June 24th, 2012
Fought hard against those negative thoughts that wanted force their way into my mind.
My left hammy was feeling a bit tight so I almost decided not to go to the gym at all. It was supposed to be my heavy squat day, but I decided to just do a medium-heavy day for DL, bench, and squat. Instead of 5x5 at 80ish% 1RM, I wanted to try DE sets with a bit more weight than I usually use.
Here's what I did-
10x2x225 (prob could have done 3 reps here)
This wasn't so bad. I should have done 10x3x225. Maybe I'll do some 3x5 DLs later this week. Maybe.
Felt just about right.
3x2x225 (****! I meant to do 3 reps for each of these sets)
I meant to do 10x3x225, but I accidentally did two for the first three sets, so I just added another set of three to even it out. This... was
a grind, but I don't think I was ever close to failing a rep. I made sure to try moving my gaze slightly downward; it was fine. I will continue to do this. I tried it awhile ago, but looking straight ahead felt more comfortable to me. I think the gaze change actually helped, too. Thanks, Renton555, for reminding me of this.
I was toast
after this one.
Oh yeah, and I weighed in at 202! < 200 lbs, here I come!
The experiment was a success imo. I'll see how recovery goes. I plan on going heavy on bench next and then heavy on squats after that. I might keep DL at medium-heavy when I do them again. Gonna let my body tell me what it can handle.