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ActivitiesGuy Log III: Strength AND Endurance!


#1702

Tuesday 12/4

Deadlift

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


#1703

Wednesday 12/5

Axle Deadlift (Plates)

5x115
1x205
1x205
1x295
1x295
1x385
1x385
1x475 (straps)
1x520 (straps)


#1704

Thursday 12/6

Deadlift

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


#1705

Friday 12/7

Deadlift

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

Kettlebell Swing

10x88
10x88
10x88
10x88
10x88


#1706

Saturday 12/8

Back Squat

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

Sandbag Lifts

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


#1707

Sunday 12/9

Axle Deadlift (Plates)

5x115
5x205
1x295
1x295
1x385
1x385
1x400
1x400
1x415
1x415
1x505 (straps)
1x505 (straps)

Wanted to get a little grip work in today (before tossing on straps) so I took a few small jumps and did a pair of singles (one with mixed grip in each direction) at 385, 400, 415…wanted to keep going but my little guy was starting to wake up from his nap & I realized I was about out of time, so I slapped a pair of 45’s on & did two singles at 505 with straps.

I think I’m officially at the point where I’ll consider a 700 deadlift my new lifetime strength goal. My body seems to respond fairly well to low-volume, high-frequency deadlifts; it’s my favorite lift to perform by far; and lifts between 500-600 are now so routine that I can imagine 700 happening in the next few years.


#1708

I swear when I left we were racing for a 4 plate deadlift, looks like you knock those out before breakfast these days. Good work man.


#1709

Thanks. I really mean it - good to see you back here.

Re: chasing a 4 plate deadlift when you left, I was. It’s funny how things went from there: at first, once I picked up a barbell after a couple years futzing around with long distance running and cycling, I was just hoping to get to 405.

That came in January 2016, and then I decided “well, maybe someday I’ll get to 500.”

That came in summer 2016 (right before I got married), and then I decided “well, maybe someday I’ll get to 600.”

That came in summer 2017 (right before we bought a house). In the last year we got pregnant and had a baby so making more gains was not a high priority, but I have continued to make progress with my low volume, high frequency approach (and thanks in large part to having a garage gym which means I can always get my workout in). Most recent PR is 620 a couple months ago; I’m thinking the next big milestone is 650-something by next summer, and I now sincerely believe 700 is a possibly doable lifetime goal to chase.

Worth noting, I have gained some body weight during this time (was 210-215ish at the start, currently floating in mid-230’s, I would guess). I don’t really want to gain any more, but there’s room to lean out & then add a bit more lean mass.


#1710

How much has your physique changed during that time? Have you noticed a significant amount of muscle gain since January 2016?


#1711

Some muscle; a little fluff too. I’ll post a link to some deadlift vids from 2016 vs more recent but I know that’s not as good as shirtless pics lol.


#1712

Here’s me deadlifting 500 for the first time in July 2016:


#1713

And then here’s 620 a couple months ago (so there’s a little over two years between the two videos):


#1714

That’s some amazing progress, congratulations. And also on the marriage and the baby, I didn’t realise how long I’d been away


#1715

Monday 12/10

Axle Deadlift (Plates)

5x115
5x205
1x295
1x295
1x385
1x385
1x475 (straps)
1x505 (straps)
1x535 (straps)

I know that I’ll always be able to handle a little more weight on a traditional barbell thanks to the flex and smaller diameter, but this honestly might be my favorite deadlift variation. I really enjoy pulling from traditional height plates with axle & using straps.


#1716

Tuesday 12/11

Axle Deadlift (Plates)

5x115
5x205
1x295
1x295
1x385
1x385
1x475 (straps)
1x565 (straps)
1x565 (straps)


#1717

Wednesday 12/12

Deadlift

5x135
5x225
1x315
1x315
1x405
1x405
1x495
1x495
1x525
1x525
1x585
1x585