Posted by: grambo
Posted by: ReductiMat
If you enjoyed it, I'd suggest learning the proper form and jumping back in. I'm going to turn 45 this year and I just pulled my deadlift PR with ease today. It's going to be nuked next time I get to test it out.
For me it has been a mental barrier and trusting myself to maintain good form on true max efforts. I've done heavy singles but I'd say maybe to 95% only? I agitated my injury on a max effort front squat a couple years ago and that put me off going to the limit. I should probably do more heavy singles though, mostly doing 3's and 5's. Lifted for the first time in two months last night, my squats were 92% of where I was at in the fall but my press only 85%, shoulders have fallen off!
That is awesome hitting lifetime PR's into your 40's. I turn 37 in March and feel about the same I did at 25 and 30 which makes me happy.
The armchair psychologist in me is wondering if your fear of form is your downfall. I have never worried about form when stepping up to the bar for PR's. I worry a lot about form when I'm 50-85% and repping.
Have you ever tried a framework like 5/3/1? One where week one sees low weight, and a lot of reps, week two is medium weight and medium reps, with week three being high weight and low reps? I found getting in the practice of setting movement grooves allow me to forget about form when it comes to the time to test it all out.
On a separate note, I've never actually trained my front-squat for max, just for volume. There's always been a little part of me that said I should give that a go for a few months, but I really only train during the winter.