Polynomial's "let's get strong for fun and profit" log

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  1. Quote Originally Posted by jas123 View Post
    I'd say that gallons of Beam, not lifting, and making terrible MMA predictions will help so stick with it.

    Poly's 6'1'', I think, so I believe he's got you by a "smidge". Did you think that was him in the video?

    I also stalled at 210 for a while.

    Nice PR's Poly!
    Ah you're right, looks like he has me by .56 inches. I'm pretty sure you've done worse overall than me on MMA predictions, the other sh*t you've got me on. I hope Undergrad Labs finest shuts you down, ****face.

    Poly, do you follow MMA? If so, join us in the MMA section.


  2. Quote Originally Posted by Alexander View Post
    Poly, do you follow MMA? If so, join us in the MMA section.
    Naw, sorry man. I'm not into Pokemon
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  3. Friday 12-7-07

    Body weight: 184.4
    Squats: (45x5 135x5 135x3 185x3 185x2 225x2x2 245x1) 265x4
    Dumbbell Bench: (60x3 70x3) 85xfail 80x3 80xfail ???
    Deadlift: (135x5 275x2) 350x1 ???

    I couldn't imagine today sucking any more. I woke up at 10am with my back hurting from the way I slept, and I was in the gym by 11am. I hope that this is why today sucked, as opposed to having too high a volume on Monday.

    But yes,

  4. Ouch man that blows. Everyone has one of those days every once and a while.

  5. Monday 12-10-07 - Week 3

    My convention is {weight}x{reps}x{sets}.

    Body weight: 186.6
    Squats: (45x5 135x5 185x5) 215x5x5
    Dumbbell Bench: (45x5 60x4) 75x5x4 70x3
    Power Cleans: (warm-up, 110x2) 154x3 150x3x4

    I went up on everything. My squat form is improving immensely, as are my power cleans. My girlfriend came with and I asked her to tell me if I'm aligned with the bar on my squats, since the squat rack only half-way in front of a mirror, and it turned out that I was way off. Damn, no wonder I had a strange pain in the left side of my back.

    Dumbbell bench is going up as well, since last week I could only get 75x5x3.

    Overall, awesome workout.
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  6. 186.6 ! :donut:

    Nice work. Those squats are really coming along.

    Girlfriend again, eh? You guys are crazy, but whatever makes you happy.

  7. Quote Originally Posted by jas123 View Post
    186.6 ! :donut:

    Nice work. Those squats are really coming along.

    Girlfriend again, eh? You guys are crazy, but whatever makes you happy.
    That's one ripped donut, I say.

    Crazy? Yes. That's... that's about it

  8. lookin good. keep at it.

    EDIT: i can't train with my wife around...i'm kind of loud and obnoxious. But I've heard many people do better when girlfriend or wife watch as they mentally have something in back of mind to impress them.
    880 Squat w/Wraps @ 220
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  9. Wednesday 12-12-07 - Week 3

    Body weight: 185.0 izza:
    Front squats: (45x5x2 135x3) 155x3x3
    Press: (45x5 95x3) 120x5x3 120x5
    Back Extensions: {bw}x8x2
    Chin-ups: {bw}x8x2

    I feel like I'm coming down something, so I took it easy. It's good to see that my press strength didn't go down from last week.

  10. Friday 12-14-07 - Week 3

    Body weight: 185.6
    Squats: (45x6 45x5 135x3 185x3 225x3 245x2) 265x4
    Dumbbell Bench: (40x5 55x5 75x3) 82.5x3 82.5x4 (PR)
    Deadlifts: (135x5 225x3 315x1 - all overhand grip) 350x4 (PR)

    My form on the heavy squats was much better than last Friday, so I'll say that those 265x4's are a new PR. I had another rep left in me but I felt that the form was going to suck on that one.

    I think that my upper/midback is bending slightly on the deadlifts - at least that's what the gf said - so I'll have to get jas123 or someone to check out my form.

    I kind of think that my core (and by that I mean abs and lower back) isn't as strong as it should be, so I'll gladly take some recommendations on how to strengthen that without affecting my routine too greatly.

  11. Sure, I'll check it out some time. You're setting a lot of PR's so keep up the good work.

    As far as core strengthening, the strongman stuff really helped me. I'll have to think about something that might help you though.

  12. Quote Originally Posted by jas123 View Post
    Sure, I'll check it out some time. You're setting a lot of PR's so keep up the good work.

    As far as core strengthening, the strongman stuff really helped me. I'll have to think about something that might help you though.
    Thanks, Big Dogg.

    Also, I went to Sam's Club today. Check this shiat out:
    Chunk Light Tuna in Water - 10 cans: 5.88
    3 Lbs of Salmon Fillets (about 7 of them): 18.84
    6.5 lbs skinless, boneless chicken breast: 14.88
    3 9oz packs of sliced over roasted turkey: 6.42
    6 cartons of "smart eggs": 8.68

    Good luck tomorrow. I expect you to be wearing some kind of a strongman medal on Monday.

  13. Quote Originally Posted by kabuki View Post
    lookin good. keep at it.

    EDIT: i can't train with my wife around...i'm kind of loud and obnoxious. But I've heard many people do better when girlfriend or wife watch as they mentally have something in back of mind to impress them.
    Here's a conversation that occurred today before my max deadlift and right after hers:

    - insert random crap causing both of us to be cranky -
    Me: I cheered you on during your lifts.
    Her: So you want me to do that for you?
    Me: No, I just want you to not piss me off before I start lifting.

    We ended up laughing it off, but I just wanted to say that I'm not out there to impress her

  14. Monday 12-17-07 - Week 4

    Body weight: 187.5
    Squats: (45x5 135x5 185x3 205x1) 220x5x5 (PR)
    Dumbbell Bench: (40x5 55x5) 75x5x5 (PR)
    Power Cleans: (110x2 140x2) 154x3x3 151x3x2 184x1 (tied PR)

    and tiny bit of ab work and a farmer's walk with 85's around the small gym.

    Overall, not bad. The dumbbell bench started off feeling pretty heavy, so I took a slightly longer break and came back strong.

    My concern is that my power cleans won't be moving up very quickly as I'm usually very beat up by the time I get to them. Maybe when I get to some reasonable squat numbers I'll change things up and put some focus on the cleans.

  15. gotta love it when your hitting lots of PR's. agreed on your thoughts with the cleans.
    880 Squat w/Wraps @ 220
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  16. Quote Originally Posted by Polynomial View Post
    My concern is that my power cleans won't be moving up very quickly as I'm usually very beat up by the time I get to them. Maybe when I get to some reasonable squat numbers I'll change things up and put some focus on the cleans.
    That sounds like a good idea. Cleans don't beat up my legs too bad so you could do them after for sure. I've done snatches after DLs before and it limits your performance.

  17. Wednesday 12-19-07 - Week 4

    Body weight: 185.6
    Front Squats: (45x5 115x5 135x3) 165x3x3
    Press: (45x5 95x3) 120x5x4 120x4+1PP (PR)
    Back extensions: 35x8x2 {bw}x8
    Chin-ups: {bw+30}x4 {bw}x8 {bw}x6

    Due to time restrictions I had to go to the shitty gym (CRCE). Everything went very well, except that my chins were done on handles that are angled and not parallel. I wonder what the difference between those two is? My guess is more bicep involvement on the parallel kind?

    I almost got 120x5x5 on the press, but I had to push press the last rep of the last set.

    Oh yeah, I did some farmer's hold with the 100lb dumbbells. I never realized how bad the burning sensation in your forearms can get.

  18. Here's a good Oly lifting clip for ya, some successes, some failures.


  19. Quote Originally Posted by jas123 View Post
    Here's a good Oly lifting clip for ya, some successes, some failures.

    Hah! Great choice of music.

    Some of those snatch lockouts are f'n sick.

  20. Friday 12-20-07 - Week 4

    Body weight: 185.0
    Squats: (45x5x2 135x5x2 185x3 225x2 245x1) 260x2
    Dumbbell Bench: (40x5 55x5 75x3) 85xfail 85xfail
    Deadlift: (135x5 225x3 315x1) 335x3

    Today was another one of those Fridays that sucked. Coincidentally, just like on the last Friday that sucked, I woke up at 10am and was in the gym by 11am.

  21. Ouch man. Failing on 85's shouldn't be happening if you're getting 82.5 for 4 a week ago. Personally I can't work out until I've been awake for at least 2.5 hours. Something's just off otherwise. Try waking up earlier and see if that helps. I think this workout is solid so it shouldn't be overtraining.

  22. Quote Originally Posted by jas123 View Post
    Ouch man. Failing on 85's shouldn't be happening if you're getting 82.5 for 4 a week ago. Personally I can't work out until I've been awake for at least 2.5 hours. Something's just off otherwise. Try waking up earlier and see if that helps. I think this workout is solid so it shouldn't be overtraining.
    Yeah, I agree that this shouldn't be happening, and the workouts where I've been awake for longer tend to be better. I'll try waking up earlier like you suggest. In the meantime, I've sent an email to Rippetoe to see what he thinks. Yeah yeah, slurp slurp slurp...

  23. Rippetoe told me to call him and gave me the following advice (paraphrased):

    I'm tall and skinny, and I should weight at least 205 lbs before I switch to an intermediate program. Also, I'm not squatting enough for an intermediate. I should go back to the starting strength work out, drink a gallon of milk a day and eat another 3,000 calories, and when I'm up to 220 we can worry about how fat I am.

    :donut:

    I'll try to give this a try...

    Edit: I emailed back saying that I'll try what he suggested, and I asked how much weight gain I should be looking for per week. His response was 2-3 lbs/week at least.

  24. 2-3 # per week is a little insane. Maybe he got sick of you bugging him. J/K How many calories are you consuming per day? I think I'd see if the sleep idea helps first. If he's saying that you're a beginner then you should be making gains beyond an intermediate which isn't happening. That's a weird response from him.

  25. Quote Originally Posted by jas123 View Post
    2-3 # per week is a little insane. Maybe he got sick of you bugging him. J/K How many calories are you consuming per day? I think I'd see if the sleep idea helps first. If he's saying that you're a beginner then you should be making gains beyond an intermediate which isn't happening. That's a weird response from him.
    I'm not sure how many calories a day I'm consuming, but it's probably at least 2000. Well, I think the point is that when I was running the starting strength routine, I wasn't eating enough and hence plateaued, so instead of upping my diet I switched to an intermediate workout.

    As far as making more gains than I currently am, that might be a limitation of the current routine. Doing the 5x5 on squats might be killing me too much to make decent progress as a beginner. The routine is set up to make weekly progress, and I treated it as such.

    He says that the gallon of milk/day works every time for novices...so what the hell, milk's not that expensive.
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