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Old 07-13-2013, 05:09 PM   #481
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Nice PR. Keep those numbers moving.


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Old 07-13-2013, 05:30 PM   #482
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Today marks a weeks worth of solid workouts, I've done 7, and suprisingly me, and people around me have noticed my physique changing. Which means its working, and I'm finally on the right track.


OHP - 5X5 - 17.5KG
The OHP's have taken a turn for the greater thankfully. Like I said last workout, I'd be using 17.5KG. Didn't really suffer from the balance issues, and managed 5 pretty decent sets.
There's still allot of room for improvement here though, as there is with all my lifts, but with overhead pressing in particular.
The was I see it though I've got over that hurdle somewhat, and it'll only get better.
BENT OVER ROWS - 4X5 50KG, 2X5 45KG

Again, my rows didn't go too great. I did get 5x5 at 50KG, but I wondered how much into the body I should go when I'm at the top of the lift?
The bar wasn't touching my torso, but I don't really know weather it should be. It was very close however.
If it should be pressed right up against my body, then I guess I'm doing it wrong.
I tried 45KG for another 2 sets to see if that made any difference, but not much. So perhaps my form is right. Not sure.
What do you think?
DIPS - 5X5 - 27.5KG
Dips went well.
The only problem I had was a shooting pain in the upper left of my chest, on the left hand side. It wasn't that painful, not enough to hamper the exercise, but there never the less.
I don't know weather that means somethings wrong or?
In terms of weight, I've hit the point now where thats my max for 5x5, so I'm not entirely sure how to progress.
I can't add anymore weight as of yet, so do I just carry on with the same weight for a while until it gets easy?
DEAD LIFT - 5X6 - 80KG
Deads are going great. Nothing much else to say, they're a pretty self explanatory lift. Progressions going well with them, though it seems I was mistaken when I said I'd hit 5x5 with them.
Still getting 6 reps each set, but the slow progression each week with the weight will sort that out so that I'm getting 5 reps every set.
SLOW PUSH-UPS - 5X5 - BODY WEIGHT
Finished off with some slow pushups. After all he other exercises I could only get 5 reps, so decided to go for 5x5.
Good finisher.


Pretty good workout overall. A few hicups but nothing that can't be straightened out if you'll be so kind as to advise me once again.

The rows being that problem. I thought maybe rather than taking a step backwards with the weight, that I could carry on at 50KG, and up the weight when it starts to feel a bit easier and I've learned more about form.
Let me know if you think that'll work as a form of progression with them. Seems silly to drop the weight and take a step backward when I'm almost there with it.

I'm going to add chin-ups and pull-ups from now on too. Feel they're something I should have in there.



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Old 07-13-2013, 07:35 PM   #483
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Congrats on the visual progress. More chins are always a good idea in my opinion.
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Old 07-13-2013, 08:06 PM   #485
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The rows being that problem. I thought maybe rather than taking a step backwards with the weight, that I could carry on at 50KG, and up the weight when it starts to feel a bit easier and I've learned more about form.
I think that's a fine approach. Nothing wrong with backing off, but if you can get quality reps with 50kg, then adding reps is still adding strength (and muscle and tendon and ligament, etc).
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Old 07-14-2013, 07:01 AM   #486
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I think that's a fine approach. Nothing wrong with backing off, but if you can get quality reps with 50kg, then adding reps is still adding strength (and muscle and tendon and ligament, etc).


alright cool, thanks man.
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Ok I know im gonna get a lot of hate for posting this but check this video for Lat training tips for your rows. Ian McCarthy - Four tips for lat training - YouTube
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just came across this log and nice progress!!
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Great work Linden. Solid first week.

In my opinion, the rows should be pulled all the way into your body. You want to really work your back by getting those elbows as high as you can and even feeling a squeeze between your shoulder blades at the top.

As for progression, you do need to have a plan. It could be add weight or add reps or whatever. But have a plan.

If it was me, I'd add 2.5 Kg every time I hit all the 5x5 sets. Then work up to 5x5 again. You could also try adding reps to the last set if you like. Once you hit 7 reps, add weight and so on, or if you can hit 5x6, then add weight, whatever. Pick something and go with it. I would not go by "feel" though. You don't really have the experience with your body or the exercises to know when things "feel" easy enough to add weight.

If the dips keep hurting, you need to figure out why. Hopefully, it was a one time thing though.
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