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Week 6 – My Jacked Journey
As you may have noticed, from reading the last few weeks of My Jacked Journey, I have had to play with my caloric intake a little bit as I was gaining weight too quickly after a certain point in my reverse diet. I also mentioned in past updates that I would probably not increase my fat intake throughout the rest of my bulk, however, I did. In the chart below you will notice that I have increased my fat intake by 10 grams and that my carbohydrate intake is no longer fluctuating.
Why more fats?
The reason for me to increase my fat intake was simple. For one, I was finding it extremely difficult to hit the higher number of carbs without going slightly over my fat requirements. And for two, although 10 grams may not seem like a huge different, at 50 grams of fat per day I still felt as if I was on a calorie restricted diet. However, at 60 grams per day, I feel I have more than enough wiggle room to enjoy my meals without having to restrict my fat intake. I am finding it a little easier to fit peanut butter into my diet these days, which I am certainly happy about.
Weight Gain Update
My average weigh in this week is 0.3 lbs higher than last weeks. Now, although that is slightly lower than my goal, I would much rather be slightly under than be dramatically over. For me, this was certainly a successful week in terms of weight gain.
Why and How to Deload?
Last week, for me, was a deload cycle where I performed an active recovery by decreasing my volume and intensity. I received enough questions about deloading that I figure I would write an entire article on the topic for anyone who asked.
How to Deload for Optimal Recovery and Strength Gains <== Click here
My Mudda Funkin’ Training Routine
As you can see in the chart above, this week’s heavy workout happened to be a push workout. And to be quite honest, I let me ego get the best of me. If you looks at My Jacked Journey Week 3, you will notice that my bench press was at 235 and I fell a little shy of hitting my numbers all the way through. With that said, it would have only made sense for me to slap on 235 and try again…and I did.
For the first set, I used 235, and hit 3 reps pretty easily. This is when my ego took over and threw on another 5 lbs. On set number 2, I hit my 3 reps…but I struggled a bit. This is when it hit me…I had let me ego get the best of me. As you will see in the chart below, I failed to hit my numbers and refused to lower the weight. Lesson learned.
On a lighter note, my deadlift has been increasing extremely fast. If you read My Jacked Journey week 5, you will have seen the huge jump I made in just a short 2 weeks. You also may have noticed in the video, I mentioned that even the heavier weight seemed a little light. With that said, I decided that I would use the same weight from my previous heavy day, on my medium day. As you can see in the chart below, I succeeded and was proud enough of that, that I chose to share it with you.
For my bench press, I think that I’ll stay at 240 and aim to hit my numbers at that weight before I add another pound. For the deadlift, I am going to aim for 315lbs x 3, before the year ends. I think this is certainly doable at the rate in which this lift is progressing, but the added accountability will certainly help.
No more weekly updates?
One more thing I wanted to mention was, the idea to bring down the frequency of these updates. At first, everyone was really excited and extremely involved by commenting and asking questions. However, that “hype” has whittled down to the point where these posts get very little interaction. My question to you is, would you rather see these updates once a month rather than once per week? Please let me know in the comment section below!
That about sums it up…
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