Monthly Archives: July 2012

Your spirit or your body

7/27/12

Squats

400×2

395×2

Bench Press

230×3

Deadlift

405×1

385x1x2

Well here’s the second barely productive intensity day two weeks in a row. I figured going for a triple at 400 would be conservative. Either I fucked myself over with reduced volume on Monday or I didn’t realize how bad the week layoff fucked me over. I dumped the third rep, tried for a triple at 395 but after the second rep realized I wouldn’t get a triple. Videos:

400×2

395×2

I’m going to drop my Intensity Day weight to the last successful set of 5 I did (385) and work back up. The layoff hasn’t affected my Bench at all and I’m continuing to make progress, but that’s just because my Bench isn’t very strong. I tried at triple at 405 on the deadlift but no go. My form still needs work. I’m STILL having trouble with lumbar extension. Training at Tom Campitelli’s gym next Saturday so hopefully he can help with that.

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Lacrosse ball to the…OH GOD IT HURTS

7/24/12

RDLs

235x5x3

Chin-ups

20x5x3

7/25/12

Squats

265x5x2

Press

145x5x3

My Squats have felt kind of off recently and I think it might be due to my calve mobility. I’ve added about 30 more minutes of walking to my day after moving to my new place and my calves have gotten really tight. The past couple nights I’ve been attacking my calves from every angle, tacking and stretching, etc. AKA rolling around on the floor in a great deal of physical pain and anguish.

If you’re interested in seeing a dude who Squats a lot like I do (i.e. Rippetoe style, low-bar, looking down), but lifts weights that actually would impress some small chinese girls, check out Mike Tuchscherer’s blog. And while you’re there watch him Squat 705 for a double with just a belt in a YMCA:

Hot Damn

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Ketchup

7/20/12

Squats

405×2

Press

170×1

7/23/12

Squats

350x5x3

Bench Press

200x5x5

So it’s been a while since I’ve updated. Last Friday I squatted 405 for two reps and dumped it on the third. It was weird. I hadn’t dumped a rep in a long time. I dumped the second rep of my last warmup. My lower back relaxed or something. Was pretty weird. Maybe just a bad day. I didn’t even Deadlift because I was weirded out. I tried to Press 175×3 but I couldn’t even press one rep so I dropped it by 5 and ground out the nastiest single.

I’ve purchased both of Justin Lascek’s Texas Method e-books. He recommends after doing a 5×5 for two months to drop the volume to a 3×5. So as an experiment I dropped today’s volume the thought being that maybe the volume’s been too high such that I haven’t been recovering and that’s why I couldn’t hit a triple last week. We’ll see. All I know is I’ll be pissed if I miss ID again.

* DARK KNIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD OH NO WOOOOOOOOOOOO******

I thought the movie was pretty damn good. I knew that Bane would break Batman’s back since I had read the Knightfall and beyond book when I was a kid. My stomach still dropped when it happened. I thought his recovery was a bit too miraculous though. I liked how they handled Selina Kyle and her idea as “cat woman”. Very subtle. Bane could have been bigger. Yeah Tom Hardy was big. I guess I’m stuck on how Bane was portrayed in the comics; super-strength from venom fed into his body. I do like that Hardy wasn’t super cut. He just looked strong and strength was what beat Batman. Anyway, definitely enjoyed the movie and would watch again.

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How low should I go?

7/11/12

Squats

260x5x2

Press

145x5x3

7/13/12

Squats

400×2

Bench Press

225×4

Deadlift

395×3

LMAO 2PLATE BENCH!!!!

Probably will still try for a 4 plate squat triple next week. Deadlift too.

In other news gonna try and play some racquetball with my lovely girlfriend today. Giants game tomorrow too. Should be a fun weekend.

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He-ate-us

6/28/12

Squats

400×3

Press

175×3

Deadlift

385×3

7/9/12

Squats

325×5

335x5x2

340×3

345×3

Bench Press

195x5x5

7/10/12

RDLs

225x5x3

Chinups

BWx5x3

Took an entire week off traveling home and back and then moving. Here are the videos from my last Intensity day:

Coming back on Monday was pretty rough. I was going to do an ascending 5×5 but accidentally increased the weight by 10. Was pretty fatigued at 340 so I only did a triple. Same for 345. Hopefully that will be enough volume for friday in which I intend to Squat 400 for a triple again.

Moved into our new apartment in Cole Valley with my lovely girlfriend. Had a lot of days of poor nutrition (lack of calories), hydration, protein, and mobility. Strangely enough my shoulders were extremely mobile on Monday. I guess Pressing is what gets them so tight. Essentially the entirety of our apartment comes from ikea.

If you were into Battlestar Galactica when it was on and were always curious what the deal was with Kobol and the gods (like I was) there’s a free ebook series written by a self-proclaimed “dork” which attempts to fill in the missing pieces. I’d have to say the fact that I’m reading these also makes me a dork but that really shouldn’t be news to anyone. Check it out if you’re interested: http://lordsofkobolbook.blogspot.com/2012/01/welcome.html

Also started reading the Star Trek novel series Destiny which is about the borg attempting to annihilate the Federation. Got through the first book. So far it’s good. Doesn’t make the dumb little mistakes some other Trek novels make. If you’re going to write Picard it damn well better sound like Picard.

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