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ActivitiesGuy Log III: Strength AND Endurance!


#1382

How do you feel the sandbag lifts have carried over to the deadlift?

I know when I first implemented a little stones, tire flips, and keg carries into my training my deadlift capacity increased quite a bit. I didn’t necessarily go smashing new PRs, but it seemed I was able to handle the weight I could already do with much less difficulty (if that makes sense).

The actual lift (deadlift) felt easier and less taxing after performing those awkward lifts.


#1383

You’re getting strong, dude.

Are you just doing about 7 or so sets of squats/deadlift/sandbag and then that’s it (no accessory work)?


#1384

@littlesleeper: I would say yes. The sandbag definitely seems to have had some carryover to deadlift. Couple ideas - one, the way I do them, really have to roll the hips in explosively (if I could go back in time, I would use this to train for football and wrestling). Two, getting better at lifting an awkward object seems to help lift a less awkward object, as you said.

@usmccds423: that’s about it. Some days it’s just the 6-7 heavy sets of squats or deadlifts. Trying to use the sandbag and the kettlebell at least once a week (you’ll see them sprinkled in). Now that we are in sunmer and I’m mowing the lawn every 4-6 days I’m just counting that as my cardio (in winter I’ll need the bike to get some of that). But yeah, with a kid on the way in the next few weeks, i am trying to get used to keeping myself in shape with very short and minimalist workouts.


#1385

Friday 6/8

Sandbag Lift

1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200

Tonight’s beer: Founders Dank Wood IPA. Aged in bourbon barrels. Very hoppy, but I’m a fan.


#1386

Saturday 6/9

Mowed the lawn (60 minutes easy cardio)

Sandbag Lift

1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200


#1387

Sunday 6/10

Sandbag Lift

1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200


#1388

Monday 6/11

Front Squat

2x135
2x165
2x195
2x225
2x255
2x255
2x255
2x255

Back felt a little tight so I just stayed at 255 for a couple of easy doubles rather than push it tonight. If I feel better in the next few days I’d like to front squat 310 for a double this week.


#1389

Tuesday 6/12

Sandbag Lift

1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200


#1390

Wednesday 6/13

Deadlift

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


#1391

Thursday 6/14

Sandbag Front Lift

1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200


#1392

Friday 6/15

Back Squat

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

Tonight’s beer: Troegs Nimble Giant IPA (9% ABV). Suuuuuper hoppy. It’s a good beer but this still definitely isn’t my main taste in beer.


#1393

Saturday 6/16

Mowed lawn (60 minutes easy cardio)

Deadlift

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


#1394

Sunday 6/17

Back Squat

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


#1395

Monday 6/18

Front Squat

5x135
5x165
5x195
2x225
2x255
2x290


#1396

Have you front squatted over 3 plates yet? Just a quick glance and didn’t see it. Feel like with your strength levels you should easily be able to do 315 for triples for sure.

I might have asked you this before but what does a daily day of eating look like for you? Just curious to see.

I know you’ve been training in this fashion for a long time now, have you ever thought about doing a more “conventional” program to see how you would do?

And last thing as a fellow beer man myself. Do you ever drink Tripels? I haven’t had a bad one yet!


#1397

Tuesday 6/19

Sandbag Lift

1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200

Tonight’s beer was another Troegs Nimble Giant IPA (9% ABV, very hoppy).


#1398

Re: front squat strength, I suspect that I could handle 315 for a triple now, but I am working my way up slowly for a reason. A couple weeks back I decided to start at 255 for my top set and go LP, adding five pounds a week, until I passed 315. There have been a few off weeks here and there but progress has continued steadily and I handled 290 very easily last night for a double. However, a brief segue into your next question…

Work has been insane lately, I’ve just recently accepted a new job (which is going to be a big advancement), a lot of other stuff happening professionally, and my wife is 36 weeks pregnant, so some days training has to be very abbreviated (ie last night I got home at 5 and had to be on a conference call by 5:30, so I ripped through those front squats in less than 15 minutes and had to top out with the last set at 290 although I would have loved to go one set higher). Sure, I would love to train a little more, but balanced with the constraints of other things in my life at this time, I think this is the best balance I can strike. I’m happy to try to get the most I can out of ~20 minutes per day.

Re: beer, I have not had any tripels but there is one in the case at my local store, so perhaps I will give that a shot soon…


#1399

Oh also - the typical day of eating:

6AM - coffee with heavy cream
7AM - Epic bar (beef jerky basically)
12PM - deli sandwich & lots of water
6PM - usually a hearty portion of a protein & a vegetable (ex. salmon & asparagus, steak & broccoli, burgers & potatoes, in the winter slow cooked pork or roast chicken) or homemade soup (lentil & sausage, chicken noodle)
9PM - sometimes, a snack (scoop of ice cream, a homemade cookie or two)

My diet could be improved some, but I’m eating for a combination of convenience & taste. Dinner is always very high quality because that’s the meal we really plan and cook every night. Weekends are much better, as we have more time to cook.


#1400

You ever get traction with writing an article here? Still think it would be cool because this,

is very relateable to alot of folks across the board, I would think.


#1401

Ugh, I would love to but the reasoning is sort of self-explanatory - I’ve just been too busy to do it justice! I’ve had so much going on lately…professionally, this is all very exciting; I’ve recently joined the editorial board of a major medical journal as the lead statistical editor, and I’ve started to get offers to give talks here and there, as my professional reputation grows a bit within my little niche…personally, we’re getting ready for a baby (wife is 36 weeks pregnant)…I do think it would be a fun article to write and have some ideas. Oddly enough, right after the baby might be a great time, because I’ll be home and off work for a few weeks. Even with the new baby, I should have some time to dick around on my laptop while the baby sleeps and might be able to write something up.