesday Evening: wrestling

Thursday: biceps and triceps training.

Friday Morning: 7km run, shoulders and traps training
Friday Afternoon: street party for the Royal Wedding.

Saturday Morning: band practise
Saturday Afternoon: record album with Gay Bum

Sunday Morning: BBQ in London
Sunday Evening: playing a Gay Bum gig at 229 Club, Great Portland Street.

*A weight I can only lift 5 times, which is roughly equivalent to 85% of the weight I can lift only once.

About the Author
Ed Gamester is a silly man who lives in the United Kingdom. He is the harbinger of Ghost Squad, singer of Gay Bum and author of A Rum Run Awry. He fights, kills and dies for TV and films, and gallivants around the place wrestling, drinking and lifting things for glory and profit. Where Ed treads, there stamp the boots of the Guild. Ed does not wear glasses, but feels this photograph makes him look more intelligent and artistically talented than he is. Feel free to contact him: he is disappointingly affable.

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