Well... a young middle class Caucasian male in one of the poorest weightlifting nations in the world can dream...
Starting a journal to track my training starting now, as a brand new BB.com member, so that my journey into greatness can be documented fully. With the exception of my first full year...
A mini bio:
I'm a 19 year old student, attending a community college with aspirations for university and a degree in biomechanics -- or, depending on the development of my mathematical abilities, engineering. I've been officially "lifting" since last November. By that I mean I started performing full squats and deadlifts at approximately that time. Prior to that, I took a high school weight training class my junior and senior years. Awful form, hated squats even with quarter depth, did nothing (key word: nothing) but bench and curl.
I've studied and acquired a world of knowledge since that time. Jumped on a few months of SS, moved on to high intensity, lower volume work and recently completed a Smolov mesocycle. Feels good, man. Have yet to test my new max, but optimism is high that I'll finally break into some respectable numbers.
Had my first day back in the gym a day after completing my final Smolov session. No leg work, of course.
Bar x 8
135 x 3
155 x 2
175 x 2
185 x F (...)
175 x 1
185 x 1
These had me pissed. I set a PR about a month and a half ago at 200 flat, but have only replicated that once since then. Usually I'm able to hit 185 for a few doubles, at least. The mesocycle took my attention away from most upper body work for the last 2 weeks, though, so I'm sure that affected my power today. Shoulders started naggin' me, too.
120 x 8 (grip fail)
110 x 20 (sloppy ass grip)
Small hand mode. Probably need to dedicate some time to grip work, but not sure how I should go about it. A month ago, I had worked up to 135 for 10-12, so I'm thinking the break affected my power here as well. Hope to be back in top condition after a week or two of getting back at it.
BTN Strict Press (Snatch grip)
First time doing these... strangely enough they made my shoulders feel much, much better. Last rep of 105 my body was shaking all over the place -- or maybe it was just my arms. Going to start hitting these more often... in the name of Klokov.
Above-Parallel Squat Lockouts
315x1, hold for 10 seconds
365x1, hold for 10 seconds
405x2, hold for 10 seconds each
No real reason for these other than to prep myself for my upcoming max attempt. Not sure if it'll help all that much, but I'd feel more comfortable hitting a PR under weights I've felt out a bit.
Some bench work coming up next session.