I have decided to set up days throughout the year to determine my overall level of strength, conditioning, and the like. I plan on doing these test days every 12 weeks, or at the end of every calendar quarter. Along with testing my 1RM on the Squat, Bench, and Deadlift, I wanted to add other movements that would also test my strength. Things that every strong and conditioned man should be able to do. I am having trouble coming up with some.
What do you believe a strong and conditiioned man should be able to do?
Pick up and carry a washing machine or atleast a dryer by himself, could be an accident waiting to happen though, I did this yesterday and it wasn't easy walking blind.
Why don't you just do a meet? Lol
I've seen some of the weakest lifters at a meet get the most cheers and applause because you could tell they were giving an all-out effort. You can also pick up so many training tips and technique adjustments at a meet that it could literally save you months or years of frustration compared to continuing to train alone.
Do your first meet just to get an official total on the board, then try to beat that total at your second meet, etc....
Although, a meet will help me test my absolute strength, I know there are more things out there other than squatting, benching, and deadlifting. More athletic endeavors as well. Those are the kind of things I'm looking to test myself with as well.
If you only compete when you think you can go in and take the win, you'll probably never compete.
Powerlifting is about competing against yourself. At the very least, you'll beat all the people who talk about it but never show up to a meet.
Figure out specifically what you want to be good at. Trying to be good at every athletic endeavor means you probably won't be able to really excel at any one thing. Set some short term, intermediate, and long term goals for the SQ, BP, and DL, then set some other strength related goals that will complement these. For example, set goals for your pull-ups, olympic lifts, strongman event, etc.... Ultimately you will have to decide what's most important to you, as you it's very difficult to excel in every area, even if they are all strength-related.
Took a glance at your log. You're improving and hitting PR's. You must be doing something right.
Saw you're having a knee issue. If you're letting the knees suck in at all on at the bottom of your deadlift or squat, that could cause it. Keep your center of gravity on your heels, don't let it shift toward the balls of your feet, and drive your knees OUT hard on the bottom of the movement. That will help a ton to address the cause.
It's a common condition, not a big deal, but it sure can get tiresome.
In the meantime you might want to ice it after every workout.