Squats, overhead presses and ibuprofen

I can't quite say I was dependent on ibuprofen (Advil) but for about 18 months straight, I was taking anywhere from 400 to 800 milligrams of ibuprofen a day, every day.  It started about 6 months before I lifted in the 2010 Canadian Powerlifting Union National Championships.  One day while squatting, I tore a muscle or something in my hip or upper glute area and from that day on, it required daily ibuprofen so I could function and lift without pain.  Luckily, it never affected my stomach but ibuprofen can tear some people up.  Anyways, after about 18 months of it, the pain finally went away and I weaned myself off of it.  After that, I'd take it on training days as it always seemed to make training easier.

I continued that until my last competition in September.  I decided I'd train without any assistance from pain killers/anti-inflammatories.  I figured I should stop trying to ignore my random aches and pains.  Today, I decided I'd take advil before my training session since I'm down to the final three weeks and second to last heavy squat workout before my next meet.

What a difference.  Warm ups felt as though my joints were bathed in oil and I felt like I had power.  I hit my three prescribed singles and then followed up with doubles with 405.  I hadn't repped 405 in weeks but it felt very easy.  I also felt like I was finally getting some carry over from my front squats.  My stability in the hole seemed to be improved and I felt like I was keeping my torso higher on the ascent.  I don't know if it was due to the effects of the ibuprofen or the front squats but it was good.  I really shouldn't have bad-mouthed my last squat assistance workout since it does seem to have made a difference.

Squats:  135x10, 225x10, 315x5, 365x3, 405x1, 425x1, 440x1, 405x2x5 sets

440 or 446 (200 or 202.5 kgs) seem to be a good second attempt for the competition based on how I felt tonight.  The 440x1 wasn't a 10/10 on the exertion scale, had I needed to, I had at least another 10 lbs in me.

I hadn't planned on pushing overhead presses exceptionally hard but after hitting a comfortable double with 205, I figured I'd try 225.  It didn't go.  Still, the 205x2 was the most reps with 205 I've ever done.

Overhead Presses:  45x10, 95x10, 135x5, 165x3, 185x2, 205x2, 225x0, 205x1, 185x2

The workout was short on volume but the intensity and bar speeds were excellent.  I'm still planning on cutting to the 220 lb weight class but if I get down to the last week and I'm too far out, I'll just lift as is.


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