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    • starting strength seminar october 2022
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    haha...I've been there. The 100 lbs less version of me is still inside there somewhere. It has been a long long road and there is still plenty of road to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwayne_KONG_Wint View Post
    I'm liking the positivity of this last post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwayne_KONG_Wint View Post
    I'm liking the positivity of this last post.
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    Thanks for the +2, Skillin.

    I woke up with a pretty bad headache today that had me worried I was relapsing and getting sick, but it didn't get worse and no other symptoms. Decided to lift, and waddya know, it went away completely.

    Knees felt GREAT today. So great that I was able to capitalize on my first ever hashtag inspiration, and #FullDepthFriday is now a thing on Instagram thanks to me. Full story below, but I could barely barely just feel the slightest hint of twinge today, which is such a huge improvement that I was just smiles all around.

    Squat
    45x8x2, 95x5, 135x5, 185x5, 225x5, 275x5, 315x3, 365x2, 405x2
    Notes: During my warm-up, I got this brilliant idea for Instagram (note: I used to, and to a certain extent still do, think hashtags are kind of dumb. But I've come to respect their potential power). I was thinking that a) the hugely popular #flashbackfriday is dumb, because there's already #throwbackthursday which everyone already does and b) how many of us are tired of seeing clearly high squats on social media with people patting each other on the back all over it? So I came up with a brand new hashtag, which I checked and had literally ZERO posts: #FullDepthFriday.

    Problem was, I haven't squatted remotely heavy in a month and didn't want the inauguration of #FullDepthFriday to be a pic with 2 plates. So when I did my warm-up and started squatting and my knee felt great, I was extra ecstatic. I was planning to go to 315 if all felt good, but it felt SO good, combined with the social media idea, that I went to 365 and then 405. Got the pic at 405 and used it (link, in case any of you want to follow @StartingStrength on instagram), and knee still feels OK hours later. Hoping this is a sign of things to come and not a one-off fluke of a good feeling day.

    Everything felt easy and fast through 365. 405x2 felt a bit slower than I expected and I got a bit loose & forward on the first rep there, but seeing the video, they moved fast. Just not used to having weight on my back anymore, so perception is skewed.



    Press
    45x8, 65x8, 85x8, 95x8, 105x8, 95x8
    Notes: All easy, though I actually could feel some residual fatigue from yesterday's pressing. By this point, I was in a hurry so did stuff I could complete with only 30-60s rest between sets.

    Deadlift
    135x5, 225x5, 315x5, 365x5
    Notes: 365 today felt easier than 275 on Tuesday. What a difference feeling better makes.

    C2 Erg
    20/60 x 6
    Went a little faster than yesterday but still easyish for 20s. Paces were all 1:35-1:40.
    Last edited by Michael Wolf; 11-21-2014 at 10:55 PM.

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    Glad things are feeling better Wolf! Squats look great, and even though I don't follow the hashtag thing, I do like #FullDepthFriday.

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    Didn't get much sleep last night but as light as what I'm doing is now, it doesn't really make a difference.

    Squat
    45x5x2, 75x5, 95x5, 115x5, 125x5, 130x5, 135x5x2
    Notes: Just did these along with the presses to grease things up

    Press
    45x5, 75x5, 95x5, 115x5, 125x5, 130x5, 135x5x3, 95x12
    Notes: Fine but not great. I hoped it'd be easier and I would go up past 135.

    Close Grip Bench Press
    45x5, 95x5, 145x5, 165x5x2
    Notes: Just testing out to see how this felt. Right shoulder external rotators weren't thrilled, but better then last time I tried benching. Easy though.

    BW Chins
    3x5

    C2 Erg
    20/45 x 8, first one at about 2:00 pace, each one a little faster, last one at about 1:35.

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    Knees hurt pretty bad Monday and Tuesday, which I was disappointed with, and shoulder wasn't great Monday either. So today's relative lack of discomfort was a refreshing change. As so often happens, it's easy to think things will get better linearly, and sometimes they do; but many times, it's 2 steps forward/1 step back and you've just gotta stay strong through the ups and downs.

    Squat
    45x5x2, 95x5, 135x5, 185x5, 225x5, 275x5, 315x5x3
    Notes: These were OK. Could feel the knee a little bit but not too bad. 315 is still easy, which is good.

    Press
    45x10, 85x5, 105x5, 125x5, 140x5, 150x5, 160x5, 170x5
    Notes: This made me feel a lot better. With my squat, even though I haven't been able to go heavy in a long time, the weights I'm doing always feel easy. I know I can pile the weight back on once the knee issue resolves. But the presses have actually felt heavy even at the measly weights that I've been using which are lighter than my press working weight has ever been, since I started doing it seven years ago. So while 170 is a long way from my working weights before the wheels fell off, it's a hell of a lot better than 115 and 125 and such.

    I did feel the slightest bit of discomfort at 170 so I shut it down there, but that's so much better than feeling it 50 lbs lighter. It felt good - and the weight felt light in my hands - through 160.

    Power Clean
    135x3, 165x3, 185x3
    Deadlift
    275x5, 365x2, 405x5
    Notes: Power cleans have been another casualty of my knees. Jumping/explosive extension has been very twingy so I've only done them a few times and not heavy at all. Was nice to do some low pain reps, even if still pretty light.

    DLs were fine, but my hook grip still feels wonky and not secure. This has been the case ever since I did that 540x5 set on the super aggressive knurling on that Oly bar about 5 weeks ago. Hopefully that'll normalize along with everything else soon, so by the time I really need it again for heavy weights it feels ok.

    Was supposed to do conditioning but didn't feel like it so played around with power snatches for the first time in years. Ever since I hurt my shoulder in my 1st attempt bench at the meet two years ago, I haven't even tried to power snatch. Never felt like my shoulders could handle it. Today I just did some mobility stuff with the PVC and some very light technique work with the 15lb technique bar. My ROM needs to improve if I'm going to train the lift, we'll see if I can keep at it often enough to make this happen.

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    Haven't lifted since last Weds. Spent the almost a week getting my mom moved from Chicago to NJ, which was physically and mentally draining. Glad to be back.

    Knee felt better today than it has since this all started. I noticed a few days ago that it seemed to be feeling better, even though I didn't do anything for it while I was away (there was simply no way to do so). Whatever the case, I'll take it. It was back up to 80% or so, which may not sound like much but it has been so tender and painful so for long, I forgot what "a little less than normal" feels like. Just some light work today to get back into things.

    Squat
    45x5x2, 95x5, 135x5, 185x5, 225x5, 275x5

    Press
    45x5, 75x5, 95x5, 115x5, 135x5, 155x5, 135x5

    Power Clean
    45x3, 95x3, 115x3, 135x3, 145x3x3

    C2 Erg
    30/60 x 6
    Paces started at about 2:00, went down to about 1:45 over the six intervals.

    Did some shoulder mobility stuff throughout the session.

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    Sorry you're having to deal with all the pain, Wolf. I feel for ya bro..hope it gets better soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sking1001 View Post
    Sorry you're having to deal with all the pain, Wolf. I feel for ya bro..hope it gets better soon!
    Thanks Steve. It's been very frustrating.

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