Still have aches in the SI joint area but it hasn’t gotten worse and it
has been about the same, maybe slightly less, then it was earlier this
week. Nothing I’ve been doing (sitting, walking, standing, etc;) has
really affected it so there is that. Started out with the AMT. Heart
rate up to only 155bpm. Not bad. Calf raises were good with both legs
but really tough with just one. More sets of one leg this time. I think
it was because this session I went right from two leg style to one leg
and all sets with no break. Calves need to get used to it to improve.
Both styles of box touches went well. Getting the hips and hamstrings
ready. Felt the ache more so on the sumo style than the regular style.
No issues with squat therapy. Felt pretty good. Tried to work on bracing
and squatting into the arch. The power rack was kind of in use so I
used the tiered squat rack for front box squats. Still fairly light so
not really an issue at this point. Same as last time with working weight
for five sets of three but more weight. Kept to the EOMOM style to keep
on some kind of pace. I feel like my third set was my best one on
these. But they all felt good. Breathing was better this time. Rack
pulls after that. As it has been the previous two sessions, working up
to a top set of 1-5 reps with the goal weight. Goal weight was 400lbs
but it was so close to four plates. Four plates looked nicer, sounded
better. I wanted four plates. Didn’t feel as exhausting to keep my form
this time. No SI joint issues with just the bar so I figured I’d be good
to go as long as my form was strict. Brace, pull, big breath and
controlled lowering each rep. I put chalk on my hands for the top set to
improve grip to keep my hands from slipping with the worn down knurling
on the rack bars. Grip was tough but held up until the end of the set.
Very happy to be at four plates. Just 150lbs under my PR on this (that
is with belt and straps). After that, it was an easy set of crunches and
then some side bends with a band. I was did 35 reps on the side bends
instead of 25 reps by mistake. I had glanced at my sheet for the workout
and assumed it was 35 reps for all the abdominal stuff. Hopefully
nothing from today flares anything up tomorrow. It can be hard to tell
as sometimes it shows up two days later. Home to stretch and eat.
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.