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Maki Riddington
02-25-2003, 09:51 PM
Lol at the "my basement" comment. Isn't it supposed to be 'our basement?'

chris mason
02-26-2003, 06:13 PM
Well Maki, the wife thinks the basement is "disgusting" and doesn't like to venture there. I love the basement, quite possibly for that specific reason. Therefore, "my" basement.

chris mason
02-28-2003, 04:39 PM
Ok, "light" lower body to day. Of course, it doesn't feel light, just not as hard as my heavy day,


Deadlifts:
135 x 8
225 x 6
315 x 6
445 x 2---pause between

Squats (narrow, deep):
135 x 8
225 x 6
345 x 3

That was all.

Alke
02-28-2003, 04:58 PM
Hey chris, just joined the WBB recently, saw your journal and thought I'd give a shout! Awesome strength Bro'!

looks like you are makin killer gains here! Im always amazed at how strong some people are..........

chris mason
02-28-2003, 05:09 PM
Thank you, I appreciate the compliment.

chris mason
03-02-2003, 04:45 PM
Ok, heavy arms today.


Standing Barbell Curls:
95 x 8
135 x 7
155 x 2
185 x 1
225 x 1---little more solid this time, I think
205 x 1---nothing left, better form

Pulley Pushdowns:
50 x 6
110 x 4
170 x 2
160 x 2


One set of chins and dips, not to failure, for good measure.

Saturday Fever
03-02-2003, 04:50 PM
Geez man. I'm doing curls this week just to gain a better respect for that 225. That's awesome.

chris mason
03-02-2003, 07:04 PM
It's certainly not a superstrict 225, but it is a lot. You know, I suppose it is obvious, but just a few pounds on curls makes a huge difference. In other words, 10 lbs on the curl is nothing like 10 lbs on the bench.

Saturday Fever
03-02-2003, 11:29 PM
I agree. Biceps, even on 20" arms, aren't big muscles. Moving 225 is impressive as hell.

chris mason
03-04-2003, 03:31 PM
Decided to do bent over rows today. Wasn't really time for a back session. I haven't done them in years and years, but I have seen others doing them here lately, so I decided to give them a go.

I used a palms down, thumbless grip with straps. On the heaviest sets, I definitely used a bit of lower back heave, and anyone who says they use really heavy weights and doesn't, is full of it! Anyways, I felt quite strong on them. I arrtibute that to the fact that my lower back is strengthened quite a bit from the deadlifts.

135 x 8
225 x 8
315 x 5
365 x 4---stopped short of failure
385 x 2---short of failure, but not much
385 x 1---was trying to have the wife take a photo of these on the previous set, but she didn't get the shot wide enough to show the weights (the rack is blocking the 35s), so I gave it another go. Same results! LOL, that sucked. Next time I do them we will get it squared away.

Relentless
03-04-2003, 03:40 PM
what sort of angle are you maintaining on the BO-Rows, chris? 135ish?

chris mason
03-04-2003, 03:45 PM
Well, on the heaviest sets, at the bottom, I am probably at 90 degrees or less, as I pull up, I suppose somewhere in the range you mentioned (i.e. the heave I mentioned). Maybe I'll post the pic the wife took, it was about 1/3 of the way up on the rep. That will give you a better idea.

chris mason
03-09-2003, 02:55 PM
Ok, not the best day today, but it was my own fault. A couple of weeks ago I tweaked my lower back a bit when cleaning out my flooded basement. I have since had a "light" deadlift day and just a few days ago I was bent over rowing with 385 lbs. So, my lower back was not up to snuff for today, but I ignored that and just did my thing. Well, when I tried a heavy set, it just wasn't there. Such is life. I will will be fully rested for my next heavy deadlift session.


Deadlifts:

135 x 10
225 x 8
315 x 6
445 x 1
605 x miss!---I thought I might get 2 today, lol. My back was not ready. Next heavy session.

Squats (narrow, deep):
135 x 8
225 x 6
315 x 2
365 x 3---failed on 4th
335 x 5---It was at this time I decided to try to figure out the movie function of my digital camera. It allows for 30sec or so shorts. The first time, I forgot to erase the card first in order to allow for maximum film length. So, I got me setting up for the squat and then nothing. Bummer. I decided to do one more set with 315 to give it another go. No failure, just a couple of reps to show depth.
315 x 2---This time I got the video. Now I just have to figure out how to post it.

SWOLE
03-09-2003, 04:13 PM
cant wait to see the video, i am thinking about doing the same with my friends video camera. but more to see if all of my form is good and how big of a sissy i look in the gym
good luck on the next deadlift session!!

MonStar
03-09-2003, 04:29 PM
Dont worry about the miss on 605 chris, next heavy session I am sure youll hit much more than 605. Great job by the way with 385 on the bentover rows. For me I can row more with an underhand grip than I can with an overhand grip, are you the same way? If you are I cant imagine what you would be able to row Yates style (underhand).

chris mason
03-09-2003, 04:48 PM
How the heck am I going to post the video? I tried to email it to Big, but the file is too large at 10.2 meg. There must be a way to compress it other than winzip.

The_Chicken_Daddy
03-09-2003, 04:57 PM
You could try stamping on it.

chris mason
03-09-2003, 05:05 PM
You are such an ASS:) .

Alex.V
03-09-2003, 05:06 PM
Too large to send or receive? If it's his inbox, send it to me and I can upload it...

The_Chicken_Daddy
03-09-2003, 05:50 PM
haha, Belial's "box" is big enough to "recieve" anything.

SWOLE
03-09-2003, 06:27 PM
congrats on making it to your 5000th post!!!!
you must be tired of arguing...

chris mason
03-10-2003, 08:48 AM
Originally posted by Belial
Too large to send or receive? If it's his inbox, send it to me and I can upload it...

Not sure, as I remember it, the error message said something about it being too large for the server. I am not sure which server. What do you think?

Saturday Fever
03-10-2003, 09:36 AM
His server. Most mailboxes have a size limit, but that doesn't apply to outbound email.

big
03-10-2003, 10:02 AM
it sucks if it's my server since I pay for it. I should be able to recieve as big files as I want to. :mad: Anyway I pm'ed you how to upload it to my ftp. Pm me when it's there and I'll fix the rest.

chris mason
03-10-2003, 11:24 AM
I'll get to that tonight, thanks. I'll email it to B as well.

chris mason
03-11-2003, 05:01 PM
Ok, back and shoulders.

Seated Support Rows:
140 x 9
230 x 8
320 x 1
390 x 3---probably could have an extra inch or so on the ROM for the third rep, but close enough

370 x 3


Seated Military:

Ok, I took a video of these today. When I looked at the video, I realized that it is probably more of a very steep incline. My bench is one of the adjustable types. I can set the back at nearly a 90 degree angle, but when I try to do military presses, my head gets in the way. The back rises up to the top of my head, thus when it is at 90%, I cannot get my head back far enough in order to clear my nose and chin while pressing. To get around this, I need to incline the bench back a bit. This then allows me to get enough of an angle for my head to get it out of the way. Even though I think the exercise looks like a very steep incline, I think it mimics the seated press pretty closely for 2 reasons. One, I don't feel my pecs at all on the exercise. Two, when I have trained in a gym while in Phoenix, I could use the same weight as I do at home when using the gym's seated press bench. So, close enough.

135 x 8
185 x 8
225 x 1
255 x 1
285 x 2---2nd rep was barely! I was fired up when I completed the set, very happy!

265 x 1, 1---Did one rep and it felt funky, so I rearranged myself on the bench and did another. I was fried from the 1st set.


Good day overall. If I can get a compression program, I will have someone here post links to my videos.

chris mason
03-23-2003, 03:48 PM
Heavy arms today. I have had a cold since last Sunday, so not training for the last 12 days or so. I decided to take a video of my curls today. As per a conversation in the thread of Monstar's progress pics, I videod myself using what I consider good form on the barbell curls. I did encounter a problem, I forgot to erase the last video so when I thought I was filming my first attempt, I was not:mad: ! Anyway, I took a long break and then did a second set with 185. I think I was a bit sloppier on the second set because I was determined to get the same 2 reps. The form was still pretty tight. Now, next time I will take a video of me curling 225 using much looser form.


Standing Barbell Curls (strict):
95 x 8
135 x 6
155 x 2
185 x 2---this is the set I did not video:mad:
185 x 2---got this set

Pulley Pushdowns:
70 x 9
160 x 3.5
140 x 6

That was it.

chris mason
03-25-2003, 03:09 PM
Today was 90% leg day. My lower back has been bothering me a bit as of late, so I decided to skip the deadlifts. My legs were feeling pretty decent, so I decided to go heavier than I would on a normal "light" day, thus a 90% day.


Squats (deep, narrow-for me):

135 x 9
225 x 6
315 x 2
365 x 4--- I took a video of this, stopped at 4, might have had 1 more rep in me. The pisser is that due to my pre-set antics (setup etc.), the video stopped after the 2nd rep. Oh well. I will have to save the videos for 1-2 rep sets.
365 x 2---figured that was enough

WillKuenzel
03-25-2003, 03:22 PM
Are you still going with the routine you had way back on page 2 or something? Are you working out more frequently or are you still taking close to 2 weeks to recover?

Maki Riddington
03-25-2003, 04:50 PM
The next two electronic toys I want are a diggy cam with video recording capabilities and a mp3 player.

Then let the taping wars beging.

chris mason
03-25-2003, 04:54 PM
Originally posted by HomeYield
Are you still going with the routine you had way back on page 2 or something? Are you working out more frequently or are you still taking close to 2 weeks to recover?




You know, it depends on the bodypart. I have been training my back, shoulders, and arms once every 10 days or so (barring illness or work related breaks), but for my lower body, I train heavy, wait about 2 weeks, train "light", and then train heavy about a week later.

chris mason
03-25-2003, 04:55 PM
Originally posted by Maki Riddington
The next two electronic toys I want are a diggy cam with video recording capabilities and a mp3 player.

Then let the taping wars beging.

What's up with the mp3 player?

Maki Riddington
03-25-2003, 05:01 PM
Oh, I just want one, not that one has to do with the other or anything.

chris mason
03-25-2003, 05:07 PM
Ahhhh, gothcha!

chris mason
03-30-2003, 04:43 PM
Ok, shoulders and back today.


I decided to do standing strict presses. I haven't done them in some time. They are definitely a groove movement that requires a lot of coordination when you go heavier.

135 x 8
185 x 6
225 x 2
245 x miss---I felt like I had it, but I loss my coordination about halfway up. Decided to have another go.
245 x 1---This one went up solid. Again, definitely an exercise that must be practiced to be perfect.

Bent Over Rows:

Took a video of these, hopefully Howser will have it up soon.

135 x 8
225 x 6
315 x 3
385 x 3---The third rep was too sloppy, thus I stopped. Check the video.
355 x 2---Did these stricter, and I was tired from the 385.

Hercule
03-30-2003, 05:51 PM
385X3, Very nice:thumbup:

chris mason
04-01-2003, 02:47 PM
Felt like doing some weighted dips today, so I did.


body + 45 x 8
body + 90 x 6
body + 135 x 4
Body + 135 x 4


That was all. I didn't go to failure, but came pretty close.

Oh, and bodyweight is ~ 230 lbs.

MonStar
04-01-2003, 03:23 PM
Damn nice job on the dips chris, impressive. Curious how far apart are your dipping bars? Shame you didnt post a video of them, that would have been impressive.

chris mason
04-01-2003, 04:03 PM
Funny you should mention it Monstar, I just happen to have a video of the 2nd set. I may post it, not sure. My bars are ~20-22" apart, with no bend.

chris mason
04-06-2003, 05:05 PM
I tried a new deadlift style today. I had been giving it some thought and decided to see what would happen. Today should have been my "light" day, but as the workout went I couldn' resist going for it. I suppose you could call it "conventional" style, but my feet were so close together that my heels were touching. My toes were pointed out at about a 75 degree and my heels were touching. I figured I would be quite weak using this style, but I was pleasantly surprised. Here is the workout:

136 x 6
225 x 6
315 x 3
405 x 1---felt real easy, thought it wouldn't
495 x 1---again, felt easy
615 x miss---well, it felt so good on the others sets I figured I would give it a go. No dice.
615 x miss---thought I might give it another go
615 x miss---went sumo style, real wide, just to see. I was way too fried by this point.

Squats (narrow, deep):
135 x 6
225 x 6
345 x 5---stopped short of failure

I then did some light power cleans. I am trying to learn good form on these. I am doing each rep from the floor.

The close stance deads felt so good I think I might stick with them to see what happens. I had seen Vince Anello use a similar style in books and that was the genesis of the idea I think.

Meat_Head
04-06-2003, 07:13 PM
As a veteran lifter, what are your goals? Just trying to get your lifts as high as possible?

I'd be curious to see what your clean is, seeing as how you can OH press 245!

Narcissus
04-06-2003, 07:15 PM
i am pretty sure he does more than that. the video is of him military'ing 285 for 2 i believe.

edit: nevermind, i just noticed the reference was to the standing overhead presses. weird explosive powerlifting movements.

Alex.V
04-06-2003, 07:27 PM
Chris... I know someone else here who deads like that.... latty, maybe?

Meat_Head
04-06-2003, 09:15 PM
Originally posted by Narcissus
nevermind, i just noticed the reference was to the standing overhead presses. weird explosive powerlifting movements.

LOL :D

chris mason
04-07-2003, 08:25 AM
Originally posted by xMeat_Headx
As a veteran lifter, what are your goals? Just trying to get your lifts as high as possible?

I'd be curious to see what your clean is, seeing as how you can OH press 245!

Actually, I can overhead press more than that, strict. Once I do the movement a few more times I will get the coordination back and see what happens.

As to the cleans, I have never done them. By the time I did them, my legs were pooped, thus making me more wimpy. I also discovered that due to a very old problem with my right knee I cannot perform them in the standard style. By that I mean I cannot lift and then drop to a rock bottom front squat stance. The momentum of the movement makes me drop too far and my knee acts up. When I go absolutely rock bottom even with a bodyweight squat, something in my right knee literally will pop out of place. I have to shake the knee to get it back in (gross I know). I never had the knee surgically repaired. I have an old video clip of Doug Hepburn in the Olympics performing a then record lift of 385 lbs (if I am remembering correctly) in the clean and strict press. He cleaned the weight in a different manner than they do these days. He started with the same pull from the floor, but he went to a split leg stance, as opposed to dropping to a low front sqaut stance, to get the weight to his chest. I can do this style, but it certainly is tough for me to get the coordination down.

I will get a video of me overhead pressing next time I do them.

ElPietro
04-07-2003, 08:33 AM
Jesus f*cking christ! You did 245 on standing OH press? I would love to see a video of that. Not because I don't believe it, just that I am interested to see your form compared to mine. I hate not having anyone around that I can look to for form tips, or at least to compare form/strength relations. I know there are a few things that can affect this lift, such as leg help, or back arch. I think at one point I got 185 or around there for one or two reps, but now I'm pretty much a wuss on these.

Great strength anyway man.

Just curious on the dead, why go with such a narrow stance? Do you feel it targest certain muscles better? Also, why try and go so heavy with that stance. Putting that much weight on your trunk, and having a much less stable base means that you can be putting yourself into a position for the types of injuries that could put you in a chair for quite some time. I haven't tried, but personally, I'd like a nice stable base whenever there is downforce such as with the weight you are lifting. Just seems the risk/reward factor isn't worth it, should you lose balance, and not realize, or are too stubborn to drop the weight in time. Just my thoughts, maybe I'm wrong on this as I haven't tried.

chris mason
04-07-2003, 08:54 AM
I arch my back quite a bit on the overheads. I will get a video next time.


As to the deads, I really felt no instability at all. In fact, I have to say the movement felt more natural to me than my normal stance. My only hesitation was that I thought it would make me weak. In the end, I think I may be a bit weaker on a maximal attempt, but that may be because it was my first time with that stance.

the doc
04-07-2003, 09:03 AM
looks like a really productive couple of workout chris! Tremendous overhead press. Looking foward to the movie

chris mason
04-07-2003, 04:24 PM
Well, I tried 300 x 1 today and missed:mad: . You know, lately I have taken to training to failure again every workout. I was making excellent progress when I was training one workout with about 80% for a couple of reps and stopping short of failure followed by a heavy workout to failure. I really think I need to return to this as my workouts haven't been all that hot lately. Of course, I usually don't workout the day after heavy deads and legs, but I had to because of my work schedule. Oh well.


Seated Military:
135 x 8
185 x 8
245 x 2
300 x miss---poop!
275 x 1---stopped there, could have definitely gotten 1 more, didn't feel like it. I really didn't feel like training today at all.

Standing Barbell Curls:
95 x 8
135 x 6
155 x 2
185 x miss---I was taping this with stricter form than the last video. My head just wasn't in it.
185 x 1---got it. I used much better form than last time with only a slight bit of body sway at the top. Got it on video, may post it.
175 x 1---one more for ****s and giggles

Pulley Pushdowns:
Really didn't feel like doing these.
140 x 6---stopped short of failure. Stopped period. Enough.

Alke
04-07-2003, 09:01 PM
Hey Chris! DAMN impressive lifts man! dips at +135!!!!!! with BW of 230? I just got a handle on +35 and I can only imagine what 135 feels like! thats awesome! definitley an inspiration! (course Im not gonna run out an try that anytime soon mind you, but definitley an inspiration LOL)

also, I know what you mean bout not having your heart in a workout BTW, usually I will leave when that happens to me (thats one of the ways I got injured once upon a time, not focusing and putting all my heart into the workout) I'm sure everyone has those days........

Awesome lifts as usual man!:thumbup:

chris mason
04-08-2003, 07:32 PM
Thanks Kenn.

MonStar
04-08-2003, 07:36 PM
Chris, are you going to get that dip video clip up? I think that it would be great to see you handle +135, I am curious as to how deep you go with it as well.

chris mason
04-09-2003, 09:02 AM
Tell you what, I'll do a video soon with a bit more weight than that and post it.

chris mason
04-13-2003, 04:21 PM
Trained back with support rows today. I took a video of it and will post it soon.


Support Rows:
140 x 8
230 x 9
320 x 2
390 x 2.5---took a vid of this
370 x 2---cut it short here

MonStar
04-13-2003, 10:26 PM
Nice job on the supported rows chris, really looking forward to this video. Also looking forward to the dip video.

Otter
04-15-2003, 09:45 AM
Originally posted by chris mason
Trained back with support rows today. I took a video of it and will post it soon.

Did you post this anywhere yet?

I use the identical machine that you do and it's always nice to be able to make comparisons on form.

chris mason
04-15-2003, 04:22 PM
Ok, heavy lower today. I really need more rest between heavy deadlifts, but I felt like it and I have decided to get back to a heavy/light routine so I wanted to get it going now.

Deads (heels touching):

135 x 8
225 x 6
315 x 4
425 x 1
565 x 1---this was a grind, but I got it. I am definitely stronger with my version of a sumo, but for some reason I like the way these feel.

Squats (feet narrow-for me, deep):
135 x 6
225 x 6
315 x 1
405 x 1---not bad considering I had deadlifted first.

That was it. I took a video of the deadlift, but I took so long to prepare for the lift that the video cut off about 3/4 of the way up. Oh well, I suppose if I post it you will just have to take me at my word. The reason I haven't posted the other vids yet is because my trial subscription to streamload ended. I think I will bit the bullet and sign up today.

Tank23
04-17-2003, 06:20 AM
Chris, I notice you do very few exercises per bodypart. Like for back you only did supported rows. How has this worked for you so far?

Also, with deads and squats in the same workout, is that working alright? I was thinking of doing that to minimize any overlap, but I think I'd be too drained of energy to do both in one session and still progress.

I'm beginning to become interested in HIT style training. Minimum time in gym, while still building great strength and mass is very appealing, hence my interest with your training.

-Tank

chris mason
04-20-2003, 07:28 AM
I think it has worked well for me so far. I suppose you can judge for yourself by what I can lift and I have a few pics in the members pics section.


As to combining deads and squats, when I was alternating a heavy and light session, it worked extremely well.

YoBrickWall
04-20-2003, 07:40 AM
yo chris- happy easter

i usually just peek in journals, not much but awhile back u mention about 1 arm curl max and wanted everyone to try it. so im gonna see where i end up each week. if yo dont mind when i write it in my journal, im gonna call it the chris mason curl. ok with u?

ybw

chris mason
04-20-2003, 04:25 PM
:confused: I'm confused?



Anyway, shoulders and arms.

Standing Strict (yes, no legs, no push press) Militaries:

135 x 8
185 x 6
225 x 2
245 x 2---nice!
225 x 1---all I felt like doing

Standing Barbell Curls (strict, stricter than in the video):

95 x 8
135 x 6
155 x 2
185 x 1---solid, but 2 was not there
175 x 1
135 x 5---I did a strip down set after the 175, really good form.

Pulley Pushdowns:

70 x 8
120 x 6
160 x 3
stripped the weight then
120 x 6

the doc
04-20-2003, 05:14 PM
chris what sort of stance do you have for standing militaries... I sometimes have trouble keeping balance

chris mason
04-20-2003, 06:21 PM
I have had that problem as well. I used to use a split stance, but now I have my feet in the roughly the same stance as when I squat (in line with each other fairly close together).

I think the balance issue is just a matter of getting acclimated to the movement. It is part of the reason the movement is so difficult (as opposed to the seated version).

Budiak
04-20-2003, 07:06 PM
Now when you say you strip down, do you mean strip down to the bar or just strip down to the specified weight and started repping that last listed set with no rest?

I've been working with long strip sets, on the last set, on cables, one plate at a time for as many as I can get at that weight. It is a real mother****er as you may imagine.


BTW you work out in your basement, right? What kind of pulley machine do you have? I know you're not a pauper, but please do endulge me.

chris mason
04-20-2003, 07:15 PM
The pulley apparatus is part of my power cage. If you are looking at the cage, it is on the left side. The back, left beam of the cage has a sliding apparatus attached to it. It is a plate loading version. I can do any sort of single pulley movement. I will get a picture in the next couple of days.

When I say strip, I mean that I reduce the weight as quickly as I can and continue the set.

chris mason
04-27-2003, 06:53 PM
Light back today.



Supported Rows:

140 x 8
230 x 8
300 x 3
300 x 3
300 x 3

chris mason
04-29-2003, 06:31 PM
Light shoulders and arms. No set taken anywhere near failure.


Seated Military Presses:

135 x 9
185 x 9
225 x 3
225 x 3
225 x 3

Standing Barbell Curls (strict---yes strict):

95 x 9
135 x 3
135 x 3
135 x 3

Pulley Pushdowns:
70 x 8
120 x 3
120 x 3
120 x 3

Tank23
04-30-2003, 04:17 AM
Chris...how do you do your supported rows at home? Do you have one of those supported row equipment things, or did you rig something up yourself?

-Tank

chris mason
04-30-2003, 02:13 PM
I have a supported row apparatus at home.

MrWebb78
04-30-2003, 02:16 PM
When I say strip, I mean that I reduce the weight as quickly as I can and continue the set

fibber, you know you get naked and then continue working out

Tank23
05-02-2003, 06:47 AM
Originally posted by chris mason
I have a supported row apparatus at home.

Nice!

What other equipment do you have? I know you also have a power rack with a single pulley cable system. How do you train calves? Or should I say, do you train calves? I don't see any journal entries speaking of calves...?


-Tank

chris mason
05-02-2003, 08:16 AM
Originally posted by MrWebb78


fibber, you know you get naked and then continue working out

You got it all wrong, I am nude to start with, no need to strip;) .

chris mason
05-02-2003, 08:17 AM
Originally posted by Tank23


Nice!

What other equipment do you have? I know you also have a power rack with a single pulley cable system. How do you train calves? Or should I say, do you train calves? I don't see any journal entries speaking of calves...?


-Tank


No direct training for calves. I gave up on them a long time ago. Basically, my thighs should sue my calves for a lack of support...:D

chris mason
05-02-2003, 05:32 PM
Heavy lower body. I trained at a Bally's with my father-in-law today. It kind of sucked as they have those hexagonal plates and they make it screwy to deadlift. It is also strange to train with equipment you are not used to.


Deadlift with heels touching:

135 x 8
225 x 6
315 x 6
445 x 1
585 x miss---oooooo, so close. I actually think I had it, but the bar was so close to the rack that I hit the catches on the way up and it threw me off. No big deal, it should be no problem to get it with my heavy session at home.

Squat (narrow stance, deep):

135 x 8
225 x 6
315 x 2
405 x miss---These felt weird as I am not used to having a mirror in front of me. I kind of held back due to that.

Finished up with a couple of sets of paused leg presses. I lower the weight to the stops, then pause and slowly push back up.

chris mason
05-05-2003, 05:26 PM
Ok, went to World's gym of Scottsdale today. Nice gym.

Trained back and shoulders. Felt pumped. Weighed in at 234 on the scale at the gym:eek: . Definitely getting too fat!

chris mason
05-11-2003, 06:04 PM
Back home, heavy arms.

Barbell Curls--STRICT--stricter than the video:

95 x 9
135 x 6
155 x 1
185 x 1---tried 2, no go
165 x 3

Single Arm Dumbbell Preacher Curls:
40 x 6 R,L

Pulley Pushdowns:

70 x 8
120 x 5
160 x 5
110 x 5---not much rest between sets
as soon as I racked the weight, I did a set of close grip pushups for 12 or so. That was all.

chris mason
05-13-2003, 06:31 PM
Light lower body today.


Deads (conventional stance--not feet together):

135 x 8
225 x 6
315 x 6
405 x 4

Squats (narrow, deep):

135 x 8
225 x 6
275 x 10

I have been playing around with cleans as of late. I pull from the floor and do not use the usual drop underneath method. I use a split drop due to my knees. When I perform a conventional drop, the force on my knees in the bottom position is too great. If I squat, even without weight, as deep as I possibly can, my right knee will "pop" out of place. It is relatively painless, but once it happens I cannot fully straighten my knee. I have to shake my knee to get things to fall back into place. The next few days I will experience some pain and swelling. Anyway, the split method allows me to do the movement and avoid this problem.

PowerManDL
05-13-2003, 06:43 PM
Oh hell! How much you got in you for a clean?

chris mason
05-14-2003, 03:07 PM
Ok, this was my third try at them. You will note I do them last, after my legs are a bit pooped. Now that I have all of my excuses in line:D , I missed 275, but got 245 pretty solidly. I start with 135, then 225, which seemed not too bad, so I decided to go for more. I think by that time I was plenty pooped and just didn't have it left. Who knows? I do like them and will continue to do them on my "light" leg day. My medium term goal is to get over 300 lbs and then do a clean and strict press of 300 +.

chris mason
05-18-2003, 05:47 PM
Ok, light back and shoulders today.


Supported Rows:

140 x 9
230 x 8
320 x 5
230 x 12


Seated Military Press:

135 x 8
185 x 8
225 x 5
225 x 4
185 x 10


Stopped well short of failure on all sets. My left shoulder was really bugging me today:mad: . Ah well.

chris mason
05-20-2003, 04:23 PM
Light arms with some powercleans and jump squats thrown in at the end for fun.


Barbell Curls (strict):

95 x 8
135 x 6
135 x 9

Pushdowns:

70 x 8
130 x 9
130 x 9

I then fooled around with the cleans and jump squats with some pullovers thrown in.

chris mason
05-27-2003, 04:47 PM
Ok, heavy lowers today.


Deadlifts-conventional, feet about 8-9" apart:

135 x 9
225 x 6
315 x 6
455 x 1
585 x 1---PR conventional, went up strong (not to say it was easy)


Squats (narrow, deep):

135 x 8
225 x 6
275 x 11
335 x 1
365 x 2

I then did some powercleans with 225 followed by an ab routine. That was all.

RG570
05-27-2003, 05:01 PM
wow that is a really narrow stance chris. Very nice pull. When do we get to see more videos?

chris mason
05-27-2003, 05:30 PM
I need to figure out another way to post them. My free "streamloader" account ran out, so I cannot send them to Howser in order to post them (he was very kind to do so). They are too big for me to email, so I need an alternative solution.

Neil
05-27-2003, 07:00 PM
Shell out the money for the account:)

chris mason
05-28-2003, 07:00 PM
Smartass... The next problem was which kind of account. I tried to figure out the cheapest one that would do the trick, even emailed them, and then never got back to me. I need to get some information before I sign up for stuff I don't need.

PowerManDL
05-28-2003, 07:12 PM
Sign up for the cheap account!

chris mason
06-01-2003, 06:14 PM
Ok, heavy back and shoulders. I have taken to performing a higher rep set before my heavy sets as of late. It doesn't increase the heavy sets, but it lets me get some reps in and doesn't seem to take much away from the heavy sets if I don't go balls out on the higher rep set. On back today I went a bit heavier and pushed a bit harder than I should have on the rep set, but what the heck.


Seated Support Rows:

140 x 9
230 x 8
280 x 9---this was the set I mentioned above
340 x 2
390 x 1.5---that was all folks
370 x 2

Seated Military Presses to the Front:

135 x 8
185 x 12---this was the rep set, but it was a bit light
245 x 2
285 x miss---I hit the catch on the right side and it threw me off so I aborted the rep

285 x 1---went up good
295 x 1---slow, tough rep, but I got it for a PR!
245 x 1---decided that was enough

I then decided to try a new exercise. I had read about it and wanted to give it a go. It is basically a 1 arm t-bar row. I set the bar up as though I am going to do t-bars. If I am going to work my right side, I then stand on the left side of the bar with my left leg in front of my right. The stance was basically standing perpindicular to the bar, with my feet then angled to the left about 85 degress (toes not pointing forwards). I then leaned down and grabbed the bar with my right hand just below the collar. I braced my left arm on my left leg to take the pressure off of the lower back. I then row. I must say, this was a great exercise. I figured I was warmup up enough, so I just loaded 120 lbs on the bar and went to town. I did 5 reps per side which was not failure, but my left hand did start to feel weak in the grip. This exercise felt better to me than one arm dumbbell rows. You might give it a go.

Neil
06-01-2003, 11:47 PM
Great job on the PR. 300 next session?

chris mason
06-02-2003, 06:51 PM
I am not sure, I might just stick with the 285 for a few reps for my next heavy session.

chris mason
06-03-2003, 06:29 PM
Ok, heavy arms today. I am continuing with my plan of performing a higher rep (for me) set (going close to failure---a few reps shy) before my heavy sets.


Standing Barbell Curls (strict):

95 x 8
135 x 10 (this was the higher rep set)
165 x 2
185 x 1

Single Arm Preacher Curls:

45 x 6, 6---left and right arm

Pulley Pushdowns:

70 x 8
130 x 10 (higher rep set)
170 x 1
150 x 3

Abs

That was all.

chris mason
06-08-2003, 07:01 PM
Light lower body today (sort of). I have decided to start incorporating some partials into my routine. I did both partial deads and squats today. Interestingly enough, the deads actually felt as hard as full ROM to me. I started just below the knee (~2"). I attribute the difficulty to the fact that leg drive is pretty much out of the equation when starting at that height, thus it is all lower back. For the squats, I continued my narrow stance (relatively) and found the partial squats to hit my legs more as I am not sticking my rear end out to get to the rock bottom position. Interesting again.


Deads (standard style, partials at first):

225 x 6
315 x 4
405 x 2
495 x 2

went to full ROM

315 x 4
455 x 3

Stopped all sets well short of failure.

Squats (narrow stance--for me, started with partials):

225 x 6
315 x 3
405 x 2

full ROM---ass to floor

275 x 9


Decided to only use the partial deads on my light day. I will stick with the partial squats on both days for a while.

chris mason
06-10-2003, 06:02 PM
Well poo, I think I am getting away from the heavy light thing again... Today was supposed to be "light" back and shoulders. I did stop short of failure, but I did some partials.


Support Rows:

140 x 9
230 x 8
320 x 2
340 x 3
320 x 3

One Arm T-bars:

120 x 6 right, 5 left---my left hand was losing its grip:mad: . I trained my forearms a few times lately and I think they are pooped!

Seated Military:

Started with partials to about nose level. I was surprised how heavy these felt.

135 x 8
225 x 6
315 x 1---felt REAL heavy, surprised me. I suppose I will acclimate after a few sessions.

295 x 3---can't remember if I did 3 or 4

I then went to 225 and did 5 reps to my clavicle.

I then fooled around with some powercleans and did abs.

chris mason
06-15-2003, 05:17 PM
Ok, arms today, it was supposed to be "light" arms.


I have been working on my bench press again as of late. My left shoulder makes it crappy whenever I try to go heavy. I am experimenting with ways to help. If it works I will talk about it. So, I did that first.



Standing Barbell Curls:

95 x 8
135 x 10
185 x 2

Preacher Single Arm Dumbbell Curls:

45s x 6L, 6R

Pulley Pushdowns:

70 x 8
140 x 10
150 x 3

I then did some abs and calves.

chris mason
06-24-2003, 06:42 PM
I skipped logging my last lower day. It was a decent session, but nothing to get excited about.


Today was back and shoulders. I really didn't feel like training today as I had done some yard work in the morning/afternoon and it was hot. That drained me. Anyway, on with the show.


Support Rows:

140 x 8
230 x 8
320 x 2
360 x 3
340 x 3

Same deal, not to failure on any set.

One Arm T-bars:

120 x 7R/7L---these felt nice today, definitely had a couple more on my right arm and my left grip held up.

Seated Military:

Started with partials to nose;

135 x 8
225 x 6
315 x 1---still felt quite heavy

I then went to full reps

275 x 1---failed trying the second, I just started to run out of juice at this point

245 x 2---decided that was enough

That was all, I was just felt listless, decided to quit for the day.

Oh, I did try a few powercleans but realized I didn't have it today.

Chomsky
06-24-2003, 08:43 PM
chris, do you find the one-armed Tbar rows better stimulating to the back than regular t-bar rows?

chris mason
06-26-2003, 07:07 PM
Well, I like it, and I do think it hits my lats a bit better as I am forced to use better form.



Ok, arms today. I tried to not push myself as much today.


I started with some bench work. I am trying to rehab my pec/delt tie-in so I can do these with some decent weight again.


Standing Barbell Curls:

95 x 8
135 x 10
185 x 2

Single Arm Dumbbell:

45 x 6R/6L

Pulley Pushdowns:

70 x 8
150 x 8
160 x 2


I then did some calves.


Oh, and finally someone acknowledging my journal, that was nice...

Neil
06-26-2003, 10:55 PM
If it makes you feel better your journal is the only thread I am subscribed to. I read every post.

You should post your bench work, I'd be curious to see what kind of poundages you are working with.

Franjipani
06-27-2003, 06:48 AM
Originally posted by chris mason
Oh, and finally someone acknowledging my journal, that was nice...

*acknowledges journal even though has nothing of value to add except sprinkling feminine energy in here* ;)

chris mason
07-01-2003, 06:23 PM
Lower day again.



Standard Deadlifts:

135 x 6
225 x 5
315 x 4
455 x 1
585 x 1---I definitely need more rest on these. I just can't go heavy every week. The 585 felt roughly the same as last time, maybe a touch easier. Decided to try 605, not a good idea, I was too pooped from 585.

Squats (shoulder width stance to parallel, or just below):

225 x 6
315 x 5
365 x 2
375 x 1

Nothing to failure. I did not wear a belt (on the squats).

I felt tired today, but I persevered.

I next decided to try a new exercise. My legs and lower back were a bit fatigued, but I decided to try anyway. What I did was a clean and press using a curl grip. I did not split or dip with my legs (other than just a tad). I did the press without using my legs.

135 x 3-4
225 x 1
225 x 1
225 x 1

These were interesting, I think I will keep with them. I didn't really push myself on them today.

Next I did some grip training. What you do is grab 10lb plates and curl with them. You use a pinch grip to hold them and do as many 10s as possible with the smooth side out. I tried 3 10s and got about 1 rep then lost it. I then did sets of 8 and 6 for each hand with 2 10s. These were not to failure. My forearms were a bit sore from messing around with a kettle bell at the AOBS dinner on Saturday.

Oh, and thanks for the recognition Fran and Neil.

WillKuenzel
07-01-2003, 07:03 PM
I next decided to try a new exercise. My legs and lower back were a bit fatigued, but I decided to try anyway. What I did was a clean and press using a curl grip. I did not split or dip with my legs (other than just a tad). I did the press without using my legs.

135 x 3-4
225 x 1
225 x 1
225 x 1


Do you mean you are shoulder pressing using palms facing you grip? Have you ever tried benching like that? Do you feel that it works your shoulders differently since your elbows are in a different position?

chris mason
07-02-2003, 06:20 PM
That's right Home. As for the feel, it definitely felt a bit strange, almost as though I was pressing the weight away from myself. I'll have to try it a few more times before I can really judge it.

Neil
07-05-2003, 10:34 PM
Did meeting all those guys at the AOBS dinner get you interested in grip training?

chris mason
07-06-2003, 04:59 PM
Yep, that and the Goerner book.


Ok, back and shoulders and other stuff.


Support Rows:

140 x 8
230 x 8
320 x 2
370 x 3
340 x 4

One Arm T-bar Rows:

125 x 7 R/L---my grip was wimpy on my left hand again

Curl Grip Clean and Press:

Again, I really don't dip my legs here on the clean (just a touch) and I don't on the press either (i.e. a strict press). The press maintains the curl grip.

135 x 3
225 x 1
225 x 1
235 x 1
245 x 1---press got tough here
225 x 1

I then did standing barbell curls for 155 x 5.

Next was behind the back wrist curls:

145 x 8

I then did some wrist exercises which involve holding a long steel bar at my sides with a hammer curl grip. I maintain the grip and lift the bars by bending my wrists.

Last I did some slow reps with hold contractions of 3 seconds with those grippers you can buy at any sports goods store. My wife got me them for my birthday. I figured if I used them at the end of my workout and did slow reps I could use them. It worked.

chris mason
07-08-2003, 06:28 PM
Did some bench pressing today. Felt a bit off which was probably due to the fact that I just did the shoulder presses on Sunday. I am still trying to get my bench back to respectability, but it will be some time barring any setbacks.


I then proceeded to try to hit my biceps but realized they were fried from Sunday (between the curl grip cleans and the barbell curls I did).

Last I did some triceps.

Pulley Pushdowns:

70 x 8
150 x 7 or was is 8?---anyway triceps were a bit pooped from the other day

I then did some calf raises and abs.

chris mason
07-14-2003, 04:52 PM
Ok heavy back and shoulders.


I started the day with weighted chins done outside on my kid's jungle gym. I used a parallel grip.

body x 6
+45 x 4
+45 x 3

All strict reps with full extension and all the way to the top.

Support Rows:

140 x 5
230 x 3
320 x 2
380 x 3

Single Arm T-bars:

130 x 5L/7R---My grip with my left hand just gives out:mad: ! I could have done more reps with my right hand.

Seated Military Presses:

Haven't done these in some time. These are kind of a groove exercise for me so I didn't expect much.

135 x 6
185 x 4
245 x 1
275 x 1
285 x 1
295 x abort---I hit my catched on the way down so I aborted. Not sure if I would have had it, probably not. Pretty decent overall.

chris mason
07-14-2003, 04:52 PM
Ok heavy back and shoulders.


I started the day with weighted chins done outside on my kid's jungle gym. I used a parallel grip.

body x 6
+45 x 4
+45 x 3

All strict reps with full extension and all the way to the top.

Support Rows:

140 x 5
230 x 3
320 x 2
380 x 3

Single Arm T-bars:

130 x 5L/7R---My grip with my left hand just gives out:mad: ! I could have done more reps with my right hand.

Seated Military Presses:

Haven't done these in some time. These are kind of a groove exercise for me so I didn't expect much.

135 x 6
185 x 4
245 x 1
275 x 1
285 x 1
295 x abort---I hit my safety catch on the way down so I aborted. Not sure if I would have had it, probably not. Pretty decent overall.


Next I did some forearm/grip work.

Neil
07-15-2003, 12:23 AM
You gotta get that magic 300 on the OH press.

Franco
07-15-2003, 02:45 AM
Still planning on doing a meet?

Budiak
07-15-2003, 03:57 PM
Holy ****! 295 on Mil Press...good lord.

You big! Me small!


*slowly backs out of room

WillKuenzel
07-15-2003, 07:18 PM
Originally posted by chris mason
Single Arm T-bars:

130 x 5L/7R---My grip with my left hand just gives out:mad: ! I could have done more reps with my right hand.

These are tough. I don't have too much problem getting set up on the right side but I'm heavily uncoordinated on my left side. Grip was fine but it would really help to have some knurling on the bar up there. Really no way of cheating as it throws me off balance too far. Good exercise. Thanks again for the help on those.

Budiak
07-16-2003, 05:31 AM
My left arm is so poorly coordinated I can hardly move the fingers voluntarily. My left arm has always been smaller than my right, and slightly weaker (actually, the entire left side of my body is TOTALLY ****ed up). I dont want to get into details.

I think I'll have to add a *weeeee* bit of mass if I want to be able to hold up 295 on a seated mil press. Current max is 165. Not shabby, but I might as well have been lifting a car off of my carton of ice cream, dont know how I did it.


Or a child.

ElPietro
07-16-2003, 09:07 AM
Chris, just wondering why you do single arm t-bars? Do you feel it gives you a fuller ROM? I'm guessing these can be easier than doing them with both arms, as you can torque your body to help more, versus not being able with two arms since each arm is in opposition to each other. This is sorta how it is with db rows, since you do one side at a time. I do em that way because I'm too lazy to setup a bar. But with t-bars I was just wondering what you find that you like about it better. Or was it just to change things around a bit?

Oh, and f*ck you for even attempting 295 on millies. That's insane! I hate you more with each workout you post. :p

Alex.V
07-16-2003, 12:37 PM
Originally posted by chris mason

I started the day with weighted chins done outside on my kid's jungle gym.


That image just kinda makes me smile. "Moooom! Daddy's hogging my jungle gym again! He's bending the bars. MOOOOOM!!!!!!"

Nice militaries. How low is the safety catch?

Budiak
07-16-2003, 09:01 PM
Alsoo, do you bring that thing all the way down to touch your chest, too?

chris mason
07-23-2003, 01:36 PM
Yes I do touch my chest. I go all of the way down.

The catches are just below.

I went to the 1 arm t-bars as a substitute for 1 arm dumbbell rows and for a change of pace. I actually don't use as much body english with them because I rest my free arm on my opposite leg. I end up with very little back sway or torque.

Yes, the lack knurling makes them difficult Home, but I figure that will help with grip strength as side benefit.



Ok, chest, arms, and shoulders.


I first did some bench work. Still too wimpy on these.

Curl Grip Clean and Press:

135 x 1
135 x 1
135 x 1
225 x 1
225 x 1
235 x 1
235 x 1

I didn't go as heavy as last time due to my triceps and shoulders being fatigued from the bench work. They did feel good.

Standing Barbell Curls Good Form:

155 x 4
185 x 4---Nice, I only got 2 the last time I tried this

Preacher Curls:

45 x 7R, 7L

Skull Crushers:

I did these with touching my forehead.

135 x 8
185 x 6
185 x 3

Pulley Pushdowns:

140 x 5


Oooooo, my triceps were pooped.

fuzz
08-08-2003, 11:29 PM
*knocks on door*

anyone home?

HELLO?

*leaves*

chris mason
08-09-2003, 11:08 AM
I quit working out.









:D
Just kidding. I just haven't taken the time to log my workouts as of late.

chris mason
08-10-2003, 07:38 PM
Ok, did legs today. I have taken to widening my squat stance again in order to perform some powerlifting style squats again. The problem is the same one I had when I quit doing them. I injured my left leg on the outside right where the leg muslces tie into the hip. It is definitely a leg muscle becuase I feel it when I tense my quad. My best guess is that it is my tensor fasciae latae, but I am not sure. In any event, when I first injured it I kept training and it seemed to cause me to stagnate on squats. So, for a long time I did not squat at all. I then started with super slow squats which did not seem to aggravate it too bad. For some time I have been performing closer stance Olympic style squats and these did not bother it at all. Deadlifts also do not bother it. It had been such a long time since it bothered me I decided to try widening my stance again. Well, my first heavy workout I re-aggravated it. Not as bad as when I first injured it, but it definitely was not happy. Still, I want to squat heavy again. I have decided that I will alternate heavy squat and deadlift days and perform Olmpic squats alternating with wider squats. After today I think I may even need to wait 2 workouts between heavy wide stace sessions as I can really feel it again. It is very frustrating for me that this injury is still around after years. I suppose I will just do the best with it I can. If I find I am stagnant due to the injury I will just have to drop the wide stance squats again:cry: . Anyway, here is today's workout and projection.


Powerlifting Style Squats:

I do these with a belt only, no wraps, just regular clothes and sneakers.

135 x 6
225 x 4
315 x 4
405 x 1
455 x 1---I think I was a bit shallow on this so I decided to drop the weight and go for the correct depth
425 x 1---good depth
425 x 1---same

I could really feel the injury and was pissed but decided to press on. My goal is to get to a 500 lb raw squat (well, belt only). At this point I know I can do 600 + with equipment. I have never used a suit, but I have used wraps in the past and they help me tremendously.

I then did some calves and finished up with a set of narrow stance squats with 185 lbs. My goal here is to go rock bottom and to really feel the movement. I am not lifting for power with this set, I am lifting for the pump.

chris mason
08-11-2003, 07:50 PM
After a physically exhausting day of moving boxes I worked out.


Chins with a Parallel Grip:

body + 45 x 5

Support Rows:

140 x 6
230 x 4
320 x 3
410 x 1---well, not quite, but very close

One Arm T-bars:

130 x 5L:mad: /7R---same darn thing, my left grip just gives out!

Seated Military Press:

I was feeling like crap by this point, just exhausted.

135 x 6
185 x 3
225 x 1
245 x 1
275 x 1
305 x 0---closest I have been, but stuck at my personal sticking point which is just above nose level.

No more, I was pooped.

chris mason
08-19-2003, 06:36 PM
Did some bench work to start. It went like crap so I decided to take a bit of a new approach. I have decided to start incorporating negative only training for all of my bodyparts (with the possible exception of my upper back, deadlifts, calves, and forearms). As I train alone, I will have to settle for single rep sets. I will pick a heavy resistance and try to lower it as slowly possible. When I say heavy, I must go very heavy as the weight must be sufficient to tax the muscles with only 1 rep. I will pick a weight which I can barely lower under control (by under control, I mean roughly a 6-8 second negative).

I will try to progress in resistance each session and probably perform 2 sets of negatives after several warmup sets.

I think I will alternate these negative only sessions with a workout where I perform a couple of sets in the 5-6 rep range, standard style, and stopping short of failure.

The rest of my workout went as such:

Standing Barbell Curls:

95 x 6
135 x 6
155 x 1
185 x 1
225 x 1 negative---didn't control this well enough
205 x 1 neg---did better, but let it go the last couple of inches
205 x 1 neg---did this one just right

It takes a lot of mental toughness to lower the weight fully under control for the entire rep. My natural inclination is to let it go towards the end of the movement.

Skulls:

135 x 5
185 x 1
205 x 1 neg---this was too easy
225 x 1 neg---this was solid

I then did some calves followed by a very light set of squats to get the blood moving in the legs. Last I did some forearm work.

chris mason
08-24-2003, 04:42 PM
Ok, today was my deadlift and non-negative squat day. The injury I have mentioned was still very unhappy.


Deadlift:

135 x 6
225 x 4
315 x 4
405 x 1
505 x 3---pause between reps

Squat:

I used a narrower stance, but not as narrow as in the past. Probably roughly shoulder width. Depth was to just below parallel. Just a belt, no wraps.

135 x 6
225 x 6
315 x 3
365 x 6---Stopped there, had a few more.

FFeJ
08-24-2003, 05:10 PM
chris, how much are you weighing now ? is it where you would like it to be ?

chris mason
08-25-2003, 12:00 PM
I haven't weighed myself in some time. I had lost some fat, but have been a bit stagnant in my workouts as of late so I have decided to add a bit of weight. I would guess my weight to be somewhere in the 220-230 range.

Scott S
08-25-2003, 03:24 PM
A negative-only routine? Damn, that's badass. :thumbup:

I've thought about trying it when I've got more development under my belt.

chris mason
08-26-2003, 07:00 AM
Thanks. I will let you all know how it goes in this journal. One thing to remember is that I am not doing it in what is considered an "optimal" fashion due to the fact that I train alone. This limits me to single rep sets which, from what I have read, is not considered the recommeded way to do it. Some exercises I will be able to do higher rep sets because I will do 1 arm movements. I can use both arms to lift the weight and 1 arm to lower it.

We'll see how it goes.

Scott S
08-26-2003, 10:35 AM
Yeah, maybe you could get a friend to come over and spot you or something. Come to think of it, what's your wife doing that's more important than your training? ;)

chris mason
08-26-2003, 05:30 PM
Well, remember, on negatives the other person has to lift the weight. If my wife could lift the weight I can barely lower, she would be one big and strong woman:eek: !


Lol, in any event I did back and shoulders today. I had to think of a way to do back with negatives (with no help) and settled on one arm pulley pulldowns. I pull the weight down with both hands and then very slowy let it go back up with one. My pulley setup is not akin to what you use in the gym, the weight feels heavier than the plate loaded versions (for the same load).

Pulley Pulldowns 1 Hand:

150 x 2 L,R
150 x 1 L,R

I first did some warmup sets with both hands.

Seated Military Press:

135 x 6
185 x 4
245 x 1
275 x 1
315 x 1 negative
315 x 1 negative

I could have gone heavier but was unsure and did not want to overstep my bounds. As it was I lowered the weight very slowly under perfect control.

Let me tell you, negatives are a bitch! They take a mental level of concentration that goes beyond standard training. I have to focus the entire rep to lower in under control. The difference is that you are at or near your limit of lowering and having to do it very slowly. Tough!

I then did some hammer curls. The first and last set were very strict, the heavy set was with some swing.

45s x 6
85s x 2 or 3, I forget
65s x 6

Lastly I did some forearm and grip work.

Scott S
08-26-2003, 07:04 PM
My thinking was that she could pitch in as much effort as possible during the "positives" so they wouldn't be as taxing to you. Now that I think about it, it still wouldn't work. Nevermind.

*runs to another journal

FFeJ
08-26-2003, 07:32 PM
your shoulder strength (military press especially) is impressive, do you imagine you could hit close to 300 if you had a good spotter to let you go all out ?

chris mason
08-27-2003, 09:07 AM
Well, I have done 295 by myself. I go all out on my own, the only thing a spotter would help with would be the effort expended when unracking the weight. That might give me the extra 5 lbs. Hopefully after a few months of this negative program I will be handling considerably more.

Big o Boy
08-27-2003, 10:47 PM
Wow your strong.

Xand
08-27-2003, 10:58 PM
That's some good weight. Have you thought of using bands or chains to add some resistance? They'll help you through the sticking points but will still be safe enough if you work out at home.

chris mason
08-29-2003, 05:40 PM
Safety is not a concern for me at all. I train in a power cage with the catches set so that I can get out from underneath them.

I really haven't considered bands etc., but who knows, one of these days I might just use them.

Neil
10-04-2003, 11:16 PM
How is your training going?

HahnB
10-05-2003, 02:03 AM
Lookin strong! Negetives don't work great with a spouse/gf as a spotter, I'm sad to say from experience.

ElPietro
01-09-2004, 09:20 AM
What's going on here? :scratch:

I'm assuming you are still training regularly and just not updating...

Right now anyone can humble me with their lifts, but someday I'll get back to my old quasi-strength, so I'll need guys like you and Alex to still update your jounals so I can feel inadequate before any max dead attempt. :)

bill
01-10-2004, 09:41 AM
hi chris good lifts , i was wandering what your wt. is have you tried rows with olympic bar w/ wts only on one side that should make since if you have done them before some gyms have a place for the end of the bar to go into and a v bar welded to it , anyway do you like those they seem to work my back better than most exercises. oh how many times a wk do you lift if space the workouts out so far i'm 31 also but can't imagine that working for me i'm sure my level of developement is not close to yours looking at the pds you put up and maybe thats the diff . hope this is not to long so if you don' t respond thanks anyways.