2015-08-31 training log

A +10% day, so I went for it. Got it. It’s awesome when you reach your goals, isn’t it? 🙂

This is my last week of the Strong-15 Short Cycle. Again, I opted to NOT do the deload then testing weeks because I really need to focus on the fat loss — that’s truly my main and proper goal. But the whole reason I did this short cycle was because I needed it. And being honest with myself, tho I shouldn’t feed my ego, I’m still human and if you starve the ego it doesn’t really help you either. So while I’m getting off the peaking cycle and onto a plan that’s better suited to support the fat loss efforts, man… I still wanted to finish strong because that’s the whole point of this effort.

I went in today planning to work up to 295 because that’s what I was supposed to do. But I felt so good. I’ve been getting more sleep. Work has been calming down and I’m a lot less stressed. I barely thought about anything today other than the lift before me. I kept with my mantra of “tight, go down, come up”. The warm-ups felt a little heavy, but they always do — it’s warming up. Then the 275 felt really good… and while I was supposed to then go 285 then 295, I said “screw it” and put 295 on. It went up, a little grind, but still easy enough that told me I had more in me. I put 315 on the bar. Rested up. Grabbed the bar so hard that the steel oozed from between my fingers, tight tight tight, went down, came up. And frankly, it felt easier than the 295.

Damn, that felt good. I’m still smiling. 🙂

See, my best squat ever is 325, which I set a little over a year ago, just before I started The Defattening Project. Now I’m 45-50 lb. lighter and within 10 lb. of that best-ever. In fact, after I squatted the 315 I felt like I had more in me, but I didn’t do it because I still had the rest of the session to go and frankly 315 was my goal so be happy with it. I lost a lot of strength over the past year, but spending the past 3-ish months bulking up and lifting in a mass-building and then strength-peaking way? Yeah, it’s coming back. Heck, I set a lifetime PR on bench just before I started this peaking cycle so shit… this isn’t too bad. 🙂

Will I try for my goal weights on Wednesday (bench) and Friday (deadlift)? I don’t know. The only reason I did today was because I felt damn good, so I reckon it’ll just depend how I’m feeling and how the weights move.

But for now, I’m still smiling and happy that things are coming back. Yeah, I expect I may well lose some over the next couple months while I continue my cut cycle, but that’s how it goes. I am planning next week to start on a Base Building Model 1 for 4-6 weeks (at least) in an effort to solidify the strength gains and start transitioning to rep work; this should hopefully work out alright for me in terms of trying to preserve what I have, support the fat-loss diet, and set me up for later success as the diet cycle progresses.

Onwards.

Strong-15 Short Cycle, from LRB365

  • Squat (goal: 315)
    • bar x 5 x 2
    • 155 x 5
    • 185 x 4
    • 215 x 3
    • 235 x 2
    • 275 x 1
    • 295 x 1
    • 315 x 1
  • Pause Squat
    • 250 x 3
    • 250 x 3
  • Leg Press
    • 315 x 20
    • 315 x 15
  • Leg Curls
    • 40 x 15
    • 40 x 12
    • 40 x 8
  • Calf Raises
    • 110 x 10
    • 110 x 10
    • 110 x 10
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