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Been too small to give blood up until...maybe a few months ago? Maybe? I can totally see this being an issue.

 

I gave blood once because I dared myself to. I'd always been scared I was too small.  It took me a while to recover, and while I thankfully didn't faceplant out of the donation bus, I had a really laggy day that no amount of orange juice could help...

i am not waiting for a hero.  i saved myself long ago.

Level 50 Bardic Time-Mage; of the Furious Heart

STR.55  DEX.43 STA.48 CON.51 WIS.53 CHA.65

"Well...in the end, it boils down to two simple choices. Either you do or you don't.

You'd think with all the problems in this world, there'd be more answers. It's not fair...
...But that's the way things are. The choice is yours."

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Same boat here. Apply, interview, what's the worst that will happen?

 

Recruiter says the position filled.  That was amazingly fast.  The most likely scenario was the fit was quite a stretch.  I have no idea who the employer was, because I have never seen anything come out of that area.  Or they found somebody that was currently between jobs.  I tend to be skeptical of opportunities that come and go that quickly.

 

Anyway the decision is made.  I should make a list of things I would like to move to.  Also - a list of things I need to do to prepare a move.

 

Moves are a pain in the butt.  It gets old, fast.

 

 

I learned my lesson about giving blood. Only bad things will happen:

1) I will faint

2) I will get sick

 

I mean yea helping people and all that, but I'm starting to think it might not be worth it for me.

 

 

 

Hmm.  Can't say I got faint or sick as a result.  I also weigh a lot more.  However, the consensus over here seems to be this was the cause of a deadlift day that was rubbish.

Classless Human Male Warrior - Introduction

Height: 1.77m Weight: 93 kg

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Current Maxes: (repsxkg)

Squat: 10x122.3, 5x138.2, 3x147; 1x170

Bench Press: 10x79, 5x93, 1x102

Deadlift: 10x152, 5x192, 3x210, 1x229

Overhead Press: 10x52, 5x61, 1x70.3

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2017 Challenges:  1701 1702 1703 1704 1705

Previous Challenges: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1603 1604 1605 1606 1607 1609  1610 1611 1612

Daily Log:The Daily Grind

Form Check:  Stronglifts Olympic

More FC's:  Pistol Squats

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Thats a shame about the role. I've seen this a few times when the recruiters are just fishing for cvs.

 

My relationship with this one is about five years old.  I also think in their business, there is a lot of building relationships.

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Monday.  Bro-Day.

 

Pull-ups:  6+5+4+5+6.  I could not remember Day 1 of the 20 Pull-up Program, so that was my best guess at it and I will go with it.

 

Bench Press:

1x10x20.5 kg empty bar

1x10x43 kg

1x10x52.1 kg

5x10x61.5 kg

 

This marks an improvement over 5x8x61.5 kg, so I will take it!  The reps were very solid!  Shoulder condition:  84%.

Next up will be trying just a little bit more weight.  I am thinking sets of 8 with 66 kg for a step sideways and if I feel good enough for another rep or two, then I will go for it.  The idea I have is to work towards 5x10x73 kg.

 

Bent-Over Rows:

5x10x61.5 kg

 

Curls:

1x10x20.5 kg empty bar

5x10x29.5 kg

 

Score for Today:

3012 Calories - Back to spaghetti

345   Carbs

116 Fat

159 Protein

 

Eating - IN

Exercise - Bench Press

Mobility - Today, I hit the Glutes with the Office Chair!  I did a little bit of shoulder work before bench press.

 

I might actually have enough time left over tonight to accomplish something.

 

Tomorrow I am thinking squats for doubles.  Wednesday might be a rest day.  Thursday deadlift rematch.

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Classless Human Male Warrior - Introduction

Height: 1.77m Weight: 93 kg

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Current Maxes: (repsxkg)

Squat: 10x122.3, 5x138.2, 3x147; 1x170

Bench Press: 10x79, 5x93, 1x102

Deadlift: 10x152, 5x192, 3x210, 1x229

Overhead Press: 10x52, 5x61, 1x70.3

Current Battle Log: 1707 Sam Ashen Summer Swole Program

2017 Challenges:  1701 1702 1703 1704 1705

Previous Challenges: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1603 1604 1605 1606 1607 1609  1610 1611 1612

Daily Log:The Daily Grind

Form Check:  Stronglifts Olympic

More FC's:  Pistol Squats

Want to play?  MFPvP

 

 

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Mmm, spaghetti.

 

I love whole wheat spaghetti as a carb resource but I find if I eat it every day for lunch it is TOO MUCH and bloats me out.  Which is sad because I LOVE SPAGHETTI.  I think it could be the perfect lunch............. well except for the bloating aspect.

i am not waiting for a hero.  i saved myself long ago.

Level 50 Bardic Time-Mage; of the Furious Heart

STR.55  DEX.43 STA.48 CON.51 WIS.53 CHA.65

"Well...in the end, it boils down to two simple choices. Either you do or you don't.

You'd think with all the problems in this world, there'd be more answers. It's not fair...
...But that's the way things are. The choice is yours."

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Mmm, spaghetti.

 

I love whole wheat spaghetti as a carb resource but I find if I eat it every day for lunch it is TOO MUCH and bloats me out.  Which is sad because I LOVE SPAGHETTI.  I think it could be the perfect lunch............. well except for the bloating aspect.

 

More today!  Who knows?  Maybe I am perma-bloated and do not know it!

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Tuesday.  Squats!

 

Squats:

1x10x20.5 kg empty bar

1x10x84 kg

1x5x102.5 kg

1x3x125 kg

1x1x141 kg + F - I kind of gave up at the bottom of the second rep.

1x2x134 kg

5x2x125 kg

 

Okay.  I still felt a little weaker than I should have.  The single was at almost 99% of 1RM and a double was just not happening.  The double was at 94% and 97% of 2RM.  The 5x2 sets were at a weight I did 5x3.  So I will say I was feeling 97% today.

 

Good Mornings:

1x5x20.5 kg empty bar

1x5x43 kg

5x5x61.5 kg

 

Glute-Ham Raises:  5 Sets of 8.

 

Score for Today:

3237 Calories

359 Carbs

127 Fat

179 Protein

 

Spaghetti again, but I forgot spaghetti sauce and had to make due with canned tomatoes and the rest of my salsa supply.  I will check in tomorrow morning and let everybody know I am still alive.

 

Eating - IN

Exercise - Squats

Mobility - Today, I hit the Glutes with the Office Chair!

 

I signed up to become an Honorary Dwarf Assassin and my marching orders for tonight are to -well- march.  I don't have the advantage of a pedometer, so marching I go!  See you in an hour or so.

 

(EDIT:  Back!  4.4 miles / 7.04 km - approximately 73 minutes)

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Height: 1.77m Weight: 93 kg

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Current Maxes: (repsxkg)

Squat: 10x122.3, 5x138.2, 3x147; 1x170

Bench Press: 10x79, 5x93, 1x102

Deadlift: 10x152, 5x192, 3x210, 1x229

Overhead Press: 10x52, 5x61, 1x70.3

Current Battle Log: 1707 Sam Ashen Summer Swole Program

2017 Challenges:  1701 1702 1703 1704 1705

Previous Challenges: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1603 1604 1605 1606 1607 1609  1610 1611 1612

Daily Log:The Daily Grind

Form Check:  Stronglifts Olympic

More FC's:  Pistol Squats

Want to play?  MFPvP

 

 

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Mmm, spaghetti.

I love whole wheat spaghetti as a carb resource but I find if I eat it every day for lunch it is TOO MUCH and bloats me out. Which is sad because I LOVE SPAGHETTI. I think it could be the perfect lunch............. well except for the bloating aspect.

So this will sound silly, but I totally had spaghetti for lunch and I couldn't figure out why I felt so bloated.

I was thinking maybe shark week but it's too early. Carbs make sense.... Thanks![emoji2]

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I was thinking maybe shark week but it's too early.

Literally only the second time I've heard this phrase and both were this week lol

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More today!  Who knows?  Maybe I am perma-bloated and do not know it!

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Tuesday.  Squats!

 

Squats:

1x10x20.5 kg empty bar

1x10x84 kg

1x5x102.5 kg

1x3x125 kg

1x1x141 kg + F - I kind of gave up at the bottom of the second rep.

1x2x134 kg

5x2x125 kg

 

Okay.  I still felt a little weaker than I should have.  The single was at almost 99% of 1RM and a double was just not happening.  The double was at 94% and 97% of 2RM.  The 5x2 sets were at a weight I did 5x3.  So I will say I was feeling 97% today.

 

Good Mornings:

1x5x20.5 kg empty bar

1x5x43 kg

5x5x61.5 kg

 

Glute-Ham Raises:  5 Sets of 8.

 

Score for Today:

3237 Calories

359 Carbs

127 Fat

179 Protein

 

Spaghetti again, but I forgot spaghetti sauce and had to make due with canned tomatoes and the rest of my salsa supply.  I will check in tomorrow morning and let everybody know I am still alive.

 

Eating - IN

Exercise - Squats

Mobility - Today, I hit the Glutes with the Office Chair!

 

I signed up to become an Honorary Dwarf Assassin and my marching orders for tonight are to -well- march.  I don't have the advantage of a pedometer, so marching I go!  See you in an hour or so.

 

(EDIT:  Back!  4.4 miles / 7.04 km - approximately 73 minutes)

Were you going for a max? Otherwise 97% is really good. I know a lot of people (myself included) have trouble not pushing to failure every single day. It's good to not fail sometimes :) Even better I would say.

A lot of hitting the glutes with the office chair lately!

 

Literally only the second time I've heard this phrase and both were this week lol

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I've only ever heard it around here. Go poke around the assasins or druids and I'm sure you will hear it a bit more. Seeing as there are not so many lady warriors compared to other guilds.

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Were you going for a max? Otherwise 97% is really good. I know a lot of people (myself included) have trouble not pushing to failure every single day. It's good to not fail sometimes :) Even better I would say.

 

 

I was going for a 2RM at 310 pounds instead of 305 pounds.  The first rep was a struggle, but felt good enough to try a second rep.  The second rep I kind of quit at the bottom.  Maybe that was better than a squat-morning.  Or I just have no game.

 

Failing a rep like that just sucks, because now the weight is sitting on the safety rack and I now have to strip the bar to 135 so I can get it back up again.

 

A lot of hitting the glutes with the office chair lately!

 

Yeah.  The last two days I was pretty lame.  Last night I got home at a little after 8pm and fixed dinner and did some chatting here.  Then I decided to go for a walk and it was about 11pm by the time I got back, so I missed on the foam rolling and stretching stuff.  What is really lame is I have a lacrosse ball sitting my the desk drawer right next to me and I never seem to think to use it.

 

I really do appreciate you noticing.

Classless Human Male Warrior - Introduction

Height: 1.77m Weight: 93 kg

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Current Maxes: (repsxkg)

Squat: 10x122.3, 5x138.2, 3x147; 1x170

Bench Press: 10x79, 5x93, 1x102

Deadlift: 10x152, 5x192, 3x210, 1x229

Overhead Press: 10x52, 5x61, 1x70.3

Current Battle Log: 1707 Sam Ashen Summer Swole Program

2017 Challenges:  1701 1702 1703 1704 1705

Previous Challenges: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1603 1604 1605 1606 1607 1609  1610 1611 1612

Daily Log:The Daily Grind

Form Check:  Stronglifts Olympic

More FC's:  Pistol Squats

Want to play?  MFPvP

 

 

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Failing a rep like that just sucks, because now the weight is sitting on the safety rack and I now have to strip the bar to 135 so I can get it back up again.

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That's the worst part about a failed squat rep. Especially if it isn't your last set. Thankfully I haven't failed a rep in quite awhile, but when I did, that was the end of the squatting that day. Far too lazy to strip the bar, re-rack it, load the bar back up, finish the workout, and then unload the bar again.

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Just a thought: when there is no one around, I have sat on my lacrosse ball before in my chair.  Put it on a tight spot and then just shift around a bit while working.

 

Maybe that will help?  You could at least hit the glutes with the laX ball instead of the chair.  (I've also put it on the back of my chair and leaned into it, but that's harder to me.)

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The first time I saw you use the phrase "hitting the glutes with the office chair" I thought for a second you were doing some sort of weird rolling on the edge of your chair.

As for shark week, I think that started on Reddit (I don't have a username there, I just lurk)

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The first time I saw you use the phrase "hitting the glutes with the office chair" I thought for a second you were doing some sort of weird rolling on the edge of your chair.

As for shark week, I think that started on Reddit (I don't have a username there, I just lurk)

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The first time I saw you use the phrase "hitting the glutes with the office chair" I thought for a second you were doing some sort of weird rolling on the edge of your chair.

Lol is that not what he meant? Haha I was under that impression too.

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Lol is that not what he meant? Haha I was under that impression too.

 

I am trying to drink coffee while reading all of this, too!  It means I sat on my ass and did not do any foam rolling or lacrosse ball or stretching or anything.  :lol:

Classless Human Male Warrior - Introduction

Height: 1.77m Weight: 93 kg

Spoiler

 

Current Maxes: (repsxkg)

Squat: 10x122.3, 5x138.2, 3x147; 1x170

Bench Press: 10x79, 5x93, 1x102

Deadlift: 10x152, 5x192, 3x210, 1x229

Overhead Press: 10x52, 5x61, 1x70.3

Current Battle Log: 1707 Sam Ashen Summer Swole Program

2017 Challenges:  1701 1702 1703 1704 1705

Previous Challenges: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1603 1604 1605 1606 1607 1609  1610 1611 1612

Daily Log:The Daily Grind

Form Check:  Stronglifts Olympic

More FC's:  Pistol Squats

Want to play?  MFPvP

 

 

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Yeah.  The last two days I was pretty lame.  Last night I got home at a little after 8pm and fixed dinner and did some chatting here.  Then I decided to go for a walk and it was about 11pm by the time I got back, so I missed on the foam rolling and stretching stuff.  What is really lame is I have a lacrosse ball sitting my the desk drawer right next to me and I never seem to think to use it.

 

I really do appreciate you noticing.

Just trying to keep you accountable. I know you said this was the one that you struggled with most last challenge, so it will probably continue to be a struggle for you now.

 

Just a thought: when there is no one around, I have sat on my lacrosse ball before in my chair.  Put it on a tight spot and then just shift around a bit while working.

 

Maybe that will help?  You could at least hit the glutes with the laX ball instead of the chair.  (I've also put it on the back of my chair and leaned into it, but that's harder to me.)

I do this even when people are looking lol I also take small breaks to stand up and go hit my back and glutes with it against the wall.

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Just trying to keep you accountable. I know you said this was the one that you struggled with most last challenge, so it will probably continue to be a struggle for you now.

 

I do this even when people are looking lol I also take small breaks to stand up and go hit my back and glutes with it against the wall.

 

Pretty much this.

 

 

#badpostureproblems

 

A lot of mine have gotten better.  I asked my chiro.  He says lifting helps a lot, but I still have tech neck.

 

I also have a tight right hip flexor that my Assassin-style buddy insist is causing a chain reaction of symmetry issues.  My right knee had an ACL reconstruction.  My left knee has an issue at the top of the kneecap and I have no idea what is causing that.  For all of the above in this paragraph, I have a sitting posture issue.  My habit is to sit on my left foot.

 

Right handed.  Right shoulder.  Mouse hand.  Desk height is wrong.  Shoulder gets pushed up and forward.  I also cannot seem to sleep with the arms down.  They are up, prisoner style.  I wake up feeling the shoulder.  On bench press, it feels I have to work very hard to protect the shoulder, so I am working with much lower weights right now.

 

The shoulder issue is probably going to cost me 20 to 40 pounds worth of bench press at the upcoming informal competition.  Maybe the form discipline will help me in the long run when this thing finally heals.

 

Comparing notes.

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Classless Human Male Warrior - Introduction

Height: 1.77m Weight: 93 kg

Spoiler

 

Current Maxes: (repsxkg)

Squat: 10x122.3, 5x138.2, 3x147; 1x170

Bench Press: 10x79, 5x93, 1x102

Deadlift: 10x152, 5x192, 3x210, 1x229

Overhead Press: 10x52, 5x61, 1x70.3

Current Battle Log: 1707 Sam Ashen Summer Swole Program

2017 Challenges:  1701 1702 1703 1704 1705

Previous Challenges: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1603 1604 1605 1606 1607 1609  1610 1611 1612

Daily Log:The Daily Grind

Form Check:  Stronglifts Olympic

More FC's:  Pistol Squats

Want to play?  MFPvP

 

 

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Ah. Mine is the left shoulder, though I'm right-handed and use the mouse with my right. I've been told this is weird.  I have noticed I tend to put my left elbow on the desk with my head in my hand if I am staring at diagrams for long periods, or when writing at my desk.

 

Though, my massage person thinks it might be referred pain, because she says my right shoulder is usually really tense, maybe even tenser than my left (the one that hurts). Maybe I should go see a chiro. Eventually.

 

I think the form discipline will probably help in the long run. But I don't really know anything, so don't take my advice.

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I also have a tight right hip flexor that my Assassin-style buddy insist is causing a chain reaction of symmetry issues.  My right knee had an ACL reconstruction.  My left knee has an issue at the top of the kneecap and I have no idea what is causing that.  For all of the above in this paragraph, I have a sitting posture issue.  My habit is to sit on my left foot.

 

Right handed.  Right shoulder.  Mouse hand.  Desk height is wrong.  Shoulder gets pushed up and forward.  I also cannot seem to sleep with the arms down.  They are up, prisoner style.  I wake up feeling the shoulder.  On bench press, it feels I have to work very hard to protect the shoulder, so I am working with much lower weights right now.

 

The shoulder issue is probably going to cost me 20 to 40 pounds worth of bench press at the upcoming informal competition.  Maybe the form discipline will help me in the long run when this thing finally heals.

 

Comparing notes.

 

 

In a way i'm glad to see other people suffering like me, although i do feel bad for you too as i know what it's like.....

 

I had a bad knee for a large chunk of my 20s. Nothing as bad as an ACL reconstruction but i'm talking 5+ years of niggles and pains.

I also sit on my left foot. 

I have tight hip flexors (hands up who doesn't? Liars), but my right significantly more so than left, maybe more due to sitting contortions. I've started trying to sit on my right to even it up!

All those desk issues you mentioned i have too. In this office we have these really expensive special chairs, the whole benefit negated by crappy heighted desk which means i either have to sit too high off the ground or the desk is too high. I choose the latter which pushes my shoulder up. I have 23.5 days of work left, not that i'm counting or anything :)

I ALWAYS sleep on my side. The side that makes it so i'm facing the door. Like a guard dog. In my last 2 bedrooms that has meant sleeping on my right, the bad shoulder side. I don't think something that benign could cause issues surely? But then, maybe over the course of 7 years?

I'm currently trying to learn to sleep on my back (which is the WORST) because its supposedly the best of you. With a pillow under my upper hammies and lower glutes to help my lower back and anterior pelvic tilt. The pillow actually makes it slightly more comfortable but my issue with back sleeping is mental/psychological/trauma-related for reasons i won't go into here.

 

 

 

I also got duped. I thought hitting the office chair was something good. I was gonna ask you what you were doing in case i could copy it.

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In a way i'm glad to see other people suffering like me, although i do feel bad for you too as i know what it's like.....

 

One thing I found refreshing is just how many of us struggle with the daily and weekly activities we call "Adulting."

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I might add another side quest from watching all theses FF Episodes while getting ready for camp:  Learn to include those curses in these posts.

 

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Classless Human Male Warrior - Introduction

Height: 1.77m Weight: 93 kg

Spoiler

 

Current Maxes: (repsxkg)

Squat: 10x122.3, 5x138.2, 3x147; 1x170

Bench Press: 10x79, 5x93, 1x102

Deadlift: 10x152, 5x192, 3x210, 1x229

Overhead Press: 10x52, 5x61, 1x70.3

Current Battle Log: 1707 Sam Ashen Summer Swole Program

2017 Challenges:  1701 1702 1703 1704 1705

Previous Challenges: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1603 1604 1605 1606 1607 1609  1610 1611 1612

Daily Log:The Daily Grind

Form Check:  Stronglifts Olympic

More FC's:  Pistol Squats

Want to play?  MFPvP

 

 

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One thing I found refreshing is just how many of us struggle with the daily and weekly activities we call "Adulting."

 

Let's be honest, we all have this feeling.

 

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Let's be honest, we all have this feeling.

 

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Back in my life in California, I was involved in a "Monk" class.  There were a lot of high-school age kids there.  I remember one of them calling the parents to see if they could go out somewhere.  The answer was, "Okay, but you must have adult company.  No.  [sam] does not count."

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Classless Human Male Warrior - Introduction

Height: 1.77m Weight: 93 kg

Spoiler

 

Current Maxes: (repsxkg)

Squat: 10x122.3, 5x138.2, 3x147; 1x170

Bench Press: 10x79, 5x93, 1x102

Deadlift: 10x152, 5x192, 3x210, 1x229

Overhead Press: 10x52, 5x61, 1x70.3

Current Battle Log: 1707 Sam Ashen Summer Swole Program

2017 Challenges:  1701 1702 1703 1704 1705

Previous Challenges: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1603 1604 1605 1606 1607 1609  1610 1611 1612

Daily Log:The Daily Grind

Form Check:  Stronglifts Olympic

More FC's:  Pistol Squats

Want to play?  MFPvP

 

 

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