Pull Monday: By the Book

I HAD SOME misgivings about sticking to the prescribed numbers tonight. While I know I had more in the tank after axle deads on the weekend, the loading and volume at this end of my program (with just a few weeks till state finals) is significant. Near-max pulling, a couple of days apart, throw in some reasonably heavy yoke… you can see why I was a bit concerned.

Fortunately for me, this isn’t my first rodeo, as they say. I do sometimes look back at where I’ve come from (did it today, in fact) and marvel at my own progress. Most of the time, I’m more concerned with my next big lift than where I was four and a half years ago. But when I think about all the poor form, lightweight exercises that marked the start of my lifting career, and all the lumbar strains I sustained after I found Strongman… it’s certainly a boost to one’s confidence.

I worked the program, and made another new personal record.

Richard and the trainees got on with their pressing, while pocket rocket Anthony was on the platforms, deadlifting with more exuberance than technique to begin with. He admitted to me that he’d gotten as far as he had with no coaching, formal or otherwise. A little staggered, I suggested he program his lifts in line with mine each week, so I could watch him and give advice where possible.

Deadlifts
70 kgs x 5
120 kgs x 5
170 kgs x 3
220 kgs x 1
255 kgs x 3s x 4r PR

Overhand bent over BB rows
100 kgs x 8
120 kgs x 8
120 kgs x 8

Seated rows
left: 73 kgs x 10, 10
right: 73 kgs x 10, 10
114 kgs x 8

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