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Very solid and gratifying week. Hit an easy 355lb low bar squat, a 475lb pull after a ton of squats, and lots of hard upper-body work. I’ve probably experienced more soreness this week than I have felt in quite some time.

 

Monday, July 22, 2013, 10:30 AM

 

Bodyweight: 198.2 lbs

 

I made what might be an important epiphany on my low bar squat today. My first attempt at wedging under the empty bar hurt like hell (on my right shoulder), so I decided I was going to need to switch to high bar squats today. However, for whatever reason, I tried another set and this time, I had almost no pain. I ultimately ended up hitting an easy 355lbs, in fact. So it seems as though it might just be a matter of letting my shoulder warm-up/stretch out a bit more than what I’m used to doing. Time will tell, but I’m feeling encouraged.

 

SQUAT

 

Set 1: 45 lbs × 5

Set 2: 45 lbs × 5

Set 3: 95 lbs × 3

Set 4: 135 lbs × 3

Set 5: 225 lbs × 1

Set 6: 275 lbs × 1

Set 7: 315 lbs × 1

Set 8: 355 lbs × 1 (Video Below)

 

 

1.5" DEFICIT DEADLIFT

 

Set 1: 225 lbs × 3

Set 2: 225 lbs × 3

Set 3: 315 lbs × 2

Set 4: 365 lbs × 2

Set 5: 405 lbs × 2 (Video Below)

 

Notes: Easy! Totally surprised me after struggling with 405lbs from the floor only a few days ago.

 

 

LEG EXTENSION

 

Set 1: 90 lbs × 10

Set 2: 115 lbs × 10

Set 3: 115 lbs × 10

 

STANDING CALF RAISE (MACHINE)

 

Set 1: 90 lbs × 10

Set 2: 180 lbs × 10

Set 3: 180 lbs × 10

 

BACK EXTENSIONS

 

Set 1: 95 lbs × 10

 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 10:30 AM

 

Bodyweight: 199.2 lbs

 

BENCH PRESS

 

Set 1: 112.5 lbs × 10

Set 2: 137.5 lbs × 8

Set 3: 162.5 lbs × 5

Set 4: 187.5 lbs × 5

Set 5: 200 lbs × 5

Set 6: 200 lbs × 5

Set 7: 200 lbs × 5

Set 8: 187.5 lbs × 5

Set 9: 162.5 lbs × 8

Set 10: 137.5 lbs × 12

 

CHINS

 

Set 1: 199.2 lbs × 10

Set 2: 199.2 lbs × 10

 

BICEP CURL (DUMBBELL)

 

Set 1: 80 lbs × 8

Set 2: 80 lbs × 8

Set 3: 80 lbs × 58

 

TRICEP EXTENSION

 

Set 1: 80 lbs × 6

Set 2: 80 lbs × 9

 

Friday, July 26, 2013, 10:30 AM

 

Bodyweight: 201.2 lbs

 

HIGH BAR SQUAT

 

Set 1: 45 lbs × 5

Set 2: 45 lbs × 5

Set 3: 95 lbs × 5

Set 4: 135 lbs × 3

Set 5: 135 lbs × 3

Set 6: 185 lbs × 3

Set 7: 225 lbs × 1

Set 8: 225 lbs × 1

Set 9: 275 lbs × 1

Set 10: 315 lbs × 2 (Video Below)

Set 11: 275 lbs × 7

 

 

DEADLIFT

 

Set 1: 315 lbs × 3

Set 2: 405 lbs × 3

Set 3: 475 lbs × 1 (Video Below)

 

 

LEG EXTENSION

 

Set 1: 115 lbs × 10

Set 2: 115 lbs × 10

Set 3: 115 lbs × 10

 

STANDING CALF RAISE (MACHINE)

 

Set 1: 180 lbs × 10

Set 2: 180 lbs × 10

Set 3: 180 lbs × 10

 

Sunday, July 28, 2013, 10:30 AM

 

Bodyweight: 200 lbs

 

BENCH PRESS

 

Set 1: 112.5 lbs × 10

Set 2: 137.5 lbs × 8

Set 3: 162.5 lbs × 6

Set 4: 175 lbs × 5

Set 5: 187.5 lbs × 5

Set 6: 187.5 lbs × 5

 

BENT OVER ROW (DUMBBELL)

 

Set 1: 95 lbs × 8

Set 2: 95 lbs × 8

Set 3: 95 lbs × 8

Set 4: 95 lbs × 8

 

EZ BAR CURL

 

Set 1: 85 lbs × 8

 

TRICEP PUSHDOWN

 

Set 1: 90 lbs × 8

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