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    Nice pulling and plan big guy. Let's see if you are better at sticking to your plan than I am at mine, lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bell View Post
    Stress does have a really large effect on your recovery. Cortisol levels are boosted and that really inhibits muscle recovery.

    Deal with it first. Then get strong. Trying to push harder when you're stressed out just burns out the candle at both ends.

    Just my 2 cents though. At the end of the day you'll know what's best I'm sure
    Thanks but this stress is going to be awhile to take care of and lifting is a positive thing in my life that helps relieve stress. Sort of a double edges sword
    I guess. I am working through it the best I can though. Thanks for the advice Travis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Rodgers View Post
    Nice pulling and plan big guy. Let's see if you are better at sticking to your plan than I am at mine, lol.
    LOL, i am already having second thoughts about meets. i might wait out doing a meet until Cell Block does another, and jump in on there band cycle for squatting. that'd give me more time in the shirt as well.

    i guess i haven't really posted it in here, but my main goal right now is to get stronger. in 1-2 years i plan on going to Ohio State after a small stint at a community college here. i want to fufill my dream of being part of the Westside crew, but i have to reach a certain strength level before i get there.

    i usually don't do too well NOT training for a meet, but the fact that i need to be at a certain level to train at Westside is enough fuel for my training for now. its whats on my mind every time i think about quitting, or not doing another heavy single, or missing a workout, or not stretching, or skipping a meal.

    we'll see. Vik and Donna, know this, i will still write out a cycle for you guys if i don't do the meet in Feb, and i will train along with you for it. i will be at the meet as well.
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    Lones, we'll discuss the meet. I've got some thoughts but I also like what you're thinkin here.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Donnajo View Post
    Thanks but this stress is going to be awhile to take care of and lifting is a positive thing in my life that helps relieve stress. Sort of a double edges sword
    I guess. I am working through it the best I can though. Thanks for the advice Travis.
    ah, I gottcha. Well in that case when you're going at your training for stress release, then its a good thing!
    LOL I get scientific about this stuff so sorry if I am boring, but exercise releases endorphins which make you feel good and help eliminate stress. Thats always a good thing.

    There have certainly been times when I think that if I had not been doing something physical, I'd have been much worse off. Hopefully your stress will work out sooner rather than later


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    Her's a pic of Vicki duct taping Lones' briefs on before he put his deadlift suit on. I have videos uploading and will have them on here soon.

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    Lones in his deadlift suit!

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    lones before suit is on


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    I may have to try this roll thing you and Vicki are doing to see if I like it. Not sure though.

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    Made that weight look easy up there lones. Gear is definitely looking hardcore.
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    holy crap, you really need to get in your own garage. I thought you were in a daycare or something!

    Deads look really solid though!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bell View Post
    holy crap, you really need to get in your own garage. I thought you were in a daycare or something!

    Deads look really solid though!
    That made me burst out laughing. So true! Yeah , the music just sucks in the commercial gyms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donnajo View Post
    That made me burst out laughing. So true! Yeah , the music just sucks in the commercial gyms.
    LOL!

    Nice lift, Lones.

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    Looking good man - you are becoming a beast in short order...

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    Nice pulling man, but I really think the lavender colored walls and lame music could be holding your deadlift back. How do you like that King Sumo? Does it give a nice pop off the floor?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big o Boy View Post
    Made that weight look easy up there lones. Gear is definitely looking hardcore.
    thanks. 515 should be much easier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bell View Post
    holy crap, you really need to get in your own garage. I thought you were in a daycare or something!

    Deads look really solid though!
    i told you it was rough training there. thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bdd814 View Post
    LOL!

    Nice lift, Lones.
    good to see you in here. thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Moore View Post
    Looking good man - you are becoming a beast in short order...
    means a lot coming from you, Ben. i made a sled tonight that looks like its straight out of 107 barbell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete22 View Post
    Nice pulling man, but I really think the lavender colored walls and lame music could be holding your deadlift back. How do you like that King Sumo? Does it give a nice pop off the floor?
    you are right. i do much better at Cell Block, which is in the basement of an insurance office with metallica blaring.

    i like the suit. it makes the weights feel like nothing coming off the floor. if i try and pull anything below 315 i fall backwards because i pull it so fast.
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    good news:

    my shirt came in today. i have not had a chance to put it on, i'll try it tomorrow. it got here very quickly. i'm excited to see how benching goes sunday.

    i also made a sled tonight at my buddy's house. i went to a junkyard and found an old rusty peice of steel for $6. cut it to size, and used a heat gun and a hammer to bend the front of it up, welded on a post for the plates, and welded a chain on the front for a strap. its very rusty and rugged, but its solid. the only thing i'm worried about is my awful welding job, LOL. i have never welded anything, thankfully my retnas are fine. if worst comes to worst and a weld gives i can always weld it again. i welded straight through one of the chain links, LOL. i'll pressure wash it tomorrow to try and get some of the rust off, and i will take some pictures.

    my friend also had 2 old plates he let me have, so thats one less thing i have to worry about.

    things are looking good...a box squat box is next...
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    You didn't wear a welding mask?!

    Good deal on the shirt.

    When breaking it in, start probably with either a 4 or 5brd given your range of motion. Do a couple sets of doubles. Nothing super crazy, maybe around 350-400. After a couple sets, go down to a 3brd and work with the same weight and hit some singles for a couple more sets. Really focus on pushing that belly up and touching as low as you are comfortable touching on the boards. Keep the elbows tucked really hard and you'll be alright. When you touch the boards, pause and then really explode hard. Hold on to the weight hard though because that shirt will really spring up


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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bell View Post
    You didn't wear a welding mask?!

    Good deal on the shirt.

    When breaking it in, start probably with either a 4 or 5brd given your range of motion. Do a couple sets of doubles. Nothing super crazy, maybe around 350-400. After a couple sets, go down to a 3brd and work with the same weight and hit some singles for a couple more sets. Really focus on pushing that belly up and touching as low as you are comfortable touching on the boards. Keep the elbows tucked really hard and you'll be alright. When you touch the boards, pause and then really explode hard. Hold on to the weight hard though because that shirt will really spring up
    i did wear a welding mask. i just kept having to take it on and off because the chain would keep moving on me, plus it was dark outside.

    probably not the smartest idea i've ever had, but my eyes and hands are okay, LOL.

    gotcha on breaking in the shirt. i will go 5 board for some doubles, and then a 3 board for singles. i will have a handoff man (in my case, its a woman) and side spotters.

    i will keep my assistance the same, but with the shirt should i go ahead and move my grip out to index fingers on the rings?
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    Nice save. I almost was gonna have to kick some ass for calling me a man.
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    my 107 barbell style sled



    works pretty well, i have to hit wal mart today to get groceries, so i will look for a longer dog leash...the one thats on there belongs to my dog, and its a bit short. works great as a sled strap though.
    Last edited by Lones Green; 11-08-2008 at 11:01 AM.
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    Sweet sled, man! And nice pulls the other day!

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