So today was my max day, which I’ve had circled on my calendar for a long, long time. My goals going in were squat 350, deadlift 405, clean 225, and bench 275.
Power Clean: Warmed up going 135, 185, 205 for 3, 2, 1…tried for 225 and missed it, but it was close. All I had to do was sink a little lower and throw my wrists back. So I gave myself a couple minutes, blasted up the music and hit it. So Power Clean: 225x1.
Deadlift: Felt a little tired from power cleans and figured it probably wasn’t ideal to go right from them to deadlifts, but figured i might as well since the bar was on the floor. Warmed up 135x5 225x5 315x1 345x1 365x1 385x1 then went for the four plates. I could only get it about two inches off the ground, stuck there for ten seconds trying to get it up and let it drop. I was pissed and refused to let this major goal of mine slip away, so I gave myself a couple minutes and got back under the bar. With some struggle I nailed it. Deadlift: 405
Bench: Someone was in the squat rack (doing the first good squats I’ve seen btw) so I decided to give the legs a rest and hit the bench. I had hit 250 before so I felt okay with that at least. Warmed up 135x5 185x3 225x1 245x1. 245 was ridiculously easy so I decided to just go balls to the wall and throw on the 25 for 275. Long story short, I got it a couple inches up but couldn’t beat the sticking point. Not even close. So I dropped it down and hit 260 with some effort. Bench: 260
Squat. I went into this realizing I basically needed to hit my 350 goal to get a 1000 total. I did calculate it and figured out I only really needed 335 to hit 1000. So I warmed up 135x5 225x3 315x1 335x1. I had hit it easily so I put on 350 and went for it. Hit it no problem. I got a little greedy and went for 365 without enough rest and didn’t make it out of the hole. Squat: 350.
All in all, I’m satisfied with how things went. I figured that I would miss a lift in there somewhere, especially since fatigue had to factor in as I was doing four major lifts in an hour. So the final tally was:
I hit my goal of breaking 1000. Now I’m deloading for the rest of this week and taking a well-deserved break from the heavy lifting before I start my cut for sprint. My goal for my cut is by the end of July to be 175 (-10 lb) and with a total exceeding 1050. I know this isn’t great progress, but to get stronger while losing weight would be fantastic and is my goal. After the cut I’m going to start up with a plyometric and olympic lift heavy program I’m thinking to get into explosive condition for the season.
This leg of the journey was good, but it’s going to be a helluva ride the next couple months still…