8 weeks out, Day 2, squats

picture from this weekend''s meet
Harnek Singh Rai took a bunch of photos from this weekend's Hamilton Novice and Open meet and the picture above is one of my favourites.  The lifter is David Gratton, the other side spotter is lifting legend, multiple IPF World Champion, and CPU President Mark Giffin, and the back spotter that you can barely see is Dave Walters, also an IPF World Champion.  Clearly I am out of my league but powerlifting is great in that, every now and then, an ordinary Joe gets to share the platform with the best.

Anyways, spotting and loading at the meet was perfect motivation since I'm now 8 weeks out from my next meet.  It's time to get things dialed in for the platform and seeing a day's worth of lifting really helped get me focused.  I skipped my morning deadlift session as planned to give my back some extra time to recover and was ready to squat this evening.

It's time to start practising for the platform so the knee sleeves went back on.  I wear a loose set of rehbands in training but they'll be similar enough to the loose SBD's I wear in meets.  My plan for tonight was to work up to a heavy single and then do some back off sets.  I wanted to get an idea of where things were before I went through the process of peaking for a top single by the end of November.

Fortunately, everything felt really good and I was able to work up to a single with 475.  It was actually a paused single.  For some reason, I sat in the hole for a count before coming back up.  It was a hard single but not a limit lift by any means.  I can only guess the pause was due to feeling like I wanted to really sit in the hole with it.  Obviously by meet time, I won't want to do that but I've got 7 more weeks to get my single game in shape.

After the singles, I did three sets of five with 405.  These moved as fast and as smoothly as ever.  I'm not sure I can remember moving the weight with as tight and as fast a groove as I did tonight.  I definitely think the extra volume over the past month has made a difference because I'm starting with weights that I finished my Nationals training prep with and I'm 10-15 lbs lighter than when I was training for Nationals.

Squats:  135x5, 135x5, 225x5, low bar, 225x5, add belt, 295x3, 335x3, add wrist wraps, 385x3, 425x2, 455x1, 475x1, 405x5, 405x5, 405x5

Adductor:  130x12x2 sets

Abductor:  130x12x2 sets

Hoist crunch machine:  80x10, 80x10, 80x8

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