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Old 05-18-2012, 03:38 PM   #51
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Strong and strong. Any grinders @ 290, or smooth sailing?
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Old 05-18-2012, 04:21 PM   #52
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Strong and strong. Any grinders @ 290, or smooth sailing?
Thanks. Pretty smooth. I got a little bit forward on the first attempt, but after I got a drink and caught my breath, the second attempt went up pretty good. Its nice to give yourself more than one attempt so that you can correct mistakes. I feel it was a fair representation of a 95% 1RM. I had more in the tank; maybe not much more than 15 - 20 pounds though. I'll get it another day.
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Good idea to have a second go to correct any points.
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Chinups (between sets of BP)
x/x/x/x/x/x/x (x=partial rep) - what the heck, I tried at least. It won't be long, and I'll have a series of "1's".
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Chinups (between sets of OHP)
x/x/x/x/x/x - I got dang close on the first few sets though. I think next time I might even get 1.
Sunday, 5/20/12

Workout 1.3.2

BP (alternating with sets of chinups)
45x5
65x5
80x5
100x5
120x5
140x3
155x1
175x1 - 95% 1RM
175x1
175x1

Well, that's the strongest bench session I've ever had. To put things in perspective though, the guy on the bench next to me ("Mike") was doing speed reps with 335. I feel so strong, yet so puny.

Chinups (in between the first 5 sets of BP)
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Normally I would add in Pendlay Rows, but the space wasn't available. Rather than wait around and shoot "eye daggers" at the Bosu Ballers, I decided to go home.
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Old 05-21-2012, 10:01 AM   #55
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Well, that's the strongest bench session I've ever had. To put things in perspective though, the guy on the bench next to me ("Mike") was doing speed reps with 335. I feel so strong, yet so puny.
That's how I feel when I train with gaspers. He reps 315 with speed and I feel worthless.

Nice work Big Val. Hope to see an easy 200 by year's end.
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Tuesday, 5/22/12

Workout 1.3.3

Deadlift
135x5
170x5
205x5
255x5
290x3
325x1 - I wasn't really ready for this attempt, but the clasic rock station was playing Tom Sawyer at the time. I figured I'd better lift while the liftin' was good.
365x1 - actually a bit more than 95% 1RM. I goofed when I set up this cycle.
365x1
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Power Shrug - I'm getting to like these. I find it goes easier if you get a rhythm going. Paused every rep at the top...briefly
135x5
225x5
315x5
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I run into the same thing. The first rep is always the hardest.

Have to say, really liking the deadlift session. Singles are strong work especially after the 3 previous sets.
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A fine session big Val.

I must look into this power shrug , its sneaking into all the logs lately
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Have to say, really liking the deadlift session. Singles are strong work especially after the 3 previous sets.
Thank you. For a long time I've wanted to do single work, but have never felt "worthy" though. Whatever reason, I don't know. I made an abbreviated attempt last summer when life was crapping on me with my old job and such. Ended up getting hurt and lazy, and not lifting for nearly four months. I really love where this is going. I don't have the typical "stage fright" over my final sets like I used to when I was repping everything out. This just might be the ticket to me getting strong in a hurry.

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I must look into this power shrug , its sneaking into all the logs lately
Thank you, my friend. Yes, I hadn't touched shrugs in a few years, then somewhere on this site, I saw a video clip of Rippetoe doing power shrugs. A completely different style than I was used to. I can use a meaningful weight. Rack every rep and pull the heck out of it. Makes lots of noise. Kinda cool. By all means, give them a try. it may take a couple sessions before you feel a rhythm, like I mentioned earlier.
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