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    Quote Originally Posted by mdzaudi View Post
    Yes, I always use a mixed grip. Bands actually might be a better choice for me.
    Bands are nice the only bad thing about them is that they hurt my wrists a lot. However I have small wrists so maybe that's why.

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    I found a deliciously paleo combination for lunch: Mix 3 almonds, 3 grapes, 1 blackberry (been getting bitter ones lately so this masks it a bit). Eat them all at once!

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    Thought yesterdays lift was going to suck but it turned out ok

    decline db bench

    11 @ 70
    10 @ 75
    8 @ 80

    Upright db Rows
    8 @ 70
    8 @ 75
    8 @ 80

    Decline Flys straight into DE db presses
    3X 7x7 @ 45

    Close Grip Lat pulldowns
    10 @ 157.5
    8 @ 162.5
    8 @ 162.5

    Reverse db Flys (back workout that i don't know the name of)
    3 x 10 @ 20lbs

    DE BB Bench

    18 @ 90
    14 @ 110
    12 @ 110 (chest was done for)
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    Bought Turkey bacon this week because they were out of my usual uncured traditional kind.
    How do you guys feel on Turkey vs. Traditional bacon?
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    Turkey bacon is an abomination...
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    Just doesn't taste the same to me. Nothing wrong with it I guess...probably has minimal fat content and if it's high in fat, the omega6/3 ratio is probably skewed.
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    I retract my question. I tried it last night and remembered that it tastes like complete dog-shit. Most likely going to throw the rest away because it's nearly inedible.

    Anyways, legs yesterday:

    Horiz. Sled
    12 @ 280
    10 @ 320
    8 @ 340

    Leg Curls
    10 @ 120
    8 @ 125
    6 @ 135

    Powersnatch, then rest bar behind neck, then a lunge on each leg. (These wore me out)
    3X 6 @ 80lbs

    Lower Back Extension
    2X 15 @ BW+25

    Leg Extenstions
    2X 10 @ 175

    Also, my Weight has been hovering between 172-174 lately
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    Turkey bacon=~15 ingredients ish
    Pork bacon=7? Maybe 5?

    Advantage; pork bacon :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by .Mad Hatter. View Post
    Turkey bacon=~15 ingredients ish
    Pork bacon=7? Maybe 5?

    Advantage; pork bacon :D
    Yeah, i'll never make the mistake again.. jesus it was painful.
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    I think I've had it once or twice in the last year and it's just not...right. haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by .Mad Hatter. View Post
    I think I've had it once or twice in the last year and it's just not...right. haha

    omg i tried to eat the last two slices this morning... ate one, threw the other out. NEVAR AGAIN
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    turkey bacon is horrible! tried it years ago and learned my lesson
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    Fell off the wagon a bit this week. Superbowl party and having monday off kinda threw things askew. Gotta get back with it and it's been almost a week since my last workout.
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    Back in action!

    Worked out again
    Have real bacon


    Not going to bother with numbers this weak because they are really just to get me back to where I was a week and a half ago.
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    Well I've got 2months of data on my weight and BF% now:

    Max wt
    176lbs

    Min wt
    167.4lbs

    Max BF
    15.1

    Min BF
    13.1

    Avg. Wt
    172.6lbs

    Avg BF
    14.3%

    Not a whole lot of fluctuation TBH
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    Think i figured out the grip issue a bit and it was only affecting me when I was using the smith machine for my deadlifts.

    Because I had to rotate the bar like 60 degrees everytime I pulled it off the rack, I was never able to secure my grip beforehand. Now i'm resting it on the ground prior and taking a good amount of time to set my grip. I'm using a slightly modified method of the video i think illusion posted in this thread earlier. Haven't hit any really heavy deads yet but i'm noticing no issues just below the 250 mark.
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    Well I have to work today so I took yesterday off to snowboard and it was rough considering I did a heavy legs day on wednesday. My legs were beat after 4 hours but I decided to throw up a nice video of one of the skiier's I was riding with throwing a backflip. I threw a few 360's and 180's but nothing this impressive.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/29585701@N08/6782402474/
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    Well thanks to fixing my grip issues, I decided to go for it today and will continue to push more now.

    Hit the deadlifts today

    10 @ 180
    4 @ 250
    1 @ 300 (PR)

    Not as impressive as some of you guys but i've never really pushed myself when it comes to deadlifts so progress is progress.



    Note how i've pretty much used every weight available haha.
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    Subtract at least 20lbs from that if you're using the smith machine...I would actually say closer to 35lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by .Mad Hatter. View Post
    Subtract at least 20lbs from that if you're using the smith machine...I would actually say closer to 35lbs.

    Why? Because its easier that I don't have to balance myself like i would with a freebar?
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    Typical dinner last night.



    Haven't hit the gym since Saturday thanks to a pesky cold thats been ruining my life for two nights now.
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    Well the cold I had was one of the worst i've had in 3-4 years. Took me out for 10 days.

    Weighed in at 175.8 last night (heaviest recorded weight of the year). Snapped a picture of myself and compared it to just 3 weeks earlier and i'm upset but there wasn't much I could do considering my workout routine's were destroyed for a week thanks to Tu being in town and 10 days for the cold.

    Anyways, its going to hit 70 degrees everyday this week so motivation is at an alltime high for the year to get into pool shape. I intend on diligently weighing myself and snapping photo's for the next 6 weeks or so and will ultimately have a good barometer for what 6 weeks of training can do. Might start doing some HIIT to my tuesdays or thursdays.
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    Quote Originally Posted by .Mad Hatter. View Post
    Subtract at least 20lbs from that if you're using the smith machine...I would actually say closer to 35lbs.
    Well because Geoff immediately belittled my last personal record thanks to it being on a smith machine, I decided to man up and use the free bar despite one of the collars being broken.

    Deads:

    10 @ 135lbs
    8 @ 225
    4 @ 275
    2 @ 295
    1 @ 315

    Wish I had a belt. I think i'd feel more comfortable pushing higher above 300lbs with one.

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    Dinner Tonight:

    Chicken, Steak, Calamari,
    Asparagus, Zucchini, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms,
    and of course a touch of sriracha.

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    FWIW collars aren't worthwhile for anything, except maybe the oly lifts. They're the only ones I might use them for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 94jedi View Post
    That's solid work, bud.
    thx man.

    Hoping to keep the momentum rolling but I got sick AGAIN over the weekend thx to no sleep for st. pattys day. I'm going to work out through this one but i've also gotta move this week too so I will probably be straining my body and prolong my recovery.
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    Did a bit of unique crosstraining yesterday. Had to move to the apartment above us and had to get 80lb leather couches up to the loft. Basically had to powerclean them, then my roomate took over, and I sprinted upstairs to the top of the loft to alleviate the weight from the roomy and pull them up.


    Crosstraining, right?
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    Aww thanks Tu.

    Yesterdays' lift:

    Sled:

    10 @ 300lbs
    8 @ 340
    6 @ 380

    Deads:

    10 @ 225
    4 @ 275
    4 @ 275

    Lunges

    3 x 8 @ 80lbs

    Leg Curls

    3 x 8 @ 100lbs

    Then did some calves and core stuff.

    Not a great day but not a bad one either.
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    Got sick again thanks to a 4:30am night friday and then a 6:00am night saturday. I'm a moron. Going to try to hit the weights today but i've still got congestion.
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    Well I have 2.5 more months of bodyweight and bodyfat data and it's shockingly consistent. Avg bodyfat remained the same and average weight dropped by 0.1 lb haha.

    I really want to drop my average bodyfat by 1/2 to a full 1% but I've been plagued by a sinus infection and mild food poisoning as of late.
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    Where the hell has everyone been? It's on the cusp of summer and outdoor activities when I figure everyone wants to look their best. Yet this place has been a graveyard for two weeks. Did everyone give up?
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    maybe we're all busy lifting?? lol
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    I've been lifting regularly as well but I've been busy with working on the car and don't have time to update my log.

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    Wow, somehow managed to eat 3lbs worth of food last night.

    Anyways, lost a bit on flat bench somehow and kept getting jacked on the equipment I was working on because I was doing super-sets and people were too oblivious.
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    Yesterday:

    Sled:

    10 @ 340lbs
    2 x 8 @ 360

    Leg curls

    3x10 @ 100

    Bulgarian split squats:

    8 @ 30lbs added
    8 @ 40
    8 @ 50

    Lower Back extension (extra effort not to swing and use my bodys' momentum):

    3 x 10 @ 35lbs

    Also calf raises and leg extensions.

    First time trying bulgarian split squats and I might switch between those and lunges just to keep it fresh.. Like I asked in the other thread, is there any advantage to one over the other?
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    My Paleo Jerky finally arrived and honestly I like it better than ANY of the jerky I can get at the grocery store. Each pack still is high in sodium (42% of daily) but each bag is also PACKED with protein (28g)

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    I've been absent a lot lately TBH, glad to see I was able to insight some motivation to hit the free weight deadlift. Great work on the PR.

    You mentioned something about a belt though. I would not use it because you are uncomfortable. You should be able to comfortably hit the heavy stuff without the belt. It is not a safety item, it is a training aid. Just make sure you don't get it to rely on it, get it to improve your lifts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdzaudi View Post
    My Paleo Jerky finally arrived and honestly I like it better than ANY of the jerky I can get at the grocery store. Each pack still is high in sodium (42% of daily) but each bag is also PACKED with protein (28g)

    Im so hungry right now and this looks so delicious. where did you buy it?
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