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    April Mathis Training Log

    Because Brian said it was a good idea to post this here, This is just a copy of mine at supertraining.com, so it's the same thing obviously for whoever reads that.

    My next meet is still going to be raw full-power, so that is what I am focusing on. I'm trying to learn a bench shirt and once in awhile I squat with briefs in between too, but today was only the fourth time since my last meet that I put a shirt on and I hadn't been using it for awhile before then. One of my training partners brought a different shirt for me to try and I also tried another one I had that I hadn't tried in a long time, so that part wasn't real good today. I need to practice with it more, but I'm not too focused on it right now.

    I had a shoulder injury at the last meet, and it still hurts alot benching much of the time, but I feel strong benching also right now, so I try to be more careful and take a week off benching more often in between as it's not really affecting my strength or performance at all. Mostly putting a shirt on helps some so I can do some more volume on bench and help improve my lockout. That is mainly what I have been using it for lately.

    My goals for my next meet are a 730 squat, 430-440 bench, 605 deadlift, and total at least 1750 raw. I am planning to do the women's pro-am meet in Cincinnati, Ohio on 04/14/2012 as long as I can afford to travel there. Otherwise I will do a closer meet sometime near then.
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    441lbs. raw bench
    580lbs. raw deadlift
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    12/29/2011 Bench

    Bench Press
    barxsome
    135x8
    225x3
    275x2
    Add carpet (sinks to ~1" off chest)/paused reps
    315x2
    365x1
    405x2 PR
    420x1 PR
    Add loose denim shirt/2-board
    455x3
    switched to different denim shirt
    495x1 but didn't touch
    545xmiss- out of groove and dumped it forward

    Flat DB Press
    140sx5 db in left hand was very unbalanced so stopped there
    140sx8 better
    165sx2 PR

    PecDec
    90x20x3sets

    My raw benching was good but left shoulder is still hurting a lot. I got frustrated with the shirt today, so I just stopped there. I tried a third poly shirt besides this that was too small and couldn't even move the bar down more than a cm or so from lockout, lol. I think I will have to just use the loose one for awhile, because the weight is easy I just have a problem with touching.
    Best competition lifts:
    650lbs. raw squat
    441lbs. raw bench
    580lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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    Great to see you posting here April! Your numbers are truely incredible. Look forward to following your log.
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    April you are a 'She Beast'! In the most complimentary sense of the term!
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    lol @ Buddy. I have had a couple different nicknames at places I've trained. 'Beast' was one of them from a few people that trained with me in Tampa.

    12/30/2011 Back/Biceps

    Shrug Machine
    225x15x2sets
    315x15x2sets

    Pullups neutral-grip
    BWx8,7,6,6

    DB Rows (each arm)
    140x8x3sets too easy should have used heavier db

    DB Concentration Curls
    30sx10
    40sx8
    50sx8
    65sx6

    That's all. I went light today because I pull in 2 days.
    Best competition lifts:
    650lbs. raw squat
    441lbs. raw bench
    580lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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    Nice back work, looking forward to the pulls!!

    April, do you prioritize trap work on upper back back days? I have been lately as I feel traps are really important for me.

    Keen to hear your thoughts there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NickAus View Post
    Nice back work, looking forward to the pulls!!

    April, do you prioritize trap work on upper back back days? I have been lately as I feel traps are really important for me.

    Keen to hear your thoughts there!
    I'm not good at pulling...no one should be interested in what I do with that lol. Actually I think I can pull over 600 if not now extremely close so it's getting better.

    When I do back stuff, I usually try to do some kind of horizontal pull (rows), some kind of vertical pull (pulldowns or pullups), something for traps (shrugs), and something for biceps (curls), and sometimes another variation of one or two of those things. I don't really prioritize anything. Usually if I do barbell rows, I do those first in the session. If not, sometimes I do shrugs first and sometimes pulldowns. I'm strong at upper back stuff and biceps for that matter, so I don't overthink it. There is not really one thing I have to really focus on working on.
    Best competition lifts:
    650lbs. raw squat
    441lbs. raw bench
    580lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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    I have a series of e-books that teach you how to build a big raw squat. The first one I just listed on my website. The price is $25 by paypal or $20 by money order. (You have to contact me to pay by money order.)

    Check out my website. Click on the link in my signature and scroll down to the bottom of the page under the "Training Programs" tab. It is the last one at the bottom.

    Included is a 19-page e-book and I will give you the password to access it after purchase. It gives you the basic outline of the routine (16 weeks) and a thorough explanation of the following: how to set up the lifts, alternate set ups and modifications for limited equipment, what percentages to use, how and when to change the percentages if you miss a lift or it is too easy, what assistance work to do and how much, how to warm up and work up to the heaviest sets (with examples of many different strength levels), when to use the program, how to integrate a meet into the training cycle, what to do once you finish the program, and much more.

    This type of training is a large part of how I took my squat from 460lbs. to over 600lbs. and currently around 700lbs. raw all at around the same bodyweight It is also how I got my beltless squat from 330lbs to 510lbs. (before I squatted 611lbs. under very strict judging in a meet). The deadlift portion was also a part of my most successful deadlift training cycle that I've had.
    Best competition lifts:
    650lbs. raw squat
    441lbs. raw bench
    580lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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    Quote Originally Posted by April Mathis View Post
    I'm not good at pulling...no one should be interested in what I do with that lol. Actually I think I can pull over 600 if not now extremely close so it's getting better.

    When I do back stuff, I usually try to do some kind of horizontal pull (rows), some kind of vertical pull (pulldowns or pullups), something for traps (shrugs), and something for biceps (curls), and sometimes another variation of one or two of those things. I don't really prioritize anything. Usually if I do barbell rows, I do those first in the session. If not, sometimes I do shrugs first and sometimes pulldowns. I'm strong at upper back stuff and biceps for that matter, so I don't overthink it. There is not really one thing I have to really focus on working on.
    Thanks April, makes sense.

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    01/01/2012 Light Squat/ Heavy Deadlift

    Squat w/Buffalo Bar
    barxsome
    145x5
    235x5
    325x5
    415x5 loose belt

    Deadlift (reset each rep)
    245x3
    325x2
    425x1
    485x4x2sets loose belt

    No assistance today. My back was hurting more than usual and everything felt like shit. 485 should have been 2 sets of 5 today on the deadlift. The second set I didn't even finish the lockout on the last rep. I've had a lot of good training days for awhile though. Need to take a couple extra days off this week I think.


    P.S. See Nick I told you my deadlift would not be very interesting, lol. It's pretty messed up what I consider a light squat and a heavy deadlift is almost the same weight.
    Last edited by April Mathis; 01-01-2012 at 01:34 PM.
    Best competition lifts:
    650lbs. raw squat
    441lbs. raw bench
    580lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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    You can learn a ton from people who are not built to deadlift yet have built up their pull (think J Bryant).

    I have seen your vids and you look better built to squat, and yeah that is pretty funny how the "light" squats with a special bar are close .
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    Quote Originally Posted by NickAus View Post
    You can learn a ton from people who are not built to deadlift yet have built up their pull (think J Bryant).

    I have seen your vids and you look better built to squat, and yeah that is pretty funny how the "light" squats with a special bar are close .
    I am definitely not built for deadlift. Today was just a bad day though. But I should be better at it then I am. Light squats are really always the same for awhile sets of 5 up to 375 or 415 usually for a couple sets of 5. I only did one set because my back hurt enough already and was hoping deadlift wouldn't suck too much after...but it did. I am planning to outsquat my pull by over 100lbs. raw at my next meet, lol.

    Plan for next week is 505+500 chain raw squat or as close as possible to that. And I will try to get someone to video tape it.
    Best competition lifts:
    650lbs. raw squat
    441lbs. raw bench
    580lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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    I have just finished listing the 2nd e-book in my squat series on my website: http://mathistrainingsolutions.com/. It includes a 5-week transition phase, and a 12-week meet peaking cycle. The name of it is "Meet Peaking Cycle for the Raw Squat+Deficit Deadlift Routine" (it is at the bottom of the page under the Training Programs tab). If you buy or have bought phase 1, then this is how to transition from that to a meet and hit a big squat PR. The price of this one is only $20 (or $15 by money order if you contact me). Since it is meant to follow the first program, this will give you a $5 savings.
    Best competition lifts:
    650lbs. raw squat
    441lbs. raw bench
    580lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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    Now for today's training:

    01/02/2012 Triceps/ Shoulders

    Modified Triceps Press
    barxsome
    95x8
    135x8
    185x8
    235x8 PR

    Band Pushdowns
    Blue bandx20x5sets

    Lying DB Extensions (each arm)
    30x8
    40x8
    50x8

    DB Side Raises
    20sx10x3sets

    Face Pulls
    75x15x3sets each side

    Rotator stuff

    Good assistance work.

    I usually do more shoulder work but I'm not for a short time except a few light things because of the shoulder injury. I'd rather at least be able to bench.
    Best competition lifts:
    650lbs. raw squat
    441lbs. raw bench
    580lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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    Great stuff April! I'll post here before friday if it looks like I can get over there sunday if the invite still stands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mastermonster View Post
    Great stuff April! I'll post here before friday if it looks like I can get over there sunday if the invite still stands.
    Yeah anytime. I just have to make sure with Jon that he can train at noon also this week. Once in awhile he works on Sunday and has to train a different time, but not usually.
    Best competition lifts:
    650lbs. raw squat
    441lbs. raw bench
    580lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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    Thanks to all the people that bought the first squat program so far. And anyone else thinking about it, it is unlike anything I have ever seen written by anyone else. I always do my own thing with training and have figured out some good ideas not seen elsewhere.

    Since I have been having more success with this, I decided to also lower the prices of the custom programs by 50%, so they are now a lot cheaper. Anyone interested check it out. Thanks.
    Best competition lifts:
    650lbs. raw squat
    441lbs. raw bench
    580lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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    01/05/2012 Bench



    Bench Press

    barxsome

    135x8

    225x3

    Add slingshot

    315x3

    365x3

    405x3

    440x2 PR

    Blast shirt/3-board

    455x1

    1-board

    455x1

    full-range

    455xmiss i know these aren't great anyways, but shirt was too big



    Flat DB Press

    140sx7,8

    Paused reps drop set:

    70sx20/55sx15/40sx15



    PecDec (paused reps)

    90x10

    120x10

    150x8

    Drop Set: 75x6/45x8 +15 pushups



    Benching was ok. Small pr double with the slingshot. I tried a blast shirt after that was too big to fit me. Didn't feel like it helped at all. I tried one before that was a little better. Need to see if Jon still has it. Shoulders are beat up though. Most likely will take a week off benching next week.
    Best competition lifts:
    650lbs. raw squat
    441lbs. raw bench
    580lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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    01/05/2012 Bench

    Bench Press
    barxsome
    135x8
    225x3
    Add slingshot
    315x3
    365x3
    405x3
    440x2 PR
    Blast shirt/3-board
    455x1
    1-board
    455x1
    full-range
    455xmiss i know these aren't great anyways, but shirt was too big

    Flat DB Press
    140sx7,8
    Paused reps drop set:
    70sx20/55sx15/40sx15

    PecDec (paused reps)
    90x10
    120x10
    150x8
    Drop Set: 75x6/45x8 +15 pushups

    Benching was ok. Small pr double with the slingshot. I tried a blast shirt after that was too big to fit me. Didn't feel like it helped at all. I tried one before that was a little better. Need to see if Jon still has it. Shoulders are beat up though. Most likely will take a week off benching next week.
    Best competition lifts:
    650lbs. raw squat
    441lbs. raw bench
    580lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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    1030SQ, 640BP, 685DL and 2355 total
    Best raw meet w/sleeves @ 242
    665SQ, 440BP, 727DL and 1815 total
    Best raw meet w/sleeves @ 275
    700SQ, 452BP, 722DL and 1874 total

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    The bench training looks almost super-human! Awesome! I'll have to take a raincheck on training there Sunday. Got some roadbumps in some dealings here I need to stay close to home on for a bit. Hopefully we can a little later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mastermonster View Post
    The bench training looks almost super-human! Awesome! I'll have to take a raincheck on training there Sunday. Got some roadbumps in some dealings here I need to stay close to home on for a bit. Hopefully we can a little later.
    Lol I don't know about superhuman but thanks. Damn I was looking forward to it (although I still look forward to squatting heavy anyways). But that's cool. I might try to come there sometime in the near future. I need to make some more money right now. Otherwise even though it's not that far, it's still at least $15-20 in gas I can't spend.

    And thanks Brian I guess I should be happy with it. Everything felt heavy today though because my shoulders felt beat up. Then again I only get about 30lbs. from the slingshot and I've benched 405x2 recently so it is about right.
    Best competition lifts:
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    441lbs. raw bench
    580lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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    Great bench work there!!
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