Early workout today and it was a leg day. More times than not that can mean a rough one. Today was fantastic, however. Leg strength is going up nicely and I can officially go through the full range of motion on Sissy squats and calf work. I wouldn't call it pain-free, and you won't see me doing seated calves for a few more weeks, but no complaints at all...
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Note: This current program is based on the Alternate Phase 2 workout in http://www.x-workouts.com plus the 4X technique from http://www.x-workouts.com
Summary: Fantasitc workout all around. Quads, hams and calves pumped up nicely and the burn was deep. Pressing movements are still slow and cautious for legs, which is proving to be beneficial in more ways than just avoiding foot pain. My ankle seems to have full mobility again, along with much less pain when rolling up on my toes for calves as long as the weight is mostly over the big toe. My gastrocs could use the isolation anyway. The only troublesome area right now is grip strength. I went many years with gloves and utilizing straps on Stiff-legged deadlifts as well as on most back work. Since starting the 4X/SS routine I've abandoned both for the time being. Grip strength is coming along well enough, but I'll likely bring back just the straps for Stiff-leggeds at least so I can concentrate on hamstrings and lower back instead. With no direct forearm work on this routine, however, I've started to use an http://www.nsdpowerus.com/ to make sure I keep forearm size and especially strength. As an added benefit, any of the forearm issues I used to have seem to be completely gone.