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11 minutes ago, Chez said:

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 

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. 

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Starting to feel real......  

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

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

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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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Continuing to ramp up 

Standing overhead Barbell press

3 warm ups

180 lbs - 5x

180 lbs - 5x

180 lbs - 5x

180 lbs - 5x

215 lbs - 1x

155 lbs - 16x AMRAP cardio rep out

Preacher Curls 

70 lbs - 10x

90 lbs - 10x

100 lbs - 10x

110 lbs - 10x

80 lbs - 15x

V bar triceps push downs

high rep warm up 

90 lbs - 10x

100 lbs - 10x

110 lbs - 10X

120 lbs - 10x

70 lbs - 20x

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Great chest workout. Continuing to ramp up

Bench Press

4 warm ups

250 lbs - 6x, 6x, 6x, 6x

305 lbs - smooth single 

220 lbs - 14x AMRAP. Dam cardio rep out

Incline Bench Press

210 lbs - 5x

230 lbs - 5x

250 lbs - 3x

Smith Machine Floor Press - each rep paused 

255 lbs - 3x

275 lbs - 3x

295 lbs - 2x

Machine Pec Deck Flys 

230 lbs - 8X

250 lbs (stack) - 8x, 8x, 8x

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Great shoulder and arm workout 

Standing overhead Barbell press

4 warm ups

180 lbs - 5x

180 lbs - 6x

180 lbs - 6x

180 lbs - 5x

220 lbs - 1x

160 lbs - 16x AMRAP cardio rep out

Preacher Curls 

75 lbs - 8x

95 lbs - 8x

105 lbs - 8x

115 lbs - 8x

85 lbs - 15x

V bar triceps push downs

high rep warm up 

70 lbs - 15x

75 lbs - 15x

80 lbs - 15x

85 lbs - 15x

 

 

 

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So my parents recently bought a lake house in the Catskills ny and I spent yesterday helping them move out old furniture (my third Saturday doing so) so I was pretty exhausted today. I started a deadlift program today so it was suppose to be a light day but I felt beat up from yesterday so everything felt heavy today but I still got through my back workout:

Deadlifts 

5 warm ups

365 lbs - 4 sets of 3x

400 lbs - 1x

275 lbs - 10x AMRAP. Ya, I am dead at this point. This should really be more like 20x but I’m exhausted. It’s ok. I’ll bounce back next week. Happy I was able to get through the session considering 

Lat Pulls Downs 

200 lbs - 8x

210 lbs - 8x

220 lbs - 8x

220 lbs - 8x

Close Grip Cable Rows 

170 lbs - 8x 

190 lbs - 8x 

210 lbs - 8

230 lbs - 8x


picture of the lake from the back deck of my parents new place:

 

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Just some accessories and wrist work tonight:

machine crunches

140 lbs - 4 sets of 20x

Leg extensions

185 lbs - 8x

200 lbs - 8x

215 lbs - 8x

230 lbs - 8x

Leg Press Machine calf extensions 

warm up set

320 lbs - 4 sets of 25x

Lying Hamstring 

95 lbs - 8x

110 lbs - 8x

125 lbs - 8x

140 lbs - 8x

front levers, rear levers, supination, pronation using a light exercise bar with weight added at the end both left and right hand 

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In a good groove right now. Ramping up nicely. Here’s tonight’s work

Barbell Bench Press

4 warm ups 

250 lbs - 6x, 7x, 7x, 6x

310 lbs - single. I wasn’t set up right so I started leaning to my right and It threw me off but I was able to pull it in and finish it. Obviously fatigued from previous sets as reps are increasing every week. 

225 lbs - 13x and spot to finish the 14th. Happy with that since the triceps are very fatigued at this point 

Incline Barbell Bench Press

215 lbs - 3x

235 lbs - 3x

255 lbs - 3x. Last rep wasn’t easy 

Smith Machine Floor Press - every rep paused 

260 lbs - 3x

280 lbs - 3x

300 lbs - 2x

Standing Alternating Dumbbell Hammer Curls

1 warm up 

45 lb DBs - 8x each arm

50 lb DBs - 8x each arm

55 lb DBs - 8x each arm

60 lb DBs - 8x each arm

Machine Pec Deck Flys - Palm down

250 lbs (whole stack) - 4 sets of 8x

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Great shoulder and arm workout. Weights/reps keep going up and I’m feeling great 

Standing overhead Barbell press

4 warm ups

180 lbs - 6x

180 lbs - 6x

180 lbs - 6x

180 lbs - 6x

225 lbs - 1x. Solid. Think I can break my standing overhead PR by year end 

165 lbs - 14x AMRAP cardio rep out. Might have had 1-2 more reps but decided to save the energy

Preacher Curls 

70 lbs - 10x

100 lbs - 8x

110 lbs - 8x

120 lbs - 8x. Most I have done on preachers in a while. Felt great

90 lbs - 15x

Rope triceps pull downs

high rep warm up 

60 lbs - 10x

65 lbs - 10x

70 lbs - 10x

75 lbs - 10x

second bicep session this week. I decided to really make a push for 20” arms. I think they are 18.5 right now which makes my all time biggest but I have to measure to make sure. Sitting at like 285-290 lbs 

 

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Late night second workout ended in an all time flask PR

Seated DB side laterals

25 lb DBs - 10x

30 lb DBs - 3 sets of 10x

face down Rear DB laterals 

20 lb DBs - 10x

25 lb DBs - 3 sets of 10x

One Hand Flask Pinch

serval warm ups 

93.5 lbs - wow. That was close. Probably to competition cross bar height but no way to know for sure 

93.5 lbs - got it to full lock out! New all time PR on my slick flask. My flask is super slick. It’s the hardest I have ever tried. I always lift more on others and this was with my surgically repaired right hand which has always been weaker on pinch even before the surgery. Can’t go 100% on my left right as I rehab a left wrist injury. This isn’t even my final form! Let’s (bad word filter)ing Go! video below 

93.5 lbs - partial lift. Little worse than the first. This will soon be routine. Hell ya

83.5 lbs - 3 sets of doubles 

76 lbs - 3 sets of triples 

76 lbs - 3 singles with 10 second holds 

 

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yesterday I had a training session at Tim Butlers place but I wasn't able to do anything worth mentioning. Little bit of an off day for me. I squatting to wake up my central nervous system so my legs were sore going into the gym today but I still hit squats and did pretty well considering

Barbell Back Squats

5 warm ups - my legs were super tight and sore

290 lbs - 4 sets of 3x

320 lbs - 1x

220 lbs - 10x. I cut it short because of the extra squats yesterday. This should be more like 20x fresh. I didn't push myself super hard because I am just starting the cycle with legs

Lying Hamstring Curls

95 lbs - 10x

110 lbs - 10x

125 lbs - 10x

140 lbs - 10x

Lat Pulls Downs

2 warm ups

200 lbs - 8x

210 lbs - 8x

220 lbs - 8x

230 lbs - 5x. 

Machine Chest Support Rows

125 lbs - 10x

150 lbs - 10x

175 lbs - 10x

187.5 lbs (whole stack) - 10x

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Really great session. Strongest in a while and everything felt smooth 

Barbell Bench Press

4 warm ups 

250 lbs - 7x, 7x, 7x, 7x

315 lbs - single. Felt great, even better than last weeks 310 so I’m happy

230 lbs - 12x amrap

Incline Barbell Bench Press

225 lbs - 3x

245 lbs - 3x

265 lbs - 3x. Stronger than last week with more weight on every set in the workout leading to this 

Smith Machine Floor Press - every rep paused 

265 lbs - 3x

285 lbs - 3x

305 lbs - 2x

Standing Alternating Dumbbell Hammer Curls

1 warm up 

50 lb DBs - 8x each arm

55 lb DBs - 8x each arm

60 lb DBs - 8x each arm

Machine Pec Deck Flys - Palm down

250 lbs (whole stack) - 4 sets of 10x 

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great training today:

Standing overhead Barbell press

4 warm ups

180 lbs - 6x

180 lbs - 7x

180 lbs - 7x

180 lbs - 6x

230 lbs - 1x

170 lbs - 13x AMRAP cardio rep out.

video of ever working set below 

Preacher Curls 

70 lbs - 15x

80 lbs - 12x

90 lbs - 10x

100 lbs - 8x.

straight to my buddy‘s house for farmers walks. We decided to switch back from sled work. It’s been a while since doing farmers so I was a little rusty but went big last set and hit a PR

120 lbs per hand - 35-40 feet down and back

170 lbs per hand - 35-40 feet down and back

220 lbs per hand - 35-40 feet down and back

 

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Great session today. A female friend at the gym has never done deadlifts and asked to train with me so she could learn. I spent a lot of time instructing and cheering her on/recording her so only back work today cause it took longer than usual woking with someone. She’s a badass though and pushed herself very hard for being a tiny woman. I was impressed with her work ethic and heart. I always tell people the numbers you lift don’t matter as much as how hard you work and she never backed down.

Deadlifts 

5 warm ups

365 lbs - 3x, 4x, 4x, 3x

405 lbs - smooth single 

285 lbs - 20x AMRAP. Went all out. I was already beat up from shoulder press and farmers yesterday and haven’t done high rep deads in a very long time so this was brutal. Plus the deadlift room is super hot with no air vents 

Lat Pull Downs 

1 warm up

160 lbs - 10x

170 lbs - 10x

180 lbs - 10x

Machine Chest Supported Rows

125 lbs - 3 sets of 10x

note - I went super light on pull downs and rows cause the last set of deads really took a lot out of me 

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Quick session last night that I forgot to log:

Leg extensions

1 warm up 

185 lbs - 10x

200 lbs - 10x

215 lbs - 10x

230 lbs - 10x

lying leg curls 

95 lbs - 10x

110 lbs - 10x 

125 lbs - 10x

140 lbs - 10x

2.5” my slick crusher lifts

140 lbs right/130 left - 3 singles 

130 right/120 left - 3 doubles 

120 right/110 left - 3 triples

120 right/110 left - 3 singles with 10 second holds

- I took a break from thick bar after PRing on my slick crusher so I’m ramping back up. Left hand with the wrist issue continues to improve 

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Best bench session in a really long time. I can feel I am getting stronger every week. I really notice it on my lockouts

Bench Press

4 warm ups

250 lbs - 7x, 8x, 8x, 7x

320 lbs - 1x. I felt that was I shifting to the side again which threw me off a little. This bench is a little narrow and slippery especially cause I sweat so much but I was able to get it under control and finish the single. This is actually pretty close to my all time max of 325 and this was after 4 sets of moderate volume and fatigued so I am super happy. A new PR is coming soon!

235 lbs - 11x and slight miss on the 12th AMRAP

Video of all the working sets below

Incline Bench Press

230 lbs - 3x

250 lbs - 3x

270 lbs - 2x

Smith Machine Floor Press - Every rep Paused

265 lbs - 3x

285 lbs - 2x

305 lbs - 1x. Easy money. More weight next week.

 

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Argh. Behind in the log again. Had my quarterly board of directors presentation last week so I pulled some late nights but still training. Only thing worth mentioning is my squat and gripper workout on Sunday:

Squats 

5 warm ups

290 lbs - 3x, 4x, 4x, 3x

325 lbs - smooth easy single 

225 lbs - 20x AMRAP. Really happy with that. Think that is the first time I have done 20x with 225 and this is a 6th set AMRAP so I was fatigued 

Right Hand MMS Grippers

worked up to 3 straight singles with my 194.5 lb RGC Super Elite and missed the 4th by a hair. Super happy about that. Wrist is getting better everyday. Now I’m going to use the bumper on this gripper to transition to my 198 grand elite. Video of the super elite closes below 

 

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