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Old 05-10-2013, 12:49 PM   #51
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Just for some perspective. I took a picture when I first started lifting May 2011. It's the one on the right, I weighed 188 and I had just learned to squat, was benching around 200, deadlifting around 255ish.

The middle one is May 2012, I weighed 195 and had recently done my first meet, so I was squatting 300, benching 240, and deadlifting 335.

The one on the left is yesterday. May 2013. I weighed 204, I can squat around 385, bench around 285, and deadlift around 390 or so.

So, in two years and I gained less than 20 pounds, but I'm obviously bigger even without flexing all that much, and I added about 430ish pounds to my total.

(That double chin is the way I have my chin tucked!! I am a little fatter, but not that much! )

If I can do it, you can too kids! You can too as BBOD would say.
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Old 05-10-2013, 03:34 PM   #53
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OK, bit of a tough one today. Not sure why. I felt good going in, but things just felt a little heavier and slower than they should have. So did the main work and got out without injury. By the end my calf was tightening up and my lower back throbbing. One of those days I guess.

warmups: hip and leg mobility, foam roll, Jump Rope 3x fail, which for me is not that many!
Dynamic: Cleans to 165, 3x 2x 135

Squat:
1x 315 (slower than normal, even with belt)
3x 10x 235 (Belt on last set. Not sure I'd have got 10 reps without it. )

Sumo:
185x 15, 12 (way harder than last week)

Pulled the plug there. Worked on some stretching and foam rolling.

155 Clean, bar too far out in front of me:
165 Clean, still kind of ugly:
1x 315, kind of slow for me, but never in doubt:
Second set of 10x 235:
Second set, 12x 185:

There you go. Volume might be catching up with me a bit. We'll see. I think tomorrow I'll just max out on OHP to get a number to use, then some high rep benching and that's it. Start fresher next week and see where I'm at then.
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Great work Mike! Lots of strong work, even though you weren't totally happy! Keep working hard!!!
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Got some work done and stayed healthy Good stuff!
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Serious high rep deadlifts.
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Dynamic: Cleans to 165, 3x 2x 135

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3x 10x 235 (Belt on last set. Not sure I'd have got 10 reps without it. )

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Strong working Mike ... Strong volume on DL and Squats ... keep killing it man ...
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strong work mike, nice squat and deadlifts for reps.
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Arms and shoulders get bigger each pic. Stay strong Mike.
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