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    Wed., 11/14. 222.4#.

    SLDL: 45x..., 95x6, 115x6, 135x5, 160x5,5,5. Standing on a box for that stupid streeetch.

    OHP: 45x..., 85x6, 115x6, 135x4, 150x4,4,4,4.

    3/4 Squat: 135x5, 185x6, 205x6, 225x5,5,5,5. These are still fun.

    Cable Circuit Madness:
    Row: 60x8, 70x8, 90x8.
    Tri Pushdown: 60x8, 70x8,8.
    Facepulls: 20x8, 30x8,10.
    DB Lat Raise: 20x8,8, 25x10.
    Lat Pulldowns: 70x8, 80x8, 90x10.

    shit I forgot biceps.


    popcorn, squash soup, and something that was supposed to be Egg Foo Young.

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    Default Venison Tenderloin

    Simple recipe, really:

    1. Harvest a deer. Go ahead, I'll wait.

    2. Remove the psoas muscles, remove and discard any tendonous tissues and wash them.

    3. Slice them across the bias into medallions about 1/2" thick. Sprinkle with salt & pepper.

    4. Melt butter in a large, heavy skillet (heated to just a titch below what you'd use for beef steak), until just turning brown.

    5. Add meat to skillet, be careful not to crowd - batch fry if you have to.

    6. Turn after 4-5 minutes. Meat should be a gentle brown. Fry for 3-4 minutes more.

    7. Remove meat and juices to a serving dish or bowl, add a pat of garlic butter, and cover for about 5 min.

    8. Serve over buttered toast as an appetizer, or sauteed mushrooms and wild rice for a meal.

    9. After you've recovered from acute gastronomic bliss, go remove the rest of the muscles from the deer. There will be a lot of them.

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    Tues. 11/20. 222#. steak & eggs for breakfast, 1 mile walk to the gym.

    GM: 45x10, 65x10.
    banded cuffs: 20,20.
    ab holds x 2.

    Hi-Bar SQ w/ pause: 45x..., 135xc6, 185x6, 205x6, 235x5,5,5,5,5. strict 5 minute rests.

    Paused Bench: 45x..., 105x6, 145x6, 190x4, 205x3, 210x3, 212.5x3,3.

    Deficit DL, 2": 185x6, 205x6, 245x5, 270x4,4,4. no belt.

    Seated DB OHP: 35x8, 40x8, 45x8,8. belted.

    1 mile walk home, food, then more food later.



    Fri, 11/23. 224.6#. I ate so much last night, friends and family were worried about me. I assured them it was just food coma, and I could roll myself out of the fire lane if I had to.
    coffee & shake for breakfast, 1 mile walk to the gym.

    GHR: 10,10.
    DB cuffs: 5x20,20.
    ab roller: 2x15. ouch.

    SQ: 45x..., 135x6, 185x6, 225x6, 295x4, 332.5x3,3,3,3.

    CGBP w 2"board: 45x..., 95x10, 145x6, 165x5, 185x5,5,5,5.

    Sumo DL: 135x5, 185x6, 205x6, 225x5, 280x4,4. beltless. not dragging the bar up the shins actually seems to improve these, thereby deepening my opinion that Sumo is an abomination.

    Rows: 185x8,8,8,8.
    BB curl: 65x8,8,8,8.

    Spotted: 1/2 ROM Goodmornings w/ partial knee bends, warmed up to a working weight of 115.

    1 mile walk home, leftovers. green bean casserole is so much better the day after.



    Sun., 11/25. 223.2#. coffee, coffee, coffee.

    banded cuffs: 20, 20, 20.

    F Squat: 45x..., 125x5,5, 155x4,4, 165x4,4. beltless.

    Med grip Bench w/ 2" board: 45x..., 105x6, 145x6, 185x5, 212.5x3,3,3,3.

    DL: 245x6, 295x4, 337.5x3,3,3,3. hook grip.


    bucket of fried chicken, beers, more leftovers.

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    Tues., 11/27. 222.8#. Is there a better frozen pot pie than Marie Callender? I think not.

    SLDL: 45x10, 95x6, 115x6, 135x5, 170x5,5,5. on the box. #hamstringabuse

    OHP: 45x..., 95x6, 115x6, 135x5, 160x3,3,3,3.

    3/4 Squats: 135x4, 185x6, 205x6, 235x5,4,4,4.

    Chins: 3,3,3,3,3,3. Actually getting my chest up to the bar on the first couple reps. Then I start swinging, have to pause, and the third rep is stupid.

    Side Delts: 25x8,8,8
    DB OHP: 35x8, 30x8, 40x8.
    DB Curlz: 20x8, 25x8,8.


    Turkey - yes, we went and bought more turkey. For me. With zucchini tomato sausage sauce.

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    Default The Quest Looks Back.

    So, you read that article on checking your back trail? Good article. Inspired me to check mine a bit. Not too much to see; I still have the same job, house, wife, car, belt, dog, gym. Instead of going all the way back to the beginning (too embarrassing), I just went back five years (still embarrassing).

    November 2013. I'd been lifting for just over a year by then. I split my workouts between my basement with the vintage Gold's exercise plates, and the local Allthetime Fatness, with one squat rack, no platform, and 400# in plates. I was doing Andy Baker's HLM template for the first time.

    SQ: 255 x 5,5,5. dropset 200x10.
    OHP: 125x3 was a struggle. dropset 95x10.
    BP: 155x5,5,5. dropset 125x10.
    DL: 315x5 hook grip, then tried a single doh and couldn't get it.

    Then, I joined the local black iron/boxing gym, and by the end of January 2014 I was doing:

    SQ: 295x5,5,5.
    OHP: 140x4. also a struggle. (I hadn't yet realized that the struggle is eternal.)
    BP: 190x3. this was before I tore my shoulder at 200 and gave up bench.
    DL: 395x1. Hook grip foever, babay! (I can doh 315 pretty well now, though.)

    Must have been the testosterone & chalk in the air.


    My logging back then, though - jeez Louise, I was chatty. Sorry about all that nonsense. I did a Year In Review what-have-I-learned bullet point list for my first couple years, with the first year being the best, of course. All are still applicable points; some have become ingrained in my psyche, others I need reminding of.

    1. No matter how busy I am, there's always time for squats. (Edit: I just have to make time to put on my knee sleeves.)

    2. I used to think sleep was the single most important thing in the world. Now, I KNOW that sleep is the SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN THE WORLD.

    3. Hangovers are not an excuse for skipping workouts. I have surprised myself. (Edit: I am hungover much less often these days.)

    4. Don't workout while hungry.

    5. Don't workout while full.

    6. I cannot count higher than five while supporting a heavy weight. (Edit: I am better at counting now.)

    7. I used to think that milk and eggs were just wonderful foods. I now know that milk and eggs are the bricks and mortar of a solid foundation.

    8. Chinups and pullups, as much as I hate them, should be done frequently.

    9. Deadlifts, as much as I love them, should not be done frequently.

    10. Never trust mirrors. (Edit: I am good at ignoring them now.)

    11. Never turn down a chance to help somebody lift & carry things, especially if your spouse likes to tell people how strong you are.

    12. Keeping a log is essential.

    13. I do best with goal-oriented programming.

    14. Facial hair REALLY DOES add pounds to the lifts.

    15. I am stronger than I think I am.

    16. I will never be strong enough.



    "Y'know, the bar never falls far from the squat rack."
    Lyle Alzado (in a dream I had once)

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    Fri, 11/30. 224.6#. Many cheaty snacks today.

    Hi-Bar Paused SQ: 45x..., 185x7, 205x6, 250x5,5,5,5,5. 3 min rest.

    Paused Bench: 45x..., 105x6, 145x6, 195x4, 225x3,2,2. coencentric is getting out of the groove - bar is drifting up over the clavicles. Too scary.

    Seated DB OHP: 45x8,8,8,8.

    Dicks OHP: 45x8,12. Had to try it. Excellent Tricep Punishment.

    Venison flatiron steak over veggies.



    Sat., 12/01. Spanish tortilla. Haven't made one in a long time.

    Wife wants to check out the climbing gym, so we make a date night of it. Kinda fun, actually. I'm much better at it now than that one time I tried it 12 years ago. I can scramble, and grip, and hang a little bit, even jumped once. Did seven of the 5.6 courses. Definitely got a training stimulus in the hands, forearms, and shoulders. We were the 'biggest' climbers there. Some of those bouldering people are string beans! The only other people our size were ground-locked, holding their kids' ropes, being encouraging.

    NY Strip au pouivre, over roasted potatoes. best date night recipe so far.
    Ant Man and The Wasp is silly Marvel fun.


    Sun., 12/02.
    225#. leftover steak & potatoes with eggs.

    GHR: 2x10.
    DB Cuffs: 5#, 2x20.
    Ab wheel: 2x15.

    2" Deficit DL: 185x6, 205x6, 245x5, 285x4,4,4. beltless.

    Row: 155x8,8,8,8.

    BB Curl: 75x8,8,8,8.

    And, because my hands don't hurt enough:
    Tailpipe+10# wrist curlz, forward and reverse, and finger curlz.
    KB Curlz.


    Rotochicken over pad thai salad.
    Have you seen the Bojack episode where he gives the eulogy? Holy shit.

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    Tues., 12/04. 223.2#. Well, my lunch filled its container, but turns out it was about half full of 3-bean salad. Not that there's anything wrong with that, just, y'know, there should have been more chicken in there.

    SQ: 45x..., 165x6, 225x6, 290x4, 332.5 x 3,3,3,3. 5 min rest.

    CGBP, 2" board: 45x..., 145x6, 170x5, 185x5,5,5,5. 2-3 min rest.

    Sumo DL: 185x6, 205x6, 225x5, 280x4,4. beltless.

    Chest Supported Cable Rows: 125x8, 150x8,8, 165x8. "Just row something and get on with your life." Jim Wendler, I think.

    DB Hammer Curlz: 25x8,8,8.
    GHR: 8,8,8.


    Venison Stew.

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    Thurs., 12/06. 223.2# There was an epic Bacon, ham, bacon & swiss sandwich, with extra bacon. Also, potato chips. I never put chips inside my sandwiches as a child, but now I do it with nearly every sandwich. Probably because my mouth is bigger now.

    F Squat: 95x4, 135x5, 145x5, 155x4, 165x4,4,4. no belt, 3 min rest.

    Med grip Bench, 2" board: 45x..., 105x6, 145x6, 200x4, 225x3,3,3,3. Wife wants to try board benching, and gets 115 easy - no wraps, no belt. She says "it feels like cheating!" Well, she's not wrong.

    DL: 247.5x6, 305x4, 360x3,3,3,3. I got my belt on a hybridized fit, yo: @3 on top, @4 on bottom. #doubleprongisbestprong

    Cable Row: 135x8, 150x8, 165x8.
    Facepulls:30x8, 40x8,8, 20x20.


    Salmon with lemon & green things, mushroom soup.

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    Sat., 12/08. 223.8#. Ham & eggs & oatmeal.

    SLDL: 45x..., 95x6, 115x6, 135x5, 175x5,5,5.

    OHP: 45x..., 95x6, 115x6, 140x4, 170x3,3,3,3. These are all surprisingly smooth.

    3/4 Squat: 45x..., 185x6, 205x6, 235x5, 250x4,4,4. The one squat variation that feels weirder than Hi-Bar.

    Chins: 3,3,3,3,3,3,1,1,3. supersetted with everything else.

    Side Delts:25x8,8,8.
    OH DB Extensions: 25x8,8,8.
    DB Curlz: 25x8,8,8.

    Stew.


    Sun, 12/09. "Coaching" wife through a heavy day. She squats 205 for some singles, very nicely. She even gets some unilateral work in at 180 when I load one side of the bar with a pair of tens, while she loaded the other side with a 25. (This is why I should always put "coaching" in sarcasm quotes.) I do a bunch of abwheels, GHRs, banded cuff work, and a lot of holds & wrist & finger curlz with the loaded Tailpipe.

    Beef chimichanga, then to the budget cinema to see Free Solo. No, it's not a Star Wars story. Yes, its philosophy does have carryover into any great endeavor, athletic or not. We sat in the back row, so as to reduce any feelings of nausea (and so we could make out while we shared the bag of gummy bears we snuck in).
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    starting strength nutrition camp
    Mon., 12/10. 224#. Stew, eggs, coconut macaroons.

    Banded cuffs: 3x20.
    Ab wheel: 1x15 - oh, god, I did these yesterday. I can tell.

    Hi-Bar pause SQ: 45x..., 185x6, 205x6, 250x5,5,5,5,5. belted, 5 min rest. Just enough pause to take away the stretch reflex.

    Paused Bench: 45x..., 105x7, 145x6, 190x4, 230x3,2,3,3. Pauses got shorter and shorter.

    Deficit DL, 2.65" - that includes the squat shoe heel: 185x6, 205x6, 245x5, 285x4,4,4. beltless.

    Dick's BB OHP: 45x8,5,5,5. no rest. no mercy. no stamina.


    Pork & cabbage, fried eggs on top.

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