ok, i think that was likely the last workout of the cycle for me, so it is full on assessment time. i worked out after volleyball, so i backed off a little on the squat weight and my shoulders were feeling a little tired (so ... much ... blocking ...) so i figured i would rest those too. but we might as well see what can be done on the deadlift, right? and maybe a little on the final faux chest press thing... that led to a 250lb deadlift (i.e., new max). i think my grip is the weak point since it was almost slipping out of my fingers as i clunked it back down. great: i'm basically a "novice" now according to the exrx.net propaganda. i was able to do a single on the chest press at #14 which works out roughly to 120lbs (but you're starting at the bottom instead of the top). i'm pretty sure #15 wouldn't have gone anywhere. in the past, i think i've been able to do a single at #15. anyways, that still counts roughly as "untrained" i think. time for ratio fun! man! i can never get pictures to work! anyways, what the image shows is actual/guesses of 250, 140,120,195,90,90lbs for deadlift,squat,bench,pullup,barbell row,normal press. if i key off of the deadlift as idealized at 1.00, i get the following ratios to ideal: 1.00,0.67,0.77,1.39,0.82,0.90 . trust me, it is easier to interpret in a spreadsheet table. so, the ordering goes weakest = squat, bench, row, press, deadlift, pullups = strongest. since i think pullups are neat, i'll probably keep hitting those "throughout the day". although, i wonder if squats would respond the same way? hmmm... but i don't want to have to move my squat stands, bar, and weights up and down the stairs constantly. anyways, i think the implication is that i should switch the position of the chest-press-thingee and the overhead press in my workout and then drop back the weight on the stronger lifts. the hope would be to tread water with those and transfer the "oomph" to the weaker lifts in hopes of bringing them into line and trusting that moving everything together is a better plan for injury avoidance and general strength anyway. now, the question becomes how far i can dial back deadlifts and press without feeling like an idiot. but humility is good since i have no reason for boasting. thus, maybe press at 55lbs warmup and 65lbs working; deadlifts at 135/165lbs for each weight loading.