The No-PR Zone

I read this article last week on entering the no-PR (or, few & far-between PR) zone and oh man can I relate (although obvs I call them PBs, not PRs; love those linguistic quirks).

I commented elsewhere recently that it’s been a year since I got a pb deadlift, but it didn’t seem right in my head… and I realised it’s been nearly 2 years, not one. I first pulled 115kg in November 2012, it’s now late August 2014 and no deadlift pb. Oh my god.

Oh Reaction Gifs, you get me

I know exactly why I haven’t set a new deadlift pb – it’s attached to the end of my right arm and over the years I probably haven’t trained it enough. Or maybe it can’t be trained any more? Who knows. What I do know is that my legs have long since overtaken my grip and it suuuuuuuucks.

One of the few things I do feel smug & confident about in lifting, though, is my sticking power. In the article above, Aimee says:

I believe a lot of people quit our sport because they think that regular PRing is going to continue forever, and when it stops, so does their motivation. They look around to their teammates and see them fighting for every kilo, meanwhile they are PRing every training session. They may think to themselves, I won’t be like that! Look at how much more I can lift everyday!

It has definitely been my experience in lifting for 5+ years at BGWLC that more people come & go at the club than stick around & put the years in. Maybe they don’t drift away because they stop making pbs, but I do feel proud that despite my progress being seriously g-l-a-c-i-a-l I keep on trucking.

Still. Silver linings & all that… While musing on the two year (sob) gap since my deadlift pb, I remembered that at the competition where I pulled 115kg, I also squatted 85kg for a new pb. Last week I squatted 80kg for 3 sets of five, twice; and yesterday I got 2 x 2 at 90kg on an evening when my legs felt pretty bloody shattered (I had been bouldering the previous day), and I was hungry (on a diet 😦 ).

OK, so your less-than-a-year lifter might think that adding 15kg to my squat in a year (because my pb was still 85kg in October 2013) isn’t much; but to that person I say – wait until you’re 37 & have been lifting 5 years, grasshopper.

Monday – squats at BGWLC

  • Squats: worked up to 3 @ 80kg, 2 @ 85kg, 2 x 2 @ 90kg
  • Good mornings: 3 x 3 @ 50kg
  • Bench: worked up to 6 singles @ 47.5kg, then 10 reps @ 37.5kg
  • Seated barbell shoulder press: 25kg, 3 sets of 7
  • Skull crusher: 15kg bar, 3 sets of 7
  • Side bends, pullthroughs etc
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One thought on “The No-PR Zone

  1. Jennifer (@winetoweights)

    Thank you for sharing this cause it is a complete mind-f*** that I haven’t added a pound to my squat in over a year and I think that is like a baseline measurement of my progress. I mean nevermind the fact of anything else I have PRed or done, the dang squat is getting in my head.

    Def going to take a look at the article you mentioned, as it’s always nice to know we are not alone in feeling that way!

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