- KB swings - 10, 8 @ 16, 8 x 5 @ 20
- Deadlifts - 10 @ bar, 5 @ 40, 4 @ 60, 3 @ 80, 2 @ 90, 1 @ 100, 110, 120, 130, X @ 140
- Hanging knee raises - 10 x 4
- FFE split squats - 10 @ 12, 16 (ea leg)
(30s between legs)
That’s the last of the testing sessions done. Disappointed with how this one played out - 140 was my previous max and I hoped to get back to it, or even surpass it.
Weights felt good on the way up, and the swings and knee raises didn’t feel particularly taxing on the deadlifts. Put on the belt from 90 onwards. I had originally thought of doing 5kg jumps after 130, but it moved so well that I thought going straight to 140 would be fine (and I might even have something more in the bag). Grip was an issue though, with the bar trying to pull out of my hands from the very beginning of the lift, so I put on straps for the 140.
Took two shots at 140 - had my belt pinch real bad at the start of the first so I bailed, readjusted, and had another go. Broke the weight off the floor, but I was getting pulled forwards right over it, and I knew it wasn’t going anywhere.
I honestly feel as though strength wasn’t the issue (bar grip issues) as the 130 felt so good. Think it’s more likely a psychological thing (going for new max) or probably technical, particularly as I had to spend more time bent over setting up to get the straps in place before starting the lift, so I expect I was out of position at the start.
Knees felt dodgy on the split squats, so I called them after only a couple of sets. Was using a 2" elevation for the front foot, and a 3s eccentric (all reps on one side, then short rest and switch to the other side).