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ActivitiesGuy Log III: StrongFirst With a Westside Twist

Tuesday 11/6

Axle Deadlift (Wagon Wheels)

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

My Wagon Wheels arrived today so of course I had to play with my new toys. I love the look - there’s something really cool about pulling with the huge diameter wheels - and I think this will be useful for the ability to overload (eventually) - it takes a little time getting used to generating tension at the start of the pull from higher starting position, but I expect in the long run I’ll be able to handle heavier weights, helping prepare for new-1RM efforts from the floor. At the very least it’s another tool in the arsenal to play with, and they look super cool. I’ll get a vid in the next couple days.

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Appreciated.

Likewise. I totally respect people that train with higher goals in mind (getting on a bodybuilding stage, competing in powerlifting or strongman, etc). I just feel that for my life, it’s enough to get some self-satisfaction from being strong with relatively low injury risk, as you alluded, for mental and physical health.

So this is interesting. You are correct that I’ve never really felt burnt out from training (and flying in the face of much conventional wisdom, I’ll do stuff like deadlifting >90% on back-to-back days with no immediate ill effects). I attribute this to the short, focused nature of the workouts and to the low reps. Doing nearly all singles and doubles seems to work beautifully for this goal.

Of course, there’s a tradeoff to that: on the occasions that I do venture into higher-rep work, I tend to pay for it. Sometime earlier this year I took on that moron’s challenge to deadlift 20,000 pounds as quickly as possible and did so with 60-something reps at 315; I was sore for a week. When I visited NeverSate Athletics, I did a week’s worth of training volume in a single workout, and again was sore for a week afterwards. So there is a “cost” in the form of, well, let’s call it what it is - poorer conditioning. But for daily life, I feel pretty great, and never having DOMS is pretty nice.

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I think because your posts are generally so well articulated, when you include these barbs, they’re friggin hilarious.

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Biting sarcasm is fun; the effect is no doubt magnified when it is judiciously and appropriately used.

I should go find that thread. What a tool. It was a reasonable enough idea, but the dude’s attitude was all wrong.

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Yeah some of the stipulations to the challenge were downright absurd. Wasn’t there a no heavy weights clause, or something like that? There was all kinds of subjective standards that just couldn’t apply across the board.

Looked up the original thread:

Some of the rules were

“no sumo” (can kinda-sorta see logic there, even if I disagree)

“no touch and go” (why?)

“no high rep” (in a challenge where the goal was to accumulate volume in a time window…what?)

Ahh yeah that’s what they were. Very silly rules to impose on an otherwise decent challenge.

Great log. I find the same thing about rep work. Have never hit as many movements as heavy as 90% on back to back days but tend to not get too sore from heavy and low reps but get sore from higher rep work - which I still do include.

I like the simplicity of your set-up as well.

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It’s weird, even for when I do 5-15 reps, I still never really get sore. I think my body is just use to working out now. But I do get sore from conditioning. Burpees and sprints are the worst lol.

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I think this is a lot of it. I still get DOMS from time to time, but it’s usually from an activity I haven’t done much of, or a huge increase in volume. Any kind of consistency seems to make DOMS either a non-factor or something I don’t realize I’m living with day to day haha.

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Wednesday 11/7

Axle Deadlift (Wagon Wheels)

5x115
5x205
1x295
1x385
1x475
1x565
1x595 (PR)
1x595 (PR)

From now on when I track the PR’s on the axle deadlift, I’ll be doing it in two broad categories:

a) strongman style - Wagon Wheels, with straps, just absolute brute force as much weight as I can hoist

b) raw (no straps) from the floor using standard height plates, which is more of a grip test than anything

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Really good job mate, consistency and effort definitely paying off. Quality

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Thursday 11/8

Axle Deadlift (Wagon Wheels)

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

I can’t believe we haven’t seen a video of these wagon wheel deadlifts!

Ask and you shall receive. I gotta admit - they look super cool with no plates at all, just the bare axle & wheels, but that’s only 115 pounds, lol.

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I guess it’d be a silly investment to buy multiple sets just because it looks cool.

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Friday 11/9

Axle Deadlift (Wagon Wheels)

5x115
5x205
1x295
1x295
1x385
1x385
1x475
1x505
1x535
1x600 (PR)

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Saturday 11/10

Deadlift

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

Kettlebell Swing

10x88
10x88
10x88
10x88
10x88
10x88

Felt fantastic today. 585 was easy. For the next few weeks I’ll divide my pulling about 50-50 between conventional barbell work off the floor vs axle deadlifts with the wagon wheels. If all goes well I may attempt 655 (conventional barbell) by year’s end.

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Sunday 11/11

Deadlift

5x135
5x225
1x315
1x385
1x455
1x525
1x525
1x455
1x455

Traveling today, did this in a hotel fitness center, hence the odd weight increments (but I was DELIGHTED to see a hotel that had a barbell, plates, and power rack in the gym). Will be back home tomorrow.

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Monday 11/12

Axle Deadlift (Wagon Wheels)

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

Going to be a crazy week at work so this week will probably do very modest, short sessions topping out with three singles in the low-to-mid 500’s before cranking up to a heavier workout on Saturday.

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