Today I did 105lbs for squats, 5 sets of 5 repetitions.
I am both happy and somewhat surprised that I have gone up 60lbs now in 30 days.
They felt good, so no complaints.
For deadlifts, I have gone up to 125lbs.
Both Squats and Deadlifts, I think I can go up another 5lbs for each one.
On May 5, I did my first sets of 100lb squats for all five sets.
I started exactly a month ago on April 7, 2014 using the bar only which is 45lbs.
So, in one month, I have increased the weight over the last 4 weeks by 55lbs to get up to 100lb squats.
On wednesday, if I am able to do the sets with 105lbs, then I will have gone up 60lbs.
You might say, what is the big deal.
Even I say, what is the big deal of 100lb squats. But then, I remember that I am 57 years of age and going up 60lbs in squats in one month is a big deal.
I also have to remember that I have a torn medial meniscus in my left knee, but so far, the knees have been good.
In fact, I would say that my legs have been feeling stronger.
I am as careful as possible to go below parallel as to put most of the pressure and weight on my hips, glutes and hamstrings as opposed on to my quadriceps and knees.
Better, even being able to do any squats, let alone 5 sets of 5 rep 100lb squats is something I am grateful for, because I can definitely feel and see the effects of time.
On the positive side, if I can do 105lbs on wednesday, then I have gone up 15lbs a week for the last 4 weeks.
If I cannot, then I will just do the sets and reps with 105lbs that I can do, either 3×5 or 5×3 or 5×4, until I get up to 5×5.
My first goal here is to get up to 135lbs which will be using 2 45lb plates on either side of the bar.
Is it possible?
I have no clue, but I will keep increasing gradually.
It should be possible, I am up to 100lb squats now, so the progress might be more gradual, but that would be fine.
If the weight increases slow down to 5lbs a week or even 5lbs a month, that is still okay.
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