Latest Personal Bests
Well, to start… Just wanted to call out that I figured I’d add a page to track my personal best lifts. I’ve done this in a few spots over the past couple of years, and then I never really know where my actual best lifts are. For example, I know I’ve pulled 405 conventional… But did I wear a belt? How much did I weigh? When did that happen? Nobody knows, so I’m not counting it. The newly added page is over here, so check it out. Keep your eye on it for more personal bests from me.
This week I had a few noteworthy lifts that I figure I’d mention. First, I hit a new all time heavy squat in the form of a box squat. At 150 lbs body weight, I squatted 390 lbs without a belt, sleeves, or wraps of any sort down to a box and back up again for a single. The descent down to the box was actually comfortable, but once on the box I had to get really aggressive to stand back up. I was nervous I might get pinned, but when you have that weight on your back it’s either stand up or die.
The following day I maxed out on conventional deadlifts by accident because I busted out the belt. As I mentioned above, I’ve pulled 405… I don’t know when or with what equipment, so I’ll start fresh and call 390 my new conventional max… Max with a belt, that is. I still feel like deadlifting with a belt is a different lift than a normal deadlift so I’ll track those separately. I wasn’t expecting to pull a top single that day so my set progression could have been better. Definitely opened my eyes as to how weak my lower back and abs are.
Last night I broke through a bit of a bench plateau. I hit 215 for a triple. About a week ago I hit it for a double, which I feel like I was able to do for the past year or so. I could hit 225 for a single on a good day, and 215 for a double on a good day. I added that extra rep in yesterday without a spot, liftoff, wraps… nothing. It was a grind and it was heavy as shit… But I got it up.