The countdown has begun until I lose my workout partner. We've made a LOT of progress this Summer, and I don't want it to end.
I have been pushing the limits with DL (including an 18.5 pound jump from one week to the next, hitting a PR, and then setting another +2 pound PR the following week), so I wanted to do a small deload, but - as always - I can't commit to anything for very long.
I originally wanted to go back down to 415 (what I was planning on when I jumped up to 428.5) but decided I wanted to try something new.
I tried banded DLs last year, but it was with light(ish) weight, and I only did it a few times. This time, I banded up 405 pounds, and it was a much different story.
Banded DLs are possibly the hardest thing I have ever done. In the past, if I get past my usual sticking point (about 4-6 inches above the floor) then it is smooth sailing the rest of the way. Since bands make it progressively harder the whole way up, it was like trying to push through one giant sticking point. It made the whole rep feel the same as the first six inches of an unbanded repetition. Whoa.
I haven't decided if I am going to do them again this week or not. Right now, the tentative plan is to add weight to banded DLs each week until I get back to 430 banded, and then take the bands off and see what I am capable of. Who knows? We will see how I feel on Wednesday if I actually keep the bands on.
Squats are still progressing, adding 5 pounds a week has not proved to be too much, yet.
The cumulative tick-tack injuries are ebbing and flowing, but seem to be steadily improving, on the whole.
DB Bench 14,12 w/80s
Chins +32.5x4; +25x5; BWx7
DL (Banded) 405x5
Chins BWx10; +15x7; +25x4
Chins BWx10; +25x5,4; BWx7