Bad news first, always bad news first.
In short, something popped in my left hip as I attempted to squat 215. It was the last warm up set and I was going for depth for just one rep. It wasn’t debilitating, just not a normal feeling. I rested for 3 minutes, stretched and put 225 on the bar. With 30 seconds left in my rest I looked at the bar and said, “Are you crazy? If 215 pops your hip out, what do you think 225 is going to do?!” So I pulled off a plate and tried to squat 135…
No go dude. Time to quit.
Part of the problem is that everything is sore. My traps, delts, lats, lower back and knees. Clearly this is fucking with my form. Ok, I get the message. Time to take a break.
And now the good news. I always remember that one of the benchmarks of strength is to be able to bench your own weight. Well, today that happened!
- 200 x 5
- 200 x 6
- 205 x 4
Ok, technically I didn’t bench my weight because I currently weigh 207, but who cares!
So lets see where we are. On May 15th I set the following goals:
- Weight: 203 (-7)
- Squat: 235 (+20)
- Bench: 200 (+10)
- Press: 115 (+10)
- Dead: 275 (+20)
In retrospect it appears that these were a little too optimistic. Here’s what reality will likely look like by June 3rd (the last day of lifting before my break).
- Weight: 205
- Squat: 225
- Bench: 205
- Press: 115
- Dead: 270
But anything can happen between now and then so I really need to spend the next 2 days focusing on diet, rest and stretching.