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Chez
9 hours ago, Maiche 25 said:
 

Hi, your surgery seems to have been a real success! Do you still experience pain or do you think you have minor consequences anyway?

ya, I am really happy with the surgery. I had an amazing doctor and would highly recommend him. I have no pain or any discomfort. I feel good as new

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Starting to feel real......  

Still training. Just got off track with the log as I adjust my workouts at my friends home gym and the fitness center in my building. Today I attempted my 199 Rated GHP 9 for the first time ever. I di

Still alive and still training. I never stopped. Work and my personal life got crazy so I took some time off from logging. My strength is really coming back though. Almost full strength on pressing mo

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Argh and behind in the log yet again. Work is kicking my butt but I’m still training. I restored the last two 45 lb plates I bought last night to get ready for training this weekend. Tonight is chest and triceps and I will try to catch up in the log 

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So I haven't logged in a while because work has been kicking my butt and I hit some speed bumps in my training that made me take a step back and analyze how to get back on track. First I haven't been happy with my gripper training. I have gotten off track since the gyms closed and plateaued. The main reason being that I have been attempting too much and missing (I blame it on being impatient) and I started to incorporated filed grippers in the training but over relying on them. I decided to take a step back and ramp back up the right way using what has always worked. The main beyond the range work with be with my robert baraban adjustable with negatives after my main gripper work. I just had a friend file it for me and I will occasionally throw in some heavy filed singles with the Megalodon I had filed and rated. The heart of my program has always been regular MMS gripper closes with drop sets of singles double and triples and constantly trying to do more than previously (either heavier gripper or more reps/sets) and I need to get back to that. Second, I tweaked my right pec again a couple weeks ago which really pissed me off so I am again rehabbing that and ramping up the pressing work as well. Here are my last 2 workouts:

Wednesday  5/13/20

Raised the weights again this week as I continue to rehab the pec tweak but still light stuff. Good news is no issue with the pec. More weight next week. Trying to be patient and smart:

Flat barbell Bench - every rep paused

warms ups

135 - 10x

155 - 10x

175 - 10x

195 - 10x 

Incline Barbell Bench 

135 - 10 paused reps

185 - 10x

205 - 10x

Barbell Floor Press - every rep paused

185 lbs - 5x

205 - 5x

225 - 5x

205 - 10x

tricep pushdowns

100 lbs in plates - 4 sets of 10x

side note - we weighed my buddy’s 45 lb plates last weekend and almost every plate weighed heavy with most weighing 48 and change and one weighing 50 and changed. We always suspected cause weights always feel heavier in his home gym and now we know for sure 

Today 

AM Session

Farmer's Walks - each weight down and back a 35 foot course

120 lbs per hand

170 lbs per hand

200 lbs per hand - most weight the hands have felt since surgery and it felt good

PM Session

Seated One Arm Shoulder Press

70 lbs - 10x each hand

75 lbs - 8x each hand

80 lbs - 5x each hand

90 lbs - 5x each hand

- fitness room at my coop community only has up to 50 lb DBs so I got created and placed another DB on top perpendicular across the handles of the 50 lb and holding it in place with my index and middle fingers. Made the balancing a little tricky but it got the job done and probably worked my stabilizers more. 

Seated Dumbbell Later Raises

30 lb DBs - 4 sets of 10x

Rear Lateral Dumbbell raises (face down on a slight incline bench)

30 lb DBs - 4 sets of 10x

Dumbbell Skull Crushers

40 lb DBs - 4 sets of 10x. 

- Starting to get back in the groove. 

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Today's AM Training:

Deadlifts

Warm ups

315 lbs - 5x

335 lbs - 5x

355 lbs - 5x

365 lbs - 3x

Bench Over Barbell Rows

135 lbs - 10x

185 lbs - 10x

205 lbs - 2 sets of 10x

Lat Pulldowns

1 warm up

150 lbs in plates - 10x

170 lbs in plates - 3 sets of 10x

 

Another short session tongiht

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Got horribly sick right after last training session. Got contaminated and my food allergy hit me like a ton of bricks. Lots of pain. Today was the first day I felt 100%

Continuing to add weight as I rehab the pec strain. Pec felt great. Still light weight. Tonight’s training:

Flat Barbell Bench Press -Every rep paused 

Warm ups 

135 - 10x

165 - 10x

195 -10x

215 - 10x

Incline Barbell Bench

155 - 10x

185 - 10x 

225 - 5x

Barbell Floor Press - every rep paused

185 - 5x

215 - 5x

245 - 5x

225 - 8x

Tricep Pushdowns

100 lbs plates - 4 sets of 10x. Need to up reps or weight next week

Extensors

red + Gold IM band - 5 sets of 50x each hand  

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P.S. wrote this on Facebook yesterday:

So my new gripper adjustables were rated by cannon and I now can get the following cannon ratings:

197, 199, 200 (cheap gripper just broke), 201, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 2010

“That will do pig, that will do” no excuses now. Plus I got an extra set of longer handles for more ratings when the time comes. My RBA is now filed for
Negatives. I got all the tools needed. Just need to put in the work. Resetting the cycle again Sunday. Sunday can’t come soon enough. Game on

Let’s see what happens when crush genetics, a beautiful mind, crazy work ethic, insane determination and great tools come together 😜

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5 hours ago, Chez said:

P.S. wrote this on Facebook yesterday:

So my new gripper adjustables were rated by cannon and I now can get the following cannon ratings:

197, 199, 200 (cheap gripper just broke), 201, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 2010

“That will do pig, that will do” no excuses now. Plus I got an extra set of longer handles for more ratings when the time comes. My RBA is now filed for
Negatives. I got all the tools needed. Just need to put in the work. Resetting the cycle again Sunday. Sunday can’t come soon enough. Game on

Let’s see what happens when crush genetics, a beautiful mind, crazy work ethic, insane determination and great tools come together 😜

That 2010 is gonna be a 🐻!   😅🤣

Go get it big fella!

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Haven’t been posting cause I have been battling some injuries. First a pec strain and now a left wrist issue which has effected my regular lifting and grip work but felt much better today so I need to start posting again. Weight is still light but I’m ramping up 

Best bench day for me since the pec tweak and wrist started acting up. Been rehabbing like crazy. Wrapping it, ice, heat, stretching and rehab exercises and even doing red light therapy and it feels better. Only mild discomfort on the top sets as I continue to ramp up and the pec also feels great coming back from the strain

Flat Barbell Bench Press

3 warm ups 

185 - 10x

205 - 5x

225 - 5x

245 - 5x

Incline Barbell Bench Press

185 - 5x

205 - 5x

225- 5x

Barbell Floor Press

225 - 3x

250 - 3x

275 - 2x. Could have gotten a third but decided to save it for next week. Most weight so most pressure on the wrist 

245 - 3x

Tricep straight bar push downs 

50 lbs on plates - 4 sets of 25x. Left elbow has been acting up so I decided to go lighter weight and higher reps to give it a break. 

- buddy is coming over Friday so I may throw in high rep sets of incline and flat DB bench with as well for extra work. Icing the wrist as I type this 

 

 

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Buddy bailed last night so pushed the training to today for more rest

Afternoon training 

farmers walks 

120 per hand - 35 feet forward and back

170 per hand - 35 feet forward and back 

215 per hand - 35 feet forward and back. Most weight so far and most the hands have held since the surgery. Felt comfortable. Probably 220 next time. Humidity was brutal today  

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Evening training 

Seated One Arm Dumbbell Overhead Press 

3 warm ups 

70 lbs - 5x each arm 

80 lbs - 5x each arm 

90 lbs - 3x each arm 

100 lbs - 3x right and 2x left. The left wrist makes this hard plus that elbow has been cranky and since I’m using 2 50 lb DBs stacked the left has less coordination making it harder on that side 

80 lbs - 10x each arm 

note - fitness room only has up to 50 lb DBs so I’m using two DBs. A 50 and another stacked perpendicular on top. This makes it tougher since it’s a balancing act. 

seated one arm DB tricep extension 

30 lb DB - 4 sets of 15x. Going to take it easy with the triceps work by doing higher reps for a bit to let the left elbow rest up

One Hand slick Flask Pinch

Right Hand 

76 lbs - 2 singles 

81 lbs - 1x

71 lbs - 2x

66 lbs - 2 doubles 

56 lbs - 3 triples 

56 lbs - 3 singles with 10 second holds 

One Hand 4” pinch block pinch

right hand 

58 lbs - 3 singles 

53 lbs - 3 doubles

48 lbs - 3 triples

48 lbs - 3 singles with 10 second holds 

note - no pinch work with the left to let the wrist heal. Icing the wrist now and some red light therapy which I am really starting to believe in. 

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Yesterday’s training:

Squats

3 warm ups

225 lbs - 3x

255 lbs - 3x

285 lbs - 3x

305 lbs - 3x. Happy with that since I have battled so many leg injures and I did farmers walks the day before. Achilles is feeling much better. And my buddy’s plates are heavy so every set is really at least 12 lbs heavier. Going for more weight next time top set.

265 lbs - 10x, happy with that Cause I’m building my squat back up

RBA adjustable Right hand crush workout 

- cause my left wrist is bad I did my crush workout with my RBA with the extended handle and pushed the long handle into the ground to set to save my left wrist. Not worth logging as I was experimenting with the resistance. Just trying to maintain while the worst heals 

Lat pull Downs 

1 warm up 

150 in plates - 4 sets of 8x. I was tired so I went light today

Tonight’s training 

Dumbbell Single Arm Preacher Curls (Steep incline bench)

3 warm ups

50 lb DB - 4 sets of 12x each arm

Standing One Leg Calf Raises 

BW (280 lbs) - 4 sets of 30x each leg. Achilles is making great progress since I have been taking it slow 

Lying leg Raise 

4 sets of 15x

 

Keeping fighting, keep moving forward..... 

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Real quick workout tonight. Just a couple accessories I didn’t get to hit in other workouts:

Prone DB Row (incline bench)

50 lb DBs - 4 sets of 20x

Lying Band Single Leg Hamstring Curls 

green band doubled up - 4 sets of 15x each leg

- hand to experiment with this to find the right door anchor height and that that I like one leg at a time better. Nice contraction in the muscle. Best exercise with the bands by far. 

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Tonight’s training: 

Flat Barbell Bench Press 

3 warm ups 

195 lbs - 5x

215 lbs - 5x

235 lbs - 5x

255 lbs - 5x

Incline Barbell Bench Press 

185 lbs - 5x

225 lbs - 3x

245 lbs - 3x

Barbell Floor Press - every rep paused

225 lbs - 3x

250 lbs - 3x

275 lbs - 2x. Wanted a third but decided against it cause left wrist was acting up

245 lbs - 3x

straight bar tricep press Downs 

70 lb in plates - 4 sets of 20x

- again light cause left elbow has been acting up but weight than last time. 

Note - happy I increased weight on flat bench and incline. Pec feels great but dam my wrist was hurting on the heavier sets and because of it I couldn’t move up on floor press. Feel like the wrist is getting better but wears down over the workout as time passes and obviously the weight increases so thinking of pausing the weights here and moving the reps up again. More rehab tonight. “This too shall pass”

 

 

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Alright missed logging some workouts but things are going well. Back on the raise. Highlights for the workouts I missed: 

Saturday June 13th

AM

Sled Pull and Drag - we switched from farmers and used the sled which is new from me. We pulled it holding a straight bar behind the back/running forward attached to a weight belt and pulling backwards with straight bar back and forth over 35 feet of grass. I played with the weight cause this is new and worked up to 180-190 each way but it was all easy so I need to use more next time 

PM

Shoulders and tris 

highlight was working up to 100 seated one arm press (two stacked 50s) hitting 3 right and 2 left and back off of 80 for 12 each arm.

Sunday 

Deads stuff leg deads and lat pull downs

worked up to a 405 deadlift for a double which is really 420 cause the plates are heavy

Monday

rows, hamstrings calves and abs. Nothing special 

Tuesday 

Biceps and crusher. Worked up to a post surgery PR on the 2.5 crusher of 150

tonight 

Best bench session since the wrist started acting up:

Flat Barbell Bench

3 warm ups

205 lbs - 5x

225 lbs - 5x

245 lbs - 5x

265 lbs - 5x

- 10 lbs heavier than last week every set

Incline Barbell Bench Press

185 lbs - 5x

225 lbs - 4x

245 lbs - 3x

same weight but more reps set 1 and 2

Floor Barbell Press - every rep paused

225 lbs - 3x

250 lbs - 3x

275 lbs - 3x. Finally got 3rd rep after feeling too much wrist pain last two weeks to even try 

250 lbs - 3x. Just 5 lbs heavier than last week 

Tricep Pushdowns

1 warm up

80 lbs in plates - 4 sets of 20. 10 lbs more than last week 

 

- overall happy since I went up across the board and lot less wrist pain cause I am really wrapping it heavy right now 

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gerryg

I watched your coin lift with a 8 pound sledge on Facebook. I never tried this before and I had a 10 pound sledge in the garage.....embarrassed to say but it felt like it was glued to the ground and I should probably buy a 6 pounder! 

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13 minutes ago, gerryg said:

I watched your coin lift with a 8 pound sledge on Facebook. I never tried this before and I had a 10 pound sledge in the garage.....embarrassed to say but it felt like it was glued to the ground and I should probably buy a 6 pounder! 

Ya. Just one pound makes a huge difference with that lift. It’s really humbling 

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bruce1337
20 hours ago, Chez said:

Ya. Just one pound makes a huge difference with that lift. It’s really humbling 

I did a rough calculation and i'm not sure if its accurate, but on a standard 32" handle 1lb of weight equals to about 30lbs of force 

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46 minutes ago, bruce1337 said:

I did a rough calculation and i'm not sure if its accurate, but on a standard 32" handle 1lb of weight equals to about 30lbs of force 

There is a formula somewhere for the torque poundage. I forgot where 

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32 minutes ago, Chez said:

There is a formula somewhere for the torque poundage. I forgot where 

Weight times length in feet gives you foot-lbs, super simple. So 10lb 32inch hammer would be 26.67ft-lbs of torque at your hand. Can do this for other hammers or even other hand positions to figure out what hammer it could be, or comparing weighted hammers and stuff 

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58 minutes ago, Climber028 said:

Weight times length in feet gives you foot-lbs, super simple. So 10lb 32inch hammer would be 26.67ft-lbs of torque at your hand. Can do this for other hammers or even other hand positions to figure out what hammer it could be, or comparing weighted hammers and stuff 

I know they used a formula for a comp which yields a way higher number. I’ll find it later and it was used for nags scoring 

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2 hours ago, Chez said:

I know they used a formula for a comp which yields a way higher number. I’ll find it later and it was used for nags scoring 

Could have used inch-lbs, would be 12 times higher and make you look 12 times cooler 

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Alright work has been kicking my ass as always so I am super behind on logging. Things are going well i am going back up on everything. 

Wrist gets better every day. Last bench session I worked up to 275x3 flat bench last set no problem aand 250x3 incline no problem. It’s still not 100% but getting there. Last shoulder session hit a pr last sets with double stacked 50 lb dumbbells seated shoulder press of 5x right and super smooth 2x left and a back off of 80 (50+30) for 14x right and 12 left. 

last deadlift session worked up to 415x2 last set buts it’s really more 430 cause we weighed the plates 

we switched to Sledge Pull/drag in various ways from farmers walks Saturday and I am still figuring out the working weight. 225 each was too easy last session so I will up to 250 tomorrow 

for grip, the wrist has set me back on grip but im still in the 180s for grippers. Here are videos of me doing a 180 grip genie gripper rated at 180 at a training session 6/20 and I closed it 3 more times from wider sets after. Plus I dominated a 2nd gen 50 lb blob (after not touching blobs for 2.5 years) and got a 54.5 lb fat man right above knee level after and coin deadlift with a 8 lb sledge. Here are the vids:

 

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Maiche 25

The grip genie are superb. Really easy, almost sure you can close it with the GHP block, have you already tried?😀

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8 hours ago, Maiche 25 said:

The grip genie are superb. Really easy, almost sure you can close it with the GHP block, have you already tried?😀

Haven’t yet. My wrist has been bad so my gripper strength is done a little but I just bought my own 6 which is 9 lbs heavier than the one in the video. At peak strength I definitely could cause I have closed heavier at that distance 

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