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Justin Thomas  BS, MS(c) Exercise Physiology UIllinois at Urbana-Champaign Nutritional interventionist🍜 πŸ“§jtparel2@gmail.com Training diary, musings and reflections

Stupid science bitches couldn't even make I more smarter #nutritionbitch

When grandma thinks you should compete 105kg

Same training load, same final rep of same final set, 1 week apart, recognizably disparate RPEs. Much more controlled descent today, much faster ascent. Progress is more than just pounds on the bar, and if you're the kind of person who only sees progress if you can count it, you're in for a lot of disappointment.
As @av_3dmj has succinctly put it on many occasions, you dictate the terms of your own success. Recognize the small victories on your road to improvement, even when the pounds are the same. Besides, where's the fun if you spend most of your time being disappointed? Food for thought!

Can't believe how strong this girl is getting 😡 360x3!
@sarelizarm thanks for letting me play with your programming. I'm no powerlifting coach, but you make me look good πŸ€“ 7 weeks out!

Finally getting to a point where 4 plates is a fairly standard training load, with a top set easy single of 405. However, one issue of contention for me recently has been the mental task of transitioning to the "next plate" level. One of my biggest weaknesses when transitioning to these heavier training loads is remaining objective; i.e. not deviating from the regularly scheduled plan of action. The problem I begin to face when the load on the bar starts to feel like big boy weight is thinking too much. The perk of having established patterns in place is that I can rely on sheer consistency to guide me through my reps, even when I want to rethink them when the weight gets challenging. It is a task for me to remain in my own mental head space when shit gets hard. Although I suppose that's been a weakness in general considering my proclivity to rethink before it makes sense to rethink. I think it goes to show just how important the development of good habits becomes, and that goes for all areas of life.

Top set paused squat triples at 380. RPE probably ~0.5 higher than I would've liked it to be on this set, but actually super happy with squats today. Felt like I had a ton of control during my descent, which has been a weak point of mine in recent weeks, so I'm ecstatic that it came together a bit more today.

Office deadlifts πŸ“ŽπŸ–ŒπŸ“• RIP hips and hands. RPE 20/10 today. Thanks for the uplifting suggestions not to cry, @sarelizarm πŸ˜‚

#siblingsday for the Parel family πŸ˜‚

EZPZ paused deads from last night. Not a huge fan, and forgot my deadlift shoes so wasn't the best session ever, but this set was pretty decent overall.

When you and your old roomie can't get enough of each other, so you invent a day for hanging out, dressing the same, and insulting each other πŸ˜‚β€οΈ #DependenceDay2

Let's see that once more in slow motion 😏

Suck it, 500; RPE PR

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