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