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« Reply #15 on: May 10, 2017, 02:24:12 pm »
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I think there's a difference between being cautious and being paranoid. Starting with safe weights is good, but too safe and you're just wasting time and getting zero (in my opinion) training benefits. I run the risk of offending you because I don't know your actual strength level but it seems to me that starting with a 55lb bench is kind of silly. Even when I started lifting as a skinny high school kid I started at like 95. Building up mechanics is good but your mechanics are going to subtly change to let you use your stronger muscles more once the weight gets higher. If people disagree with any of this please call me out.

That said I do respect your patience and taking you ego out of lifting. Practicing safe lifts is priority one.

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« Reply #16 on: May 10, 2017, 03:47:04 pm »
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I think there's a difference between being cautious and being paranoid. Starting with safe weights is good, but too safe and you're just wasting time and getting zero (in my opinion) training benefits. I run the risk of offending you because I don't know your actual strength level but it seems to me that starting with a 55lb bench is kind of silly. Even when I started lifting as a skinny high school kid I started at like 95. Building up mechanics is good but your mechanics are going to subtly change to let you use your stronger muscles more once the weight gets higher. If people disagree with any of this please call me out.

That said I do respect your patience and taking you ego out of lifting. Practicing safe lifts is priority one.

No worries...I have actually been wondering the same thing. As I said, I'm pretty weak in the upper body, but not 55 lb. bench weak. The one thing I am a little wary of is my right shoulder. Currently it isn't a problem, but I have had shoulder problems develop after benching a lot. I might restructure my spreadsheet to go a little higher with bench and OHP.

I've done a little bit of research into other people who have done the SL program (specifically threads where people say the starting weight is way too light) and a lot of people who have done it for a while say not to adjust anything. The weight piles on fairly quick and it will feel heavy after a few weeks.

And yeah...no ego here. I am looking to progressively get stronger, and as long as I'm moving more weight each week, I'm cool with it.

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5/10/2017
« Reply #17 on: May 10, 2017, 11:27:01 pm »
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5/10/2017

Did a run/walk/run tonight of 12.5/1/12.5. I wanted to make sure I hit 5K, so I went a little over at 25:12 for 3.11 miles. Pace of 8:06 per mile. Felt a little more tired than my last run, but overall felt pretty good afterwards.

Injuries

Left achilles - slight soreness before run/during warmup...feels good right now though.

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5/11/2017
« Reply #18 on: May 11, 2017, 11:23:08 pm »
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Played two hours of volleyball tonight. Legs felt pretty weak but I played okay. Vert definitely wasn't there though.

Lifted afterwards:

Squat: 5x5 @ 105lbs
Bench: 5x5 @ 70lbs
Barbell Row: 5x5 @ 60lbs

Injuries

Right big toe: tendinitis/turf toe has flared up a little bit again. More annoying than anything, but it is pretty painful when I bend it too far
Left quad: Was tightening up during volleyball tonight. Came home and it felt fine....lifted and it felt fine. Dunno.
Calves: Almost cramped up a couple times while jumping during volleyball but never did.

Lots of issues tonight...glad tomorrow is basically a rest day. Might do a light run on Saturday, but I probably won't push it too hard.

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5/12/2017
« Reply #19 on: May 13, 2017, 12:52:03 am »
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5/12/2017

Rest Day

Played slow pitch softball...which is basically resting. Going to pass out and get some good sleep for the first time all week.

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Re: 5/11/2017
« Reply #20 on: May 13, 2017, 02:59:59 am »
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5/11/2017

Right big toe: tendinitis/turf toe has flared up a little bit again. More annoying than anything, but it is pretty painful when I bend it too far

damn how long have you had that turf toe (flaring up)? seems like forever now..

i remember when I had it, sucked so bad. this big toe nerve damage was annoyingly similar but not as bad, still have it but definitely not as evil as turf toe.

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« Reply #21 on: May 14, 2017, 01:52:08 am »
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damn how long have you had that turf toe (flaring up)? seems like forever now..

i remember when I had it, sucked so bad. this big toe nerve damage was annoyingly similar but not as bad, still have it but definitely not as evil as turf toe.

Dunno, probably been a couple years now. It just comes and goes. I have gotten so used to it that I just sort of cringe when it really hits, but I deal with it. Felt it this morning on my run right away, but it always goes away as my toe warms up. Super annoying.

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5/13/2017
« Reply #22 on: May 14, 2017, 01:55:14 am »
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5/13/2017

Easy run this morning, didn't want to push it too hard. My lower body has felt wrecked the last few days. Ran an easy 1.54 miles at 7:53/mile pace. I actually struggled with the first 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile...maybe because I got out too fast? I don't know. Also the wind was against me pretty strong for the first 3/4 mile. It was brutal this morning.

Sometimes I think the wind thing goes to my head more than it should, but there's no doubt that it makes a difference.

Back to StrongLifts week 2 tomorrow   :D

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5/14/2017
« Reply #23 on: May 14, 2017, 11:28:00 pm »
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5/14/2017

StrongLifts Week 2 Day 1

Squat - 5x5 @ 110lbs
Overhead Press - 5x5 @ 55 lbs
Deadlift - 1x5 @ 105 lbs

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5/15/2017
« Reply #24 on: May 16, 2017, 03:11:03 pm »
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5/15/2017

Started grass triples volleyball league. Played 3 games which is probably equal in intensity to 4-5 regular 6v6 competitive volleyball games.

Ran 1.92 mi @ 16:34 last night. Average heart rate was much lower than usual which seems promising. I am not sure I like run/walk/run. I always feel sluggish after the walk...I'd rather just keep going. Will really start trying to increase distance more over the next couple weeks.

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5/16/2017
« Reply #25 on: May 16, 2017, 11:42:25 pm »
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5/16/2017

SL Week 2 Day 2

Squats: 5x5 @ 115
Bench: 5x5 @ 75
Barbell Row: 5x5 @ 65

Feeling good overall. Weather is supposed to get pretty bad tomorrow so hoping I can sneak a run in at some point.

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« Reply #26 on: May 18, 2017, 11:45:36 pm »
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5/17/2017

I didn't do shit yesterday. I had all 3 of my kids by myself until midnight....not really time to do anything and the last one didn't go to bed until after 10:30. RIP. Could have lifted but with SL you don't ever lift back to back days. Guess it was a rest day.

5/18/2017

StrongLifts Week 2 Day 3

Squat: 5x5 @ 120
Overhead Press 5x5 @ 60
Deadlift 1x5 @ 115

Also played two matches (6 games) of volleyball tonight in our outdoor 6v6 league. It was not warm and I had a hard time staying warmed up. Still played pretty well though.


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« Reply #27 on: May 20, 2017, 11:16:04 pm »
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5/19/2017

Friday night slow pitch softball aka rest day. Had to run from 1st to home full spring twice though...so two ~70 yd. sprints while turning? And it was like 50 degrees out wtf.

5/20/2017

Ran 2.2 miles @ 8:30 pace. Heart/lungs felt good but legs were dead for whatever reason. Sucked because I felt like I could have gone faster/further.

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« Reply #28 on: May 21, 2017, 07:35:53 pm »
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5/21/2017

StrongLIfts Week 3 Day 1

Squat: 5x5 @ 125 lbs
Bench: 5x5 @ 85 lbs
Barbell Row: 5x5 @ 70 lbs

I went up 10lbs instead of 5 this session for bench. Both bench and barbell row feel pretty easy. Squats aren't really hard yet, but I'd say it's slightly more taxing on my body....probably just the nature of the lift.

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5/22/2017
« Reply #29 on: May 23, 2017, 09:14:32 am »
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5/22/2017

Played 3 games of 3v3 grass vball. Nothing else. I feel wrecked right now. I am considering switching from SL to Phrak's greyskull so I can go from squatting every single workout day to squatting twice a week with one deadlift day in there. I feel like it has been too taxing on my body and I haven't been recovering well. Maybe I am not eating enough, but it seems like I am. But with my Sun/Tues/Thurs schedule, my body feels smoked at vball games on Mondays and Thursdays (moreso on Mondays where I actually need more energy for triples) and I'm not performing all that well. I'm considering switching to Tues/Thurs/Sat in order to guarantee a day without lifting before a vball day.

There wouldn't be much of a change if I switched...they're similar plans. I dunno, I'll think about it.
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