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    Coaching a friend now. Here's hoping for consistency, commitment, and compliance.

    Mid-20s, Army officer, fast runner but not strong. 74", 165lbs.

    Intent: 2/wk, and 2/wk conditioning/running (because Army). Got the conditioning days set in places that will hopefully keep its impact on training minimized.

    Today, teaching progression and then:

    Squat: 105x5x3

    His form from the chest down is pretty good for a newbie. It was a surprising challenge for him to get his arms and shoulders into position, and the grip is painfully tight for him even with his hands out by the collars (doesn't help he's got a 7-foot wingspan). His body had another 40lbs in it, but we stopped at 105. We'll add weight next session.

    Bench: 105x5x3

    He was surprised to learn how far he had to bring his arms in to have vertical lower arms in the down position. Needs work on wrists, tightness, everything. He has a recent set of 135x8 in an Army gym, but 105x5x3 was the perfect weight for him.

    Deadlift: 175x5

    Pressed for time, so had to stop at 175x5. He smoked this, so he may've had 205x5 today if we had time to get there. 0.9 seconds per pull, consistently, in double overhand, and his form is a lot better than expected for a new deadlifter.

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    Tim's LP, W1D2

    Corrections: Tim is 30, and weights 173 at start of LP.

    Squat: 135x5x3

    Bumped 30lbs today. Got his grip much better nailed-in on the warmup, and he was able to concentrate better on moving weight, rather than on fighting wrist pain.

    Press: 65x5x3

    First press session. Worked on straight wrists, and elbows forward.

    Deadlift: 205x5

    30lb bump here, too. As it was, the working set locked out in 0.8 to 1.2 seconds per rep. Form is looking pretty solid. Needs to keep the bar against his legs better.

    Bench: 125x5x3

    Tim is massively undertrained in his upper body, especially in relation to his Army peers. Army dudes who joined at 18 have been bro-benching and doing tons of push-ups for 12 years now. Tim needs more upper body volume, and I'm going to give it to him for as long as he can tolerate it.

    Good session today. We're supposed to be back at it Thurs.

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    Tim's LP, W2D1

    Squat: 145x5x3


    10lb bump. Grip's going even better; squats are moving fast. Limiting factor remains grip flexibility, but he said 2nd session was better than 1st, and 3rd was better than 2nd. Progress!

    Press: 80x5, 5, 4; 75x1

    Coaching failure here. He'd have had 75 for sets across, but I got greedy. We'll do 77.5 for sets across next session.

    Deadlift: 215x5

    Another 10lb bump. The last of them I think. The set was taxing for him (even though slowest rep was 1.4 seconds, but you know how it goes: Feels like 1.4 years). He's jerking a bit rather than pulling out slack, and the "high hips" cue that worked so well last session was over-working this time. So ... slow and steady.

    Bench: 130x5x3

    These came up quite easily.

    Good session, on a Tuesday. Tim's decided that right now he can swing T/TH/SA so we'll go with that.

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    Tim's LP, W2D2

    Squat: 155x5x3


    Another +10. Much easier time getting under the bar. He's not flexible enough yet to gain value from a "proud chest" cue, but that's in his future.

    Press: 77.5x5x3

    Much better. Worked press 1.5, and told him to quit screwing around up top (he was taking 2 or 3 breaths at upper lockout before valsalva and bounce-press). Elbows-forward consistency is an issue. But he smoked this.

    Deadlift: 225x5 Video with crappy camera-holding at Geoffrey Bischoff on Instagram: “@tzell170 with a 225x5 PR. SDG! Fire that camera man. He sucks. #22000lbs4johnson #22miles4johnson #weights #wendler531 #teamssoc…”

    Not hard. Bar gets in front of him a bit; he has to be reminded to keep it in contact with his legs. At some point, heavier loads will self-correct that: He'll either sock it in tight, or the bar will stay on the ground.

    Bench: 135x5x3

    Tim reports this is the most weight he's ever done for 15 reps. He reports a 185-lb bench single back in high school when he was a soccer player, but can't recall how legit it was (touch chest? Can't recall. Spotter help? Can't recall). Anyway, smoked this.

    Another good session. Today marks exactly 7 days since our first session, so stats:

    Squat: +50 (105 - 155)
    Bench: +30 (105 - 135)
    Press: +12.5 (65 - 77.5)
    Deadlift: +50 (175 - 225)

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    Notation change: Tim is logging his first four sessions as "Week 1," even though it's an enhanced "week." So we'll call this:

    Tim's LP, W2D1


    Biggest thing to report: BW is 181 today. That's 8lbs gain in 10 days. He's been incredibly compliant in the eating department, and his young, T-ridden body is responding.

    Squat: 165x5x3

    +10 again, and still flying up so far. More improvement on bar grip and position; better looking all around. Introduced "proud chest" cue, with immediate improvement.

    Press: 80x5x3

    Moving now. This came up easy. If Tim's feeling ballsy and well-recovered, he says he may want 85 next session.

    Deadlift: 235x5

    +10. These still moved fast; fifth rep was Tim's first experience of grind. I showed him the stopwatch after the rep: 1.82 seconds to lockout. He barely believed it; said the music quit in the gym and time froze basically. In any event: He wants to move to 5lb bumps, and that sounds fine by me.

    Bench: 140x5x3

    Easy.

    Put a belt on him for all lifts this time. My wife's belt; Tim's got a 3" belt on the way in the mail.
    Last edited by Geoff Bischoff; 01-26-2020 at 05:01 PM. Reason: Spacing. Also, weight gain is for 10 days, not 7 days.

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