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    Default 1/14/16

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    1/14/16

    BW: 235

    Squat: 265x5x5

    Press: 120x5x1, 105x10x2

    Chins: a bunch at the office this pm

    Battling some nasty little cold/sinus infection so pushed my way through these and called it quits. 265 felt heavy as shit and being dizzy between sets didn't help my form any. But my head cleared up by the time I got to presses so they felt kinda easy.

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    Default 1/19/16

    1/19/16

    BW: 229

    Squat: 320x3x1, 290x5x1, 275x5x1

    Press: 122.5x5x1, 107.5x10x1

    DL: 355x3x1, RDL: 225x10x1

    Felt a lot better than this weekend but I'm apparently not over this cold as much as I thought. Ate like shit and lost 6lbs so everything felt weak and my energy was in the toilet and the numbers don't lie. We're into the heart of the winter now and the storms are already stacking up so I'm just gonna try and keep what strength I've got and make gains where I can.

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    Default 1/21/16

    1/21/16

    BW: 232

    Squat: 275x5x5

    Bench: 185x5x1, 160x8x2

    SGDL: 265x5x2

    Abs, curls

    275x5x5 felt a lot heavier than last time but between missing almost 2 weeks at New Years and being sick last weekend I've definitely lost some strength. Although today felt much stronger than Tues. I'm thinking I'm gonna drop cleans for the next few months and focus on deadlifting. My clean progress has been spotty because I leave them until the end of the workout and my energy and focus isn't always there. I think the extra light pulling helps maybe recovery-wise with deads but I don't think it's adding much to my overall pulling strength since they are still pretty low relative to my DL. Now I have to decide if I should drop the backoffs on Tues and just do extra volume on Thurs or keep em and maybe make them a bit lighter than I have been and use Thursday for some heavier volume. I really like pulling but as I work back up to my old max and beyond we'll see how recovery is from Tues to Thursday.

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    Default 1/28/16

    1/28/16

    BW: 233

    Squat: 275x5x5

    Press: 125x5x1, 105x10x2

    SGDL: 275x5x2

    hanging leg raises


    Not much to see here. Probably should have done my Tuesday workout today since I may not make it in next Tuesday(powder day) but choices were made and this is where we ended up. Squats were ok. Press felt pretty strong even though I still have to fight with too much layback, but it's getting better. SGDL felt strong for both sets and I really worked on pulling the bar into my legs. Not sure if it's the movement or my lanky proportions but it always wants to get out in front of me a lot more than conventional.
    Last edited by HiCntry; 01-28-2016 at 02:51 PM.

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    2/4/16

    BW: 231.5

    Squats: 305x5x1, 225x13x1

    Press: 125x5x1, 105x10x2

    DL: 350x5x1, RDL: 235x10x1

    Bench: 145x8x2

    Skiing has been off the charts = not much gym time so some pretty sad numbers today. I definitely lose my feel for higher intensity squats easier than my ability to grind out volume. But we got over 3 ft in as many days this last week so it's worth it. Some of the deepest turns I've had in my 10 years here in Aspen.
    I heard one of the PT's telling some guy today how they didn't have to use such heavy weight when they isolate the muscle, while doing seated lateral raises. At least it's not my time and money they're wasting.

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    Default 2/9/16

    2/9/16

    BW: 233

    Squat: 315x5x1, 235x12x1

    Bench: 180x5x1, 155x12x2

    DL: 355x5x1, RDL 245x10x1

    chin-grip pulldowns


    My conditioning has gone in the toilet even with all the skiing I've been doing. Squats were ok but the backoff almost made me pass out. Time to start doing some HIIT again. I had thought I'd wait until ski season winds down in April and the days are longer and bit nicer and I can do it outside in the mornings. Then I'd still have at least 2 months before most of the mtb trails really melt out, but I don't think I can wait that long. Having been a life long mtn biker/runner the shortness of breath running up our 3 flights of stairs is starting to get old.

    Wanted to do 360 for deads but I had a pounding headache after squats so I pussed out and only went up 5 lbs. Bench felt fine, probably could have done 185. I've narrowed my grip a bit so that the ring is between my index and middle fingers and my shoulders seemed to like it, at least so far.

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    Default 2/11/16

    2/11/16

    BW: 234.5

    Squat: 275x5x5

    Press: 127.5x5x1, 110x10x1, 110x8x1

    SGDL: 275x5x2

    CGBP: 155x8x2

    Everything felt strong today. Consistency with both food and actually getting to the gym always makes things seem easier. Then again I've done all these lifts at these weights before so it should seem easier either way, right?

    I'm pretty sure I should be doing CGBP with higher weights and lower reps but since I do it after everything else and I don't always have a spotter it makes me nervous. Most of my benching is without a spotter and I'm pretty good at judging whether I'll miss the next rep or not at this point, but all the talk of sudden failures with CGBP always freaks me out a little.

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    Default 2/16/16

    2/16/16

    BW: 232.5

    Squat: 320x5x1, 235x15x1

    Bench: 185x5x1, 160x8x2

    DL: 360x5x1, RDL: 245x10x1

    I wouldn't say this all felt easy but it felt nice and strong. The last squat rep at 320 was pretty slow but ok. The 15 reps at 235 felt better than last week. I used straps for the RDL's which was a pussy move but it did make it easier to focus on form. I usually hook them if my forearms are too fried but just said "fuck it" today.
    Last edited by HiCntry; 02-16-2016 at 05:37 PM.

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    Default 2/18/16

    2/18/16

    BW: 236lb


    Squat: 275x5x5

    Press: 130x4x1, 110x10x1, 110x8x1

    SGDL: 285x5x1


    This was all fine except for press. This is the 3rd time I've worked up to 130 and made only 4 reps. But the other two times I never attempted it again because of travel or dropping the press to focus on bench. I'm gonna try it again next week and then decide if I should quit the 2.5lb jumps. I was hoping to make it to 135 that way but steady progress is better than none. I dropped a set of SGDL because conventional deads have been feeling way harder than normal working back up this time and I'm worried the SGDL is hurting recovery. I was making good DL progress when i was doing PC's for my other pull, even though my cleans were pretty weak. I'm planning on going back to them in month or two but may switch sooner.
    Last edited by HiCntry; 02-18-2016 at 05:56 PM.

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    Default 2/23/16

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    2/23/16

    BW: 235.5


    Squat: 325x4x1, 325x1x1, 235x13x1

    Bench: 187.5x5x1, 160x10x2

    DL: 365x5x1, RDL: 245x10x1

    V-Grip pulldowns: 140x10x3

    Not sure what happened on squats. First 4 reps felt pretty strong but the 5th I came to a full stop 1/3 up and was there for what felt like 5 full seconds and could not get it moving again. I still have a tendency to lift my head when I get stuck and I think if I hadn't and focused on shoving my hips/ass up I could have gotten it. I think I also came out of the hole with my back angle a little too horizontal. I stripped the bar, reracked, reloaded and did get one more slooow rep after a 2min break but I'm gonna redo this weight next week. Volume day will definitely be 280 this week, probably should have done it last week.

    Everything else felt tough but strong. Bench had a few grinders at the end of the topset. I meant to get 12 reps of RDL's this week at this weight but was in a rush and spaced it.
    Last edited by HiCntry; 02-23-2016 at 03:03 PM.

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