Marathon Man

Today’s workout lasted 2 hrs and 40 minutes.  Yes, my inlaws are in town.  It’s not that I want to avoid them – they are very friendly.  It’s just that, like my son, I get away with more when they are in town.  They spoil him, and my wife is reluctant to hector me in front of them.

Low Bar Squat: 45×4, 115×3, 175×2, 235×1, 275×1, 315×1, 345×1, 375×1, 405×1

Yeah, if you have read this blog for any length of time, you will learn that while I am fairly disciplined in general, (sticking to the Broz program for 10 weeks, not missing a day) I often go back on my word and am wishy-washy about the details (box squats or not?  high bar or low bar?  deadlifts or RDL?).

Partial Squats: #9 495×1, #9 545×1, #9 575×1, #10 500×1, #10 530×1, #11 495×1, #12 455×1, #13 410×1

Closegrip Bench: 45×10, 95×3, 145×3, 185×2, 225×1, 265×1, 285×1, 305×1, 320×1, 330×1, 340×1; 260,265,270,275,280×1, 260×2, 265×3 (10)

Deadlift: 135×3, 205×1, 275×1, 345×1; 385×1,1 (2)

After this bullsh*t beginning, where 405 felt heavy on squat, and 345 on deadlift, and I only set one PR on a squat rack height that basically involves unlocking and relocking my knees, I decided to just do whatever I pleased.

High Bar Squat: 135×3, 225×2, 245,265,285,305,315,320,325,330,335,340,345,350,355,355×1 (30 TSV)

I was doing these just on the platform with no spotter, partly to check my form in the mirror, and partly because another guy wanted to use the squat rack.  I felt sort of bad for him.  He is a big guy, probably 6’1, 240 lbs, and an ex-football player.  He is adequate at squatting, but never goes quite to parallel (but I’m sure he thinks he does).  He goes up to about 345×3, uses low bar, but keeps his feet too close together.  I’d like to give him some advice, but I think he might take it the wrong way.  I went up to 355, which was not an attempt to show him up.  I hope that he doesn’t think that it was.

RDL: 205×2, 275×1, 295×3; 210,215,220,225×3 (12)

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2 thoughts on “Marathon Man

  1. giving advice can be tricky. perhaps it is one thing when you can put some weight behind your words (pun intended, of course), but in 99 % of cases I keep my cake-hole shut.

    what is your general approach here, if you feel that you know what you’re talking about? do you give out advice, whether it is asked for or not?

  2. my approach is the same as yours. The only time i give unsolicited advice is when someone is about to do something dangerous i.e. the bar is misloaded. Or when they are using the wrong tool for the job – like deadlifting with 25 lb plates bc they don’t know where the bumper plates are kept.

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