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Old 01-15-2015, 01:49 PM   #1981
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Old 01-16-2015, 07:25 AM   #1982
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One of the issues I see is a lack of tightness during the eccentric portion of the bench press. The weight is crashing down and isn't really controlled. That's a sign that you aren't concentrating on keeping your arms and upper body tight.

Try to row the weight towards your chest. This will improve arm and back tightness, and might help.

As far as the shakiness on the deadlift, that's very normal. Most lifters I know get it randomly on near max-effort lifts.

Ahh thanks yes this is something I'll definitely work on then! Just one more quick question, a strength coach at the club suggested maybe I do my accessory work after my squat bench a deadlift work.

I currently train squat bench and deadlift twice a week (80-90%) and have one pause/variation day for squat and bench and 2 accessory days which contain wtd chin-ups, shrugs, curls, facepulls and abs.

If I were to do this then my session would be easily 3-3.5 hours long. Is there any benefit at all of doing this? Thanks for you replies

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Old 01-19-2015, 07:53 PM   #1983
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Steve , I bought your book today and have read it ... what a great book and awesome info ... I was very impressed good job
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Old 01-20-2015, 12:44 PM   #1984
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Steve can you give me some ideas on adapting the rep goal principles to my current program 531 ?

Would I be better off using the rep goal principles on my assistance work ? Say like big but boring ? Thx in advance. ..

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Old 01-21-2015, 02:51 PM   #1985
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Hey Steve....
Question for you...

my shoulders are just too damn sore to squat anymore, I can not get my hands behind me to hold to bar at all...

I had to sell off my home set up and now work out at a gym in town..
They do not have a Safety squat bar, or a trap bar.. I have aksed ...

I can not afford one any time soon, but I am looking to mass up....
I am 45, and assisted with Test ( it is for military related chemical exposure doctor prescribed so no I am not natural)


Could I just dead lift from the floor a few times a week, would that get me the mass I am looking for without Squatting? I just have no way to do it that is not painful, or have the accessories to work around it....

thank you as always.
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Old 01-22-2015, 11:51 AM   #1986
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Hey Steve,

I have a question for you. It’s about building strength on a cut.

A little over a week ago, I started a cutting diet, the one you talked about in a recent video. Protein shakes during the day and a big meal in the evening, and it’s working. I’ve lost 2lbs so far. I have gone from eating 2700 calories per day, down to 2300-2400 per day.

For the past, like 4 months, I have been running an upper/lower split based on your “Big & Bold 8 Week program”, on muscles and strength. It’s a great routine and I’ve made good progress on it. But after a few months I wanted to do something different for a while. So I am now doing another 4 day split (Shoulder & Traps, Legs, Chest & Triceps, Back & Biceps). The exercises, reps & sets are all pretty much the same. I just moved things to different days. Over the past few months I have managed to get my deadlift up to 405lbs for sets of (x5, 4, 3, 2, 1). I have also been doing “over warm-ups” and that’s helped greatly.

I can pull 445x1. But on this past (Back & Biceps) day, I warmed-up like normal. Pulled 425x1 and it felt really heavy. So rather than try 445, I dropped down to 405 and started my working sets. My sets went like this, (x3, 2, 2, 1, 1). The weight just felt heavy. I can pull 405, but I just couldn’t get the reps in. It’s like I was tired but I’ve been sleeping well (6-7hrs per night). I have noticed that doing 15-17 reps with a given weight is starting beat the crap out of my lower back. And maybe thats what the real problem is.

I want to keep getting stronger but I also need to stay on this cut. I'm thinking about switching from the (5,4,3,2,1-3) to "ramping sets". So something like (365x5, 385x5, 405x5). What would you do? And whats your opinion on ramping sets?

Any advice you could give would be great.

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Old 01-24-2015, 08:49 PM   #1987
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Hey Steve,

I have a question for you. Itís about building strength on a cut.

A little over a week ago, I started a cutting diet, the one you talked about in a recent video. Protein shakes during the day and a big meal in the evening, and itís working. Iíve lost 2lbs so far. I have gone from eating 2700 calories per day, down to 2300-2400 per day.

For the past, like 4 months, I have been running an upper/lower split based on your ďBig & Bold 8 Week programĒ, on muscles and strength. Itís a great routine and Iíve made good progress on it. But after a few months I wanted to do something different for a while. So I am now doing another 4 day split (Shoulder & Traps, Legs, Chest & Triceps, Back & Biceps). The exercises, reps & sets are all pretty much the same. I just moved things to different days. Over the past few months I have managed to get my deadlift up to 405lbs for sets of (x5, 4, 3, 2, 1). I have also been doing ďover warm-upsĒ and thatís helped greatly.

I can pull 445x1. But on this past (Back & Biceps) day, I warmed-up like normal. Pulled 425x1 and it felt really heavy. So rather than try 445, I dropped down to 405 and started my working sets. My sets went like this, (x3, 2, 2, 1, 1). The weight just felt heavy. I can pull 405, but I just couldnít get the reps in. Itís like I was tired but Iíve been sleeping well (6-7hrs per night). I have noticed that doing 15-17 reps with a given weight is starting beat the crap out of my lower back. And maybe thats what the real problem is.

I want to keep getting stronger but I also need to stay on this cut. I'm thinking about switching from the (5,4,3,2,1-3) to "ramping sets". So something like (365x5, 385x5, 405x5). What would you do? And whats your opinion on ramping sets?

Any advice you could give would be great.

Thanks

Hey Steve,

Dont worry about my above question. I was just freaking out, because I had a couple shitty workouts. After a few days of reflecting, logical thinking, and watching some of your videos, I think that I've (more or less) answered my own question. Being in a calorie deficit has nothing to do with it, I just reached a point were the weight was just too heavy to grind out that many reps. Although; I am going to switch to the (ramping sets) method. I'm interested to see how well I can progress on it.

Thanks for all your great videos man. They're a big help.
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Old 01-29-2015, 02:46 AM   #1988
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Hey Steve, I was wondering if you could do a video that's like an updated version of the "who is the bearded beast of duloc" or rather now, who is steve shaw? It looks like you've moved, traveled, taken a new job, slimmed down etc. Are you lifting any different, eating different, have your goals changed? I haven't seen any jalapeŮo poppers and 9,000 calories in one sitting attempts as of late. Do you still sometimes think about becoming a deadlift specialist (I thought I read that once) or are you more interested in health or aesthetics now? Just curious about you, you seem to help a lot of people selflessly, give good information and genuinely seem interested in helping others succeed. I think that's pretty cool man, especially in a world where most seem out for themselves.
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