Had a 'sleepy workout' today. Probably cuz it's the last day of my split, but still I'm one of those folks who likes to max out in the gym whenever possible. Makes me feel I've really earned my rest days. Managed to PR on single-leg leg press and lying leg curl, so that's actually good, but just didn't feel the usual pump. Oh well, tomorrow's a new day. And now it's time for me to rest, knowing that I did my best with the energy I did have.
I work in Orthopedic Surgery, where we see lots of people with sports-related injuries, sometimes lifters who overestimate their abilities or push too hard too fast. It makes me respectful of my temporary limits. Yes, I aim high and heavy. At the same time, the most important aspect of what I'm doing in the gym is really feeling what I'm doing. I love that mind-muscle connection, baby!
The flip side is seeing patients who have led sedentary lifestyles, or are smokers, and I see how much harder it is for them to bounce back from an injury. And that is more motivation to lift heavier, eat smarter, and run faster. I only have one life to live in this body and damn if I'm not going to enjoy it!
Side note: Romanian Deadlift, now that is a strange exercise. I know it is supposed to hit your hams, but I feel like it does very little for my hams. (Anyone out there feel like they've mastered it/care to enlighten me?)