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.

5/3/1 – C4W1 – Press + Squat

Press:  5×30 + 5×40 + 3×50 + 5×50 + 5×60 + 5×70 (78.76 1RM)

Squat:  5×105 + 5×135 + 3×165 + 5×180+ 5×205 + 7×230 (276.04 1RM)

Dips:  5xBW + 4xBW+5 + 4xBW+10
Chinups:  4

Hillsprints:  5x40yard


5/3/1 – C2W1 – Deadlift

Deadlift:  5×105 + 5×130 + 3×160 + 5×170 + 5×195 + 7×225 (270.04 1RM)
BBB Squat 60%:  5×105 + 5×135 + 5x10x160
Crunch Machine:  3x10x30

BBB Squats were pretty brutal.  Good thing I belted up on these.  I had to rest a good 3-4 minutes between sets.  After the deadlifts, I was already pretty low in the tank, but I was pretty dead set on finishing out all 5 sets no matter what.  This concludes the first week of the second cycle.

5/3/1 – C2W1 – Squat

Squat:  5×105 + 5×135 + 3×155 + 5×170 + 5×195 + 5×225
BBB Deadlift 60%:  8/5/6/6/6 x 160

Absolutely brutal.  Legs were shot from no squatting for 2 weeks.  Lesson to learn- don’t skip out on rest week just because it’s called a rest week.  Deadlifts were insane.  I was barely able to get through the 5 sets.  I’ll have to belt up on these, no question about it.  The second month of the 3-month challenge meant that I had to increase weight on the BBB to 60% of 1RM.  My diet was not up to par the last week.  I haven’t been able to consistently cook for myself- schedule’s out of whack.  I didn’t have time to go through my full warm-up- I had less than an hour before gym close time.

Week19 – Day55B – Spring Time

Weight: ??

The scale is 5 feet away from me and I forgot to weigh myself again, doh!  Weather is absolutely gorgeous outside.

Squats:  3x5xBar + 5×150 + 3×175 + 2×205 + 1×235 + 5×265

Top set was tough.  Rested for 5 seconds after 4th rep and emptied the tank on the last rep.  I think I made it down to at least parallel.  The weight on the upper back made it very difficult to keep the torso upright.

Press:  5x5x65

These were difficult.  I bounced reps from the bottom of the lift to take advantage of some bounce out of the hole.

Deadlift:  5×135 + 3×175 + 2×205 + 1×235 + 5×270

Alternating grip, pretty difficult.  Rolling the bar down over my knee cap is killing them.  Will need to read up on this.

Dips:  10/9/5.5/5/5
Wide-Grip Pull-ups:  2/2/2/2/2

Treadmill Intervals
1min warmup 3.0spd
30 sec 5.0 spd + 30 sec 3.0 rest
30 sec 5.5 spd + 30 sec 3.0 rest
30 sec 6.0 spd + 30 sec 3.0 rest
30 sec 6.5 spd + 30 sec 3.0 rest
30 sec 7.0 spd + 30 sec 3.0 rest
30 sec 6.5 spd + 30 sec 3.0 rest
30 sec 6.0 spd + 30 sec 3.0 rest
30 sec 5.5 spd + 30 sec 3.0 rest
30 sec 5.0 spd + 30 sec 3.0 rest

Week3 – Day8B

Squats:  3x5xBar + 3×65 + 5x5x75
Seated Plate Raises:  3x10x25
Seated Lateral Raise:  3x10x10
Seated DB Shrug + Clean + Half Press:  3x10x10
Deadlift:  5×95 + 5×125

Standing BB Curls:  10×30
Preacher EZ Bar Curls:  
Tricep Pushdown:  20×25 + 20×30

Tired.  I’m not sure if it’s the lack of sleep or the workout, but I am pretty drowsy typing this right meow.  Didn’t get home until 11:00pm last night and was up until 1:00am for a 6:00am wake-up.  Procrastinating to wash dirty dishes and cooking something up real quick for a very late dinner kept me up.  But, gotta keep chuggin’ along.

Squats were interesting today.  I was trying to pay particular attention to my left knee.  Even when doing the static squat stretches, I felt like my left knee wasn’t where it was supposed to be when I was in the hole.  Typical of people new to squatting is, once the weight gets heavy, their knees will buckle inwards because the body is trying to compensate by falling back on the quads.  I don’t think I have this issue, although I do think that my knee is not in line with my foot when I’m in the hole.  I’ve noticed this subtlety before when I was focused on form, but never really took any action on it.  A previous consultation from an orthopedic doctor evaluated my left knee as potentially having a partial meniscus tear.  My left knee has felt, for lack of a better word…strange for some time now and the tear may or may not be attributing to that feeling.  It’s not a painful sensation, but rather a feeling of instability.  I don’t consciously think about it, but I do feel that even something simple like walking sometimes doesn’t feel normal.  Anyhow, picture taking is in order!  Must find out what’s going on.  End rant on squats.

Shoulder shocker sets were preeeeetty brutal.  I don’t know why they were so difficult today.  The first time I did the shoulder shocker routine, it was a breeze!  Deadlifts were pretty easy.  Weight is going up fast.  I forgot how aggressive SL is on the deadlift weight progression, but 10 lbs increase every workout is definitely adding up fast.  I’ll be pulling with 45 plates next B day session, woot!

Finished off the session with some curling and tricep push downs.  I’ve heard both arguments of straight bar vs. EZ bar curling for optimal bicep isolation.  And so to cover all grounds, I did 1 set straight bar and 1 set EZ bar, no brainer there!  The 40lb preacher curls were grinders, but still finished them off.  By way of triceps isolation, I did two high (20) rep tricep pushdown sets, the first with 25lbs the second with 30lbs.   The second set was killer.  I need to find something else I could do in addition to the triceps pushdown.   Dips are the first thing that come to mind, but I’m not doing them until I’m confident with my shoulder so that’s off the table.  In the past, I’ve also done overhead triceps extensions which did wonders for targeting the triceps, but anything overhead is a no no, so that’s also off the table.  So, a little research is in store for shoulder friendly exercises to isolate the triceps.

Week 23 – 5/3/1 – Day 82

Cycle #6
Week 2 Day 2

Warm-up:  foam roll, leg swings, box jumps

I haven’t done the agile 8 in a while- I’ve only been foam rolling consistently.  I used the highest box there and it was pretty easy.  Did 3 sets of 5 reps.  My phone jumped out of my pocket twice.

Squat:  5×115, 3×135, 1×165 + 3×190, 3×215, 4×240

Decided to jump back to cycle 1 weights to get myself together.  Got good depth on all the reps.  Legs were feeling very jello-like by the end of the 215 set; they were tight and had that pumped feeling.  I had difficulties getting up from a chair that night.

BBB Squat:  5x10x135

Pretty easy first 2 sets.  Next 3 sets progressively became more taxing.  I was using my back to get the bar up in the latter reps- not in a bad good morning way, but my shoulder would go up before my hips would go up.  Partial good morning into a semi push press to exaggerate, but definitely nothing like that.

BB Accessories: 

35/25/19/18 – Situps:  Slowly developing some muscle endurance in the abs.