8-28-14 – Lessons Learned from the Barbell

If it aint broke, don’t fix it, right? This statement fits perfectly in when you are following a training program that has gotten you great results. The program is helping you reach your goals and also achieve great strength and technique. So why change it at all? Today I lingered away from my typical training style of 5×5 without a belt, and decided to attempt a 500lbs dead-lift. I was feeling extremely confident with all my previous sets that 500 would come up without a problem. Also, along with persuasion from my training partner and not checking my ego at the door, this only caused me to not only fail the lift, but also feel like I was weaker. NOT sticking to the plan not only messed with me physically but mentally as well. The main point in this log is to remember to always stick to the program, especially if the training program is working and you are seeing great results. Now by saying this I am not saying to do the same reps and same sets with the same weight day in and day out but to get gradually get stronger as you go.

135 x 3
225 x 3
315 x 3
405 x 5
500 - FAIL
Snatch Grip Deadlifts
3 x 5 - 225
Wide Grip Pull Ups
1 x 7
4 x 5
Bent Over Rows
135 x 12
185 x 8
135 x 15
T-Bar Pulldowns
120 x 15
130 x 15
140 x 12
110 x 20
Back Raises
3 x 15