I haven't been slacking with training the last couple of months, I just haven't been posting regularly like I should. I've been working on launching my personal training business specializing in 30-minute workouts. I'm calling this Training With Thomas, and you can find more info, before and after photos, etc, by clicking on the link.
As to my own training, after following a bodybuilding-style template for too long on too little calories, I sort of slid backwards in terms of strength. I was inspired after listening to a Pavel Tsatsouline interview to get back to a decent level of strength (for me) in a way that wouldn't aggravate my problematic tendonosis.
I'll be doing one movement for 10 sets of 5 reps, increasing by 5 pounds every week until I can't get 10 sets. At that point I'll stick with that particular weight for 2-3 weeks to see if I can push to 10 and start the process over. If not, I'll switch movements.
In each session I'll then do a secondary exercise (if I feel like I need it) for an additional 3-5 sets of no more than 12 repetitions. This may be a bit more of an isolation exercise or it may be another compound movement--I haven't really refined this block of training yet.
Here is today's "chest/shoulders/triceps" training:
Incline Bench Press @ 175 x 10 x 5 -- these are still light by the 10th set but in a couple of weeks I will be grinding.
Dips in "L" sit @ bodyweight x 5 x 12 -- easy until the last set.
Oddly enough, a portly gentleman who was watching my bench warm up and early sets came up behind me and made as if to spot me on my third of ten sets. He said, "Go ahead!" with his hands under the bar. The weird thing is, I wasn't struggling and didn't ask for his help. When I racked the weight I said, "Thanks, man," and I felt very confused.
I'm looking around me thinking, did anyone else see how weird that was? Ultimately I concluded that if he thought he was doing a good deed, there was no harm in it. However, the aftermath of that interaction could have gone a lot of different ways.
You know what they say about unsolicited advice? The same applies to the unsolicited spot.