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Post by Jungledoc » Tue Apr 20, 2010 9:58 pm

Matt Z wrote:My doctor suggested today that I become a vegetarian. He also said there's no evidence a high-protein diet is important for building and maintaining muscle mass or strength. What the hell?
Is there anything about this doctor that you really like? Like the posters on the exam room walls, or his cologne, or the music they play on the PA system?

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Post by Matt Z » Fri Apr 23, 2010 7:51 am

"Why didn't you eat him?" - jml

Too bony and stringy.

"Is there anything about this doctor that you really like? Like the posters on the exam room walls, or his cologne, or the music they play on the PA system?" - Jungledoc

He accepts my crappy insurance.

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Post by Matt Z » Thu May 13, 2010 5:06 pm

Today was the first time I've ever done Barbell Power Snatches with more than an empty barbell. I used a clean grip.

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Post by Matt Z » Tue May 18, 2010 4:03 pm

Did a short leg workout today. Very sleepy.

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Post by Matt Z » Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:53 pm

I tried something a little different for my Workout D today ... Sled Leg Presses, Barbell High Pulls and Barbell Holds. I think I can benefit from another quad dominant exercise and Leg Presses fit nicely.

Of course I won't be replacing squats. I do them in Workout A with Straight-leg or Standard Deadlifts.

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Post by Matt Z » Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:56 pm

Workout A
Barbell Back Squat
Straight-leg Deadlift

Workout B
Barbell Bench Press
BB Bent-over Row
Overhand Pull-up

Workout C
Sled Leg Press
Barbell High Pull
Barbell Hold

Workout D
Barbell Military Press
Overhand Pull-up
DB Rear Delt Row

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Post by Jungledoc » Sat Jun 12, 2010 6:28 am

Matt--how often do you lift?

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Post by Matt Z » Sat Jun 12, 2010 9:22 am

Three days a week ... Usually Sunday/Tuesday/Thursday.

Week 1 - AxBxCxx
Week 2 - DxAxBxx
Week 3 - CxDxAxx
Week 4 - BxCxDxx
Repeat

It's a four week cycle. Each lift gets trained 3 times every 4 weeks, with the exeption of Pull-ups which are trained 6 times every 4 weeks. Meanwhile, the first workout of the week is my heavy day.

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Post by Matt Z » Wed Jun 16, 2010 3:42 pm

I had to use one of the open-back racks for squats yesterday instead of the cage, since they had a guy painting a mural blocking the squat cage ... very irritating.

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Post by Matt Z » Sat Jun 26, 2010 12:41 pm

WAY too hot in the gym on Thursday. I ended up cutting my workout short.

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Post by Matt Z » Sun Jun 27, 2010 5:05 pm

Set a new 3RM on bench presses today. Gym was still hot, but not as bad as Thursday, plus I don't get overheated as easily on upper-body days.

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Post by Matt Z » Sun Jun 27, 2010 5:09 pm

I decided to move Barbell Holds back to Workout A.

Workout A
Barbell Back Squat
Straight-leg Deadlift
Barbell Hold (grip)

Workout B
Barbell Bench Press
BB Bent-over Row
Overhand Pull-up

Workout C
45-degree Leg Press
Barbell High Pull

Workout D
Barbell Military Press
Overhand Pull-up
DB Rear Delt Row

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Post by Matt Z » Sun Jun 27, 2010 5:12 pm

PS) On heavy days I can substitute Standard Deadlifts for Straight-leg Deadlifts and skip Barbell Holds.

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Post by Jason Nunn » Thu Jul 01, 2010 5:51 pm

Do you do more weight with barbell rows than you back squat? Am I missing something? I'm not trying to be negative. I'm just saying those are some serious rows!

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Post by Matt Z » Thu Jul 01, 2010 7:54 pm

For higher reps, yes. It's always been a strong lift for me.

PS) I do them at a roughly 45-degree angle with a shoulder-width overhand grip (the same grip I use for Military Presses).

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