2018-08-21 training log

My squat might be suffering, but my bench press is doing great!

Good work up today and hammered out 7 @ 245, which is a rep PR. Looking at the trends of things, it’s also continual strong progression — my bench is moving. I’m happy about this.

It did make me rethink that no, I shouldn’t change. My squat is having problems but everything else is doing well. Stay the course. I don’t think it’s time to change squat, but at least if I did change anything I should only change squat not the entire program since everything else is moving well.

Enjoying doing regular DB Rows vs. Kroc Rows. Just getting a bit heavier, but still fatiguing.

The narrow-grip pulldowns are kinda nice too – I’m really cutting rest time short and working on moving the elbows. Getting a big ROM and ensuring the elbows pull through and swing back past my torso — oof, good work.

One semi-related change. I’m stopping creatine supplementation – at least for a little while. There’s no question creatine is a proven supplement, but over the course of a lot of blood work I keep seeing slightly elevated creatinine levels, and some other markers as of late are making me think I want to lay off just to see what difference is makes both in my blood tests, my body, and my performance. We’ll see what comes of it, but basically I want to see how dropping it affects me.

Anyways, pretty good day. Makes up for yesterday’s suck fest. 🙂

5/3/1 (4th cycle, leader-1, 5/3/1+PR sets)

  • Bench Press
    • bar x 10
    • 110 x 5
    • 135 x 5
    • 160 x 3
    • 190 x 3
    • 215 x 3
    • 245 x 7 (rep PR)
    • 155 x 10
    • 155 x 10
    • 155 x 9
    • 155 x 8
    • 155 x 7
  • Bent-over Lateral Raises (superset with bench warm-up sets)
    • 20e x 15
    • 20e x 15
    • 20e x 15
    • 20e x 15
  • DB Rows (superset with bench work sets)
    • 85 x 12e
    • 85 x 12e
    • 85 x 12e
  • Narrow-Grip Pulldowns
    • 90 x 10
    • 120 x 15
    • 120 x 13
    • 120 x 10
    • 120 x 10
  • Rope-Handle Pushdowns (superset with curls)
    • 100 x 20
    • 100 x 20
    • 100 x 19
    • 100 x 11
  • Cross-Body Alternating DB Curls
    • 35e x 12
    • 35e x 12
    • 35e x 11
    • 35e x 7

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