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Old 02-28-2011, 04:52 PM   #15
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Thanks BtB, I had an excellent weekend. As for patience, I'll just keep working on that. Never been my strong suit.

Today's session
Squat
5x bar
5x 95
5x 105
5x 125
15 x 135
10x 105

No problem, but legs felt tight today, couldn't hardly get them loosened up. Weird. So, did that extra set more as a stretch, really sitting at bottom a beat or two. That helped. By the way, I now do a low bar hold and really crank my arms in tight, that is much better in keeping myself straight as I hit bottom. I'm seriously beginning to like this lift. And yes, I will be patient, but I'm telling you, it won't be long before I'm jacking up some serious weight with this lift!

Cleans
5x bar
5x 75
5x 95
5x 105
5x 115 90% of Max

Still just focussing on form with this lift. Accidentally went to 90% when this was supposed to be an 80% day. Oh well, world doesn't seem to have come to an end.

Bench
5x 65
5x 135
5x 165
5x 175
8x 185 + 1 rep from last Monday
10x 165 finisher

If I hit 8 reps or more at 185 next Monday, I'll move this weight up 10 pounds.

Stiff Deadlift
1x10 at 155

I'll be adding 60 minutes of cardio and some ab stuff on Tues and Thurs.

I'm holding off on doing anything with my diet yet as I weighed 186 this morning. Down two pounds almost from last Monday, which considering I did almost no cardio last week, is pretty amazing. Perhaps it's the new routine bump that has the metabolism fooled a bit, but looking at my food log, I realized I had no binge meals last week at all. I think this routine being shorter overall but perhaps more intense, is helping me not get so ravenous at times.

We'll see though. Just observing how this plays out for now.
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