Another squat rep PR and deadlift assistance

Partly because I've neglected repetition volume in training and partly because my squat feels so much more efficient, I set another repetition PR with today's session.  Since I hit my goal of 24 reps in 3 sets with 365 last week, I bumped my work weight to 385.  I was able to get 8 reps on my first set, near as I can tell, that beats my previous repetition PR of 5.  Since I haven't trained repetition volume in forever, pretty much every session will reset my PRs but it's still nice to make measurable progress.

After my squats, I moved to sumo deadlifts with 405 lbs.  My plan has been to stay with this weight for sumo deadlifts until my form feels completely comfortable.  Based on how my lower back pumped up and got very uncomfortable during last week's squat session, I was concerned I wouldn't be able to put in a good effort with deads but my lower back didn't pump up to debilitating levels.  Hopefully that means it's getting conditioned to the extra workload from longer set durations.

The sumo deads are feeling faster and more efficient by the week.  I was able to add an extra set of 5 today and will look to up the weight a bit for next week's session.  After sumo deadlifts, I did three sets of barbell shrugs with a floor pickup to hit the traps and core while getting in some speed work off the floor conventional style.  Overall, the session went very well, I think it was a good idea to get back to combining squat and deadlifts as I'll have the rest of the week to recover.

Squats:  45x10, 135x10, 225x5, 275x5, add belt, 335x5, add wrist wraps, 385x8 rep PR, 385x6, 385x6

Sumo Deadlifts:  315x5, 405x5x3 sets

Barbell Shrugs with a floor pickup:  405x10, 405x10, 405x10

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