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Re: Sam's Strength Training Journal

#466 Postby VeganEssentials » Tue Jun 01, 2010 3:14 pm

Great work, and I'm definitely enjoying the Souls of Mischief you threw in there for the soundtrack :)
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Re: Sam's Strength Training Journal

#467 Postby sosso » Thu Jun 03, 2010 2:00 am

VeganEssentials wrote:Great work, and I'm definitely enjoying the Souls of Mischief you threw in there for the soundtrack :)


Thanks. It's one of my favourites :)

03/06

Squat
5 x 60 kg
5 x 95 kg
4 x 115 kg
2 x 3 x 132.5 kg
6 x 3 x 152.5 kg

Bench
5 x 60 kg
5 x 70 kg
5 x 5 x 80 kg

Dumbbell Bench
3 x 10 x 32.5 kg

Power Clean & Press (one clean each set)
2 x 5 x 50 kg

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Re: Sam's Strength Training Journal

#468 Postby sosso » Thu Jun 03, 2010 2:09 am

6th set of squats from today.


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Re: Sam's Strength Training Journal

#469 Postby sosso » Thu Jul 29, 2010 5:59 am

Still training, just haven't been logging it here. Here's a video of some push presses from the other day. 90 kg and a PB of 100 kg.


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Re: Sam's Strength Training Journal

#470 Postby VeganEssentials » Mon Aug 23, 2010 4:33 pm

Get back on posting to your log, Sam - I'm still waiting to hear about some new PRs! :)
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Re: Sam's Strength Training Journal

#471 Postby sosso » Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:14 am

Haha yeah I have been a bit slack over here lately. Still training as usual but I'm doing a push/pull/squat style split. I'm aiming for a new squat and maybe deadlift PR soon. That 100 kg push press in the video above was a PR!

Here's a few of my most recent sessions -

18/08

Power Cleans
2 x 5 x 60
3 x 3 x 80
2 x 3 x 90

Deadlift
5 x 60
4 x 100
3 x 130
3 x 150
9 x 180

20/08

Squat
2 x 5 x 60
4 x 100
3 x 130
2 x 150
4 x 170
3 x 180 - singles, all felt solid. I'll aim to do some singles with 190 next time.
10 x 100

22/08

Push Press
5 x 40
5 x 50
5 x 60
4 x 70
3 x 90
5 x 3 x 80

Seated Dumbbell Press - no back support
3 x 5 x 25's

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Re: Sam's Strength Training Journal

#472 Postby sosso » Thu Sep 16, 2010 12:44 am

I'm doing more Olympic lifting these days. Still need to learn to snatch properly.

Here's my log from today

16/09

Full Cleans
3 x 40
3 x 50
1 x 60
1 x 70
1 x 80
1 x 90
4 x 100

Push Press
3 x 40
3 x 60
4 x 3 x 85

Front Squat
3 x 80
2 x 100
1 x 115
1 x 120
1 x 130 PB - more in the bag. Will aim for 140 next time.

Here's a video of a 100 kg clean from last week -


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Re: Sam's Strength Training Journal

#473 Postby VeganEssentials » Thu Sep 16, 2010 12:50 am

And here I was expecting a power clean, and I get a full clean instead! :)

Great work - your technique is about 10x better than mine, even with years of me trying to figure out how to actually do cleans the right way (full or power, I'd take good form on either one!)
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Re: Sam's Strength Training Journal

#474 Postby sosso » Thu Sep 16, 2010 3:48 am

Thanks :) I've just started doing full cleans. I feel like I'm getting into a good rhythm. At first they were a big mental challenge.. just have to keep thinking "drop under, drop under!.."

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Re: Sam's Strength Training Journal

#475 Postby VeganEssentials » Thu Sep 16, 2010 8:58 pm

The last time I tried full cleans, I didn't get under properly and ended up dropping the bar onto my shins as I fell backward. Good thing it was only 135 lbs. loaded up, otherwise, that wouldn't have been too good. That was about 3 years ago, haven't had any urge to do them since! :)
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Re: Sam's Strength Training Journal

#476 Postby chewybaws » Fri Sep 17, 2010 4:54 am

Nice clean!

Nice single squats at 180kg as well - that's immense! 200kg ain't far away.

What's your deadlift max at?

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Re: Sam's Strength Training Journal

#477 Postby sosso » Fri Sep 17, 2010 5:10 am

VeganEssentials wrote:The last time I tried full cleans, I didn't get under properly and ended up dropping the bar onto my shins as I fell backward. Good thing it was only 135 lbs. loaded up, otherwise, that wouldn't have been too good. That was about 3 years ago, haven't had any urge to do them since! :)


I've done that with 90 kg once before. Fell back, bar hit my legs and I somehow hurt my thumb. Not a pleasant experience!

chewybaws wrote:Nice clean!

Nice single squats at 180kg as well - that's immense! 200kg ain't far away.

What's your deadlift max at?


Thanks. I'll be doing some squats tomorrow. :) Deadlift max is 210 kg. It's been a while since I've gone for any PB's, except for the front squat yesterday.

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Re: Sam's Strength Training Journal

#478 Postby vege » Fri Sep 17, 2010 6:23 am

I'm so envy :cry: how can you people be so good in squats? I'm OK in other exercises, but squats are my weakest side. I looked at the beginning of your journal and I saw you began squatting already with 60 - 70 kg. I started with 30, then upgraded at 40, and now I can do couple of sets of 10 reps with 50 kg with no extreme effort. But that is also such a light weight comparing to what I see people here and in my gym lift (and some of those people are not looking stronger than me). What is the problem with me? I'm especially pissed off cause I hurt my lower back today doing squats with 60 kg, which I succeeded doing last time I was in gym.
I'm posting this here, because you seem to have biggest success in gaining weight and strength, and doing squats, in this forum.
Have you got any suggestions or advices for me? Thanks!

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Re: Sam's Strength Training Journal

#479 Postby sosso » Fri Sep 17, 2010 6:39 am

I think the only advice I can give is to squat more often and slowly increase the weight. My best gains with squats came when I started squatting 3 times a week, just adding 2.5 kg each week, or whenever I could :)

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Re: Sam's Strength Training Journal

#480 Postby chewybaws » Fri Sep 17, 2010 7:12 am

sosso wrote:I think the only advice I can give is to squat more often and slowly increase the weight. My best gains with squats came when I started squatting 3 times a week, just adding 2.5 kg each week, or whenever I could :)
This is important! Don't do jumps bigger than 2.5kg so your body can get used to it. 5x5 is good to start with, gives your more attempts to adjust your form when you're starting out. My first 9 months or so were spent squatting 5x5 3x a week (except for groin injury - remember to stretch!), adding 2.5kg each time when successfully completing 5x5. It works. Start light because you could be adding 7.5kg a week.


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