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Old 01-25-2014, 11:45 AM   #631
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Thanks. Legs are definitely not used to this much work. Still sore as of this morning.
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Old 01-25-2014, 08:06 PM   #633
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Nice work. Hope the Ab work fixed the back problem! That would be nice I'm sure.

There was an older guy named Odd Haugen who made it too World's Strongest Man and I remember an interview with him where he said that to get to your best at strongman took about 4-6 years, and to stay at that level you have 10 years at most. He said that he could still perform Strongman at that level at 56+ years was because he didn't really get serious about it until he was in his 40s. I don't know if his theories are true or not, but it seems to me very few guys can stay at their best for 10 years if they even make it that long.

Amazing the abuse you guys take year in year out. I think the long term view has to be taken into account at some point. As you say playing with your (future) kids would be a pretty important thing. Seems like a lot of NFL players are regretting some of the choices they made as well.

This thought strikes a nerve with me as my wife thinks I'm silly for always trying to lift more weight. She thinks the danger outweighs the benefit. Sometimes when I've jacked up my back doing a hell of a lot less weight than you and with almost zero chance I will ever even get really strong, I wonder if she doesn't have a good point.

But I do love to keep trying and it's better than loafing on the couch and getting fatter until I croak anyway. Haha.

Just my .02, not trying to persuade you or anything like that.
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Old 01-25-2014, 09:18 PM   #634
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January 25, 2014 Week 1, Day 3

Dynamic Warm-ups

Pulldowns
50x5
100x5
150x5
Add Straps
200x12
210x12
220x12
230x12
240x12

Incline Bench Dumbbell Rows
110'sx8
110'sx8
110'sx8
110'sx8

Sled Drags
300x50'
300x50'
350x50'
350x50'

28 Minutes of Stretching

Comments: Kind of weird to just go right in to a session for some back work. Arms were getting pretty fatigued from doing all the pulldowns. I felt like sets of 12 would be fine. I planned on doing the same for the dumbbell rows but pre-fatigue made the weight challenging so only did sets of eight. Drove home to do sled dragging outside in the cold. Loaded up my little wooden sled with as much weight as I could. Not bad, felt good. I could probably add more weight putting sandbags on top of the weights. Forgot to charge my camera's battery so no video this time. One week down.
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Old 01-29-2014, 07:40 AM   #635
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January 28, 2014 Week 2, Day 1

Dynamic Warm-ups

Barbell Incline Bench Presses
45x10
95x5
135x3
165x3
195x5
215x5
235x5
255x5
265x5

Seated Dumbbell Presses
80'sx12
80'sx11
80'sx8
80'sx7

Incline Bench Rear Delt Dumbbell Raises
35'sx19
35'sx16

27 Minutes of Stretching

Comments: I woke up with cramps in my stomach so I wasn't really expecting much today. The discomfort went away eventually and I had a good session. For incline, I widened my grip out about 4" each hand to be similar to my overhead grip. The session didn't call for narrow grip like last week so I thought this would be better. I felt more control at the bottom but the lockout is still tough. My triceps were sore before even getting to 255lbs. 265lbs was sloppy but I'll take it. I picked something that I thought would be doable for seated pressing for 10-12 reps. Haven't done dumbbells in while, let alone for higher reps. Tried my best to keep pressure off my lower back and got my goal the first two sets. Shoulders fatigue fast and only got 8 and 7 the following sets. Increased the weight on the rear delts and that was good too.

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Old 01-31-2014, 08:05 AM   #636
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January 30, 2014 Week 2, Day 2

Dynamic Warm-ups

Dumbbell Front Squats
50x3
100x12
100x12
100x12
100x12
100x12

Leg Extensions
155x12
160x12
185x12
195x12
205x12

Lying Leg Curls
80x12
90x12
100x12
110x12
120x12

Standing Cable Rope Abs
160x21

28 Minutes of Stretching

Comments: Knees felt a little achy going in to this session. Decided to just do the same weight for all sets since the heaviest dumbbell is 120lbs and it was suggested I go no heavier for this exercise. The weight is light enough that I can think during the set and feel where my form is lacking. I noted a few times were I wanted to drift forward and I'd correct it for the following rep. Legs were sore after the first set and I had four more to go. I only went up 20lbs on the leg extensions to start as last time I couldn't budge 200lbs. I think it was more that I'm not used to the exercise. I was planning to make small jumps but the weight was too easy. Made a 25lbs jump after having to wait while someone jumped on the machine while I was getting a drink of water. I did 10lbs from then on. Did the 10lbs jumps for lying leg curls as well. Not used to the machines so I imagine I'll be able to handle more weight shortly. Finished up the day with abs. Didn't remember if I kept my back support on or not last time so I just left it on to be on the safe side.

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Old 02-01-2014, 09:25 PM   #637
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February 01, 2014 Week 2, Day 3

Dynamic Warm-ups

18" Rows
45x10
95x5
135x5
185x5
205x5
225x5
245x5
265x5
285x5
305x5
325x5

Pulldowns
125x5
175x5
Add Straps
225x12
225x12
225x12
225x12

Sled Drags
300x50'
350x50'
400x50'
450x50'

22 Minutes of Stretching

Comments: Kind of the first real test of my back this session. 18" rows are interesting, I hope I did them right. Felt like a hybrid of block pull and row. My back wasn't too happy even with just the bar but I think that was more of me being overly cautious. I picked a light weight and kept on adding 20lbs. Took a while to get to my limit so quite a bit of rowing. Pulldowns I went with 225lbs for straight sets as I wasn't sure how tired my back and arms would be after all the heavy rows. Didn't feel too bad. Had to beat feet home for sled work. Melting snow kind of got in my way a few times. The sandbag idea worked but I do think I've reached the limit for my tiny sled.

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Old 02-02-2014, 05:42 PM   #638
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February 04, 2014 Week 3, Day 1

Dynamic Warm-ups

Close Grip Barbell Bench Presses
45x10
95x5
135x5
185x3
230x3
280x5
300x5
320x5
340x2* (spotter grabbed third rep)

Band Face Pulls
AB+LBx25
AB+LBx25
AB+LBx25
AB+LBx25

Incline Bench Dumbbell Rows
110'sx12
110'sx12
110'sx12
110'sx12

28 Minutes of Stretching

Comments: Felt stronger this session but not quite at my best for benching. My pressing felt slow but I didn't feel like the weight was going to crush me at the bottom like last time. Only 5lbs more than last time but it was certainly easier this time around. Since this was going to be my last bench press workout for now, I wanted to see if I could do some thing with 340lbs. I thought a triple would be possible. Will never know as when I started to struggle, the spotter grabbed it. Oh well. Higher reps on back after that. Fast and vigorous reps for the face pulls. Used to the band tension now and just repped out hard. With bench rows, I figured it would be easier this time around as I wasn't used to the movement. Made easy work of the weight I was struggling with last time for more reps. Quite a lot of stretching to finish up the session.

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February 06, 2014 Week 3, Day 2

Dynamic Warm-ups

Dumbbell Front Squats
50x3
80x3
110x12
110x12
110x12
110x12
110x12

Safety Squat Bar Step-Ups (24")
85x8/8
90x8/8
95x8/8
100x8/8

Leg Extensions
200x12
210x12
220x12
230x12

Standing Cable Rope Abs
170x16

23 Minutes of Stretching

Comments: Lower back felt achy the whole time. Legs have gotten used to the squat volume. I didn't go gung-ho on the step-ups as I remembered from last time how much stress they put on my back. These felt better than last time but definitely struggling with the last set. Leg extensions are coming back to me. I wasn't expecting the weight to be so easy so I kept adding weight. Last set felt like I was working. Finished up with abs and stretching.

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