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great session today:

Sled pulls and drags

we did it 4 different way (hold a bar behind our back, attached to our weight belt, pushing and holding a bar in front going backwards) 2 times down and back each way for a total of 8 times down and back. Didn't do a great job of keeping track of the weight but more weight this time. Top sets were over 400 lbs counting the sled

Standing Overhead Barbell Press

4 warm ups

190 lbs - 5x, 6x, 6x, 5x

230 lbs - single

170 lbs - 15x AMRAP. Happy with that

Barbell JM press

135 lbs - 8x

155 lbs - 8x

175 lbs - 8x

195 lbs - 7x

EZ Curl Bar Preacher Curls

70 lbs - 8x

90 lbs - 8x

100 lbs - 8x

110 lbs - 8x

120 lbs - 6x

70 lbs - 20x

Measured my Biceps at the end to see where I was with a pump and got spot on 20". Now I just need to keep growing to make this my cold measurement

 

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Only had time for deadlifts today cause I have a tight work deadline to meet

Deadlifts 

5 warm ups

365 lbs - 6x, 6x, 6x, 6x

440 lbs - explosive single. That moved crazy fast and easy. Moved like 315. Even my friend said he’s never seen me lift that fast and explosive. Felt dam good. I made sure to get amped up and it worked big time.

320 lbs - 12x. Left a couple in the tank 

good session 

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Accessory work tonight 

Lat Pulldowns with yes 4 All grips 

2 warm ups

180 lbs - 8x

190 lbs - 8x 

200 lbs - 8x

210 lbs - 8x

Medium Width Cable Rows with Yes 4 All Grips 

130 lbs - 10x

140 lbs - 10x

150 lbs - 10x

170 lbs - 10x

Machine Rear Laterals 

130 lbs - 10x

140 lbs - 10x

150 lbs - 10x

170 lbs - 10x

Machine One Arm Curls 

2 warm ups

170 lbs (stack) - 4 sets of 10x each arm 

130 lbs - 20x each arm 

Leg Extensions 

2 warms ups 

200 lbs - 10x

215 lbs - 10x

230 lbs - 10x

245 lbs (stack) - 10x

prone Hamstring Curls 

95 lbs - 10x

125 lbs - 10x

140 lbs - 10x

155 lbs - 10x

gratuitous bicep picture 

 

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9 hours ago, Chez said:

Accessory work tonight 

Lat Pulldowns with yes 4 All grips 

2 warm ups

180 lbs - 8x

190 lbs - 8x 

200 lbs - 8x

210 lbs - 8x

Medium Width Cable Rows with Yes 4 All Grips 

130 lbs - 10x

140 lbs - 10x

150 lbs - 10x

170 lbs - 10x

Machine Rear Laterals 

130 lbs - 10x

140 lbs - 10x

150 lbs - 10x

170 lbs - 10x

Machine One Arm Curls 

2 warm ups

170 lbs (stack) - 4 sets of 10x each arm 

130 lbs - 20x each arm 

Leg Extensions 

2 warms ups 

200 lbs - 10x

215 lbs - 10x

230 lbs - 10x

245 lbs (stack) - 10x

prone Hamstring Curls 

95 lbs - 10x

125 lbs - 10x

140 lbs - 10x

155 lbs - 10x

gratuitous bicep picture 

 

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GAINS!!!!!!!

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Fantastic chest session tonight. In such a great groove. Busted out the slingshot for overload work 

Flat Barbell Bench Press
4 warm ups 
260 lbs - 6x, 6x, 6x, 6x

315 lbs - smooth single 

Slingshot work

285 lbs - 3 doubles with slingshot 

300 lbs - double with SS

315 lbs - double with SS

330 lbs - single with SS

345 lbs - single with SS

Close Grip Floor Press - all reps paused 

235 lbs - 3x

265 lbs - 2x

295 lbs - 2x. Wow. That moved well

Incline Barbell Bench Press

225 lbs - 3x

255 lbs - 2x

285 lbs - 2x. Wow. Felt easy. I had another rep but I’ll save it

225 lbs - 10x then spotter used finger tips to help lock out 11x

Machine Pec Deck Flys

250 lbs (stack) - 4 sets of 12x

Leg Press Machine Calf Raises

1 warm up

300 lbs - 4 sets of 30x

gratuitous forearm picture:

 

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  • 2 weeks later...

Argh. Been training but been lazy about posting. I’m actually in an Amazon groove right now with all my power lifts getting stronger. Instead of training to log the workout I didn’t let’s just start with last nights great chest workout and move forward 

Flat Barbell Bench Press
4 warm ups 
260 lbs - 6x, 7x, 7x, 6x

325 lbs - smooth single 

Slingshot work

295 lbs - 3 doubles with slingshot 

310 lbs - double with SS

325 lbs - double with SS

340 lbs - single with SS. Easy but hit the pegs on the way up throwing me off balance 

355 lbs - single with SS

Close Grip Floor Press - all reps paused 

235 lbs - 3x

270 lbs - 2x

305 lbs - 1x nice, more in the tank

Incline Barbell Bench Press

235 lbs - 3x

265 lbs - 2x

295 lbs - 2x. Ya buddy

255 lbs - 6x 

Machine Pec Deck Flys

250 lbs (stack) - 4 sets of 10x

video of all the bench press working sets

 

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This weekends training:

Saturday 1/16/21

Started of with sled work in the gym with 3 other training partners. Which did it with 4 different styles (holding a bar behind the back facing forward, Attached to our weight belt facing forward, Pushing forward and lastly pulling backward with a bar). Did 2 times down and back each style for a total of 8 times down and back. Took about 1.5 hrs between all our sets. Next week we made a promise to track the weight better

Standing Barbell Overhead Press

warm ups

190 lbs - 6x, 7x, 7x, 6x

245 lbs - single attempt. So Freaking Close! Just couldn't completely lock the elbows ARGH! This would have been an all time PR and that PR was fresh while this was fatigued. Here is a still of the attempt. I'll restart the cycle upping the base weight and try to get it when it comes up again for revenge. had to use the bar I hate also

 

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185 lbs - 10x

Flat Barbell JM Press

Warm ups

135 lbs - 8x

160 lbs - 8x

185 lbs - 8x

205 lbs - 8x

Tried to do some flask work but a training partner wanted me to show him and he the flask all messed up with sweat so decided to try it again tomorrow after I saw the flask texture was all messed up

Today 1/17/21

Squats

warm ups

290 lbs - 6x, 7x, 6x, 6x

365 lbs - single. I was a little shaky but got it. Legs are still feeling yesterdays sled work

255 lbs - 16x. I left a few in the tank. I'm pretty tired

Flask 1 Hand Pinch

warm ups

83.5 lbs - 3 singles each hand

73.5 lbs - 2 doubles each hand

63.5 lbs - 2 triples each hand

63.5 lbs - 2 singles with 10 second holds each hand

Machine Rear Delt Flys

130 lbs - 10x

140 lbs - 10x

150 lbs - 10x

170 lbs - 10x

Machine One Arm Bicep Curls

warm ups

170 lbs - 4 sets of 10x each arm

125 lbs - 25x each arm

 

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9 hours ago, Chez said:

This weekends training:

Saturday 1/16/21

Started of with sled work in the gym with 3 other training partners. Which did it with 4 different styles (holding a bar behind the back facing forward, Attached to our weight belt facing forward, Pushing forward and lastly pulling backward with a bar). Did 2 times down and back each style for a total of 8 times down and back. Took about 1.5 hrs between all our sets. Next week we made a promise to track the weight better

Standing Barbell Overhead Press

warm ups

190 lbs - 6x, 7x, 7x, 6x

245 lbs - single attempt. So Freaking Close! Just couldn't completely lock the elbows ARGH! This would have been an all time PR and that PR was fresh while this was fatigued. Here is a still of the attempt. I'll restart the cycle upping the base weight and try to get it when it comes up again for revenge. had to use the bar I hate also

 

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185 lbs - 10x

Flat Barbell JM Press

Warm ups

135 lbs - 8x

160 lbs - 8x

185 lbs - 8x

205 lbs - 8x

Tried to do some flask work but a training partner wanted me to show him and he the flask all messed up with sweat so decided to try it again tomorrow after I saw the flask texture was all messed up

Today 1/17/21

Squats

warm ups

290 lbs - 6x, 7x, 6x, 6x

365 lbs - single. I was a little shaky but got it. Legs are still feeling yesterdays sled work

255 lbs - 16x. I left a few in the tank. I'm pretty tired

Flask 1 Hand Pinch

warm ups

83.5 lbs - 3 singles each hand

73.5 lbs - 2 doubles each hand

63.5 lbs - 2 triples each hand

63.5 lbs - 2 singles with 10 second holds each hand

Machine Rear Delt Flys

130 lbs - 10x

140 lbs - 10x

150 lbs - 10x

170 lbs - 10x

Machine One Arm Bicep Curls

warm ups

170 lbs - 4 sets of 10x each arm

125 lbs - 25x each arm

 

Great pressing and pinch Chez! :rock

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1 hour ago, pancho_grip_lift said:

Great pressing and pinch Chez! :rock

Thanks buddy. Ramping the pinch back up. Trying to beat my 93.5 lb flask PR once I peak 

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Yesterday’s quick accessory training;

Lat Pulldowns 

2 warm ups 

190 lbs - 8x

200 lbs - 8x

210 lbs - 8x

220 lbs - 8x

One Arm Machine Rows

87.5 lbs - 8x each arm 

100 lbs - 8x each arm

112.5 lbs - 8x each arm

125 lbs - 8x each arm

Prone Hamstring Curls

95 lbs - 10x

125 lbs - 10x

140 lbs - 10x

155 lbs - 10x

Leg Press Machine Calf Raises 

1 warm up

240 lbs - 50x, 50x, 35x, 35x

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  • 1 month later...

Enter the ramp up phase of this third cycle. Every rep felt clean and strong. Tonight’s workout:

Flat Barbell Bench Press

5 warm ups 

270 lbs - 5x, 5x, 5x, 5x

320 lbs - smooth single 

290 lbs - 3 doubles with slingshot

305 lbs - double with slingshot 

320 lbs - double with slingshot 

335 lbs - single with slingshot

350 lbs - single with slingshot

Barbell Floor Press  - every rep paused 

230 lbs - 3x

260 lbs - 2x

290 lbs - 1x

Incline Barbell Bench Press

225 lbs - 2x

255 lbs - 2x

285 lbs - 2x

235 lbs - 9x

Machine Pec Deck Flys

250 lbs (Stack) - 4 sets of 10x


Took a break from logging. I kept training just needed the break from logging to clear my head with so personal stuff going on. I’m back now. Let’s go!

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Argh. So I missed logging my last 3 workouts again. Lifted Saturday, Sunday and last night. Good sessions but I’m just going to log tonight and try to more consistent going forward. Here’s tonight’s training:

Flat Barbell Bench Press

5 warm ups 

270 lbs - 5x, 5x, 5x, 5x

325 lbs - smooth single 

295 lbs - 3 doubles with slingshot

310 lbs - double with slingshot 

325 lbs - double with slingshot 

340 lbs - single with slingshot

355 lbs - single with slingshot

Barbell Floor Press  - every rep paused 

235 lbs - 3x

265 lbs - 2x

295 lbs - 1x

Incline Barbell Bench Press

230 lbs - 2x

260 lbs - 2x

290 lbs - 2x. That moved real fast and even my partner commented that it was faster than last weeks 285

245 lbs - 8x. Also happy with that. Partner said I could have probably gotten the 9th but I decided to save it

Machine Pec Deck Flys

250 lbs (Stack) - 4 sets of 10x

 

note: next week I plan attempting an all time bench PR and it will be on my fifth set fatigued.....getting stronger 

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1 hour ago, Chez said:

Argh. So I missed logging my last 3 workouts again. Lifted Saturday, Sunday and last night. Good sessions but I’m just going to log tonight and try to more consistent going forward. Here’s tonight’s training:

Flat Barbell Bench Press

5 warm ups 

270 lbs - 5x, 5x, 5x, 5x

325 lbs - smooth single 

295 lbs - 3 doubles with slingshot

310 lbs - double with slingshot 

325 lbs - double with slingshot 

340 lbs - single with slingshot

355 lbs - single with slingshot

Barbell Floor Press  - every rep paused 

235 lbs - 3x

265 lbs - 2x

295 lbs - 1x

Incline Barbell Bench Press

230 lbs - 2x

260 lbs - 2x

290 lbs - 2x. That moved real fast and even my partner commented that it was faster than last weeks 285

245 lbs - 8x. Also happy with that. Partner said I could have probably gotten the 9th but I decided to save it

Machine Pec Deck Flys

250 lbs (Stack) - 4 sets of 10x

 

note: next week I plan attempting an all time bench PR and it will be on my fifth set fatigued.....getting stronger 

Hey Chez! Good luck on that PR next week... you will do well I'm sure

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1 hour ago, pancho_grip_lift said:

Hey Chez! Good luck on that PR next week... you will do well I'm sure

Thanks buddy. I have been experimenting with how to peak with this programming and my body’s response. I have failed before but I think I have learned a lot and should be better prepared next week. Will take video 

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  • 9 months later...

Im back. Time to start logging again…..

 

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Gotta start logging again so I’ll start with last night’s session. I was super sick Sunday and Monday basically spending most of those two days in bed eating very little and feeling super weak so I’m happy I was able to force myself to the gym last night and some solid work in:

Standing Overhead Barbell Press

240 lbs - solid single. This actually shocked me cause I’m Sunday I was so sick that just walking around was hard. Nice turn around. Video below 

190 lbs - 4x, 5x, 5x, 5x

decided to skip the AMRAP set cause I didn’t want to tax myself to much after getting over the illness 

Slick 2.5” Crusher 

137.5 lbs - double each hand 

140 lbs - double each hand 

142.5 lbs - double each hand 

145 lbs - double each hand 

137.5 lbs - lift and 10 sec hold each hand 

138.75 lbs - lift and 10 sec hold each hand

140 lbs - lift and 10 sec hold each hand

 

decided to call it quits there. Quick session just to get back in the flow

 

 

 

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Tonight’s training:

Deadlifts 

warmed up several sets and worked up to a 455 lb single which moved well which again is shocking considering how sick I was just recently but I’ll take it 

355 lbs - 4x, 5x, 5x, 5x

again skipped my AMRAP set cause I don’t want to over do it coming back from being sick 

Lat Pull Downs 

1 warm up set 

180 lbs - 8x

190 lbs - 8x

200 lbs - 8x

210 lbs - 8x

One Arm Machine Rows 

62.5 lbs - 8x each arm 

75 lbs - 8x each arm

87.5 lbs - 8x each arm
100 lbs - 8x each arm 

 

enough for tonight 

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So now that I am back to closing my 194.5 lb super elite, I laid out my gripper progression and tools I’ll need to get the MM8/9. I took a picture but I plan to make a video on it cause two of those tettings are adjustable (ones on the plastic) and the spring marked for specific ratings which is super cool. Basically I have one lb jumps all the way to 210. 

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Here is the video:

 

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11 minutes ago, Chez said:

Here is the video:

 

Good luck Chez I am sure you will smash it!

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32 minutes ago, DevilErik said:

Good luck Chez I am sure you will smash it!

Thanks buddy. I’ll give it everything I got 

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Chez, thank for the shout out on the Tetting adjustables. I started converting those in 2009 as well other gripper modifications like the bottom mount chokers and extensions later for various training methods. There's probably in the low 200 count range of them out there that I converted to adjustable mount alone. As well as considerably more than that converted to bottom mount choker of all brands and types. I still can do the conversion if one needed it done I just don't advertise or often get asked to do it anymore now that there are so many gripper options out there. One of these days I need to show some of the specialty methods I came up with that work with some of the customizations. 

Anyway, good luck with your training and I know you will get it.

- Aaron

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3 hours ago, Chez said:

Here is the video:

 

Great video! Lots of good info. 

You have some unbelievable gripper strength. 

Good luck on the mm8 I know you’ll get there. How did you injure yourself? And are as strong now as pre injury?

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4 hours ago, Nuttgens said:

Great video! Lots of good info. 

You have some unbelievable gripper strength. 

Good luck on the mm8 I know you’ll get there. How did you injure yourself? And are as strong now as pre injury?

Thanks buddy. I inured myself on the tips tester in competition. I didn’t learn proper technique and it’s a super dangerous event so even light weight tore my pulley. And yes before the pandemic I got back up to even past were I was before the injury but then the gyms closed and I tweaked my Pec and then my wrist so I finally about 95% back after overcoming those injures 

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