I get what you’re saying, but I think this is the part that is the problem. I know it in theory, but letting go of the breath most likely lessens the effect a bit. I have felt that discomfort, to the point that sometimes it feels like lower traps are going to cramp up. I also really like that cue of reaching for the bar with your chest as you descend, it seems to help a bit.
So wait, you guys absolutely don’t let go of your breath from the unrack to the actual rep??
For a max single NO. Big breath and brace as I unrack and then go. If I am doing a triple I will hold the breath for the first 2 and then take a small breath at the top but this is only a small re-breath and I still try to maintain brace and position
3 May 2023
135 x 5
150 x 3
170 x 4 (friend spotted the 5th)
NG pull ups + 10lbs 7, 5, 5
Dips + 25 lbs 10, 10, 6
Unilateral cable row 60 x 10 x 3
Hammer curls 30 lbs x 10
295 x 5
335 x 3
375 x 6
95 x 5
110 x 3
120 x 7
Unilateral cable reverse flye 20 x 10 x 3
Egyptian cable lateral raise 23 x 10, 20 x 10, 20 x 10
(misloaded the 23 lol, was thinking of doing 18 (15 + 3 lbs DB) but then I realized I didn’t move the pin. No wonder it felt heavy LMAO)
Doing these because I realized one of the things that made my squat what it is was doing paused squats. I know they’re different lifts, but worth a shot. Goal is to train stability, tightness, and leg drive
Lat pull downs 60 x 8 x 3
BB row 135 x 10 x 3
Concentration curls 20 lbs x 10 x 3
17 May 2023
225 x 3
255 x 3
285 x 7
These were done after 12 hour night shift. Will be on night shift for like 10 days, so it is what it is
Gym bro was maxing out today, so in the spirit of camaraderie, tried to max out too.
Definitely not in the condition for it, I weighed 74kg (162.8) on Sunday when i was averaging 75.5 to 76kg (166+) a couple of weeks prior. Been on a deficit for probably around 2 weeks now. Only slept 3 hours since 6pm yesterday and coming off of night shift. So I’ll take this as a sleep deprived PR regardless! coming back to daytime for the next three weeks, so we’ll see what happens
It is a tough one. When it starts to get hard we have a tendency to rush it and try to touch n go quickly to finish the rep. I do this too by the way. But often the rushed rep puts us in a less favorable position and we are weaker. Watch the video back and you will see this.