After last night’s shaky squats, I was looking forward to doing what I do best: deadlifting.
I’m starting a new cycle of Coan/Phillipi. A couple of people have asked whether this is the type of program that can be run repeatedly. The answer is: I have no idea. I recognize that there are programs like Smolov Jr. that give diminishing returns. But I am also the idiot who spent about 3 months planning to run Starting Strength forever and obviously that plan didn’t work out so well for me.
The advantage of C/P is that it starts out low. I worked up to a heavy double with my partner in deadlifting, Gary. Even though the heaviest set was only 305, it still felt incredibly slow. I think I’m at a natural point in my training where I’ve peaked on all of my lifts, and now I’m in a bit of a valley, feeling beat up and weak and just trying to get to that point where I’m cruising along for a few weeks.
Anyway, as much as I believe in sticking to a program, I am making one small modification over the next 8 weeks. I’ve added bands on my speed pulls, since locking out seems to be my weak point quite consistently. I’d never done these before and I never want to do them again.
I think I made a mistake by trying to double up on bands on the prescribed weight. The speed pulls left me feeling totally gassed and gave me couple of mega-callouses. Even as I type this, my poor hands are slathered in polysporin and radiating pain. My performance on the circuit suffered as a result, but I got through it and lived to deadlift another day.
Before scoring myself, and the interest of full disclosure, I feel that I must confess that I did technically eat dairy today. It was Kefir. Since one of my primary motivations in undertaking this challenge is to improve my digestive functioning, I am trying to consume at least half a cup of a probiotics every day to re-inoculate some of the bacteria in my gut. There is an argument to be made to incorporate Kefir into a Paleo diet, logical inconsistencies aside. So with the blessing of the Paleo Gods, I’m not going to count Kefir as a slip-up today or any other day. Please don’t denounce me as the charlatan I am.
Tuesday, March 5th (Day 3): 10
Total Points: 30