2015-02-17 training log

Yeah… weaker.

The diet goes really well, for fat loss. I do hate how it’s affecting my strength, but I know that’s how it goes.

I mean, the 285 is turning into a real grinder, which isn’t how it should be. But then the 200’s go really well. Go figure.

I did try spacing my hands a little wider, and that seems to be happier on my elbows while still doing the “lat pulldown” tightness. I’m going to have to continue to get used to all these changes, but it seemed alright enough for me to stick with it for a bit without any further changes to see how it goes.

Oh, and yes… trying to drive my butt/hips up first but almost immediately follow it with the back and everything… yeah.

Funny thing. I’ve been reading more from Greg Nuckols on squatting. I’m still digesting it all and I could have it wrong. But the bottom line of what I get from it finally seems to run counter to so many things I’ve read in the past…but it makes more sense. Basically it’s what I’ve suspected but went about it wrong: if there’s any weakness for me it’s that my quads suck. I’ve got a wicked strong back and posterior chain, very evident by the great difference in terms of how much I deadlift vs. how much I squat. Plus when I do squat near-max loads, I do have a tendency to want to turn it into a good morning, which I fight heavily against. So yeah, time to fix the quads.

How to fix them? I’m not sure yet.

It does seem that leg press will actually be good from the mass-building side, but I’ll need to change my technique to bring my feet closer together and let my knees come to touch my chest instead of out to the side. And then should I try front squats or maybe high-bar back squats? I don’t know yet. But it’ll probably be one or the other, but also with a stance change, like bringing my feet together, pointing the foot forward, and so on. Basically, trying to get more knee flexion/extension and involve the quads a lot more. Bring up dem quads.

Anyways… just thinking out loud, because The Defattening Project is nearing a close (tho still a few months away), and I want to make sure I have my game plan for the road ahead. 🙂

Based upon Paul Carter’s Basebuilding

  • Squats (model 1)
    • bar x 5
    • bar x 5
    • 165 x 5
    • 190 x 4
    • 225 x 3
    • 250 x 2
    • 285 x 1
    • 200 x 5
    • 200 x 5
    • 200 x 5
    • 200 x 5
    • 200 x 5
  • Stiff-Legged Deadlift
    • 225 x 8
    • 225 x 8
    • 225 x 8
    • 225 x 6
    • 225 x 6
  • Leg Press
    • 185 x 10
    • 185 x 10
    • 185 x 10
    • 185 x 10
  • Standing Calf Raises
    • 70 x 12
    • 70 x 12
    • 70 x 12
    • 70 x 12
    • 70 x 12

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