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    Yesterday - 2/13/22
    Treadmill - 30 minutes. Every 5 minutes, jump of treadmill and do 8 pullups or 12 dips.

    Today - 2/13/22
    SSB w/belt - 370 x 5 x 3
    Press w/belt - 167.5 x 5 x 3

    Both press and squat getting heavy. Going to change squat to have a light day on Wednesday. That may keep the good times going for a tad longer.

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    Cardio - HIIT focus

    Super sets:
    Pullups 6 8 8 7 6
    Plate Swings 60s 60s 60s 60s 60s

    Treadmill - 17 minutes @3.5mph @ 5deg - about 1 mile.

    Easy workout. The supersets provided some HIIT. The treadmill provided some LSD cardio.

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    SSB w/belt - 335 x 5 x 3
    Bench - 267.5 x 5 x 3
    DL w/belt and straps - 420 x 5

    This was supposed to be a "light" squat day. It was harder than I would've liked, but I can say that I was certainly justified in adding a light day to the program at this point.
    DL went well - felt lighter than last time, but it's been about 2 weeks since I did a heavy DL day.

    Bench felt like last time, but I did more weight - so I got a tad stronger.

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    Cardio Day:

    30 minutes Treadmill @ 3.5 mph, 5 deg incline.
    Every 5 minutes, pause treadmill and do 8 pullups.
    Total pullups completed: 56

    Surprisingly, sets of 8 pullups were pretty easy.

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    SSB w/belt - 375 x 5 x 3
    Press w/belt - 170 x 5 x 3
    DL w/straps (beltless) - 370 x 3 x 5 (EMOM)

    A little later, did 25 minutes of snow shoveling. This counts as cardio as far as I'm concerned.

    Pretty good day, overall.

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    Bench - 270 x 5 x 3

    Super set -
    Dips - BW + 45 - 7 reps
    Plate Swings 60s

    Performed 4 each of the above super-sets.

    Good workout. Those swings really get the heart rate pumping. Bench is getting ever slightly harder. Happy to get 270 for three sets. Goal is 275 x 5 x 3. If I can get that, I'd be pretty happy.

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    SSB squat w/belt - 380 x 5, 5, 5
    Press w/belt - 172.5 x 5, 5, 5

    LP continues to progress. Squat felt surprisingly good the first two sets. Third set, the fatigue caught up with me and the last 2 reps were tough, but there was never any doubt about completing the rep.
    Form on Squat getting a little haphazard as I'm trying to get a bit more out of the bounce at the bottom.

    Press felt solid. I think I can continue LP on lifts this week. We'll see how long I can keep this going.

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    I was contemplating getting an ssb bar myself, do you use it exclusively these days?

    Lifts are looking good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derf123 View Post
    I was contemplating getting an ssb bar myself, do you use it exclusively these days?

    Lifts are looking good.
    Hey Derf! Thanks!
    I pretty much use the SSB bar exclusively now. I've done a few workouts with front squats or low bar squat, but only rarely now.
    I like the SSB bar for several reasons:

    1. Easy on the elbows. After I changed to the SSB bar, my elbow tendinitis has disappeared.
    2. Easy on the shoulders. I was using the SSB bar about once per week until early last year, when I hurt my shoulder. Without the SSB bar, I would have had to give up squatting until my shoulder healed - it took about a month.
    3. Low back issues. When I was low-bar squatting, I developed a nice case of sciatica that I had for several years. I was slowly recovering from it, but when I switched to the SSB bar, nearly all of my sciatica symptoms disappeared over the course of about 6 months. I must admit that this may have nothing to do with low-bar squatting, but, I really don't want sciatica again - it was a pain.
    4. I am no barbell coach - as evidenced when I was trying to teach my son to do the low-bar squat. I gave up after about half an hour and had him try the SSB bar. The first set he did just locked him in - he looked great. Now he is using the SSB bar exclusively as well. Basically, it was easy for him to get up and running on the squat and adding weight without a lot of coaching from me.
    5. Upper back strength. I notice, especially at higher weights, that the SSB bar acts like a guillotine about 1/2 to 2/3 the way up on a heavy squat. If the upper back strength is not there, you will go down hard just when you think you have made the rep. I think this has helped my deadlift quite a bit.
    6. It has nice, comfy pads on the bar.

    I have the EliteFTS version of the SSB. It was pricey - over $400. There is a Titan Fitness version that is, as I understand it, a cheaper version of the EliteFTS. It may be a good alternative.

    Bottom line: I love the bar and use it 2 to 4 times per week. One of my best purchases!

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    starting strength coach development program
    Today - HIIT and some LSD cardio:

    Super-sets of:
    Pullups (BW): 8, 8, 8, 8
    Plate Swings: 70s, 70s, 70s, 70s
    HR hits about 150 after each superset. Waited until it dropped below 110, then repeated next set.

    20 minutes treadmill @3.5mph @6 deg incline - 1.15 miles total. HR started @140 and dropped to low 130s by the end of workout.

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