Max week: round one

Max week: round one

Last weekend I was sicker than I’ve been in years, yet I couldn’t let that stand in the way of max-testing week. I rushed deadlifts so I’m going to try again later this week, but I’m happy to say I set a new squat PR!

Monday – Squats
Squats: 20kg x 8, 8, 40kg x 5, 65kg x 3 x 3, 60kg x 3 x 4
Straight leg deadlifts: 60kg x 8 x 4
Lat pulldown: approx. 45kg x 12, 50kg x 10 x 4
Seal rows: 10kg x 8 x 4

I stupidly went to the gym on Monday after having only just stopped vomiting less than 24 hours before, and having not eaten for three days. I somehow made it through 10 sets of light squats, although poor Em had to deal with a lot of whinging and moaning.

All I could manage post-workout was plain pasta and a protein shake!

All I could manage post-workout was plain pasta and a protein shake!

Wednesday – Pressing
Log press: 30kg x 8, 35kg x 5, 40kg x 5, 45kg x 1 x 3
Z press: 25kg x 8, 10, 30kg x 5 x 3
Rope overhead extension: 30kg x 12 x 3
Face pulls: 40kg x 15 x 3
Rope pushdowns: 30kg x 12 x 3
Kneeling cable crunches: 60kg x 15 x 3

This was my first “proper” session in almost a week, so I took it easy. I needed to build some confidence before deadlift day.

Making up for lost calories!

Making up for lost calories!

Thursday – Deadlifts
Deadlifts: 60kg x 8, 80kg x 5, 100kg x 3, 110kg x 1, 120kg x 1, 130kg – F, F, 127.5kg – F
Front squats: 40kg x 8, 50kg x 8 x 4
Trap bar deadlifts: 60kg x 10 x 5
Back extensions holding 10kg plate: 12 x 4
Bent over band rows: 8 x 4
Low band rows: 8 x 4

Bloody hell. I was planning on seeing how I felt before attempting a PR, but I stupidly decided to try it anyway after 120kg felt super heavy. Of course, the bar didn’t move. I dropped back to 127.5kg but couldn’t even get that, so I gave up. Em banned me from having my post-deadlift burger as I hadn’t earned it. She was right, but mean!

We had Wagamamas instead - it's just not the same as a big ol' burger!

We had Wagamamas instead – it’s just not the same as a big ol’ burger!

I’m hoping the stars will align this week and I will finally be able to get 130kg off the ground!

On Friday night, I went to the London Dungeon Lates show. It was hilariously scary and involved pie, so it was an automatic win. I then walked around the Southbank Christmas Market, which also involved eating more food. I’m so predictable.

Saturday – Squats
Squats: 20kg x 10, 8, 40kg x 5, 60kg x 5, 70kg x 3, 80kg x 1, 90kg x 1, 95kg – F, 92.5kg x 1

I was super nervous going into this session. My quads were still hurting from front squats, my hips were aching from sitting on my arse all week, and I was training at 10am when I never lift in the morning. 95kg was close but I mentally crumbled halfway through my sticking point. I rested and tried 92.5kg. I felt like my face was going to explode, but I made it!

60kg squats

I went to dance class afterwards and sweat more than I ever have in my life. It was disgusting.

On Sunday, I went paintballing and it was one of the most miserable experiences of my life. It rained non-stop and I absolutely froze. I will not be doing that again unless I’m in a guaranteed sunny environment!

A brownie hot chocolate and caramel slice from Costa almost made me feel better

A brownie hot chocolate and caramel slice from Costa *almost* made me feel better

Only one more week until I start my new training program! I’m soooo excited. I’m testing my max bench tonight and deadlifts on Wednesday – hopefully I will get that burger after all!

How long does it take you to feel back to normal after being sick?

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