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Leg workout and NPC West Texas Classic

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We had a great weekend at the NPC West Texas Classic in Lubbock, Texas.  But, before I get into that I need to report on my training.  My legs are still burning as I sit here typing! 

Last week I was very inspired by Diana.  One day she was pressed for time during her leg workout and decided to speed up the process by doing 2 sets of 50 reps on the leg press, rather than her usual 4 sets of 15.  She said her legs were on fire and were sore for days.  So, I decided to try a leg workout that I haven’t done in probably a decade.  10 or 11 years ago I got on a kick where I did sets of 100 reps with 450 lbs on the leg press.  My buddies got wind of it and for a while it was a weekly running contest to see who could get the most reps with 450.  The most I ever did was 127 reps in one set, but I haven’t done that workout for probably about 10 years.  So, last Monday I posted on Facebook that I was going to atttempt a set of 100 reps with 450 lbs on the leg press.  I figured that would put extra pressure on me to not wimp out, as people would want to know how many reps I did.  I started with 90 lbs for a set of 20 and added 90 lbs each set until I got to 45o.  At 540 lbs I dropped it back to sets of 10 and contiued to add 90 lbs per set until I reached 810 for 10 reps.  Then I pulled 4 plates off of each side to leave me 450 lbs on the leg press machine.  I got psyched up and went for it.  At about 45 reps my legs were burning like crazy, but no way I was going to stop!  When I got to 60 I knew there was no possible way I was going to get to 100, but I had to crank out some more reps.  I just kept telling myself, “just 5 more”! At 75 there was nothing left and it was all I could do to push weight up high enough to re-rack it.  Disappointed that I didn’t get to 100, I imposed a “penalty set” on myself.  I rested for about 5 minutes and hit it again.  About 30 reps into the set I realized that I wasn’t wearing my Amourbite mouthpiece and was wondering if it would make any difference.  I racked the weight at 65 reps.  I went back to my office and pulled out my Armourbite.  Out of morbid curiosity I had to do another set.  As fried as my legs were at that point, I still cranked out a third set of 60 reps!  I followed that we 4 sets of squats, 4 sets of leg curls and 5 sets of standing calf raises (I could barely keep my legs straight).  Needless to say, my legs were still sore on Friday.

My client showed up unexpectedly and I had to get back to work.  Trained clients for 5 straight hours.  Now I have to get to dinner with some friends. 

To be continued tomorrow!

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