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Weightlifting/Strength Training



  • EchoEcho ski-bap ba-dapModerator mod
    Got my adjustable mace yesterday! However, with no extra plates on the threaded rod won't screw all the way in, probably due to gunk in the threading in the handle, and I can't reach that deep to clean it up. I 3D-printed a couple of spacers. (There's a rubber washer as well to provide some flex for locking it down tight.)

    This mace has about 2 kilos in the base plate and 4 kilos in the handle, so with no extra plates it's 6 kg/13 lbs. Feels really different to have so much weight in the handle itself, but in a good way - when most of the weight is in the head the mace does a lot of work to swing itself and I'm just holding on, with this heavy handle it feels like a lot more work with the same weight.


  • Peter EbelPeter Ebel CopenhagenRegistered User regular
    edited November 6
    Back into it with the weightlifting. First real time lifting anything since I was sick with long covid in early 2020. Squats have made me sore!

    I'm now lifting in a gym that doesn't have metric weights. Confusing! Good thing that 45 pounds is roughly 20 kg.

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  • TheRealBadgerTheRealBadger Registered User regular
    edited November 6
    Peen wrote: »
    Reracking the bar after a bench rep is really the most nerve wracking thing in lifting, if I die under a bar that'll be how. I think about it too much!

    That one particular rep where you completely lose control of the bar path and it's rapidly drifting over your face while you're trying to lock it out while navigating a crash landing into the j hooks, hoping it doesn't bounce on impact.

    Good times, man.

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  • PeenPeen tw1tch0rz occasionallyRegistered User regular
    Last post about the safety squat bar for a while, I promise, but I tried doing jm presses with it and that's a very nice exercise. Most tricep extensions bother my elbows, like most people, but those feel pretty great. I'm going to push the weight a little tomorrow, see how that goes, but early returns are promising.

  • Dead LegendDead Legend Registered User regular
    Peen wrote: »
    Last post about the safety squat bar for a while, I promise, but I tried doing jm presses with it and that's a very nice exercise. Most tricep extensions bother my elbows, like most people, but those feel pretty great. I'm going to push the weight a little tomorrow, see how that goes, but early returns are promising.

    I watched a video with JM Blakely explaining how he got so much out of it, it was more volume. I think that’s probably the way to go. It’s what I’ve been doing with my accessories

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  • TheRealBadgerTheRealBadger Registered User regular
    I hit my end of November cardio goal tonight. I've never been a cardio machine guy (please act surprised) and whenever I've needed some puff in the past I've just done resistance circuits and complexes. But I gotta say, it is deeply satisfying setting a decent PR on the assault bike. There's just no way to bullshit or half ass your way through "X calories in Y time" on that thing. Can't lower the resistance, can't put in cheaty or half reps. Just gotta guts through it.

    Finished with kroc rows and shoulder mobility work. Satisfying session.

    Dead LegendPeen
  • GorkGork Registered User regular
    edited November 8
    Seven sets of ten on the SSB, starting with a set at RPE ten (that ended with a horrific bail during rep ten). Death death death.

    I just realized, because of that bail, instead of doing 70 total reps that ChadBot programmed, I did 69.

    Gork 1. ChadBot 0.

    Gork on
  • JuggernutJuggernut Registered User regular
    Worked up to 210lbs for 3 sets of 5 on the squat with no real problems.

    I hate how inconsistent it is. Some days I feel good and like I can start increasing my weight bit by bit and then one day, out of nowhere my backs like "lol, nah" and I have to back off it.

    I guess I have to take the wins where I can. Maybe just have to start creeping up by 5lbs here and there and just hope my body takes to it.

  • initiatefailureinitiatefailure Registered User regular
    I don't know what I did today but it was one of those dig deep for it days and I hit two personal bests after a few weeks of physical and mental game struggles with my new work life schedule.

    cleared 70lb overhead press 5x5
    Final deadlift set I cleared 195lb 1x5

    The ohp is just my white whale and I've hit that wall like 4 times this past year so breaking it is dope as hell.

    DL was definitely the lift I've gotten back into the easiest since my move but it's still exciting progress and means I'll be working to get past 200 next time.

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  • GorkGork Registered User regular
    So Rogue sent me a pair of replacement Monolift arms, which is excellent. However, their packaging; not so excellent. The mounting pins for both arms, the very piece that failed on my last set, gouged holes in the boxes and were sticking out of the box. Given that UPS is not known for delicate package handling, I’m not thrilled that’s how they were in transit and I can’t imagine this is a rare occurrence. I emailed customer service just to give them a heads up and they said let them know if I see any damage to the arms. They didn’t appear damaged last time, either, so if these break, I’m going to lose it.

  • GorkGork Registered User regular
    edited November 13
    I should have tried putting them on the rack before making that post. They won’t rotate into place. Seems like the angle between the mounting pin and the arm plate is off. Hmm, how could that have happened?!?!?

    Gork on
  • PeenPeen tw1tch0rz occasionallyRegistered User regular
    The Slingshot people are clearing out old compression cuffs, they're the best quality cuffs I've bought and they're hella cheap. I buy two inches smaller than my elbows but I like em tight.

  • EchoEcho ski-bap ba-dapModerator mod
    Need to find somewhere to buy a .5kg plate for the adjustable mace so I have more finegrained weight options.

    Also unscrewing the handle to adjust it and then screw it back on is a workout by itself. Dang, my wrists.

  • EchoEcho ski-bap ba-dapModerator mod
    Tried 10 kilos (22 lbs) on the mace, and fuck me, pendulum mechanics will ambush and brutalize you. Nope, back down to 7.5 (16 lbs).

  • GorkGork Registered User regular
    They’re sending another pair. Can’t complain about the customer service but maybe they could ask UPS not to play soccer with my package, this time.

  • PeenPeen tw1tch0rz occasionallyRegistered User regular
    So the way an SSB throws you forward is pretty real huh? I just almost ate shit with the third rep with two plates in a real way, like I fought it out just fine but that's the diciest two plates has been in many a year. I think that's my threshold for now and many more reps with lighter weight than I expected is going to be the order of the day, as much as it hurts my pride.

  • GorkGork Registered User regular
    Yeah, SSB weight and straight bar weight are definitely not one to one. It’s somewhere around a 60lbs drop for me. In that vein, adjust where your safeties are because those aren’t equivalent, either.

    New arms showed up and they fit. Now to figure out how the hell I’m going to get all of these broken ones out of here. Rogue wants them but all the damn boxes they sent me got fucked to hell by UPS.

  • MethuselahMethuselah Registered User regular
    edited November 21
    Okay it's a Meet Report

    Training for this meet was overall quite good. I got fat while my wife was pregnant, so I had to drop bodyweight. Bench in particular was feeling good - I hit 275 paused for many singles, and 290 touch-n-go.

    Three weeks out, two things happened: I injured my elbow squatting, which meant I could not get under a bar for two weeks. Also, I missed a 500 deadlift in training - a first. So going into the meet, I was iffy on my squat, excited about my bench, and a little scared of my deadlift.

    I did a water cut because I wanted a 400 Wilks score (even though Wilks is deprecated lol). Weighed in at 71.9kg (158.5lbs).

    I ended up hitting:

    175 (386)
    187.5 (407)
    192.5 (424) - ties a meet PR.
    115 (253)
    120 (264) PR
    125 (275) PR
    215 (474)
    227.5 (501) - Miss.
    I didn't take a third deadlift.

    Total: 532.5 (1174 lbs) @ 71.9 (158.5 lbs) for a 391 Wilks (not a PR)

    This was enough to give me clear first in my weight class and third overall best lifter, but I don't think I will hold that position after the afternoon session. Edit: just kidding I won third place overall!

    So overall, two out of three lifts were clicking. I am thrilled about benching 275 in competition, and slightly perplexed that 500 gave me such trouble. I just didn't have it today. Can't complain about the results! Time to eat pizza.

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  • GorkGork Registered User regular
    Awesome job @Methuselah . Sometimes I think about actually competing, especially before I hit masters. I’d probably do pretty well in a local meet, so it could be fun.

    Just finished my first hypertrophy block with ChadBot and I’m feeling pretty good, so far. I have another hypertrophy block up, and some of the next set of prescribed lifts are the same and some are new (double overhand 1” deficit deadlifts made me giggle). Looks fun, again. I’m not sure I could ever go back to doing my own programming.

  • PeenPeen tw1tch0rz occasionallyRegistered User regular
    Tried some Hatfield squats today, those seem cool. I haven't had a good way to isolate my quads, not that I was happy with anyway, and that seems like a good one.

    Nice job @Methuselah , that's a solid meet. I should see if they've started running the local strongman meets again.

  • JuggernutJuggernut Registered User regular
    I ate a whole sweet potato with goat cheese this morning with my eggs and a kiwi on the side before working out and this might be a winning combo for pre-workout meals. I feel stronk

    That or it was the Wendy's baconator and 6 piece nuggs I ate last night.

    Just need hells of carbs maybe.

  • initiatefailureinitiatefailure Registered User regular
    between trying to figure out my work life and getting two kitties last week, i haven't actually been in the gym for a couple weeks.

    so today was hard working and I didn't succeed in the normal sense BUT I had good working attempts on my first time at pulling a couple of these weights.

    Deadlift was my first time over 200 (205lb) and my first rep i got hit real hard by my grip strength failing and basically just had fingertips on the bar by the time it hit the floor. I did a really good feeling second rep with a reverse grip. then i died trying to get the 3rd off the ground... good shit! I had to sit down for a moment after that last pull attempt.

  • GorkGork Registered User regular
    For the first time in a month, ChadBot put back squats back into my program after exclusively doing SSB. But with five second eccentrics. And after sets of eight on deficit deadlifts. ChadBot cares not for human holidays.

    I don’t get how people take a month or two off from main movements and come back better at them. I felt like a baby flamingo learning how to walk. But uglier. And more pink.

  • EchoEcho ski-bap ba-dapModerator mod
    Yesterday I started mixing squats into my mace sets and today I had difficulties getting up from the toilet.

  • PeenPeen tw1tch0rz occasionallyRegistered User regular
    When asking oneself how drunk is too drunk to bench press, "what would Tom "Huck" Finn do" is probably the wrong answer huh

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