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New Hampshire Lifter II


Not to NH unfortunately, I was looking to get away from the crowd down here but I didn’t get the job( I was one of two finalists) I was after. I have 2 job offers, so this weekend my wife and I will talk it over and do rock paper scissors!! Likely moving a bit closer to the Cape but a little west at the same time.


It’s single digits out there this weekend. So I’m not doing anything outside. The stones will have to wait. The way I get them into the basement is very boring. I roll them down a 2x12.

Paul, it was the companies loss not hiring you. But congratulations having 2 others to choose from.

1a. Bench+micro mini bands barx20 95x6 135x5 185x5 225x5 275x3 315x3 225x15 135x15
1b. Neutral grip chins x 9 sets



  1. Trap bar deads 135,186,225x5 275,315,365,405,455,495x3 315x10
  2. Zercher squats 135,185x5 225,275x3 135x15
  3. BW lunges

I zerchered as low as I could (not that low). Trying to work on my squat depth.


Not sure what shoes you use to squat in.
For me I get much better depth with Zercher with a shoe with a heel. I use the Adidas powershoe. About 90$ a few years ago, not their expensive version. Have held up well over 5+ years.
I have a hard time getting depth in a flat sole shoe, with Zerchers.
That’s just my experience.


Thanks Clee. I’ve been meaning to get squats shoes for a bit. My depth needs all the help it can get.

1a. 2 board bench barx25 95x10 135x5 185x5 225x5 275x3 315x6 335x3
1b. Band pull aparts after every set
2a. Pin press 315x3 275x5 225x10
2b. Band pull aparts

I set the safeties for 2 board then did pin presses off that height. I was in the process of getting 2 stones in the basement when I popped my back stiff legging one of them. My lower back pisses me off. I’m so fragile theses days.


Oh no! Hope it feels better soon.


Thanks CL. My back, knees, shoulders and neck all need to be babied now. No sudden stiff legged deadlifts with stones. And thorough warm ups are necessary.


Steve when I mess up my back I soak in a hot bath for about 20 minutes.


In this january I temporarly stopped with deadlift also due to an injury.


Good ole epson salt in the bath helps too!


Hmmm. Maybe an epsom salt bath is in order tonight. Brownbear hope you feel better soon because nobody likes not dedlifting.


I successfully moved 2 stones into the basement. But I almost broke my leg getting the first one down the basement stairs. The board I slid the stone down and the stone are both frozen. So when that stone hit the board there was no friction. It slid like it was on ice. I moved my leg out to stop the slide. Which worked but had my shin wedged between the stone and a step. Nothing broken. Just a little tender to the touch. I was much more careful with the second stone.


Ouch! That whole basement stone combo is not good for tour well being…lol
Glad you didn’t break anything!


Thanks CL. I was testing my shin bone strength.

17’’ box squats barx10 95x10 135x5 185x5 225x5 275x6x4 135x20

Im going to try some stone lifts and ab stuff tomorrow. See how the back feels. Then watch the Pats crush Kansas City.



  1. MP barx20 95x10 115x5 135x5 155x3 175x3 155x6x4
  2. Rows with natural stone x a bunch x 3 reps

It snowed several inches last night. So I shoveled a bunch this morning. Good conditioning.



  1. Semi sumo deads 135,185,225,275,315x3 365,405,455,405x1 315x3
  2. 15’’ box zercher squat 135,185,225x5 275x3 225x5 135x10
  3. 2 stone lifts

I practiced hook grip on all my sets of deadlifts. I taped my thumbs so I wasn’t too bad.


Looking good Boss ! Im too cowardly to try hook grip!! should get some good snow melt today…Good luck to your Pats in the Bowl…very entertaining game in the 4th last weekend.


I took two weeks to feel my thumbs again when I began with hook grip…


Paul, I’ve only used the hook grip one workout. I’m still scared of it. And what do you mean my Pats? You live in MA. You’re not a fan? Say it isn’t so.

BB, I taped my thumbs and used a technique a strongman on elite fitness uses. So it wasn’t too bad up to 455 lbs.


  1. sldl 135,185,225,225,225,135
  2. Bb rows 135,185,225,225,225,135
  3. Bench 135,185,225,225,225,135
  4. Band pull aparts 6 sets

I don’t like any of the other complexes with cleans or overhead squats. So I kept the movements real simple.


Steve, I think I have a lingering, slight ache in my hand from my hook grip deadlifting attempts about 2 years ago. Seriously, would a hook grip increase your lift totals?

And, I"m all for the Pats next week.