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TheKraken
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Join date: Dec 2011
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531 for Strongman, week 2, day 2 cycle 6
got to the gym feeling motivated, but not energized
DL
3 X 245
3 X 285
3 X 335 slow grinders
SSB Squats
3 x 175
3 x 225
3 x 245

wandered off the battlefield. I have eating like crap (happy holidays) and slowed my caffeine intake a lot (fuck that), but I got my working sets in and feel it in the posterior chain. Not every workout can be epic, I guess.

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TheKraken
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531 for Strongman, week 3, day 1 cycle 6
OHP
5 X 105
3 X 123
1 X 135 new PR! As pitiful as it might sound, I have been chasing this for sometime. A few years ago my shoulders used to pop out of joint in the middle of the night if I slept on it wrong. Now, I am a pressing nut.
Dick's Press
3 x 5 x 75
Lat Pulls (fat bar)
5 x 10 x 160
Incline Press (barbell)
3 x 5 ish x 85--its a start. My shoulders were pretty fatigued so I did not want to push my luck
Dips (slingshot)
3 x 5 energy fading fast here.

I skipped face pulls. I was running out of time.
Lesson for the week, don't try to cut down on caffeine mid-cycle, especially when pushing for the end of the year goals. I hit my OHP, Log C&P, and I am very close on my DL and Atlas stones. I have but my weight goal on hold to focus on my strength. This is only temporary and sort of a "I don't really want to control myself during the holidays, so lets call it a light bulking phase."

I am thinking about bringing benching and squatting back into my programming. Many of the guys in my gym are doing a powerlifting meet and it would be a good experience for me, but I like the strongman world and I am hesitant to switch focus mid stream.

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TheKraken
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531 for Strongman, week 3, day 1 cycle 6
DL
5 X 285
3 X 320
1 X 365 should have been 355, but I was pressed for time.
0 x 385 grrrrr I guess I can't PR everytime. I blame a stressful day, and irritating evening

My back has been acting up this week, and my knee has hurt all week. I stretched and PVC/foam rolled and straightened out my back enough to hit my working sets. I got out of work late, just to find out my wife is too lazy to help out and feed the animals. This made me 30+ minutes late getting the gym. In hindsight I probably should not have attempted a PR, but dedicates to front squats with the time I had left...but I kind'a thought I had it in me. The good part is I should be fresh for event day and I need some solid stone time--I have a gym-win to get.

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TheKraken
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531 for Strongman, week 3, day 3 cycle 6
Log clean and press
5 x 135
3 x 150
3 x 1 x 170
Atlas Stones
185, 195, 240, 250! PR, i missed this last time but I was pretty worn down. it came up slow, but it is mine
Yoke
2 x 100ft x 355 (drop and turn)
2 x 50ft x 445

My energy has been low all week, but my diet has been crap. The Master's class gym record for the Atlas stoen to 52 inches is 255. I'll break it in 13 days.

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TheKraken
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531 for Strongman, week 4, day 1 cycle 6--I decided to repeat the "3's" week so I could deload xmas week and gym-win
OHP
3 X 105
3 X 115
3 X 130
Dicks Press
3 x 5 x 75
Lat pulls (fat bar)
4 x 10 x 170
Incline press
3 x 165
3 x 185
3 x 195
face pulls
2 x 20ish x thick grey band
dips (slingshot)
3 x 5
kettlebell swings 52lbs

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TheKraken
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531 for Strongman, week 4, day 1 cycle 6--I decided to repeat the "3's" week so I could deload xmas week and gym-win
Deadlift
3 x 275
3 x 295
3 x 335 I was feeling good so...
1 x 365
1 x 385 10lb PR
1 x 405 a nice 30lb PR all in, and I hit my 2014 resolution. This came up smooth and felt quick. I was definitely "in the groove," and the gym was full of positive energy.

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twojarslave
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Join date: Apr 2014
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Nice work on the PR and closing out the year strong!

I'm getting intrigued by all of this strongman stuff. I think I've got the beard needed to have some success with it, but I lack access to much of the equipment.

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TheKraken
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twojarslave wrote:
Nice work on the PR and closing out the year strong!

I'm getting intrigued by all of this strongman stuff. I think I've got the beard needed to have some success with it, but I lack access to much of the equipment.


Thanks! It's been a big year for me. I really feel like I finally have the conventional deadlift figured out and that my PR's are more good technique than strength gains.

The strongman training is so much fun. I cant say enough good about this program, Kentucky 531 for strongman by Chase Karnes. It's the best parts of 531, but with the events I hit the posterior chain and OHP twice a week on a 3 day split. Also, the carry events make great conditioning/HITT work for weight loss (once the eggnog runs dry). Every week I look forward to "event day" and rush in to the gym like a kid on xmas morning. I lucked out, my gym is owned by a pro strongman so I have access to everything, and tremendous support and coaching.

FYI--Starting Strongman (website) has a map of Strongman friendly gyms, there are a few in Maine, or you can start making your own stuff. There is a lot of "how to" on the same site.

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TheKraken
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531 for Strongman, week 4, day 1 cycle 6--I decided to repeat the "3's" week so I could deload xmas week and gym-win
Log
3 x 120
3 x 140
1 x 160
3 x o x 180--just not committed to it
farmers
1 x 50ft x 140/hand
3 x 50ft x 160/per hand
Atlas Stones
3 x 185 to 52inches
1 x 3 x 155 to 58 inches

definitely time to deload. I came in motivated, but didn't have the "punch" to complete push events.

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