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    1"? Hmm. That's a bit disappointing for sure. I took measurements after the first cycle of 5/3/1 and didn't lose or gain anything. Some measurements were ~1/4" different, but I chalk that up to human error.
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    I'm very meticulous with logging everything including measurements, how I feel, etc. I could see it and confirmed it with measuring; very disappointing. I will however give this routine its fair share and see what it has to offer and than afterwards evaluate and make adjustments in my next routine.

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    Well hopefully now that weights are getting heavy you will gain it back. I know in some of the madcow info i read on the net some suggest adding Curls as an assistant ex on friday. Thats how i have my program set up. The great thing about 5x5 is its compound so it hits a lil of everything but its not the end all. still need to throw in complimentary stuff just dont over do it. at least thats how i look at it
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    FEBRUARY 7, 2012

    DAY 23 - Tuesday

    BARBELL FRONT SQUAT
    5 x 162 Lbs
    5 x 202 Lbs
    5 x 242 Lbs
    5 x 282 Lbs
    5 x 322 Lbs
    1RM = 375.66 Lbs

    BARBELL BENCH PRESS
    5 x 127 Lbs
    5 x 157 Lbs
    5 x 187 Lbs
    5 x 217 Lbs
    5 x 247 Lbs
    1RM = 288.16 Lbs

    BARBELL BENT-OVER ROWS
    5 x 135 Lbs
    5 x 170 Lbs
    5 x 205 Lbs
    5 x 235 Lbs
    6 x 270 Lbs
    1RM = 315 Lbs

    - Squat; this is now getting hard. The 242 was difficult and the 282 was challenging but the 322 I really had to push. Still have more but I'm feeling it now. Since do Front Squats I am curious what I could do for Rear Squats. While I always end up with bad neck pain doing them, I may give it a go.
    - Bench; the last lift I found challenging but could have got 1 more. It it catching up now.
    - Rows; the 235 was challenging, the 270 was beyond challenging. After 2 I had to set it down to get the next one, set it down to get the next one and again set it down to get the last one. I didn't take any breaks but needed that momentum to get it up. Might be coming to the a peak here.

    - Didn't know what Pendlay Rows were so Google it and some videos. Looked awkward and even more so when tried it with my first set. I didn't like them being all hunched over like that; will stick to the Bent-Over-Rows. From watching the videos, for this type of rows it appears most people set it down and bring it back up; much like I did to finish my Bent-Over-Rows.
    - This is the start of the 6th week and things are getting difficult and challenging now. This plus 6 more weeks to go, will see what I can do.

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    Getting up there in the weights now. Glad to see it's finally pushing you some. I actually like Pendlay rows a little better. The bent over rows seems to put more strain on my quads/low back. And you're right about the movement. They are supposed to be explosive from the ground up. Not sure if this is video you saw, but it's straight from the man himself:


    And I need to do front squats. I've never actually tried them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deviation View Post
    And I need to do front squats. I've never actually tried them.
    I would stick with rear squats if you can do them; wish I could. Dang neck always gives me problems which I regret later; though I'm tempting to give some a go in the near future. What you will find is your will be able to lift a lot less with front squats than rear squats; not sure the poundage but it will be a fair bit. But they are definitely a good exercise and I enjoy them. I am finding now I am having to hold on to the weights now that I'm lifting 300+ each time. Normally I can just rest it on my shoulders/neck area while arms crossed but now that I have to really push to get the weight up, holding on is a must.

    I may look at buying some type of contraption to do the rear squats. I had tried some others unsuccessfully plus also just wrapping a towel but still had neck problems. More than likely this is just something I will always have a problem with due to crushed vertebra however I still have front squats to get by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by decu68 View Post
    I would stick with rear squats if you can do them; wish I could. Dang neck always gives me problems which I regret later; though I'm tempting to give some a go in the near future. What you will find is your will be able to lift a lot less with front squats than rear squats; not sure the poundage but it will be a fair bit. But they are definitely a good exercise and I enjoy them. I am finding now I am having to hold on to the weights now that I'm lifting 300+ each time. Normally I can just rest it on my shoulders/neck area while arms crossed but now that I have to really push to get the weight up, holding on is a must.
    It's more that I've never done them and want to try. I've wondered how people manage to hold the bar in front of the with heavy weights.

    I may look at buying some type of contraption to do the rear squats. I had tried some others unsuccessfully plus also just wrapping a towel but still had neck problems. More than likely this is just something I will always have a problem with due to crushed vertebra however I still have front squats to get by.
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    Nice; thanks.

    It's more that I've never done them and want to try. I've wondered how people manage to hold the bar in front of the with heavy weights.
    It is more a balancing act then anything else. If you don't have good posture and lean forward than the bar can become problems. Keep your back straight (as possible) keep the same range of motion. Like I said, most time you can balance the weight easily enough without holding on to it but in the larger weights it is always a good idea to hold on ... just in case. Give it a go and see how you like it. I would be interested to know the weight difference from rear to front. I should mention when first doing these you "may" experience some tenderness or bruising on the front of your shoulders from the bar/weight. I've been doing them for so long now I don't but when I take a break and come back, I do again.
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    FEBRUARY 8, 2012

    DAY 24 - Wednesday

    Skipping - 1500 reps; 18 minutes (83.3 per 60 seconds)

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    February 9, 2012

    DAY 25 - Thursday

    BARBELL FRONT SQUAT
    5 x 162 Lbs
    5 x 202 Lbs
    5 x 242 Lbs
    5 x 242 Lbs
    1RM = 282.33 Lbs

    BARBELL SHOULDER PRESS
    5 x 110 Lbs
    5 x 130 Lbs
    5 x 150 Lbs
    5 x 170 Lbs
    1RM = 198.33 Lbs

    BARBELL DEADLIFTS
    5 x 220 Lbs
    5 x 260 Lbs
    5 x 300 Lbs
    5 x 345 Lbs
    1RM = 402.5 Lbs

    - Squats; easy night so was good and needed break
    - Press; repeated last week and this time got the 5th on the last. It took EVERYTHING I had to get it but I did.
    - Deadlift; getting really hard now but looking forward to more weight.

    Dumbbell Concentrated Curls (per arm)
    20 x 44 Lbs
    15 x 54 Lbs
    10 x 64 Lbs
    5 x 74 Lbs
    1RM = 86.33 Lbs (per arm)

    Machine Standing Dips/Pushdowns
    20 x 150 Lbs
    15 x 180 Lbs
    10 x 200 Lbs
    1RM = 270 Lbs

    - Supplemented workout due to the loss of 1" on my arms
    - SURPRISED that have not lost too much for strength
    - Having hard time type this and eating omelet as arms can really feel it.
    - May do this once in a while to check progress however don't want to have this take away from my lifting. Perhaps this is common and that I will start in later weeks getting size back.

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