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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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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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1 hour ago, Hopefully said:

Okey, yeah I think I'll try them later on. I'm thinking 1-2 sets of supramaximal resistance. Just 5-10lbs more or so. 

Just make sure to warm up thoroughly as well

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great chest session tonight 

Bench Press

4 warm ups

250 lbs - 5x, 5x, 5x, 5x

295 lbs - easy single 

210 lbs - 17x AMRAP. Dam cardio rep out

Incline Bench Press

205 lbs - 5x

225 lbs - 3x

245 lbs - 3x

Smith machine Floor Press - each rep paused 

275 lbs - 2x

295 lbs - 2x

315 lbs - 1x

Machine Pec Deck Flys 

190 lbs - 10x

210 lbs - 10x

230 lbs - 10x

250 lbs (stack) - 10x

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On 7/26/2020 at 9:38 PM, Chez said:

So now that I am back at a gym (a ct one cause NY is still closed) I’m thinking about some goals to shoot for by year. I’ll start with lifting goals

Deadlift - 500 lbs 

Squat - 405 lbs 

Are you following any sort of programming for the big 3 lifts?

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1 hour ago, cdhester2011 said:

Are you following any sort of programming for the big 3 lifts?

I started a program for bench and overhead press a couple weeks back and I’m going to start running it for squats and deadlifts soon 

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That 500 pound deadlift is elusive.  Seems like you should be pretty close hitting 455 for a double.

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4 minutes ago, cdhester2011 said:

That 500 pound deadlift is elusive.  Seems like you should be pretty close hitting 455 for a double.

Thanks. In all honestly it isn’t an impressive deadlift for someone my size (I’m big) I have a history of knee, ankle and foot issues do to a genetic problem though. Had to go through several surgeries and years of rehab but I believe I am finally past them 

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Arms and shoulders done. Almost time for sled. I’ll update the log later but feeling great today

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Great session today. I felt strong on everything and the cool temperature and great breeze really helped on the sled 
 

Standing overhead Barbell press

3 warm ups

180 lbs - 4x

180 lbs - 5x

180 lbs - 5x

180 lbs - 4x

210 lbs - 1x

150 lbs - 18x AMRAP cardio rep out

Preacher Curls 

70 lbs - 10x

80 lbs - 10x

90 lbs - 10x

100 lbs - 10x

70 lbs - 15x

triceps push downs

high rep warm up 

80 lbs - 10x

90 lbs - 10x

100 lbs - 10x

120 lbs - 10x

Machine Crunches 

125 lbs - 4 sets of 30x

 

straight from the gym to the sled

Sled Pulls/drags - 3 different ways

Forwards with arms back 

300 lbs - 35 feet down and back

400 lbs - 35 feet down and back

Forwards attach to weight belt

300 lbs - 35 feet down and back

400 lbs - 35 feet down and back

Backward arms forward

300 lbs - 35 feet down and back

400 lbs - 35 feet down and back

More weight than last week and it moved way faster. The cool temperature and nice breeze made a huge difference 

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Great chest workout. Continuing to ramp up

Bench Press

4 warm ups

250 lbs - 5x, 6x, 6x, 5x

300 lbs - easy single 

215 lbs - 16x AMRAP. Dam cardio rep out.

last rep was a grinder 

Machine Pec Deck Flys 

210 lbs - 10x

230 lbs - 10x

250 lbs (stack) - 8x

250 lbs (stack) - 8x

Incline Bench Press

205 lbs - 3x

225 lbs - 3x

245 lbs - 3x

Floor Press - each rep paused 

225 lbs - 3x

250 lbs - 2x

275 lbs - 1x

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