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    Deadlifts
    (2x5) 135
    (2x3) 225
    (2x2) 315
    (2x2) 405
    (1x1) 495 - add loose suit
    (1x1) 520


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    1/4 x 7" Grade 5


    This was the biggest jump I have ever made from 405 (usually go 440 or 455 - maybe 475). Didn't seem to affect my bar speed, but it felt heavier than my usual progression.
    (SQ) 550 (BP) 425 (DL) 550
    5'9" 195lbs.

    2014 Goals: 365 raw bench; Triple bodyweight deadlift; 1500 meet total @ 198


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    Thur (12/13)

    Bench Press - (speed-Monster Minis)
    (8x3) 155

    Close-grip Bench Press
    (2x8) 225

    Pullups
    (1x10)
    (2x5)
    (SQ) 550 (BP) 425 (DL) 550
    5'9" 195lbs.

    2014 Goals: 365 raw bench; Triple bodyweight deadlift; 1500 meet total @ 198


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    Barbell Curls
    (1x10) 95
    (2x8) 115

    Ironmind Hub
    (1x1) 50
    (1x1) 52.5
    (1x0) 55
    (1x1) 55


    Horseshoes-1.25" suede
    SCF Lite Rim #00 - 150 deg.
    SCF Lite Rim #00 - 175 deg.
    (SQ) 550 (BP) 425 (DL) 550
    5'9" 195lbs.

    2014 Goals: 365 raw bench; Triple bodyweight deadlift; 1500 meet total @ 198


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    Squats
    (1x5) 135
    (1x3) 225
    (1x2) 315
    (1x1) 370
    (1x1) 425 - add briefs
    (1x1) 475
    (1x1) 535

    (1x1) 575 (just walkout)
    (1x1) 500


    DO - IMPs
    Yellow Nail
    1/4 x 6" Grade 5
    Red Nail


    575 is the most I have ever had out of the racks. I walked it out and got in a medium-wide stance, then took it back in. Just out of curiosity, I did one last rep with 500 and it felt very light after the 575!
    (SQ) 550 (BP) 425 (DL) 550
    5'9" 195lbs.

    2014 Goals: 365 raw bench; Triple bodyweight deadlift; 1500 meet total @ 198


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    Grippers
    (1x3) #1
    (1x3) #1.5
    (1x3) #2
    (1x0) #2.5

    Vulcan
    (2x3) L6
    (SQ) 550 (BP) 425 (DL) 550
    5'9" 195lbs.

    2014 Goals: 365 raw bench; Triple bodyweight deadlift; 1500 meet total @ 198


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    Bench Press
    (1x10) 135
    (1x5) 185
    (1x3) 225
    (1x1) 275
    (1x3) 300

    (2x2) 350 - add Slingshot

    Reverse Band Bench Press
    (2x1) 380
    (SQ) 550 (BP) 425 (DL) 550
    5'9" 195lbs.

    2014 Goals: 365 raw bench; Triple bodyweight deadlift; 1500 meet total @ 198


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    Wed (12/19)

    Box Squats
    (1x5) 135
    (1x3) 225
    (5x3) 315

    Bench Press - Monster Mini Bands
    (1x5) 135
    (6x3) 155
    (1x3) 165


    DO - IMPs
    Yellow Nail
    1/4 x 6" Grade 5
    Red Nail
    (SQ) 550 (BP) 425 (DL) 550
    5'9" 195lbs.

    2014 Goals: 365 raw bench; Triple bodyweight deadlift; 1500 meet total @ 198


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    DU - IMPs
    Yellow Nail
    Blue Nail
    1/4 x 7" Grade 5

    Horseshoes - 1.25" suede
    SCF Lite Plain #00 - few degrees


    Ironmind Hub
    (1x1) 50
    (1x1) 52.5
    (1x0) 57.5 - off the ground!

    Plateau Buster Swings
    (1x20) 90
    (1x10) 180
    (1x10) 270
    (1x10) 320

    Pullups
    (2x5)
    (SQ) 550 (BP) 425 (DL) 550
    5'9" 195lbs.

    2014 Goals: 365 raw bench; Triple bodyweight deadlift; 1500 meet total @ 198


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    Sat (12/22)

    Squats
    (1x5) 135
    (1x3) 225
    (1x2) 295
    (1x2) 345
    (1x2) 435 - add briefs
    (1x1) 480
    (1x1) 510

    Ironmind Hub
    (3x1) 50
    (SQ) 550 (BP) 425 (DL) 550
    5'9" 195lbs.

    2014 Goals: 365 raw bench; Triple bodyweight deadlift; 1500 meet total @ 198


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    Sun (12/23)

    Bench Press
    (1x8) 135
    (1x3) 185
    (1x3) 225
    (1x3) 275
    (1x2) 335 - Titan Ram
    (1x2) 365 - add shirt (3 Board)
    (1x2) 385 - 3 board
    (1x1) 405 - 2 board


    Grippers
    (1x3) #1
    (1x3) #1.5
    (1x3) #2
    (1x0) #2.5 - 4mm
    (1x12) #1.5
    (SQ) 550 (BP) 425 (DL) 550
    5'9" 195lbs.

    2014 Goals: 365 raw bench; Triple bodyweight deadlift; 1500 meet total @ 198


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    Mon (12/24)

    DO - IMPs
    Yellow Nail
    1/4 x 6" Grade 5
    6" Red Nail

    Horseshoes - 1.4" suede
    SCF Lite Plain #00 - 120 degrees


    I hadn't planned on doing a 6" Red today! Especially since I've done nothing harder at this length than warm-up grade 5 bolts, these past several months. Last night, I got to thinking maybe I'd try a 6.5" Red today. The more I thought about it, the more an all-out 6" Red attempt made sense though, so I tried my first cut-down Red in a long, long time.


    6" Red Nail

    (SQ) 550 (BP) 425 (DL) 550
    5'9" 195lbs.

    2014 Goals: 365 raw bench; Triple bodyweight deadlift; 1500 meet total @ 198


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    Thur (12/27)

    Box Squats
    (4x3) 315
    (4x2) 335

    Shrugs
    (1x8) 225
    (1x8) 315
    (1x8) 405

    DU - IMPs
    Yellow Nail
    Blue Nail
    1/4 x 7" Grade 5
    (SQ) 550 (BP) 425 (DL) 550
    5'9" 195lbs.

    2014 Goals: 365 raw bench; Triple bodyweight deadlift; 1500 meet total @ 198


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    Fri (12/28)

    Speed Bench - Monster Minis
    (1x5) 135
    (8x3) 155

    Dips
    (1x8)
    (1x8) 25
    (1x8) 45


    Horseshoes - 1.25" suede
    St. Croix Forge Regular Plain #000 - 160 degrees


    I made my attempt at the RP000 cert today (2012 goal). I took it to about 160, which was obviously short, but still a decent PR with this shoe. I gave an all-out 100% on my attempt. For a second, I though I had a chance, but ran out of steam when I was getting to the crush. And at that point, technique was breaking down, pain setting in more-and-more, and the shoe was just digging into the leg going nowhere.
    (SQ) 550 (BP) 425 (DL) 550
    5'9" 195lbs.

    2014 Goals: 365 raw bench; Triple bodyweight deadlift; 1500 meet total @ 198


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    Sat (12/29)

    Deadlifts
    (1x5) 135
    (1x3) 225
    (1x2) 315
    (1x1) 405
    (1x1) 475 - add suit (straps down)
    (1x1) 550



    I finally got 550 on the deadlift today! This has been one of my goals dating back to late 2010. And I've been stuck between 520-535 since then. Another big goal of mine is a triple bodyweight deadlift, and this puts me 30lbs. away.

    The heaviest prior attempt was 545 a few months ago, which I got about halfway up and lost it. I started to lose it on the left side but was able to hang on. If I had a better grip on the left, I might have had a more smooth lockout.


    (SQ) 550 (BP) 425 (DL) 550
    5'9" 195lbs.

    2014 Goals: 365 raw bench; Triple bodyweight deadlift; 1500 meet total @ 198


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    Sun (12/30)

    Bench Press
    (1x8) 135
    (1x5) 185
    (1x3) 225
    (1x3) 245
    (1x4) 295
    (1x3) 365 - add shirt (3 board)
    (1x2) 385 - 3 board
    (1x1) 405 - 2 board
    (1x1) 415 - 2 board

    1-arm dumbbell F-press
    (2x5) 40
    (1x5) 30


    Grippers
    (2x3) #1
    (1x3) #1.5
    (1x3) #2
    (1x12) #1.5
    (SQ) 550 (BP) 425 (DL) 550
    5'9" 195lbs.

    2014 Goals: 365 raw bench; Triple bodyweight deadlift; 1500 meet total @ 198


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    Mon (12/31)

    DO - IMPs
    Yellow Nail
    1/4 x 6" Grade 8
    Red Nail

    Horseshoes - 1.25" suede
    SCF Regular Plain #000 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdBSs_Gyj1M

    Ironmind Hub
    (2x1) 50
    (1x0) 57.5 - few inches

    Plateau Buster Swings
    (1x15) 90
    (1x8) 180
    (1x8) 270

    Pullups
    (1x10)


    Today marked the end of a very long battle with a nasty little horseshoe: the St. Croix Forge Regular Plain #000! This had been my goal since early in the year and initially, I wasn't sure if it was even possible. My first attempt at this shoe got zero movement, caused damage to ribs on my left side, messed up my shoulder, and tore a chunk of skin from my knuckle. The progress was slow and painful, but it is over!
    (SQ) 550 (BP) 425 (DL) 550
    5'9" 195lbs.

    2014 Goals: 365 raw bench; Triple bodyweight deadlift; 1500 meet total @ 198


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    Thur (1/3)

    Speed Bench
    (8x3) 185

    Box Squats
    (2x2) 335
    (6x2) 355

    Dips
    (2x12)

    Horseshoes - 1.25" suede
    SCF Lite Rim #00
    (SQ) 550 (BP) 425 (DL) 550
    5'9" 195lbs.

    2014 Goals: 365 raw bench; Triple bodyweight deadlift; 1500 meet total @ 198


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    Sat (1/5)

    Squats
    (1x5) 135
    (1x3) 225
    (1x2) 315
    (1x2) 365
    (1x1) 455 - add briefs
    (1x1) 525

    Walk-outs
    565
    585
    (SQ) 550 (BP) 425 (DL) 550
    5'9" 195lbs.

    2014 Goals: 365 raw bench; Triple bodyweight deadlift; 1500 meet total @ 198


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    Bench Press
    (1x5) 135
    (1x5) 185
    (1x3) 225
    (1x5) 275
    (2x1) 345 - add Slingshot
    (1x1) 365

    Reverse Band Bench Press
    (1x1) 385
    (1x1) 405

    Dips
    (2x8) 45


    DO - IMPs
    Yellow Nail
    1/4 x 6" Grade 5
    5/16 x 7" O1 (485lbs.) - 25 degrees
    (SQ) 550 (BP) 425 (DL) 550
    5'9" 195lbs.

    2014 Goals: 365 raw bench; Triple bodyweight deadlift; 1500 meet total @ 198


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    Shrugs
    (1x10) 225
    (1x8) 315
    (1x8) 405

    Barbell Curls
    (1x10) 95
    (1x8) 115
    (1x5) 135

    Ironmind Hub
    (3x1) 50

    Pullups
    (2x5)

    Horseshoes - 1.25" suede
    SCF Lite Rim #00

    DU - IMPs
    Yellow Nail
    Blue Nail

    DU - BBW
    19/64 x 7" O1 (400lbs.) - 40 degrees
    (SQ) 550 (BP) 425 (DL) 550
    5'9" 195lbs.

    2014 Goals: 365 raw bench; Triple bodyweight deadlift; 1500 meet total @ 198


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    Wed (1/9)

    Box Squats
    (8x2) 365

    Speed Bench - Monster Minis
    (8x3) 135

    Dips
    (1x15)
    (2x5) 55
    (SQ) 550 (BP) 425 (DL) 550
    5'9" 195lbs.

    2014 Goals: 365 raw bench; Triple bodyweight deadlift; 1500 meet total @ 198


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    Fri (1/11)

    Deadlifts
    (2x5) 135
    (2x3) 225
    (2x2) 315
    (2x2) 405
    (1x1) 455 - loose suit, straps down
    (1x1) 500 - straps up
    (SQ) 550 (BP) 425 (DL) 550
    5'9" 195lbs.

    2014 Goals: 365 raw bench; Triple bodyweight deadlift; 1500 meet total @ 198


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    Squats
    (1x5) 135
    (1x3) 225
    (1x2) 315
    (1x1) 375
    (1x2) 425 - add briefs
    (1x1) 475
    (1x1) 495

    Ironmind Hub
    (1x1) 37.5
    (1x1) 55
    (1x0) 57.5
    (SQ) 550 (BP) 425 (DL) 550
    5'9" 195lbs.

    2014 Goals: 365 raw bench; Triple bodyweight deadlift; 1500 meet total @ 198


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    Bench Press
    (1x8) 135
    (1x5) 185
    (1x3) 225
    (1x3) 245
    (1x5) 300
    (1x3) 365 - add shirt/3 board
    (1x2) 405 - 2 board
    (1x1) 425 - 2 board

    Lat Pulldowns
    (1x15) 130
    (1x15) 150



    I tied a PR today on reps with 300 ... the last time I was able to do 300x5 raw was when I was 30 pounds heavier. The 405 to a 2-board felt great, so I decided to take a shot at 425, which was the most I have ever attempted on bench (any style). It was a quick, solid rep, and wasn't hard to touch at all. Having a good liftoff person in training has made a big difference, as I've been able to keep my set-up and get away from the rack arms, which I've had problems with in solo-training.
    (SQ) 550 (BP) 425 (DL) 550
    5'9" 195lbs.

    2014 Goals: 365 raw bench; Triple bodyweight deadlift; 1500 meet total @ 198


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    Shrugs
    (1x15) 135
    (1x8) 225
    (1x8) 315
    (1x8) 405
    (1x5) 475

    Ironmind Hub
    (1x3) 40
    (1x0) 57.5
    (1x1) 55

    Pullups
    (1x10)

    Horseshoes - 1.25" suede
    SCF Lite Rim #0

    DO - IMPs
    Yellow Nail
    Blue Nail
    1/4 x 6" Grade 5
    Red Nail
    (SQ) 550 (BP) 425 (DL) 550
    5'9" 195lbs.

    2014 Goals: 365 raw bench; Triple bodyweight deadlift; 1500 meet total @ 198


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