Water Weight and Living in Vegas - Updates!

I’ve been home in Toronto for about a week now, and I’m starting to feel like myself again.  Hydrated, eating properly, gradually get back onto a reasonable sleep schedule.  I remember when I got to Vegas back in June 2011, within a week I was super happy with my body, and a few days after that, felt like I’d put on 10lbs.  The same thing happened this year - the first week was awesome, and then I gained a ton of weight very quickly (and not from food or a lack of working out - I maintain my lifestyle while I’m away). 

Now that there’s a pattern, I can see that we’re probably just dealing with water.  It’s the desert, where your sweat evaporates immediately, the tap water is sketchy and the sun is very hot.  Year after year, I’m arriving at whatever fitness level I happen to be at, becoming completely dehydrated within a few days (thereby looking temporarily fantastic), and then bloating up as I start retaining water hardcore. 

I’m in the midst of Shark Week at the moment as well, but once that’s done with, I’ll be doing an official mid-summer weigh in to see where I’m really at and determining how best to get where I want to go.  Nick will be home next week and is planning a cutting phase for himself, so maybe I’ll coincide with that (it’s always easiest when we’re aligned nutritionally), but we’ll see.

Also hope to be squatting again by the end of the month! Cannot. Wait.

Muscle Gain 07.02.12: Legs

Flying home from Vegas tomorrow morning, so I didn’t want to really crush a leg workout (too much time will be spent sitting on a plane stiffening up), but did some basics.  Looking forward to a session with Justin later this week when I get home!

Tracked a workout for 592 pts
  • Leg Press:
    • 70 lb x 20 reps (+25 pts)
    • 100 lb x 15 reps (+27 pts)
    • 130 lb x 15 reps (+30 pts)
    • 160 lb x 12 reps (+32 pts)
    • 175 lb x 8 reps (+31 pts)
  • Dumbbell Bulgarian Split Squat:
    • 20 lb x 20 reps (+65 pts)
    • 20 lb x 20 reps (+65 pts)
    • 20 lb x 20 reps (+65 pts)
  • Dumbbell Lunges:
    • 20 lb x 10 reps (+42 pts)
    • 20 lb x 10 reps (+42 pts)
    • 20 lb x 10 reps (+42 pts)
    • 20 lb x 10 reps (+42 pts)
    • 20 lb x 10 reps (+42 pts)
    • 20 lb x 10 reps (+42 pts)

Muscle Gain 06.30.12: HIIT

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Tracked a workout for 383 pts
  • Running (treadmill):
    • 0:12:30 || 10.2 mph (+383 pts)
    • 8 x 30sec intervals @10.2mph

Spent all day yesterday hiking/rock climbing/bouldering up Red Rock Canyon near Calico Basin.  Can’t seem to figure out exactly which peak we climbed, but looks like we gained about 1,500ft in elevation.  Had my friend Dylan (an experienced climber) to strategize and talk us through some of the tougher spots (and there were a few…)

Fun fact: If one of your companions gets stuck on the way down, the police send a completely dreamy rescue guy and a helicopter.  Just saying.

Tracked a workout for 1,725 pts
  • Rock Climbing:
    • 3:00:00 || bouldering (+1725 pts)

Muscle Gain 06.28.12: Upper Body + Cardio

Felt really unfocused today.  Did some chest and some shoulders, and some kettlebell stuff, then cycled for 30min.  Hit the water spa afterwards for a little hot tub, cold plunge and steam room time.  I need to do a leg workout asap - likely tomorrow.

Tracked a workout for 729 pts
  • Incline Dumbbell Bench Press:
    • 20 lb x 12 reps (+64 pts)
    • 25 lb x 10 reps (+64 pts)
    • 25 lb x 10 reps (+64 pts)
    • 25 lb x 10 reps (+64 pts)
  • Seated Dumbbell Shoulder Press:
    • 25 lb x 10 reps (+36 pts)
    • 25 lb x 8 reps (+34 pts)
    • 25 lb x 8 reps (+34 pts)
    • 25 lb x 8 reps (+34 pts)
  • Two-Arm Kettlebell Swing:
    • 35 lb x 15 reps (+41 pts)
    • 35 lb x 15 reps (+41 pts)
    • 35 lb x 15 reps (+41 pts)
    • 35 lb x 15 reps (+41 pts)
  • Cycling (stationary):
    • 0:30:00 || 7.2 mi (+171 pts)

Dinner last night at Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio.  The only other WP restaurant I’ve been to was Spago on Maui, and this one certainly didn’t live up to that, but it was still perfectly fine.  I do love me some pork tenderloin, and this one was very tasty.  Protein FTW :P

Muscle Gain 06.26.12: Back + HIIT

No barbells at the fitness centre in my building to really do deadlifts, so I focused on some smaller (yet no less important) back exercises instead.  Realized 2min into my HIIT that I hadn’t eaten in about 6 hours, but pushed through and then crushed a complimentary apple and two protein shakes immediately afterwards.

Probably taking tomorrow off, then legs on Thursday :)

Tracked a workout for 889 pts
  • Pull-Up:
    • 8 reps || assisted || 80 lb (+2 pts)
    • 8 reps || assisted || 80 lb (+2 pts)
    • 8 reps || assisted || 80 lb (+2 pts)
  • Seated Cable Row:
    • 70 lb x 12 reps (+36 pts)
    • 85 lb x 12 reps (+39 pts)
    • 85 lb x 12 reps (+39 pts)
    • 85 lb x 12 reps (+39 pts)
  • Cable Rope Rear-Delt Rows:
    • 20 lb x 10 reps (+11 pts)
    • 20 lb x 10 reps (+11 pts)
    • 20 lb x 10 reps (+11 pts)
  • Rack Deadlift:
    • 90 lb x 12 reps (+47 pts)
    • 140 lb x 12 reps (+67 pts)
    • 160 lb x 10 reps (+74 pts)
    • 180 lb x 10 reps (+85 pts)
  • Weighted Hyperextension:
    • 25 lb x 12 reps (+12 pts)
    • 25 lb x 12 reps (+12 pts)
    • 25 lb x 12 reps (+12 pts)
  • Running (treadmill):
    • 0:15:00 || 2.4 mi (+388 pts)
    • 10 x 30sec intervals at 10.2mph

This has been my breakfast most mornings since arriving in Vegas: 1½ jumbo eggs, ½ cup egg whites (scrambled in coconut oil), 30g avocado, 2 slices of turkey bacon and some Trader Joe’s roasted tomato salsa :)

This has been my breakfast most mornings since arriving in Vegas: 1½ jumbo eggs, ½ cup egg whites (scrambled in coconut oil), 30g avocado, 2 slices of turkey bacon and some Trader Joe’s roasted tomato salsa :)

Trampoline Dodgeball

Just saying… super fun and really hard work!  Too bad Fitocracy doesn’t have an option for trampolining…

  • Dodgeball:
    • 1:30:00 || just for fun (+306 pts)
    • on trampolines… (at Sky Zone)