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Vinny's Strongman Log II

Aw thanks Spockalina, though it’s hard to feel that way - I have such lofty goals/standards. Then again, I know you hold yourself to a high standard as well.

If I never said it, you’re a cut above the rest and I’m glad you post here still!

7/1/21 - In other news, holy fucking shit I strict pressed an absurd amount today. My shoulder has been hurting from strict log and barbell pressing doesn’t really bother it, so I just sort of went with what felt good.

Strict Barbell Overhead Press
45x15,15
95x5,3
135x3,3
185x1
225x2
275x5 wtf PR last rep wasn’t even a major grinder. It was hard but a 6th wasn’t exactly out of the question. A bit upset I did not film, but oh well, you’ll just have to believe me hahaha.

CG Bench (pinky on knurling)
135x15
185x12
225x8
185x10
135x15

Lateral Raise
x15
x15
x15
x15

Barbell 21s
x3 sets

Band Pull Apart
x15
x15
x15

Chill upper body day. Shoulder is a bit triggery from the barbell pressing but no discomfort or pain after at all. Last time I did log my shoulder was feeling FUCKED for days after.

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7/2/21 - bw 234

Front Plank
x45s
x45s

Side Plank
x30s
x30s
x30s

Bird dogs
x2 sets

Sumo Deads (no belt, FML)
135x3,3
185x3,3
225x5
275x5
300x5x10, not gonna lie, these winded me pretty hard. Reps got a bit weird at the end but no issues.

Hamstring Curl
x12
x12
x12
x12

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7/6/21 - bw 234

Sumo Deadlift
135x3,3,3
185x3,3
225x3
275x3
315x3
365x3
445x12 this was prescribed to be AMRAP but I definitely did not go to failure. Reps looked the same on each but things felt a bit off by 12. I could have cranked out 15+ I am not happy with how it felt but I have to move on and settle with it.

GMs
135x10
135x10
185x8
225x8
275x9 oof, lost tightness here. Got too pumped up.

Plank
x60s
+45lbs x 80s PR i think
x60s
x45s

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7/8/21 - bw 237

Log Clean and Press
110x3,3,3
160x3,3,3
210x3
250x10 (1 split jerk, 1 push jerk, 8 push presses) felt good, nice and chill

Seated DB Shoulder Press
40x10
55x10
100x6 paused reps
100x8 paused reps
100x7 paused reps

JM Press (dumbbell)
40x8
55x8
55x6
40x8

Lateral/Flye/Reverse Flye Giant Set
x10/x10/x12 x 4 rounds

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7/9/21 - bw 236. Ummm program called for 315 AMRAP. Kinda weird but okay.

Sumo Deadlift (no belt, no straps)
135x5,5,5
185x3,3
225x3
275x3
315x34 burned pretty good. Could have kept going(??) but they started to become ugly and my lungs were on FIRE as I banged the first 25 in one go.

Pause Front Squat
135x5,5
185x3,3
225x3,3
275x3
275x3

Single Leg Hip Thrust
x10
x10
x10
x10

Hamstring Curl
x12
x12
x12

Plank
bw x 30s
45lbs x 30s
90lbs x 30s
45lbs x 45s

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I think you may need help !!!

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BEAUTIFUL!

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7/13/21 - bw 235 AMAZING deadlift day. Not much to say accept I felt so strong and my brace felt so on point.

Sumo Deadlift (no belt)
135x3,3
185x3,3
225x3
275x3
365x3
405x2
455x1
505x3
505x3
505x3

Seal Row
40x15
40x12
55x10
100x8
100x8
100x8

DB Curl
40x10
40x10
40x10

Plank
bw x 60s
+45lbs x 30s
+90lbs x 30s
+135lbs x 30s very hard

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rare sight of me deadlifting:

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Are you still running sumo because of an injury or just changing things up

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I’m doing what has been the only thing to actually strengthen my deadlift.

In 2015 I stopped conventional deadlift because I was getting chronic pain and it was fucking up the rest of my events. Would do a deadlift session and my back would just hurt during another day of training.

On top of that, I was stuck at 500lbs for almost 3 years. I started training sumo exclusively and the first time I went to pull conventional I PR’d with 600lbs. Not long after I pulled 650 conventional after pulling 675 sumo with some more in the tank.

So I’m not really injured, as I have tweaked my back on both sumo and conventional; it’s more that I can just tolerate more volume and intensity without feeling completely destroyed whilst also training the exact same muscles as a conv DL. We’ll see how fruitful this cycle is. The goal by 2022 (roughly) is to pull 700 sumo, or more and see if I can sustain a conventional pull of near that much.

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7/15/21 - bw 236

Strict Overhead (barbell)
135x3,3
185x3
225x6
225x6
225x6
225x6

Above sets felt easy, simply put. Had probably 10-11 reps on the final set. I really think I’m sitting at around 315 strict currently. That’s pretty awesome. I think 400lbs overhead is possible on a barbell atm.

Seated DB Shoulder Press (paused reps)
100x6
100x6
100x5 eh, not a great showing but good control of the dumbbells

Incline DB Flye
40x8
40x8
40x8
40x8

Horizontal Band Flye
x10
x10
x10
x10
drop set
x20ish

Tri Extension
x12
x12
x12
x12

Lateral Raise
x12
x12
x12
x12

Face Pull
x15
x12
x12
x10
x10

225x4x6 strict press

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Those presses looked so good mate. Great speed, solid through the mid section. Deff a big number coming soon.

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7/16/21 - bw 235

Sumo Deads
135x8,5
225x3,3
275x3
315x3
365x8 straps on
365x8 straps off, double overhand, no hook. Felt better
365x8
365x8
365x8

Front Squat SS w/ Bulgarian Split Squat
185x5/x10
235x5/x8
235x5/x8

HS curl (light and bloodflow work)
x15
x15
x15

Banded Lat Pull (band set at chest height and around elbow by tricep)
x15
x15
x15

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No action in here. You OK mate

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I was deadlifting on Tuesday and my right hip flexor (or upper quad) just popped on the 2nd top set with 520 for 6x4. Things were feeling good strength wise until it happened.

I am almost positive it was caused from the strain on my body from twice a week deadlifting coupled with the ramping of intensity and volume. Days later my hips/upper quad feel sore like I did 100 power cleans or hip thrusts but fortunately I was still able to rewarm up on deads and hit 405 without much issue and log c&p yesterday.

Still not really sure what muscles were strained because it’s in BOTH of my hips/legs. Not sure if sartorius, hip flexor, adductor, or what. Never had this happen on deads before.

*I feel good though, I don’t feel like I sustained an injury, just overtraining. My hips are very tight naturally and even with 30 min of mobility and squatuniversty/stuart mcgill drills, things still happen.

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7/27/21 - bw 235. Goal today was to continue training deadlifts via program. My warm ups felt SOOOO strong. 405 moved like nothing and even 500 came off the ground effortlessly, but alas on the 2nd rep I felt my hip start to “tear”. I think it might be my quad/sartorius but last time it tore, within days it felt totally fine, so I have no clue what is actually happening. Might be worth seeing a PT or ortho but I think I am going to go with my gut and say this is a overuse injury and take 3-4 weeks off pulling completely and rebuild up again by deadlifting only once a week instead of twice.

All in all, I feel insanely strong but my hip needs a break.

Sumo Deads
135x3,3
185x3,3
225x3
315x3
405x3 joke
500x2 felt my upper quad start to pull and just stopped. I played around with closer stances and it helped but ultimately I can’t avoid the issue. I even loaded 585 attempting the 3x3 and just quit before I even gave it a real pull; I knew better.

Stiff Leg Sumo
315x10
315x10
315x10
315x10 whew these got me goin. These cause no pain.

Hamstring Curls
x15
x15
x15
x15 just pump work

Seal Rows
55x12
55x12
55x12
55x12

Planks
bw x 60s
+45 x 60s
+45 x 60s
bw x 60s

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7/30/21 - bw 237

Strict Overhead Press
45x15
95x12
135x3,3
185x3
225x3
275x1 unholy speed, hooly shittttt
315x2 huge PR, I knew I had a single in the bag, but two is just silly. First rep felt awful and I knew I could hit it cleaner, so I did.
225x13 PR by 1 or two reps

Seated DB Military (paused reps)
55x10
100x8
100x8
100x7 can never get 3x8 :frowning:

Band Pull Aparts
x15
x15
x15
x15

Face Pull
x10
x10
x10

315x2 strict press

7/30/21 - bw 240

Front Squat
115x8,8
185x3,3
235x3
275x5
330x6
330x6 RPE 5-6 on these, nice and easy but in 98f heat kinda ass.

Axle Hang Clean SS Hammer Tire Swings: 135x10, x12 swings x 3 rounds, 2 min rest

Bulg Split squat
40lbs x 10
40lbs x 10
x15
x15

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8/3/21 - bw 237. Fun deadlift/strongman (sort of) day. Deadlifts felt great, all I will say.

Sumo Deads (no belt)
135x3,3,3
225x5
275x5
315x3
365x3
385x3
405x5
405x10 easy, easy set, felt great. No belt, no straps, no hook.

Idk why, things just felt so light today. I had a more forward shoudler position in relation to barbell instead of trying to squat the weight up.

Tire Flips
700x3
700x8
700x10 tough, tire flips feeling good but just not super strong, out of practice.

DB Row (no straps, no drops)
100x20
100x20
100x20

Planks
bwx60s
bwx60s
bwx60s

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