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Old 01-01-2008, 08:27 AM   #201
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Old 01-02-2008, 02:18 AM   #202
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Light Day

Some bad news, I was warming up for squats today, some light jogging and when I started doing air squats, I felt a tight hard pull in my right Hamstring,groin area.It swelled up a bit and was quite sore.I iced it and rested it for about 4-5 hrs, it felt better so i trained skipping squats and just hitting press and dumbell rows with some ab work.Im at my previous weight PR for press now but this time I did 8x3 with it so Im quite happy there,Rows were easy but felt great. Overall Very dissapointed, I dont need this shit right now.

Light Day 2/1/08
Squat N/A
Press 8x3 43.5kg
Dumbell Row 3x8 25kg (very easy)

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Old 01-03-2008, 07:23 PM   #203
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Hi folks

Performance day today, the hammy is all better I was icing it regularly and by yesterday it was good to go.Had a great day in the gym today,I smoked a nice PR on squats and felt real strong too, if it hadnt been for the hammy issue earlier in the week I would've added weight and did 1 more set but since I didnt want to aggrevate the area I left it be.I did 4 reps with 83.5kg in bench that I had been stuck at 2 reps with for weeks bofore I started doing singles so thats good too.I hit the same 4 reps on chins as last week tho but bar speed was a little better.I moved deadlifts to fridays also but they felt heavy and shitty by the time I got to em,I will think of a better way to load deadlifts and throw some suggestions out there.

Performance Day 4/1/08
Squat 1x1 120kg (PR)
Bench 1x4 83.5kg (new 4rm)
Chin 1x4 BW+20kg
Deadlift 1x2 120kg (ewwwwww!)

I think moving the deadlift from wednesday had a lot to do with how good I felt today,the only problem is I gotta still do them after a real heavy squat!!I got a vid of squats today Ill try get it up here for ya to view.
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Old 01-03-2008, 08:35 PM   #204
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Ok heres the vid


Now I gotta do my wrap up for 2007 so bare with me it might take a while.After xmas last year I ditched the HIT training (Mentzer style) and began reading as much as I could on real world strength training.I bought SS and it was the best $ I ever spent.Here was where I started at last year strength wise.All sets to failure.Add the weight of the bar 8kgs.

Deadlift 102.5kg for 4 reps
Squat 1x3 50kg
Barbell Bench press 52.5kgs 6 reps
Chin BW x 2 or 3

This was after years of S(HIT) training excuse the pun

I started a new routine on the 4th of January last year and have never looked back since.I set a goal a while back just before starting the Texas Method of new 1rms for each big lift

Squat 300lbs
Bench 225lbs
Chin BW+20kg (45lbs)

Here are my new RMs tested recently
Squat 1x1 128kg (281lbs)
Bench 1x1 103kg (226lbs)
Chin 1x4 BW+20kg (44lbs)

Deadlift 1x1 146.5kg (323lbs) I tested this way back and havent really tested it since.

The weight of the bar is included in these figures although I dont normally included it In my normal journal entries.Simply because I just copy straight out of my logbook and its easier to write whats on the bar and not fuss about adding in bar weight.

Overall I am happy I just missed my Squat goal but I hope to plough well past these figures this year.Thanks for reading!
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Old 01-04-2008, 12:03 AM   #205
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Hey Hopps,
F@#k your looking good on the squats mate, well done.
You made some great gains this year. Keep up the good work.

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Old 01-04-2008, 12:15 AM   #206
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Yo

Thanks Marvo comin from a BEAST that means alot bro!
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Old 01-04-2008, 01:21 AM   #207
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Hey Hops,

I've said this before mate, you've come a LOOOOONG way this past year. I can remember when we used to talk a year ago, and it's like night and day. You should be proud of the progress you've made. That 300 lb squat will be yours in due time.

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Old 01-04-2008, 02:06 AM   #208
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Hey Jeff

If it wasnt for you talkin some sense into me mate I dont know if I would have been able to break out the HIT rut, one thing for sure I know I owe you alot mate.
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x2!!

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Old 01-04-2008, 11:40 AM   #210
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Well done Hopper! you have made great progress in the last year, hope you do the same this year.
Ditching HIT was a very good move for all of us, I decided to give the SS stuff a go after seeing the gains you, Jeff, and B & G (riddick) were making, and I havent looked back, the last year I to have made the best gains I have ever made.
It was Jeff who introduced all us narrow minded HITers to a better way of training, thank you Jeff, we owe you a lot!

Good squating hopper, well done on the PR!
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