My girlfriend starting lifting with me about a year ago, but for a while her training was kind of by feel. We started with a lot of form practice on the barbell lifts, and after that I just sort of had her ramp up to something heavy, whatever that meant on any given day. By now, we’ve both gotten frustrated with that haphazard approach, so I had her test some rep maxes last week, and she’s starting on a version of 5/3/1 today.

Because of scheduling conflicts, she can only train with me on the weekends right now, so I put her on an upper/lower split. Also, I had to make some exercise substitutions because her press is too weak to make the numbers work and neither of us is happy with her deadlift form.

We had another minor mishap with Rachel’s weights today. Her AMRAP on the pulldown was supposed to be at 90 lbs, but she forgot to move the weight. So, she tied a PR at 80, then did a Joker set at 90.

Mobility and depth are still a little lacking in the squat, but 5 x 75 is the most weight she’s ever moved here, and I was really impressed with the effort she put into it. Donkey kicks went smoother this week with a tweak to the position of the weight.