Sunday, April 6, 2014

How I Train (Lately...)

On Tuesday evening after work, I put in this squat session:
Squat: bar x 10, 135lbs x 5
Squat (5:00): 185lbs x 35, 3

The numbers are not impressive, but I was working with a bad cold, and I was happy that it did not leave me physically wrecked at all. My lower back and hips had been problematic in 2013 - to the point of doing almost no squatting at all to speak of. In that context, I was very satisfied. If I try it again, I'll hope to get at least 40-50 reps in a single set.

In the month preceding this, I did sets of 20 with 135lbs in a few sessions, and a couple workouts where I would do as many quality reps as I could in one minute with 135. About 9 days out, I did the "Bring Sally Up" workout. I found it to be a lot of fun!

These days, for the first time in a long while, I look at each squat session as play. There are goals and focus, but I don't get greedy and I take each workout as it comes. If I feel good, I do more. If I feel crummy, I shut it down early. Currently, I'm enjoying riding the wave and seeing where it takes me. The plan is to push the intensity up a bit in the coming weeks, and when that starts to feel stale, switch to higher rep work with squat variants.