Training wise, things are going along fine. I have hit a plateau in certain lifts, but to be honest I think it's more to do with my ability to digest food than my true strength level. What the heck do I mean by that, exactly?
During this fasting month, I have made it a practice to eat light first (light is pretty much a few pieces of bread with eggs/corned beef or a few pieces of kuih) then perform my Maghrib prayers and then start training. This is usually around 8.30pm. So I actually have more or less a 45-minute window to let the food settle in my stomach.
Sometimes this works well. Other times I feel like I'd start regurgitating what I've eaten earlier. So during times when my stomach feels a little weird more often than not my lifts start to suffer a bit.
But overall, progress has been okay.
My quest to re-inflate my deflated butt has had its ups and downs. So determined was I to improve the state of my glutes that I read a lot of articles posted by Bret Contreras (the Glute Guy, as he is known) on glute development and activation and even bought one of his e-books to satiate the nerdier side of me.
So far I have been including barbell glute bridges on leg days and have faithfully performed Jason Ferruggia-prescribed bodyweight buttsercises daily but with a single modification. The original prescription was this:
Glute bridges 4 x 25
Clam shells 4 x 25
Bird/Dog 4 x 25
Lying side abduction 4 x 25
I discovered performing donkey kicks (see vid below) activates my glutes much better than performing Bird/Dogs. So I switched. So far I can see some slight improvements on my butt and I am pretty encouraged because I've only been seriously sticking to this regiment for a couple of weeks. Hopefully the state of glutes would improve soon.