Sasquatch on the gain train

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  1. Servo

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    Sasquatch you are just a large man. day you touch a weight you add 5 lbs of muscle. So much easier to get swole fast when you were born with the genes.
     
  2. SimplyXY

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    Sometimes with giant guys it's easier to think in percentages than pounds. I am not the strength training paragon the Sasquatch is, but I know that 5-10lb changes are easier to come by when that's only 2-3% of your bodyweight. In no way does that diminish any achievement, it's just a pound is different to a guy that's 6'6" and a guy that's 5'6".
     
  3. sasquatch

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    There are several tiny girls at my gym that are knocking the socks off of Wilks scores for hitting 3x bodyweight on deadlifts. 110lbs woman doing 315 or slightly more for an attempt. 200lb guy, roughly the average weight of a USAPL competitor, 3x bodyweight is 600. 3x my current bodyweight is almost 1000lbs. I believe Rudy has said once you get up to the higher numbers, it is a lot harder and longer to add more weight to the bar.

    I was hoping to have hit 405 for deadlift for a max at the end of December, and hit my last squat max of 315 for a double. After getting sick and not really bouncing back, I was just ready to restart the training cycle. At the beginning of this past training cycle I was well on my way to easily get the numbers I wanted until I got the head cold at Thanksgiving halfway through the training cycle. I was only sick for a few days, didn't really miss any training. When I started to not feel well, we just did a little bit of a deload that night, took about three or four days off, and came back with a reload week to continue the rest of the cycle but never caught back up to where my numbers were. One good thing is my strict overhead press number greatly increased along with shoulder strength. Also my bench is getting better with both arms going up at the same rate of speed. Once I was getting close to my max, my right arm would go up much slower than my left. We fixed that with dumbbell bench pressing. Much more stability in my arms and control on the way down. Still nothing impressive but much better than the cycle before last.
     
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  4. Winbot

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    Doesn't DL suffer the most from sickness though? If your CNS is still recovering you can't recruit it and go all-out.
     
  5. sasquatch

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    Being sick affected my squat the most. My deadlift was fine until I pulled a muscle in my left leg slipping on a wet floor mid-December.
     
  6. sasquatch

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    Next competition is February 25, and it is just a local meet. Officially started the training cycle last week, and it is going to be a short cycle. Instead of 2 weeks each of 3x10, 3x8, 3x6, 4x4, and 4x2, it will be only one week of each, except 2 weeks for 4x2. I will finish up the last week of 4x2 on February 17. Then February 20 and 21 is just going to be deload days where the weight is pretty much nothing just practicing the competition commands. Then compete February 25.

    Last week was the week of 3x10 and for the most part it sucked. I did have a great bench press session and had a new 10 rep PR, 165lbs. The next night I did squats and completely bombed out. Something was not right with me that night. We started at 220lb for 10, as that is 70% of my last 1 rep squat max of 315. As soon as I racked the bar after struggling through 10 reps, with alot of them pretty high, I had one hell of a nose bleed. A gusher. Never had a nose bleed from weightlifting. After I got it stopped. We dropped the weight drastically. I had to rack the bar after 8, take a minute, and went to unrack the bar for the last two and was a little dizzy. My trainer stopped me there. Tonight he admitted he was very worried about me that night as I have never had a night that bad. I'm not one of those that need encouragement to keep going on my sets. I unrack the bar and just go with it, roaring and growling if I have to to get through it. Then I finished the week off with deadlifts which went ok. No new 10 rep PRs but back on track.

    Tonight was the start of the week of 3x8. Much better night at squatting. Though the number was a bit lower than 220lb, I did get three perfect sets of 8 reps at 200lbs. Good form and depth spot on. Next week is 3x6 so I will be able to catch up quite a bit. Tomorrow night is bench, and we should be starting off at 175lbs for 3x8.

    Whatever had me off the last few weeks is hopefully done.
     
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  7. sasquatch

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    Tonight was bench press, and I did 175lb for 3x8, still right on track, maybe the funk I was in is over. I could have gone up in weight, but the bench I had to use tonight was not my normal bench. This one was a bit shorter and narrower. One my last set I had to rack the bar on after rep 6 to readjust myself. With the narrower bench I was not as stable. The bench I typically use was in use by a couple of guys who also compete. If they were non-competitors, I would have convinced them to move.

    Tomorrow night is a non-lifting night. I will deadlift Thursday and overhead press Friday.
     

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