640 x 1 @ 8
600 x 4 @ 9
510 x 4 x 5 sets
BW 199 😒
June was one of the best training months I’ve ever had, with numerous PRs falling on a weekly basis. Things were good.
Then, immediately after finishing residency, things took a sharp turn. For various reasons, July got progressively worse, with my training numbers backsliding and previous warmup weights starting to feel like near-1RMs. Things were not fun.
and I discussed things. We came up with a plan, including switching some things around in my programming to address the psychological side of training and start building some momentum again.
We’re finally getting back on track, and my elbow re-re-rehab is going well at the moment too. It’s important to remember that these sorts of ups and downs are a natural part of training, and this phenomenon of “regression to the mean” will make sure that neither your “ups”, nor your “downs”, will last too long.
Expecting long-term, linear progress as a post-novice lifter is generally unrealistic for most people, and this can be a hard lesson to learn for some. It’s OK to pay attention to these psychological factors, and *GASP* sometimes even to adjust your training based on them, too.
What has your experience been like dealing with downturns in training progress? What did you do about it?