Hello and happy pre-May. The Five by Five is my jive. Also I was just looking for another word that rhymes with five. But seriously, it keeps me alive. (oops, now I can’t stop.) Moving right along, the program is going great! I have been doing the 5 by 5 for about a month or more now, and I have progressed in strength in all the upper body compound movements.
Starting Point in bench press: 20 lbs with the Olympic bar
Progress up to date: 27 lbs with Olympic bar
Starting point in over head presses with bar bell: 40 lbs
Progress up to date: 45 lbs
Starting point in bar bell back rows: 40 lbs
Progress up to date: 50 lbs
Starting point in pull-ups: Dead hangs for 10 seconds
Progress up to date: Dead hangs for 20 seconds
What the heck is a dead hang? See here.
Other noted progression: On leg days, I will fit in a few push-ups to see if I am indeed getting stronger from the program. My push-up starting point was 20. Progress up to date is 22-25 repetitions. We are still doing the pull-up challenge at my sister’s home gym. I have increased one inch in pulling myself up to the bar. Slow and steady, but I feel I am getting there finally.
And in other breaking progress news….the best is yet to come…….
I DID ONE UNASSISTED CHIN-UP!! Deserving of bold caps because this exercise was also extremely difficult and felt impossible to achieve, however, I did it. This could only mean I am getting closer to achieving one unassisted pull-up!.
My favourite compound move is the over head bar bell press up. You know how T-Rex loves to see any development in shoulders:
Five by five and I will survive. I only want to strive. I promised I would stop rhyming didn’t I? Okay, I will only stop if I stop writing so I’m gonna go now and spare you nice people.