Country Gets HUGE with 5-3-1, Erase and DAA.
- 06-10-2013, 10:18 PM
I think I might do my heavy set twice, no straps or belt the second time. It's only 415.Log: http://anabolicminds.com/forum/workout-logs/226478-country-gets-huge.html#post3905023
- 06-11-2013, 12:06 PM
Woke up at 5 am which surprised me because I normally sleep awesome on ghenerate. Just had to leak. Got up and had a weird knee pain. Took care of business and back to bed. Woke up at 7. Still there. Decided to sleep some more. Woke up at 10 and still there. Whatever. Ate breakfast and at my girls place now for a while. After driving it feels better. Ill be pulling around 4:30 this afternoon. Excited.
I'm actually really sore from yesterday. It's rare for me to get that from bench. Maybe my week off has something to do with it. Obviously strength wasn't affected.Log: http://anabolicminds.com/forum/workout-logs/226478-country-gets-huge.html#post3905023
- 06-11-2013, 04:04 PM
Opinions? I don't really like a lot of caffeine. Got it with my last order.Log: http://anabolicminds.com/forum/workout-logs/226478-country-gets-huge.html#post3905023
06-11-2013, 04:39 PM
06-11-2013, 07:05 PM
It's a tab. I am gona take it and go do some strongman stuff I think. Should be fun. Gona build a tire pull rig I can put weight on, get my tire out for flips, and maybe build a sled in a week or two.
06-11-2013, 09:48 PM
Didn't get enough carbs but had a solid workout. Just tired at the end. 420x9 for the heavy deadlift set. I hit that after without straps. No problem. I will try a 500 rep next week I think... I am not sure when to go for it though.
After a great gym sess. I had a shake, a big piece of grilled chicken, and I did some strongman stuff. It took a while getting setup. I did 8 total sets. last 3 were with the winch cable as a rope. First I used a nylon rope that didn't help hardly at all. Good stuff now though that I got it dialed in. I need a new rope one I put my winch back together (it broke but I have the parts to fix) and the cable goes back on. Or else I just use the jeep to as the anchor and pull the 7000 pound suburban instead. LOL. I need a real belt too I had to duct tape this one on. And I need it if I ever wana compete too.
06-11-2013, 09:54 PM
Get lower on the pulls man. You're standing up really tall and taking big steps trying to build momentum and it's too inefficient. Stay low, take small quick steps, and drive.
06-11-2013, 10:04 PM
I was using the duckwalk from linemen drills in football haha. It was actually working better for me than the tight feet which I tried first. I felt like it would have better carry over using the same stance I used for deadlift and squat....
I will try narrow however as you say next time. I know that is how the pros do it, but I was having trouble with it. Thanks for the suggestions!
I tried getting lower on the pull, but my feet were slipping. I might do it in the yard next time and wear cleats. Thoughts?
I was under the impression as long as I'm doing work and it's moving it should be a good workout. Do you think I will see more from a narrow stance, or that it will just make it easier. Like I said first time setting this up so I will definitely take your pointers and try them out! You are the strongman after all, right?
06-11-2013, 10:14 PM
And thanks a ton for the tips man. I want to do this again maybe saturday. I am doing my sprints tomorrow I hope. Squats hopefully friday. So depends how I feel. maybe do this sunday.
06-11-2013, 10:14 PM
I should try that with my Z71....that would be loads of fun. I respect that pull man, that was pretty awesome, not gonna lie. Btw, I subscribed to your channel, I'm probably going to start putting training vids up soon for critique and suggestions.
I'm just trying to bring sexy back.
06-11-2013, 10:19 PM
Go for it. The slight incline was killin me. I have steeper parts I can work up to. I will check out your vids when you put em up of course and we will all critique if you ask for it.
06-11-2013, 10:22 PM
I'm sure it was an awesome workout, and it looked hard as fuark. It just looked like you took your quads most of the way out of the pull.
When I do pulls (which usually end up being sleds, with no arm assistance) I almost bear crawl trying to stay low and drive through my heels. It completely smokes my quads, and its easier to get it going that way.
For the most part I try to emulate the technique of Mariusz Pudzianowski, he was always one of the lighter guys but his technique and raw power were so ridiculous that he almost always did well at an event he shouldn't have done well on.
06-11-2013, 10:31 PM
Heck yeah man. I have track spikes and football cleat I will try both out. I don't know how much hard the pull will be in grass though.
I am gona build a sled like a prowler that I can push or pull ASAP since I have a welder and some steel laying around. Should help a lot. I love sled pulls in HS.
I agree I was getting a hip and glute workout much more than quads. I will pull the feet in and hammer the quads. I think doing this with a wide stance and narrow stance prowling would be a deadly combo.
I wish I had a real harness no my lifting belt... not the best setup.
I tried to do it before on a steeper incline with no rope to pull... the jeep started pulling me downhill after about 10 seconds. Not a fun time. Insanely heavy.
I will look him up, watch some vid and what not tomorrow at work. I work at 5 am and have some free time before it gets busier.
06-12-2013, 05:05 AM
Slept about a full half hour last night. Now at work. FML guess I'm gona be tired today... except it's 5 AM and I'm still wide awake. Seriously the dumbest thing ever. I have to go eat ice cream tonight because I got some scholarship and they wana give me money, so I have to eat their ice cream. I was tempted to ask if they would be serving any chicken...
Rant over. 8 more hours of work then I am CRASHING. I hope.
06-12-2013, 10:22 PM
Today was long as hell. Getting good sleep. Lots of food tomorrow. Killing my standing overhead press then doing some extra bench work then my normal workout. If I decide I'm not ready to back squat Friday I will be doing sprints for sure.
06-13-2013, 03:26 PM
I love when some jackwagon who is a personal training at some ***** gym tries to crique something I say on facebook. I said something about how abs are made in the kitchen, but men are made in the gym from hard work etc.... Basically just saying you can eat perfectly clean and be a skinny ***** and think you have abs, but real men eat clean AND work hard at the gym, educate themselves, and train hard/smart.
This guy thinks it's his job to play "dad" and tell me about how important diet is. Then I told him he shouldn't assume I don't think diet isn't important, that it is just as important as training and you can't have one without the other. I understand x y and z and go to school for health science so I know this stuff. Okay that should be all said and done right?
No he comes back with "I hope your training isn't from mens health and is from a peered reviewed journals from the worlds leading organizations...
He also tried to tell me earlier about how bodybuildiers have to keep their macros to a T and are only so big through good diet. Which is obvious... I told him I wish I could eat like brandon lilly and train like him too, and that I know a bodybuilders diet is much more complex than a PL'ers...
People are stupid.
Going to the gym, will kill it and report back later. Maybe I will actually log my full workout instead of being lazy like usual.
06-13-2013, 06:04 PM
Nice workout. I need to avoid people who workout and want to talk... did my extra bench work too. Back pain flared up though... not looking good to squat tomorrow.
Day 3 OHP BW - 192.5.... holy crap I am gaining weight.
OHP- barx7,7 100x5, 115x5, 130x11
Bench - 225x5, 250x5, 265x3
Floor bench - 135x10, 225x8,9,10
Cable Fly - bent over - 3x10, 5x10,10
DB high incline press - 70x8,7
Pull ups - 10,10,10,10,7
Not bad. like I said 3 guys about my age in there, like to talk a lot, typical young guy bull crap, one kid is kinda gay and kept bugging me and making comments to me about stupid stuff, which was annoying. He then told my buddy he could beat him at reps if the guy did reps @ his own BW, and he would do them at the other guys BW+100.
So one guy does 170x13 Other kid gets down to do his 270x13+... only 2 reps were to *******, all chest bouncing. Decent form and he is strong. He still only got 12. I gave him a hard time about it. Realistically he was gona get like 7-8 I think. Stronger than me but he is bigger and thicker. Hard to tell though. Not slow reps like you see in a comp, although he says he PLs. He's alright I guess. I just need to not train w/ him. He trains at my gym cause he got kicked out of his old one.
06-14-2013, 07:27 AM
tweaked something w/ my trap/rhomboid for sure yesterday. Hasn't hurt this bad in a while. Still at work for 5 more hours then I'll see how it feels. probably get some leg work in today then figure out what I need to do to heal up.
06-14-2013, 05:32 PM
Worked since five, then worked outside for two hours at my other job (weed wacking) and grew some balls and came to the gym AND squated. Yesterday I was contemplating taking 3 weeks off lifting completely. F that. Pretty successful squat day. More details later but I hit a competition depth or deeper squat at 365 which was close my Max I believe. Not bad for my few weeks off. Form was so much better. Less pain too somehow... I rolled my back between sets lol.
More details later. Time to murder house the leg press. I have been doing sets as deep as my legs can go to my chest. So almost like ATG kinda thing. I feel like it has had great carry over to squat.
06-14-2013, 05:34 PM
Leg angle at the "bottom" of the rep on the LP. Good?
06-14-2013, 06:15 PM
I'm serious about using my Z71, that joker would be a great workout, hahaha. Thanks for offering to critique the vids, whenever they get posted.
Looks like you've got the Jeep pull pretty much on point, I can tell when you start building that forward momentum, it looks like you're not having to work AS hard. Awesome stuff though!
I'm just trying to bring sexy back.
06-14-2013, 07:02 PM
Yeah, well there is a TON of weight pulling from the hill. If I park there in neutral it rolls downhill pretty well. Without the front rope I can't even pull it... it pulls me backwards. So it's definitely hard getting it moving and keeping it moving is not easier either. Try it on a slight incline if you can and you will be blown away. The amount of force required to start it moving forward is a lot more...
basic physics. Pulling flat you only have to break the friction coefficient of the normal force times the friction between tires and road, basically. You add even a 2* incline, you are increasing how much force required is added from the friction. I haven't had physics in a little over the year, but from a physics point of view you aren't even doing "work" unless you are moving up or down. The amount of force required to start the movement is not only higher, but also to keep the object moving.
So if you want to impress people, pull flat. If you want a workout, pull up a slight incline.
Go for it man.
06-17-2013, 08:51 AM
Foam rolling quads two days after you get back to squat HURTS. Holy crap. Bench today now. I think 260 is my heavy set. I like.
06-18-2013, 01:15 AM
I'm going to post a list of my heavy set numbers from my 4/5 cycles of 5-3-1 as I got them. Then list starting # and PRs. Should be interesting.
Decent bench day til my left shoulder got pissed at me for doing decline bench. I pounded out a nice set of 260x5 on the flat though. 265x5 is my PR I believe, and 260x6. So not bad. I had to do an AM workout today because of work, which is like automatic -10% strength for me... ah well.
06-18-2013, 01:23 AM
06-18-2013, 09:19 AM
06-18-2013, 12:31 PM
I won't be counting some of my early squats because they were not to full depth, and were just above parallel before I grew a set. Starting BW 183. Ending body weight 193. I did lose some pages out of the crappy note bad I was using... so some stuff will look off as far as cycles.
Back as far as my current book goes(start of second cycle):
Bench - 235x7, 250x5, 295x1, 240x6, 185x10(D), 250x6, 265x3, 185x10, 240x8, 255x6, 270x3, 245x9, 260x5
Dead- 390x8,415x6, 525x1, 405x6, 315x3(D), 425x7, (page fell out), 225x7, 550x1, 430x7, 455x7, 420x9
OHP- 120x7, 125x10, 150x1, 120x3(Deload), 125x7, 130x7,140x7, 95x7, 135x8, 120x10, 130x10, 130x11,
Squat-320x8, 335x4, 360x2, 275x5(D), 330x5, 345x3, 325x3(started going deeper), Time off, 290x5, more time off, 365x1(new max, proper depth)
What do these numbers tell me? My bench has gotten stronger, particularly my reps at medium weights. I would guess my max has gone up 10-15 pounds, mostly in the past month or two. I have finally gotten into a better bench groove. My deadlift has improved tremendously. Overhead press has improved, I added 20 pounds to my 7 rep PR in a little under 2 months. I have refocused my squat form and took some time off to let an upper back issue heal. Although it is not resolved I am starting to squat again with better form and an adjusted grip which causes less pain/irritation. I need to focus on my bench and squat numbers, keep hammering form, and put solid work in. I gained 10 pounds from my lightest weight the first week to my heaviest this week. As of 3 weeks ago I had only gained 4-5 pounds. I believe I am holding more water weight from increased creatine intake and adding in the natadrol, in addition to carrying more food and water weight from upping my diet. I can still see my abs although I do notice a slight increase in lower belly fat. It is nothing I am worried about. I believe once my upper back is completely healed I will be able to push myself more and make more progress in the bench and squat. I would like to see how my numbers increase on this stack over the next 2 months.
06-18-2013, 05:26 PM
Well... today was NOT a PR, killed it, awesome day. It was one of those tired, grueling, back breaking, test of will kind of days. Started out with something that hindered me starting my lifts on time and I ended up getting warm and then waiting 20+ minutes to even get into my working sets, about an hour after my PWO. not only did it mess me up physically, but also mentally. I wasn't feel top dog today anyways, but this didn't help. No excuses. Worked up to 440, and only got it for 5 reps. I was pissed so I did it for an extra set and got 5 again. I can pound 455x7, so 440x5 is garbage. Not a bad lift by any means but not my best. I worked in some solid strict form bi work, some lat pull downs, back extension, and killed my abs. I made up for it.
Weight still holding at 193.
06-18-2013, 06:07 PM
Some days getting in and getting work done is the best you can do. I like to push my assistance harder when I don't stack up to my expectations.
06-18-2013, 06:21 PM
some days judt going thru the motions leaves me feeling a sense of disappointment/already stoking the fire to up my game next time
06-18-2013, 06:29 PM
The weight just felt HEAVY. 225 felt heavy. I was pushing hard, just something was wrong. I did hit legs hard for the first time in almost a month, back squatting again, on friday. I think maybe I was just worn out from hitting a 1 RM on squat and some hard work sets and that might have had me weak/tired. I'm sure I will be back at it next week. Just a bummer having an off day. But I know I can't have PRs everyday, and that the solid work on off days still brings improvement. Thanks for the kind words guys. You're definitely right.
06-20-2013, 11:13 AM
Had some pain in where my delts/traps connect in the general shoulder area... Might need to back off the overhead work a tad bit. Had to back off a little on the over head assistance but made up for it with my back work and cable flys.
BW down to 189.5 today... thank goodness. I thought I was gona turn into a balloon. I worked outside all day yesterday and didn't eat quite as much as usual. That probably has something to do with it. Next few weeks will be less food overall but more clean and quality meals.
06-21-2013, 06:29 PM
Look, a full update today. I want you guys to check my depth on my squats. The last set was definitely my most shallow set. Keep in mind that The camera is at head height looking down. Looking at myself I am pretty sure these were the deepest squats over 300 I have ever done, and the pain in my quads agrees. I love it. Less weight but I am doing it right and I can feel it. I played with a wider stance today. I need new shoes, mine have too much height at the heel.
D4W2C5 Squat BW 192.5
Squat - barx 7 atg, 135x5 atg, 225x2 250x3 (DEEP) 275x3, 320x3, 225x 3(test),7(work) both barefoot
Leg press (accelerate through reps aka sam byrd squat tech on squats and LP) - 310x7,7,7 400x7,7
Leg curl- 110x8,8,10,8,8
Arms Supersets - DB skullcrushers and seated DB curls - 25x7+5"Js"w 35x7, 25x13 w/ 35x10
OH cable pushdowns and preacher curls - 12x12,55x12, 12x20, 55x19
Abs - weighted situps on decline bench - 25x20, 45x12
My squats blow. First rep was pretty good I'd say then I started to half goodmorning it because my legs are weak little ***** twigs. I think new shoes should help. I did a few barefoot sets and felt MUCH more stable.
06-21-2013, 08:14 PM
Yup kick those shoes off. You need a stable sole (chucks, addidas sambas, whatever chuck knockoff, pending stance-oly shoes)
Your knees are the first part to move. Try sitting back with your hips, opening them and your knees up.
As for depth, was kinda hard to tell. Could possibly pass in comp. Might be a tad shy.
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06-21-2013, 08:35 PM
06-21-2013, 08:52 PM
I know looked shallow as heck in the vid, I wish the person would have held the camera level. I think it was just borderline for passing, surely not too deep. Thanks sean. I did try to sit back more but I feel like my ankles lock up and I think that is partly because of the shoe I am wearing tilting my whole body forward, I run out of flexibility. I am gona work on stretching my ankles too to increase mobility.
I did work on opening my knees and with a wider stance today and trying to sit back. Felt really good til I hit that heavy set and the weight just felt too far forward. I also didn't focus on opening my hips and knees when pushing on the way back up. I hate when my hips rise by themselves at the bottom of the rep when I try to come up. Obviously weak quads and just bad form/mechanics on my part.
I am gona try to open up more and start doing light squats just for form work on my DL days. max of 225 for weight on those days. Today the cues I focused on were sitting back, neutral head/packed neck, drive through the heels and push with the quads. I needed to keep my chest a little bigger. This is only the second time I have squated in the past 5 weeks so I feel like form and weight will come back with time as I focus on the movement more.
I'll be taking squat notes from you and some of the other guys this week and watching some good vids to focus. I changed my hand and elbow placement and it has helped my back pain and stability a ton up top. I just need to get the right shoes and get comfy down low and get used to sitting back and my hips/knees opening.
I actually almost fell back warming up w/ 225 I was exaggerating the "sit back" so much. had to step back and catch myself.
How vertical should my shins stay? I feel like I get a ton of angle there. Also I know low bar is gona get my more angle and bend at my back, would I be better off trying high bar or stick with low and just keep practicing form with a little less weight while I get the hang of getting in the hole and getting to full depth.
Thanks again for the tips man.
06-21-2013, 10:39 PM
I'm just trying to bring sexy back.
06-22-2013, 12:18 AM
If new shoes help my dead I will be pulling insane numbers, lol.
I will be looking for shoes.
06-22-2013, 08:53 AM
Honestly thought your form would be much worse based on how much you wrote about it.
Depth wasn't too bad, especially considering you are working on it. Like mentioned arch that lower back, push the hips back, then shove your knees out as you go down. It is hard to tell from the side, but pointing the toes out slightly could help with the knee tracking when you push them out on the descent.
Definitely get some stable shoes. Idc if they are flat soled or Oly shoes, but I will never be able to go back to anything that isn't super stable anymore on squats. I love how "secure" my feet feel when in some better shoes and it radiates up and makes locking in form easier when you aren't worried about your feet.
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06-23-2013, 12:17 PM
Thanks for the critique man. Yeah I like to go hard on myself haha. I do have trouble getting my back arched. I can keep it flat forever but aching is hard because of the crap I injured a few years ago it doesn't like to cooperate. I really need to work on mobility and just get healthy so I can do it though instead of just letting it go. Definitely something to address. Toes were out a little but I am still playing with the stance.
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