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BIG lifts this week, including a 265 bench, an easy 360 squat, a 495 pull (done at 202.4 bodyweight), and a set of 20 on chins. These lifts establish that my strength levels have not appreciably declined during my weight loss. Also, I’ve experienced no shoulder pain whatsoever this week (I’m still on Ibuprofen as a precaution but I’m slowly tapering off of by 200mg/week).

 

Monday, March 4, 2013, 10:40 AM

 

Bodyweight: 202.6 lbs

 

BENCH PRESS

Set 1: 45 lbs × 5

Set 2: 45 lbs × 5

Set 3: 95 lbs × 5

Set 4: 95 lbs × 3

Set 5: 135 lbs × 1

Set 6: 185 lbs × 1

Set 7: 205 lbs × 1

Set 8: 225 lbs × 1

Set 9: 245 lbs × 1

Set 10: 255 lbs × 1

Set 11: 260 lbs × 1

Set 12: 265 lbs × 1

Set 13: 225 lbs × 1

 

Notes: The last set with 225 was performed with a 5-second pause.

 

CHIN UP

Set 1: 5 reps

Set 2: 8 reps

Set 3: 7 reps

Set 4: 6 reps

 

Notes: The last 3 sets were performed with a 25-pound plate.

 

EZ BAR CURL

Set 1: 65 lbs × 10

Set 2: 75 lbs × 8

Set 3: 85 lbs × 5

Set 4: 85 lbs × 5

Set 5: 65 lbs × 12

 

TRICEP PUSHDOWN

Set 1: 55 lbs × 10

Set 2: 65 lbs × 10

Set 3: 75 lbs × 10

 

Thursday, March 7, 2013, 10:40 AM

 

Bodyweight: 202.4 lbs

 

SQUAT

Set 1: 45 lbs × 5

Set 2: 45 lbs × 5

Set 3: 95 lbs × 5

Set 4: 135 lbs × 3

Set 5: 185 lbs × 1

Set 6: 225 lbs × 1

Set 7: 275 lbs × 1

Set 8: 315 lbs × 1

Set 9: 360 lbs × 1 (Video Below)

 

 

DEADLIFT

Set 1: 225 lbs × 3

Set 2: 225 lbs × 3

Set 3: 225 lbs × 1

Set 4: 225 lbs × 1

Set 5: 315 lbs × 1

Set 6: 415 lbs × 1

Set 7: 495 lbs × 5 (Video Below)

 

 

Friday, March 8, 2013, 10:40 AM

 

Bodyweight: 200.4 lbs

 

BENCH PRESS (DUMBBELL)

Set 1: 120 lbs × 10

Set 2: 145 lbs × 10

Set 3: 160 lbs × 10

 

MILITARY PRESS

 

Set 1: 45 lbs × 10

Set 2: 65 lbs × 10

Set 3: 85 lbs × 10

 

Notes: I’ve decided to re-integrate presses into my training now that my shoulder has cooled off.

 

BICEP CURL (DUMBBELL)

Set 1: 80 lbs × 10

Set 2: 80 lbs × 10

Set 3: 80 lbs × 10

 

Monday, March 11, 2013, 10:40 AM

 

Bodyweight: 203.2 lbs

 

BENCH PRESS

Set 1: 45 lbs × 5

Set 2: 45 lbs × 5

Set 3: 95 lbs × 5

Set 4: 95 lbs × 5

Set 5: 135 lbs × 3

Set 6: 185 lbs × 1

Set 7: 205 lbs × 1

Set 8: 225 lbs × 1

Set 9: 245 lbs × 1

Set 10: 255 lbs × 1

Set 11: 235 lbs × 1

Set 12: 235 lbs × 1

 

Notes: Last 2 sets done with a 3-second pause.

 

CHIN UP

Set 1: 203.2 lbs × 16

 

 

EZ BAR CURL

Set 1: 65 lbs × 10

Set 2: 65 lbs × 10

Set 3: 65 lbs × 10

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