I pick up heavy things and put them down, for fun.
I've been trying to better my efforts with video documentation on my training. I've started working with my Coach on my nutrition to get me dialed in and as dense as possible. Making weight has been getting more difficult as I get stronger, but I'm not too worried about it.
On to the main topic here.
I've been asked before, "What is your favorite lift?"
I never have a solid answer, but lately I've come up with one. I've had a pretty decent few weeks of lifting, including PRs on my box squat, front squat double and reverse band bench. I'm still learning about how each variant max/single factors into the regular lift max. Anyways! My answer to the posed question is sort of cliche, so don't get mad at me, ha, but I'm going to cheat a little.
All of the lifts are my favorite!
Every time I get a solid pull or hit a big bench or grind through an insane banded squat PR and I watch it back I usually say to myself something to the effect of, "Man, I love :insert lift:!" It's pretty interesting, actually. But it's what makes lifting so fun. The uncertainty! There is always a pinch of doubt, however, for a good lifter, your confidence far outshines any doubt. So you get a little grin, nod your head whilst exhaling a little chuckle. You get set mentally, then physically, then mentally, then physically again and GO! When that mental switch is turned on, your body moves automatically like a programmed machine. Give it your all then you get to that moment. The moment when you're paused at the top of that rep, bar in hand, everything locked out, legs shaking, arms tense and your face is bright red. You just made this bar fulfill your will and you can revel in the fact that you just dominated that lift. It's a feeling that is hard to duplicate.
THAT is my favorite lift!! The lift that I fought for and won! It is that lift that made me question myself a little bit. It made me stare at the bar and the weight and and ask myself over and over again, "Wachya got?". Where I told myself I could do it and then made it happen.
Sorry...I got kind of carried away. Ha, I just get really excited about this stuff. Now, of course it's fun to walk into a meet and bench more than guys that are using shirts (haha), but that's not the point of lifting. The point is to be the best and strongest version of yourself on that platform. On that note, my back is weak! More specifically my upper back near the center, the lower trapezius around the infraspinatus area as well as my lower back, so those are definitely focus areas. And I'm always working on mobility!
Below is my last, ridiculous, squat session:
Safety Bar Single Plus 3x Bands (Pictured Above)
Single, then 2x3 @ 70% of Single
265# was pretty singly
Down sets were fast and not grindy
Followed this up with some heavy overhead press work, heavy shrugs (I love me some beasty shrug action) and some arm work... I'll call it the elbow strength complex, a combination of forearm and biceps/triceps work focused solely on increasing elbow stability, then some reverse hypers.
Ask me questions in the comments section below, about anything, really... I'm a pretty chill guy! Soon I'll have an email to which you will be able to submit said comments and/or questions!