Me Squatting With 225 Pounds

I hit a new personal best (1RM, as we say in the iron game) today.  The video is horrible, but here it is anyway.

Note the new overhanging gut. I’ve gone from 185 to 205. I’m hoping at least some of it is new muscle.

When I started, five months ago on February 18, I did my first squats with 60 pounds. So I’m stronger, without a doubt.

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I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


Me Squatting With 225 Pounds — 4 Comments

  1. I’ve had to deload twice trying to crack 240 at 5×5. Right now, I’m working my way back up to it at 3×5. My deadlift is now at 230, which I think is helping increase the rest of my upper body exercise. My overhead press has been the slowest to increase, but it’s slowly moving along.

    Even though I’ve stalled on my squats for a while, my upper body strength has been steadily improving. I’m not as strong as I was back when I lifted regularly in my 20s, but I should get there before EOY. At least, I hope I get there. But as I told someone recently, at my age, it’s not how much I’m doing, but rather that I’m doing it at all. And yes, I know that you’re older than me, but aging affects all of us.

    • You’re doing Madcow? Me, too! I switched over from straight Rippetoe two months ago, when I was stalling on everything.

      68 year old guys like me can’t push that three workouts, increase weight thing forever.

      I also use the three workouts every two weeks routine, which is one of those Rippetoe recommends for geezer lifters. I’m still improving.

      When I started out, I set some initial goals – which, at the time, I thought might be permanent. I used the Kilgore age-adjusted strength tables, and decided to try to reach “advanced” standards for over sixty guys in all four major lifts. Those are: Deadlift: 260, Squat: 220, Bench: 170, and Press: 100.

      Considering that I started with 60 pounds on both deadlift and squat, I figured it would take me a couple of years to reach those goals.

      I’ve already had a press of 100#, and a squat of 225#, so, two of the four are achieved. I’m at 155# on the bench, so I’m still 15# away. My deadlift is 215#, but that’s for 5 reps. I haven’t yet tried for a 1RM on that. Charts say I ought to be able to hit 246#, so we’ll see. I may try it this weekend.

      At that point, I’ll reevaluate. Am I strong enough? Do I want to just work a maintenance program? Or do I want to keep on lifting more weight?

      My big worry is that I’ll keep adding weight until my body tells me to slow down with a major injury. That’s one reason I go slow. There’s an old saying: You always have one more major injury in you. The question is whether you also have one more major recovery. At my age, that is a significant issue.

      Anyway, if I do decide to continue, I’ll probably shoot for the “elite” Kilgore standards for my age group: Deadlift: 325, squat: 285, bench: 210, and press: 135.

      The only thing I can see beyond that is trying for a total of 1000 pounds on all four lifts. If I can someday hit that, I expect I’ll be “strong enough” for a 70 year old geezer, settle back, and start a maintenance program.

      I’ll never be as strong as this guy:

      Of course, nobody else is, either.

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