Leave something in the tank…
Wendler 5/3/1 program, cycle X, week X
- Work Set – Squat (working max: 305#)
- 2x5x45 (warmup)
- 1x3x215 (work)
- Assistance – Squat
- 5 x 20/15/10 x 135
- Assistance – Pulldown abs
- 3 x 25 x 60
- Foam Rolling
I got under the bar and told myself “4 reps”. I was going to get at least the 3 prescribed, and I figure 1 more is “good enough” because I wanted to leave something in the tank. I’ve been pushing myself and not leaving something in the tank (or a doubtful 1 in the tank) and I didn’t want to do that today. In part for the sake of not beating myself to death, but also I have to report for jury duty today and I didn’t want to walk around the courthouse all cramped up or looking really strange and calling attention to myself — people are too jumpy these days, y’know?
And while “only 4”, I look at last cycle. This time last cycle was 4 reps @ 270 and that was pushing it. I then PR’d 4 @ 285. So hey, today is fine.
The higher rep assistance squatting… ooph. Good stuff.
I hate pulldown abs, but I hate my weak abs even more. Do what you hate until you don’t hate it any more. Squatting is like that…. and I still don’t love squatting, but I certainly don’t hate it any more.
One thought that crossed my mind… not sure when/if I’ll do it, but it’s a fresh thought that hit me during squats. I know getting out of the hole as a whole is weak for me. It’s one reason I’m working on my abs, and my cue for today was “press back” to get me to drive my head/neck back into the bar first thing after reversing in the hole. In addition to the Paul Carter I’ve been reading, I’ve been reading more Brandon Lilly too. Pause squats may find their way into my routine sooner or later. Jury’s still out.