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    I felt like I was squatting in stilts with so much agonizing knee pain... Stopped at 225lb on the second rep. Bench moved okay; wanted to get 6 or 7 reps but got 5 reps... Not bad being on an empty stomach. The Pendlay Rows moved pretty good. Pushed my self to finish the workout with arms whilst feeling down about the squats/knee-issues I'm having...

    Monday - 6/5/2017

    Squat(lbs):
    180 x 5 x 1
    225 x 2 x 1 (knees hurt; possibly patella tendinitis).

    Bench(lbs):
    125 x 5 x 1
    160 x 5 x 1
    190 x 5 x 1
    220 x 5 x 1
    255 x 5 x 1
    Reversed-Pyramid/Drop-Set/Back-Off-sets/
    220 x 5 x 1
    190 x 6 x 1
    160 x 10 x 1


    Pendlay Rows(lbs):
    95 x 5 x 1
    125 x 5 x 1
    145 x 5 x 1
    165 x 5 x 1
    185 x 5 x 1 (Making good form improvements)

    Accessories: Dumbbell Curls 50x8x3, Tricep Pushdowns 110x10x3

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    That Cecil Harvey vision is beautiful dude!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gumboots View Post
    That Cecil Harvey vision is beautiful dude!
    Thanks dude; I think I may tone it down (seems a little overkill).

    I just like looking at beautiful breathtaking scenaries and pretty pics.

    I'm guessing you're a fan of final fantasy? If so then that's cool man.

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    Squatted today . Well, a bit of the knee pain is there; I've used the RestIceCompressElevate (Rice) Protocol on my knees. I also squat away from the mirror; set up the racks on the other side and using more of my hips instead of legs/knees helps more. However, I still don't trust how my knees feel though :/... Hopefully It could handle 365lb to 435lb for these coming weeks. As for the presses; I find out that I don't respond well with doing straight sets, but more, or so pyramiding the weight up, and doing back off sets is better. I also snagged a deadlift PR ; my deadlift should be in the 500lb range already... Only 30lbs left till I reach my goal for deadlifts this year ^.^

    Wednesday - 6/7/2017

    Squat(lbs):
    180 x 5 x 1
    225 x 5 x 1
    265 x 5 x 2

    Press(lbs):
    45 x 5 x 1
    65 x 5 x 1
    100 x 3 x 1
    120 x 2 x 1
    125 x 5 x 1
    125 x 4 x 1 (can't do anymore)

    Deadlift(lbs):
    230 x 5 x 1
    275 x 5 x 1
    320 x 5 x 1
    365 x 11 x 1 (PR: Sloppy form though)

    Accessories: Shoulder Raises and Hamstring curls (to rehab the knees).

    Vision:

    "The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." ~ Sir Winston Churchill

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    Overall, It was an okay session in terms of progression, but however the workout felt pretty hard. I should be heading into PR territories in two weeks. Hopefully, I could milk out every ounce of lb/kg over the last five weeks... Yes, this is my last cycle of Madcows Intermediate then I'll head towards Madcows Advanced. What had stall the fastest for me was the bench press and I know the squats are going to get hard pretty. I've been doing well with deadlift last set AMRAPs; I'd probably use the same progression scheme for it.

    Friday - 6/9/2017

    Squat(lbs):
    180 x 5 x 1
    225 x 5 x 1
    265 x 5 x 1
    315 x 5 x 1 (Knees felt achey here...)
    365 x 3 x 1 (Felt pretty hard)
    265 x 8 x 1 (Have to descend slowly to avoid knee pain and use my hips more...)

    Bench(lbs):
    125 x 5 x 1
    160 x 5 x 1
    190 x 5 x 1
    220 x 5 x 1
    260 x 5 x 1 (Wanted six reps...)
    190 x 8 x 1 (Gotta be careful with my pecs)

    Pendlay Rows(lbs):
    95 x 5 x 1
    115 x 5 x 1
    140 x 8 x 1 (wanted to get more volume in)
    160 x 5 x 1
    190 x 3 x 1 (Gotta keep my form consistent; pretty sloppy today though)
    140 x 8 x 2

    Accessories: RDL, Traps, and Forearms...

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    I went to the gym feeling under-recovered (not enough eating and sleep...). My mother had me doing some weird tasks for these past few midnights... I think I may have had also had not recovered from Fridays intense workout...

    Squat(lbs):
    185 x 5 x 1
    230 x 5 x 1
    275 x 5 x 1
    320 x 1 x 1 (Knees felt well recovered, but the rep felt super hard...)
    365 x 1 x 1 (Grinded one rep? I should rep it out easily... Like c'mon)

    Bench(lbs):
    130 x 5 x 1
    160 x 5 x 1
    190 x 5 x 1
    225 x 5 x 1 (had trouble unracking this weight; didn't bother pyramiding down)

    No pendlay rows. Pushed myself to do some accessories; machine rows, curls, and extensions.

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    Knowing that squats felt painful decided to do deadlifts first (failed to make a PR) and for the press I didn't breathe properly. Anyways, I lost a weeks worth of progress due to being under-recovered, and also battling a nagging knee injury.

    Deadlift(lbs):
    235 x 5 x 1
    280 x 5 x 1
    330 x 5 x 1
    375 x 7 x 1 (Had a bad start; failed on the eighth rep wanted 11 to 12 reps...)

    Press(lbs):
    55 x 5 x 1
    70 x 5 x 1
    85 x 3 x 1
    100 x 3 x 1
    115 x 3 x 1
    130 x 4 x 1 (Wanted six reps, but failed on the fith rep)

    Very light squats (not gonna bother recording it): first set my knees felt horrible, as the sets went on my knees felt better, and I also tried fiddling around or changing up my form. Started with the bar lower on my back, had a cloth tied around my patella tendon, faced away from the mirror, and instead of breaking at my knees I break at my hips (hip driving it back up); some how my knees didn't felt like it bear the load. However, I'm very quad/knee dominant (used to using my legs and knees), and worried if the bar sitting lower on my back would cause elbow issues (since I've had it in the past).

    Finished up with some shoulder raises.

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    Another meh okay'ish session. Well for squats I forgotten my patella tendon support; as I started squatting I practiced my breathing, on top of it i found out if i stay tight in the hole my knees would be fine, or If I didn't breathe properly and stayed loose then my knees would feel bad. Bench and rows were okay. At the end of session; I tried doing cardio and got gassed out. Tried doing HIIT for the two minutes, but couldn't last, and so I used moderate intensity on the recumbent bike.

    Squat(lbs):
    185 x 5 x 1
    230 x 5 x 1 (went lose; knees hurted)
    265 x 5 x 2 (much better; gotta stay tight)


    Bench(lbs):
    130 x 5 x 1
    160 x 5 x 1
    190 x 5 x 1
    225 x 5 x 1
    265 x 3 x 1 (Didn't push it; I just want to get used to heavier weights)
    190 x 8 x 1 (Practiced longer pauses)

    Pendlay Rows(lbs):
    45 x 5 x 1
    145 x 8 x 3 (wanted more volume).

    No accessories ~ 11 minutes of cardio. Gonna lessen up on the accessories and concentrate on more cardio; I'll try to lose 5kg/11lb of bodyweight in this cycle of Madcows.

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    My knees felt fine before and during squats... However, after I squatted my knee's start to hurt a lot again... Bench and rows were kinda okay.

    Squat(lbs):
    185 x 5 x 1
    230 x 5 x 1
    275 x 5 x 1
    320 x 5 x 1 (stopped here; felt like I couldn't do more...)

    Bench(lbs):
    130 x 5 x 1
    160 x 5 x 1
    195 x 5 x 1
    225 x 5 x 1
    260 x 5 x 1
    Close-Grip: Bench - 155 x 10 x 3

    Pendlay Rows(lbs):
    95 x 5 x 1
    120 x 5 x 1
    145 x 8 x 1 (want more volume)
    165 x 5 x 1
    190 x 5 x 1 (Better form than before)
    145 x 8 x 2 (had a back pump, lol)

    Finished up with some curls and cardio ~ 10 mins.

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    Two girls annoyed me... Lost focus on deadlift ended up with 5 reps. The press was okay. As for squats; I squatted barefoot on a sturdy surface my knees felt better.

    Deadlift(lbs):
    235 x 5 x 1
    280 x 5 x 1
    330 x 5 x 1
    375 x 5 x 1

    Press(lbs):
    55 x 5 x 1
    70 x 5 x 1
    85 x 3 x 1
    110 x 5 x 1
    120 x 3 x 1
    135 x 3 x 1

    Squat(lbs):
    185 x 5 x 1
    230 x 5 x 1
    275 x 5 x 2

    Finished up with shoulder raises and cardio ~ 15 minutes. Feeling a lot more fitter.

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