Killed The Last Strength Session Of The Year
It’s somewhat cool how it worked out that my last programmed strength session worked out to fall on December 31st. Realistically, doing strength every other day it had a fifty percent chance of occurring, but I like that I didn’t have to finagle the days to make it work out. I guess it starting on January first would have been cool too, but I like that I was able to end this clusterfuck of a year on a good note.
The actually lifting today felt and went great.
The squats today were a pretty moderate weight at 215 pounds, but they felt great and very fast. I worked through them with minimal rest and minimal breathing between reps. That’s going to end probably next week as the weight’s start getting towards the heavy side, but I will continue for not working through them as fast as I feel I safely can. I was thrilled with how my five sets of five back squats went today.
The strict presses were a moderate 107 pounds, and they felt excellent today. The video shows the same, and Molly said they looked exquisite, and she was watching. I am not sure what has really happened with these, but they seemed to have clicked and taken a big step towards better technique. I was back up to the two extra sets for a total of five sets of five today, since I felt better today.
Finally, I had deadlifts. Deadlifts are basically my nemesis lift that I have always had a tough mental block with. Early on when learning them, my back tended to be rounded naturally, and I was well aware of it. It didn’t change, and I wasn’t pulling with my back, but at the same time I knew it wasn’t ideal. That hasn’t really been an issue in a long time, though, but it’s still in the back of my mind for every single lift. I am getting used to using my 2pood belt now to help feel the position. I’m thinking that it’s going to be a good, long overdue, investment. For the deadlifts, I did five triples at 255. It’s a moderate weight, but in a few weeks it will get real for sure.
A little while later, we did the SHIFT version of today’s WOD. It was a bunch of hang power snatches with a dumbbell and unweighted step-ups. I briefly considered scaling the weight up to 50 pounds to give it a try, but then I remembered my shoulders are toast from the long ass row yesterday. Well, really, it’s everything that’s shot. That’s one of the reasons I did the SHIFT WOD. I would rather not do a 24 minute AMRAP today or weighted step-ups, considering the row yesterday plus the fact that I did my lifting this morning. The WOD went fast and easy. The hang snatches were easy at the 40 pounds I ultimately decided to use. That was the part I went faster at. Due to vision the step-ups were a bit slower but at least they weren’t as slow as they are every so often. If the lighting isn’t just right for me, any form of step-ups can be a nightmare for me. I do them still, but slowly.
Music for the strength and workout was Illogicist.