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Old 04-01-2013, 07:39 PM   #151
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Thanks my friend. I've never felt so POWERFUL. It's a nice feeling to have.
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I think I've been going about this diet all wrong. I'm going to keep it simple. I'm going to eat 2300 calories every day. If I stay under, fine, but I'm not going over even on training days. The only gimick I'm going to implement is carb cycling, going low carb on non-training days, and the only reason I'm going low carb is because it's much easier for me to stay under my calorie goals.

I've got to get my weight under control. I'm getting stronger. Much stronger, and I'm getting bigger in good ways, but I can't gain weight right now. I'd really like to compete in the 220 class, so I need to at least get down to the mid 220's.
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As I wrote in my thread about trying on a bench shirt for the first time, I did a little pressing today. Not too much, and certainly not a session in and of itself. Tomorrow I'll get back to my Sheiko training. It'll be deadlifts and bench presses. My hands are pretty ripped up from my last deadlift session, so I'll be using straps for all my heavy work. It should be a good day.

My diet is going very well so far. no gimmicks, just a lower intake, and so far hunger has been a non-issue, although i have been a little crampy even with plenty of water in me. I should start to see the scale moving soon.
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Deadlifts and more benching tonight. I used my belt for deadlifting for the first time, and it felt REALLY good. When I started each lift I pushed my abs against the belt, and it worked very well to stabilize my back. I felt like there was a board keeping my spine straight.

Deadlift-
135x5
135x5
225x3
295x3
345x2
395x1
440x1
440+30lb of chains x1

That last deadlift was every weight I had in the place, and it felt great. Again, I felt super stable with the belt on. I could have done more than 500 today if I had the weights to put on the bar.

Bench-
135x5
225x4
275x2
250x2
235x3
235x3
220x4
220x4
205x5
205x5
205x7
205x9

The program called for me to keep going down in weight for the last few sets, but I didn't need to. I could have done more reps with 205 all day.

Deadlifts again-
135x5
225x3
295x3
350x3
350x3
400x3
400x3
400x3
400x3
400x3

The lethargy that comes with tren is hitting me HARD. I feel sleepy all the time, and unmotivated. Work is hard to get through, and while I'm there I just want to avoid having to actually do anything. Luckily I do government work, so I don't really have to do all that much.

Today was the first day that I just didn't want to lift, or do anything after I got off work. Normally lifting is all I can think about during the day. It's ok though, I just have to make sure I lift anyways, and lift hard. And lift hard I did, and lift hard I will.

I've been watching tons of videos of people benching in shirts. Once my wife is back I'll have her here to help me get the thing on. That, along with maybe stretching the sleeves a little, losing a few pounds and wetting the chest plate should help me make this whole thing work out just fine.

For now, I just want to go to bed. The next few days are going to be long ones, but I'll make it through.
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Crazy session. Strong pulling. Keep it up.
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:08 AM   #156
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Deadlifts and more benching tonight. I used my belt for deadlifting for the first time, and it felt REALLY good. When I started each lift I pushed my abs against the belt, and it worked very well to stabilize my back. I felt like there was a board keeping my spine straight.

Deadlift-
135x5
135x5
225x3
295x3
345x2
395x1
440x1
440+30lb of chains x1

That last deadlift was every weight I had in the place, and it felt great. Again, I felt super stable with the belt on. I could have done more than 500 today if I had the weights to put on the bar.

Bench-
135x5
225x4
275x2
250x2
235x3
235x3
220x4
220x4
205x5
205x5
205x7
205x9

The program called for me to keep going down in weight for the last few sets, but I didn't need to. I could have done more reps with 205 all day.

Deadlifts again-
135x5
225x3
295x3
350x3
350x3
400x3
400x3
400x3
400x3
400x3

The lethargy that comes with tren is hitting me HARD. I feel sleepy all the time, and unmotivated. Work is hard to get through, and while I'm there I just want to avoid having to actually do anything. Luckily I do government work, so I don't really have to do all that much.

Today was the first day that I just didn't want to lift, or do anything after I got off work. Normally lifting is all I can think about during the day. It's ok though, I just have to make sure I lift anyways, and lift hard. And lift hard I did, and lift hard I will.

I've been watching tons of videos of people benching in shirts. Once my wife is back I'll have her here to help me get the thing on. That, along with maybe stretching the sleeves a little, losing a few pounds and wetting the chest plate should help me make this whole thing work out just fine.

For now, I just want to go to bed. The next few days are going to be long ones, but I'll make it through.
Wow, hell of a session. That is fantastic work.

I have a very limited experience in the shirt. The shirts I've worn are always hand me downs, and they have all been too big, lol. I have been fortunate enough to train with some very skilled shirted benchers. Is there anyone near you that you can train with?
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Wow, hell of a session. That is fantastic work.

I have a very limited experience in the shirt. The shirts I've worn are always hand me downs, and they have all been too big, lol. I have been fortunate enough to train with some very skilled shirted benchers. Is there anyone near you that you can train with?
Thanks Jen. The deadlift sessions are tough to get through. I just try to take it one set at a time.

Well, I was able to contact Mike Womack up near Dallas about getting some coaching. It's not cheap, and it's a hell of a drive, but a couple times won't be bad and should give me all the shirt coaching I need, at least to get started.
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I decided to move away from my Sheiko training tonight and move some serious weight. It went better than I could have hoped.

Squats-
45x5
45x5
135x3
185x3
225x3
Add knee wraps and belt-
275x2
325x2
375x1
405x1 (PR)
435x1 (PR)

Bench-
135x5
225x3

Add bench shirt-
(for all lifts with the shirt I came down as low as possible. I had no intention of touching. Just stretching the shirt and working on technique.)
295x1
345x1
315x1
345x1
315x1

Took off shirt, added slingshot-
345x1
345x1
345x1

Raw paused bench-
295x1
295x1
295x1
315x1
325x1 (PR)

Who'd have thought? A raw bench PR after all that work. The video speaks for itself for my squats. They felt AMAZING. I'm really getting the hang of utilizing stuff like wraps and a belt. If I can get a 50lb PR just from a belt and knee wraps just imagine what I can get out of a good squat suit!

I'm going to stretch the sleeves on my bench shirt. If I were stronger than I could make it work like it is, but I'm not, and I need it to be a bit looser. I started to work on actually pulling the bar towards me tonight. Because of this I was able to get 315 closer to my chest than the 395 I attempted a few days ago. I'm going to make this work, no matter what it takes.

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Some major learning experiences today in the garage.

My last session was so successful that I decided to keep things moving and do some more heavy squatting and benching today. I've realized now that my body is still beat up from my last session. Even though my muscles feel good, my joints and the rest of my body was still more beat up than I was aware.

My first goal was to work up to 405 doing ATG squat triples.

ATG squats-
45x5
45x5
135x3
225x3
295x3
Add belt
345x3
Add knee wraps
375x1

It was only 2 days ago that I worked up to 435 with belt and wraps. As soon as I squatted down in wraps today something immediately felt off. My right ankle ached and felt "off", and the pressure on my knees was extremely uncomfortable, to the point where I was barely able to get to parallel.

I should have kept things light today. As soon as I did the single with 375 I knew I was done putting weight on my legs today.

Then it was on to benching.

Bench press-
135x5
185x5
225x5
Add bench shirt
225x1
225x1
275x1
275x1
315x1
315x1
345x1
365x1

I still couldn't touch, but I came SO freaking close!

I stretched the sleeves just a tad before training today, and it was a noticable difference when I put the shirt on. Much easier to get the sleeves on, and I think I finally actually got it seated in my armpits, as evidenced by the huge red marks I now have there. I also put on the sleeves with the logos on the outside of my elbows, which made the shirt easier to work with.

The shirt keeps locking up in the same place, about 2 inches from touching. My form is solid. I bring down the bar by flaring my elbows until the shirt locks up, just a couple inches down, then I start tucking my elbows to keep the bar moving. Once it's about half way down I have to start rolling my head forwards a little, but no matter what weight I have on there I can't get that last 2 inches. 315 and 365 both came to a dead stop at the same place. I try to be aggressive and pull the bar to my stomach, but no matter what I try I just can't quite get it.

I'm going to get in the shirt again once this weekend and give it another shot. I may work up to something a little heavier and see what happens. If I still can't get anything to touch than I'll stretch the sleeves a little more.

Although I believe this was a successful shirt session, and I know I'm moving in the right direction, my body is just beat up. The back of my arms are killing me from the pressure of the shirt, and my lower legs are shot from squatting Tuesday with wraps. I'm starting to understand how powerlifting tears you up. It's not the muscles. It's EVERYTHING else, lol.

The solution is to stop playing with my new toys so much and get back to good ol' raw training. Saturday I'll get some good raw volume work in, then Sunday I'll throw on my shirt again and maybe do some deadlifting.

I've gotta get some sleep tonight. I'm so tired, but my sleep has been poor. The key word for tomorrow is recovery.
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See you are still smashing PRs. 500 squat coming.
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