My max week did not turn out the way it planned. It seems as though my genius program works for everyone but me (Whitey even PR'd his lifts by a damn good number and he was doing the exact same thing as me)! BUt after a couple days of running through the workouts and the numbers over and over, I figured it out. I asked WAY too much of myself over the past three months. Not only was my workout program damn intense, but I was also going through some pretty tough personal; stuff, and up and moving across the country as well. Plenty of stress on my system for sure. I was hoping for a 485+ squat, got 471 and then tried twice at 490. Perhaps I should have dropped to 480 or something, but I feel good with the approach I took. While I'm happy with a 6# PR, I know I should have got more. On bench I walked away after to misses at 325#. That is 10# off my previous PR and I literally had not shot in hell at getting that lift. I had nothing.
At first I thought it was a volume thing. I thought that I had programmed way too much weightlifting (Olympic lifting: snatch and clean and jerk work) when my focus was powerlifting (squat, bench, deadlift). But when my back was bothering me during some light cleans before my bench, and Brendon tried to message it out real quick, I very quickly realized what the hell has been going on: I'm forcing my body to do things it's not ready to do.
What this means is that I have not taken care of myself from a movement perspective. All the stress, added with the stress of my program has led me to tighten up like crazy. And with this tightening up, I have not taken the proper time to really focus on mobilization and flexibility. I am not kidding, if you press on my back, right in the middle of it, it feels like I am flexing as hard as I possible can. This is NOT a good thing. Muscles should be firm but mailable to the touch. I am walking around and functioning with my entire body in a knot. My shoulders, my forearms, my back, my butt, my legs, everything is so tight it's actually kind of impressive I can move as much as I do now. To put into perspective: take a thin foam roller and lie on it with it in the center of your back, perpendicular to your spine. The fast majority of people should be able to have their butt resting on the floor, AND their shoulders resting on the floor. Use a normal foam roller and the same thing generally applies. I took a 1/5 inch diameter bar, then rolled a yoga mat around it, and I could not get my spine to move enough to get both my butt and shoulders on the floor. That is legitimately BAD.
So, to the drawing board I go to learn about mobility even more than I already do. I am choosing to not max deadlift today as I'm sure my spice would shatter if I tried. And, I will be talking from today through next Saturday to focus purely on mobility and skills. I'll write about the program I'll follow soon enough, but I am both excited and nervous. Excited because I know I need this, and my body generally adapts to things very quickly. I know that with a new focus on mobility I should expect some pretty serious gain when I get back on my lifting program. And nervous because I have avoided doing mobility because I just don;t like doing it. Stupid reason I know. But as I learn more and more about it and how to focus in on it like crazy. I'm sure I'll generate a much greater respect for it, and learn to enjoy the process.
Here's to getting better!
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