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My opinion, fwiw, is to give the program a full 8 or 12 weeks as-is before messing with it.  I remember feeling a bit down the first time that I had to deload, but was ultimately glad that I did.  I myself give it the 3 times before deloading; sometimes I get it the 3rd session, sometimes I don't.  I guess that it depends on your goals - SL is meant to get you through your linear gains as quickly as possible, I think.  How much energy are you spending on accessories?

 

OHP and Bench are slower to progress for me, too.  Does your gym have mini-plates?  I picked up a set (although I have yet to use them, their time is coming, I can feel it) to use to progress more slowly than 5 lbs per session.  I'm pretty sure someone used collars to add weight, and I read on another site about someone using washers from the hardware store.  :redface-new:

 

 

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On 6/20/2016 at 1:27 PM, Captain Badass said:

Had the privilege of 1980s Dave Gahan working in with me on the squat rack today. Pretty full at the gym, but people were actually being sensible. Deloaded by 7.5kg (to 50kg) on squats, really felt this strain in the adductors and had a difficult 5x5. Not sure if I should take some serious time off or something. Going away on Friday, so I'll have enforced rest till Monday anyhow.

 

How was your weekend away?

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Just catching up! I have some heavy thoughts and opinions on your douchebag twins/general space invaders, personal experiences etc if you're interested in gathering more facets from that perspective, but that junk is kinda DM material, so hit me up if you feel like going further down that road. (No worries either way of course.) Also curious to see you're experience with SL, I've recently hit a block on bench, experimenting some to see what breaks through.

 

In any case, glad to see you made it out and following along as per! 

 

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22 hours ago, Alaysia said:

 

How was your weekend away?

 

It was surprisingly pleasant, actually! It was a very fancy 30th wedding anniversary party at a Naval Club... People kept asking me what I did, so I evangelised about the charity I've been working for, and I may have some new people interested in hosting us!

 

21 hours ago, ~RedStone~ said:

Just catching up! I have some heavy thoughts and opinions on your douchebag twins/general space invaders, personal experiences etc if you're interested in gathering more facets from that perspective, but that junk is kinda DM material, so hit me up if you feel like going further down that road. (No worries either way of course.) Also curious to see you're experience with SL, I've recently hit a block on bench, experimenting some to see what breaks through.

 

In any case, glad to see you made it out and following along as per! 

 

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Welcome once again! I've found accessory exercises to be really helping, actually. With regard to Bench I managed more reps last time I did them, did all 5 sets and felt some burn in the pecs because my triceps weren't failing as early on as usual. Accessories are just assisted bodyweight dips and as many pushups as I can do (3x5 last time). Today was assisted chin ups and pull ups. Although I've deloaded for OHP, there were a couple of biscuits on the barbell and today's the first time it's ever felt easy. WOOT!

 

And THEN, one of the fitness trainers came and complimented me on just turning up: "You see so few women doing barbell training, it's always great to see you in the free weights section - and you're lifting serious amounts too". Reader, I blushed. 

 

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See also, "I love your set up for bench press".

 

Made sure to spread the word of Alan Thrall's form vids and advice. Also mentioned the fact that a lot of A-lister actresses do compound lifts, which is rarely mentioned in fluffy "fitness regime" pieces in magazines, but all over their personal Instagram accounts... I replied "Shame I'm hardly benching anything" to which he said, "At least you're lifting something", and finished by shaking my hand and offering future assistance! Anyway, that little exchange made my week!

 

@Emerald_Dragonfly I hope some of the above answers what you asked me ages ago! No, they don't have mini plates (or if they do they're not in the free weights section). Checked them out on eBay and I can't afford them right now. Perhaps when I scale down to the affordable, local gym... But yeah, accessories have been helping. The app seems to adapt reps to the weight I'm lifting - and I've only chosen two accessories for each workout. So far I've noticed a little bit more stability creeping in on OHP and bench. So this is good. I've enjoyed the deloads. The weights I'm revisiting seem much easier than when I first pushed through them, and I'm back to 90 seconds of rest between each set!

 

I'm sorry I've been a terrible cheerleader for you guys. My work/life outside of lifting has been a disaster for a while, but for some reason I'm really feeling it right now. I'm also taking the nastier side of the EU referendum thing way too hard (as a British-born child of immigrants), but at least you Americans can laugh at us and our mad racists for a change!

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38 minutes ago, Captain Badass said:

 

It was surprisingly pleasant, actually! It was a very fancy 30th wedding anniversary party at a Naval Club... People kept asking me what I did, so I evangelised about the charity I've been working for, and I may have some new people interested in hosting us!

 

 

Welcome once again! I've found accessory exercises to be really helping, actually. With regard to Bench I managed more reps last time I did them, did all 5 sets and felt some burn in the pecs because my triceps weren't failing as early on as usual. Accessories are just assisted bodyweight dips and as many pushups as I can do (3x5 last time). Today was assisted chin ups and pull ups. Although I've deloaded for OHP, there were a couple of biscuits on the barbell and today's the first time it's ever felt easy. WOOT!

 

And THEN, one of the fitness trainers came and complimented me on just turning up: "You see so few women doing barbell training, it's always great to see you in the free weights section - and you're lifting serious amounts too". Reader, I blushed. 

 

 

See also, "I love your set up for bench press".

First:

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That is so coooooool!! All of it! All of it so friggin' awesome! Looks like you got your groove back! 8I0igQmfowlaw.gif

 

Second:

I'm hearing bits and pieces of whatever is going on over there. U2 posted something about voting and not wanting to miss their British fans. I'm lost. Is it something you can explain easily? Or shall I so some research?

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I was about to explain it all, but wasn't sure where to start. Here's 15 minutes of your life you'll never get back:

 

 

At least it's entertaining (and accurate)! But yeah, it's pretty much Trump politics on the Exit side. Lots of lies being told, lots of mistrust of experts, lots of pandering to fear... In my opinion it's an attempt at a power grab by some of our scariest right wingers. 

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53 minutes ago, Captain Badass said:

And THEN, one of the fitness trainers came and complimented me on just turning up: "You see so few women doing barbell training, it's always great to see you in the free weights section - and you're lifting serious amounts too". Reader, I blushed. 

You're a weight room celebrity at your gym!  Nice!

54 minutes ago, Captain Badass said:

I'm sorry I've been a terrible cheerleader for you guys. My work/life outside of lifting has been a disaster for a while, but for some reason I'm really feeling it right now. I'm also taking the nastier side of the EU referendum thing way too hard (as a British-born child of immigrants), but at least you Americans can laugh at us and our mad racists for a change!

We will never be out-done!

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1 minute ago, Grymm said:

You're a weight room celebrity at your gym!  Nice!

We will never be out-done!

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I was looking for a clip from Idiocracy to make a point the other day, and came across a vid where the guy pointed out that at least the people in power in the movie are benevolent in their stupidity!

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1 hour ago, Alaysia said:

I've been waiting all day to hear the news and I am so sorry the way the vote turned out. *hugs*

 

It's grim to wake up to. Just to note that London and Scotland voted remain - same with the young who'll have to live with this decision. Unfortunately we have a large older population. Pound has already plummeted and Farage retracted claim that EU money would be spent on NHS. However, it's not a general election, it's an opinion and the government don't have to act on it ... But yeah, it's a shitshow! 

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