On last week’s lifting thread commenter Purge left the following comment:
Squatting three times a week sounds like overtraining, Adam. How about training legs once a week instead?
Now my initial reaction to this was a hearty rebuttal with moderate amounts of disdain. Doesn’t this berk know that I follow the Starting Strength program which advocates squatting at all times, including but not limited to taking a dump, praying to God Almighty, meeting the Queen, pushing all in, and initiating a sexual encounter which is only ever going to end with a big #Metoo stamp all over it?
But the comment lingered in my hind brain going into the week and on Wednesday I made an important decision:
I skipped the squat on my workout.
Instead of the usual squat destruction I strode in and headed straight to the rack for the shoulder press. I knocked 45kg out of the park into the bargain so tomorrow the 47.5kg is on the block; path back to full strength well on its way.
After that I hit the deadlift and nailed the 120kg. My best is 132.5 so once again I’m heading in the right direction.
But then I had some time on my hands and more importantly, energy. What to do, what to do. So I hit lying triceps extensions and then finished off with the bicep dumbbell curl pyramid smash which consists of 2 curls on each arm starting at 24kg for me and then going down to 6kg while curling every even numbered dumbbell. And when you’re done with that you don’t stop, oh no no no. You head back up the way you came. I made it to 20kg.
But the best thing about this squat skip was the Friday session. I smashed the squat and all of my other lifts which leads me to the belief that squats twice a week is good but at my age three hits is unmanageable.
And so with that information I am now officially on the search for another program. I want something that I can do three days a week which focuses on strength training but also a bit of cutting in it as well. Got to look sharp, you know.
So come at me with some suggestions, (I’m looking at you, Didact). I’ve been following first Stronglifts and then Starting Strength for over two years so it’s time for a switch up. And yes, Purge – you were right.