Week 2 day 1 and I’m not going to lie. I had A LOT of anxiety going into this session today. I didn’t know how I’d do with any of the weight not to mention the widowmakers for the squats. Maybe it was residual aggression from the day or the therapeutic nature of a session for me, but it felt great. What’s even better is that I know progress is being made.
Sq: 240lbs x3
BP: 160 x3
160 x19(failed 20th rep)
That 310 for 10 was an achievement for me in more than one way. Months ago before I got the Forever book I had done a cycle of basic 5/3/1 just to do something until I figured out what to do since I had just finished Starting Strength. I ended up getting 315 for 9. I was pretty happy about that at the time. Recently, I was a little underwhelmed by my performance feeling as though I had gotten weaker. Tonight I got the 310 for 10 which puts my estimated 1rm at ~412lbs. Overall, an increase in my squat since that point and I can only imagine it’ll continue to get better.
For my bench tonight, I was actually kind of surprised by it. I hit 205 for 11 which gives an estimated 1rm of ~279. I’ve never even tried to hit anything higher than 235 for 1. So seeing that only makes motivation easier. I have a desired achievement of 315+ and seeing that type of estimate is extremely promising. The widowmaker surprised me just as much because I kept hitting reps up until 14 then went rest pause until the 20th rep where my triceps failed to lock out and I barely got the bar racked. I really didn’t think I’d get close to that, but as Jim says the body adapts you get stronger.
So to be honest, all in all tonight did not seem bad at all. I didn’t feel like any rep was a grind except the last few widowmakers for the bench. Everything else felt…I want to say easy but more like less difficult than I was expecting. When it comes to widowmakers it’s said that if you’re not on the floor recovering in a pool of vomit and seeing God you didn’t go hard enough. With next week’s weight of 260, if it feels the same as this week should I keep pushing it another 15-20 pound and continue with another cycle of 5/3/1? I’m tempted to challenge it and go for another 3 weeks depending on how I feel next week. If anyone reading has any thoughts let me know.
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