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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 3:19 pm 
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sleep is way off this week, but still pushin. i'm headed up to madison this weekend for easter festivities - super stoked because my family is making tofu stir fry instead of a traditional easter dinner because half of us don't eat meat any more. excellent.
forgot to write down my program before i went to the gym today so i hit it as close as i could remember.

squats
10x45lbs
5x85lbs
5x105lbs
5x125lbs
5x145lbs
4x165lbs
8x125lbs (ASSTOGRASS/SPEEDWORK)

bench press
8x45lbs
8x55lbs
8x65lbs
8x75lbs
6x85lbs
10x65lbs (speed work)

one-arm barbell row
5x55lbs
5x65lbs
5x80lbs
5x95lbs
5x105lbs

hammer curl
10x20lbs
2x10x25lbs (superset with...)
tricep pushdowns
3x10x80lbs

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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 3:30 pm 
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Super simple day today, hit a few big things and got a new 5RM on my conventional deads and then called it a day. Left some in the tank, that's for sure, but today felt really strong. Eating and sleeping are slowly getting back on track. Feeling pretty good and solid in general. I'm feeling really happy with my decision to up the volume on my pressing rather than sticking with the 5x5 - I can already feel myself getting stronger this way. Press has finally started to feel right, and I'm pretty ecstatic.

Squat
15x45lbs
5x95lbs
5x115lbs
5x145lbs
5x155lbs

Incline Bench
10x45lbs
10x55lbs
10x60lbs
10x65lbs
8x70lbs

Conventional Deadlift
5x135lbs
5x165lbs
5x195lbs
5x225lbs



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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 3:24 pm 
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I was having some issues with my feet cramping up after hitting the gym so I decided to start lifting without shoes. I had been wearing just Chucks, but they're old and probably less help than hurt at this point. Lifting in just socks has been a game changer, though - I haven't felt any foot pain since I switched. It's pretty excellent.
I've also been going thumbless for basically every barbell movement except for deads, which I think has made a big difference. Suicide grip on the bench feels infinitely better than a thumbed grip for me and I'm really glad I've made the switch. Bench is really starting to feel good, which is great because it's the first time bench has felt good in the entire 1.5-2yrs I've been at this. It's about time!

Squat
15x45lbs
5x85lbs
5x105lbs
5x130lbs
5x150lbs
5x170lbs

V-Bar Cable Row
5x70lbs
5x90lbs
5x110lbs
5x120lbs
5x130lbs

Bench Press
8x45lbs
8x55lbs
8x65lbs
8x70lbs
8x80lbs

SLDL
3x10x145lbs (superset with...)
Decline Crunch (practically vertical, really)
3x15

Hammer Curls
3x10x20lbs (superset with...)
Lateral Raise
3x10x15lbs

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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 3:54 pm 
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I've been feeling so strong lately. Scale's stalled again, back down around 130lbs but my lifts are going up so I'm not really complaining. I'll just continue to stuff my face.
New deadlift 5RM again this week - just smashin those lately. Incline press felt awesome today, too... Sessions have been great lately. Just fantastic.

Squat
10x45
5x85
5x105
5x130
5x130

Incline Press
10x45lbs
8x55lbs
8x65lbs
8x70lbs
8x75lbs
8x75lbs

Deadlift
5x135lbs
5x165lbs
5x195lbs
5x215lbs
5x235lbs***

Lateral Raise
3x10x15lbs (superset with...)
Hammer Curls
3x10x20lbs
10x15lbs
15x10lbs (apparently this is just how I like to end my sessions every time now haha)

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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 4:33 pm 
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Squat
10x45lbs
5x85lbs
5x115lbs
5x130lbs
5x150lbs
5x170lbs (superset with...)
Hip Thrust
3x10x135lbs
10x155lbs

Bench Press
10x45lbs
8x55lbs
8x65lbs
8x70lbs
8x75lbs
8x80lbs
8x80lbs (superset with...)
Cable Row
4x10x100lbs

Lateral Raise
3x10x15lbs (superset with...)
Flat Fly
3x10x15lbs

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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 6:12 pm 
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Nice work on the deadlifts up there! Looking strong! Your shoulders and traps really pop when you roll them back at the top of the lift. Hey, how about this weather... oh wait, nevermind it's cold again.

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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 11:28 pm 
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Nice, def progress. Keep pushin'.


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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 4:34 pm 
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esqinchi wrote:
Nice work on the deadlifts up there! Looking strong! Your shoulders and traps really pop when you roll them back at the top of the lift. Hey, how about this weather... oh wait, nevermind it's cold again.


Man, I rode to work today in freezing rain. Wearing my thermals. In the middle of May. This is ridiculous and we deserve such a nice spring/summer for putting up with this hellish never ending winter.


Squat
10x45lbs
5x85lbs
5x105lbs
5x130lbs
5x135lbs
5x145lbs

Deadlift
5x135lbs
5x175lbs
5x205lbs
3x225lbs

Leg Press
3x15x360lbs (superset with...)
Cable Row
3x10x106lbs

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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2014 2:15 pm 
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Ran into some serious meatheads at the gym yesterday that were hogging the squat rack. By which I mean, when I asked him how many sets he had left while he was doing squats, he told me just a couple but then informed me that he still had press and deadlift to do (mind you, the deadlift platforms were both open). Silly me, I thought the squat rack was for, I don't know, SQUATTING. Ergh. I hit leg press instead and my quads are killin today, though, so I didn't let it get me too far down. I just don't like havin to skip squats, I like to get em in every day.

Leg Press
4x10x360lbs (superset with...)
Lateral Raise
4x10x15lbs

Decline DB Press
4x10x30lbs (superset with...)
Hammer Curls
4x10x20lbs

Straight-Arm Pulldown
4x10x80lbs

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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2014 2:42 pm 
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My gym is full dumb asses doing curls in the squat rack, they do everything but squat in it. When they do squat it's generally a massively over loaded bar with some guy squatting a quarter of an inch and the rest of the minions standing around going awww!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 4:27 pm 
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Kora wrote:
My gym is full dumb asses doing curls in the squat rack, they do everything but squat in it. When they do squat it's generally a massively over loaded bar with some guy squatting a quarter of an inch and the rest of the minions standing around going awww!!!


Haha Kora unfortunately I think it's all too common! I don't mind if the meatheads want to stand around and pat each other on the back for shitty squats (feels wrong to even call what they do "squats," tbh), but when it's impeding my ability to get a good session in I tend to feel a little hot under the collar ;)

Got my squats today, though!! Stayed up in bodybuilding rep range and modified my normal session quite a bit... I burned my left hand pretty good cooking this weekend (that'll teach me to forget the pan cover was in the oven too... sheesh...) so I won't be deadlifting for a little while until the blisters are gone, I really don't wanna pop em. I used the hammer strength curl machine today too to try to take some stress off my fingers while still hitting biceps and it worked, although I'd very much rather be using free weights and I can't wait to get back to normal sessions. Oh well, letting it heal before hitting it hard will be a shorter wait than if I just went at it and ripped open the blisters, so I'll just have to exercise some patience and serious exercise modification for a bit :) I've been a little lax in the gym for the past month or so anyway, so I'll just relax through this healing process and come back at it harder than ever when I'm healed. The resting I've been doing has really helped with bulking - I'm back up to 139lbs and a little fluffy (not that I mind) but feeling solid and strong.

Squats
15x45lbs
10x135lbs
10x145lbs
3x10x150lbs

Incline Press
10x55lbs
4x10x65lbs

Straight Arm Pulldown
10x80lbs
4x10x90lbs

Hammer Strength Preacher Curls
10x50lbs
10x40lbs
10x35lbs
2x10x30lbs

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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 4:29 pm 
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Also, I've been pretty good about getting in my daily pull ups lately, hitting around 30-40 pull ups/chin ups every day and they're feeling really strong. I'd rather do pull ups than almost any other upper back/arm exercise and I like that I can do em at home and spread them through the day whenever I feel like it.

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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 11:06 am 
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BeansNBroccoli wrote:
Also, I've been pretty good about getting in my daily pull ups lately, hitting around 30-40 pull ups/chin ups every day and they're feeling really strong. I'd rather do pull ups than almost any other upper back/arm exercise and I like that I can do em at home and spread them through the day whenever I feel like it.


I keep the bar up on the doorframe and do some whenever I walk by!

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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 1:52 pm 
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Was supposed to rest today, got antsy and went in anyway. I'm tired of slackin at the gym. It's time to get back on track.

Front Squats
15x45lbs
10x85lbs
2x10x105lbs
10x115lbs
15x75lbs

Plate Front Raise
4x10x25lbs

Cable Curl
4x12x46lbs

Rope Tricep Pushdown
4x12x68lbs

Ab Crunch Machine
3x15x75lbs

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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
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The powerlifting gym is closed for the week because Northwestern has a week of summer break (helloooo trimesters), so I had to go to the more bodybuilding-focused gym. I expected it to be pretty empty with most of the students gone... but it was full. Of powerlifters. Apparently everyone else from my gym had the same idea as me and we just took over. It was good to see a bunch of my familiar faces at a less familiar gym. Took it a little easy on deadlifts today to make sure my hand would hold up, also I really don't like the plates that this gym has for deadlifts. Anyway, all went well and I'll be back deadliftin full force next week in my regular gym.
Also, I need to pick and stick with a new program again. Everytime I slip, I slip entirely out of my program, but not entirely out of the gym. Might go back and pickup Starr's 5x5 again, I liked that shit.

Snatch-Grip Deadlift
10x45lbs
6x115lbs
6x135lbs
3x6x155lbs

Alternating Hammer Preacher Curls
3x10x20lbs
15x15lbs (superset with...)
Lateral Raise
3x10x15lbs
15x12lbs

Close Press
10x45lbs
3x10x55lbs (superset with...)
Straight Arm Pushdowns
4x10x84lbs

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