I set ten week goals on the following lifts:
RDL – 150kg x 6
Hack Squat – 4 plates x 8
DB Floor Press – 55kg x 8
Up until 4 weeks ago, I was on track and confident about crushing the goals I set myself.
While they were ambitious, they were well within sight.
However, life got in the way, and it didn’t quite pan out like I’d hoped for. Out of the three goals, I only got the RDL, which came as a nice surprise during the last workout before the trip.
So What Happened?
I wanted to get the maximum amount of body fat off before the shoot.
The morning after, I did 15 minutes of HIIT with 60 minutes of LISS.
I knew that day I shouldn’t have done the cardio, but I didn’t listen to my body.
The next day I dropped 1.5kg overnight. Two days later I dropped another kilo.
This wasn’t body fat. Now I was tapping into precious muscle mass, and I was done.
I walked into the gym and lost 3 reps on everything. Everything felt like a ton of bricks, and after failing spectacularly on the hack squat, I walked out mid way through and took a full week off training. I needed it badly.
The Lesson Learned?
You can’t outsmart your body. When your body is giving you feedback, listen to it. As soon as my eyes started twitching and my sleep quality went into the gutter, I should’ve backed off then.
their motivation and ability to apply high levels of focused intensity can be their downfall.
This experience reaffirmed to me something I’ve learnt the hard way again and again, which is that stress is stress, and your body can’t differentiate between stresses in your life.
While my diet and cardio set up weren’t extreme by any stretch, the stress of the calorie deficit coincided with a sudden surge in stress in both my business and personal life.
This simultaneous increase and ultimate culmination in stresses all at once eventually just caused shut down.
Let’s hope I don’t make this mistake again. This has taught me to become more in sync with my body, pay attention to biofeedback and know that sometimes, less is more!