|StrongLifts 5x5 Progress 6/29/2011|
|Lift||Start (6/6/2011)||Current (6/29/2011)||Gain|
|Squat||135 lbs||185 lbs||+50 lbs|
|Deadlift||185 lbs||225 lbs||+40 lbs|
|Bench||145 lbs||165 lbs||+20 lbs|
|Rows||60 lbs||85 lbs||+25 lbs|
|Overhead Press||45 lbs||65 lbs||+20 lbs|
|Calves||90 lbs||110 lbs||+20 lbs|
|Abs||0 lbs||7.5 lbs||+7.5 lbs|
|Weight||154.6 lbs||162.2 lbs||+7.6 lbs|
I completed 5/5/3/3/2 at 185 lbs. I've always been bad about not squatting down as far as I should. I've been a lot better, but I started off with the advice "you should try to go down to parallel". I ended up doing sorta parallel squats. Then I started StrongLifts and I've been doing squats that are just on the edge of good form. But I've seen videos of other StrongLifts members going what looked like below parallel to me. So then I learned about having the hip joint go below the knee joint before squatting back up. I realized that I don't go down far enough. I figured that 185 lbs was a good weight to stall at since it looks good with the 25 lb weights on each side. So this workout I made sure that every squat down was far enough. I was pretty optimistic after the first 2 sets that I wasn't going to stall even with better form. But then the third set came, and it was all down hill from there.
I completed 5/3/2/1/0 at 165 lbs. Of course, right after LoneWolfArcher comments on how high my bench is, I stall out, hahaha. I'm sure this was actually a combination of being tired during my workout and wearing myself out from squats. When I did my warmup set at 135 lbs, I thought, "Man, this is heavy. I'm going to add 30 lbs to this?"
I completed 5x5 at 85 lbs. I've been using the straight curl bars for these so that I don't have to wait on/take up a squat rack. They didn't have an 85 lbs straight bar so I ended up doing 90 lbs, but for the sake of progression, I'm pretending that it was 85 lbs.
I completed 5x5 at 110 lbs.
I completed 5x5 at 2.5 lbs
I weighed 162.2 lbs. I finally broke 162 lbs, but it's only been a 0.6 lb improvement over the number last week. Increasing my calorie intake is looking more and more inevitable.
If you're looking for another StrongLifts 5x5 blog to follow, check out Lone Wolf Archer's blog. This guy has been following the StrongLifts 5x5 workout for 15 weeks now. It's nice to be able to read about his success, not only where he's at now, but the challenges he's been through. It's encouraging to read back through posts where he previously stalled, but then broke through the plateau. It keeps my morale up on days like today when I'm stalling all over the place.