Did a bodybuilding-style workout for upper-body the day after mat pulls. Incline benching hurt my shoulder but flat benching was fine, surprisingly. I tried a tactic I've heard before of isolation exercises before compounds and it gave me a crazy pump. After 5 sets of skullcrushers super-set with curls I benched 185 lbs for 8-10 reps across 3 sets (super-set with slow bodyweight pull-ups) and some behind-the-neck pressing and lots of chest flyes. Fun.
Managed to do my entire squat workout before work after getting up an hour early. Sad note: I slightly strained my back doing yoga the night before.
330 x 3
380 x 3
425 x 3
Weight felt heavy today so I did the minimum easily. Will go all out next week. Quads have been perpetually sore the last few weeks, maybe go easier on the RE day.
320 x 10, 10, 10
290 x 10
Forward with band: 25, 25
Backward with 35: 10, 8
It was hard, but not as hard as I thought it would be. I remember the ascent feeling far longer than the video shows. Still, the feeling of a fight is something I was not able to grit through before. When I had my weak streak, if the weight was coming up too slow my body would just shut down and abort the lift. I mentally had no confidence in the durability of my back. Here, when I felt the strain I KNEW my back wouldn't get hurt. Mat pulls and rest pauses have helped me learn how to grind, especially the latter under fatigue.
Had work after this (15th straight day in a row), so afterwards I trained until about 11:30pm.
350 x 5
400 x 3
440 x 1
Tweaked my lower back on the 440. If I didn't have my belt on I'd have probably had to dump the weight mid-rep, but I managed to stand up and walk it back in pain.
I tried to 320 for one rep with the belt on tight, didn't feel good about it, and started taking plates off to do RE with 150 before deciding no, fuck this. I put everything back on, made sure to lean my weight back, and did my sets alright.