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    My raw journey to 1900...

    Here we go, it's a new year with some new goals, so why not start a new journal. I've decided to skip the BMC once again. They changed the date from March 24th to March 10th and it sort of threw me off guard. So now i'm just going to start 531 and train to get strong.

    Monday
    01/02/12
    DL-Back


    Deadlift
    Bar x 10
    135 x 5
    135 x 5
    225 x 5
    315 x 5
    5/3/1 Week 1-Cycle 1
    405 x 5
    465 x 5
    525 x 5...added belt
    525 x 5

    Pull-ups
    BW x 6
    BW x 8
    BW x 6

    CSR
    1pps x 10
    2pps x 10
    3pps x 8
    3pps x 8

    Barbell curls
    45 x 10
    65 x 10
    85 x 10
    85 x 10

    Shrug machine
    200 x 15
    290 x 15
    380 x 15
    380 x 15
    380 x 15


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    Done...not a bad session to start the new year. I really need to work on my deadlift volume. But I want to stay away from the higher reps. So what i'm going to try this cycle is do the required reps for 2-3 sets. I'm also going to pull every other week and do chain suspended GM's in between.
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    When do you think you will compete instead? I heard there is going to be a meet in Fort Lauderdale on 04/14. SPF sanction, so you could use knee sleeves or wraps for raw.
    Best competition lifts:
    650lbs. raw squat
    441lbs. raw bench
    580lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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    nice start Hopp. should be a very good year for u. here's hoping a healthy and strong year! 1800 should be easy for u.
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    Quote Originally Posted by t gale View Post
    nice start Hopp. should be a very good year for u. here's hoping a healthy and strong year! 1800 should be easy for u.
    Thanks alot Tim, I sure hope so.....same to you. The way your numbers are looking, you should be good for 1900, lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by April Mathis View Post
    When do you think you will compete instead? I heard there is going to be a meet in Fort Lauderdale on 04/14. SPF sanction, so you could use knee sleeves or wraps for raw.
    I'm not sure yet. I'm just going to train and see where I end up. Do you know who's putting it on?
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    700SQ, 452BP, 722DL and 1874 total

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    Brian, I took that volume idea from reading Rhode's log as well. Like it so far. Feels like training rather than lifting weights.


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    Quote Originally Posted by joey54 View Post
    Brian, I took that volume idea from reading Rhode's log as well. Like it so far. Feels like training rather than lifting weights.
    That's exactly where I got the idea, lol. I'm thinking about doing it for all three but not sure yet. Definitely my squat because I think the higher reps aggravate my back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Hopper View Post
    That's exactly where I got the idea, lol. I'm thinking about doing it for all three but not sure yet. Definitely my squat because I think the higher reps aggravate my back.
    With heavier weights and higher reps it almost always becomes a push it for one more vs. cut the set because the form is going type of thing. It is nice keeping things in check with reasonable rep ranges.


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    Quote Originally Posted by covpride View Post
    Good work Brian, I have no doubt you'll hit the 1800 total.
    Thanks alot!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by ThomasG View Post
    Hmmm interdasting. I'm looking forward to seeing this unfold. 1800 is yours Brian!
    Thanks, hopefully I will blow by 1800 and go 1900

    Quote Originally Posted by joey54 View Post
    With heavier weights and higher reps it almost always becomes a push it for one more vs. cut the set because the form is going type of thing. It is nice keeping things in check with reasonable rep ranges.
    Yeah it is. I will go for the extra reps if I feel like I can keep going with the proper form.
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    Best raw meet w/sleeves @ 275
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    Wednesday
    01/04/12
    Bench


    Bench press
    Warm-ups
    Bar x 20
    135 x 10
    135 x 5
    185 x 5
    Working sets
    255 x 5
    295 x 5
    335 x 5
    335 x 5
    335 x 5
    Drop sets
    50% of 1RM: 215-2x10

    Dips
    BW x 10
    BW+25 x 10
    BW+25 x 10
    BW+25 x 10

    Nosebreakers
    95 x 10
    135 x 10
    155 x 10
    155 x 10

    Pushups w/my feet on a 3brd
    BW x 15
    BW x 15
    BW x 15

    Decline sit-ups
    BW x 10
    BW x 12
    BW x 12


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    Done...It wasn't the day I was looking for, but still not a bad one. It was taking forever to get warmed up and i'm sure it has something to do with it being 30 degrees outside. I got all the required reps, but I was wanting to go for AMAP on my 3rd set of 335. Tomorrow I am squatting and i'm not sure yet if i'm going to start 531 or my program. I might do 531 for this month and then start my program next month.
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    Best raw meet w/sleeves @ 275
    700SQ, 452BP, 722DL and 1874 total

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    Friday
    10.05.12
    Upper accessory


    Barbell front raises
    45/2x10
    65/3x10

    Wide grip pulldowns
    70x10
    120/3x10

    Barbell curls
    45/2x10
    65/2x10
    45x10

    Bench dips
    BW/4x10

    Spud Inc. Towel strap pushdowns
    50/3x10

    Facepulls
    50/3x10

    Done...I was able to get a quick session in. Nothing heavy, just a light day to get some blood flowing.
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    665SQ, 440BP, 727DL and 1815 total
    Best raw meet w/sleeves @ 275
    700SQ, 452BP, 722DL and 1874 total

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    Thursday
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    Upper Accessory

    Dead presses
    Worked up to 220 for 10 singles w/30 seconds rest between sets.

    Superset #1
    Wide grip bench press
    135/3x25
    Behind-the-neck pulldowns
    70/3x20

    Superset #2
    Barbell rows
    135/3x15
    Close grip pulldowns
    90/3x10

    Superset #3
    Dips
    BW/3x15
    Facepulls
    70/3x10

    Superset #4
    Barbell curls
    65/3x10
    Blaststrap bicep curls
    BW/3x10

    Done...I woke up at 5am and headed to Golds Gym to knock this session out. But, I forgot it was 4th of July, and they weren't open. At least not at 5 like their normal hours. So I headed home and just trained at the house. I had to train fast so I knocked this session out in 40 minutes.
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    700SQ, 452BP, 722DL and 1874 total

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    SQ/DL

    Squat
    Bar/2x10
    145/2x10
    235x8
    255/4x8

    Deadlift
    225x8
    295/3x8

    Barbell shrugs
    225/4x10

    Decline sit-ups
    BW/3x12

    Done-First day back, just going to take it nice and easy the next two weeks. I'm 17 weeks out from RUM7, so I'm not looking to burn myself out right now. I've also been off my diet the last two weeks. I'm not really worried about it since I'm waking up around 244. I'll get back at it probably next week or the week after.
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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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    Nice new log!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by muscle_g View Post
    Nice new log!!
    Thanks!!!
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    I just looked it up. I heard about it before but didn't know they had an entry form or who it was yet. But all the info. is on here: http://www.southernpowerlifting.com/contest.php?id=230


    P.S. You should just go and do the "curls" portion, lol.
    Last edited by April Mathis; 01-02-2012 at 08:15 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by April Mathis View Post
    I just looked it up. I heard about it before but didn't know they had an entry form or who it was yet. But all the info. is on here: http://www.southernpowerlifting.com/contest.php?id=230


    P.S. You should just go and do the "curls" portion, lol.
    Are you making fun of my curls? lol

    Im thinking about it so I can get my elite in the strict curl
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Hopper View Post
    Are you making fun of my curls? lol

    Im thinking about it so I can get my elite in the strict curl
    No I was making fun of how dumb it would be to pay and go to a meet and just to the curl event and nothing else. So it would be funny if you did that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by April Mathis View Post
    No I was making fun of how dumb it would be to pay and go to a meet and just to the curl event and nothing else. So it would be funny if you did that.
    Oh ok, I was just checking, lol. Yeah that would be crazy to just enter and do a curl meet. Those should be outlawed!!!
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    Great start Bri! Heres to a healthy, PR breaking new year!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian C View Post
    Great start Bri! Heres to a healthy, PR breaking new year!
    Thanks alot B...same to you brother!!!!
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    665SQ, 440BP, 727DL and 1815 total
    Best raw meet w/sleeves @ 275
    700SQ, 452BP, 722DL and 1874 total

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    Great news goals Tank, easy for you in time!!
    Squat briefs only 625 @ 210
    Bench geared 525 @ 210
    Deadlift geared 650 @ 220

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickAus View Post
    Great news goals Tank, easy for you in time!!
    Thanks Nick. My main goal this year is to hit all-time PR's (in a meet) with my squat and bench. I already hit an all-time PR twice with my deadlift. So we'll see how everything goes, hopefully 2012 will be good to all of us.
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    665SQ, 440BP, 727DL and 1815 total
    Best raw meet w/sleeves @ 275
    700SQ, 452BP, 722DL and 1874 total

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