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 😉
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.