1. Jumped from 80℔ to 95℔ back squats this morning. My lifting partner and I were in cahoots to make the jump—we figured we could handle it. We were right! Plus, there is something quite satisfying about putting on the big 25℔ weights rather than the pastiche of little weights (although the little weights do generate that satisfying “clang”).
2. With a narrower stance and wider grip than the dead lift, I managed the 115℔ of the clean dead lift pretty well. Truthfully, I can’t even imagine getting that much weight OVER my head, but I’m not there yet, so I needn't fret.
3. On seeing my handling of the clean dead lift, the trainer cheered me on with an “Atta Boy!” While I generally prefer, "You go, girl!" his exclamation struck me as a compliment.*℔ Unicode character U+2114 (℔) is called the "L B Bar Symbol", and it is a cursive development of this symbol. (from Wikipedia)
Of course I have to use it.