Squat PR: 325# Deadlift PR: 445#
It’s hard to beat the feeling of improvement, tangible improvement.
I set all time personal records of 325# squat and 445# deadlift. My previous bests were 315 squat and 440 deadlift, set right at the end of 2013. While this isn’t a big improvement over those numbers, especially with 7 months between them, it is for me because of the failed weight loss attempt, which really only served to have me lose strength, then the ankle injury that put me on the shelf for a while. I ditched the weight loss when I realized my path wasn’t succeeding and just focused on the ankle rehab and getting my strength back to where it was.
And I’ve done that, and a little bit more.
Alas, in doing so I also got fatter than I wanted to, thus I decided some weeks ago that the plan was to finish this Strong-15 cycle and get back on the fat-loss wagon. Well, as you can see I cut the Strong-15 a little short because I’m more eager to get on the wagon… and the thing is, I don’t feel bad about cutting things short because it was evident from how the cycle was going that I’d hit the numbers no problem, and today demonstrated that fact.
So I’m happy.
I will also attribute my success to getting my sleep back in order. I’ve still got a ways to go, but certainly recovery plays a huge role, and sleep plays the major role in recovery.
Based upon Paul Carter’s Strong-15 (LRB365)
- Squats – cycle goal: 325 (achievement unlocked)
- bar x 5
- bar x 5
- 135 x 5
- 185 x 3
- 225 x 1
- 275 x 1
- 305 x 1
- 325 x 1 (PR)
- Deadlift – cycle goal: 445 (achievement unlocked)
- 315 x 1
- 375 x 1
- 415 x 1
- 445 x 1 (PR)