What I've seen people do before is they actually do somewhere on the order of 14-20+ sets of doubles on DE lower days during accumulation blocks. I don't know if this is with or without accommodating resistance. The other alteration is they stick to dumbbell or bodyweight work for accessory movements, which I hear is for recovery purposes.
Check your form: http://anabolicminds.com/forum/exercise-science/190675-proper-techniques.html
11/14 DE Lower
Speed Pulls (+100# chains)
Deficit Conventional Deads (4")
Standing Cable Crunches
My hamstrings were fried by the end of this session, which is exactly what I needed. I wouldn't say they're a weak area for me, but they can never be too strong and I've noticed that I'm having some trouble sitting back once I get to ~90% of my 1RM and staying tight at the bottom. Again, switching around some things to make the DE/RE the days where I really hammer the assistance lifts and the ME where I can somewhat easier on them and, also, implementing upper back to lower body days since there is only so much volume you can handle during an upper-body session.
11/16 ME Upper
Tate Press/DB Curls
11/17 ME Lower
SSB Box Squat (14")
Conventional Rack Pulls (bar at knee height)
Hanging Leg Raises/DB Shrugs
Solid first week of accumulation. Definitely more rep work than I've been doing the past few months and I've had some lingering DOMS, as expected. Tried to do some unilateral thigh work, but the knee didn't feel stable enough and there was too much discomfort for my liking.
Close Grip Bench (pinky on rings)
Looks like I may be taking some time off after this morning. The plan was to do four sets of 5 on CG bench and the first two sets went very well. I was able to get my leg drive and stay tight throughout the lift and everything felt great. On the third set, though, something went awry. I first had trouble unracking the weight, but didn't think anything of it. The first two reps also felt fine and felt like I was on my way to another good set, but the third rep was where things went bad. I think I overtucked at the bottom at it opened up my left shoulder and I felt a slight burning on the anterior side near the bicep tendon/pec area. I tried to continue on, but the fourth rep hurt very badly and I racked the weight. I attempted some OHP, but there was also some discomfort. I've iced the area and took some NSAIDs to hopefully lessen the swelling in the area and the specific ROM that hurts is horizontal flexion with no discomfort raising the arm as long as I don't move it medially. I've never any pec strain until this session, so I'm hoping it heals quickly.
That sucks man..
I've definitely been there though, strained my pec, a little while ago, ended up taking a good six Weeks off of any pressing..
During that time, I really hammered my upper back, scaps, and what not and.. My deads and rack pulls increased quite a bit.. Added some quality muscle to my upper back too ..
So hey on the bright side, everyone can use more upper back..
Anywho I wish you a speedy recovery
Damn man, sucks to here. Heal up quickly.
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Accumulation Week 2, Day 3
Tate Press/Pressdowns (w/lat pulldown bar)
W/Band Pullaparts (mini)
The plan today was floor press with my ring finger on the ring, but my pec was not ready. I attempted to give it a go and did a very thorough warmup on the pec/delt tie-in and then did a few sets of 125, which felt good, but 185 hurt. Instead of being stupid, I cut my losses and just go on with what I had planned for the day and subbed in the pressing volume with extra rowing volume.
Accumulation Week 2, Day 4
Hanging Leg Raises
Got in some really good work on this day. Went at a slower pace than usual because we had a big group with a couple of guys going full gear. Finally working out a kink in my technique that was messing up the last third of the my squat as I figured out I was driving my hips too far forward and it was throwing me off balance while returning the weigh to the hooks.
Accumulation Week 3, Day 1
56 reps/42 reps
I was very, very diligent with warming up on this session even if it meant taking away some of my numbers. I usually don't take 10-20lb jumps while warming up, but I did just that to make sure the pec had plenty of bloodflow and was nice and warm. I usually only do 4-5 sets before I start everything , but I did 8 sets before I put 205 on the bar (bar, 95, 105, 135x2, 155, 165, 185) with 4-6 reps on each set. Once I got going, though, everything went very well. The bar was moving very fast and I didn't take any of my sets to failure to stay within my goals for the day. I did notice a slight dip in my lockout strength on OHP, which I attribute to my triceps being fatigued from the CG incline, but I anticipated something like that would happen and I also lightened my pressdown weigh to make sure to get a ton of bloodflow into the area and really stretch the muscle.
Accumulation Week 3, Day 2 (w/ suit bottoms)
Speed Pulls (+120# chain)
Cambered Box Squats (14")
BWx15 (1 red band)
BWx15x2 (2 red bands)
I am fairly confident that I have hit the overreaching phase as my power on speed pulls was not where it usually is. It is definitely not from a lack of food as I have increased my calories by 500-1000 per day to try to add some mass. Starting to notice some kinks and soreness in my back, hips, and delts as well even while using my suit. The plan for Friday is floor press, which I supposed to do last week, but couldn't and Sunday is still up in the air. I might do SSB box squats to a higher box, but that isn't set. One thing I will not be doing is pulling with a DL bar for awhile as my hands are killing me from the extra pulling volume that I've been doing for the past three weeks.
Accumulation Week 3, Day 3
Tate Press/Pressdowns/BB Curls
Seated DB Cleans/Pullaparts (mini)
Final upper body session of the accumulation phase and, sans the strain, I'd say it went well. Combined with the extra calories, I've added on about 3 lbs and my shirts are tighter now. Still not sure about when I will train fully geared again, but I'm leaning towards the first week of the transmutation phase. The main thing I need to decide is whether or not I should deload next week.
How often do you normally deload personally? Or is it more when you feel the need or between phases.
long time no see man! Your a PES rep now? I just finished up my anabeta/endosurge stack and was happy with it. PES is a great company.
Accumulation Week 3, Day 4
Box Squats (14" box)
Rack Pulls (3-4" below knee)
DB Side Bends
Last day of the accumulation phase. Felt good overall, but a tad slow off of the box once I hit 405 and stuck with that weight. Briefs are starting to feel tighter, which is great as they haven't offered much support for awhile as I lost some weight while I was prepping for 198. I'm holding off on buying some new briefs until I get to my target weight.
I am gonna park in here to get hit with some knowledge and see **** get done
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