Today started out very early, with a brisk walk around the new neighborhood with Nina and Samson. Afterward, as i got ready for work, I hopped on the scale and weighed in at 180 lbs.
(That last factoid will prove important.)
After working for a few hours, I went over to the gym, and dug into my first 5×1 deadlift workout in a while.
245 x 1
275 x 1
305 x 1
335 x 1
365 x 1
That last set was a huge moment for me: not only is it a new PR, but cross-referencing the important factoid above, it’s also the first time I deadlifted more than twice my body weight. I was ecstatic (though it was tough to tell, since the effort left me more than a bit dizzy; suffice to say I was staggering around quite ecstatically).
Then I moved on to yet another dumbbell complex from CF Ithaca, which I swear has a complex for any occasion; this one definitely seemed appropriate.
Five rounds of:
5 Dumbbell deadlifts
5 Dumbbell hang cleans
5 Dumbbell push presses
5 Dumbbell squats
Increase the load each round. Rest as necessary between rounds.
This probably would’ve been rough regardless, but it was especially tough after the barbell deadlifts. I did 20-25-30-35-40, and got through the complex on each round. It was a close thing with the 40s, so while I might’ve been able to go heavier, it wouldn’t have been by much. I liked this complex, actually, though not as much as I liked that last deadlift.