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Old 03-27-2013, 10:31 PM   #611
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Have you considered a carb refeed?
Sounds like you may be recomping which is the best of both worlds IMO. Gaining strength, dropping waist size and maintaining weight signifies recomp to me. Besides, what good is a silly scale - I'm believing more and more everyday that a mirror is a much better indicator
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Have you considered a carb refeed?
Sounds like you may be recomping which is the best of both worlds IMO. Gaining strength, dropping waist size and maintaining weight signifies recomp to me. Besides, what good is a silly scale - I'm believing more and more everyday that a mirror is a much better indicator
I actually do refeed once a week. Usually saturday afternoon/evening.
I guess you could say I'm recomping, all though I am certainly not gaining strength. My strength has been in the dump for the last month or two.
But I agree, I think there really is something to the whole idea that one should go by the mirror more than the scale.
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:57 PM   #613
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Default 3/27/13 Cycle 11 Week 3 Power Clean and Squat

Power Clean
125x5
135x3
155x1

Squat
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267.5x2
267.5x2
300x2

Overall Workout Grade: A

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Solid session. Hit all my goals. I tried for a double on the top clean set, but I didn't have the gas in me.
After 1 cycle of the T-baggins 5/3/1 variation I like it. It's more my personal style of squating. Reps aren't my thing when it comes to heavy squat sets.I will do reps on other days, it just won't be anything like a top max set (if that makes any sense anyone else).
I ran out of time this morning for any other work. So abs and deadlift variation got dropped.
I might make up by deadlifting in a few days.
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:51 AM   #614
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I actually do refeed once a week. Usually saturday afternoon/evening.
I guess you could say I'm recomping, all though I am certainly not gaining strength. My strength has been in the dump for the last month or two.
But I agree, I think there really is something to the whole idea that one should go by the mirror more than the scale.
It sounds like maybe you're focusing on two somewhat different goals at the same time - gaining strength and dropping fat. Most people inevitably lose strength as they drop fat. Now you may be countering with the fact that some folks do in fact gain strength on a calorie restricted diet by I'm convinced it's likely due to 1.) CNS adaptation 2.) form/leverage improvement/change

I've particularly noticed folks suffering with strength gains while running keto/ultra low carb (ULC) (I know I did during my 10-day keto prep phase). However, many of these folks notice the most rapid fat loss which is their goal. Of course YMMV but it's something I really came to appreciate after my little stint with ULC.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:02 AM   #615
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Damn Josh that's a long day! But you will be happy you put in the work once it's all finished

Nice cleans and squats! I agree with you on lower reps for heavy squatz, and get the rep work in with the lighter stuff!
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Good to see you using those fractional plates on the squats. Did you sleep in a bit this AM?

How did the 300 feel?
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Default 5/13/13 Cycle 13 Week 2 Bench Press

Haven't logged here in a while. My computer at home is broken and it's hard to to log from my ipad. I'm going to start bringing my log book to work and posting.

Cliff notes:
I haven't missed any sessions.
Training is going very well.
I have transitioned from low carb to Carb Back loading
I haven't deloaded in almost 3 cycles. I have come to believe that I shouldn't automatically deload at the end of every cycle.
I continue to evolve 5/3/1 based on my percieved needs
I am deadlifting again.
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Bench
220x3
250x3
282.5x3

CGBP
180x8, 195x8, 205x8

Pullups x3 (sloppy)

DB rows
80x11x3

Band face pulls x15x3
Band tricep pushdowns x20x3
BB curl 45x20x2

Overall Workout Grade:B+

Notes:
A didn't really reach my expectations on bench this morning. I thought I should have had 5 reps on my top set, only hit the required three. As I noted above I haven't deloaded in a few cycles, this may be starting to catch up.

Everything else felt good.
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