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Old 11-05-2008, 02:41 PM
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^-Thanks Bro!

Squat 3x10 180 lb
Military Press 155 lb First set 5, then 4 and 3 reps!!!! Arghhh!
Pendlay Row 3x5 180 lb

Standing Ab work (from high cable) 30x15 (I am getting the feel for these exercises, need to bump up the weight)

11 minutes of GPP:
Barbell complex - see above, miscellaneous BW exercises, sledgehammer work

Crap, I stalled on the Military Press. I really thought I could push the 155, what surprised me was that I got all 15 reps on 150 last workout. Back down to 140 lb next time. Progress good on Pendlay and Squat, will go up another 5 lbs.

However, I got an idea. I think maybe I fatigued my upper back and delts from the isometric contractions during the 3x10 of squats. I am going to switch exercise order for next week and go...Military Press, Squat, Pendlay. Hopefully, the squats won't adversely affect the Pendlay rows.

Motivation - System of a Down....I may have to ditch them since I couldn't push 155, lol!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJmt3dr9XYQ
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Old 11-06-2008, 01:43 PM
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Couple notes on what I have been doing lately:

The Tabata Method I use during GPP is taken from Dan John
Check this article out if you got time....
http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_..._tabata_method

The sledgehammer work is done with an EZ curl bar with weight on one end! I don't own a sledgehammer and I am too cheap to buy one, so I had to improvise.

Why do I do it? Because I hate normal cardio, and I was trying to find activities to get my heartrate up inside during the winter. When nicer weather returns, I plan on doing sled pulls (with a tire, rope and weight....again, improvised, kind of like this but no where near as nice.... http://patrickhdonnelly.blogspot.com...tire-sled.html ) and farmer's walks as well.

Finally, I have been doing Chin-ups 3 times daily to "Grease the Groove" (much thanks to MaverickBU for mentioning this article in another thread)
http://www.dragondoor.com/articler/mode3/69/
I started with 3x5 (my max is 14 with BW) because it is about synaptic facilitation and the sets are not supposed to be hard. I do 1 in the morning, afternoon and evening. I add one rep each week and I am currently doing 3x7.
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Old 11-07-2008, 01:47 PM
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I don't want to hurt you or cause any trouble...
So get out of my way, get out of my way!

Rancid - "Get out of my way!"
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DEADLIFT, I don't want to hurt you, get out of my way! I owned 363!!!!!

Squat 220 lbs 3x5
DB Inc Bench 82 lbs each 3x5
Deadlift 363 lbx 1x6 (only supposed to do 5)
Dec Leg Raises BW x 12, 6

363 was my 1 REP MAX in August! Now I pulled it 6 times strapless!

7 minutes GPP:
4 minutes Tabata Front Squats with 90lb
3 minutes miscellaneous core work; T-push ups and swiss ball alternating step-offs

Ideas for core work taken from....
http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_...h_to_crunching

Optimistic Goal: Add 5 lbs to Deadlift each workout, pull 403 x 5 on December 15th!
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Old 11-10-2008, 01:24 PM
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Saturday:

Squat 3x10 180 lb (I was wrong last workout, this was 175)
Military Press 3x5 140 lb (down 10% due to last workouts missed reps)
Pendlay Row 3x5 185 lb
Standing Ab work (from high cable) 2x15 35 lb

11 minutes GPP:
Jump Rope, T-Push ups, Swiss Ball Step Offs, Barbell Complex (see previous posts for details on the complex) 70 lb
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Old 11-10-2008, 04:50 PM
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Sunday: Body Weight 188 lb

11 minutes jump rope
Test of Bench Press Max, 260 lb paused. Rested 1.5 minutes, then did 230 lb x 5 reps (touch n' go)

My Father-in-Law wants me to enter a Powerlifting competition because he is thrilled with my progress in the Deadlift. He is a powerlifter himself and recently competed at age 54. (correction, age 56)

I am estimating my Deadlift max to be about 430 right now. So I figured I would test my Flat Bench max in preparation for the competition. I have been doing DB Inclines, so I couldn't really estimate the Flat Barbell Bench without actually trying it. I did it with a paused rep because that is how I would have to do it in competition.

The competition is just bench and deadlift. I haven't decided whether or not I will do it yet. We will see how the upcoming weeks progress.
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Sunday: Body Weight 188 lb

11 minutes jump rope
Test of Bench Press Max, 260 lb paused. Rested 1.5 minutes, then did 230 lb x 5 reps

My Father-in-Law wants me to enter a Powerlifting competition because he is thrilled with my progress in the Deadlift. He is a powerlifter himself and recently competed at age 54.

I am estimating my Deadlift max to be about 430 right now. So I figured I would test my Flat Bench max in preparation for the competition. I have been doing DB Inclines, so I couldn't really estimate the Flat Barbell Bench without actually trying it. I did it with a paused rep because that is how I would have to do it in competition.

The competition is just bench and deadlift. I haven't decided whether or not I will do it yet. We will see how the upcoming weeks progress.
you should do it man...get some official lifts....430 ain't no joke
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Old 11-11-2008, 01:31 AM
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Def. great progress in your Deads. I like your cardio ideas too hah, ain't nothin like thinking outside the box.
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Old 11-11-2008, 05:36 PM
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you should do it man...get some official lifts....430 ain't no joke
Well, it's just an estimate at this time, but I'm optimistic! Thanks for the encouragement!

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Def. great progress in your Deads. I like your cardio ideas too hah, ain't nothin like thinking outside the box.
Thanks Ben, it always feels good when hard work pays off....
and the cardio, I will do ANYTHING to avoid running, ha, ha!
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Old 11-11-2008, 05:44 PM
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Well, my father in law convinced me to do the contest! It is the second week in January.

I am going to start some assistance work. Namely, I am going to do rack pulls and board presses with roughly 110% of my max (or estimated max). I plan on gradually increasing the range of motion week by week to get me used to the heavy weight.

I am starting with 463 lb for a 3" ROM deadlift and 285 lb for about a 3" ROM bench press at the top end of the motion.

Furthermore, the weight classes go 181 and 198. I am 188 currently, I will try to get closer to 198 to take full advantage of my weight class. I figure if I am in a caloric surplus for the next six weeks or so it will also be easier to keep adding strength right up until the contest.
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Old 11-11-2008, 07:10 PM
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Excellent plan! Rack pulls work wonders for improving my deads
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