6 weeks out, Squats and Deadlifts

For some reason this has been a tiring week.  Didn't feel like training today but skipping the session wasn't an  option.  I'm not hurt or beat up so getting a session was all about getting my body to react and adapt.  I was scheduled for 'easy' squats and hard deadlifts but I felt like I needed some extra work with heavier weights to speed up the learning curve for my squat groove.

I decided to do my work sets at 405 for doubles instead of speed triples with 365.  I think this was a good plan as I was able to get in 8 good repetitions with 89% of my previous 1 RM.

Hitting the extra intensity with the squats took some of the steam out of my deadlifts but my single with 545 moved fast enough even if it felt like I didn't have any fight in me. The big muscles felt good enough but I could tell there was enough fatigue in the supporting muscle groups that I decided to shut it down.  I did some leg pressing instead and found that it actually fatigued my lower back in a good way.

Ever since I 'injured' my back bench pressing back in May, I've been extremely sensitive to back extension, especially under load.  Standing with the bar on my shoulders in the squat can be moderately painful but the pain goes away as soon as I start.  In the deadlift, there is no pain at all but after a hard single or double on the bench press, I get numbness in both lower legs.  The leg pressing tends to load my lower back under flexion despite my best efforts to avoid pelvic rotation.  Normally that load could be adverse but it seemed to create some balance and relieve some strain.  We'll see how I feel in the morning, usually I'm hobbling around like a 90 yr old man for a few minutes until I'm able to loosen up.

Derek Poundstone tweeted to Steve Pulcinella this morning that he has 4 ruptured disks and has broken a vertebra.  So my little back pain issue really isn't a big deal...lol.  Everyone that pays the iron price has aches and pains.

Squats:  135x10, 225x5, 275x5, add belt, 315x3, 365x3, 405x2x4 sets, 365x3

Deadlifts:  315x5, 405x3, add belt, 495x1, 545x1

Leg Press:  450x10, 540x10, 630x10, 720x5


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