I absolutely killed today's workout. Everything felt great and I'm almost done with this week, so I'm very excited about week 3 coming up. Set 4 on squats felt phenominal (and set 7 felt a little off, but it's the last set so I'm not too worried about that). On bench, all 8 sets went well and I randomly threw in paused reps for fun. On set 8, I paused the last rep a little longer and it still felt easy. One of the things I like about Smolov Jr is that it gives me plenty of time to work on my form. I feel like my leg drive is getting better and I am maintaining my arch longer. I need to work on preventing my wrists from tilting back. I know I could use my wrist wraps, but I'd like to save those for 1RMs.
My knee sleeves arrived (Titan x-small) and I tried them out, so far so good. The true test will be to see how my knees feel tomorrow and on Saturday so I'm holding off on any excitement until then. This officially marks the half-way point of the base mesocycle so I'm happy about that.
Today was pretty tough but after watching the videos, all the sets seemed to be reasonably quick. I get Sunday off and then it's week 2 on Monday ... add 20 lbs to all lifts for squats and 10 lbs for bench ... should be interesting to say the least.