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Loganator's Log: Bulk season!

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#61

The cut started right after my dl workout, I did crack 385 off the ground, which would have been a 20 lb pr, but I felt like I was in a bad position so decided to play it safe and set it down. I see the confusion though, my training week starts on saturday so that’s why I posted it like that.

I kind of like your volume idea, would you still try that as a giant set? My main thought for increasing intensity and lowering reps is that sets of 8 and 10 are a little high for peaking, I usually do plenty of lighter volume the mesocycle before doing a strength phase so, personally, think it would be more beneficial to go heavier. I also feel the AMRAP and high rep sets may have lead to too much overall fatigue. Will know for sure when I plan on doing it again in December!

I don’t think I’m going to try any kind of program after this minicut when I start bulking. Thinking of doing PPL/rest/UpperLower/rest. Not sure if I’ll have time for 5 workouts with school/work though so may just be upper/lower a couple times a week. I think 1 really good thing about DH being so hard is I cut out a lot of exercises. Reintroducing weighted dips, flys, leg press, lunges, and hip thrusts should be great for some new growth because it’s a novel stimulus after such a long break from them.


#62

Ah you fooled me a bit, you said 9 days ago you would cut, I assumed you started there.
Good luck on the leaning out.
Yes I would do it giant set style. It would be something like Swings - set timer for a minute and strongman style do as many reps I could for a minute - planks - strongman stuff/conditioning.
proceed to EMOM sets.
If and when I start DH again I would eat like a beast, I’ve been on maintenance or close to that, I think my progress will not be as spectacular as @losthog


#63

Down 8 lbs in just under 2 weeks, probably 50/50 fat and water from less carbs. Considering ending the cut this week, I think I was a little too aggressive haha. Upper body workouts are going pretty well still, lower body is suffering a bit. More than just the hunger, I’m anxious to start putting on some serious weight and looking forward to the upcoming bulk

Saturday

Kbell swing 9x15x40
Low bar squat 2x5x135 5x185 5x225 5x275 5x295 3x5x315
Leg raise 9x15

Conventional deadlift 5x135 5x225 4x5x295

Sunday

Bar row 7x10x135
Bench press 2x5x135 5x185 4x6x225
Ring pull up 7x10
EMOM OHP 5x4x135

Weighted neutral grip pull up 4x8x45
Face pulls 4x20x90
Incline dbell press 4x8x85
DtS 4x12

Tuesday

Kbell swing 6x15x40
Trap bar deadlift 5x135 2x5x225 5x275 4x5x315
Leg raise x15

EMOM lowbar squat 5x3x275

Wednesday
Rest

Thursday

Ring pull up 6x10
Push press 2x5x135 4x5x185
DtS 6x15

EMOM bench 5x3x225

Weighted neutral grip pull ups 5x8x45
Face pulls 5x20x100

Friday
Rest


#64

Close enough for me! If I ever try a crazy cut like this again I’ll eat more veggies next time, good to know how much weight I can lose in 2 weeks. Time to bulk!


#65

For the sake of not making my posts too bulky I’m going to start posting twice a week. Currently trying a legs/push/pull/rest/lower/upper/rest split.

Taking some advice from Mike Israetel, going to chase volume by starting relatively low and then add a set to most exercises each week so by week 4-5 I’m more than ready to deload. Might take some guess work to get the weights right because I haven’t done higher rep stuff for straight sets in a long time. Let’s get fat!

Legs:

Squat 2x8x135 5x185 5x225 4x10x255

Hip thrust 15x235 15x255 4x15x285
Leg press 15x270 15x320 4x15x360

EMOM smith machine squats 5x5x90 need to find the right spot to stand at, my right knee likes to click doing anything other than narrow stance low bar squats

Push:

Incline bench press 2x8x135 8x155 4x8x165
DtS 7x15
Standing ab roll 7x8

dips 4x20 forgot weight belt!
cable fly 4x20x30

Overhead press 4x12x95

Tri press down 3x20x100

Pull:

Morning
Deadlift 8x135 2x5x225 4x5x295
ring pull ups 7x10
Leg lifts 7x15

Afternoon
Barbell row 2x12x115 10x135 4x10x145
DtS 7x15

Weighted pull ups 4x10x45

lat pull over 4x20x90
face pull 4x20x90

Hammer curl drop set 40x8 30x8 20x10


#66

Done with week 1! Have a little DOMS for the first time in a long time and it’s in the chest, lats, quads and hams so that’s exciting. We’ll see if I survive adding a set to most of my exercises, the next 2 weeks shouldn’t be too bad but after that it’ll get tricky.

Lower:

Ssb squat 7x45 2x5x135 5x185 4x10x225

Deficit deadlift 5x135 5x185 5x225 4x5x275

Reverse hyper 4x15x50

GHR 4x15

Upper

Log overhead press 4x6x131
weighted pull ups 4x8x45
DtS 4x15

farmers walk 2x50’x115 4x50’x135
Swiss bar bench 5x135 4x10x185

Incline dbell press 4x10x80
Barbell row 4x10x135

Push ups 50 (42+4+4)
Hammer curl drop set 10x40 8x30 10x20


#67

Didn’t split up pull workout this week, was pretty hard to get in the weighted pullups. Think I’ll handle the volume increase well the next week or two, will shoot for deloading after week 5 but we’ll see how things feel as I get closer to it.

Also feel like I’m making some progress on dl technique, we’ll find out in Dec/Jan when I attempt a pr

Legs:

Squat 2x8x135 5x185 5x225 5x10x255

Hip thrust 15x235 5x15x285
leg press 15x270 5x15x360

Smith machine squat drop set 12x140 15x90

Push:

Incline bench press 2x8x135 4x8x165 8x175
DtS 7x15
Standing ab roll 7x8

Weighted dips 5x12x45
cable fly 5x20x30

Overhead press 4x12x95
Tri press down drop set 20x100 15x80 15x60

Pull:

Deadlift 8x135 2x5x225 4x5x295 5x315
ring pull ups 7x10
Leg lifts 7x15

Barbell row 12x115 3x10x145 2x10x155
DtS 6x15

Weighted pull ups 5x10x45

lat pull over 4x20x90
face pull 4x20x90

Hammer curl drop set 40x12 30x8 20x10


#68

Still watching :eyes:


#69

haha it’s going to be a little boring the next few months but I’m planning on putting on at least 15 lbs (which is quite a bit on my frame). Before and after pics should be crazy, focusing a lot on the legs.

Expect the exciting stuff and PR after PR in Dec/Jan


#70

Another week down. Overall not too bad except for the hamstrings, Saturday workouts absolutely kills them. Farmers walks got a little hard too, within 10lbs of bodyweight in each hand. Hoping for some big grip gains because it’s always been a weakness of mine.

Let’s try to survive 2-3 more weeks of increasing volume until deload!

Lower:

Ssb squats 2x5x135 5x185 3x10x225 2x10x245

Deficit deadlift 5x135 5x185 5x225 3x5x275 2x5x295

Reverse hyper 3x15x50 2x15x60

GHR 4x15

Upper:

Log overhead press 8x81 3x6x131 2x6x141
weighted pull ups 11xbw 5x8x45
DtS 6x15

farmers walk 1x50’x115 4x50’x165 (drop on all but first one)
Swiss bar bench 5x135 2x10x185 2x10x195

Incline dbell press 4x10x80
Barbell row 4x10x135

Push ups 50 (44+4+2)
Hammer curl drop set 40x12 30x8 20x10


#71

Deads were rough today, it wasn’t until the last set that I remembered I was supposed to start with my hips higher which felt a lot better. Still dialing in the form. I think I’m going to do 1 more week before deload, noticing the fatigue starting to set in so we’ll give it 1 good overreaching push for good measure.

Legs:

Squat 2x8x135 5x185 5x225 6x10x255

Hip thrust 15x235 6x15x285
leg press 15x320 6x15x360

Smith machine squat drop set 12x140 15x90

Push:

Incline bench press 2x8x135 4x8x165 2x8x175
DtS 8x15
Standing ab roll 8x8

Weighted dips 6x12x45
cable fly 6x20x30

Overhead press 5x12x95

Tri press down drop set 2x(20x120 12x100 10x80)

Pull:
Morning

Deadlift 8x135 2x5x225 4x5x295 2x5x315
ring pull ups 9x10
Leg lifts 9x15

Afternoon
Barbell row 10x95 10x115 2x10x145 4x10x155
DtS 5x15

Weighted pull ups 5x10x45 subpar quality

lat pull over 5x20x90
face pull 5x20x90

Hammer curl drop set 40x12 30x10 20x12


#72

Yea 1 more week to deload sounds perfect.
Leg workouts this week were pretty rough, may have to start a bit harder with some upper body exercises next time around.

Discovered the importance of chalk on farmer walks, it doesn’t help my grip but does make it so the handles get stuck on my calluses. Hurts but they don’t slip out so I’ll get used to it.

Lower:

Ssb squats 2x5x135 5x185 3x10x225 2x10x245 8x245

Deficit deadlift 5x135 5x185 5x225 2x5x275 2x5x295 2x5x315

Reverse hyper 5x15x60

GHR 5x15

Upper

Log overhead press 8x81 3x6x131 3x6x141
weighted pull ups 8xbw 6x8x45
DtS 7x15

farmers walk 1x50’x115 5x50’x165 (drop 3 times on first one, chalked up, no more drops)
Swiss bar bench 5x135 2x10x185 3x10x195

Incline dbell press 2x10x80 9x80
Barbell row 3x10x135

Push ups 50 (45+3+2)
Hammer curl drop set 40x14 30x10 20x10


#73

Legs:
Squat 2x6x135 5x185 5x225 7x10x255

Hip thrust 15x235 7x15x285
leg press 15x320 7x15x360

Smith machine squat drop set 15x140 15x90

Push:
Incline bench press 2x8x135 3x8x165 4x8x175
DtS 9x15
Standing ab roll 9x8

Weighted dips 7x12x45
cable fly 7x20x30

Tri press down drop set [20x120 15x100 12x80] [20x120 10x100 10x80]

Overhead press 5x12x95

Pull:
Morning
Deadlift 8x135 2x5x225 3x5x295 3x5x315
ring pull ups 9x10
Leg lifts 9x15

Afternoon
Barbell row 10x95 10x115 2x10x145 5x10x155
DtS 9x15

Weighted pull ups 6x10x45

lat pull over 6x20x90
face pull 6x20x90

Hammer curl drop set 40x12 30x8 20x10