I almost feel my age today. You’d think that having an extra rest day would make this morning’s training session feel easier, better, but no. That’s not how it felt at all. I felt random aches and pains in multiple spots, although none were of great concern. As I felt the life being sucked out of me while squatting, I reflected on my training over the past year or even two. Without a doubt, my training is significantly harder and heavier these past couple of months than it has been all year. Of course, I was also dealing with an injury for most of the year, and that had a huge impact on my training. Still, without looking back through old training logs, I think my current training is still tougher than what I have done before, even when healthy. That doesn’t mean I’ve never had heavy or tough training sessions before. I certainly have! Just not in the same way all the time. If I wasn’t feeling so drained it might be interesting to compare my current training with previous competition prep. This will be my first competition under a different coach, so I expect that there will be differences in programming and philosophy.
1. competition squats (2-0x0) 4-6 reps
warm up: 45 lbs x 8, 95 x 6, 135 x 5, 165 x 4
main event, with belt: 180 lbs x 4, 180 x 4, 180 x 4, 180 x 4, 180 x 4
The squats felt tough and ugly. My final warm up set felt brutal. The third and fourth working sets probably felt the best out of the bunch.
2. competition bench (2-1×0) 4-6 reps
warm up: 45 lbs x 8, 65 x 4, 85 x 4, 105 x 3
main event: 115 lbs x 4, 115 x 4, 115 x 4, 115 x 4, 115 x 4
Warm ups felt fine. The working sets felt tough. The ache in the right shoulder that started during last Friday’s bench session continued, although it was not as much of a factor today. At least I don’t think it was. But maybe. Even getting those fourth reps was a bit of a grind.
3. pause squats (3-2×0) 5-7 reps
135 lbs x 5, 135 x 5, 135 x 5
4. glute bridges
135 lbs x 10, 135 x 10, 135 x 10
These were the easiest thing I did this morning…and I could have done so much more!
5. chest supported rows
55 lbs x 12, 55 x 10, 55 x 8
So glad it is my Friday. What are the odds of fitting in a nap before I go to work today?