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I’ve managed much better accumulation of volume this week, and not at the expense of intensity either. It definitely feels like things are on the upswing overall. Injury-wise, my left lat issue seems all but cleared up, which is a relief, but I do have a bit of right shoulder pain - kind of feels impinged during presses and kettlebell snatches. I’m also noticing some improved body composition, which may be partly due to increased volume but also tightening up my nutrition a bit.

 

So right now, I’m happy with everything I’m doing and not trying to fix anything - just looking to continue the current trend!

 

Breaking Muscle Shop

Weekly Volume And Noteworthy Lifts:

 

  • Volume: 52,966 Pounds (Last Week: 45,636 lbs)
  • Kettlebell Snatch: 53x50 continuous reps
  • 455 Deadlift
  • Hip Thrust 495x5, 545x3

 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 3:20 PM

 

Bodyweight: 197 lbs

 

Volume: 14,170 lbs

 

SQUAT

 

Set 1: 45 lbs × 5

Set 2: 95 lbs × 5

Set 3: 135 lbs × 3

Set 4: 185 lbs × 3

Set 5: 225 lbs × 2

Set 6: 275 lbs × 2

Set 7: 315 lbs × 2 (Video Below)

Set 8: 315 lbs × 2

 

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KETTLEBELL SNATCH

 

Set 1: 53 lbs × 50

 

BACK EXTENSION

 

Set 1: 130 lbs × 10

Set 2: 130 lbs × 10

Set 3: 130 lbs × 10

 

LEG EXTENSION

 

Set 1: 115 lbs × 10

Set 2: 115 lbs × 10

Set 3: 140 lbs × 10

 

Thursday, March 6, 2014, 5:10 PM

 

Bodyweight: 198 lbs

 

Volume: 11,805 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: 205 lbs × 2

Set 6: 215 lbs × 2

Set 7: 225 lbs × 2

Set 8: 185 lbs × 10

 

TACTICAL PULL-UP

 

Set 1: 200 lbs × 1

Set 2: 200 lbs × 2

Set 3: 200 lbs × 3

Set 4: 200 lbs × 4

Set 5: 200 lbs × 1

Set 6: 200 lbs × 2

Set 7: 200 lbs × 3

 

BICEP CURL

 

Set 1: 75 lbs × 8

Set 2: 75 lbs × 8

Set 3: 75 lbs × 8

 

HAMMER CURL

 

Set 1: 80 lbs × 8

Set 2: 80 lbs × 8

Set 3: 80 lbs × 8

 

Friday, March 7, 2014, 8:45 AM

 

Bodyweight: 197.2 lbs

 

Volume: 14,945 lbs

 

DEADLIFT

 

Set 1: 135 lbs × 3

Set 2: 135 lbs × 3

Set 3: 135 lbs × 3

Set 4: 225 lbs × 1

Set 5: 225 lbs × 2

Set 6: 315 lbs × 1

Set 7: 385 lbs × 1

Set 8: 455 lbs × 1 (Video Below)

 

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BARBELL HIP THRUST

 

Set 1: 315 lbs × 10

Set 2: 405 lbs × 8

Set 3: 495 lbs × 5

Set 4: 545 lbs × 3 (Video Below)

 

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LEG EXTENSION

 

Set 1: 140 lbs × 10

 

Saturday, March 8, 2014, 8:35 AM

 

Bodyweight: 197 lbs

 

Volume: 12,046 lbs

 

BENCH PRESS (DUMBBELL)

 

Set 1: 100 lbs × 10

Set 2: 130 lbs × 10

Set 3: 160 lbs × 10

Set 4: 200 lbs × 5

Set 5: 160 lbs × 10

 

TRX ROW

 

Set 1: 197 lbs × 6

Set 2: 197 lbs × 6

Set 3: 197 lbs × 6

 

PRONE ROPE PUSHUP/ROW

 

3 Lengths (Video Below)

 

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