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 Post subject: Re: Ruhtroh's Training Journal!
PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 7:59 am 
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OHP is simply a tough lift man. It's not different from bench in just a shift from chest to more shoulders, you have to balance that weight from the floor, a lot of core strength and it's way more taxing.

One thing I've noticed is you can squat or deadlift heavy before heavy bench and it won't affect it really. But doing them before OHP just kills your core strength before you get started.

Haha lop-sided deadlifts. Better than curls :P

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 Post subject: Re: Ruhtroh's Training Journal!
PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 4:52 pm 
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chewybaws wrote:
OHP is simply a tough lift man. It's not different from bench in just a shift from chest to more shoulders, you have to balance that weight from the floor, a lot of core strength and it's way more taxing.

One thing I've noticed is you can squat or deadlift heavy before heavy bench and it won't affect it really. But doing them before OHP just kills your core strength before you get started.

Haha lop-sided deadlifts. Better than curls :P


Hey! Give me a break! I got some stretch marks from those curls! :o


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 Post subject: Re: Ruhtroh's Training Journal!
PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2010 9:43 pm 
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11/27/10

Leg press machine
Bench press: (5, 5, 5, 3, 2) 160
DL: (1x5) 305. TONS of reps at 225 and 135.

Quick workout today. :(
I've decided to deload the DL again because my form isn't the best. Will go back down to 225.


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 Post subject: Re: Ruhtroh's Training Journal!
PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 7:09 pm 
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11/29/10

Squats: (3x5) 185
OHP: (3x5) 85
DL: (1x5) 225, (1x3) 275 Deloaded :(
Pull-ups: 4, 2, 1 Ew
Prone bridges: (2x30) seconds +45 pounds

I'm back at school and can squat again. Call me a momma's boy, but I miss home already! It's nice to be one of the strongest people in the gym at home.


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 Post subject: Re: Ruhtroh's Training Journal!
PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 6:19 pm 
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12/1/10

Squats: (3x5) 190
BP: (3, 2, gave up) 160, reps at 135 AWFUL I went 5, 5, 5, 3, 2 last time I tried 160
BB rows: (3x5) 120 *PR*
Dips: 7, 6 unweighted

Bad workout. :x
I don't eat as well at school, nor am I as happy. Obviously this isn't good for my progress. My roommate drives me crazy. He is always in the room. Okay, now I'm mostly just whining, not proposing reasons why my lifts are suffering.


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 Post subject: Re: Ruhtroh's Training Journal!
PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 7:49 pm 
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Hang in there, room mates can be tough to deal with. Are you living in a dorm? What are the food options like there? Sorry if you've already mentioned that somewhere.

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 Post subject: Re: Ruhtroh's Training Journal!
PostPosted: Thu Dec 02, 2010 2:36 am 
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lobsteriffic wrote:
Hang in there, room mates can be tough to deal with. Are you living in a dorm? What are the food options like there? Sorry if you've already mentioned that somewhere.


Thanks for the concern. I'm doing fine... was just annoyed with my body after that bad workout.
Yes, I'm living in a dorm. I'm in a forced triple--a double converted into a triple. It's not bad, just not as nice as home haha :wink:
They always have vegan food here, so I shouldn't have complained. I need to make myself eat more, is all. I should get a rice cooker and always have quinoa cooked....


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 Post subject: Re: Ruhtroh's Training Journal!
PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 6:59 pm 
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12/4/10

Squats: (3x5) 195
OHP: (3x5) 85+ (microloaded with collars)
DL: (1x5) 225, (1x3) 275, single at 295
Chin-ups: 7 *PR*, 5, 3
Weighted prone bridges: +45 pounds for 45, 30 seconds

Not a bad workout! Finally!
OHP went up pretty well.
Chin-ups felt great today! Personal record of 7, even though I gained weight!


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 Post subject: Re: Ruhtroh's Training Journal!
PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 7:36 pm 
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12/6/10

Squats: (5, 5, 3) 200 *PR*
BP: (5, 5, 3, 2, 2) 160 NO! Time to deload.
BB rows: (3x5) 120
Dips: 8, 7, 6 *PR*
Reverse crunches: (3x12)

Uhhh... I'm getting porky. I weight 194 fully clothed, fed, hydrated. :shock:
I want to cut some weight off, but I'll keep going! BULK!


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 Post subject: Re: Ruhtroh's Training Journal!
PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 8:21 pm 
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Still looking great for progress as always, Rutroh!

Give lower-carb dieting a shot when it's time to cut some fat. I find that I can still maintain strength well on about 125-150g carbs/day (eating one larger carb-filled meal after training, rest of them on the low side of the spectrum), best type of diet I've done to drop fat without losing a ton of muscle or needing to kick in cardio multiple times per week.

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 Post subject: Re: Ruhtroh's Training Journal!
PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 8:24 pm 
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And, to follow up on the overhead stuff as Chewy noted, it's usually the slowest lifting to progress for most people, so don't sweat it too much. As I tend to tell people here often, if your overhead strict pressing stalls out, change it up to doing push presses, 1-arm DB presses with a bit of side lean when necessary, partial presses, etc. as those things tend to work well for breaking through strict pressing plateaus. When you get to where you're push pressing 10-20% above your strict press weights, it definitely builds more strength and confidence for when you go back to strict pressing. Which is why I'm about to change back to non-strict pressing soon, as I'm hitting a wall myself! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Ruhtroh's Training Journal!
PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 8:48 pm 
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Yay on the OHP!

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 Post subject: Re: Ruhtroh's Training Journal!
PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 12:14 am 
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Thanks for the words, both of you. Feeling better about OHP. I feel like my form has improved a bit.

I definitely eat too many carbs. It's an easy way to get calories around here. There are juices and vegan cookies (Alternative Baking Company... delicious).


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 Post subject: Re: Ruhtroh's Training Journal!
PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 11:05 pm 
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12/8/10

Squats: (5, 3, 2) 200 :x
OHP: (3x5) 90 :D
DL: (1x5) 235, (1x2) 275
Pull-ups: 5, 3, 2
Prone bridges: + 45 pounds: 50 seconds, 40 seconds


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 Post subject: Re: Ruhtroh's Training Journal!
PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 2010 7:20 pm 
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Drat! Another bad workout. :(

Squats: (2, 2) 200 Awful awful awful awful
BP: (5, 3) 160; (7, 6) 135
Inverted rows: (3x5) 125 *PR*
Dips: 8, 6, 5

Been stressed from final projects and exams. Can't wait to go home! 5 nights, and then I'm back in business!


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