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    Those dead’s look super easy! Nice work just getting going even though you wanted to skip. You got a nice looking rack in the garage as well. Nice work on hitting the pause squats. How long was the pause?
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    Originally Posted by 400Lb Gorilla View Post
    I try to bring the bar to my chin or just under my chin, where it still touches my chin, and come back up. I have long arms compared to my upper torso so depending on your mechanics you may have to pick a spot lower than the chin or higher than your chin.
    Awesome. Thanks for sharing this with me. It's super helpful. I've been doing mine slightly differently...starting the descent more like a normal bench press, and then breaking at the elbows after the bar has been lowered a few inches. That was how I heard/saw it described in a video from JM at one point. It's not really working for me though. Feels like 2 separate movements rather than one smooth motion. I'll probably try it more like you're doing it next time around, to see if that feels better.

    Today was paused squat day for me too, lol. First time doing them in about 2 years, and yeah...they still suck. That was some strong deadlifting there - looks really good. Don't know how you managed to do pullups after that. :O
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    Originally Posted by Motiviert View Post
    Man been busy lately. But we out there. Mirin last few workouts hard
    Check your PMs lol I am not sure what happened

    Originally Posted by Raigs View Post
    Those dead’s look super easy! Nice work just getting going even though you wanted to skip. You got a nice looking rack in the garage as well. Nice work on hitting the pause squats. How long was the pause?
    lol they felt heavier than they looked That rack is almost ten years old and all it really needs is some good touch up paint! It is a BodySolid cage, although I might be wrong. The manufacturer label came off a long time ago

    Pauses were 3-5 seconds. I let the stretch really take hold.


    Originally Posted by CW47 View Post
    Awesome. Thanks for sharing this with me. It's super helpful. I've been doing mine slightly differently...starting the descent more like a normal bench press, and then breaking at the elbows after the bar has been lowered a few inches. That was how I heard/saw it described in a video from JM at one point. It's not really working for me though. Feels like 2 separate movements rather than one smooth motion. I'll probably try it more like you're doing it next time around, to see if that feels better.

    Today was paused squat day for me too, lol. First time doing them in about 2 years, and yeah...they still suck. That was some strong deadlifting there - looks really good. Don't know how you managed to do pullups after that. :O
    I try to do them the way the JM Blakely does them but I am still working towards that:




    I think as long as you are not using the shoulders to "cheat" the weight up that most of the work will still smash the triceps.
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    SST Week 3
    Press Day

    Press
    Warm-up
    45x10
    95x5

    Working Sets
    145x5
    165x3 <---- This time I got it
    185x1
    195x1
    205x1
    215x1 New Max

    Single-arm DB Press
    75x5, 5, 5, 5

    Push Press
    205x5, 5, 3, 3, 3

    DB Lateral Raises
    25x7, 7, 7, 7, 7

    Rear Delt DB Flyes
    25x15, 15, 15, 12, 12



    Killed it
    Press was awesome today. My core muscles, specifically lower back and abs, were a little light on the support but still got it done. Finally had to belt up for the 215 single. This time focus and mentality were on the workout entirely so no pushing 155 thinking its 165!
    DB Press was good but I need to figure out how to make a heavier DB safely. 75, maybe 85, is the heaviest these will go and have me still feel good about lifting them over my skull
    Push press was actually terrible as far as form and technique are concerned but they did provide me with some tricep obliterating work. Watch the last 30 seconds of the video to see what I am referring to lol.
    The superset was a great way to finish this one up. Got the delts pumped up and feeling all swole and chit.

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    Impressive pressing. The weights put up a good fight on Push Press, lol.

    Thanks for sharing that video of JM. I'm sure I watched it before, but it was good to see it again after doing the exercise for a few weeks now. I must've picked up the 'starting like a bench press' thing from a different video, probably from someone else besides JM. So I'll just forget that advice and go with JM's advice. I think he knows what he's talking about.
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    lol when the exercise/lift is named after you, I think that should automatically make you the leading expert in on that lift
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    got really the busy the last couple of days so will be doing the front squats and assistance work tomorrow. Then a week of lighter weight for active recovery.
    You would be surprised just how much time I have to waste.
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    SST Week 3
    Front Squat Day
    Weight: 199 pounds

    Front Squats
    Warm-up Sets
    135x5
    185x5

    Working Sets
    220x5
    250x3
    285x1
    305x1
    325x0
    305x1
    325x0
    305x1


    Goodmornings
    135x5
    185x5, 5, 5, 5

    Chin-ups
    BWx12, 10, 10, 10, 7+3 cheaters

    Standing BB Calf Raises(Toes up on little plates)
    185x15, 15, 15, 15

    Front squats were pretty solid today. I wanted 325 so bad for two reasons, the first being I wanted my front squat to "officially" be heavier than my benchpress. Currently benchpress max is still 5 pounds heavier than front squat max. The second reason was just to set a second new max this week. Nothing will actually be a PR for a while lol but a "New Max" is good enough until I get back to where I was. I just could not get 325 for some reason. 305 went up easy each time. 325 stayed down both times.
    Goodmornings were solid. Got a video of the first or second set. Nothing heavy today, just consistent, moderate weights and reps.
    Chin-ups were so close to 5 sets of 10+. I am getting stronger with the vertical pulls so no complaints.
    Calf raises were still boring. They also take forever to get done as well. But, still, as necessary exercise not only for aesthetics reasons but also cause that happens to be the muscles that keep the ankles strong.
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    Damn that 325. Always next time I bet your body will remember it and crush it.
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    *so close

    305 is still a hella fine front squat.

    Props for the second attempt at 325. I have a 100% lifetime failure rate when I go for the second attempt of a failed lift in the same session
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    thanks fellas lol. I wanted that PR

    been hella busy lately but will be back around to your journals soon hopefully
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