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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. Been training but got lazy with logging so here’s a quick recap of the week I missed:

bench press and shoulder press: press strength is back to respectable numbers as the wrist just feel better and better. I started my old bench press program since it’s back up around 315. I had my strongest shoulder press session since the pandemic started today which I will post next. But soon will start a program for that also once install. 

Squats and Deadlift: these keep going up. Last workouts my max set for squat was 345x3 and a backoff of 275x10 no problem. For deads I hit a top set of 435x2 so I am happy I am making progress on the lower body. 

grip- I killed gripper last session maxing at my 190 MM5 for 2 singles no problem so the crush is coming back fast now that the wrist is getting better. I also killed pinch hitting 88.5 on my slick flask dominating it and got a partial with 91 and hit 73 lbs on my 4 inch block for 3 singles. 

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Morning session today:

Just had my strongest shoulder press session since the pandemic started

Seated 1 Arm DB Press

3 warm ups

75 lbs - 2x each arm

85 lbs - 2x each arm 

95 lbs - 2x each arm 

105 lbs - 2x right, 3x left 

115 lbs - 2x right

95 lbs - 10x right, 8x left 

- left wrist feels great today

Pec Deck Fly Machine 

180 lbs - 10x

195 lbs - 10x

210 lbs - 10x

225 lbs - 10x

1 Arm Machine Bicep Curls 

2 warm ups

180 lbs (Max) - 4 sets of 8 each arm 

1 Arm Machine Triceps Extensions 

1 high rep warm up 

125 lbs - 4 sets of 8 each arm 

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Straight back from the gym to sled work this afternoon:

Sled Pulls/drags - 3 different ways

Forwards with arms back 

285 lbs - 35 feet down and back

360 lbs - 35 feet down and back

Forwards attach to weight belt

285 lbs - 35 feet down and back

360 lbs - 35 feet down and back

Backward arms forward

285 lbs - 35 feet down and back

360 lbs - 35 feet down and back

- I have 400 in me 

 

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Deadlifts tomorrow......can’t wait! Let’s go!

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Great deadlift session today

Deadlifts

4 warm ups

315 lbs - 2x

355 lbs - 2x

395 lbs - 2x

445 lbs - 2x. Felt good. More in the tank

Stiff Leg Deadlifts 

275 lbs - 10x

Leg Extensions

155 lbs - 10x

170 lbs - 10x

185 lbs - 10x

Leg Press Machine Calf Raises 

1 warm up

200 lbs - 20x. Tough machine 

180 lbs - 3 sets of 20x

Lat pull downs

150 lbs - 10x

170 lbs - 10x

190 lbs - 10x

Close Grip Cable Rows

150 lbs - 10x

170 lbs - 10x

190 lbs - 10x

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Late logging so quick recap of week highlights:

Bench - restarted the program I was following before covid and did my second workout. Like all workouts it starts light so nothing major to report 

Standing Barbell shoulder press - first time trying this since the gyms closed. I messed around and found my current max is 225. I actually got over confident and tried 245 and 235 first and failed so maybe I have 230 in me with the correct jumps but I’ll leave it at 225 and started the same program I’m doing for bench for standing press. 

Grip - had a another strong flask and 4 inch block session. Hit 88.5 lbs on my slick flask and got air with 91. I know the 91 will happen soon. Got 75.5 with the 4 inch block which is a post surgery pr: for thick bar I reset the cycle with the crusher so light sets of 5 and brought out the original wrist wrench and hit 85 on it. Need to get to over 100 if I ever want the inch 

 

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My local gym finally reopened last night and I had a great squat and gripper workout. In the rush I forgot my wrist wraps, chalk and gym bag so I did the grippers without chalk and still killed it:

squats

3 warm ups

225 x 3

270 x 3

315 x 3

355 x 3 - nice. More in the tank also

280 x 10

Lying Hamstring Curls 

95 lbs - 4 sets of 10x

note - I bruised my ribs this past weekend helping family move which I had to block out squatting. It hurt even more on the Hamstring Curls laying facedown on them so I went really light 

Right Hand MMS Grippers

no chalk cause i forgot it at home 

several warm ups

194+ super elite - very slight miss

194+ SE - got this time and got it on video. Video below. Crush is coming back as the wrist heals!

194+ SE - slight miss. 

174 RB 280 - 3 doubles 

165 elite - 3 triples 

Note - I normally finish with RBA negatives but I forgot it at home as well argh. I’ll do them next session with bench press 

here is the super elite close. Still at the end 

 

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My third bench workout restarting this program so it’s still light but here is tonight’s session:

Bench Press

4 warm ups

250 lbs - 4 sets of 4x

285 lbs - easy single 

200 lbs - 18x AMRAP. Dam cardio rep out

Incline Bench Press

195 lbs - 5x

215 lbs - 5x

235 lbs - 5x

Smith Machine Floor Press - each rep paused 

245 lbs - 3x

265 lbs - 3x

285 lbs - 3x

Machine Leg Press Calf raises 

1 warm up 

280 lbs - 4 sets of 25x

Right Hand RBA Crush negatives

3 warm ups 

6-6 - 5 sec hold 

6-7 - 5 sec hold

7-7 - 5 sec hold

7-8 - 5 sec hold 

8-8 - 5 sec hold x 3

 

picture of me warming up: “no one cared who I was until I put on the mass......ah.......mask”

 

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Second over press session since the gyms reopened:

Standing overhead Barbell press

3 warm ups

180 lbs - 3x

180 lbs - 4x

180 lbs - 4x

180 lbs - 3x

200 lbs - 1x

140 lbs - 20x ARAP. Cardio rep out 

Pec Deck machine flys

170 lbs - 10x

190 lbs - 10x

210 lbs - 10x

230 lbs - 10x

Preacher Curls 

70 lbs - 8x

90 lbs - 8x

100 lbs - 8x

70 lbs - 15x

V bar triceps push downs

high rep warm up 

70 lbs - 10x

80 lbs - 10x

90 lbs - 10x

100 lbs - 10x

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Great deadlift session today. Heaviest in a long time.

Deadlifts 

4 warm ups 

315 lbs - 2x

360 lbs - 2x

405 lbs - 2x

455 lbs - 2x. Dam that was a grinder. I was cursing like sailor at the mirror fighting through the sticking point.

stiff leg deadlifts

275 lbs - 8x

Lat pulls downs 

160 lbs - 10x

170 lbs - 8x

180 lbs - 8x

190 lbs - 8x

Close Grip Cable Rows 

150 lbs - 10x

170 lbs - 8x

190 lbs - 8x

Leg Extensions 

155 lbs - 10x

170 lbs - 8x

185 lbs - 8x

200 lbs - 8x

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Today’s top deadlift set (455 lbs x 2). I will be the first person to admit this isn’t much weight for someone my size but I have a history of lower body injures/issues to a genetic foot/ankle issue so I am finally making progress after serval Surgeries And years of rehab 

 

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Tonight’s session 

Bench Press

4 warm ups

250 lbs - 4x, 5x, 5x, 4x

290 lbs - easy single 

205 lbs - 18x AMRAP. Dam cardio rep out

Incline Bench Press

200 lbs - 5x

220 lbs - 5x

240 lbs - 3x

Floor Press - each rep paused 

225 lbs - 3x

245 lbs - 3x

265 lbs - 3x

2.5” crusher 

right hand

2 warm ups

110 lbs - 5x

120 lbs - 5x

130 lbs - 5x

130 lbs - 3 singles with holds 

humidity was horrible in the gym making me slick crusher even harder. Ran out of time so I’ll do the left hand tomorrow 

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Morning session today:

Sled Pulls/drags - 3 different ways

Forwards with arms back 

285 lbs - 35 feet down and back

385 lbs - 35 feet down and back

Forwards attach to weight belt

285 lbs - 35 feet down and back

385 lbs - 35 feet down and back

Backward arms forward

285 lbs - 35 feet down and back

385 lbs - 35 feet down and back

 

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After the sled, I went straight to the gym so here is that session:

Standing overhead Barbell press

3 warm ups

180 lbs - 4x

180 lbs - 4x

180 lbs - 4x

180 lbs - 4x

205 lbs - 1x

145 lbs - 20x ARAP. Cardio rep out 

Pec Deck machine flys

190 lbs - 8x

210 lbs - 8x

230 lbs - 8x

250 lbs (Whole stack)- 8x

Preacher Curls 

70 lbs - 10x

80 lbs - 8x

90 lbs - 8x

100 lbs - 8x

70 lbs - 15x

V bar triceps push downs

high rep warm up 

75 lbs - 8x

85 lbs - 8x

95 lbs - 8x

110 lbs - 8x 

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Late night session:

dumbbell side laterals

20 lb DBs - 4 sets of 10x

Rear Dumbbell Laterals 

20 lb DBs - 4 sets of 10x

Flask 1 hand pinch 

several warm ups 

91 lbs - 3 singles! Dominating ones also. Post surgery PR and my flask is super slick and I also lift more on others. Video of the first lift below 

81 lbs - 3 doubles 

81 lbs - 3 lifts with 10 second holds 

Sorinex 4” block 

several warm ups 

78 lbs - 1x. Post surgery PR. 
 

decided to quit cause thumb skin felt beat up and I have grippers tomorrow

 

 

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Did squats, grippers and accessory work yesterday. I felt a little tired and fried. Attempted my 197+ grand elite and look how close I got.......argh. That is frustrating 

 

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Need to buckle down and make a push right now to get over the hump. Lost lots of time rehabbing the wrist injury 

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Wow 197! geez - I've got a long road to get to that level. I know on my 2.5 it feels like I can hold it in that position forever but just can't get the last 1/16th of an inch... Funny how that works sometimes

Of course the perfect set can make all the difference.

Do you still use a plate loaded grip machine?

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5 minutes ago, eman said:

Wow 197! geez - I've got a long road to get to that level. I know on my 2.5 it feels like I can hold it in that position forever but just can't get the last 1/16th of an inch... Funny how that works sometimes

Of course the perfect set can make all the difference.

Do you still use a plate loaded grip machine?

Ya and my set was horrible yesterday which cost me the close. I don’t use a plate loses grip machine. I use the Robert Baraban adjustable for negatives 

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1 hour ago, Chez said:

Ya and my set was horrible yesterday which cost me the close. I don’t use a plate loses grip machine. I use the Robert Baraban adjustable for negatives 

Chez- you used to use the crush booster on your sorinex...do you not have it anymore? Using the bands I think really helped you back then.

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46 minutes ago, slazbob said:

Chez- you used to use the crush booster on your sorinex...do you not have it anymore? Using the bands I think really helped you back then.

Yep and it worked great but I had to sell it when I moved cause I didn’t have the space. I feel I get the same benefit with my extended handle RBA and plan to microload it with ironmind extensors bands 

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Abs, extensors and heavy RBA right hand negatives last night up to level 8-9

 

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Damn, I am really tempted to start doing some negatives to see if it would work well for me. If you use very low volume and high intensity it should provide some benefit. The overall consensus seem to be that they don't though. Seems really weird to me. 

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3 minutes ago, Hopefully said:

Damn, I am really tempted to start doing some negatives to see if it would work well for me. If you use very low volume and high intensity it should provide some benefit. The overall consensus seem to be that they don't though. Seems really weird to me. 

I have noticed they work for me. It was one of the things I started using to get to the 200 lb mark in the past. Just need to be careful. I usually do they have regular grippers closes but I’m experimenting with the day after 

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