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ActivitiesGuy Log III: Strength AND Endurance!


#1302

Lots of people hate percentages, scripted progressions, set rest times and all that junk.

Some “Folk Style,” or “Dan John esque” guidelines about how to Effectively train by feel would be Super popular. Like the opposite of an Excel Spreadsheet or some silly app. Keeping it simple is like a Lost Art these days.


#1303

@Chris_Colucci: per the discussion in this thread, would TN consider something that is being discussed here? If so, let me know and we can exchange a little back and forth to refine the idea, in whatever medium you prefer. I probably would not write with a particularly hard stance against programs and percentages and stuff, but most likely would come off very much like Dan John - the pragmatic “all that stuff is great, but some folks might be too busy for all that stuff or fall victim to paralysis by analysis, so here’s the simplest possible program for someone that wants to get strong with minimal equipment and minimal thinking required.”


#1304

In my opinion, you have no Duty to argue against anything, or scientifically prove your method, or take any kind of hard stance. Don’t worry about proving your method “The Best” or “The Only.”

Just kind of explain what was on your mind, and how to stay on track.


#1305

MaybePossiblyPerhaps
I mean, I like the idea. But I’m middle of the totem pole, at best. Shoot me a message on FB or I can send an e-mail to the address on your profile.

We also have some general Editorial Guidelines here, for review.


#1306

Why not throw a little flare to the site with some guest articles from average Joe’s?

It’s tough to post new stuff every day of the week. I don’t think it’d hurt to have someone from here share something. I don’t know how much better you could validate the author’s knowledge than by seeing his training log and videos right here.

Your background check is done!


#1307

Friday 4/13

Deadlift

5x135
5x225
5x315
5x405
3x435
3x465
3x500

All done beltless. A triple at 500 with no belt is pretty satisfying. Capping the week with another Yuengling Black & Tan.

@countrygirl2016: if some of the other stuff was tough to find, the Yuengling Black & Tan May be a little easier! It’s more common in these parts, I think.


#1308

Re: the idea of writing an article, I’ll start jotting some stuff down. I like writing a bit anyway, might as well write it and see if TN’s editorial team expresses interest in an article from the Everyman perspective.


#1309

Saturday 4/14

Spinning Bike (20 Minutes)


#1310

Sunday 4/15

Back Squat

5x135
5x185
5x225
5x275
3x315
2x345

Leg Press

10x90
10x180
10x270
10x360

Unusual circumstances today: wife singing a gig about 3 hours from home; we had to be here at 10AM for her to run through a rehearsal, show this afternoon. I dropped her off for the rehearsal, found the local YMCA, and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of equipment - stuff was plenty good for a few easy squats. My back felt juuuuust a bit of a twinge on the third rep at 315; I still gave 345 a little go, and handled two reps that weren’t bad, but I decided to shut it down and live to fight another day.


#1311

Monday 4/16

Deadlift

5x135
5x225
1x315
1x405
1x405
1x405
1x405
1x405
1x405
1x405
1x405
1x405


#1312

Tuesday 4/17

Spinning Bike (20 Minutes)


#1313

Wednesday 4/18

Deadlift

5x135
5x225
1x315
1x405
1x405
1x405
1x405
1x405
1x405
1x405
1x405
1x405


#1314

Thursday 4/19

Back Squat

5x135
5x165
5x195
5x225
5x255
2x285
2x315
2x345
2x315


#1315

Friday 4/20

Deadlift

5x135
5x225
1x315
1x405
1x435
1x465
1x495
1x525

Very comfortable doing 525 beltless now.

Tonight’s beer is a Troegs First Cut IPA. A hoppy little thing, not my bread and butter, but I needed something a little lighter than my usual stout tonight.


#1316

#1317

Saturday 4/21

No Training

Family commitment today; we had to fly down-and-back to Florida in the same day for a funeral. I’ll survive one day without training.


#1318

Sunday 4/22

Front Squats

5x135
5x150
2x165
2x180
2x195
2x225
2x270

KB Swing

10x88
10x88
10x88
10x88
10x88

(kettlebell swings done between sets of squats during warmup)

Quick workout this morning, with some family in town to visit.


#1319

For a second I thought that video was in slow motion. That was very smooth and controlled throughout. You definitely own that weight!


#1320

Ha, it was really slow off the floor. What actually happened was - for some reason, my left knee was very sore that day, so I was hesitant to flex the legs quite as much as I do in heavy DL’s (if you watch some of my other vids, I take a much more dramatic squat-rise-then-start-pulling than I did in that video). As a result, I was starting with higher hips and probably less leg-drive than I would like to. Once it broke the floor, it actually moved pretty well. Upon rewatching it almost looks like it was an intentionally paused lift, but it wasn’t, just an “Oh shit, pull harder you big wuss” lift.


#1321

Monday 4/23

Back Squat

5x135
5x165
5x195
5x225
5x255
2x285
2x315
2x345
2x315

Tonight’s beer: Samoa This Imperial Stout (10% ABV) from Southern Tier. Super sweet dessert beer. Almost too sweet. Maybe a little much lol.