2bf1facf-63c6-49fd-b560-cc38dd282a02_VID11348.wmv_2_xl[1]Today I felt strong doing heavy squat press.  After knocking out three reps at 585lbs I thought it would be cool to throw a 10 pounder on either side pushing the total weight just over 600 pounds.  I did a slow and controlled rep at 605 and could have probably gotten a couple more if I wanted to.  It marks the first time I have moved over 600 pounds in any movement in years.  I am under no delusion that a 600 pound squat press is a real big deal.  There are guys that push 1000lbs on this equipment although I can assure you their ROM is pretty awful when doing so.

Originally my plan today was to get some deadlift reps in as well.  I even brought my straps, hoping to use them to get 360+ off the ground.  Just as I was finishing up my squat press reps two guys started on the squat rack where I normally deadlift next to.  Their arrival combined with some lower back pain after the heavy SP made me decide to just move on to leg extensions and curls.

This is a much different decision making process than I used 24 hours ago. Yesterday I felt like if I bowed out of bench pressing I was going to be negatively affecting my lifting buddy’s bench press sets. So despite shoulder pain that should have sidelined me I still benched with him.  I have this personality trait where I feel badly if I make a choice that I may prefer but could possibly affect others negatively.   This sense of obligation has both helped and hurt me throughout my lifetime, depending on the situation it is applied in.

Today’s Workout

5 minutes cardio/stretching

Plate loaded squat press – 225lbs x 12, 315lbs x 10, 405lbs x 10, 495lbs x 8, 585lbs x 3, 605lbs x 1

Seated leg extension – 110lbs x 12, 130lbs x 10, 170lbs x 8

Standing calf raise – 205lbs x 12, 250lbs x 10, 295lbs x 8

Seated leg curl – 115lbs x 10, 130lbs x 10