Nice work getting in ten 155 deadlifts. I should try the EMOM sometime just to see how I compare, but I doubt I could do 155. This afternoon I'll try 156 for 2-3 singles, bumping up from 152. I guess at some point I should try front squats or goblet squats as you do, but right now back squats work the quads enough that it interferes a bit with my running the next day, so until that effect lessens, no point in working the quads more than I'm already doing. I think low-bar back squats might be good for overall strength, and high-bar for mobility, so, even though I'm trying to keep everything pretty basic, perhaps a little variation won't hurt. I suppose at some point I could try straight-leg deadlifts too, but I think attacking the squats in two slightly different ways might help further my development on the squats, which is my weakest big lift by far. Funny how it comes back again to the back and rows being the only exercise where some variation seems worth pursuing. Yah, 1x5+, or 2x5 with the second set being optionally higher rep might be a good way to go. It's always good to program in some flexibility. Here's a slightly revised version of the schedule above, with a two-set-per-rep-count patterning: Kinda getting frustrated with the sore knee and shoulder, but yesterday I massaged both pretty aggressively, and it seemed to help, so I think I need to try a little harder to get to the plyo/mobility stuff in my workout, I think that will help too. I've probably underestimated how much the lifting requires stretching and massaging too. The tightness is more obvious after running, but all this heavy lifting is probably winding stuff up pretty good too. I got out my softball and really dug into my shoulder while laying on top of it in a tripod, using the other arm just to balance with little weight-bearing. It really hurt, but I could feel the relief immediately afterwards. Funny how we forget about stuff we already know, like trigger points in this instance. Yah, it's funny also those workouts when you go in feeling tired or unmotivated but end up doing well. I don't think I've ever had a run or a st session where I wasn't glad I did it afterwards. It's good to remind myself of that whenever I'm feeling crappy or lazy. My upper back gets pretty sore from heavy deadlifts. Like someone hit it with a padded bat. How's the baby btw? Is it starting to get easier?