Today was meant to be my third attempt at 215 lbs on squats. I knew going into the workout that I was going to fail it and have to deload (my legs are just that tired), so I cut out the middleman and just went ahead and deloaded them myself. Back down to 185 to give them a bit of a break. At that weight I was able to do them with only about two minutes between sets. I really should have done the 215, taken the fail, and deloaded next time, but honestly I really just wasn’t up to the strain of it.
At least this way I saved some energy for overhead press. Up to 105 lbs today, and I’m happy to say that I completed the full 5×5 for a new personal best! I went with Wednesday’s technique, waiting the full three minutes between sets right from the get-go, and waiting an additional thirty seconds between sets four and five. It was hard, but not as hard as the last reps of some previous sets. Not looking forward to 110 lbs next time, but I’ll take the progress!
Deadlifts went pretty well too. Since hitting 225 lbs last time (two 45 lb plates per side – big boy weight!), I’ve lowered my incremental increase to 5 lbs per workout. That means today was 230 lbs. Tough, but in no danger of not doing it. It also ties my previous personal best (twice) for deadlifts. Next workout will be 235 lbs, which would be a new record for me if I can manage it. Fingers crossed!
Time for a weekend to let my body recuperate. See you again Monday.