Topping out / Humble Re-start

So, I topped out on my deadlift at 330. Very frustrating. Couldn’t get it to budge any higher.

Did some research and it looks like the only solution is to take a big step back, forget about single personal reps and go back to 5x5s for a while.

Thus, now back down to 235 and I’ll work my way back up again.

Sometimes you just have to suck it up and admit you’re not as strong as you used to be.


General Thoughts · Workouts

1000lb Club Still Far Away

I guess one of our fantasy goals when first starting to power lift is getting into the 1000 pound club. Any combination of your max squat + max deadlift + max bench > or equal to 1000 pounds.

I fell out of that club long ago.

But, here I am breaking 305 on a max squat. (The video will be right side up when you play it.)

Note the goofy topsider deck shoes. They have the flattest heel I could find.

General Thoughts · Workouts

Still Struggling with a Set Workout

So, as you know, I’ve been bouncing around trying different set, rep and weight schemes, powerlifting only, Olympic lifting only, barbell complex workouts only, old school pyramid schemes, etc etc.  I just can’t get into a groove.  I’ll pick a workout type and end up only being able to stay with it for a few weeks.

My latest kick, a combination of power lifting and Olympic lifting with 48 minute mountain bike as a conditioning / aerobic add on.

Essentially: Snatch on Monday; Bench on Tuesday; Squat on Wednesday; Deadlift on Thursday; and Clean & Jerk on Friday.  8 total sets in a quasi 5 / 3 / 2 / 1 rep scheme.

I think I found what the problem might be.  If I know I have a grinding 5 x5 workout coming up with Squats and Deadlifts, I spend the whole day coming up for excuses not to do it.  It seems I am now “too busy” for a 45 minute to 1 hour workout.  I like the short 5 set snap workouts that I can bang out in 15 to 20 minutes.  But, what benefit are those?  Well, better than nothing but not really conducive to proper strength training.

I do, however, love the fact that I can practice / work on the five major complex lifts mentioned above.  The powerlifts give me the ability to work on pure strength training and the Olympic lifts give me the ability to work on dynamic complex movements involving conditioning and speed.

Now, I find that I’m super de-conditioned in the snatch and the clean & jerk.  So I decided to drop the weights way down, to the bottom and start concentrating on form, balance and technique (that goodness for You Tube).

Here is a shot of me trying to snatch.  Moderate success.  It will be a long road with this one.


General Thoughts · Hiking · Workouts

New Years Eve 2019

Santa didn’t bring me any new weight lifting related books this year. Bummer.

I took today off from lifting and hiked in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. 2.22 miles in 1 hour and 28 minutes. A few stops to use my pruning tool to cut some nasty cactus out of the way.

I’d like to get this down to 1 hour 15 min. We’ll see.

Ok, Happy New Year and I’ll be in touch soon.


Strength / Conditioning Workout

Trying my own cooked up version. I’m able to do this three days per week. 45 to 50 minutes if I don’t get distracted.

Jump Rope 100 strikes

Bench Press 150 x 15

Slam balls 15

Squat 225 x 15

Box Jump 15

Deadlift 225 x 6, 6, 3

Box Step Ups 8 each leg

Bent Over Row 135 x 15

Shoulder Press 115 x 15

Kettlebell Swing 55 x 15

Shrug 115 x 15

Bicep Curl 75 x 10