How good does progress feel? I hope to be able to keep making progress because I can see the benefits and every time that I am a little stronger, that is motivating to keep going. I started doing deadlifts with 50 lbs, a 45lb barbell with 2.5lb plates on each side and I began doing squats with a 45lb barbell as well.
And I began both of those lifts when I was just nearing 56. In theory with another two years I will be weaker, so I am quite grateful that I am witness myself that our bodies can get stronger. The squats that I did today were probably the strongest that I have done in a long time. That means that I felt like I had my best control of the bar, that my squat form was good and that my knees and legs felt good while doing the squats.
I also felt that my breathing during the squat was helping me to get through them and I was able to do all five reps with a minimum of struggle, even when I did my max squat of 130 lbs. Last week I did do 135lb squats but I felt that my form was not good enough and the last couple of squats felt too difficult, so I pulled back in weight.
The surprise today was that I did no squats last friday and thought that maybe today my squats would not be as good, but perhaps the extra day of rest was beneficial. For the dead lift I began with my warmup set of 135lbs after I finished my sets of squats. A month ago I could not go beyond 165lbs but today I felt strong enough to try 185lbs and it was good.
I think consistent gradual progress trumps one day all out warrior training. Recently I have read about the benefits of whey protein, especially after a workout, so I tried it out today and will see if it makes much of a difference over the long run. I am also gearing up to attempt to do more bodyweight training and not just weight lifting. The main reason is that I still feel pretty stiff and feel like I want better flexibility. I will keep you updated on those workouts as well.
Time to go for a walk and think about everything that I want to carry out today.
What was your workout for today?
Thanks for reading and look forward to your comments!