Some Stats As Of 12/02/18 (will update below)
Bench 1RM: M: 80KG
Squat 1RM: 97.5KG
Deadlift 1RM: 120KG
15 Weeks and 4 days out from first meet
Today was the first workout with my brand new belt (Strength shop’s 10mm lever belt FYI) and was the first day of the program i will be doing for the build up to the meet which is Calgary Barbells 16 week program. Now, because my numbers are still low, and i believe i may progress too fast for this program, I may increase the 1RM to an estimated 1RM at different intervals during the program. That said here was the first workout:
Comp Squats: 4x7 65KG
-This was my first ever time using the belt and it felt great. I did body weight squats at home and it felt like the belt dug into my ribs slightly so I put it slightly higher and it seemed to do the trick and i could still brace into it very well.
-All these sets were pretty easy and would put them around RPE 5
Paused Bench: 4x7 55KG
-I did use the belt on this although i didnt think it would help much, for some reason it helped a ton, and as i was just getting back into benching due to some elbow tendinitis, i thought this was going to be relatively hard. However, got all the reps easily on the first 3 sets, I would say about an RPE 7, then the last maybe around an RPE 8.5. The belt helping me a lot may just be placebo, however i will keep testing this, either way I will still use it as it gives me more confidence.
OHP: 3x8 37.5KG
-This way light for me, however was a bit beaten up after bench so decided to take it slightly easy, i would usually do about 40-45KG for a set of 8
-Overall went well, only using this as an accessory but will be progressing on it.
Barbell Rows: 3x12 55KG
-Again was relatively easy but it makes sure there is room to progress, will be doing at least 60KG for this next week, and then it goes down to 3x8.
-Thing to note is that I dont have chalk right now so the limiting factor on this is actually grip as when i go 65KG+ it tends to be very slippery, will be purchasing some chalk soon.
Overall was a good workout and the next one is tomorrow in which I will be doing some deadlifts and more (