Week 9 – Madcow5x5 – Day 25B

Squat:

5 x 140
5 x 170
5 x 205
5 x 205

Legs felt a bit tight.  I think I needed to stretch a bit more.

Press:

5 x 55
5 x 70
5 x 80
5 x 90

Not bad.  Noticed on the 3rd set that my grip was much too wide.  Narrowing grip width helped engage my lats more.

Deadlift:

5 x 170
5 x 205
5 x 235
5 x 270

Definitely pretty heavy.  I feel like I’m using a bit more back than I want to.  The pulls felt stronger than last week’s though.  I imagined pushing my heels through the ground and keeping the bar close to my body to avoid creating a longer lever arm and stressing my lower back.

Week 9 – Madcow5x5 – Day 24A

Squat:

5 x 140
5 x 170
5 x 205
5 x 240
3 x 275

Stalled for the first time while on this routine.  The squat felt extremely heavy.  I definitely gave up early, my mind was already set up for failure.  I could have definitely cranked a 4th rep out if I really wanted it.

Bench:

5 x 75
5 x 90
5 x 110
5 x 125
5 x 145

Form still wasn’t consistent.  Right arm wasn’t dropping as much though.  Made sure to shrug my traps up.  Focused on engaging the lats and keeping everything insanely tight before each rep.

Rows:

5 x 75
5 x 90
5 x 110
5 x 125
5 x 145

Not bad, feel like I’m definitely incorporating a bit of hip drive now that the weight is getting heavy again.