Last night was my final big squat session before the Greater London competition. I walked into the gym, saw “3 x 2 @ 90%” on the board and nearly walked out again. 3 sets of 2 @ 90kg? Gross.

Luckily I had kinda assumed the workout would be something terrible, so I ate a large lunch (Thai chicken curry with rice; a yogurt; half a Snickers bar; a banana; etc etc) in preparation. I’d also done 50 minutes of Yoga at lunchtime, which I wasn’t convinced was a great idea, but oh well.

It’s probably a good sign when I’m nervous before squats, because I’m always nervous before squats in competitions and I usually (touch wood) do OK on squats in competitions. I was bricking it last night. My warmups felt OK, although every time I did a warm-up squat I was thinking “God, I have to put 40/30/20/10 more kilos on this still”.

I asked Anna to video me doing my first set as I never get videos of my squats and why the hell not. Although I don’t think coach was very impressed & suggested I’m turning into one of “those” people who need to video all their lifts. I’m not, honest šŸ˜‰

I’m kind of glad I have the video because allegedly the second squat was not deep enough, but nuh-uh – I reckon it was JUST there. And I’m a ref.

Bodyweight was 72.7kg, so I’m sort-of on target for next week. Just got to be a bit careful & not go overboard with the Snickers bars.

Thursday – squats

  • Worked up to 3 sets of 2 @ 90kg
  • RDLs: 50kg, 3 sets of 10
  • Machine rows: 20kg each hand, 3 sets of 5
  • Dumbbell shrugs: 25kg, 3 sets of 5
  • Glute & ham raises

Friday – conditioning

Oh god, why did I do this?! Loads of sprints were involved, and now I can barely move. I might have to stay at my desk all weekend.

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  1. ebay313

    I have those same kinds of thoughts for warmups with squats!
    Well, mine is more “this feels too heavy to be just a warmup!” lol.
    Though my squats are not near as heavy as yours.

    I try to record sometimes, but the last time I recorded squats I just fucked up my form through it, because I get too worried about the video :-\ Kind of counters the whole idea of doing a video to check my form…

    1. lozette Post author

      I can’t imagine what taking 72.5kg in the rack position is like! You’re dead brave. We both are šŸ˜‰

      1. MrsB | Mind over Matter

        You don’t front squat? Ever?

        At times I feel that I should really try powerlifting because in Crossfit there are a gazillion lifts and movements and I just cannot get my head around them all. (but then I remember that I cannot bench press more than 40kg :|)

      2. lozette Post author

        I front squat sometimes, but I don’t train it specifically. If I was going to front squat it’d just be to assist other lifts, so it’d be multiples of a lower weight – not with the intention of finding my 1RM with it (if you see what I mean)

        In my first powerlifting competition I benched 37.5kg as my best, there is no minimum expected amount you can bench!

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