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Accumulation 5- Bench

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One STRONG mofo

Bench Press- Paused last rep on first 5 sets
170 x 5
170 x 5
170 x 5
170 x 5
170 x 5
170 x 5 (paused all reps)

Incline CG Pin Press-
135 x 8
155 x 8, 8

FG DB Row-
85 x 10
100 x 8 (deadstop each rep)

Felt slow today. I took my time and warmed up but the drive to bench just wasn’t there. I am looking forward to some deadlifting tomorrow though. My grip is definitely improving too. Last time I did fat grip dumbbell rows 85 pounds felt like 1000. Today I breezed right through that one so I went for the big jump.

Accumulation 5- Squat

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Squat-
210 x 5 x 6 sets

RDL-
185 x 5 (no belt)
185 x 5 (no belt)
225 x 6 (added belt)

Slider Leg Curls-
BW x 10 x 2 sets

Hanging Leg Raise-
BW x 7 reps total

Foam Roll/Stretch

I tried some bicep exercises but my wrists have been bugging me a bit so I skipped it. I’m going to start training my grip a couple times per week so my wrists should feel much better in a week or two.

Deloading, Nutrition, and Gym Improv

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Alright so it’s deload week for me. I hate taking them but after last week I needed a little break. My numbers are all moving up from cycle to cycle so I’m not going to mess with a good thing. Yesterday I took completely off and later today I’m going to head out and drag the sled for a bit and maybe carry my sandbag around the yard a couple times.

EDIT: Decided to just haul around the sandbag and do some grip work.  There is a large difference between a 135 pound sandbag and a 180 pound sandbag.

Since my activity levels have dropped for the week I’m lowering my calories and carbs along with it. As much as I want to move more towards a very slow recomp/lean mass gaining cycle I need to get my ass lean ASAP. I’ve been frustrated the past couple weeks thinking that I wasn’t making progress but after looking at some pictures my legs and arms are definitely getting leaner so I’m going to stick with what I was doing which wasn’t anything special. I was lifting in the AM and then back-loading all my carbs at night. Outside of my last meal it is all just protein, fat, and veggies.

Now, since I can’t afford a Prowler or sled and the gym I work at doesn’t have one then I’ve had to improvise with my clients. I also found an incredibly cheap alternative to buying something like a TRX.

Gym Improv #1- Decline Bench Prowler
If your gym has carpet or at least a surface that lets a bench slide fairly easy then you can sub out the prowler or sled with a decline bench. I found it works best to use the lowest setting on the bench. If you don’t care about having two different “handle” heights to push on then you can use a regular flat bench. To add resistance just throw some plates on the bench and push away.

Not the exact straps I have but the same fastener.

Gym Improv #2- Ratchet Strap TRX
All I did for these was purchase a pair of 6′ long (should got longer but oh well, live and learn) ratchet straps and 4 spring clips. Since the gym already has several pair of cable handles I didn’t bother attempting to make a pair. The straps I bought weren’t the traditional ratchets however, they are just a spring clip so that all I have to do is push the clip to adjust it. All you have to do is put the spring clips through either the loops sewn into the ends or through the metal loops of the hooks that are already on the straps. That’s it. Throw a handle on each one and you are ready to go.

I’ll get some video of both of these in action over the next couple of days.

R8 aka PR Time!

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Military Press-
130 x 9

Squat-
230 x 10

Bench-
185 x 10

Deadlift-
290 x 10

Those are just the highlights for this week. Aside from my deadlift all my rep maxes give me an estimated max that is well over what I lifted at the meet in March. Deadlifts are coming in a little lower but since I switched from sumo to conventional I started with a really low training max. I’ve pulled 405 with a conventional stance before so I know I can pull well over that. I just don’t want to go to nuts and jump my training max to high. It’s steadily moving up and getting more comfortable so I’m happy. Aside from my bench press all the lifts this week were rep PR’s.

I8 Update

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Last week was my Intensification 8 wave.  Since I only posted my MP day and I’m 3/4 of the way through my Realization 8 wave I though it might be time to fill you in on how the rest of last week went.

Squat-
175 x 3
195 x 3
210 x 8, 8, 8

RDL-
225 x 4, 4, 4

Bench-
140 x 3
155 x 3
170 x 8, 8, 8

Guillotine Press-
140 x 8, 8, 8

DB Lateral ss. Shoulder Dislocates
15# ss. 10 dislocates
20# ss. 10 dislocates
25# ss. 10 dislocates

Deadlifts-
220 x 3
245 x 3
265 x 8, 8, 8

DB Split Squat- (DB’s in rack position)
40 x 8/leg
45 x 8/leg
50 x 8/leg

There was some ab and bicep work in there too but I once again don’t have my log book in front of me.

I8- Military Press

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Military Press:
95 x 3
105 x 3
115 x 8, 8, 8

FG CG Pulldown:
120 x 10
140 x 10
130 x 10

FG DB Row:
95 x 10, 10

FG CG Bench:
80 x 5
170 x 5
190 x 3
210 x 3
225 x 2

Today felt really good. I did my military press with the axle so it was a little different exercise but I stuck with the same weights. Since I got to lift with my old crew this morning I wasn’t going to pass up the chance to do some heavy axle pressing. I’ll drag the sled later today for some extra volume.

Falling Behind

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Once again I’m behind on updating this thing. I got all my rep maxes in at the end of the last cycle, deloaded and now I’m back lifting again this week. Here’s how things are going so far:

Monday-
Military Press: 105 x 5 x 8

Tuesday-
Squat: 190 x 5 x 8

Thursday-
Bench: 150 x 5 x 8

Friday-
Deadlifts: 240 x 5 x 8

I really don’t remember what I did as far as accessory work the first three days. Today I’m doing a little double split action. I deadlifted earlier then I’m going to get my accessory work in later this afternoon.