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    04/16/2012 Deload Week: Shoulders/Triceps light

    Shoulder Press on Machine
    90x10x3sets

    Reverse PecDec
    60x10x3sets each side

    DB Side Raises
    15x10x3sets each arm

    Band Triceps Pushdowns
    Purple Bandx40x3sets choked up high on band

    Rear Delts w/mini band
    3sets of 20

    PecDec
    60x50 slow reps

    Few sets of abs just bw

    Shoulder is doing better than last week. Everything was less panful and with using very slightly more weight this week in regards to shoulder movements. Still going to go real slow with it. Got under a squat bar once with most fingers on the bar, but still some pain in doing so and not ready to squat with it yet. Should be a few more weeks. I'm going to make sure it's completely healed up before attempting it again though. Will be going light on everything the rest of the week. Will probably squat heavy Sunday, since I took a break from squatting just a couple weeks ago.
    Best competition lifts:
    650lbs. raw squat
    441lbs. raw bench
    580lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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    04/17/2012 Biceps

    DB Curls
    20sx10
    30sx8
    40sx8
    50sx8

    DB Hammer Curls
    60sx6x3sets

    KB Concentration Curls
    45x10x3sets each arm

    I helped a few people today. so just did a few sets of curls while I was there. Nothing heavy. I will do some back stuff Thursday and that's all for the deload week.
    Best competition lifts:
    650lbs. raw squat
    441lbs. raw bench
    580lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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    04/19/2012 Back - still deload week

    Lat Pulldowns wide-grip (paused reps)
    100x15
    150x10x3sets

    Hammer Strength Rows
    45x10 each arm
    90x10x3sets each arm

    Shrug Machine
    225x20x3sets

    Straight-arm Pulldowns
    50x10x4sets

    That's it. Really needed the break this week. Not sure if I will squat heavy for sure on Sunday. My knee is still aching quite abit today, but my back feels pretty good. I may wait to go heavy the next week, but I will decide in a few days.
    Best competition lifts:
    650lbs. raw squat
    441lbs. raw bench
    580lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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    04/22/2012 Heavy Squat

    Squat w/Cambered Bar (newer one)
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    155x3
    245x3
    335x1
    425x1 loose belt
    515x1
    585x1 loose belt/loose wraps
    635x1 PR tighter belt/tighter wraps
    Down set:
    335x8 no belt or wraps

    Side Bends
    95x8x3sets each side

    Abs on lat pulldown
    100x15x3sets

    Calf Raises
    225x20x3sets

    Hip Abductors/Adductors
    Big red mini bandx15x2sets each per side

    Good squat today. Felt like I got a little bit too far forward on the 635, but still got deep and it went up fine. Kind of getting annoyed I can't squat with a regular bar yet. My shoulder still hurts even getting under and unracking just the bar.
    Best competition lifts:
    650lbs. raw squat
    441lbs. raw bench
    580lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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    Hey April, great work with the squat PR!

    Shoulder still giving you jip? Mine's only just feeling better now after almost four months.
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    Strong squat April, I saw your knee was hurting you. How'd it feel squatting?
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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 GazzyG View Post
    Hey April, great work with the squat PR!

    Shoulder still giving you jip? Mine's only just feeling better now after almost four months.
    Thanks Gaz. It's getting better doing some stuff, except for squatting with a regular bar for some reason.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Hopper View Post
    Strong squat April, I saw your knee was hurting you. How'd it feel squatting?
    Thanks Brian. It was just sore. I had a small infection on my leg and couldn't walk right for a few days and that made my knee hurt some, but it's alright now.
    Best competition lifts:
    650lbs. raw squat
    441lbs. raw bench
    580lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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    Video from squatting yesterday. My 635 squat is at the end of the video:

    http://www.ironscene.com/videos/5903...day-night-crew
    Best competition lifts:
    650lbs. raw squat
    441lbs. raw bench
    580lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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    04/23/2012 Shoulders/Triceps (still light)

    Shoulder Press on machine
    90x10x2sets
    120x10x2sets

    DB Side Raises
    15sx10x3sets

    Plate Raises
    35x10x3sets

    Reverse PecDec
    75x10x3sets each side

    Band Triceps Pushdowns
    Green bandx30x4sets

    A little bit of shoulders stretching

    That's all today. Shoulder is getting better with the shoulder-related movements, just squatting with that damn bar still is the problem.
    Best competition lifts:
    650lbs. raw squat
    441lbs. raw bench
    580lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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    Looked strong in the video, Glenn's son is getting big.
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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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    Congrats on the squat PR April!!
    Squat briefs only 625 @ 210
    Bench geared 525 @ 210
    Deadlift geared 650 @ 220

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Hopper View Post
    Looked strong in the video, Glenn's son is getting big.
    Thanks. I was happy with it, just felt like I was a little too far forward. Tyler weighs about 250lbs. now and 5'11" tall. He's big for just turning 16 about a month ago. He's doing good in football on defensive line from what Glenn says.

    Quote Originally Posted by NickAus View Post
    Congrats on the squat PR April!!
    Thanks Nick.
    Best competition lifts:
    650lbs. raw squat
    441lbs. raw bench
    580lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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    Fuckin genetic freak that kid is.
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    Yeah, that's pretty big for 16 years old. Glenn better watch out, lol.
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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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    04/26/2012 Bench

    Bench Press
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    135x8
    225x3
    275x3
    315x3
    365x3
    Add carpet (paused reps)
    405x3 PR
    425x1 PR
    435xmiss
    435x1 PR

    Flat DB Press
    140sx9 PR
    140sx8
    140sx5

    PecDec (paused reps)
    120x10
    90x10x2sets

    Good bench day. Don't know why I missed 435 the first time, as 425 felt easy enough to double it. I think my setup was a little better on the second attempt, and got it, but it was slow and not easy. My shoulder felt good today full-range until 365, but still hurt some with that weight at the bottom. The small difference with the carpet press helps though so the heavier weights felt better after that. Db pressing was good too. I really wanted 10 with 140s on the first set though and it was feeling easy until the 9th rep then got hard fast, lol. Still 1 rep better than before.
    Best competition lifts:
    650lbs. raw squat
    441lbs. raw bench
    580lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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    Video of me benching 365x3, 405x3, 425x1 (not on video), 435x1:

    http://www.ironscene.com/videos/5907...arpet-press-pr
    Best competition lifts:
    650lbs. raw squat
    441lbs. raw bench
    580lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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    Great job coming back and hitting that PR!!!
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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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    Awesome training and great 635 squat! Hope the shoulder keeps improving!
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    Thanks Brian and Buddy.

    04/29/2012 Moderate Squat/Heavy Deadlift

    Squat w/Cambered Bar (newer one)
    barxsome
    Add doubled green bands
    barx3
    155x2
    245x2 loose belt
    295x2
    335x1x3sets

    Deadlift off blocks (4" I think)
    225x3
    315x3
    465x3 loose belt
    535x1
    605xmiss a couple inches off the blocks
    565x1 think this might be a PR sadly

    Shrug Machine
    315x10x4sets paused reps

    Lat Pulldowns wide neutral-grip
    150x10x4sets paused reps

    Well I learned that doubled green bands are really fucking heavy at the top, lol. I had no idea what they are, I just thought that since the bar was lower than a regular bar, it would be a good idea. I know that 335 plus the bands felt like quite abit more at the top than the 635 I did last week. Glenn told me later they add about 450-500lbs. I'm not sure it is that much, but felt like over 700lbs. on those sets anyways. Deadlift was ok. I wanted to get 605 off the blocks, but I only managed to get it up a couple inches. I think the most I have done on these before might be 545 though. If so, I guess the 565 wasn't too bad, but I don't remember for sure.
    Best competition lifts:
    650lbs. raw squat
    441lbs. raw bench
    580lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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    DOUBLED green bands...........nice!!
    Squat briefs only 625 @ 210
    Bench geared 525 @ 210
    Deadlift geared 650 @ 220

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    Thats some sick tension April, nice work!!!
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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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    Very strong training, April! How much did the bands add at the top?
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    Thanks. Gazzy- I don't know. One of my training partners (Glenn) said it is the equivalent of about 450-500lbs. at the top. I'm not sure if it is that much, but it was heavy nonetheless.

    04/30/2012 Shoulders/Triceps/Biceps

    Modified Triceps Presses
    barxsome
    135x5
    185x5
    225x5
    275x5
    135x15

    Shoulder Press on smith machine
    135x8x4sets

    Reverse PecDec
    75x10x3sets each side

    Band Triceps Pushdowns
    Blue bandx15x4sets

    DB Concentration Curls (short rest up to 75 reps)
    30x10,10,10,10,10,9,8,8 each arm

    Rear Delts with mini band
    3sets of 20

    Shoulder is getting much better. About halfway through I got under the squat bar a few times and hurts very little (where it's just barely noticeable) to hold the bar now, so it is almost healed enough to squat with it. I will probably wait about 2 more weeks to do so, however, so I don't reinjure it. This is also the first time I have done any shoulder pressing on a bar (yes it was smith machine but similar positioning to a barbell) and it felt good to about chin height, so I stayed no lower than that even though the weight was light.
    Last edited by April Mathis; 05-01-2012 at 12:33 AM.
    Best competition lifts:
    650lbs. raw squat
    441lbs. raw bench
    580lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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    Glad to see the shoulder is feeling better.
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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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    05/03/2012 Bench

    Floor Press w/Fat Bar
    barxsome
    150x5
    200x3
    240x3
    290x3
    330x3
    380x2
    Add reverse green bands
    420x3
    460x1
    490x1 cheated (my butt was off the floor to finish it)

    PecDec
    60x50x2sets

    Bench with the barx50x2sets and some shoulder stretching

    Good bench day. I have avoided floor pressing for years, because it always hurt my shoulder a lot to do them even with light weight, but today I tried it with Glenn and it was ok with the fat bar. I warmed up in smaller jumps to make sure. I guess everything from 330 up would pretty much be a pr, but it's not really comparable to that long ago.
    Best competition lifts:
    650lbs. raw squat
    441lbs. raw bench
    580lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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