Powerlifting 33. End of week 17 summary ... trouble and strife

Monday morning weigh in 89.4kg, Saturday morning weigh in 88.4kg.

This week started on Saturday, rather than Monday, although it wasn't me doing the training. My wife has decided to give powerlifting a go, having become bored with cardio and isolation weight machines at her gym. So, on Saturday we spent a few hours in the gym going through the techniques for the three main lifts. She did really well and even managed to deadlift slightly more than her own body weight (not bad for day one)! She was back in again on Friday, after practicing at her own gym for the week.

Sunday was spent watching Facebook to see updates on Jane's competition performance. Her performance was EXCEPTIONAL and she won overall best lifter at the competition and broke various records. Moreover, her Wilks score places her at second place within the UK as a whole (for masters 1 female), second only to a world champion ... STUNNING RESULT ... WELL DONE JANE!

Monday was back to business as usual. This weeks work sets were modified slightly to add in volume training as a transition to a periodized training program, which I expect to start next week. The work sets were as follows:

Monday: Squats 128.5kg (3,3,3,3,3)

Tuesday: Bench press 88kg (3,3,3,3,3)

Wednesday: Light deadlifts 100kg (5,5)

Thursday: Squats 100kg (10,10,10,10,10)

Friday: Deadlifts 155kg (3), 160kg (1), 170kg (1), 180kg (1 and NEW PERSONAL RECORD), light bench press 50kg

I wasn't planning for a new PR attempt this week, I just decided to go for it on the day, though I had been thinking about if for a while.

Probably the most significant change this week was changing Thursday's squat session from a repeat of Monday to a heavy volume session. I did five sets of 10 reps at 100kg, basically equating to half a tonne of lifting.

My conditioning work has continued to improve significantly and I have now added weighted chin-ups into my program (more on this next week).

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