Athlete Journal: Chris Duffin, Entry 37 – In Sickness and In Travel

Between work, kids in daycare, and a wife who’s a teacher, we’re always fighting sickness in our house during the winter. I also had a business trip last week but still got in my training.

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Athlete Journal, Entry 37 – In Sickness and In Travel

With two kids in daycare, an elementary school teacher wife, and managing a manufacturing facility interacting with lots of people, I’m pretty much sick all winter, every winter. Such is life. I missed a week in posting my training log, but I was indeed in the gym training. And I wasn’t even sick, in fact. Last week I picked up another cold from the kids right before flying out of town on business, of course.

SUNDAY (Early AM prior to flight. Fasted training USP labs style of course)

Warmup/Mobility 10min

Floor Press

45×10

135×5

225×5

315×5

365×5

405×1

I have to say my pressing ability is diminishing significantly with my weight loss and lack of focus on this movement. My best is 465×1. I need to step it up.

Dips

Bodyweightx12

Bodyweight+100×10,10,10

Grappler Shoulder Press

X10,10,10

Grappler Delt Raises

3 sets

SUNDAY – WEDNESDAY

Between flying and working, I think I only got in 3 meals during those 4 days. One day consisted of two pieces of jerky.

THURSDAY

I got back late Wednesday night. After 8 hours of flying with a cold I was not doing well Thursday morning. So I went home sick around noon. Of course my view of “medicine” is different than most…

Medium stand squat w/Buffalo bar

Barx10

135×5

225×5

315×5

405×3

495×2

545×9,8 – Not impressive but I was happy considering the circumstances.

AFS leg press 1-leg

190×16,16 per side

Leg Extension

Stack x 20,20,20

Band Leg Curls

#4×25,25,25

SATURDAY

I finally felt human today, at least in my head. The cold had moved to my chest and I was coughing up a bunch of mucus. But overall, I actually felt fabulous compared to the previous week.

Turkish Getups w/fat barbell

45×2

85×1

105×1

Deadlift off 4-5” blocks w/Hook Grip

135×5

225×5

315×3

405×1 – 20sec

495×1 – 20sec

605×1 – 10sec

705×1 – 5sec

765×1 – 5sec

765+50 chainx1 -5sec

765+150 chainx0

765+100 chainx1 -5sec

Tons of sled work, hitting my lats from all angles

Turkish Getups w/fat barbell

125×1

Arm Bars in high hip Turkish Get Up with Fat bar

195×5

SUNDAY

Rest!

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