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    Awesome job man, really noticeable changes in your delts,abs,and lats. Congratz on winning the transformation contest. I see why, keep up the good work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fitcopforlife View Post
    Awesome job man, really noticeable changes in your delts,abs,and lats. Congratz on winning the transformation contest. I see why, keep up the good work.
    Thanks, I worked pretty darn hard. Not bad for a chronic endomorph who constantly struggles to keep his hormones balanced, if I say so myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Resolve View Post
    Yours was a meaty post, Kleen; so I've put a bit of thought into my reply.

    My diet is primarily "Paleo Friendly," but still moderate in carbs - about 200g per day as fruit, legumes, veggies and sweet potato.

    On fasting days, I have 8g of leucine every 2-3hrs throughout the day, and will usually have a small helping of protein before bed. I'm too hungry to sleep otherwise and it didn't seem to impede fat loss.

    I've been following some form of intermittent fasting for over 2 years now. I began with 16/8 "Lean Gains" Protocol that you're on now. I found that very amenable to gaining weight and muscle - last summer I bulked to 265 and all my current PRs were set while on that kind of diet.

    My current ADF diet was started this past January. It was originally tailored for fat loss during the CL transformation contest, so right now is really the first time I've employed this protocol for a muscle-gain program. So, I'm playing with cals and will be adjusting things a lot as I go along.

    Calorie Restriction/fasting is really the only scientifically supported method of lifespan extension, because it has the exact effect you mentioned - it upregulates auto****y, which in a sense forces the body to "renew" itself on a continual basis.
    Very cool, I am thinking of starting up some type of thread to discuss Lean Gains and come up with ways it works best. If / when I do you will definitely be getting an invite. I read about the type of diet you are doing from something DatBTrue wrote I think. Cab't wait to see how this works out for you on the gaining attempt.
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    Is this supplement dangerous at all? What side effects if any? And at what age is it safe to take?
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    You did an outstanding job at transforming your physique in such a short amout of time, big man. Kudos.....

    Are you maintaining this lower level of bodyfat? I'm finding it better to stay at lower percentages year round. No need for drastic changes to diet just to get leaner. I can make a few minor adjustments here and there and drop a little lower with ease.

    You look great in those shots. Big and lean. Thick. Dense. Meaty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cg123 View Post
    Is this supplement dangerous at all? What side effects if any? And at what age is it safe to take?
    Arachidonic Acid is just a specific lipid found in foods such as eggs, beef and certain nuts. It's pretty darn safe. I'll let an MN rep answer regarding side effects, but so far I haven't experience any other than water retention.


    Quote Originally Posted by thundergod View Post
    You did an outstanding job at transforming your physique in such a short amout of time, big man. Kudos.....

    Are you maintaining this lower level of bodyfat? I'm finding it better to stay at lower percentages year round. No need for drastic changes to diet just to get leaner. I can make a few minor adjustments here and there and drop a little lower with ease.

    You look great in those shots. Big and lean. Thick. Dense. Meaty.
    Herr Beefcake!!
    I hope to maintain this level of leanness. I've only increased my calories by 200 over what I was eating when I took the after pics. I'm shooting for a 1/4 to 1/2lb of gaining per week, so as to keep it lean as possible.

    It's going to slow my strength gains though - I'm typically strongest when my abs are barely visible. Fatties run in my family.

    XFA notes: Weighed in at 246.5 this morning, up from 242 last Monday - big time water weight gains! I've felt a little "slushy" all week, but I didn't expect this much retention. Hopefully this will subside as use continues.
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    Resolve, huge congrats on the transformation and very noticeable gains in muscularity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cg123 View Post
    Is this supplement dangerous at all? What side effects if any? And at what age is it safe to take?
    X-Factor is one of VERY few supplements that has been proven safe and effective by not one, but two university studies. One conducted at Baylor and the other at Benedictine. 18 years of age is the youngest any individual should begin a regimen of dietary supplements.
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    Pretty awesome transformation! I'm impressed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SwolenONE View Post
    X-Factor is one of VERY few supplements that has been proven safe and effective by not one, but two university studies. One conducted at Baylor and the other at Benedictine. 18 years of age is the youngest any individual should begin a regimen of dietary supplements.
    18. Why wouldn't 17 years old be ok?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cg123 View Post
    18. Why wouldn't 17 years old be ok?
    No offense dude, but at 17 years of age, and 6'1" and 160-odd pounds, just go eat a fricking ton of eggs, steak and potatoes and you'll gain.

    The whole 17 vs. 18 is really just to cover MN for liability purposes I'm sure, but at your age, the growth potential is enormous with just plenty of food.

    BTW, it's cool having a young'n in the log - my brother is your age and I've been trying for years to get him interested in lifting, but he only does it when he's forced to for football.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Outstanding View Post
    Pretty awesome transformation! I'm impressed.


    I do have to confess that I got myself as bloated and waterlogged as possible for those before shots, but I was still quite a bit thicker then, due to Christmas vacation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Resolve View Post


    I do have to confess that I got myself as bloated and waterlogged as possible for those before shots, but I was still quite a bit thicker then, due to Christmas vacation.
    I really thought your after shots looked better in every single way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Outstanding View Post
    I really thought your after shots looked better in every single way.
    Agree, muscle bellies looked much fuller.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Resolve View Post
    No offense dude, but at 17 years of age, and 6'1" and 160-odd pounds, just go eat a fricking ton of eggs, steak and potatoes and you'll gain.

    The whole 17 vs. 18 is really just to cover MN for liability purposes I'm sure, but at your age, the growth potential is enormous with just plenty of food.

    BTW, it's cool having a young'n in the log - my brother is your age and I've been trying for years to get him interested in lifting, but he only does it when he's forced to for football.
    Ya for sure I get you. I have been eating a lot and have been gaining more and more pounds of muscle but I was just wandering if it's safe. Thanks for the input and very nice gains. Good log man
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    Quote Originally Posted by Outstanding View Post
    I really thought your after shots looked better in every single way.
    Quote Originally Posted by AZMIDLYF View Post
    Agree, muscle bellies looked much fuller.
    Thanks you guys!


    Quote Originally Posted by cg123 View Post
    Ya for sure I get you. I have been eating a lot and have been gaining more and more pounds of muscle but I was just wandering if it's safe. Thanks for the input and very nice gains. Good log man
    Yeah, man, it's safe. Glad I could help.

    Alright, y'all I have a seminar in 10minutes, but when I get back from that, I'll update on yesterdays workouts. Stay tuned!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Resolve View Post
    Yeah, I'm pretty swamped with my research right now, but if I have time, I want to read up a bit more on AA in the CNS.
    I ran a 50 day cycle of XFA starting back the beginning of January. I was very strict with it and cut out alot of other supplements which have COX-2 inhibiting properties. My goal was recomp basically; my diet was clean and was around 300 over maintenance. I did trim up some but didn't have any strength gains which was very disappointing to me.

    My most notable effect though was cognitive. I felt a very significant increase in cognitive clarity and memory as well as perhaps the general sense of well being. This took me by surprise since I had cut out green tea, resveratrol, toco-8, fish oils, and several other things. This was fascinating to me, especially since I have utilized nootropics and other cognitive supplements in the past. If I recall, arachidonic acid is one of the most abundant fatty acids in the brain with implications on cellular membrane functionality with regard to a host of compounds. AA's supplementation impact would likely vary based on the individual neurobiology of each person. It is possible I might have a natural deficiency in AA. I am still working on clarifying my understanding in this area as I consider cognitive supplementation and its possibilities to be the most rewarding for myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sapentia View Post
    I ran a 50 day cycle of XFA starting back the beginning of January. I was very strict with it and cut out alot of other supplements which have COX-2 inhibiting properties. My goal was recomp basically; my diet was clean and was around 300 over maintenance. I did trim up some but didn't have any strength gains which was very disappointing to me.

    My most notable effect though was cognitive. I felt a very significant increase in cognitive clarity and memory as well as perhaps the general sense of well being. This took me by surprise since I had cut out green tea, resveratrol, toco-8, fish oils, and several other things. This was fascinating to me, especially since I have utilized nootropics and other cognitive supplements in the past. If I recall, arachidonic acid is one of the most abundant fatty acids in the brain with implications on cellular membrane functionality with regard to a host of compounds. AA's supplementation impact would likely vary based on the individual neurobiology of each person. It is possible I might have a natural deficiency in AA. I am still working on clarifying my understanding in this area as I consider cognitive supplementation and its possibilities to be the most rewarding for myself.
    Good insight, I appreciate it!

    Alright, here's the update I promised everybody.

    A.M. Session: SQUATS!

    Box Squats:
    135x3
    225x3
    275x3
    315x3
    365x3
    405x3 +1 rep where my chest fell so I didn't count it.
    405x3

    I just cannot get my squats to improve. Bleh. I'm gonna have to bloat like crazy one of these days and treat my squat session like an actual PL meet.

    SLDL with Snatch, Pipe Grip:
    135x5 false grip
    225x5 false grip
    275x5 false grip
    285x5 pronated grip

    Rack Pull with snatch, pipe Grip:
    315x5 pronated grip
    315x5 mixed false grip

    So I realized that I'm strong with a false (thumbless grip) than I am with conventional grip. This has me confused as hell - I have weak THUMBS? WTF? How the heck do I rectify this?

    All movements supersetted with seated calf raises to technical failure.

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    Weighted Pull-Ups:
    BW+25 x6
    BW+50 x6
    BW+75x6

    Weighted Chins:
    BW+90 x5
    BW+90 x3+3

    Chins/Pull-Ups supersetted with 100lb Cable Pull-Overs for sets of 10. Chins/Pull-Ups/Pull-Overs all incorporated a 1sec squeeze at peak contraction.

    Lying Leg Curls:
    125x20
    155x15
    170x15
    200x3x5

    Decided to go heavier than usual on these. I'm glad I did, my hammies felt worked much more with fewer reps, heavier weight and a hard squeeze at the top of each rep.

    100lb Plate Pushes: 4 times down and back, about 20yd in each direction

    My wife/training partner did plate pushes for the first time with me yesterday, though she only used a 45. She could not believe how intense they were - she loved 'em and can't wait to do them again on Friday.

    XFA Notes: Euphoric side effect seems to wearing off. I have a lot on my plate right now, so this could be stress induced. Also been having headaches the last few days. Still waiting for that strength increase to kick in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sapentia View Post
    I ran a 50 day cycle of XFA starting back the beginning of January. I was very strict with it and cut out alot of other supplements which have COX-2 inhibiting properties. My goal was recomp basically; my diet was clean and was around 300 over maintenance. I did trim up some but didn't have any strength gains which was very disappointing to me.

    My most notable effect though was cognitive. I felt a very significant increase in cognitive clarity and memory as well as perhaps the general sense of well being. This took me by surprise since I had cut out green tea, resveratrol, toco-8, fish oils, and several other things. This was fascinating to me, especially since I have utilized nootropics and other cognitive supplements in the past. If I recall, arachidonic acid is one of the most abundant fatty acids in the brain with implications on cellular membrane functionality with regard to a host of compounds. AA's supplementation impact would likely vary based on the individual neurobiology of each person. It is possible I might have a natural deficiency in AA. I am still working on clarifying my understanding in this area as I consider cognitive supplementation and its possibilities to be the most rewarding for myself.
    Terrific feedback!
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    Those plate pushes look intense I just looked at them. I am thinking of buying an old wheelbarrow and adding a few things to put plates on it then lowering the tire pressure and using that from some wheel barrow / farmers walks.
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    Stout w/o man, your squats #'s are real good even though they don't seem it. I feel like Squats were always a buzzkill in my training regimen. No matter how much everything else went up I could never get my squats up to par.
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    Big R, you should throw a widowmaker in the mix for your squats. Try cranking 280x20 for sh!ts and giggles. It's a lighter weight so the form should be tits and the reps will kick your quads into high gear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Resolve View Post
    So I realized that I'm strong with a false (thumbless grip) than I am with conventional grip. This has me confused as hell - I have weak THUMBS? WTF? How the heck do I rectify this?
    Probably weak grip in general. And you probably haven't even noticed it until you tried the false grip.
    Try plate squeezes: Pinch-holding some standard plates with your 4 fingers on one side and your thumb on the opposite side, squeezing and holding it until your hand fatigues and weakens. Start with lighter plates and keep working up until you can pinch-hold a 50 lb. plate for a few minutes hold.

    Also, the farmer-walks that Kleen mentioned are a fantastic grip builder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fitcopforlife View Post
    Stout w/o man, your squats #'s are real good even though they don't seem it. I feel like Squats were always a buzzkill in my training regimen. No matter how much everything else went up I could never get my squats up to par.
    Long legs + Long torso do not make advantageous squat leverage!

    Quote Originally Posted by AZMIDLYF View Post
    Big R, you should throw a widowmaker in the mix for your squats. Try cranking 280x20 for sh!ts and giggles. It's a lighter weight so the form should be tits and the reps will kick your quads into high gear.
    Next time I'm feeling adventurous I will definitely incorporate a widowmaker!

    Quote Originally Posted by thundergod View Post
    Probably weak grip in general. And you probably haven't even noticed it until you tried the false grip.
    Try plate squeezes: Pinch-holding some standard plates with your 4 fingers on one side and your thumb on the opposite side, squeezing and holding it until your hand fatigues and weakens. Start with lighter plates and keep working up until you can pinch-hold a 50 lb. plate for a few minutes hold.

    Also, the farmer-walks that Kleen mentioned are a fantastic grip builder.
    It really seems to be my thumbs/wrist extensors. I can farmer's walk 125 to a hand for 150yds. I can also pinch hold two 45s together for 20secs (but they are rubber coated which I'm sure makes it easier).

    But grip is definitely something I'm trying to work on - hence all the thick/fat grip stuff. But it seems I'm honing in on what specific part of my grip is the shortcoming. I'm thinking ill add in some wrist extensions to failure and find some other stuff to strengthen that portion of my hand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZMIDLYF View Post
    Big R, you should throw a widowmaker in the mix for your squats. Try cranking 280x20 for sh!ts and giggles. It's a lighter weight so the form should be tits and the reps will kick your quads into high gear.
    those are nuts, im horrible at high rep squats, after me and my workout partner work up to 365 for 5, he always does a 5 repper with 405 then a 20 repper with 275... hes got me beat in the quads and hams department!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SwolenONE View Post
    those are nuts, im horrible at high rep squats, after me and my workout partner work up to 365 for 5, he always does a 5 repper with 405 then a 20 repper with 275... hes got me beat in the quads and hams department!
    They are killer. They can really give a nice growth spurt and help to break thru plateaus.
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    I don't get much in the quads from squatting, but I get awesome stimulation from leg press so I am doing the best of both worlds 4 sets on leg press followed by a widowmaker for squats. My quads are nice and sore then I do my Dead lifts later in the week for the back, hams, glutes and adductors to have heavier stimulation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Resolve View Post
    But grip is definitely something I'm trying to work on - hence all the thick/fat grip stuff. But it seems I'm honing in on what specific part of my grip is the shortcoming. I'm thinking ill add in some wrist extensions to failure and find some other stuff to strengthen that portion of my hand.
    You could get yourself a hand-gripper. You know....the spring between the handles thingy. Make sure to buy a decent one though, I've broke 3 of those cheap ones in the past. I broke the plastic handles on them, squeezing them TOO hard. ARGH!!!

    I've got a grip like Magnus Samuelsson.
    Grip of steel.......Gorilla Grip!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by thundergod View Post
    You could get yourself a hand-gripper. You know....the spring between the handles thingy. Make sure to buy a decent one though, I've broke 3 of those cheap ones in the past. I broke the plastic handles on them, squeezing them TOO hard. ARGH!!!

    I've got a grip like Magnus Samuelsson.
    Grip of steel.......Gorilla Grip!!!
    grip strength has always been a problem of mine, those hand gripper work pretty well though to build up tendon strength.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thundergod View Post
    You could get yourself a hand-gripper. You know....the spring between the handles thingy. Make sure to buy a decent one though, I've broke 3 of those cheap ones in the past. I broke the plastic handles on them, squeezing them TOO hard. ARGH!!!

    I've got a grip like Magnus Samuelsson.
    Grip of steel.......Gorilla Grip!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by SwolenONE View Post
    grip strength has always been a problem of mine, those hand gripper work pretty well though to build up tendon strength.
    I've considered picking up some of the "Captains of Crush" Grippers, but don't have the funds currently.

    The last couple of days have been nuts - I'm lecturing on Monday and in the middle of writing a new proposal. But I'll put an update on the last couple of workouts this afternoon/evening. I've been pleased with my performance!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Resolve View Post
    I've considered picking up some of the "Captains of Crush" Grippers, but don't have the funds currently.

    The last couple of days have been nuts - I'm lecturing on Monday and in the middle of writing a new proposal. But I'll put an update on the last couple of workouts this afternoon/evening. I've been pleased with my performance!
    CoC grippers are nice, I have a pair of the 150s that I use from time to time.

    congrats on your professional endeavors going well!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SwolenONE View Post
    CoC grippers are nice, I have a pair of the 150s that I use from time to time.

    congrats on your professional endeavors going well!
    Thanks man! I'm a molecular biologist working on my PhD, so work's hectic right now.

    Anyways, this update is overdue, so let's get it underway.

    XFA Notes: I don't know if the headaches I was experiencing were due to the XFA or just stress, but in either case, they've dissipated now and are a thing of the past. Further, as I'm sure you'll see - my strength on several lifts has taken a large and unexpected jump. I'm really quite surprised at the size of the increase that I've seen in my OHP and floor press, as well as my reverse band deads.


    Highlights from Wednesday's Training:

    Overhead Press: 200x3 solid reps, with no leg drive AND no elbow pain. This is a PR for strict press.

    Floor Press: 315x3 This is the first time I've pressed more than 300 since before Christmas! My tendonitis had been the limiting factor until now. I'm still a bit neurally weak, as made clear from the 3rd rep which was a real "grinder", but nonetheless pain was minimal and form was perfect and controlled.

    Today's AM Session

    Reverse Band Deads: About 100lbs of assistance at the floor, no assistance at about 8" up.
    225x3 - Thick, Overhand False Grip
    315x3 - Thick, overhand false grip
    405x3 - Thick, Overhand grip
    455x3 - Thick, Alternate grip
    475x3 - Alternate Grip
    500x3 - Alternate grip
    545x1 - Alternate grip, held at lockout to failure
    545x1 - alternate grip, held at lockout to failure

    My grip is the weak point as had been made clear and I thought this would be a good way to overload it. Boy was I right - if you've never tried RB Deads, they get the job done lemme tell ya.

    100lb Plate Pushes: 3x25yd down and back

    Standing Calf Raises

    PM Session

    Lying Leg Curls:
    200 for 5x5 with 2sec squeeze at the top of each rep

    HS Iso-lateral Row w/2sec squeeze at top of each rep:
    2 plates per side x5
    3 plates per side x5
    4 plates per side x5
    5 plates per side x5
    6 plates per side x5

    Barbell Static Shrugs: Held to grip failure
    135 - overhand false grip
    225 - overhand false grip
    225 - underhand grip
    315 - overhand false grip
    315 - underhand grip
    315 - hook grip
    315 - alternate grip

    100lb Plate Pushes: 3x 25yd down and back.

    Meant to do some wrist extensions but I forgot. My back and posterior chain is DECIMATED. Good thing I've gotta rack of ribs with my name on it.

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    well done with the weight increases, it may have taken seven years, but I think arachidonic acid has finally caught on with the majority of members on many of the larger forums.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SwolenONE View Post
    well done with the weight increases, it may have taken seven years, but I think arachidonic acid has finally caught on with the majority of members on many of the larger forums.
    I've liked AA since the get go
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    Went camping this weekend and gave a lecture this morning - busy as hell. I will be posting an update tomorrow. Grad school is kicking my ass; I had a border line panic attack on Friday evening. :/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Resolve View Post
    Went camping this weekend and gave a lecture this morning - busy as hell. I will be posting an update tomorrow. Grad school is kicking my ass; I had a border line panic attack on Friday evening. :/
    Take your time man, life gets busy. The stresses of life always seem to get in the way but in the long run will be very well worth it. Keep up the good work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fitcopforlife View Post
    Take your time man, life gets busy. The stresses of life always seem to get in the way but in the long run will be very well worth it. Keep up the good work.
    absolutely Resolve, the log can always wait a few days to be updated, we realize how busy you are juggling a social life with grad school and everything else, no worries on our end. Hope you get everything figured out and manageable!
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    Thanks y'all.

    So here's the run-down from Monday's training:

    XFA Notes: Water retention appears to be subsiding, but I've been feeling "tighter" than normal, particularly in the back and arms. Mood elevation has subsided, but I attribute this to outside stress.

    Monday AM session:
    Box Squats:
    135x8 - just to loosen up
    225x5
    275x5
    315x3
    365x3
    405x1 - chest fell on second rep, I just can't win with these.
    275x20 - Widowmaker, and I rocked it! I was pissed from failing with 405, and this was my redemption. Next week, I'm doing 285!

    SLDLs:
    135x5 - snatch, fat grip
    225x5 - snatch, fat grip
    275x5 - snatch, fat grip, held to failure at last rep
    295x3 - snatch, fat grip
    315x5 - snatch, overhand grip, held to failure

    All movements supersetted with seated calf raises

    PM Session:
    Superset: Parallel Grip Chins/Cable Pull-Overs
    BWx7/70x10
    +45x7/80x10
    +70x5/90x10
    +80x5/100x10
    +90x5/100x10
    - Held each rep at top for a good squeeze before lowering; this really increases the difficulty of both movements.

    Superset: Lying Leg Curls/Fat Bar Wrist Extensions
    140x10/40x15
    180x8/40x15
    200x5x5/40x5x10-15

    Superset: 100lb Plate Pushes/Fat Bar Wrist Extensions
    3x 25yrd down and back/40x3x10

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    A friend of mine had dinner last night with Benedikt Magnusson. Needless to say, I am more than green with envy. And she doesn't even lift!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Resolve View Post
    A friend of mine had dinner last night with Benedikt Magnusson. Needless to say, I am more than green with envy. And she doesn't even lift!
    I heard about his recent feat of strength, insane!
  

  
 

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