2016-11-14 training log

Squats are starting to mess with my head. 🙂

I’m nearing some big milestones. Flirting with 300# (today was 290, last week’s 1+ week was 300, this week’s is 310). Flirting with my all-time PR (325). Getting close, and it’s all messing with my head. Thing is, 290 today is cake. I’ve done 290 before, I’ve done 300 before, so today I KNEW wouldn’t be an issue, but it still messed with my head. 🙂 But I put it out of my head and told myself that last time I did 290 I got 5 reps so today I need to get 6.

Getting 6 was pretty easy — I knew I had 1 left in the tank, and maybe a 2nd. Good deal! But I told myself get 6, that felt good, so I left it alone.

Only complaints about squats? Trying to get that new arm/hand/wrist/shoulder position is still quite difficult. I was really tight this morning and it took a while for me to get things rolling. Even in the beginning I would get under the bar, work into the position, struggle to get into position, stay there a moment, try to settle in, then just get out from under the bar — treat it like a stretch. So it took me a little while longer to squat this morning, but eventually things got there. Even still, it wasn’t really ideal and I did find my wrists being cocked back, pressure on the arms, and it did start to manifest in some arm pain towards the end. Not big, but just enough to provide even stronger support to the hypothesis that squats are a prime contributor to my problems. I just need to keep working on positioning and getting that shoulder mobility to do so.

RDLs continue to be “light” because I’m really wanting to ensure I’m getting technique correct. I’ll get there. Happy with this tho because this assistance is certainly working my posterior chain well.

5/3/1-based program

  • Squats
    • bar x whatever
    • 135 x 5
    • 160 x 5
    • 195 x 3
    • 225 x 3
    • 260 x 3
    • 290 x 6 (6RM PR)
  • Romanian Deadlift
    • 135 x 10
    • 135 x 10
    • 155 x 10
    • 155 x 8
  • Hyperextensions
    • BW x 15
    • BW x 15
    • BW x 12
  • Crunches
    • BW x 20
    • BW x 17
    • BW x 11
  • Standing Calf Raises
    • 70 x 12
    • 70 x 12
    • 70 x 12