Well, I'm back to a #bodypartsplit
for the time being. It has been a few years since I last had a #chestday
, et cetera. I'm still pursuing my deadlift goal of 405, and I know it puts me at cross-purposes somewhat to pursue a strength goal in the midst of a bro-split, which is usually used for bodybuilding goals. I think it will be okay, though.
But I'll tell you, I needed a break from full-body. Whether using concurrent, upper-lower, or PPL, what I missed was being able to just POUND A MUSCLE GROUP INTO SUBMISSION again. Is this wise? Is this elevated? Is it "optimal"? Perhaps not. Perhaps hitting each twice a week permits higher protein synthesis. But there is more to the overall equation than protein synthesis, and bodypart splits are time-tested. Plus, sometimes you need to go back to basics to remember what you loved about something.
But where does that leave me? With bodybuilding goals and methods, I feel like I will always be weak and small. Bodybuilding goals use higher rep ranges; its hard to feel like I'm really doing anything when I have to incline bench press 95# for three sets of ten (after flat benching a 5x5; never mind how heavy). This is funny because this recurrent feeling is why I moved away from bodybuilding goals. I.e., I feel much stronger deadlifting 320 than I do incline-benching 95. Of course, concurrent had its volume day with lower weights. So I don't know. The mind plays tricks on itself.
Regardless, I'm still adjusting to the much-higher level of frequency (5 days a week instead of three) and to using my home gym more. Once I get bumper plates and can deadlift at home, I feel like certain doors will be opened. Wish me luck.
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