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Boilerman Training Log

So I’ve decided to start a training log… I told myself I’d wait before I got some more respectable numbers, but unfortunately I don’t want to wait any longer. Been lifting a little over a year now and am just about to turn 29. I reset my tms down last month due to wanting to lose some weight, as I got up to 210, and started looking bloated and shit. Cut down to 195 and I’m pretty happy with where I’m at now. Going to very slowly start gaining back weight. I’m 6’ 1" tall.

Currently doing 5/3/1 fsl with joker sets on all lifts if I hit 8 on the + sets.

Current estimated 1rms are
Bench- 217
Squat-277
OHP- 133
Deadlift-370

Today was ohp and it went… Ok.

45x5
55x5
65x5
70x5
80x5
90x12
95x5
100x5
105x4

Was somewhat rushed for time so I skipped fsl after the joker sets and did my assistance stuff. Getting pretty tired of hitting high reps on my + sets…

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Never too early to get better so never too early for a training log

Yeah I hear you, that’s half the reason I started it. It’ll kind of force me to get better.

Excited for bench after work today. Just set up my new rack and got another bar and bench which is going to take some getting used to but it’ll be awesome.

Looks like you’re at a good place to start a log, to me. I love 5/3/1, but one thing I’ll caution you on is overuse of joker sets. They’re not bad, but they should be used sparingly, and if you’re going to skip something between a joker set and a FSL set, skip the joker. I use them myself, but only on the 3’s week of 5/3/1, and when my training max starts pushing up closer to my true max, like I’m getting close to a reset, I’ll drop them completely.

Cool thanks for the tip. I have personally just started using them the past few weeks due to the fact that my tm feels so light after I reset it back… I only plan on using them the next cycle or two until my main work starts getting a little bit heavier then cut them out and just do fsl. I’ll definitely start making certain that I do fsl instead of joker’s if I have to choose one or the other though.

Joker’s haven’t seemed to have burned me out and I do them almost every workout, and the weight has been going up easier even after losing 15# but I’m sure it’ll catch up to me. Like you said, when I start getting closer to a true max I’ll probably totally cut them out. It doesn’t seem like it’ll be for a while though, my 1+ weeks I’m still getting 10+ reps… I wish it would stay this easy forever.

Hey Boilerman
In for your log, I love a good 531 log.

You’re in a good place to start Jims work.

I’ll join Steves advice about the joker, don’t do them.
Doing them every workout is the same as having a very high TM.
Use the amrap as an amrap this is where you put all strength at. Focus on beating the rep you did last time you had that weight on the bar.
FSL is volume and technique work.
Assistance is that, assistance not something to think too much about. Bring up areas that are weak on the main lift.
Good luck on the journey.

Bench was good today. Really enjoyed lifting with the new equipment. Definitely felt odd but I’ll get used to it.

70x5
85x5
100x5
110x5
130x5
145x15
110 5x5

Took out joker’s per mortdk and othsteve advice and probably won’t put them back in unless I’m feeling unusually frisky that day.

Still can’t wait until I get some more weight on the bar.

Edit: forgot to say thanks for all the tips and advice so far. Hopefully you’ll all stick around when I stall out and really need some serious help haha

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Deadlift today, went pretty well.

135x5
155x5
185x5
205x5
235x5
265x13
205 5x5

I hate high rep deadlifts.

Been going beltless double overhand until the plus set for about 5 weeks now and I can tell my grip strength has been improving quite a bit. I like it.

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Squat day today. Did very well yet again. Getting way too many on the + sets still.

80x5
105x5
125x5
135x5
155x5
175x18
135 5x5

It’s killing me to not add weight to the bar, but I made that mistake before and it bit me in the ass. I have to keep telling myself that it’ll catch up soon.

Today’s soundtrack was Mastodon- Blood Mountain.

Skipped a rest day today… Typically don’t do this but I seriously felt the urge and felt really good today. I know… big no-no.

OHP

45x5
55x5
65x5
75x3
85x3
95x13
75 5x5

Soundtrack was Tesseract- Altered State

Edit: accidently wrote x 5 on my working sets… it’s 3’s week ya dummy.

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Bench today, hit a new rep and a new e 1rm pr

70x5
85x5
100x5
120x3
135x3
155x13
120 5x5

Soundtrack was The Contortionist- Intrinsic

Edit: weighed myself today after work. 196.5 #

It’s good, you’ll get weight on the bar before you know it.

And you know it.

There you go, Rep PR’s is really satisfying :slight_smile:
Good job.

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Deadlifts today, absolutely stellar day. No joker’s though!

135x5
155x5
185x5
220x3
255x3
280x12
220 5x5

Def could have gotten 2-3 more on the + set. Crushed it this week

Soundtrack was Periphery- Periphery IV, hail Stan. Only made it about halfway thru the album due to the first song being 17 mins.

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fuck yeah quality

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Thanks mortdk, appreciate the good vibes!

Squats today, did great.

80x5
105x5
125x5
145x5 (woops)
165x3
185x16
145 5x5

Weighed in at 192 on Sunday morning… I have to start eating more. Got a container of casein coming tomorrow for a little extra easy calorie intake before bed. Doesn’t excuse my lack of appetite on the weekends though.

Playlist was Polyphia- New Levels, New Devils

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Nice lifting in here.

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Thanks liftangryordie500… really been trying to get my numbers up. Been trying to put in some serious work.

OHP today

45x5
55x5
65x5
80x5
90x3
100x11
80 5x5

Soundtrack was Within The Ruins- Creature

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In 6 months, you’ll be even stronger for your efforts.

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Pretty upset with my performance today. Woke up early.today and worked 1 1/2 hrs away. Pretty tired, and I lacked the intensity I normally have during lifting. Oh well you win some you lose some.

Bench day
70x5
85x5
100x5
130x5
145x3
160x10
130 5x5

Playlist was He Is Legend- few

Still not gaining weight! Eat more, bro! Weighed in 195.5 this morning

Deadlift day

Redemption!!

135x5
155x5
185x5
235x5
265x3
295x10
235 5x5

Junior Wells and Buddy Guy- Drinkin TnT and Smokin Dynamite

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