WEEK 2: Way Better

TONIGHT was a 100% improvement on week one. While I admit I was feeling the effects of my first combined pull & squat session right through to events on the weekend, this time around I was ready. The reduced volume and rep scheme proved to be more manageable while still providing progression. I am much more confident of completing this program as written from this point.

Good news across the board, really. Where normally I would use sleeves when squatting anything beyond 150 or so (and typically get some kind of knee complaint afterwards), tonight I dispensed with them and completed all reps with zero issues. My knees feel absolutely frigging fine right now. It’s so odd, and glorious, and I hope it continues.

The seated rows were a good swap-in accessory, and there’s room for progression there too. Especially once PTC’s Hammer Strength facility arrives.

Deadlifts:
75 kgs x 8
125 kgs x 5
175 kgs x 3
235 kgs x 2 double overhand, new PR for grip strength
265 kgs x 1
295 kgs x 2s x 2r PR

Squats:
30 kgs x 8
80 kgs x 5
110 kgs x 3
140 kgs x 1
160 kgs x 3s x 4r

Seated rows:
120 kgs x 15
140 kgs x 10
150 kgs x 5