Benn's Quest for Strength

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  1. benn

    benn living the dream ;)

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    Right so instead of continuing my offseason bodybuilding log thought I should start a new one with my change in focus towards powerlifting/strength.

    Don't really have any plans to go back on stage and compete in bodybuilding, had some good times and learnt so much from the journey getting on stage for the last 3 years but I don't feel I can get much more out of starving myself for months and feel after experiencing it a few times the detrimental effects far outweigh the positive side of the sport.

    So time to turn a new page and get strong. I'm a lifetime drugfree lifter and if/when I compete I will go with Powerlifting Australia - our IPF afiliate. I don'thave any meets planned right now just want to get some good progress. Have done a few meets in the past my best meet lifts are S 180 B 112.5 D 220 - right now my squat is having some issues hit 170kg at last test but gone back from weightlifting shoes to flats and taking some time to get the strength back in the transition.

    Short term goals are a 160kg beltless kneesleevless squat 120 paused bench and 230 deadlift - hope to hit in the next 2 months

    long term goals are 580 total in 83kg weight class, 200 squat 140 bench 250 deadlift - 12-18months


    anyway enough blabbing and getting into it!


    Weight 85-86kg

    Deadlifts
    60x6
    100x6
    140x3
    160x2
    180x3
    add belt
    200x5 - pb
    205x3 -pb

    bench
    barx10
    60x5
    80x3
    90x1
    100x1
    102.5x4x3 (rep and volume pb)
    102.5 x5 - pb

    good session got a new barbell - Force USA crosstraining weightlifting bar - really impressed with the quality it's made to IPF specs knurling is great, awesome finish and switching to the stiff bar from my texas deadlift bar made a massive difference hitting these pb's, stiff bar works better for me for sure.

    vid from the deads

    [ame]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcxXmpiwJXM&feature=youtu.be[/ame]
     
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  3. Riley

    Riley Well-Known Member

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    Strong deadlifts and bench is looking strong as well man. Will be following along as always.

    What have equipment have you got in your garage?
     
  4. benn

    benn living the dream ;)

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    cheers man,

    really basic setup really not a whole lot of room to work with sadly but I like keeping it simple anyway haha,

    -power rack with flat bench - got bar for pullups and dip handles that attach
    -few bumper plates and at least 300kg in rest of the plates
    - few dumbells 10kg pair and adjustable set - might get some heavier ones but find I dont really need more for the accessory work I do,
    - got a few crates set up against a wall around the back for box jumps
    - texas deadlift bar and couple of standard barbells

    where's your log gone man training going okay?
     
  5. Riley

    Riley Well-Known Member

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    Sounds good like a good setup, one day if I have the room and ever have kids I might get a similar setup to make training a bit easier.

    Training is pretty good, really hypertrophy focused stuff though, doesn't make for the most interesting log haha

    Be good to see how much you can add to you lifts over the next year or so, if you can stay injury free should add a lot I would think.
     
  6. shreko

    shreko Well-Known Member

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    In on this [MENTION=1939]benn[/MENTION] will be following closely. As [MENTION=2832]Riley[/MENTION] said if you stay injury free you should make some good increases I reckon.
    Have you tried your "slingshot" yet mate?
     
  7. tbone

    tbone Still benching..

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    Following this mate. I hear you re: the dieting (and as you know I haven't even competed).
    Keen to follow your progress and learn a thing or two, as I might compete in PL one day myself.
     
  8. brasheye

    brasheye ( ͡° ͜ ʖ ͡°)

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    in for this one brother.
     
  9. Venkman

    Venkman Well-Known Member

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    Will be following!
     
  10. VanMan

    VanMan Secret Squirrel

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    the vids are back woo hoo
    you can do this mate just a walk in the park for someone with with your dedication and motivation
     
  11. benn

    benn living the dream ;)

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    Yeah fair enough man unless you're posting updated pics bit hard to follow progress in a bb log glad it's going good for you though man :). Man I think id find it hard to go back to a commercial gym training at your own place just takes away a lot of the stress I know I won't have to wait for a squat rack or bench and feel like I need to be out of the way in a certain period of time.
    Thanks mate I tried it yesterday honesty didn't like it one bit I am very specific how I set up for bench and couldn't get myself stabilised to unrack properly can see how it overloads but not my cup of tea haha.
    Shit yeah bro!
    Awesome cheers man!
    Thanks brother will try to keep the odd vid going
    up appreciate the kind words don't know about a walk in the park but keen to put the work in and see where I go with it.
     
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  12. shreko

    shreko Well-Known Member

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    Fair enough mate, I love mine but everyone's different. I see Harris have brought out their version called "recoil" aswell. So there's a few types out there now.
    Keen to see how things progress mate.
     
  13. pills

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    Should come and hit up some sessions at my mates place [MENTION=1939]benn[/MENTION] he's good for picking out technique stuff, even though he's an equipped lifter
     
  14. benn

    benn living the dream ;)

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    Sorry man somehow missed your comment! Thanks dude from the pics I've seen of you, you wouldn't need to change much to get on stage so no doubt you've felt the joys of dieting haha don't know if there's much you could learn off me but thanks for following along should be some fun!

    Haha damn everyone is getting in on it mark bell will be loving that - I don't know I might have got a size too small but it just felt super awkward might give it a go another day and might work better.
    Mate would def be interested I like training solo but always good to have a session with a few, what time do you train there?



    Weight - 86kg

    Good session today had a shocker yesterday missed 150 squat and dropped it on my spotter bars bent them awful so gonna be getting a new power rack since I was overdue for an upgrade anyhow.

    Squats today:
    60x5
    80x3
    100x3
    Add sleeves
    120x3
    130x1x2
    140x1
    Add belt
    150x3
    160x2
    170x1

    The 170 was slow but felt good first time in months using belt and sleeves so was good to see where I was at, going to leave 170 as my training max and keep rolling with prilepins seems to be working well now.

    Bench
    60x5
    70x1
    80x1
    87.5x6x4
     
  15. pills

    pills Active Member

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    I'm there every weekend, rotate through squat, bench, dead max efforts each week
     
  16. Riley

    Riley Well-Known Member

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    Solid squats man. Good training max to build on.
     
  17. benn

    benn living the dream ;)

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    pm'd brah

    cheers mann widened stance a bit so think I should be able to push to some new weights in a few months

    vid from the skwattss

    [ame]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVqq8Ui3o58&feature=youtu.be[/ame]
     
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  18. Venkman

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    In for more Iron Maiden
     
  19. MRSA

    MRSA $'+--_"'van¤©®damme_@$§ Staff Member

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    checking in reg. to watch the beard GROW

    along with the rest of you ;)
     
  20. Sly

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    [MENTION=1939]benn[/MENTION] how do you find the stance for your deads? Did you take this stance when prepping for bodybuilding or did you approach with a traditional stance
     
  21. benn

    benn living the dream ;)

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    Fk yeah bro up the irons been listening to them since I was 12 seen them in 2011 always amp me up at the gym

    Thanks man keen for some good beard gainz this year hopefully strength can follow suit.

    Sumo stance is good man it takes a lot of pressure off the lower back which is why I like it can train with it multiple times a week with better recovery. More glute/hips dominant then back I used it for bb too but I think conventional stance is important too so good to incorporate both.

    Morning weight 85.9

    Deads (conventional beltless)

    60x5
    100x3
    140x3
    160x4x4

    Bench
    60x5
    80x3
    92.5x6x4

    Few Pull-ups and curls happy days
     

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