Starting Strength #15A

It’s been…12 days since my last session. The laziness and hesitance to hit the gym was definitely wearing on me. Finally got my butt into the gym. It turned out to be a pretty great session!

Weight: 215.2

Squats:  2x5xBar / 5×100 / 3×150 / 2×200 / 2x5x250 / 5×225

First set was already tough on this. Rested for about 7 minutes after. Second set was a grinder. And per the coach’s suggestion, I did a back off set of 10% off the top weight so 250 – 25 = 225 lbs. For all the following squat in each session I’m going to be doing 1 set of the top weight then 2 back off sets of 10% subtracted off the top weight.

Bench:   2x5xBar / 3×70 / 2×95 / 3x5x140

These felt pretty good. It felt like I had good control of the bar. Coach indicated that I shouldn’t be bouncing the bar off the chest and instead just lightly touching it. He also noticed that I’m getting into the habit of pushing the bar away from chest (towards my feet) when I’m pressing the bar up. Cue to remember is to press the bar up towards the top of my head.

Deadlift:  2×5×135 / 3×185 / 2×245 / 5×290

Surprisingly pretty easy today. Coach indicated to make sure I don’t bounce the bar off the shins on the way up and keep the bar against them as I go up. Hook grip didn’t hurt much. I feel like it’s 50/50 with the hook grip.

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