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Training, June 3, 2013

Started the experiment today, and felt pretty darn good, even did some extra deadlifts.

Squat

240×5 (I misloaded, this was supposed to be 215, but I was looking at the wrong page in my log)

245×5

280×5

All of these felt great.

Press

100×5

115×5

140×5 (again, a misload, should have been 130)

Deadlift

235×5

270×5

305×8

Chins

5,4,4,3,3


Restart, Reboot

I went back through my training logs this morning, looking for where I had made the most progress during busy or high stress times.  What I found was during the majority of 2009, when I was using Jim Wendler’s 5/3/1.  It allows for adjustments when it’s not a good day, the training sessions can be as short or as long as you like, and there’s really no thinking involved.

So, given how much I’ve struggled this year, I decided to go back to basics.  Slow steady progress is better than none, and while I’d rather train using a more conjugate/”Westside” approach (and find that my best strength progress has come on such a program), I just can’t focus enough on training to get that right.  Maybe next year.

So, I’ve taken a shot at what my maxes are, adjusted them to 90% training maxes, and plugged them in to the magic 5/3/1 formulas.  I know this approach works, I just need to stay motivated and focus on making the time and keeping my life in balance.

Off we go.


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