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Another solid week in the books, including a 455lb pull on a very thick/stiff bar. This should be equivalent to about 500lbs on a normal bar. My bench press is also coming along nicely. Things still seem to be on track!

 

Monday, August 26, 2013, 2:15 AM

 

Breaking Muscle Shop

Bodyweight: 199 lbs

 

HIGH BAR SQUAT

 

Set 1: 45 lbs × 5

Set 2: 45 lbs × 5

Set 3: 135 lbs × 3

Set 4: 225 lbs × 2

Set 5: 225 lbs × 2

Set 6: 225 lbs × 2

Set 7: 225 lbs × 2

Set 8: 225 lbs × 2

 

Notes: This was intended as a speed day for squats and as a way to conserve energy for lower body assistance work that I’ve been neglecting lately. On the last two sets I paused about 5 seconds on the bottom of each rep before driving back up.

 

BACK EXTENSIONS

 

Set 1: 130 lbs × 8

Set 2: 130 lbs × 8 (Video Below)

 

 

Notes: Very easy.

 

BARBELL HIP THRUST

 

Set 1: 315 lbs × 5

Set 2: 405 lbs × 5

Set 3: 500 lbs × 4 (Video Below)

 

Notes: I haven’t done these in a while and I’ve lost some strength along the way.

 

 

LEG EXTENSION

 

Set 1: 135 lbs × 8

Set 2: 135 lbs × 8

 

STANDING CALF RAISE (MACHINE)

 

Set 1: 180 lbs × 8

Set 2: 180 lbs × 8

 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 2:15 AM

 

Bodyweight: 199.2 lbs

 

BENCH PRESS

 

Set 1: 117.8 lbs × 10

Set 2: 142.5 lbs × 8

Set 3: 170 lbs × 5

Set 4: 195 lbs × 5

Set 5: 207.5 lbs × 5

Set 6: 207.5 lbs × 5

Set 7: 207.5 lbs × 5

Set 8: 195 lbs × 5

Set 9: 170 lbs × 8

Set 10: 142.5 lbs × 12

 

EZ BAR CURL

 

Set 1: 90 lbs × 8

Set 2: 90 lbs × 8

 

TRICEP PUSHDOWN

 

Set 1: 95 lbs × 6

Set 2: 95 lbs × 6

 

Friday, August 30, 2013, 1:15 PM

 

Bodyweight: 198.8 lbs

 

POWER CLEAN

 

Set 1: 95 lbs × 3

Set 2: 95 lbs × 3

Set 3: 95 lbs × 3

Set 4: 135 lbs × 1

Set 5: 185 lbs × 1

Set 6: 205 lbs × 1

 

Notes: These were just for fun, and used as a dynamic warmup for deadlifts. 205lbs was not my absolute max but it felt heavy enough for today.

 

DEADLIFT (Thick/Stiff Bar)

 

Set 1: 245 lbs × 3

Set 2: 245 lbs × 3

Set 3: 335 lbs × 1

Set 4: 405 lbs × 1

Set 5: 455 lbs × 1 (Video Below)

 

 

45-DEGREE BACK EXTENSION

 

Set 1: 130 lbs × 8

Set 2: 130 lbs × 8

Set 3: 130 lbs × 8

 

BARBELL HIP THRUST

 

Set 1: 425 lbs × 7

 

LEG EXTENSION

 

Set 1: 135 lbs × 8

Set 2: 135 lbs × 8

 

STANDING CALF RAISE (MACHINE)

 

Set 1: 180 lbs × 10

Set 2: 180 lbs × 10

 

Sunday, September 1, 2013, 2:15 AM

 

Bodyweight: 199.4 lbs

 

BENCH PRESS

 

Set 1: 117.5 lbs × 10

Set 2: 142.5 lbs × 8

Set 3: 170 lbs × 6

Set 4: 182.5 lbs × 5

Set 5: 195 lbs × 5

Set 6: 195 lbs × 5

 

CHINS

 

Set 1: 199.4 lbs × 8

Set 2: 199.4 lbs × 8

Set 3: 199.4 lbs × 8

 

TRICEP EXTENSION

 

Set 1: 60 lbs × 12

Set 2: 60 lbs × 12

Set 3: 60 lbs × 12

 

BICEP CURL

 

Set 1: 70 lbs × 12

Set 2: 70 lbs × 12

Set 3: 70 lbs × 12

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