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    The video (your ass lol) keep it up. Looks like your doing well.
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    The video (your ass lol) keep it up. Looks like your doing well.
    Figured I'd show off my good side.
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    July 31, 2020

    Bench Press: 115 - 6x6
    This is definitely as high as I can go without a rack. As you can see in the video, the first rep was pretty awkward. Everything after was fine. I did notice that I wasn't setup evenly on the bench, so I'll pay more attention to that next time around.


    T-Bar Row: 80 - 6x6


    Seated Overhead Tricep Extension (Plate): 30 - 6x6


    Bench Dip: Bodyweight - 6x6
    Felt really easy today. I've struggled with it previously when done on the same day as close grip bench, but I'll need to increase reps or add weight on days when I'm not doing that exercise.



    Also got this yesterday - Bandbell Earthquake Bar. Won't be able to use it until I get that freaking rack, but I'm looking forward to testing it out. Definitely should be helpful for me since I had a shoulder injury a few years back.
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    When does the rack show up? It looks like you like rogue. Have you checked rep fitness out?

    The earthquake bar seems wild. Can’t wait to see your thoughts
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    Originally Posted by Raigs View Post
    When does the rack show up? It looks like you like rogue. Have you checked rep fitness out?

    The earthquake bar seems wild. Can’t wait to see your thoughts
    Yeah man, I've checked out just about every possible vendor when looking for certain items. In a lot of cases I ended up with Rogue stuff because they were the first to have that specific item available for purchase. I would've gotten the Rep Bumper Plates in a second if they'd been available when I was looking.

    The rack is from Body Solid, and I purchased it from a local vendor. I was told they were expecting it to arrive in 3-4 weeks. That was 9 weeks ago. I talked to the owner again about 3 weeks ago and was told I should have it within 2 weeks. I'm very limited on rack options because of the low ceiling. If I had any other good options I'd jump on them real fast.
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    One of the perks of lifting at home is that I can give not f***s about my appearance. I kind of like working out looking like a bum, with my hair (what's left of it) going every which way. Energy level was high today, but overall I was pretty uncomfortable with the lifts. To be expected since I'm not really used to doing any of them. I'm seeing improvements though - even with more weight they generally are feeling easier to do. The grind continues...

    Landmine Squat: 105 - 6x6
    Can definitely handle quite a bit more weight on this, but it's still somewhat awkward. I'll probably jump up around 20 more pounds next time.


    Barbell Hip Thrust: 105 - 6x6
    Still all over the place. It felt sloppier than last time. Will keep working on it, refining foot placement and getting my shoulder in the right position on the bench.


    Good Morning: 105 - 6x6
    Noticed in the video that I'm favoring my left side. Tried to improve that in the subsequent sets, and I will focus on it next time around also. Seems like it was a result of my feet being uneven.


    Plank: Bodyweight - 1:45 (1 min, 45 seconds) x 2
    Nothing much to say here. Added 15 seconds more than last time. It was painful (especially the second one), but planks are pretty much all about how much pain you can withstand. If you're curious what it's like to watch a plank for 1:45, check out the video, lol.
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    August 3, 2020
    Taking a week off from Pullups since I've been doing them for a few months now. Don't really have a good replacement for them either, so just doing 3 lifts today.

    Seated Military Press: 85 x 6/6/6/6/6/4
    Had to really grind out some of these reps. Didn't have anything left in the tank on the last set. I'll try this same weight again next time.


    Bent Row: 125 - 6x6
    Feeling good. I'll probably jump up another 10 pounds next time.


    Bicep Plate Curl: 35 - 8x
    Gave myself a couple of good whacks to the mouth. Nothing much else of note here.
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    You’ve reached master stage of lifting when you don’t give a **** when you are at the gym how you look. Once your over the babes the real growth happens 😅

    Seriously though nice work with the land mines and not neglecting the biceps. Do you hit the triceps a lot?


    That stinks about the rack. I’m eyeing up a split rack so it’s easy to move. I’m super limited on space. Plus I do 90% of my workouts outside
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    Originally Posted by Raigs View Post
    You’ve reached master stage of lifting when you don’t give a **** when you are at the gym how you look. Once your over the babes the real growth happens 😅

    Seriously though nice work with the land mines and not neglecting the biceps. Do you hit the triceps a lot?


    That stinks about the rack. I’m eyeing up a split rack so it’s easy to move. I’m super limited on space. Plus I do 90% of my workouts outside
    LMAO, I've not managed to get over the babes, so it's probably a good thing I'm lifting at home now. And I'm happily committed to my partner of 8 years now, with a kid on the way. That caveman in me just can't help but be distracted by females though, smh.

    I pretty much do only 1 bicep specific exercise each week, though obviously there are several others that hit them indirectly. I've done VERY little bicep work over the last several years, so it was a good time to add some in. Triceps get much more attention since they're one of the main movers (and weak point) for pressing exercises. I typically still only do 1 or 2 lifts per week that are primarily for triceps, but I very frequently do pressing exercises with a close grip to put more emphasis on triceps. Keep in mind that my programming is really bare bones right now, and I'm only doing about 14-16 lifts total per week. That will definitely increase noticeably over the coming months, and I'll have more lifts aimed at specific muscles.

    I honestly wish I could workout outside. There's not really anything quite like lifting with a nice fresh breeze and some birds chirping. Done that a couple of times before, and I'm pretty jealous that you get to do that a lot, though obviously it can be a pain when the weather gets to be extreme.

    What even is a split rack? I'm going to have to search that one up...

    I got some fantastic news about my rack. I was finally able to find a different rack online. Yesterday I noticed that Titan was taking backorders on their T-2 short rack, with an expected ship of Sept 9 or earlier. It's about half the price of the one I had already ordered, so I jumped right on it. I called up the local vendor today to cancel my order, and found out that my rack is due to arrive tomorrow, LMFAO! So I requested a cancellation from Titan. They took care of it really quickly, without any squabbling at all. I've heard some negative things online about Titan, but I've had an incredibly positive experience with them so far. I got an 8 foot Trap Bar from them a while back, and that thing is awesome. Fast (and free) delivery, really sturdy construction, and it looks good too. So yeah, been pretty impressed by them, even if it is a small sample size. So anyway, I'm pumped to go pick up my rack this weekend and hopefully get it setup. Will for sure be sharing some pics once it's all setup.
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    Sumo Deadlift: 215 - 6x6
    Did a better job of keeping my weight back today, and managed to eliminate some of the unnecessary movement. Still lots of room for improvement though. My setup needs to get more consistent. Really trying to work on the setup for all of my lifts right now, because I'm having a tendency to forget cue's without a set routine. Tried to get a different angle on the video today to see if I could pick up on anything else I need to work on.




    Hack Squat: 125 - 6x6
    Starting to get more comfortable with this, aside from a few wobbly reps where my balance got too far forward or backward.




    Decline Crunch (One Legged): 25 - 8x6
    I didn't video this, and can't find a good picture of how it's done... It's basically a normal decline crunch like shown in the image below, but only 1 ankle is tucked behind the pad while the other leg is extended straight out in front of you. This forces you to have to stabilize yourself with your abs to stay steady/balanced on the bench. The 25 pounds turned out to be lighter than I expected (I struggled to do these with just my own bodyweight the first time I did them). I ended up doing 8 reps per set instead of 6. I'll increase to at least 35 pounds next time I do this.



    I typically would do a single leg exercise on this workout, but I was short on time so it got cut today.
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    Very interesting that magically the rack will appear tomorrow 😅

    https://www.roguefitness.com/rogue-s-4-squat-stand-2

    I don’t need it for much else then bench and squats anyway.

    I’m not a fitness guru but when I do dead’s I like to keep my head in line with my spine vs looking up and having a curve in the spine. Feels like it keeps more stable.
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    Very interesting that magically the rack will appear tomorrow 😅

    https://www.roguefitness.com/rogue-s-4-squat-stand-2

    I don’t need it for much else then bench and squats anyway.

    I’m not a fitness guru but when I do dead’s I like to keep my head in line with my spine vs looking up and having a curve in the spine. Feels like it keeps more stable.
    Ahhhh, squat stands. Never heard them called a split rack before, but that makes sense. Yeah, those are a great portable option. Should work out really well for you. 😀

    Thanks for the deadlift feedback. I see what you mean. I started doing that as a corrective measure because I was looking at the floor and my back was rounding. It does seem like it’s throwing off my balance though. I’ll work on keeping my head more neutral next time around. 😉
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    Post Dinner belly on full display in today's video, lmao. Had a short time frame for my workout again, so I cut out the JM Press (which I really don't feel comfortable doing without a rack anyway).



    Pushup: Light Band - 6x2 / Mini Band - 10x4
    The light band was putting too much pressure on my wrist and it was hurting quite a bit so I changed to the Mini Band for the last 4 sets. It may have been poor placement of the band in my hand, so I'll have to experiment with that. I started out with the band inside my thumb, and then later switched to having it below my thumb (like a thumbless bench press), and that seemed to alleviate the pressure somewhat.

    Meadows Row: 35 - 6x6
    Watch the video if you're not sure what this is, but it's a one arm row with a landmine. This was my first time ever doing this lift. In the video (1st set) my grip was giving way, which made it a bit awkward. In the following sets I used my Cobra Grips and it was much easier. Definitely will be able to increase the weight a fair amount next time I do these.

    Bench Dip: Bodyweight - 6x6
    Not gonna lie, I wimped out here. Definitely should've done a different tricep exercise or added some weight. I only did this easier exercise because of how much my wrists were bothering me after doing the pushups. Kind of disappointed, but I didn't want to risk damaging my wrists (which are already in rough enough shape). Live to lift another day...


    Update on my rack. I feel like the local vendor is just jerking me around now. I got a call from him today saying that he was supposed to receive 3 of those racks today, but that the supplier didn't send them. He offered to lend me 'the little brother' to it (which is a lighter, shorter, less sturdy version) until my rack arrives. And if I prefer to keep the temporary one he'll refund me the difference. I told him I'll come pick it up and give it a trial run until my other rack shows up, and then decide. So I'll be picking it up this weekend.

    I was irritated enough that I got online to see if the Titan offer was still available, and of course it's not... They're all sold out. Sheesh! At least I'll have something now, even if I decide not to use it long term.
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    Squat: 115 - 6x6
    Felt off right from the warm ups, with my right knee feeling really unstable and with a little bit of pain. This isn't anything new - it's always been something I've had to deal with since getting a lot of wear and tear on my knees doing water sports in my younger years. I can struggle to do good bodyweight squats at times even. This was the first time it's bothered me lifting in quite a long while. Because of this, my right knee was caving in even at this light weight, and it resulted in some pretty significant hip shifting. I video'd every set so I could see what the impact was on the lift, but I've not had the time to upload it. It was pretty ugly to say the least. I think honestly I'll be better off just not squatting on days like this, and doing something different or taking a day off.

    Romanian Deadlift: 235 - 6x5
    Maybe you'll notice that I only did 5 sets instead of my usual six. All was well here until the fifth set. And actually the fifth set seemed to go fine, but after setting down the weight and standing back up straight I realized that I'd tweaked something in my lower back. Not sure what I did, or when I did it. I was supposed to do Good Morning's next, and there was no way I was messing with that, so I just cut the workout short. Back is feeling mostly normal as I type this.

    Anyway, tomorrow is another day. I should be fine to lift because there aren't any exercises that should have much impact on my back or knee.
    And I got my temporary rack today. I'm pretty happy with it, and may end up just keeping this since it's half the price of the one I have on order. I'll share some images and more feedback on the rack another time though.
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    After thinking about the RDLs yesterday, I realized that I had overextended my back on the last rep of the 5th set. I was struggling just a hair, so I cranked up the speed and over did it. I didn't notice any pain in my back at the moment I did it, but I'm sure that's what caused it. I've done it once or twice before on a normal deadlift, but never on an RDL. Back is feeling nearly 100% today though, so it was just a minor tweak.

    August 9, 2020

    Pullup: Bodyweight x 6/6/6/6/6/5
    Couldn't quite squeeze out that final rep. I had the bar sitting on the j-hooks on the highest level, and used that for my pullup bar. It worked really well honestly. The bar turned ever so slightly a couple of times, but felt surprisingly solid. One of my main concerns with this type of rack was whether or not I'd be able to do pullups, so I'm super happy with how well it works. The set shown was probably my worst as far as form. I was a bit uneasy about the bar so I restricted my range of motion somewhat. The other sets were done with better extension at the bottom. I was alternating sets with my 10 year old, which is why you can see the bands hanging from the bar.



    Seated Military Press: 80 - 6x6
    Decided against trying the same weight I failed at last time, and dropped back 5 pounds instead. Was a good decision since it took me a few sets to find a good setup for doing them on the rack. The set in the video was the first set, and it was really awkward. Not sure why the bar was so uneven throughout, because that's not something I've really noticed before on this lift, but I'll have to watch out for that I guess. The sets actually got easier as I went along. In the video I had the bar on the j-hooks, and I tried that for the first few sets but couldn't get into a position that felt comfortable. I tried using the safety bars and that worked much better. Sorry for the blinding light on these videos today. Not sure why I couldn't get the camera adjusted right.




    Bent Row: 135 - 6x6
    If you look closely in the video you can probably see that I was still favoring my left side. I tend to do that unconsciously when my right knee is acting up. Other than that I don't have much to say about this lift.



    Plate Curl: 45 - 6x6
    Curls for the girls!


    I realize you can see it in the videos above, but I took a few pics of the new rack which I'll post below. It was really easy to put together, taking me less than an hour on my own. I'm really happy with it after the first 2 workouts. I plan to test it for at least 2 full weeks before making a decision, but at the moment I'm having a hard time seeing how the one that I ordered will be worth twice as much. I ordered the more expensive version because of the extra stability, but this thing is really, really stable, and can easily handle anything I'll be doing with it. So that worry is basically gone at this point. The downsides it has are all because it's a half rack, which I already knew and was okay with. Would be nice to someday have a full rack for the flexibility it offers with using bands and various attachments, but those aren't super important at this point, and I think I can work around most of the deficiencies.

    Since I'm not sure if I mentioned it yet, the rack I'm using right now is a Body-Solid PMP150. https://www.bodysolid.com/home/pmp15...lti-press_rack







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    I think I'm in need of an extended break, but more on that later on in the post...

    Bench Press: 115 - 6x6
    First time benching in a rack in what feels like a year. One issue...the j-hooks are about a half inch too high and I was hitting them when unracking the bar. The think is, they're sitting at a place in the rack where there's a 4 inch gap in holes because the supports connect there, and lowering it to the next notch below sucks even more. Not sure how I'll resolve this yet, but I'll figure it out. The video below is from the second set of six. My setup was pretty poor on the first 2 sets, and was much better on sets 3-6. I got up on my traps far better and locked in my legs much better as well. Felt pretty good for my first relatively normal sets in a long time. Started cramping in my lower back and glutes in the last 2 sets, but that's pretty normal for me.




    T-Bar Row: 90 - 6/6/6/6/3
    Felt good until the 3rd rep of the 5th set, where I tweaked something in my back again, ughhhh. I hadn't been having any discomfort at all, and thought I was just fine after doing Bent Rows 2 days ago without a hint of pain. I felt a twinge on the 3rd rep, and then it hit me full force as I tried a fourth rep. Dropped me to my knees for a bit. I'm thinking it was the bench press that actually aggravated it, since that tends to be the lift that puts the post pressure on my lower back. It feels almost fine now, about 30 minutes later, so once again I don't think it's anything major. I was supposed to do deadlifts tomorrow, but that isn't happening. I'm thinking it's a good time for a week off, or at least a major backoff on the weight I'm lifting. A break is probably better.



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    Lower back is still a bit tender in certain positions, so I'm staying away from anything that puts me in a position where it's under any sort of pressure. And also not lifting anything heavy at all. I'm planning to do light accessory work exclusively for probably another week. I've been doing a minimalistic program since returning to lifting after a couple month break, so now's a good time to start getting my body used to more volume.

    Bench Dip: Bodyweight - 10x2 (10 reps x 2 sets)
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    Shoulder Press (Plate): 35 pounds - 10x2
    One Arm Row: 35 - 10x2
    Pushup - Close (hands elevated about 18 inches): Bodyweight - 10x2
    Overhead Tricep Extension (Plate): 25 - 10x2
    Leg Raise: Bodyweight - 10x2

    I'll be consistently increasing until I eventually get to 3 sets of 10-15 on most of the accessory lifts. And then incorporating Max lifts and Dynamic/Speed lifts into the mix.
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    Got an unexpected non-weight lifting workout over the weekend. We have some huge shelving racks in our garage that belonged to my partners ex husband. He asked if he could have them back, and we've been wanting to free up some space so that both cars can fit in the garage. So...my weekend was spent taking everything off the shelves and going through it to decide what we're going to keep and what's getting tossed. It took me a few hours on Saturday (after lifting) and then most of the day Sunday. That along with the normal stuff like mowing, weed whipping, bike rides, etc. had be pretty spent. I took Monday and Tuesday off, which is fine because I've been trying to take it easy on my back anyway.

    Back at it today though. Continuing with the lower impact and higher rep approach today, shooting for 3 sets of 15 on everything. I did my workout in two circuits. The first was alternating pullups and pushups. The second was rotating through squats, face pulls, and crunches.

    Pullup: Mini Band - x14, x12, x9
    Did as many full reps as possible on each set.

    Elevated Close Grip Pushup: Bodyweight - 15 reps x3 sets
    This is primarily tricep work. I realized in the later sets that doing a shorter range of motion actually worked the triceps better. I was using my shoulders and chest to much in the first set.

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    Plate Squat: 45 pounds - 15x3
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    Decline Crunch: Bodyweight - 15x3

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    I've not had any more pain in my back, even after moving a crapload of stuff on the weekend. I may take the next 2 days off and try to resume normal lifting on Saturday.
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    Heck yeah man. You got the rack. Probably new or easier moves so that’s why you feel so tired. Nice you took a non workout day and a few days off to recover. It’s crazy what a new piece of equipment does.
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    Heck yeah man. You got the rack. Probably new or easier moves so that’s why you feel so tired. Nice you took a non workout day and a few days off to recover. It’s crazy what a new piece of equipment does.
    Yes sir! Pumped to have a rack finally. Hope you can swing one soon too. As you already know, it opens up so many options.
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    Decided to do some more light work again today. Tomorrow will be a rest day for sure, then I'll start fresh on Saturday with some Conjugate training, which will definitely be interesting...

    Incline Chest Supported Row: 95 pounds - 10 reps x 3 sets
    Really don't know what these things should be called, lol. I'll have to find a way to elevate my bench if/when I do these again, so I can fully extend at the bottom. Otherwise it felt pretty good.

    Close Grip Bench Pin Press: 95 - 10x3
    Again, not sure on the name of this exercise. It definitely got the job done on my triceps though. I barely squeezed out the last rep on the final set.

    External Shoulder Rotation: Mini Band - 10x3
    Once again, no freaking idea what these are called. The back side of my should (posterior delts?) have always been a week point. I'll need to make sure I do these and face pulls pretty regularly.

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    Are you following a program or just kinda going with flow? Either way the work is solid! Nice work on losing weight while eating more. Must be a cleaner diet.
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    Are you following a program or just kinda going with flow? Either way the work is solid! Nice work on losing weight while eating more. Must be a cleaner diet.
    It's funny...I'm actually eating less clean. I mean, I generally stay away from empty calorie items like pizza, doughnuts, fast food, and so forth, and I'm still not eating those. I'm eating far more carbs though - bread, pancakes, oatmeal, rice. Carbs have historically made me blow up as soon as I increase them, but I've been eating like this for several months now and continued dropping weight. Like I mentioned though, I've definitely increased my physical activity. The extra calories have given me a lot more energy to be active with, and I've put them to good use.

    As far as programming, I've been writing my own programming over the last 2 months, working on gradually building up muscle and strength after a several month break from lifting. Been seeing really steady progress, and have actually learned that for many lifts I benefit from doing relatively high volume. My plan all along was to eventually transition to Conjugate Training. It's something I've always been intrigued by, and I need to give it a good run at least once. Transitioning from working out at a public gym to doing home workouts has given me the opportunity stock up on the type of specialty items that are often used as part of the Conjugate System. So it's a perfect time to give it a go. I start tomorrow, if all goes to plan.


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    First day of Conjugate. If I can keep my schedule consistent I should be doing my max days on the weekend and dynamic days during the week, which is perfect.

    Max Bench: 160 x 1
    Man...pressing has always been my weak point, but I expected to be able to hit at least 170. All things considered though, I'll take the 160. I'm still not totally confident in my lower back, so I had virtually no arch. This definitely affected my overall tightness and stability. I'm also keeping my grip quite a bit narrower than I typically have when benching (about halfway between my 'normal' grip and a close grip), and I know that even an inch makes a pretty big difference. Still, even at 155 I felt like I had 4 or 5 in me after doing the first rep, so I'm pretty surprised I hit the wall where I did.
    I have my starting point now, and I'll use this as my guideline for the next six weeks and then see what I can do in the next cycle (in six weeks will be the next time I do a conventional bench press again).



    Seated Military Press: 65 x 10/10/9
    Ran out of steam on the last rep. I think one of the reason I struggle with pressing is that one arm is a bit longer than the other. You can see it a little bit in the video below, and I've recorded other videos where it's really obvious that when fully extended my right arm is a noticeably higher than my right. I'm able to limit the impact more on bench than overhead press for some reason. This isn't an excuse since I know some top tier power lifters have limb lengths that are quite a bit different too. It's just something I've noticed when watching video of myself. I'll need to work on keeping the weight level and balanced.

    Chest Supported Incline Row: 135 x 10/10/10
    Propped up the bench on a few plates, and that worked pretty good. I probably should've started out about 10 pounds lighter because this was a grind.

    Pushup Close Grip: Bodyweight x 10/10/10
    Tricep Overhead Press (Plate): 25 x 10/10/10
    Decline Crunch: 25 x 10/10/10

    Some good volume overall today. Tomorrow will be the Max Lower day, where a standard back squat will be the primary lift.

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    Man your home gym is getting super nice! Adding the dumbbells in now.

    Nice first day! Isn’t it funny how 5# makes the biggest difference.

    Do you ever go see a chiro or get a massage. Might just be an imbalance in the body somewhere.
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    Man your home gym is getting super nice! Adding the dumbbells in now.

    Nice first day! Isn’t it funny how 5# makes the biggest difference.

    Do you ever go see a chiro or get a massage. Might just be an imbalance in the body somewhere.
    Yeah, I'm pumped to get the Powerblocks.
    You're very right about imbalances. It could very well be just that. I saw a therapist a few years ago because of a shoulder issues, and there was definitely an imbalance in range of motion at the beginning because of the injury. By the time it healed, there weren't any noticeable imbalances. But actually that doesn't mean I don't have any. I'm sure I probably do. We all probably do. But no, I've not seen anyone in several years. It's definitely something I should consider.


    August 23, 2020

    Max Lower - Back Squat: 205 pounds x 1 rep
    Was it was ugly? Yep. Did it go up? Yep!
    Can't even tell you how shocked I am that I was able to hit over 200 pounds. I've only done that once before, about 2 years ago. And this was the first time I've squatted anything over 115 in six months. Lots to work on here though. Weight got shifted too far forward. Knees both caved. Hips shifted. I'll keep working on my weaknesses.




    Hack Squat: 125 pounds - 3 sets x 10 reps
    Barbell Split Squat: 45 pounds - 2 sets x 10 reps
    First time ever doing these with a barbell, and I struggled. Almost fell over once, lol. My legs were shot and I only managed 2 sets instead of the 3 I was aiming for.

    Single Arm Plate Row: 45 pounds - 3 sets x 10 reps
    Decline Crunch: 30 pounds - 3 sets x 15 reps

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    Dynamic Bench - JM Press: 80 pounds (50% of Max) - 9 sets x 3 reps
    The focus for the primary lift on Dynamic Day in Conjugate is moving the bar with speed. The weight felt pretty good - very light in the early sets, with the reps slowing just slightly near the end.

    Close Grip Bench Press - 2 Board: 75 pounds - 3 sets x 15 reps
    Incline Skull Crusher: 45 pounds - 3 sets x 12 reps
    Hammer Curl (plate): 25 pounds - 3 sets x 12 reps
    Barbell Shrug: 165 pounds - 3 sets x 15 reps
    Face Pull: Mini Band - 3 sets x 25 reps
    Situp: Bodyweight - 3 sets x 25 reps

    Continuing to ramp up to my full programming, increasing volume steadily. I left out the T-Bar Row to keep the stress off my lower back. Also left out Bench Dips. Added in some Face Pulls.
    No video today. I recorded one set up the first lift, but was really in a hurry so I focused on just getting the work in. Video of my weekday sessions is probably going to be rare moving forward, but I'll get footage when I can.
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    Dynamic Squat - Box Squat (wide stance): 145 pounds - 12 sets x 2 reps
    Dynamic Deadift - Sumo Deadlift: 165 pounds & Mini Band - 12 sets x 2 reps

    Did only the 2 primary lifts today. Dropped Good Mornings and RDL's because I'm still feeling an odd twinge in my lower back here and there, and I don't want to press my luck too much.
    Not sure how much the Mini Band added on the deads. It was pretty tight even just in the setup. My guess would be around 40 extra pounds at the top of the lift, but I could be off on that. Felt pretty good lifting with the bands. It actually helped quite a bit in the setup, keeping everything tight and feet planted firmly. I felt like I could lean back without feeling like I would fall over. I leaned into more in the later sets, and that felt real nice.

    Here's video of the first set from each lift. First set was probably my worst - it usually takes me at least 1 rep to get in the groove, and that was the case here. They got better as the sets went along, with all of the reps moving with pretty good speed.

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    Those dead’s looked Easy. Looks like you could 315 all day with that speed
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    Those dead’s looked Easy. Looks like you could 315 all day with that speed
    Thanks man, the deads definitely felt good. I don't see myself repping out 315 any day soon, but as luck would have it I'll find out what I have in me next week (Conventional Deadlift will be my primary lower max effort lift).

    Most I ever lifted is 350 a couple of years ago, and that was conventional. After that I switched to Sumo (where I'm noticeably weaker) to build up my weak points. It'll be interesting to see where I'm at with conventional after virtually not doing it at all for a long time now.
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