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    Quote Originally Posted by carson View Post
    I'm just curious. If you are doing another LP why are you doing 5 x 5 instead of 5 x 3?
    Great question.

    I just had a bilateral inguinal hernia repair just over one month ago, and I am being slow and careful about adding weight to the bar. The weights still feel light but I am forcing myself to stick to the 5# per session plan. 5x5 isn't strictly following the program, but the higher volume from extra sets improves my sleep quality immensely. As soon as any of my reps feel grindy, or recovery is an issue, I'm dropping back to 3x5.

    Given the pain, inconvenience, and expense of the surgery, I don't want to risk screwing it up.

    Also, I'm old.
    Last edited by BPJ; 04-07-2018 at 09:49 AM.

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    Friday 4/6

    Weight - 220

    Squats 5x5 @165 (easy)
    Deadlifts 5x5 @ 165 easy)
    Bench Press 4x5 @ 150




    Next time add another 5 to squats and deadlifts, add 2.5 to bench.

    Sessions missed since restart = 0
    Number of consecutive sessions =8

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    Quote Originally Posted by BPJ View Post
    Great question.

    I just had a bilateral inguinal hernia repair just over one month ago, and I am being slow and careful about adding weight to the bar. The weights still feel light but I am forcing myself to stick to the 5# per session plan. 5x5 isn't strictly following the program, but the higher volume from extra sets improves my sleep quality immensely. As soon as any of my reps feel grindy, or recovery is an issue, I'm dropping back to 3x5.

    Given the pain, inconvenience, and expense of the surgery, I don't want to risk screwing it up.

    Also, I'm old.
    That makes good sense to me. 51 is not old. Keep up the good work.

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    Monday 4/9
    Weight - 221

    Three weeks in to my program, and things are going well. Doing 5x5 on the lighter weights while I continue to heal and regain confidence feels good. I am dog tired the next day, but not in a "beat up" way.

    Andy Baker just posted an article about dips, and that reminds me that it is about time to start working dips and chins into my program, but I think that if I do that, I'm going back down to 3x5 on the lower body exercises. Plus I want to ramp up my conditioning...so much to do!


    Squats 5x5 @170 (easy)
    Deadlifts 5x5 @170 (easy)

    Press 3x5 @ 135 (last two reps were a challenge - this will be where I hit the wall first).

    Next time add another 5 to squats and deadlifts, add 2.5 to press



    Sessions missed since restart = 0
    Number of consecutive sessions =9

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    Wednesday 4/11

    Weight - 220

    Squats 5x5 @175 (easy)
    Deadlifts 5x5 @ 175 easy)
    Bench Press 5x5 @ 155




    Next time add another 5 to squats and deadlifts, add 2.5 to bench.

    Sessions missed since restart = 0
    Number of consecutive sessions =10

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    Friday 4/13
    Weight - 222



    Squats 5x5 @185(easy)
    Deadlifts 5x5 @185 (easy)

    Press 3x5 @ 135 (messed up loading my plates, so my number didn't go up from last time)

    Next time add another 5 to squats and deadlifts, add 2.5 to press



    Sessions missed since restart = 0
    Number of consecutive sessions =11

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    Monday 4/16

    Four weeks in to my rehab, and I am still cruising along. I've been adding in some additional outdoor activities, and while they don't seem to be interfering with my recovery, I am definitely tired at the end of the day.


    Weight - 221

    Squats 5x5 @190 (not hard)
    Deadlifts 5x5 @ 190 (not hard)
    Bench Press 5x5 @ 157.5




    Next time add another 5 to squats and deadlifts, add 2.5 to bench.

    Sessions missed since restart = 0
    Number of consecutive sessions =12

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    Catching up on the last four sessions I logged on paper in the garage.

    A while back I got a great program from Andy Baker that incorporated sets of 8 for hypertropy, so for squats and deadlifts I've switched from 5x5 to 3x8. Even though it is one fewer rep, the 3x8s are a lot more challenging. I'm not huffing and puffing, but I can definitely feel it more.


    Friday 4/20
    Weight - 220


    Squats 5x5 @195(easy)
    Deadlifts 5x5 @195 (easy)

    Press 3x5 @ 137.5

    (Next time add another 5 to squats and deadlifts, add 2.5 to press


    Missed my first session since restarting

    Sessions missed since restart = 1
    Number of consecutive sessions =1


    Monday 4/23


    Weight - 221

    Squats 3x8 @200 (8's are harder than 5's. Who knew?)
    Deadlifts 3x8 @ 200 (fine)
    Bench Press 5x5 @ 150

    Sessions missed since restart = 1
    Number of consecutive sessions =1


    Next time add another 5 to squats and deadlifts, add 2.5 to bench.

    Sessions missed since restart = 1
    Number of consecutive sessions =2

    Wednesday 4/25
    Weight - 220


    Squats 3x8 @205 (fine)
    Deadlifts 3x8 @205 (fine)

    Press 3x5 @ 140

    (Next time add another 5 to squats and deadlifts, add 2.5 to press


    Missed my first session since restarting

    Sessions missed since restart = 1
    Number of consecutive sessions =3

    Friday 4/27


    Weight - 221

    Squats 3x8 @210 (harder but ok)
    Deadlifts 3x8 @ 210 (ok)
    Bench Press 5x5 @ 160 (I screwed up with loading the plates, and went up by 10 this time)

    Sessions missed since restart = 1
    Number of consecutive sessions =4
    Last edited by BPJ; 05-02-2018 at 02:11 PM. Reason: formatting

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    Monday 4/30

    Weight - 221

    Squats 3x8 @215 (harder but ok)
    Deadlifts 3x8 @ 215 (ok)
    Press 3x5 @142.5

    Sessions missed since restart = 1
    Number of consecutive sessions =5
    Last edited by BPJ; 05-02-2018 at 02:11 PM. Reason: formatting

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