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Old 08-26-2013, 06:26 AM   #11
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Monday - 26.8.2013

Squats - 165 kg x 5 x 5 - Very hard.
Ah Monday, what a fresh day for sqats! How far can I push this progression? How much more can my body take? I'm aware that this is starting to be a heavy weight for linear progression, doing a hard 5x5 every time, but since I seem to be able to recover from it, it doesn't make sense to change anything. If I stop recovering, I'll just eat even more and force myself to continue progress, right? I want to get to at least 185 kg before changing anything (4 plates each side + locks ). I wish I could keep my back more erect but still stick my butt back. On some reps I can do this, and they feel strong, but most of the time I can feel things going off kilter during the descent, and I end up GM:ing it up. Need to develop more body awareness and FOCUS.

Bench - 85 kg x 4, 76.25 kg x 5 x 4 - Didn't even go for the fifth rep on the first set, because it felt so heavy. I've found that it's always better to do too little than too much. Although I felt like a slacker for reducing the weight for the remaining sets, in situations like this I have to ask myself: what is my goal? Is it to make the workouts as painful as possible, or is it perhaps to actually make optimal progress? When I decide it's the latter, I realize it's better to pick my battles wisely. I reduce the weight by 10%-15% for the last sets and try again next time. This way I can recover a bit more.

Rows - 122.5 kg x 5 x 5 - Easy. Back was better this time.

Shrugs - 147.5 kg x 8 x 3 - Ok. Not the best form but it's improving.
Triceps - 41.25 kg x 8 x 3 - Medium.
Chins - BW x 8, 8, 7 - Hard.
Good Mornings - 107.5 kg x 10 x 2 - Hard. Why is the first rep always so hard and awkward? After that everything flows.
Abs - 130 kg x 12, 12, 9 - Should've rested more before the last set.

Ordered some knee wraps and IronMind pulling straps from Pullum Sports in the UK. I'm curious to know if the knee wraps could make me squat more. I guess some would consider using them as cheating or not as "hardcore", but my philosophy is this: If I can train harder and heavier with them than without them, it makes me more hardcore if I use them.

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Wednesday 28.8.2013

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Squat - 167.5 kg x 4 (F) 150 kg x 5 x 4 - Got crushed during the fifth rep of the first set. Didn't even feel too bad, just couldn't hold it together. Although a thing to avoid, it's a good thing to get crushed sometimes, because then you notice it's nothing to be afraid of. Reduced the weight by 10%-15% for the last 4 sets.
DL - 147.5 kg x 5 - Felt great! Back felt 110%. Could barely contain my excitement. FINALLY starting to "get" the form after almost a year of trying.
Press - 57.5 kg x 5 x 5 - Very hard.
Rows (light) - 110 kg x 5 x 5 - Easy and fun. Form is improving. Back was 100%. Really felt it in the lats.

CGBP - 72.5 kg x 8, 8, 7 (F) - Very hard, had to do it on a different bench than usual. Note to self: No matter how hard it feels, it's always better to push for more weight next time as long as you can complete the required reps!
Curls - 41.25 kg x 8 x 3 - Very hard, but made it! Gotta develop teh bicepts p33k.
Abs - 130 kg x 13, 12, 12 - Fine.

I realized I'm still not gaining weight. I need to quickly bump the cals up by another 200, totaling 4400 kcal/day. Luckily there exists a cheap and nutritious product called milk that is going to be consumed by me in magnificient quantities

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Friday 30.8.2013

Squats - 167.5 kg x 4, 150 kg x 5 x 4 - Didn't go for the fifth rep in the first set to avoid risking another failure. It's time for a well earned deload. On a positive note, the 150 felt easy and I won't dick around with my stance width this time building back up. And I'm eating moar. In addition my new knee wraps arrived! Can't wait to try them on on Mo.
Bench - 85 kg x 5 x 5 - Hard but totally got it! Last time musta been CNS fatigue.
Rows - 125 kg x 5 x 5 - The first 3 sets were hard, but I got the form on point for the last two and they were fun. Back was 110%.

Shrugs - 150 kg x 8 x 3 - Ok.
Triceps - 42.5 kg x 8 x 3 - Easy-ish. My previous stalling point!
Chins - BW x 8, 8, 7 - Hard.
Good Mornings - 110 kg x 10 x 2 - Hard. Warmed up thoroughly before the work sets, and it felt much better.
Abs - 130 kg x 13 x 3 - Hard. Just try one rep more next time.

Right now I'm loving training. My body feels great, nothing is hurting, I'm making all kinds of gains and just eating and recovering.
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Monday 2.9.2013

Squat - 150 kg x 5 x 5 - Easy. Wow, ok, so the knee wraps probably helped, but it's a great feeling when your old maxes feel light as hell
!NOTE! I'm going to start squatting in knee wraps from here on out.
DL - 150 kg x 5 - Hard. Forgot how to do the form.
Press - 58.75 kg x 5 x 5 - Hard. On the last set my headphones got tangled with the bar, which didn't help.
Rows (light) - 110 kg x 5 x 5 - Very easy. Found the form again that I should've used in the deadlift as well.

CGBP - 72.5 kg x 8 x 3 - Very hard, but made it!
Curls - 42.5 kg x 8 x 3 - Very hard, but made it! Now is the time to really push those bicepticons before I have to reset the weight.
Abs - 130 kg x 13, 13, 14 - Medium.

My weight finally started increasing FAST. Hopefully it tapers down to a nice 0.5 kg per week.

Why does my upper body suck so hard compared to my lower body? Or, should I say, why is my squat so strong compared to everything else (the deadlift will be my strength, too, now that I've found the form)? I think it's simply because I'm squatting 3 times a week so it's only normal. I have also always naturally had big thighs, even when I wasn't training at all. As a teen I used to want to diet them down to be smaller, but thankfully I didn't succeed

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Wednesday 4.9.2013

Squats - 152.5 kg x 5 x 5 - Easy. Loving my new knee wraps. They make my form better.
Bench - 86.25 kg x 5 x 5 - Very hard.
Rows - 127.5 kg x 5 x 5 - Hard.

Shrugs - 152.5 kg x 8 x 3 - Ok.
Triceps - 43.75 kg x 8 x 3 - Hard.
Chins - BW x 8, 8, 7 - Hard.
Good Mornings - 112.5 kg x 10 x 2 - Very hard. Is it ok if my back loses some extension during the last couple of reps? How to know when to deload? I'm obviously not about to do these to failure!
Abs - 130 kg x 14 x 3 - Medium.
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Friday 6.9.2013

Squat - 155 kg x 5 x 5 - Medium. Excruciating calf pumps forced me to remove the knee wraps between each set.
DL - 152.5 kg x 5 - Hard.
Press - 60 kg x 5 x 5 - Very hard. Came up not by strength but by will power.
Rows (light) - 112.5 kg x 5 x 5 - Easy.

CGBP - 73.75 kg x 8 x 3 - Hard. One rep didn't quite touch my chest, but it was an accident, and one that I don't think helped me by a lot at that. I'm gonna count this as a pass.
Curls - 43.75 kg x 8, 7 (F), 38.75 x 8 - Failed the 8th rep on the 2nd set. Keep the weight same for next time.
Abs - 130 kg x 15, 15, 14 - Ok.

My "abs" have grown, so I loosened my belt by a notch after the first set of the press, which I think was a good thing to do. I have a Titan Toro Bravo belt, which has a lever and thus requires a screwdriver to adjust, so I don't change the setting between lifts. The reason I dished out the cash for good equipment right from the get-go was that it's a testament to my determination; I WILL become strong enough to be worthy of my Titan belt! I also have Adidas Ironwork III shoes. They are good except for the strap which isn't very durable and I've had to have one patched a bit. The belt is excellent.
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Killing it in here Mohiz. Solid training.

Nice belt. I am thinking about getting something similar after I lose a few pounds.
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Killing it in here Mohiz. Solid training.

Nice belt. I am thinking about getting something similar after I lose a few pounds.
Thanks. When I bought the belt (S for small) I decided I would bulk up until the belt doesn't fit me anymore, and then I would start a new cutting phase again.
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Squat - 155 kg x 5 x 5 - Medium. Excruciating calf pumps forced me to remove the knee wraps between each set.

I have a Titan Toro Bravo belt, which has a lever and thus requires a screwdriver to adjust, so I don't change the setting between lifts. The reason I dished out the cash for good equipment right from the get-go was that it's a testament to my determination; I WILL become strong enough to be worthy of my Titan belt! I also have Adidas Ironwork III shoes. They are good except for the strap which isn't very durable and I've had to have one patched a bit. The belt is excellent.
You should have to take off a "wrap" between each set. If not they were not doing their job.

I love your mindset about the equipment and goals. Keep crushing!!!!
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