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    bhodel112's Journal

    Hey guys. My buddy "one rep under" got me to join the other day and told me to start a journal, so here it is. A little background on me, I am 19 and I'm a sophomore in college. I wrestled for 7 years and now I do a little BJJ here and there. But I only started to lift at the beginning of freshman semester. I went from a slender 125lbs to a solid 135lbs by May. But I took the whole summer off . Now I am about 128lbs and I'm starting to lift again. I am following the SS program for now and we'll see how that goes. My goal is to get to around 140lbs and bench>160, squat>150, deadlift>150. These aren't really short or long term goals, just where I want to be sometime.

    Sept 1 2009:
    1st day back in gym in ~ 3 months. Doing Starting Strength.
    Squat: 3x5 @ 115- got deep, felt good but will drop to 105 or 110 to start
    Bench: 3x5 @ 125lbs-felt like 145lbs used to. Will prob drop to 110 to start
    Deadlift: 3x5 @ 135- where I was before but did feel pretty heavy, will prob drop to 115 or so

    I am currently using GNC 100%whey and when it's done I will be switching to ON100% or Nitrean, or possibly a weight gainer instead

    Today was the 1st day the gym was open but I will be on a mon/wed/fri program from here on out. Feel free to comment/make suggestions
    Last edited by bhodel112; 09-01-2009 at 06:30 PM. Reason: Adding Info

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    Good to have ya here fella, make a post in the Introduction section when you get a chance.. you can pretty much say the same thing you said here.

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    9/3/09
    Squat: 3x5 @ 105. Going up 10lbs a week
    OHP: 3x5 @ 35. Seated on Smith. I've never done them before so I'm going seated to learn, then with Smith standing, then a bar when I'm ready
    Bent Over Rows: 3x5 @ 75. Not ready for cleans. Not sure if form was right but I'm gonna watch more vids and get it right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhodel112 View Post
    OHP: 3x5 @ 35. Seated on Smith. I've never done them before so I'm going seated to learn, then with Smith standing, then a bar when I'm ready
    I'm brand new to lifting as well, and I think you're selling yourself short here. The press is a tough little lift, but it's really not difficult to do properly. Watch the video in the Texas Method sticky, make note of what's good and what's bad, and give it a shot.

    It's a beast of a lift though; I did work sets with the bar yesterday

    Good to have you around!

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    9/8/09(yesterday)
    Squat: 3x5 @ 115
    Bench: 3x5 @ 110
    Deadlift: 3x5 @ 110

    Gym was closed again on Monday for Labor day so this week is another Tues/thurs-lift days. But next week will be normal schedule, m/w/f-lift days

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    9/10/09(yesterday)
    Squat: 3x5 @ 115. Felt real good, not so sore after
    OHP: 3x5 @ 55. First time trying it. I think my form was good, I tried to do it just like the Rippetoe video. But I didn't have anyone watch my form. Felt it in the traps and upper shoulders a little bit, but it did hurt my wrists a fair amount.
    Bent Over Rows: 3x5 @ 115

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    9/12/09(yesterday)
    Squat: 3x5 @ 115
    Bench: 3x5 @ 110
    Deadlift: 3x5 @ 115

    I think I'm going to increase bench by 5lbs each time I lift rather than every week like the other workouts. I think I can handle it and even though I wanted bench low, I think I put it too low now that I'm back in the groove of lifting. BJJ at school starts tomorrow night, can't wait.

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    Adding weight every workout is how starting strength is supposed to work. After that initial period of where you cant add weight to the bar every workout it switches to add weight every week.
    If you can handle it then do it.

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    9/34/09(yesterday)
    Squat: 3x5 @ 125. Felt really good, I was only doing 135 last spring so these are gonna get tough soon but I'm looking forward to it.
    OHP: 3x5 @ 60. This is hard but it feels real good. Still pretty rough on the wrists though
    Cleans: 3x5 @ 55. Never cleaned before but had a friend show me. I was just testing the water so the weight will go up pretty quick

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    9/16/09

    *(Apparently there are more than 30 days in September as I stated in my last post haha. I meant to say the 14th)

    Squat: 3x5 @ 125
    Bench: 3x5 @ 115
    Deads: 1x5 @ 155. Switched up to 1x5 so my 2 warm-up sets were at 115 and 135. I like the one heavy set vs. 3 lighter ones but i don't think ill be able to keep adding weight very long. But I am going to stick to this

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    9/18/09(yesterday)
    Squat: 3x5 @ 125
    OHP: 3x5 @ 60. Felt good, wrists didn't hurt as much
    Cleans: 3x5 @ 60. Still getting form down. Power cleans btw, not hang

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    9/21/09
    Squat: 3x5 @ 135. Finally back to where I was back in May. Felt real good and I feel like i can still keep adding 10lbs a week for a little while.
    Bench: 3x5 @ 130. For some reason I couldn't remember how much I did last time so I did 130. Might keep it there through Friday b/c it was pretty heavy : ( .
    Deadlift: 1x5 @ 160. Warm ups at 115 and 135.

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    9/23/09(yesterday)
    Squat: 3x5 @ 135
    OHP: 3x5 @ 65. Felt really good, no wrist pain.
    Cleans: 3x5 @ 65. I hear my form's good but I'm still only going up at 5lbs a week just to be safe

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    9/25/09
    Squat: 3x5 @ 135
    Bench: 3x5 @ 130. Will continue to go up in weight next week. Stayed at 130 since I accidently jumped 15lbs on Monday
    Deadlift: 1x5 @ 155. I didn't realize I was supposed to be at 160 so I'll go up to 165 next week

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    Great start. Don't up the deads too much next time or you risk stalling out. Just keep eating and trust that you'll get stronger every workout. Keep going
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    9/28/09(yesterday)
    Squat: 3x5 @ 145. Still going deep, form's good, loving the weight increases
    OHP: 3x5 @ 70. Right wrist felt a little bad but I kept good form. It's heavy, but I still think I can go up a little bit more.
    Cleans: 3x5 @ 70. I've got my form down now as far as I'm concerned. So, theoretically, I can jump up weight but I'll keep the slow increases

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    Good stuff fella, gotta just think about nicole and the numbers she puts up haha. That oughta keep you motivated!

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    9/30/09(yesterday)
    Squat: 3x5 @ 145
    Bench: 3x5 @ 140. Felt good, a little slow but still cranked 'em out.
    Deads: 1x5 @ 165

    And yes Nicole scares me haha....

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    10/02/09
    Squat: 3x5 @ 145
    OHP: 3x5 @ 70
    Cleans: 3x5 @ 70

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    10/05/09
    Squat: 3x5 @ 155. I never squatted over 135 before starting S.S. I'm keeping the form up but it's getting real heavy.
    Bench: 3x5 @ 145. Last semester I was repping 145 8/8/7. Today was hard, 150 is gonna be cutting it close come friday.
    Deadlift: 1x5 @ 165

    Well Im feeling like I'm getting close to deloading some of my weights . After 3 months off I'm back where I was, or higher, on my lifts within 5 weeks.(I love S.S.). But I'm not too worried if I have to deload. I got my shipment in from ALN the other day. Let me start off by saying that my order came in in 2 days I believe with a magazine and 2 free Novus bars. AWESOME customer service. I ordered Results and Opticen. I'm taking Results once a day(today was the 1st), about 30-45min before my workouts. And I'm having 2, not 3, scoops of Opticen PWO. The 2/3 dosage is b.c my "Blender Bottle" can only hold 20oz. But I'm sure thats enough Opticen for me, being ~135lbs. Results(orange) tasted great, Opticen(choc) was also really good with a nice malty flavor. I'm more worried about results than taste but it's sweet that they're both so good. I'm also trying to drink a gallon of water a day. I need my shaker's amount 7 times for that so I'm doing it 5 times of water, plus the 2 shakes worth.(6 +1 on off days since I won't be having Opticen). I liked the Novus bar too, man was it filling. I literally just started on ALN products but would already recommend them for service alone.

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    10/07/09
    Squat: 3x5 @ 155
    OHP: 3x5 @ 75
    Cleans: 3x5 @ 75

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    10/09/09
    Squat: 3x5 @ 155
    Bench: 3x5 @ 150. New max for reps. Never been this high but I cranked 'em all out with no help.
    Deadlift: 1x5 @ 170

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    10/12/09
    Squat: 3x5 @ 165. Got to 90 degrees or below on pretty much all my reps
    OHP: 3x5 @ 80. Getting heavy
    Cleans: 3x5 @80
    Last edited by bhodel112; 10-14-2009 at 01:44 PM. Reason: correction

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    Looks like your progress is on tap bro,keep it up!
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    thanks man

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