So I’m just kind of posting this because I want to. Not necessarily looking for critiques or anything, although I’m open to whatever advice or criticism people have for me.
I tend to program in 18 weeks blocks. I have found that 9 weeks on, rest week, 9 more weeks on, then do a mock meet, has been working really well for me. Last cycle, I had the thought that maybe instead of taking a full deload week, I might try doing an “odd lifts meet,” where i get to max out on a few lifts that I train for assistance and are highly correlated to squat/bench/dead. I figured it would be a lot of fun, and that if I hit some big PR’s in this odd lifts meet, it probably meant I’m on my way to some big PR’s in my power lifts.
So, I chose front squat, strict press, and snatch grip deadlift, and tested them all this week. It went really well, and I had a lot of fun doing it. Front squat looked pretty good. My back is my weak point, I need to drive my elbows up harder, but still not bad considering I hit a 30 lb PR from just 9 weeks ago. Strict press moved so easy that I jumped up 10 lbs after like an asshat and missed terrible. Overall it’s good, I just need to be careful of the little “body tremor” I do when I tense up for the lift, because in the vid it looks like I use it as a sort of “shrug” to get the weight moving, and I don’t like doubting my lifts haha. I just need to be careful to take my breath and tense up, then give a moment before I press so its from a nice completely dead stop. And snatch grip deads, which are my new favorite/most fun exercise, went great - I’d never pulled more than 345 for a triple, so 405 was a huge PR, and although it was quite the grinder I’m very happy with that, considering my best conventional pull is 435. Hopefully I will be able to smash that in 10 weeks, based on how this pull went.
Anyways, thanks for checking out the video, and any comments, concerns, ideas, criticisms are welcome.