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Crappy day today, I was tossing and turning until 3-3:30am last night so I've spent most day trying to stay awake.

 

 

Workout from Tuesday 16/12

 

Bench

 

20kg       x10x2

30kg       x9

32.5kg    x9

35kg       x6

36kg       x5

37.5kg    x2x2

 

 

Deadlift

 

55kg       x5

62.5kg    x5

70kg       x4

80kg       x3

85kg       x2

 

Tried a single at 92.5kg which left the ground smoothly but I had to "dance" to finish it.

It was obviously caused by lack of chalk.  :tongue:

Seriously though, some partial deadlifts seem to be in order.

 

 

Alternating Standing DB Presses

 

5kg        x8

6kg        x8

7.5kg     x6

8.5kg     x6

 

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Workout from Thursday 18/12

 

 

Bench

 

20kg         x10x2

31kg         x9

33.5kg      x8

35kg         x6

36kg         x3

36kg         x2

37.5kg      x1

38.5kg      x1

40kg         x1

 

I'm not sure what happened, I was partly tired from increasing the weight at the first sets (I hadn't done 33.5kgx8 before) and partly stressed. After doing 35kgx6 I started worrying that I wouldn't be able to do 36x6 as I was supposed to do. I was hoping I'd be a able to do 36kg x5 again but I started losing my form and then I was all over the place so I did singles instead. I tried also one at 42.5kg which would have been a PB but I panicked the moment the bar left the stands. I forgot when to breathe, I forgot to tell them to take their hands off the bar, and I failed it. I was sure I had it because the 40kg felt easy. Meh... next time...

 

 

Squat

 

20kg         x10

42.5kg      x9

47.5kg      x7

55kg         x5

57.5kg      x4

60kg         x3

65kg         x1

67.5kg      x1

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Workout from Sunday 21/12

 

 

Bench

 

20kg        x10x2

31kg        x9

33.5kg     x8

35kg        x6

36kg        x6

37.5kg     x3

40kg        x2

 

 

Squats

 

20kg       x10

45kg       x8

50kg       x6

55kg       x5

57.5kg    x4

62.5kg    x3

 

 

DB Rows

 

15kg       x8

16kg       x8

17.5kg    x6

18.5kg    x6

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Workout from Wednesday 24/12

 

New gym due to holidays. They don't have olympic bars but the guesstimate is that they weigh around 17-18kg. 

I'll just write how much weight I added to the bar instead of writing the total (no clue what the total was). At least I have regular access to weights for as long as I'm here. :)

 

Bench

 

Barbell         x10x2

10kg            x10

15kg            x8

17.5kg         x8

18.5kg         x6 (Someone spot me at this one but didn't intervene at all)

20kg            x3 (I realised that the spotter was helping when he saw that the bar was moving in a lower speed so I stopped, I don't want to really count that set)

20kg            x2 (Same spotter, no intervention but I was cranky)

21kg            x1

22.5kg         x1 (New spotter, again started helping when the bar was moving slower so I gave up)

 

 

Deadlifts  (No spotter needed for that :D)

 

40kg            x5

50kg            x5

60kg            x4

65kg            x2 

70kg            x2

 

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Nice job finding a new gym and lifting over the holidays--I know consistency is one of your main goals :)

 

And I hear you on the problematic spotters... I very, very much prefer getting a spot from a fellow powerlifter because they know when NOT to help. Otherwise, I usually end up thinking (mid-lift), "The bar is still moving in the right direction... why are you moving your hands towards it? No no no no don't touch it! DON'T. TOUCH. Aaaargh you're touching it! Why? WHY?"

 

WH5JR.gif

 

Unfortunately, trying to give someone a death glare while also trying not to fail a rep doesn't really work.

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I usually end up thinking (mid-lift), "The bar is still moving in the right direction... why are you moving your hands towards it? No no no no don't touch it! DON'T. TOUCH. Aaaargh you're touching it! Why? WHY?"

 

WH5JR.gif

 

Unfortunately, trying to give someone a death glare while also trying not to fail a rep doesn't really work.

 

Exactly that! :D Even though I keep clarifying "Don't help me at all unless the bar goes in the other direction", yet the hands are there, hovering under the bar and actually holding the bar when on top. I really don't like having a centre spot in general (I know it's better but I'm weird :tongue:), having someone move their hands with the bar is too stressing. 

 

 

Workout from Saturday 27/12

 

Bench (without counting the weight of the bar)

 

2.5kg               x10

3.5kg               x10 (this felt closer to 20kg so either the bar weighs less than 17kg or what I assume are the 1.25kg plates weigh less than 1.25kg)

15kg                x8

17.5kg             x8

18.5kg             x6

20kg                x3

20kg                x2

22.5kg             x1

 

 

Squats (without counting the weight of the bar)

 

5kg                 x10

27.5kg            x8

32.5kg            x6

37.5kg            x3 (It was supposed to be x5 but I lost balance on the 3rd rep, got annoyed and racked it)

40kg               x4

42.5kg            x3

 

 

Only 4 sessions remaining at that gym :D

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Workout from Monday 29/12

 

 

Bench (without counting the weight of the bar)

 

3.5kg          x10x2

15kg           x8

17.5kg        x8

18.5kg        x6x2

20kg           x2

21kg           x1

 

Much nicer spotter this time! :D

 

 

Squats (without counting the weight of the bar)

 

5kg            x10

27.5kg       x8

32.5kg       x6

37.5kg       x5

40kg          x4

45kg          x3

 

 

DB Rows

 

16kg         x8

17kg         x8

17.5kg      x6

18kg         x6

 

 

Alternating Standing DB Presses

 
5kg           x8x2
8kg           x6x2

 

 

 

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Workout from Wednesday 31/12

 

 

Bench (without counting the weight of the bar)

 

3.5kg          x10x2

15kg           x8

17.5kg        x8

18.5kg        x6x2

20kg           x2

21kg           x1

 

 

Deadlifts

 

40kg            x5

50kg            x5

60kg            x3 (the fourth one just didn't want to leave the floor)

65kg            x3 

70kg            x2 (second one did not feel as hard as last time)

 

 

OHP

 

bar               x5

+ 2.5kg        x5

+ 5kg           x5x5

 

 

 

My quads haven't been recovering fully the last week. They felt more sore on the bench than on the deadlifts.

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Happy New Year Nerds! :D

 

 

Workout from Saturday 3/1

 

 

Bench (again without counting the weight of the bar)

 

3.5kg          x10x2

16kg           x8

17.5kg        x8

18.5kg        x6

18.5kg        x7 (I took a video of that set. I'd never seen me bench before. I thought my butt was always on the bench but now I can't tell. It does look like I have a slight arch though :))

20kg           x2x2 (I can't tell why I manage only two but I have two conjectures about it)

 

 

Squats (again without counting the weight of the bar)

 

5kg            x10

27.5kg       x8

32.5kg       x6

37.5kg       x4 (I did all the sets up to here outside of the rack because the rack is fixed and that makes my depth inside the rack only borderline parallel and thus questionable)

40kg          x4

45kg          x3

 

 

I didn't do any other lifts because I had arranged to meet friends and there wasn't enough time. I'm happy that there's only one session remaining at that gym. After that I'm going back to my regular lifting (and eating) habits.

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Happy New Year, Ada!

 

I'm looking forward to returning to my home gym, too (with proper power racks that have adjustable safety pins). Kudos for working with what you had--I'm sure it will pay off when you get back to your regular schedule :).

 

Happy New Year, Alanna! :)

 

When are you returning to your home gym?

I am curious about whether any of the lifts has changed. Bench did seem to go a lot better today which makes me wonder what happened. (Although I did have a spotter at the last set who actually grabbed the bar when it was at the top - no idea why - so I gave up after the second rep even though I was sure there was at least a 3rd one).

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Workout from Monday 5/1

 

 

Bench (again without counting the weight of the bar)

 

3.5kg          x10x2

17.5kg        x8

17.5kg        x9

18.5kg        x7x2

20kg           x4 

20kg           x2 (The person who was supposed to spot me at that set was grabbing the bar when it was at the top. I had no idea why and I ended up just giving up after the 2nd rep even though I was sure there was at least a 3rd one. Anyway, bench is always unpredictable.) 

 

 

Squats (again without counting the weight of the bar)

 

5kg            x10

27.5kg       x8

32.5kg       x6

37.5kg       x5 (I did all the sets up to here outside of the rack because the rack is fixed and that makes my depth inside the rack only borderline parallel and thus questionable)

40kg          x4

45kg          x3

 
 

Alternating Standing DB Presses

 
5kg           x8
8kg           x8
9kg           x6x2
 

 

And that was the last session away from the regular gym :D

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I came back from the holidays and brought with me 2kg more than I left with. :(

Some of it should (hopefully) go away now that I've started tracking and controlling

what I eat. However, I think I want to cut down to 60-61kg* slowly over time. 

 

*I reserve the right to change my mind if lifting sucks too much, if I feel too hungry,

or if I stop caring when the (distressing) bloated feeling goes away. :tongue:

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Workout from Thursday 8/1

 

 

Bench

 

20kg            x10x2

30kg            x9

32.5kg         x9

35kg            x6

36kg            x6

37.5kg         x4

40kg            x2

42.5kg         x1 

 

 

Squats

 

20kg            x10

45kg            x8

50kg            x6

55kg            x4 (I started twisting my back again and it was already late so I was told to stop)

 

No idea what happened to squats again. Only thing I can tell for sure is that I believe I was twisting my back when I was away as well. If anyone has any idea or any recommendation please feel free to share. For now what crossed my mind is to switch to front squats because there's no much room for back movement there.

 

 

Down to 64.7kg today.

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Workout from Sunday 11/1

 

 

Bench

 

20kg           x10

31kg           x9

33.5kg        x9

35kg           x7

36kg           x6

37.5kg        x3

40kg           x1

 

 

Front Squat

 

20kg          x8

35kg          x8

37.5kg       x6

40kg          x5

42.5kg       x4

45kg          x3

 

 

 

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Workout from Tuesday 13/1

 

Bench

 

20kg           x10x2

31kg           x9

33.5kg        x9

35kg           x7

36kg           x5

37.5kg        x3

40kg           x1

(and a failed single attempt at 42.5kg)

 

 

Deadlift

 

56kg          x5

65kg          x5

72.5kg       x4

80kg          x3

85kg          x2

87.5kg       x1

90kg          x1

 

 

Lying Dumbbell Tricep Extensions

 

2.5kg        x8 (that was too easy but I hadn't done any before so I didn't know where to start from)

4.5kg        x8

5kg           x6x2 (the last ones were definitely not easy)

 

 

Also I tried a calorie tracker which said I burned 542kcal, which seems too much for only bench and deadlifts.

 

I almost forgot... I finally decided to test the liquid chalk for any allergic reaction and used it for deadlifts today. It was certainly helpful!

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