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Wed (8/21)

DU - IMPs

Yellow Nail

1/4 x 7" Grade 5

DU - BBWs+

Golden Bastard - 36 degrees

GripTopz Adj. Thick Bar

(1x1) 80

(1x1) 105

(1x1) 140

(1x1) 170

(1x0) 190

(1x1) 185

Ab work

Thought I had a chance at the Golden, but it froze up after 2 hits. I took the wraps off to measure, and saw it was just over 35 degrees. I tried to get the wraps back on, but they collapsed and I couldn't get the bar back in. Next time, it will go down! This was my second time with the adjustable thick bar. 190 came up a little, and 185 was a solid lift. Going to work this until I can get 200lbs., and then I will analyze my program for it.

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Sun (12/6) Deadlifts - Conventional (1x3) 135 (1x2) 225 (1x1) 315 (1x1) 405 (1x1) 455 (1x1) 500 The raw-conventional comeback is done (maybe)! I've wrote about in the past, how I started off

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Here is the 345 bench from yesterday. Not a perfect rep, but I'll take it! Bodyweight was around 195lbs.

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Very nice!!! 4 more degrees!!!

How do you like the ADj Thickbar? How does it compare to RT?

Thanks Mike! The Golden isn't as tough as the Bastard on the initial kink, but the beginning of the "sweep" for DU is a different story. It seemed to really ramp up at around 30 degrees.

I love the adjustable thick bar ... so far! 2 workouts in and I'm still watching YT videos to check others' techniques. But, a really awesome piece of equipment. And having FOUR different diameter handles is awesome! As compared to the Rolling Thunder ... it's a lot better, at least for my purposes. The RT is a piece of art in quality and appearance, but I hit my ceiling pretty quickly, and the output-input ratio just isn't worth it for me. I hate to complain about hand size, but my hand length at 7 3/8 makes it really tough to get good on the RT. With the ATB, there is no "excuse." I'd have to put in a ton of work to get to 150 on the Rolling Thunder, and I have too many other things going on for that.

And I did a quick experiment with the different diameter handles (middle two) when I was working the ATB the other day. Right around 160, I started to loose my grip with the bigger handle, but the smaller handle, the weight was still flying up. The different sized handles make all the difference in the world on this lift (at least for me), and I am confident that with the right amount of work, my lifts will go up. (I can't say that about the RT.)

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Thur (8/22)

Deadlifts - 2 in. Block

(1x3) 135

(1x2) 225

(1x2) 315 - add suit (straps down)

(1x2) 405

(1x1) 475

(1x1) 515

(1x1) 545 - straps up

(1x1) 570 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImXTes3_ABU

This was my first time trying pulls off of blocks. They were only 2 inches high, but definitely altered the technique at the bottom, making the first few warmups a little awkward. I'm hoping to add a few things into the routine, to give me a better chance at reaching my long-term (5+ years now) goal of a 600lb. deadlift. Next up, though, is a triple-bodyweight pull of 585, which I think will fall before the end of the year.

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Fri (8/23)

Speed Bench

(1x3) 135

(1x3) 155

(7x3) 155 - add chains

Bench Press

(1x17) 225

Dips - 20lb. chains

(2x10)

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Sat (8/24)

Squats

(1x5) 135

(1x3) 225

(1x2) 315

(1x1) 385

(1x2) 435 - add briefs

(1x1) 455

(1x1) 495

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Wed (8/28)

Bench Press

(1x5) 135

(1x3) 185

(1x3) 225

(1x3) 265

(1x5) 300

Speed Bench - chains

(8x3) 155

Grippers

(1x5) #1

(1x5) #1.5

(1x5) #2

(1x1) GHP5

The bench felt pretty strong today and I may have been good for another rep on the 300, but was alone and didn't chance it. Grippers felt pretty good too, after not having done them in awhile.

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Fri (8/30)

DU - IMPs
Yellow Nail
1/4 x 6.5" Grade 5 bolt

DU - 1.25" BBW/Suede
FBBC Golden

DO - IMPs
Yellow Nail
1/4 x 6" Square
Red Nail

Ironmind Hub
(1x1) 40
(1x1) 45
(1x1) 55

FBBC Golden Bastard DU cert. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rgy76emYTxw

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Sat (8/31)

Squats

(1x5) 135

(1x3) 225

(1x2) 315

(1x2) 405 - add briefs

(1x1) 440

(1x1) 455

I won't be able to wear knee wraps for a few weeks, due to a new tattoo. I definitely felt the difference today without wraps, as I normally don't do any reps over 425 without them.

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Sun (9/1)

Bench Press

(1x5) 135

(1x3) 185

(1x3) 225

(1x3) 255

(1x3) 315

Bench Press - Slingshot

(1x3) 365

(1x1) 385

(1x0) 405

(1x1) 405

Lying Kettlebell Ext.

(2x10) 30

(1x10) 35

Tricep Pushdowns

(2x10) rack

The 315 felt pretty solid. I might have been good for a fourth rep, but it would have been a grinder-type. I was doing some experimenting with feet position today, and had a solid 385 with the Slingshot. But the 405 wasn't even close. On my redemption attempt, I went back to the old setup, and got a solid rep.

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Tue (9/3)

Ironmind Hub
(1x1) 45
(1x1) 50
(1x1) 55

GripTopz Adj Thickbar
(1x1) 75
(1x1) 110
(1x1) 145
(1x1) 170
(1x1) 190

GripTopz Stub
(1x1) 15
(1x1) 25
(1x0) 30
(1x1) 30

Dips
(1x15)
(1x8) 20lb. chain

Lying Kettlebell ext.
(2x12) 20

Grippers
(1x5) #1
(1x5) #1.5
(1x2) GHP5
(1x25) #1

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Wed (9/4)

Speed Bench - minis

(1x3) 135

(5x3) 155

(3x3) 135 - add chains

Floor Press

(1x5) 135

(1x3) 225

(1x3) 245

(2x1) 295

Horseshoe - 1.25" suede

SCF Lite Plain #000

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Fri (9/6)

Deadlifts

(1x5) 135

(1x3) 225

(1x2) 315

(1x2) 405

(1x1) 475 - add suit/straps down

(1x1) 525 - straps up

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Sat (9/7)

Squats

(1x5) 135

(1x3) 225

(1x2) 315

(1x2) 405 - add briefs

(1x1) 455

(1x1) 495

Adjustable Thickbar

(1x1) 75

(1x1) 110

(1x1) 145

(1x1) 170

(1x1) 180

(1x1) 195

The 195 on the adjustable thickbar was a PR. The handle started to slip, but I was able to hold on. Next time, I'm definitely going for 200!

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Sun (9/8)

Bench Press

(1x8) 135

(1x3) 185

(1x3) 225

(1x3) 275

(1x3) 320

Bench Press - Slingshot

(1x3) 385

(1x1) 405

Tricep Pushdowns

(2x10) rack

Kettlebell Extensions

(2x10) 30

Today was the first time I have ever done anything over 315 for reps on bench raw. The 320 was fast/solid on the first two reps, then had to fight the third up. The 405 rep with the Slingshot was a lot better than last week.

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Mon (9/9)

DO - IMPs

Yellow Nail

1/4 x 6" Grade 5

Red Nail

DU - IMPs

Blue Nail

1/4 x 6.5" Grade 5

DU - BBW

1/4 x 6" Grade 8

Horseshoes - 1.2" suede

SCF Lite Rim #2

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Wed (9/11)

Floor Press
(1x5) 135
(1x3) 185
(1x3) 225
(1x2) 275
(1x2) 285

Speed Bench - bands
(1x3) 135
(7x3) 135 - add chains

Dips
(1x10)
(1x10) 20lb. chain

Kettlebell Extensions
(2x10) 20
(1x10) 35

Grippers
(1x5) #1
(1x5) #1.5
(1x8) #2


The 8 reps with the COC #2 was a PR ... previous best was 7. I've been backing off on grippers lately, but staying consistent, just less frequent. Kinda surprised at the progress.

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Fri (9/13)

Shrugs
(1x5) 225
(1x5) 315
(1x5) 405
(1x3) 475

DU - BBW
Blue Nail
1/4 x 7" Square
N x 7" O1 Drillrod (445lbs.) - 25 degrees

Horseshoes - 1.25" suede
SCF Lite Plain #00 - 45 degrees

Adjustable Thickbar
(1x1) 110
(1x1) 145
(1x1) 180
(1x0) 200 - close
(1x0) 205 - close again


I wanted to get 200 today on the adjustable thickbar, and came pretty close to a lockout. Added 5lbs. to prevent the mental thing with 200 and came close again. By the time I tried the horseshoe, my hands were hurting and I had a lot of trouble trying to sweep it, then just stopped.

The DU attempt was for a cert. today. Even though I got it to 25 deg., it stopped cold ... there was not going to be any more movement. Pretty happy with the progress on this bar, as a few months back, I barely got a few degrees with it. At this point, I think a 425-430 bar would fall; the 445 is pretty brutal!

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Sat (9/14)

Squats
(1x5) 135
(1x3) 225
(1x2) 315
(1x2) 405 - add briefs
(1x1) 455
(1x1) 505
(1x1) 525

Ironmind Hub
(1x1) 40
(1x1) 45
(1x1) 50
(1x1) 55

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Sun (9/15)

Bench Press

(1x8) 135

(1x5) 185

(1x3) 225

(1x3) 275

(1x1) 315

(1x1) 340 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zo71tJRA5lQ

Kettlebell Extensions

(2x10) 30

The 340 was an all-time raw PR, at any bodyweight. I did 335, I think, when I was around 220. Weighed in today at 196.

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Mon (9/16)

DU - IMPs

Yellow Nail

Blue Nail

1/4 x 7" Square

1/4 x 7" Grade 8

Horseshoe - 1.25" suede

SCF Lite Plain #00

The DU grade 8 is a PR, I think, with IMPs. It was nice to get the LP00 after having missed a few recently, especially to get one of these after a long, long day! Forearms are pretty fried now, but I'm looking to make another attempt at the N x 7 (445lb.) bar in singles soon.

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Thur (9/19)

Speed Bench - bands

(1x3) 135

(3x3) 145

(5x3) 145 - add chains

Bench Press - 3 board

(1x3) 275

(1x3) 315

(1x3) 335

(1x3) 365

Grippers

(1x5) #1

(1x5) #1.5

(1x1) #2

(1x0) #2.5 - 1 cm

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Fri (9/20)

Deadlifts
(1x5) 135
(1x3) 225
(1x2) 315
(1x1) 405
(1x1) 475 - add suit/straps down
(1x1) 540 - straps up


DO - IMPs
Yellow Nail
1/4 x 7" square
Red Nail

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Sat (9/21)

Squat
(1x5) 135
(1x3) 225
(1x2) 315
(1x1) 335
(1x2) 405 - add briefs
(1x1) 455
(1x1) 495
(2x1) 520

DU - BBW
Yellow Nail
1/4 x 7" square
N x 7" (445lb.) - 20 degrees

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Sun (9/22)

Bench Press
(1x8) 135
(1x5) 185
(1x3) 225
(1x3) 255
(1x6) 300
(1x3) 365 - add Slingshot
(1x1) 385

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