Hello, my name is Jeremy Hamilton, and yes you read the title right, 7 months to go until Raw Unity and im training for it now. The ultimate goal is the 198lb total record.
My best comp lifts are a 573s 446b 705dl @ about 212lbs
Im making this log for a few reasons. By putting these goals in writing I feel like they become a reality before I even accomplish them. Also just to share my ideas with everyone here and get others input.
Right now im training using Wendlers 531 and I think its super. But some times im just all over the place with my training.
Today was suppose to be a deload but im finding out that I hate to deload so much. I dont know if I can do them anymore. When I deload I eat like shit and dont rest like I should. When I go back to lifting again I feel weak.
Squats 135 225 315x1 405x1 belt on 495x1 585x1 pr 410x10 no belt
So my deload turned into a squat pr. It was tough but im confident that ill squat 600 by the end of summer.
What template are you using for your accessory work on the program, if you don't mind me asking. I have been running the 5/3/1 program as well and love it. It is great to see that it works for more experienced lifters as well.
My accessory work is somewhat of a joke. Other than weighted pullups I cant stick to anything.
For squats I will usually do goodmornings. For bench I might do some close grip or some light db presses. I love dips but they just dont feel right for helping my bench. For push presses I do some oh db clean and presses. Right now I dont do anything for deads, maybe a couple of backoff sets without a belt.
I think the reason that 531 has worked so well the last 3 months is because its such a change from what I was doing before. I was never pushing to failure on anything and mostly would just add or take away frequency. When I stall on this I will go back to a more frequent lifting schedule, probably with benching soon.
I got started on a sheiko routine but I ended up getting sick and didnt go back to it. Im not saying that it wouldnt work for me but when you work in a gym all day and then lift for 2.5 hours, it just gets to be a bit much.
I have had great results with power to the people though. Thats what I mean by more frequency. High intensity, low daily volume.
Im not pleased with the benching lately. My best with 365 is 9 reps and I was expecting to beat that today. I got angry and decided to do a couple of more sets. I might play around with the volume a bit on the bench. I dont want to stop the 531 just yet because its really going good for my squat. I will stay with it in hopes of breaking 600 in august. benching is undecided.
I fear deads tomorrow. Its never good after taking an extra week away from them.
They held pretty steady. I didn't DL at all except for some speed deads during the switching phase. I ran the Smolov Jr. for my Bench, but cut the volume in half, and stretched the program out by only doing 2 bench workouts a week. Bench might have even gone up a little, which is rare for me.
I think I liked the Base better than the intense just for the set/rep scheme, and I got bigger gains out of the base, so it's probably worth just doing that.
If you can handle the volume, then go for it. If not, then work up to 3 Squat sessions/wk, or run the intro microcycle first. I got 85lbs out of the whole program, and 50 out of the Base. 50lbs in 3 weeks. I put 25lbs on my Squat in the 52 weeks before that...