Eleutherius

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Loads are in pounds unless otherwise indicated.


July 22, 2021

Going back to my old training ways feels like home. Things feel normal again.

  • Squat 3 x 5 x 365
  • Press 3 x 5 x 160
  • Snatch 205 x 2 x 1
  • Power Clean and Jerk 225 x 2 x 1

July 20, 2021

Deadlifts felt excellent.

  • Deadlift 2 x 5 x 365
  • Bench Press 3 x 5 x 230

July 19, 2021

Low back was acting up, otherwise I would have done another set of squats. Pain is a part of training because it is a part of life.

  • Squat 2 x 5 x 365
  • Press 3 x 5 x 160

July 13, 2021

  • Bike 3 mi

  • Power Snatch 205 x 5 x 1
  • Power Clean and Jerk 245 x 5 x 1
  • Deadlift 365 x 1 x 5
  • Press 160 x 3 x 5
  • Back extension 3 x 10

July 12, 2021

59 minutes.

  • Squat 315 x 5, 365 x 2 x 5
  • Power Clean 245 x 2 x 1, 255 x 1
  • Deadlift 365 x 1 x 5
  • Press 155 x 3 x 5

July 8, 2021

Early morning training, just trying to be strong. Squats and deadlifts actually felt good.

  • Squat 365 x 3 x 5
  • Bench Press 225 x 3 x 5
  • Deadlift 365 x 1 x 5

July 7, 2021

Just work, after a long drive.

  • Power Snatch 195 x 8 x 1
  • Power Clean and Jerk 225 x 3 x 1

June 29, 2021

Usually I’m not proud of how I execute the lifts, but today I was. There is something to be said for the connection between the aesthetic quality of a lift and the physical quality of it. When a lift looks pleasing to the eye, it has been executed well. This is true in the strength lifts, but even truer in the classic lifts; few other movements combine grace and fluidity with maximal intensity, and the eye is pleased at the proper blend of the two.

Another thought. Training should be like virtue: doing the right thing in the little, mundane, everyday things. That’s the defining quality of moral uprightness, and the path to becoming very strong. Each training session should be the most and the least important thing; not easy, but not maximal effort, and entirely mundane and predictable.

But before we get too Platonic, I should mention that my knee hurts. Oh well.

  • Snatch 215 x 1, 225 x 1
  • Clean and Jerk 275 x 2 x 1

  • Front Squat 315 x 3 x 3
  • Push Press 3 x 2 x 225
  • Row 225 x 2 x 5

  • Pull Ups 3 x 5

June 28, 2021

Another good training day. Olympic lifts felt very controlled. Trying to “stay in my quads” during the clean.

  • Snatch 90kg x 1, 100kg x 1
  • Clean and Jerk 120kg x 2 x 1

  • Squat 3 x 5 x 365
  • Press 3 x 5 x 155
  • Deadlift 365 x 1 x 5

  • Pull Ups 3 x 3

  • Band Curls 2 x 12
  • Face Pulls 2 x 12

June 23, 2021

Olympic lifts felt good. Good training day.

  • Power Snatch 3 x 2 x 90kg
  • Power Clean and Push Press 3 x 1 x 110kg
  • Deadlift 365 x 1 x 5

  • Squat 3 x 4 x 365
  • Press 155 x 4 x 5

  • Pull Ups 4 x 5

Jun 22, 2021

Short one today because I was on a time crunch. Snatches feel like absolute garbage. Need more powers and OHS?

  • Snatch 205 x 6 x 1
  • Power Clean and Jerk 255 x 5 x 1

Jun 21, 2021

First full day of training in a while. I felt surprisingly strong and recovered, except in the snatch (of course). Focus of this next cycle is going to be step loading weights over 2-3 week cycles in all the lifts, and doing some more bodybuilding to gain some muscle. I would also like to do more pulling to get my back strength up.

Maybe some cardio too.

  • Squat 3 x 4 x 365
  • Snatch 205 x 3 x 1
  • Clean and Jerk 265 x 2 x 1

  • Deadlift 365 x 1 x 5
  • Press 155 x 4 x 5

  • Superset
  • Flat Bar Curl 3 x 10
  • Lat Pull Down 3 x 8 x 137.5

Jun 18, 2021

Using my busy schedule right now as an opportunity to take a break from training. Honestly, it’s nice. Looking forward to getting after it on Monday.

  • Pull Ups 4 x 5

Jun 16, 2021

Squatting with a belt and cutting depth seems to keep the back from getting irritated as much. Power cleans felt great. Focusing on keeping the arms long and relaxed seems to help leg drive and foot pressure.

  • Squat 4 x 4 x 315
  • Power Clean 235 x 3 x 2

  • Press 4 x 4 x 155
  • Push Press 3 x 2 x 225
  • Row 3 x 3 x 225

  • Superset Lat Pulldown 3 x 8 x 135, Face Pulls 3 x 10

Jun 12, 2021

Good training, but my low back wasn’t happy with squats. Too much, too soon, I think. Taking the opportunity to step back and take it easy. Going to be step loading for a few months.

  • Squat 3 x 5 x 365
  • Snatch 205 x 1, 215 x 1, 225 x 1
  • Clean and Jerk 275 x 3 x 1
  • Push Press 225 x 3 x 3
  • Press 155 x 3 x 5