Squats envy

I always have the best workouts when I really don’t want to go. Something about getting over that hump always crystallizes my resolve– maybe it’s just the acknowledgement that I’m about to do something that’ll be unpleasant but I’m going to do it anyway. Today’s leg day was one of those.

Squat – 2x5x185lb, (5,4)x195lb
Deadlift – 2x5x225lb
Leg press – 3x10x300lb
Glute bridge – 3x10x115lb
Leg extension – 3x10x95
Leg curl – 3x10x95

I was having nice strong squats sets but the second-to-last rep of the last set I got a bit too forward and wound up lifting that 195lb with my back. Not good! I’d been working hard on keeping the gravity vector as far back as I could and really engaging my quads, but that rep I screwed it up. I cussed and decided not to risk tweaking my back with a last rep. Still, I’m pretty happy with how squats are coming along.

I tend to share the weight room with the same folks, and as I finished up my leg press sets one of the guys who’s usually in there (not lifting, just doing cardio) came and confessed that he had "squats envy"– he’d hurt his back and had to give them up, and he was jealous that I could still do them. It was kind of an odd thing, and I didn’t really know how to respond!

I must’ve gotten a good night of sleep last night– I finally feel like my shoulders have come down from around my ears. I can’t tell if I’m recovering more slowly, though. I’m not being super strict on food or tracking my protes now, so I suspect I’m not eating as much as I was, although 2 months of tracking made the habits a bit sticky. Hopefully it’ll hold up until after the wedding when I have time to reevaluate.

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