Competition prep: week 1 day 1

My new program, in my coach's distinctive handwriting

My new program, in my coach’s distinctive handwriting

I started my program for the Farm Open (April 26th) last night. I had expected deadlifts, as on Sunday my coach phoned me to ask what I thought I could deadlift for 5 sets of 4; but when I got there last night it turned out I had squats. And what squats. Seriously, I’m seizing up this morning, and probably won’t be able to get out of bed tomorrow.

  • Squats: worked up to 3 sets of 5 @ 75kg (80%)
  • Good mornings: 3 sets of 10 with the bar
  • Glute & ham raises; pullthroughs
  • Bench: worked up to 3 sets of 5 @ 32.5kg + chains
  • Bench press pullup/inverse rows: 5 sets of 5 pathetic efforts
  • Seated press w/bar: 1 set of 7 @ 20kg; 2 sets of 7 @ 25kg
  • Skull crushers: 3 sets of 10
  • Single-arm dumbbell rows: 5 sets of 5 @ 20kg
  • Situps, Russian twists

Looking at the program, I have squats again on Thursday. Argh. I think by the time 6 weeks are up, I’m going to be in pieces.

I take back what I said the other day about feeling neglected at the gym – the fact that he called me on Sunday has made me realise my coach really does care 😉

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