315×3 (add belt)
410×2@10 (Failed on 3rd)
395×2@10 (Drop 3%)
195×3@7 (add belt + wraps)
235×4@10 (4RM, paused, PR!)
225×4@9 (Drop 3%)
315×2 (add belt)
415×1@10 (Drop 5%)
It was real hot today. First heavy squat set didn’t go so well. The bar wanted to roll up my back and I had to fight it back the whole way up. I did some work earlier that I think fatigued my legs and caused me to only get two. Oh well, I’ll get it next week.
Bench went real well. Got a new paused 4RM @ 10. Did two drop sets for some volume.
My plan for deadlift was to do a bunch of singles @ 9 but I didn’t end up getting as many as I wanted thanks to the before-mentioned fatigue.
435×1 (Ties comp PR)
445×1 (Ties all-time PR)
455×1 (All new PR)
265×1 (New Paused PR)
455×1 (New Sumo PR)
Decided to test my maxes this day. This is kind of bad, but I got bored with Sheiko. I didn’t actually finish all of 37 (skipped the last two days). I will admit I’ve got a bit of training ADD at the moment. I feel like I’ve earned the right to start experimenting. I’ve trained the way I “should” the past two years. Starting Strength -> Texas Method.
I’m now considering how I will move forward in my training. Sheiko is pretty rough and I really don’t like the idea of not doing any 90%+ work for weeks at a time. I also miss PRing more often. I just finished reading “Squat Every Day” by Matt Perryman (highly recommended). He makes a really good case for trying a bulgarian-style approach. I also finished “The Reactive Training Systems Manual” by Mike Tuchscherer. I’m a big fan of Mike’s approach to autoregulation.
In the past I made a lot of progress on the Texas Method. The problem I had was that there was no autoregulation going on and I didn’t know how hard to hit it on volume day and would often miss on Intensity day because I didn’t manage recovery properly. I’m thinking of trying an experiment by combining Texas Method with RTS fundamentals to make it more autoregulated. I’m still new to RTS but I think I can apply RPE and fatigue drops to better manage the volume and intensity. The only thing I worry about is my bench which floundered on the TM after a time. This was probably due to a lack of volume which I will keep in mind this time around.
270x4x2 (Paused at Knee)
315x4x4 (Paused at Knee)
This workout ended a lot better than the last one. I think what happened on Tuesday was that while I did sip orange juice I didn’t hydrate enough on top of that and I got really dehydrated. This time I drank a shite ton of liquids.
These first set of sumos were supposed to be up to the knee but I was inspired by Ben Rice to try pausing these at knee. These were pretty brutal on the low back and these pauses weren’t super strict and sometimes I missed the knee. Still learning sumo style.
On the second set of sumos I realized I was dropping my hips a lot lower than they needed to go. Once I started higher the movement became quite a bit easier. Still have a lot of work to do to get this movement down.
355x1x3 (Paused at the knee)
Deadlifts were pretty damn easy. Pretty sure I’m going to increase by 20lbs. next time. And this is after not having pulled in two weeks