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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 6:43 pm 
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3/1/13

Afternoon: Leg Day

Warmup: Mobility drills, mini band glute drills

1) Deadlift - 5 x 135, 4 x 145, 3 x 155, 2 x 180, 1 x 200, 1 x 205, 1 x 210, 3 x 175
2) Leg Curl - 2 x 20 per leg x #11
3) Calf Raise - 150
4) Wall Sit - 1:20
5) Prone BPA - 100 x blue

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Deadlift - not sure what to do here. All of these felt easy. 210 went up like it was nothing, and they were easier rep after rep. But after I finished my shoulder/neck locked up, I've got a big knot near my scapula, and I can't turn my head to the right. Basically, last week and the week before but worse. That's with a packed neck, eyes down, scapula locked back and down, etc. No problems with form, but a problem with my shoulder.

I pulled 185 for a single on the trap bar during my client's workout after and it was easy, no pain in the shoulder. So it might be the hand/bar position.

Leg Curl - not hard, but good.

Calf Raises - what the heck, 150.

Wall Sit - these were hard today.

BPA - to try and loosen up my shoulder. Didn't work. Neither did some foam rolling and tennis ball rolling.


So what do I do here? Not sure yet. Next week is my last deadlift week. I may skip it, I may do it with a different grip (I normally do double-overhand). If I do it, it'll be my last week until my shoulder is sorted out - so I might keep pulling singles until I get a good single heavy one and then stop.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 2:27 pm 
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3/2/13

AM: MMA class. Rolled with Little K~, Kid K~, and J~. Worked a new arm bar setup, which was interesting since it doesn't look like it should work right up until the guy taps. Shoulder was tight but I moved well.

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Back hurt later. I think from a chest compression/crank I was stuck in.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:39 am 
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3/3/13

Rest day. Back really hurt. Grr.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:41 am 
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3/4/13

Rest day.

Afternoon: ART on my psoas.

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Back still hurts; I was supposed to lift for another week, then a week off, then go for maxes. I'll just take this week off, cutting the cycle a week short, and go for maxes next week. Bulling through is stupid.

I should know by now. "Back pain" plus "hips don't move well" = psoas are locked up.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 6:57 pm 
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3/5/13

Rest day. Some psoas release work and hip static stretching.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:04 pm 
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3/6/13

Rest day.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 1:48 pm 
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3/7/13

Afternoon: Mobility drills (from DVD)

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:32 am 
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3/8/13

Rest Day.

Afternoon: More ART on my hip (for my back pain).

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:34 am 
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AM: MMA class. Warmup up with mobility drills and 200 rope skips - easy, but about 100 too many for my knees right now. Next time less. Worked with new guy B~ and both LK and KK. Learned a new setup for an armbar (that leads easily to a triangle) and a new setup for a triangle (which solves a whole I issue I had with a specific position). I wish I'd known this stuff all along. I literally learned it and applied it rolling minutes later.

I also got to roll with my coach, who'd basically let me try to work my balance and weight distribution, and then snagged things that looked exposed when he got bored. Lots of fun. Been a while since we rolled.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:23 am 
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3/10/13

Rest day. Walked pretty far to the supermarket, though, and bought way too much stuff then lugged it home.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 12:46 pm 
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3/11/13

Getting sick.

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Today was supposed to be 1-rep max day on the press, but I'm clearly coming down with something. I feel weak and tired. Putting a barbell over your head when you feel weak and tired is stupid. I'll do it later in the week when I feel better.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 4:07 pm 
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3/12/13

Still sick, but was okay enough to train.

Afternoon: Push and Pull

Warmup: Mobility Drills (all upper body, plus ankles)

1) Press - 10 x 45, 5 x 55, 3 x 65, 1 x 75, 1 x 95, 1 x 115, F x 125, 11 x 85
2) Chinup - 10 x bw
3) Kneeling Pulldown - 30 x 80
4a) Iso-Hold Curl - 3 x 20 x 15#
4b) Triceps Pushdown (rope) - 3 x 20 x #11
5) Front Raise/Lateral Raise - 2 x 10 and 10 x 10# DBs
6) Prone Band Pull-Apart x 100

Warmdown: Static groin/hip stretch (10 mins/side)

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Basically my stomach is playing hell with me, but I was okay enough to train and did so.

Press - 1 x 115 ties a long-ago set PR, and 11 x 85 is a 3-rep PR for 85. 125 went up halfway and died, which isn't a surprise because I'm weak at the bottom, not the midpoint or top.

Chins - 10 is a recent PR, although my all-time best is 17 reps. I have done any in months and these felt okay.

Pulldowns - for extra work. Neutral Grip today.

Curls/Pushdowns - because my arms feel better after these than before these.

Raises - same, make my shoulders feel good.

BPAs - because it's 100 every time I push or pull, so, another 100.

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I'm very happy because I hit my goal for the cycle. Not my pipe-dream 125, but my "match 115" goal. Nice. Not bad with a training max of 105 and never touching more than 95 (and that only once). My shoulders feel better now than when I started.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:00 pm 
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3/13/13

Rest day.

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My right shoulder popped last night, and it feels exactly like it has in the past post-dislocation. So I think I need to just rest it and avoid heavy anything. Oh well, at least it happened post-PR and not pre-PR.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 8:10 pm 
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3/14/13

Rest day.

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Shoulder still hurts, but improving slightly.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 8:13 pm 
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3/15/13

Afternoon: ART on shoulder.

Late Afternoon: Lower body mobility drills, then foam rolling hips, glutes, thighs.

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Hurrah for ART. My friend J-L squeezed me in for an appointment and worked on my shoulder, pec, lat, and everything around my scapula. My whole shoulder was basically out of position. I went from "I can't lift my arm without pain, and not at all past the shoulderline" to "full mobility with mild pain" in under 15 minutes and lost a lot of related issues in 15 more.

My shoulder and lat felt bad for about an hour after that - tired and sore and weak and tight. But hours later they felt significantly better. My shoulder is tired and I'm going to go easy on it at MMA but it's working.

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