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Old 05-16-2013, 11:20 AM   #631
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I think once you adjust to the form changes and listen to your body that 385 and more will be back, and good to hear your happy and OK with it for now. I like the routine, as I have found squatting after deads to be awesome.
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Old 05-16-2013, 12:59 PM   #632
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Keep plugging josh - strong benching.

What form adjustments and mistakes were you making?
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Old 05-17-2013, 12:47 PM   #633
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Hang in there Josh. Just a bump in the road. SOunds like you have the right atitude. Just take your time, put the work in and let the good things come to you.
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Old 05-18-2013, 05:43 PM   #634
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Great work Josh! Really happy to hear your back is doing well and pulling is feeling better! I've learned that for whatever reason, deads can be so different week to week. Obviously if you pull max or have a really heavy session, doing it week in and week out will take its toll. But I've had normal training and then one week something I can do 7 reps for is glued to the floor. I try not to let it get me down as next week it'll fly right up! I also hated 5/3/1 for deads, all those top set reps sucked and didn't work for me. Long ramble done ! Keep smashing big man!!!!!!
Thanks Hunter. Yeah, I know deads are a touchy beast. I just want my 4pps back! I think I am going to have to program in some modulation from week to week. I'm tossing around a few ideas right now.
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I think once you adjust to the form changes and listen to your body that 385 and more will be back, and good to hear your happy and OK with it for now. I like the routine, as I have found squatting after deads to be awesome.
Thanks squatter. I'm sure you're right. I too like the squatting after deads. Great way to destroy yourself! Deadlifting used to be my strongest lift, I want that again.
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Keep plugging josh - strong benching.

What form adjustments and mistakes were you making?
Thanks ld. The changes I made:
1.) When I was setting up, before I was putting my shoulders way over the bar. So it was almost like my chest was over the bar which took away from the leg drive and emphasized my lower back. It was a very inefficient way to pull.
So now I'm basically barely putting the top of my shoulders in front of the bar. This makes the pull more efficent and makes me get my butt back and down more.
2.)I started jerking the wait off of the ground, pulling from my upper body to initiate the lift. Know, I focus (once again, because this is how i used to do it) on pushing my feet through the floor to break the bar from the ground.
3.) This is a biggie, before, i snapped backwards at the top of the lift and hyper-extended backwards. I think this had little to no benefit and was a big cause for the injuries. Now I just stand straight up with the weight. No snap at the top. Maybe just a little bringing my shoulders back.

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Thanks Mike. I know I'll get there sooner or later.
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Old 05-18-2013, 05:50 PM   #635
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Default 5/18/13 Cycle 13 Week 3 OHP

OHP
135x3
155x3
172.5x1 (Goal x1) A bit of a grinder

Pull Ups
bwx4 (shitty form)

Rack pulls
bw x8,8,10

Incline Bench
125x10, 145x10,165x10

DB curl
25x10,30x10,40x8
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Lying tricep extension 70x15,15,14

Overall Workout Grade: B+

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The top OHP set was a let down. It was kind of a grinder. I expected more

I am know doing one set of pull ups, twice a week. Started only doing 1 about 4 weeks ago, know I'm up to 4 shitty pull ups. Progress is progress

All the other assistance work went well, got a nice pump. Feelin' swollen!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 05-18-2013, 07:18 PM   #636
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Great workout Josh! Now that you're logging again, all we need are some pics of the brand new fancy home and yard . Keep chargin on big man!!!
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Old 05-19-2013, 01:53 AM   #637
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Looks strong to me! Shitty pullup progress is good progress lol!
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Thanks Hunter. The yard is still a work in progress, but I'll try to get some pictures up of the house.
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Default 5/20/13 Cycle 13 Week 3 Power Clean and Squat

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Still doing the "T-baggins" squat protocol.
I have been toying around with changing the 5/3/1 weeks. Instead of doing 5/3/1 for my top sets, I basically do 3/1/1. This keeps me fresher for the last set.
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Power Clean
125x3
145x1
165x1

Squat
2x250,250
2x285,285
317.5x0 (son, i am dissapoint)
317.5x1

Overall Workout Grade: B

Notes:
The power clean is progressing right along. I enjoy these. The 2nd top set was a bit shakey, so I was concerned about the last set. I really tensed up and pulled hard and the top set flew up with extreme ease. I was happy.

The squats were a struggle. The top set was supposed to be 317.5x2. Well on the first attempt I completely bombed. Straight down to the pins. I was extremely frustrated. I decided to give it another go. Rested a few minutes and made another attempt. I got 1 and pinned the other.
The squat issues are incredibly disheartening. I know i should be able to nail that. Over a year ago, when I started 5/3/1 I tested my squat max at near 385. So it's odd to me that after all this time I can barely hit 317.5. To be fair, I am prefatigued by the other sets, that may be a factor. Also, this is the third cycle without a deload, so that may be somewhat of a factor. I am going to take next week off completely, and I won't increase my working max on squat next cycle.
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