Today felt like an opportunity to go heavy. I had the day off yesterday as I had a minor migraine in the morning. Today I woke up early by my standards, and feeling good, I thought I would test my bench press, and include the deadlift too. The results are in
14th February '19
Bench press - 121kg*1 (PR), 122.5kg * 0
Deadlift - 205kg * 1 (SB)
So a new PR on the bench press, and a decent new SB on the deadlift. Mind you, the lift wasn’t perfect, I got the weight up alright but must have rocked far back on my heels so I sort of fell forward with the weight. But I’ll count it, anyway. I got it up, haha.
Just looked back at the start of the thread. I made my first post on the 5th of November and I gave myself a year to hit new PRs based on what experience I had. I’m very proud that I’m hitting them now, 3 months after that date. That’s pretty rapid progress. I think the main thing is not having many distractions, and being able to keep to a schedule. I’m really happy with my split of deadlift, upper, squat, upper with the upper days being OHP, Bench and Dips for pushes and BOR and chins for pulls. I seem to be able to maintain doing a movement everyday. I used to take a lot more days off, so it’s better now.
The deadlift hasn’t hit the heights of new PBs yet, but that’ll come in time. I think not applying the technique of ‘jumping’ into the lift, where you go straight up after assuming the grip, has to be a possible reason it’s down a bit. I did that today, anyway, and it worked. And the body doesn’t grow in the way we expect it to necessarily. It probably has more to do with the fact I’m carrying an extra few pounds.
What are the goals now? Well 485kg total, then 500kg, then 525kg, 550kg and 600kg. I think 500kg is a reasonable shout for some time in March. I think it will become more of a grind now. I guess the beginner gains stage is over, haha. As for 600kg, well it’s so far away as to be just a dream now. It’s a long term goal. Using my current lifts it would have to be about a 150kg bench, 190kg squat and 260kg deadlift. If I did that this year, with 10 more months of solid training, I’d be delighted. Maybe in a year’s time I’ll look back and say, yep, I did it. Or nope, way off!!! Haha.
But I’m really pleased to have hit a new bench PR, and thus to be stronger in the upper body than I ever have been. Boom. I think I should have a little sip of beer tonight, haha.
Time for a nap.
Oh, good news, got some work on the way.