My form is atrocious! But the air squats helped. I wasn’t getting anywhere close to parallel because at some point my legs would stop moving, but I would keep bending forward – simulating squat motion, except… not.
I was able to correct this movement, and then also to realize that going down too slow inhibits good form. By speeding up my descent (not too fast, still controlled) I was able to stop thinking about the movement so much and go nearly parallel (or actually parallel in a few reps). This also helped me stick my butt out the way you’re supposed to (!). With practice, I should be able to break parallel. Today, I squatted 50 lbs.
Overhead Press @ 45 lbs (just the bar) was relatively easy. I should have no trouble going up on Monday… but after that, I suspect I’ll struggle.
And, of course, today was Deadlift Day. With StrongLifts, the deadlift is the only exercise you don’t do 5 sets of. You only deadlift 1 set. Which is good – because I wouldn’t have been able to do more. When I practiced on Friday, I had no trouble at all. I was at 95 pounds and I rocked the set. Today, however, I struggled with the same 95 pounds. I have some pain issues around my right SI Joint, and that area was tender this morning. The squats helped stretch it out – no pain at all during that exercise. But the weight of the deadlift definitely caused me some minor pain.
But you know what they say – no pain, no gain!
But seriously – I won’t continue with the deadlift if it continues to hurt like it did today. If I wake up fine tomorrow, then all is well. And I think it will be, I’m doing mostly okay right now. I still feel a twinge if I move in a certain direction, but I was able to finish my workout – including cardio – with no trouble.