So, how are you “wired”? Here’s another aspect to consider when mapping a training plan. As one becomes more adept at “reading” one’s own body — and now we’re digging down to some serious n=1 activity — is determining one’s physio-psychological make-up. Charles Poliquin uses the analogy of the Five Elements, or the five physical types described in Chinese medicine. I think this is a fine analogy, so long as we resist the urge to “categorize completely and wholly”. As is the case with astrology — stick with me here, I’ve not completely stumbled away from my gourd! — purity of type (sign, element, ect.) simply does not exist. People can be “heavy” in one aspect or another — predominantly influenced by this element or that — to be sure, though, the human personality is more an alloy than a pure element; the n=1 challenge being to tease-out that predominant element in one’s own (or your client’s own) make-up. I think it’s also important to note as well, the fact that no one is absent any “element”. Diminished or understated, yes; each aspect, though, is present in every trainee — the matter of degree is what we’re searching for.
Of course, if you’re put off by all of this “touchy-feely” stuff, we can just agree that people are wired differently and respond to a given protocol rather uniquely. Many times “non-responders” or “hardgainers” simply have not coupled their “elemental make-up” with the right modality. Remember, few things in physical culture can be taken as absolutes — other than that there are no absolutes. By cultivating a healthy n=1, pioneering attitude though, (embracing the “wood” aspect), one will eventually lock-on to a modality that fits.
Tuesday’s training –
An evening session this go-around. One advantage for working out in the evening is that my CNS is fully “awake”; no matter how much I warm up in the morning, my CNS is just not ready to fully blow-and-go. Of course, working out first thing in the AM has multiple advantages in its own right — the biggest being that “life” is less likely to bump a workout. There’s a give and take to everything in life, and each person’s “optimum workout window” is no different.
About a 20-minute fixie ride to warm-up — “warm-up” being the understatement of the day; damn, it’s friggin’ hot out lately.
Superset fashion with these two –
clean-grip low pulls: 225 x 3, 3; 245 x 3; 255 x 3; 265 x 3, 3, 3, 3
weighted dips: 45 x4; 80 x 3; 90 x 3; 95 x 3; 100 x 3, 3, 3, 3
Followed by another superset here –
barbell muscle-up: 135 x 4, 4, 4
straight bar muscle-up (the pull-up variety): bodyweight x 3, 2, 2
…and then, some Nautilus 4-way Neck work: front and each side – 50 lbs 10 each; rear – 60 lbs x 10
Finished-up with a nice fixie sprint home to some damn fine leftovers — grass-fed eye of chuck being the main player. Meal porn to follow.