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ActivitiesGuy Log III: Strength AND Endurance!


#1562

So jealous. DC is a long way from Melbourne. Maybe one day I can time a family holiday with a gym visit… hmmm


#1563

Dropping in after seeing your post in Brian’s log. It’s awesome that you got the chance to go to neversate! Do you think it will change your mentality and approach to training at all, after training with the group there? That was some crazy squat volume with those kind of weights!


#1564

Dude, you’re not kidding. The prescribed squat workout was to warm up to about 75-80% then reduce weight to 70% and do a set of 12 reps, followed by a set of 15 reps at 65%, followed by a set of 18 reps at 60%. On my first set at 285, I got through eight reps and racked it because a) I had to drive from Westminster, MD back to Pittsburgh that night and b) I have an eight week old son & my wife would absolutely kill me if I had gotten injured or put myself at risk in any way. I decided from there that I would go on in chunks of as many reps as I could get safely until I’d completed a total of 45 reps. I was seriously f***ed up on the drive home. I left the gym, got to I-70, then pulled off at a gas station and bought two 32-ounce gatorades and a large coffee and took it all down in the next hour. I was still breathing hard.

ANYWAYS, back to this:

Maybe a little, but probably not that much for now (and I say this with ALL DUE RESPECT to Brian and his crew). They go balls to the wall - while sustainability and injury prevention are a major factor for me - as I said, with a very young child and a lot of professional commitments, it would be a very bad time for me to get hurt. That’s just a fact. I think my short, low-volume, high-frequency workouts just fit into my life better right now and allow me to achieve my general goals (be stronger than most people) with relatively low injury risk.

With that said, it certainly has inspired me to incorporate a bit more varied conditioning work (which will start next week - the first few days of this week I just did the short deadlift workouts you see above because I still feel so beat up that any sandbag work or squatting was entirely out of the question). It’s become too easy for me to just do my half a dozen deadlift singles & call it a day. I’ll get more kettlebell swings, sandbag loads and farmer’s carries into the rotation.


#1565

This has always been the beauty of training in my eyes. Everyone does it a little different, but all ways work. Whether you go balls out every day and push your limits beyond belief, or you do singles everyday with a little conditioning in, you’ll still get results if you attack it 100%.


#1566

Makes sense, especially with other priorities in life and you are still shifting some good weight. I am exactly the same (although for sporting reasons) and it is not practical for me to destroy myself lifting, but the conditioning I added in inspired by Brian’s early training logs has certainly helped me get used to pushing when tired.


#1567

Funny story… When my daughter was born I was in the process of changing agencies. I knew I’d forfeit my sick time so I took off almost eight weeks when she was born.

We got the hang of things pretty quickly because she was an easy baby. I had lots of time to go to the gym so I was playing hours of basketball several days a week. I broke my ankle about four weeks after she was born. This eliminated my ability to be of any use to my poor wife.

Whoops.


#1568

Thursday 9/13

Axle Deadlift

5x115
5x205
1x295
1x385
1x475 (straps)
1x565 (straps, PR)
1x565 (straps, PR again)

This was nice. Most I’ve ever done on the axle with straps. Both reps at 565 went up very smoothly. Second was a bit of a grind but came up; first one just flew up.


#1569

#1570

Here’s the second rep at 565:


#1571

Wow that moved smooth, nice job


#1572

Friday 9/14

Deadlift

5x135
5x225
1x315
1x405
1x495
1x525
1x565
1x495


#1573

Saturday 9/15

Deadlift

5x135
1x225
1x315
1x405
1x495
1x585
1x495

Kettlebell Press

1x88
1x88
1x88
1x88
1x88
1x88


#1574

Back to back deadlift sessions, how did that feel after !?


#1575

Sunday 9/16

Back Squat

5x135
2x165
2x195
2x225
2x315
2x350
2x350
2x350


#1576

Monday 9/17

Back Squat

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


#1577

Tuesday 9/18

Back Squat

5x135
5x225
2x315
2x315
2x335

Deadlift

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