Charles Staley

Charles Staley

 

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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.
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.