2013-10-21 training log

Taking it easy… because I’ve got a training partner now (sorta).

Wendler 5/3/1 program, cycle 24, week 4

  • Work Set – Squat (working max: 300#)
    • 45 x 5 x 2 sets (warmup)
    • 135 x 5
    • 185 x 5
    • 225 x 5
  • Work Set – Bench Press (working max: 225#)
    • 45 x 5 x 2 sets (warmup)
    • 95 x 5
    • 120 x 5
    • 135 x 10
    • 185 x 5
  • Assistance – Pull-ups
    • BW (band-assisted) x 8/6/5 x 3 sets

It’s deload week so I am taking it easy, and I didn’t really do much. I just wanted to get under the weights, move some, and that’s all.

But the big thing is…. Wife is joining me in the gym! She has expressed interest in building up strength. There’s lots of reasons that are her own as for why she’s doing this, but the key thing here is a desire for a strength-building-oriented program. That is, no 5# dumbbells on the Bosu ball, no 60 minutes on the treadmill. No, build some strength.

So what better way to start than Starting Strength!

We’ll do it slightly modified. She can’t go up in weights every workout like the program says… she’s not a 16-25 year old male. But we will progress, just at a different rate. We’re also not going to do power cleans, but I’ll have her do pull-ups instead. Otherwise, we’ll do a SS-style workout.

So today, started her on the basics of squatting form and doing some squats. Then the basics of bench pressing form and worked up. Tried deadlifting but that didn’t get very far. 🙂 Still, it was good for a first session. And we’ll just keep going on this program for as long as it’s applicable. After that, well… we’ll see.

And so, my workout was done in between her sets, and was just me lifting something to lift something, to show her form, to help her see what to do and so on. Not that I’m any expert here, but I’m what she has so we go from there.

It was kinda cool. Different for me… not used to having eyes upon me, but this should be cool. 🙂

2 thoughts on “2013-10-21 training log

    • We’ll see how much it will be partner vs. just being in the same room at the same time. Just because we’ll be doing different things. But if nothing else… it’s sure nice having time together. 🙂

      I bought Jim’s book a little while ago (it’s been quite useful, and it’s where I picked up on Joker Sets). It’s been out for a while, but seems Jim and T-Nation just entered into some sort of partnership. There’s now a 5-3-1 subforum, and they’re doing more articles like the above one. Haven’t read that particular article tho. Thanx!

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