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Travis Bell
09-11-2009, 09:26 PM
Last week in Lones' log, we decided to get a little Zercher off pins competition going, simply because it was something different that we all don't normally do.

The rules were

- no gear besides a belt
- must be at parallel or darn close to it
- winner was most weight lifted - no weight classes

it was pretty much open to whomever wanted in. Video wasn't required, but was appreciated.

Deeder
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LonesXedge
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Chris Rodgers
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Travis Bell
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Other people who entered were Risk10K who worked up to 315, and I know BrianC and Sidior said they were going to work on something today so they may post their results sometime.

Lones and I are going to come up with the next competition and we'll post it here in the PL section, but I can promise it won't have a thing to do with Zerchers because I am beat to crap today from that stuff.

chris mason
09-11-2009, 09:48 PM
Good stuff everyone! Those things hurt your forearms bad!

cphafner
09-11-2009, 09:56 PM
all very impressive lifts. Especially Chris' 495 at a light bodyweight!

Clifford Gillmore
09-11-2009, 11:56 PM
I was very disappointed to not get 405 OR 360, but in my defense I felt like I was going to mess myself on 405 :)

rinse
09-12-2009, 07:10 AM
Travis do you consider yourself to be at parallell in that video?

Travis Bell
09-12-2009, 07:18 AM
Travis do you consider yourself to be at parallell in that video?

LOL dude it's a forum competition. I wouldn't sweat it too much

Sure it could be deeper, but we were all in about the same position, so that was the idea.

Be more than happy to add your video to the original post if you like

vdizenzo
09-12-2009, 07:21 AM
You guys are trying to kill me aren't you? You know I'll want to do this. Between my ab and back I know it's not a good idea. I was going to take tomorrow off from squatting because of my ab pull. I'm so conflicted guys.

Very impressive lifting by all of you. Great stuff!

rinse
09-12-2009, 07:30 AM
LOL dude it's a forum competition. I wouldn't sweat it too much

Sure it could be deeper, but we were all in about the same position, so that was the idea.

Be more than happy to add your video to the original post if you like

Ok dude. It was a simple question.

I did Zercher box squats with the harness below parallell this past thursday. I hit 545. But I won't be doing them again in a while so no video to add to the original post dude.

barbell01
09-12-2009, 07:38 AM
Ok dude. It was a simple question.

I did Zercher box squats with the harness below parallell this past thursday. I hit 545. But I won't be doing them again in a while so no video to add to the original post dude.

things are getting heated around here!:ninja:

Lones Green
09-12-2009, 07:39 AM
You guys are trying to kill me aren't you? You know I'll want to do this. Between my ab and back I know it's not a good idea. I was going to take tomorrow off from squatting because of my ab pull. I'm so conflicted guys.

Very impressive lifting by all of you. Great stuff!

Do it Vin!

Pete22
09-12-2009, 08:31 AM
Impressive stuff guys, I'd join but my hatred for Zerchers is too strong.

sayagain
09-12-2009, 08:36 AM
Nice work guys. I don't think my forums can hold up to that much weight. I still feel like my right arm is still a little numb from doing these a couple weeks ago.

Brian Hopper
09-12-2009, 09:55 AM
I'm just curious, how long is the contest good for?

Travis Bell
09-12-2009, 09:58 AM
I'm just curious, how long is the contest good for?

Jump in Brian! It's open for however long this thread keeps going.

There really isnt any places or prizes or anything, we were just doing it to kinda bust each others balls a little and spur on some training

Brian Hopper
09-12-2009, 10:10 AM
Jump in Brian! It's open for however long this thread keeps going.

There really isnt any places or prizes or anything, we were just doing it to kinda bust each others balls a little and spur on some training

I definitley want to do it, it just might be awhile before we take a ME Zercher squat. Myself and a couple others have 4 weeks left of training for our meet. I'm not sure if John will have us messing around with Zerchers right now. But when we do end up doing them I will get video.

Travis Bell
09-12-2009, 10:15 AM
I definitley want to do it, it just might be awhile before we take a ME Zercher squat. Myself and a couple others have 4 weeks left of training for our meet. I'm not sure if John will have us messing around with Zerchers right now. But when we do end up doing them I will get video.

Yeah the rest of us are a long ways out from a meet so we had nothing to lose. Don't let it jack up your training.

Honestly I'd love to see what Scott could do with these. That kid I bet could put up some absolutely sick numbers

johnnyo_99
09-12-2009, 11:11 AM
here's my attempt at these, decided to try 'em out after my bench workout this morning. I hope its fair that I used a towel for my arms, No chance for me to win but fun to do anyhow!

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chris mason
09-12-2009, 11:16 AM
I might give these a roll, but I don't want the forearm pain. I know, I'm a pussy... :)

Travis Bell
09-12-2009, 11:20 AM
Johnnyo! Nice work man! Way to grind out that 425. Don't sweat the towel, I have actually found that when I used a towel or wore a sweatshirt it made the pain worse because it bunched up in places and pulled my skin really hard. I just put some chalk in my elbows and it seems to work well.

Chris, now you need to just because you said that.:evillaugh:

Lones Green
09-12-2009, 12:36 PM
I definitley want to do it, it just might be awhile before we take a ME Zercher squat. Myself and a couple others have 4 weeks left of training for our meet. I'm not sure if John will have us messing around with Zerchers right now. But when we do end up doing them I will get video.

I'd like to see what you'd put up!

You could do them after your max effort movement, thats what I did.

4 weeks out is a little iffy though

Lones Green
09-12-2009, 12:37 PM
here's my attempt at these, decided to try 'em out after my bench workout this morning. I hope its fair that I used a towel for my arms, No chance for me to win but fun to do anyhow!

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Great job bud, your strength has come a long way

Lones Green
09-12-2009, 12:38 PM
I might give these a roll, but I don't want the forearm pain. I know, I'm a pussy... :)

Don't make me start bothering you about these like I did with getting a suit on and pulling in a meet

lil' power
09-12-2009, 04:52 PM
ok, I'm not one of the guys,but I get to train with Lones and the chicks can do these too....no arm cushioning either...lol

245# at 150

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MarcusWild
09-12-2009, 05:50 PM
I'll try Tuesday after my ME deadlift. That may not be a good idea but oh well.

Tom Mutaffis
09-12-2009, 07:50 PM
I might give these a roll, but I don't want the forearm pain. I know, I'm a pussy... :)

Do you have elbow sleeves? They help... just make sure to chalk them up so that the bar doesn't slide around.

I would like to give these a shot; actually I have never even done a zercher squat. Might be too beat up from competing recently but if I feel alright tomorrow then I will give them a try and take some video.

Travis Bell
09-12-2009, 09:44 PM
ok, I'm not one of the guys,but I get to train with Lones and the chicks can do these too....no arm cushioning either...lol

245# at 150

Awesome work Vikki! Very impressive

Sensei
09-12-2009, 10:22 PM
If I can get to a gym this month, I might give it a shot. Nice job everyone.

Lones Green
09-13-2009, 08:35 AM
Do you have elbow sleeves? They help... just make sure to chalk them up so that the bar doesn't slide around.

I would like to give these a shot; actually I have never even done a zercher squat. Might be too beat up from competing recently but if I feel alright tomorrow then I will give them a try and take some video.

I think they'd be a great movement to throw in every now and then for strongman training Tom!

I'm with Travis, if I try to put a towel on the bar or wear elbow sleeves it throws me off. I tried to put my sleeves on at 315 and barely got it, it makes it even harder for my arms to hold up...but if you can pull it off, do it!

Travis Bell
09-13-2009, 12:11 PM
Acutally I was first shown the zercher stuff by a strongman who used it as an accessory movement to help with stone lifts

Brian C
09-13-2009, 01:09 PM
I didnt have time on the weekend to try it again, but Monday im gonna hit it them again. I got my 435 vid, but im holding out still for bigger and better :thumbup:

chris mason
09-13-2009, 05:15 PM
Awesome work Vikki! Very impressive


I agree, that was a great job!

Brian Hopper
09-13-2009, 05:46 PM
It looks like I need a new video camera, because mine is broken. I'm probably gonna have to borrow one from someone until I buy another. I will definitely purchase one before my next meet which is in a few weeks.

Ben Moore
09-13-2009, 06:14 PM
I'll try these tonight and report back...

Tom Mutaffis
09-13-2009, 06:37 PM
I'll try these tonight and report back...

You should be able to post some big numbers here based on your squatting strength.

My biceps / knee are in no condition to do any max effort work right now - so I'll have to pass on this contest.

Travis Bell
09-13-2009, 08:11 PM
I'll try these tonight and report back...

Awesome! I look forward to it. I bet you could crank up a huge zercher considering your strongman foundation


You should be able to post some big numbers here based on your squatting strength.

My biceps / knee are in no condition to do any max effort work right now - so I'll have to pass on this contest.

Yeah they are hard on the biceps lol.

Your 905 tire deadlift trumps all of this anyways. That was some serious power Tom

Sidior
09-14-2009, 11:21 AM
Awesome lifts in here! I hit 465 and will have my vid up soon.

Here is the vid... even for this comp it's pretty high but whatever. Also sideways :P

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slashkills
09-14-2009, 04:00 PM
nothing good but i did 135lbsx3x10 after my ME squats. They really kill your lower back and arms.

Clifford Gillmore
09-14-2009, 04:15 PM
Great work to everyone else, huge props to Vikki for beating my coeffecient!


Dave, I don't really think that hip height matters with 200+kg in your arms. Its not like I'm going to get 400 by having the pins one notch higher.

Travis Bell
09-14-2009, 04:22 PM
Sid you killed 465! I bet you could have done 495

Zerchers are funny figuring the height. They force you to bend over the lower the bar is, which pulls your hips up. It's more about the positioning. I don't think those were as high as you think they were.

Lones Green
09-14-2009, 04:39 PM
Awesome lifts in here! I hit 465 and will have my vid up soon.

Here is the vid... even for this comp it's pretty high but whatever. Also sideways :P

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Great job Sid!

Brian C
09-14-2009, 05:17 PM
500...vid to follow

Brian Hopper
09-14-2009, 09:23 PM
Awesome lifts in here! I hit 465 and will have my vid up soon.

Here is the vid... even for this comp it's pretty high but whatever. Also sideways :P

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You made that look easy!!!

C-Sobrino
09-14-2009, 09:29 PM
Travis,

Any experience using the Zercher Harness for these? I would imagine it kills your abs, hips and lower back at the same time.

Clifford Gillmore
09-15-2009, 04:06 AM
Travis,

Any experience using the Zercher Harness for these? I would imagine it kills your abs, hips and lower back at the same time.

You know, we have the zercher/front sqaut harness at the gym collecting dust - I think it came out of the box and just got hung up on the equipment rack, I may have to bring it out for an ME movement.

Travis Bell
09-15-2009, 04:39 AM
Travis,

Any experience using the Zercher Harness for these? I would imagine it kills your abs, hips and lower back at the same time.

Yeah it does. Very valuable piece of equipment.

I can do a little more weight with it because it takes the stress off my forearms

Brian C
09-15-2009, 07:16 AM
I had problems with my computer so I had to make a generic vid. The first lift is 455 and the second is 500. Frickin high though. Seems alot lower under the bar. Oh well, it is what it is:thumbup: BW@206

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pt6tQ_wjqvs

Brian C
09-16-2009, 11:14 AM
Geez,all bruised up still. Be awhile before I do theses again lol

Brian Hopper
09-16-2009, 11:51 AM
They will tear your arms up!!!

ehubbard
09-18-2009, 06:03 AM
Tried these a couple days ago in the garage. Here's my last set with 605.

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Clifford Gillmore
09-18-2009, 03:00 PM
Fricken AWESOME!!

Brian Hopper
09-18-2009, 07:18 PM
Here is my 620 Zercher squat from Tuesday night.


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Ben Moore
09-18-2009, 09:11 PM
Here is my 620 Zercher squat from Tuesday night.


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Holy ****...

Ben Moore
09-18-2009, 09:12 PM
I hit 565 off the pins - first time doing these in at least 3 years. I left the camera at the gym, so I'll upload the vid tomorrow. Great work everyone!

Travis Bell
09-18-2009, 09:32 PM
Good grief Tank!! Very nice work

Lones Green
09-19-2009, 09:10 AM
Here is my 620 Zercher squat from Tuesday night.


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Just plain sick.

Brian Hopper
09-19-2009, 01:38 PM
Thanks guys, I appreciate it. I attempted 640 but just ran out of gas.

Brian C
09-19-2009, 04:12 PM
Awesome Tank, very impressive

dynamo
09-19-2009, 04:23 PM
What's the weight correlation between these and regular squats? Just watching you guys and I doubt I'd be able to do 315 sheesh...

Lones Green
09-19-2009, 04:41 PM
What's the weight correlation between these and regular squats? Just watching you guys and I doubt I'd be able to do 315 sheesh...

I don't think there is one, there are 1000 factors. Someone might be better in the gear than raw, someone may have exceptionally strong arms, etc

Ben went 125 pounds more than I did and yet he's squatted in the 900's, I've yet to break 600 pounds

Travis went 585 and doesn't do full meets

They are good to work on the muscles used in the squat and deadlift though, thats for sure

Brian Hopper
09-19-2009, 04:54 PM
I agree with lones!!! I also agree with him about This particular exercise being great for working muscles involved with the squat and deadlift. I hoping it will translate over to my deadlift.

lil' power
09-19-2009, 07:22 PM
Wow Tank, that was very impressive!

Clifford Gillmore
09-20-2009, 02:36 AM
What's the weight correlation between these and regular squats? Just watching you guys and I doubt I'd be able to do 315 sheesh...

I thought I was going to be able to go in and do 400, but 315 was my effort - I'm not 100% on my raw sqaut, but its around the 360 mark.

Chris Rodgers
09-20-2009, 03:05 PM
Great work everyone!!


TANK- JEBUS!!!! Sick work!

martin
09-25-2009, 11:35 AM
We had a go at these today (over here in UK lol).

First time I've done them and jesus they're brutal on the arms.

Made 507lbs (230kg) here's a vid (about 40 secs in) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Y0deujniUM

Over 600 is crazy Tank :)

M

Justin R
09-25-2009, 03:22 PM
Wow, huge lifts in here!

Tried zerchers for the first time, got 3x5@225 after ME squats last week. I really like the movement, other than the sore forearms haha. I'm going to use it for my ME movement next week, hoping to get 315. Will post video if I can.

Brian C
09-25-2009, 03:41 PM
We had a go at these today (over here in UK lol).

First time I've done them and jesus they're brutal on the arms.

Made 507lbs (230kg) here's a vid (about 40 secs in) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Y0deujniUM

Over 600 is crazy Tank :)

M

Nice work Martin.

Stumprrp
09-26-2009, 07:46 AM
you guys and your forum contests...never ends!!!

i might have to try this monday, my knee is really messed up but i think i can get something good!

Stumprrp
09-28-2009, 05:44 PM
500 x 1 havent done them in about 2 years, missed it 4 times before getting it too. kept slipping off my arms.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SjFNjYmp5k&feature=channel_page

Chris Rodgers
09-29-2009, 10:37 AM
Stump, do we need to have a fundraiser here @ WBB to buy you guys some light bulbs? lol WTF bro?

Lones Green
09-29-2009, 12:10 PM
Stump, do we need to have a fundraiser here @ WBB to buy you guys some light bulbs? lol WTF bro?

I was just about to say the same thing

Stumprrp
09-29-2009, 01:56 PM
LOL, its my camera guys, its a cheap kodak with no light for video, but yes my gym is dark.

Niko_El_Piko
09-29-2009, 03:54 PM
Impressive lifts, people.
Needless to say, that unfortunately I HATE Zercher Squats. Iīm not sure why, itīs of those drills you just donīt feel them...

regards!