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    Post Intermediate training for the army.

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    My novice training log (not quite long)
    Hi,
    After some time on the NLP, namely 15 weeks, I started transition to TM.
    I didn't execute NLP quite well, to say least. Introduced light squat day too late, and didn't take as much 10lb jumps on deadlift as I could. On top my skinny ass couldn't gain 10lbs per month any more, just can't tolerate so much food.

    Starting numbers 16 weeks ago (11.12.2023):
    18/6'2/190lbs
    Squat - 175lbs (all time best 225 x 5)
    Bench - 185lbs (all time best 195 x 5)
    Deadlift - 240lbs (all time best 265 x 5)
    Press - 95lbs
    Power Cleans - 65lbs

    Finished NLP with:
    18/6'2/227lbs
    Squat - 285lbs 3x5
    Bench - 237lbs 1x5
    Deadlift - 345lbs 1x5
    Press - 132lbs 5x3
    Power Cleans - 175lbs 4x2

    Current programming is:
    Tue: Squat 5x5 (90% of this friday's weight), Bench/Press 5x5 (90% of this friday's weight), Power Clean 5x3 +2.5lbs
    Thu: Squat 3x5 (80% of monday), Press/Bench 5x3 (90% of last volume weight), Power Snatch 5x3 +5lbs (power snatches are very light now, so I can afford doing more sets to practice)
    Sat: Squat 1x5 + 5lbs, Bench/Press 1x5 +2.5lbs, Deadlift 1x5 +5lbs.
    Also throwing some chin-ups after workout if I have enough time.

    Goals: Squat 365 x 5, Bench 255 x 5, Deadlift 425 x 5, Press 160 x 3.
    Also unit I'm looking to join requires 60 push-ups, 12 pull-ups, running 2 miles under 14 mins, and 70 sit-ups.

    I'd love to go for bigger goals, but my country needs me as soon as possible.
    And for those curious, it's not U.S army.

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    02.04.2024 - Volume day. BW:~228lbs, Sleep: 9hrs

    Squat - 265 x 5x5
    Press - 122 x 5x5
    Power Clean - 165 5x3

    Note: I start to understand why people say that this program is hard lol.

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    I did not start the NLP until I was 66. After 6 months or so I transitioned to the Texas Method for a few weeks but then changed to something else by coaches instruction. I asked him why he moved me off of TM. He said, "It was killing you." TM is hard.

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    04.04.2024 - Recovery day. BW: ~228lbs, Sleep: 9hrs
    Trying TUBOW Squats.

    TUBOW Squat - 210lbs x 3x5
    Bench Press - 175lbs x 5x3
    Power Snatch - 65lbs x 5x3, Hang PS 65lbs x 2x3. - Hang PS 04.04.2024 30kg - YouTube
    Chin-ups purple band - 3x10

    Note: Power Snatch is fun At least while it's light...
    TUBOW is super weird to use for the first time. But I feel how useful it is. I will do TUBOW Squats on recovery days from now on.

    Thank you for sharing, Carson. I think I may run it for longer since I'm 18. We'll see though. If I won't succeed on TM, I will look for a coach (probably).
    Last edited by jukh; 04-04-2024 at 12:49 PM. Reason: forgot to mention chins

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    06.04.2024 - Intensity day. BW: ~228lbs, Sleep: 7.5hrs

    Squat - 290lbs x 1x5
    Press - 128lbs x 1x5
    Deadlift - 345lbs x 1x5

    Note: Today it was both easiest 270+ squat, and easiest 330+ deadlift. Felt like I did 4 instead of 5 reps (I did 5 actually).
    Does somebody know if I need to recalculate weights for Volume day every time, or do I just add 5lbs to Squat/PC and 2.5lbs to Bench/Press? Because, for example, next week volume day, if I to calculate it as 90% of 135kg, it's 121.5kg, but if I just go along and add 2.5kg it will be 122.5. 1kg difference is not so much I know, but in the book it's described as 90%, so I'm asking.

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    Just add weight to both each time. Reset every now and then when it creeps too far outside that range. A good rule of thumb is to just repeat the volume day when the increase is off by a whole increment (which will happen at these weights, for example, at around the 150 mark). But even then there's no reason to do this unless it becomes a problem.

    The relationship between the volume and intensity weights is extremely approximate. It's best to think of them as two separate workouts that are progressed independently. At lighter weights like these, keeping them closer is honestly probably better. Adjust it when needed, not before.

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    Thank, Maybach!

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    09.04.2024 - Volume day. BW:~228lbs, Sleep: 9hrs

    Squat - 270lbs x 5x5
    Bench - 215lbs x 5x5 - Damn this was hard. I seriously lack carbs. Even though I ate big portion of oats with honey, banana and clementine
    Power Clean - 170lbs x 5x3

    Note: Well. This was... draining...
    First time cutting rest time to 5 minutes for Squat and Bench, and 3 for PC. Not as bad as I thought it will be. Especially concidering that sessions took 2.5-3hrs previously. Now I'm down to 2.

    I have to increase carbs significantly to stay with TM. I've been eating 350-400g of carbs before today (since I added more fat, I became lazy to eat carbs, because I hit daily calories with fat instead). Goal now is 600-650, maybe I'll need to reduce fat though.

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    I also found cure for my nausea during squats. I just started using toilet right before last warmup set. I don't know how this is related to nausea, but it helped... At least now I don't feel a need to stay next to trash bin for couple of minutes.

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    starting strength coach development program
    11.04.2024 - Light day. BW:~229lbs, Sleep: 8hrs

    Tempo TUBOW squat - 175lbs x 3x5
    Press - 110lbs x 5x3
    Power Snatch - 75lbs x 3x3
    Chin-ups purple band (one notch lower) - 3x10

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