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  • Man... You're like the poster boy for patient, consistent gains over a long period of time.

    Edit: Oh. I was trying to think how to frame it, but reading through your IG post, you already did it better.

    This means detaching yourself emotionally from the absolute weight on the bar and from the inevitable bumps and setbacks along the way, taking what’s there, re-framing things positively, remaining flexible, and moving forward.
    Yeah. That.

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    • Originally posted by Sean Herbison View Post
      Yeah. That.
      Barbell Zen

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      • Austin Baraki
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        Starting Nihilism: Basic Emotionless Training

      • rho
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        You should start a cult.

    • 1/29

      Developed a sore throat, headache, and chills yesterday evening after training that kept me up all night and left me feeling pretty terrible today, and performance took a hit.

      Deadlift: 260 (573) x 1 @ 7.5, 210 (463) x 5 x 4 sets

      5-3-0 tempo bench: ramping sets of 6 up to 245 lbs (no pain issues with my elbow, just preparing to go into a new training cycle for the bench next week)

      Beltless High bar squat: 120 kg x 10, 140 kg x 10, 150 kg x 10 x 2 sets ... felt bad

      Currently 35,000 feet in the air over Mexico, en route to Australia for the next week.
      IG / YT

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      • rho
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        That's unfortunate, getting sick right before a trip to Australia. Hope you're already felling better.
        Still a nice training under those circumstances.

    • Went right to the airport after training yesterday, flew to Houston, then a 17 hour flight to Sydney. Still felt sick, and didn't sleep much on the plane.
      Met up with the crew on arrival in the airport and went straight to the gym.

      Beltless paused squat: 215 kg x 1, 180 kg x 5 x 4 sets

      Press: 100 kg x 1, 60 x 8 x 4 sets ... first presses since May 2018, lol

      need. sleep.
      IG / YT

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      • rho
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        That's brutal!

        Good night, Austin.

    • 2/1

      in kg

      Beltless Paused DL: 250 x 1, 270 x 1, 210 x 5 x 4 sets

      Close-grip bench: 125 x 6, 140 x 6, 150 x 6

      Some leg presses
      IG / YT

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      • 2/4

        Post-seminar weekend. Sickness continued to worsen over the weekend, with lots of mucus, laryngitis / hoarseness ... ended up losing my voice, but fortunately the gym had a speaker system we could use so I could still deliver my lectures and have people hear / understand me.

        Monday morning (in kg)

        Squat: 230 x 4, 245 x 4, 215 x 4 x 2 sets

        Paused Bench: 100 x 6, 130 x 6, 135 x 6, 140 x 6

        Curls
        IG / YT

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        • 2/5

          Deadlift: up to 290 kg x 1, 230 x 5 x 2 sets, 225 x 5 x 3 sets

          Light close-grip bench: sets of 10 up to 110 kg

          beltless high bar squat: 140 x 10, 160 x 10, 175 x 10

          Flying back home tomorrow
          IG / YT

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          • 2/6
            Fly home from Australia

            2/7
            Paused squat up to 455 x 1, 365 x 4 x 5 sets

            Some light presses up to 135 x 8

            2/8
            Paused DL up to 240 kg x 1, 220 x 5

            TnG Bench 225 x 8, 275 x 8, 300 x 8

            Finally getting over being sick for the past week
            IG / YT

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            • 2/11

              weights in kg

              Squat: up to 250 (551) x 1, then 6-0-0 tempo at 110 kg x 8 x 4 sets.

              Every since I pulled 585 sumo in California last month I've had groin pain in the bottom of every squat rep. I've trained through it since then, expecting it to resolve on its own like most things do (even hit a few rep PRs along the way), but it's still there -- and really messing with my descent speed. Don't really feel it anywhere other than the bottom of a squat with sufficient load, so I did the tempo work today as part of a post-Australia low stress week to address it more directly.

              Paused bench: 100 x 6, 120 x 6, 135 x 6, 145 x 6, 155 x 6 (PR), 142.5 x 6
              IG / YT

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              • voluntarySquatship
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                That sucks man. But sumo+California? You were asking for trouble.

              • Austin Baraki
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                Eh, just part of the game. It'll get better

            • 2/12

              Weights in kg

              Deadlift: 220 x 1, 260 x 1, 285 x 1, 317.8 kg (700) x 1 PR, 275 x 3, 227.5 x 8. Top weight is 317.5 kg in bar+plates (a.k.a. 699.9 lb) plus the pair of plastic collars that I weighed at 378 g to be sure it's over 700 lol. Regardless, moved faster than I expected so there's more in the tank.

              Video: https://www.instagram.com/p/BtzRG6VgTZD/

              3-0-0 tempo bench: 70 x 10, 90 x 10, 100 x 10, 110 x 10
              IG / YT

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              • 2/13
                3-0-3 Tempo Squat x 8's up to 140 kg

                2/15
                Paused deadlift (beltless) 170 x 5, 200 x 5, 220 x 5, 230 x 5

                TnG Bench: 100 x 8, 120 x 8, 130 x 8, 137.5 x 8

                3-0-3 Tempo Squat x 8s up to 145 kg
                IG / YT

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                • 2/15
                  Also, set a PR for answering questions during a training session and turning a one hour session into a two hour session.

                  Much appreciated by gym guest, however.

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                  • Austin Baraki
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                    Ha! Glad to have you, man.

                • 2/18

                  3-0-3 tempo squat: 225 x 8, 250 x 8, 275 x 8, 305 x 8, 325 x 5, 345 x 5, still w/ some discomfort in the bottom but nothing lingering

                  Paused bench: 100 x 6, 120 x 6, 130 x 6, 140 x 6, 130 x 6 x 2

                  5-0-0 tempo partial pin squat (cut off just at point of discomfort): 70 x 3, 120 x 3, 140 x 3, just experimenting with these, will probably make more use of them to fix this groin up
                  IG / YT

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                  • voluntarySquatship
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                    About partials. n=1, did the same for my hip. Worked well.

                  • Austin Baraki
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                    Yep. I did the same thing to rehab a quad tendinopathy a couple years ago.

                • Originally posted by Austin Baraki View Post

                  5-0-0 tempo partial pin squat (cut off just at point of discomfort): 70 x 3, 120 x 3, 140 x 3, just experimenting with these, will probably make more use of them to fix this groin up
                  Do you think hese could also help with lower back pain.
                  I suspect I squat too deep. So setting the pins just at parallel could be a good point to cut off the ROM.

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                  • Austin Baraki
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                    It's probably more related to your loading parameters than it is to "squatting too deep", but may be worth a shot.

                  • rho
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                    Thanks for the reply.
                    Usually I have the most discomfort after beltless squats, where I squat just a tad deeper then when wearing a belt.
                    I'll try to decrease intensity on the beltless squats first.

                • 2/19

                  Deadlift: 220 x 6, 235 x 6, 242.5 x 6, 220 x 6 x 2

                  3-0-0 tempo bench: 100 x 10, 115 x 10, 125 x 10

                  Some more experimentation w/ high bar pin squatting
                  IG / YT

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