I’m waiting for the caffeine to hit my bloodstream and infuse me with some energy, because I feel as limp as a noodle right now. Although today’s training session saw me moving significantly less weight than Monday’s session, I feel done in. Deadlifts can do that to you.
1a. deadlifts (2-2×1) 4-6 reps
warm up: 45 lbs x 10, 95 x 5, 135 x 4, 165 x 3, 195 x 3
main event, with belt: 205 lbs x 6, 205 x 6, 205 x 6, 205 x 4, 205 x 6
Today was my first time deadlifting more than 200 pounds since Provincials in June. These felt decent, although I am a little disappointed to have dropped two reps on the fifth set. Deadlifts and I have a complicated relationship when reps are involved, especially when there is a definitive stop before each rep. There is a natural rhythm involving the creation of tension, breathing and bracing against the belt, and initiating the lift. For me, if that rhythm is broken, even just a smidge, I find it difficult to continue the set. That’s what happened in the fifth set. Between finishing the fourth rep and initiating the fifth, something happened to upset my rhythm and I couldn’t do it. The smallest thing can ruin the rhythm…an extra second, an ill-timed breath or the wrong type of breath, the bar rolling. Even though I was already feeling the fatigue, I knew I was capable of maxing out my reps on every set, so I was determined to finish my final set well.
2. competition bench press (2-1×0) 6-8 reps
warm up: 45 lbs x 8, 65 x 6, 85 x 6
main event: 100 lbs x 8, 100 x 8, 100 x 8, 100 x 6
Bench press is my weak link in the powerlifting chain, although I think I can safely say that I am generally solid up until a certain weight. My competition best has been stuck at the same weight forever, but my working sets feel good and strong.
3. pause deadlifts (3-1×0) 4-6 reps
145 lbs x 6, 145 x 4, 145 x 4
Today was my first time doing these for a long, long time!
4. barbell shoulder press 8-12 reps
45 lbs x 10, 45 x 6
My dislike for shoulder presses is strong, while my ability to do them well is weak. The first set felt okay, but the right shoulder fatigued rapidly during the second set.
x 36s, x 30s, x 25s
I don’t understand how people can hold a plank for minutes at a time. If I was completely fresh, I might be able to hold a plank for a minute, but by the end of my training session I was fighting to maintain form as long as I did.