It has been a few years since I’ve posted here, but I figured it is time to get make my way back here and see how everyone is doing and maybe even clue people in to what I’m doing training-wise these days.
Cliffs Notes on what I’ve been up to - I had an inguinal hernia that ended up getting bad enough in late-2016 that I just stopped training altogether. Like a lot of dumb guys I let it get worse until it started to affect me doing basic activities. At that point I knew it was dumber than hell to let it go on and I finally got it taken care around a year ago. I started lifting weights again in August 2018, but didn’t get the urge to train specifically in a powerlifting-type routine until right after Thanksgiving. By chance, I saw an ad for the Juggernaut AI program and I remembered who Chad Smith and Garrett Blevins from back in the day, so I knew it would be a well thought-out plan with enough variation to keep things interesting. While the squat and deadlift work can be grueling some weeks for my aging joints, I think it’s a really good program and can’t recommend it enough.
I competed in a USPA meet in April, and ended up with an 1150 total @ a 190 BW. I had no expectations for numbers and honestly it was just to develop a baseline, as I plan on competing in more meets going forward.
Right now I’m roughly 3 months out from a USPA meet and training on a 3-day per week schedule. This is the 5’s week of a strength phase that is following a well-earned deload.
Low Bar Squat w/u to 295x5 followed by 275x4x5
Incline Bench Press 200x3x5 RPE 7
DB Curls 40x3x8
Lying DB Extensions 40x3x10
Pullups BW+35 3x10 RPE 8
Snatch-grip DLs 315x3x10 RPE 8
-Squats were good and fast, but this was the first time wearing a belt since the meet so it felt weird. The snatch-grip DLs were a good mental test. They weren’t hard per se, but the fact that they came last in the session and the garage was pretty friggin hot, I was tempted to bag them after the first set left me wheezy.
Thursday (supposed to be Wednesday, but son had t-ball and awards afterward)
Spoto Press 240x4x5 RPE 7
Deadlift w/u to 375x5 followed by 355x5x4
Romanian DL 315x4x8 RPE 8
Band leg curls 3x12 RPE 8-ish
-I’ve always felt weird doing Spoto Presses, stopping just short of touching my chest without there being a board being on my chest. Still, I think they’ve been pretty effective in re-developing my control at the bottom of the press because I was having major issues with maintaining proper bar path before I started doing them. Screwed up the deadlifts because I was only supposed to do 4, but they moved so fast that I didn’t even realize I did 5 until after I watched the video. This is also my first week wearing a belt on the DL and switching over to the Texas DL bar.