There’s a certain zen when you do any exercise. Hockey has that effect on me, time just seems to slow down. That mindset provides a unique point of view, a specific focus on a set of goals. When momentum is going your way, there’s nothing that can stop you. When it isn’t, it feels like all the bounces are going the other way.
Weight lifting is very similar, though the only competition is yourself. You’re competing against numbers and progress. For a decent amount of time, that progress is constant, so it’s a continuously positive cycle. You eventually reach a plateau and need to re-assess your goals. There’s a rather intense focus on very minute gains. But when that number hits the goal, it’s like winning the lottery. I hit one of those last night.
I have 3 main goals relating to Squat, Bench, and Deadlift. Those are 250, 200, 300 (750lbs combined). I hit the squat number a while ago and realized then that playing hockey 3x a week could not allow me to push the bar much higher. So rather than reset my squat goal, I aimed to hit the other ones instead.
Bench has had it’s ups and downs. I’m thinking it will take until mid-summer to reach it. I need to re-focus my technique, since I’m stalling earlier than I had planned.
Deadlift though, I hit my 300lbs last night (5 reps). It felt really good and I considered adding more weight to find my true 1 rep max. Then I realized I was out of breath and way too high on hormones for that to be considered safe. I’ll be playing it safe the next few sets and cap it at the same amount and truly focus on the Bench moving forward.
Once the fall comes around, I’ll be dropping one night of hockey (it was too much) and reset my lifting goals. I think that adding 50lbs total (so, 800) is more than doable. I am looking forward to the next session!