Training log entry, squats, bench press, chins

Today I saw a video posted by EliteFTS featuring a leg training session with Dave Tate, John Meadows, and Ben Pakulski.  In the video, they were doing yoke bar squats, drop-setted.  It looked pretty brutal so I thought rather than do 3x10 in the high bar squat, that I'd try a drop set instead.

The inspiration for my squat workout tonight

Instead of dropping by a plate at a time, I was only going to drop 25's on each side.  I haven't trained in a hypertrophy style in years so I wanted to avoid killing myself the first time out.  After I got to 225, I moved up in 50 lb increments until I finished my final warm up set with 325x5.  I added 25's to each side and prepared to start the drop set with 375.  I got 375x5, probably could've done 1 or 2 more but decided to drop after 5.  I took a 25 from each end and did 6 more with 325.  I got 6 more with 275 and 225 for a total rep count of 23.

After recovering for a few minutes, I thought I'd do a couple more straight sets with 315 but the first set of 6 slow, grindy reps told me loud and clear that I didn't have anything left in the tank.  Unlike Meadows, Tate, and Pakulski, I didn't go on to do 3 or 4 more leg exercises all taken past failure.  Maybe some day but I'm not acclimated to that kind of session.  Even still, the high bar squat drop set felt great and it's a scheme I'll definitely try again.

After squats, I bench pressed and chinned but those efforts were affected by the squat drop set.  It was a quick 45 minute session but it was fun trying something new.

Squats:  135x10, 225x5, 275x5, add belt, 325x5, 375x5 drop 325x6 drop 275x6 drop 225x6, 315x6

Bench Press:  135x10, 185x5, 225x5, 255x5, 255x5, 255x4, 255x4

Chins:  6, 5, 4  plus 3 lat shrugs at the end of each set


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