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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 5:35 am 
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This is really cool, Matt. Great job.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 5:37 pm 
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Before I started doing Box Squats I could Back Squat 385 lbs for 3 sets of 3 on a good day. Today I got 3 sets of 3 at 405 lbs.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 5:47 pm 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 8:34 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2011 9:25 am 
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I was pretty disapointed with my deadlifts on Wednesday. I was expecting to pull 500 lbs with relative ease and finish out the year with two new PRs. Anyway, I guess squats took more out of me than I realized, even though 465 lbs looked and felt surprisingly easy.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2011 5:08 pm 
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Keep looking at the big picture, Matt. Look at your training overall! You're very strong, and you make steady progress.

I've thought a lot lately about a couple of things that may apply here. One is missed attempts. I tend to get really discouraged when I miss a top set rep. I walk away feeling like a failure, and feeling like the workout has been a waste of time. In fact all the lifts leading up to the attempt may have been really good reps, near my max, adding both strength and work capacity. But I don't usually see that. Of course, if I have a time-limited goal in mind, it's worse (like trying to get a certain weight before a certain date, etc.) Add to this people who say things like "never miss a rep" or "never train to failure" and I feel like that 1 missed rep is a bad thing, when in fact that attempt is exercise, and adds to your gains.

Related to that is the importance of finishing every exercise with some good, clean, excellent-form reps. I think that there is psychological benefit it that, as well as benefit in making sure that you do some good reps for better motor-pattern learning. So lately I've been trying to add in a sort of back-off set, especially if the top set has been a bit of a struggle. I take off enough weight so I can be sure that I can lift with really good form, and do a few reps.

That 500 isn't far away. For people lifting in the range you do, every 5 pounds is a big victory, and it well feel really great when it comes!

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2012 2:28 pm 
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True ... Overall I think I did pretty well in 2011, and I'm looking foreward to doing even better in 2012.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2012 3:00 pm 
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2011 Personal Records
Barbell Back Squat
1 set x 465 lbs for 1 rep (+15 lbs)
Standard Deadlift
1 set x 495 lbs for 1 rep (+10 lbs)
Barbell Bench Press
1 set x 350 lbs for 1 rep (+5 lbs)
Barbell Pendlay Row
2 sets x 315 lbs for 3 reps
Barbell Front Squat
1 set x 345 lbs for 1 rep (+25 lbs)
Barbell High Pull
1 set x 325 lbs for 1 rep
Barbell Military Press
1 set x 250 lbs for 1 rep (+10 lbs)

Turkish Get-up
1 set x 100 lbs for 2 reps each hand
Dumbbell Snatch
1 set x 100 lbs for 3 reps each hand


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2012 3:03 pm 
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I didn't start doing Barbell Pendlay Rows and Turkish Get-ups until this year. Meanwhile, my previous PR on Dumbbell Snatches was 100 lbs for 1 rep with my right hand and 95 lbs for 1 rep with my left hand.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 4:23 pm 
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I've decided to go back to doing regular Barbell Bent-over Rows (similar to Yates Row), instead of Pendlay Rows.


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Why?

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 4:44 pm 
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They don't beat up my back as much as Pendlay Rows, and they seem to have more carryover to Deadlifts and High Pulls.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 8:28 pm 
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I'm in the middle of moving right now, so I haven't been able to get to the gym at all this week. ... Hoping to get back on track next week.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 8:15 am 
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MOVING DAY!


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Congratulations!

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