Like I posted recently, I want to try some new things for my squat. I still want to back squat heavy and often, but I don’t want my lower back to be sore. Today I tried various assistance exercises that I have not done in a while, trying to decide which ones were keepers. Even though I don’t like Westside for raw lifters, I get a lot of good ideas and motivation from Louie Simmons’ articles.
I was very sore today because I worked out last only about 15 hours before, plus I did not get much sleep because both the kids were sick and fussy all night.
Squat: 45×4, 135×2, 225×1, 295×1, 365×1, 405×1, 425×1
Quarter/Half Squats in Rack: I did enjoy these, went up to 475 which felt heavy today.
Pause Squats: Went up to 265, first time trying them. Did not really like them. Tried facing a mirror. Still didn’t like.
Box Squats: Used a slightly below parallel box, and a very deep box. These will definitely get added. I think they are great for the low bar squatter, but you have to go heavy on them.
A bodybuilder saw me and said “Weren’t you doing squats last night?” I said yes. He asked, “What effect does that have on your legs?” I rolled the leg of my shorts up slightly and flexed my quads.
Close-grip Bench (no spotter): 45×10, 115×3, 185×2, 245×1; 250,255,260,265,270×1, 250,255,260,265×2, 250×3,3,3,4,4 (30)
Clean Deadlift: 135×3, 205×2, 275×1, 345×1, 415×1, TM 450×1; 355,360×1 (2)
Did some reading about deadlift form last night. Today I corrected some of my mistakes and it made my lifts a lot easier.