2016-03-02 training log

Back over 300… happy about that.

So again, I’m trying to establish some “maxes” so I can figure out programming for the next cycle. Established program would have had me work up to 285 today, but last night before bed I figured might as well go for 300 since I’ll be so close. I want to get back over that mark.

On the way to the gym I changed my mind. Opted instead of 270/275/280 to go 275/295/305. Why not?

And it went quite well. 275 felt easy. 295 had a little slowdown midway up, but I knew it was happening and I could do 305. And the 305 had a little slowdown right at mid-point as well, but got through it without problem. It didn’t feel at all like a grind, just a bit of a sticking point. So I feel fine using 185 (60%) for my 5×5’s on basebuilding. In fact, because I’m sticking at the midpoint, one thing that helps is dealing with pushing through and really accelerating the whole way — that is what Basebuilding (and C.A.T.) directly works on, so this should be good.

And I actually felt like if I was trying to work for a true 1RM, I could have hit 315 and maybe… maybe even a bit more given how the 305 went up. But again, this wasn’t about trying to find a true 1RM, just a good “working max”.

So I’m pretty happy with this. That puts me well within reach of breaking my all-time best squat — the sort of thing where I could probably program out a proper Strong-15 cycle and beat it. That is, if I was in fact able to do that. But with the cut diet starting, again my goal is to just maintain my strength so at the end of the cycle (after a little replenishment), I can get on track for my 3/4/5 goal. I’m pretty happy with all of this, and just have to remind myself for the next few months to keep working towards that and give it my all.

Because that’s something else today (and days like today) keep telling me — especially about my squat. Any time I “get serious” because I’m doing something like going for a 1RM, I find myself getting a little more serious under the bar. Why? It’s not that I shouldn’t get serious, but more that I should be that serious every time I get under the bar. Granted, we might have up and down days, but overall I should approach the bar every time like it’s going for a 1RM, like it’s working to set a new PR. That everything shoul be totally dialed in, tight as can be, all that same intensity. I just don’t always do it for whatever reason.

But hey, today was pretty solid and I’m happy. I’m happy to be back over 300.

  • Squats
    • 150 x 5
    • 175 x 4
    • 205 x 3
    • 230 x 2
    • 275 x 1
    • 295 x 1
    • 305 x 1
  • Smith Machine Hacks
    • 45 x 10
    • 95 x 10
    • 115 x 10
    • 135 x 10
  • Leg Press
    • 135 x 10
    • 225 x 10
    • 315 x 10
    • 365 x 10
  • Split Squats
    • bw x 20
    • bw x 15
    • bw x 15
    • bw x 12

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