2014-11-18 training log

Knee sleeves for warmth, right? And so, wearing them TO (and from) the gym while you walk there in 33º weather counts, right? 😉

I was surprised that squats went so well. I got to the end of the 5×5 and was like, “it’s over?” I did have to remind myself on set 2 to accelerate, but after that geez… it just kept coming. Debating if I should increase weight or not — last week was a -10% for sure, and it’s possible today was just a +10%. So, conservativeness tells me to stick with it another week and if it still flies up THEN increase.

Sumos continue to be interesting. I’m not sure how much C.A.T. I can do with them… you can’t rip it so quickly off the floor, but once I break the floor they just fly up. Certainly my back is MUCH stronger than my legs, certainly I’m better conventional than sumo. Sumo right now is an experiment and I’m thinking it may well be good assistance work for me. For sure I’m focused on breaking off the ground with my legs — keep the back upright and stable, don’t let the hips pop up, ensure I come off the ground because my legs are pushing. THAT for me is hard, both as a technique cue and simply strength-wise. So thus, the sumos seem to be good for me in that regard. I’m going to be curious how my conventional deadlift improves here, but even more so I’m wondering if the sumos are helping my squats. I think they may well be, and that’s A Good Thing™.

BTW, I opted to go back to beltless. The belt will come back out when I opt for testing maxes or doing a peaking cycle (e.g. Strong-15 last 6 weeks, or an entire Strong-15 short cycle). But otherwise it feels right to just be beltless — maybe just because I’ve done it so long it’s what’s “normal” and comfortable to me. So today was totally without belt.

Everything tho was going quite well, until lunges. Did the right leg, then about 10 reps into the left leg the knee (this is my problem knee) started to complain in the bad way. It wasn’t truly painful nor bad, but I could tell this was not a pain to “work through” or that there was anything to gain by keeping going. Sucks, but if my primary goal in all of this is improving my health, better to call it a day early. Bummer.

Based upon Paul Carter’s Basebuilding

  • Squats (model 1)
    • bar x 5
    • bar x 5
    • 155 x 5
    • 180 x 4
    • 215 x 3
    • 235 x 2
    • 265 x 1
    • 190 x 5
    • 190 x 5
    • 190 x 5
    • 190 x 5
    • 190 x 5
  • Sumo Deadlift (model 1)
    • 135 x 5
    • 225 x 5
    • 315 x 3
    • 315 x 3
    • 315 x 3
    • 315 x 3
    • 315 x 3
  • Lunges
    • BW x 17… then bad pain
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