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March 4, 2013

Deadlift and Squat



135x5, 185x5, 225x5, 275x3, 315x3, 365x3, 380x2


I'll be doing one set of speed triples I think. This with the smolov squats killed me. I don't want to cut deadlifts out completely because they're on of my favourite lifts.


barx8, 135x6, 185x5, 225x4, 245x9x4

Bent Over rows



Solid workout. Its the following day and my legs feel pretty heavy. I'm still excited to get to the gym tomorrow and hit the squats again with some bench.

My appetite has definitely shot up. I'm finding myself eating 2 dinners, instead of one large one. I ended up having to make a pasta dinner at 9 PM because I was starving, after a stirfry. Nuts, but awesome.

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Bench and Squat

March 6, 2013


barx12, 95x10, 135x10, 155x10, 170x10,170x8

Close grip bench

135x10, 155x8, 155x8

Incline bench

barx12, 95x10, 145x8, 145x7

Made the mistake of entering a 245 calculated max instead of the 235. Should have hit all of those for ten.



barx10, 95x10, 135x8, 185x8, 225x8, 255x5x7 (five sets of 7)


Up and down plank 50

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March 8, 2013


barx10, 95x8, 135x6, 185x5, 225x5, 270x7x5 (seven sets of five)


Ab work


Smolov is killing me, and I'm grinding through some of the lifts. I'm surprised I didn't pop a blood vessel today on the last set. Really happy with myself that I didn't hit a failure on any of them. All to parallel or a little below, form stayed fairly strong, a few mix ups but I know how to correct. Mainly leaning too far forward.

Overall a solid workout, hitting some heavy triples tomorrow for 10 sets. Should be interesting

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March 11, 2013

Deadlift and Squat day


135x8, 225x6, 275x6,315x5, 365x3, 405x2




barx12, 95x8, 135x9, 185x9, 225x9,

255x9x4 (Four sets of 9)


Weighed in at 188 today. Midway through the day. 5 pounds from creatine and we'll see what the rest is. I'll be competing in the 181 class come May or June.

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Halfway through Smolov, quads are gaining size. Feeling pretty good about where I'm sitting right now. I've made the decision with a lot of thought that within the next 5 years I'd like to compete in a strongman, on top of continuing powerlifting.

Two potential meets in the Summer. End of May and Mid June. Hopefully I'll be around to hit both of them.

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March 14, 2013

Quick Bench and Shoulder workout



barx10, 95x10, 135x12, 185x8, 185x7, 185x6



barx12, 95x10, 115x8, 135x6



225x20, 275x15, 315x10


DB Bench

50sx12, 55sx12, 60sx8, 65sx5



bunch of medicine ball work.


I didn't feel like I worked my chest enough yesterday. I woke up this morning wanting to hit some heavy DB stuff and work my shoulders. So I went for it. Felt good and tight.

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March 15, 2013


barx10, 95x5, 135x5, 185x5, 225x5, 275x5, 290x5x7 (7 sets of 5)


A few of my last reps of the last sets came out more like good mornings. Worked on getting in the hole and driving up. Luckily had my friend to help me on my last set. Verbal support is always awesome.


Going for 305 for ten sets of triples tomorrow morning. I'm stoked.

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Friday and Saturday are the only days I squat two days in a row. The first week wasn't too bad, my legs are pretty much accustomed to the volume smolov comes with. From the results I've heard about from other lifters on the routine, its realistic for me to hit a 350 at least at the end of intro (3 weeks). 305 used to be my old double, ten sets of it at a triple is going to push me, but I'm excited to get going to a 405 squat. That's my goal.

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March 17, 2013

Squats and light bench



barx12, 95x10, 135x10, 145x10x2



barx10, 135x5, 185x5, 225x5, 275x3, 295x3,


305x2 (Failed on my last rep. I took my inhale came down too fast, not in control. Bar hit the rack, and I knew I was done. Coming back from a failed set is something a lot of people I have seen avoid. They throw on later weight or stop completely)


I don't quit. I stayed until the gym shut down and ended up finishing strong with 305x3x9. Missed one set, but I rode two and from on my bike which felt great.

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March 19, 2013

Squat and Deadlift



135x5, 185x5, 225x5, 275x5, 315x5, 365x3, 405x3, 435x2

355x3x6(6 sets of triples with 90 seconds rest in between)



barx10, 95x10, 135x9, 185x9, 225x9, 245x9, 265x9x4 (4 sets of 9)

Fuelled by a fucking idiot calling people faggots and stuff gay. No tolerance for ignorance.


265 felt light for 9. That 405 triple could have been for 5, if more but only a double was called for and I had a lot of work to get through.

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Hell yeah, that's fueled me up for my squat & DL session tonight! Not sure why more people don't train them together ~ makes sense for a PL'er to do it as that's what you have to do on meet day. Might as well get the body used to it I say.


What's with the gay stuff, something on the internet or some loser in the gym running his mouth?

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March 27. 2013


barx20, 95x10, 135x10, 155x10, 165x10, 185x8, 185x8

Close grip

165x8, 165x8


barx20, 95x10, 135x8, 155x3, 135x10

Different incline bench with more of an angle, gave my shoulders a really hard work instead of my chest.


DB bench

50sx10, 60sx5 burnout

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