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    Originally Posted by EliKoehn View Post
    I'm kind of curious if you don't mind the question, do you have to stop at various stores or rest stops to go to the bathroom, or how does that work? Living in a van sounds like a fun experience, but that's the one thing that puzzles me about the idea.
    I spent 14 months building it out so it's like a tiny apartment on wheels. People always wonder about the toilet situation lol. I use a homemade "dry toilet", which means I have a toilet seat with separator built in. Have to sit for #1 but the liquids are funneled into a 2.5 gallon jug in the front and the "solids" go in a horse bucket with a bag in it. Add pine kitty litter to the bucket to keep the solids fairly dry and it doesn't stink normally. Bag up and chuck in a dumpster like a diaper. Liquids either water bushes out in the middle of nowhere or go in a park or rest area toilet.

    My wife and I take turns with alone time each morning, but don't mind peeing in front of each other.

    Toilet construction: https://www.promasterforum.com/threa...09/post-741043
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    2022 -- Just maintaining and doing the van life
    April 2021.................16 week cut.................168 lbs
    2020......................375 / 285 / 505..............186 lbs
    Pre-COVID..............335 / 295 / 499..............185 lbs
    July 1, 2019................9 week cut.................164 lbs
    Late April 2019.........285 / 275 / 440.............178 lbs
    Oct, 2018..............175x6 / 145x6 / 275x5......163 lbs
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    Originally Posted by jademonkey View Post
    I spent 14 months building it out so it's like a tiny apartment on wheels. People always wonder about the toilet situation lol. I use a homemade "dry toilet", which means I have a toilet seat with separator built in. Have to sit for #1 but the liquids are funneled into a 2.5 gallon jug in the front and the "solids" go in a horse bucket with a bag in it. Add pine kitty litter to the bucket to keep the solids fairly dry and it doesn't stink normally. Bag up and chuck in a dumpster like a diaper. Liquids either water bushes out in the middle of nowhere or go in a park or rest area toilet.

    My wife and I take turns with alone time each morning, but don't mind peeing in front of each other.

    Toilet construction: https://www.promasterforum.com/threa...09/post-741043
    And https://www.promasterforum.com/threa...09/post-756162

    The 99% complete build: https://www.promasterforum.com/threa...09/post-767298
    Wow, nice build. Admiring that! It's got to be a great experience being able to travel anywhere in the US without having to pay hotel fare or plan lodging while still having the rudiments of home comfort with you where you go. I'm going to Colorado next week with some friends and paying $200 for my share of just four days in a furnished cabin. I'd plan all sorts of trips if I had a decked-out van.

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    Deadlift:
    5 x 5 at 405

    Once again raw conventional with no straps or chalk. The very last rep came just shy of a proper lockout at the top before the bar started rolling out of my hands, but it was quite close. Otherwise, I also took longer rests than normal and think that ought to be mentioned. Want to see how far I can take this with a raw grip. The progress continues and I'll make it my personal experiment as I go forward. If you start using straps early on, it will never develop in tandem with everything else like I believe it can.
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    I'm using this week primarily as a deload before I start up a new cycle. Will be doing heavy singles with minimal volume work.

    June 20, 2022
    3-Count Paused Bench: 175 pounds x 1 [9.5 RPE]
    Overhead Press: 95 pounds x 5 reps

    Feels like I'm consistently able to hit 175 on the 3-count bench now - this is the second time I've done it in the last 2 weeks at about the same RPE.
    Followed it up with some OHP for reps relatively close to failure, just because I felt like doing some overhead pressing.


    June 21, 2022
    Sumo Deadlift: 405 pounds x 1 rep [9.5 RPE]

    Playing around with my setup still. Started off closer to the bar, widened stance, and moved hands slightly further out. It came off the floor quite easily but I struggled to lock it out, probably in large part because my hands were rubbing against my legs quite a lot. Felt it much more in my glutes. This might be a good setup for me if I adjust my hand placement and do a better job of pulling the slack out of the bar. Still, it feels like this weight should be there pretty much any day of the week.
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    Regarding workout time, I've tried just about everything - even did 2-3 AM workouts at one point. I don't notice any major difference to be honest.

    If/when it's a viable option I've found that mid-morning workouts (around 10 AM) work best for me. That's typically only an option on weekends though.

    During weekdays it typically ends up being after dinner, in the 7-8 PM range. I ended up at this time because my partner isn't home until sometime around 8-9 PM most days. I try to make sure we have some time together after that. It makes it really difficult to get to sleep before 10:30-11:00 PM, and I need my sleep - makes early morning workouts not a good option. I try to keep my workouts as short as possible so they don't interfere too much with family time. I'm hoping to continue making progress with lifting, but I primarily do it to maintain strength and fitness to be healthy as I get older. I'll continue doing pretty minimalistic workouts even if I plateau at some point.
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    Originally Posted by CW47 View Post
    Regarding workout time, I've tried just about everything - even did 2-3 AM workouts at one point. I don't notice any major difference to be honest.

    If/when it's a viable option I've found that mid-morning workouts (around 10 AM) work best for me. That's typically only an option on weekends though.

    During weekdays it typically ends up being after dinner, in the 7-8 PM range. I ended up at this time because my partner isn't home until sometime around 8-9 PM most days. I try to make sure we have some time together after that. It makes it really difficult to get to sleep before 10:30-11:00 PM, and I need my sleep - makes early morning workouts not a good option. I try to keep my workouts as short as possible so they don't interfere too much with family time. I'm hoping to continue making progress with lifting, but I primarily do it to maintain strength and fitness to be healthy as I get older. I'll continue doing pretty minimalistic workouts even if I plateau at some point.

    I’m off work, having coffee now…listening to a nice rain fall…will eat eggs and oats, wait about half an hour then train legs…later this afternoon, I’ll nap, wake and have a meal, coffee…..then train arms hard. This double split approach on leg/arms day has been fun. Gives me more rest time, tinkering with videos and stuff….yet does not steal any rest days from me. My rest days are “get crap done” days around the house. Lift days are lift days….don’t care if I do anything productive as long as I lift!
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    Gained three reps over previous best with ssb @305 lbs

    Here is 305x9 on my P.I.T (performance improvement test)
    https://youtu.be/3aP5WjUPUms
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    Originally Posted by coachcalande View Post
    I’m off work, having coffee now…listening to a nice rain fall…will eat eggs and oats, wait about half an hour then train legs…later this afternoon, I’ll nap, wake and have a meal, coffee…..then train arms hard. This double split approach on leg/arms day has been fun. Gives me more rest time, tinkering with videos and stuff….yet does not steal any rest days from me. My rest days are “get crap done” days around the house. Lift days are lift days….don’t care if I do anything productive as long as I lift!
    That's the cool thing...even though it varies enormously from one person to the next, we all seem to find what works best for us.
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    Originally Posted by CW47 View Post
    That's the cool thing...even though it varies enormously from one person to the next, we all seem to find what works best for us.
    Exactly, I’d never have continued this for all these years had I stayed on the six days a week type programs popular to many of the bros.

    I read one line that just spoke to me as evidence “many of the worlds biggest, strongest men, train just 3-4 days a week”- So I changed my plan.

    Funny thing is that one of the reasons I changed to an every other day routine was to allow running days to be running days…I love running!


    I alternated lifts and runs for years.
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    Flat Bench (T&G):
    225 x 12, 8, 8

    Trained fasted today and didn't have as much energy. Going to switch to strength maintenance and focus on weight loss.
    Bench: 320
    Squat: 405
    Deadlift: 505

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    June 23, 2022

    Bench Press: 185 pounds x 1 rep / 200 x Fail

    Speed Bench: 135 pounds - 2 sets x 3 reps

    Bench was okay today. Attempted 200 today, trying to beat my current PR of 195. Didn't get close on it. Seems like my max bench is staying pretty stable around 190-195 right now, and my higher rep work is still progressing. Not going to change much as long as I'm seeing progress on a cycle by cycle basis.

    135 was just a bit too heavy for speed work. Didn't get through all the sets anyway.

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    June 25, 2022

    Low Bar Squat: 285 x 1

    Took video from behind, which I rarely do. My squat looks atrocious, lol. Feet too close together, legs unstable and shifting, and a variety of other issues. At least I'm aware now and can work on these things. For what it's worth, the final ramp up set at 265 was much better, and can be seen in the video as well.

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