Monday 3/31

High Bar Squat

  • 385 lbs 3 x 3

Front Squat

  • 225 lbs 3 x 8

Band Resisted Good Mornings

  • Light Band + Mini Band 3 x 20

First decent squatting session since the friendly meet I did at the beginning of the month. As much as the high rep front squats suck, I think they’re probably really good for me. I think I’ll work up to sets of 15 or so and then increase weight but 20 or 30 lbs. I was going to do some sled dragging to finish everything off, but after the last set of front squats I was pretty much finished already.


Squat by Southwest

Saturday 3/8

High Bar Squat 400 lbs x 1, 420 lbs x 1, 440 lbs x 1

The gym I’ve been training at had a friendly squat only meet yesterday. I went 3/3 and my last attempt was definitely a max effort. Felt good. I’m considering now if I want to switch back to low bar squatting and see if I can get a 500 lb squat sometime in the next few months. That’d be pretty awesome. Or maybe I’ll try to keep building my high bar squat and get a 500 lb high bar squat in about a year.


Tuesday 3/4

Bench Press 220 lbs 5 x 5

High Bar Squat 335 lbs x 3, 365 lbs x 3, 395 lbs x 3, 415 lbs x 1

Didn’t do a lot, but what I did do felt good. I hit my opener for Saturday for a triple, and then decided to go up to around what I’m thinking for my second attempt and it moved well also. Good stuff.


Tuesday 2/25

High Bar Squat 375 lbs 3 x 3, 385 lbs x 1, 395 lbs x 1, 405 lbs x 1

SSB Squat 240 lbs 5 x 3 beltless

Mini-band Pull Aparts 6 x 20

First time over 400 lbs since I had to switch to high bar ATG. Feels good man. Hit the SSB again, but this time I also threw in a bunch of high volume shoulder/upper back stuff so hopefully I won’t have shoulder issues again like last time.


Sunday 2/16

High Bar Squat 365 lbs 3 x 3, 375 lbs x 1, 385 lbs x 1, 395 lbs x 1

SSB Squat 200 lbs 3 x 5, 220 lbs 2 x 5 all beltless

A pretty good day lifting wise. My hips were tight as usual today, but they opened up a lot as I warmed up. 395 felt fast and pretty solid, that should be on the low end of potential openers at the end of March. I’d never used a Safety Squat Bar before, but I really liked it. It really does try to fold you over and you have to stay super tight throughout the squat or it’ll squish you. Good stuff.


Monday 2/10

High Bar Squat 355 lbs 3 x 3, 365 lbs x 1, 375 lbs x 1

Bench Press 220 lbs 5 x 4

Log Press 200 lbs x 3, 3, 4, 211 lbs x 2

Today was pretty solid. Hip pain was minimal, so I was able to do a bit of squatting, though I’m still a long way off from where I wanted to be around now. Benching felt good though. The highlight though was log pressing for the first time since the strongman show I did. The sets at 200 lbs were off jerk blocks, but I hit 211 lbs for a double off the floor. Since that was the weight that I missed twice at the show it made me feel pretty good.

Twinkle Toes

Sunday 2/2

High Bar Squat 315 lbs x 1, 345 lbs x 1, 365 lbs x 1

Incline Press 185 lbs 4 x 6

Farmer’s Walks

          125 lbs 100 feet w/ turn at 50 feet

          175 lbs 50 feet x 2

          215 lbs 50 feet x 2 w/ straps

Squatting continues to be a challenge, as today the hip pain returned. I wound up just working up in singles. Beyond that, I did some moving events for the first time in over a year. Felt good, though my grip leaves a lot to be desired and my speed was nothing special either.