Charles Staley

Charles Staley

 

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With a solid 475 pull, no shoulder pain, and minimal soreness after a few hard sessions, I feel like I'm getting back on track this week. I included several videos in the entry this week as well.
I pushed myself pretty hard on the squat and deadlift this week, and also worked on chins and arms. I'm seeing some improvement on my bench press and also added some calf training.
I continued my low volume week and then started renewed training efforts on Monday. Worlds will be October 6th, and I have about 21 weeks to get it together.
I’ve been feeling a bit beat up lately, so only 3 low-volume sessions this week. Nonetheless, I still managed a good pull and set a personal record on the dumbbell bench press this week.
This was a productive week, with an all-time PR on chin ups, as well as my heaviest squat and deadlift numbers weighing less than 200 pounds.
In just a week after changing my training approach, I'm already seeing the results, particularly in the bench press. Next week will focus on the lower body.
I realized this week that I've been focusing more on performance than on hard work. I decided to rededicate myself to hard work and adjusted my training a bit to reflect that decision.
I had the flu and missed over a week of training, which also made me decide to pass on the powerlifting meet. Also a video of a close call I had during a squat session this week!
My training seems to be going as I had planned. This week I hit a 260 bench and 370 squat at a bodyweight of about 200 pounds.
This week was a week of ups and downs - lots of hard work, a few sucky misses, some epic DOMS, and a few epiphanies as well.
It seems my weight loss has not impacted my strength levels. I had some big lifts this week and also started pressing again, since my shoulder hasn't acted up all week.
My numbers this week were solid but not spectacular, but it seems my shoulder is almost back to normal. I'm also at the lowest bodyweight I've been at since my twenties.