Starting Strength #27A

Weight: 221.1

Squats:  2x5xBar / 5×80 / 3×120 / 2×160 / 3x5x205

Light day today. Coach said I need to get my knees out faster and set them. I think this is a symptom of my leaning over a bit too much. Going to try and affix my gaze a little forward instead of straight below me. Other than those points, these felt great.

Bench:   2x5xBar / 5×70 / 3×95 / 2×125 / 3x5x140

Last set was grindy, feeling the same muscle imbalance again where I’m pushing my right chest out. Cue to remember is to bring the bar back towards the rack.

Deadlift:  2×5×135 / 3×175 / 2×250 / 5×295

These were super gnarly. Not sure why it felt so heavy today. Last rep was a total grind.

Starting Strength #25A

Weight: 219.3

Squats:  2x5xBar / 5×100 / 3×150 / 2×200 / 3x5x255

Bench:   2x5xBar / 5×65 / 3×90 / 2×1120 / 3x5x135

Managed to recover for this session and complete all five reps for every set

Deadlift:  2×5×130 / 3×185 / 2×245 / 5×290

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.

Starting Strength #23A

First session of 2020. I’m happy I was able to get myself into the gym. It’s been two weeks since my last session. I’m about five sessions away from coming back to my pre-holiday weights. SO! New year, new goals. I’m going for the following PRs this year:

Squat: 315lbs (+40)
Bench: 195lbs (+45)
Press: 135 (+40)
Deadlift: 385 (+70)

Weight: 218.6

Squats:  2x5xBar / 5×95 / 3×145 / 2×195 / 3x5x245

Last reps of each set were grinders. Keep feeling like I’m using a lot of quads, especially my right quads. On the last set, coach indicated that my chest was collapsing and I need to make sure I keep my chest up. Stance also needs to stay a bit narrow and make sure I sit back. I’ve been thinking about these cues and I’m a bit skeptical on the advice. I have very long legs and a narrow stance does not lend well to allowing me to sit back.

Bench:   2x5xBar / 5×65 / 3×90 / 2×115 / 5-5-4×135

These felt better compared to the last bench session. I made sure to tighten my back on each rep. I did miss the last rep of the last set. I have to make it a point to make sure I’m looking at the ceiling and targeting the spot on the ceiling where I need to bring the bar back to. Coach pointed out that the bar is moving away towards my belly which was enough to gas me out.

Deadlift:  2×5×125 / 3×180 / 2×235 / 5×280

These were pretty easy. Hook grip wasn’t painful.

Starting Strength #21A

First session back from about a month break. Lifts weren’t too difficult. Fatigued on the bench press. Otherwise, the lifts felt strong. I will most likely start back off sets again on the squats once I reach 250 lbs. We’ll see how I feel then.

Squats:  2x5xBar / 5×95 / 3×140 / 2×185 / 3x5x235

Bench:   2x5xBar / 5×65 / 3×90 / 2×115 / 3x5x130

Deadlift:  2×5×120 / 3×175 / 2×225 / 5×270