Dealing with Dissapointment
I am a big fan of weight lifting. It has a lot of benefits, my favorite of which is gaining muscle and looking good. To optimize muscle gain I switch up my routine every two to three months. Today I switched back from dumbbell bench press to barbell bench press. I haven’t done BB bench since mid July. Since BB bench press is the standard for measuring strength I was curious to see what kind of gains I had made since July. Honestly I don’t remember how much I was benching then, so I was just hoping to put up some good numbers today.
I was somewhat optimistic and decided to try benching 255 pounds for my first set. I was hoping for 6 reps which would mean my projected max bench press would be 301 lbs. I would have been satisfied with 4 or 5 though. So how many times was I able to bench 255? Twice!
I wasn’t shocked that I couldn’t get 6 reps but only two reps?! Needless to say I was disappointed. I know that during my weight loss I had also lost some muscle, but last time I did BB bench I remember my projected max was 290 lbs. I can’t believe my projected max dropped further to 270 when I though I was getting stronger.
So what do I do now? Some people when faced with disappointment give up and quit. Not me. I will double my efforts and try new strategies. It is very difficult to keep all of your muscle while dropping weight. Now that I am within 4 pounds of my ideal weight I can afford to start drinking protein shakes. I will make sure I get more sleep and try a few new techniques I heard about. I honestly think that just adding a post workout protein shake and the end of dieting will make a huge difference in my lifting. Soon I will be benching 300 no problem.