7 weeks out, hard squats, easy deadlifts, fire alarm

Pushed my squat/deadlift workout to the end of the week to get in some extra rest and to start timing it out for the upcoming meet.  Back felt very stiff today but it didn't hold me back during the workout.  Worked up to a training max single today and finished up with 4 sets of 3 with 85% of my 1 RM.

I feel pretty good that my training max today was only 12 pounds off my top lift at my last meet.  Since I've changed my squat groove in the interim, I'm happy that I'm just about back to where I was with the previous squat-morning style that had plateau'd.  I've got 6 more weeks of training to try to advance past what I was able to do with a less efficient technique.  If I don't, I won't be too upset since I'll have plenty of time afterwards to continue to improve.

The work sets at 385 felt very good but I definitely need some more time with 95%+ singles in order to practice staying in form when the weight feels heavy.  My top single wasn't a gut-busting attempt but I didn't feel confident enough to hit anything heavier today.

I had intended to work up to three sets of 3 with 495 in the deadlift but after set number one, the fire alarm went off and the gym had to be evacuated.  By the time we were let back in, I had cooled off and decided to skip the last two sets.  While standing outside in the chilly rain, I draped my gym towel over my shoulders.  Surprisingly warm yet not binding on the arms at all.  I can see why Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Doom, and Batman liked wearing cloaks or capes.

Squats:  135x10, 225x5, 275x5, add belt, 315x3, add wrist wraps, 365x3, 405x1, 425x1, 445x1, 385x3x4 sets

Deadlifts:  315x5, 405x3, add belt, 495x3


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