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#561

Hahaha dude don’t get me started on some of those comments. In reality, the only reason that video caught so much hate is because Jason Blaha made a video about it and then all his trolls and the “Alphadestiny” supporters came to my channel to talk shit about me. I realized literally like 99% of the shit talkers were straight up DYEL after a few of them had the balls to show themselves, so I stopped taking it personally. They were just being emotional because they felt like I “attacked” their boy. Doesn’t change the fact that those 2 inch rack pulls are useless lol. Also, my channel basically doubled in size in the last week so I’m not complaining.

Nice dude! I’m glad you found some of the tips helpful. And push presses are just great in general. I had gone a bit a stale on them before but I’m about to throw them back into the old routine for a little while and see what happens.


#562

Food poisoning and a miraculous chin-up PR

I’m never eating at Olive Garden again lol came down with a nice case of food poisoning which left me with zero appetite and had me puking for half day. Luckily my body cleared it in pretty much 24 hours, but it still screwed up like 3-4 of my workouts, including 2 bench sessions and a deadlift session, probably because I pretty much didn’t eat or drink for a full day. Anyway, all that to say I somehow hit some really good heavy dips and chinups after benching the other day even though my bench work was highly subpar. For reference, my last heavy bench day I hit 15 solid singles with 240lbs in my density block. This week I took my jump to 242.5 and only managed 6 reps. So I’ll probably have to keep the weight the same here for another 2 workouts.

After the crummy benching though a miracle happened! I worked up to 165lbs for a triple on dips, which is a PR. I’ve now hit a PR triple on dips for 3 straight weeks (155, 160, 165) as well as a PR single last week with 4 plates! I also managed a PR triple on chins with 115lbs followed by an easy single at 135lbs (which I’ve now hit for 3 consecutive weeks) and a PR single at 145lbs which is a 10lbs PR and when you include my body weight a 300lbs chinup! Next stop is a double body weight chin.

4/28/18
Bench(242.5) - 6 singles in 10 minutes
Dips(45x5)(75x5)(95x5)(115x3)(135x3)(165x3)(120x8)(120x7)(120x6)
Chins(45x3)(75x3)(95x3)(115x3)(135x1)(145x1)(90x6)(90x5)(90x4)

Done.


#563

Good job mate.

If you’re asking how you shore up here, I would say top 5% in pull-ups strength-to-bdw ratio.


#564

High Pull + Power Snatch Complex

On a whim last week I decided to do a couple power snatches while I was warming up my high pulls and I did a pretty easy 185lbs power snatch. So this past week I decided I’ll probably start doing this complex at least once a week and I worked up to a pretty easy 190lbs yesterday, that’s 3 high pulls done in a rhythmic fashion and finished with a single power snatch. I need to change things up a bit anyway. All my deadlift variations have gone stale so I’ll probably cut out heavy pulling for a month or two and shift my emphasis more onto squats and explosive pulls for a little while. Should be a fun change of pace and it will give me the opportunity to try to work in a little bit of heavier squatting and see where I currently stand. For reference, my best ever full snatch from back in the day is 245lbs and my best ever power snatch is 220lbs. I haven’t done a snatch since 2013 and I’ve never attempted this complex before in my life until last week. My pulling power seems substantially increased from what it was back when I used to the Olympic lifts regularly, but my technique is a pittance compared to what it was back then. With a little bit of effort though I think I could potentially match my previous best power snatch of 220lbs, so that’ll be the goal here.

5/1/18
High Pull x 3 + Power Snatch (bar)(95lbs)(135lbs)(155)(175)(185)(175)(175)(180)(185)(190)

That was all. I had to deload squats and deads last week and I hit a few heavy squat triples on Sunday and my legs are basically still crippled from that so I didn’t do too much yesterday.


#565

Heavy Squats up to 450lbs @ 155

Kind of fell off on updating again lol so here’s a bunch of squat sessions from the last couple weeks. My straight set work culminated in sessions with 400lbs for sets of 3,3,3,3,5 and then 405 for 3,3,3 after a forced week off. After that I decided to test the waters with some heavy singles to get a better idea of where I am. In 4 sessions over 2 weeks I hit top singles of 430, 440, 450, and 440. The first 440, the 450 that followed it a couple days later, and the most recent 440 are the three linked videos in that order. I also did either 3 or 4 backoff doubles with 390 in each of those sessions and then finished up with some high pull/power snatch combo sets. Unfortunately, I guess I kind of dove in full bore a little too quickly and I’ve developed a good deal of soft tissue irritation surrounding my glutes and down the sides of my thighs as well (probably IT band related). As such, tonight’s session was basically just phoned in lol. So looks like it’s time to dial it back a notch for a week and then either revisit this style of training and re-evaluate, or switch it back to straight sets probably in the form repeat doubles this time. I felt really good for months when I was doing the straight set work and basically burned my self out in 2 weeks of the higher intensity work, so I already know what a smart person would do here. But we’ll see if my body is able to get a handle on this inflammation or not and I’ll let that dictate the direction things go. I would have liked to be able to put in a longer block of heavy work.

5/3/18
Squat - 335, 375, 405, 430, (385 x 2,2,2,2)

5/6/18
Squat - 335, 375, 410, 440, (390 x 2,2,2,2)

5/10/18
Squat - 335, 375, 415, 450, (390 x 2,2,2)

5/13/18
Squat - 335, 375, 415, 440, (390 x 2,2,2)




#566

410lbs Squat Doubles; 200lbs Hang Power Snatch

Pretty good stuff so far this week. I used 410 for my squats on Sunday and just knocked out 4 doubles with it. The weight was moving decently, though it was a little tougher than I would have liked. Still trying to adapt to heavier loads on the squat. My IT bands have been lit up these last few weeks. It’s getting really annoying actually. Thinking about just going back to what I was doing before, a moderately heavy session of triples and then a lighter session of triples later in the week using a narrower stance. I was recovering well from that work and apparently building up a decent strength base as well. I’ve tested the waters a little, so perhaps it’s time to put my head back down.

Did some solid upper body stuff yesterday but I won’t bore you with that. All I’ll say is bench still sucks, but I’m really fucking good dips and chin-ups now lol. I experimented with some hang power snatch triples today on a whim, rather than doing high pulls and power snatches as a combo exercise and they went very well. I actually liked doing the snatch triples better than doing high pulls triples, which I didn’t think would be the case. But I knocked out a bunch of them today all the way up to 185 for a solid set of 3. So I figured I’d knock out a few singles to finish up the day and I ended up doing easy singles with 190, 195, and 200. I never once did a hang snatch back when I used to do the O-lifts. It was all floor work. My pulling power is substantially higher now than it was back then. I should be good for a 100kg hang power snatch soon if I can find my nuts.

5/20/18
Squat(410lbs) - 2,2,2,2
Snatch Grip high Pull - (175x3)(185x3)(195x3)205x3)(215x3)(225x3)(235x3)(245x3)(255x3)

5/22/18
Hang Power Snatch (95x3)(125x3)(145x3)(155x3)(165x3)(175x3)(180x3)(185x3)
(175x3)(177.5x3)(180x3)(182.5x3)(185x1)(190x1)(195x1)(200x1)

Done.



#567

210lbs Hang Power Snatch @ 155

2nd time doing hang snatches and I managed 10 more pounds than the first session both in terms of my heaviest single and my heaviest triple. First session I tripled 185 and singled 200, this time I tripled 195 twice, singled 210, and almost tripled 200. Good stuff! These are fun as hell man. I can smell 100kg now! Got bench and heavy dips/chins today, rest tomorrow, and then squats and more snatches on Sunday!!!

5/24/18
Hang Power Snatch - (95x5)(125x3)(145x3)(165x3)(175x3)(180x3)(185x3)(190x3)(195x3)(200x1)(205x1)(210x1)(200x1)(190x3)(195x3)(200x2)

Done.