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    Default JR's Texas Log

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    This will be my first log on Stength Mill, and hopefully will serve to keep me on track. Some brief background, I have spent the past 6 months or so on Starting Strength, and have made some really great gains. Previously I was on some pretty rough gym program given to my by a "Personal Trainer", which was filled with high set mach. based excercises, no squatting, or even actual bench pressing to speak of. For this log I will be using the Texas Method, will vary things up from time to time and also will be doing some intervals(not HIIT) to provide some cardio training.

    Weight/Height
    5'8 210 Lbs (Started at 230 lbs 6 months ago on Starting Strength)

    Supplements
    Fish Oil
    DS Lean Xtreme(4 capsules)(Have had better workouts since cutting cortisol levels)
    Pre-workout- ECA stack(Bronkaid etc.)
    Post-workout- Universal Torrent
    Daily Multivitamin
    6 Liters (at least) water per day

    Workout: Texas Method
    Personal Records- Italics

    Workout #1- June 19,2008

    Squat(+5 lbs)
    135x1x10
    185x1x5
    230x5x5

    Bench Press (+5 lbs)
    135x1x10
    185x5x5

    Pendlay Row(+5 lbs)
    145x5x5

    Weighted Decline Situps
    3x15x45 lbs

    30 Min Elliptical Lvl 3 Intervals 110 Rates per minute(R.P.M)

    Notes: Workout was draining, by the time I got to the rows my legs were shaking.


    Workout #2- June 21, 2008

    Squat
    135x1x10
    185x2x5

    Standing Press (+5 lbs)
    100x5x5

    Lower Back Extensions
    200 lbs-15
    220 lbs-15
    240 lbs-15

    Ab Crunch Mach.
    140 lbs-10
    150 lbs-10
    160 lbs-10

    Ball Crunches
    3x30xBW

    Chinups
    3x6xBW

    30 Min Elliptical Lvl 3 Intervals 110 R.P.M

    Notes: Not a stressful workout at all, still felt a little tired from previous workout, and for some reason felt weak in my shoulders which is why I lowered the weight drastically on the Standing Press, but will build up from this point.


    Workout #3- June 23,2008

    Squat
    135x1x10
    225x1x5
    250x1x5

    Bench Press
    135x1x10
    225x1x1
    235x5x1

    Deadlift
    275x1x5
    335x1x1

    30 Min Elliptical Lvl 3 Intervals 110 R.P.M

    Notes: Felt great after this workout, hit new personal records on all lifts, and was especially pleased with the deadlift. I attempted to go for 350 lbs on the deadlift to no avail but I will hit this in the near future. Two rest days to go.

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    Default Workout #4 - June 26,2008

    Squat(+5 lbs)
    135x1x10
    185x1x5
    235x5x5

    Bench Press(+5 lbs)
    190x5x5

    Pendlay Rows(+5 lbs)
    150x5x5

    Ball Crunches
    3x30xBW

    30 Min Elliptical Intervals Lvl 3 110 R.P.M

    Notes: Workout was a challange, squats seemed to get easier as I progressed through the 5x5, what was actually the hardest part was hitting all 5 reps on the rows with correct form. I did it, but it was a struggle, as I got the shaky arms and really my knees began to almost buckle, I think I may be running into some problems. Also starting Sunday I will begin a Activate Xtreme/Lean Xtreme cycle, with a cleaned up diet and will see how this works out as I know some people who have got good results from using this stack.

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    Default Workout #5

    Updating this today as my laptop has been down for the past few days...gym also closed today so I just did some sprints outside.

    Workout #5-June 28,2008

    Squat
    190x2x5

    Standing Press(+5 lbs)
    105x5x5

    Lower Back Ext.
    220-15
    240-15
    260-15

    Ab Mach. Crunches
    150-10
    160-8
    170-8

    Ball Crunches
    3x30xBW

    Chinups
    3x8xBW

    30 Min Elliptical Lvl 3 Intervals 110 R.P.M.


    Workout #6-June 30,2008

    Squat
    135x1x10
    225x1x5
    260x1x5

    Bench Press
    135x1x10
    225x1x2
    240x5x1

    Deadlift
    280x1x5
    350x1x1

    30 Min Elliptical Lvl 3 Intervals 110 R.P.M.


    Workout #7-July 3,2008

    Squat(+5 lbs)
    135x1x10
    185x1x5
    240x5x5

    Bench Press(+5 lbs)
    195x5x5

    Pendlay Rows(+5 lbs)
    155x5x5

    Ab Mach. Crunches
    130-10
    140-10
    150-10

    30 Min Elliptical Lvl 3 Intervals 110 R.P.M.

    Notes: Due to gym being closed for the weekend will modify Monday's workout to put in Standing Overhead Press, as well as some Ab work. I have been taking Lean Xtreme/ Activate Xtreme stack (3 capsules Lean Xtreme, 6 Activate Xtreme spaced out evenly), to early to tell the effects but I have had some joint pain in my knees, elbows which I can attribute to the cortisol control, but have upped my water intake to 6 liters+ a day, which will hopefully negate having to take a joint supplement. Monday's workout should be hard adding in the Overhead Press as well as abs + cardio but hopefully two recovery days should put things back into balance. Also noticed some trouble on my last two sets of squats today, took 2 minutes+ to recover typically like to keep rest time around 1min 30 seconds, in the past if I went over this felt a lot weaker, but had to rest more today, as legs began to feel like jello.

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    Default Workouts 8 and 9

    Workout #8-July 7,2008

    Squat
    135x1x10
    225x1x5
    265x1x5

    Bench Press
    135x1x10
    225x1x2
    245x5x1

    Deadlift
    285x1x5
    345x1x1

    Standing Press(+5 lbs)
    110x5x5

    Ball Crunches
    3x30xBW

    Lower Back Ext.
    240-15
    260-15
    280-15

    30 Min Elliptical Lvl 3 Intervals 110 R.P.M.

    Notes: Felt extremely week on the deadlift, was unable to even reach my previous personal record so dropped 5 lbs to 345. Squats were tough but manageable, and the joint pain I associated with Lean Xtreme has seemed to decrease drastically.


    Workout #9-July 10,2008

    Squat(+5)
    135x1x10
    225x1x5
    245x5x5

    Bench Press(+5)
    135x1x10
    200x5x5

    Pendlay Row(+5)
    160x8x3

    Weighted Decline Situps
    3x15x45 lbs.

    30 Min Elliptical Lvl 3 Intervals 110 R.P.M.

    Notes: Squats were tough, I usually like to keep around 1:30-3:00 rest intervals but took around 5 minutes to rest in order to complete the last two sets. I also ran into a similar problem with the bench press as I completely failed during my last set, and luckily was able to hit the 5th rep. I am attributing this possibly to terrible sleep/ long days at work the past few days but will see.

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    Workout #10- July 10,2008

    Squat(+5 lbs)
    135x1x10
    185x1x5
    225x1x3
    245x5x5

    Bench Press (+5 lbs)
    135x1x10
    200x5x5

    Pendlay Row(+5 lbs)
    160x8x3

    Weighted Decline Situps
    3x15x45 lbs

    30 Min Elliptical Lvl 3 Intervals 110 Rates per minute(R.P.M)


    Workout #11- July 12, 2008

    Squat
    135x1x10
    200x2x5

    Standing Press (+5 lbs)
    115x5x5

    Lower Back Extensions
    200 lbs-20
    220 lbs-20
    240 lbs-20

    Ab Crunch Mach.
    160 lbs-10
    170 lbs-8
    180 lbs-8

    Ball Crunches
    3x30xBW

    Chinups
    3x10xBW

    30 Min Elliptical Lvl 3 Intervals 110 R.P.M


    Workout #12- July 14,2008

    Squat
    135x1x10
    225x1x5
    270x1x5

    Bench Press
    135x1x10
    225x1x1
    250x4x1

    Deadlift
    290x1x5
    350x1x1

    30 Min Elliptical Lvl 3 Intervals 110 R.P.M

    Notes: New PR on Squats and Deadlift, failed completly on my last attempt of 250 on the Bench, spotter had to help me lift the bar off my chest, think I took too much rest(6 minutes), will try to hit 5x1 next week.


    Workout #13- July 17,2008

    Squat(+5 lbs)
    135x1x10
    185x1x5
    225x1x3
    250x5x5

    Bench Press (+5 lbs)
    135x1x10
    205x5x5

    Pendlay Row(+5 lbs)
    165x8x3

    Weighted Decline Situps
    3x15x45 lbs

    30 Min Elliptical Lvl 3 Intervals 110 Rates per minute(R.P.M)


    Workout #14- July 19, 2008

    Squat
    135x1x10
    200x2x5

    Standing Press (+5 lbs)
    120x5x5

    Lower Back Extensions
    220 lbs-20
    240 lbs-20
    260 lbs-20

    Ab Crunch Mach.
    120 lbs-10
    130 lbs-10
    140 lbs-10

    Ball Crunches
    3x30xBW

    Chinups
    3x11xBW

    30 Min Elliptical Lvl 3 Intervals 110 R.P.M

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    Workout #15- July 21,2008

    Squat
    135x1x10
    185x1x5
    280x1x3

    Bench Press
    135x1x10
    225x1x3
    250x5x1

    Deadlift
    295x1x5
    315x1x1

    30 Min Elliptical Lvl 3 Intervals 110 Rates per minute(R.P.M)


    Workout #16- July 24, 2008

    Squat (+5 lbs)
    135x1x10
    185x1x5
    255x5x5

    Bench Press (+5 lbs)
    135x1x10
    210x5x5

    Pendlay Row(+5 lbs)
    145x5x5

    Weighted Decline Situps
    3x15x45 lbs

    30 Min Elliptical Lvl 3 Intervals 110 R.P.M


    Workout #17- July 26,2008

    Squat
    135x1x10
    205x2x5

    Standing Press(+5 lbs)
    125x5x5

    Lower Back Extension
    240-20
    260-20
    280-20

    Ab Mach
    130-10
    140-10
    150-10

    Ball Crunches
    3x30xBW

    Chinups
    3x12xBW

    30 Min Elliptical Lvl 3 Intervals 110 R.P.M


    Workout #18- July 28,2008

    Squat
    135x1x10
    185x1x5
    275x1x5

    Bench Press
    135x1x10
    225x1x3
    235x5x1

    Deadlift
    300x1x5
    355x1x1

    30 Min Elliptical Lvl 3 Intervals 110 Rates per minute(R.P.M)

    Notes: Squats were extremely tough, thought my legs were going to buckle, feel as though I will need to resent by 10% on Monday's workout, for some strange reason my benching ability was also dead today as well, I was unable to get my last weeks PR, and had to lower the weight. Strangely, however, I felt real strong on my deadlifts, and was able to hit a new PR.


    Workout #19- July 31, 2008

    Squat(+5 lbs)
    135x1x10
    185x1x5
    235x5x5

    Bench Press (+5 lbs)
    135x1x10
    215x5x5

    Pendlay Rows(+5 lbs)
    150x5x5

    Weighted Decline Situps
    3x15x45 lbs.

    30 Min Elliptical Lvl 3 Intervals 110-115 R.P.M

    Notes: Had to reset on the squat, attempted 260x5x5, and my legs felt like shit, was swimming today which I don't know couldve caused some fatigue, but felt good on all other excercises. Was surprised actually that I was able to get 215x5x5 with out much trouble.

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    Workout #20- August 02,2008

    Squat
    135x1x10
    205x2x5

    Standing Press(+5 lbs)
    135x8x3

    Lower Back Extension
    260-20
    280-20
    290-20

    Ab Mach
    140-10
    150-10
    160-10

    Ball Crunches
    3x30xBW

    Chinups
    3x10xBW

    30 Min Elliptical Lvl 3 Intervals 110 R.P.M


    Workout #21- August 04,2008

    Squat
    135x1x10
    185x1x5
    225x1x5
    300x1x1

    Bench Press
    135x1x10
    225x1x3
    235x1x1
    245x1x1
    260x1x1

    Deadlift
    305x1x5
    335x1x1

    30 Min Elliptical Lvl 3 Intervals 115 (R.P.M)

    Notes: Think will do a 10% reset on my 5 rep maxes and work back up, as I have been feeling really shitty /sore etc. and think it would be wise to reset. I was also again hit with my strange deadlift problem as I was much stronger/able to lift more the previous week.

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    Default Reset

    I have decided that I need to take a few days off then reset some of my lifts, squats/bench/deadlift, I feel fried and am starting to think I am pushing myself without making any real progress, which is why some weeks I am stronger than others, will post the workouts when I return from vacation, but I have been pleased with the strength gains I have made overall, just need a mental break I suppose.

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    Workout #22- August 11,2008

    Squat
    135x1x10
    185x1x5
    225x1x5
    285x1x3

    Bench Press
    135x1x10
    225x1x3
    235x1x1
    245x5x1

    Deadlift
    310x5x1
    340x1x1


    Workout #23- August 14, 2008

    Squat (+5 lbs)
    135x1x10
    185x1x5
    240x5x5

    Bench Press (+5 lbs)
    135x1x10
    200x5x5

    Pendlay Row(+5 lbs)
    160x5x5

    Weighted Decline Situps
    3x15x45 lbs

    30 Min Elliptical Lvl 3 Intervals 110 R.P.M

    Notes: Lowered weight on my squats/bench, after my vacation felt really refreshed good workout.

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    starting strength coach development program
    how much time you rest between the sets on the first day of the week (high volume day)?

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