Charles Staley

Charles Staley

 

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I added some new movements to my training this week, like heavy sumo deadlifts and cambered bar squats. My shoulder is feeling a lot better and I even did some heavy benching.
The big news this week is that I managed to briefly pass out with 390 pounds on my back. I luckily caught it on video for your viewing entertainment. Enjoy!
We were doing a lot of reorganizing and moving around gym equipment this week, so I had a shorter training week than usual. I'm also figuring out ways to work around my shoulder pain.
Despite shoulder pain I did hit a lifetime best deadlift this week, which was very gratifying. Not only was it my heaviest pull, but it was also at a lower bodyweight than previous records.
My shoulder has been bugging me and is going to limit my future training sessions. But I still managed to make the biggest training pull of my career and got in some pain-free presses as well.
I was hoping for a 385 squat this week and I nailed it. Then I hit a nice triple deadlift at 450. To top it all off, I had an epic 'Glute Off' battle with Bret Contreras. It was a good week.
Back to focusing on the big lifts this week. I noted some big improvements in my squat and deadlift and it's great to see the progress.
Here's a bit of detail about the nutrition changes I've been making in order to maintain strength while moving to a lower weight class. I also noticed significant improvement in my presses this week.
Despite a sinus infection and a missed session due to fatigue, I ended the year with several new PRs on my bench press.
This week I backed off on my squat and deadlift, but had some fun throwing in some other lifts for a change of pace. Also hit a lifetime PR on my dumbbell bench press.
I'm preparing to back off a bit next week and work on my Olympic lifts. In the meantime, I hit some big numbers this week, including 465 on the deadlift and 365 on my squat.
This was a productive training week. My squat is getting deeper and I'm feeling fresh as a daisy thanks to some dietary changes I've made.