Friday, 22 June 2018

Changing directions

It's been a while since my last post; and it had been a while before that one since my last too.
Every time I tell myself that I will make a better effort to get on here and track things, even if it is just for me and no other soul ever sees it, but I've been pretty shit at it.
So no promises, but here is hoping that this is the start of more regular training blog content.

So what does training look like at the moment?
Honestly? It's been pretty varied for a while now. Back in October I hurt my shoulder at Jiu Jitsu, after landing awkwardly from a throw, which meant I couldn't do a lot of stuff in the gym.
I battled on through for a while but in February I made the decision to start the process and get it checked out.
Turns out I had damaged my AC Joint. We tried a steroid injection to calm it down but that did nothing so the eventual decision was surgery.
This happened of April 4th, and since I have been on a comeback trail.

In between injury and surgery I started to vary my training. Olympic lifting was becoming more and more difficult with the pain, and other strength lifts too, so I started creating my own thing and blending loads of different training with the aim of becoming a bit fitter, less fat, stronger blah blah blah all the usual stuff.

Since surgery it has been kind of the same but limited. I haven't been able to bench press, dip, push up or do much overhead work.
It is slowly getting better to the point that I can overhead press and do push ups ok, but bench press and dips are still difficult or impossible depending on the day.
Working around it I have been doing a mix of hypertrophy type work, circuits, and lots of conditioning. This is purely to stop me being bored, but I've also really enjoyed it.

Now that I am back to almost full health I intend to continue on a similar path. I am deciding between following either Power Athlete HQ's program Field Strong; a mix of strength lifts, dynamic movement and conditioning for field sports athletes, or some of the Gym Jones programming.
My first exposure to Gym Jones was through Steve Kowalenko (@virtus_strength on instagram), my old colleague at Reach Fitness, and after looking over a load of his workouts recently I asked him some questions, went on the site and I feel like it's right up my street.
Heavy compound strength work, bodybuilding accessories and loads of brutal conditioning.
That's what I'm after right now; a mixed up program ticking a load of boxes but that I can just turn up and do without any fuss or planning.

So that's the plan.
Gym Jones "Today In The Gym" daily workouts, with 2-3x BJJ sessions a week as well.
Normally doing this twice a week but I want to do more, especially with my first competition coming up in July.

There we go, back up to date and with a plan of action.

Today what have I done:
Morning - HIT Strength Class @ Underground Gym Newhaven. I coach this class and we had odd numbers so I decided to join in.
Will also be doing a 2nd session this evening with a client of mine to get some extra work in and vacate my noisy mind for another hour.

Til Monday.

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