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    Trying RPE
    *I'm 41 and I've been having some biceps tendinitis issues so I'm easing into this using a 4-day split that only has one comp lift and one supplemental movement each day
    *PR's up to now are: 390 (squat), 320 (bench), 205 (OHP), and 430 (CDL)
    *Goals: 405 Squat, 500 CDL, 225 OHP, and I'm happy with my bench but I'd like to maintain the 315 or get a 350. But my main concern is the squat and deadlift.
    *I'm 6ft1, and weighed in this morning at 247.5lbs, and last time I could check I was in low 30's bf. Sad! Yea, I'd like to lean out a bit but I also like being bigger. It is what it is.

    Sat: OHP, bench variation (probably CGBP if bicep allows it, or slingshot for fun sometimes)
    Sun: Squat, pull variation (probaby pendlay rows)
    Tues: Bench, press variation (probably incline press)
    Wed: Deadlifts, squat variation (probably beltless squats)

    Week 0.5 (starting this halfway in a training week so next week will be official week 1)
    Tues: 2/20/18
    1. Bench Press barx5, 135x5, 185x5, 225x5, 245x1, 265x1, [email protected], -20% 225x5x4
    * felt a tad bit of bicep/shoulder ache/pain but nothing like before, maybe should have kept it to 3 sets but hours later everything seems fine. I think my grip change (thumbs under the bar) on the squat is working.
    2. Incline Press barx10, [email protected], [email protected]
    *these were light but the reps were burning at the end of each set
    Last edited by JurisSquatter; 03-16-2018, 11:16 PM.
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  • #2
    This workout felt really good, no grinders, good sweat. I was running short on time at the end. I try to workout during lunch at work. No bicep or elbow pain outside of some lingering aches. I think it’s going away.

    Morning weight: 246.4 lbs
    Today's calories: 2883 (312C, 210P, 102F)

    135x5, 225x5, 315x1, 365x1
    385x1, [email protected]
    this felt good, I think I will go up to 400 or even 405 next time for my [email protected]

    Beltless Squats
    I need to work on rating these better. I think today was a smidge light. I think it will improve over time. SBD wrist wraps starting at 225, I allow a bit of wrist flexion, and I wiggle my fingers a few times during some reps to ensure I am not cranking down on the bar. No pain.
    [email protected] 225
    [email protected] 235
    [email protected] 240 more like a 7.5 really, try working up to 255 on beltless squats next time (7.5% increase to go from 7.5 to 9)

    Would have liked to do another set but had to get back to work
    Last edited by JurisSquatter; 02-22-2018, 01:04 AM.
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    • #3
      Thursday, 2/22/18
      Morning weight: 245.4 lbs.
      Today's calories: 2845 (338C, 167P, 106F)
      PM waist measurement: 44 inches (sad!)

      I actually had some right elbow pain while sleeping last night. Wtf? Hopefully my bicep pain fix isn’t shifting pain to my elbow. Jeez. I have to pay close attention to any unnecessary load on my arms during squats next time.I didn't notice any last time and some of the load has to be on the arms otherwise we wouldn't need our hands on the bar at all. So, maybe this will keep fading away.

      25 minutes on elliptical

      7 minutes upper back
      Pulldowns 150x10, 160x6, 175x4
      Machine rows 120x10 130x10, 115x10

      4 minutes abs work (I don't remember the last time I worked "abs")
      2 30sec planks
      15 reverse crunch
      15 crunches

      I'm going to try and drop some weight, I'm 41 and my waist is over 40 inches now. I weigh in the 240's now and I'd like to slowly drop to 230 for starters. Because I am overweight, I am hoping that I can still gain strength while dropping some calories. But, frankly, even if I lose some strength, it's worth it at my age to drop the weight. I don't want to be skinny, but I don't want to die of a heart attack right now either. I usually go over 3000 calories a day so I'm going to try and limit my calories to 3000 a day for now while keeping my protein up and see what I weigh in a couple weeks.
      Last edited by JurisSquatter; 02-23-2018, 02:48 AM.
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      • #4
        Friday, 2/23/18
        Daily calories: 2803 (191C, 192P, 138F)
        Morning weight: 245.3 lbs.

        HIIT on elliptical during lunch hour, 2 min slow / 20 sec sprint for 14 minutes

        I know some people think there should be some days where you do nothing but recover. But I have such a sedentary job/lifestyle that I do something every day. If I'm not lifting weights I'm doing some cardio (alternating 25 minute LISS and 14 minute HIIT). I figure that just gives me the amount of daily activity that most people get accidentally. Plus, I'm fat and middle aged so I feel like I need the activity.
        Last edited by JurisSquatter; 02-24-2018, 02:31 AM.
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        • #5
          Saturday 2/24/18
          Morning weight: 245.7 lbs.
          2965 calories (252C, 222P, 114F)

          1. OHP Barx5, 95x5, 115x5, 135x3, 155x1, 175x1, [email protected] (e1rm 211), -20% 155x5x5
          These felt good enough to do 5 instead of 4 sets. The 195 was pretty smooth, I might have been able to do [email protected] but I'm still new to this RPE thing and I didn't want to mistakenly max/grind out a rep when 195 used to be my max. The SBD wrist wraps and belt make a deadly combo on these, they really improve my lifts.

          2. Floor Press 135x6, 185x6, 205x4, 225x4, 245x4, these felt weird, first time doing them, so pretty hard to gauge and my right elbow/tricep bothered me a bit too. The 245x4 was probably about @6.5 or so but I'm still real new to trying to assign an RPE to a set. Not sure I'll do these again, still concerned about my right elbow/tricep pain. Tomorrow is squats so I'll be sure to pay close attention to my grip and bar position.

          After my workout, a kid asked me how to get strong, he has seen me bench 315 before, directed him to starting strength because I think of BBM as a place for intermediates. Felt good for someone to ask me that though. I was feeling pretty old and weak because my right tricep pain and elbow aches. Arms and shoulders feeling achey.
          Last edited by JurisSquatter; 02-25-2018, 12:44 AM.
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          • #6
            Sunday, 2/25/18
            Weight: 244.6 lbs. (down 1.8 lbs. in 4 days)
            Waist: still 44 inches (sad!)
            Calories: 3523 (401C, 183P, 132F) broke down and had some cupcakes today, my bad.
            *Sunday will be the official weight and measurement day

            1. Squat [email protected] (363 e1rm), -20% 270x5x5
            I felt a bit lame wearing a belt with 270 but that's 20% less than 335 and this was comp squat so . . . it is what it is. I'm used to doing heavier weight for less volume. And, this actually wore me out, just the volume alone is much more than I'm used to doing. I didn't notice any crazy arm pain, used wrist wraps and thumb under the bar, the bar spun in my hands a bit too much though. I need to find the right balance between cranking down on the bar and holding it light enough to not trigger bicep/elbow pain. But if the choice is a bit of spin or elbow/bicep pain, I'll let it spin.

            2. RDL 135x6, 185x6x3
            I was pretty wiped out after the squats so I just did a few light sets of these for my pull variation. I ordered some wrist straps to use on these so I can pull more without digging too much of a hole. I would not use wrist straps on main lifts, just assistance/supplemental lifts when I'm dragging ass.
            Last edited by JurisSquatter; 02-27-2018, 09:24 PM.
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            • #7
              Monday, 2/25/18
              Weight: 245.1 lbs
              Calories: 3035 (211P, 295C, 129F)

              LISS Cardio on elliptical 25 minutes
              Last edited by JurisSquatter; 02-27-2018, 03:09 AM.
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              • #8
                Tuesday 2/27/18
                Morning Weight: 247 lbs. (wrong direction!)
                Calories: meh, who knows, sort of binged on crackers and peanut butter. Whatever.

                Bench Press [email protected], -20% 220x5x3
                taking it easy with bench presses, still tinges of shoulder and arm pain.

                Incline Press
                4 light sets of 10 reps 120-140lbs. This was too light to even give an RPE. Not worth wasting time on it.

                I'll be honest, this workout made me sort of not like RPE. I felt like I was drifting without a real goal and I don't have much time to "find" my weight, I have about an hour to workout. Still hanging in there but today wasn't a good day for my RPE experiment. Although my bad workout probably stemmed from the lingering elbow/arm/shoulder pain. It's not BAD but it was enough today to make my day consist of [email protected], 220x5x3 instead of my goal of [email protected], 230x5x5. I think that threw my mood off and the inclines were useless, like lifting a feather except with just a slight shoulder/arm pain. Very annoying workout today, felt like I was wasting my time.
                Last edited by JurisSquatter; 02-28-2018, 01:22 AM.
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                • #9
                  Morning Weight: 248.5 lbs. (the binge yesterday did me no favors)
                  Calories: 2072 (179C, 167P, 76F)

                  Deadlifts: [email protected], 325x5x5
                  Beltless Squats: 135x4, 185x4, 225x4, 240x4, 250x4 (just adding weight to these each week and making sure it doesn't turn into a grind)

                  Good workout. Should start doing this workout after work though because time is crunched. Need to use thumb tape too. The volume with hook grip is killing my thumbs.
                  Last edited by JurisSquatter; 03-01-2018, 11:53 PM.
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                  • #10
                    Morning weight: 247.2 lbs.
                    Calories: 2774 (273C, 107P, 142F), not a good diet day but I'm drawing a hard line with calories. I have to have good macros within my calorie limit which today was 2800. If I screw up and eat a few bagels and cheetos I can't make up for it by eating above my calories.

                    GPP: 14 mins elliptical hiit, 6 mins pulldowns and cable rows, 4 minutes planks and crunches.
                    Last edited by JurisSquatter; 03-02-2018, 12:09 AM.
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                    • #11
                      Friday, 3/2/18
                      Morning weight: 245.6 lbs.
                      calories: 2305 (223C, 111P, 106F)

                      25 mins LISS cardio on elliptical
                      Last edited by JurisSquatter; 03-03-2018, 01:14 AM.
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                      • #12
                        Saturday 3/3/18
                        Morning Weight: 245 lbs.
                        Calories: 2680 (287C, 223P, 88F)
                        *first day using Peri-Rx (1 scoop before and after workout; only using on weight training days)
                        *daily supplements: fish oil caps, creatine, Vitamin D3, one-a-day vitamin

                        1. OHP [email protected], 5% fatigue: 95x5, 125x5,[email protected], *[email protected] (e1rm 203), [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] (the first fatigue set felt harder than the other two, felt like I might have been able to keep going but I don't have all day and that was already 5x5)

                        2. Slingshot 185x5, 225x5, stopped because they felt like shit

                        3. Bench press 135x5, 185x5, [email protected], [email protected] 7.5, *[email protected] (e1rm 281)

                        *need strict time limits, otherwise I’ll just recover and do fatigue sets forever
                        *felt a bit of elbow pain during OHP and bench, took bench presses easy, just worked up to what felt like RPE 9, my elbow felt better as I progressed. My first warmup with 135 felt more painful than the last set with 235.

                        *Current favorite protein shake:
                        2 scoops whey
                        2 cups skim milk
                        1/2 cup Special K cereal (High Protein Version)
                        1 spoonful of peanut butter
                        Totals: 595 calories (48C, 75P, 11F)
                        Last edited by JurisSquatter; 03-04-2018, 01:03 AM.
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                        • #13
                          Sunday, 3/4/18
                          Morning weight: 245.1 lbs. (244.6 lbs. last Sunday, +0.5 lbs.)
                          Weekly Calories: 20,389 (2912 avg daily calories)
                          This week's calorie limit: 19689 total / 2812 daily (-700 calories)
                          Daily Calories: 3041 (306C, 207P, 129F); 16648 /2774 total weekly/daily calories left
                          Peri-Rx before/after workout

                          Sunday, 3/4/18
                          1. SQUATS: 275x5, 290x5, [email protected], 290x5, 275x5 (19 mins 15 sec)
                          2. RDL: 135x5, 225x5, 250x5, 225x5, 135x5
                          * I liked doing two sets of 5% drops after top main set, maybe do two sets leading up to main set and then do two sets backing off (e.g. 90%, 95%, 100% main set, -5%, -5%)
                          *use the first two sets to gauge RPE and determine the weight of the main set
                          * no bicep pain, right elbow is still clinging, made sure to load the bar on my back FIRST, then put my hands around the bar (thumbs under bar). Really trying to make sure I'm supporting the majority of the bar weight on my back, not my arms/hands.
                          Last edited by JurisSquatter; 03-05-2018, 12:37 AM.
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                          • #14
                            Weight: 245 lbs.
                            Calories 2995 (316C, 135P, 130F)
                            Bad diet day, but trying to limit calories even if I miss my protein. This should be an incentive to eat better but sometimes I cave.

                            25 minutes liss on elliptical
                            Last edited by JurisSquatter; 03-06-2018, 12:11 AM.
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                            • #15
                              Tuesday, 3/6/18
                              Morning Weight: 245.9 lbs.
                              Calories: 3207 (273C, 151P, 171F) okay so I suck at limiting my calories.

                              1. Bench Press 220x5, 230x5, [email protected], 230x5, 220x5 ([email protected], two down sets [load drops])
                              2. Incline Press 135x10, [email protected], [email protected] (good burn)
                              *no bicep pain, very little right elbow pain
                              Last edited by JurisSquatter; 03-07-2018, 01:52 AM.
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