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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 1:28 pm 
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So far, this week has been awesome! I really didn't expect it. When I took time off from strength training and worked endurance for a month, I expected to lost a little of my strength gains, especially since I also was cutting. As of Monday, my bodyweight was down to 128. I'm back to gaining strength, even though I'm not taking in as many calories. (I think I'm doing it right!)

Bench Press Day

Bench Press:

1x5x45
1x5x65
1x5x85
1x3x90
3x12x65

J & Press:

3x12x45

Push-Ups:

1x12
1x10
1x8

Squat Day

Parallel Squats:

1x5x135
1x5x155
1x5x165

Oly Squats (A2G):

3x5x145

I'm taking my time with working on form and flexibility for these.

3 sets of Lunges with 35 pound plate held overhead

I have to say, I think the last four weeks of mixing it up and working on endurance really, really helped so far. I didn't feel nearly as winded as usual during this session. Awesome! We'll see what I can deadlift on Friday or Saturday!


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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2010 3:42 pm 
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Deadlift Day

I guess I didn't have time for much dilly-dallyign on Friday. The only thing I wrote down was deadlifting.

Deadlift:

1x5x135
1x5x165
1x5x185

Bench Day, Tuesday 8/24

Bench:

1x3x45
1x3x70
1x3x80
1x3x90
1x16x65
1x10x65
1x8x65
1x6x65

Bench with bands:

1x4x65
2x3x65

Push-Ups:

1x14
1x12
1x10

Assisted Chin-Ups, three sets

Two chin-ups, unassisted

Squat Day, 8/25/10

Parallel Squat:

1x3x45
1x3x135
1x3x150
1x5x165

A2G Squats:

3x5x155

Pistol Squats, first attempt ever

8 reps each leg, poorly executed, not even halfway down...How the heck do you balance on one leg while doing these? Haha, at least I got a good laugh out of it.

Lunges with 35 lb plate held overhead, three sets


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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2010 10:13 pm 
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Looking good with the workouts there, Adena! Keep it up!

And, for the record, pistol squats seem to be easier to balance the deeper you go, but once you get to the absolute bottom, it's no so fun getting back up! :) I suck at them, but I found that for the first few attempts, use the hand on the side you're squatting on to have a finger or two balance you on the descent. That's the only way I can get all the way down without falling over!

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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 9:22 am 
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what the f!

I never noticed in your log that you've been doing ass to grass squats, and today, during workout, I changed my assistance squats to as deep as I could go (not high bar like I think you're doing). You must be my evil twin!

And even funnier, last week when I was in London I was trying 1 legged squats.

Are you back on Wendler's now? It's hard to tell looking at someone's log because of the last set being to failure and warmups and stuff.

Keep working!

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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 9:48 am 
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VeganEssentials wrote:
Looking good with the workouts there, Adena! Keep it up!

And, for the record, pistol squats seem to be easier to balance the deeper you go, but once you get to the absolute bottom, it's no so fun getting back up! :) I suck at them, but I found that for the first few attempts, use the hand on the side you're squatting on to have a finger or two balance you on the descent. That's the only way I can get all the way down without falling over!



Hey, thanks for the tip man! I thought using a hand to balance would be "cheating," haha!


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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 9:51 am 
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chewybaws wrote:
what the f!

I never noticed in your log that you've been doing ass to grass squats, and today, during workout, I changed my assistance squats to as deep as I could go (not high bar like I think you're doing). You must be my evil twin!

And even funnier, last week when I was in London I was trying 1 legged squats.

Are you back on Wendler's now? It's hard to tell looking at someone's log because of the last set being to failure and warmups and stuff.

Keep working!


Yes...but which one of us is really the evil one? Mwa-ha-ha!

I'm doing the Jim Wendler's 5/3/1 again, but I'm leaving out overhead press for now...I think next month I'll switch and do overhead press instead of bench. I'm going to see if I see more gains by giving one of them a rest each month.


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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:00 am 
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Deadlift Day

Deadlift:

1x3x135
1x3x150
1x3x175
1x3x195

No chalk today, so that last set was a little tricky, but I made it.

Rack Pulls:

3x1x225

Good Mornings:

1x5x135
3x3x185

Farmer's Walks with two 45 lb plates in each hand

Plate Pinches with two 5 lb plates pinched between each hand for time


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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 1:31 pm 
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Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Bench Day

Bench Press:

1x5x80
1x3x90
1x0x100
1x2x95
1x17x65
1x12x65
1x11x65
1x9x65
1x10x65

Push-Ups:

1x12
1x10
1x9

It's been a crazy week...not enough to eat on bench day, no time to work in some cardio, too much stuff going on! My grandpa is in the hospital so I went to visit him one night, and then on another evening I met with the "invitation ladies" at my parents' house so I could pick out my invitations. We're never going to get it all done on time...


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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 6:40 pm 
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Log is looking solid as always, Adena! :)

Sorry to hear about your grandpa - hope he'll be feeling better soon.

Wedding planning - ugh. Hearing about it always reminds me why Courtney and I ran off to Jamaica for a ceremony on the beach that was done in 15 minutes. Going through all that stuff to plan for a big event would have driven me insane (or, at the least, crazier than I already am!) :)

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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 3:43 pm 
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Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Squat Day

Parallel Squat:

1x5x135
1x5x140
1x3x160
1x1x175

A2G Squats:

3x3x165

Lunges w/35 lb plate overhread:

3 sets

Deadlift Day

Deadlift:

1x5x135
1x5x160
1x3x185
1x3x205

Rack Pulls:

3x3x225

Good Mornings:

1x5x135
3x5x185

Farmer's Walks w/two 45 lb plates:

3 sets to failure

Plate pinches w/two 5 lb plates pinched between thumb and fingers:

3 sets to failure for each hand

This week is Deload Week, which just means I'm lifting 40%, 50%, and 60% of my 1RM, then attempting to do lots of cardio. I'm still deciding what to focus on next month. Do I want to switch it up again and work on overhead press and olympic lifts, or just keep working on my bench? I think I feel like I need to gain some momentum on bench for a few more months before switching it up again. Ok, the decision is made!


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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 1:22 pm 
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Bench Day

Bench Press:

1x5x45
1x5x70
1x5x80
1x4x90 :?
1x10x75
1x10x70
3x10x65

Bench with Bands:

3x5x65

Push-Ups:

1x14
1x10
1x7

Squat Day

Parallel Squat:

1x5x120
1x5x140
1x5x160

A2G Squats:

1x5x135
2x5x145

Leg Press:

1x20x220
1x16x260
1x16x280

I messed around with hip abductors and adductors for a little bit, then called it a day.


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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 12:13 pm 
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Well, my grandpa passed away on Saturday so this week has been rather hectic. And sad. So I didn't lift at all. I simply didn't have time. I managed to get a little cardio in, but that's about it.

I ended up firing the invitation ladies my mom hired. They canceled multiple meetings with us and were taking forever. Bought some pre-made blank invitations at a store and took them to a print shop. It's all on me now instead of wishy washy people I barely know who are unprofessional. Now it'll get done on time.

Still need to taste test that vegan wedding cake!


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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 4:01 pm 
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Ok, I'm back! Feeling a little weak, but I decided to do a "do-over" week since I skipped last week. So I am using the same weights as last time, and trying to slowly increase my calories back up to a normal level.

Bench Day

Bench Press:

1x5x45
1x5x70
1x5x80
1x4x90

5x10x65

Found some small chains and decided to goof around with those. So I did something along the lines of:

3x5x65 with chains

Push-Ups:

1x16
1x12
1x10

Yesterday I did HIIT and did 14 sprints instead of my usual 10. Go me! Feeling much more energetic this week.


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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Sat Oct 02, 2010 7:44 pm 
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sorry to hear about your loss and your wedding drama.

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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Sun Oct 03, 2010 8:36 pm 
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@MaryStella, thanks. I'm getting back into the swing of things and the wedding is falling into place. If I can remember to bring my training notebook with me, I'll update this log!


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