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    TeamArmenia's quest for height

    Hey everyone,

    Well after many weeks of debating on starting my own journal and my housemate Bohizzle telling me to start one, I finally am. I'm new to wbb but I have been hearing about this for over a year now thanks to bohizzle so indirectly I have been watching the wbb forums. Just a little about myself before I get into details about my workout etc. I'm an ex Football player and ex Rugby player, I played football for 4 years in high school and rugby for 8 years. Experience wise I have played many club teams for football and rugby but mainly my achievements were though rugby. I was on team Ontario and McMaster university varsity menís rugby. I had to stop due to many concussions and also a torn rotator.

    I'm currently 21 turning 22 this year and I have been working out since grade 9. Just recently I have started to powerlift with my housemate and two other people on this forum (Sidior and Phildownunder). I am staying consistent with bohizzle 4 times a week at our university gym and progress has been going well. I'm 5'5 and currently on a cut, I weighed in at 225 during the last week of December and the last time I weighed myself I was 215. I'm roughly 20-22% body fat and trying to lean down to 10%. When I first started with Bohizzle in September this year when I decided to get serious with my lifting again I was doing basically 225 squats for reps but they were not parallel. I never deadlifted in my life and I found I was only deadlifting 135 pounds. My bench press due to my shoulder injury still sucks but I was repping at 175.

    My new totals as of last week for one rep max are:
    Dead lift: 385 x1
    Squat (below parallel): 375 x 1
    Bench (arched): 235 x 1

    My lifts have gone up significantly and hoping for a 500/260/525 possibly by the end of 2007. As I said before me and bohizzle are on a 4 day split and its staying consistent, I'm hoping to stay as consistent as I can in the coming weeks but we will see what happens with exams. I will post pictures when I can get my hands on a good digital camera.
    Anyways if you guys want to know more or details on whatever just post and Iíll reply whenever Iím free.

    There will be a workout tomorrow shooting for 325 deadlifts for high reps and possibly high weight rack lockouts ... still deciding if Iím going to do the rack lockouts.

    TeamArmenia (Joe) out...
    465/405/495 = 1365
    squat / bench / dead

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    see, no one replies!

    haha. you're too short for anyone to care

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    haha thanks phil
    465/405/495 = 1365
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    prediction for Joe's "high rep deadlifts" tomorrow - 6 reps. then u will lose count. I don't think we've gone over 5 reps in deads in the last 6 months lol

    Andrew
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    Today was back day with bohizzle
    Pre workout weigh in 214lbs ... two and a half weeks into my cut. Down from 225.

    Rack pulls from middle knee

    135 x 12
    225 x 12
    315 x 8
    365 x 6
    405 x 4
    455 x 2

    I wanted to try sumo deads because my conventional was not going well with form. I ended up getting cretiqued by a few guys in the gym along with bohizzle and my sumo form is 100% better than my conventional. My back stayed tight and no bending at all.

    135 x 10
    135 x 10
    225 x 8
    225 x 8
    225 x 6
    225 x 6

    Pull downs
    90 x 12
    120 x 12
    135 x 8
    150 x 6
    167.5 x 3 .. haggard on the last pull to make it 4

    Hammer strength high pull (I beleive thats the name of that mechine)
    1 pps x 12
    1.5 pps x 10
    2 pps x 5

    At this point i was totally pooped and yet when i got home i had to shovel our driveway ... my back is toast.

    Saturday possibility of shoulders and arms and grip work.
    Sunday legs day going for a decent squat reps at 315

    Today I voted against doing 325 high rep deadlifts because I wanted to try out sumo form and I love it. Sumo is the way to go for me I feel that it is much more suitable for my build.

    TeamArmenia out!
    465/405/495 = 1365
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    dude you are sooo hyooooog guyeeee!!!! I must learn your secrets!!!

    wait what's that? you are only 4'2"? oh nvm....







    gl with the journal man, Strong workout!
    PRs: 655/525/645 = 1825 Total
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    haha thanks dave, come up on sunday and do legs with us.
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    yeah ur form is definitely awesome with sumos... or as far as i know... maybe if dave or phil come up to train with us they can check out ur sumo form.

    Andrew
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    im not training on sunday, although saturday im down for something if you bitches are free
    PRs: 655/525/645 = 1825 Total
    Meet PRs: Bench Only 525

    Deadlifts bring people together. It's a fact. - Chris Rodgers

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    Nice workouts, welcome to the forums!

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    forget mac. momentum is where all the cool kids play on saturdays!

    yeah joe. i love sumo too. BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR HIPS! i miss mine.
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    just did a quick calculation here...

    sumo = small rom -> joe = midget

    so therefore, joe + sumo = midget rom
    "I eat everything, shekolate is my special diet - shekolate ice cream"
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    haha thanks phil, and dave i dont think there is much happening sunday but i'll be in ur neck of the woods arround 5 pm saturday.
    465/405/495 = 1365
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    Quote Originally Posted by TTT View Post
    Nice workouts, welcome to the forums!
    Thank you.
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    Alright just to start off, saturday there was a distraction and I was unable to do my alternate day (arms, shoulders etc)

    Sunday went well with the lifts on my cut, currently 214lbs from 225

    Squats
    bar x 12
    135 x 12
    225 x 8
    315 x 3 (failed on 4th due to knee)
    275 x 5
    275 x 5
    275 x 5
    275 x 5
    (moral of the story, dont bash ur knee into the wall)
    I felt kinda weak today because i didnt have a substantial lunch because i woke up at 2 and went to the gym at 4:30

    Front squats for form work only
    bar x 12
    bar x 12
    So far i'm starting to like front squats and will encorperate them into my workout. Bohizzle said that my form was good and i think i'll keep up with it and slowly work into them.

    Romanian deadlifts
    bar x 12
    135 x 12
    175 x 8
    225 x 5
    225 x 5
    225 x 5
    I tried to do more sumo stance because that way i can keep my back straight and tight so i dont hurt my self ... looks like i cant do anything with conventional haha

    Lunges
    60 lb dumbell
    4 x 60 for 10 steps

    Overall the workout was decent not up to par with my normal lifts of 315 for reps for squats, but I blame my self for not eating well this afternoon. My endurance is well from what i can see i am doing with the weights.

    Looking forward for tuesday for a big chest day

    Team Armenia out!
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    distraction? ha

    "Girls weaken legs!" - Micky (Rocky I,II)
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    on the set that he failed, I may have given the worst spot of all time... it was ugly.. luckily no one got hurt lol

    joe keep lifting consistantly and u might be one of the strongest midgets in the world soon enough.

    Andrew
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    haha striving to be the strongest 5'5 man in the world! ... you never know
    465/405/495 = 1365
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    Shorter guys tend to have a harder time with conventional deads (it's much easier to pull conventional if you've got long arms) so it's pretty common to see them turn to sumos. Check out some of KevinStarke's videos from this site; he pulls sumo too.

    Anyways, pretty solid numbers all around man. And keep working on the front squats. Once you start doing them consistently they'll become one of your fave exercises.

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    Weigh in at 215 start of workout
    Alright today was something new, i went early morning with my old high school buddy that goes to my university.

    I wanted to switch to DB flat bench rather BB bench for a while

    FB DB
    50 x 12
    70 x 8
    90 x 5
    100 x 2
    100 x 3 (haggard 4th assisted)
    100 x 4 (none assisted)
    110 fail ... i had it half way but failed out

    Seated DB soulder press
    50 x 10
    50 x 5
    50 x 5
    50 x 5
    50 x 5

    Now here is the fun part of this shoulders madness
    super set single arm db shoulder press with push press

    push press
    bar x 12
    135 x 5
    (started to super set after this with single arm after each set)
    115 x 5
    115 x 5
    115 x 5

    single arm db shoulder press
    50 x 5
    50 x 5
    50 x 5

    at this point i'm totally pooped and have no energy. So i worked on some clean form, looks ok but i still have a lot of work to do

    Looking forward for wed back day

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    how come push press weight is so low for u? were u tired or what?
    Do what needs to be done.

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    It was early morning for me and those FB DB's took a lot out of my system, plus my shoulder was being ******ed so i wanted to take it light today and just make sure i get the sets done and not just wimp out. Overall it was decent, my shoulder strength is a weakness as you know from prior injuries so i cant just jump back into huge weights was taking it nice and slow.
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    Nice squatting man, ****ty workouts seem to happen with that exercise. I know your shoulder has always bothered you so why stress overhead pressing so much?
    PRs: 655/525/645 = 1825 Total
    Meet PRs: Bench Only 525

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sidior View Post
    Nice squatting man, ****ty workouts seem to happen with that exercise. I know your shoulder has always bothered you so why stress overhead pressing so much?
    I wanted to see how it felt at that weight, i dont want to totally give up push press but its been over a year and a half now since the injury. Just trying to get it used to working at that intensity again. The whole workout it did not bother me so i knew it was ok, if i felt any discomfort i would have stopped immidiately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TeamArmenia View Post
    I wanted to see how it felt at that weight, i dont want to totally give up push press but its been over a year and a half now since the injury. Just trying to get it used to working at that intensity again. The whole workout it did not bother me so i knew it was ok, if i felt any discomfort i would have stopped immidiately.
    Alright joe, I think after 1.5 years though you should get it sorted out for good. Your squat and dead are flying and if your shoulder was great your bench would be rocking too. Just some things to think about. Plus you need it strong for any type of strongman stuff.

    Also dont msg me telling you to post in your journal when you dont post in mine ya bitch!!! lol
    PRs: 655/525/645 = 1825 Total
    Meet PRs: Bench Only 525

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