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PostSubject: Re: Beyond 1400: Kyle's Road to RUM VIII   Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:55 am

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Chris Anderson wrote:
How do i attain this

Three ways I see this happening:

(1) Remove vertebrae from spine (or else reduce relative & absolute torso length somehow)
(2) Move bar further down spine
(3) Move stance in

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PostSubject: Re: Beyond 1400: Kyle's Road to RUM VIII   Fri Sep 12, 2014 1:51 pm

Recent trainy:

Bench Press:
250x5x7

Squat:
505x1 in wraps
with reverse-bands, unwrapped:
455x5x2
470x5
480x5
490x5

Deadlift:
with reverse-bands, unwrapped:
600x1x6

Notes: As usual, I've been away and haven't logged. Quick cribs:

1.) Bench is feeling a bit better but I'm going to try heels-down again today. Smolov Jr. has yet to really "click" for me; minus my left tie-in, I'm feeling remarkably healthy. I will be spacing out the sessions a bit, and it'll go something like this: 265x4x8 today, 280x3x10 on Monday; 260x5x7 next Wednesday, 270x4x8 next Friday; 285x3x10 the following Monday. Rest until Saturday, then heavy singles' day.

2.) The single at 505 felt terrible and I just about went out on my feet the first time unracking it. But that was due to the fact that I was way too light for that session and hadn't eaten anything. The single itself wasn't awful and I probably had 10-15 lbs. left in me. I'll be taking a heavier single next week and I'm hoping to nail something in the range of 515-525.

Reverse bands felt much better, even though I was still pretty gassed from working and not sleeping well. 490x5 was 345 at the bottom and close to 490 at the top. I probably had ~515x5 in me for a max set, so that final set was about a RPE@8.

3.) For the deadlifts, the bands took off ~140 at the bottom and nothing at the top. All the singles felt pretty easy, though they did move slow. My last deadlift session for this cycle is on Sunday, and I'll be pulling somewhere in the range of 630-640 for three singles.

Everything's coming together for me to test out above the 1405-lb. total I hit at RUM. My goal is somewhere in the 1425-1450 range, which would mean a minimum of a 515 squat, 330 bench press, and 580 deadlift.

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PostSubject: Re: Beyond 1400: Kyle's Road to RUM VIII   Fri Sep 12, 2014 3:03 pm

If I can be frank, some of this looks pretty reckless, especially that 505 squat. Is there a reason you're testing five months out?

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PostSubject: Re: Beyond 1400: Kyle's Road to RUM VIII   Fri Sep 12, 2014 3:06 pm

Yep, doing a meet in two weeks now.
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PostSubject: Re: Beyond 1400: Kyle's Road to RUM VIII   Fri Sep 12, 2014 4:59 pm

Well things suddenly seem less reckless! Which meet?

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PostSubject: Re: Beyond 1400: Kyle's Road to RUM VIII   Fri Sep 12, 2014 5:30 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Beyond 1400: Kyle's Road to RUM VIII   Fri Sep 12, 2014 5:53 pm

I'm doing the SPF meet (lol, I guess that IS reckless) in Sioux City. About a month ago I just felt extremely dispassionate about my training, like I was going through the motions, and I needed something to get me motivated. I figured this one would be a nice distance from RUM, and I could do it without putting a ton of pressure on myself. Training for it has been nice and even if I don't perform spectacularly, it'll be nice to do something. I've kept it on the down low until recently because I really didn't want to place too much importance on it and end up stressing myself out.

Anyway, that will probably explain the smolov, the heavy wrapped singles, the heavy deadlifting, etc. After this it'll be block periodization for RUM.
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PostSubject: Re: Beyond 1400: Kyle's Road to RUM VIII   Sat Sep 13, 2014 2:18 am

Just get some good lifts in, get an unwrapped total, and see where you're at. Above all, stay safe.

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PostSubject: Re: Beyond 1400: Kyle's Road to RUM VIII   Sat Sep 13, 2014 3:20 am

Sounds like you've made your decision if you're doing an SPF meet. Dis gone b gud.
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PostSubject: Re: Beyond 1400: Kyle's Road to RUM VIII   Sat Sep 13, 2014 1:32 pm

I'm actually doing this SPF meet natty, lol, but the decision has been made for next Feb. This one will be in wraps (my last, at least for a little while). And I'm going to try to sneak into the unwrapped day on RUM without an unwrapped total. If Eric doesn't allow it, I'll be doing USAPL on Oct. whatever and tokening the 1184, which I guess will mean opening at something like 375-290-520 and calling it a day.

That's the plan, anyway.
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PostSubject: Re: Beyond 1400: Kyle's Road to RUM VIII   Sat Sep 13, 2014 1:34 pm

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Just get some good lifts in, get an unwrapped total, and see where you're at. Above all, stay safe.

Yeah--pec got strained on my last smolov session so my high-frequency benching has been shut down. It was sad, because it was really starting to click and I was feeling good about maybe going 340 at this meet, but I'm going to have to take a step back now. This meet is for fun and the big one's in Feb, so I'm not going to take much of a gamble with it.
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PostSubject: Re: Beyond 1400: Kyle's Road to RUM VIII   Sat Sep 13, 2014 4:05 pm

Shit, I would say anything above 92% would be an unnecessary risk, really. There are some risks you have to take (high freq lifting and doing a somewhat unplanned meet) and some you don't (going all-out for, all things considered, a a meaningless total).

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PostSubject: Re: Beyond 1400: Kyle's Road to RUM VIII   Sat Sep 13, 2014 8:38 pm

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Shit, I would say anything above 92% would be an unnecessary risk, really. There are some risks you have to take (high freq lifting and doing a somewhat unplanned meet) and some you don't (going all-out for, all things considered, a a meaningless total).

Yeah--I'll see how I feel on meet day and just go by feel. I'd like to hit a PR total but I'll pack it in if I'm not feeling good. My hope was to try and retake #1 with 1450, but if I have to scale back my bench expectations I don't think it'll be there.
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PostSubject: Re: Beyond 1400: Kyle's Road to RUM VIII   Sat Sep 13, 2014 10:29 pm

Will this not be unwrapped to get a total for RUM?

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PostSubject: Re: Beyond 1400: Kyle's Road to RUM VIII   Sat Sep 13, 2014 11:29 pm

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Will this not be unwrapped to get a total for RUM?

Nah, I'm doing it wrapped. I'm currently trying to find out from Eric if I'll have to log an unwrapped total to switch days. If so, I'll go head up to the USAPL meet in Oct. and put together the lifts.
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PostSubject: Re: Beyond 1400: Kyle's Road to RUM VIII   Sun Sep 14, 2014 12:41 am

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Nah, I'm doing it wrapped. I'm currently trying to find out from Eric if I'll have to log an unwrapped total to switch days. If so, I'll go head up to the USAPL meet in Oct. and put together the lifts.

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If so, I'll go head up to the USAPL meet in Oct. and put together the lifts.

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If so, I'll go head up to the USAPL meet

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PostSubject: Re: Beyond 1400: Kyle's Road to RUM VIII   Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:12 am

It's okay, I deserve it. Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Beyond 1400: Kyle's Road to RUM VIII   Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:15 am

Looking forward to my first-ever 3-for-3 total though!

...Actually, I'd probably take my other warm-ups as attempts just so I didn't have to load them myself. Something like 315-345-375 on squat, 230-260-290 on bench, and 405-465-520 on deadlift.
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PostSubject: Re: Beyond 1400: Kyle's Road to RUM VIII   Sun Sep 14, 2014 11:09 am

Tate and Wendler would be proud.

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PostSubject: Re: Beyond 1400: Kyle's Road to RUM VIII   Tue Sep 16, 2014 10:03 pm

When did I last log? I'm guessing I missed this:

Reverse-Band Squats, 500x4x4, 525x4 (top set was 340 at bottom, 480 at top).

Reverse-Band Deadlifts, 595x1, 620x1, 640x1 (top set was 515 at bottom, ~640 at top).

Notes: This completed one of my best weeks of training in a while. Though my gimpy pec made me shut smolov down, it's feeling really good now and I think I'll be all healed by Friday. Even though I won't see the spike in my bench from completing the program, I feel pretty good about my bench strength now. My squat's feeling better, and I'm progressively adding to the reverse-band work, though I've kept the exertion down thus far. Deadlifts felt as good as they have in a few weeks and I think I probably was capable of ~670 on that last session.

Tomorrow I squat in wraps, and the plan is to work up to my heaviest single of the training cycle. After that, I do some bench work on Friday, do my second squat session on Saturday, and then come back the following Tuesday to work up to a perceived second attempt in the squat and bench. Yay.
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PostSubject: Re: Beyond 1400: Kyle's Road to RUM VIII   Tue Sep 16, 2014 10:30 pm

You are going over 510 tomorrow?
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PostSubject: Re: Beyond 1400: Kyle's Road to RUM VIII   Wed Sep 17, 2014 6:47 am

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You are going over 510 tomorrow?

No preset weight; just going to play it by feel. I'm hoping for a single with about the same difficulty as 505 last week, but I'm also hoping that I'm in a bit better situation--and am feeling a lot better--for training.
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PostSubject: Re: Beyond 1400: Kyle's Road to RUM VIII   Sat Sep 20, 2014 7:56 pm

Gotta log the last few days:

Squats:
505x0 in wraps
445x3x3 with lighter reverse bands (100 lbs. at bottom), then 465x3 and 485x3.

Bench Press:
285x3x2, 295x3, 305x3 PR

Notes: Mostly very good work over the last few days. The one hiccup was wrapped squatting, in which I pretty inexplicably missed 505. After taking a couple of days to think it over, my thinking is that the 3m wraps might just be too much, because I feel like they're standing me up and forcing all my weight back; I can't come forward at all and I can't grind out any squats. I'm going to go back to the 2.5m Lilliebridge wraps, because even though they're less stiff, I can at least force my knees forward into them a bit better. Based on how the wrapped numbers have been all this cycle, there's really no reason for a 505 miss besides an off day and a technique screw up; I've got one more wrapped session on Tuesday, and I'll use that day to get a gauge for where I'm at. I'm pretty sure it'll be a conservative second squat of ~500 at this meet, because I can add a decent amount to my push-pull total.

Otherwise, everything was good. 485x3 with reverse bands felt good, especially since it was about 380 at the bottom and mid-400s at the top. These were way harder when I was doing them a year ago (my 1RM then was 515 with the same bands) so something has to be going OK. Squat's definitely going the worst of the three lifts, and even then I've consistently been pretty strong in prep, so I should be strong enough to hit a decent number.

Bench felt great--305x3 was done without a hand-off and with my butt planted firmly on the bench. My pec is still unhappy, but it's gone down a lot, and hopefully by the meet it's feeling close to 100%. I don't feel quite as strong as when I benched 340, but I'm really close now. My bench attempts will very likely end up being 305-320-330; I'll take a small meet PR on the second and hit the target of 330 on the third. I will be a bit conservative at this one due to the injury, and also due to the fact that I want to build towards RUM with a solid number and not gamble too much on these lifts. If I did something like 510-330-580 and got me a 1420 on a nine-for-nine, I would be very satisfied.
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PostSubject: Re: Beyond 1400: Kyle's Road to RUM VIII   Sun Sep 21, 2014 11:03 pm

Reverse-Band Squats, lighter reverse bands (100 lbs. at bottom)
500x2, 510x2, 520x2

Notes: Best reverse-band squat session of this meso. Squat's really feeling great, and I did a good job hitting depth and dropping fast into the hole on these.

I have one more squat/bench session, on Tuesday. The plan is to take 305/320 on bench and 465/500 on squat.
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PostSubject: Re: Beyond 1400: Kyle's Road to RUM VIII   Mon Sep 22, 2014 11:30 am

I hope you make me eat my words, but idk about going for 500 Tuesday unless you need it psychologically
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