Since last posting, I have altered my routine. I have shifted to the Madcow Intermediate setup with Tuesdays being heavy, Thursday being light and Saturdays being medium. I switched to this routine as I was no longer looking forward to the workouts since every workout was a "heavy" day. This allows me to go to the gym and lift without worrying about hitting a PR today.
I'm posting today because I hit a weird situation, and I'm not sure what's going on or what to do about it. At about the 2nd or 3rd week, I strained my lower back on the deadlift, so I went light for about 4 workout days. I got back to normal and continued on the program. Here are my stats for the last two weeks:
Squat: 150x5, 190x5, 225x5, 265x5 & 300x5 - this was tough but doable
BP: 100x5, 125x5, 150x5, 175x5 & 200x5
Pendlay: 90x5, 110x5, 130x5, 155x5 & 175x5 - this felt heavy
Squat: 150x5, 190x5, 225x5x2
MP: 65x5, 80x5, 100x5, 115x5, 130x4
DL: 185x5, 210x5, 250x5, 295x5 & 335x2 - this felt extremely heavy
Squat: 150x5, 190x5, 225x5, 265x5, 305x3, 225x8 - 305 was tough but doable; last rep was kinda slow & shaky
BP: 100x5, 125x5, 150x5, 175x5, 205x3, 150x8
Pendaly: 90x5, 110x5, 130x5, 155x5, 180x3, 130x5 - @ 180 I felt form was a bit weak and I wasn't pulling all the way through chest like at 150.
Squat: 155x5, 190x5, 230x5, 265x5 & 305x3 - the 3 rep was a bit slow & shaky; I didn't feel it, so I didn't go for the 4th.
BP: 105x5, 130x5, 155x5, 180x5 & 205x5 - i pushed hard to get the last one.
Pendlay: 80x5, 95x5, 115x5, 135x5 & 155x5 - made the adjustment to get form; felt moderately tough
Squat: 155x5, 190x5, 230x5x2
MP: 65x5, 80x5, 100x5, 130x5
DL: 185x5, 235x5, 285x5, 335x0 - at 285 it felt like I'd worked my lower back to hell & back. I still feel the effects as I type this and probably will for the remainder of the day.
For MP & DL, I added a fifth set to match all the others. I found conflicting information on the net, so I wasn't sure. This week I reduced it back down to 4x5 for all exercises on my light day. Today, I only got three sets for DL's - it felt I worked the hell out of my back. I'm not sure what the issue(s) might be; any information would be greatly appreciated. I'm concerned because the load is lighter than my squat, and I know DL should be heavier, and I have lifted heavier.