The other day a guy the Toronto Blue Jays drafted and spent about a million dollars on got suspended for 50 games because he tested positive for a banned stimulant, DMAA. He claimed he unknowingly ingested the banned substance because it was an ingredient in an over the counter product. I can't begin to know the motivations of a professional athlete so I can't really judge his actions other than to conclude he's a bit of a moron when it comes to protecting his ability to earn a living playing baseball.
I do wonder why pre-workout stimulants are so popular. Actually I don't, it's obvious they sell to those who want the instant gratification. The only question I have is, if one really needs to get hopped up on the latest designer stimulant just to train now, how are they possibly going to still be training in 10 or 20 years or for the rest of their life?
I hope they manage to find a way because there are alot of broken down, out of shape middle aged adults that talk about their glory days and plan to start getting in shape again someday. Speaking from experience, it's very hard to get back in the swing of things. My advice to those in the first phase of the love affair with the iron is to strike while the iron is hot but make sure you have a plan to sustain your effort for a lifetime. There's nothing to be gained in achieving goals now only to let them wither away because you burned out and stopped training.
For today's squat workout, I added the knee sleeves back in. Even though they add only a little extra support, they make a big difference in how solid my knees feel. As a result, the sets of 5 with my new working weight of 350 felt pretty good. Which was a surprise since I felt like dog doo-doo today. I was supposed to make this session in the morning but when I woke up, despite sleeping 8 hrs, I felt terrible and went back to sleep. I still didn't feel great this evening but sucked it up and trained anyways.
Light deadlifts felt fine, I added in a set of 5 shrugs at the end of my deadlift sets since I was using straps today. Finished up with a set of poundstone curls and increased my reps to 60. Slowly sneaking up on the goal of 100 reps.
Squats: 135x10, 225x5, 275x5, add belt, 315x5, 350x5x4 sets
Deadlifts: 315x5, 405x3, 465x3, 465x3, 405x1, super-setted with barbell shrugs
Barbell Shrugs: 315x5, 405x5, 465x5, 465x5
The extra time under tension made a big difference as my core really felt it by the time I finished each set of 5 shrugs.
Poundstone Curls: 45x60 reps