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Re: Brag Board
« Reply #600 on: March 22, 2017, 06:00:58 pm »
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I started doing 5x5 a little under a year ago; saw pretty regular gains for about 6 months, I was around:

OHP: 115
Bench: 190
Squat: 355
Deadlift: 315
Row: 155

Max bodyweight was 225 (I'm 6'1").   Around November I cut my calorie intake a ton (probably by about 50%), at which case I stopped increasing weights for 5x5, but kept doing the routine (with goal to more or less maintain weight and improve form).  I actually deloaded as well to work more on form.  A month or two ago I switched my squat workout to light-weight speed squats instead of heavy squats (also sometimes box squats, etc.).  Right now I'm at

OHP: 95
Bench: 170
Squat: Warmup to 1x5 @ 275 then 3x10 or 5x5 speed sets @135.
Deadlift: 275
Row: 135

I also start with jumps/plyo type stuff.  I actually further deloaded bench press because when I go towards my upper limit, the shoulder muscles on my right arm seem to dominate and the pec on that side isn't really getting worked correctly, and also leads to pain in my arm.

I find it weird that a lot of people can deadlift more than they squat, but for me squatting is much easier.  It could just be because I've done it a lot more, so my body is more used to the motion.
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« Reply #601 on: March 22, 2017, 06:06:32 pm »
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The thing that bothers me/is dominating my current goals is this:

http://www.higher-faster-sports.com/verticaljumpcalculator.html

Basically you can get a rough estimate of your standing vertical (at least, what it should be) base don your strength level.  With a squat of 315 (I think I can actually do more, but I haven't in a while) and a bodyweight of 195 (I'm a bit under but it fluctuates), I should have a standing vertical of 27".  However, without an approach, I'm only at around 18", maybe a couple more, but still well below 27.  So that's what motivated my shift to plyo.

Getting to 24" standing vertical  (on sore legs, since I never really have fresh legs) would be a big achievement.
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« Reply #602 on: March 22, 2017, 06:15:09 pm »
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When my deadlift goes up so does my squat but not vice versa. Judging by my sticking point in the squat I need more leg development because I tend to pancake and good morning the last bit up on the real heavy sets (indicating a reliance on back muscles in favor of leg).

I've read front squat is a good accessory to develop a better back squat but I've never front squatted so I'm a bit wary to add it to a routine that is still betting progression.

That said, getting the first rep of a deadlift up is the toughest but I can generally bang out 8-10 reps at 90 percent of max. Squat is just the opposite for me, each successive rep feels twice as hard as the last with my 10 rep range being at 80 percent or below (which is normal). I think my anatomy is just optimized for deadlift.

My bitchiest lift is bench press. I think I am anatomically disadvantaged for it and I have to do a bench session every time I am in the gym to see any progression. I've noticed that when OHP goes up so does bench. Also bench goes up with body weight.
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« Reply #603 on: March 22, 2017, 06:16:08 pm »
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The thing that bothers me/is dominating my current goals is this:

http://www.higher-faster-sports.com/verticaljumpcalculator.html

Basically you can get a rough estimate of your standing vertical (at least, what it should be) base don your strength level.  With a squat of 315 (I think I can actually do more, but I haven't in a while) and a bodyweight of 195 (I'm a bit under but it fluctuates), I should have a standing vertical of 27".  However, without an approach, I'm only at around 18", maybe a couple more, but still well below 27.  So that's what motivated my shift to plyo.

Getting to 24" standing vertical  (on sore legs, since I never really have fresh legs) would be a big achievement.

There's a book out there called the vertical jump bible that programs just for developing a vertical.
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« Reply #604 on: March 22, 2017, 06:25:16 pm »
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When my deadlift goes up so does my squat but not vice versa. Judging by my sticking point in the squat I need more leg development because I tend to pancake and good morning the last bit up on the real heavy sets (indicating a reliance on back muscles in favor of leg).

I've read front squat is a good accessory to develop a better back squat but I've never front squatted so I'm a bit wary to add it to a routine that is still betting progression.

That said, getting the first rep of a deadlift up is the toughest but I can generally bang out 8-10 reps at 90 percent of max. Squat is just the opposite for me, each successive rep feels twice as hard as the last with my 10 rep range being at 80 percent or below (which is normal). I think my anatomy is just optimized for deadlift.

My bitchiest lift is bench press. I think I am anatomically disadvantaged for it and I have to do a bench session every time I am in the gym to see any progression. I've noticed that when OHP goes up so does bench. Also bench goes up with body weight.

My squat-deadlift relationship is like exactly the opposite.  After the first or second deadlift (at a weight around my limit), it gets harder to maintain a neutral spine.  I have a tendency to lose leg/hamstring activation, so like my legs straighten before lifting the bar off the ground, instead of during the left.  So the finish is like a Romanian deadlift.  I get more scared about getting hurt with deadlifts.  Squats I'm more comfortable with. 

I have a ton of trouble with benches and overhead presses, I think all dealing with my shoulder.  I believe my right shoulder is shifted/rotated forward (like a hunched shoulder, but only on one side), which prevents the pectoral muscle from fully functioning.  I have to really try to keep the shoulder blade pulled back while consciously focusing on my chest at the same time.  It's tough.
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« Reply #605 on: March 22, 2017, 06:27:46 pm »
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The thing that bothers me/is dominating my current goals is this:

http://www.higher-faster-sports.com/verticaljumpcalculator.html

Basically you can get a rough estimate of your standing vertical (at least, what it should be) base don your strength level.  With a squat of 315 (I think I can actually do more, but I haven't in a while) and a bodyweight of 195 (I'm a bit under but it fluctuates), I should have a standing vertical of 27".  However, without an approach, I'm only at around 18", maybe a couple more, but still well below 27.  So that's what motivated my shift to plyo.

Getting to 24" standing vertical  (on sore legs, since I never really have fresh legs) would be a big achievement.

There's a book out there called the vertical jump bible that programs just for developing a vertical.

I've heard of it, but it's basically, do plyo and get stronger.  My strength is sufficient (since I can squat over 1.5x bodyweight); it's really the fast-twitch kind of speed that I need to work on.
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Re: Brag Board
« Reply #606 on: March 22, 2017, 06:32:36 pm »
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I should mention I started at 120lbs with P90x something less than 3 years ago. I was around 130lbs when I picked up Stronglifts.

I eat a shitload but track macros and eat Whole Foods so it's pretty expensive. I have no idea why Whole Foods is capitalized like that because I definitely can't afford to buy groceries there.
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Re: Brag Board
« Reply #607 on: March 22, 2017, 07:45:10 pm »
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Didn't know we had some aspiring powerlifters amongst us.
i uh wouldn't describe myself as aspiring
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« Reply #608 on: March 22, 2017, 08:00:22 pm »
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Didn't know we had some aspiring powerlifters amongst us.
i uh wouldn't describe myself as aspiring

Nice, so you just man up and own the title Powerlifter, then?
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« Reply #609 on: March 22, 2017, 08:02:31 pm »
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I've thought about competing because everyone says it's huge fun but the logistics and financials are kind of prohibitive in my opinion. Before kids, no issue, but nowadays it's too much and by the time we get the kids far along enough to make it viable I'll be too old.
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« Reply #610 on: March 22, 2017, 10:11:14 pm »
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I haven't been lifting as regularly as I would like lately. Work, relationships, other obligations and injuries are kind of doing a number on my gym time. I never completely stopped, but I am hoping to start again in earnest once the summer term rolls around and things calm down. Also, hopefully I will manage to not bust my knee again. It's really sapping all the fun out of it.
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« Reply #611 on: March 22, 2017, 10:54:52 pm »
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Actually, I just measured and my ceilings are closer to 10' than the 9.5' I thought they were.  My standing reach is almost 8', and I can sometimes (on a good jump and if I reach) touch the ceiling with a no-approach jump (standing vertical), so I'm almost at 24" for standing vertical.  So that's better than I thought it was. 
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Re: Brag Board
« Reply #612 on: March 23, 2017, 05:27:51 pm »
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I'm the top poster! Probably the biggest achievement of my life so far. I bet you all are super jealous.

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« Reply #613 on: June 02, 2017, 12:21:26 pm »
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You can all now refer to me as Professor jonts.
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« Reply #614 on: June 02, 2017, 10:57:47 pm »
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Professor of what? That's awesome.
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« Reply #615 on: June 03, 2017, 08:28:31 am »
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Professor of what? That's awesome.

Mechanical Engineering
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Re: Brag Board
« Reply #616 on: June 13, 2017, 04:18:12 pm »
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not sure if it is something to brag about though..

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« Reply #617 on: June 19, 2017, 01:32:42 pm »
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You can all now refer to me as Professor jonts.

That sounds awful, you should definitely turn down that new job opportunity.


Er, I mean, congrats!
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« Reply #618 on: June 20, 2017, 08:52:03 am »
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You can all now refer to me as Professor jonts.

That sounds awful, you should definitely turn down that new job opportunity.


Er, I mean, congrats!

You can always just move to PA too.
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« Reply #619 on: June 21, 2017, 12:46:00 am »
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I'm officially a Steam developer now, as my game RoboTraps is now available over Steam. Kinda cheating actually, as VR content doesn't need to go through greenlight. But still.

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« Reply #620 on: June 21, 2017, 01:53:29 pm »
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I have a 4.0 after my first year of college!
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« Reply #621 on: June 21, 2017, 02:04:59 pm »
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I have a 4.0 after my first year of college!



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« Reply #622 on: June 21, 2017, 08:35:34 pm »
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I have a 4.0 after my first year of college!

4.0 or 4.00? I wanted to be able to round my college grades up to 4.0 from, say, 3.96, but never had the grades to pull it off.
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« Reply #623 on: June 21, 2017, 10:26:38 pm »
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I have a 4.0 after my first year of college!

4.0 or 4.00? I wanted to be able to round my college grades up to 4.0 from, say, 3.96, but never had the grades to pull it off.
oooo can I say my gpa is "4." then?
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« Reply #624 on: June 21, 2017, 10:44:23 pm »
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I have a 4.0 after my first year of college!

4.0 or 4.00? I wanted to be able to round my college grades up to 4.0 from, say, 3.96, but never had the grades to pull it off.

4.0000...
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