So after taking a week off from deadlifting due to the cut on my finger I returned to my normal Wednesday leg routine today.  Despite feeling like I was at my absolute limit when I pulled 365 two weeks ago, I got the bright idea to try to go up again after successfully pulling 335lbs for two reps.

The combination of plates I had on the bar to total 375lbs consumed almost all of the available real estate (45lb plate, four 25lb plates and two 10lb plates on each side), I barely had space left to attach the weight collar.  I got in position, took a deep breath and pulled.

At first the bar was moving so slowly I could hardly tell if I was getting anywhere.  Then I hit a do or die point where I had to decide if I was going to be able to continue upward as the bar briefly paused.  The answer was “do”.  As I brought the bar up to the upright position it felt like every ounce of my being was involved in the lift.

My field of vision started to get smaller as I locked out the weight the best I could.  I did not waste any time before returning the barbell to terra firma, not being sure what was going to give out first, my grip or my consciousness.

I felt light headed immediately and leaned on the Smith Machine bar for additional support.  I surprised myself, I did not expect to pull 375 pounds today, especially considering the knee issues I have had for the past week.

Here is the full report.

Today’s Workout

5 minutes cardio/stretching

15 prisoner squats

Barbell squats – 135lbs x 15, 185lbs x 8

Deadlift – 235lbs x 10, 285lbs x 5, (switch to MG) 335lbs x 2, 375lbs x1

Leg extension – 115lbs x 10, 145lbs x 8

Seated leg curl – 115lbs x 10, 145lbs x 8

Standing calf raise – 295lbs x 10