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Old 03-06-2013, 08:37 PM   #401
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I always touch my chest. I don't know if that's best or not
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:38 PM   #402
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I always touch my chest. I don't know if that's best or not
thats all I've ever heard as well, and I don't want to consider myself "special"

figured it doesn't hurt to ask regardless, I'm also sad about the numbers since I was so close to 185 (a goal for myself). but I don't want to cheat myself
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:47 PM   #403
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thats all I've ever heard as well, and I don't want to consider myself "special"

figured it doesn't hurt to ask regardless, I'm also sad about the numbers since I was so close to 185 (a goal for myself). but I don't want to cheat myself
What's your max
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:57 PM   #404
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What's your max
I've actually never maxed on bench, don't want to cause shoulder problems

not against it though just never tried
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Old 03-06-2013, 09:06 PM   #405
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considering my workout today, 175 is my 1RM since I know I only had 1 rep in me.

crazy how much of a difference removing that one inch made...
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Old 03-06-2013, 09:20 PM   #406
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You should give it a try. Get a good spotter and go for it. When I got 225 last week I didn't even intend on trying that day

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Old 03-07-2013, 02:13 PM   #407
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After reading through countless arguments, I stumbled upon this article which really drove the bench press home for me

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/pres...es-solved.html

Much like I did with my deadlift, I will be starting from scratch and ensuring that my elbows aren't flaring, my grip placement is correct, and that the bar is touching my chest. And also making sure my wrists are in like with my forearms, since I've experience pain in them often after a few sets of benching.

Hopefully I can get to 185 x 5 sooner rather than later, but ultimately mastering proper form is more important than an arbitrary number.
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Old 03-07-2013, 05:17 PM   #408
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After reading through countless arguments, I stumbled upon this article which really drove the bench press home for me

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/pres...es-solved.html

Much like I did with my deadlift, I will be starting from scratch and ensuring that my elbows aren't flaring, my grip placement is correct, and that the bar is touching my chest. And also making sure my wrists are in like with my forearms, since I've experience pain in them often after a few sets of benching.

Hopefully I can get to 185 x 5 sooner rather than later, but ultimately mastering proper form is more important than an arbitrary number.

About time! I feel like I've preached about some of those mistakes until I was blue in the face (..not necessarily to you though).

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Old 03-07-2013, 05:28 PM   #409
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For some reason I didn't give the bench the same respect form wise as squats and deadlifts, which was shortsighted in hindsight
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Old 03-07-2013, 05:50 PM   #410
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hey post nudes
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Old 03-07-2013, 07:00 PM   #411
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Da bears maybe i need to read back a little further but how did you come up with your programming? did you make it up or was there a template you are following. have you thought about doing wendler's 5/3/1?
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:19 AM   #412
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Da bears maybe i need to read back a little further but how did you come up with your programming? did you make it up or was there a template you are following. have you thought about doing wendler's 5/3/1?
Soon kushy soon lol.

I made it up combining principles of starting strength, reverse pyramid, and just random knowledge.

I've never actually looked into 5/3/1 but I did and it's funny how similar the thinking is with the compound lifts and minimalistic approach. I don't think I would go for a straight powerlifting setup yet, I like having the initial heavy set then going up in reps/down in weight so I get to a per exercise rep number of around 25-30, which works great for me (and from everything I've researched this is a pretty good number for many others as well)

My routine in case you didn't scroll back that far

Day 1
Squats 5,6,7,8 reps
Rom. Deadlifts 10,10,10
Calf Raises 15,15,15

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Bench Press 5,6,7,8
Incline db 8,8,6
Push-ups as finisher

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Deadlift 5,6
OHP 5,6,7 (this is enough to fatigue me)
Chin-ups 8,8,6
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Old 03-08-2013, 07:29 PM   #413
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Great workout today, felt strong

Deadlifts
135x5
185x4
225x3
275x2

Then
300x5 (incredibly easy)
280x6

OHP
120x5
110x6
100x7

Chin-ups
8
5
3

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135x8
135x8
135x7
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Old 03-09-2013, 08:37 AM   #414
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Nice man. I need to focus more on the Deadlift. Today I'm keeping it light and high rep
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Old 03-09-2013, 12:37 PM   #415
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Keep it light bro. Pulled my back on deads last week.
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Old 03-10-2013, 12:33 PM   #416
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Great workout today, felt strong

Deadlifts
135x5
185x4
225x3
275x2

Then
300x5 (incredibly easy)
280x6

OHP
120x5
110x6
100x7

Chin-ups
8
5
3

Pendlay rows
135x8
135x8
135x7

Good job on that DL man!
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Old 03-10-2013, 03:44 PM   #417
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Good job on that DL man!
Thanks, on the 13th of January I got 315 up for only one rep (my 1rm obviously).

This upcoming Friday I have enough confidence to try for 5... See what happens.
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Old 03-12-2013, 02:17 PM   #418
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Keep it light bro. Pulled my back on deads last week.
How long does an injury like that last?
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:54 PM   #419
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Leg workout...

Squats
135x5
185x5

Then

255x5
230x6
210x7
190x8

Romanian Deadlifts
155x10
155x10
155x10

Standing Calf Raises
185x15
185x15
185x15

I've successfully increased my squat by 30 lbs over the past six weeks, 225 to 255 x 5. So 5 lbs a week, very happy with the progress.
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:10 PM   #420
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How long does an injury like that last?
however long it takes to recover. A 'pull' can mean anything depending on the person. Depends if you rest and wait for recovery, or if you rest and do some light stuff to get some blood flowing to the area. Maybe some hot/cold showers.

IMO resting is great for a couple days but then I personally stiffen up so I need to do some kind of activity.

In the end, it goes back to everyone is different.
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