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It’s no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.C. View Post
    Not too much trouble in my immediate area but I'm quite close to Hackney so I've been hearing constant sirens and helicopters the last few nights.

    Yeah we've got a squat rack. 3 of them actually. I'd suggest you come over this way except they don't do temp passes - I know people who've tried. I also tend to train pretty late.

    Did you say you work in Vauxhall? There must be some good gyms in the area? I actually work in Pimlico at the moment so if you do find a good gym let me know and I might pop over the river for a session some time.
    I live in Vauxhall when I'm in London (work in Whitehall) but there are a couple of decent gyms nearby... I just haven't used them as I tend to work late(ish) SO the free gym in the basement of the MOD is the easiest option. I'll investigate to see if either of them allow pay-as-you-go users and get back to you buddy.
    Age: 41 - Height: 5'10" - Weight: 197lb (NOT LEAN! (but maybe finally getting a little bit leaner?))

    Squat: 180kg (396lb) x 2
    Front Squat: 100kg (220lb) 5 x 5
    Zercher Squat: 140kg (308lbs) x 1
    Bench Press: 110kg (242lb) x 1
    Deadlift: 220kg (484lb) x 1
    SLDL: 170kg (374lb) x 1

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    Monday 15th August

    Cross Trainer (warm up):
    Tabata – 8 cycles – HARD!

    Bench Squats (used Smith Machine in work gym (no rack here) onto 16” bench):
    5 x 5 @ 100kg

    NOTE: fire alarm went off as I was finishing my 3rd set so took 30 secs between the sets to get the squats done quickly before vacating the gym; I was blowing but the shorter time between sets wasn’t a problem… I’ve obviously been taking too long at 60 secs between sets before!

    RDLs:
    3 x 10 @ 100kg
    10 @ 110kg

    NOTE: need to concentrate on the pause at the bottom or do proper SLDLs.

    Standing Calf Raises (V-Squat Machine):
    3 x 15 @ 120kg

    NOTE: checked my training log for a year ago (before I broke my foot) and I did 5 sets of these at 180kg (20+15+12+12+10) but my ankle is slowly improving and my left calf is almost back to it’s previous size (if not strength).

    EFS of Hips, Quads, Hams – 1 min each
    EFS of Calves – 1 min (120kg)

    Lying L-Flyes:
    5 x 12 @ 3kg (left side only)

    Bench Press:
    5 x 5 @ 75kg

    NOTE: needed a close spot with these (but didn’t actually need assistance), however was better than last time when I didn’t manage 5 x 5 at this weight in a rack.

    EFS (Flye) – 30 secs (15kg DBs)

    BB Rows (slow and holding at top for 1 sec):
    5 x 5 @ 55kg

    NOTE: felt like I could’ve gone heavier here but after my dip on coming back from holiday and feeling ill the last week I wasn’t going to push anything today… slow and steady.

    EFS (Upper Back) – 60 secs (80kg Cable Row)
    Last edited by macdaknife; 08-16-2011 at 11:03 AM.
    Age: 41 - Height: 5'10" - Weight: 197lb (NOT LEAN! (but maybe finally getting a little bit leaner?))

    Squat: 180kg (396lb) x 2
    Front Squat: 100kg (220lb) 5 x 5
    Zercher Squat: 140kg (308lbs) x 1
    Bench Press: 110kg (242lb) x 1
    Deadlift: 220kg (484lb) x 1
    SLDL: 170kg (374lb) x 1

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    Nice work. How do you find the weighted stretching?

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    Maybe the rest periods weren't too long, but the weight wasn't heavy enough - lol
    Nice session with lots of work Mac.
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    Nice fire alarm story! Sounds like your getting back to your best!
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    Quote Originally Posted by J.C. View Post
    Nice work. How do you find the weighted stretching?
    PAINFULL! most of them I can hold for 60 secs but NOT the Flye... 30 secs is agony! don't know if it's actually working but I'll stick at it and keep doing them for a while yet.

    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road View Post
    Maybe the rest periods weren't too long, but the weight wasn't heavy enough - lol
    Nice session with lots of work Mac.
    you're right there OR! but I'm trying to work back to a decent weight and keep the form... the weight will drop again when I move jobs and stop using the Smith Machine (but hopefully not for too long!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Kiff View Post
    Nice fire alarm story! Sounds like your getting back to your best!
    it's gonna be a while yet Kiff before I'm back to squatting what I was before my break but I guess I need to push the intensity more.
    Age: 41 - Height: 5'10" - Weight: 197lb (NOT LEAN! (but maybe finally getting a little bit leaner?))

    Squat: 180kg (396lb) x 2
    Front Squat: 100kg (220lb) 5 x 5
    Zercher Squat: 140kg (308lbs) x 1
    Bench Press: 110kg (242lb) x 1
    Deadlift: 220kg (484lb) x 1
    SLDL: 170kg (374lb) x 1

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    I'm still cracking up at the thought of you beating the fire alarm..."The building is going to crash on top of me, I better get my squats in first." Awesome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road View Post
    I'm still cracking up at the thought of you beating the fire alarm..."The building is going to crash on top of me, I better get my squats in first." Awesome!
    haha! the guys in the gym were like "let's go!" and I was like "in a minute!"
    I'm a submariner and I'm trained to fight a fire when I see one... not run away from it!
    Age: 41 - Height: 5'10" - Weight: 197lb (NOT LEAN! (but maybe finally getting a little bit leaner?))

    Squat: 180kg (396lb) x 2
    Front Squat: 100kg (220lb) 5 x 5
    Zercher Squat: 140kg (308lbs) x 1
    Bench Press: 110kg (242lb) x 1
    Deadlift: 220kg (484lb) x 1
    SLDL: 170kg (374lb) x 1

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    WEDNESDAY 17th AUGUST

    Cross Trainer (warmup):
    Tabata – full 8 cycles

    NOTE: this had me blowing out of my arse from the 3rd cycle today!


    Squats:
    5 x 5 @ 60kg

    NOTE: push pressed the bar onto my shoulder and squatted as low as I could on these. Hams were tight from RDLs the other day but loosened up nicely after a couple of sets.


    Bench Press:
    1 x 5 @ 75kg
    1 x 5 @ 77.5kg
    1 x 4 @ 77.5kg
    1 x 5 @ 75kg (assist on last rep)
    1 x 5 @ 75kg (assist on last 2 reps)

    NOTE: need to do a LOT less warmup sets of these in future!


    EFS (Flye) – 30 secs (15kg DBs)

    Deadlift:
    1 @ 140kg (grip failed here... used Power Grabs from here on)
    5 x 1 @ 170kg

    NOTE: 4th rep @ 170kg wasn’t the best but I was getting tired by then (impromptu drinking session last night!). Took a couple of minutes extra rest and the 5th set was better. Form felt very good for the 1st 3 reps.
    Last edited by macdaknife; 08-17-2011 at 12:03 PM.
    Age: 41 - Height: 5'10" - Weight: 197lb (NOT LEAN! (but maybe finally getting a little bit leaner?))

    Squat: 180kg (396lb) x 2
    Front Squat: 100kg (220lb) 5 x 5
    Zercher Squat: 140kg (308lbs) x 1
    Bench Press: 110kg (242lb) x 1
    Deadlift: 220kg (484lb) x 1
    SLDL: 170kg (374lb) x 1

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    Quote Originally Posted by macdaknife View Post
    I'm a submariner and I'm trained to fight a fire when I see one... not run away from it!
    That's awesome!
    Nice workout by the way. I bet you can't wait to use a decent squat rack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road View Post
    That's awesome!
    Nice workout by the way. I bet you can't wait to use a decent squat rack.
    thanks OR and yes, definately looking forward to regular use of a squat rack
    Age: 41 - Height: 5'10" - Weight: 197lb (NOT LEAN! (but maybe finally getting a little bit leaner?))

    Squat: 180kg (396lb) x 2
    Front Squat: 100kg (220lb) 5 x 5
    Zercher Squat: 140kg (308lbs) x 1
    Bench Press: 110kg (242lb) x 1
    Deadlift: 220kg (484lb) x 1
    SLDL: 170kg (374lb) x 1

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    No workout yesterday as I felt like crap... again! I thought it had gone and I probably went back into the gym too soon... deadlifts on Wednesday no doubt knocked me for 6!
    Age: 41 - Height: 5'10" - Weight: 197lb (NOT LEAN! (but maybe finally getting a little bit leaner?))

    Squat: 180kg (396lb) x 2
    Front Squat: 100kg (220lb) 5 x 5
    Zercher Squat: 140kg (308lbs) x 1
    Bench Press: 110kg (242lb) x 1
    Deadlift: 220kg (484lb) x 1
    SLDL: 170kg (374lb) x 1

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    Rest up and eat Mac. The iron will wait for you to get better. Going back too soon just makes things worse.
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    good to talk to you tonight buddy, get some rest
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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road View Post
    Rest up and eat Mac. The iron will wait for you to get better. Going back too soon just makes things worse.
    thanks OR, that's exactly what I've been doing and I'm starting to feel better... just need to reign myself in until I'm 100% again!

    Quote Originally Posted by J L S View Post
    good to talk to you tonight buddy, get some rest
    thanks Jay, it was good to chat... thanks for the advice buddy.
    Age: 41 - Height: 5'10" - Weight: 197lb (NOT LEAN! (but maybe finally getting a little bit leaner?))

    Squat: 180kg (396lb) x 2
    Front Squat: 100kg (220lb) 5 x 5
    Zercher Squat: 140kg (308lbs) x 1
    Bench Press: 110kg (242lb) x 1
    Deadlift: 220kg (484lb) x 1
    SLDL: 170kg (374lb) x 1

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    Glad to hear you're getting better.
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    Rest up. Hope you feel 100% soon.

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    Friday 26th August

    Bench
    1 x 5 @ 65kg
    1 x 5 @ 72kg
    1 x 3 @ 72kg
    2 x 5 @ 65kg

    Note: this was supposed to be a fairly easy confidence builder but I always find the weight heavier using my basic garage setup at home with sand-filled vinyl plates rather than a properly balanced olympic bar.


    Skullcrushers SS with CGBP
    5 x 5 @ 35kg

    Note: it wasn't a lot but feeling the Tris today!
    Age: 41 - Height: 5'10" - Weight: 197lb (NOT LEAN! (but maybe finally getting a little bit leaner?))

    Squat: 180kg (396lb) x 2
    Front Squat: 100kg (220lb) 5 x 5
    Zercher Squat: 140kg (308lbs) x 1
    Bench Press: 110kg (242lb) x 1
    Deadlift: 220kg (484lb) x 1
    SLDL: 170kg (374lb) x 1

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    So, how you feeling? Better I hope?
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    Yeah, a million times better, thanks OR... though playing football (soccer) with the kids at a friend's bbq this afternoon nearly wiped me out (and had me coughing again!)!
    Age: 41 - Height: 5'10" - Weight: 197lb (NOT LEAN! (but maybe finally getting a little bit leaner?))

    Squat: 180kg (396lb) x 2
    Front Squat: 100kg (220lb) 5 x 5
    Zercher Squat: 140kg (308lbs) x 1
    Bench Press: 110kg (242lb) x 1
    Deadlift: 220kg (484lb) x 1
    SLDL: 170kg (374lb) x 1

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    Glad to hear it's getting a lot better.
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    Nice stuff mac! As requested; squat form video link.

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    nice benching steve
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    Quote Originally Posted by slug View Post
    Nice stuff mac! As requested; squat form video link.
    Thanks Slug
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    nice benching steve
    Thanks Jay... it needs a LOT of work!
    Age: 41 - Height: 5'10" - Weight: 197lb (NOT LEAN! (but maybe finally getting a little bit leaner?))

    Squat: 180kg (396lb) x 2
    Front Squat: 100kg (220lb) 5 x 5
    Zercher Squat: 140kg (308lbs) x 1
    Bench Press: 110kg (242lb) x 1
    Deadlift: 220kg (484lb) x 1
    SLDL: 170kg (374lb) x 1

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    WEDNESDAY 31ST AUGUST

    Cross Trainer (warmup):
    Tabata – full 8 cycles

    NOTE: not as hard as last time but blowing for a lot longer afterwards!


    Squats:
    5 x 5 @ 70kg

    NOTE: no squat rack here to kept the weight down (as planned for deadlift day) and clean & pressed the bar onto my shoulder and squatted right down on these.


    Bench Press:
    5 x 5 @ 75kg

    NOTE: stalled a bit with the weight on these as I was ill for the last couple of weeks… not concerned.


    EFS (Flye) – 30 secs (15kg DBs)

    Deadlift:
    1 @ 140kg (grip failed here with double overhand grip)
    2 x 1 @ 140kg (with alternating grip)
    2 x 1 @ 170kg (with alternating grip) grip PB
    4 x 1 @ 170kg (with Power Grabs)

    EDIT: 20 @ 100kg (how did I forget these... they were emotional today!)

    NOTE: need to focus on keeping head up and chest out to stop rounding upper back… will drop weight next time to focus on technique.
    have always used double overhand grip previously but will use alternating grip from now on.
    Last edited by macdaknife; 08-31-2011 at 05:12 PM.
    Age: 41 - Height: 5'10" - Weight: 197lb (NOT LEAN! (but maybe finally getting a little bit leaner?))

    Squat: 180kg (396lb) x 2
    Front Squat: 100kg (220lb) 5 x 5
    Zercher Squat: 140kg (308lbs) x 1
    Bench Press: 110kg (242lb) x 1
    Deadlift: 220kg (484lb) x 1
    SLDL: 170kg (374lb) x 1

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