Decided to base today on my last squat+bench workout. I added a set of 5 and subtracted a set of 10. The total progression would look like this:
Today's workout was the one in sea green
I don't know if I'll actually follow this, but it seems like a great way to transition from high volume to moderate volume. It also lets me work on getting comfortable handling a single weight. Here are the weights I want to feel comfortable with (good bar speed, minimum fatigue) before progressing:
: 225, Bench
: 185, Deadlift
What better way to get comfortable with them than to work with them as often as possible without overtraining
? And this progression might allow me to do that.
= 9,450 lbs.
10 x bar
8 x 135
4 x 225
2 x 275
a**) 6 x 5 x 225
b) 2 x 10 x 135
*Felt heavier than my last squat w/o, which concerned me at first. I might've been self-conscious, though, b/c I could see people watching me. Overheard a couple skinny guys doing quarter-depth squats for 115 lbs. say "he's going way past parallel," as if that means I'm
doing it wrong lol. Besides, it's not that I'm "going way past parallel," it's that I'm going to the absolute bottom.
When did "going to/past parallel" become everyone's main concern with squats? You rarely hear "glute activation," "back arch," "push your knees out," or "don't keep your back folded too late in the lift" which, to me, are essential to learn and which require much patience and focus. Nope, all they talk about is "parallel," and they fight endlessly and pretend to actually know something about squats based on whether they think you should go "to" or "past" parallel. Wish I had a freakin home gym like some of you
**Felt good. Could've done more sets. Bar speed still too slow for how I want it to feel, though.
= 9,700 lbs.
20 x bar
8 x 115
4 x 165
2 x 205
a**) 4 x 5 x 185
b) 5 x 10 x 120
*Felt heavier than I expected, which concerned me at first. Turned out to have no problems with my sets of 185; probably could've gone on for more sets of 5, like 2 maybe 3 more. I think my upper limit is down right now b/c of the recent high volume work. Even taking off just 20 lbs. enables me to handle the weight with lots more stamina.
**Felt good. Just like squats, I could've done more sets, although I want to be able to accelerate it more.
Taking the weekend off. I'm not fatigued, but this seems like a great opportunity to preempt fatigue. It's been a very productive week, and I don't want to risk overdoing it. Resting will be productive too. Here's the number of workouts I've done each week for the past month:
3 weeks ago: 4
2 weeks ago: 3
Last week: 5
This week: 4