This has been a successful week at the gym! This week our coach has decided to give us a chance to max out on some lifts. Since I’ve been focusing on getting stronger I was excited to see what if any progress I’ve made.
Squats have been my goat since the beginning. I’ve made progress but I’ve had to fight for every lb. Since this is easily the most taxing lift for me I wanted to test it on Monday.
Results: I had a 20lb PR landing me at 295lbs, just shy of 300lb which I failed at. My wife also had an exciting PR landing her at 200lbs!
This is probably my favorite lift and it shows. Our coach recommends your deadlift be 125% of your back squat. By that account I should be squatting over 320lb which was 45lbs more than I could before this week.
Results: I was able to get at 15lb PR landing me at 415! The main reason I was so stoked for this is I didn’t spend nearly as much time on my deadlift at my squat. So I’m pleased that I was able to not only maintain my numbers but improve them! My lovely wife was also able to get a PR of 255lbs, which is 20lb better than her last attempt just 3 months ago!
Thursday: Shoulder Press
I went out a little overzealous on this one. I hit my old PR of 155 and thought, “hey that was quite a struggle, lets add 10lbs and try for 165.” Well that ended up being to high of a jump. After a few more fails at that weight I was too spent to hit 160 and I called it a night.
Friday: Front Squat
I got a nice little PR on this lift. I went from 235 to 265. On my first attempt, I set up, gathered my strength, and lowered the bar and my belt promptly shot off my body. This probably shouldn’t have affected the lift too tremendously but it did cause me to need a second attempt. A few moments later and a better belt we rolling.
It always feels to good to hit a PR, especially when you are working towards it. There have been times when we had a max out day and I knew I hadn’t put in the work and it always leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. As the great Henry Rollins says “the iron will always kick you the real deal.”
The same is true in life. I hate when I’m tested on something I haven’t worked hard on, or given much thought too. But when I’m up everyday, working hard towards a goal, nothing is sweeter than seeing progress and the fruits of my labor.
Have you had any success in or out of the gym lately? Let me know in the comments below.