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    Wednesday, July 26, 2023

    1000-Pound Club

    BP: 250x1 PR
    DL: 410x1
    SQ: 340x1 PR

    Happy to say that the Mock Meet(tm) today went well. The PRs were just 5-lbs more than I'd been doing, so not a big stretch.

    I was a little worried about the deadlift, as I haven't pulled that much since my 420x3 PR, which was Jan. 2022. In my recent cycles where I deadlift once a week, I've hit singles close to 410 and done rep work at 10% lower ranges. My recovery is not great, so I think the sub-maximal cycles have been a good compromise with lower stress, but still some modest progress.

    Further shocking update! I have been doing some cardio (if a 15-minute walk counts as cardio). I think it has raised my work capacity and improved my recovery, without interfering with any training since it is so minimal.

    I plan to stick with sub-maximal cycles for now, but I'll have to think more about future programming.

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    Outstanding, J!

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    Monday, July 31, 2023

    Testify Strength & Conditioning in Omaha, Nebraska

    SQ: 280x3x3
    OP: 155x5x3 (5,5,4,1)

    Made a visit to Testify, while passing through Omaha--pretty awesome! Definitely lived up to all the videos I've watched. Coach Barb Mueller straightened out my squat a bit, and she approved the depth of over half of my work set reps, which I was pretty happy with. Coach was not impressed with my nonexistent shrug on the press. My excuse was that she could probably tell that I haven't been coached in a while, but I got the shrug going! Got to meet the Meggers family as well. Really a great visit--great gym, great folks!

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    Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023

    OP: 169x1x5
    SQ: 345x1 PR

    This squat single PR was a long time in coming, as it took me eight weeks to get through the five-week cycle that was supposed to lead to this PR. Didn't get to the gym four days a week, which is what dragged it out. However, I kept at it, it wasn't too stressful, and I was happy to get the PR.

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    Good to know that you're continuing to grind it out, J. Congrats on that PR!

    Keep at it!

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    Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023

    OP: 162x3x3
    DL: 405x1

    I'm posting just a few comments on training sessions over the last couple months.

    I've really dialed it back on the deadlift. I'm doing two triples one week, and a heavier single the next week. When I pulled on this one, it did not move, and I stopped right away. Textbook error, as you need to be patient and keep pulling. I asked one of the regulars to come to the platform and give me a five-count while I tried again. Of course, it came up O.K. once I had the counting cue to focus me on sustaining the pulling effort.

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    Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2023

    BP: 210x5x3
    SQ: 350x1 PR

    As I mentioned, I am doing sub-maximal cycles. I hit almost all the workouts on this five-week cycle, so the cycle leading to this PR went long by only a couple of days. The squat felt slow to come out of the hole. However, the form held good with a decent stretch reflex at the bottom, and the rep did not end up being a grind. Depth was probably pretty close, but no video to confirm (conveniently).

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    Congrats on all your PR's on this page going all the way back to your mock meet in July. Your sub-maximal cycles seem to be working well especially with as you said "not great recovery". Those are good lifetime poundage's for people at any age.

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    Thanks, Fred J--hope you feel better soon!

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    Thanks J! I am back up and running now. I am more interested in hearing about your "sub-maximal" cycles. Is that someones program or something you came up with?

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