I Definitely anxious going into this workout. Contrast training with
box jumps and lower body lifts. Never really done box jumps and I
haven’t really practiced jumps since high school for volleyball and I
was about 70lbs lighter then. I really wasn’t sure what to expect with
this session, other than it was going to be tough. First sequence was
box jumps with hatfield squats. Shortish break between exercises so I
just kept my squat shoes on the whole time. The “box” was made of a
wooden platform and most of the bumper plates in the gym. I had to
either make it 31” or 33” as the missing bumper plate was in use and I
figured it was better to go a little higher than a little lower. I was
concerned I wasn’t going to get one, let alone multiple times.
Definitely anxiety with them as once I leave the ground, things happen
fast. In the air, not in control. Just thinking about all the things
that could happen. Have to push them down. Didn’t really have any issues
with the box jumps. Some just cleared while others were well above.
Hatfield squats were odd as the weight felt slower than it looked. The
penultimate set of squats felt like another plate had been added to each
side. I might have rushed that one. The last one felt like it normally
does and flew up. I do miss being able to replay the video on my camera
so that I could see it while I’m lifting but I probably wouldn’t have
had time with how short the rests were. Then switched out the hatfield
squats for deadlifts. Stiff bar, feels like it isn’t budging in that
micro instant after I initiate the pull. Just kept my straps on for the
box jumps too. Same stuff as the previous sequence for the jumps.
Deadlifts just felt so heavy. I was pulling these things like my life
depended on it and it still felt like a ton. The weight felt dead off
the ground but did accelerate up to lockout. I know it is from the
previous stuff but humbling. Then it was time for 5 minutes of leg
curls. Cluster sets so do a set of three, rest 20 seconds and keep going
until time expires. Really focused on keeping everything tight and just
lifting the weight as fast as possible. Abs were trying to lift me off
the ground again. Stretched and then home to eat and rest.
I’m a little taller than 6′7″ and I really like to lift weights. I’m a
competitor in Strongman Corporation strongman contests. Right now, I'm coming back from injury and trying to get strong again. I'm training for the Refuge Barbell Strongman Classic in Madisonville, KY on August 5, 2017. My hope is to become a competitive
professional strongman. I’m not a major competitor yet and I have a long way to go but I’m having fun.