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Muscle Doesn't Equate to Strength - Log


A 6/29 (Monday) Flat Bench 4x12 135 lb [12,12,10,7]
Neutral Grip 5x6 15 lb [done incorrectly.]
Deadlift Straight Bar 4x12 155 lb. [12,12,12,12]

Auxillary second workout: Pull-ups: 8,6,4,4,5,3, (30 reps)
                          1 minute abs x 2 (cross country endurance ab work)
                          3x8 rear delt raises 15 lbs.
                          25 lb plate raise max x 2 (25,21)

B 7/1 (Wednesday) Push Press 5x6 [5,5,5,5,5]
Dual Pulley Row 50 lb 4x12 [12,12,12,10]
Squat 135 lb 5x6 [6,6,6,6,6]

Gym Was Closed, had to wait an extra day to workout.

C 7/4 (Saturday)
Bench Press 5x6 155 lb [5,5,5,5,3] failed on last set because of tom.
Chin-up 4x12 BW [8,8,8,6]
Deadlift Hex 160 [6,6,6,6,3]

D 7/6 (Monday)
Push Press 4x12 95 lb [12,12,12,12]
Dual Pulley Row 5x6 70 lb [6,6,6,6,5]
Squat 4x12 115 lb [12,12,12,12]

Auxillary Workout
         Pull-ups (11,8,6,5) 30 reps
         2 minute abs
         25 lb. plate lift max x 2 (31, 26)

A 7/8 (Wednesday)
Bench Press 4x12 135 lb [12,10,10,10]
Neutral Grip 5x6 15 lb [5,5,3/2,5,4] Dropped weight off belt by accident on 3/2
Deadlift 4x12 110 lb [10,10,10,10]

B 7/10 (Friday)
Push Press 5x6 115 lb [6,6,6,6,6]
Dual Pulley Row 4x12 60 lb [12,12,10,10]
Squat 5x6 135 lb [6,6,6,6,6]

C 7/12 (Sunday)
Bench Press 5x6 155 lb [6,6,6,6,6]
Chin-ups 4x12 [12,7,6,5]
Deadlift Hex 5x6 160 lb [6,6,6,6,6]

D 7/14 (Tuesday)
Push Press 4x12 105 lb [10,10,10,10]
Dual Pulley Row 5x6 80 lb [4,4,4,4,4]
Squat 4x12 125 [10,10,10,10]

A 7/16 (Thursday)
Bench 4x12 135 [12,12,12,8]
Neutral Grip 5x6 15 [6,6,5,5,6]
Deadlift 4x12 110 [12,12,12,12]


Been running out of time lately for the second workouts. Bah. Tomorrow I'll be sure to do the second.


For the record - muscle equates EXACTLY to strength. The name of your log is mind boggling and kind of retarded/"simple".


And you're an ass/ "douchebag"


Alright so what exactly are you doing here?

Are you just doing half of my program?


lol@failing cuz of tom


Thank you for your contribution to my life.


And this is coming from the guy who thinks a deadlift ONLY works the back.


Marines... Hell yah! Hoping to be a marine in 2 to 3 years.

Heading out for my workout. Gonna kick some ass.


B 7/18 (Saturday)

Push Press 5x6 125 (6,6,6,6,6)
Dual Pulley Row 4x12 70 (12,11,10,10)
Squat 5x6 155 (6,6,6,6,6)

Terrible mental block when it comes to squatting. My push press (yes, push press, not push jerk, as in I use minimal leg drive) is a mere 30 lbs. lower than my squat? Fuck that.

Also threw in some curls for the girls.


Alright, here goes.

C 7/20 (Monday)

Bench Press 5x6 165 (5,5,5,5,5) Probably going to increase this to 170 next workout.
Chins 4x12 BW (8,10,7,6) I could do so much better.
Deadlift 5x6 180 (4,4,4,5,5) Again, with the Hex, only counting plates.

Threw in some more curls. Haha

I always feel stupid doing curls. I never feel like I'm big enough to justify them.

D 7/22 (Wednesday)

Push Press 4x12 115 (12,12,12,12) Very, very grueling.
Dual Pulley Row 5x6 80 (6,5,6,6,4) Gave up on last set. moving up to 90.
Squat 4x12 135 (10,12,12,12) Eh. I don't know what to say. It's so easy, and yet so hard.


7/24 coming up soon!


A 7/24 (Friday)

Flat Bench 140 lb (12,12,12,12) Funny because it took me 3 weeks to get to 135 lb (12,12,12,10) before I switched to this. Did this so easy too

Pull-ups 5x6 10 lb (6,6,5,4,4) Just switched to pull-ups. Wasn't going very far with chins/neutral grip.

Deadlift 4x12 130 lbs. (6,6,6,X) Hands were ridiculously sore from jumping to the pull-up bar with weight. Couldn't come close to finishing the sets, but it was feeling very easy. Also I had to leave the gym as I was late for something.

B 7/26 (Sunday)

Push Press 5x6 135 (6,6,6,6,2) I felt like a mad-man, huffing and puffing. Truly working hard on this.

Dual Pulley Row 4x12 70 (11,11,12,12) Gonna switch this with something, but I don't know what yet. Not progressing as fast as I'd like.

Squat 5x6 175 (6,6,6,6,6) Going up to 195 next time. I need to get my form down, really. I feel like that is holding me back a lot.

Trying to be a little more organized, hope it helps any of my hapless victims who stumble across my thread.

For reference, I should be around 182 lbs. right now. After 2 days short of a month I've gained 4 lbs. I think my shoulders have been helped out the most.


Galabin Boevski weighs 165lbs and can squat 550.
Zhang GuoZheng weighs 165 and can also squat 550.
Oleksandr Kutcher weights 165 and can squat over 800 in mulitply gear.

All these guys carry less muscle than many members of T-Nation, but can squat more.

There are many more examples like this

Although it has been shown there is a direct correlation between size and strength, it is just not that simple. Factors such as CNS recruitment, tendon strength, lift technique, all contribute greatly to the strength of an athlete.


Don't forget what I told you about wasting time/moving at a snail's pace. The jump from max reps at a load and minimum reps at the next load is nearly negative, so you should be able to reach for more. I really only allowed for that sort of scheme to give an exercise a fighting chance once it gets very difficult to increase before it's ditched.


thanks for the support man it really helps.

Don't forget Nick Deacon! He can lift 10x his BW in every lift, forever. He only weighs 10 lbs.


For the past 8 months, the only time I have gotten sick is when my girlfriend gets sick and transmits the sickness to me. I happened to get sick today after she had been sick for a day or so. What. The. Fuck.

Anyway, I decided to take some Peri/Post workout nutrition in, unlike usual, and I happen to have stores of Surge Workout Fuel and GPC.

One scoop of Workout Fuel and 2 GPC tablets. Also, I took an energy drink and have been taking Echinacea pills (immune system herb, may or may not work).

Felt fucking great during the workout, feel like UTTER SHIT now that I'm done.

C 7/28 (Tuesday)

Flat Bench 5x6 170 (6,6,6,6,6) Excellent. All according to plan.

Pull-ups 4x12 BW (8,7,7,5) Really falling short on these vertical pulls. Mental block maybe...

Deadlift 5x6 180 (6,6,5,6,6) Going up to 200 next time. Again, these weights are the amount the plates add, without the bar, because i don't know how much it weighs.


Want to get my flat bench up to 180 next time I do 5x6. It'll be nice to know I can do that, seeing as I know that a year ago I could NOT do that. PROGRESS! Sort of!





Yo, once I get some really nice numbers happening on this program (and pass into front squat and flat DB press territory), I'm going to train with lots of volume and TUT bodybuilding-style. I feel the difference in my nutrition will make all the difference in the world.

I think my goals are to get my heavy bench above 225 with my light bench not far behind; deadlift 405 for a single, squat 365 for 5, and I'd really like to just make a huge improvement on my front squat. Squatting 315 4x12 would be pretty sick, too. I'm also not that far...

What are your actual specific goals here?

By the way...pull ups are really weird. I feel like I shouldn't warm up unless it's heavy, and rest times make all the difference in the world. It's weird though since the exercise doesn't really 'take it out of you', you just get weaker.