Squats and push presses

Because my training has been going very well and I feel primed to hit some new PR levels in my next meet in June, I decided to incorporate creatine into my nutrition plan.  I started the loading phase last week so today's workout was the first where I had the benefit of the creatine bloat.

My bodyweight is up about 5 lbs and I could really feel the effect of the creatine on my repetition endurance and recovery between sets.  Mentally, I didn't feel particularly good as Vivian is away on a business trip but physically, my body just kept on going.

My squats went very well.  My form felt exceptionally tight and I was able to exceed last week's total volume by quite a large margin.  I was able to do a total of 29 repetitions with 80% or more of my 1 RM and very few of the terminal reps for any sets were a grind.  Looking forward to seeing how the extra work translates to a new work levels.

Squats:  135x10, 225x10, 315x5, 365x3, 405x3, 405x3, 405x3, 405x2, 365x5x3 sets.

After discussing online with some fellow lifters, in particular one lifter that can press and push press a crap-ton more than I, I decided to incorporate push presses into my heavy overhead press day.  I'll give this a good 6 week run to see what kind of carryover I get.

Overhead presses:  135x5x2 sets, 165x3, 185x2, 205x1, failed at 225.  My strict overhead press is not quite back to the peak I attained just prior to my last meet but sub-maximal weights felt very comfortable.

I then transitioned to push presses for the rest of the workout.  Since this my first time doing them, it'll take at least a few weeks to learn the movement so for now, it's quite inefficient compared to what I've been strict pressing.

Push Presses:  225x1x3 sets, 185x5x2 sets.  The singles with 225 were not as smooth as I know they'll eventually be but the speed sets with 185 felt much better.

After I got home, I got to enjoy a rare treat.  My boss got a box of Cuban Montecristo's and gave me one today.  Since Vivian was away and I didn't need to worry about kissing her with a mouth that tasted like a cat crapped in it, I took the time to enjoy the cigar in the cool night air.  Very relaxing.  The cigar was excellent, I smoked it down to the label and even then, didn't want to throw it away.  It's been a long while since I got to savor a great stogie.


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