2022 Training Log

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    I’m carrying on 5/3/1 with Boring But Big and my current projects are Soccer Ball Throw Ins and Grip Training having struggled with my top set of straight legged deadlifts due to grip.

    My goal is to pack on 2-3kg of muscle, I was doing planche training which helps if you’re light, I was down at 69kg but I’m already back up around 71kg now (Xmas helped!).

    I should post my all time personal bests, they should be in my Strength Level profile, roughly:

    Deadlift: 180kg
    Back Squat: 160kg
    Front Squat: 110kg
    Bench Press: 125kg
    Power Clean: 105kg
    Overhead Press: 70kg


    Oh, and I’ll be 35 years old in March.

    28 Dec 2021

    Around The Square – 3 x 4
    Front Squat – 5 x 57.5kg, 5 x 65kg, 10 x 75kg
    Straight Legged Deadlifts – 5 x 10 x 50kg

    30 Dec

    Straight Legged Deadlifts – 5 x 47.5kg, 5 x 55kg, 10 x 62.5kg
    Front Squat – 5 x 10 x 62.5kg
    Single Leg Calf Raises – 3 x 16 x BW

    I opted for a top set of 10, if I aim for a big number I end up doing incomplete reps. I love boring but big, I’m keeping 2 minutes rest and the weight I’m using aligns with the first set of week 2 for that lift.

    2 Jan 2022

    Running – 2 x 1 mile (5 mins rest), 7:49, 7:21

    I usually do repeat 400’s but I’m drawing on a rowing program I once did that mixed in faster interval work with slower steady stuff. I was at the track and When I started running I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but after a lap I decided on a mile rep. I have no idea what I’m capable of so I was aiming for an 8 minute mile and sped up at the end when I realised it was well within my capability. The next rep I didn’t have a target in mind I just wanted to push a little harder, it was still relatively easy and a hard rep would perhaps be a 6:30 mile.


    4 Jan

    Around The Square – 3 x 4
    Front Squat – 3 x 62.5kg, 3 x 70kg, 10 x 80kg
    Straight Legged Deadlifts – 5 x 10 x 52.5kg

    Hitting a set of 10 on the front squats was quite tough, and my grip nearly gave out from the deadlifts.

    6 Jan

    Straight Legged Deadlifts – 3 x 50kg, 3 x 57.5kg, 10 x 65kg
    Front Squat – 5 x 10 x 62.5kg
    Single Leg Calf Raises – 3 x 16 x BW

    9 Jan

    Running – 5 x 300m in 57 secs (3 mins)
    (6 mins)
    3 x 200m in 36,36,34 secs

    When I run I break it down into a per 100m pace. As a sprint athlete our coach would add 1 second for every 100m run at “tempo” pace. 100m would be 15 secs, 200 in 32 secs (16 secs per 100m), 300m in 51 secs (17 secs per 100m) and so on. I’ve been doing 20 secs per 100m previously because I wanted to do a mile at that pace, and the plan was to start at 400m reps and add 100m when I feel fit enough.

    You can’t keep me away from faster running for long, so I went round 300m in 19 secs/100m and after a break I chose to resume with some faster 200’s. It was only on the last rep that I remember my old training and how I should be doing these in 32 secs, so I found a middle ground and ran a 34 second 200m. It’s very likely that I’ll mix in some shorter runs on this session as 20 secs per 100m is such a plod for me.

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