Saturday August 13th
Decided to take a twenty pound jump. It was heavy but only the last two reps could legitimately have been called hard. Got some chest pain, right where my heart is. I could feel my blood pressure spike like crazy when I hit the sticking point as my head felt like it was going to pop. I'm just worried that the rapid increase in weight, a strong cup of coffee, the addition of the belt, and a hard valsalva spiked blood pressure high enough to cause some damage. Maybe I'm predisposed to heart troubles and don't know it yet? I'm going to get an echocardiogram to be safe. Although this is Canada so I might be dead of an aortic dissection by the time I actually get an appointment.
Even if this is nothing, it does make me think. Maybe I should be balancing out the weightlifting with some lsd? I don't think I'll be drinking coffee before training anymore either. The use of the valsalva is also in question. I mean fuck I'd rather blow out my back than my heart. I'd rather die than not get the weight increases the belt gives me though.
Good news is though, that I'm making awesome progress. I'm a week or two away from a 400 squat, could probably have hit it today low bar, and I'm still 5 months out from the battle of montreal.
Wide Stance Box Squats
Bench Press - TnG
Lying Tricep Extensions