2016-08-18 training log

A PR a day is just… fun. 🙂

I think that’s one reason I’ve enjoyed switching back to 5/3/1 – there’s no question setting PR’s (rep PR’s whatever) is motivating and just fun. I haven’t had this much fun lifting in some time.

So deadlifting went well. Main thing I had to focus on for myself was mixed grip. I’ve been forgetting to go mixed grip, which has actually been cool because I’ve been doing well with double-overhand. But I knew it’d be a bit of a stretch today, so I made sure on my first work set to go mixed to get myself used to it again. The only problem I had was about 2/3 of the way through the top set I had to take a moment to reset the grip because of how skin was getting folded up in my palms/fingers. Otherwise, things went well.

And so setting a 10RM PR was quite nice.

Front squats also went well. I continue to work on their technique too, trying to “lean backwards” — not really, but it’s a cue towards helping me keep my torso as vertical as possible, that on the descent I drop down instead of back, etc. Really get what you’re supposed to get out of front squats.

All in all, a good day.

5/3/1 Simplest Strength Template

  • Deadlift
    • 135 x 5
    • 170 x 5
    • 205 x 3
    • 255 x 5
    • 285 x 3
    • 320 x 10 (10RM PR)
  • Front Squat
    • 155 x 5
    • 180 x 5
    • 205 x 5
  • Elevated Glute Bridges
    • BW x 20
    • BW x 20
    • BW x 20
  • Twisting Crunches (superset with bridges)
    • BW x 20
    • BW x 20
    • BW x 20
  • Seated Calf Raises
    • 35 x 20
    • 35 x 15
    • 35 x 14