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BobFather5
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FABULOUS! OUTSTANDING! And about every other thing you could say, she is kicking ass! Alright Synergy, I have ZERO Explosion and if that is what it can do for you, I need to learn it! Obviously can get hints and tips and training advice on this site, but really would love to get to the land of 10000 lakes to see it first hand!

CWG has worked her ass off and should be very proud!

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Hoejer
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Phenomenal progress. How long between pictures, and what about diet changes?

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Serge A. Storms
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Damn. Impressive, awesome work!

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howie424
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BobFather5 wrote:
FABULOUS! OUTSTANDING! And about every other thing you could say, she is kicking ass! Alright Synergy, I have ZERO Explosion and if that is what it can do for you, I need to learn it! Obviously can get hints and tips and training advice on this site, but really would love to get to the land of 10000 lakes to see it first hand!

CWG has worked her ass off and should be very proud!


Bob, if you make that trip to Minnesota I will definitely be driving there as well to lift and throw with you. I mean, obviously I want to train with all of the guys, lol, but throwing with you would be great.

Only 4 hours away from Synergy's neck of the woods!

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John Schlecht
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Snatch vid from today.

First, it's a VERY light weight for me, but it's the same weight I did in a couple of other previous vids, so I wanted to compare.

It felt VERY good and the visual speed of the movement looks faster than the previous ones.

However, because it's a light weight, the bar still gets away from my body and dropping into the catch position is actually more difficult. But, I'm not concerned with that today. Just wanted to compare how they felt and how much faster the bar speed was.

Here you go....


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John Schlecht
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I also had an easier time getting into the start position, but I have a long way to go until it feels comfortable and allows me the chance to do a successful rep. Been working very hard at all aspects since my trip to HQ last week. Feeling more comfortable and confident with every passing day!

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corstijeir
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Very fast my friend, very fast. Great work lately!( not that you don't normally do great work )

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Mike Flanagan
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man. I can't see on my iPhone. ugh

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PB Andy
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I would say:

1) keep the arms loose, don't bend them

2) start position is good, but puff your chest out so your upper back is tight

3) lift the bar from the floor with the legs only until it is above knee/mid-thigh area. the torso will naturally shift upwards a bit as you extend the bar past the knees. this is fine.

4) snap/pop the hips up

nice work regardless

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PB Andy
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oh and 5) get some solid oly shoes. :)

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John Schlecht
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PB Andy wrote:
I would say:

Thank you for the feedback. I appreciate your input

1) keep the arms loose, don't bend them
--When I was in CO training with CT, he had me externally rotate my arms and "bend the bar" around my body when in the start position. I was trying to do this with this rep as well. I learned that it is easier when the bar is on block/benches versus starting from the floor.

2) start position is good, but puff your chest out so your upper back is tight
*I'm trying! It's still difficult for me to get in a comfortable and proper start position when doing the full lift, starting from the floor. My thoracic mobility isn't very good, so attaining and maintaining a flat and tight upper back position at the start is difficult, but getting better. Another reason I'm "bending the bar" around my body just before the initial pull

3) lift the bar from the floor with the legs only until it is above knee/mid-thigh area. the torso will naturally shift upwards a bit as you extend the bar past the knees. this is fine.
--Definitely agree. Still working on the initial leg drive. I think once I'm able to get into a better start position, this will become easier. Plus, the weight is so light, using maximum leg drive off the floor isn't "necessary" but that doesn't mean I shouldn't be focusing on it

4) snap/pop the hips up
--I felt this exact thing after the rep. I exploded my hips more forward than up. I do a better job exploding up when the load is higher

Thanks again for your comments. I'm always looking for ways to improve and your input is very valuable.



nice work regardless

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John Schlecht
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Thank you for the feedback. I appreciate your input

1) keep the arms loose, don't bend them

--When I was in CO training with CT, he had me externally rotate my arms and "bend the bar" around my body when in the start position. I was trying to do this with this rep as well. I learned that it is easier when the bar is on block/benches versus starting from the floor.

2) start position is good, but puff your chest out so your upper back is tight

*I'm trying! It's still difficult for me to get in a comfortable and proper start position when doing the full lift, starting from the floor. My thoracic mobility isn't very good, so attaining and maintaining a flat and tight upper back position at the start is difficult, but getting better. Another reason I'm "bending the bar" around my body just before the initial pull

3) lift the bar from the floor with the legs only until it is above knee/mid-thigh area. the torso will naturally shift upwards a bit as you extend the bar past the knees. this is fine.

--Definitely agree. Still working on the initial leg drive. I think once I'm able to get into a better start position, this will become easier. Plus, the weight is so light, using maximum leg drive off the floor isn't "necessary" but that doesn't mean I shouldn't be focusing on it

4) snap/pop the hips up

--I felt this exact thing after the rep. I exploded my hips more forward than up. I do a better job exploding up when the load is higher

Thanks again for your comments. I'm always looking for ways to improve and your input is very valuable.


Definitely need to get some Oly shoes!

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Mike Flanagan
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definetly learned from watching vid and reading above comments. using the the pause button thru out the video was very informative (i would not have seen the arm bend). are you going to post one from the blocks soon? please do! it will be interesting to compare as well. thanx again SYN

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coolusername
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Synergy, love the videos! Would you consider outlining your current training for this show? I'm interested in the differences from your last prep and the training you shared in the bodybuilding forum thread.

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John Schlecht
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Wasn't going to, but decided to throw a couple pics up. You guys have seen enough of me lately!

Here you go....be nice!

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John Schlecht
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One more....

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John Schlecht
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285 and have leaned up a ton since going to CO with ZERO change to my diet.

A couple observations....

1. I've always felt that "jump training" was one of the best calf builders. I have done ZERO direct calf work in recent years.

Measured them today....they've grown exactly 1 inch since I started the daily jumps. I also believe the things I did in CO have contributed as well.

Also stood under the hoop today and dunked. Haven't tried to dunk in a long time, but the last time I could was when I was doing a ton of olympic lifting a number of years ago.

My goal is to do a 360 dunk one of these days, but not until I accomplish a few other things first. Not worth the injury risk

2. Chest measurement has increased just over an inch, but it's NOT my chest that has grown....it's my lats and back. Insane growth for such a short amount of time. I didn't measure before I went to CO, but I would feel very confident saying it's been in the last two weeks.

3. However, I did go tanning the day before I left for CO. I didn't really fit in the bed width-wise then, but I literally could not fit in the bed today. I had to rest my arms on my body.

I'm pretty sure the bed size hasn't changed. Same exact bed. I was smiling like a fool while tanning :)



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StandTall
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synergy wrote:
285 and have leaned up a ton since going to CO with ZERO change to my diet.

A couple observations....

1. I've always felt that "jump training" was one of the best calf builders. I have done ZERO direct calf work in recent years.

Measured them today....they've grown exactly 1 inch since I started the daily jumps. I also believe the things I did in CO have contributed as well.

Also stood under the hoop today and dunked. Haven't tried to dunk in a long time, but the last time I could was when I was doing a ton of olympic lifting a number of years ago.

My goal is to do a 360 dunk one of these days, but not until I accomplish a few other things first. Not worth the injury risk

2. Chest measurement has increased just over an inch, but it's NOT my chest that has grown....it's my lats and back. Insane growth for such a short amount of time. I didn't measure before I went to CO, but I would feel very confident saying it's been in the last two weeks.

3. However, I did go tanning the day before I left for CO. I didn't really fit in the bed width-wise then, but I literally could not fit in the bed today. I had to rest my arms on my body.

I'm pretty sure the bed size hasn't changed. Same exact bed. I was smiling like a fool while tanning :)




Looking incredible Synergy! Back is sick. Great work man. I've also experienced an explosion in my back size the last two weeks. Glad to see you are having the same experience at a much more advanced level. 280 and getting leaner, funny to read that you were at 255lbs at the beginning of this Indigo thing and going to diet down to 240, you are leaner now with 40 more lbs. Wow! Great work and thank you for sharing so much!

My dad lives in Mendota Heights, I usually visit him every few years, would love to come train sometime...

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iDrDan
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Looking real good at 8 weeks out! When compared to your back shot from 6-30-10 @ 255 lbs, you are obviously so much bigger while leaner. The traps and outer quads seem to have made the biggest improvements.

synergy wrote:
My goal is to do a 360 dunk one of these days, but not until I accomplish a few other things first. Not worth the injury risk


Video of that would go viral!

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Hip Scar
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Synergy - looking brutally huge and cut. I'm really impressed how you look compared to you last show photo I saw, you are going to rock this show.

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wallstrt
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Freakin awesome!!!

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drewmoore867
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synergy wrote:
Also stood under the hoop today and dunked. Haven't tried to dunk in a long time, but the last time I could was when I was doing a ton of olympic lifting a number of years ago.


That's just crazy at 285. You are looking monstrous!

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Lonnie123
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Awesome shot... The other competitors should be aware they are registering for 2nd place at this point.

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Jud68
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BEASTLY!!!! Awesome!!!!! It's been great following your progress!

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Chad Coy
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Check your pm.
Looking great!

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