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    Nice deadlifting. Pretty cool that you are tracking your grip PRs. I'd never really though of doing that but it's a good idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by macdaknife View Post
    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)

    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.
    Great deadlifting there. Good effort mate. I really need to catch up!

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    good to see you feeling better and weening yourself off those power grabs steve, it will pay off in the end... trust me!
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    sorry I didn't answer these messages earlier guys but I was having problems with the "Reply With Quote" button at work.

    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road View Post
    Nice deadlifting. Pretty cool that you are tracking your grip PRs. I'd never really though of doing that but it's a good idea.
    thanks OR the deadlift is starting to feel better with the technique tweak... hopefully it'll start to improve soon! I was only so aware of my grip after I managed 3 singles at 160kg on my last trip then always seemed to fail earlier each time after that... it was annoying me!

    Quote Originally Posted by J.C. View Post
    Great deadlifting there. Good effort mate. I really need to catch up!
    cheers JC... looks like you are catching up though buddy!

    Quote Originally Posted by J L S View Post
    good to see you feeling better and weening yourself off those power grabs steve, it will pay off in the end... trust me!
    I've always resorted to the Power Grabs (or wraps before that) only when my grip had already failed. that's the first time I've ever tried deadlifting without using a double overhand grip and I don't know why I didn't try it ages ago! hopefully, like you said, I'll start to see grip improvements now.
    Last edited by macdaknife; 09-02-2011 at 03:05 PM.
    Age: 41 - Height: 5'10" - Weight: 192lb (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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    Friday 2nd September

    Cross Trainer (warm up):
    gave this a miss today as I had a fatboy's full English breakfast about 2 hours before... I don't normally have a cooked breakfast and it was just sitting there!

    Front Squats:
    5 x 5 @ 60kg

    NOTE: first time doing these and, as there is no squat rack in the gym at work, I found it awkward get the bar into a comfortable position after lifting it off the floor.
    squatted right down low and they felt good but I want to take the bar from a raised position in a rack and see what I can do.

    SLDLs SS with Standing Calf Raises (V-Squat Machine):
    3 x 10 @ 100kg and 3 x 15 @ 120kg

    NOTE: went back to proper SLDLs today instead of RDLs and supersetted it to cut down on time... phew, I was blowing!

    SLDLs:
    1 x 10 @ 120kg (FINISHER!)

    NOTE: first time doing 120kg on these for a while and it was intense! also, did all of the SLDLs without wrist wraps or Power Grabs for the first time so very happy with that!

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

    Bench Press SS with BB Rows (slow and holding at top for 1 sec):
    5 x 5 @ 75kg and 5 x 5 @ 60kg

    NOTE: supersetted as I was running short of time.

    got a spot on the last set of bench but didn’t actually need assistance. I do have a sticky point right above my chest (for about 3") that I need to work through before I will be overly comfortable with a heavier weight.

    felt like I could’ve gone heavier on the rows but felt a twinge in the front of my my left delt (didn't feel it on the bench). forgot the Lying L-Flyes today as I was rushing which probably didn't help but the only thing I've done different was the front squats so will have to watch that.

    grip was going on the 3rd set of rows (was down to fingertips on last rep) so used Power Grabs for last 2 sets.

    EFS (Flye) – 30 secs (15kg DBs)
    EFS (Upper Back) – 60 secs (80kg Cable Row)
    Age: 41 - Height: 5'10" - Weight: 192lb (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 job mac, lot lot of work in one session!
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    Quote Originally Posted by J L S View Post
    nice job mac, lot lot of work in one session!
    Thanks Jay... I certainly felt it yesterday!
    Age: 41 - Height: 5'10" - Weight: 192lb (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 session Mac. I like those SLDLs, it was a lot of good work.
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    Thanks OR... it is a GREAT exercise!
    Age: 41 - Height: 5'10" - Weight: 192lb (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 completely agree with the SLDLs. They're my favourite assistance exercise. Your hamstrings must have been sore the days after all that!

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    yeah JC, about 36 hours after the session the hams were starting to tighten up a bit... but it only lasted about a day.
    Age: 41 - Height: 5'10" - Weight: 192lb (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 7th SEPTEMBER

    Cross Trainer (warm up):
    gave this a miss (AGAIN) today... this is starting to become a habit!

    Front Squats:
    5 x 5 @ 70kg
    1 x 1 @ 100kg

    NOTE: new job and new gym so got to use a decent (very decent) rack.
    I failed after the single rep at 100kg but now I know where I'm at.

    Bench Press:
    5 x 5 @ 75kg

    NOTE: felt ok... I'll do 1 more session at this weight before moving back up to 77.5kg.

    Clean & Jerk:
    1 x 5 @ 60kg
    1 x 1 @ 70kg

    NOTE: did this as a warmup for DLs. failed on the 2nd rep at 70kg (got it to eye level).

    DLs:
    3 x 1 @ 160kg (with alternating grip) (forgot to take shoes off for first 2 reps)
    3 x 1 @ 160kg (with Power Grabs)

    NOTE: grip going at top of 3rd DL @ 160kg.

    found the DLs HEAVY this evening. starting a new job/long day at work/very late workout probably all played a part... maybe the single Front Squat @ 100kg and the Clean & Jerks weren't the best idea before deadlifting. I'll keep pulling till I get there (then I'll probably pull some more!).
    Age: 41 - Height: 5'10" - Weight: 192lb (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 front squats. I'm going to start working them into my routine too. Do you find they feel very different in the core? They really seem to highlight my weak abs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.C. View Post
    Nice front squats. I'm going to start working them into my routine too. Do you find they feel very different in the core? They really seem to highlight my weak abs.
    it's only the 2nd time I've ever done them (and the 1st time in a rack) so I'm not really sure. I thought I might've managed more than 100kg and I haven't really been doing much to focus on my abs recently, so maybe... I'll have a think about it next time I try them and let you know.

    if anyone else has any thoughts on the subject I'll happily welcome the advice.
    Last edited by macdaknife; 09-09-2011 at 01:58 PM.
    Age: 41 - Height: 5'10" - Weight: 192lb (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 mac, hope the job is working out well for you! at least you got a good rack now

    front squats are generally limited by upper back strength! stick with the sets of 5 and 3's!
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    Quote Originally Posted by J L S View Post
    nice work mac, hope the job is working out well for you! at least you got a good rack now

    front squats are generally limited by upper back strength! stick with the sets of 5 and 3's!
    cheers Jay. the rack is very smart, but the new job is keeping me very busy so haven't managed to get back in there since last Wednesday!
    Age: 41 - Height: 5'10" - Weight: 192lb (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 12th September

    too busy to get into the gym at the moment (hopefully that'll improve next week) so just had a very quick session in my cabin:

    Wide Grip Pullups (X130 tempo)
    5 x 4 - BW only

    Pushups (X051 tempo) superset with Chins (X150 tempo)
    5 x 10 & 5 - BW only

    NOTE: 1st time doing Pullups/Chins since the Backside of Arms routine a few months ago and I FELT them! used to really enjoy these so will start doing them regularly again!
    Last edited by macdaknife; 09-13-2011 at 12:38 PM.
    Age: 41 - Height: 5'10" - Weight: 192lb (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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    Good work doing what you can. 10 sets of pull-ups/chins is quite impressive.

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    thanks JC. 10 sets was HARD! (and I REALLY felt it in my abs the next day so I guess that goes back to what I was saying the other day about not doing any isolating ab stuff recently!)
    Age: 41 - Height: 5'10" - Weight: 192lb (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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    dont threat! just get what you can done! the break may even be good for your deadlift!
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    THURSDAY 15th SEPTEMBER

    Cross Trainer (warm up):
    TABATA

    NOTE: 1st time doing this for a couple of weeks and it was HARD!

    Front Squats:
    5 x 5 @ 80kg

    NOTE: longer than normal rests between sets to begin with... was still blowing from the TABATA! got better by the 4th set.

    DON'T inhale on the negative part of Front Squat... it made me feel like I had wind and I ended up leaning forward; take a breath at the top!

    SLDLs SS with Calf Raises (leg press machine):
    3 x 10 @ 100kg & 3 x 15 @ 125kg

    SLDLs (FINISHER):
    1 x 10 @ 130kg # new PB!

    NOTE: F**K ME!
    used power grabs as grip was going.

    Lying L-Flyes (left shoulder only):
    3 x 15 @ 2.5kg

    Bench Press SS with Bent Over Rows (holding row 1 sec at top and slow down):
    5 x 5 @ 75kg & 5 x 5 @ 70kg

    NOTE: will do 1 more session at this weight before moving back up to 77.5kg on the bench.
    Age: 41 - Height: 5'10" - Weight: 192lb (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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    Great SLDL! Very strong hamstrings and glutes. Your squat is going to fly up once you dedicate some time to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.C. View Post
    Great SLDL! Very strong hamstrings and glutes. Your squat is going to fly up once you dedicate some time to it.
    thanks JC. I hope the squat is going to come back quick
    Age: 41 - Height: 5'10" - Weight: 192lb (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 19th SEPTEMBER

    Cross Trainer (warm up):
    TABATA

    Front Squats:
    5 x 5 @ 85kg

    NOTE: shape going slightly on last 2 reps of last set.

    SLDLs SS with Calf Raises (leg press machine):
    1 x 10 @ 100kg & 1 x 15 @ 135kg
    2 x 10 @ 105kg & 2 x 15 @ 135kg

    SLDLs (FINISHER):
    1 x 10 @ 135kg # new PB!

    NOTE: S**T… that was HARD! Really had to fight to lockout the last 3 reps so working at my current limit for these. Still, I’m very happy with the 5kg PB (especially after the 10kg PB last week).

    Used power grabs on last set as grip was going (and still had to adjust grip after reps 6, 8 & 9).

    strength finally starting to come back in my calves!

    Lying L-Flyes (left shoulder only):
    3 x 15 @ 2.5kg

    Bench Press SS with Bent Over Rows:
    5 x 5 @ 75kg & 5 x 5 @ 75kg

    NOTE: bench felt smooth throughout (including through the previously sticky point) except on the very last rep… time to move up in weight.

    Row was a bit of a struggle (needed Power Grabs to help me keep my back down whilst holding for 1 second at the top and slow back down on the negative)… will stick at this weight for a bit.
    Last edited by macdaknife; 09-20-2011 at 08:40 AM.
    Age: 41 - Height: 5'10" - Weight: 192lb (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 mac, keep the good work coming! results will follow!
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