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If Not Now, Then When? B2B78's Log

Finally!! After years of just reading T-Nation, I decided to join and participate.

Here’s some stats and a little background:

Age: 33
Height: 5’11
Weight: 185

At this point I’m finally getting back into a Consistent (keyword) routine. After a couple years of Program ADD and layoffs, I’ve decided what’s really important to me and to commit completely. Back in my early/mid-twenties, I followed Anthony Ellis’ program to a T and put on a decent amount of weight, roughly 30lbs.

The years following I struggled to maintain any sort of consistency and eventually lost all strength and mass acquired. Fast forward to present day, years older and wiser and after time spent studying “aka” reading a shit ton of articles, I’ve come to a point where I’m ready to implement the knowledge and gain the actual experience.

So, I decided to start from the beginning, the basics, and focus on Perfect Form (even if that means taking two steps back, sometimes more). What is most important is focus on Compound Barbell Lifts and Body-weight Progression and throw in some hill sprints and jumping rope and that’s where I am at. I appreciate you taking time to read. I’m open to questions/comments and anything part of your experience that may be helpful.

Now to Begin…

I’ve started training a month ago but to start this log I’m just go to post my last week of training and go from there.

What I’m doing:

DL 5x5
Press 5x5
ALT Days of
Push Up/Pull up progressions*
BW Squat/Leg Raises Progression*
Calf Raises/ Grip work progressions*
*from CC & CC2

PLP 60 day Challenge

JR, 3-5x a week…I still suck
Hill Sprints 1-2x a week

Also, everyday:
Soft Tissue work

Week 4
Mon Nov 14

DL 150 5,5,5,5,5
Press 85 5,5,5,3*,4
Angle Pull 5,4,5
BW Squat 15,11,8
DBL Calf Raise 30,28,26,25

VH 24s,25,11
Incline FTP 5,5,5

PLP 1,1,1

Wed Nov 16

DL 155 5,5,5,5,5
Press 85 5,5,5,4,4
Knee Push 7,6,5
PB BL Knee Raise 6,5,5

PLP 3,3,3

Fri Nov 18

DL 160 5,5,5,5,5
Press 85 5,5,5,5,5
Angle Pull 6,6,6
BW Squat 17,10,10
DBL Calf Raise 35,32,27,26

VH 30,28,23
Knee FTP 3,3,3

PLP 6,6,6

Mon Nov 21

DL 165 5,5,5,5,5
FG Press* 75 5,5,5,5,5
Knee Push 10,8,8
PB BL Knee Raise 8,7,6

*Added Fat Gripz

Wed Nov 23

DL 170 5,5,5,5,5
FG Press 80 5,5,5,5,5
FG Angle Pull 6,5,5
BW Squat* 13,8,6
DBL Calf Raise 37,33,28,27

VH 35,29,25
Knee FTP 5,5,5

  • Focusing on maintaining neutral spine/lower back extension and appropriate depth.

PLP Day 11

Fri Nov 25

DL 175 5,5,5,5,5
FG Press 85 5,5,5,5,5
Knee Push 10,10,10
PB BL Knee Raise 10,8,7

PLP Day 13

Felt good today, especially after my energy drop the last couple days.

Mon Nov 28

DL 180 5,5,5,5,5
FG Press 90 4***
FG Angle Pull N/A
BW Squat N/A
DBL Calf Raise N/A

PLP - Day 16

*** Here we go again. Tweaked lower back on Deads. I got to get this thing figured out. Well at least I know what the root causes are that are contributing to the reoccurring issue (poor hamstring flexibility, poor posture, too much time sitting, etc). Starting Wed, I going to switch to some SL movements in the meantime and possibly switch to RDL or Rack Pulls until I become flexible enough to perform Deads the correct way. Also, I might figure out something for Presses. Part of the process right? Learn how to overcome obstacles.

Truth be told, It sucks, but I keep telling myself this is a lifetime journey not a quick endeavor.

Stay on the Path!!