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    I love my home gym and certainly don't miss having to fight the bench & bi monkeys for a place to press. Welcome back to training.

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    Cheers misspelledgeoff! Hoping to keep at it this time.

    Got a touch of flu-like illness, and had to miss two sessions due to work. Had a little too much to drink on Tuesday and Weds morning I full-on passed out for the first time in my life. Been feeling a little dizzy and feeling like I've got chlorine in my sinuses too. Felt a lot better today, but played safe and stuck with 3s to reduce risk of wobbliness.

    Squat. Worked up slowly, felt pretty good so did ended on sets-across. 20x2x5, 30x3, 40x3, 50x3, 55x3 add belt, 60 x 3 x 3
    Press. Same deal. 20 x 3, 25x3, 27.5 x 3 x 3
    Noticing my wrists are over-bent at lockout on these. Not sure if I hadn't noticed, or if this is just starting to get heavy for me.
    20 x 12 backoff
    Power clean. 30x2, 35x2, 37.5x2, 40x2, 42.5x1
    Not feeling very explosive. Decided this was a good place to stop.

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    Tuesday 16th
    Still not too hot, having the odd bit of sinus-related dizziness. But mostly felt alright if a bit sluggish.

    Squat 20 x 2 x 5, 40 x 3, 50 x 1, 60 x 3 x 5. Got sets 2 and 3 on video. Final reps not as slow as they felt, depth solid. Only real issue is the usual knee slide. Have to try TUBOW
    Bench 20 x 5, 30 x 2, 36 x 3 x 5
    Second set felt hard on the wrists. Third I remembered to squeeze the damn bar and much better. Damn girly wrists.
    DL 40 x 5, 60 x 5 (DOH), 77.5 x 5 (hook). Video'd this too. Not bad. Bit slacker in the middle back that it should be. Really get the chest up.
    Tired, so no faffing with assistance.

    Overall not bad. Squat videos were reassuring, although must fix knees. Deadlift needs tightening up and feels so bloody heavy...

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    Thursday 18th
    Mostly better, although tired. Slept in and fell asleep this afternoon for half an hour.

    Squat 20 x 2 x 5, 40 x 3, 50 x 1, 62.5 3 x 5 Video'd all. All looking solid enough. Third set placed the bar wrong and it felt dead heavy.
    Press 20 x 3, 27.5 3 x 5. Widened out my grip about an inch. Felt a bit heavy on off the shoulders, but better overall.

    Power Clean 40 x 2+hp, 2, 2. Rack all off, tired out
    Assisted chins Blue band 2, 1.5, 1 Finally something resembling an actual chin-up! Try and get up to 5's then go to a lighter band.

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    Saturday 20th 1 mile run, 1 mile walk-run. Slow. I hate running.

    Sunday 21st
    All sorts of things hurt today. Mid-back has knots in, and I whacked my right elbow off a chest of drawers and it hurts.

    Squat 20 x 2 x 5, 40 x 3, 50 x 1, 65 x 3 x 5. Finally put the big plates on and they're a bit over, so this was maybe 1-2kg over. Felt alright, although damn heavy.
    Bench 20 x 5, 30 x 2, 37.5 x 3 x 5. Remembered to squeeze and wrists way better. Bit all over the place though.
    DL 40 x 5, 60 x 5, 80 x 5. Didn't video but focused on chest up.
    DB bench ~10kg 3 x 12
    Tired out, but feeling less wiped out.

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    Tuesday 23rd
    Knot in mid back back today, who knows what that's about. Otherwise feeling alright.

    Squat 20 x 2 x 5, 40 x 3, 55 x 1, 67.5 x 3 x 5. Video'd. I tried cutting the depth a little on set 3. Pretty sure they were all in, although rep 5 maybe barely. But, much faster and snappier like that.
    Press 20 x 5, 28.5 x 3 x 5. Missed last rep on first set. Was trying to work out where to put my elbows. Last rep of 3rd set let lower back overextend a little. All out on this.
    PC 40 x 5 x 2. All alright
    Chins (blue band) 2, 2, 1.5

    First session back was 13/Sept. So that's 6 weeks back, with one half-week break. Progress:
    First challenging weights were (all in kg) 30/25/55/22.5/30 (Sq/B/DL/Pr/PC). Now at 67.5/37.5/80/28.5/40. Pretty nice build back towards previous strength after a 4-year layoff. Deadlift has a way to go, but that was my best lift and it's still going up. I am about 5kg heavier than I was, at 73kg right now. 5'5'', female, early 30s.

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    Thursday 25th
    Feeling pretty alright, but having some troubles with low mood again. Bit of work stress too. Still, it's nice to be getting strong again, and it's all coming back pretty quick.

    Squat 20 x 2 x 5, 40 x 5, 50 x 3, 60 x 1, 70 x 3 x 5. Cutting the depth here. All in and much sharper. Pretty damn happy with how these are looking and feeling.
    Bench 20 x 5, 30 x 3, 38.5 x 3 x 5. Got an (awful) video of this. Looks OK as far as anything is visible. Just hard.
    Deadlift 40 x 5, 60 x 5, 82.5 x 5. On video. Solid, good back extension. 4th rep got away in front, but others good.

    Deadlifts feel incredible heavy compared to squats. I'm not using the belt on them yet, but blimey.

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    Sat 27th
    15 mins of rower intervals 30/60, and played around with hand grippers. I injured my right hand ring finger while climbing 4 years ago (foot slipped and most of my body weight went onto one hand in a pocket), and with all of this new load it feels funny. Hoping some training will help. Also, I have small hands, but long fingers so need all the grip strength I can get

    Sun 28th
    Walk to warm up. We're having a cold snap, so it's been about 6 C all day and is now "chilly". Bar was cold. I've bought an electric blanket for it, so with that and a fan heater, winter should be a lot nicer than when I started training in an unheated garage in Scotland. One week it hit -12C.

    Squat 20 x 2 x 5, 40 x 5, 50 x 3, 60 x 1 (no belt), 72.5 x 3 x 5. Not sharp. Trying to avoid knee pull-back and instead ended up doing a pull back then a push forward again. Last rep of last set was briefly stationary at about 3/4 up too. Hopefully just an off day.
    Press 20 x 3, 25 x 1, 30 x 3,2,4. 25x 7. Aim was 30 for 3x3. Second set could not get a third rep. Had a longer rest and squeezed out a 4th on the last set. Back-off was AMRAP.
    PC 40 5 x 2. Spinning wheels on these as squats are just so damn tiring.

    I'm reckoning on swapping in a light day soon and reducing deads to once per week. Probably cleans once per week, and then some rows or RDLs the other day. I suck so badly at power cleans I don't think they have much actual training effect. But I kinda like them.

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    Tues 30th
    2-3 degrees warmer today, so less sucky outside. Felt pretty tired starting off, but things went OK.

    Squat 20 x 2 x 5, 40 x 5, 50 x 3, 60 x 1, 75 x 3 x 5. First set a bit shaky, but then got my belt slightly higher and while it felt a bit odd, it seemed way better. Not in the way at the bottom. It does touch my ribs slightly, so I'm reconsidering getting a 3" belt. Bloody tough though, these.

    Bench 20 x 5, 30 x 2, 40 x 3 x 5. Trying to work on arch. I have almost zero gap between by back and the bench, and I can barely make one. I warmed up using a foam thing underneath and it seemed to help.
    Deadlift 40 x 5, 60 x 5, 85 x 5. Last rep was a bit loose in mid-back. Don't know why these feel so heavy really. Belt time I think.

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    Thursday 1st
    Pretty tired again, and it's cold.

    Squat 20 x 2 x 5, 40 x 5, 50 x 3, 60 x 1, 77.5 x 3 x 5. First set felt like death. Second set felt like faster death. Third set just got. All on video, looking alright to me.

    Press 20 x 3, 25 x 1, 31 x 3, 3, 2. Did not have a last rep. Stuck wrist wraps on for these. Then 25 x 7. Again, didn't have another.
    BB row 30 x 8, 35 x 3 x 5
    Chin w. blue band, 3x2

    Squat is still moving (just) but definitely time for a light day soon. Press has now got back to where it was when I stopped, so no longer just regaining old strength. I never did work out how to improve my press. 5/3/1 seemed to work, if slowly. I suspect I need to grow some actual shoulder muscle, and press is so finicky I struggle to get any volume with low reps. Maybe a bit of body-building nonsense is called for.

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