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Old 07-23-2008, 11:44 AM   #11
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I think its awesome that you two are workin out together. Keep it up and your strength will return!

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It is nice to have someone who is used to nagging you to nag you to go to the gym. I woke up hypoglycemic this morning and felt like complete dog crap. A few extra carbs with breakfast perked me right up, but I felt so rotten this morning I might have skipped without her.

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Todays Work:

Lil Bear:

Squat - 75 5x5, today was the first time she "felt" like there was a big heavy weight on her back.

Bench - 45lb bar 5x5, her shoulder still hurts but she wanted to play along and work on form

Row - 65 5x5

Dips - 4, 5, 3

Me:

Squat - Broom handle 4x5, Better. I have zero muscle strength out of the bottom. I think I'll be working body weight until I can do 5x10 (end of next week?). Atrophy is a mofo.

Bench - 110 5x5, focused on form and breathing. Hard to get away from the "in down, out up" habit. Worked hard on maintaining horizontal leg push and strong arch. Made these lifts *very* easy.

Row - 110 5x5, Still cake.

Dips: 8, 6, 7 - Need to start taking another 20-30 sec on the break between sets 1 & 2 as this has been a consistent pattern.

I built a "box" yesterday out of 2x4's and 1x3s 10.5" high to set the bar down on during our rows and Ang's deadlifts. Worked well as it gave us the standard 45lb plate height. Total cost was under $4 and labor < 1 hour.

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Old 07-23-2008, 01:35 PM   #12
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I built a "box" yesterday out of 2x4's and 1x3s 10.5" high to set the bar down on during our rows and Ang's deadlifts. Worked well as it gave us the standard 45lb plate height. Total cost was under $4 and labor < 1 hour.

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had to do the same thing...works great though
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had to do the same thing...works great though

Yeah. We work out in a commercial gym so I varnished it to make it look less like something some asswipe threw together in the garage in an hour LOL. I figure they might even let us keep using it.
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Old 07-26-2008, 11:31 AM   #14
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Friday July 25

All weights in LBS

Lil Bear

Squat: 80 5x5
Press: 20 5x5
Dead: 100 1x5
Wide Grip Pulls: 6,4,5 w/ assistance band #2

Me

Squat: Broomhandle 5x5
Press 60 5x5
Dead: 175, 1x5
Wide Grip Pulls: 10, 4, 4 w/ assistance band #2
I was completely gassed after the first ten.

We had a lot of fun towards the end of this workout playing with the assistance bands. We looked like a bunch of morons trying to figure out how to use them properly and we probably could have done more pullups if we were not laughing so hard while we entertained the entire Gym
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Old 07-28-2008, 01:04 PM   #15
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Another fun day in the gym. For the first time since my illness I squatted with a barbell. A whopping 20lb one, but a barbell none the less!

Lil Bear:

Squat: 85 5x5 STRONG!!!!
Bench: 55, 5x5 - She's back in the game, shoulder was fine
Row: 75, 5x5
Dips: 5, 3, 4 - not getting to parallel. Bad girl!

Me:

Squat: 20, 3x5. I am teh lift master!
Bench: 115, 5x5 Easy as a breeze. I think I have form and breathing nice and tight.
Row: 115, 5x5 Still strong. Hitting the chest on every rep.
Dips: 4, 5, 2 - Form fix. Now elbows above shoulders on every grinding shitty rep.

Afterward we introduced some aerobic work in the back yard - fun with sandbags.

2 minutes of log relay (running with logs) for warm up.
1 minute of sandbag shoulders (her 30lb bag, me 50lb bag)
1 minute of sandbag over head toss (both with 30lb)
2 minutes of sandbag relay (she did 2 trips with 30lb, 1 trip with 50lb, 1 trip with 70lb - EPIC lift, like a pocket sized strongman competitor doing an atlas stone. I did 2 trips with 30lb, 2 with 50lb and one with 70lb)
2 minutes of "Collapsed onto grass wheezing" as warm down.

We'll be doing this 3x per week after lifting - increasing by 30 seconds every time.
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keep it up guys.
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Old 07-31-2008, 07:42 AM   #17
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Long friggin day and a late workout. Lil Bear had some wisdom teeth yanked out in the am, and I found out I need to get an MRI of my brain to see if I have any "growths" lurking. Lil Bear also had a job interview. She was psyched to lift and I just wanted to sit my depressed arse on the couch and feel mopey. She dragged me off to a 9:00pm workout (we are usually early am'ers) and I am glad she did.

Lil Bear:

Squat - 90, 5x5
Press - 45, 5x5
Dead - 110, 1x5

Me:

Squat: 45, 3x5. Finally used the olympic bar
Press: 65, 5x5
Dead: 185, 1x5 (Warmups: 45, 135 x2x5, 175x1x5)

We did close grip chins with the middle rubber band but looking at the log we did not write them down apparently (I think she did 10, 7, 6 and I did 8, 6, 4)
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Thats pretty awesome for your squats man! Your strength is coming back quick.

Your wife sounds like an excellent motivator for you.

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Old 08-21-2008, 10:48 AM   #19
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We have not been lazy in the gym... I've just been lazy on the computer!

Things are going well, we've switched over to Rippetoe's starting strength (the pure form) from stronglift's 5x5.

Wife:

Squat: 115lbs 3x5 - getting heavy but she is doing great
Press: 60lb 3x5
Dead: 120lbs 1x5
Clean: 55 3x5
Bench: 80 3x5
Dips: Still cannot get to parallel, can do about 6 per set without going down all the way
Chins: Can do 12 with no 2 assistance band, going to lightest band next workout.

Me:

Squat: 75lbs 3x5
Press: 80lbs 3x5
Dead: 205lbs 1x5
Clean: 85lbs 3x5, hook grip is messing me up. need to practice.
Bench: 140lbs, 3x5
Dips: 5,5,4 I'm hitting parallel every time.
Chins: 10-12 on first set, hard decline after that (around 6) with no 2 band.

We are having a blast. I'll try to update more frequently!
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Old 09-08-2008, 09:21 AM   #20
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Here's another update...

My wife had a hard day today and could not do her 140lbs on the squat (got 4 reps) and had a hard time with 135lbs. I think it was because she was in a rotten mopey mood, but she's decided to drop down to 130lb on wed and then get a solid 135lbs on friday. She's been better at the gym, I was sick last week and slept when I was not working so I fell off the wagon a bit. Back at it today.

Today's workout:

Wife -

Squat - 1x4 (140lbs), 1x5 (135lbs), 1x4 (135lbs)
Press - 65lbs 3x5 - she's fixed a few form problems and this looked great today. I know she's been frustrated with presses because they are not going up as fast as she would like.
Dead - 145lbs 1x5

Me -

Squat - 105lbs 3x5 - My knees are sooo much better, expect to be able to squat at least 2x per week from here on out.
Press - 95lbs 3x5
Dead - 235lbs 1x5

I'll update the other lifts on wednesday.
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