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    AS is a junior officer in my battalion.

    Age: 27-31 range (I'll ask again)
    Sex: Male
    Height: 69 inches
    Weight: 140.5lbs wearing combat boots.

    AS is painfully skinny. His natural proprioception for lifting is overall low. Unlike most military men, he appears to have never bench pressed in his life, so even that required significant teaching progression. The only lift that has looked half-natural from day one is deadlift.

    I desperately hope he heeds my advice re: eating a metric smack-ton.

    W1D1

    Press: 65x5x3

    Bench: 75x5x3


    Gangly and awkward. Form is the limiter so far rather than load.

    W1D2

    Squat: 115x5x3

    Deadlift: 135x5


    AS is highly flexible. Squatting under load, he's inconsistent with depth. Either he's an inch too high, or he nearly sits on the ground before driving up. On deadlifts, his natural start position is very close to in-model, so less work necessary there.

    W1D3

    Press: 70x5x3

    Bench: 80x5x3


    Upper body proprioception is still a challenge. Only able to add +5 to each this time.

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    These are interesting, I'll have to check in on these. I do have a question: why did you split the programming up like this? Was it for time constraints or to accommodate other physical activity?

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    Why split this way: Timing is the thing. I have time to get my training done in four shorter blocks per week, and I coach while I do my own lifts. We all gotta get our PT in. Since all 4 of the Soldiers I'm coaching are in similar schedule-blocks with me, being in the same battalion, it works for them as well with some minor variations.

    I don't recommend this as a first choice. I would heartily recommend just doing the Novice bit as written, in 3 sessions per week, if it's at all possible for your life schedule! That's how I did my own LP when I started out, after all.

    I explain a bit of this in the article here (the guys I'm working with now are in similar situations):

    Warrior Spirit: A Busy Military Commander Gets Strong in a Net Calorie Deficit | Geoff Bischoff

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    Yeah, I did mine more or less as written too. I was just curious what your reason was for doing it like that.

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    W2D1

    Missed second squat/DL day last week for a host of reasons. Couldn't be avoided.

    Squat: 120x5x3

    Movement pattern on these is poor. I think I'm going to scroll all the way down to 95 and rework up by +5s to try to drill it in.

    Deadlift: 145x5

    Actually took 145 for 2, then 3, then 5, then another 1. Trying to drill movement pattern. 145 is a fairly non-challenging weight for him; trying to get him to set back but goodness it's hard right now.

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    W2D2 and 3

    Press: 70x5x3


    A repeat but loads better looking this time.

    Bench: 85x5x3

    +5. Climbing.

    Squat: 95x5x3

    Dropped weight to work some significant form issues. This looked a lot better.

    Deadlift: 150x5x2

    This still isn't heavy for him but trying to drill a tight back.

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    W3D1

    Press: 75x5x3


    +5. Cooking now.

    Bench: 90x5x3

    Woot. Awaiting results of his weigh-in for the week.

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    W3D2

    Weigh-in: 142.0lbs. +1.5lbs. I'm really glad this is moving up.

    Squat: 105x5x3

    Looking better.

    Deadlift: 155x5

    AS is able to set his back, but only when he's not thinking about it. Somehow, "shoulders back" worked this time.

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    W3D3

    Squat: 110x5x3

    Deadlift: 160x5


    Now we're really cooking.

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    Press: 77.5x3x3


    AS needs to hit some triples for awhile, concentrate on bench as primary, and eat more food. So we're gonna make his triple soar, Lord-willing.

    Bench: 95x5x3

    +5. Solid.

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