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I think i will go a bit @Cheetah and change my topic title to something when i figured out what i want to do this challenge.


But i also had this idea of making it a bit interactive.


So i want to try this thing:

  • I talk a little about what goes on nowadays in my life
  • You people help me figure out what goals i need


We're in the last month of Winter, and weather isn't all that good. Last weeks has been relatively cold compared to other years, last couple of weeks have also been pretty wet.


Let's just say bad days look like this:


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And good days look like this


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Therefore i'm thankful my workout program consists of 3 days working out in my home gym/garage. It's cold there, but at least it's dry. I have been working out there pretty consistently (in the last 5 weeks i missed one day which i made up for the next day) all of that cause there is a beginners-powerlifting-meet coming up (last weekend of May, 15 weeks out):





So there are a total of 14 people in my weight class. And the weights you are seeing here "should" be everybody's openers. This means that if everyone keeps consistent in this way that i will come in 11th. I had to guesstimate my first lifts, when i entered them, they weren't even my estimated maxes. They are now. So with 15 weeks on the clock i hope i can do much better than this. But i realize everyone has their openers here, so they will also probably do much better than these. Not that it's important where i will be at the end of the day, the most important thing is,

  1. I will have fun competing
  2. I could give it my all
  3. It all helped me stick to the plan these upcoming 15 weeks.


I'm using a program from Barbell Medicine known as The Bridge 3.0. This is an 8 week program for people who have done Linear Progression in the past (Starting Strength / Strong Lifts). At this moment (0-week of this challenge) i'm on Week 6 of that program. This means that halfway this challenge i will start my new program which will be the "12 Week Strength Template"



This is a new version of our original 12 week strength template with an updated schedule, exercise selection, volume, and intensity programming to improve strength performance based on data collected from v1.0 users. Additionally, our new templates have been redesigned with a focus on usability and user experience.

Are you an intermediate who is healthy and has a good amount of time over the next three months to get strong? If Yes, you’ve got the right template. If this doesn’t apply to you however, you may be better served with one of the other templates.

For instance, if you are a post-novice lifter who is trying to lean out by more than a few pounds, has somewhat compromised recovery or training resources at present time, has a bunch of niggling injuries, and/or needs a change of pace from pure strength training–then one of the GPP templates is likely better for you.

If you are an intermediate and you super crunched for time, then the time crunch plan is likely ideal for you.

Overall, this template is for maximal strength improvement in the squat, bench press, and deadlift while training 4 days per week with the idea that someone is going to either go compete in a meet after the 12th week or will be testing their one rep maxes at the end.

Designed for post-novice lifters who fit the following criteria:

  • Have a substantial amount of training time available, e.g. 2 hours are the norm for most training sessions.
  • Are not trying to undergo rapid weight loss
  • Are not recovering from an injury
  • Is wanting to focus on squat, bench, and deadlift, as this template is excellent for powerlifting meet prep
  • Equipment-rack, barbell, free weights, bench, preferably able to use the pins, optional: leg press
  • Updated schedule, exercise selection, volume, and intensity programming to improve strength performance based on data collected from v1.0 users
  • Redesigned with a focus on usability and user experience

This program uses RPE and/or percentages to communicate training intensities. It is programmed for 4 days per week, but can be modified for 3 days per week. There are additional conditioning recommendations for General Physical Preparedness (GPP). A How-To Video Playlist is included as well.


I really hope this will give me the glorious gains i have been searching for!!!


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It's a 4days/week template. And actually i'm really looking forward to upping the training pace.


Next to this lifting, life is always pretty busy in Q2 of the year. This year it even starts a bit earlier it seems.

  • Last 2 sundays i have been away to follow a course which should made me a dutch official motorbike tour guide.
  • This sunday i offered to help out with the Tourguide-organisation, they will be present at the season opener of the dutch biggest motorbike dealer.
  • Next sunday, there is the biggest bike fair of the year where i'm expected to help out a day.
  • The last weekend of February we will be celebrating my son's birthday, we invited family on saturday and friends on sunday.
  • First saturday of March we will be over at the inlaws as my FIL will celebrate his birthday, and as things usually go, we will get there early in the afternoon and will probably be on of the last to leave.
  • Which leaves me with one completely unplanned weekend this challenge. Though we are still a few weeks out, it can (and probably will) be filled in with something.


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Safe to say next to me working 4, 9 hour days, a week i don't have all that much free "free-time" left.


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Now something that might pop in any of these weeks too might be the new solar panel installation i'm about to order. Last year in September i changed work. I now work at a distributor of solar panels and inverters. One of the benefits of working here is that i can get a complete system, for very cheap! Seeing it really could save a lot on my electric bill and i really do like the green aspect, and being a good step in the direction of being selfsustainable i have decided i need me a system. While i'm just still in the planning stage if things go a bit fast i could have this system installed in the next couple of weeks.


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I want to compete in the -83 KG class, but for the last 2-3 weeks i'm hovering between 84 and 85 KG's. Now a little more dedication in the weekend should help with that, otherwise when i start the next challenge (probably when i start the next lifting program) i will become a bit more rigid. So i will slowly creep down to -83. It's not a huge gap, and i'm weighing every day so i will not be surprised.


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In my last challenge i focused on this stuff:

  • lifting 3x a week
  • extra workout once a week
  • eat good breakfast
  • eat good lunch
  • sleep
  • check in at NF
  • track my weight


To be fair the next things won't be much of a goal as i will (probably) do them anyway:

  • lifting 3x a week
  • eat good breakfast
  • eat good lunch
  • sleep
  • track my weight


So, i'm feeling bit lost for inspiration, but seeing that you guys always seem to deliver, i think we can make this a fun challenge. Just thinking out of the box, maybe i don't even need goals. If you check the list of things i will do anyway, that might just be enough to keep me going the next couple of weeks. At least i have a challenge thread up, and i will report in here daily how things are going.


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Puppy eyes always seem to do the trick...


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I don't want to be keeping scores too much, but over here i always get confused on what day/week we are in, so therefore i am going to start with this:


Week 0 day 4


Yesterday was a resting day, where i was pretty compliant, except after my little snooze on the couch. I was feeling super hungry, so i made some cheese sandwiches.

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On 2/7/2019 at 4:13 AM, Mr_Willes said:

Puppy eyes always seem to do the trick...


Sorry, but BC's puppy eyes were what got me ...





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Week 0 day 7


I just had a fantastic weekend, which left me a little bit tired. Friday i had a good day, with lifting and hitting a new PR on the DL. 150 KG (331 lbs).


Afbeeldingsresultaat voor lifting gif 


AND i turned PRO-Deadlifter, during the 4x140KG touch n go, i could feel a small vain in my nose pop, leaving me with a bloody nose after the set.


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Well not that bad... But still, felt badass!


Saturday i worked together with the wife to get rid of some stuff we had left from rebuilding the attic. In the afternoon i went to work to do some work with an empty office, also cause it was on my way to the party later that day.


For the people that don't know, i'm from the Euro-raving-generation. Saturday there was a sort of reunion party in the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam. It was one of the best parties i ever attended. I got my cardio in ;) and was glad we booked a hotel nearby, as it was a 2 min walk, and we still managed to not go to sleep before 4.


Afbeeldingsresultaat voor charly lownoise and mental theo 25


Sunday was filled with attending a bike fair on the way home from Amsterdam. I was home at about 7, just in time to spend some time with the kids and have a nice easy evening afterwards.


This morning i'm having some mild DOMS in my neck and shoulders (#not18anymore)


Also, eating was pretty good. Friday i made tacos with chicken minced meat, they were pretty good and yummy. Saturday i had probably the best Teriyaki Chicken with fried rice i have ever eaten! And sunday i didn't had much, just some veggie sandwiches throughout the day.


The scale this morning confirmed, this has been a good week weight-wise.


Looking forward to lifting tonight, trying to up my previous Squat PR!

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16 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

Congrats on the PR! And on bleeding on your face!


Thanx Tank, though getting congratulated for bleeding feels a bit feminine 


15 hours ago, jonfirestar said:

I saw the picture. You looked badass. Well done on the PR! 


Thanx man, i would have liked it a lot better if it was an occasional nosebleed, but last night with my Squat i got my second nosebleed, and i was still warming up. On the other side, i don't think i have to doubt my intensity in the warm up...


13 hours ago, T2sarahconnor said:

Here for the party even though you are from the Euro-raving-generation.


The raving generation has their arms open for every one, hell we know a lot of the same music, mine is just usually in a bit higher pitched and higher BPM cover.




Thanx guys for stopping by!


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Week 1 Day 2


It was a rest day, and rest is what i did, i fell asleep on the couch as early as 8! I even missed the oldest going to bed. This morning i slept in for 2 hours extra, cause waking up at 6 it felt like i haven't had any rest at all.


I had this weird dream that i was sleeping in a small rowing boat, which became flooded, which woke me up, and i needed to hoist the thing out of the water, just to empty it and get back to sleep, and the whole cycle restarting again...


Don't know where that came from. But i felt like a POS this morning. Somehow i needed the extra 2 hours, i feel remarkably good now.


Also yesterday i had ALL THE HUNGER!!! Just before i thought about what i had extra, 2 pieces of fruit at lunch, 2 small profiteroles, some yoghurt with dinner, a piece of cake which my son didn't liked, and a cookie just before bedtime. Still this morning i was about 1 KG lower than i have been the last few weeks! So now i'm only 1lbs over the weight i need to be for my PL meet (83.5 KG)

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Week 1 Day 3


After work i got my hair cut, and after that i started lifting. The program has changed a bit, on wednesday i get to do pin squats, overhead press and lever rows. The pin squat seriously kicks butt. Damn, getting out of the hole from a deadstop is, something else. They feel badass to do anyway. I also came to the conclusion i overestimated my RPE on the OHP, which has cost me the lead in BRUTAL. The lever row leaves a nice pump at the end of the workout. So all happy now. Can't wait to go deadlifting again on friday (that's also a new feeling).

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