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Well gents, hit a long-sought-after PR tonight...

Discussion in 'Strength & Conditioning' started by TurboRocket, Dec 3, 2007.

  1. CJ and DBrad - you guys probably remember I stalled on my back squats a few months ago and had been concentrating on evening out my lower body strength with my upper body. Had a goal to BS 6 plates by the end of 2007. Well, tonight I hit it, FINALLY. Relatively deep squat (not A2A but definitely below parallel), no belt (as always), and barefoot. I know this is probably nothing for you beasty former power-lifters/O-lifters but I was pretty pumped. Finally hit it, a bit earlier than planned, and now I can finally move beyond that. If nothing else, it's a great mental lift. Actually, I felt good enough that I could have maybe gone another 5 or 10 lbs but I was happy stopping on a positive note.

    Just wanted to share and say thanks to you guys in this forum. CJ, your 20 rep squat routine definitely helped, as I saw gradual improvements week-over-week.

    If I could string all of my PRs together my CrossFit Total would be close to 865. That's a big if, though. Haven't tested my CFT in a long time...may try to do that before the end of the year just to see the 1 year progression.
  2. California Jack

    California Jack Millennium Member

    Aug 2, 1999
    WAY TO GO! That's some good lifting! I have never really done much back squatting. I have always prefered the front squat. I bet if we lifted against each other today, you would have won, at a considerable less bodyweight too. I'm very impressed and glad I could be of assistance. Cool.

  3. Shabcat

    Shabcat car chaser

    Feb 4, 2005
    north of northwest
    What's the 20 rep squat program? Is it the basic "milk and squats" template (whether or not the dietary aspect was followed)?
  4. DBradD


    Apr 24, 2005
    Awesome TR!!

    Shabcat, it's something like that. There's a thread somewhere down the page that describes it, IIRC, but it might be a ways down.
  5. California Jack

    California Jack Millennium Member

    Aug 2, 1999
    Yeah, that' the ticket.
  6. As I understand it, take your 10-rep max but do 20 reps. If it is truly your 10 RM, eaking out 20 is a b*tch. Generally speaking though, I just started at a weight (not knowing if it was truly my 10 RM) a bit over my BW, did the 20-reps, and made sure I added weight every BS workout. The milk part is to drink a gallon a day - which I didn't do (don't drink milk) but I did concentrate on ingesting more protein shakes.

    I have to come up with of some other BIG strength goals for next year, probably in DL, Cleans, and/or Press.