February 5th, 2019

StrongLifts B

Squat: 5×3 @ 305 lbs.
Overhead Press: 3×5 @ 120 lbs.
Deadlift: 1×5 @ 320 lbs.

Body Weight: 200 lbs.

I missed my last squat set last time, so apparently, doing five reps per set is too much right now. The next level in StrongLifts is to go 3×3. But that's not enough for me, so long as I can do 15 reps total. So I tried 5×3 instead, and it worked! I also loaded 305 lbs. on the bar, forgetting that I should have done 300 lbs. since I didn't get all 15 reps last time. But oh well, I made it. And I will continue with this scheme until I cannot. Then, hopefully, I will be able to switch to 3×3 and continue making progress. We shall see.

I am frankly surprised that I was able to get 3×5 on the overhead press. Those things are hard. When I do start missing reps, I am going to do the same thing I am doing with my squats.

This is the first time I have used straps on the deadlift. I have lifted 325 lbs. without them before, but just barely. And last time even 315 lbs. almost slipped out of my hands. This time the straps made it downright easy! Through the loose earbud was an unwelcome distraction.