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ActivitiesGuy Log III: Strength AND Endurance!


#1682

Monday 11/19

Back Squat

2x135
2x165
2x195
2x225
2x255
2x345
2x255


#1683

Tuesday 11/20

Deadlift

5x135
3x225
1x315
1x315
1x405
1x405
1x495
1x495
1x495
1x495
1x495


#1684

Wednesday 11/21

Deadlift

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


#1685

Thursday 11/22

Deadlift

5x135
1x225
1x315
1x405
1x495
1x585
1x600

Back Squat

2x135
2x225
2x315
2x345
2x345

EDIT TO ADD: wanted to log yesterday but short of time - ActivitiesGal returned to lifting a few weeks ago (about 10 weeks post-partum) and on Thanksgiving morning deadlifted 200 pounds for the first time since delivering our son in July, just a few pounds off her lifetime PR. I think a 200 Back Squat / 225 Deadlift is a good target for her by next year.


#1686

Friday 11/23

Front Squat

5x132
2x176
2x196
2x216
2x266

Back Squat

2x286
2x306
2x306
2x306

At home (parents’ house) for holiday weekend. Quick squats in the old gym where I learned to lift with my dad - also, for folks that haven’t followed my log, he’s got a weird mix of pound and kilo plates (hence the odd poundage increments in this workout).


#1687

Saturday 11/24

Axle Deadlift (Plates)

5x115
5x205
1x295
1x295
1x385
1x385
1x475
1x475
1x500


#1688

Sunday 11/25

Axle Deadlift (Wagon Wheels)

5x115
1x205
1x205
1x295
1x295
1x385
1x385
1x475
1x475
1x500
1x500
1x500
1x500
1x500
1x500

Front Squat

2x135
2x165
2x195
2x225
2x255
2x275


#1689

Monday 11/26

Back Squat

2x135
2x165
2x195
2x225
2x255
2x345
2x255


#1690

Tuesday 11/27

Deadlift

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

Trying to be a little more disciplined - I have a tendency to pull at >90% every workout just because I love deadlifts. I want to make most of my workouts top around 495 with only one heavy day that goes to 585+ and maybe a second day with a heavier weight on the axle & using the Wagon Wheels as I try to get used to generating force from that starting height. I’m very loosely toying with the idea of doing the Static Monsters contest (the one that @flipcollar just did) next year, and that will require some prep for an axle deadlift from Wagon Wheel height. If I can pull 650-plus by next summer I may give it a go at Static Monsters.


#1691

You’d probably be good for that now, I’m pretty sure our deadlift numbers off the floor are about the same.


#1692

I think I will be - with a little more event-specific training. I’ve pulled 620 off the floor smoothly with a regular barbell (Rogue 28mm Training Bar) & I’m pretty sure I could go over 600 with an axle from the floor, but once I got my Wagon Wheels a few weeks ago, I was mildly surprised (not too much, but a little) at how much harder it’s been to generate tension from that starting height versus off the floor since I’m not used to pulling from that height. 500-something from the floor on either an axle or barbell is a snoozer of a lift for me; 500-something using the Wagon Wheels requires a bit more concentration to get it moving. That’s why I’ll probably use them at least once a week in training, to get used to building tension from that height. It’s not a matter of strength - if I can pull 620 from the floor, obviously I can pull 620 from 3-4 inches higher - just the technique. Didn’t you mention somewhere in your log that you realized you had to change your technique and setup a little bit for the different starting height? Any tips or resources I should read on that? Right now, I’m basically just trying to deadlift the same way I do from the floor, and that may not be ideal.

EDIT: also, you competed in the 198 class, whereas I’ll likely be at 231. Looking at this year’s worldwide results, 650 pounds (or we’ll just round it up and say 300 kilos / 661 pounds) would put me around 20th place for the deadlift event. That shouldn’t matter too much - I don’t have any real expectations to qualify for the World championships next year, I just want to see what I can do, and have fantasies dancing through my head of maybe getting that pull up near 700 pounds (seriously, for an amateur dude that works out for 20 minutes a day in his garage, how freaking cool would it be to have video proof of hitting a 700-pound axle deadlift in a strongman contest?)


#1693

Wednesday 11/28

Deadlift

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

Real quick workout at my university gym today instead of home garage - need to be on campus late for meeting, squeezed this in beforehand.


#1694

Thursday 11/29

Deadlift

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


#1695

Friday 11/30

Front Squat

2x135
2x165
2x195
2x225
2x255

Back Squat

2x285
2x315
2x345
2x345
2x315


#1696

Saturday 12/1

Axle Deadlift (Wagon Wheels)

5x115
5x205
1x295
1x295
1x385
1x385
1x475
1x505
1x535
1x565
1x565


#1697

#1698

Those wheels look so cool. Nice lift man


#1699

Thanks! They were a bit of a “toy” purchase but they have definitely taught me something interesting: it’s not NEARLY as easy as most people might think to deadlift from a higher starting height. It’s SO hard to get a heavy weight moving from that height if you’re not used to it!


#1700

Sunday 12/2

Back Squat

2x135
2x165
2x195
2x225
2x255
2x275
2x275
2x275
2x275
2x275
2x275
2x275
2x275
2x275

Mild twinge in my back yesterday on the second pull at 565, so today decided to do a bunch of light back squats. Tight at the beginning but felt pretty good by the end of the workout.


#1701

Monday 12/3

Back Squat

2x135
2x165
2x195
2x225
2x255
2x275
2x290
2x345