I think its too soon to tell, its a nice change. I'll add the bands back in on my speed days next week. I'll see how my bench feels after a few weeks of bands with the 5 sets of 5. I hit a PR last heavy bench session, so it surely isn't hurting me.
Right on, man. Keep hittin' it hard and know that Westside is in your future! Then you won't have to worry about the commercial places, haha.
A lot of form work, lot of training, and a lot of eating ahead of me
I've kinda indicated to Lones what numbers would be most beneficial for him to have hit or be close to hitting by the time he gets to OSU
I've also discussed what Lones plans were with Lou.
Biggest thing Louie looks for is potential. He likes guys that are quiet, do what they are told and work very hard.
We've had tons of guys come through the gym that have lied about their numbers, don't like to work as hard as we do, or just would rather tell Greg Panora how to squat than actually squat. they do not last long.
So I decided after tomorrow's max effort lower session, I'm going to end my membership at the commercial gym. Lately I just can't stand them bothering me like they have been.
I plan on joining a gym called Dynabody, its about 15 miles away from my house. I went there today and talked to the woman working the desk, and looked around. The guy that started Dynabody is a former powerlifter, so there is no problem with me doing whatever I want there. She said I could sit my bag where I want, use bands, bring in whatever, do what I want.
Its 10 bucks a month cheaper than the gym I'm currently at, and the equipment will work great for me. It has 2 racks that have pins and safety pins on the outside, so I can take my stance I normally do. GHR, back attack, power press machine, the beefiest bench I've ever seen, platforms, heavy DB's, plenty of weight, etc. The stuff was designed by an ex-powerlifter, so its pretty stout.
The atmosphere is much better, classic rock was playing and its a dark place, with red neon around the ceiling, LOL. It is perfect. I talked to a guy who was on his way out with a barbell tattoo and huge, said he used to powerlift and is doing bench only now.
There are a few powerlifters that lift there, so maybe I'll make some new friends. Apparently a guy who I saw blow out a knee squatting 765 raw about 2 years ago trains there as well. I'll be sure and not take squat lessons from him, LOL
I'm hoping Vikki and Donna can make it over there to train with me. I'm just so freaking happy to get out of the awful situation of training at the gay commercial gym.
Here's to new beginnings I guess. Nothing is going to stop me from reaching my goals. This gym is just such a better atmosphere for me.
Good for you, bud! It's great that you've found a place that suits you better. Glad to hear that you found something you like.
ME Squat/DL...farewell session the commercial gym
Box squats against purples choked around DB and rack, ~10 inch box with big block of foam on top:
135 x 5
135 x 3
225 x 3
315 x 2
365 x 1
405 x 1
425 x 1 (got video of this one)
455 x 1
Rack pulls a bit below the knee, was pin 2 in the rack, quad minis:
135 x 3
225 x 1
275 x 1
315 x 1
315 x 1
Spread eagle situps:
BW x 10
+25 lb plate x 10
+45 lb plate x 10
1 plate x 10
2 plates x 15
2 plates x 15
Ended my membership at this gym. I had exchanged some words with a manager before I left, wasn't disrespectful but the fact that I was pissed, my size, and I was wearing a cut off Death t-shirt I think intimidated him a bit LOL.
So glad to be out of there.
Should have seen me carrying in my foam block on my shoulder.
I was pretty much shot by the time I got to the rack pulls, but I got video of the 425 with purples and one of the 315 rack pulls. The rack pulls weren't too pretty, but I think the squat was pretty good.
I was happy with that for sure, I should be good for 500 in just briefs. If I had some decent knee wraps and put my suit on, I think I could squat ~650 right now, which is my goal by the end of this year.
Things are going pretty good
Sounds like a good farewell session. Did you yell a bit too?
Andy said I could get membership at Dynabody too even if they won't let out of my contract. I think I'll see what their month to month cost would or maybe a 3 month contract.
Let me know where ME bench is on Saturday.
RAW/165's/ 365-215-360-940 ttl -Elite
Single Ply/ 165's / 450-325-380 - 1155 ttl -Pro
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You want science and studies? **** you. I've got scars and blood and vomit. - Jim Wendler
I'm signing up tomorrow, I'll see what I can find out for you...They might let you do a year long contract and back out of it if you move, who knows
Donna is going to call Dynabody today, she said she'd probably join
I'd like to do max effort bench at dynabody, we could do it at Next level if we had to though. I'd like to get back in my shirt. Next level is just so damn awkward haha
And yes, after I signed the papers to cancel the membership I picked up all my stuff and spoke to a manager for a minute or so, LOL
Sounds like the new gym was a good decision. It sucks having to deal with idiots at commercial gyms.
PRs: 655/525/645 = 1825 Total
Meet PRs: Bench Only 525
Deadlifts bring people together. It's a fact. - Chris Rodgers
The employee sat there for at least 20 minutes trying to find my name in the computer, and couldn't get in for some reason, I just sat there shaking LOL
I'm sure the caffeine didn't help either
I'll be sure and get some pics of the new gym, I'm hoping to be able to bench heavy there Saturday.