Wednesday December 28th
On the minute, no belt. Found a cool six week cycle of singles on the net, going to give it a shot. Its basically 65%x15, 70%x12, 75%x10, 80%x8, 85%x6, MAX with an emphasis on speed (although I wasn't moving very fast for the last few singles). I used 465 as my 1RM instead of 485 because I'm training with my home barbell, which is thicker with less knurling and less bend. Mid back was hurting pretty decently for a few seconds after each single
Rack Pulls From Above Knee - Hook Grip
Really liking the idea of doing a single with 700, hook grip, pause at the top. Foam rolled between sets, helped considerably. 605 felt pretty easy and I'm pretty sure its because I wasn't distracted by the thought of my traps coming apart. 635 however, made my mid back so tight breathing was uncomfortable.
Barbell Hip Thrusts
What a horribly uncomfortable exercise. I'm not doing this again until I get better padding. I think what I'll do for my lockout is start out rack pulling just below the knee with my shoulders way over the bar. Then reduce the ROM and keep adding weight.