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Old 05-19-2010, 10:13 PM   #141
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Deadlift Training
Mesocycle 22 - Week 1

Beginning Thoughts:
I signed up at this fancy new gym called True Fitness because I desperately needed round 45 lbs plates to do Deadlifts. My old gym doesn't have an oly bar - it has a thinner bar which weighs 25 lbs and has no grooves which also makes gripping the bar an issue. In addition to this all the plates in my old gym are triangular in shaped which is a royal pain in the ass because they put the bar at a lower position than a regular round plate. So I am kinda doing Deficit Deadlifts without wanting to. So, I went to this new establishment and asked them a whole bunch of questions from:

Do you have many 45 lbs Plates?

Do you allow Deadlifting?

Can I video record all of my lifts?

The manager said yes to everything. So I figured what the hell....in this country there are hardly any gyms which have power cages and fewer gyms which have so many 45 lbs plates. So I paid the $600 membership fee and signed up for the year.
Workout:
Deadlift Warm-up:
Mobility Drills
135 lbs x 7 reps
245 lbs x 7 reps
295 lbs x 4 reps
345 lbs x 3 reps
385 lbs x 3 reps

Deadlifts:
Got kicked out of the gym.
Videos:
Nothing
Overall Impression:
So I do all my warm-ups for Deadlifts and I load 415 on the bar. I stand back and try to screw my camera onto my tripod and the owner of the gym comes up to me and asks me if he can be of help. I tell him that I'm fine. LOL.

He then proceeds to tell me that I am not allowed to firstly Deadlift in this one-of-a-kind gym and that I cannot record my video because of their "elite clientele" (because after all $600 per year is nothing to sneeze at). So I explained to the bloke that I had asked these specific questions before signing up and only signed up on the condition that my conditions would be met. He argues with me so I request my money back.

He hands over the money. I start walking out the door. He and his trainers stop me and ask me to unload the bar (415 lbs). I told them to fuck themselves and I walked off.

This makes me rage like none other.

I need to find a gym in a country in which nobody does the kind of shit that I do which has (1) a powercage and (2) more than 5 round 45 lbs plates. Fucking miserable.

I really wish I had a lot of money. I'd replicate my gym at Trinity University in a heartbeat.

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Old 05-20-2010, 06:57 AM   #142
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That really sucks about the gym man. I hope you can find somewhere to continue your lifting properly soon.

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Old 05-21-2010, 09:37 PM   #143
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Back Training
Mesocycle 22 - Week 1

Beginning Thoughts:
I am trying to find places online to buy plates. I think that is what I am going to have to resort to. I need to buy an Oly bar, a bunch of plates and adjustable dumbbells. I may not be able to come up with a complete home gym but right now I need to be able to do Deadlifts in peace and if it means buying a whole bunch of plates, then do be it.
Workout:
Weighted Pull-ups:
BW + 20 lbs x 3 reps
BW + 30 lbs x 3 reps
BW + 40 lbs x 4 reps
BW + 50 lbs x 3 reps

Chest Supported Rows:
160 lbs x 4 reps
180 lbs x 4 reps
200 lbs x 2 reps
180 lbs x 3 reps

V-Bar High Cable Rows:
70 kgs x 10 reps
75 kgs x 10 reps
80 kgs x 10 reps
70 kgs x 12 reps

Hammer Curls:
20 kgs x 6 reps x 2 sets

Russian Twists:
45 lbs x 6 reps
45 lbs x 10 reps
45 lbs x 12 reps

Facepulls:
45 kgs x 15 reps x 2 sets

Rope Chin-ups:
BW x 5 reps x 2 sets
Videos:
Pull-ups and Rows:
Overall Impression:
Decent session.

I am gonna go to a couple of fitness stores and see if they have oly bars and plates to sell.

If anybody knows any cheap place online like a discount store or something, please do give me links. I am serious about buying these plates and bars. Thanks!
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Old 05-22-2010, 01:47 PM   #144
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do they have a "craigslist" type thing over there?
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Old 05-22-2010, 10:25 PM   #145
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^^ Yeah we do (have the actual craigslist) but nobody is selling any weightlifting equipment except for a jump rope :(
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Squat Training
Mesocycle 22 - Week 1

Beginning Thoughts:
This is yesterday's workout. I felt pretty decent going into it.
Workout:
Overhead Squats:
135 lbs x 5 reps
145 lbs x 3 reps
155 lbs x 1 rep
The set with 145 lbs because a rest paused set lol. I leaned too far forward on the 2nd rep and the bar crashed into the safety bars. So I had to reset it and do the last 2 reps separately. I'll get better as I do this more often.

Front Squats:
205 lbs x 5 reps
235 lbs x 4 reps
255 lbs x 3 reps
275 lbs x 2 reps
This was really good.

Back Squats:
275 lbs x 5 reps
295 lbs x 3 reps
315 lbs x 2 reps
I still hate back squats but they felt good.

Anderson Half Squats:
315 lbs x 5 reps
345 lbs x 3 reps
345 lbs x 3 reps

Swiss Ball Jack Pikes:
BW x 8 reps x 4 sets
Videos:
Everything:
Overall Impression:
Today (Sunday) is going to be a rest day. I am sore as hell from this workout and I am glad to be taking an off. If I didn't mention this earlier, I am on a new layout:

Day 1: Deadlift Training - Basically doing Deadlifts, Pistol Squats and Core Training

Day 2: Off

Day 3: Back Training - Weighted Pull-ups, Chest Supported Rows (till I get adjustable dumbbell handles made for me), High Cable Rows, Facepulls, etc etc

Day 4: Squat Training - 4 different Squat variations plus some Core Training

Day 5: Off/Grip Training every other week - just gripper action

Day 6: Press Training - heavy OHPs and Pull-ups (bodyweight only), supplementary lifts, etc

Day 7: Off

Day 8: Off

Day 9: Repeat

So this is how my training is going to look from here on out.

I hope everyone's having a good week. I went and saw Shrek 3D. It was pretty good.

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Old 05-24-2010, 08:32 PM   #147
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Press Training
Mesocycle 22 - Week 1

Beginning Thoughts:
This is last night's workout....
Workout:
Banded Overhead Press:
155 lbs x 2 reps
155 lbs x 2 reps
155 lbs x 1 rep
135 lbs x 4 reps
It's been too long a break to expect my work capacity to remain the same. I'll improve on this next time...

Pull-ups:
BW x 12 reps
BW x 10 reps
BW x 10 reps
BW x 10 reps
Total = 42 reps

Close Grip Bench Press with Crazy Bells:
165 lbs x 5 reps
185 lbs x 5 reps
195 lbs x 4 reps
195 lbs x 2 reps
The first set of 195 involved the 4th rep being a true grinder. You'll see it in the video: it took ages to move the bar. On the very last set, I failed on the 3rd rep lol...

Cable Wood Chops:
15 kgs x 12 reps
17.5 kgs x 14 reps
20 kgs x 12 reps
Videos:
Banded OHP, Pull-ups and Close Grip Bench Press with Crazy Bells:
Overall Impression:
Decent session. I'm sore as hell from Saturday's Squat Training. I hope the next 2 days of rest help in the healing..
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Old 05-27-2010, 11:28 PM   #148
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Deadlift Training
Mesocycle 22 - Week 2

Beginning Thoughts:
Last night's workout..
Workout:
Deadlift Warm-up:
Mobility Drills
135 lbs x 7 reps
245 lbs x 7 reps
295 lbs x 4 reps
345 lbs x 3 reps
385 lbs x 3 reps

Deadlifts:
415 lbs x 3 reps
435 lbs x 2 reps
455 lbs x 1 rep
Fucking miserable workout. I really hate this. Second terrible workout in a row and there are yet many more to come. So whats the problem here? Y'all can see this in the video but here's the simple list:
1. The barbell is not an olympic bar and is much thinner therefore its a pain to hold
2. The barbell has no knurling except towards the very end
3. The plates are triangular in shape so whenever they land they're at an awkward angle
4. The plates are smaller than the normal 45 cm diameter plates I am used to working out with

Pistol Squats:
6 + 7 = 13 reps

Ab Roller:
BW x 10 reps x 5 sets

Hand Extensions:
2 bands x 20 reps x 3 sets
Videos:
Deadlifts:
Overall Impression:
This is very frustrating...
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Your pistol depth looked to be a bit less than what you previously had been doing, no?

That sucks about the DL bar. At least it's not a fatter bar. lol

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Old 05-28-2010, 12:23 PM   #150
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Fat bars are awesome!
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