Originally Posted by ghij_mpu
Iím going to take another shot at keeping my Journal up to date.
I just can't seem to get into the swing of things posting again.
I started a new program based on the Upper/Lower splits I've done in the past. I'm also doing it in four week cycles where I increase weight and/or reps (depending if it's a core lift or accessory) for the first three weeks, then a deload week with less volume and intensity using the week 2 weights. The next cycle starts again with week three weights and reps.
Lower 1 focus is Squats (5x5) and Deadlift accessories
Lower 2 focus is Deadlift (2x5) with Squat accessories
Upper 1 focus is Bench Press (5x5), Pull Ups and assorted accessories
Upper 2 focus is Barbell Row (5x5), Speed Bench and assorted accessories
So far it's going good. The 4th week deload is new to me and it's forced right now. I do not feel I need it, but I think I've over trained in the past and hopefully I'm smarter about it now. I'm purposely progressing slowly to try to avoid hitting plateaus too early.
I'm planning on entering another Bench Press competition in late June, so Bench Press will likely morph into heavy doubles and triples in an effort to raise my 1RM. I'd be very pleased with a 265 lift (at 181 and 52 years old), I did 250 (failed at 255) at a meet in February.