Squats. Week 2 Cycle 10.

Well, I was hoping I would make it the entire year without having to deload squats, but today's workout decided otherwise. After my second working set I knew I'd have trouble since the reps were moving really slowly. Anyway, last cycle I did 425x6 and today 430x6 was the original goal. After warmups I decided to do only the prescribed reps, but even after completing those three reps I dont think I had anything else left in me. Time to put the ego aside and lower the weights. I was tired of lifting those heavy-ass weights anyway (Ronnie would be so disappointed). Also, I could make lots of excuses for my performance today, but you can always make those. And I felt like today was more than just an off-day since I have been riding the ragged edge of what I can output on squats for a while now. My assistance work was also really difficult, which is always a bad sign, too. I'll finish out this cycle and start my deload for cycle 11. I'm going to drop back to 365lbs for week 1 and try to beat the 10 reps I did back in cycle 8. Rawr. On another note, I'm going to see if I can keep my deadlifts going until the end of the 12th cycle, I'd really like to rep out 500lbs before I have to deload.

Goals for today:



385x3 (I knew there was trouble at this point)
430x2 (I planned on doing a few sets to see if I could repeat the triple. Nope.)

Asssistance work:  A bunch of failed front squats. Somebody hold me.

Video of final set:

Progress over the last 10 cycles in week 2 (I've now linked videos to each lift):

  • Cycle 1: 330x4
  • Cycle 2: 335x5
  • Cycle 3: 345x7
  • Cycle 4: 350x8
  • Cycle 5: 360x8
  • Cycle 6: 370x8
  • Cycle 7: 375x8
  • Cycle8: N/A (smolov)
  • Cycle9: 425x6 
  • Cycle 10: 430x3 (time to deload)
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