Two deloads and one progression.
music selection: “A Farewell To Kings” — Rush
waist-line: 37.25 inches
First the good news. I completed five sets of five on the bench press after failing the last two sessions. Come Monday, I’ll add five pounds. Admittedly, the form was pretty sloppy and I made some really pathetic noises but I’m calling it a win.
On squat and bent over row, I decided to deload to focus on form. This is especially important on squat as I haven’t been getting all the way to breaking parallel at full weight. I dropped down to 195 and I’m going to stay there until I’m happy with my form at that weight. I warm up with just the bar and then add a 25 pound plate to each side for each successive warmup until I’m at three 25 plates or 195 pounds. I do three sets without the belt and I need to really work on form there. The last two sets with the belt look and feel really good. So it is probably a core strength issue. I’m not likely to hurt myself on bent over row but my form has gotten really sloppy so I went down 20 pounds. All five lifts were very clean at that weight.
Question for the readers: Anyone try the PHUL system? Workouts seem a little stale and I like the idea of a system the includes a mass building component. My ultimate goal here is to lose weight, keep it off, while being able to eat more food. I need more lean muscle mass for that. Strong lifts is definitely making me stronger but I don’t see any results except with my waistline measurement. Thoughts?
Devour your prey raptors!