250 lbs. Yates Rows. This is one of my favorite compound exercises for back, named after 6 time Mr. Olympia, Dorian Yates. The difference between Yates Rows and regular Barbell Rows is the posture for Yates Rows is more upright and the hand placement is narrower (about shoulder width). The bar is pulled towards your stomach, which targets your lats and traps.
265x3 touch and go bench press (failed on the fourth rep). The video cuts off right before I drop the bar on my face.
Just kidding. Luckily I'm okay, but seriously, always ask for a spotter if you are attempting any weight close to your max.
"In order to succeed, you must learn to fail." Here is a failed attempt of 551 lbs. Originally, I probably would never have attempted anything this heavy until my next meet. However, from the encouragement of my mentors, I decided to give it a shot. I had nothing to lose anyways. I'm so glad I listened to them because if I had listened to my own instincts, I never would have known if I could have pulled it or not. Now, I know the feeling of 551 lbs. in my hands, and I will be prepared next time.
Today was day 3 of Smolov's Introductory Microcycle. My plan for this program is to not rely on my Inzer belt unless I absolutely need it. Today's sets included 4x5 at 255, 1x3 at 275, 2x2 at 290, and 1x1 at 330 shown here.
Today I decided to try sumo deadlifting. I have only done sumo a few times since I normally pull conventional, but after today's training, I'm considering switching to sumo permanently. My lower back felt a lot better when I switched to sumo today. Here is a clip of me pulling 485 lbs. for a triple (last two reps are shown)
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I am officially part of the 500 lbs. deadlift club! Today I pulled a huge PR of 535 lbs. at the USPA meet in Anaheim. My original PR was 475 lbs. from my first meet back in September 2013. Had a great time at the meet. Great job to all the lifters!