Back Squat – Week Two, Cycle 1
3 reps @ 70% – 82#
3 reps @ 80% – 95#
3 or more reps @ 90% – 105# – 7 reps
2 rounds unweighted, 170′
6 rounds weighted, 170′
As always, the limitations on the squats are my knees. I could have done more than 7 reps on the last set, but things started to click and pop and I hit the panic button.
I go through the following routine on each and every rep:
- Take deep breath.
- Have wild fantasy about ligaments popping loose and flying across the room
- Remember story high school track coach used to tell us about the guy who was doing ‘roids and his calf muscle ripped loose and rolled up like a sardine can lid under his skin.
- Realize with relief that I’m not on ‘roids
- Wonder briefly if I was on ‘roids how much more I could back squat
- Let breath go, because I’m now on the verge of passing out
- Take another deep breath
- Pull elbows in and pretend I’m bending the bar around my neck, like Wendler said to do
- Weight on heels, everything tight!
No wonder I don’t like to squat. I’m exhausted before I even start the rep.
I’m definitely getting stronger on the tire drags. When I started doing these a few weeks ago I could only go about 80 feet at a time with the weighted sled. Today I did six rounds of 170 feet and felt pretty good. These are great for the hamstrings, and just like everyone says they don’t make you sore. I don’t know why, but it’s true. One of the mysteries of life: 1. How far does the universe go? 2. Why don’t sled drags make you sore? I think Einstein worked on that but was unable to crack it.
Ah well, it doesn’t matter. Just pull, and don’t think about it.