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    I recently finished reading starting strength. I have been barbell lifting for several years now, followed by a few months of crossfitting. I am still weak, because I have been a pansy about eating enough and increasing the weights on my lifts. But two months ago, I decided to man up, drink my milk and start adding weight to the bar. In the next 6 months or so, I hope to officially become an adult male. I'm 185 right now, and I think I could reasonably get to 200 in the next 15 weeks.

    I will try to regularly update this log. One day, I will come back, read through the whole thing and laugh about how pathetically weak I once was.

    Stuff I still need to buy:
    -Olympic shoes (what do you guys recommend---I've heard rogue is the best deal)
    -Weight belt [ordered $20 4 inch belt from bb.com]
    -Wraps
    -Gripper (my grip is by far the limiting factor on my deadlift---I figure working with a gripper might help me improve in this area?)
    -Fat grips [ordered]
    -Chalk [ordered]
    -Practical programming [ordered]

    PR's.
    Squat: I squatted 275x1 (10/09), 260x5 (12/1/09)
    Deadlift: 310x1 (10/09), 250x5 (12/1/09)
    Squat clean: 155x1 (12/1/09)
    Power clean: 155x1 (08/09)
    Press: 135x1 (10/09), 105x5 (11/30/09)
    Jerk: 155x1 (10/09)
    OHS: 65x3
    Snatch: I think 65x1
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    Sounds good. We are at about the same level except I've been doing SS for 2 months to get mine.

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    are the snatch and ohs in kgs or lbs?

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    That's a good question about the grip, I'm not at the point my grip is limiting me, and I hope that deadlift will be enough to strengthen the grip for quite some time, but I'd like to know myself WWRS (What Would Rip Say).

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    Quote Originally Posted by strongdaniel View Post
    (my grip is by far the limiting factor on my deadlift---I figure working with a gripper might help me improve in this area?)

    PR's.
    Squat: I squatted 275x1 (10/09), 260x5 (12/1/09)
    Deadlift: 310x1 (10/09), 250x5 (12/1/09)
    Your deadlift is definitely weak in comparison to your squat. Are you using a mixed grip? or double overhand? You might want to invest in some chalk too...

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    I just bought a set of 6 grippers--100# trainer all the way thu 350# job--from a link in Danial Evans sig. It cost me about $100 including shipping.

    http://www.griptraining.co.uk

    If you are in the US like me, you'll have to follow the US link to order. It's somewhere in there on the main page. Main page also has a very simple beginner grip program to follow.

    I like the grippers a lot. In just 3 grip workouts i've gone from not being able to close the 200# gripper, to closing it for 5 regular and inverted singles.

    Oh and I like the Pendlay barbell Do Wins. The heel is probably a bit too high, but I don't notice it and really like the way they fit and feel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raskolnikov View Post
    Your deadlift is definitely weak in comparison to your squat. Are you using a mixed grip? or double overhand? You might want to invest in some chalk too...
    Awesome user name.

    I am doing double overhand on my warm ups, and then once I get to the point where I can't hold it double underhand, I switch to mixed grip. I am aware my deadlift blows. Isn't the rule of thumb: dl=1.333xsquat?

    I will add chalk to my list of stuff to buy.

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    Monday Nov 30 2009

    Shoulder Press
    5x105x3

    Dips: 10,10,4
    Pullups: 8,7,3

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    Tuesday Dec 1 2009

    Squats: High Bar Warmup
    5x65
    5x135
    205
    225x2
    245

    Worksets--Squats: Low bar
    260x5
    260x4
    260x5 (PR)

    Squat cleans (I spent the last three months learning how to do these and want to transition to olympic lifting at some point---is it cool if I do these instead of power cleans?)
    Warmup
    45x5
    95x1
    115x1
    135x1

    Worksets
    6 sets of 145x1
    1 set of 155x1 (PR)

    Barbell curls (first time doing barbell curls)
    8x65 (pr)
    7x65 (pr)

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    Wednesday Dec 2, 2009

    Bench press
    Warmup:
    8x45
    8x135
    2x185

    Work sets
    5x195
    3x195 (damn spotter helped me out after I asked him not to! That said I was having trouble making it through that lift)
    5x195

    Note: my previous best was 3 full worksets of 195. But I didn't feel very fresh in my warm up and decided to not increase the weight, given my perception of fatigue was fairly high.

    Questions:

    1. Since I didn't complete the workset, should I repeat the same 5x3x195 next time I bench or should I up the weight a marginal amount?

    2. Also---I had been doing 2 full body workouts a week (Work out A on monday/tuesday, work out B on friday/saturday). But after finishing starting strength, I started doing the three workouts a week. I feel so much better, and my progress is so much smoother on the 2 days a week. Am I being a pansy if I switch back to 2 days a week, or is that a valid strategy?

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