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12 hours ago, Emerald_Dragonfly said:

Today's training, in pounds.

 

Bulgarian Split Squats

5 x 5 at 25 (each size)

 

Deadlift

2 x 5 at 45 RDL

1 x 5 at 135

1 x 5 at 185

 

I will make sure to not even think about BSS around the gym, lest they show up in my program. BRUTAL!

 

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I will make sure to not even think about BSS around the gym, lest they show up in my program. BRUTAL!

 

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And now that's all you will see people doing.

 

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On 4/5/2017 at 8:11 AM, CourtnieMarie said:

gettin' it DONE!

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On 4/5/2017 at 10:33 AM, Deciduous said:

Those top set #s! YEAH, lady!

Awww...thanks!  I'm all over the place, strength-wise.  I'm okay with it, though.  OHP is my favorite!

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On 4/6/2017 at 0:40 AM, Grumble said:

I see two plates in your near future.

If I can unscrew my form - these cuts seems to have targeted my leverages on deads like no other. 

(I was doing 235 for reps this past summer, but that was 30 lbs ago, and I can't seem to get my form figured back out.   So I'm sloooowly creeping back up.  I'm not even sure that I can claim my 1rm anymore, since there is NO WAY that I could lift it today.  le*sigh)

Me...trying to unscrew my form:

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On 4/6/2017 at 8:04 AM, Taddea Zhaan said:

 

I will make sure to not even think about BSS around the gym, lest they show up in my program. BRUTAL!

Oh, but it hurts so good...

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Yes.  Yes they do.

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18 minutes ago, Emerald_Dragonfly said:

If I can unscrew my form - these cuts seems to have targeted my leverages on deads like no other. 

(I was doing 235 for reps this past summer, but that was 30 lbs ago, and I can't seem to get my form figured back out.   So I'm sloooowly creeping back up.  I'm not even sure that I can claim my 1rm anymore, since there is NO WAY that I could lift it today.  le*sigh)

 

 

I lost about 20kg off my deadlift when I got less fat too (Now I actually have to get strong and just rely on leverages). There are some things where it's good to be large...

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Today's training, in pounds:

Squats

2 x 5 at 45

1 x 5 at 95

1 x 5 at 135

1 x 1 at 185**

1 x 2 at 185 (belted)

5 x 3 at 195 (belted)

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Poop. 

That's going to be the tl;dr. 

I got in the hole and almost didn't make it back up without a serious bowel disaster.  Ran inside (cardio!) and didn't beclown myself, so that's good.  Phew.  Then, in a spectacular failure of logic, decided that just in case, I should belt up for the next ramp up set.  Why I thought that a belt would help with that particular issue, I'm not sure.  Regardless, everything was fine the rest of the workout, but I definitely paid particular attention to tightening up certain muscles for the duration. 

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OHP

2 x 5 at 45

1 x 5 at 75

5/5/5/5/4 at 90. 

That last rep...I fought the good fight, but lost.  Stupid cut.  It's all good.  I'm quite determined to get back up to 100 (the last amount that I was able to do 5x5 on - after that, I had to go down to 5 x 3 - and I'm pretty sure that it took me a few tries to get 5x5 at 100 the first time around).  Considering going to 2.5 increases instead of 5 lb after I hit 90.  Might be better, considering the cut. 

 

I also have my challenge theme figured out for the next challenge.  YAY! 

As for this challenge...

I never did a wrap up for last week.  Cuz I sucked.  No flirtation with perfection - my highest day was over 2000.  This week was much better, though, with all 7 days again neatly below 1780 calories. 

 

Whatever...I'm flirting with perfection, not marrying it. 

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12 hours ago, Emerald_Dragonfly said:

 

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Whatever...I'm flirting with perfection, not marrying it. 

 

 

PERFECT. And heyo on your TLDR, shit happens :P You did great :D 

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12 hours ago, Emerald_Dragonfly said:

Today's training, in pounds:

Squats

2 x 5 at 45

1 x 5 at 95

1 x 5 at 135

1 x 1 at 185**

1 x 2 at 185 (belted)

5 x 3 at 195 (belted)

**ridiculous reasoning under the spoiler

 

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Poop. 

That's going to be the tl;dr. 

I got in the hole and almost didn't make it back up without a serious bowel disaster.  Ran inside (cardio!) and didn't beclown myself, so that's good.  Phew.  Then, in a spectacular failure of logic, decided that just in case, I should belt up for the next ramp up set.  Why I thought that a belt would help with that particular issue, I'm not sure.  Regardless, everything was fine the rest of the workout, but I definitely paid particular attention to tightening up certain muscles for the duration. 

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I won't put this in my own thread but um, well, I, uh, pee'd myself a tiny bit in the woods the other week, wasn't wearing any kind of liner, and had to cut the hike short down to 2.7 miles.

 

They warn you that you could hurt yourself exercising but they don't warn you about your own bodily functions trying to rebel against you.  

 

 

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Today's training, in pounds

 

BSS, goblet

5 x 5 at 30

 

Deadlifts

1 x 5 at 45 RDL

1 x 5 at 135

1 x 3 at 185

1 x 5 at 190

 

4th rep felt really strong, like deads used to feel.  I kinda lifted my butt up in the air right before, set tight, and then it just floated up.  The reps both before and after were not as easy.  Oh, consistency...You thwart me at every turn.  I'll get you, yet, though...

 

Overall, a great training session!

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23 hours ago, Emerald_Dragonfly said:

**ridiculous reasoning under the spoiler

 

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Poop. 

That's going to be the tl;dr. 

I got in the hole and almost didn't make it back up without a serious bowel disaster.  Ran inside (cardio!) and didn't beclown myself, so that's good.  Phew.  Then, in a spectacular failure of logic, decided that just in case, I should belt up for the next ramp up set.  Why I thought that a belt would help with that particular issue, I'm not sure.  Regardless, everything was fine the rest of the workout, but I definitely paid particular attention to tightening up certain muscles for the duration. 

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Ed Coan tells a fun story of him pooping himself while squatting in multi-ply gear - basically turned himself into one of those plasticine toys where you push the lever and the plasticine squirts out in fun and interesting shapes

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Meet lifts: SQ 175kg, B 112.5kg, Dead 215kg.   Gym lifts: SQ 185kg, B 132.5kg, Dead 220kg

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12 hours ago, Urgan said:

Question: are you cuing low hips or high? 

That one rep I was higher.  Usually I am lower.  But my major cue is to squeeze my glutes and tighten the tension out of the bar, I don't specifically cue height of hips. 

Thoughts?

 

11 hours ago, Blocky said:

 

Ed Coan tells a fun story of him pooping himself while squatting in multi-ply gear - basically turned himself into one of those plasticine toys where you push the lever and the plasticine squirts out in fun and interesting shapes

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1 hour ago, Emerald_Dragonfly said:

That one rep I was higher.  Usually I am lower.  But my major cue is to squeeze my glutes and tighten the tension out of the bar, I don't specifically cue height of hips. 

Thoughts?

 

Sounds like you wrung all the slack out of your hams prior to the good lift by having higher hip placement and left slack on the bad ones. A higher hip placement means you will begin the pull moving your body AND the bar because the transfer of force is more optimal. Lower hips mean you have to move and do work in order to create the tension that will force the bar to break the floor. Lower and higher is relative, of course. My advice is let your hips only drop as much as they naturally will as you bend over to grab the bar. You don't have to force a particular position, just be cognizant that you don't DROP them, okay? You'll feel the difference and lock in the proper form. 

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Today's Training, in pounds

Squat

2 x 5 at 45

1 x 5 at 95

1 x 5 at 135

1 x 3 at 195

5 x 3 at 200 (belted)

I took film and they looked pretty good.  My depth was good and my bar path, although still forward a little, is getting better.  One day I will post a form check again, but right now I feel a little 'meh' with the belt on, and frankly am not ready to share that with the world. 

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OHP

2 x 5 at 45

1 x 5 at 75

5 x 5 at 90

 

Tonight is progress pic night.

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Today's training, in pounds:

BSS

5 x 5 at 35

 

Deadlift

1 x 5 at 45 RDL

1 x 5 at 135

1 x 3 at 185

1 x 5 at 195

I tried @Urgan suggestion and let the hips go where they would, higher than normal, I think.  It felt a little better, but only one was smooth and easy (4th, again).  I really need to bite the bullet and just film it.  Next week will be in a strange gym, so I won't be doing it until the following week. 

 

Then I took a bath.  Because bath. 

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The wrap-up

1. Calories - Mostly.  24 days at 1780 or below.  My minimum was 1556 and my maximum was 2263. 

2. Lift - yes.  Extra credit for focusing on BSS. 



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3. Track - yes.  I did this except one random Monday when I neglected to weigh in.  Incidentally, I am down about 4 pounds this challenge, and just shy of ten for the cut. 

4. Talk to you.  I'm going to say, "Yes" for this, although I didn't track it.  But I kept active and got to know some new folks, trolled chatted with some old folks, and generally was social. 

 

SO...I'm calling this challenge a success.  Stick a fork in it, it's done.

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As for the next challenge...I have top men working on it.  TOP.  MEN. 



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All the filming, preferably from the side. In your natural lifting habitat is definitely preferable to strange environs and equipment. I'd say this challenge was a raging success~

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12 hours ago, Emerald_Dragonfly said:

The wrap-up

1. Calories - Mostly.  24 days at 1780 or below.  My minimum was 1556 and my maximum was 2263. 

2. Lift - yes.  Extra credit for focusing on BSS. 

 

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3. Track - yes.  I did this except one random Monday when I neglected to weigh in.  Incidentally, I am down about 4 pounds this challenge, and just shy of ten for the cut. 

4. Talk to you.  I'm going to say, "Yes" for this, although I didn't track it.  But I kept active and got to know some new folks, trolled chatted with some old folks, and generally was social. 

 

SO...I'm calling this challenge a success.  Stick a fork in it, it's done.

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As for the next challenge...I have top men working on it.  TOP.  MEN. 

 

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YUSSSS. So much perfection. More perfect than perfect. More human than human. 

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Can't wait to see how you top perfection next month. What a consistent challenge you've had. Hitting all those shiny goals!

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