6 weeks out, day 3, squats and bench presses at T-Rex gym

Had a rare chance to get to the Boyle's home gym for a training session with some of my Toronto Rex Powerlifting Club team-mates.   Mark and Kinnon are prepping for a meet in North Bay in a couple of weeks while Trish and I are working towards the upcoming OPA Classic Provincials.  Mark should also be lifting there once he makes a qualifying total at his next meet.

Since I usually train alone, it's always a good change to train with a group.  While the pace is slower, the intensity put into each set makes up for the extra rest.  The group dynamic also makes it easier to ignore the little aches and pains that can creep into things every now and then.  Lately more than ever, my joints have been achey.  I think it's due to a little elimination experiment I had been running until this morning.  About 6 weeks ago, my bottle of fish oil ran out and I decided to not replace it and see if I noticed any different.  I had been taking two tablespoons of oil in the morning on 6 of every 7 days.  I was on that schedule for at least a year, possibly two.  I don't exactly remember when I started it with consistency.

At first I noticed nothing, which I expected.  If the EPA/DHA supplementation was doing anything, I figured it would take a few weeks before any deficiency created any noticeable side effects.  In the last couple weeks I have noticed that my joints are more achey than usual and more important, I've noticed my mood starting to slip into signs that I recognized from my 2 yr period where I battled depression (2005-2007).  It could be coincidence or it could be due to the elimination of a direct source of EPA/DHA but I decided I would resume my 2 tablespoon/morning protocol today.  Hopefully things go back to normal in a few weeks since my meet is six weeks away.

Anyways, that's a long story that may or may not explain why everything was pretty achy today and that if not for training with my team, I might have done about half what I got done today.  As I write this now, I feel a bit "truck runover" but in a good way.

I squatted first and worked up to 405x3, 425x3, 425x3 before finishing with a 365x5.  I took advantage of having training partners to get some video of the 405x3 and first 425x3 set.

 425x3, set 1 of 2

After that I did some snatch grip SLDL's, some barbell rows, and bench presses.  It was a good session but I need some good sleep and some good food (and my fish oil).

Squats:  135x10, 225x5, 275x5, add belt, 315x5, add wrist wraps, 365x3, 405x3, 425x3, 425x3, 365x5

Snatch grip SLDL:  135x5, 225x5, 275x5, 315x5

Barbell rows:  225x5x3 sets

Bench Press:  all reps paused, 135x10, 185x5, 225x5, 255x5x5 sets








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