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    I'm not sure which perspective is more correct: The barbell gods did not have front squats in mind when they created me, or the barbell gods did not have me in mind when they created front squats. Either or both. Ah well, at least I can get *some* weight on the bar right now by doing them.

    Squat
    45x5x2, 65x5, 85x5, 105x5, 115x5x2
    Notes: Felt OK. Training partner says I was about 2" below parallel, so just right. Happy with the progress, even if slow. I felt I could have kept going up, but since I know the issue is not yet fully resolved - I can still feel it if I curl my spine down when sitting - I am just playing it safe.

    Front Squat
    65x3, 85x3, 105x3, 125x3, 145x3, 165x3, 185x3, 195x3
    Notes: None of these were hard for my legs or T-spine, but my knees just don't get very far forward. Even in the higher heeled shoes, and even with an intense focus on vertical torso, I have to lean over from almost the get-go, and the bar path is just brutal.

    It's funny, I imagined myself with a fairly vertical torso, but had Ryan film me on the 145x3 set. I am almost as leaned over by the bottom as a long torso'd person is when doing a low bar squat. I really tried hard after that to push the knees fwd and stay upright but my anthropometry just doesn't have much to offer.

    If I ever wanted to compete in Olympic Lifting seriously, I'd have to split clean.

    Deadlift
    135x5, 185x5, 225x5, 275x5, 315x5
    Notes: All easy, felt good. Feels good now, a couple hours later. Which is also good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Wolf View Post
    I'm not sure which perspective is more correct: The barbell gods did not have front squats in mind when they created me, or the barbell gods did not have me in mind when they created front squats. Either or both. Ah well, at least I can get *some* weight on the bar right now by doing them.

    Front Squat
    65x3, 85x3, 105x3, 125x3, 145x3, 165x3, 185x3, 195x3
    Notes: None of these were hard for my legs or T-spine, but my knees just don't get very far forward. Even in the higher heeled shoes, and even with an intense focus on vertical torso, I have to lean over from almost the get-go, and the bar path is just brutal.

    It's funny, I imagined myself with a fairly vertical torso, but had Ryan film me on the 145x3 set. I am almost as leaned over by the bottom as a long torso'd person is when doing a low bar squat. I really tried hard after that to push the knees fwd and stay upright but my anthropometry just doesn't have much to offer.

    If I ever wanted to compete in Olympic Lifting seriously, I'd have to split clean.
    Split Cleans are the new Squat Jerks.
    Can you post a video of your Front Squats please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Niki Sims View Post
    Split Cleans are the new Squat Jerks.
    Yes!

    Quote Originally Posted by Niki Sims View Post
    Can you post a video of your Front Squats please?
    No.

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    Last real quasi-ish training day today before Saturday's Double Meet (which is a triple entendre, really). I was more aggressive and took less of a taper since I'm doing bench only and don't have to get recovered from squatting or pulling at all. It was a bit of an experiment/gamble, so we'll see how it turns out.

    Bench Press
    Up to 360x1 paused with commands
    325x5
    Notes:
    Nothing felt heavy or hard, but I could tell I was not yet 100% recovered from my 3 PR attempts last week. I didn't go too hard and with very low volume today, and now I'll have three days entirely off from upper body movements to finish recovering, I anticipate feeing great on Saturday.

    Squat
    45x5x2, 75x5, 95x5, 115x5
    Notes: In the 1/2" inch shoes today. Felt OK, but not quite as good as in the higher heels.

    Press
    45x5, 95x5, 135x5, 155x5, 175x5, 185x5
    Notes: My shoulders feel better when I press, and feel worse when I leave it out, so got one more press workout in. Basically modeled after a Starr/HLM 5x5 Light Day, except with slightly more emphasis on doing some of the sets heavier. Probably would have been 75, 105, 135, 160, 185 if it was a true HLM. But it's fine.

    Chin-Downs
    240x13
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    Just one set. Like presses, my shoulders feel better when I do these so got one hard set it for the week.

    I'll do my pathetic squats tomorrow and pull up to about 335x5 and then rest completely Thurs and Fri.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Wolf View Post
    No.
    Well that was harsh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sking1001 View Post
    Well that was harsh.
    It's sort of a play on pleading the 5th. I won't incriminate myself, so to speak, by posting the horrendous thing known as my short femur-ed attempt at front squats.

    However, I'll post this still of the best vertical torso'd position I can muster, at right above parallel - higher than the actual bottom position. Notice the bar is already in front of my toes.

    photo.jpg

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    Welp, I was supposed to do this yesterday but the Nap Champ napped through his workout time, so I did it today. Modified slightly by not doing any DLs due to proximity to the meet. I don't think doing 335x5 DLs would affect Saturday's benching at all, but it also won't make a difference in terms of my getting stronger, so I played it safe and just did cleans.

    On a very positive note, today was the first day I didn't feel my back AT ALL while lifting. It's been better recently and didn't hurt, but there was that slightly vague "off" feeling still remaining. Today I no longer had that. And it's about freakin' time.

    Squat
    45x5x2, 75x5, 95x5, 115x5, 135x5x3

    Power Clean
    95x3, 115x3, 135x3, 155x3, 175x3x3

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Wolf View Post
    It's sort of a play on pleading the 5th. I won't incriminate myself, so to speak, by posting the horrendous thing known as my short femur-ed attempt at front squats.

    However, I'll post this still of the best vertical torso'd position I can muster, at right above parallel - higher than the actual bottom position. Notice the bar is already in front of my toes.
    Haha, I was just messin' :-)


    edit: oh...that does suck, lol! j/k?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Wolf View Post
    It's sort of a play on pleading the 5th. I won't incriminate myself, so to speak, by posting the horrendous thing known as my short femur-ed attempt at front squats.

    However, I'll post this still of the best vertical torso'd position I can muster, at right above parallel - higher than the actual bottom position. Notice the bar is already in front of my toes.

    photo.jpg
    Looks like your beefy calves are in the way.
    Nice power clean weight BTW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Wolf View Post
    It's sort of a play on pleading the 5th. I won't incriminate myself, so to speak, by posting the horrendous thing known as my short femur-ed attempt at front squats.
    Maybe you need more of a heel for that position? What I wouldn't give to be femur challenged like you though.

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    Which I see you've thought of yourself...

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