A blog by the Next Level  2013 Advancement Team.  

This blog provides the insight, in-jokes and inspiration of a team in action.  Each post is by a team member as their journey continues.  

In The Next Level, an "Advancement Team" is a team built of experienced athletes designed to "advance" the program.  The spring 2013 Advancement Team is comprised of eight men: Tom Keon, Phil Cohen, Stephen Cyr, Seth Carbonneau, Stephen Forgione. Phil Biondo, Yarza Winn and Chris Noonan.  

Each post represents only the views of it's poster, and is not intended as a reflection of the opinions, views or beliefs of any other teammate, the team as a whole or The Next Level.  

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A good week of lifting

The last few weeks at the gym I have felt rather blah, and my workouts haven't produced the kind of numbers I was anticipating. Something changed this week and I have made a few minor PR's and hit some old numbers that I haven't seen for a while. I am not sure where the change occurred, it may just be the progression built into my routine, but I certainly won't complain about progress. Here's a few highlights of my week:

  • 275lb x 20 rep back squat (below parallel)
  • 285lb x 1 rep flat bench press (this is a lot for me considering I don't put much effort into benching) 
  • 235lb x 1 rep push press 
  • 435lb x 5 rep deadlift (from the ground, normal stance, touch and go)

I am pretty happy with these numbers especially because next week is a deload so the timing was perfect. I probably could have gone for more weight or higher reps on some of the above sets but I like to end lifts on a high note. If I make a PR, I am happy with it and don't see the need to increase the weight and try for another PR (unless it felt incredibly easy, which is very rare for a 1RM) because there is no sense in risking injury or feeling mentally defeated by missing a lift. Also, it has been said that "you don't get stronger by missing lifts."

Posted by Seth Carbonneau