PULL THURSDAY: WK1 Peaking Cycle Begins

THERE’S been a very minor revision to my hasty five week program leading up to GPC states. It now looks like this:

Week 1 – 225 kgs x 81957895_10203370447241572_898808368_o
Week 2 – 265 kgs x 5
Week 3 – 295 kgs x 3
Week 4 – 315 kgs x 2
Week 5 – 335 kgs x 1
GPC States – 350 kgs

I have dropped two reps from the program, that’s it. There’s no personal records broken throughout, right up to comp day and that much-vaunted 350. Tonight was 225 for eight, and if I was aiming for max reps at this weight I believe I would be capable of at least a dozen currently. At this weight my (better than it was but still shitty) cardio would become an issue before my back gave out.

While I love to deadlift, I have more of an affinity for strongman events than the other two static movements which comprise powerlifting. So it’s pretty ironic that, thanks to my shoulder, my deadlift is also the only movement of the three that isn’t currently compromised… unless we reintroduce the ever-present threat of Quaid, but I’m done with sweating over that. I did one of, if not my strongest ever, 350 kilo yoke walk last weekend. It killed my knees, but it felt like a really good run. Next clinic I’ll have to get someone to time it. The point is; nothing has exploded yet.

As a side note, I also worked on my grip strength this evening by sticking with double overhand for as long as possible. I managed two reps of 225 before I switched to alternate, as it was not going to last a third. This was promising; my grip, like most other things, is slowly coming back to 100%. My best for a single, I think, is 240 kilos with a standard barbell, and a 180 axle for one. Or two. It’s not important enough to review.

I bumped into a fella who was testing maxes with a couple of mates… Matt I think his name was. His face looked familiar. He remembered me from my stint at Genesis Bentley. We had a chat about this and that… and I of course mentioned the clinic I run each Saturday afternoon at PTC Perth. Maybe we’ll see them in the future; they were all clearly impressed with how far ahead of the game PTC is when it comes to equipment, culture and atmosphere.

Cardio: assault bike 5 minutes, 60 rpm

75 kgs x 8
125 kgs x 5
175 kgs x 3
205 kgs x 1
225 kgs x 8

Bent-over BB rows (underhand):
70 kgs x 10
100 kgs x 10
120 kgs x 5

Seated rows:
80 kgs x 10
100 kgs x 10
120 kgs x 10