So I went back on the Monster, lifted a car and got to perform six shows in four days, I had an absolute blast.
I was worried about keeping the energy high for each performance so I needed that caffeine boost. The rule was one can of Monster an hour before the show, a cup of coffee 20 minutes before the show and a cup of coffee at intermission. That should be just about over the recommended daily allowance.
Did it help? You would have to ask the punters really, but it was my routine and I am sticking to it. The diet has largely stayed on track also, I look forward to eating now, with eggs and avocados for breakfast and oats for lunch. I do however feel I would be getting more results if i could get out running again, but my bloody calf keeps faltering me. I tried it again Saturday after a week of rest and 3 km in, it went again. Fool me once, fool me 6 times…..I am an idiot that just wants to get back running.
Diet wise its been generally good, with a focus on my protein intake, eggs and oats. Refraining from bread (with the exception of a Saturday night show closing pizza). Still no alcohol in the long long time, have I noticed much benefits, to be honest no. All though one guy came up and informed me I have a lovely glow. I was probably expecting to wide ranging changes with trying to lead a healthier more productive lifestyle. Largely I feel the same, just without the hangover, but now with added fomo.
So chest and back day generally follows the same pattern. This day was a tad bit different though. All though the mechanics were the same, the weight was a bit different. We seemed to be adding more weight each week. The incline bench sent a burning sensation through my shoulder and rotator cuff. I am very banged up in general at the moment, I wake up every morning struggling to genuinely move my index finger. Davy noticed my calf and tried to help with various stretches, but I felt like I was in a MMA fight and I started tapping. I started thinking hmmmm maybe yoga is the answer, what if I started eating meat again?
After we finished the workout, Davy brought me down to show me the car lift. He said I could easily be able to do it, the lift is more visual then it is testing. however when I tried it first I could not for the life of me budge it. It was more technique then anything, with my inflexibility not allowing me to get the power needed in the legs initially to get it up. Once I was able to sort that out after two unsuccessful attempts it was a breeze.
I need to talk to you about leg day. That was the first thing I said to Vinnie when entering the gym Tuesday. I was nervous about experiencing the dreading DOMs. Delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is muscle pain that begins after you’ve worked out. It normally starts a day or two after a workout. This was a concern of mine with the upcoming shows in the Watergate on the horizon. In the play I had to be very physical, loads of fluid moving and jumping on and off platforms. if my legs could not hold me up, it would effect the performance. Vinnie understood, after all he bought tickets to go see the show and wanted to watch it in all its full capacity. So thankfully, he took it easier on me, not easy, just easier. In fairness to him, he could tell my body was under duress from the very first leg press. Noting how my calf was having an impact in my lifts. We re-adjusted and got in some power squats, leg presses and hamstring curls. Testing the body but not pushing it passed the point of no return. I was grateful, I imagine it will come back to bite me in the ass on week 6 though.
I had to readjust from the normal routine and change the third workout to Friday as opposed to Thursday to accommodate the productions. By the time I hit the gym for shoulders I was four shows deep. I wanted to go it alone today and see if mentally I could keep pushing myself. So I followed the same routine Catherine had laid out for me the previous week. With supersets between machine and free weights for shoulders and then onto an arm circuit. I arm circuit, consists of 4 sets, two triceps and two biceps, and really help get the pump going. The Friday pump used to be a staple before hitting the town to show off arms, now with the lifestyle adjustment, it is strictly just because it needs to be done for balance.
I tried going for a run Saturday, then boom pulled my calf again. I feel that I need more cardio, not just for fitness but the re-calibration of the mind. Those runs genuinely allow me to re-set and rest. I love it and now I cannot do it. Its been a great week all things considered and some professional and personal advancements achieved, so i am grateful, coming up to Thanksgiving and all.
If you want to make a change, you can contact Davy on 0892528904 or email [email protected].