The Quest To Be Decent Part 3

As predicted in Part 2, I nailed the Dips. I focused on three exercises today.

  1. Dips – Have I mentioned how much I loathe high repetition training? But I really want to be Decent, so I needed to hit 20 reps. After completing the 20 reps, I grabbed a weight belt and resumed my low-rep weighted dips.
  2. Bench Press – My only Decent bench press was back in May 2007. I’m more of a incline dumbbell guy, so I’m just starting to revisit the classic flat barbell bench press. Today I benched my weight (200) for 3 reps. Since I work out in a Glitter Gym, it will be tough finding someone to spot me as I approach 225.
  3. Skull Crusher – Added 5 more pounds to this ridiculous exercise. I’ve already hit Decent and think that Good is possible by spring.

My 2008 Training Scorecard is now 7/12 Decent. Looking at the table I’m guessing it will be several weeks before I hit another Decent milestone. However, my first Good score is within reach on the Pull-Ups.

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2 thoughts on “The Quest To Be Decent Part 3”

  1. Hey Michael, are you sure you want to continue to do these exercises you loathe, find ridiculous or decide whether you are strong by someone else’s rules? Is it a satisfaction initiative?

  2. It is a Quest, it shouldn’t be easy or comfortable.

    Most of the exercises I have no problem with. I diss high-rep training, but doing every now and then isn’t going to hurt me.

    The only 2 exercises I’m concerned about are the squat and deadlift. My back injury of 2007 still haunts me. I will take these very slowly and not sacrifice safety.

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