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Aspic and Jell-O and Marmalade… Oh, My
Are you familiar with aspic? It’s like a savory Jell-O mold, and while I’ve never eaten an aspic dish in my life (perhaps I should?!), I feel pretty confident labeling it “unappetizing” or “not a chance.” (Fascinated by the technicolor of aspic? Take a lookie at these images.)
Why, you might ask, am I even mentioning aspic? Is it a new paleo recipe path to explore?
I bring up aspic — and its sweet twin Jell-O, along with their cousins marmalade, jam, and jelly — because it’s been a mere 90 minutes since I finished my workout at the gym, and my legs are already feeling gelatinous.
As I mentioned yesterday, I’m shaking things up at the gym this week and doing workouts that include a heavy set with the barbell, followed by higher volume, lighter weight work on exercises I don’t usually include in my routine. It’s challenging mentally and physically. Yesterday was all about upper body and today, it was my legs’ turn.
Here’s what I did…
back squat, 5X6: 115#, 95#, 95#, 95#, 95#
back extensions, 4X11
handstand practice — accumulated 3:00 of handstands against the wall
It was a whole bunch of stuff I’ve never (or rarely) done, and it was mentally tiring, as well as physically challenging.
No surprise, my back squats really suffered from not lifting a barbell for about two months. As you can see above, I started optimistically at 115#, but dropped the weight to 95# on subsequent sets so I could get low… which made me think of the song “We Get Low” from The Dead 60’s.
I suspect the “rear foot elevated split squats” are to blame for the wobbliness of my legs right now. I’ve had a notoriously difficult time with those suckers in the past, but today, they were nice and controlled. And nice and hard. I fear tomorrow morning. And let’s not even talk about the hanging knee raises, OK? Just no.
Back extensions. They’re like a kick in the teeth: uncomfortable during and after, shocking in their brutality.
And there you have it: day two of being back at the gym. Despite my grim recap, the discomfort was comfortable, and I’m feeling good. Energized. Accomplished. And yes, gelatinous.
Have you ever eaten or made aspic? Tell us about it!