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Old 08-09-2009, 10:28 AM   #1
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Ending a blast with a bang

Yesterday I few people asked me when I was going to post another video, so I thought I would do it today. If people get sick of it just let me know and I'll keep it to my journal.

I have been lifting hard for about 10-11 weeks, and this coming week is very busy, so it is time to take a week off. I don't want to because I am making some good progress strength-wise, but my body is feeling very beat up and something I have learned is that it is better to take a proactive cruise and take 7-10 days completely away from the gym then wait until you are truly wasted, which risks injury and usually necessitates a longer cruise. Seeing as this was my last week, I pushed it real hard and my happy with the how it went.

Here are some deadlifts I did this morning. I wanted to test how many reps I could get using double my bodyweight, which is 350 (weighed 175.1 this morning at the gym). Last time I tried this, I was 10 lbs lighter and pulled 330x12, and that was early in the blast when I was fresher. Today I hit 350x16 at the end of the blast, so I was very happy with this. I also used to take a lot longer pauses between reps, and sets could take around 2 minutes. Here I did the first 12 reps stragith through and took breaks for the last 4, but still not as long as in the past. People have mentioned that they get sick of seeing deadlift videos, so I apologize for that, but I must say that it is probably my favorite lift, and I am most pleased when I PR on this lift. I also love watching guys like Shelby pulling heavy and hard, which motivates me a lot. I can't wait to see Super D, Dusty, and Learning DC (or anyone else for that matter) rip some massive pulls.

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I often end up failing on my last rep, but as you will see, the last rep took 10 seconds so there was no way I was getting another. I was glad to lock it out without hitching (though there was a lot of shaking LOL) because I sometimes struggle with the lockout.

It sucks taking a cruise when things are going well, but like I said, my body is feeling bery beat up and I think it's better to take a proactive cruise than wait until it's too late. I have one more upper body workout and then 7-10 days off.
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Old 08-09-2009, 10:57 AM   #2
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Bruno...love this stuff bro! I really admire your hard work ethic and sticking with program. Obviously, you're doing everything correctly.

As you shared...you have to know your body when it is time to cruise and when to keep pushing. Like you, my strength was still rising, but my body was getting dinged, and the symptoms were there to hit the brakes.

I just ended my cruise this past Monday and I'm working on new baseline numbers.

Great job...I look forward to more vids!
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great set Bruno
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you are a fucking animal bruno!

(i also think skip may be jelious if he sees your tan lol)
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I loved seeing you push through that the way you did. So many people would have stopped around rep 12 when you just keep going and going....thats intense muscle right there
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Old 08-09-2009, 01:39 PM   #7
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Bruno...love this stuff bro! I really admire your hard work ethic and sticking with program. Obviously, you're doing everything correctly.

As you shared...you have to know your body when it is time to cruise and when to keep pushing. Like you, my strength was still rising, but my body was getting dinged, and the symptoms were there to hit the brakes.

I just ended my cruise this past Monday and I'm working on new baseline numbers.

Great job...I look forward to more vids!
Thanks man I appreciate that. Sometimes it is harder to be smart than it is to be stupid. It's never fun to take a break but it's very necessary. I am getting about this with time.

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Thanks man. LOL, that is a side effect of being Italian.

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I loved seeing you push through that the way you did. So many people would have stopped around rep 12 when you just keep going and going....thats intense muscle right there
Thanks man. To people that don't like to lift it seems a little crazy, but as all the guys here know, the fun comes in the struggle. Once the set gets tough, that's when the real fun starts.
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awsome lift man! your starting to look super thick
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Your videos are NEVER boring, doesn't matter if it is a dead lift or not. I must say that it is absolutely motivational to watch you push through fatigue. I take you with me to the gym whether you know it or not. Waiting to get an ISOM video good enough to rival you. LOL By the way, what audio is that?
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Thanks man. I have continued to get bigger throughout the year steadily, not fast.

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Your videos are NEVER boring, doesn't matter if it is a dead lift or not. I must say that it is absolutely motivational to watch you push through fatigue. I take you with me to the gym whether you know it or not. Waiting to get an ISOM video good enough to rival you. LOL By the way, what audio is that?
Thanks man. I am glad that I can motivate some people. It really helps me to have some of the experienced members like homonuculous and Shelby posting videos going balls to the wall with heavy weights, and it really drives me to push myself. I wish more people would post, as it really can motivate others, and it can also help the person posting. I hope people do not hold back because they aren't the biggest or the strongest. Nobody here will talk badly about anyone that is trying hard, and there is no reason why ANYONE can't try hard, regardless of size. I hope to see some from you in the future man!

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Thanks Bruno. Great way to put it. I've yet to see anyone get shamed on this site for being a mouse with the heart of a lion.
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thats just unreal man, to match that I would have to do 560 for 16!!?!?! Your pound for pound the strongest guy i've ever seen...
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Thanks Bruno. Great way to put it. I've yet to see anyone get shamed on this site for being a mouse with the heart of a lion.
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Thanks man, but there are MUCH stronger people at my size, and lots of them. Hell, Brian Schwab has pulled like 600 pounds at 148 lbs--nuts. I don't what he was weighing, but I have also seen Shelby rep out 405 for about the same reps as I did 350 like it was nothing. Also, pound for pound strength is cool, but at the end of the day a 250 pound guy pulling 455x10 is going to be bigger and stronger than a guy doing 350x16 at 175. My goal is to keep getting as strong as I can and chase the beasts around here. I have a long way to go strength wise, but I look forward to the process since I am really enjoying this stuff.
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It sucks taking a cruise when things are going well, but like I said, my body is feeling bery beat up and I think it's better to take a proactive cruise than wait until it's too late. I have one more upper body workout and then 7-10 days off.
Thanks for the advice Bruno. I'm planning on starting a cruise August 23. I"m feeling a little beat up as well but my first blast has been so successful, I don't want to stop. However, I know a cruise is necessary and I keep telling myself to stick with the program.

Are you doing anything gym related during those 7-10 days off?

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you know how stubborn most people are about taking time off? Cruising is an incredibly smart thing to do imo. I have this belief that 99% of people you see in a gym at a given time are over trained.

Way to go man. To more continued success
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you know how stubborn most people are about taking time off? Cruising is an incredibly smart thing to do imo. I have this belief that 99% of people you see in a gym at a given time are over trained.

Way to go man. To more continued success
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Thanks for the advice Bruno. I'm planning on starting a cruise August 23. I"m feeling a little beat up as well but my first blast has been so successful, I don't want to stop. However, I know a cruise is necessary and I keep telling myself to stick with the program.

Are you doing anything gym related during those 7-10 days off?

Nice work with those deadlifts!
Thanks man. I personally don't do anything gym related during a cruise. Everyone is different though, and some people like to do some lift lifting and try new exercises for the next blast. I personally have found that the best thing for me is to stay out of the gym completely because after training balls-to-the-wall for awhile, it's hard to tone it back and I end up going too hard, which defeats the purpose of the cruise.
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Man, like i said in the text....that is a Nasty set Bruno. Keep putting stuff like this up whenever you can, it motivates more people than you might know.

Enjoy the cruise homie...you deserve it
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Way to go bruno! Now I've got some deadlift motivation. I deadlifted for the 2nd time in 14 months last week and I realized how much I suck at it now.
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Nice set. I won't ever get tired of watching good DL videos. I love the song on that vid too.
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Great job Bruno you never dissapoint.
I hope this video will encourage others to post send Scott ISOM vids as we are still back a few months. I sent one in a while ago and apparently not enough were sent in to make a topic out of it. We are like 3 months behind now guys send some vids in.
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I hope this video will encourage others to post send Scott ISOM vids as we are still back a few months. I sent one in a while ago and apparently not enough were sent in to make a topic out of it. We are like 3 months behind now guys send some vids in.
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Yea deadlift videos are my favorite to watch as well. Before I pull I like to watch Johnnie Jackson, Ronnie, Kroc, Shelby and it helps get me pumped up to keep trying to get stronger.

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Way to go bruno! Now I've got some deadlift motivation. I deadlifted for the 2nd time in 14 months last week and I realized how much I suck at it now.
Thanks man. Don't worry, it will come back very fast.

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Man, like i said in the text....that is a Nasty set Bruno. Keep putting stuff like this up whenever you can, it motivates more people than you might know.

Enjoy the cruise homie...you deserve it
Thanks man I appreciate that. You know how much I like watching your bench and squat videos to get pumped up.

The cruise should be nice. I woke up this morning feeling beat to hell from those deadlifts. They are my favorite lift, but they have a way of making you feel like you got hit my a car
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That is intense !

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The cruise should be nice. I woke up this morning feeling beat to hell from those deadlifts. They are my favorite lift, but they have a way of making you feel like you got hit my a car
with this intensity , its more like being hit by a train.
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That is intense !

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Thanks man.

I'm not really sure to be honest. I am very consistent with my diet, but I have never calculated things. Maybe I should, but that has never been my style. Since I am consistent, it is easy to make changes (i.e. add some meat here, an extra egg there, etc.). I think it's about 50 grams of protein per meal (2 scoops of protein, 6 eggs, or 8-10 oz of meat) but sometimes it's more if I go to a restaurant and get a steak (about 3-4 times a week).

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with this intensity , its more like being hit by a train.
I don't think you can replicate a trainwreck when you are pulling 350. Now when the bigger guys pull those insane weights, yea I'd say that's a good analogy. I can only imagine how Dante, Dusty, Homonuculous, and guys like that must feel after some higher rep deads with bigger weights. I would love to get to that place some time and find out...
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