I squatted today and just had to share this story as I’m so fired up about it. 3 weeks ago I squatted 355 for a single, my best squat to date. Today I was planning on hitting 365 for a double. Maybe doing a little extra volume work after that. I’m warming up. 275 feels light. 315 I paused in the hole for a 2-count just for kicks, and it still felt light. I felt like a million bucks. Loaded up 335, 1 easy rep. Time for 365. Asked for a spot from some random dude, he didn’t know how to spot a squat. I told him don’t worry about it and went for it alone. 2 easy reps.
At this point I’m staring at the bar and realizing just how strong I feel today. Should I just do a bunch of sets with 365? Fuck that, I’m going for broke. I decided I’ll just keep adding weight to the bar until I fail. At this point I got another dude I know pretty well to start spotting me. All singles. 375, no problem. 380, fell forward on my toes a little bit, sloppy, but got it up anyway. 385, easier than previous set. 390 fairly tough but got it. Now I’m standing there staring at the bar again. I’ve been hoping to hit a 400lb squat sometime in the next 3-6 months. Now it’s looking like I might hit it TODAY. Fuck it, throw another 5 on each side. Going for broke. This is 45lbs more than I’ve ever had on my back, never mind squatted to parallel and back. Unrack it, and it feels good. I feel solid. Big breath, start going down. Explode out of the hole and grind out a nice, clean rep. Almost got stuck about halfway up but not a problem. Grunted out an “I got it” so the spotter never came close.
At that point I just said fuck it, I’m done for the day. I’m not doing any assistance work, I just spent an hour doing nothing but squatting. All told, 14 sets, including 6 sets above my previous max. I feel like a million bucks.
I dunno, I just had to share that because I feel so great.
Thanks for reading!