Thats great Jason, I have already taken on the myfitnesspal food logging your recommended after reading the links you sent me, its great that there are quite a few of us logging the SL 5x5 and at various stages of the plan, with some having completed it like amcredle and a strong advocate of its success.
Sean, my rower is nothing special but does the job, it is a vfit ar1 artemis machine, I was lucky in that someone where I work was throwing it out having bought it and never used it, I must say I felt as though in those 5 minutes warming up on the rower I got more than my usual warmup on my bike for 20 minutes on a turbo trainer, I hope I can come to love deadlifts like you, they were uncomfortable today but I am putting that down to the fact that as the bar was sitting so low I was overstretching
Deviation we are currently in the process of waiting to move house so once the move is complete I will definitely be looking at a power rack having done some reading on them this afternoon, any in particular you recommend or that I should stay away from
This one seems to be popular: http://www.bodysolid.com/home/Item.cfm?ID=489 I haven't used it so I can't comment on that. Just make sure you get one that is built from thick tubing. If you're lucky enough to have a fitness shop near you, go there. You can climb on their display models and see how well they're built. Just a word of advice though: ask them first. I got the strangest looks when I did that.
Also, check craigslist. That's how I got mine w/plate rack, several attachments, and plate carriage.
I almost took the easy route and skipped this workout, Monday's are always hectic for me I get home from work at around 18:30 at 19:00 I play badminton straight from badminton I pick my daughter up from guides and return back to the house at 20:45 when I finally get to have some tea, unfortunately due to circumstances outside of my control I did not eat at all yesterday, hardly the right preparation to be playing badminton followed by my routine, the easy but wrong thing to do would have been to skip the routine, but I am 100% committed to this plan and failure isn't an option, although I have to admit I found the routine very hard, any energy I did have was depleted during a torturous game of badminton! But the feeling of satisfaction when I squeezed my last rep made it all worth it
2 warmup sets
Barbell Squat 75x5x5
2 warmup sets
Shoulder Press 50x5x5
2 warmup sets
Dead Lift 95x5x5
As previously mentioned I struggled with these as my bar is not an olympic bar and so sits very causing me to have to overstretch to reach the bar, I am once we move going to purchase and new bar and weights, however in the meantime I have to make do with what I have, by using spare weights I stood the barbell and weights on top and this corrected the height from floor issue and made this feel much more coomfortable and I was happy with my form and did not feel as though I was now overstretching
Barbell Curls 50x5x5
I just want to add that it is easy to skip a workout and that can be the start of the slide down the slippery slope but remain 100% focused and you will be ok