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ActivitiesGuy Log III: Strength AND Endurance!


#1482

Thanks. I have squatted over 400 before - I just don’t venture that heavy too often, which is mostly because…uh, I like deadlifting heavy more than squatting heavy, I suppose. I have no real good reason, but as a recreational guy I can do what I want, right?! Haha.

I would like 405 to be a weight that I can back squat “any time” though, sort of like 525-ish has become a weight that I can deadlift any time I feel like it.


#1483

Monday 7/30

Axle Deadlift

5x115
5x205
1x295
1x295
1x385
1x385
1x415
1x415


#1484

Tuesday 7/31

Axle Deadlift

5x115
5x205
5x295 (straps)
3x385 (straps)
3x415 (straps)
1x505 (straps)
1x505 (straps)


#1485

Wednesday 8/1

Axle Deadlift

5x115
5x205
1x295
1x295
1x385
1x385
1x445 (straps)
1x535 (straps)


#1486

Thursday 8/2

Back Squat

5x135
5x225
2x255
2x285
2x315
2x345
2x375


#1487

Just dashing out some quick thoughts here while my wife showed and the little guy is snoozing…

I’m really happy with where my strength is under the circumstances. I’ve been super busy at work (good stuff, just busy) & add a newborn to that, and I’m honestly feeling like my top-end strength is as good as it’s ever been. The low daily volume, high frequency, auto-regulated approach just seems to work for me. The axle has been a great addition and honestly I feel like I could just deadlift that thing every day, so I need to keep myself honest with some squats and sandbag work, but man am I feeling good. My 32nd birthday is August 14. If I’m feeling frisky that day, I may take a crack at a deadlift PR.


#1488

Friday 8/3

Deadlift

5x135
5x225
2x315
2x405
1x470
1x550
1x550


#1489

Saturday 8/4

Mowed the lawn (60 minutes easy cardio)

Axle Deadlift

5x115
5x205
1x295
1x295
1x385
1x385
10x385 (straps)

Not sure why I did this. Just felt like it. I’m much more a fan of testing my top-end, & admittedly have probably left something on the table by not working more in this rep range. Felt good to push myself this way, though.


#1490

Happy early birthday big dog. I’ll be waiting for that video :wink:


#1491

Sunday 8/5

Axle Deadlift

5x115
5x205
1x295
1x295
1x385
1x385
1x475 (straps)
1x475 (straps)


#1492

The way you mention your mowing makes it sounds like you almost enjoy it. I mowed tonight and I hated it! I hate my yard.


#1493

Ah, the weightlifting bro’s motto haha! Got some solid rep strength, still!


#1494

Monday 8/6

Back Squat

5x135
2x165
2x195
2x225
2x255
2x325
2x325

Quick but good session. Both doubles at 325 had great bar speed, just felt really solid.


#1495

Tuesday 8/7

Axle Deadlift

5x115
5x205
1x295
1x295
1x385
1x385
1x465 (PR)


#1496

Hey man from when you started training like this to now, how much more muscular have you gotten? Just curious because It feels like you’ve been training like this for years now lol. Have you gained any significant weight at all?

I know at some point I will have to train daily like this as well. I know as my company grows there will be a time period where I will have only 30 minutes a day to do something physical and I’ll have to get creative in how I workout. I’ve already thought about my layout and I’m sure it’ll go something like this using giant sets and minimal rest.

MONDAY - Back Squat (ss: Abs, Lunges)
TUESDAY - OH Press (ss: BB Rows, Curls)
WEDNESDAY - Deadlift (ss: Abs, GHR)
THURSDAY - Clean & Press (ss: Chin-Ups, Curls)
FRIDAY - Front Squat (ss: Abs, Dips)
SATURDAY - BW Circuit
SUNDAY - Yoga


#1497

Wednesday 8/8

Axle Deadlift

5x115
5x205
1x295
1x385
1x475 (straps)
1x550 (straps)

Sandbag Load

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

(Superset: sandbag loading done in between deadlifts)


#1498

Thursday 8/9

Deadlift

5x135
1x225
1x315
1x405
1x470
1x550
1x550

Sandbag

1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200
1x200


#1499

Just figure that everyone might get a kick out of this:

http://magazine.amstat.org/blog/2018/08/01/pastimesalthouse/

Look, folks, you don’t get into fitness magazines like AmStat News by lifting the pink dumbbells.


#1500

Friday 8/10

Axle Deadlift

5x115
5x205
1x295
1x385
1x385
1x415
1x415
1x445
1x445


#1501

Saturday 8/11

Axle Deadlift

5x115
5x205
2x295 (straps)
2x385 (straps)
1x415 (straps)
1x505 (straps)
1x525 (straps)
1x525 (straps)

This wasn’t the most weight I’ve ever pulled on the axle, but they were some of the smoothest reps. Really satisfying pull, video to come shortly.