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    My journey into Strongman

    Well I did my 1st strongman show last weekend http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...=1#post2457000

    Well anyways I decided to start a journal here. i had been training with basically WS4SB3 the last couple years as my goal was to get back into football. I kind of lost that passion to play now and have been bit by the Strongman bug. Anyways I turn 25 on Wednesday so I'm not a young pup anymore. Just got out of the Marines a few months ago and am a full-time student again. Started 5/3/1 today. Switching out Mil Press with Push Press and will be training events on Saturdays or at least most Saturdays. I do have my own sled and farmers walk handles though and will have a chain yoke shortly, so I might do a little event work on certain days.

    Here are my 90% maxes for starting 5/3/1, They are actually a little lower than 90% but hey.
    90% of Maxes

    Bench: 275
    Deads: 430
    Push Press: 205
    Squat: 340

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    Today I did deads, didn't do much other than that as I had the show on Saturday but felt good enough to start this week.

    Deads: 280x5 325x5 365x10 (1st 2 sets double overhand, 1st 5 of last set double overhand)
    17.5” Rack Pulls (fat grips)-185x3x8 (double overhand)
    Decline Russian Twists-34lbx2x12

    That's all I did. Had a few more reps in me, but am taking it somewhat easy this week. I am now using a belt of my 5/3/1 sets, so that is taking some getting used to.

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    Nice job with the Fat Gripz, they are definitely tougher than an axle.
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    Yeah they are rough. Those 18" deads are a lower back fryer, lol

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    Push Press today

    Clean the 1st rep 135x5 155x5 175x8 definitely left a few in the tank. Left elbow started to flare up in a bit of pain, probably nothing serious.
    Did some cleans worked up to 215x1
    DB Incline-70sx3x10 neutral grip
    DB Rows-100sx1x12 but it bothered my left elbow when rowing with my right arm
    So finished with come cable rows with like 150x2x15

    Icing the elbow now, never had an elbow issue so I hope and think it isn't anything serious

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    elbow feels fine, so that's a good thing

    Day off for me, plus its my birthday. Skwats tomorrow and I will celebrate my 25th bday with 25 sled/prowler pushes after skwats

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    Had Skwats today, 1st time doing anything over 5 in the rep category on any kind of squat variation in a long time. Forgot how awesome/bad it felt, lol

    Thursday-Skwats
    Skwats-225x5 255x5 290x10
    Front Swkats-135x10 145x10 155x5
    Single Leg Hip Thrusts-2x10

    Then I celebrated my birthday a day late with 25 prowler sprints with my sled that I rigged into a ghetto prowler

    Sled Pushes-20yds x 2 45s x 25

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    the left elbow still doesn't feel right, so IDK. It's not like terrible but just doesnt feel great. Will continue to ice it after training.

    Friday-Bench
    Bench: 180x5 210x5 235x10
    DB Floor Press: 70sx3x10
    Pendlay Rows: 155x3x10
    DB Hammer Curls: 40sx10 45sx8
    Purple Band Pushdowns: 2x27
    Neutral Grip Chins (V Handle)-5x10 scattered throughout

    Got events tomorrow down at Colorado Pro, think we are doing Log, Tires and Stones. Depending on how I feel/recover, I might end up moving today (bench day) to thursday and teaming it up with skwats.

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    Did events down at Colorado Pro in Aurora today. Training with some top amateurs and a pro can do nothing but help me. Anyways we did Log Press, stones, and some tire flips.

    Saw Rob Lewis get inches from loading the 473lb stone on the 48" platform.

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    This week is 70% 80% 90%

    Deads: 305x3 345x3 390x8
    17” Rack Pulls: 185x3x10 1st 2 sets with fat grips
    45 degree Hypers: Red+Purple Bandx12 Red+Purple Bandx10
    Farmers Walk: 255x25 feet 205x2x45

    Not ready for the 255 per hand on farmers yet, at least not after pulling, lol

    Will do some abs tonight

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    Overhead day

    Tuesday-Push Press
    Push Press: 145x3 165x3 185x8
    Strict Mil Press: 115x3x10
    DB Rows: 110sx2x10 70sx15
    Fat Bar Pushdowns: 115x2x15

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    How is the elbow feeling? Do you think that it is tendinitis?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Mutaffis View Post
    How is the elbow feeling? Do you think that it is tendinitis?
    from what I've heard about tendonitis and whatnot, I think that is probably what it is. I really warmed up the elbow today and it didn't bother me, so that is good.

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    Off day

    I'm going to the "strongman" contest at my school next Thursday. Super lightweights, ill use it as a conditioning session after skwats.

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    Thursday-Skwats
    Skwats: 240x3 275x3 305x9
    Front Skwats:145x3x10
    Side Bends: 45lbs x2x15
    Prowlah Pushes (High Poles): 4-45s x15yds x 10 4-45s x 50 yds x 2


    This is my "prowler" btw

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    Friday-Bench
    Bench: 195x3 220x3 250x8
    Close Grip Floor Press: 165x3x10
    Pendlay Rows: 155x3x10
    DB Hammer Curls: 45x2x10
    Fat Bar Monster Mini Band Pushdowns: 2x30
    Forgot chins, well neutral grip chins with v handle thing: 6 sets of 6 and 2 sets of 7 scattered throughout.


    Events down at Colorado Pro tomorrow morning.

    Elbow didn't really bother me at all, good sign.
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    Events today did Log Clean and Press, Keg Toss, and Tire Flips.

    Worked up to a few sets of 3 with 200lbs on the 12" log. Need to work on dropping my hips on the press. Managed to clean 270lbs on the log. If I only I could press that, lol. Last week I was working with the 10" log, the 12" is a bit tougher imo

    Was clearing 13 feet on the keg toss pretty regularly, cleared 15 once, but as long as I can clear 13 consistently, I am good for this contest.


    Did some medleys with 400, 2 500, and a 750 tire. Contest is 300,450,650,750,800 lbs, so I am hoping the 800 isn't much worse than the 750. The next highest tire after our 750 is a 1000lb one, and I can hardly budge that fucker
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    Always good to use a comp as a cardio session! Nice journal, will be popping in to see a fellow strongman more often!
    http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...?136143-Hct-12

    A Westside journal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiff View Post
    Always good to use a comp as a cardio session! Nice journal, will be popping in to see a fellow strongman more often!
    Thanks for checking it out, I will check yours out too. I'm a strongman newb, lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by barryisawinnah View Post
    Thanks for checking it out, I will check yours out too. I'm a strongman newb, lol
    Me too man!
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    Pullz

    it's the 5/3/1 week

    Monday-Deadlift
    Deadz: 325x5 365x3 410x9 (added belt for last set) easily a PR, think I pulled 405 for 5-6 once. Never repped on pulls before
    17” Rack Pulls: 185x10 (fat gripz) 185x12 all double overhand
    45 Degree Hypers: Monster Mini+Light Band x2x12
    Hanging Leg Raises (to the ceiling): 2x8

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qS3Qn8QBhQ
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    Tuesday- Push Press
    Push Press: 155x5 175x3 195x6
    Strict Mil Press (Fat Gripz): 115x2x11
    DB Rows: 100sx3x12
    V Bar Pushdowns: 150x2x15 (Supersetted)
    Fat Bar Cable Curls: 100x2x12 (Supersetted)

    Kept a few in the tank, since im doing that "contest" on Thursday

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    nice job on the PR
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    Quote Originally Posted by StLRPh View Post
    nice job on the PR
    Thanks

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    Well done mate looking really good.
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