“Death by Back Squats”

I squat, Luke stretches, Nicholas... I don't know what Nicholas is doing.
I squat, Luke stretches, Nicholas… I don’t know what Nicholas is doing.

Yesterday’s burpees galore workout left me somewhat tired. I contemplated resting today, but since I was WIDE AWAKE at 4:20 am (thanks to Meg and Zac) I decided to join the 6 am athletes.

Strength/Skill
One-armed dumbbell and/or kettle bell presses
EMOTM for 10 minutes
1 press, 1 push press, 1 power jerk per arm

I completed rounds using 35, 40, 44, and 52# KBs and DB (40# only). All reps but the last press with the left arm were successful. Dammit. Fifty-two pounds felt heavy.

Strength/Conditioning
Death by Back Squats (95)
With a continuously running clock do 1 back squat the first minute, 2 back squats the second minute, 3 back squats the third minute, continuing as long as you are able to to complete required reps within the minute.

My goal was to complete a minimum of 18 rounds and to complete through round 15 with unbroken reps. I completed through round 17 with unbroken reps and completed 20 rounds.

I wore my weightlifting shoes but neglected to wear my weightlifting belt. During round 18 my back began to seize. I completed round 20 with about 15 seconds left on the clock — but I had no desire to continue. None. Nada. Not one iota of interest or desire.

That’s a total of 210 back squats at 66% of bodyweight and 40% of 1RM.

My legs felt like jelly. I nonetheless took Luke for a long walk, although I sometimes felt like crawling.

I watched the season finale of OITNB yesterday and began “Longmire.” I’m intrigued.

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