Coming to the end of my low-carb week, ready for hi-carb Friday so bad! One more grueling workout to go through first though… took my pre-workout meal a little closer to the session to see if that would help my endurance.

warm-up: none, got right to it

High Bar Squats (Romaleos, SBDs)

75 x 5 (narrow stance, ATG, minimal rest – change weight and go again)
120 x 5
170 x 3
195 x 2 (switch to medium stance and parallel)
220 x 1 (belt on)

244 x 6 @RPE8.5 (increased rest to 3 min)

235 x 6 @RPE8.5
235 x 6 @RPE8.5
235 x 6 @RPE9

notes: Squats felt heavy today, I felt like I hit 9 pretty early on.

Bench Press

50 x 5 (minimal rest, change weight and go again, Spoto)
85 x 5
115 x 3
130 x 2
150 x 1

165 x 6 @RPE8.5 (change to paused reps, increased rest to 3 min)

155 x 6 @RPE<8
155 x 6 @RPE<8
155 x 6 @RPE<8
155 x 6 @RPE<8

notes: Form just didn’t feel right, was not in the groove until backoff set #3. Decided to leave lots in the tank so I could focus on deadlifts, plus I knew I have more chest work tomorrow already. I was suddenly in the mood for deadlifts!!

Deadlift (barefoot)

95 x 5 (minimal rest, conventional grip)
155 x 5
215 x 3
250 x 2
280 x 1 (changed to crossgrip, rest went up to 3 min)

310 x 6 @RPE<8 (belt on)

300 x 6 @RPE<8
300 x 6 @RPE<8
300 x 6 @RPE8
300 x 6 @RPE8.5
300 x 6 @RPE8.5

notes: Deadlifts were feeling really good, so I just kept doing sets. The fatigue I felt at the start of the workout had faded and I was feeling good! Endurance seems to be adapting to the cut, because I wasn’t hitting that wall any more. Playing with my meal timings seemed to help. After set 5, I decided to pack it in and head home and get some food.

Total workout: 2 h 10 m. Made good time, all things considered.