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Re: Brett's Return Journal: Stronglifts 5x5 2016/11/24 03:21:06 (permalink)
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This week has just been phenomenally busy so I've not been able to post my sessions.
Fear not though, I still found time to pay tribute and honour the lifting gods. Updates below:
 
 
Week 7: Sat 19/11/16

Back Squats:
20x5, 40x3, 60x3, 80x3, 100x3
115kg 5/5/5/5/5

Bench:
20x5, 40x3, 60x3, 80x3
87.5kg 5/5/5/5/5

Pendlay Rows:
60x5
80kg 5/5/5/5/5

Dips:
BW 10/10/8
BB Curls:
40kg x10, 35kg x9, x7

Good sesh. Squats are really starting to get hard now. Last few sets have me pausing between the odd rep to catch my breath. Sciatica was minimal. Bench +5kg up on last workout. Smooth and solid.
 
Decided to can the pullups and replace with dips and curls. Pullups have not been moving up and if anything are going backwards as the bigger compounds get heavier. I've also managed to convince myself that my arms are getting smaller and less defined. Tris are getting hit hard during benches but biceps are only getting hit with pullups and then indirect stimulation through rows. As I said pullups just don't seem to cut it here no matter how strict I do them. Wanted to stick with compounds so dips were the order of the day followed by curls.
 
Why shouldn't I should be able to train the different muscle fibres for strength and size at the same time? Left the gym feeling so much better.
 
Following day DOMS in the upper back, legs and chest. Awesome.

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Re: Brett's Return Journal: Stronglifts 5x5 2016/11/24 06:01:54 (permalink)
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bro, just do cable pulldowns, neutral grip.  I also gave up on pullups.  Find it much easier to target the back with pulldowns and I  can overload like crazy.  I usually do a vertical pull on back day and a horizontal pull on bench day.  Seems to work pretty well for me.  GOod progress on the 5x5 btw
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Re: Brett's Return Journal: Stronglifts 5x5 2016/11/24 06:03:38 (permalink)
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Week 7: Tue 22/11/16
 
Back Squats:
20x5, 40x3, 60x3, 80x3, 100x3
117.5kg 5/5/5/5/5
 
OHP:
20x5, 40x3
60kg 5/5/5/5/5

Hex Deads:
75x5, 95x3, 115x3
125kg x5
 
Cycle 5min @ L8 = 2.7km
 
Pre-workout arrived today. Decided to give it a go.
 
Special attention to form in squats namely head position, wide stance, shoulders back and not going too far beyond parallel. The good news is that the sciatica barely kicked in. I think the key here is going below parallel to use the exercise to it's full advantage, but not so low as to induce the sciatica. In fact today it felt great. Set was taxing though, really had to push through the last few sets.
 
OHP next sesh will be from the rack. My clean and jerk form is sh1te and just begging to finish off my lifting career. Tough but made all five sets. Deads were 10kg+ on last sesh and felt ok.
 
As for the pre-workout, I am always weary of the placebo effect. It did appear that I had more energy today and was able to focus better. This was demonstrated doing the cycle where I just seemed to have heaps of energy after squats and deadlifts. All this after spending the day bent over weeding and the day before sanding door frames by hand. I will have to keep using this for a few weeks to see if it really does make a difference.
 
Thanks for reading. 

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Re: Brett's Return Journal: Stronglifts 5x5 2016/11/24 06:10:47 (permalink)
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bro, just do cable pulldowns, neutral grip.  I also gave up on pullups.  Find it much easier to target the back with pulldowns and I  can overload like crazy.  I usually do a vertical pull on back day and a horizontal pull on bench day.  Seems to work pretty well for me.  GOod progress on the 5x5 btw




Cheers bud! Next sesh I will break 120kg 5x5 and then I will be stronger in the squat than I have ever been. 
 
I think part of the reason that the pullups aren't working is the demand from squats and rows. Not wanting to overload the back any further I decided to stay away from and pulldown movement and just isolate the biceps, as I feel they aren't getting much at all.
 
Thanks for the suggestion though it is appreciated. 

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Re: Brett's Return Journal: Stronglifts 5x5 2016/11/24 13:07:45 (permalink)
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Good solid progressing bud, keep it going!
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Re: Brett's Return Journal: Stronglifts 5x5 2016/11/24 13:38:50 (permalink)
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Are you getting good results on the 5x5 mate, I've did a few in the past but not to your standards but I really enjoyed it, 9 weeks was my longest attempt ffs 😂

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Re: Brett's Return Journal: Stronglifts 5x5 2016/11/24 14:12:43 (permalink)
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Strong work Brett.  Good to hear that the sciatica is settling down and you are managing to press on unimpeded.  Breaking 120 5x5 will be a nice pb and I am sure there is more to come.  Always find pull-ups (for obvious reasons) go great guns when I am losing weight. Not so much when bodyweight is on the up.  Bit of direct arm work will keep you interested and dips should help the other presses.  Nice work.  
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Re: Brett's Return Journal: Stronglifts 5x5 2016/11/24 16:32:20 (permalink)
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TBH I've always felt Chins have been somewhat mixed in results. I always quickly hit a stauling point. LPDs have served me well for a while now.
 
When you go really low on the squat do your hips roll under, that could be hitting the trigger for the sciatica if avoinding that helps. Again, adopting this wider stance should help minimise the but winking when you go deep

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Re: Brett's Return Journal: Stronglifts 5x5 2016/11/25 12:18:01 (permalink)
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Good solid progressing bud, keep it going!


Cheers mate! Just gotta keep the food up and get some sleep.

GOVINDA
Are you getting good results on the 5x5 mate, I've did a few in the past but not to your standards but I really enjoyed it, 9 weeks was my longest attempt ffs 😂
 

Hi mate -yes I've always loved 5x5 however I've never given it a serious go until this time round. I'm just moving into week 8 now and things are definitely getting challenging, however some great advice on the board by very knowledgeable and strong chaps and some crazy lifts by same are helping to keep me motivated.  I fully intend to surpass all my previous PBs for the three big lifts and keep going. I think this routine will allow me to do it.

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Strong work Brett.  Good to hear that the sciatica is settling down and you are managing to press on unimpeded.  Breaking 120 5x5 will be a nice pb and I am sure there is more to come.  Always find pull-ups (for obvious reasons) go great guns when I am losing weight. Not so much when bodyweight is on the up.  Bit of direct arm work will keep you interested and dips should help the other presses.  Nice work.  


Cheers buddy! Race you to 130kg! 

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TBH I've always felt Chins have been somewhat mixed in results. I always quickly hit a stauling point. LPDs have served me well for a while now.
 
When you go really low on the squat do your hips roll under, that could be hitting the trigger for the sciatica if avoiding that helps. Again, adopting this wider stance should help minimise the but winking when you go deep


LPD = lat/cable pull downs yes? Badman was posting about them yesterday. I have used them in the past and no doubt will revisit these when I officially switch to bbing. Thanks for the tip!
 
Now my stance is wider there is definitely less 'butt wink', but you are spot on with diagnosis. Breaking parallel is fine but any lower seems to cause issues. I am only talking about 1-2 inches of ROM here but it makes a hell of a difference in terms of whether sciatica starts or not. Happy that I can get below parallel without the pain though. 

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Re: Brett's Return Journal: Stronglifts 5x5 2016/11/25 12:52:54 (permalink)☄ Helpfulby vanderlei 2017/05/20 18:28:04
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Got up at midday ready for night shift tonight. No breakfast - instead had a Wolfy inspired double black coffee, 2x tspn coconut oil *ack* and my new pre workout + whey. Coconut oil made me gag on the first spoon, so I just put the second in and thought of England.
 
I was in the gym squatting within an hour of waking. 
 
Week 7: Fri 25/11/16

Back Squats:
20x5, 40x3, 60x3, 80x3, 100x3
120kg 5/5/5/5/5

Bench:
20x5, 40x3, 60x3, 80x3
92.5kg 5/5/5/5/5

Pendlay Rows:
60x5, 80x3
82.5kg 5/5/5/5/5

Dips:
BW 10/10/9

BB Curls:
35kg 10/10/7
 
 
5x5 120kg was smooth and controlled. Definitely a PB as previous best was about 3x5 120kg. Now officially stronger on these than I have ever been. No sciatica today either. New goal here is to keep moving up to 130kg without stalling.
 
Bench was +5kg on last sesh. Difficult but manageable. Will add another 5kg next sesh and then back to 2.5kg increments before hitting the 100kg. At this point I started to feel a little sick and I could taste the pre workout again. Which is okay, as it's a pleasant lemon and lime flavour. 
 
Bashed through rows enjoying more lemony goodness. Exhaustion set in during rows, and was really knackered on dips and curls. I suspect this is due to lack of fuel ie. no breakfast.
 
Left the gym feeling drained but very happy knowing I put in 100% today with a new PB in my pocket.
 
Thanks for reading! 

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Re: Brett's Return Journal: Stronglifts 5x5 2016/11/25 12:58:03 (permalink)
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Impressive for such a prompt session after waking, normally takes a while for the body to reset after being laid flat for so long which tends to mean those things can be worse for back problems.

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Re: Brett's Return Journal: Stronglifts 5x5 2016/11/25 13:53:04 (permalink)
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Impressive for such a prompt session after waking, normally takes a while for the body to reset after being laid flat for so long which tends to mean those things can be worse for back problems.




Thanks mate! Normally I have brekkie and wait around for a few hours before training but nowadays I just don't have the time. I figured if it works for Wolfy then maybe it will work for me?
 
As I mentioned the lighter depth seems to help alot with the lower back so hopefully it won't become and issue.

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Re: Brett's Return Journal: Stronglifts 5x5 2016/11/25 19:06:12 (permalink)
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Awesome session there mate at such an early time, squatting is building very nicely!
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Re: Brett's Return Journal: Stronglifts 5x5 2016/11/26 10:29:06 (permalink)
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Awesome session there mate at such an early time, squatting is building very nicely!




Cheers bud! Even though it is peanuts compared to some of the other fellas on here I am very happy with it. 

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Re: Brett's Return Journal: Stronglifts 5x5 2016/11/26 10:52:53 (permalink)
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Well done on the PB mate
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Re: Brett's Return Journal: Stronglifts 5x5 2016/11/26 11:14:21 (permalink)
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Well done on the PB mate



Cheers bud! Many more to come in the next weeks! 

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Re: Brett's Return Journal: Stronglifts 5x5 2016/11/26 11:35:49 (permalink)
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nice pb.  I dread 5x5 workouts.  They get really heavy really fast.
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Re: Brett's Return Journal: Stronglifts 5x5 2016/11/26 14:43:23 (permalink)
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nice pb.  I dread 5x5 workouts.  They get really heavy really fast.




Thanks mate! I am looking forward to the punishment. 
 
Right now I'm itching to get back in on rest days.

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Re: Brett's Return Journal: Stronglifts 5x5 2016/11/26 15:08:34 (permalink)
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Just catching up mate (I have been reading but thought I wouldn't post 'cos I'm not training myself - logic there somewhere). Some good sessions buddy. Nice, consistent improvement
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Re: Brett's Return Journal: Stronglifts 5x5 2016/11/26 16:38:50 (permalink)
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Cheers Floydy! Feedback is always welcome bud, training or not. 

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