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    Yeah, thanks. Not training today. Need a few days off. Also don't have anything to drive so I can only get a ride 2 days each week right now. I can take a bus and walk otherwise, but I need a little time off anyways the next week. After that I might. Sunday I will just do a little assistance stuff. My back is still really sore and my knees also from the accident so I'm not gonna squat or deadlift. I wasn't planning to anyways this week.
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    650lbs. raw squat
    441lbs. raw bench
    590lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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    01/16/2012 Deload Week - Assistance Work

    Lat Pulldowns behind head
    100x10x3sets

    Lat Pulldowns wide-grip
    150x10
    180x10
    200x10

    High Cable Rows (paused reps)
    100x10x3sets

    Seated Shrug Machine
    225x20x3sets

    EZ Bar Curls
    70x8
    120x8
    170x6x2sets
    Drop Set: 120x10/ 70x10

    Weighted Decline Situps (weight at arms' reach above head)
    BW+25x10
    BW+35x8x2sets

    Light day. I will do a bunch of different assistance stuff on one day later this week. Taking the rest of the week off otherwise.
    Last edited by April Mathis; 01-16-2012 at 08:17 PM.
    Best competition lifts:
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    441lbs. raw bench
    590lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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    01/19/2012 Deload Week - Assistance Work

    Seated Barbell Shoulder Press (starting from shoulders)
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    95x8
    135x8
    185x8
    225x4
    245x2

    Flat DB Press
    40sx50x2sets

    Face Pulls
    75x15x3sets each side

    Rope Triceps Pushdowns
    60x15x4sets

    R/C- 4sets

    First time in a long time doing some shoulder pressing with a bar. It went ok. At least it didn't hurt since I didn't bench this week. That's it till Sunday. Thinking about doing something heavy between 500-600 straight weight for reps on squats.
    Best competition lifts:
    650lbs. raw squat
    441lbs. raw bench
    590lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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    Looking forward to seeing the squats.

    How you feeling after the crash now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GazzyG View Post
    Looking forward to seeing the squats.

    How you feeling after the crash now?
    Ok. Needed a week off/light anyways. I'll probably start training now this next week for the meet I want to do in 12 weeks from this Saturday.
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    441lbs. raw bench
    590lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Hopper View Post
    What meet are you doing?
    I want to do the women's pro-am in Cincinnati being held by Laura Phelps.
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    441lbs. raw bench
    590lbs. raw deadlift
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    That's cool.
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    1030SQ, 640BP, 685DL and 2355 total
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    700SQ, 452BP, 722DL and 1874 total

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    April, you mentioned you did not really have a spare $15-$20 to spend on petrol to get to your next meet.....

    I would really like you to write me up how you built your rows up so heavy and a general program to follow to get my piss poor rows up where they should be.
    Any tips included would be great.

    Please let me know if you could do that and ill pay you to paypal.

    Thank you.
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    BTW I have a day dedicated to upper back.
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    April, haven't found lead on a truck yet. Tim said they don't keep and deal their trade ins. Have you found anything yet? I'll keep an ear out if you haven't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NickAus View Post
    April, you mentioned you did not really have a spare $15-$20 to spend on petrol to get to your next meet.....

    I would really like you to write me up how you built your rows up so heavy and a general program to follow to get my piss poor rows up where they should be.
    Any tips included would be great.

    Please let me know if you could do that and ill pay you to paypal.

    Thank you.
    I was talking about going to train with Buddy. My next meet will cost at least $200 in fuel to go to, lol. That's why I'm not sure if I will be able to go by then, even though I want to. It is in Cincinnati, Ohio. I live in Kennesaw, Georgia. If you look on a map you can see how far that is.

    I can do that though. Give me a day or 2.
    Last edited by April Mathis; 01-20-2012 at 01:48 PM.
    Best competition lifts:
    650lbs. raw squat
    441lbs. raw bench
    590lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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    Quote Originally Posted by mastermonster View Post
    April, haven't found lead on a truck yet. Tim said they don't keep and deal their trade ins. Have you found anything yet? I'll keep an ear out if you haven't.
    Yeah I did. I actually put a down payment on a truck yesterday. Although I have to pay it off before I can drive it, which sucks I don't have anything to drive for at least another week.
    Best competition lifts:
    650lbs. raw squat
    441lbs. raw bench
    590lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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    Ok great.
    Squat briefs only 625 @ 210
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    Quote Originally Posted by NickAus View Post
    Ok great.
    I actually will finish that for you tomorrow evening. It takes me a while to look back through stuff and everything.
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    441lbs. raw bench
    590lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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    01/22/2012 Heavy Squat

    Squat
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    145x5
    235x3
    325x3
    415x3 loose belt
    505x3
    555x3 tighter belt/loose knee wraps
    325x10 no belt or wraps

    Leg Press (paused reps)
    315x15
    405x15
    495x15

    Weighted Decline Situps (weight behind head)
    BW+25x8,7,6

    Hip Abductors/Adductors
    Large mini bandx15x2sets each per side

    I was thinking of either doing 5s or going up another 50lbs. for 3s on the squats, but it felt kind of heavy and not great today, so I thought 555 was a good place to stop. I probably should have picked a bit heavier down set because 10 reps was way too easy with 325. This was a good place to start training for the meet though.
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    441lbs. raw bench
    590lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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    Good start April!!!
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    01/26/2012 Bench

    Bench Press
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    135x8
    225x5
    275x5
    315x5
    365x3
    1-board
    385x2 paused
    2-board
    405x2 paused
    3-board
    425x2 paused
    full-range drop set
    315x8/225x6/135x8

    Rope Triceps Pushdowns
    60x12x3sets

    PecDec (paused reps)
    90x10
    120x10
    150x8

    Everything felt good. Didn't go super heavy. Could have done another rep or 2 on all the heavy sets, but wanted to get more work in today instead so I wouldn't burn out with 365 or 385 before finishing. The good thing about after a week off of benching my shoulders don't hurt, although I'm sure it won't be the same by next week again.
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    441lbs. raw bench
    590lbs. raw deadlift
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    Solid bench training!!!
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    Best geared meet @ 242
    1030SQ, 640BP, 685DL and 2355 total
    Best raw meet w/sleeves @ 242
    705SQ, 457BP, 749DL and 1912 total
    Best raw meet w/sleeves @ 275
    700SQ, 452BP, 722DL and 1874 total

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    Thanks Brian.

    01/27/2012 Back/Biceps (light day)

    Lat Pulldowns behind head
    100x10x4sets

    Lat Pulldowns wide-grip
    150x10x4sets

    Straight-arm Pulldowns
    50x10x4sets

    DB Concentration Curls
    30x10x5sets each arm

    Rear Delt Band Pullaparts
    Mini bandx20x5sets

    Just an easy day. I think I may be training 2-3 days a week for awhile soon. I'm going to have some more work to do if things work out. I'm probably gonna start doing my back work on Tuesday instead. I may lift twice - once in the late morning and once in the evening - on days I do train though.
    Best competition lifts:
    650lbs. raw squat
    441lbs. raw bench
    590lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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    Training is looking good April!!

    Thank you very much for taking the time to write out the upper back work for me, looking forward to reading up.

    My personal email is brownsonnick@yahoo.com.au

    Thanks again!!
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    Bench geared 525 @ 210
    Deadlift geared 650 @ 220

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickAus View Post
    Training is looking good April!!

    Thank you very much for taking the time to write out the upper back work for me, looking forward to reading up.

    My personal email is brownsonnick@yahoo.com.au

    Thanks again!!
    I sent you a email.
    Best competition lifts:
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    441lbs. raw bench
    590lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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    01/29/2012 Light Squat/ Heavy Deadlift

    Squat (all sets no belt and deep)
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    145x5
    235x5
    325x5
    375x5x3sets

    Deadlift w/Trap Bar
    250x3
    450x2
    540x2 PR loose belt
    630xmiss twice
    630x1 PR by 20lbs.

    Abs on lat pulldown
    80x15
    100x15
    120x15
    140x15

    Hip Abductors/Adductors
    Big mini bandx15x2sets each per side

    Side Bends
    95x10x3sets each side

    Good day. The misses with the trap bar were due to technique. The bar kept pulling me forward on my toes. The last set I moved my grip forward on the bar and my feet forward and that made the difference. Probably still would not have had 5lbs. more than this either way. It was definitely a max rep.
    Best competition lifts:
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    441lbs. raw bench
    590lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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    Nice pulling! How do you like using the trap bar? I've done farmer deads before with Weech and they are similar. They messed my shoulder up a little.
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    705SQ, 457BP, 749DL and 1912 total
    Best raw meet w/sleeves @ 275
    700SQ, 452BP, 722DL and 1874 total

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Hopper View Post
    Nice pulling! How do you like using the trap bar? I've done farmer deads before with Weech and they are similar. They messed my shoulder up a little.
    Thanks. I like it because I can pull more, lol. I would never do them heavy for reps though. Every rep feels like it sucks and unlike a regular deadlift it is hard to start the lift, so it always feels like a slow grinding lift. I've tried a deadlift with some type of farmers implement before and those are extremely easy compared to a trap bar.

    Also, you have to use at least one or two 100lbs. plates on each side. Otherwise you will run out of space on the bar. And grabbing the bar close to the front and standing forward of the middle seems to be better at least for me. It made a difference enough to finish the last rep that was otherwise 10-15lbs. off. One of my training partners said it can make a 50lbs. difference for him if he stands and holds it right from the start compared to otherwise. I think because the weight likes to shift too far forward otherwise.
    Last edited by April Mathis; 01-29-2012 at 09:06 PM.
    Best competition lifts:
    650lbs. raw squat
    441lbs. raw bench
    590lbs. raw deadlift
    1650lbs. raw total

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