1-29-14 – Max Effort Front Squats

Tonight’s session was one that had to be forced. Late night sessions are never something I like to do. I would much rather enjoy my time at home with my wife. What actually made me go train was my wife telling me to do so. With little argument I did. I am lucky to have a woman like her to push me to be better.

I put on one of my favorite rappers, Twista, turned up the stereo and went to work. I foamed rolled and warmed up for a long time. Since it was the end of the night my muscles were tight and it took awhile to get them loosened up. I decided to go for a max triple with front squats. It has been a long time since I have done it so there was no better night than tonight.

After warming up I was hitting depth pretty easily. I remember a video of Dan Green, one of the strongest people on the planet, and he said “while doing front squats be sure to drop your butt straight down.” I focused on doing just that. That helped my stay in an upright position throughout my sets. Since the weight is already in front of you pulling you forward sitting back too far will only force you to lean forward. Before I brought the bar down I would inhale deep and push my stomach out as hard as I could. I held that tightness with each rep. I stopped at 405lbs. I might have been able to go a little bit heavier but I felt my technique would not have been the best. Being as it is already late I did simple yet effective accessories. They went smoothly and will help my lifts in the long run.

Sometimes getting the energy or making the decision to do something is the hardest part. If I wasn’t pushed tonight to train then I would have went home feeling guilty for not training. It turned out to be a pretty good session. I’m glad I trained tonight.

Front Squats
2 x 5 - 135
6 x 3 - 185, 225, 275, 315, 365, 405
Downset 315 x 5
Band Spreads 3 x 25 - orange band
Band Leg Curls 3 x 20 - orange band
Reverse Hypers 3 x 10 - 90
Ab Wheel 3 x 10