This is the video that I screen-grabbed earlier. You can hear the magnet brake locking in between reps.
455 reverse-band squats. It’s the most I’ve had on my back in a long while. It felt okay, too. Walkout looked good and the depth, on the second rep anyway, looked really good. I still need to keep working on my right hip so I can get low enough. It sure looks like there is plenty of power there. I’m not sure where the workouts go from here, but I am feeling more confident that I can get the 1000-pound meet total I am shooting for.
This was the last day of the 5RM cycle. By the book, this was 94% (about 315 lbs.) of my 5RM but it moved way easier than it should have. I’m finally starting to get some strength back after taking the pandemic off from the gym. I’m finding some of the old grooves, too, so the movements are getting more efficient.
These are the squats where I’m setting my 2-3RM for the next few weeks of training. I’ve been battling some hip tightness so I’m super-slow going down and I’m not getting very deep. There’s plenty of strength coming up, though, so I’m not worried. I’m happy with the weight for now (365 lbs.) but I need to stretch and stretch and stretch.
This felt a lot heavier than it looks. I’m happy again with the weight (235 lbs.) and it should be a challenging 2-3RM base for the next couple of training weeks. Maddie is obviously a dancing machine.
I’m shooting for a 1000 lb. total at the meet in late February. It is a conservative goal and I think I can get there if I stick to the training.