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Cube Method and Strongman

It’s another week and another week with the Cube Method. For this week it’s the max deadlift day in the Cube/ +Ian Darr method. There was some finagling that I had to do to make it work this week. It called for reverse band deadlifts. However unfortunately I don’t have bands that I can use so I decided to do rack pulls instead of the reverse bands. It worked out well I think. But I did go ahead and bought Iron Woody bands.

I also went beltless for as long as I felt comfortable and then put my belt on so that I didn’t go and injure my back. Deadlifting makes me nervous, especially when going heavy, about hurting my back again. But I have started taking Athlete’s Joint Restore (http://www.athleticx.net/products/athletes-joint-restore) to help with my smashed L5-S1 disc. So far I am pleased with the product. Ok enough with that, on to the numbers!

Rack pull Deadlifts
45x8
95x8
135x8
155x8
185x8
205x8
225x8
245x8
275x8
295x8
315x5
335x5
365x3
405x1
425x1
455x1
500x1
505x1

Romanian Deadlifts
245x8
245x8
245x8

Rows
45x8
90x8
115x8
140x8

Dumbbell Shrugs
100x12
120x12
120x12
120x12

I was very satisfied with 505# but that’s just the start. I just have to keep on grinding to get to that 600# deadlift goal. Had a solid post workout meal of steak, sweet potato, spinach, avocado, and milk. Gotta feed those muscles! Alright I have to get back to studying for my pharmacology exam that’s tomorrow…wish me luck!

Ben Holstine
Team AX Strongman
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