Monday - Deadlifts
Event session heavily focussing on deadlifts.
Got a new 1RM farmers deadlift - as you can see from the photo below, the handles are maxed out. Thats 465kg altogether. Just for a deadlift. No walking with that. Bish did film it but the software on the iPhone blipped and it was lost forever :(.
Wednesday - push
Traps were in absolute agony today. We were supposed to be practicing jerk technique so worked to a heavy single then did some swiss bar incline lockouts (need to get a photo of this). We finished with single arm strict dumbbell press and dips. No new 1RMs here to report and i was feeling particularly demotivated today. Probably due to the severe DOMs and the lack of progress (though to be fair, i shouldnt expect to improve every time...)
Thursday - Squats
Today was supposed to be going through the motions as it's the last day of training before deload week (apart from sunday, obviously) but Bish needed to get a 1RM front squat and a 1RM back squat so we could set some goals for him. We both worked to a front squat 1RM and then changed to back squat and kept going up. I failed a 225kg attempt front squat... I literally gave up half way down during the squat and just kept going, dropping the bar into the safeties... That was epic fail. I felt drained and pretty crap, more mentally then physically i think. However we kept working up to a back squat heavy single and i felt good at about 270kg so i thought i might as well finish on a high and get a 1RM back squat (again.... i got 280kg just last Friday). So i put 285kg on the bar and did the rep but didn't quite make parallel - no lift. However it felt comfortable. SO.... i put 290kg on the bar and got Dave in to call parallel for me. Basically as soon as i hit parallel he shouted and i shot back up. I got the rep comfortably enough so thats a 290kg squat 1rm. 300kg here we come. All of these were done with knee wraps and a belt.
Bish got some solid 1RMs as well and is also improving massively in both front and back squat despite a niggling groin injury. We finished the session with good mornings for sets of 5 reps done with speed during the concentric (upward) phase and glute ham raises on the lat pulldown machine. I HAD wanted to bail after the squats but i promised myself that i would stop pussying out after squats and Bish called me up on it so i had to.
Solid session. Events on Sunday then a week off to deload and grow. Going to have to check the gym up in Bangor and try to fit everything in around the medicine. Should be fine ;)