Some training updates and notes from this past week, mainly for myself to clarify exactly what the hell I'm doing (or about to do), and for those who might be interested in my workouts.
For volume day, it will be:
- Low bar squat: 5x3
- High bar squat: 5x5
So that's 40 total squat reps (generally Texas Method is 25 total squat reps, and I've done 30 in the past). I'm playing with the idea of adding a couple of low bar squat back off sets of 2x5. Not sure yet.
And intensity day:
- Low bar squat: 3x3
- High bar squat: 2x5
Normally for intensity day for the Texas Method is 1x5.
We'll see how this works out.
I haven't squatted 500 lb or more in a long time. In fact, my squat has gotten weaker after making some changes to my programming. I have a feeling this increased volume, along with performing low bar and high bar squats in the same workout, will build a solid foundation and get me back on track.
I missed a 260 lb overhead press on Wednesday, but did get some repetition PRs (225x4 and 200x6).
My triceps always feel a little fatigue and sore on Wednesday from Monday's bench workout. I suspect that if I decrease my bench press from 5x5 to 3x5 on Monday, I'll press 260 lb on Wednesday. We shall see.
My first bench press PR of the year! 360 lb with a reverse grip:
Everything felt smooth for the most part. I did feel the bar move forward towards my head by a fraction of a nanometer (normally on the descent, it goes down until the bar touches a point below my sternum), but I managed to control it and press it up.
I think I'll hit some repetition PR's before tackling a 1 rep max again.
I'll be trying out some added volume for deadlifts at 5x5. Basically, I'll work up to a heavy single (500 lb) with a hook grip to keep my pain tolerance high and to ensure I can deadlift 500 lb anytime, and then hit 5x5 for my work sets. I'm starting with 320 lb and will probably be adding 5 lb or so per week.
I was thinking of doing rack pulls again and gradually decrease the height of the bar over time, but changing the sabre style safeties in my power rack is a bit of a pain in the ass. Maybe I'll come back to this in the future.
L-Sit Chin Ups
Anyway, here are some blog posts I wrote this past week that you might have missed:
- Pressure Cooker Pork Bulgogi Recipe - This is yummy.
- How To Prevent Your Back From Slipping & Sliding During The Bench Press - This $1 item helped increase my bench press.
And check out these articles about the overhead press:
3 Ways To Increase Your Overhead Pressing Strength by John Phung (hey, that's me!)
I wrote a guest post for AllThingsGym.com at the request of the site owner. I write about some things that has helped me with my overhead press. I have a still have a few tricks up my sleeves, so maybe there will be a part II in the future 😉
Pimpin' Ain't Easy #4- Let's get Down to The Finish (NSFW) by Jamie Lewis
Another article about the overhead press, detailing different methods by guys like Tommy Kono and Bill March, who both had a similar body weight as me in the past, but pressed well over 300 lb over their heads.