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Old 03-18-2013, 10:47 PM   #161
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Is the workout or the environment making the most difference?
well pretty much everything is different -- exercises, accommodating resistance, equipment, having training partners vs. lifting solo -- and a lot of things are completely new to me. i guess it will take time to see if "different" means "improvement." i feel like i'll probably experience something like noob gains as i adapt.
the environment definitely helps. at my other gym, i'm 1 of only a handful of people who ever go above 3 plates on deadlift and who squat ass-to-calves. the other hundreds of guys are all bros doing a zillion sets of bench press and bench press assistance work every week. at that gym, i'm pretty strong and could probably crush the big 3 total of 90% of guys in my weight "class." at this Westside gym, i'm a weakling with perhaps some potential to lift serious weight. quite a few guys lighter than me are much stronger, and guys in my weight class are much, much stronger than me. this is the more realistic perspective, and i feel motivated to surpass the guys who are stronger than me right now.

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Old 03-18-2013, 11:17 PM   #162
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Freaking cool SO. Keep up the bad assery!
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:25 PM   #163
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thanks. haha that needs to be my mantra: "gotta keep up the bad assery "
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Your other gym sounds like the one on base. Lots of bro's curling, benching, partial squats, and a weirdo shadow boxing in the corner.
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:15 PM   #165
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1-RM Reverse-Band Box Squat

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  • Oly bar
  • white bands
1 x 425
[added belt]
1 x 435
1 x 455 Benchmark

Band Hip Abductor (or adductor...don't remember which is which)
4 x 20 x black band

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Reverse Hyperextension
4 x 10 x (70/140)

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4 x 10 x bw

1-Leg Hyperextension
3 x 5-10 per side

Lower-Body Sled Pull (hunched over, hands pulling from below knees, walking quickly heel-toe)
3 x ~40 yards x 115 lbs.

Everything about the powerlifting squat is new to me, and I'm still getting the hang of the monolift (the safest foot position for rerack, getting used to the latches not giving much resistance when I rerack. My form on the wide stance squat needs a lot of work. Not much I can say: it's almost like a completely different exercise compared to Olympic, close stance squat. Hand placement on the bar, bar placement on the back, foot spacing, toe angle, the sitting "back" instead of "down" (so much difficulty with this), hip movement, and just the muscles you activate are all foreign to me. This is also the very first time I've ever used a lifting belt.

Your feedback is most welcome. As I'm sure you can hear, I'm getting a lot of it in the video. Oh yeah, and the guy cheering me on off-camera (you can see him at the very beginning of the 455 rep) is a jacked and ripped bodybuilder named Christian. Great guy: we weren't working out together at all but he's still getting pumped for my max attempts.


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Old 03-19-2013, 09:52 PM   #166
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haha forgot about those dudes. the ones who are so obviously not getting any kind of cardio or training out of it, just trying to look cool. that's how i got started wearing my hat to the gym: i pull it down as low as possible and just look at the floor between sets so that i don't have to be annoyed by all the various displays of idiocy.
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Hey Seconds, Looks like every things going well. Moving some nice weights. Are the bands giving you any help at the very top of the Sq. Ugo
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:25 PM   #168
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Hey Seconds, Looks like every things going well. Moving some nice weights. Are the bands giving you any help at the very top of the Sq. Ugo
hey Ugo! thanks. to be honest, i'm not sure where i felt the bands. i assumed the bottom would feel easiest (aren't they supposed to provide the most assistance at the bottom?), but it was the most difficult. i'd say the top two-thirds of the lift is where i felt the bands pulling me upright. it was like i knew that if i could just get out of the hole, the lift would be over: it was pretty much impossible to fail higher up than that.
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