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Well, my training volume has dropped for three weeks in a row, and not by design. Part of it is that after doing high-rep kettlebell work, I’m finding myself completely spent, and I end up blowing off additional posterior chain work, which accounts for a lot of volume.

 

Next week, and for coming weeks, I’ll be focusing conscientiously on bring this volume back up, regardless of how it happens. As the old saying goes, “The wider the base, the higher the peak.”

 

Breaking Muscle Shop

Weekly Volume And Noteworthy Lifts:

 

  • Volume: 24,510 lbs (Last Week: 38,322 lbs)
  • Deadlift: 315x10
  • Kettlebell Snatch: 53x40

 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 5:50 PM

 

Bodyweight: 197.6 lbs

 

Volume: 7,985 lbs

 

POWER CLEAN

 

Set 1: 65 lbs × 3

Set 2: 65 lbs × 3

Set 3: 95 lbs × 3

Set 4: 115 lbs × 3

Set 5: 135 lbs × 3

Set 6: 155 lbs × 1

Set 7: 175 lbs × 1

Set 8: 185 lbs × 1 (Video Below)

 

 

Notes: This was just for fun - hadn’t done a clean in over a year.

 

CAMBERED BAR SQUAT

 

Set 1: 65 lbs × 5

Set 2: 115 lbs × 5

Set 3: 155 lbs × 3

 

Notes: I experienced some strange pain in my left kneecap that I couldn’t shake off, so that ended my squat session early.

 

KETTLEBELL SNATCH

 

Set 1: 36 lbs × 50

 

1-HAND KETTLEBELL SWING

 

Set 1: 36 lbs × 80

 

Thursday, February 20, 2014, 5:50 PM

 

Bodyweight: 198 lbs

 

Volume: 2,165 lbs

 

BENCH PRESS

 

Set 1: 45 lbs × 5

Set 2: 95 lbs × 5

Set 3: 135 lbs × 5

Set 4: 185 lbs × 2

Set 5: 210 lbs × 2

 

Saturday, February 22, 2014, 5:55 PM

 

Bodyweight: 198.6 lbs

 

Volume: 14,360 lbs

 

DEADLIFT

 

Set 1: 135 lbs × 3

Set 2: 135 lbs × 3

Set 3: 135 lbs × 3

Set 4: 225 lbs × 2

Set 5: 225 lbs × 2

Set 6: 315 lbs × 1

Set 7: 400 lbs × 3

Set 8: 315 lbs × 10 (Video Below)

 

 

Notes: 400 felt terrible today, but I managed to get a fairly decent backoff set in afterward.

 

KETTLEBELL SNATCH

 

Set 1: 53 lbs × 40

 

BARBELL HIP THRUST

 

Set 1: 315 lbs × 10

Set 2: 385 lbs × 6

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