I love going to Ben’s class because if time permits, you know you’re going to get a healthy dose of mobility. My legs have been crushed since Monday’s workout and due to my lack of luck with deadlifts and my lower back in the last months, I was happy to be in his class last night. Also, I got to workout with Niko – which is always a bonus.
We did some hamstring stretches with the band (2 minutes on each leg) and then we did the couch stretch (2 minutes each leg). I normally HATE the couch stretch, but last night made me love it. It totally helped my legs recover from Monday and I feel loads better today. We also did some mobility work on our shoulders with the lacrosse ball. Loved all of it.
Workout was to work to a heavy 2 deadlifts (not RM) in a strict 15 minute time cap. Then it was a 10 minute EMOM – even minutes were 10 deadlifts, odd minutes were 10 ring rows (HSPU was prescribed, so, yea…ring rows for me).
I wasn’t sure how heavy I was going to be able to go. My 1RM PR is 245#. It went as follows: 135, 185, 205, 225, 235, 245, 255f. I went for 255 and felt my back rounding and I couldn’t lift it without rounding, so I opted to just be happy with the 245. After all, my old (and it was a messy 1RM PR) was 245# and I just picked it up twice in a row. I was pretty happy with that number and stopped.
For the EMOM, I initially was going to go with 135, but I know that when cycling deadlifts my form goes to shit and I end up with low back cramping and/or pain. So I dropped to 115#. Lucky for me, Niko was initially going to go light and I saw him eyeing my bar (that had the 135#) and suggested we switch. Turned out to be the best decision for both of us. Hard workout, but overall great.
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