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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Hopper View Post
    That sucks about your shoulder. Is there any bruising?
    No, it's geting better. Still hurts but not as bad as the last 2 days.
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    03/08/2012 Bench

    Bench Press
    barxsome
    Add foam
    135x5
    225x5
    315x3
    365x3
    405x3

    Flat DB Press
    55sx20x3sets

    That's all today. Shoulder still hurt a lot benching. Everything still felt pretty easy and actually was a little better after warming up. Hard to touch my chest with the bar at first, so that's was a good reason not to bench full range. Should be better in the next week or 2 though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by April Mathis View Post
    No, it's geting better. Still hurts but not as bad as the last 2 days.
    That's good to hear.
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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
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    Good work on the PRs, but sorry to hear about the shoulder. Hope it heals up quick for you!
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    Thanks Gazzy.

    03/11/2012 Squat (should be deadlift this week, but no pulling due to shoulder injury)

    Squat w/Cambered Bar (new one)
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    155x3
    245x3
    335x3
    425x1 loose belt
    515x1
    565x1 easy PR tighter belt/loose wraps

    Band Leg Curls
    Green bandx20x3sets

    Band Abductors/Adductors
    Big Red Mini bandx15x3sets each per side

    Decline Situps
    BWx20x3sets

    I couldn't get my right arm back far enough to get under a regular squat bar, so my only options today were the cambered bar or safety squat bar again. So I chose the cambered bar. Dave made a new one for the gym. Actually even though I don't really like the other one, I think I like it better than this one. This one still hurts just as bad and is too smooth so it feels like it's going to slide easy on your back. It might be a little better if someone puts tape on it. It may have also wanted to slide more because I could only get two fingers barely on the bar on the right side and I think I leaned forward even more than usual so it wouldn't slide. Other than that everything was easy. I could have went to 605 no problem, but I thought it was a better idea to stop as my shoulder was really hurting by then after getting under the bar about 20 times (most of which were just attempts to be able to hold the bar before I even squatted). Also, it's not really my heavy squat week.
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    Hope you heal up real quick!!!!!
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    It's getting a little better everyday. I think it won't be bad at all by the time I bench and squat later this week.

    03/13/2012 Back/Biceps (light day)

    Shrug Machine
    225x10x5sets

    Lat Pulldowns wide-grip
    100x15x4sets

    Hammer Strength Row Machine
    45x15x4sets each side

    DB Concentration Curls
    30x10x4sets each arm

    Abs-3sets at bw

    Had to stay real light today because of the shoulder still. At least I did something though. Reps on everything were slow and paused to at least make it a little harder. Range of motion is getting better too slowly. I would not have been able to do lat pulldowns at all or even grab the bar above my head a few days ago.
    Last edited by April Mathis; 03-13-2012 at 04:43 PM.
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    580lbs. raw deadlift
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    Very strong squatting, April. Good stuff working round the injury.

    Glad the shoulder's healing up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GazzyG View Post
    Very strong squatting, April. Good stuff working round the injury.

    Glad the shoulder's healing up.
    Thanks. And I didn't go heavy on the squat, lol.
    Last edited by April Mathis; 03-13-2012 at 07:49 PM.
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    Glad to read of the improvements!!
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    03/15/2012 Bench

    Bench Press
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    135x8
    225x3
    Add carpet/all reps paused
    275x3
    315x3
    365x3
    395x3 PR easy
    415x2 PR

    Down set with slingshot/full-range
    315x17

    Rope Triceps Pushdowns
    60x15x4sets

    PecDec (paused reps)
    60x25x2sets

    Benching went great today. PR for triple and double on the carpet press and my shoulder is feeling quite abit better. Only hurt a little bit benching and didn't feel like it affected my strength at all like last week. I wanted to get 315 for 20 with the slingshot. Next time I try it I will. I have to remember to breathe when doing high reps like that. It felt like I ran out of air more than strength at the end because it was still moving pretty good. Had to keep the assistance light still and be careful on the range of motion, but I think I should have an easier time getting under a bar to squat this weekend.
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    441lbs. raw bench
    580lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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    Good job with the PR!!! Glad to see the shoulder is feeling a little better.
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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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    Yeah...breathing is important

    I've been considering a slingshot...yay/nay?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Hopper View Post
    Good job with the PR!!! Glad to see the shoulder is feeling a little better.
    Thanks. Me too. I knew it wasn't bad but takes a few weeks.

    Quote Originally Posted by thecityalive View Post
    Yeah...breathing is important

    I've been considering a slingshot...yay/nay?
    I like the slingshot. I use it every so often. I just did the high reps set for fun today. Usually I use it to go a little heavier than what I could do otherwise or if my shoulders are sore and still want to bench full-range it helps. And it helps some to overload lockout. I guess it would be comparable to a blast shirt but easier and more comfortable to put on. I have the original red one, which is the first one they made. I get about 30lbs. out of it. I think that is about perfect as far as raw benching. Some of the newer ones I know people can get 100lbs. or more out of it. But it is so far over what you can bench without it, I don't know if it would be as useful. If anything, it would probably be more like a shirt then but easier to touch. Although I may get one of those sometime just to see.

    The only time I used it a lot for a good period of time was before one meet I did, at least 2 weeks out of 3 I put it on for 1 or 2 sets after my last heavy raw set to get used to heavier weight and hit lockout more (which is my weakness) for the whole training cycle. I think it was useful, and did exactly that. Will it make your regular raw bench go up 50lbs. just using it for awhile, probably not. But I still recommend it as a useful training tool.
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    03/18/2012 Heavy Squat/Light Deadlift

    Squat w/Cambered Bar (newer one)
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    155x3
    245x3
    335x2
    425x2 loose belt
    515x1
    585x1 loose belt/loose wraps PR
    615x1 tighter belt/tighter wraps PR

    Sumo Deadlift (no belt on all sets)
    225x3x2sets
    315x3
    375x1

    Abs on lat pulldown
    100x15
    120x10x3sets

    Used the same bar as last week. Jon and a few other people were using it too, and I still can't get my right arm under a regular bar, so this was fine. Shoulder still hurt getting under this bar too, but I could get my whole hand on the bar this week instead of just 2 fingers, and actually hold the cambered part instead of just barely touching the collar. Squats all felt good. I think I went a little too light on the last set. Should have gone up another 20lbs. or so. 615 wasn't really easy, but definitely not a max rep. I know 700+ is there on a regular bar. I just wanted to pull light after, since I haven't pulled in several weeks. My shoulder didn't hurt at all pulling, which is good. Sumo sucks though. Still hate it and always will. 375 was hard, lol.
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    03/20/2012 Back/Biceps

    Barbell Rows
    135x8
    225x5
    315x5
    365x5
    415x5

    Shrug Machine (paused reps)
    275x10x5sets

    Lat Pulldowns wide-neutral grip
    150x10x5sets

    DB Concentration Curls (each arm)
    30x8
    40x8
    50x8
    60x8

    Everything felt good today. Shoulder is continuing to get better. Still hurt some with 365 and 415 on rows so stopped there today, and a little on the shrugs and pulldowns, so I still kept those lighter. Curls felt real easy. I had to get a ride home otherwise I think I would have tried 1 more set of 70s for 8 or more.
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    580lbs. raw deadlift
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    03/22/2012 Bench

    Bench Press
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    135x8x2sets
    225x8
    275x8
    335x7 PR stopped 1 short of failure
    355x4
    315x6
    275x7
    225x10

    Elbows out bench to chin height
    135x8x2sets

    This was just for fun since Jon has been doing these since a shoulder injury. I just wanted to see how awkward it was.

    PecDec (slow, paused reps)
    90x10x3sets

    Triceps Pushdowns
    Green bandx20x5sets

    Just did a lot of reps today. Felt good. I wanted to go up a little more after the 335, because 8 definitely would have been to failure. Still the most reps I've done with 335, since usually my reps suck above 315, so that was good.
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    Good job on the PR April!!!
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    Best raw meet w/sleeves @ 275
    700SQ, 452BP, 722DL and 1874 total

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    Thanks Brian.

    Video of my 615 raw squat last week with cambered bar:

    http://www.ironscene.com/videos/5816
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    Strong squatting and benching. That cameraphone from the 1800's?

    Also, can't wait till I bench 225 for 1, let alone ten reps as a warmdown set lol!
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    That looked pretty easy!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GazzyG View Post
    Strong squatting and benching. That cameraphone from the 1800's?

    Also, can't wait till I bench 225 for 1, let alone ten reps as a warmdown set lol!
    Lol. It's one of my training partner's phones. Sometimes it tapes better, so I'm not sure if it was just on the wrong setting or what. And the reps sucked by the time I got to 225. Usually I would get at least 20 after going heavy. But that was a lot of reps before. Really sore today though, lol.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Hopper View Post
    That looked pretty easy!!!
    Thanks, I told you it was. When I said I should have went 635 at least I meant it. It would also be nice if I found someone that knows how to use a camera and actually show the plates sometime, but that might be too much to ask.
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    03/25/2012 Heavy Squat

    Squat
    barxsome
    165x3
    275x2
    385xunracked it and put it back- shoulder hurt too bad

    I could barely get 1-2 fingers on my right hand on the squat bar today (which actually is a big improvement), but it was still way too painful to squat with more than a couple plates. The bar was sitting right on the area of my shoulder that's injured too, so any weight made it much worse, and I could not get it in the right position on my back to be comfortable to squat heavy with. So I had to switch bars.

    Squat w/Cambered bar (black one) in power rack; walked out
    barx3 felt much better on shoulder
    245x2
    335x1
    425x1 loose belt
    515x1 PR
    565x1 loose belt/loose wraps PR
    605x1 tighter belt/tight wraps PR
    335x8 loose belt

    Standing Leg Curls
    30x12x3sets each leg

    Calf Raises
    225x20x3sets

    Walking out with this bar was a horrible experience. Not only do I hate walking out and it's very awkward, but this bar swings back and forward while walking out. But since both of the monolifts were being used with regular squat bars on them, this was the only choice I had to squat today. 605 was still not bad, but I definitely did not feel like going any heavier and walking out again. And after using the other cambered bar and trying this one again, this one is definitely worse to squat with. But these are PRs for this bar, so not a bad day. I'm probably going to back off and not squat at all next week and just pull since I have squatted heavy 3 of the last 4 weeks, and even the other time was moderately heavy. I was going to pull light after squatting today, but I had to get a ride and didn't have time so only did a couple quick assistance things with the weight that was on there.
    Best competition lifts:
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    580lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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    Strong PR's considering the circumstances. How far out are you from your meet?
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    Best geared meet @ 242
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Hopper View Post
    Strong PR's considering the circumstances. How far out are you from your meet?
    Thanks, I seriously hate that bar. I would have used the other one again, but it doesn't fit in the power rack. I don't know what I'm doing right now. I can't do the one in 3 weeks. I have to go to court a couple days before for the traffic shit, since they moved the date. And I don't think I'll be able to get under a regular squat bar with 700+lbs. by then. My shoulder hurts more again after trying today, so I don't think I will try again for another 3-4 weeks at least.
    Best competition lifts:
    650lbs. raw squat
    441lbs. raw bench
    580lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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