Eidolon's getting massive strong log

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  1. Eidolon

    Eidolon Bit Fatty

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    Right. I've decided I prefer being strong rather than being shredded.

    This log will track my novice PL journey. I'm old and fat, but having fun.

    Gym PRs are:
    S 210kg
    B 200kg
    D 200kg / 240kg (straps)

    On Wednesday I did:
    D 190kg x3 (1st time pulling since Feb)
    S 180kg x5 (did minimal squatting since Feb - around 2-3 lightweight sessions)

    Thursday:
    B 140kgx5x5

    Today:
    S 140kgx3x5
    D 175kgx5x3

    This was a form assessment/correction session with a PL coach. The main lesson I learned was that I wasn't shaving my shins closely enough, and that I will put on knee sleeves next time to protect the aforementioned area :(

    Goals are to get my squats to around 250kg and DL to 280-300kg. And as a bonus maybe bench 210. All in comp rather than meaningless gym bro numbers.
     
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  3. Eidolon

    Eidolon Bit Fatty

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    Stats are:
    1.78m
    147kg (dropping quickly after eating it all during my bench program)
    +45 and grey

    This is what I've got to work with (not flexing):

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    Vids might follow eventually, when I don't look like a complete idiot :D
     
  4. hardcore

    hardcore Well-Known Member AGJ Supporter

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    No singlet next time so i can accurately assess your progress :p
     
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    Eidolon Bit Fatty

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    The power belly adds +20 strength. I had a feeling you'd demand more, so I had this glute shot prepared:

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    You can assess it until I reach Kardashian status.
     
  6. chrismwpcs

    chrismwpcs Make it take it.

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    Tren hard and shred out ;) Bugger everyone. If you are happy the way you are thats all that matters. Us older blokes are allowed to flip the finger now. Will be following your journey as normal...
     
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    flow baked beans Connoisseur

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    What program you going to run? Those numbers look achievable.
     
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    Eidolon Bit Fatty

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    Still toying with that. Probably something simple like a 5/3/1 program alternating squats/deads and bench/press.

    Started off the week with 5x5's, but my right glute was very tight after Saturday's session. I could pull the bar off the ground doing deads, but it was impossible to get back down again, so I just dropped it from below the knee :D Also giving the hook grip a go, considering I haven't pulled in around 4 months.

    My traps are also sore, but in a good way. And I have a bit of pain in my left outer quad. Will see how she goes tonight on the squats.
     
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    hardcore Well-Known Member AGJ Supporter

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    She'll be right
     
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    Eidolon Bit Fatty

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    She was. Opened my legs a bit wider and zero pain.

    I also decided to drop the stupid hook grip idea. Aaaaaaaarrrrrr.
     
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    chrismwpcs Make it take it.

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    Do you need hook grip? All I see is torture...
     
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    Eidolon Bit Fatty

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    I don't need it, and probably won't ever go heavy enough that it would be of benefit, but I like the fact that it keeps your arms, chest and shoulders symmetrical. Also read that mixed grip is the reason for pec and bicep tears, but probably only for elite lifters.

    I've had some pec cramps from using a mixed grip, but that's probably because I've never really done deads :D
     
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    chrismwpcs Make it take it.

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    Funny you should say bicep. When they repaired my rotator they found the bicep long head tendon was damaged. I never had any discomfort or any weakness doing bicep curls so not sure where, when or how I damaged it. I use mixed grip with deadlifts as well...
     
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    hardcore Well-Known Member AGJ Supporter

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    That's what she said
     
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    Eidolon Bit Fatty

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    And push?
     
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    Eidolon Bit Fatty

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    This morning I done squats. Keeping it light while working on improved depth and form.

    2x 180kgx5
    1x 180kgx3 (vid)



    3x 200kgx3
    2x 220kgx2

    Then rack pulls up to 3x 240kgx5.

    Everything moved nice and easy, and I'm slowly feeling more confident under the bar. Hitting squats and deads three times a week takes its toll, but fortunately the other session are focused on volume rather than effort.
     
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    Let's get one thing straight my mobility is equivalent to a crowbar so take this with a grain of salt

    Work on your hip flexor and ankle mobility to help with your squat depth also do not discount shoulder mobility when it comes to squatting either
     
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    Thanks @countryboy. My shoulder mobility is way past redemption - I can only do high bar squats, and my hands are so wide on the bar that they touch the plates.

    Doing volume work for hip flexibility, and haven't squatted in months. Before that, it was also just an accessory movement, really - I was under the impression my knees would limit me to being a leg press hero. So part of the depth issue is mental, I think. As soon as I feel pressure on my knees, I get a bit panicky. Which would have been less of an issue if I could do low bar squats.

    Enough excuses though :) I'm slowly but surely going deeper, but don't think my arse will ever touch the ground :D Parallel will do for me. Also, once I get the basics sorted, I'll probably get a pair of oly shoes to help getting greens.

    Appreciate the input though. Please keep it coming.

    PS. Biggest accomplishment this week was that the bench press is now my weakest lift :)
     
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    Monday:
    Flat bench 5x5 @ 160kg
    Standing OHP: 3x8 @90kg
    Tricep pushdowns
    Hammercurls
    Wide-grip lat pulldowns

    Tuesday:
    Squats 5x5 @ 180kg
    Deads 3x3 @ 210kg
     
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    Eidolon Bit Fatty

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    Thursday:
    Squats 5x5 @ 180
    Deads - rack pulls up to 240kg 1 x 3

    Saturday:
    Squats 5x5 @ 180
    Deads - rack pulls up to 220kg 1x5

    Will probably rinse and repeat for the foreseeable future. Cementing form and strengthening supporting structures.
     
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    Eidolon Bit Fatty

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    Monday:

    Squats: Went up to 140kg for 3x10, then dropped to 100kg for 2x15 and 60kg for 2x30. Got quite sweaty, and my head was steaming :D I tried a wider stance, which seemed to improve my depth. Also less quad stiffness this morning, which I'm guessing is because the wider stance activates the glutes and hips better.

    Then did deadlifts up to 160kg for 5x3 reps after starting off with 70kg 2x20. and 120kg 2x10. I had nothing left in the tank at this stage, so called it a night.
     
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