2014-10-14 training log

So this is different… this 4x/week thing will take a little getting used to.

I felt a little bushed going into it. In part because I did wake up a little early (other agenda items for today), but also my body wasn’t used to 2 big days in a row. I’ll get used to it tho, no big deal.

Squats did move a little slow. After last week I did get to thinking I might be bumping up the weight after another 1-2 weeks, but after today? Well, given the shift in diet and thus training I reckon I may stay at the weight a little longer. We shall see how it goes. So long as bar speed keeps generally increasing, I’ll be on a good track.

Sumos are starting to feel a little more normal now, which is cool. I thought I’d also take this opportunity (i.e. using light weights) to try out hook grip!

That is… different. I can totally see how it works now, because it’s far more mechanical grip than pure strength. I did eventually stop because my thumbs were getting annoyed, but if I know what’s good for me I’ll probably try to throw in some hook grip work now and again just to see how it goes. One thing I can say that I’m not sure about is that I’ve got a small “bone growth” (calcium deposit? protrusion?) dunno what to call it, but basically it’s a small (but significant enough) bump on one of the bones inside my palm. I have noticed it a problem with full grips, like when I’m shooting a handgun. It’s not been a problem in the gym for the most part — because either my grip sucks or maybe I’m subconsciously always keeping a little open grip due to it… but with the hook, it closes up the grip so much that I am noticing the bump — yes, it hurts, a lot, far more than the thumb/hook does. So, I’ll keep playing with it, but THAT may be a limiting factor for me. But hey, if the alternative is just to get a stronger grip, then I’m ok with that. 🙂

But as for sumo itself, I’m going to stick with what I’m doing right now. I’m actually feeling a bit more comfortable with it, and feeling more “work” happening. I may start to take the 275’s to triples and/or start to find other ways to increase the weight to a good working weight. After I do that and maybe find where a good working max really is, I may start doing sumos more in “model 1” style. We’ll see. So far, enjoying the excursion.

Based upon Paul Carter’s Basebuilding

  • Squats (model 1)
    • bar x 5
    • bar x 5
    • 150 x 5
    • 175 x 4
    • 205 x 3
    • 225 x 2
    • 260 x 1
    • 180 x 5
    • 180 x 5
    • 180 x 5
    • 180 x 5
    • 180 x 5
  • Deadlift (model 1)
    • 135 x 5
    • 135 x 5
    • 185 x 3
    • 185 x 3
    • 225 x 3
    • 225 x 3
    • 275 x 1
    • 275 x 1
  • Lunges
    • BW x REP

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