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Think Big - Road to a 550 lb Deadlift


#582

Oct 17 2018
Think Big - Wk 1, Day 2

Sumo pulls
225 x 3
275 x 3
315 x 3, 3, 3, 3

High Bar Squats
135 x 5
185 x 5
235 x 12, 12, 12, 12 (BRUTAL)

Glute hams
4x8

Ab rollers
4x8

I started Think Big by Ben Pollack on Monday but my boy and wife got some stomach virus. I ultimately got it too but thankfully only put me out a couple days. Had zero appetite yesterday and was surprised to be able to hit this volume today.


#583

Wow, yes, this would be brutal!

I was having a look over this program the other day, looks solid. Looking forward to seeing how you do on it.


#584

I have got to get used to these high rep sets. I felt like this would be a shock to the system as far as programming goes and can help get things moving along.


#585

Squats are one of the few lifts that I like doing high rep sets of.
Deadlifts, no thanks.
Bench, grumpy shoulders.
OHP, grumpy shoulders.

Or maybe I just need to get my shoulder issues figured out…

But, if nothing else, the high rep squats are great for mass.


#586

You and me both. My left shoulder has always given me grief. I cant stand doing anything over 3 rep sets on deadlifts.


#587

Oct 18 2018
Think Big - Wk 1, Day 3

Bench
Bar x 5
95 x 5
135 x 5
155 x 12, 12, 12, 12

DB Bench
65 x 8 x 4 sets (3 second eccentric)

DB Fly
20lb x 12 x 4 sets
Didn’t realize just how weak my pecs were and how challenging it was to activate them with such a light weight lol. Humbling

Overhead Plate Ext
45 x 15 x 4 sets

Pushups (slow eccentric)
3 x 15

It really feels great getting a good pump. I think it’s been at least a full year since I’ve really had a good upper body pump. I’m excited to see how much muscle I can put on by the end of this.

I’m not looking forward to the 4 sets of 12 on deadlifts coming up

Edit ** Took me 40 minutes to complete this from start of warmup to end.


#588

Have you taken some measurements/before pictures to compare to after the program is complete?

I often plan to do this and then end up just trying to compare on how I THINK I did (well, I think I got a little stronger in a couple lifts, and I might be a little bit leaner…so yeah, I guess it worked)…a lot tougher to quantify results that way though.


#589

Good point, Ill have to get my wife to shoot some pics. Not sure i have a tape. My bodyweight is sitting around 185-188 currently with 185 being first thing in the morning.


#590

Post workout update from this morning. Not sure what I did but it didn’t start hurting till about lunch time and I lifted at 6 am. When I pinch or grab anything with my left hand between my index finger and thumb hurts. Hoping it clears up or gets bearable by Saturday morning otherwise I might have to duct tape my hand to the bar to do deadlifts