Anvil or Hammer

Looking Up

Posted in Gym Strength by Mike on March 8, 2008


Back Squat
135 X 5
185 X 5
225 X 5
275 x 5
315 X 3
365 X 2
405 X 0
315 X 1
365 X 1
405 X 0
225 3 X 10

Straight Leg Deadlift
50K X 5
70k 3 X 15

Hanging Leg lift 3 x 12
Inclined Situp 3 x 12

Chin Up 3 X 5

Inclined Dumbbell Press
45lb X 5
60lb 3 X 10

Close Grip Pulldowns
120 3 X 10

I haven’t done anything representing  a heavy squat in ages, probably  months. I wanted to start out the new year squatting heavy but I was still dealing with too many nagging little boo boos. This, I believe, contributed to my demotivation at the beginning of the year. Now that itch is getting to great to bear. All that remains of my latest owwie is some nerve inflammation that does not seem to be exacerbated by training. So I say it is time to get my act together and get started acting like I enjoy this as much as I do.

Specifically with the squats on this particular occasion, Big Rick was watching me squat. He used to be quite a squatter. He reminded me that I need to be looking up out of the hole. Something I had all but forgotten. Something that can be seen in all the squats I do that end up with my legs extended and me trying to Good Morning the weight up. Using this, I was flying out of the hole on those last few singles. We both thought the 405 was a foregone conclusion. It wasn’t. I don’t know if it was head game, exhaustion beginning or weakness but I made it about a third of the way before stalling. For some reason I lacked whatever it was going to take to make a second effort or even sustain the first one to grind through. So it was a bomb.  Next week….

Time for a goals post, watch the next couple days.

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  1. speedstudio said,

    Mike: You completed 6 sets and 25 reps before you attempted 405. I’m curious. Why so many? That’s alot of time under tension. How much rest between sets?

  2. Scott Styles said,

    That’s a lot of squats!

  3. Mike said,

    A very good question. In this particular case, because it has been so long since I squatted heavy, I took more time than usual to get to my max weight for the workout. I wanted to make sure the hip was behaving as well as make sure I could find a comfortable groove. I do tend to take more warm up reps than most folks though. Most of the time, I find that I regret under preparing more than over preparing. I try to keep my warm up reps below 50% of what I am capable of at that weight.

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