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    I have a keyboard and I work out so I'm gonna start a workout log. Any comments are always appreciated.

    I started lifting on May 11th, 2007 with a 135x5 squat, 52.5x5 dumbbell bench, and a 155 deadlift. I've been following a mix of 5x5 and starting strength until I recently became stuck on most of my lifts for the second time.

    My recent PR's are (as of 11-16-07)

    Squat: 265x2 (or 250x5, whichever is better)
    Dumbbell bench: 80x5
    Press: 125x5
    Dead: 335x4
    Power clean: Around 170

    As of Monday I will be following something that resembles the Texas Method:

    Monday
    Squat 5X5
    Bench Press 5X5
    Power Clean (5X3) (or Row)

    Wednesday
    Front Squat 3X3
    Press 5X5
    Back Extension/GHR
    Chin ups

    Friday
    Squat 1X5
    Bench Press
    1X5
    or 5X3
    or 5X2
    or 5X1
    Dead Lift 1X5

    The idea is to improve on Moday 5x5's and the Friday PR's.

    My only supplements are creatine and vaginas.

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    Wednesday 11-21-07

    This was kind of messing around while I transition to the new routine.

    Squat: 45x5 135x3 185x3 205x3 225x3 245x2 265x2 265x2
    Press: 45x5 95x3 115x5x5
    Chin-ups(bodyweight): 2x8 1x7
    Rack Pulls(right below the knee): 225x4 315x2 335x3

    Overall this seemed pretty easy, except for the press. I used wrist wraps on the last 3 sets, which seemed to ease the pain.

    When reracking after the rack pulls I made the mistake of taking all the plates off of one side....yeah, it made a bit of noise.
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    What is your height and weight? Never tried a routine like the one you're doing, interested to see your results. You've made amazing progess in the last 6 months. At this rate you'll be deadlifting 700 by next summer! Do you train with Jas, or you might know him as "Big Dogg"?
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    Good to see that you have a log. I've never seen the Texas Method before. Looks like a good selection of exercises and a nice level of volume.

    I would probably add in 3 more days to devote solely to biceps though.

    Are you just using the standard creatine monohydrate or something more exotic? Are using standard vagina or something more exotic?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexander View Post
    What is your height and weight? Never tried a routine like the one you're doing, interested to see your results. You've made amazing progess in the last 6 months. At this rate you'll be deadlifting 700 by next summer! Do you train with Jas, or you might know him as "Big Dogg"?
    I started at 6'1 165lbs. Now I'm at about 185, but trying to lose a bit of fat. I don't train with Big D-o-double-g but I see him around the department almost daily. The amazing progress is newbie gains...I wish it had continued, but alas..

    This particular routine was written by Mark Rippetoe, the coauthor of Starting Strength and Practical Programming for Strength Training.

    See this post inside this thread for a much better writeup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jas123 View Post
    I would probably add in 3 more days to devote solely to biceps though.
    I'll work that in between the c0ck push-ups and mirror sessions.

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    Are you just using the standard creatine monohydrate or something more exotic? Are using standard vagina or something more exotic?
    Standard creatine monohydrate, usually in a protein shake with skim milk. I should probably follow directions and dissolve the creatine in some hot water and down it with carbs.

    At the moment standard vagina when available. Sometimes I think about possibly trying some different producers, though. Maybe Undergrad Labs? I hear their stuff is always fresh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Polynomial View Post
    Maybe Undergrad Labs? I hear their stuff is always fresh.
    I actually prefer Highschool Labs as their products are usually less tainted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jas123 View Post
    I actually prefer Highschool Labs as their products are usually less tainted.
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    Friday 11-23-07

    I will not officially start the routine that I mentioned until this Monday, but I tried to do the Friday day anyway.

    Body weight: 184.2
    Squats: 45x5 135x5 185x5 205x3 235x2 255x5 (PR)
    Dumbbell Bench: 50x5 60x4 70x3 80x3 80xfail
    Deadlift: 135x5 225x4 275x2 345x4 (PR)
    Light cardio: 10 minutes on the elliptical
    Random crap: power clean form practice with the bar

    The good gym was closed so I had to go to the crappy gym (CRCE for those in the area). The problem with CRCE is that the plates aren't round; they're more like an octagon. This makes deadlifts suck as the weight shifts unpredictably when you put it down. Speaking of putting it down, I tried to keep it quieter which meant slower descent and more back work. Oh well, a new PR, so I'm not complaining.

    I've been trying to set the bar lower on my back during squats for the lighter sets and that seemed to work like magic: more vertical torso, better control, etc. I wasn't able to do that on the heavier weights, so my form suffered on the 255x5. This makes me want to be cautious on Monday and maybe start with 215x5x5 while trying to keep the bar low.

    Overall I'm pretty content except for the fact that something hurts under my left lower rib. I think that maybe the belt squeezed me too tight at the bottom of the deadlift.

    No pain means no gain, no swole, no vaginas. That's my motto and I'm sticking to it.

    Sidenote: one of the regulars at the good gym that was forced to work out at CRCE today pointed me to the sign that states that no deadlifts, snatches and cleans are allowed. He also mentioned that the staff here don't know what any of these lifts are. At that point I came up with an alternate name for snatches: overhead olympic barbell curls.
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    Nice work with the PR's. You've really made some amazing progress over the last 6 months and have taken quite an intelligent approach to training. I kind of wish that I could teach my 14 year old self (age I started lifting) a bunch stuff and see where I'd be at now. I didn't know anyone who trained then so I just tried to teach myself.

    I'm guessing you'll pull 405 a little after the new year which is pretty impressive.

    CRCE is everything that's wrong with "fitness". The only good thing about it is that I'm pretty sure more hotties workout there than the other places.
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    Thanks, man. I wish that I could tell my 14 year old self the same thing (I was a fatty in high school).

    Yeah, CRCE might have more eye candy, but my mantra is "PRs before hoes!"
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    nice progress so far. interested to see how this program works for you. I did something similiar in my early training days and it worked well for progressing at that stage.
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    Monday 11-26-07

    Warm-up sets are in parenthesis.

    Body weight: 184.6
    Squat: (45x5 135x5 185x4) 215x5 215x5 215x5 205x5 205x5
    Dumbbell Bench: (50x5) 70x5 70x5 70x4 70x5 70x5
    Power Cleans: (110x2) 154x3 140x3 140x3 140x3 140x3 174x1 (for fun)

    I had some fillings done in the morning, so I went in the afternoon.

    Overall, not bad. My form was breaking down on the squats so I took the weight down. I think that the goal for the next two weeks is to do 215x5x5 with good form.

    Power cleans felt pretty easy and I probably could have done more weight, but it's still hard for me to predict how I'll fell after the next set. Before starting I warmed up by jumping without the bar a couple of times, so that I really get a feel for how to explode from the hips. Then I started to jump with the bar without racking it, and finally full power cleans. That kind of a warm-up made a world of difference in my form as my explosions were a lot more powerful than before. The 174x1 was done at the end just for fun, and it's a new PR.

    Not bad, I just have to make sure that I keep my squat form up to par.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kabuki View Post
    nice progress so far. interested to see how this program works for you. I did something similiar in my early training days and it worked well for progressing at that stage.
    Thanks! I hope that I can ride this program for a couple of weeks at a time.
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    How low do you keep the bar on your back/traps when doing squats? I know some people have flexibility issues. Can you keep it more on the rear delts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jas123 View Post
    How low do you keep the bar on your back/traps when doing squats? I know some people have flexibility issues. Can you keep it more on the rear delts?
    I mostly keep it on top of my traps. Recently I tried to keep it on my rear delts but I haven't been successful with finding a good spot. I found this video which might be helpful:



    Now that I saw this it's very strange that I thought that my torso could be more vertical with lower bar placement...hmm. I'm gonna have to experiment with this.
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    I switched to the lowbar position a while back and it's made a massive difference for me. My shoulder's are really flexible so it doesn't bother me too much. I think with the highbar position you are resting the bar on top of a surface so you stay more vertical. With the lowbar, you are resting the bar at more of an angled down surface so the bar would have momentum downward as you lower the weight. Thus, you lean forward more. Also with the highbar, you have more torque downward so you can't lean forward too far. I lean way far forward maybe too far, but it keeps my hips back and takes stress off my knees. My back might make a 20-30 degree angle with the floor at the bottom (of course I can't really tell).
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    Quote Originally Posted by jas123 View Post
    I switched to the lowbar position a while back and it's made a massive difference for me. My shoulder's are really flexible so it doesn't bother me too much. I think with the highbar position you are resting the bar on top of a surface so you stay more vertical. With the lowbar, you are resting the bar at more of an angled down surface so the bar would have momentum downward as you lower the weight. Thus, you lean forward more. Also with the highbar, you have more torque downward so you can't lean forward too far. I lean way far forward maybe too far, but it keeps my hips back and takes stress off my knees. My back might make a 20-30 degree angle with the floor at the bottom (of course I can't really tell).
    I've always had a feeling that maybe my hamstrings/hip aren't flexible enough. I kept hearing from someone that you want to be pretty vertical, but I guess as long as you keep the weight over your heels then it doesn't matter? Then again, that guy that told me that seems to have no idea as to what he's talking about.

    Maybe it's time for another camera run. When are you guys doing squats next? Also, did you get some good chalk or do you want me to bring you some tomorrow if I remember?
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    We're doing squats tomorrow at 7. It might be nice to see them. I think I'll try to not use the mirror tomorrow. If you remember, chalk would be great!

    EDIT: Make that 8:30 tomorrow.
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    Wednesday 11-28-07

    Body weight: 183.8
    Front Squats: (45x5 135x5) 155x3x3
    Press: (45x5 95x3) 120x5 120x3 115x5 115x5 115x4
    Back extensions: {25lbs}x8x3
    Chin-ups: {bw+10lbs}x5 {bw+20lbs}x5 {bw+15lbs}x5 {bw}x5 {bw}x5

    Today was supposed to be a 'light' day, I think, but I still definitely felt Monday's workout when going to the gym. Sounds to me like it'll take some time to adjust to the new volume.

    I didn't use a belt on the front squats and my back was still a bit sore so I took it easy with the weight.

    My wrists weren't in the greatest shape after the front squats, and I didn't wear wraps for the first two sets of the press. They definitely seem to make a difference so maybe I'll start wearing them for all but one set. I also couldn't find the damn 1.25lb magnets, so I got stuck doing either 120 or 115 as opposed to trying 117x5x5.

    If I'm using chin-ups as a good source of back work, does anyone have an opinion on doing either 5 sets of 5 vs 3 sets of 8?
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    Friday 11-30-07

    Body weight: 183.6
    Squats: (45x5 135x5 205x2 225x2) 265x4 (PR)
    Dumbbell Bench: (50x5 70x3) 80x6 (PR)
    Deadlift: (145x5 225x5 275x1) 350x3 (PR)

    Overall, not bad. My form on the squats and deadlifts suffered at the end, so I'm gonna keep the same weights next Friday until I can get a set of 5 reps with good form...hopefully that'll happen next week.

    The soreness from Monday seems to have worn off, but I was definitely doing a lot more shaking after my lifts. I'm also surprised at the drop in bodyweight since I pretty much ate half of campus town yesterday. I should really work on my diet.
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    You're a little shorter than me, but I think their is some sort of a plateau deal at around 180-190. Once you break through that I think you'll soar to the 210 range quickly. Then you'll likely be stuck again for a while. That's how it seemed to work with me and some friends of mine. I have to figure out how to get past the 230-235 range, and keep it quality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexander View Post
    I have to figure out how to get past the 230-235 range, and keep it quality.
    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!
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    Monday 12-3-07

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

    Body weight: 183.6
    Squats: (45x5 135x5 135x5 205x2) 210x5x5
    Dumbbell Bench: (50x5) 75x5x3 70x4x2
    Power Cleans: (110x2) 145x3x5 184x1 (PR)

    Everything is starting to feel much better. 210 was a very nice choice for the squats as my form was quite good and I was getting a really nice rebound at the bottom on a lot of reps.

    I wish that I could find some magnetic weights for the dumbbell bench because I'm pretty sure that I could've done 72.5x5x5, but I still went up in volume and intensity from last week, so I'm not complaining.

    My power cleans are looking pretty good. Another comrade (Jeff) was hanging around the gym and said that during my just-for-fun 184x1 power clean the bar went up so high that it looked like a 90% 1RM lift, rather than 100% 1RM.
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    Wednesday 12-5-07


    Body weight: 182.8
    Front squats: (45x5x2 135x3) 165x3x3
    Press: (45x5 95x3) 120x5x3 120x4 115x5
    Back extension: {bw+35}x5 {bw}x8x2
    Chin-ups: {bw+25}x5 {bw}x8x2

    The front squats felt good (I take it easy with the weight on Wednesdays), and the press went up from last week. I'm pretty happy.
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    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.

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    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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    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,
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    Ouch man that blows. Everyone has one of those days every once and a while.
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    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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    186.6 ! :donut:

    Nice work. Those squats are really coming along.

    Girlfriend again, eh? You guys are crazy, but whatever makes you happy.
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    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
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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
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    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.
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    gotta love it when your hitting lots of PR's. agreed on your thoughts with the cleans.
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