Athlete Journal: Charles Staley, Entry 61 – Cambered Bar Squat PR

There are just two weeks left until Worlds, and this week’s training was encouraging. I set new PRs in the cambered bar squat, which has become one of my new mainstay exercises for squat training.

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Another solid week with some new PRs in the cambered bar squat. I’m really loving that exercise now, and expect it will become the mainstay of my squat training for some time to come now. I also managed a 265lb bench, which is a PR for under 200lb bodyweight. At the completion of this training week I’m two weeks away from Worlds, so I only have one hard week of training remaining before competition.

Monday, September 16, 2013, 2:15 AM

Bodyweight: 200.2 lbs

CAMBERED BAR SQUAT

Set 1: 65 lbs × 5

Set 2: 155 lbs × 3

Set 3: 205 lbs × 1

Set 4: 245 lbs × 1

Set 5: 245 lbs × 1

Set 6: 245 lbs × 1

Set 7: 245 lbs × 1

Set 8: 245 lbs × 1

Set 9: 300 lbs × 1

DEADLIFT

Set 1: 135 lbs × 3

Set 2: 225 lbs × 3

Set 3: 315 lbs × 1

Set 4: 405 lbs × 1

Set 5: 455 lbs × 1

LEG EXTENSION

Set 1: 160 lbs × 6

Set 2: 160 lbs × 6

Set 3: 160 lbs × 6

STANDING CALF RAISE (MACHINE)

Set 1: 180 lbs × 8

Set 2: 180 lbs × 8

Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 2:15 AM

Bodyweight: 199.2 lbs

BENCH PRESS

Set 1: 45 lbs × 5

Set 2: 95 lbs × 5

Set 3: 135 lbs × 5

Set 4: 185 lbs × 1

Set 5: 225 lbs × 1

Set 6: 245 lbs × 1

Set 7: 255 lbs × 1

Set 8: 265 lbs × 1

Set 9: 225 lbs × 3

EZ BAR CURL

Set 1: 90 lbs × 10

Set 2: 90 lbs × 10

Set 3: 90 lbs × 10

Friday, September 20, 2013, 2:15 AM

Bodyweight: 199 lbs

CAMBERED BAR SQUAT

Set 1: 65 lbs × 5

Set 2: 155 lbs × 5

Set 3: 205 lbs × 3

Set 4: 245 lbs × 1

Set 5: 295 lbs × 1

Set 6: 335 lbs × 1 (Video Below)

BACK EXTENSIONS

Set 1: 130 lbs × 10

LEG EXTENSION

Set 1: 160 lbs × 8

Set 2: 160 lbs × 8

Set 3: 160 lbs × 8