Iron vs Bodyweight: Week 3 Recap

Jak and I have decided to do a 3 month challenge -starting May 18, 2018 and ending August 10, 2018-  where we will compare the differences between doing weight training (J.Nyx) and bodyweight exercises (Jak).  Each Friday we will share our results, what changes we’re going to make to our respective programs, and specific benefits/issues we come across.

Alright ladies and gents, Week 2 is all wrapped up and below we’ll cover the results!  If you are not subscribed to our site and wish to receive our weekly newsletter covering topics about the challenge not being discussed here, be sure to enter your email in the subscribe section at the top right of this page.

Let’s dig in!

Jak’s Stats: Week 3 (Bodyweight Training)

Measurements (Starting Point ⇒ Current)

  • Chest measurements – 39.75 in ⇒  40 in
  • Bicep measurements (relaxed) – 13.75 in ⇒ 14 in  
  • Waist/Hip measurements – 39 in / 41.25 in ⇒ 37 in / 40 in

Most of this week has been spent preparing for finishing up my TKD testing tomorrow -paperwork and such- so less time has been spent to working out.  That doesn’t mean I haven’t been working out, just haven’t been going at it as hard as I was the last few weeks.  Will get back on it after Saturday when I can finally put all this testing business behind me.

That being said, I’m still pleased with the results of this week.  I’ve lost another 1/4 inch around my waist while everything else has remained the same.  Looking forward to what kind of results next week will bring when I can focus on killing it once again.

Also, for shits and giggles, I went to one of those health kiosks last weekend and did a full health screening just to see how it stacked up with my weekly measurements and pics.  Here’s what it showed:

Weight: 205 lbs

BMI: 27.77

Body Fat: 23.19%

Blood Pressure: 114/77

Pulse: 72

My blood pressure has dropped probably 10 points on both the top and bottom numbers since I last went to one of those kiosks (many, many months ago) along with my pulse.  Would like to get both lower, but this confirms I’m on the right path.

J. Nyx’s Stats: Week 3 (Bodybuilding)

Baseline                                                   Week 3

Measurements (Starting Point ⇒ Current)

  • Chest measurements -41.5 in ⇒ in 41.75in (no change)
  • Bicep measurements (relaxed) –15.25in ⇒ 15.75in
  • Waist/Hip measurements -33in/35in ⇒ 31in/34.5in

As stated last week, June is my month I’m going crazy.  7 days a week in the gym and diet has been on point.  I’m not lifting all 7 days (Sunday is a cardio only day) but all in all I’ve upped my training time to 2 hours a day + cardio.

I feel good, I’ve lost an inch my waist 1/2 inch around my hip, and my biceps grew.  I’m seeing a difference in this 7 day training.  My muscles are sore, I’m tired, but I also feel like I’m getting to the best shape of my life.  Quitting the booze helped my fat loss so much.   I’m starting to feel lean now.  The extra volume I think is helping as I’ve added more accessory work as well.  With all this extra lifting, I don’t want it going to waste, so I’m doing a protein shake for breakfast (3 scoops!), 8 oz lean ground chicken with 2 eggs, and at minimum 10 oz protein (pork, fish, or chicken) with 2 cups spinach (need SOME carbs.)

I’m going to go hard until the week of July 4th (My vacation week, though I’ll still be lifting even on those days)  then continue to get leaner and more cut until this winter’s CLEAN bulk season starts.  This winter I plan on a small surplus of calories (around 3oo cals over TDEE) but a full on assault of volume.

Trust the Process


-J. Nyx

Author: Jnyx

Fitness addict, DIY guru, tech nerd, member of Memesters Local 419.