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Post by hoosegow » Mon Jan 19, 2009 7:38 am

:evil:

I hit 3 chins, unassisted, yesterday for S&G's. I hate you guys.

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Post by Jungledoc » Mon Jan 19, 2009 7:56 am

Great! In just a couple of weeks 4 will be easy!

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Post by Matt Z » Mon Jan 19, 2009 5:09 pm

"Congratulations! You're the first one to report reaching his goal. There's three weeks lift in the challenge--ya gonna go for another one?" - Jungledoc

Maybe I'll try for 5 reps with BW+30lbs.

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Post by Jungledoc » Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:29 pm

Matt Z wrote:"Congratulations! You're the first one to report reaching his goal. There's three weeks lift in the challenge--ya gonna go for another one?" - Jungledoc

Maybe I'll try for 5 reps with BW+30lbs.
awright!

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Post by Matt Z » Tue Jan 20, 2009 4:09 pm

PS) It might sound strange, but I'm actually stronger with a medium overhand grip than I am with a underhand or neutral grip.

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Post by KPj » Wed Jan 21, 2009 5:09 am

Matt Z wrote:PS) It might sound strange, but I'm actually stronger with a medium overhand grip than I am with a underhand or neutral grip.
I'm actually the same. My guess would be because i've trained that grip more. I rotate 'grips', as well as rep range, and I tend to train medium overhand more at lower rep ranges. Although, the difference isn't much, so that's just a guess.

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Post by wilburburns » Wed Jan 21, 2009 9:20 am

OK, I finally made it to the Gym last night.

I'll call my first starting point.
2-reps Dead Hang shoulder width Underhand Grip

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5 reps because it was almost 3 full reps and they were done almost immediately after finishing my Power Cleans.

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Post by KPj » Thu Jan 22, 2009 4:13 am

Second week...

12 reps, same weight (10kg/22bls). 3 rep improvement. A convincing 12 as well.

Coming back from illness gives you the illusion of 'newbie gains'.

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Post by Jungledoc » Thu Jan 22, 2009 5:07 am

wilburburns wrote:OK, I finally made it to the Gym last night.

I'll call my first starting point.
2-reps Dead Hang shoulder width Underhand Grip

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5 reps because it was almost 3 full reps and they were done almost immediately after finishing my Power Cleans.

Cliff
Great! "almost 3" to 5 is still a big increase. Are you sure that' your goal? We'll still cheer if you make 4.

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Post by Jungledoc » Thu Jan 22, 2009 5:08 am

KPj wrote:Second week...

12 reps, same weight (10kg/22bls). 3 rep improvement. A convincing 12 as well.

Coming back from illness gives you the illusion of 'newbie gains'.

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So, what is your true baseline and what is you goal?

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Post by KPj » Thu Jan 22, 2009 5:50 am

Jungledoc wrote:So, what is your true baseline and what is you goal?
It's difficult to say what my true baseline is. The last time I done high rep pull ups was about 7 months ago, for sets of 8, and it was the 4th exercise in the work out, using an underhand grip (ok so it was a chin up then). All other times, i've been hitting pull ups in the 2-5 rep range. So I don't really have a baseline for ~10reps. I was going to do the challenge in a heavier rep range, but Peter convinced me to come out of my comfort zone (dam you, Peter) which is never a bad thing. In terms of limit strength, i'm still not back to where I was, so I expect another big improvement next week. As you can see it's kind of all over the place....

When I set out to do this, I was hoping for ~10 reps with 15kg/33lbs. I got 5 reps with that weight doing towel pull ups in November, but 9 reps @ 10kg killed me last week. I actually wanted to die, but then I got my breath back and realised life was precious.. From that, I hoped to achieve 15reps by the end of the challenge, but maybe i'll get that next week.... Who knows.

A much shorter answer would have been.... "I don't know". If I get 15 reps next week, i'll increase the weight for the following week and go to failure, I think. I'm sure >15 reps decreases your T-Levels, or something.

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p.s obviously i'm joking about the T-levels thing....

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Post by Jungledoc » Thu Jan 22, 2009 6:01 am

Next time someone comes up with a challenge, let's not tell KPj.

Shhhhh...

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Post by KPj » Thu Jan 22, 2009 6:38 am

LOL...

I think i'm getting worse with age, too.... :grin:

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Post by hoosegow » Thu Jan 22, 2009 7:23 am

or hoosegow cuz he hates crap like this but can be easily goaded into it.

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Post by Kram2 » Thu Jan 22, 2009 9:15 am

lol wish I could do a single real chin

I am the master of assisted chins tho! Rawr!

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