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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 10:31 am 
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so jealous of your awesome sounding garden!!

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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 11:36 am 
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Cool news about the garden, looking forward to reading about that!

Nice pulling. What's your current 1RM?

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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 12:45 pm 
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nice job on the deads. really really nice on the dips too!

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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 4:19 pm 
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Chewy, I estimated my 1RM as 255 this month, even though I was worried it was a little high. Might not be, though. I rack pulled 255 without much of a problem. I'm not totally sure what my actual 1RM is currently, though. Bodyweight is still 146.

MaryStella, thanks! I thought my dips were kinda wimpy, actually!

Lobster, maybe you can have a garden, too. Did you end up relocating to California yet? Also, if you're in an apartment right now, container gardening is the way to go. There's nothing wrong with starting with a window sill full of herbs, and learning from that.


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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2011 3:20 pm 
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I've been in California since Oct - definitely loved my snow-less winter. :) We have a couple herbs in a window box. I'd like to get some tomatoes going or something in a container on our balcony, but it doesn't get much sun so I'm worried that would be a giant flop. I should do some reading and figure out what would do best. We get some early morning light but that's about it. Which is nice if you want to sit outside in the cool shade, not so nice for growing things.

And everyone is right, your numbers are super impressive!

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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2011 4:18 pm 
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Aww, gee, thanks! Some tomato varieties do well in partial shade, actually. May as well try it, a packet of seeds is pretty cheap! We get ours from High Mowing Organic Seed Company. Also got some stuff from Raintree Nursery so we didn't have to start everything from seed this year. They have a catalog with some detail regarding growing conditions you need for different varieties.

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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2011 5:41 pm 
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thanks! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 1:18 pm 
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Looking crazy strong Adena!! Really impressive.


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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 2:11 pm 
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Thanks goob! I've just finished my Deload Week where um.....I didn't even go to the gym. I just helped my husband with the garden all week and spent a nice Mother's Day with his mother and mine. The garden looks pretty good, now. My husband just fertilized it with his extra special secret fertilizer.

Anyway, I'll be heading to the gym tonight to start a new four week cycle! Overhead press, here I come!


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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2011 10:18 am 
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Kinda funny nobody asked about my husband's secret fertilizer. He peed in a bucket and diluted it with water. Not as gross as you might have been thinking. Maybe. What's funny is everything shot way up in the week following the application of said fertilizer. He's pretty proud of himself.

Aaaaaanyway, here's what I accomplished last week:

Overhead Press Day

Bodyweight: 144

Assumed 1RM: 75

Military Press:

1x5x50
1x5x55
1x6x65

Push Press:

3x5x70

Good Morning:

1x12x105
2x12x115

Farmer's Walks:

3x90

Plate Pinches:

3 sets each hand, to failure

Squat Day

Assumed 1RM: 205

Foam rolling for about ten minutes

Parallel Squat:

1x5x45
1x5x135
1x5x155
1x7x175

Oly Squat:

3x5x135

BOR:

1x12x95
1x10x95
1x8x95

Push-Ups:

1x16
1x12
1x8

Foam rolling for about ten more minutes

Bench Day

Bench Press:

1x5x45
1x5x80
1x5x90
1x7x100

Light Parallel Squats:

3x12x105

Lunges with 45 lb plate held overhead

4x12 steps

Foam rolling for about ten minutes

Deadlift Day

Deadlift:

Assumed 1RM: 260

1x5x135
1x5x170
1x5x195
1x5x220

Rack Pulls:

3x1x255

Dips:

2x8
1x6

Chin-Ups:

3 sets of about 1 1/2 chins (wanted to see what I could do without assistance....kind of pathetic, actually.)


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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2011 11:12 am 
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Adena wrote:
Kinda funny nobody asked about my husband's secret fertilizer. He peed in a bucket and diluted it with water. Not as gross as you might have been thinking. Maybe. What's funny is everything shot way up in the week following the application of said fertilizer. He's pretty proud of himself.


He has magic urine evidently!

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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2011 10:05 am 
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Overhead Press Day

Foam rolling for about ten minutes, then...

SOHP:

1x3x55
1x3x60
1x4x70

Push Press:

3x3x75

Farmer's Walks:

3x90lb in each hand

Plate Pinches with two 5lb plates:

3 sets to failure, each hand

Good Mornings:

3x12x115

Squat Day

Foam rolling for about ten minutes

Parallel Squat:

1x3x45
1x3x145
1x3x165
1x3x185

A2G Squats:

1x5x155
2x4x155

BOR:

1x12x95
1x9x95
1x6x95

Push-Ups:

1x20
1x16
1x10

Tricep Extensions:

2x12x30
1x8x30

Foam rolling for about ten minutes

Bench Day

Foam rolling for about ten minutes

Bench Press:

1x3x45
1x3x85
1x3x95
1x4x110

I'm very happy my bench is finally starting to show some miniscule progress! Yeah!

Light Parallel Squats:

3x12x115

Lunges with 45 lb plate held overhead:

3 sets, about 12 steps

Foam rolling for about ten minutes

So for some reason, the last week or two has been kicking my butt. I'm not exactly sure why. I felt like my knee was a bit sore in a bad way after my heavy bench/light leg assistance day, so I skipped my deadlift day on Saturday. It was hurting me to walk up and down the stairs, but by the middle of the day on Sunday it felt completely fine. I think I'll start up where I left off tonight, and do only three days of lifting this week, or maybe just lift every other day until I complete this cycle, just to give myself a little more recovery time. If you can't tell, I've been trying to be a little more diligent about foam rolling, which should help recovery. I'm wondering if doing the light assistance on a different day is too much for me, or if I'm just not used to it yet. I'll keep doing it for a little longer, because I think it's a little early to tell.

In other news, our garden seems to be doing well. Our compost still does not smell at all, and the strawberry plants are blossoming. We're having lots of fun watching veggies and berry bushes take off, and have hardly had to weed. Or water. It's been pretty rainy this spring. We did set up a rain barrel to take advantage of it. It's hooked up to our drainpipe, so it fills up in about one or two rain showers. Yay for watering our garden for free!


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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2011 10:10 am 
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those lunges with the plate overhead are an asskicker!! Great numbers you got going on here! My knee has been bothering me too lately. The steps are worst! Hope you heal up soon!!

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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2011 12:07 pm 
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Yeah, I felt fine in less than 48 hours so I figured I didn't do anything too serious to my knee. I think you're probably right that it's the lunges, I tend to wobble around and have terrible balance while doing them for some reason, but my squat form is really good so I don't think that would have done anything to it. I've been trying to just slow down when I do lunges so I don't lose my balance but it's still not helping.

I didn't lift that much yet this week, but I'll post what I did a little later.


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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 2:21 pm 
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OK! Back to business. I decided to redo the last cycle's weights since I missed part of it.

Overhead Press Day

SOHP:

1x5x45
1x5x50
1x5x55
1x5x65

Push Press:

3x3x75

Overhead Shrugs:

1x8x65
2x10x65

Dips:

1x10
1x8
1x5

Assisted Chin-Ups (36 pounds assistance):

1x10
1x6
1x5

That's it! Squat Day tonight!


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