If you are striving for a goal you are going to run into obstacles that slow down and impede your progress. When this happens even the strongest person can become discouraged. I have encountered my fair share of obstacles throughout my fitness journey and am currently dealing with a nagging injury which is preventing my from performing at my full potential (specifically on squats) in the gym. The important thing is not to QUIT when these obstacles arise. It would be much easier to throw your hands up and say "forget it, I quit" than to persevere and fight past these obstacles. Make a plan on how to overcome the obstacle then put in the work to do so. Even if it takes you longer to accomplish your original goal it is worth the struggle to accomplish that goal and it is even more rewarding when you do accomplish it. So if you are feeling discouraged it's time to take action instead of feeling sorry for yourself. Create a plan, put in the work, and overcome whatever obstacle is in your way!
Project 600lb Squat
So this week I realized it’s been close to 10 years since my strength was at it’s highest which honestly made me mad. In 2004-2005 my best lifts were:
Squats 585 X 3
Bench 365 X 3
Deadlift 585 X 3 and 600 X 1
I suffered a bad lower back injury that kept me from squatting and deadlifting for 3 years. Then it took some time to get back in the groove once I could do squats and deadlifts again. For the past 3 years or so my lower back hasn’t been an issue at all, but it seems like there is always some sort of nagging injury that flares up. Every stretch of good training and strength gains seems to be followed with an injury that holds me back, keeping my strength levels plateaued in the same range. I was able to complete in my first meet last November where I hit:
Squats = 452
Bench = 342
Deadlift = 562
But after my meet my left leg and right shoulder started giving me issues which prevented me from performing squats and bench press (and other pressing movements), so for the last 3 months I have been training around these injuries and working in fixing them. These past two weeks of training have been pretty solid and it looks like I will be able to start adding weight to the bar again soon. This brings me to today…
Squats: Worked up to 315 X 5.
This weight felt surprising easy but at this weight I was just starting to feel a little pressure/strain in my left adductors so I stopped here. Last week I hit 275 X 5 and the previous week I did 225 X 5, so my injury is improving at a good rate right now.
Bench Press: Worked up to 225 X 5.
I started to feel a little pressure/strain in my shoulder so I stopped at this weight. Last week I hit 185 X 5 and the previous week I hit 135 X 5, so like squats things are improving nicely.
Military Press: 95 X 5; 115 X 5; 115 X 5
Lat-Pulldowns 3 sets of 8-12 reps
Deadlifts: 370 X 5; 390 X 5; 410 X 5; 430 X 5
I haven’t done much rep work on deadlifts over the past year as I have primarily doing submaximal singles. So while 430 lbs wasn’t all that heavy, I was freaking winded LOL. I’m actually planning to add in a HIIT session on Saturday’s starting this week so perhaps that will help in this area.
Front Squats: Worked up to 175 X 5
Floor Press: 5 sets of 5 with 185
(Alternated between Floor Press and Barbell Curls)
Both workouts this week went well especially considering how crappy things have been feeling; I am feeling positive about my training.
One thing I wanted to note is I have been taking MicroLactin for the past 3 weeks and it seems like it is helping with my joints. I will keep taking it and see what I experience.
Tomorrow will be a non-training day where I will simply do some mobility and myofascial work.
I have entitled this journal “Project 600lb Squat” as that is my current goal. I honestly will not be satisfied until I surpass my strength levels from 10 years ago. I hit a 495lb squat on 11/16/12: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvQAJ9bS0s4 so I don’t think hitting 600 is out of the question, I will just need to put in the work!
Thanks for reading and following along with my journey.
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http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=931148 I worked with DBCrusher to help him cut. Now it is time to add some MASS. He is making some unreal gains thus far (only 6 weeks).
After 6 Weeks Arms (flexed): + 1/4" Quads: + 1/2" Shoulders: 3/4" Forearms: 1/2" Weight: +11 lbs
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