This log will track my programming and progress towards a meet I’m planning on doing in June 2018. This will be 2 years since my last meet - haven’t been able to compete since then due to pretty bad sciatica affecting my deadlift.
The plan is to run Juggernaut 2.0 until end of Feb (ending with some max doubles) then do a 12 week peak to the meet.
As i cant currently pull from the floor on my deadlift day i will be doing box squats as my main lift and block pulls from just below the knee as an assistance movement which doesn’t seem to be badly impacted by the sciatica.
I tried using my heeled shoes for these, i’ve used them in the past but never really got the hang of them, i alway feel like i get pitched forward when i wear them, especially with heavier loads. Its annoying as i feel they could be beneficial given my squat style if i could make the right adjustments, but for now they just aren’t working for me.
A set of 3:
SSB squats: 220 5x10
Reverse Hypers: 90 5x10
Noticed some fairly new looking stretch marks on my shoulders which is promising as i am trying to get bigger over the next few months.
Box squats: 255 x5, 290 x5, 310 9x3, 1x10
Paused High bar squats w green bands: 210 2x3, 230 3x3
Did these with my lifting shoes and tried to incorporate a couple of the tips i got regarding using these shoes. i tried to stay more upright and get elbows further forward (this was easier to do with high bar & using the buffalo bar). Definitely felt better that squats earlier this week but at this stage still not sure i’ll be able to maintain these adjustments with heavier loads.
block pulls from 1" below knee: 405 5x5, felt light but am starting to feel my sciatica on these which sucks! I will plan on keeping them in for a few more weeks but may switch to sumo pulls from blocks as they should irritate the nerve less.
Been eating really poorly the last couple of days which i often find i start doing when i am trying to gain weight - will be trying to clean up my diet going forward, can be hard this time of year tho!
Bench: 155 x5, 185 x3, 215 x1, 230 x14 (AMRAP)
Wasn’t feeling great on the AMRAP set and a little pissed i only got 14, wanted a few more at least but oh well - will do better next time.
slingshot bench: 255 5x3
DB Incline: 70s 4x10, 1x 17
Incline tate press: 25s 5x15 - think i prefer doing these with an incline so may start doing them like this more frequently.
Squats: 235x5, 275x3, 320x1 340x16 (Killed me!!)
don’t think i’ve ever been that out of breathe after any set before, had a burning in my throat after i hadn’t felt since running track in high school on a cold day.
Had to cut down on my programmed assistance so did:
SSB squats: for sets of 5 220, 240, 260, 280, 300 then 220x12
Finished with 5x10 on reverse hypers: from 90lbs up to 180.
Strict Press: 95lbs x5, 110x3, 135x1, 140x10
I haven’t trained much over head for a long time but am kinda frustrated that I’m literally no,better at it than I was 3-4 years ago. Goal is 225 strict but I’m a ways off that.
Flat DB press: 80s 4x10, 90s 1x11
DB rows: 120 4x10, 130 1x15
Goal here is to get to 5x10 with 150.
Really wasn’t feeling that good going into this one, and it showed - i think the squats from earlier in the week and christmas party drinks the night before take their toll - any who.
Box squats: 235lbs x5, 275 x3, 325 x1, 345 x12 (maybe had 1-2 more in me but called it here and will save them for another day!)
Block Pulls: the blocks i had been using for these were taken so instead decided (stupidly) to do some sumo pulls off 2-3 inch blocks, and as i can’t do volume with deads at the moment decided to do singles and see where it went.
All singles: 405, 455, 495, 545, 585
I should have stopped at 495 the last one was WAAY slower and harder than it should of been and i could really feel the sciatica on the final one - Annoyed at myself for not sticking with the plan of not doing anything that aggravates my nerves for 2 months.
OHP: 120 7x5, 1x8
DB Press: 80s 2x10, 90s 3x10
DB Rows: 130 4x10, 1x12
Tate Press: 5x12
Had to get a quick session in at home today
Box squats: 300 7x5 1x12
Rack pulls (just below the knee) sumo stance: 445lbs 6x1 - didn’t want to do reps with this and risk bending my bar on the rack pins so was did singles with slow descent.
RDLs: 315 1x15
First time picking something up from the floor in a while, feel much lower than i remembered!
These felt pretty good which was a surprise, may try to work them back into my programming in a couple of weeks.
Will be going on vacation for 10 days on Friday so am trying to squeeze my 4 workouts for the week in by Thursday.
Bench: 185x3, 225x3, 230 7x3, 1x8
I did this in my garage which always feels really awkward for bench, im pretty sure I could get more than on a regular bench.
Slingshot: 275 5x3
I’m gonna try to add in some strongman type stuff into my training with a view to potentially do a comp late next year (after my June powerlifting meet) if I can get to a level im satisfied with.
Therefore tried some barbell push jerks did some singles up to 225, here’s one of them
I think the hardest part was getting set before the push, think the bar may have been too far in front of me, will work on this.
Finshed with some tricep band extensions (5x10) and NG pull ups (6×6)