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    I've done barbell strength training on and off over the past few years but have never really sustained it. I've decided to sign up for the WFAC Strengthlifting Classic in November to keep myself focused and motivated to train hard and consistently. It'll be my first ever barbell meet, and the first time I've competed athletically since high school (I'm 32).

    I previously did an LP and put up some okay-ish numbers about 1.5 years ago. I stopped after herniating a lumbar disc and then lost interest and drive in training. Fortunately my barbell has been patiently waiting in my garage, and with COVID giving me a little more free time I started training again around Memorial Day this year.

    Last night's workout:
    Squat 245x5x3
    Press 140x5x3
    Power Clean 160x3x5

    My goals for the meet are a mid 300s squat, a 185ish press, and a 405 deadlift. I think these are achievable "1RMs" in the next 12 weeks. Plan is to SSNLP my way there as much as possible.

    I should note that I failed a 250 lb squat attempt about a 1.5 weeks ago because I had some seriously distracting hip tendonitis. I've spent the last week tempo squatting (3-1-2) to rehab the injury. Last night was my first time regular squatting and felt pretty good.
    Last edited by Eric Schexnayder; 08-22-2020 at 07:38 AM.

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    8/23/2020 ~9:30 PM - 11:00 PM

    Squat
    250x5x3

    Bench Press
    185x5x3

    Chin Ups
    BW x {6, 5, 5}

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    8/27/2020 ~9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    BW 216.2 lbs

    Squat
    255x5x3

    Press
    142x5x3

    Deadlift
    330x5

    Had to miss a workout due to hurricane prep. Planning to shift to Thurs / Sat / Mon this week and go from there.
    Last edited by Eric Schexnayder; 08-28-2020 at 10:34 AM.

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    8/30/2020 ~8:00 PM - 9:45 PM

    BW 216.2 lbs

    Squat
    260x5x3

    Bench Press
    190x5x3

    Chin Ups
    BW x {7, 5, 6}

    Missed Saturday too due to personal stuff. Back to Sun - Tues - Thurs this week.

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    9/1/2020 ~5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

    BW 219.4 lbs

    Squat
    265x5x3

    Press
    145x5x3

    Power Clean
    165x3x5

    Finally got to use my new Starting Strength double ply 3" belt. Feels so much better than my old El Cheapo Harbinger.
    Last edited by Eric Schexnayder; 09-02-2020 at 05:55 AM.

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    9/3/2020 ~4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

    BW 220.4 lbs

    Squat
    270x5x3

    Bench Press
    195x5x3

    Chin Ups
    BW x {6, 6, 5}

    Some elbow pain after squatting. Made benching a little harder than it should have been. Need to tighten up my grip on the squat.

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    9/6/2020 ~8:00 PM - 9:45 PM

    Squat
    275x5x3

    Press
    147x5x3

    Deadlift
    340x5

    Weigh Out: 220.4 lbs

    Been doing 10 lb jumps on the deadlift, but tonightís workout told me I probably need to switch to 5 lb jumps.

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    9/9/2020 ~2:15 PM - 3:45 PM

    Squat
    280x5x3

    Bench Press
    200x5x3

    Chin Ups
    BW x {7, 6, 4}

    Weigh Out: 220.0 lbs

    Missed last night due to errands and general exhaustion from some other stressors right now. Made it up this afternoon. Next workout Friday.

    Last two squat reps were grindy as fuck. Bench not feeling good, need to re-read the blue book bench chapter.

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    9/12 ~10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

    Squat
    285x5x3

    Press
    150x3
    150x1

    Barbell Row
    155x5x3

    Yes, I am still doing the program. No, I am not switching rows for cleans. I pulled something in my upper back (I guess during squats?) that made pressing pretty painful and racking the clean out of the question. Still wanted to get some dynamic pulling type work in so I opted for some conservatively light barbell rows.

    Debating adding a light squat day. Iíve been doing pretty steady LP since May 25th, with a single squat reset a few weeks ago. My last squat workout had some grindy reps, but today wasnít too bad (minus the back sprain). The meet is 9 weeks away, so in theory Iím looking at an additional 90 - 135 lbs if things go my way and my genetics donít suck. May give it a few more workouts.
    Last edited by Eric Schexnayder; 09-12-2020 at 11:00 AM.

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    9/14/2020 ~ 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Light Squat
    245x5x3

    Bench Press
    205 x {1, 1}

    Chin Ups
    BW x {4, 3}

    Weigh Out: 225.4 lbs

    Rough night. Even with a light squat day added I was in no shape to train today. Iíve been under a lot of stress outside of lifting, and I think it caught up with me today. Never mind that my schedule is completely out of whack too.

    Weíll see how Wednesday goes. If it sucks, I may opt to reset everything 10% to get myself going again and then get back on my Sun-Tues-Thurs schedule. Itís going to eat into my total at the meet, but at least Iíll be going.
    Last edited by Eric Schexnayder; 09-14-2020 at 08:23 PM.

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