Back in the gym, working on my plan

There were a couple people taking pictures of the meet this past weekend and I was fortunate enough to get copies of some of the pictures.  They were excellent pics and I'm grateful to have them.  Thanks to Harnek and my teammate's friend that took pictures of the lifters!
in the hole with my 1st att squat (200 kgs)
coming out of the hole with my 2nd att squat (207.5 kgs)
Getting my first place medal from Mike Knott


Mike Knott w/105kg class, Frankie Mayer, me, Dane Blimkie
















My goal for the next couple of months is to lose weight and try to strengthen areas that need improvement.  I want to lose weight so I can train under the 105kg wt class limit and gain weight leading up to my next competition on November 24.  By doing this I should be able to carry my training poundages into my competition with greater certainty while also allowing for the building of areas that need improvement, notably my quadricep and abdominal strength.  I'll also be able to train my upper body more comprehensively than ever so I expect I'll probably be able to put on a little muscle there as well.

I don't expect my fledgling Provincial record in the deadlift to last very long but I'm hoping I'll be able to make a good effort at re-taking it in November by putting up a number that's a little more respectable of a provincial record lift.

Today's workout started with good intentions but it was clear very early that my body wasn't quite ready yet.  In my head, I felt ready to go but my body was not in any way ready to do much of anything.  I had thought I'd work up to three sets of 10 with 315 in the squat but two sets of 5 wore me out and caused such a back pump that I could barely load the leg press.  Those went okay but my back was still fired up.

I hobbled to an incline bench and did three sets of incline dumbbell presses.  It felt good to do them--my shoulder issues had eliminated any dumbbell pressing for at least the last year.  While lying on a bench took the load off my achy, pumped up lower back, I just didn't have any endurance.

I finished up my 'workout' with some weighted crunches on an ab crunch machine and then three sets of pulldowns.  Afterwards, I felt like a piece of crap that had been run over by a truck.  I'm looking forward to see how things feel Thursday.

Squats:  135x10x2 sets, 225x10, 315x5x2 sets
Leg Press:  450 lbs loaded on the sled, 3 sets of 10
Incline dumbbell press:  60x10, 75x10, 90x10
Ab crunch machine:  45x10, 90x6, 90x6
Pulldowns:  150x10x3 sets


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