Originally Posted by HardCory
We'll have to see some updated pics when this is all said and done. Solid bench too.
No, I am committed to not putting any new pictures up until I can really see a difference. I remember taking pictures when I bulked from low 180's to close to 200. I really thought I'd see a difference, but it was almost imperceptible. I want to really bulk (215 at a minimum) and reassess from there before I even think of taking more pictures.
70, 120, 140, 160, 180, 200, 220x3 no belt
Added belt - 240, 260, 280, 300, 320x3
Front Squat - no belt
170, 180, 190, 200x3
BWx14 (tie PR)
BWx10 (used straps - just trying something new)
BWx8 (used straps)
Well, when I had my squat meltdown last week, it was after I tried powerlifting squats after not having squatted heavy since November. And 240x3 felt heavy
last week, which is why I was so disappointed since in November I squatted 390x1 and 350x5. I theorized since my other lifts were going well, that is was largely a nervous system/motor pattern issue and I could get back on track in a reasonable amount of time. Well, I think I was right.
320x3 is not where I should be, it's about 40lbs weaker (given a PR of 350x5, I could have handled rougly 360x3 back in November)...but
it is a heck of a lot better than 240 feeling heavy one week ago!
Thanks again to all those who encouraged me. I am getting back on track and will continue to work to get to where I was and surpass that.
Chins felt good, hoping to hit a PR, but I hit a wall on the 14th rep. Added straps on the 3rd and 4th set. I have never done that before, just wanted to see if I could get an extra rep or 2 out of it due to the stress off the forearms. I think it did help, my reps didn't go down from set 2 to 3 and I was going for max reps each set so I typically expect a decrease.
Bodyweight average this week: 198.3
My weight is back up to where it was when I stalled. Now it is onward and upward!
Eating roughly 4300 calories per day (para-workout nutrition NOT included in that total).