I take back everything I ever said about my gym.
Holy crap were there some big dudes there today. The place had a real “meathead” feeling. It was fucking great.
Some dude was squatting 315 and another guy beside him was deadlifting that much. They were playing Seether’s “Fake it” during my cleans. I swear it’s like I was in a different gym.
There was one skinny guy in the rack beside me. I kind of felt a bond with him since we were by FAR the weakest guys there. He’s super skinny. I don’t know what my excuse is.
As for my lift. Garbage. That about sums it up
Here are the numbers.
Squat – no lift, no lift, no lift
Whenever I think I’ve hit rock bottom on this lift I always find a way to go even lower. I literally couldn’t even do 95 pounds today. I had zero problems bringing it up. The problem was going down. I get stuck about 3/4’s of the way down and my back starts hurting.
I did nothing but three warm up sets with the bar today. Zero problems with that. I’ve had so much practice with just the bar that I can go below parallel now. So there’s that.
Sometimes I think this squat issue is mental. I can’t stop thinking that I’m going to be hurting when I drop on the squats. It’s like a self fulfilling prophecy. I lose before I even start. I don’t know how to get over this.
I’ll think about it over the next two days. I might need to take some more time off. I read somewhere that doctor’s prescribe nothing more than rest and relaxation for 80% of lower back pain. Maybe another week or two without squats might help. We’ll see how I feel on Saturday.
Push ups – 9, 8, 4, 4, 3
Week one of one hundred push ups is going to last at least two weeks. I couldn’t get them all today.
I was a little nervous from the start knowing I had to do 9 right off the bat. That’s a lot considering I maxed out at 10 a few days ago. I got that first set without too much difficulty, though. Color me shocked.
The second set was where I hit a wall. Started feeling the burn around number 5. By the time I got to 7 I was dying. My entire body was literally shaking on that 8th rep. I can’t believe I got it.
From there things went downhill. Was supposed to do 6 on set three but only got 4. Set four called for 5 and again I only got 4. The last set called for the most you could do with a minimum of 10. I got 3. A TOUGH three.
I’ll give day three a try next time but I’m not even close to being ready for week 2 yet.
Power cleans – 85×5, 85×5, 85×5
This was the same weight I used way back when I did these last time. It was pretty easy but it hurt like hell on the way down. You can’t throw the weights down in my gym so I have to bring it down under control. I basically dragged it down my thigh and shins. The low back won’t let me bring it down any other way.
I still love this lift. It feels good. This sucks.