Yeah, generally, I try to come up with a plan the week or day before leading up to a workout, and execute it. Like, I’ll think in my head, “Okay, I want to hit a new 5x5 PR, and I think I’m strong enough to based on how things have gone recently.” I’ll do that with any lift. Sometimes, it’s going for rep PRs, and sometimes I scratch it all, and shoot for something crazy if i feel great. Conversely, I’ll also scratch things off and be more conservative if i feel like shit or I just need to be more prudent.
Sometimes, I’ll give myself a break and do long training blocks of hypertrophy oriented parameters only, and slowly build back up to heavier work, in time. I also train the way I do due to years of perpetual injuries. It’s been a tedious process to find the right combination of exercises that work, and knowing what really messes with me.
Finally, I enjoy side bends due to the fact that I just feel like often in life we’re not carrying or lugging around something in a symmetrical fashion and we’ve got to have unilateral stability conflated with movement. Sometimes I do heavy ass waiter walks (holding a dumbbell in a single arm DB press position while maintaining a neutral spine and walking with it), especially amidst contest prep. I just think strong ass obliques are great for spine health, too.