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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
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Hey thanks everyone! I've been feeling really good about the work I've been putting in, seeing solid results.

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Nice pic, great lifts!
How`s your weight / body measurements going ?


I haven't measured anything in inches lately (but I really probably should!), but my weight is up to 127lbs now pretty regularly.

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uh i hate skull crusher, i would choose sit french press 3000 times.
i see a nice tricep growing strong there :D
i am curious about that tattoo


The tattoo is a raven, and I've got a pair of them on my shoulders. They whisper the secrets of the world to me ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
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Quoth the raven, "Nevermore." :thumbleft:

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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
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if you like edgar allan poe so you should watch the tvseries The Following ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
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I love The Following, I get excited every Tuesday when a new episode comes out on Hulu :)

But actually my ravens are Huginn and Muninn from Norse mythology, I got them when I was 19 as a sign of pride in my heritage and because when I think about them it reminds me to take a deep breath and listen to the world around me.

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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
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My hands are a little torn up, I'm completely exhausted, and I was sweating buckets until just a half hour ago or so. It's excellent days in the gym like today that make me wonder how I ever didn't train. Getting into the gym brings so much good and happiness into my life.
Barbell squats were a little weaker than I would've liked, but I'm sure it's due to me hitting the pistols first. My quads were still on fire and I still felt sick (that's from GH, right?), so I figure I did good work ;)

Pistol Squats (counterbalanced with one 10lb dumbbell)
4x5/leg (superset with...)
Wide-grip Lat Pulldowns
4x10x80lbs

Squat
15x65lbs
5x95lbs
5x115lbs
5x135lbs
4x165lbs
5x145lbs
5x145lbs

SLDLs
4x10x125lbs (superset with...)
Incline Side Plank Hip Lift
4x10

Incline Dumbbell Curls
2x10x20lbs
8x20lbs



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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
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Awesome pistol squats there for sure - totally legit! I'd never make it back up from that low. Looks like you are putting up some big numbers, so congrats!

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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
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For me the pistols actually feel most stable when I get that deep, and definitely the least stable right when I'm around parallel. It also means I get to take a little advantage of the bounce back at the bottom to propel me back up. Hopefully soon I'll be able to get rid of the counterweight and hit reps like this with no assistance :)

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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
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Those pistols are badass! I've just remembered I put pistols on my "to achieve" list for 2014, but I don't think I've attempted a single one this year. I must rectify this.

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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
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Those pistols are badass! I've just remembered I put pistols on my "to achieve" list for 2014, but I don't think I've attempted a single one this year. I must rectify this.


Yeah, the pistols made me feel tough (and sweaty) as hell! I've been thinking about and making a few more bodyweight exercise goals for myself this year, like I want to be able to hit unassisted pistols for reps, I want to be able to human flag and dragon flag, and I want to be able to do one arm pushups. I've been working more core work into my sessions lately to hopefully help with that, and doing one arm pushups from inclines at home pretty much whenever to try to get myself there. Slowly but surely! But you should definitely go get some pistols in, they're awesome!

Today was really good for the most part, but my hands are tired. I think three days on heavy in a row just may be too much for my grip. Luckily tomorrow is rest day, but not actually rest day because I have a dodgeball game :) Saturday I might take a little light too because I want to start working on some snatch progressions, but we'll see how it goes and how I'm feeling. Also I hit the forward and reverse incline fly superset again today, and loved it all over again. I think it might become a staple. My programming has been a little less organized the past few weeks, but I'm planning on starting the PowerBodybuilding plan in a few weeks when dodgeball is up and my Fridays aren't spoken for anymore.
The big news of the day is that the scale at the gym put me at 133 lbs, which I think is the most I've weighed since I started lifting over a year ago. It makes sense because my hunger has been absolutely out of control, like I constantly feel like I need to eat. Last night I finished dinner and then had a huge helping of seconds... and then had a bowl of cereal... and I still woke up feeling like a starved beast. Something is definitely working right. However, that also means that my 2xBW deadlift is no longer 2xBW... 265lbs DL here I come!

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5x65lbs
5x5x75lbs (last three superset with...)
Lying Leg Raise
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Reverse Incline Fly
3x10x15lbs

Lateral Raise
3x12x10lbs (superset with...)
Planks
3x0:45

Tricep Pushdown
10x70lbs
2x10x80lbs (superset with...)
Alternating Dumbbell OHP
3x12x20lbs

Straight Arm Pulldowns
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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
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what is your height?

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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
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This weekend was pretty great for lifting. I went in Saturday afternoon and put in some solid work towards getting my hang snatch technique down - really found my flaws in overhead squat, but I'll be working on them. I've also decided to continue pulling snatchgrip from a deficit for the rest of the month and then I'll drop back down to the floor and we'll see what happens! Video at the bottom, I'm super open to any critique or criticism on form.

Hang Snatch practice complexes w/just bar for 20 min

Snatchgrip Deadlift from 4" deficit
5x115lbs
5x5x135lbs

Cable Row
3x10x100lbs

Front Squat
5x65lbs
5x95lbs
5x5x110lbs

Pendlay Row
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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
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Regarding form in my Snatchgrip video... It looks to me like I should probably widen my grip a little bit, because at the top of the lift it looks like the bar is a little below the hinge. Snatchgrip is really taking some getting used to.

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