Squat Thursday: Revisiting the 200 Club

SINGLES don’t build strength. I know this. This squat was almost an ego lift… almost, not quite. Or not completely. As I’ve mentioned, the cambered bar I’ve used in the past for squatting is different from any straight bar. The axle is a different animal again; I find it more comfortable to rest on my back, but then I’m accustomed to the yoke. I guess if I trained every day with a standard barbell I’d find that more comfortable but, as I’ve discovered time and again, I don’t fit a standard barbell anyway. My arms are too long and inflexible. The balance and abdominal rigidity required make it more challenging.

I must admit that my Gripped Hard Core knee wraps not only save my knees, they also made squatting 200 feel a little easier than I remember it being. And I haven’t had to use it in a while, but my lever belt didn’t fail me.

I’m looking forward to repping 200+ and getting back to my previous squat strength. I want that 250 1RM in the next couple of months.

The calf raise machine proved to not be my friend tonight; I cramped up in both calves immediately and had to scrap them. I am taking plenty of taurine, but I guess they’ve just been taxed lately. Or maybe I should avoid the stupid calf raise machine altogether and flip a tyre or something… If we had one heavy enough to flip, that might actually be a good conditioning exercise to throw in.

Squats w/axle
20 kgs x 10
70 kgs x 5
120 kgs x 5
160 kgs x 3
180 kgs x 3
200 kgs x 1 TPR

Good mornings w/axle
70 kgs x 5s x 10

Underhand BB bent-over rows
70 kgs x 10
80 kgs x 10
85 kgs x 6

20 kgs x 20
17.5 kgs x 15

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