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    My Final Semester of Grad School


    I am 6 hours away from finishing my M. Ed. and will be done this December. This Spring/Summer has been extremely frustrating in terms of progress. I take a step forward and then a step backward. My last 2 logs have died because of, first, a nasty AC injury that took about 12 weeks of rehab to get ~90% of my strength back and, just recently, having to spend 10 days in Houston while my Grandma was in acute renal failure and, subsequently, a complete transplant.

    I have managed a 3.1 GPA so far, which is VERY disappointing to me, but I will admit that I've been coasting for most of grad school.

    Anyway, back to the point. My AC feels really good and I start the Fall semester tomorrow. I figured why not a nice log to go along with this event?

    Recently, I've been reading A LOT of Joe DeFranco and used his flexibility routine as a staple for my back and shoulder problems. I still lift with more of an athletic mentality than a BB/PLer and have adopted, once again, his Westside for Skinny Bastards routine. I'm not a skinny bastard, but it's designed for applicable muscle/strength gains

    8/23: Repetition Upper, Cardio

    Foam Roll
    Shoulder Pre-Hab

    Incline DB Press (45): 70x10, 70x10, 70x9.5
    Wide Neutral Pull-ups/Facepulls: BWx8/145x15, BWx6+2/160x12, BWx6+2/160x12
    DB Shoulder Press: 55x12, 60x8, 60x8
    Overhead DB Ex/DB Shrugs: 80x12/100x12, 90x10/110x12, 95x10/110x12

    20 minutes power walking

    Decent first session back in awhile. My diet during my time off was awful and gained a few lbs back and I could tell my strength was also down. No real pain or stiffness in my AC, but my back is a little tight from sleeping on a mattress that was too soft. It should loosen up with a little piriformis and glute rolling.
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    I'm going pretty bare bones for awhile while I get back into the groove of everything.
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    Good to see you posting, Rod. Congrats as well being in the final stride of attaining your M. E.d.!



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    8/25: ME Lower, Core

    Glute/Piriformis roll (w/ tennis ball)
    Hip Flexor Stretches
    Adductor/Abductor mobility drills

    Box Squats: 225x3, 235x3, 245x3, 255x5
    Walking Lunges: BW+120x10, BW+120x10, BW+120x10, BW+120x10
    Hypers: BW+90x12, BW+115x10, BW+125x10
    Crunches/Leg Lift w/ Hip Thrusts: 25/15, 25/15

    Good session and this was my second time doing box squats and I really, really like them. I felt good hip burst out of the bottom and my back actually held up nicely. The only negative is the return of the douchebags at my gym.
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    Congrats man, it is always a long road, but well worth it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AE14 View Post
    Congrats man, it is always a long road, but well worth it.
    I'm looking at a PhD at some point, but I need a break.
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    8/26: ME Upper, Cardio

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    Weighted Neutral Pullups: BW+10x5, BW+25x5, BW+35x3+3 negatives
    Flat DB Presses: 60x17, 65x15
    BB Rows/Rear Flys: 245x12/35x12, 245x12/35x12, 255x10/35x12
    DB Shrugs: 110x10, 110x10, 115x10
    Cambered Curls: 75x12, 85x10, 95x8

    DC Stretches

    Cardio

    Starting to feel much better and my shoulder felt great. My ROM is getting better every session and I may start working up to ME on chest exercises in the near future. I'm going to stick with these lifts for the next few weeks until my overall strength catches u as I'm down about 10-15% on almost all lifts.
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    8/30: Rep Upper

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    Incline DB Press: 70x10, 70x10, 70x11 (+1.5)
    Neutral Pullups/Facepulls: BWx8/160x12, BWx8/160x12, BWx8/160x12
    DB Shoulder Press: 60x10, 60x10, 60x10 (+2)
    Overhead DB Ex/Shrugs: 90x12/110x12, 95x12/120x10, 100x10/120x10

    Starting to really get everything rolling along now. I increased reps and/or weights on every lift and felt more "in the zone" than I have in awhile. I didn't have time to do cardio so I'll have to add in another session at some point later in the week.
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    8/31: ME Lower, Core, Cardio

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    Box Squats: 225x3, 245x3, 255x3, 275x3, 285x3
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    Hypers: BW+90x12, BW+115x10, BW+135x7 (weight slipped at the bottom of rep 8)
    Standing Cable Crunches: 60x15, 70x15, 85x12

    Cardio
    20 mins treadmill

    Every session, I increase my box squat capacity and I actually find them more comfortable than traditional squats. This session was quite grueling and my glutes are fried today, but in a good way. I've upped my protein as I've lowered my carbs to about 200g a day, which is low for me as I tend to coast at around 400-500g/day.
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    Hey mate didnt realise you where doing WS4SB aswell.

    How well did you find it supplemented your fight training in the past? (im pressuming you fight mma?)
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    Glute/Piriformis roll (w/ tennis ball)

    With a tennis ball? Can you elaborate on this. I have not seen it done or maybe I have and it is called something else?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shininface View Post
    Hey mate didnt realise you where doing WS4SB aswell.

    How well did you find it supplemented your fight training in the past? (im pressuming you fight mma?)
    I used the older template, but not for long enough stretches to really comment on its efficacy

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    Glute/Piriformis roll (w/ tennis ball)

    With a tennis ball? Can you elaborate on this. I have not seen it done or maybe I have and it is called something else?
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    9/2: ME Upper, Cardio

    Foam Roll
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    Neutral Pullups: BWx10, BW+10x5, BW+25x5, BW+35x3+3 negatives
    Incline DB Press: 65x15, 65x15
    DB Rows/Side Laterals: 150x14/30x12, 150x12/35x10, 150x12/35x10
    Hammer Curls/Facepulls: 50x8/160x12, 50x8/160x12, 50x8/160x12

    Static Stretches

    20 min cardio on treadmill

    Still chugging along each session. My shoulder was a bit tight today, but I loosened it up with some extra rolling along the anterior delt/bicep tendon. I wasn't able to get an extra rep on the pullups like I had hoped, but the 3 reps were much smoother compared to last week. Plus, I was able to hold the negatives much longer than last week. I did manage to move up 5 lbs on the incline DB press and made sure to use a few more warm up sets than normal to get extra bloodflow to my shoulder. By the end of the session, I was completely gassed out as I do almost every set to failure. I wasn't tired in a cardio sense, but my brain was fried after working all day and then immediately going to the gym (and with only a piece of Thermogum as my stims for the day).
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    3.1 GPA, that is not so great. May u become better!
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    Congrats man. Take a needed break. I am personally am stopping at the end of my Masters, which is about 6 months away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpargelJanusz View Post
    3.1 GPA, that is not so great. May u become better!
    I admitted that, but it's because I'm burnt out on school and have been for some time now. I barely study for any of my classes (maybe 3-4 hours a week) and could easily have a 4.0 if I cared that much about it.
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    Thanks, it was what I thought at first except I have seen it done with a large foam roller...
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    9/4: Dynamic Lower, Cardio

    Box Jumps: 36"x1, 38"x1, 40"x1, 42"x1
    Bulgarian DB Split Squats: 50x8, 50x8, 50x8
    SLDL: 185x8, 205x8, 215x8

    Cardio
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    I struggled to get a get burst into my jump and used mainly my flexibility to land the jumps. Also, my lumbar was a little tighter than usual ever after foam rolling and pre-hab.
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    9/6: Repetition Upper

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    Flat DB Press: 75x12, 75x11, 75x9
    Neutral Pullups/Facepulls: BWx8/160x12, BWx8/175x12, BWx8/175x12
    DB Shoulder Press: 60x12, 65x10, 65x10
    Overhead DB Ex/DB Shrugs: 100x12/110x12, 100x12/120x12, 100x11/130x10

    I felt really, really good during this session and advanced my lifts on DB shoulder press and facepulls. The thing I like most about this template is the emphasis on the rear delt/trap area to strengthen the rotator cuff muscles and to avoid strength/posture imbalances. My left AC is still not 100%, but I feel it getting stronger every week.
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    9/7: ME Lower, Core, Cardio

    Box Squats: 225x5, 245x5, 275x3, 295x3
    Walking DB Lunges: 75x12, 75x12, 75x12
    Hypers: BW+90x12, BW+135x10 (PR)
    Standing Cable Crunches: 70x15, 85x15, 85x15

    30 mins cardio

    I'm really getting the groove in box squats. I could have gone a tad heavier, but my form was getting loose. By that, I mean that I was not driving forward with my hips and was mainly using my quads. I continue to move up in the supporting lifts and I know this is helping to increase the hip drive. One thing I did notice was that my hamstrings started to get very tired by the end of cardio. Not a cramp, but just general fatigue within the muscle group.
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    9/9: ME Upper, Core, Cardio

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    Neutral Pullups: BWx8, BW+10x5, BW+25x5, BW+35x3, BW+45x3 (PR)
    Incline DB Press: 65x15, 70x15
    Supinated BB Rows/Side Laterals: 245x12/35x12, 255x12/35x12, 275x12/35x12
    Hammer Curls/DB Shrugs: 50x10/120x12, 50x12/130x10, 50x12
    Hanging Leg Raises: BWx15, BWx15, BWx15

    20 min treadmill

    BY the end of this session, I was extremely gassed, but I still set a PR on pullups and am seeing improvement in my presses. My lumbar tends to get cranky towards the end of the week because of the crappy chairs at work and I did some piriformis release to try to loosen it up, but to no avail. One of the PL guys I've befriended has a GF that's a chiro and am going to see her next week to work on it.
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    subbed brutha!!! Nice to see you using the foam roller and doing rehab stuff pre workout. You don't see to many guys even doing warm up sets let alone foam rolling or shoulder/glute activating/mobility. May I ask, is your warmup routine something you put together yourself or are you following an already laid out one. Personally I pick and choose movements from Jim Smiths ACS manual but I sometimes feel I could be choosing better effective movements for the days workout.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JudoJosh View Post
    subbed brutha!!! Nice to see you using the foam roller and doing rehab stuff pre workout. You don't see to many guys even doing warm up sets let alone foam rolling or shoulder/glute activating/mobility. May I ask, is your warmup routine something you put together yourself or are you following an already laid out one. Personally I pick and choose movements from Jim Smiths ACS manual but I sometimes feel I could be choosing better effective movements for the days workout.
    It's partially based off of DeFranco's agility/flexibility routines with some other foam roll movements and rotator cuff work. I had an overly internally rotated right humerus and have worked on correcting it for about 4 months now.
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    9/13: ME Lowe, Core

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    Box Squats: 245x5, 275x5, 295x5, 315x5 (PR)
    Walking DB Lunges: 80x10, 80x10, 80x10
    Standing Cable Crunches: 70x15, 85x15, 100x15
    Hypers: BW+45x12, BW+90x12, BW+135x12

    DC Stretches

    I had to switch up my week due to some unforeseen events and I didn't even want to attempt to try to do upper at about 6 PM on a Monday. That would have taken far too long and been very frustrating. My strength on Box Squats is climbing every week as I really master the technique and start to drive through my heels and focus on my hips. I haven't really devoted too much time to squats over the past few years, but I'm really enjoying these and will definitely make them a staple.
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    9/14: Rep Upper

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    Incline DB Press: 70x12, 75x12, 80x8 (PR)
    Pullups/Facepulls: BWx5+5/160x15, BWx5+5/175x15, BWx5+5/175x15
    DB Shoulder Press:60x12, 65x10, 70x8
    Overhead DB Ex/DB Shrugs: 95x12/120x12, 100x12/120x12, 105x10 (PR)/130x12

    This was a fantastic session and hit two PRs while getting a great pump with solid endurance and focus. The pullups where done in a split method: the first 5 were wide, pronated and the second 5 were wide, neutral. I liked it a lot and was able to focus on the lat contraction much better. So far, my body is feeling great, but I plan to deload in about 4 weeks to avoid the injury bug
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    9/16: Dynamic Lower, Cardi

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    General Warm-Up

    Box Jumps: 39"x2, 40.5"x1, 42"x1
    Bulgarian Split Squats: 110x8, 120x8, 120x8
    Pull Throughs: 100x10, 130x10, 145x10

    Cardio

    5, 5-minute rounds on heavy bag
    Sprints:
    10MPH, 0%
    10.5MPH, 0%
    11MPH, 0%
    11.5MPH, 0%
    11.7MPH, 1%
    12MPH, 1%
    12.2MPH, 1%

    After this session, I was extremely gassed as I have not done anything will that kind of energy demand in quite some time. I honestly thought I was going to vomit a few minutes after I was done and then had an AWFUL crash afterwards. Everything was fuzzy, I could barely breathe, and I was slightly cold despite being outside in 90 degree weather. It faded after a few minutes, but I went home and immediately ate some fruit to get some glucose into my system.
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    9/17: ME Upper, Cardio

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    Pullups: BW+10x5, BW+25x5, BW+35x3, BW+45x3+3 neg
    JM Press: 135x15, 145x15
    Cable Rows/Seated DB Cleans: 200x12/20x10, 220x10/20x10, 220x10/20x10
    Hammer Curls/Side Laterals: 50x12/35x12, 55x8/40x10, 55x8/40x10

    Cardio
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    My timing of this session was completely off, but I still had a great session. I didn't quite set any PRs, but I got a hell of a pump and I can definitely see some extra mass forming in my trap/delt area from the extra volume. The one down note was that my right anterior delt was giving me fits, so I didn't go as heavy as I possibly could on some lifts. This was also the first time I have done the DB cleans and I have to say they have given me some great mid-trap soreness. I'm also hoping that they help to strengthen the rotators some more and to alleviate this battle I've had with my rotators.
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    I saw them live about a month ago for the second time and they were even better.

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    I'm cruising right around 210 first thing in the morning and have been killing the weights lately. Hopefully, this allows me to continue this and advance even further.
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    I have been reading alot if good reviews on erase and was considering picking up a bottle before the sale is done. Interested to see how you like it.. Also the WMS isn't paleo friendly is it?
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    9/20: ME Lower, Cardio

    Box Squats: 225x5, 245x5, 275x5, 315x5, 335x5 (PR)
    Reverse BB Lunges: 95x16, 135x16, 155x16
    Hypers: BW+45x15, BW+90x15, BW+135x12

    Cardio

    1, 10-minute round bag drills
    1, 5-minute round bag drills
    1, 3-minute round bag drills

    Still going strong and gaining strength. I haven't been eating to gain excessive mass, but I have been consuming enough calories to pack on some quality LBM. However, I've also been kicking up the cardio and trying to get some level of conditioning back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JudoJosh View Post
    I have been Seinfeld alot if good reviews on erase and was considering picking up a bottle before the sale is done. Interested to see how you like it.. Also the WMS isn't paleo friendly is it?
    WMS is about as non-Paleo as it gets. It is a corn derivative afterall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    WMS is about as non-Paleo as it gets. It is a corn derivative afterall.
    That's what I had though.. Are you just using it around your workout?
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    You guys and your crazy diets

    I've never heard of 3/4 of these diets that I come across on the boards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JudoJosh View Post
    That's what I had though.. Are you just using it around your workout?
    Just immediately post.

    Quote Originally Posted by stxnas View Post
    You guys and your crazy diets

    I've never heard of 3/4 of these diets that I come across on the boards.
    I learned about it from my BJJ instructor and he swears by it for allergy reduction, which is 90% of the reason I follow it.
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    Thanks for sharing that. I might have to look into it. I didn't have allergies until I moved to Central Florida. They've been awful ever since.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stxnas View Post
    Thanks for sharing that. I might have to look into it. I didn't have allergies until I moved to Central Florida. They've been awful ever since.
    I don't follow it 100% as I include tubers and rice, but I don't eat gluten or oats, corn, and little dairy.
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    9/21: Rep Upper, Core, Cardio

    Foam Roll
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    Incline DB Press: 75x12, 80x10, 85x8 (PR)
    Pullups/Seated DB Cleans: 6+6/25x10, 6+6/25x10, 6+4+2/25x10
    DB Shoulder Press: 60x12, 70x10, 75x8 (PR)
    Pressdowns/DB Shrugs: 190x12/120x12, 195x12/130x12, 195x12/130x12
    Standing Crunches: 85x15, 100x15, 100x15

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    4,5-minute rounds heavy bag

    Long, tough session, but I felt great throughout the entire time thanks to some ArginoCarn and GPLC. I just kept humming along through my lifts and cardio, but ran out of time. Plus, I started to get a bit of a hip flexor issue from kicking drills. Overall, my cardio and strength have really started to kick up a notch lately while I have an eye on competing some time in the Spring. I do know that I'm a ways off from that in terms of weight and conditioning, but I have plenty of time to get there.
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    9/23: Dynamic Leg, Core, Cardio

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    Dynamic Squats: 135x3x8 (30s rest)
    Pull Throughs: 130x10, 145x10, 160x10
    Trunk Rotations: 70x12, 70x12, 70x12

    4, 5-minute rounds heavy bag

    9/24: Max Upper, Cardio

    Foam Roll
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    Pull-Ups/Dips: BWx6/BWx12, BW+10x5, BWx12, BW+25x5/BW+25x12, BW+35x3/BW+35x10, BW+45x3/BW+45x10, BW+50x3 (PR)/BW+50x10
    JM Press (w/ Fat Gripz): 135x15, 155x15, 165x15
    BB Rows/Side Laterals: 275x10/40x10, 275x10/40x10, 275x10/40x10
    Hammer Curls/DB Shrugs: 55x10/120x12, 55x10/130x12, 55x10/140x10 (PR)

    DC Stretches

    5, 5-minute rounds heavy bag
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