Due to the fact that I might only have 8 weeks left to train (I'm sure it'll be longer, houses in the UK never sell in 8 weeks, more like 3 months plus) I've decided to follow a peaking cycle and dedicate my last weeks to try and get a big new total.
I've chosen a 14 week Ed Coan cycle and am going to squat Monday, bench Wednesday and deadlift Friday. It starts with 2 weeks of 10 reps a set (which is convenient because that's what I've been doing recently) then 2 weeks of 8's, 4 weeks of 5's, 2 weeks of 3's and 2's and then 2 weeks of singles.
I'm using a deadlift max of 490 which I did a couple of weeks back and a squat max of 440 (a bit optimistic since I haven't squatted over 300 for a while, but the start weight for 2 sets is what I've been doing for 5 sets so should be do-able) and a bench of 300. This would give me a DL of 545, a squat of 489 and a bench of 343!!! Yeah right!!! I'd be very happy with 525, 475 and 325. We shall see. Assistance work will be what I feel like on the day. Lots of face pulls and shoulder and upper back work to balance the benching.
Here was today's
Deadlift @ 330 lbs x 10-10
Leg Curls @ 85 lbs x 8-8-8
GHR @ bw x 5-5-5
Face Pulls @ 55 lbs x 10-10-10
Went OK. A lot less work than I'm used to right now. Took about 45 minutes, my workouts recently have been pushing 90 minutes. I'm going to put everything into this, I'll even drop my cardio when necessary, I'll be doing plenty of that afterwards when I can't lift. With the low volume I should start to feel really fresh between sessions, I can't remember what that feels like!
Here's the calculator for anyone who's interested.