Didn’t start out great, but ended better than expected.
Again, because of being sick earlier this week, I’m making up for it by doing deadlift & press today – just the main movements (and pulldowns superset with the pressing sets). Get the work in, and set myself set up for next week’s “1+ week”. Today wasn’t about killing myself, but rather ensuring I’m on track to kick ass next week.
Deadlifting went ok. Once again I used hook grip on all sets so I could continue to adapt to it. It wasn’t novel this time, and my thumbs didn’t feel as bad. However on my last set the irony was I lost my grip and had to stop at 6 reps. I’m not totally sure why, but it doesn’t feel like I actually get a good grip on the bar — no “squeeze”, just the hook hang. Hrm. Something to continue working on. I had more reps in me, but hey, today was about getting 3+ and not killing myself so, good enough. Not what I wanted, but acceptable.
But Pressing went awesome. Continuing with my new setup ritual, and that continues to prove itself out. On the last set, everything just felt so good. Tight tight tight, and the reps went up pretty easily, exceeding how I thought I’d do, which is awesome. I have high confidence that next week I’ll not just set a new lifetime PR but blow it away.
Next week will return to the normal flow of things, with 2 milestones on the docket: squatting 300 (finally, back into the 300’s!) and pressing 165 (lifetime best is 165 for 2). I’m most excited.
My own massing template, based upon 5/3/1 SST and some Paul Carter principles
- 150 x 5
- 185 x 5
- 220 x 3
- 260 x 3
- 295 x 3
- 335 x 6
- bar x whatever
- 70 x 5 (warmup sets superset with pulldowns)
- 85 x 5
- 105 x 3
- 120 x 3 (work sets superset with pulldowns)
- 140 x 3
- 155 x 7