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    I was asking if you trained with a partner because perhaps doing this might allow yourself to be pushed harder. Who knows? Regardless, great work.
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    I agree, its much better to have a workout partner... hopefully I can find one to help me at some point..

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    T-Bar Lying Rows 25x3 45x1 70x5 70x5 70x5

    OH Press 45x3 70x5 70x5 70x5

    Squat 45x5 95x3 115x5 115x4

    DB Curls 60x9
    Last edited by Eric Cartman; 11-08-2011 at 09:44 PM.

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    Bench Press 45x5 75x3 95x2 135x3 135x2 135x2

    Squat 45x5 95x3 115x5 115x3 115x3

    Deadlift 135x3

    DB Curls 60x11 (personal record)
    Last edited by Eric Cartman; 11-11-2011 at 03:38 PM.

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    Lying T-Bar Rows 45x3 75x4 75x3 75x3

    Standing OH Press 45x5 75x5 75x2

    DB Curls 70x3 70x2 70x2

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    Current Weight: 168 lbs

    Comments:

    After 3 weeks of a 3x5 rep scheme, I've hit my natural strength plateau again...

    My goal is to get to 185 lb bench press and squat, and 80 lb curls, and 120 lb press.

    Unfortunately, my weight has gone up and there is now a lot of fat developing around my stomach.

    I want to keep going and making progress, but concerned about this fat accumulation... Might have to cut calories a little bit now, or add some calorie deficit off-days...

    EC
    Last edited by Eric Cartman; 11-14-2011 at 02:23 PM.

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    Bench Press 45x5 95x3 105x1 135x5 135x3 135x3

    Squat 45x5 115x5 115x5 115x5

    Deadlift 135x5

    DB Curls 70x4 70x3 70x3

    AWESOME WORKOUT!!! IM PUMPED!!!

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    T-Bar Rows 25x5 45x2 75x5 75x5 75x5

    OH Press 45x5 75x5 75x5 75x4

    DB Curls 70x4

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    Rob Schilke | GFX Designer thecityalive's Avatar
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    On fat growth: just work harder in the gym. Consider finding a training buddy to make your efforts better perhaps? It seems like you have been in this rut before. I feel like you should have progressed past this strength level by now.
    My road to powerlifting:
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    Current RAW PRs:
    Bench: 255 (9/30/13)
    Dead: 515 (9/2/13)
    Squat: 435 (9/26/13)
    Total: 1205 lbs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thecityalive View Post
    On fat growth: just work harder in the gym. Consider finding a training buddy to make your efforts better perhaps? It seems like you have been in this rut before. I feel like you should have progressed past this strength level by now.
    I don't think I am in a rut... Every workout I am gaining reps since I began this 3x5 program. Hopefully this is finally leading to the breakthrough that I need to make... I guess we will have to re-evaluate in a few weeks, and decide if I'm in a rut for real..

    Thanks for the encouragement...

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    Bench Press 45x5 95x3 105x1 135x5 135x3 135x3

    Squat 45x5 95x3 105x1 125x4 125x3 125x3

    DB Curls 70x5

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    As long as you're making progress then all is well. Having said that, we all think you can do more! Don't even think about ruts. Put all thoughts of ruts, blocks and plateaus out of your head or you are setting yourself up to fail.

    It's all mental. Don't let 135lbs be a mental block. Get to the gym, take a minute to calm your thoughts and get focussed then grind out 135x5x3 on squats. You should be squatting more than you bench. You CAN do it if you put your mind to it. We all want you to succeed here.

    Also, try your hardest to do 5-rep sets instead of 3-rep sets. At your stage, 5 reps is preferable to 3 reps as it will provoke more hypertrophy. It's important to get a reasonable level of volume to cause growth. If you only manage 3 reps then do more sets until you hit at least 15 reps total.
    Last edited by J.C.; 11-21-2011 at 06:01 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.C. View Post
    As long as you're making progress then all is well. Having said that, we all think you can do more! Don't even think about ruts. Put all thoughts of ruts, blocks and plateaus out of your head or you are setting yourself up to fail.

    It's all mental. Don't let 135lbs be a mental block. Get to the gym, take a minute to calm your thoughts and get focussed then grind out 135x5x3 on squats. You should be squatting more than you bench. You CAN do it if you put your mind to it. We all want you to succeed here.

    Also, try your hardest to do 5-rep sets instead of 3-rep sets. At your stage, 5 reps is preferable to 3 reps as it will provoke more hypertrophy. It's important to get a reasonable level of volume to cause growth. If you only manage 3 reps then do more sets until you hit at least 15 reps total.
    Thanks for the advice... once I get 125 lb squats under control, I'm going for 135 lb...

    So yeah, I was attempting a 3x5 scheme... if I fail to get the 15 reps, I usually just quit and try for more next time. So its okay to do 135x5 135x3 135x3 135x2 135x1 135x1 or something similar?

    How come this idea isn't mentioned in the Rippetoe book?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Cartman View Post
    How come this idea isn't mentioned in the Rippetoe book?
    Because it's not the be-all and end-all of training.

    In any case the 'Starting Strength' routine isn't trademarked by him and receives relatively little attention in the book. It's just a classic, effective routine that's been around for years which he uses as an example in a book mostly dedicated to lift technique. He does draw attention to the value of 5 reps as opposed to 3 for some hypertrophy in Practical Programming though.

    5x5 is only a template anyway. I was just giving one way of adding in some volume if you don't want to reduce the weight. Glenn Pendlay - USA Olympic lifting coach who used to train with Rippetoe and shares his ideas - has a video of one of his lifters attempting to squat 260kg (570lbs!) for 5x5. He points out that, “he doesn’t quite make it, but ends up doing 27 total reps in 7 total sets, rep counts were 4,5,4,4,4,3,3.” The video is intense. That's how hard you need to be lifting.

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    Don't let this confuse you though. Just aim for 3 sets of 5 across.
    Last edited by J.C.; 11-21-2011 at 12:28 PM.

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    That's an awesome video!!

    I like that he is squatting deep with good form every single time and not cheating the reps, the way so many people do in the gym..

    Wow, I'd be concerned about not having a spotter though.. kind of scary to hit failure in the hole and have to dump the bar with 570 lbs on your back!!
    Last edited by Eric Cartman; 11-21-2011 at 05:34 PM.

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    Standing Press 30x5 45x3 55x1 80x5 80x5 80x5

    Lying T-bar Row 25x5 45x3 60x1 80x5 80x4 80x3 80x3

    Squat 45x5 95x3 105x1 125x5 125x4 125x3 125x3


    Comments: Tried your advice on reaching 15 reps... I also tried to up the intensity level and put in more effort.

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    Bench Press 45x5 95x3 115x1 135x5 135x5 135x4 135x1

    Deadlift 140x5

    DB Curls 70x5 70x1

    Comments: Almost reached my bench press goal for the week, 1 rep short...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Cartman View Post
    kind of scary to hit failure in the hole and have to dump the bar with 570 lbs on your back!!
    He is squatting with a specialty bar called a safety-squat bar. It allows you to grip from the front and dump "safely" from the back. Don't worry about missing your goals...set them and reach them when you can. You're doing well. Keep pushing.
    My road to powerlifting:
    ===thecityalive is dead meat===
    Current RAW PRs:
    Bench: 255 (9/30/13)
    Dead: 515 (9/2/13)
    Squat: 435 (9/26/13)
    Total: 1205 lbs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thecityalive View Post
    He is squatting with a specialty bar called a safety-squat bar. It allows you to grip from the front and dump "safely" from the back. Don't worry about missing your goals...set them and reach them when you can. You're doing well. Keep pushing.
    Safety squat bar, that explains it!!

    Really, that is a great video, very inspirational..

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone..

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    Squat 45x5 95x3 105x1 125x5 125x5 125x5

    Standing Press 20x5 45x3 55x1 85x4 85x2 85x2

    T-Bar Rows 25x5 45x3 65x1 80x3 80x3 80x3

    DB Curls 70x4

    Chin-ups BWx3

    Comments: Lost some reps on Rows, but not really since I corrected some form issues and stopped cheating the form.
    Last edited by Eric Cartman; 11-27-2011 at 10:07 PM.

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    Hey, 125x5x3!

    You're getting there man. Don't be disappointed that your progress is a bit slower than others. You ARE making progress and that's great. Next time, 135lbs. Move up to the big wheels !

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    Rob Schilke | GFX Designer thecityalive's Avatar
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    Yeah, breaking plate barriers is always a good indicator. You will be stacking plates in no time. Good work on squats! Keep at it, EC!
    My road to powerlifting:
    ===thecityalive is dead meat===
    Current RAW PRs:
    Bench: 255 (9/30/13)
    Dead: 515 (9/2/13)
    Squat: 435 (9/26/13)
    Total: 1205 lbs.
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    Thanks very much..

    Yeah, 135 lbs, the big leagues, hahhahaha...


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    Bench Press 45x5 95x3 115x1 135x5 135x3 135x3 135x2 135x2

    Squat 45x5 95x3 115x1 135x5 135x3

    Pull up BWx4

    DB Curl 70x2

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