squat deload, 5 weeks out

I've been feeling pretty good about my squat form improvements and have been chomping at the bit to test it.    The only reason I've been holding back is because I felt like I peaked too early for previous meets and I wanted to leave the real testing for the meet.  That being said, I still decided to work up to a heavy-ish single today.  I also decided to shift my deadlift session to later in the week so I could spend some time on it without being pre-exhausted from squatting.

Since I split up my session, I figured this was a good opportunity to deload some volume and get things rested for the final 4 weeks of pushing to the meet.  My plan was to work up to a single with 455 and then hit a single work set at 385.  My warmups felt very good and my last warm up single with 405 felt like I could've done it for 5.  The single at 455 was very smooth, probably could've doubled it if I had put it in my mind to do it for two instead of one.  The squat form improvements I've been working on have definitely had a positive effect. So, things are looking optimistic for the meet provided I don't suffer any unforeseen power drainage from making weight on December 16th.

After my easy squat session, I finished up leg volume with some leg pressing.  Even though the leg press is an 'easy' exercise, they're hard to me since I rarely do them.  Much less stress than squatting though and that's a nice benefit.

I finished up with some bench assistance work, rolling DB tricep extensions and DB curls.  While most experienced lifters cut out the accessory work close to a competition, since I haven't been doing any, it seems to fit in my training schedule well for the time being.  In any case, I'll be making sure I'm feeling fresh and energetic and if that wanes, I'll cut it back out.

Squats: 135x10, 225x5, 275x5, add belt, 315x3, add wrist wraps, 365x3, 405x1, 455x1, 385x6

Leg Press:  540x10, 630x10, 630x10

Rolling DB tricep extensions:  35x10, 45x10, 45x8, 45x8
Seated DB curls:  45x6, 45x6, 45x6


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