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My last challenge was claimed by the (barbell-less) swamp I was working in at the time, oh well! Time for another one.

 

Main Quest: 

 

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I'm on a quest to gain enough strength to help me be competitive at the professional level in my sport, mma. That's pretty much it. Training with people instead of barbells isn't really in the cards right now, soooo... Yeah. Nothing to impinge on my lifting recovery.
 

My current lifts for 3x5 (in pounds, at 151 pounds body weight) are: 

  • Squat: 230
  • OHP: 110
  • Bench: 160
  • Deadlift: 235
  • Power Clean: 145 (5x3 instead though)

Still not so great, but I'm getting there. My ball park 1RM goals by the time I'm able to take heavy sport-specific training back up are:

  • Squat: 315
  • OHP: 155
  • Bench: 205
  • Deadlift: 350
  • Power Clean: 205

With my noob gains still coming in like crazy, I don't think that is to much to ask of 1 rep maxes in 6 weeks or so. I dig that some of you guys like to do the stat/grade thing but I don't want to be bothered with it. Now that my mind is prepared I must make ready my body!

 

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Right now I'm adding 5 pounds to the bar every time I lift, except on deadlift which is more like 10/15 pounds a workout at the moment. If I've slept and eaten enough this hasn't been a problem and I get through the work. If I don't sleep or eat enough I tend to fail at squats, but I've been getting through the other lifts even on bad days. I guess I should have mentioned I'm running Starting Strength.  

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That looks good.  Do you have a time table for when you will be able to get back into training?  

Warriors don't count reps and sets. They count tons.

My psychologist weighs 45 pounds, has an iron soul and sits on the end of a bar

Tally Sheet for 2019

Encouragement for older members: Chronologically Blessed Group;

Encouragement for newbie lifters: When we were weaker

 

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July 28, 2014

 

Rehydrated, w00t! 156 pounds this morning.

 

Hermione Gainser mentioned in her challenge update for today that some days you go to lift the heavier weight and it's lighter than the lighter weight. This was one of those days. And it was awesome. 

 

Squat: 235 for 3x5. So, so easy. Two days ago it was 230 and it was soulshatteringly hard. PRing it every workout now.

 

OHP: 115 for 3x5. Actually pretty difficult : \ Hopefully on Friday I'll have a repeat of ^this^ phenomenon. 

 

Power Clean: 150 for 5x3. Form needs work but felt strong.

 

Then I ran around the block, my backside is so much stronger than before, every step felt like it launched me a mile : D

 

In other news, I can't get the shower hot enough, and I can't get this song loud enough 

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Thanks Matt! I'm new to weights but I've been rocking the body weight strength kind of stuff for seven years or so. Gotta tell you, weights seem a lot more effective for my purposes.

Yea I was pretty hesitant to use the word newb after seeing your numbers.
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Yea I was pretty hesitant to use the word newb after seeing your numbers.

Heh I don't mind the newb title, I just didn't want to misrepresent my training history. In that vein, it's worth mentioning that this is the first time I've consistently lifted. Before it's mostly been short stints, one offs, or near max attempts out of curiosity. Now I've cemented gear into my back yard and have littered the area with plates so it's hard not to be consistent : )

 

Anywho, today was bleh. Yesterday I ate something bad and the diarrhea dehydrated me again. I also took some sleep meds which take the piss right out of my vinegar. But lift I must and lift I did, just not as good as usual.

 

Squat: 240 3x5. Difficult.

 

Bench: 165 for 3x5. Failed the last rep of the last set. We'll meet again Batman! And next time, I'll have the upper hand.

 

Deadlift: 245 1x5. Feel like form wasn't so great, I need to tape myself at some point. I'm sure there's some explanation for why it's lagging.

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August 3, 2014

Squat: 245 for 4, failed 5th, 240 for 2x5. Probably should have kept at 245.

OHP: 120 for 3x5

Power Clean: 155 for 5x3

That press is impressive. I'm finally starting to close in on 135 for reps
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August 4, 2014

 

Squat: 245 for 3x5

 

Bench: 165 for 3x5. Failed last rep of last set again. Batman you mothafucka.

 

Deadlift: 225 for 5, difficult. I can deadlift a lot more on rest days, I think squatting might be fatiguing me too much (to deadlift immediately after)  so I'm considering moving deadlifting to it's own day of the week, or maybe two days. Any input on this?

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I meant to reply to this before.  As far as deadlifting goes.  I can't remember if time or feeling exhausted was the reason I had to shift thing around, but I had to move deadlifting to its own separate day.  It worked so much better.  I'm able to get a good number of warm up sets in and not feel rushed.

 

I would suggest moving to its own day as opposed to twice a week.  I know most training programs only recommend deadlifting "heavy" once a week.

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August 11, 2014

 

Squat: 260 for 3x5. Felt pretty good but I'm not confident I made it to depth on all the reps, I'll probably leave it at 260 for the next workout.

 

OHP: 125 for 1x4, failed a fifth, 120 for 2x5. Boo.

 

Did some front squats with the bar and 120, easy weight but I've never done them before and was playing with form. My quads were like "lol wut?" without so much help from me backside. Hopefully picking up front squats will get me more comfortable having the bar on my shoulders, I have trouble catching the bar correctly on power cleans.

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August 11, 2014

Squat: 260 for 3x5. Felt pretty good but I'm not confident I made it to depth on all the reps, I'll probably leave it at 260 for the next workout.

OHP: 125 for 1x4, failed a fifth, 120 for 2x5. Boo.

Did some front squats with the bar and 120, easy weight but I've never done them before and was playing with form. My quads were like "lol wut?" without so much help from me backside. Hopefully picking up front squats will get me more comfortable having the bar on my shoulders, I have trouble catching the bar correctly on power cleans.

I was playing with the front rack position today to try and become more comfortable with it for when I play around with power cleans in the future.

I currently suck at the front rack position...lol

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Oh my goodness, August 13, 2014 SUUUUUUUUUCKED.

 

My body was exuding power among other things and I thought, "265, you shall be my bitch." It was in fact my bitch, just not for as many reps as I had hoped.

 

Squat: 265 for 1x5, 1x4, 1x3. 

 

Front Squat: 135 for 3 quick and easy sets of 5. 

 

I quit after that, my shoulders where killing me for some reason, they're okay now but at the time it felt like I was on the verge of an injury. The pain was from the back squats, not the front squats so I think I must have been holding the bar different than I normally do, but I couldn't figure out how. 15 hours later my shoulders only hurt very lightly, at least my vidja game playin' won't be effected. 

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A lot of the Cal Strength and Kelly Surrat/mwod YouTube videos have been really helpful for me with venturing into oly lifting if you haven't already checked them out

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