A little while ago the crew at CFG created a chalk board for the member to write up our goals. I wrote 2 up there:
2. 100 kg deadlift
When I achieved my deadlift goal I replaced it with a 60 kg back squat. It has been months and months since I wrote this up. I had gotten a 57.5 kg back squat in December last year but when I last went for my 1RM I only got to 55 kg. Last night at weightlifting I was determined to get 60 kg ... it was time to go after that goal.
I was feeling really tired yesterday and I had considered giving weightlifting a miss but because it is a public holiday on Monday and therefore no class so I decided to go last night. We worked on our power snatch. I got to a weight of 27.5 kg and, as per normal, just muscled the weight up there. We then moved onto clean and jerks. Shane asked me my 1RM and when I told him he basically said that I should be capable of lifting more than that particularly after seeing me muscle snatch 27.5 kg. I got to 37.5 kg and surprise, surprise I power cleaned it and then strict pressed it up there. I don't know why I do that. I don't think I fear getting the weight overhead but maybe I just don't trust myself to do the movement properly. Explosive movements exhaust me and perhaps I just get tired and revert to what is comfortable for me. I wish I could figure it out.
We moved onto back squats and although my legs were still sore from Monday's workouts my squats felt pretty good. I tried to focus on keeping my knees out and drive from my heels. I did 52.5 and 55 kg with relative ease. I asked Matt to spot me for my 57.5 kg and, again, it felt good (not easy but comfortable in a tough way) and I thought, "no time like the present" and chucked on some more weight. Again, it was not easy but it felt solid. I wanted to keep going until I failed but simply run out of time. It takes me a few lifts to get to my 1RM, I'm the sort of person who has to sneak up on a heavy weight by starting quite low and then working slowly to heavy. I've noticed that this works for me and I've had the best success with doing that but I often run out of time.
Now I can rub that goal out on our "Dream and Achieve" board and replace it with something else or maybe just work on those darn handstands so I can finally remove that as well.