PRE: None… just some water with a squirt of Mio Energy for a little kick
BAR x 5
135 x 5
185 x 4
235 x 3
285 x 2,2,2,2,2
320 x 1
OLYMPIC STANCE DEEP PAUSE SQUATS
155 x 5,5,5,5,5 (paused in the hole for a 3 count)
283 x 8
513 x 15,15,15,15 (whoops… meant to only do 12 reps!)
I was supposed to do some light good mornings and some kettlebell work but I ran out of time and had to get home to cook dinner. I’ll throw both of those onto my 4th day for BB work. Considering I had not taken a preworkout the pumps (particularly after leg press) were absolutely ridiculous. Like couldn’t walk right ridiculous. Which is strange because even on days where I’ve taken a pre+ARA+GMS I didn’t get anywhere near the level of pumps I had today!
Took 2 TF with breakfast and hit the gym up around 6PM
PRE: 1 scoop Nitramine, 2 scoops NOXYGEN, 4 caps XFA
BAR x 5 (felt my left knee tweak but it was a non-issue)
135 x 5
225 x 4
265 x 3,3,3,3,3
WIDE STANCE GOOD MORNINGS
BW+100 x 15,15,15 ea. leg (I prefer these to lunges)
OLYMPIC STANCE DEEP SQUAT CHALLENGE
135×50 (cannot return to rack until 50 reps have been completed)
So I went into the gym today with all intentions of having an amazing squat day. I’m not sure if its the new preworkout I’m taking (Nitramine) or what but I was just not with it at all today. The initial lift was good… all of the 265lbs squats felt fine (and surprisingly heavy). When I was doing my wide stance GMs I had a trainer come over and tell me my form was wrong and that I was going to hurt my back. I obliged him and performed the reps as he instructed… however this completely took the tensions away from my lower back and placed it all onto my hamstrings. After he walked away I performed my final set the way I had started but by this time my hamstrings were toast and I could literally feel the muscles micro-tearing as I performed each rep. Not sure if that was form, preworkout, dehydration or a combination of things but it did not feel pleasant and I immediately had concerns about the Oly squat challenge ! Step ups went fine (I prefer them over lunges because my tall has gets knee problems if I do too many lunges w/ too much weight). The rule for the Oly challenge is to not return to the rack until 50 reps are completely. I got to 25 before I had to give up. My heartrate was sky high and I was sweating profusely. I finished all 50 reps but not how I was supposed to and as light as 135 is its a mother for 50 reps.
MODIFIED REVERSE BANDS SQUAT
I don’t have bands so instead I go for a heavier single based off my main lift…
Whoops. Only supposed to get 1 but it felt so good I went for two
OLYMPIC STANCE DEEP SQUAT
20 mins incline treadmill @ 7.5% incline and 3.2mph pace = 190cals
I’ll comment more on this with the intro video but the first thing I noticed about the TF pills is they literally look like someone took some gravel, crushed it up, and stuck it inside the capsules. It is the strangest looking pill I have ever seen… but after looking at the profile I can’t wait to see what it does for me. Since its only DAY 1 I don’t have much to comment on other than that today felt really good in the gym. I took 3 days off prior to lifting today and I came in fresh and motivated. Hitting 285×2 really got me stoked mentally and helped me speed through the rest of my workout.
Recently I finished my first powerlifting competition and after some rest and recovery I decided to return to a maintenance 5/3/1 program. Prior to this I was using a Sheiko Peaking program to tune my body and CNS towards the challenge of lifting the most weight possible in a single repetition. Now that my powerlifting meet is over its time to switch out of Sheiko and into something different… and that is my old 5/3/1 program (with a few tweaks). I will eventually get around to posting my powerlifting results and the reasoning behind using Sheiko for training for it (and perhaps I’ll switch to something else after 5/3/1 such as the Cube or Westside), but for now I hope you will follow me as I try to get back into the habit of repping 5-10+!