Athlete Journal: Charles Staley, Entry 43 – Worlds On the Horizon

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.

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Wednesday was a continuation of my low volume/recovery week, whereas Monday marks the start of my renewed training efforts. Worlds will be October 6th in Las Vegas, and I have about 21 weeks to get it together.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 10:45 AM

Bodyweight: 199 lbs

DEADLIFT

Set 1: 135 lbs × 3

Set 2: 135 lbs × 3

Set 3: 135 lbs × 3

Set 4: 185 lbs × 3

Set 5: 225 lbs × 3

Set 6: 275 lbs × 3

Set 7: 325 lbs × 1

Set 8: 375 lbs × 1

BICEP CURL (DUMBBELL)

Set 1: 70 lbs × 10

Set 2: 70 lbs × 10

Set 3: 70 lbs × 10

Set 4: 70 lbs × 10

Set 5: 70 lbs × 10

Monday, May 13, 2013, 10:00 AM

Feeling renewed and recommitted today.

Bodyweight: 198 lbs

BENCH PRESS

Set 1: 45 lbs × 5

Set 2: 45 lbs × 5

Set 3: 95 lbs × 5

Set 4: 135 lbs × 3

Set 5: 185 lbs × 3

Set 6: 205 lbs × 1

Set 7: 225 lbs × 1

Set 8: 245 lbs × 1

Set 9: 205 lbs × 5

Notes: 245 was a true max today – I feel noticeably weaker than normal.

CHIN UP

Set 1: 5 reps

Set 2: 6 reps

Set 3: 5 reps

Set 4: 4 reps

Set 5: 8 reps

TRICEP EXTENSION

Set 1: 70 lbs × 8

Set 2: 70 lbs × 8

BICEP CURL (DUMBBELL)

Set 1: 80 lbs × 8

Set 2: 80 lbs × 8