275x1 with a competition pause.
This one felt good. Working my way up from here. If I hit 315 today, I’ll post it.
Week 2 in the books. Thank you @flamay
for the recommendation of #Squatober
Hooked now 💪👍
These photos are astounding me as I take a while to look back on my #fijichallenge
journey so far.
9th October I did squats during #squatober
with my little niece Daisy. That photo is a screenshot from those squats. 14th December -today!!! 2 short months later.
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I decided I had enough of making excuses and I just got on with it. No complaints ,no pity me, no excuses. I just got on with it and smiled through it and I am not finished yet.
This is the sum of my efforts so far. But this is NOT end of my progress ,not by a long shot.
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100kg squat🔥bad form but still got it🍑
405x3, trying to get these wheels nice and strong 🏋🏽♂️
Pull-ups - sets of 5 until there’s no longer 5 in the tank, probably 8-12 sets total.
I’m pretty proud of my progress here in a couple months on an exercise I rarely implement in training. Not bad for a 300 lb. fat boy.
Spoto Press - 6x3, 270
Should probably do a few more reps. These weren’t too heavy, but they’re great for firing as much muscle as possible at one time.
, +3 on all attributes for Santa Claus socks??? #hohoho
Strength training, bodybuilding, powerlifting, CrossFit (lol), any and all time spent in a gym is a journey. Fat loss, muscle building, transformations, they're all the culmination of months and years or hard work, gains, frustrations.
Whether it's Laura, who has scoliosis, who always smashes her training and nutrition hitting a new phone: 3x5 on squats and deadlifts at 50 and 70kg respectively, Ailsa who hit a full depth squat after working her hip mobility, or Nosheen who had never dreamed she would feel fit and confident in the gym or out.
Instagram might show you the highlight reel and even these videos don't paint the picture of all the discussions, the worries, the failed attempts and setbacks that all my clients (and myself) have been through.
My main point is to go into the gym and have a laugh. Pick a few movements, get good at them over months, set targets and kick ass. It's not all about thicc glutes and 8 packs.
Overall, these had to be 3 of my favorite squats from the daily squatting I did through October and November.
November 6 - 495. This was the first time I hit 495. I had attempted it once before and missed at the bottom because I used a whippy bar and descended too slowly. This rep felt great!
November 9 - 500. This was my first 500 during daily squatting. I think I missed depth by a couple inches. I went on to hit 500 2 more times during November.
November 16 - 495 on what is either a cheap bar or a deadlift bar. This rep was the most fun, and definitely the hardest. The motion of the bar required greater core stability and the ability to adjust my center of gravity to keep the bar straight. This squat had the most carryover to throwing.
I have Highland Games on back-to-back weekends in January and USATF Masters Nationals in early March, so I won’t be squatting every day for a while, but it is my preferred method of training, and the most effective I have tried so far. Happy squatting!
Tired of squatting the same?
Feel uncomfortable 😣 under the bar? Bar throwing you forward? Wanna do high reps squats with lower risk for injury?
Give these a shot ☝️
Working to improve ground response time with the 18” box. Most of those reps were decent, but I have a lot of work to do to get springy again.
Easy box jumps - 5x5 at 24”. •
During the course of max squatting, I’ve lost a lot of explosive power. It will come back better than before as I switch up my training focus to speed/power.
Curls - 5x4
Laugh at it if you must, but I believe I have the choice to either train biceps or tear biceps.
Ended with 420lb on the squat, weighed in at 172!! So much love from everyone and I lifted that shit with everything I had. @cmccwhite
came up behind me and told me “this is life and death and if you don’t get low enough on this squat your son is gonna die” my friend and I are like minded and we know what it takes AND THIS WAS THE RESULT! #getchamindright
BEST SET YET!!!
These aren’t perfect, but they’re looking and feeling better than the last few sets. Thanks one more time for all the advice...you’re the MAN!
I found the right working weight for speed box squats, and it doesn’t seem to hurt my back.
185 is probably where I should stay on these as I work to turn max strength to power/speed for the upcoming Highland Games.
Just working around this back injury with speed box squats.
Still working on form @t_watkins73
Midway through this late #squatober
plan I'm on track to meet my goal of a 1 rep 400 lb PR on back-squat. This is just a 320 lb rep from today's lift.
Meanwhile, also had a conversation with the coaches about when to start all of the paperwork again for Spring 2019 tryouts. Expecting a little less than 100 days before I tryout again! Staying positive, staying blessed, and burning with passion for another shot at making the team. Either way, I'm loving the experience. Boomer!! @ou_football
you work hard like when you go to the gym?💙
I wasn’t going to post again, but they’re getting faster! I really need to dedicate an entire training block to box squats during Highland Games season. Maybe I’ll try it soon.
Good set of 3 at 225, but that’s too heavy with the strained erector spinae. It’s not hurting at all, but I could feel it working, which is enough for me to call it quits - back down to 135 for the rest of the speed sets today.
Speed box squats - ?x3-5
Not sure how many of these I’m going to do today. I’m going until I don’t feel the clang of the bar at the top. This is one way to train that seems to take all the pressure off my lower back. Seriously, if I felt these in my back, I wouldn’t do them today. Be smart about training, but find a way to stay strong through an injury.
Shoutout to @t_watkins73
for walking me through the form for these. I think they’re looking much better!