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Old 01-01-2012, 03:24 PM   #121
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This may sound like a too simple solution, but my spud belt has really helped me WRT my leaning forward issues. It really help me keep my chest up and core stable & solid, especially on my heavy working sets.

WRT your grip of steel on the rows. Maybe it was a mental issue
Thanks for the suggestion Squatter. I have a cheapy Valeo belt that I wear on my heavy sets. It is one of those cheap 3-4 inches in front, 6 inches in back belts. I bought it 4 years ago or so, when I really didn't know much about belts.
Having said all that, I don't know whether or not the belt is the issue, but there is no doubt that I need to invest in a proper weightlifting belt.
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Old 01-01-2012, 03:30 PM   #122
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Strong squatting. Any videos for a form check?

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No. I would have to convince someone with a good camera phone to come to the gym and record me. It's not outside the realm of possibility, so I'll try to make that happen in the near future.
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Glad to help. Destroy it in 2012.
Thanks BtB. As of now I'm thinking of dropping the 3x3 for the singles method you described.
Initially I was leaning toward rotating DE work with the ME 3x3 every other workout, but I think your suggestion would probably be a more effective method based on where I'm at right now.
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Old 01-02-2012, 10:05 PM   #123
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365x1x11x10 minutes

OHP
150x6,6,4

T-bar Row
150x8,8,8

DE Bench Press
105+2 mini bandsx3x8

DB Curls
45x8,8,6

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Captain of Crush #1 x5x3

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First workout of the New Year! I started with a new deadlift training protocol based on a suggestion from the man/myth/legend Steve Shaw. I pulled 85% of my calculated 1rm for as many singles as I could in 10 minutes. I banged out 11. It was much harder than I assumed. And the change in training was very fun. I'm looking forward to seeing how this progresses. I will bump the weight up when I can break the 12 rep mark as suggested by Steve.

I am feeling my OHP. I'm hitting my rep goal every 2 workouts, which is pretty solid progression by my standards. Looking forward to hitting a short term goal of 185x6.

T-bar Row felt strong. On my rows I usually wait a workout or 2 after hitting my rep goal to verify I am hitting it clean with out english. It seems to be working well for me.

DE bench was fun. Still learning on this. For the first time I noticed my rep speed kind of slowed down on the later sets. I will probably stay at the same weight next workout. It's funny how many looks of amazement and awe a few bands get when you bust them out in a commercial gym.

Still Working at closing the COC grippers for 5 clean reps. I can honestly say I feel like I'm getting stronger at it, even though my reps have yet to progress. Fun stuff those grippers are.

All in all, a great way to start the new year.
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First workout of the New Year! I started with a new deadlift training protocol based on a suggestion from the man/myth/legend Steve Shaw. I pulled 85% of my calculated 1rm for as many singles as I could in 10 minutes. I banged out 11. It was much harder than I assumed. And the change in training was very fun. I'm looking forward to seeing how this progresses. I will bump the weight up when I can break the 12 rep mark as suggested by Steve.
Sounds like a solid beat down. Let me know how you feel next week. Occasionally when I was doing them I would go for 10-12 in 10 minutes, and then the next week drop the weight by 10% just as a break.
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Nice work Josh. I'm loving doing this sort of thing with deadlifts right now. Most fun I've had in months. I think you're going to like it and will set some heavy duty new records for yourself in the very near future.
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Old 01-03-2012, 12:13 AM   #126
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Many deads, heavy deads, in a one heck of a short time. Some good presses and quick progression too. Great work Josh!
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Love doing DL's that way too Josh. Looks like a solid session to start 2012.
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Sounds like a solid beat down. Let me know how you feel next week. Occasionally when I was doing them I would go for 10-12 in 10 minutes, and then the next week drop the weight by 10% just as a break.
It was a solid beat down. It took me a few days to recover. I probably won't drop the weight this week, but maybe the next. I think I need to start implementing more planned deloads. The lack of deloads could be holding me back a bit.
On another note, I realized something I found funny today.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the idea of doing a lift for as many reps possible in a set amount of time (IE 10 minutes) an idea that Dan John talks about in "Never Back Down"?
I believe it is which is funny because in another thread I posted how I didn't really get much out of Dan John's book in regards to strength. Seems to me there is a lesson for me to learn here.....
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Nice work Josh. I'm loving doing this sort of thing with deadlifts right now. Most fun I've had in months. I think you're going to like it and will set some heavy duty new records for yourself in the very near future.
Thanks Brute!!!
I can only hope I am able to get the kind of progress out of this that you are currently getting with your routine. The first session was very fun. Only time will tell if I can smash some PRs.
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