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  1. #11
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    Default W04: 1 Mar 2021

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    Squat: 91kg (200lb)
    Bench press: 57kg (125lb)
    Deadlift: 93kg (204lb)

    Quite a nice session, maybe due to the two days of rest. Today I used a wider grip during the squat and I think it helped. In case of bench press, last reps of the last set were really difficult but I managed to do all of them. Deadlift felt really heavy, I guess it is going to be like that since now.
    Last edited by adm; 03-09-2021 at 11:49 PM.

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    Default W04: 3 Mar 2021

    Squat: 93kg (204lb)
    Press: 40kg (88lb)
    Deadlift: 97kg (213lb)

    Squat was difficult but there was a bit more in the tank. Press was a complete mistake, I started with 41kg but after the first set I was sure that the next one wouldn't happen. I dropped weight to 40kg for the second and third sets but the form was really bad. Next time I will drop to 36kg and start progressing by 1kg. In case of deadlift I became greedy and added 4kg rather than 2kg and it felt so heavy that I regretted but still was able to do the whole set.
    Last edited by adm; 03-23-2021 at 09:29 AM.

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    Default W04: 5 Mar 2021

    Squat: 95kg (209lb)
    Bench press: 59kg (129lb)
    Deadlift: 99kg (217lb)

    Squat was no more difficult than usually. Bench was hard, especially last two reps in each set were very difficult. Deadlift, something happened during one of the warmup sets and got discomfort around my left lat. It didn't got more painful in subsequent sets so I performed the training till the end.
    Last edited by adm; 03-09-2021 at 11:49 PM.

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    Default W05: 8 Mar 2021

    Squat: 97kg (213lb)
    Press: 36kg (79lb)
    Deadlift: 101kg (222lb)

    Squat was clearly more difficult than the last time. I dropped press weight significantly to work on form, it was more difficult than I expected. My left arm hurt during last reps, maybe it have not healed up completely yet. Deadlift went surprisingly well when compared to the last time.
    Last edited by adm; 03-09-2021 at 11:50 PM.

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    Default W05: 10 Mar 2021

    Squat: 99kg (217lb)
    Bench press: 61kg (134lb)
    Deadlift: 103kg (226lb)

    Squat was challenging but no drama here. Bench press felt externally tough, first 2-3 reps in each set are fine but later it is a survival. I guess that soon I will need smaller jumps. Deadlift was a real challenge, hard to say I enjoy it. I struggled with grip a bit and still the odd pain in the back which I feel since last week. Anyhow one step forward.

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    Default W05: 12 Mar 2021

    Squat: 101kg (222lb)
    Press: 37kg (81lb)
    Deadlift: 105kg (231lb)

    Squat was not too bad, I thought it would be worse. Press still rather disappointing, dropped the weight significantly and it still was heavy. I'm going to keep small increments and I will see if it is going to go better than last time or not. Deadlift felt even heavier than previously.

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    Default W06: 15 Mar 2021

    Squat: 103kg (226lb)
    Bench press: 63kg (138lb)
    Deadlift: 107kg (235lb)

    Squat was similar to the previous session, heavy but manageable. Bench press was kind of a surprise, I was nearly sure that it won't go this time but it did. I tried a little bit more narrow grip, maybe that helped. Deadlift, clearly I don't enjoy it but this time I tried bare foot and it was a bit better. In short I'm quite satisfied with the whole session, maybe this is result of weekend rest.

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    Default W06: 17 Mar 2021

    Squat: 105kg (231lb)
    Press: 38kg (83lb)
    Deadlift: 109kg (239lb)

    Squat felt heavier than ever but I could complete all the sets. It still seems to cause less troubles than the other lifts. Press, like usually, was not easy - last reps especially in the last set were difficult. Deadlift form should be better, lower back needs to be more straight. Initial tension at the bottom position is really helpful. I guess, not too bad as long as I can increase weight and complete all the sets.

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    Default W06: 19 Mar 2021

    Squat: 107kg (235lb)
    Bench press: 65kg (143lb)
    Deadlift: 111kg (244lb)

    Squat felt really heavy, the first set was the worst one. I moved a bit forward at the bottom in case of couple of reps. Bench press felt clearly worse than previously, in the 2nd and 3rd set the last reps I barely completed the last reps. It is kind of frustrating that my bench is so weak maybe it is time to progress more slowly. Deadlift was heavy but my form was better than last time. I really needed a couple of extra seconds before each repetition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adm View Post
    Deadlift: 97kg (213lb) . . . In case of deadlift I became greedy and added 4kg rather than 2kg and it felt so heavy that I regretted but still was able to do all the sets.
    I may be misunderstanding, but you mention deadlift "sets". The work set for the deadlift is a single set of 5 reps. Doing more than one deadlift work set may impede recovery.

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