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  • 3/29/21

    Cycle Three Week Two - reps/sets

    Squat - 70kg 7*3, 90kg 5*3, 110kg 3*2, 130kg *2, 140 / 147.5kg *1
    Squat - 115kg 7*3
    Paused Belt Squat - 70kg 10*3
    Single Arm Hi Row - #11 10*3
    In Place Lunge - 24kg 10*3
    Dead Bug - 45sec *3
    Leg Exten (l/r) - 50kg 20*3

    I reserve comment...

    Suffice to say, the work is getting done.

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    • Originally posted by codgerus maximus View Post
      Great to see you still hard at it, Chas. And between your coach and the BBM staff you have a lot of resources to draw on.
      Gonna need every last one too!

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      • 3/31/21

        Cycle Three Week Two - reps/sets

        Paused Bench - 40kg 7*3, 55kg 5*3, 65kg 3*3, 75kg 2*2, 85kg *2, 92.5 / 96kg *1
        Paused Bench - 72.5kg 7*2
        Spoto - 67.5kg 7*3
        Single Arm Incline Bench - 45lbs 10*3
        LTE - 32.5kg 12*3
        Dips - bw 12*3
        EZ Bar Curls - 32.5kg 12*3
        Swiss Ball Planks - 45sec *3

        My attitude these days is less than positive. I had to take a moment during warmups to get my mind right. That accomplished, the session went pretty well.

        That top single didn't feel soul crushingly heavy, which is a first...I think silent anger works.

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        • Keep in mind that when it comes to strong geezers you're in the upper fraction of a percent!

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          • Originally posted by codgerus maximus View Post
            Keep in mind that when it comes to strong geezers you're in the upper fraction of a percent!
            Thanks Tim...I appreciate that!

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            • 4/1/21

              Cycle Three Week Two - reps/sets

              Deadlift - 70kg 7*3, 120kg 5*3, 140kg 3*3, 160kg 2*1, 180kg *1
              Deads - 150kg 7*2
              Banded Goodmornings - grey band 12*3
              Kroc Rows - 90lbs 8*3
              Pulldowns - 110lbs 10*4
              Dead Bugs - 60sec *3
              Nordic Hamstring Curls - bw 10*3
              Leg Ext - 60kg 20*3

              Experimented with a wider stance in hopes of finding a pain free way to pull. By moving my feet out to shoulder width, I was able to get down to the bar without the type of knee flexion that gives me pain in my knee at setup and at the initiation of the pull.

              I found that I was able to pull pain free...hallelujah!!!

              Downside is that I'm not used to this wide stance, and it took a little off the top single (187.5kg didn't go, as I wasn't ready to push things too fast).

              At least I can pull the down sets, and that should continue for a while...long enough to get comfortable with this new stance, and to get the needed training effect. Coach and I will be working to tweak the set up: bring the feet in as close as possible without knee pain.

              I will say that I really felt this session in my glutes!

              Nice to leave the gym walking normally, and happy with the days work.

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              • That's fantastic to hear! So, not a sumo stance but a wide conventional stance, with something like a snatch grip?

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                • Originally posted by codgerus maximus View Post
                  That's fantastic to hear! So, not a sumo stance but a wide conventional stance, with something like a snatch grip?
                  Definitely not Sumo stance. Feet just out past the start of the knurl. My hands are still tight to my legs. It's a little cramped until the bar hits just below the knee.

                  No snatch grip though, that would require more knee flexion than is comfortable.

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                  • 4/3/21

                    Cycle Three Week Two - reps/sets

                    Paused SSB - 100kg 5*3
                    Paused Bench - 80kg 3*3
                    Cable RDL - #17 12*3
                    Revs Fly (chest supported) - 40lbs 10*3
                    Dumbbell Press Tempo Decline - 30lbs 10*4
                    Leg Ext 70kg 15*3
                    Nordic Hamstring Curls - 15lbs 10*3
                    Tri Pulldowns - #12 12*3
                    Hammer Curls - 50lbs 12*3

                    Good session coming and going...might have undershot the Squats, and slightly overshot the Bench (s/b @7).

                    I'm feeling like I might have turned a corner mentally (it helps to have a few sessions back to back that appear successful).

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                    • 4/5/21

                      Cycle Three Week Two - reps/sets

                      Squat - 70kg 7*3, 90kg 5*3, 110kg 3*3, 125kg 2*2, 140kg / 150kg *1
                      Squat - 110 / 112.5kg *7
                      Paused Belt Squat - 70kg 10*3
                      Single Arm Hi Row - #12 10*3
                      BSS - 15kg 10*3
                      Palof Hold - 45sec *3
                      Leg Extn. - 50kg 20*3

                      A fairly meh session...though coach liked it. So if he liked it, so do I...sorta.

                      Had a senior moment...I forgot the Belt Squats were supposed to be "paused". I knew there was a reason they felt so easy.

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                      • 4/7/21

                        Cycle Three Week Three - reps/sets
                        Bench - 50kg 7*3, 60kg 5*3, 70kg 3*3, 80kg 2*2, 90kg 1*2, 96.5kg *1
                        Paused Bench - 75kg 7*2
                        Spoto - 70kg 7*3
                        Single Arm Dumbbell Bench - 45lbs 10*3
                        LTE / Curls - 30 / 35 / 37.5kg *12
                        Dips - bw 12*3
                        EZ Bar Curl - 37.5kg 12*3
                        Leg Ext - 50kg 20*3

                        This microloading thing just might work. I will say the bar is feeling "lighter" coming out of the rack these days at the top end.

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                        • 4/8/21

                          Cycle Three Week Three - reps/sets

                          Deadlift - 70kg 7*3, 120kg 5*3, 145kg 3*3, 162.5kg 2*2, 177.5kg 1*2, 190kg *1
                          Deadlift - 155kg 7*2
                          Banded Goodmornings - grey band 12*3
                          Kroc Rows - 100lbs 8*3
                          Pulldowns - 115lbs 10*4

                          I used lifters tonight, and they "seem" to put me in a better position. I had fewer instances of knee pain during the set up, and initiation of the pull...though it might have been the Aleve talking. I'm still not in the position I want to start the pull, but I'm a lot closer than I have been in a while.

                          Down sets felt like death, but upon examining the video, they moved nicely. Proving once again, your mind is a shameless liar!!!

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                          • 4/10/21

                            Cycle Three Week Three - reps/sets

                            Paused SSB - 110kg 5*3
                            Paused Bench - 82.5kg 3*3
                            Cable RDL - #16 12*3
                            Chest Supported Revs Fly - 40lbs 12*3
                            Dumbbells Press tempo down - 35lbs 10*4
                            Leg Ext - 60kg 20*3
                            Nordic Hamstring Curl - bw 10*3

                            Sets at rep7 for Squats, Bench might have ended up at 8 / 8.5 by the last set.

                            Otherwise it was a good session. Best I've felt in ages. Last couple of days have been fairly pain free...almost makes me think something is wrong LOL.

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                            • 4/12/21

                              Cycle Three Week Four - reps/sets

                              Squat - 70kg 5*3, 90kg 5*2, 110kg 3*2, 130kg 1*2, 142.5 / 152.5kg *1
                              Squat - 110kg 7*2
                              Paused Belt Squat - 35kg 10*3
                              BSS - 16kg 10*3
                              Single Arm Hi Row - #12 10*3
                              Palof Holds - 45sec *3
                              Leg Ext - 50kg 20*3

                              Just an f'n ugly session. Besides the arthritic condition, I also have a bit of a soft tissue issue. The Quad tendon to the outside of the knee, right above the attachment point presents with a sharp pain coming out of the hole under "heavier loads". Stops any momentum dead in it's tracks...and forces me fully into my hips. I think Aleve needs to be added to squat days until I'm done with training for Natls.

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                              • Nice squat, especially considering the pain.

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