2014-07-07 training log

Based upon Paul Carter’s Strong-15 (LRB365)

Phase 2-3, Week 2-3

  • Squats – cycle goal: 325
    • BW x 10
    • BW x 10
    • bar x 5
    • bar x 5
    • 150 x 5
    • 175 x 4
    • 205 x 3
    • 225 x 2
    • 240 x 1
    • 265 x 1
    • 275 x 1
  • Pause Squats
    • 210 x 3
    • 210 x 3
  • Deadlift – cycle goal: 445
    • 205 x 5
    • 250 x 4
    • 290 x 3
    • 330 x 2
    • 350 x 1
    • 365 x 1
    • 375 x 1
  • Deadlift – Back off
    • 310 x 3
    • 310 x 3
  • Leg Curls
    • 40 x 20
    • 40 x 20

Today was the first day that things felt a little heavy, a little labored. Not much, but not as “light” as the past 4 weeks were. Not sure if it’s truly getting heavier, or if I just wasn’t into it. I haven’t slept much lately and last night I crashed out much earlier than usual and then slept in much later than usual too… so I got a lot of sleep, and the only reason I got out of bed was beacuse I knew I had to get moving… else I probably would have taken another hour or more in bed.

Either way tho, things felt solid enough.

One different thing was trying some EliteFTS Heavy Knee Sleeves. I’ve been wanting to try knee sleeves for a while, they went on sale, so I picked up a pair. Hard part is what size to get… the sizing chart is funky, but there’s a video that is to help. Thing is, following the video advice, I should get the 4XL’s, which seemed silly — I’m not a huge lifter, so what do guys like Stan Efferding get? 6XL? or just squeeze into 4XL? I got the 3XL instead. Seems alright. They are snug, but not hard to slide on. Makes me wonder if I could have gotten 2XL. They didn’t move or anything, and if anything it’s more trouble to get them over my foot/heel, but not a massive effort.

How were they? Certainly kept my knees warm. I squatted in them, then started deadlifting but the bar kept running into them so I took them off. Didn’t like it so much, put them back on, and felt better. I’m pretty sure I’m getting nothing out of them, but they did feel alright — felt warmer, knees felt a touch better. We’ll see if it’s just in my head or a real effect tho.

They were warm tho… sweaty of course… and so all the rubbing they did, with the sweaty legs, and I was itchy as hell. But apart from that, no big deal. I will keep using them on squat and deadlift days and see how it goes.

I’m also spending more time doing that stretching — lay down, pull the knee to the chest, stretching out the glutes and hamstrings. Still too soon to tell, but I can say that I didn’t feel the same tension/pain today when I was down in the hole — still some, but not as acute. So… maybe this.

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