Hyde’s Strength Odyssey

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Yeah doing it in the gym in your ideal setting/timing/music people around you (or alone if you hate pressure) is very different from putting up a total in the same day in less than ideal conditions like sharing different warmup equipment than what your attempts will be on, being told exactly when to lift, no control over temperatures, being in front of a crowd, lifting to commands and being judged is a big one.

It’s very common for the total of your gym bests to exceed your best successful total.

I'm sure it's much harder doing it all in the same day, i personally don't know what ideal conditions would be for me. I definitely would need ppl watching me so I feel like I need to do it, probably no music because I'm use to listening to podcasts while I lift lol.

I wish I had a group of powerlifters around me so I could dedicate a training period specifically to the big 3. I've never really done that since my first year or 2 lifting. I've looked hi and low and there's no powerlifting gyms or groups in my area. I'm still bouncing between my basement gym and a planet fitness right now unfortunately. Anywho, congrats on the numbers and the house, I'm in the process of gutting and remodeling a kitchen, bathroom and bedroom right now, then gotta paint the whole place and put floors in hopefully all before October 1st and move in. It's a nightmare lol
 
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I was extremely anal about my grass and it’s care from about ages 27-40. Now I just pay someone to cut/trim/fertilize/aerate. I don’t have the time or want-to.
 
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I was extremely anal about my grass and it’s care from about ages 27-40. Now I just pay someone to cut/trim/fertilize/aerate. I don’t have the time or want-to.
I did it myself for like the first year or two, but it got real old real fast and now I just pay a guy to come biweekly
 
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7/27/20 - Recovery Micro, OHP
BW 252.6

Organized and swept garage for 2 hours

Band Tri Pressdowns, Rows, Hammercurls, Facepulls x3

BB Strictpress
45x15
65x10
95x5
120 3x5

ss w/ DB Curls
15 2x20
20x20, 15, 15

Push-ups
25

I soaked through my shirt getting the garage gym cleaned up and useable, so I kept cramping during all the little accessories.

This is only version 1, and you can’t see the atlas stones or loading wall, but this is the current space:

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Barbell, axle, trapbar, farmers, yoke, bands, chains, at least 500lbs in plate weight, heavy duty adjustable bench, light adjustable bench, deadlift/pressing platform, Husafell stone, drop pads, drop tires, 4” heavy duty blocks, a couple baby dbs and an adjustable one, loadable women’s stone and circus db, atlas stones from about 105-285. Our kegs, sandbags & logs will be staying at the gym for now.

Still need to get safety arms for the yoke or a power rack, a couple 100lb or 50kg plates, a GHR/reverse hyper combo, some kind of upper/lower pulley system, a deadlift bar, ideally a squat bar and SSB/transformer, and eventually bar storage.
 
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Space is looking great so far. You already have a ton of stuff, but i feel you on pretty much everything on your need list. Although for me its more of a “want” list. Let me know if you see the rogue safety arms come back in stock as those and a sturdy bench are my priorities currently. Well, and potentially a power bar.
 
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Space is looking great so far. You already have a ton of stuff, but i feel you on pretty much everything on your need list. Although for me its more of a “want” list. Let me know if you see the rogue safety arms come back in stock as those and a sturdy bench are my priorities currently. Well, and potentially a power bar.
Will do!

Both Rogue and GetRx’d make very sturdy non-adjustable benches IMO, if you can find them in stock. That’s what I was looking for initially before I had the chance to pop for this old behemoth Nautilus adjustable. It’s heavy to move, but let’s me get away with one bench for everything safely as well as being strong enough to probably boxsquat any weight to it.

EliteFTS has their Iron Cowboy Powerbar in stock for $300 with free shipping. Texaspowerbars has the (you guessed it) Texas Powerbar in stock bare steel shipped for $295, or $325 for black zinc coated with chrome sleeves. If you were considering buying new. Kabuki’s is like $420.
 
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I was extremely anal about my grass and it’s care from about ages 27-40. Now I just pay someone to cut/trim/fertilize/aerate. I don’t have the time or want-to.
My wife would love to meet you lol. I've given up on my lawn.
 
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Will do!

Both Rogue and GetRx’d make very sturdy non-adjustable benches IMO, if you can find them in stock. That’s what I was looking for initially before I had the chance to pop for this old behemoth Nautilus adjustable. It’s heavy to move, but let’s me get away with one bench for everything safely as well as being strong enough to probably boxsquat any weight to it.

EliteFTS has their Iron Cowboy Powerbar in stock for $300 with free shipping. Texaspowerbars has the (you guessed it) Texas Powerbar in stock bare steel shipped for $295, or $325 for black zinc coated with chrome sleeves. If you were considering buying new. Kabuki’s is like $420.
Definitely wanting to get a bench with a 12” pad at minimum. Ideally the 14” fat pad is what I’d get but ill settle for 12” if the price difference is significant. One of the two powerbars you mentioned will be the one that I get if I need to, I cant justify the price for Kabuki’s power bar. I’d rather put the difference between the kabuki bar and one of the other, but still high quality bars, towards a squatmax or GHR.

What verdict did you arrive at regarding the reverse hyper?
 
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My wife would love to meet you lol. I've given up on my lawn.
I might take a different stance when I finally buy, but my lawn guy is good. Why not pay the $25/week and not worry about it, ya know?
 
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My wife would love to meet you lol. I've given up on my lawn.
I might take a different stance when I finally buy, but my lawn guy is good. Why not pay the $25/week and not worry about it, ya know?
 
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Awesome set up dude!
Thanks Benny! Only going to get finer with age I’ll wager!

Definitely wanting to get a bench with a 12” pad at minimum. Ideally the 14” fat pad is what I’d get but ill settle for 12” if the price difference is significant. One of the two powerbars you mentioned will be the one that I get if I need to, I cant justify the price for Kabuki’s power bar. I’d rather put the difference between the kabuki bar and one of the other, but still high quality bars, towards a squatmax or GHR.

What verdict did you arrive at regarding the reverse hyper?
You can’t go wrong with a TPB or EFS for true time-tested quality construction.

I am basically decided on the $700 Titan GHR/RH combo. 2 machines in 1 is pretty huge when space is at a premium; the cost is about the same as buying their RH and a traditional no-name used GHR, plus getting it here - Titan will ship it right to my door freight for free. And I can do regular hyperextensions & sit-ups on the GHR portion as well as standing leg curls, rows, curls etc with the RH pendulum strap.
 
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Speaking of all that, today was supposed to be recovery deadlift but man there’s just entirely too much going on. We still have a ton to unpack, wife spent her entire day off cleaning the old apartment, we moved some boxes out of the old storage we forgot during the move, went to the grocery store on my lunch break from work, last night bought my first mower and weed whacker and a bunch of miscellaneous house needs, and still have more to get. Lots of running around.

Energy has been pretty low amidst all this stress, as my test levels are probably about nonexistent (16 days since final shot) so I will start taking 20mg Clomid tonight to begin PCT.

But...I did pull the trigger on this black beauty last night:

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That’s the one I have my eyes set on too. I know titan basically makes a living by ripping people’s inventions off, but damn it sometimes their prices are just way too much better than the competitor they ripped off not to go with them.

Edit: we must’ve posted at the same time so I didnt see the second post. Missing a recovery DL session isnt the end of the world, you know that. Especially given how busy you are, how active you have been, how low your test is, etc. Nice lookin bar, good score!
 
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Farking beautiful!
Shipped out today! Bet it’s here Monday. Columbus is only 6-7 hours from here.

07/30/20 - Recovery Micro, Deadlift
BW 251.0

Random lazy warmup movements

Deadlift, stiffbar
225 2x5
325 3x5

BB Rows
135,185,205x12

Widegrip Avg Band Pulldowns
2x25

BB Curls
45x17,15

Inverse Rows
2x10

Doing a solid job getting my weight back down; about 10lbs in 10 days and pants fitting better in the waistband. Trained in the garage again tonight which was nice with the door open and some light rain to cool things off.

Clomid began today at 25mg, Proviron is at 25mg, Sustain Alpha is introduced (already began Toco9 and Endomax a couple weeks ago) as was Evomuse Hypernova with 40mcg Clen applied with the transdermal. Can’t believe the difference - just as I was told, none of the bp increase or shakes/jitters when applied locally through the skin. Wish I had always known this much safer method of use!

Going to use the Hyper-Clen combo the next 2 weeks to limit local cortisol and fat gain in my trunk during PCT while my body tries to sort itself out.
 
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Is there any proof that it actually works transdermally? I genuinely dont know...just trying to pick the low hanging fruit as to why sides may be non existent.
 
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Is there any proof that it actually works transdermally? I genuinely dont know...just trying to pick the low hanging fruit as to why sides may be non existent.
Anecdotally, anyone who tried it said they got noticeably leaner (regardless of the transdermal used).

My assumption is because it’s absorbed and primarily active locally, so less ends up hitting the heart. I did not read that anywhere; just blabbering ideas as I write this right before sleep I can say it’s not giving any of the normal feels or heart rate. I put it on first thing and forget about it completely. Research Clen is almost cheaper than dirt so I don’t mind trying it. The transdermal is all of the cost here!
 
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Lookin wide and thiqq boy
 
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Is there any proof that it actually works transdermally? I genuinely dont know...just trying to pick the low hanging fruit as to why sides may be non existent.
I wouldn't say nonexistent in my experience but far from as intense. I think a big part of it or in my mind anyway was the slower overall uptake of it so you didn't get a kick all at once so not as much of a jolt to the system.

Thick as a brick @Hyde I haven't gone back to read but looks like you put on some serious size.
 
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You are probably closer than you think! Our backs are often bigger than we believe because we never see them except in pictures from behind.

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Thick as a brick @Hyde I haven't gone back to read but looks like you put on some serious size.
I just did a USPA meet 2 weeks ago where I totaled 1,603 (617/369/617) in sleeves in 2.5 hours with only 8 lifters in it & hot as hell even dropping my 3rd deadlift of 650 when my hands tore. I competed in 275 but couldn’t manage to get over 265lbs the day of comp.

Then I bought a house and we moved in last weekend. Still unpacking; haven’t even mowed.

PCT started a couple days ago and I have managed to get my weight down to 250.4 currently. Feeling much better!
 
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I wouldn't say nonexistent in my experience but far from as intense. I think a big part of it or in my mind anyway was the slower overall uptake of it so you didn't get a kick all at once so not as much of a jolt to the system.

Thick as a brick @Hyde I haven't gone back to read but looks like you put on some serious size.
Anecdotally, anyone who tried it said they got noticeably leaner (regardless of the transdermal used).

My assumption is because it’s absorbed and primarily active locally, so less ends up hitting the heart. I did not read that anywhere; just blabbering ideas as I write this right before sleep I can say it’s not giving any of the normal feels or heart rate. I put it on first thing and forget about it completely. Research Clen is almost cheaper than dirt so I don’t mind trying it. The transdermal is all of the cost here!
I buy these explanations. This would definitely be a route id be interested in going. I was always deterred from systemic clen administration in my test subjects because of side effects, most notably the potential cardiotoxicity but also looking cracked out with the jitters and shakes is a drawback for me lol.
 
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I buy these explanations. This would definitely be a route id be interested in going. I was always deterred from systemic clen administration in my test subjects because of side effects, most notably the potential cardiotoxicity but also looking cracked out with the jitters and shakes is a drawback for me lol.
I will let you know in a couple weeks final thoughts, but it’s certainly at a minimum a healthier way to use it.
 
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I just did a USPA meet 2 weeks ago where I totaled 1,603 (617/369/617) in sleeves in 2.5 hours with only 8 lifters in it & hot as hell even dropping my 3rd deadlift of 650 when my hands tore. I competed in 275 but couldn’t manage to get over 265lbs the day of comp.

Then I bought a house and we moved in last weekend. Still unpacking; haven’t even mowed.

PCT started a couple days ago and I have managed to get my weight down to 250.4 currently. Feeling much better!
Awesome total, congratulations on that and the new house! Your shoulder caps are getting massive man!
 
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I will let you know in a couple weeks final thoughts, but it’s certainly at a minimum a healthier way to use it.
Sounds great man.
 
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I will let you know in a couple weeks final thoughts, but it’s certainly at a minimum a healthier way to use it.
Sounds great man.
 
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Well, I was supposed to bench yesterday. But that didn’t happen, and today I moved and organized a bunch of storage totes and boxes around, did laundry, shopped for things like new electrical outlets, step ladders, a dehumidifier. Then more cleaning, organization, carrying stuff around - skipped it again.

Tomorrow I basically have to get the mower going. But the good news is I am actually getting excited to lift!
 
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Spent 6 hours outside today getting the mower ready, reading about the mower, picking up sticks all over the property, mowing, weedeating, meeting new neighbors, more mowing and weedeating. Didn’t take the time to eat breakfast prior and other than some Gatorade & Lite Salt pretty much just worked until it was done - I was basically shuffling around with low blood sugar like a zombie by the time I got the mower put away

I think I can do it all in a couple hours probably next time now that I removed 3-4 weeks of neglect & have it figured out. Not gonna lie; it was kinda fun.
 
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Seems today was a “fasted for Jesus workout Sunday” for a bunch of the crew.
 
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Brooke and I had a mini baby shower with just the grandmas today. There were 8 of us and the amount of food we had catered was projected to feed 40-50. I did not fast today.

Sounds like you had a good fasted LISS day! (You beat me before I edited).
 
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Mowing is actually one of those things I enjoy but weed eating and stuff not so much.
 
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08/03/20 - Wk1, Bench
BW 251.0

Monsterband Tri Extensions, Rows, Facepulls, Curls

Bench
45x10
95,135x5
185,225x3
255x2
275 4x2, 1x7 or 8!

2bd
195 2x15

Rear Delt Flyes
10lb plates x12
25lb plates 2x12

Hammercurls
15,20x20

BB Curls
45 2x15

Wife says I did 8 reps on bench. Either way I am floored to be so strong considering I am off entirely, down 10lbs, and paused these. I hit 290x10 TNG before peaking - I have never been this strong off, so hopefully it’s not a fluke and I retain my bench better this time.
 
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Anecdotally, anyone who tried it said they got noticeably leaner (regardless of the transdermal used).

My assumption is because it’s absorbed and primarily active locally, so less ends up hitting the heart. I did not read that anywhere; just blabbering ideas as I write this right before sleep I can say it’s not giving any of the normal feels or heart rate. I put it on first thing and forget about it completely. Research Clen is almost cheaper than dirt so I don’t mind trying it. The transdermal is all of the cost here!
So when it's listed as "airway gel" does that mean it's TD clen?
 
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So when it's listed as "airway gel" does that mean it's TD clen?
Never heard that. I am using research liquid Clen measured with an oral dropper like usual and squirting it into my palm already full of a transdermal fat burner (Evomuse Hypernova) and applying that. You could use any transdermal product you like to accomplish this.

I chose Hypernova because it doesn’t burn like Eviscerate or many others and it’s primary MOA is to block fat storage locally, which tends to be an issue early in PCT for me. I don’t care about cutting as much as not getting fatter at a critical time I am most likely to.

Dropped down to 247.8 today
 
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Never heard that. I am using research liquid Clen measured with an oral dropper like usual and squirting it into my palm already full of a transdermal fat burner (Evomuse Hypernova) and applying that. You could use any transdermal product you like to accomplish this.

I chose Hypernova because it doesn’t burn like Eviscerate or many others and it’s primary MOA is to block fat storage locally, which tends to be an issue early in PCT for me. I don’t care about cutting as much as not getting fatter at a critical time I am most likely to.

Dropped down to 247.8 today
You need to eat!!!!!
 
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You need to eat!!!!!
I know it; I have had so little appetite or interest in food since forcing crap for so long in the meet prep. Without lifting in the mornings, which I hated anyway, my body naturally seems to want to fast til like noon and I really only desire food 2-3x a day.

I am trying to eat less fat than I am used to and higher carbs so a greater percentage of my fuel supports my training capacity at a given calorie level, and to increase hunger. I have never had lasting diet discipline really, but that doesn’t mean I can’t at least try to be better.
 
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08/04/20 - Day 6 PCT, Wk1 Squat
BW 247.8

Agile 8
Bird Dogs
Standing Jumps 2x3

Squat
45 3x5
135x5
225,295,345,385x3
420 2x3
385x3

Hi Bar Parallel Boxsquat
275 2x12 woof

In keeping with tradition, the squat weights are way too high off cycle using even 70% of what I maxed at in the previous peaking block (600). 420 was NOT a weight I could move for technique building - probably 80-90%. Which jives with thinking my daily training max was probably 470-500 atm. If I was cruising and keeping my weight up more it would probably be more sustainable, but I need to focus on reality here.

And I want to move focus back on my deadlift for now because I feel like there’s a lot of potential for it to make a big jump like my squat did recently, so I need to keep the squat at intensities I will recover well from.

I have already proven to myself how fast and extreme I can ramp the squat weights up when it’s go time, so I will lean on that and focus on the big picture.
 

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