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Post by xshawnxearthx » Sat Feb 11, 2012 6:55 pm

Figured I'd join the club.

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Post by stuward » Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:06 am

Shawn, good job on the weight loss, and it's nice seeing someone else doing farmer's walks.
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Post by xshawnxearthx » Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:56 pm

Thanks!

The farmer's walks are a new things for me. The new routine suggested not doing anything extra, except grip/core/neck work. I like doing a finisher after I lift and I really feel it the next day.

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Post by Jungledoc » Sat Mar 17, 2012 11:40 pm

How are you determining your loading? By percents? Of What?

I was wondering if it might be time to start moving away from strict 5x5. My suggestion to try would be to work toward 3 working sets, and space them closer together, then doing fewer reps on the heavier warm-up sets. The weights you reported today seemed really "spaced-out" to me. If the top set is around 95% of 1RM, then really only the 2 top sets are giving you much in the way of strength training, but the lower sets are likely still contributing to fatigue.

Here's what you posted: 5x135, 5x185, 5x225, 5x255, 5x305
Here's what I'd suggest trying: 5x135, 2x185, 2x225, 1x 255, 1x175, 5x185, 5x195, 5x205
Or maybe: 5x135, 2x185, 2x225, 1x255, 5x275, 5x290, 5x305
Or even: 5x135, 2x185, 2x225, 1x255, 1x275, 5x285,5x285, 5x285 (or 280, or 290 on the last 3 sets or whatever)

My thought is to spend more of your available total energy on the sets that add more strength.
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Re: Shawn's Journal Discussion

Post by xshawnxearthx » Mon Mar 19, 2012 8:09 pm

Jungledoc wrote:How are you determining your loading? By percents? Of What?

I was wondering if it might be time to start moving away from strict 5x5. My suggestion to try would be to work toward 3 working sets, and space them closer together, then doing fewer reps on the heavier warm-up sets. The weights you reported today seemed really "spaced-out" to me. If the top set is around 95% of 1RM, then really only the 2 top sets are giving you much in the way of strength training, but the lower sets are likely still contributing to fatigue.

Here's what you posted: 5x135, 5x185, 5x225, 5x255, 5x305
Here's what I'd suggest trying: 5x135, 2x185, 2x225, 1x 255, 1x175, 5x185, 5x195, 5x205
Or maybe: 5x135, 2x185, 2x225, 1x255, 5x275, 5x290, 5x305
Or even: 5x135, 2x185, 2x225, 1x255, 1x275, 5x285,5x285, 5x285 (or 280, or 290 on the last 3 sets or whatever)

My thought is to spend more of your available total energy on the sets that add more strength.
I'm nowhere near my 95% 1RM. I didn't base it off of a percentage, but when I decided to do the ramping of DL sets after re-visiting both practical programming and strong lifts, I went back to my max-ot warmups, where you went up 50,40,30...However I'm obviously not doing the same number of reps during the warmups. Now that the numbers are going up, I need to either add more warmup sets, or start with a higher weight.

Perhaps on Saturday I try 5x165, 5x225, 5x265, 5x295, 5x315

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Post by Jungledoc » Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:02 am

xshawnxearthx wrote:Weigh in: 306.6 lbs. 30.6lbs total this year, 87lbs since I started.
Great job!
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Post by Jungledoc » Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:30 am

xshawnxearthx wrote:299.2 this am.
WAY TO GO!!!
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Post by Oscar_Actuary » Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:43 am

great dedication dude

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Post by xshawnxearthx » Thu Apr 26, 2012 9:52 pm

I still have so much more to go. =/ I was hoping that at 300lbs I'd be content but I'm not quite happy yet. I'm hoping to hit 275 by my birthday in Oct. Still won't be perfect, but I'll be happy. Not going to go crazy with cutting calories. Just going to continue to eat decent and lifting as heavy as I can.

Right now I have a lot of first world problems. Just had to shell out $200 on new clothes since nothing fits right. It was nice to be able to purchase my work clothes from a store other than the dramatically overpriced big and tall stores. Luckily LL Bean has tall in 2x. Now I need to find some nice baggy summer time shorts. I don't even know where to find stuff like that since I've ben buying stuff at b&t stores since I was 18. Hell, I haven't been a true 2x since HS. I think If I dropped another 25lbs I'd have to go buy all new clothes again!

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Re: Shawn's Journal Discussion

Post by Jungledoc » Fri Apr 27, 2012 3:15 am

Maybe you should take up sewing as a second hobby!
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Post by robertscott » Fri Apr 27, 2012 4:50 am

your weight loss is awesome man. Good lad

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Post by xshawnxearthx » Fri Apr 27, 2012 7:24 pm

Jungledoc wrote:Maybe you should take up sewing as a second hobby!
Have enough hobbies. ;-)

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