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    (Original post by Piggsil)
    You thinking of starting with weightlifting?
    Not really, I don't think I could ever devote the time required to learn the lifts properly. I just do whatever's fun at the time.
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    Good session tonight.

    Squats:

    137.5 x 5/5/5

    Last set was the hardest because some of my reps were done really bad, which took a lot out of me to correct.

    Press:

    60 x 8/6/6

    Was hoping for a little more on the second and third set, but at least I now know that I'm quite weak at doing multiple sets of higher reps so it's something to work towards.

    Power snatch:

    up to 70 x f/1

    Really pleased with this. Form felt much better tonight. Making much better use of the hips, and tomorrow I will also probably find the bruises to prove it. Still need to work on upper back set up and tightness, though.

    Then home.
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    Just a quick session tonight. Got in far later than I was hoping for so didn't have much time.

    Deadlifts:

    175 x 5

    Not too bad. Grip slipping on the last rep though, but not as hard as last time. Really wanted to deadlift as recently I've felt my deadlift go off-track a little bit.

    Then did some power snatching, from the hang, and nothing heavy, as I everything else I wanted to do was taken and I didn't have time to wait. Then went home.
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    would doing power lifts only ie. squats, deadlifts, bench press, pullups build the most mass all round?

    im going to take a new approach to my workouts and do more of the above.
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    Subscribed in case you switch things up and go for a takeaway or to meet a friend or something after one of your workouts.
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    Home. Always home. Then home.
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    And stretching. Some stretching then home.
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    Something could come up!
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    Okay session tonight.

    Pause squats [2s]

    up to 150 x 1

    Difficult.

    Press:

    60 x 5/5/5/5/5

    Quite difficult actually. More difficult than I was expecting, although a lot of the reps ended up going way out in front of me, which makes it much harder.

    Power snatch:

    65 x 1
    67.5 x f/f

    Meh, couldn't pull it hard enough.

    Pull ups:

    bodyweight x 3/3/3/4

    Shorter rest periods.

    Then home.
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    Slightly below average session tonight.

    Squats:

    140 x 5/5/5

    Very difficult, pleased I got them all.

    Bench press:

    100 x f

    So close again. Failed at the midpoint. So ****ing close.

    Then did some dumbbell benching but that didn't go so well. I got the 26s for 8 and stopped there because it was still meant to be a warm-up, then tried the 32s but didn't get many reps.

    Skull crushers:

    bar + 15 x 8/7/6

    Harder with this bar than my favourite one.

    Then home.
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    Good session tonight.

    Pause squats [2s]:

    130 x 5

    Quite hard actually.

    Press:

    62.5 x 5/5/5/5/5

    Quite hard again, but much less leaning back than last time.

    Power snatch:

    70 x 1
    72 x f

    Had to stop as my pubic bone was begging for mercy. Pleased to match my PR and almost got the 72. Need to focus on diving under the bar.

    Pull ups:

    bodyweight x 4/4/4/3

    Quite an improvement on last time.

    Then went home.
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    Strong press ! How long did it take you to get there? And how did you get there? Have you ever plateaued etc...
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    (Original post by CrispyLips)
    Strong press ! How long did it take you to get there? And how did you get there? Have you ever plateaued etc...
    Haven't really progressed in about a year on the press.

    I found that nothing else really transferred all that well other than pressing, and doing lots of it. It's quite a slow lift to progress so expect lots of plateaus. Just keep going at it and don't be afraid to take 1 step backwards if it will lead to 2 steps forward. For example, even if you can only increase your sets of 5 by 2.5kg a month, that's still 30kg a year.
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    Good session tonight. Had to wait ages for a bar and rack.

    Squats:

    142 x 5/5/5

    Last set was very hard.

    Bench press:

    80 x 5/5/5/5/5

    Fairly straight forward. Not done any bench volume in ages so I'm going to stick at it.

    Barbell rows:

    80 x 6/6/6/6

    Again not too difficult.

    Then did some face pulls with the band for a few sets of 20.

    Then home.
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    Decent enough session tonight.

    Pause squat [2s]:

    152.5 x 1

    Hard.

    Press:

    65 x 5/5/5/5/5

    Very hard.

    Power snatch:

    60 x 3

    Then stopped because, again, my pubic bone was hurting.

    Never did anything else after that as I wanted home. So went home.
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    Decent session tonight.

    Front squats:

    up to 130 x 1

    Very hard.

    Bench press:

    82.5 x 5/5/5/5/5

    Most were okay but last rep of last set hard.

    Barbell rows:

    82.5 x 6/6/6/6

    Okay.

    Then went home.
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    Good, but very difficult session tonight.

    Squats:

    144 x 5/5/5

    Really difficult.

    Press:

    67 x 3

    Disaster, but strangely not all that disappointed. I think I knew I was knackered after the squats.

    Deadlifts:

    180 x 5

    Very difficult. But at the moment I still have plenty of room to manoeuvre by adding a belt, mixed grip and taking off the shoes which would reduce an inch of the pull.

    Seated dumbbell bench press:

    20s x 10/10/10/10/10

    Not difficult, just did them to get some shoulder volume in.

    Chins:

    bodyweight x 5/5/1

    Short rest periods. Quite difficult.

    Then home.
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    Decent enough session tonight. Gym very busy, full of freshers.

    Pause squat [2s]:

    132.5 x 5

    Very hard. Had to use the girls bar, which makes things harder.

    Dumbbell bench press:

    30s x 9/7/5

    First set okay but strength quickly dropped off. Disappointed.

    Barbell rows:

    85 x 5/5/5/5

    Easy enough.

    Pull ups:

    bodyweight x 4/3/3/2

    Lats were tired after rows.

    Then went home.
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    Okay session tonight.

    Squats:

    147.5 x 5

    Going to start doing the Texas Method for squats. From experience, the 5x5s help keep my form tight when it otherwise deteriorates when doing 3x5 as heavy as possible multiple times per week, and also interferes less with other lifts.

    Bench press:

    85 x 5/5/5/5/3

    Disappointed about the last set but didn't have much in me. Might try the Madcows progression for the bench and press soon, we'll see.

    Barbell rows:

    87.5 x 6/6/6/6

    A little bit sloppier than last time.

    Pull ups:

    bodyweight x 3/3/3/3/3

    Lats tired from the rows so did a lot of sets. Not much rest between either.

    Then home.
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    Good session tonight.

    Squats:

    130 x 5/5/5/5/5

    Routine, but doing 5 sets was quite tiring.

    Press:

    67 x 5/4/3
    50 x 9/7

    Meh. Not remaining tight enough upper-back wise and leaning too far back. Bar also feels heavy in my hands too. Did some back offs with 50 for volume and to practice better form.

    GHRs:

    bodyweight x 10/10/10

    Easy enough, although that may have been due to the pad placement.

    Hammer grip chins:

    bodyweight x 5/5/5

    Not too hard. Which is odd as I usually find these the hardest.

    Then did the seated row machine for 3 x 10.

    Then home.
 
 
 
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