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    Quote Originally Posted by GazzyG View Post
    Good couple of sessions there, Brian! I probably couldn't even pull the BAR with quad bands, lol!
    Thanks Gaz!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tim K View Post
    Looks good Brian! Don't forget to put up some vids of you squatting with the cambered bar.
    Thanks Tim!!! I'll take some next week. I was going to today but didn't think about it until it was too late.
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    What week are you starting the 16-week cycle Brian?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbaccio View Post
    What week are you starting the 16-week cycle Brian?
    I think November 5th which is a Monday. I have to double check the date of the meet.
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    Your raw strength is damned impressive Brian. Watching the powerlifting competition this past weekend, I kept thinking; "Brian squats that raw... Brian pulls that raw... Brian benches that raw... Brian is a F'N Beast!"

    I wonder what kind of total you could put up with gear now? Your DL is a good 35 lbs more now Raw than when you pulled in gear. That is progress!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim K View Post
    Your raw strength is damned impressive Brian. Watching the powerlifting competition this past weekend, I kept thinking; "Brian squats that raw... Brian pulls that raw... Brian benches that raw... Brian is a F'N Beast!"

    I wonder what kind of total you could put up with gear now? Your DL is a good 35 lbs more now Raw than when you pulled in gear. That is progress!
    Thanks a lot Tim, I appreciate the kind words!!! I'm not sure what my geared numbers will look like now. I really want to try single ply sometime next year. Doing multi-ply will be hard for me since I don't have a team to help out.
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    You've got time. I'm sure an opportunity to lift with a team will present itself in the future. Heck, it might be your own team hosted in your garage!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim K View Post
    You've got time. I'm sure an opportunity to lift with a team will present itself in the future. Heck, it might be your own team hosted in your garage!
    If I felt like making the drive, I can go train at Orlando Barbell for my geared training. But it's too far, and Tampa Barbell only trains on certain days. I'm sure one of these days I'll be able to.
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    Friday
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    Upper accessory


    Barbell front raises
    45/2x10
    65/3x10

    Wide grip pulldowns
    70x10
    120/3x10

    Barbell curls
    45/2x10
    65/2x10
    45x10

    Bench dips
    BW/4x10

    Spud Inc. Towel strap pushdowns
    50/3x10

    Facepulls
    50/3x10

    Done...I was able to get a quick session in. Nothing heavy, just a light day to get some blood flowing.
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    Like a bodybuilder!

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    Congrats on the last meet man! Keep up the good work, steady crushing weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim K View Post
    Like a bodybuilder!
    You know it!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by covpride View Post
    Congrats on the last meet man! Keep up the good work, steady crushing weight.
    Thanks bro!!!
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    Best raw meet w/sleeves @ 242
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    Best raw meet w/sleeves @ 275
    700SQ, 452BP, 722DL and 1874 total

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    Monday
    10.08.12
    Deads


    Deadlifts
    135/2x6
    225/2x5
    315x5
    405x3
    495x3
    Added belt
    585x3
    635x3
    500x8...T&G

    Barbell rows
    135x10
    225/3x6

    Barbell shrugs
    225x10
    315x10
    365/2x10

    Decline sit-ups
    BWx20
    BW/2x15

    Done...Not a bad day considering how I ate like s**t yesterday. I only ate one meal all day and it showed, lol. I'll try not to do that again. I was wanting to try and get 5 reps with 635, but my grip was slipping and I didn't want to tear my hands up so I stopped at 3. Oh well, next time! I think next week i'll do some triples off a 4" block.
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    Best raw meet w/sleeves @ 242
    665SQ, 440BP, 727DL and 1815 total
    Best raw meet w/sleeves @ 275
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    Strong work Brian!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim K View Post
    Strong work Brian!
    Thanks a lot Tim!!!
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    Best raw meet w/sleeves @ 242
    665SQ, 440BP, 727DL and 1815 total
    Best raw meet w/sleeves @ 275
    700SQ, 452BP, 722DL and 1874 total

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    Still amazed by your 720 pull at your last meet... very f'n awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Hopper View Post
    I only ate one meal all day and it showed, lol. I'll try not to do that again.
    Looks solid regardless man.
    Last edited by Coke; 10-08-2012 at 10:16 AM.

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    Get days like that, where you just don't find time for food.

    635lb DL not too shabby for someone running on fumes, lol...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim K View Post
    Still amazed by your 720 pull at your last meet... very f'n awesome!
    Thanks a lot Tim, me too!

    Quote Originally Posted by Coke View Post
    Looks solid regardless man.
    Thanks Coke!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by GazzyG View Post
    Get days like that, where you just don't find time for food.

    635lb DL not too shabby for someone running on fumes, lol...
    Thanks Gaz! I ate a lot Saturday night, so I wasn't hungry when I woke up. Before I knew it, 3:00pm rolls around and I still haven't had anything to eat. I'm trying to maintain my bodyweight but not like this, lol.
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    Best raw meet w/sleeves @ 242
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    Best raw meet w/sleeves @ 275
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    Bench


    Bench press
    Barx20
    135x10
    135x5
    225x5
    275x5
    315x5
    345x6
    345x4...gassed out
    275x10

    Flat DB presses
    70x15
    70/3x10

    Dips
    BWx10
    BW+25/3x10

    Spud Inc. towel strap pressdowns
    50/4x12

    Side laterals
    30/3x10

    Done...Not a bad day, I gassed out on my 2nd set of 345 and that sucked. I tried using more leg drive and it was pretty weird. My left leg was shaking like crazy, lol. We'll see what happens next week.
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    Best geared meet @ 242
    1030SQ, 640BP, 685DL and 2355 total
    Best raw meet w/sleeves @ 242
    665SQ, 440BP, 727DL and 1815 total
    Best raw meet w/sleeves @ 275
    700SQ, 452BP, 722DL and 1874 total

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    With the amount of work you've been doing, lack of sleep, schedule constraints, etc., etc., gassing out isn't completely unexpected. You've still accomplished an amazing amount of work. Eat and sleep more! Work less! Train harder!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim K View Post
    With the amount of work you've been doing, lack of sleep, schedule constraints, etc., etc., gassing out isn't completely unexpected. You've still accomplished an amazing amount of work. Eat and sleep more! Work less! Train harder!
    Thanks bro, I got some issues to work out and hopefully that will lead to some improvements.
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    Best geared meet @ 242
    1030SQ, 640BP, 685DL and 2355 total
    Best raw meet w/sleeves @ 242
    665SQ, 440BP, 727DL and 1815 total
    Best raw meet w/sleeves @ 275
    700SQ, 452BP, 722DL and 1874 total

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    Thursday
    10.11.12
    SQ@75%


    Squat w/Texas squat bar
    Barx10
    145/2x6
    235/2x5
    325x5
    415x5

    Working sets
    Added belt and Rehband knee sleeves
    505/3x5

    Added reverse average band
    600x1...It didn't feel right, so I racked it.

    Front squats
    145x5
    195x5
    235/2x5
    145x10

    I got to use my new toy today!!!
    Leg extensions
    50/3x10
    50x15

    Leg curls
    25x10
    40x10
    50/2x10

    Done...I'm still trying to get use to my new knee sleeves. I think my numbers are going to go down some, but i'm hoping to at least squat the same or maybe 5-10lbs more at the meet with these new rehbands and my new stance. I feel way more comfortable in the hole with a closer stance. My hips don't hurt!!!

    This was my first attempt doing reverse bands in this rack. I'm not sure if I did something wrong, but it felt awkward. So after I did one rep, I decided to just rack it and save it for another day.

    I'm also going to start throwing in some front squats. Since I hate doing them heavy, i'll do them light and for reps. I might even consider getting a front squat harness.

    I bought a leg curl/extension bench last week, and so far I love it!!! For some reason I can't do the weight that I could at gym. Maybe because it's plate loaded? Oh well, I guess it doesn't really matter.
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    665SQ, 440BP, 727DL and 1815 total
    Best raw meet w/sleeves @ 275
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    Rehbands, comparatively speaking, only keep your knees warm. The Inzers, when new, give you some pop out of the hole. You'll probably get the back with the narrower stance though. Now you have to learn how to squat fast, like an Oly squat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim K View Post
    Rehbands, comparatively speaking, only keep your knees warm. The Inzers, when new, give you some pop out of the hole. You'll probably get the back with the narrower stance though. Now you have to learn how to squat fast, like an Oly squat.
    Yeah, rehbands are only good for warmth. The thing with Inzer knee sleeves is that nobody allows them in their federations because of the velcro. I might not keep the closer stance that much longer. If my hips start to feel better, I might open up my stance a little.
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    Best raw meet w/sleeves @ 242
    665SQ, 440BP, 727DL and 1815 total
    Best raw meet w/sleeves @ 275
    700SQ, 452BP, 722DL and 1874 total

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    Do you think some training with briefs until your hips feel better would be beneficial?

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