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    STATS: M18, 68kg/149lbs, 174cm 5'7"

    Started training in Nov. 2019 w/ an empty bar. Ran SL5x5 for a bit, then switched to SS shortly after. Took a 3 month break from march->july 'cause of corona

    Never tested my 1RMs, however these are my current training numbers:

    SQ: 112.5kg / 250lbs3x5
    Bench: 62.5kg / 137lbs 3x5
    DL: 130kg / 286lbs 1x5
    OHP: 47.5kg / 104lbs 3x5

    I've replaced the power clean with pendlay rows 'cuz I don't feel confident (so I guess INDTP, really), but I'll probably start doing it in the future.

    The last squat formcheck that I filmed was at 105kg, and I'm pretty sure my form is very similar now @ 112.5kg.

    My bench is bothering me the most currently, last session I tried for 65kg and ended up with 4/2/1 reps throughout the sets. Low bench volume is honestly bothering me, though I probably just need to eat more tbh. If the next session goes poorly as well, I'll upload a formcheck just in case.
    Squat is getting harder as well, but I haven't failed yet.

    It took me two OHP sessions to complete 47.5kg (failed on the last rep of the third set 2 sessions ago...), and I think I'll jump to 1kg increments from now on.
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    I'm assuming that you take 4-6 minutes rest between work sets on the bench. If not you might want to take a minute or two longer rest between work sets.

    You do have a spotter or at least safety bars for the bench, correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by carson View Post
    I'm assuming that you take 4-6 minutes rest between work sets on the bench. If not you might want to take a minute or two longer rest between work sets.

    You do have a spotter or at least safety bars for the bench, correct?
    My rest breaks are usually between 4 and 5 minutes on bench, so I think I've got that down, and yeah I also use the safety bars properly. Honestly I think bench is my weakest point overall, after uploading the formcheck next session I'll try to find an optimal way to increase volume.
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    Many of the lifters here seem to have good advice from watching a video. If you are able to do so you may wish to post something to the Technique area. I claim nothing for myself but others have been helpful.
    It's just a thought.

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    06/10/2020

    SQ - 115kg
    Bench - 65kg (4/3/3, reps increased since last time, if I fail bench next session, I'll deload 10%)
    BB row - 67.5kg

    Overall the squat is getting a lot harder, I wouldn't be surprised if I fail them next workout, but I'm not planning to

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    08/10/2020

    SQ - 117.5kg (5/5/4) - video here
    OHP - 50kg (5/4/4)
    DL - 135kg (1x6)

    Unfortunately failed my squat for the first time today, right at the last rep (reps were 5/5/4). Gonna try again next time.
    Failed the OHP as well, reps were 5/4/4, though considering I made a 2.5kg jump I'm pleasantly surprised.
    Deadlift went smooth, although my grip started failing even with a mixed grip, on the pronated hand. I have really short thumbs, so hook grip is kinda hard to do successfully, so I may go the strap route (still using double overhand on warmups up to 110kg).
    Last edited by bool3max; 10-08-2020 at 03:08 PM.

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    For people who weigh 149lbs/68kg, the following article should be inspirational:

    Eating Through the Sticking Points | Matt Reynolds

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    Your depth is fine but your shoes are you enemy. Get some proper lifting shoes for stability. Your feet and were wobbling all over the place.

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    10/10/2020

    SQ - 117.5kg (5/5/5, completed it this time, was a lot easier for some reason)
    Bench - 65kg (5/5/5/4/5, third time's the charm apparently, went from 4/1/1 to 4/3/3 and now finally completed it on the third attempt, though I added 2 extra sets at the end for extra volume)
    BB row - 67.5kg (5/5/5)

    Really glad about finally completing 65kg on the bench and not having to deload. Also completed the 117.5kg squat on the second try, though I can already see 120 being pretty hard. Hopefully I'm wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J. Killmond View Post
    For people who weigh 149lbs/68kg, the following article should be inspirational:

    Eating Through the Sticking Points | Matt Reynolds
    It sure is inspirational but then I remember how expensive it gets to eat that much. Perhaps in the US this is doable on minimum wage, but as an example, a double cheeseburger from McDonalds here will run you $2.8, while the average wage in the country is close to $300, perhaps even lower.

    I'm not saying that I personally can't afford to bulk efficiently or that there aren't cheap and easy ways to bulk (there are and I'm working on it ), just painting the picture.
    Last edited by bool3max; 10-10-2020 at 11:22 AM.

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