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    Been away from the site for awhile, thought I'd open up a new log. I took about 2 months off from lifting and came back probably 3 mos. ago now. I'm at my strongest (not saying a hell of a lot) right now by sticking to a pretty small group of exercises and just pushing my strength on the big lifts. I'm 6'2", 220lbs or so. Here's where I stand, in terms of top sets.

    Bench: 250x3
    Squat: 345x2
    Dead: 395x3
    Push Press: 185x3

    I train raw - no belt, no wraps, etc. Bench is thumbs distance from the smooth (so pinkies 1-2" inside the rings). Squat is feet just outside shoulder width with a fairly high bar. Dead is conventional. On occasion I've had to throw on straps for a top deadlift set because I knew my grip was about it give out, but I'm phasing that out as quickly as I can. I'm getting close.

    Last few workouts have gone like this (just listing my work sets):

    Monday:
    Squat - 315x3, 345x1, x1, 315x3, x3, x3, x3
    Bench - 225x2, 245x2, 225x3, x3, x3, x3, x3
    + 5 sets of chins

    Tuesday:
    Squat - 345x2, 315x3
    Dead - 315x3, 365x2, 385x2, x2, 345x3, x3, x3, x3 (should have been 385 but grip gave way)

    Today:
    Bench - 225x3, 250x3, 230x3, x3, x3, x3
    + 5-6 sets of chins
    BB Curls - 85x8, 95x8, 85x8
    Ran high incline sprints (sub for hill sprints...haven't found a good one)


    Goal is to just get a hell of a lot stronger but stay in reasonable shape in the meantime. I have specific # goals, but I'll keep them to myself for now.
    Last edited by addmuscle; 10-19-2011, 03:20 PM.
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  • #2
    So yesterday was so bad it's not even worth mentioning. I was getting pinned like a blonde at lover's lane.

    Today:

    Bench - 225x3, 255x3 (PR), 230x3, 235x3, x3, x3, x3

    BB Rows - 185x8, 205x8, 185x8

    Curls & Dips for funsies.

    Was gonna squat but my low back just wasn't having it.
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    • #3
      Welcome back to manhood.
      "You can't be the fastest or the strongest but you can always work the hardest." - Jim Wendler

      "Failing is nothing more than inexperience" - Jim Wendler

      "You won't have to rotate squats and deadlifts, but do them both and thus get more fucking awesome every week" - cooltom

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      • #4
        Originally posted by LandryP View Post
        Welcome back to manhood.
        I feel right Brian. I feel right.
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        • #5
          Another bad session. Squat is just not happening right now...don't know what's up. Not gonna panic though.

          8/29

          Squat - 275x3, 315x2, 335x1+pin, 275x5, 315x3, 295x3, x3

          Military - 135x5, 155x2, x3, x3, x3, x3
          +chins - 40 reps or so

          Whole workout felt awful. We'll see what tomorrow brings.
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          • #6
            8/30

            Bench - 225x3, 255x3, 235x3, x3, x3, x3
            +chins - 50r or so.

            Squat - 275x3, 315x3, x3, x3, x2, x2

            What a difference a day makes. I was still tired today throughout but the movements felt 100% better. The 255x3 bench was far easier than when I did it last week. The squats felt much better once I reminded myself to keep my chest high and belly full of air. When I forget, I end up doing good mornings.
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            • #7
              9/1

              Power Cleans - 185x3, 205x3, x3, 185x3, x3

              Squat - Worked up to 315x1

              9/2

              Bench - 235x3, 260x2, x2, 240x3, x3, x3 (,x3?)
              +chins - 30r

              Squat - 275x3, 315x2, x2, x2, x2, 295x3

              If my squat continues to refuse me and my bench keeps going up, soon I'll be the guy benching more than he squats. Anyways, maybe next week will be better. Very fatigued in the gym this week.
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              • #8
                9/6
                Squat - 275x3, 315x2, 335x3, 315 4x3

                Military - 135x5, 160x3, x2, 150 3x3, x2

                BB Row - 185x8, 210 2x8, 135x12

                9/8
                Bench - 225x2, 240 7x3

                Wtd. Chins - BWx5, BW+30 7x3

                Today's workout felt great. I did everything with 60s type rest periods and I got through the whole workout in 45mins and left. I'm going to do more of this type of training. Low reps, many sets, quick rest, heavy movements. And then interspersed with that I'll probably go in 1-2x/week and do some higher rep less important stuff just 'cause.
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                • #9
                  9/9

                  Power Cleans - 185x2, 215 10x1 +2x1 high pulls

                  BTN Push press - 135x3, 155x3, x3 (just wanted to try em)

                  Squats - 275x3, 315 7x2

                  All done with 60-90s rest. Done in ~50 mins. Very goddamn tired afterwards.

                  The plan is to get my work capacity up where I can do like 8x3, 10x2, or 15x1 type of rep schemes on the compound movements.
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                  • #10
                    9/12

                    Bench Press - 225x2, 260x3 (PR), 245 3x3, 235x3

                    Wtd Chin - BWx8, +30lbs 5x5

                    Squat - 315x2, 345x1, 325 2x2, x1, 315 3x2, x1

                    Pushed hard today, the maxes took a lot out of me so the volume was down a bit. As go along, I'm guessing the volume will get easier (especially given the short rest periods).
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                    • #11
                      9/13

                      Squat (light) - 225x5, 275x3, x3, 225x5

                      Clean & Press - 135x3, 155x3, 175 3x3, 175x1C+4P

                      BB curl - 100x8, x8, 85x8
                      ss w/ decline situps

                      Worked quick today as usual. Light squats to get the blood moving and get a little work in - nothing tough. The clean and press sets were with short rest and kicked my ass. The notation on the last set is 1 clean and 4 presses.
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                      • #12
                        Stay on it , buddy

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by bruce777 View Post
                          Stay on it , buddy
                          Thanks Bruce.

                          9/14/11

                          Deadlift - 315x3, 365x2, 405x1, 430x1 (PR), 455x0, x0, 405x2, x2, 365x2

                          Push Press - 185 4x3

                          Good stuff today. Huge PR on deads @ 430 but 455 I could only get about 4" off the ground. Ah, well.
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                          • #14
                            9/15

                            Dips & Chins - 10reps & 5 reps supersets - 5 sets. + 2 more sets straight chins. 50 dips/~40 chins total.

                            Squats (light) - 225x5, 275x3, x4, 225x5

                            Nothing exciting. Should be ready to squat and bench relatively heavy tomorrow.
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                            • #15
                              9/16

                              Squat - 315x2, 345x3 PR, 315x3, x3, 295x3

                              Close Grip Bench - 205x5, 225x5, x5, x4

                              BB Row - 185x8, 205x8

                              P. Clean - 185x3, x3 + a bunch of hang cleans @135

                              9/19
                              Squat - 315x3, 345x3, 320 3x3, x2

                              Bench - 225x3, 260x2, 245x3, x2, 225x5

                              Wtd Chins - BWx5, +35# x5, x5, x4, x4 (PR I guess)

                              So last Friday went well - set a squat PR which I was able to easily replicate today. Bench was in the shitter today - form was wildly inconsistent so I cut that pretty short. Never strapped on 35 for chins but it wasn't too bad.
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