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    Yeah, too tight sucks. I thought I was really getting the hang of manipulating my bench shirts, until I bought this tight one. That was just a huge mess to get on, and it totally flattened my arch and crushed my scap retraction. If the suit is broken in, you stand a much better chance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean1332 View Post
    Long time no see, superman! How are things?
    Not bad. My liver has come around somewhat. Levels are still well above norm, but on the lower end compared to where I had been. I'm beginning to wonder if I have gentically high iron because that's been another symptom and after talking with my Dad last weekend it runs in the family as rampantly as Type 1 diabetes does (uncle, aunt, and dad all have it now and G-pa and G-ma both had it). That will definitely put a hurt on a guy's liver. I've been taking Anteaus Labs Aegis for a while now and it seems to be helping. I'm also planning on starting to get my blood drawn regularly as well as this can help with the excess iron.

    My strength took a major nose dive, but not being able to train at normal intervals the last 4 months will do that. January was a total wash. February saw me starting to get back in the gym, but then my daughter was born on Feb 17th. Now well into April and almost to her 2 month birthday we have 4 weeks left before she can start coming to the day care at our gym and my wife and I can start training together again.

    I'm planning on doing my next show in November. The Rocky Mountain Championships in Denver are that month. So, I've got about 2 months to gain some muscle back before starting to cut.
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    Well good luck man. Glad your health is coming back. Congrats on being a dad, that's pretty awesome
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    Thanks! Being a Dad is so amazing!!! I wouldn't trade it for all the gym sessions and muscle growth in the world!
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    I'll watch it later when I'm not at work. I've worked out from home quite a bit over the years. One arm pushups, triangle pushups, wall pushups, stair case pullups, one legged squats, walking lunges, floor glute ham raises, and one legged calf raises for the win. Not to mention, sprints out on the lawn.
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    Good 'ol ghetto muscle!
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    Izner Blast shirt, briefs and Max deadlift suit ordered. Will grab the squat suit at a later time. **** it
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    Hardcore big man!! Lol
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    I definetly don't know what the hell I'm doing lol My gym owner will be giving me a hand. The few weeks after I get them in will be interesting.

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    Which Blast did you get? That's a good one to try to see if you want to continue with it. The seams are one thread wide, though. So it hurts exponentially more than a better made shirt with wider seams. More cutting than pressure. You'll definitely feel some pop, but what's nice is you don't have to change how you bench, the groove is where you want it.

    You'll have to let me know about the briefs!
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    Actually just ended up ordering the Max dl suit tonight. I cant find my tape measure so I'll use one at my gym tomorrow. I'm looking at the standard blast or heavy duty blast. I'll grab my briefs then. Figure I'll wear the 34 briefs until I get my body weight where I want it and by that time I'll have the squat suit.
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    sean, you're strong, really strong. why do you want to go to gear?
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    It interests me, to be honest. I still intend to total elite raw before I give that up. Not fully commting to gear yet but want to test the waters. I've been having random money fall in my lap lately so now is my time to not feel guilty for blowing 150 on a suit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean1332 View Post
    It interests me, to be honest. I still intend to total elite raw before I give that up. Not fully commting to gear yet but want to test the waters. I've been having random money fall in my lap lately so now is my time to not feel guilty for blowing 150 on a suit.
    You can send some of that random money my way lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean1332 View Post
    I've been having random money fall in my lap lately.
    'splain this...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbuick View Post

    You can send some of that random money my way lol.
    lol Uncle Sam owed us a chunk of change, tax returns, travel claims, ect I ain't rich, but like I said-it's my one time to not feel guilty buyin it. I never spend money on myself.
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    I'd say go with the HD Blast or the EHPHD. At least get something pretty good instead of a VERY minimal shirt.

    You figure the Blast gave me 25lbs from my meet bench, and I've popped a lot of material in the chest plate. It's nice that it's cheap, but it really doesn't last.

    Or just go with the Rage. The Rage costs the same as an EHPHD, but it's a better shirt. It's not hard to learn, like I said both of my brothers have gotten big benches finished in it, with zero prior shirt experience.

    OR call up or email the guys at Anderson Powerlifting, they'll walk you through it and get your Titan shirt PERFECT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by napalm View Post
    sean, you're strong, really strong. why do you want to go to gear?
    Napalm, forgive me if I seem intrusive, but with your injuries, gear could be awesome for you. The original purpose of the supportive equipment was injury prevention. Even some light duty stuff could help stave off injury and provide a bit of overload and have you totaling bigger and feeling better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean1332

    lol Uncle Sam owed us a chunk of change, tax returns, travel claims, ect I ain't rich, but like I said-it's my one time to not feel guilty buyin it. I never spend money on myself.
    I did the same thing tax return. Made sure I bought myself some stuff. Rest went to bills and the fam.

    Joint force is a great product. It's great when just an area or two is aching.
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    Quote Originally Posted by herderdude

    Napalm, forgive me if I seem intrusive, but with your injuries, gear could be awesome for you. The original purpose of the supportive equipment was injury prevention. Even some light duty stuff could help stave off injury and provide a bit of overload and have you totaling bigger and feeling better.
    Yeah, I told myself I wasn't going to think about it until I squat 405 raw, which will prolly be July. I firmly believe that a solid foundation is needed before making the switch. I've literally seen guys who can't do 315 raw, but squat 500+ in gear.

    Obviously, Sean has the foundation.

    I'll be picking up some briefs sometime soon though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by napalm View Post

    Yeah, I told myself I wasn't going to think about it until I squat 405 raw, which will prolly be July. I firmly believe that a solid foundation is needed before making the switch. I've literally seen guys who can't do 315 raw, but squats 500+ in gear.

    Obviously, Sean has the foundation.

    I'll be picking up some briefs sometime soon though.
    You're right. There's not much worse than Gene Rychlak struggling with 405 raw and being the first person to bench a grand. Props to you for wanting to have a foundation.
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    I think Gene Rychlak has a midget in his bigass belly that helps him bench.
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    Sean, I'm halfway through the cube and BL blew my mind yesterday. I've been listening to Tate/wendler for years about stance width. BL is saying to narrow it a bit so adductors aren't in the movement so much.

    The gist of it was wide stance (me), lots of adductor = mcl pain.
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    I had a semi wide stance before. Second I brought it in, it allowed my knees to open and I had a stronger squat. Before, my abductors prevented me from hitting proper depth it felt. Lilly is cool ****. Reminds me of Wendler a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean1332
    I had a semi wide stance before. Second I brought it in, it allowed my knees to open and I had a stronger squat. Before, my abductors prevented me from hitting proper depth it felt. Lilly is cool ****. Reminds me of Wendler a bit.
    I had rodja take a look at my opener, he suggested I move it in a bit as well. I'm gonna play around next week and narrow it and work up to my opener
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    I think it'll be a positive difference. I wouldn't anticipate a drop in strength or anything like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by napalm View Post
    I had rodja take a look at my opener, he suggested I move it in a bit as well. I'm gonna play around next week and narrow it and work up to my opener
    Take a front vid and look at the angle of your shins in relation to your foot placement. You want them vertical and not angled.
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    If I recall, his chins seemed fairly vertical compared to mine
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    Need a front vid bubba! Knee placement over the feet...adduct or abduct
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    I gotta forward lean but stay behind my toes still and weight off of my toes. I just didn't have the hip mobility to squat with Napalms semi-widish stance.
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    just tried on size 34 double ply hardcore. took a puttin the straps on the monolift and jacking it up to get the straps on my shoulders

    ****
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZMIDLYF

    Take a front vid and look at the angle of your shins in relation to your foot placement. You want them vertical and not angled.
    When you're right, you're right brother. I've been aware of where my knees are forever. My left hammy is preventing me from sitting back as far as I need to. Pulled it dl'ing about 4 months ago and it won't get better.

    I've been able to squat almost pain free, and haven't had to drop any weight so I'm going with it.

    After nats, I have a number of things to look at; a squat technique makeover is one of them.
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    Sean, I would say our knee angles are pretty similar.

    AZ, I have a front vid in my gay uncut log - worst log ever by the way...

    Go take a look and let me know what you think, I'm on my phone at my kids v-ball tourney now...
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    dude I did a multivitamin log, that was gay
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    Cube Method W1 ME Deadlift

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    Prewo: 4 Joint Help caps, Joint Force spray, 9g CitMal, 1.5 scoop Enhanced (**** is good!!), 5g creating mono, 1 scoop whey.

    Intra: 2x Formutech BCAA sample.

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    I got carried away with the pulls but **** it, I didn't miss a rep. I was bull****tin around with the gym owners and the rogue platform so we just started slapping **** on. I'll figure out the math here in a bit. I believe the bands are 15 at the bottom and 60 at top, without the deficit, then a 30lb chain each side. Felt great.

    Snatch grips still suck.

    Banded sissy squats...did it on the sissy squat platform feet holder thing..ran a light orange from the base of a vertical support and looped around my waist. I had to use hip drive to stand up so I feel that definetly helped.

    Gym owner is trying to convince me to go double ply instead of single. Stickin with single.
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    Nice pulls man.

    I used the sissy squat stand today too. That thing smokes my quads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by breezy11 View Post
    Nice pulls man.

    I used the sissy squat stand today too. That thing smokes my quads.
    Sissy squats are miserable. Legs are on fire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by napalm View Post
    Sean, I would say our knee angles are pretty similar.

    AZ, I have a front vid in my gay uncut log - worst log ever by the way...

    Go take a look and let me know what you think, I'm on my phone at my kids v-ball tourney now...
    Watched them..Bring the feet in bubba...your MCL will appreciate it as well. You do still have to mentally force the knees outward when squatting though.
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