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    12/2/2022

    Squat 265x5x3
    Barbell Row 195x5x3
    Pulldown (supine) 200x10,10,7

    Squats were fucking abysmal today. I don't know what went wrong, but it felt like I was having weird balance shifts. Everything felt so much weaker than a week ago. I don't know what to make of this. Rows and pulldowns were both actually good, though. Fucking hate my legs, or my back, or whatever the hell is making this so weird.

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    12/5/2022

    Weigh-In: 296.2

    Press 142x5x5 @8
    Bench 200x5x5 @7
    Barbell Curl 75x10x3

    All good here. Press sets were actually even pretty easy in the beginning, only got as hard as they did at the end.

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    12/6/2022

    Deadlift 395x5 @8, 315x5
    Squat 185x5x5 @6
    Pulldown (prone) 165x10,10,8

    Moving to more volume for squats. Tried backing off on the deadlift for a set, but I don't think it really had much effect. Was using different equipment at a different gym today, so the pulldowns felt a little off.

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    12/8/2022

    Bench 227.5x5x5 @8
    Press 123x5x5 @7
    LTE 80x10,8,6

    All good. I can feel the difficulty creeping up on the bench ever so slightly, but no real slowdown at the end of any sets.

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    12/9/2022

    Squat 235x5x5 @7
    Barbell Row 200x5x3
    Pulldown (supine) 10,10,6

    Lost a rep on the pulldowns again. It's got to be the rowing biting into them. Managed the squats pretty okay. I'll go up by 10 for next week since they didn't quite hit hard enough.

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    12/12/2022

    Press 145x5x5 @8.5?
    Bench 205x5x5 @7.5?
    Barbell Curl 80x10,10,8

    Only 3 weeks left before I'm scheduled to cut, so I want to push for some higher 5x5 PRs. Took a bigger jump to 145 on the press today, and managed it alright. Might need to recalibrate the light bench though, it's getting too close to the heavy bench. Did pretty well with the new curl weight. The aim is to hit 150xx5x5 on the press by month's end, and 240x5x5 on the bench. It is entirely possible this is too fast and ambitious, but I'll be happy to get them even if it means the RPE slides up. 265x5x5 would be nice for the squat as well, and 425x5 for the deadlift.
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    12/13/2022

    Deadlift 405x5 @8
    Squat 195x5x5 @6
    Pulldown (supine) 10,8,4

    Worked out in the same place as last tuesday, pulldown machine there has some kind of friction going on with the plate stack moving. The rails the plates are on are covered in some sticky black grease. Probably was a lubricant at one point. Anyway, didn't save time working out at this place over the other place, so going back there next tuesday. I wanted to try supine pulldowns on tuesdays instead of friday, but I think the curls from monday kinda eat into them.

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    12/15/2022

    Bench 230x5x5 @8
    Strict Press 125x5x5 @7
    LTE 90x10,9,7

    Gonna be really interesting seeing if I can make that 240 5x5 in two weeks. Might have to bump up rest times to like 3-4 minutes to get it done.

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    12/16/2022

    Squat 245x5x5 @7
    Barbell Row 205x5x3
    Pulldown (prone) 165x10,10,9

    Feels like I'm getting better at the rows. They are harder, but it seems like I'm able to utilize the muscles involved better too. Surprised I gained a rep on the pulldowns after rowing. Next week I'm switching the two pulldown exercises back to the old schedule though.

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    12/19/2022

    Weigh-in: 297.2

    Press 147.5x5x5 @9
    Bench 195x5x5 @7
    Barbell Curl 80x10,10,9

    Second to last week. Press got a grind to it at the very end so I'm calling it a 9. I think I'll manage 150 next week okay though.

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