|This picture has nothing to do with anything, it's just a picture of a dork (me) riding a Segway.|
|at least he could fly|
Speed squats were as easy and fast as they've ever been. Whereas my previous speed squat session felt like every set felt different and no two squats seemed to hit the same groove, today's squats felt identical and very strong. I also worked on emphasizing a cue to get my hips into the lift. Instead of just pushing my abs out against my belt, I also concentrated on feeling like I was doing a reverse crunch out of the hole. The thought of trying to rotate my pelvis posteriorly out of the hole seemed to really help keep my hips under my shoulders better and kept my weight pushing through my heels. It sounds like I was trying to butt-wink on purpose but there wasn't any actual movement of my hips, it just seemed to work to activate my glutes out of the hole and keep my torso more upright.
I would imagine that lifters naturally good at squatting don't have to think about such things as they mechanically just do it but so far the form and technique work I've been doing over the past couple months seems to be creating new patterns. If they're on the path of being correct, I should be able to see evidence of a higher ceiling soon. I'm hoping that the improvement in the speed squats is first evidence of this.
Squats: 135x10, 225x10, 275x5, add belt, 315x5, 340x3x5 sets
Deadlifts were originally scheduled to be 4 sets of 2 with 500 lbs, the last set of 2 actually being an AMRAP set. However after feeling as explosive as I did after the speed squats, I decided I would just hit the AMRAP set first and then finish up with barbell shrugs with a floor pick up. I also decided to use 505 lbs since it was easier to load two more 25's on the bar after my warm-up progression.
Deadlifts: 315x5, 405x2, add belt, 455x2, 505x4, 405x1, 405x1, 405x1
Barbell shrugs: 405x8, 405x8, 405x8 picked up from the floor (hence the 405x1x3 sets of deadlifts)
The speed singles and the shrugs both felt super easy. The AMRAP set of 505x4 was also nice and tight. I hope my speed and form in tonight's workout is representative of how my future sessions will go. It's been a long time since everything moved as fast and as easily as it did tonight.
I finished up with a poundstone curl set. I ended up using a fixed barbell weighing 40 lbs because a father and son were waiting for my rack and I didn't want to set a poor example by curling in front of it.
Poundstone curls: 40x70 reps
I'm also definitely keeping some steady state cardio in the schedule as it really seemed to help my recovery or something. All I know is my legs and back felt amazing tonight and the only thing I added compared to previous weeks was some extra conditioning work. Vivian and I are planning another bike ride this weekend so I'll get to test out the effects for next week's heavy squat/speed deadlift session.