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    Mon 8/12. No bullshit today. I gotta go help my friend move.

    Squats: warmup sets, then hit it: 170x5, 220x5, 270x5. that should make up for the set I missed Saturday.
    Bench: warmups, then 95x5, 130x5, 162x5,5,5. rawr. form still gets a bit sloppy towards the last two reps.
    Chins: 5, 4, 2. not as much rest between sets, and I'm not alternating chins/pull sets anymore. going to alternate workouts, though.

    fry up some liver with beer gravy to go with my PWO shake, and I'm off.
    The move was successful.

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    Good stuff Erok. I saw we were the same age. Thought I would check in and say hello. Keep up the good work.

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    Tues. 8/13. Wife says "can you set up the bench for me? I wanna do some of these (she mimics the bench press)." I say "Hellz, yeah, baby!" She does:
    20 x 8
    45 x 5, 6
    55 x 6
    She says this morning that her pecs are sore. Hopefully not too sore. We were trying a gentle version of SS a while back, but the squats freaked her out - she had a L5-S1 herniation about three years ago, and it was horribly painful for her. Sciatica was a big problem years before that. She likes rows and deadlifts (and milk), but she says any kind of heaviness with squats makes her spine crack (as in, like cracking knuckles - the synovial fluid bubble thing) afterwards. I never see her back rounding, and she never went heavy enough to good morning out of the hole, so my theory is that the cracking is part of her body's growth/stress recovery response, and it's probably a good thing, but I'm not going to pressure her at all, and I'm worried that talking with any kind of doctor in the spine health field will garner the standard response: "never lift anything heavier than this neon 3lb plastic thingy". Maybe I can talk her into 20-rep sets with light weight? She does lots of unweighted squats, burpees, etc. Anyway, who cares; as long as she lifts something, somehow. The way she throws around the bar, anyone can tell she's much stronger than she thinks she is. Damn, those legs.

    after she's done, I sneak in a quick 20 barbell curls with the 55lbs. why not?

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    Dude, you are so psyched your wife is lifting!

    I'd have to control a spontaneous backflip if mine asked me that same question.

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    Wed. 8/14 A day like any other. soundtrack: The Crow - Soundtrack.

    Front Squats: 125 x 5,5,5. feeling like I don't want to be here. squats are hard. wah.
    OHP: 115 x 5. the last rep is more of a push press. 115 x 4. form getting ugly, excessive layback, sticking at forehead level. 115 x 4 again, this time sticking just above the head, for like three or four seconds. dang. I'm pissed off, but I've lost that "idontwannabehere" feeling. (by this time, the really good parts of the soundtrack are kicking in)
    Rows: 130 x 5,5,5
    Power Cleans: oh, how I've missed them. 75 x 3, 85 x 3, 95 x 3, 105 x 3, 115 x 3, 125 x 4. they don't feel heavy at all until I get to 125, but I tighten up the rest periods, and by the end I'm really breathing and sweating. feels good!
    barbell Curls: 50 x 10, 55 x 15. these are supersetted with
    LTEs: 44 x 10, 50 x 15. I COMMAND YOU TO GROW!

    Supper is at my favorite mexican buffet. It was a good day. only soreness to report today is at the base of the neck - not bad.

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    Fri 8/16. soundtrack: Killdozer: 12 Point Buck and Little Baby Bunting - double feature. I have to time the lifts, so I'm not laughing at the lyrics.

    Squats: 55 x 10, 120 x 1, 170 x 5, 220 x 5, 275 x 1, 300 x 1, 320 x 1 new PR! I set up for 335, and can't budge out of the hole an inch. Second squat I've EVER failed. I'm still happy.
    Bench: 60 x 10, 95 x 6, 130 x 5, 165 x 5, 170 x 1 new PR! I try for 190, and nearly staple myself. what a rush!
    Curls: 50 x 10, 70 x 10, supersetted with
    LTEs: 50 x 10, 70 x 10. my arms feel like balloons.

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    Mon 8/19. PR time again. soundtrack: Queens of the Stone Age: Songs for the Deaf. Probably my favorite workout album recorded in a studio.

    Front Squats: 75 x 5, 110 x 5, 130 x 5,5,5. not gonna PR these just yet.
    OHP: 75 x 5, 95 x 5, 120 x 1, 130 x 1 PR! 140 sticks at my forehead and will not budge, so, 135 - gets a little higher, just above the head before it sticks. legs start to quiver, I run out of air, and set it back in the rack. I go down to 120 for reps and get 2.
    I skip rows for today, cuz seriously, fuck rows.
    Deadlifts: 125 x 5, 200 x 3, 270 x 1, 340 x 1 (hook grip), 370 x 1(hook grip). PR! huge rush of wwwweeeewww all through the body, like a tidal wave of hot honey trapped in a duffel bag. I'm so high, I convince myself I've got one more in the tank, but my higher brain functions kick back in and remind me not to get greedy, and that I'll be sore tomorrow. I go down to 270 to hold for time (standard grip), and I get maybe three seconds.

    Gonna take the next ten days off, and road trip out east with the wife. Camping, seeing Boston, b&b, that sort of thing. Time to pack the car. I'm bringing my kettlebell.

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    Good job on the DL PR. Have fun on yer time off!

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    Well, it was a great vacation. Boston's a helluva town. Didn't get as much kettlebelling in as I'd have liked, and not a curl was done. Did eat good, though. Lobster's wayy cheaper there. I get to weigh in, and the bathroom scale reads 207#. Seems about right.

    The last night of the trip, though, I fucked up my back. Sleeping on my left side all night on the wrong mattress. My T7 or L1 or something around there feels like my spine's gonna snap in two if I breathe wrong. I drive through it, get home, unpack, and bang out 6 slow, dead hang chins. So that's 8/28.

    Th, 8/29: 3 pullups, 3 dips. It's all I can muster after the first day back at work. I'm exhausted just keeping my spine neutral.

    Fri, 8/30: Gotta do something, but it's 82 degrees and 66% humidity in my freaking basement. I can't wait for winter.
    Squats: 70# x20. my back is fine.
    Dips: 1, 5. nice gentle stretch.
    Chins: 5. sweet.
    Squats: 70# x 3, 5. I decide to switch it up.
    Hi-Bar back squats: 70# x 20. I can get really deep with these, and don't worry about the spine at all. They are quad-blasters, though.
    Pullups: 4. My lats are burning.
    Dips x 5. the sweat is getting in my eyes.
    Squats: 120# x 10. Now I feel better.
    Chins x5
    Dips x 8. Now I feel like collapsing.

    Sat, 8/31. I get to see my massage guy. Tiny Japanese man with hands of iron. He finds all the stuck muscles in my back. He's amazing. I'm gonna miss him after he moves next month.

    Sun, 9/01. Both the wife and I happen to wake up early. We down some coffee, go to the gym. I weigh in at 204.25.
    Squats: 45 x 10, 95 x 5, 135 x 5, 185 x 5, 225 x 5. Feels really good.
    OHP: 45 x 15, 65 x 5, 85 x 5, 105 x 5. that spine thing is just not a problem, as long as I set my back.
    RDL: 45 x 20. just to do them.
    Pullups x 5
    Dips x 6
    Curls (always barbell curls unless otherwise indicated): 45 x 10 x 2, 65 x 5, 75 x 5. My wife sees this, pretends to act impressed, and wants to do them, too. sweet.
    LTEs: 20 x 15, 40 x 15, 60 x 15. I'm totally gassed after these. I talk the wife into doing them, too. She wants to 'tone' her arms. I also talk her into some squats and GM's. She's getting much better. Head home, where we split a huge protein/banana shake, and make some kind of cupcakes with oreo/peanutbutter sandwiches inside them. She commands me to lick the beaters. Fuck yeah, especially with milk. I feel like I can get back in the game now. My legs are gonna kill me tomorrow, though.

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    9/03. Soundtrack: Butthole Surfers, Independent Worm Saloon. Let's rock.

    Squats: 70 x 10, 120 x 5, 170 x 5, 220 x 5, 270 x 5, 5. Good 'ol red-faced bug-eyed light-headed squats.
    Bench: 70 x 10, 120 x 5, 5, 140 x 5, 120 x 10.
    Power Cleans: 120 x 3,3,3, and 1 to re-rack the bar. Form is okay, but I catch myself pulling with the arms a couple times, maybe because my legs are tired.
    Finish up with:
    Curls: 70 x 10, LTEs 50 x 10, Curls 75 x 5, LTEs 50 x 10, Curls 75 x5.

    So, there's really no program right now. Just listening to my achy muscles and trying to drown them out with mental shouting.
    I'm just gonna start each workout with squats, do at least one other major lift, and finish with the curl/LTE combo. we'll see what that gets me.

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