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  1. Quote Originally Posted by iSamurai View Post
    Late to the party, but count me in!
    Nice to have you my man. I'm overhauling my training currently as I think 5/3/1 beats me up a bit too much and neglects speed work and rep work, albeit they are partially addressed. I'm really looking to kick some ass on the cube and only having to go heavy on each lift periodically.


  2. With the 5/3/1 did you incorpoate deload weeks to help alleviate that heavy weight muscle stress?
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  3. Quote Originally Posted by bigla2004 View Post
    Sorry guys been super busy all week. I did get my workouts in.. highlights include working up to an easy 295 x 5 squatting. I'm playing with my form allowing my knees to track forward a little more to keep my torso upright per some of Brandon Lilly's videos. I also hit an easy 275 x 1 paused bench. I'll be retooling my programming for this week to start Brandon Lilly's Cube Method. I think I'm at a stage in my lifting career where to get to the next level I need to focus on speed and technique, just as much as pure strength. My lifts feel slow even when the weight is light. The cube seems like an awesome way to do all this and build your lifts without a ton of work above 90% so I'll feel fresher hopefully.

    Regarding the stack, nothing insane to report. Getting slightly leaner and moving weight decently, but nothing earth shattering. I'm going to keep on plugging away!
    look good man!
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  4. Quote Originally Posted by iSamurai View Post
    With the 5/3/1 did you incorpoate deload weeks to help alleviate that heavy weight muscle stress?
    Absolutely. I just have never focused on speed work and I think that will be a huge differentiator.

  5. Last nights workout, my first on the cube.

    Deadlift - Reps

    Deadlift from 1 inch deficit - worked up to 345 x 8
    4 Inch Block Pull - 395 x 3 x 2 sets
    Olympic Paused Squats - 175 x 8 x 3 sets
    Pullthroughs - Average Band x 10 x 4 sets

    Finished with some high rep SLDL (25 reps) and another move a strongman there showed me that I can describe.. almost like a seated dumbbell good morning.

    Workout felt great. I should mention all lifts were done completely raw (no belt). My speeds on the 4' block pull weren't quite as quick as I would have liked, but they moved easy. Sitting ass to grass for a couple seconds on the squats was wild. Definitely have more weight in me on those, but I wasn't trying to trash my legs too bad so I was conservative. Hopefully this builds some big power out of the hole.

    In terms of the stack.. I am getting progressively leaner. I think Versa-1 is really starting to "kick in" now and may need to purchase another bottle to extend past this next week or two. Definitely contemplating it. I'm stoked for my heavy bench workout on Friday. Stay tuned!
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  6. Late but here bud! Looking great I'm here. I'm starting c20 next week!
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  7. Solid workout man. Good to hear you're having a successful run. I'd recommend going with a second bottle; it's great having another 4 weeks with all of the effects going strong. Either way, good luck with the heavy bench work!
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  8. Look forward to bench blitz!

    8 weeks would be boss, hope you go that route. I'll be following!
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  9. Quote Originally Posted by bigla2004 View Post
    Last nights workout, my first on the cube.

    Deadlift - Reps

    Deadlift from 1 inch deficit - worked up to 345 x 8
    4 Inch Block Pull - 395 x 3 x 2 sets
    Olympic Paused Squats - 175 x 8 x 3 sets
    Pullthroughs - Average Band x 10 x 4 sets

    Finished with some high rep SLDL (25 reps) and another move a strongman there showed me that I can describe.. almost like a seated dumbbell good morning.

    Workout felt great. I should mention all lifts were done completely raw (no belt). My speeds on the 4' block pull weren't quite as quick as I would have liked, but they moved easy. Sitting ass to grass for a couple seconds on the squats was wild. Definitely have more weight in me on those, but I wasn't trying to trash my legs too bad so I was conservative. Hopefully this builds some big power out of the hole.

    In terms of the stack.. I am getting progressively leaner. I think Versa-1 is really starting to "kick in" now and may need to purchase another bottle to extend past this next week or two. Definitely contemplating it. I'm stoked for my heavy bench workout on Friday. Stay tuned!
    If you're gonna do paused squats (by all means, do them up, they're a game changer) try sitting at parallel. It's a lot easier to rest your hams on your calves than it is to make your hips find where you're strongest and keep you suspended. I've done a paused Front Squat ATG with more weight than I've been able to pause at parallel.

    Paused parallel squats + paused oly squats = unstoppable holeshot.

    Count me in on this. Happy Cubing from a fellow Cuber.
    Training log:
    http://anabolicminds.com/forum/workout-logs/240172-herders-2014-log.html

  10. Quote Originally Posted by bigla2004 View Post
    Sorry guys been super busy all week. I did get my workouts in.. highlights include working up to an easy 295 x 5 squatting. I'm playing with my form allowing my knees to track forward a little more to keep my torso upright per some of Brandon Lilly's videos. I also hit an easy 275 x 1 paused bench. I'll be retooling my programming for this week to start Brandon Lilly's Cube Method. I think I'm at a stage in my lifting career where to get to the next level I need to focus on speed and technique, just as much as pure strength. My lifts feel slow even when the weight is light. The cube seems like an awesome way to do all this and build your lifts without a ton of work above 90% so I'll feel fresher hopefully.Regarding the stack, nothing insane to report. Getting slightly leaner and moving weight decently, but nothing earth shattering. I'm going to keep on plugging away!
    Definitely agree that the more well trained you are the more technique comes into play. Find those weak links in the chain for each lift and blast them!
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  11. Nice stack and as a retired powerlifter i like the workouts..good luck..sj

  12. Quote Originally Posted by herderdude View Post
    If you're gonna do paused squats (by all means, do them up, they're a game changer) try sitting at parallel. It's a lot easier to rest your hams on your calves than it is to make your hips find where you're strongest and keep you suspended. I've done a paused Front Squat ATG with more weight than I've been able to pause at parallel.

    Paused parallel squats + paused oly squats = unstoppable holeshot.

    Count me in on this. Happy Cubing from a fellow Cuber.
    wow really great point. Never looked at it in that light. Definitely going to keep up paused oly but will have to work in sole paused parallel with my slightly wider stance!

    did you run as is? How have your results been?

  13. Quote Originally Posted by SuppJunkie View Post
    Nice stack and as a retired powerlifter i like the workouts..good luck..sj
    Thanks brothern. I'm just a guy who wants to be a human forklift. No use in looking big if you can't move some heavy **** IMO

  14. Quote Originally Posted by bigla2004 View Post

    wow really great point. Never looked at it in that light. Definitely going to keep up paused oly but will have to work in sole paused parallel with my slightly wider stance!

    did you run as is? How have your results been?
    I tried to run it as it's laid out, but I have been working with a nagging lower back injury that prevents me from deadlifting. One thing of note is that I have hit a 45lb squat PR. Which was unimaginable to me just a few weeks ago.
    Training log:
    http://anabolicminds.com/forum/workout-logs/240172-herders-2014-log.html

  15. Quote Originally Posted by herderdude View Post
    I tried to run it as it's laid out, but I have been working with a nagging lower back injury that prevents me from deadlifting. One thing of note is that I have hit a 45lb squat PR. Which was unimaginable to me just a few weeks ago.
    That's great! That's how I'm doing it the first time through.. trying to get to 400/500/600 within a year or so at a similar bodyweight.

    As a side note to all, I purchased Versa-1 to extend the run. Wanted to see how this will impact my training over 8 weeks. Hope its worth it. Got some bulk modern bcaa too! May try megadosing them.

  16. Powerlifting is a marathon and not a sprint, but setting high long term goals is huge. I'm at 500/365/465 right now. The Cube will help. Gain all the knowledge you can. And drink that Modern like it's water!
    Training log:
    http://anabolicminds.com/forum/workout-logs/240172-herders-2014-log.html

  17. Quote Originally Posted by herderdude View Post
    Powerlifting is a marathon and not a sprint, but setting high long term goals is huge. I'm at 500/365/465 right now. The Cube will help. Gain all the knowledge you can. And drink that Modern like it's water!
    Absolutely.. I'm within 100 of all those as of today, and those numbers are close to 50 lbs off of my all time bests of each lift. So lofty, but certainly achievable in a year or two if everything comes together.

  18. Quote Originally Posted by bigla2004 View Post
    That's great! That's how I'm doing it the first time through.. trying to get to 400/500/600 within a year or so at a similar bodyweight.As a side note to all, I purchased Versa-1 to extend the run. Wanted to see how this will impact my training over 8 weeks. Hope its worth it. Got some bulk modern bcaa too! May try megadosing them.
    Awesome! No need to exceed 1 cap/day of VERSA-1 (plus you only have 30 caps in a bottle), but some extra BCAAs never hurt.
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  19. I agree with classic; 1 cap daily is all that's needed...and using 2 caps leaves you with half the time to make progress.
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  20. 1 cap is where it's at. Nice log. Keep up the great training.
    Lets Say you do everything that you are supposed to do. You check all the boxes. You Believe, you prepare, you work, you fight, and you know your why, and Life still catches you on your blindside..... Just remember Failure Is Never Final !!!!

  21. Yesterday's chest workout

    floor press-
    220 x 5 sets x 2 reps

    varied the grips.. These felt pretty good. My floor press BLOWS so I'm thinking increasing it will have good crossover to my bench.

    paused bench-
    165 x 14
    145 x 13

    wanted to hit 15 on each of these.. They flew off the chest but man did I learn my tris are weak.

    wide grip pull-ups-
    bw x 12
    bw x 12
    bw x 10

    band push downs-
    4 sets of 25 reps

    db shrugs-
    100s x 15 reps x 3 sets

    held each rep for a second or two contracted

    klokov press-
    humbling weight x 10 reps x 3 sets


    had an insane pump from all of this.. Disappointed in my tricep weakness... Good news is they will be fun to work on as well as improving my ability for higher reps

  22. Squat explosive day

    Squats
    210 x 8 sets x 3 reps

    olympic squats
    185 x 5 sets x 5 reps

    these were done atg and paused again

    Leg press
    500 x 5 sets x 15 reps

    kb swings
    3 sets x 15 reps

    hyperextensions
    2 sets x 20 reps

    entire workout took like 40 minutes. I'm loving the cube and being able to go lighter and feeling like more than a new 3 rm or heavy single matters. I forgot one set of reverse bands squats. Kinda upset but that shows you th focus and intensity I brought today. Really happy about my pace. Tomorrow is a bodybuilding weakness day, excited for some pumps!

  23. Bodybuilding day-

    Landmine press-
    105 x 3 sets by 8 reps

    superset with bicep curls-
    70 x 3 sets x 12 reps

    calf raises-
    510 x 4 sets x 12 reps

    superset with defranco band pull aparts
    red band x 4 sets x 8 reps

    cgbp with fat gripz extreme-
    185 x 6
    185 x 6
    195 x 6

    cat rows-
    3 sets x 8 reps

    Face pulls-
    2 sets x 10 reps

    good quick reps and pump.. Measured right at 10 percent bf at 200. Down significantly from a few months ago. Happy with how easy the cgbp moved with the fge... I'm going to have strong beast triceps or die trying

  24. Awesome log in here. Keep it up

  25. Quote Originally Posted by bigla2004 View Post
    good quick reps and pump.. Measured right at 10 percent bf at 200. Down significantly from a few months ago. Happy with how easy the cgbp moved with the fge... I'm going to have strong beast triceps or die trying
    Congrats on the progress man. Love cgbp as well; it's been a big factor in my tricep development.
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  26. Quote Originally Posted by breezy11 View Post
    Congrats on the progress man. Love cgbp as well; it's been a big factor in my tricep development.
    You ever do them with fat gripz or fat gripz extreme?

    Whewwww

  27. Quote Originally Posted by bigla2004 View Post

    You ever do them with fat gripz or fat gripz extreme?

    Whewwww
    I actually haven't used them at all...would like to though.

    Haha I bet.
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  28. Quote Originally Posted by breezy11 View Post
    I actually haven't used them at all...would like to though.

    Haha I bet.
    Back a few years ago when I was lifting heavy a lot too I had real strong tris a would always fail close to my chest. Fat gripz have really helped me learn my tricep strength needs a llot of work again. Definitely worth the investment IMO... A few Guys at my gym purchased aafter me and love them.

  29. Quote Originally Posted by bigla2004 View Post

    Back a few years ago when I was lifting heavy a lot too I had real strong tris a would always fail close to my chest. Fat gripz have really helped me learn my tricep strength needs a llot of work again. Definitely worth the investment IMO... A few Guys at my gym purchased aafter me and love them.
    Thanks for the feedback man. I've been curious about them for a while now, and I think you've convinced me to pick some up.
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