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  1. Training Log: October 31st, 2008

    by , 10-30-2008 at 11:00 PM
    SQ 240 x5 x7

    Qualifier: I was really winded by set 4. The big Oly lifter showed up to work in. I tried to jump back in too soon and with pauses (he was training with pauses and it influenced me). I got stuck on rep 2. Took much longer rests and was able to finish the session with the requisite volume. He'd sent me for chalk because the bar was slipping three inches over the course of my set. On the very last rep he spotted me, but claims that he was just keeping the bar from rolling ...
  2. Training Log: October 29th, 2008

    by , 10-28-2008 at 11:00 PM
    SQ 225 x7 x5

    Smolov recording is so easy: One drill; One weight.

    Warmed up with bar-only behind-the-head presses and then 135x5. Can't believe I'm getting 225 for this many sets and reps. 225 was 92% of my max a few months ago and even a couple of weeks ago it felt heavy enough to be my 5 or 6 RM. I was really demoralized before the last couple of sets, but I psyched up and got through them. Sets 2 and 3 were the best. The last rep of the last set was slow. Form is ...
  3. Training Log: October 27th, 2008

    by , 10-26-2008 at 11:00 PM
    SQ 210x9x4

    Comrade Smolov returns.

    First set a little off, but second and third just about perfect. Last five reps of last set felt like Hell and I really felt both quads straining as I finished the last third of the last rep. Right knee felt week during first set, but seemed to warm up as I went. Ravenous that night and had to have an extra late-night sub. Amaze that I got 210 for the first session! I started the last Smolov with 170!! Finished it with 225x3x10 and ...
  4. Training Log: October 25th, 2008

    by , 10-24-2008 at 11:00 PM
    BP 170x5, 180x4, 190x3, 200x1...
    SQ 225x5, 205x5, 220x4, 235x3, 250x2, 265x1
    Sumo 365x3, 385x2, 405x0

    What have we learned today.

    Would have failed on that attempt to bench 200 for a double. I'm stronger, but I didn't hit the 170-210 that I would have liked to. Still, I was almost able to do my old 1RM at the end of a 54321 progression. On Oct 13, 195 at the top felt like a max attempt. So I'm at least 10 lbs stronger, maybe 15. I will reset to 155-195 ...
  5. Training Log: October 23rd, 2008

    by , 10-22-2008 at 11:00 PM
    BP 165x5, 175x4, 185x3, 195x2, 205x1
    SQ 190x3, 220x3, 250x3, 280x1, 295x1, 255x2, x3, x1 (failed 2)... 205x3
    Sumo 425x1, x0 (fail), 405x1

    New 54321 record with 205x1. Not nearly as hard as I thought it would be. Spotter started to put finger under the bar as soon as I started to slow down. I'm pretty sure he didn't touch it, but I can't be sure. So sick of the incompetent spotting at the gym. I'm thinking of simply going without a spot and then just counting on someone ...
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