The bathroom scale registered 208.4 again this morning. At the end of my workout the gym scale read 205. I like the gym scale better!
I got to the gym ready to do some squats. Warmed up with the bar twice, then 95 x 3, 115 x 2 and 135 x 1. Then I moved to my work set of 160 (5 pounds heavier than last Friday) and was flabbergasted when I realized that the weight was too heavy for me to complete 5 x 5. I completed one set, dropped the weight to 155 and completed the other 4 sets. But damn, were those sets hard!
I don’t know what I was expecting. Prior to today I had done 2 sets of 5 at 155 after taking a month off and prior to that was 160 x 5 x 5. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I’ve stalled, but it seems like my legs have always been weak. There’s a whole bunch of legitimate reasons why my squats are where they are and I’m willing to accept them. I’m not going to change my programming again since it’s only been one week. If I can get my squats up to 200 by the end of the 12 weeks I’ll be happy.
The only thing I’m unsure of is my form. Everyone *thinks* they have good form until someone else critiques it. Knowing this, I captured one of my sets on video. The thing I notice right away is that my heels come off the floor, which is a signal that I’m using my legs more than my hips to get the bar back up. Otherwise it seems like I’m going deep enough.
If anyone can give me some advice on my form I’d be grateful.
After squats, I did overhead press 65 x 5 x 5 which was what I expected. I hadn’t done OPs since last year and my shoulders are still a little sore from Wednesday.
So that’s it for week 1 at the gym. I’m heading to Chipotle for lunch to do some serious carbing up!