Starting Strength #28B

Weight: 224.9

Squats:  2x5xBar / 5×100 / 3×155 / 2×205 / 5×260 / 2x5x235

Press:   3x5xBar / 3×55 / 2×70 / 3x5x85

Lying Tricep Extensions: 12×45 / 12×45 / 8×45

Starting Strength #26B

Started with the “Advanced Novice” phase of the linear progression. Basically, this phase further breaks down the week in the following manner.

Monday
Regular progression on squat with two sets of back-off
Bench / Press
Chinups  – goal here being to get to 10 reps with bodyweight; use bands to progressively work your way up to bodyweight chinups
(Alternated With)
Rows – 2×8-12

Wednesday aka “Light Day”
Work up to three sets of five of 80% of Monday’s work set, no back offs
Press / Bench
Regular progression on deadlift
Conditioning for 15-20 minutes

Friday
Regular progression on squat based off Monday’s work weight
Bench / Press
Lying Tricep Extension – 2×8-12

Weight: 220.0

Squats:  2x5xBar / 5×100 / 3×150 / 2×200 / 5×255 / 2x5x230

So, I think I’ve finally been able to lock down the right depth on the squat. Coach has been telling me that I need to go deeper. With gaining weight, I definitely think my leverages have changed to the point where my previous depth is no longer below parallel. The feeling that I have to get depth is basically the same feeling I have when going ass to grass. However, when I went this route, I was consistently hitting the left or right safety pins. Made sure to drop the safety pins one slot down. Also started doing back-off sets here.

Press:   3x5xBar / 3×55 / 2×70 / 3x5x85

Recovered here and completed all the reps for each set. Felt much stronger in this lift compared to the last session. Still going to go up in 2.5lb increments here.

Chinups (green + purple bands): 6/4/4

Starting Strength #24B

Weight: 216.5

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

Pretty grindy. This weight was the weight I used when I first started back-off sets.  Same cues that I need to work on. Sit back more. Going to try to widen stance a hair to see if I can improve the sitting back. I feel like with a narrow stance I’m ending up on my toes more than before. Also, coach pointed out that I need to make sure the safety pins are at the right marking.

Press:   3x5xBar / 3×65 / 2×70 / 3-5-5×85

I stupidly quit on the first set. I have a habit of doing pretty terribly on the first set on presses. Going to try again at 85lbs for the next pressing session.

Deadlift:  2×5×135 / 3×185 / 2×240 / 5×285

Deadlifts weren’t terrible, but they’re sucking the life out of me. Had to rest a few more seconds than usual for the last rep. Next session should be fun.