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Old 05-16-2012, 02:44 PM   #1
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Well lads, it begins tonight. Going to start Reg Park's beginner 5x5.

Real name is Lee. 28 years young; 155lbs.

Right now, the screen name is a misnomer. Pretty soon, I hope to be able to live up to it!

First workout tonight goes something like this:
Squat - 5x5 (3x5 working sets)
Chins - 5x5
Bench - 5x5 (3x5 working sets)
BB curls - 3x10
Wrist Work - 2x10
Calf work - 2x15-20

Not sure what to do for the "wrist work". Thinking I'll just do static holds with a heavy arse barbell...well, heavy for me.

I'll post later to you all know how I made out. I've spent the last month or so working on the big lifts (bench, deads, squats, milt press) to get my form down.

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Good luck Lee! Glad you're starting up a log. Thats a good routine you're on, so eat well, rest well, work hard, and you're going to be passing your own expectations soon.
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Thanks for the early encourage, fellas!

Just back from the gym and finished eating like a horse.

Squat - (warm-ups: bar x 5, 95 x 5, 115 x 5); working sets were 3x5 @ 135

Chins - 3, 3, 2, 2, 2, 1, 1, 1 (obviously did more than 5 sets, but wanted to get all 15 working reps in). Any advice on these? Am I better off doing negatives?

Bench - (warm-ups: bar x 5, 95 x 5, 115 x 5); working sets were 3x5 @ 135. Sad that my bench & squat are the same...

Barbell curls - 3x10 @ 45lbs (bar)

Static Wrist Holds - 2x20 secs with 135lbs

Donkey Calf Raises - 2x15 @ 95

Never done front squats before, so I'm amped for Friday!

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Chins - 3, 3, 2, 2, 2, 1, 1, 1 (obviously did more than 5 sets, but wanted to get all 15 working reps in). Any advice on these? Am I better off doing negatives?
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Nice work Lee! I am very new to this and also doing the 5X5 program. I have found it successfull and made some gains over the past 7 weeks. Im sure you will, too! Very solid start!!
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Great start! And don't worry about the bench and squat numbers. Heck, when I started I out benched my squat for a good 5 or 6 months!

How do you do that static hold for your wrists? Forearms on your thighs holding the bar off the front of your knees? Just curious. Another idea for wrists that I really liked was to do wrist rolls with a straight bar (that could spin obviously) attached to a cable. Pull it out a bit to get tension, then twist it backwards for a bit and forwards for a bit. Just a thought.
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