Squats + Cleans :: Pre-Powerlifting TRM Week 9

Mood: Good

There were going to be two real tests to see if I had recovered from Achilles tendonitis: the Swing and the Squat.

When I do any KB Squat, I go ass to grass.  When I do light Goblet Squats for warmups, I stay at the bottom for a while and move around in order to open up my hips.

When I was down there, I felt my Achilles tendon.  It was a tad tight but nothing I couldn’t work through. Fortunately, I got through this session like an ace and it feels great the next day.

Here’s the workout:

  • KB Halos 16kg 3×10
  • KB Goblet Squats 16kg 3×5
 Rest 1
  • Single KB Clean  70# 2×11 (PR)
  • Hang Clean 70# 2×6 (PR) – Again, Cleans improve my form by like 2000%. Side benefit: they will work you over if you are doing them right. No overarching,  no flipping the bell over, tight abs, obliques, and glutes–make it snap.

  • KB Rack Squat 70# 9 reps (PR) 16 total
  • Goblet Squat 70# 6 reps (PR) 10 total

Results: Debated on whether to include the Swing today. But I wanted to keep things simple and didn’t want to overwork the lower body with a semi-tight Achilles tendon. Will retest next week. All in all, a great workout.


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