Hazzard's Training Journal Of The Testosterone-Tastic Journey To A Quarter-Ton Squat
Okay, so the third part of my thread title is a lie, but nevertheless I thought I should keep a log for funsies and too see over time how I've progressed (and for people to critique the randomness and inconsistency of my training).
My current goal at the moment is to train for the WDFPF World Championships in November, which is a powerlifting competition for those not in the know. I lift in the 125kg weight class and at the Europeans a few months ago I finished with a 600kg total (210 squat, 150 bench and a 240 deadlift). Since then I've done a 232.5kg squat and a 160kg touch and go bench press, still hoping to hit the latter strict in a few weeks. I'm aiming for a 660kg total at the worlds with a 240 squat (at least, I think that's the world record at my age and weight class, so hoping to beat that) 160 bench and a 260 dead, bringing my total to 660.
Training currently consists of a make it up as I go along Westside template, which roughly goes as follows:
That's pretty much it, I'm rotating the ME lifts every couple of weeks or so, depending on how I feel week by week, although I've only just started this so there hasn't been much change up as yet. Felling pretty good about it at the moment, but only time will tell if it pays off for the worlds in a couple of months!
Thought I'd start with yesterday's session, as it was a beast and I'm definitely feeling it today:
Usually I train on Monday, but due to the bank holiday (gym shut early) and the end of Reading Festival (swarms of dirty, smelly, tired people I did not want to experience) I shifted all my sessions up a day so ended up doing max effort lower yesterday.
After this I got a powerlifting buddy to wrap my knees, which hurt, but not too much (yet).
For my big final single we got someone else to warp my knees and OH. MY. GOD. This hurt like hell, 3 hours later and the back of my knees are still burning. Didn't quite manage the lift by myself, needed a little help from the back spotter, but it didn't help that I really struggled to get the weight out of the rack and I was slightly unbalanced when trying to hold the weight. Still, I gave it my all.
245x1 with a little help
Trap Bar Deadlift
Woot, twelve plates! Really, really pleased with this as I've never done heavy trap deads before. Definitely easier that straight bar deads, although getting it off the floor was an absolute pain - the second it passes the knee it flies up, so such a different lift to the straight bar. Still, damn pleased with this and overall I MONSTER session.
And today's session:
100x3 paused reps
120x1 paused rep
135x1 paused rep
147.5x1 paused rep
155x1 paused rep
Not sure I paused for quite long enough on that last rep, but screw it, NEW BENCH PB. Felt strong today considering I didn't sleep well last night. 150 opener for the worlds, 155 second attempt, 160 for the third. BOOM.
Incline Bench Press
LOLWUT. So weak.
Plyo Push-Ups Onto 5" Boxes
Uh-may-zing exericse, really felt powerful doing these, more so that DE bench pressing. Definitely incorporating these more often.
Nice session, feeling strong.
Subbed. Good workouts, good attitude, good notations. Looking forward to this!
Nice work but I'm disappointed at the lack of kickbacks.
Subbed, big weights all you British men are putting up.
With the first of the month comes my least exciting training session of the week - upper back and biceps. I don't know why, I just can't get back into the more high rep focused style of training, despite it being what I used to do a lot! But still, has to be done to maintain deltoid health and balance. Oh, and I forgot to mention that all my numbers are kg, obviously.
Tried to keep everything very strict and tight.
Lat. High Row Machine
EZ Bar Curl
Seated Incline DB Curl
17.5 per armx8
17.5 per armx7x2 sets
And that, my friends, was it. Nothing too exciting really. Bring on deadlifting tomorrow, hoping for a new PB!
Good stuff in here, Hazzard! Good luck with DESTROYING your goals!
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