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    Our crew ran a benchpress seminar today at the University of Waterloo. Despite the 6 am wakeup to make it there on time, it was an absolute blast! The students seemed to really enjoy it, and the 4 of us from the Anvil had fun as well.

    even though I'm benching tomorrow, I worked up to a nice and easy 315 for a single. Flew up (as it should) which made me happy given how ****ty my raw bench has been since I dropped the weight. Weighed in, fully dressed with jeans and shoes on, at 264 today, so weight is still real low. Gonna change gears and work back up into the 275lbs range where my gear fits better and my strength is better without the negative effects of being fatter :P Gonna spend the next few week training raw as well, until my gear fits again. Also thinking of doing a raw meet in december.
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    Oct 28 & 29

    Sorry for the lack of updates, My grandfather suffered a stroke this week, so I had to move in with him to take care of him. Training took a bit of a backseat, as a result

    Oct 28
    Squats
    Loose Briefs (eating my way into them being tight again)
    235lbs x5
    325x5
    415x3
    505x3

    Added Reverse Greens. Bar was out of the bands at standup. Switched to Kilo plates as well
    180kgx0 (couldnt get it down at all)
    230kgx2
    280kgx1
    330kgx1
    370kgx1
    Felt good to have a heavy weight on my back again. As i get my weight back to around the 275-280 range, and the gear fits better, should be time for some fun again.

    Band Pull throughs
    Blue x 10,10,10,10,10

    Band GM
    Blue x 10,10,10,10

    Abs
    Blue x 100 reps total

    Oct 29
    Bench

    Raw
    4sets of 6 @ 245lbs

    4 sets of pause bench (5 reps each, counting down from 5,4,3,2,1,press, to 4,3,2,1,press, down to 1,press) @ 155lbs

    Seated Smith Shoulder Press
    95x10
    135x6
    4x185x6
    135x20

    V Handle Horizontal Row
    80x10
    135x10
    3x180x10
    135x15

    Y's I's & T's
    3 Sets

    Hammer Curls
    2x8
    Last edited by thewookie; 11-03-2010 at 07:43 AM.
    "Yes... gear and steroids are the only reason you're not the strongest man alive. Everyone better than you is cheating. Now go to sleep, and the big scary, drug-loving gear whores won't be able to hurt you any more..."
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    Nov 1
    Bench

    Tonight was spent working on figuring out the Metal Militia style groove in the ACE shirt. Didn't work up all that heavy, yet got stapled more than once, until we figured out that the shirt needed more jack inorder to keep from sliding further and further up during my setup. didn't do anything of note really.
    "Yes... gear and steroids are the only reason you're not the strongest man alive. Everyone better than you is cheating. Now go to sleep, and the big scary, drug-loving gear whores won't be able to hurt you any more..."
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    Once again, this week was a real mess and my training suffered as a result.
    Got a quick squat session in on Wednesday. First time walking out in 2 years, first time squatting totally raw (no belt either) in at least as long as well. as you can guess, the numbers there sucked lol.

    Today
    Nov6

    Bench
    barx5
    70kgx6
    90kgx6
    100kgx6
    120kgx6
    130kgx6

    Long Pause bench (same cadence as last week)
    70kgx5
    80kgx5
    80kgx5
    90kgx5

    Yoke Bar squats
    worked up to 590lbsx1
    PR in Briefs & Belt w/o kneewraps

    Abs 100 reps
    "Yes... gear and steroids are the only reason you're not the strongest man alive. Everyone better than you is cheating. Now go to sleep, and the big scary, drug-loving gear whores won't be able to hurt you any more..."
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    gotta get out of your comfort zone every once in a while, great job
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    Sorry to hear about your grandpa bro

    Now lemme here about that squat!
    I'm weak now, but not for long

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    Thanks guys. He's doing pretty well, thankfully no paralysis, just severe dizziness. We moved him into the home Friday, so he'll be taken care of.
    Next week should be back on track.
    "Yes... gear and steroids are the only reason you're not the strongest man alive. Everyone better than you is cheating. Now go to sleep, and the big scary, drug-loving gear whores won't be able to hurt you any more..."
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    Monday
    Shirt work

    Only thing that happened was we found out how little the ACE is doing for me. Tried a bunch of settings and nothing. Gonna go back to the SDP next week.

    Floor Press
    worked up to 315x1

    Green Band Press downs
    a bunch

    Wednesday
    Raw Bench
    135x6
    185x6
    225x6
    275x6x2

    Smith Overhead Press
    Platex15
    Plate+25x10x2
    2Plates x8 (when i went to put this back in, the hook broke and the bar smacked me on the head pretty damn good. Meh, it was funny. Even funnier were the reactions of those around me... normal people are funny lol
    2Platesx8

    Horizontal row
    Don't remember the weights but finished up with 195x8

    Shrugs
    225x10
    315x10
    405x8

    Pressdowns
    120x10x4
    "Yes... gear and steroids are the only reason you're not the strongest man alive. Everyone better than you is cheating. Now go to sleep, and the big scary, drug-loving gear whores won't be able to hurt you any more..."
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    Thursday Nov 11

    Squat
    Briefs on
    325x3
    415x3
    505x1
    Added Kneewraps
    555x1
    605x1
    Added Metal Ace Squatter
    605x1
    695x1
    785x1

    Last one felt heavy but moved fairly easy all things considered. Bodyweight is sitting at 269, gear is set for a bodyweight of 285. Slowly adjusting my weight to optimize my leverages. I've found my strength is best in the 275-280 ballpark, so i'll slowly be working my way into that range over the next couple months.

    Due to time constraints, that was all for the night, I'll get my assistance work done tomorrow when I deadlift

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ms5_d4SJPwo
    Last edited by thewookie; 11-12-2010 at 05:24 PM.
    "Yes... gear and steroids are the only reason you're not the strongest man alive. Everyone better than you is cheating. Now go to sleep, and the big scary, drug-loving gear whores won't be able to hurt you any more..."
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    good job getting in the main lift
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    Thanks. I hate when i have to do a "1 and done" session, but its better than not training at all
    "Yes... gear and steroids are the only reason you're not the strongest man alive. Everyone better than you is cheating. Now go to sleep, and the big scary, drug-loving gear whores won't be able to hurt you any more..."
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    Nov 13
    Nothin' like the smell of Deadlifts in the Morning!

    Loose suit
    235x5
    325x3
    Added Belt
    415x1
    465x1
    Straps up
    505x1
    555x1
    Took it up to my opener from Nationals, about 50lbs under my PR. Felt easy, actually pulled too fast and lost my balance at the top.

    Straps down
    345x10
    345x10
    345x10
    395x10
    All of these went super fast, only the last couple reps of the last set started to feel heavy which means one thing... I gotta start cleaning the sand out of my vag and pulling more often...

    Standing Abs
    Green band x 20 x4
    "Yes... gear and steroids are the only reason you're not the strongest man alive. Everyone better than you is cheating. Now go to sleep, and the big scary, drug-loving gear whores won't be able to hurt you any more..."
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    bahaha just watched the vid you put up on youtube - love the line at the start
    "at one time I really wanted to have a mustache and lift 500lbs"
    "you could do that.. same chemicals" aha
    I'm weak now, but not for long

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    haha, yep.

    ***For those of you who haven't been to the Anvil, the moustache comment came from a 14 year old girl***
    "Yes... gear and steroids are the only reason you're not the strongest man alive. Everyone better than you is cheating. Now go to sleep, and the big scary, drug-loving gear whores won't be able to hurt you any more..."
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    Nov 15
    Bench
    Got back in the old SDP today. despite being lighter than the last time i wore it, it was much tighter in the chest. Its gonna take me a few weeks to get used to handling heavier weights in it before I can start seeing touches and progress.
    70kgx5
    100x5
    120x3
    Shirt on
    170x no touch
    220x no touch
    240x no touch

    Raw Boards
    6 triples
    worked up to 190kgx3

    Green Band Pressdowns
    3x20
    "Yes... gear and steroids are the only reason you're not the strongest man alive. Everyone better than you is cheating. Now go to sleep, and the big scary, drug-loving gear whores won't be able to hurt you any more..."
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    Nov 17
    No Chalk and No Knurling Make Deadlifting Suck the Big One...

    Beltless Raw Sumo Deads
    Worked up to 405x1 x2

    Conventional Rack Pulls from top of Knee Cap
    405x6 x6

    There was no chalk in the gym and the bars are pretty much smooth. It was next to impossible to get a firm grip on the bars as a result. Gonna have to remember to bring my own from now on.

    Horizontal V Bar Cable Rows
    195x8 x6

    Lat Pulldowns
    150x8 x3
    switched to V Bar
    150x8 x2

    Bicep Curls
    (i always treated biceps like the Pope's Nuts... Simply for decoration with little real use. However, the added lockout work ive been doing has caused me a bit of elbow strain so i've decided to start adding a few sets once a week just to try and get some blood flowing around there)
    45x15 x3
    "Yes... gear and steroids are the only reason you're not the strongest man alive. Everyone better than you is cheating. Now go to sleep, and the big scary, drug-loving gear whores won't be able to hurt you any more..."
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    I know, I know... I've gotten a bit lax on posting. 3 Essays and 2 Exams in 10 days. its been a little hectic

    Last Thursday: worked up to a 750ish squat attempt. Didn't sleep much the few days before and it was ugly. Did suspended SSB GM's as penance.

    Friday: Speed Bench, 8 triples with 225. General upper body assistance afterwards. Can't remember specifics.

    Monday:
    Back in the sdp, benching to a 2Bd
    got 260kg to touch, took 3 tries to find the right groove, but moved easy. most weight ive had in my hands in months.

    Raw 4bd
    worked up to 160kgx4x4

    Band Pullaparts
    Light band 3x10

    Blue Band Pressdowns
    5x10
    "Yes... gear and steroids are the only reason you're not the strongest man alive. Everyone better than you is cheating. Now go to sleep, and the big scary, drug-loving gear whores won't be able to hurt you any more..."
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    looks like your adapting to the shirt, great work
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    yeah, its good to be back in a familiar shirt. I used the sdp when i hit 600 at nationals in may. Interestingly enough, I'm 15lbs lighter than i was then, and with the shirt set the exact same, its gonna take a hell of a lot more to touch. Adding some much needed size on my chest and shoulders has really tightened it up for me. Should be fun!

    Wednesday
    Deads

    Worked up to 465x1 raw & beltless. I think thats a beltless pr, but not sure, either way felt good
    Took a shot at 475, got it to my knees, and started rounding so I let it go.

    Dimel Deads
    155x20 x2

    45 Degree Back Raises
    35x10 for 3 sets

    Sitting down, letting the killer lowerback pump dissipate
    1min x3

    Leg Curls
    135x10 x3

    stretched and called it a day
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    Nice training big deads.

    Also sweet name
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    Quote Originally Posted by thewookie View Post
    sitting down, letting the killer lowerback pump dissipate
    1min x3
    rofl
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    You going to Raw Nat's Chris?
    I'm weak now, but not for long

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    I'm gonna do the Raw meet in June next year, probably bench only. Colin has been on my case that I haven't taken his raw bench record yet, so i figure I'll take plenty of time, prep for it in collaboration with my training for Geared Nationals in May, and take a shot at it just to shut him up lol

    I wanted to do the Raw meet in Waterloo in a couple weeks, but Its right before exams, so i figure that should be my main focus. Its a shame, its shaping up to be a good one
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    Quote Originally Posted by StLRPh View Post
    rofl
    Figured someone would get a kick out of that :P
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    F exams lol

    Yeah that's the one I'll be doing - just decided to do it the other day, so gonna go with the best possible plan - zero prep, zero expectations
    I'm weak now, but not for long

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