Originally Posted by nkelman
I'm not sure. I have just realised I've been using aweful form for squat and deadlift by not keeping my chest up. This has super fatigued my spinal erectors while squatting with a rounded lower back and made deadlifts hard. I've just fixed that and was looking forward to a good workout. 4 sets of squats meant deadlifts were pretty tough though. The next morning I can easily pick up my deadlift workout max without any warmup, so I'm hoping I'm onto something with the different form. I think so as my back hasn't felt so fresh in a long time. It's normally always "tired". I'm buyimg my wife a camera for her birthday, which is today actually, so I can get a form check.
They say sarcasm is the lowest form or wit, and as we are all decended from convicts you better beleive its our normal state of speak. If you have a soft self esteem the aussie workplace is not for you. Especially construction work.
Originally Posted by slowjoe
You're not wrong about needing hard skin working in the construction area over here, Im an apprentice carpenter.
We had a work experience kid with us the other day who one of the subbies has to pay $5 a day. I got him to nail some flooring, and the subby shouted out to me "hows he doing?", so I yelled back " hes worth what you pay him!"
I dont think the kid got the joke, everyone else sure did.
27th APR 2012
30th APR 2012
BP 5,5,4x91kg (failed last rep)
Was bummed about missing the last rep of the bench, but been a bit ill recently, so just happy I got under the bar. MIXED GRIP BABY. Switched to mixed grip for DL and it went up EASY. Should of switched ages ago. This is probably what has been stopping my deadlift from going up like it should. For the first time in a while I stopped worrying about letting it go and could focus on the rest of the lift.
Dare I ask, are you using chalk? Whisper it quietly, but it's worth at least 20kg on a deadlift.
Originally Posted by OzDamo
If the gym are anti-chalk, get the ball of climber's chalk, because it leaves almost no trace.
My gym is REALLY flexible about what I do, seeing as it is in my garage :-)
Originally Posted by slowjoe
Yes, I'm using chalk, but I think I've reached my limit for double overhand grip. Last DL workout was pretty easy. I should progress nicely from here. Thanks for the heads up.
Various half arsed shitty workouts. major form fail at 138kg squat. Got pretty bummed.
I feel better now.....
17th MAY 2012
DL 1x5x140kg PR AND EASY TOO
I have done a big reset on my squat. My form has been off for a while as the weights were getting heavier. At 138kg I realised I have a MAJOR imbalance in my strength from side to side. It wasn't apparent until I failed a squat though. By fail I mean i got it back to the rack but I basically lifted it with the right side of my body. The bar must of been off level by about 30degrees. I'm sure glad I use collars to squat.
To correct this I now focus on making sure form on the left is spot on, and push with the left. The right just seems to follow. Should fix the imbalance. Doing it this way I can feel my left side has been lagging. I'll do 2.5kg jumps for a while and then switch back to 1kg jumps when recovery starts rearing its ugly head.
Switching to mixed grip for DL has made that lift easy. I can probably manage a few 5kg jumps since switching, but will stick with 2.5kg. It will get heavy soon enough.
Pretty happy with this workout. I failed the DL but I added 5kg from previous workout, and have switched from touch and go style to resetting the back between each set, so not suprising it was a bit heavy. I'll get this next time easy. I've also slightly changed the way I get the bar out the rack for BP. I do it properly now as I lock my elbows and then pull it forward with my lats. This has been the weak spot for my bench so hoping I cruise past my last PR of 91kg.