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Marrot Rhymes w/ Carrot

My last log entry here was as a freshman in college. Over that time:

Stayed lifting, making new PRs
In general, not breaking, because of time / accessibility constraints and the above.

I did not, over that time, find out why ‘marrot’ was a good internet name. so this will be a point of investigation going forward.

Current assets (all PRs as of 2019)
OHP: 1x220 (not push press)
DEAD: 5x475
SQUAT: 9x325 (atg all day)
DIP: 7x+130 (at least arms parallel to ground)
PULLUP: 1x+70 (eyeballs up to the bar)

DB OHP: 5x95s
DB BULG: 10x105s (opposite knee to ground)

Also, broached 16" on the arms (flexed).

Current liabilities (any concerns looking forward)
Knee tweak, during squat PR up there. Mostly good, will start back with light squats again. Hence the usage of rear-foot elevated split squats (DB BULG)

Right shoulder tweak, during dip PR up there. Also mostly good, will start back with light dips again after this cycle.

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SQUAT
3x5x225
5x295
1x315
5x135

Ab pulldown
80, 85, 90, for 10-15

Felt my knee bark during the 315 squat but nowhere else. Injuries always force me to tighten up technique and come back better. I left some in the tank today.

In for your log mate!

thanks duke. +don’t slay me tho, please. again,tyx12

Heavy pull-ups. Hoping to make my working weight here comparable with what I dip.

PULL-UP
3x3xBW
6x+25
5x+45
1x+70
1x+75
3-5 sets of 3-6 at each of +45, +25, and BW

T-BAR ROW
3x8-12 at 50 and 75, just for the feel.

I felt done once I did the pull-ups. Going home my upper back had this fatigue, not just a burn or a pump but a real fatigue.

Heavy pull-ups have made me more confident and precise on the bar. Once I back off to BW I can just pull myself up so much faster. This week might see a more higher rep day.

Stats are STONG! Looking forward to following along

ty: stay stong people.

Delts. aka: deltrons, deltons, deltors, deltadons. that said:

DB OHP
1-2x3-5 with 40s, 60s, 85s
6, 3, 2x95s

One-arm raise
2 sets, dropset with 10 lbs and 5 lbs, from strict tempo form down to cheat reps
Cable is better than DB for these by far; gives constant tension.

One-arm DB OHP
15x40
15x40
15x30
Target of 15 reps was forced. First 12-13 strict, then let the legs do a little nudge to squeeze more reps out.

Assistance sets add up when they’re unilateral. Takes 10 sets to do five sets.

boom. squats:

BB SQUAT - no knee pain. getting strength back.
5x225
5x275
3x315
3x325
3x335
3x8x225

Leg, side raises
2x30 on right side (injured side)

Ab crunchies
12-15 x 80, 87.5, 95

rep out on sit-ups, got 10.

This is really the tail end of the knee injury story. The backstory is that I felt this twinge while hitting some squat PRs as far back as November last year. I kept things moving by opting for deadlift PRs instead through winter 2018, all the way up to April 2019. It wasn’t until I ended that deadlift cycle that I committed to fixing this knee pain.

Not medical advice, only my story: My knee pain turned out to be a combined hip / knee tightness that I exacerbated with heavy, deep, frequent squatting. I consulted both a real PT, as well as that book, “Becoming a Supple Leopard”. Really, I have to credit both with my rehab progress so far.

Both the real PT and “BASL” had some really legitimate information:
Strengthen the hip abduction
Tighten your back-end

But they both had some floofy stuff as well:
Electric stim
High-deductible payments
Evangelical knees-out + feet-forward squatting

So the takeaway was that I am ultimately responsible for my well-being, and anyone I ask may be helpful, but will absolutely take the opportunity to milk a dollar and an endorsement.

back:

PULL-UP
3xBW
5x+25
5x+45
2x+70
1x+80 (tried twice, only got one)
5x+45
4x+50
2x+55
5, 2x+25
12, 4xBW

PULL-DOWN (one-arm)
10-15 x 60, 50, 40, 25.

Biggest takeaway is just that these heavy pull-ups make the light ones feel so strict, controlled, and tight. I know I could wake up at 2am and rep them out. I approach heavy pull-ups like I approach a heavy press.

press again:

DB OHP
3x40s
3x60s
3x80s
6x95s

After that max set my elbows were shot. I didn’t realize how much strain they got from doing heavy pull-ups, and how much that strain would carry over.

I’ll probably do tomorrow off and back Saturday, for the same workout. Might want to just hit those 100s already and call this heavy cycle done before I hurt myself.

Press, but better this time.

DB OHP
5, 5 x40s
3, 5, 8 x60s
3, 5 x80s
6x95s
1x100s
2x95s

one-arm DB OHP:
10, 8 x60s
8x50s

side raise:
2 sets, dropsets to failure, 10 lbs to 5 lbs.

New weight with putting the 100s overhead. Especially nice to have after still only getting 6 with 95s.

sqot. I’m moving my workouts to the morning. I gotta say it took more time to feel warm and in the groove. So what’s it mean if the sets that I might call ‘post-heavy pump work’ get frontloaded to ‘pre-heavy warm-up work’? Anyways:

SQUAT
3x8x135
3x8x225
5x275
5x315
8x225

ABS
15x80
15x87.5
8x90

Probably do a lighter day later this week.

PULL-UP
3x3xBW
6x+25
5x+45
2x+55
2x+45
5x+25
8xBW

One-arm pulldowns
12x 55, 70, 40

Rear delt raises
15s, 20s, 25s

more squats, lighter day:

SQUAT
8x135
12x225 - haven’t done this many reps in a while

DEAD
12x225
12x245
12x265
12x225

Not bad, but… not good. Just keeping it steady in this post-cycle; will bring these high-rep numbers back up.

DB OHP
5, 3, 1x85s

One-arm DB OHP
10x50s
10x50s
10x45s
10x40s

DB RAISE
3 sets to failure, 10s, letting form break down

Again, feeling strong and healthy. Good working weights.

Squat rack was occupied this morning. Fortunately, deadlifts will never be stylish, in, hip, sexy, or fashionable in any manner whatsoever.

DEAD
8x135
8x225
8x275
8x335
8x345
8x355
1x365
8x225

ABS
15x80
12x95

Hip abductions, 20-30 each leg. ts ts ts ts

Jul 16: (late post, evening workout)

PULL-UP
2x3xBW
5x+25
6x+45 (nice)
4x+50
2x+55
4x+45
5, 8x+25 (interesting)
6xBW

ONE-ARM PULLDOWN
12x55
12x40

Rear delt raises
10s, 3 sets to failure, form breakdown

Jul 17: (late update)

SQUAT
8x225
5x275
1x295
1x225

Really short day, ran out of gas wayyyyyyy earlier than I’m used to. My appetite has been up, but I think it’s been too high-fat over the past couple days. Monday went so well this week I don’t know what to think. Not mad though.

DB OHP
2x8x40s
2x8x60s
3x80s
6, 3, 1x90s

DIP
2x5xBW
2x5x+45
2x5x+70
2x5x+90

Post-cycle, light pump work starts to feel like a snooze fest. I have less capacity for volume in general. But focused heavy work keeps me engaged and keeps the gains.

First time doing dips since my injury with 7x+130. Down slow, pause, up controlled.

Jul 22 (late post)

SQUAT
8x135
8x225
5x275
6x315 (nice)
1x335

DEAD
8x135
1x225 - basically, out of gas by this point on compounds

Ab rope crunch pulldown
15x80, rep out

Jul 23 (today)

PULLUP
2x3xBW
3x+25
7x+45 (nice)
3x+55
2x+45
7, 4x+25
12xBW

PULLDOWN
3x6-12x40-70

So when I mention “post-cycle”, what I mean is that my pet fish is having a totally RAD time trying to add 140 lbs to every lift. It’s just hard to do that kind of test alone. This marks the second week of post-cycle. It looks like my strength does fall off on a step function, and so does the appetite. But if I focus in the heavy-but-sustainable range on effort (~5-8 reps), I’m able to avoid joint pain and stimulate the muscle from falling off. As well as keeping the workouts interesting.

So I see less work capacity, in volume as well as frequency lately. Fewer sets, fewer exercises, 4 sessions per week instead of 6. But if I narrow my focus to what’s important - heavy, safe compounds that are adequately fueled - I can keep the gain train moving.

I also wanna say that I’ve been having ridiculous shitoris lately. Lot of putrid gas, lot of bathroom frequency. This was probably carryover from eating out late last week. In general, I mitigate this with a few rules, like no dairy, cook my own food, keep the fiber high, limit the meat, and eat less frequently. I’ll discuss the matter occasionally because I feel like the whole gut health thing gets thrown under the bus with juvenile campaigns like “GOMAD” and “ADEAD”. Long’s you’re not still doing that crap in your mid twenties, I guess.