Thursday, June 23, 2011

June 22, 2011 Workout Summary

My 8th StrongLifts 5x5 workout.

StrongLifts 5x5 Progress 6/22/2011
StrongLifts 5x5 Progress 6/22/2011

LiftStart (6/6/2011)Current (6/22/2011)Gain
Squat135 lbs170 lbs+35 lbs
Deadlift185 lbs215 lbs+30 lbs
Bench145 lbs155 lbs+10 lbs
Rows60 lbs75 lbs+15 lbs
Overhead Press45 lbs60 lbs+15 lbs
Calves90 lbs100 lbs+10 lbs
Abs0 lbs7.5 lbs+7.5 lbs
Weight154.6 lbs161.6 lbs+7 lbs

I completed 5x5 at 170 lbs. I think I've finally got the low-bar position figured out. My problem was that I wasn't keeping my upper back straight.  This workout, I squeezed my shoulder blades together as hard as I could, and low-bar position felt pretty comfortable. The 170 lbs felt good. Last workout, 175 lbs felt really heavy, but now I think I'll get 5x5 no problem on Friday.  It's crazy that leg muscles grow that fast.

Overhead Press
I completed 5x5 at 60 lbs. Getting harder, but I've still got a ways to go before reaching my max.

I completed 1x5 at 215 lbs.  This was pretty hard. The bar was coming off of the floor really slowly, but I got all 5 reps out and probably could have done more.  I don't know if I'm actually about to stall or if this is just the first time I've really pushed my deadlift.

I completed 5/5/5/2/2 at 7.5 lbs.  I improved from last time, but I was hoping for more on the last 2 sets.

The guy in the squat rack next to me was doing low-bar squats with good form at 225+ lbs.  He moved on to overhead press then deadlift. I almost asked him if was doing StrongLifts too.  If I see him again, I definitely will.

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