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#301 OFFLINE   matrixsleeper

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 01:15 PM

12/26

 

2HP Euro (54mm)

54x10, 104x5, 4, 124x3, 135x2, 140x1, 145x1, 150x1, 155x1, 159x1, 164x1, 170xF

 

Red Rafter

10x6, 15x3

 

  • Finally seeing some progress on the Euro. 54mm feels the best and I'm getting more comfortable with it. Took a much wider stance and proper prep for each lift.
  • First go around with the Red Rafter from strongergrip.com. Simulates the same feel as plate curls perfectly! Much more challenging too with 10lbs feeling almost the same as a 25lb plate. This will help me achieve my goal of a 33lb plate curl.
  • My new weightlifting sneakers feel awesome. I feel more balanced and sturdy. True test will be with deadlifts and squats.


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Posted 27 December 2013 - 07:23 AM

12/27

 

Squats

45x10, 10, 95x10, 135x6, 185x2, 195x1, 205x1, 215xF

 

Hub

25x6, 6, 35x4, 45x2, 50x1, 55x1, 50x2, 45x5s, 5s

 

1arm Axel

109x3, 129x1, 150x1, 159x1

 

Not seeing much of an improvement in squats or Hub. I know I'm still very gun shy with my max on squats and it's a huge mental block for me. 205 felt easy but i constantly over think and psych myself out when I go higher than that.

 

Improved

  • 2HP Euro: Starting to feel a bit more comfortable and seen a nice jump to 164lbs from my very first 159 and constant 154's.
  • Grippers: Constant improvement and am so close to my 149 COC3.
  • Axel DL: Hit double body weight and has been feeling solid.
  • Anvil Trainer: Saw a very big 15-20lb increase last session. Hopefully getting into a groove here.

Stalled / No Improvement.

  • Squats/Bench: 205 has been a sticking point for me. Anything past and I get very gun shy. Need to change up the approach
  • Hub: Awesome showing at the King Kong Grip Challenge but since then it's been stagnant.
  • WD: Wrists have been feeling great but for some reason I'm not in my comfort zone anymore with this device. Need to keep working on it.


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Posted 02 January 2014 - 03:27 PM

12/31

 

Grippers

Tx10, #1x7, #2x5, #2.5x1, COC3xF, F,F #2.5 w/20mm block x2, 1

 

Deadlifts

135x10, 223x3, 289x2, 339xF (Huge Surpise!, wtf happen???)

 

Euro

54x10, 104x10, 124x3, 154x1

 

Red Rafter

5x10, 10x6, 12.5x5, 6

 

WD

Lv1 x10, Lv3x8-6

 

Well that's it for my 2013 training. Was a great year, worked through some bumps in the road and on to 2014! This last workout kind of sucked. I think my body is just sick of constant max attempts. It's not really training at this point so this has to change if I want to improve. From now on I will start working in that sweet spot of 3-5 reps and occasionally go for max attempts. Will start to incorporate back off workouts too once a month.

 

I will improve each session through more reps or slightly more weight. I won't see results if for example I max out at 205 with squats and try for 215. I just wont perform the squat and get no benefit. However if I try a few more singles at 205 then then next session 207.5 or more reps at 205 then it's a slight improvement.

 

The goal here will always be to make the next session more difficult by adding more weight but it needs to be in line with a smarter approach. if I can do 5 reps with a 300lb deadlift then my next session should be 5 reps with 305 or something like that.



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Posted 08 January 2014 - 11:39 AM

1/8/13

 

Squats

45x10, 95x10, 135x8, 155x6, 165x5, 175x3

 

Grippers

20mm block set: Tx10, #1x10, GHP5x6, #2.5x2R (1L), GHP5x1R (3L), 5

 

Pullups

10, 25x10, 45x3, 35x4, 3

 

Hub

25x10, 45x3, 3

 

Red Rafter

5x10, 10x7, 13.75x3, 5

 

WD

Lv1x10, lv3x7, lv4x4, 5

 

  • First real training session with the focus on training and not max attrempts
  • Squats felt good but legs were jello after 3 sets. Probably due to the fact that I've never done reps and it's always been max attempts really. Need  better conditioning and will see improvement but I'm heading in the right direction.
  • Hub was really uncomfortable as I cut my nails really short and the tips of my fingers felt raw
  • Rafter and WD were nice strength improvements and I felt stronger on each.


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Posted 09 January 2014 - 12:29 AM

I think my body is just sick of constant max attempts
 
The goal here will always be to make the next session more difficult by adding more weight but it needs to be in line with a smarter approach. if I can do 5 reps with a 300lb deadlift then my next session should be 5 reps with 305 or something like that.

 

I've been having a lot of luck doing deadlifts 3x5 once a week adding 5lbs every week. I was sort of in the same spot, maxing out too much and losing progress.


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Posted 12 January 2014 - 10:51 AM

1/12/14

 

Dips

10, 25x9, 50x6, 75x5, 100x4, 125x1 (sloppy)

 

2HP Euro

54x10, 104x6, 124x5, 135x3, 4, 140x2

 

Blob snatches

30x5 (2R), same

 

Vulcan Pinch

silver spring LV1x10, 8

 

Axel

109x10, 197x6, 247x4, 4, 4

 

Anvil
50x10, 100x5(4R), 5, 110x3

 

Pronates
7.5x7 (6R), 10x6 (2R)

 

hercules bar

10x10, 12.5x10, 15x10

 

reverse sledge DL

6x6 (3R) 6x4 +magnet (4R no magnet)

 

  • cup of coffee + 2 shots of espresso on about 7.5 ours of sleep and empty stomach. Felt great!
  • Felt super strong in dips
  • Axel was exactly 80% of max working sets
  • Hercules bar was with perfect form
    Great workout! very efficient, got everything done in 1.5 hours.


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Posted 16 January 2014 - 06:49 AM

1/16/14

 

Squats

45x10, 13510, 170x5, 180x5, 3

 

Grippers

Tx10, #1x5, GHP5x3 / 20mm block sets: #2.5x2.5, 2R, GHP5x5, 3

 

Pullups

25x8, 37.5x5, 40x6, 42.5x4

 

Red Rafter

10x8, 15x5 (4R), 4, 3

 

WD

LV1x10, lv3x8, lv5x5, 5

 

Sledge finger walks

6x2, 2

 

  • Great improvement on everything.
  • Squats, Pullups, WD and Red Rafter all felt much stronger than last week.
  • Should start adding on Saxon Curls after Red Rafter
  • Going to change needs up next workout and do GHP negatives then go back to 20mm block sets.
  • Might do a max attempt workout end of the month.


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Posted 24 January 2014 - 06:03 AM

1/19/14

 

Bench

45x20, 135x12, 165x7, 185x5, 190x4

 

2HP Euro

54x10, 104x8, 135x5, 140x4, 145x4, 170x1

 

Blob Snatches

30x7, Double 30x3

 

Vulcan Pinch (silver spring lv1)

10, 10

 

Axel

109x10, 197x5, 252x4, 298x1, 313xF

 

Anvil trainer

50x10, 115x3(2L), 2, 110x5

 

Hub

25x10, 47.5x3, same, 45x4(3R)

 

Sledge to Face

6x7, 8x5(4R), same, 10x2

 

  • Limiting factor on Axel seemed to be thick bar grip so will need to start doing more RT work.
  • Sledge felt really good but didn't want to push it.
  • Euro was a nice gain.


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Posted 24 January 2014 - 06:07 AM

1/24/14

 

Squats

45x10, 10, 95x10, 140x20

 

Grippers

Tx10, 10, #1x5, #2x5, GHP5x1, #2.5x1, GHp5x1, GHP6x1, COC3xF, GHP negs 105xF

 

Pullups

10, 25x10, 45x5

 

  • Had good energy for the morning but right after I finished that 20th rep on squats (super squats routine) Everything just went to shit. Energy dropped dramatically and got taken mentally out of the game. Could barely close a 2.5 after this. I was that shot.
  • Felt better on pullups but just didn't feel it anymore and didn't want to bother if I wasn't into it. I can make it up on Sunday most likely.
  • Missed out on the following, Red Rafter, Saxon curls, WD, Finger walks.


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Posted 09 February 2014 - 11:34 PM

Was nervous about you hitting 170 a few weeks ago butI hit 173 last session.
The race to 180 is still on!

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 08:44 AM

Good stuff Yori!

 

I honestly haven't been into training since my last session. I've been extremely mentally exhausted with the baby and work. It's honestly been crazy. The time I am finding to workout, I'm just not into it as I use to and to top it off my right hand is feeling messed up from shoveling these past weeks. Hoping I didn't do any damage and it'll heal with time. For now I'm just trying to take it easy till I get out of this mental funk.



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 11:21 AM

Though with a baby this is a tall order, I hope you get enough sleep. :sleeping:

Rest up, and get back on track soon.



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Posted 13 February 2014 - 11:46 AM

Just a personal update but I'm realizing I haven't been in top form in almost 4 weeks!!!! Not concerned at all though. I've been through this type of stuff before. My strength will dramatically dip but all i need is a few weeks or month of solid performing to get back into it and surpass all my previous max numbers. I will never be  counted out. There's always time for a resurrection!!!.


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Posted 13 February 2014 - 12:52 PM

I'm throwing a comp this summer. I expect you to be there and put up solid numbers dude. 



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Posted 28 February 2014 - 12:21 PM

Past 2 workouts I've been feeling a little better. Will post up some numbers once I feel I'm back to a somewhat normal self. Still in this. Not counting myself out at all. I'll get myself back to the frame of mind I used to have.



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Posted 12 March 2014 - 12:26 PM

Still staying consistent with the workouts. Biggest hit with the lay off has to be open hand strength. Dropped the most out of everything but I'll get it back. Working on Axel and RT. Will start replacing Axel with regular deadlifts for a few workouts and still stick with RT then rotate axel back in.

 

Experimenting with higher volume with grippers. Doing pretty good as I can now do 10 reps with my GHP5 and 5 reps with my COC 2.5. Going this route though really effects strength for bigger grippers. My last high volume session near the end I couldn't even close my GHP6 so If I want to chase the #3 I need lower volume. Was still fun to experiment.

 

Changing up the workouts to afternoons feels better mentally and energy wise but very difficult to stay focused during my lunch breaks needing to be shorter. Morning was no longer working out.