Classes start tomorrow, meaning it’s the de facto end of summer. My main goals for this summer were to bring up my lower back strength, and put on some size while maintaining leanness (more or less). I’d have to say this summer was a success. My erectors are much stronger than they’ve ever been. No more excessive rounding on max deadlifts/goodmornings. I began the summer by cutting from around 200 to 185 during May and June. Since then, I’m back up to 197, and significantly leaner and slightly bigger than I was before. I’ll take it!
From here, I need to start getting back into gear. My max effort work will be largely dedicated to getting practice and getting stronger in gear from here til nationals. Now that my erectors can handle more than my legs, I’ll also be focusing alot more of glute, ham, and quad strength. My upper body max effort work will be mainly aimed at triceps, naturally.
Like I said in the OP, I’m planning on competing in the new 205 class at nationals. The next two weeks will be a short cut which will probably bring me down to around 192. I like to have a couple pounds of wiggle room so that I can eat normally the night before a meet, so I’ll have another 11 pounds to gain for my goal weight of 203 in April.
My main goal is to squat 700 at nationals. Deadlift will come along with squats, and I don’t really care what I bench, honestly.