Week 18, April training recap

True to the pattern that seems to have emerged since the beginning of the year, I had another 7-10 day layoff from the gym in April.  I'm actually starting to enjoy the sequence of 5-6 weeks of training and 7-10 days off.  This time the time away from the gym was due to a business trip to Las Vegas.  After I got back, I spent another few days recovering from 5 days in Vegas for a total of 10 days of deload/unload.

Despite the long layoff, all of my training picked up right where it left off.  I'm taking that as a sign that the previous weeks' training required the long unload.  Looking forward, I have another 6 weeks of what should be mostly uninterrupted training until I have another week long business trip in the middle of June.  The rest of the year seems to fall into nice 6 week on/1 week off cycles until my next meet in November so I'll just stick with that.

April training summary:

Total sessions:  12

Squat:  3 sessions, 140 total training lifts, 64.7% avg intensity
Bench Press:  6 sessions, 237 total training lifts, 72.9% avg intensity
Deadlift:  3 sessions, 86 total training lifts, 68.4% avg intensity

All of my training weights moved up nicely while still staying in the 6-8 rep range for Squats and Bench presses, and 5's for deadlifts.  I'll keep working in these ranges until August or so.  At that point, I'll  move to low bar squats, paused bench presses, and rep ranges in the 1-5 range.

5 days in Vegas requires a few days of recovery but well worth it.

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