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#162

Thanks!


#163

11/22/2018

Missed due to Thanksgiving


#164

11/24/2018

Missed due to Thanksgiving travel


#165

11/27/2018

Squats 3 x 5 @ 245 lbs
Press 3 x 5 @ 120
Power clean 5 x 3 @ 70


#166

11/29/2018

Squats 3 x 5 @ 247.5 lbs
Bench press 3 x 5 @ 155
Deadlift 1 x 5 @ 280
Chin ups 3 x 6 @ body weight


#167

12/1/2018

Squats 3 x 5 @ 225 lbs (was worried my form was getting bad)
Press 3 x 5 @ 122.5
Power clean 5 x 3 @ 75 most of them were good form


#168

12/4/2018

Squats 3 x 5 @ 230 lbs
Bench press 3 x 5 @ 157.5
Deadlift 1 x 5 @ 282.5
Chin ups 2 x 6, 1 x 7 @ body weight


#169

12/6/2018

Squat 3 x 5 @ 232.5 lbs
Press 3 x 5 @ 125
Power clean 5 x 3 @ 77.5


#170

12/8/2018

Squat 3 x 5 @ 235 lbs
Bench press 3 x 5 @ 160
Deadlift 1 x 5 @ 285
Chin ups 3 x 7 @ body weight


#171

12/11/2018

Squat 3 x 5 @ 237.5
Press 3 x 5 @ 127.5
Power clean 5 x 3 @ 80
I think I’m finally getting the hang of the power clean. Last set looked really good. Press felt extremely hard today


#172

12/13/2018

Squat 3 x 5 @ 240 lbs
Bench press 3 x 5 @ 162.5
Deadlift 1 x 5 @ 287.5
Chin ups 3 x 7 @ body weight


#173

This ^^ you could pump iron till the cows come home but if there is crap all focus on eating, not much growth will happen. It’s FOOD that builds not PRs. You aren’t gonna progress much with not enough calories. There’s only one or 2 mention on this thread about food lol


#174

12/15/2018

Squat 3 x 5 @ 242.5 lbs
Press 3 x 5 @ 130
Power clean 5 x 3 @ 82.5


#175

Yeah. This morning I weighed 186 lbs, which is the most I’ve weighed so far. I’ve been eating 180-190 g of protein each day.


#176

12/18/2018

Squats 3 x 5 @ 245 lbs
Bench press 3 x 5 @ 165
Deadlift 1 x 5 @ 290 (not all at once)
Chin ups 3 x 7


#177

12/20/2018

Squat 3 x 5 @ 247.5 lbs
Press 3 x 5 @ 132.5
Power clean 5 x 3 @ 85. Getting a lot better at these


#178

12/22/2018

Squats 3 x 5 @ 250 lbs
Bench press 3 x 5 @ 167.5
Deadlift 1 x 5 @ 290 (not all at once)
Chin ups 3 x 5


#179

12/24/2018
(switching to MWF now that I’m not teaching for 4 hours every Wednesday)

Squats 3 x 5 @ 252.5 lbs
Press 1 x 1, 1 x 2, 1 x 1 @ 135
Power clean 5 x 3 @ 87.5

Merry Christmas!


#180

Great consistency but FYI ‘Starting Strength’ is just that, a strength program. It is a very poor approach to hypertrophy.
Strength & muscle mass are only loosely correlated. Case in point: the U.S. record raw bench press for the 148# class is 424# the raw deadlift record for the 148# class is 661# These are official USPA numbers.
Sure, a beginner will see some muscle size gains on SS; or, for that matter, any program in the initial stages (bodyweight calisthenics even). For the most part, the appearance of muscle increase is sarcoplasmic in nature: an increase in the water & glycogen retention in the muscle cells. Very little is actual myofibrillar hypertrophy (muscle fiber growth).
If your goal is still, per your original post, to gain some muscle mass, then get off the strength program(s) and adopt a higher rep range, higher volume, hypertrophy-oriented program.
A good growth standard for a beginning natural trainee is 10# of LBM (not total weight but hydrostatic weighing or DEXA tested lean body mass) in the first 3-6 months (depending on genetics, life stressors, consistency). The main of the bell curve of the population should see 15#-20# (again LBM, not bodyweight) in the first full, dedicated year of training. Hardgainers will see less and might do well to break 10#-12#; gifted might see as much as 25ish#. It drops off steeply with each subsequent year of training, so enjoy the heck out of that first year of progress. (By year 4+, 2-3# of “stage weight” aka LBM a year is a realistic goal.)
I’m not sure when & why so many have conflated/confused strength training programs like SS with mass gaining programs, though searching articles or forums does show it’s a relatively recent phenomenon (past decade or so). It’s lead to a lot of frustrated lifters and a lot of guys on the interwebz, particularly youtube, maligning guys who actually know what they’re doing as being “fake nattys”.


#181

12/26/2018

Squats 3 x 5 @ 255 lbs. This got pretty hard at the end. Not sure I was going down to parallel for the last couple reps.
Bench press 3 x 5 @ 170
Deadlift 1 x 5 @ 290. Getting closer to doing them all at once.
Chin ups 3 x 7