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Back to Training Heavy
I did jump right back into training following the meet, but only hit two heavy sessions that week. I went up to three heavy sessions this week and am just really feeling good right now. I pulled my psoas and oblique on the right side while squatting at the meet. I neglected to mention this issue until now. I’ve been working it quite a bit myself and it’s been calming down significantly. Overall the root is some spinal stabilization issues I need to strengthen in my core. I keep putting off the work as it really is unpleasantly hard and not immediately rewarding…but it needs done. I was kindly reminded by my doctor, Phillip Snell, in Portland this Friday when I went to see him about the issue again.
405×5 – this was harder than I hoped and barely got the fifth rep
Dumbbell Military Presses w/added bands
60+#3bands x 12, 8, 6
Shoulder Press on Thruster Machine
Unknown weight x 16, 16, 12
Overhead Triceps Extensions
#4band x 18, 18, 18
Squats – Buffalo Bar + 300lbs of Chain
Looks like I had the weight deloading possibly a little sooner this week, but AWESOME squat session!
Pause Squats (5 count in hole, no rest at top)
+30lb chain on neck, no belt
375+30×5, 5, 5
Stallions (see upcoming write up, but essentially a kneeling squat with a band resistance at waist pulling your hips back)
Step Ups to 23” box height!
88lb Kettlebells x 8, 8 per side
Destroyed my grip
On the squats I burst a blood vessel in my face and pushed out a tooth. It was just a temporary crown however while I wait for the titanium implants they put in my jaw on Tuesday to form to the bone over the next six months.
Skipped, as I was very stressed out with all the life changes going on and had slept very little the night before. If it was a primary session I would have been all about it, but decided to save the extra energy for Saturday morning, which turned out to be an excellent move!
8:30am fully fasted training USP Labs style
Deadlift with weight, on 2” platform
Add 270lbs band tension at top and 100lbs right off the bottom (I use a fish scale to find exact weights for my setups)
All done with hook Grip
Switch to Over Under grip
565+270×1 w/Long holdout
630+270×0 close but couldn’t hang on till end
BY FAR THE BEST SESSION FOR GRIP I’VE EVER HAD
1 arm DB Rows (Strict)
150×18, 18 / side
KB Face-pull/upright row – See my video on my Gym’s website
Time to do that spinal stability work I’ve been neglecting. Some Deadbugs here I come!!! Hopefully I don’t cramp up into a little ball on the floor.