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Title: From Man to Beast. Working towards a 300kg deadlift
Post by: burn2live on June 12, 2008, 01:23:20 PM
I'm starting this log as a bit more motivation for my training. It will mainly be a few updates here and there, with some videos etc. I'm going to try and structure it as much as possible, sort of in chapters, relating to my immediate aims. Here is a video detailing my progress from the beginning 27/04/07.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtTd6Rn0nAk

I train for strength, not aesthetics. I am hoping to go into some strongman in the future and I have been offered some coaching for throwing (shot/discus/hammer) which I am considering.

Constructive criticism and advice appreciated  :)


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on June 12, 2008, 01:29:35 PM
Chapter 1: 3 is the magic number

My first couple of aims are
- Close the #3 Captain of Crush
- 300kg (660lb) raw deadlift

Training 12/06/08

Some legs and abs today. I have added in some bands to my training, since a back injury forced me to drop my weights back recently. I did five sets of squats and on the last set did 15. The band pulled one of the safety bars out of place at one point which unbalanced me a bit, but I continued on anyways  ;D I'm doing a few extra reps at the end of sets to try and condition myself a little in case I decide to compete in the getbig 305lb squat comp which may be coming up. I tested the bands and when doubled up they add about 17.5kg-20kg (38.5-44lbs) to the squat at the top.

135kg + smallest IW bands doubled x15

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMNG8MDl1a0


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: MisterMagoo on June 12, 2008, 01:51:47 PM
dude, you started training less than a year ago and now a 660 deadlift is in your sights??


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: Overload on June 12, 2008, 01:55:26 PM
You are already a BEAST!

Unreal.

8)


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on June 12, 2008, 02:01:05 PM
dude, you started training less than a year ago and now a 660 deadlift is in your sights??

Yeh, I gave it a go within the year (in April past), but I was recovering from a back injury and on the day I was trying so hard to get psyched I got my breathing wrong as I went down to grab the bar and lost all pressure. I just looked for a video of it there. I don't have it, but I got the bar almost to knee level. I pulled 616lb in Jan 08, sub 9 months training at 220lb bw:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KO60_ncoUhU


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on June 12, 2008, 02:03:46 PM
You are already a BEAST!

Unreal.

8)

Cheers man!  ;D

Unfortunately my bench sucks  >:( But it's a totally non-functional exercise. (That's my excuse anyway!  ;D)

I only managed 319lb last meet, though I was working with 264lbs for sets of five paused reps, so I really should have put up 330lb. Just a bad day I guess. (That was the same day I missed the 660lb dead)


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: MisterMagoo on June 12, 2008, 02:18:38 PM
Yeh, I gave it a go within the year (in April past), but I was recovering from a back injury and on the day I was trying so hard to get psyched I got my breathing wrong as I went down to grab the bar and lost all pressure. I just looked for a video of it there. I don't have it, but I got the bar almost to knee level. I pulled 616lb in Jan 08, sub 9 months training at 220lb bw:

running extra hormones, dude? i mean, if you're natural, then i'd say you've got the genes to be seriously top level.


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on June 12, 2008, 02:42:21 PM
running extra hormones, dude? i mean, if you're natural, then i'd say you've got the genes to be seriously top level.

No, I'm not running any hormones or anything. I was tested in January and passed. I compete in a fed where I can be tested at random out of competition. I have been told I have the potential to compete in WSM some day. I would love to do that. Obviously I know that will require me using. I am going to spend the next 6/7 years reading about steroids etc and give myself every chance of doing it right. By age 26/27 I will be a doctor and should know a fair deal about the stuff as I hope to specialise in sports medicine. When/if I do use, I will hopefully be an animal  :)


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: MisterMagoo on June 12, 2008, 02:50:16 PM
you're an animal NOW dude. run with it, you could be top of the top in five years or so.


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: _bruce_ on June 12, 2008, 02:57:03 PM
Wow. Props.


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on June 12, 2008, 02:57:56 PM
you're an animal NOW dude. run with it, you could be top of the top in five years or so.

Thanks! :) I am going to get my degree and qualify as an MD before I use. By that stage I have a profession to fall back on and will definitely be close to my natural limits. I think too many people use too early these days. I'm going to do my best to get it right and be open about it


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on June 12, 2008, 03:00:03 PM
Wow. Props.

Cheers. Really appreciate the comments  ;D

I'm hoping to progress a lot further in the future. Still only 20 years young


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: mass 04 on June 12, 2008, 04:03:26 PM
awesome lifts man, great job. Also, i am very weak.  :'(


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on June 12, 2008, 04:16:21 PM
awesome lifts man, great job. Also, i am very weak.  :'(

Thanks, again, really appreciate the comments!


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on June 12, 2008, 04:46:16 PM
Thanks to a wrist injury I haven't been able to chin properly in over 2 1/2 months, which brings me to grip work. I have tried to work towards the pain a bit in my left wrist, but that hasn't worked. Now I'm totally resting it and taking anti-inflammatories. I'll see how that works out. I really miss chinning and working the COCs with it. Anyway, I try and train my grip every night.

Today on my right hand I warmed up with a stress ball, a few reps with the trainer, then the #1 then the #1.5 then on to my working sets. I am currently doing partial closes with the #2 then the #2.5 then the #3. Obviously I close the #2 a little less than the #2.5 and in turn, the #2.5 less than the #3. After this I inverted the trainer and used it to target my two small fingers, which are the final part of the close and by far the hardest part. They only attribute 15% of grip strength, so they got to be strong as hell to make that final push at the end.

After my partial closes and supplementary work with the trainer I moved on to full closes with the #1.5 Tough enough considering all the work that came before it. Shouldn't be long before I am doing full closes with the #2. (I know I could do it now, but I am taking my time)


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on June 17, 2008, 01:31:45 PM
Had legs again today. Some squats and deads. I have a meet on Saturday so I decided I would test the waters a bit and see where I am with strength to give me an idea of my openers. I am far from peaking as I am coming back from this back injury, but anyway.

I squatted up to 200kg, it felt ok, though my knees were coming in together a little on the way up. After this I did my working sets with 140kg plus bands. Also threw in some plyos.

After those I moved on to deads and went as far as 250kg. It didn't feel too bad, so I'm considering my deads to go: 240kg, 260kg, 270kg.

I plan on benching tomorrow to get a general idea of an opener there. I can't see myself putting much up since I've dropped the weight back considerably in the last while.

Grip on my right hand still progressing very well and my left wrist seems to be benefiting from the rest and anti-inflammatories, though it still has some pain and clicking when I rotate it.

That's it for now


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: JasonH on June 17, 2008, 02:20:31 PM
Brilliant lifting mate - especially since it's natural too. Props.  8)


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: tonymctones on June 17, 2008, 02:20:38 PM
GOODNESS dude your only 20ish, hahaah by 26/27 your gonna own some shit bro...keep to it awesomeness


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on June 17, 2008, 02:22:12 PM
Brilliant lifting mate - especially since it's natural too. Props.  8)

Thanks man. Natural for now  ;) May change in 6 years or so!


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on June 17, 2008, 02:24:47 PM
GOODNESS dude your only 20ish, hahaah by 26/27 your gonna own some shit bro...keep to it awesomeness

lol. Cheers. I'm hoping by 26/27 I will be a natural animal.

Oh, I forgot to mention I sent off my entry for my first strongman comp. It's natural, so hopefully I won't get raped too bad! lol. It's in England in August. I just need to get some experience with the stones, logs and awkward objects!


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on June 30, 2008, 03:36:40 PM
Training going very smoothly at the moment, my back injury is fully healed and I'm feeling much more confident on my deadlifts. I've also got the hang of using the Iron Woody bands.

I'm also trying to diet a little and I've added in some cardio at the end of some of my workouts. No results as of yet. Still a chubby shit. lol. Will hopefully be starting some strongman work this week and I've also ordered a rolling thunder which should be with me in about ten days.


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: CQ on July 10, 2008, 03:20:10 PM
Gayer than saying I watched the 1st video and am very impressed by both your physical transformation and all of your lifts!


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on July 15, 2008, 08:28:15 AM
Gayer than saying I watched the 1st video and am very impressed by both your physical transformation and all of your lifts!

Gayer than saying thank you  :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ngujBwdfeg


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: tonymctones on July 15, 2008, 08:49:35 AM
damn brosky good weight made it look easy too...nice chucks


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: El_Pajero on July 15, 2008, 09:05:18 AM
We love you burn2live


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: _bruce_ on July 15, 2008, 11:05:02 AM
I really feel poor for the weights - you're brutalizing them.
Props  8)


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on July 15, 2008, 03:20:09 PM
Thanks guys  :)

Training is going great right now even though I am working all the time. My back is feeling strong as hell and I think I am on target for the worlds in November. The 300kg rack pull felt easy as hell and in a couple of months I might give 320kg a shot out of interest.

I took another couple of videos screwing about in the gym the other day. I'm currently at a bw of about 235-238lbs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPEGF42af_o

I'm not supposed to be doing muscle snatches in my routine, but I was fucking about the other day with some light weights and they seem to come quite naturally to me. 148.5lb muscle snatch:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZz4jXOZcfc

I took a day off today, feeling a little tired and want to come back and have a good workout tomorrow. Should be easy enough.

I really appreciate the comments. A lot of you guys probably don't realise how far I've come from some seriously shit times in my life, so the positive feedback is great  :) I keep a blog at http://burn-to-live-live-to-burn.blogspot.com/ if anyone is interested.

Cheers

Ben


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: evandatp on July 15, 2008, 04:34:58 PM
Gayer than saying I watched the 1st video and am very impressed by both your physical transformation and all of your lifts!
Gayer than all this squatting, deadlifting, benching & chinning heresy.

You have to use a bowflex or become sterile & hurt yourself.



Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on July 15, 2008, 04:43:55 PM
Gayer than all this squatting, deadlifting, benching & chinning heresy.

You have to use a bowflex or become sterile & hurt yourself.



lol


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: Overload on July 16, 2008, 06:31:08 AM
Gayer than all this squatting, deadlifting, benching & chinning heresy.

You have to use a bowflex or become sterile & hurt yourself.



Hahahaha...

Keep up the good work Burn...

8)



Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: Geo on July 24, 2008, 08:29:49 PM
just stumbled upon this thread...

awesome deadlifting !


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on July 31, 2008, 03:52:10 PM
just stumbled upon this thread...

awesome deadlifting !

Thanks for the comment man  :)


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on July 31, 2008, 04:00:14 PM
Some fucking shit news. I was deadlifting today and I'm recently recovered from a lower back injury. My back has been feeling great recently, today it was feeling a little tight, but I was well warmed up and had stretched it out a little. I did my first 2/3 sets of deadlift and I swear they felt beautiful. I'd got the groove and the bar was coming up nice. Then halfway up a rep I feel a pull and drop the bar. I've now got pretty bad pain to the right area of my sacral spine around the top of my glute. I'm gutted...everything was going so well.

I've spent the last 4 hours siting propped up with ice on and off my lower back. I've upped my protein and added some glutamine as well. Hopefully it helps. I won't be able to work for the next few days at least either. If I can recover quickly I might still make my targets for the worlds in November.

Will give an injury update soon. I know for a fact I'm going to wake up sore and a back as stiff as a board tomorrow  :(


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: Ursus on August 01, 2008, 11:13:52 AM
Some fucking shit news. I was deadlifting today and I'm recently recovered from a lower back injury. My back has been feeling great recently, today it was feeling a little tight, but I was well warmed up and had stretched it out a little. I did my first 2/3 sets of deadlift and I swear they felt beautiful. I'd got the groove and the bar was coming up nice. Then halfway up a rep I feel a pull and drop the bar. I've now got pretty bad pain to the right area of my sacral spine around the top of my glute. I'm gutted...everything was going so well.

I've spent the last 4 hours siting propped up with ice on and off my lower back. I've upped my protein and added some glutamine as well. Hopefully it helps. I won't be able to work for the next few days at least either. If I can recover quickly I might still make my targets for the worlds in November.

Will give an injury update soon. I know for a fact I'm going to wake up sore and a back as stiff as a board tomorrow  :(

Shit ben. That sounds exactly like me believe it or not. Exactly to the right top of glute. Mine was so so sore you will be grand in a few days i think.

I bought glutamine too lol


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on August 01, 2008, 03:53:21 PM
Shit ben. That sounds exactly like me believe it or not. Exactly to the right top of glute. Mine was so so sore you will be grand in a few days i think.

I bought glutamine too lol

It's shit like. My movement is really limited.

Today I slept in, it felt good to have a rest. My manager at work was good enough to have today covered for me at very short notice.

On an aside, I've had a wrist injury for a long time now which has developed into tendinitis. I got a product from LA Muscle called IP4, which is supposed to be really good for injuries. I've been taking it for 5 days now and the tendinitis I've had for 3-4 months has virtually disappeared. I'm happy about that.

Anyway, today I got up and had a protein shake, 72g protein, some fruit etc This continued throughout the day, huge protein shakes with added glutamine, a few chicken breasts etc I also stayed propped up, feet elevated, icing my back on and off. I've been taking ibuprofen for any inflammation and have been taking it with grapefruit juice to help it get into my system. I'm continuing the IP4 and I'm convinced it's working. My back is definitely recovering, though I will have a better idea tomorrow just how well.

It's fucking shit sitting watching daytime TV. lol. I'm going to read a book or something instead tomorrow. I'm hoping I will have regained some more mobility tomorrow.


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: Stubborn on August 03, 2008, 07:05:38 PM
Didnt notice your log here, burn. Great lifts!

I messed up my back just the other day as well. Popped it just above my left glute. I lost form on the way back up from a DL (starting from lockout position) on a platform. Its happened before but not in a long time an OH DID IT HURT!!! Couple days later and I feel okay. Will be 100% in a few days.....at which time I will eff it up again! ;D

Good luck with recovery! Keep the numbers coming.


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: Zach Trowbridge on August 04, 2008, 12:26:34 PM
Some fucking shit news. I was deadlifting today and I'm recently recovered from a lower back injury. My back has been feeling great recently, today it was feeling a little tight, but I was well warmed up and had stretched it out a little. I did my first 2/3 sets of deadlift and I swear they felt beautiful. I'd got the groove and the bar was coming up nice. Then halfway up a rep I feel a pull and drop the bar. I've now got pretty bad pain to the right area of my sacral spine around the top of my glute. I'm gutted...everything was going so well.

I've spent the last 4 hours siting propped up with ice on and off my lower back. I've upped my protein and added some glutamine as well. Hopefully it helps. I won't be able to work for the next few days at least either. If I can recover quickly I might still make my targets for the worlds in November.

Will give an injury update soon. I know for a fact I'm going to wake up sore and a back as stiff as a board tomorrow  :(

This may or may not help, but I was sent to a chiropractor who specializes in Active Release Technique for a lower back injury that sounds a lot like yours, except on the left side, and it's worked wonders for my recovery and range of motion.  For about 7 or 8 months I could barely get my knees to my chest, and now I'm back to probably 90% after one treatment, and have a few more scheduled.


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on August 05, 2008, 05:19:05 AM
Thanks for the comments guys. My back is recovering really well. Faster than I ever expected, though I have been doing everything in my power to make it recover the last 5 days. I'm hoping to get into the gym again tomorrow, maybe do some light deads. I have to try and get going again quickly, I don't have much time to waste with the worlds coming up in November. Will post again tomorrow on how I get on!


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on August 06, 2008, 08:32:04 AM
Did some light squatting today. Didn't quite get as far as deadlifting. My lower back felt tired just from squatting so I reined myself in and decided to call it a day after following the squats with some hanging leg raises. My back has like a distinct fatigue in it, but definitely feels better for it.


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: _bruce_ on August 06, 2008, 09:18:59 AM
Good luck.
What are jumps for?


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on August 06, 2008, 10:24:40 AM
Good luck.
What are jumps for?

Thanks man. Just trying to maintain some dynamic strength. Plus, they're fun  :)


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on August 18, 2008, 11:45:51 AM
Training is picking up again for me. I was working 8 hours today and it was delivery day, so I was tired before I even got in the gym. I got there and the place was fucking packed. I just about managed to snatch enough plates for my working sets with my rack pulls. They went very well, although my right lower back still feels tight.

Also did a little deadlifting today. I'm glad I did. I had the sweetest deadlift workout I've had in a while. Every repm felt like gold. I think it's because I'm concentrating on my form a little more and thinking about pulling the bar against myself and not just upwards. It seems to be protecting my back.

After this I just did some supplementary exercises and some core work. All in all, a good day  :)


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: Ursus on August 18, 2008, 11:49:46 AM
Glad to hear ben. My back is fucked. I dont know whats doing it bit i am going back to normal squats. Considering using a belt on OHP too


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: Overload on August 18, 2008, 12:19:12 PM
I think it's because I'm concentrating on my form a little more and thinking about pulling the bar against myself and not just upwards. It seems to be protecting my back.

Good call.

Drag it up your shins, then your quads.

Keep it up against your body as tight as possible.

In meets i put baby powder on my quads for this reason.

8)


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: Ursus on August 18, 2008, 12:31:23 PM
Overlaod do you OHP

Do you wear a belt.

I always ahad a great deadlift now its fucked aint deadlifted properly in months and months. Thinking its maybe teh OHP doing this and jutting or affecting back


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: Overload on August 18, 2008, 12:54:53 PM
Overlaod do you OHP

Do you wear a belt.

I always ahad a great deadlift now its fucked aint deadlifted properly in months and months. Thinking its maybe teh OHP doing this and jutting or affecting back

Yes, but the only overhead pressing i do is the C&P.

I only use a belt on max attempts in the squat and deadlift.

i started doing the Clean & press back in high school(14 years ago) before i began deadlifting. for some reason the C&P has never really messed with my back, but once in a while it will wear it out, so i take an extra day to recover before deadlifting.

i haven't had a back injury in a very long time, but i don't yank the bar off the floor, i pull smoothly and let my legs drive it off the floor. i get my hips very low when i do deadlifts.

My C&P is more like a Clean & PUSH press, i put a good amount of leg drive into it.

I have a very large frame, all my joints are large for my height, so i think i am built for this type of stuff. my grandfather was a monster, his nickname was "Papa Bear", everyone in my family always says i look just like him. he was a brick layer for 20 years and was a strong dude.

8)


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: Ursus on August 18, 2008, 12:57:46 PM
My joints are small and despute a large frame its not a heavy frame. By parents are only 5'6 and 5'8

I think i just kept aggravating it over time. Frustrating as best squatting i even done eas from july-dec last year and since then never really done much at all dquat wise. v annoying

My back doesnt get sore either really though just taking as a precaution.Despite not being able to squat or dead i can OHP.

I am gonna start suatting with great firm anad a wide stance. See how it goes. oh and a belt lol


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: Overload on August 18, 2008, 01:01:16 PM
My joints are small and despute a large frame its not a heavy frame. By parents are only 5'6 and 5'8

I think i just kept aggravating it over time. Frustrating as best squatting i even done eas from july-dec last year and since then never really done much at all dquat wise. v annoying

My back doesnt get sore either really though just taking as a precaution.Despite not being able to squat or dead i can OHP.

I am gonna start suatting with great firm anad a wide stance. See how it goes. oh and a belt lol

Be careful with your back, it can take a long time to recover.

Whenever i feel ANY tweak in my back, i quit deadlifting and squating for a few weeks.

Take your time, i have been doing this a long time and injuries are the worst setback in training, as well as life itself.

8)


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on August 19, 2008, 03:36:46 PM
Good call.

Drag it up your shins, then your quads.

Keep it up against your body as tight as possible.

In meets i put baby powder on my quads for this reason.

8)

Yeh, I'm going to have to get some long socks, cos my shins are getting the shit torn out of them!  ;D


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: jml3001 on August 19, 2008, 04:22:15 PM
Dude - impressive transformation.  I'm also impressed with your video - since I'm pretty technologically challenged and impress easily...

Hey - have you posted your diet on here?  What do you weigh now? 

Anyway, seriously way to go - and after just a year...damn.


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on August 20, 2008, 04:53:46 AM
Dude - impressive transformation.  I'm also impressed with your video - since I'm pretty technologically challenged and impress easily...

Hey - have you posted your diet on here?  What do you weigh now? 

Anyway, seriously way to go - and after just a year...damn.

Thanks man! There's nothing special about the diet. Imo people get too caught up in intricacies etc Just eat plenty of fruit and veg, white meats wholegrain carbs and drink plenty of water. It's really that simple. Unless you are preparing for a show I wouldn't worry about much else.

Right now I'm about 235-240lbs, though at a higher bf than in most recent pics from January.


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on August 22, 2008, 07:35:56 AM
Haven't trained today or yesterday, basically because I think my body is telling me it needs a break. I like shit right now  :( , so I think I'm overdoing it with the combination of work and training. Will hopefully be back in the gym tomorrow.


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on August 27, 2008, 03:55:27 PM
Hurt my back again yesterday. Seriously demoralised and reconsidering going to the worlds  :'(


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: Zach Trowbridge on August 27, 2008, 04:33:38 PM
Bro, find a good chiropractor and get some x-rays done.  Figure out what's wrong so you can fix it.


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on August 28, 2008, 04:43:59 AM
Bro, find a good chiropractor and get some x-rays done.  Figure out what's wrong so you can fix it.

I know it's muscular and I know it's not a very serious back injury, but the problem is it's recurrent and it's more than enough to stop me training. I'm not going to deadlift for about two months I'd say and I'm going to try and get to a physio to have it checked out.


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: jpm101 on August 28, 2008, 07:01:18 AM
It can become a serious back injury if the injury keeps coming back over and over again. That should be your first clue. Are you sure 100% that it is a muscular injury and not ligament, tendon, spine/bone or nerve damage? Area inflamed, tender to the touch or a different color? I know if your in Europe it may take some time to  see medical personal. But never the less, you should seek some advice about the back. You do not want to be reffed to as the guy who was a strongman once, but look at the poor guy now. All because that back problem was neglected and treatment was delayed.

Do take that time away from regular DL'ing for a while. If upper pin (in a power rack) DL's do not bother the back, than try those for a while. Consider doing GM'ing with lighter and higher reps. That is, if either one  does not bother the back. If you have a coach or trainer, with even a little bit of knowledge, see what he might suggest. Good Luck.


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on September 14, 2008, 02:37:15 PM
Got to the physio last week and it seems to have helped a bit. Still not deadlifting, though I'm continuing with lots of supplementary exercises. I'll probably head back to the physio this week and work on stretching my back a little more


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on September 18, 2008, 08:17:36 AM
Forgot to post this video from last week. My back is still sore on and off, but overall it's coming along.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vxz3Zhn6VU


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: Get Rowdy on September 29, 2008, 03:58:30 AM
Awesome transformation dude + you're strong as fuck.  I bet quitting drinking made a huge diff.  ;)


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: _bruce_ on September 29, 2008, 09:21:48 AM
Beastly strength  :D


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: Overload on September 29, 2008, 10:58:49 AM
You make it look easy!


8)


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: tbombz on October 02, 2008, 10:00:21 AM
STRONG STRONG STRONG  :o



Good work !


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on January 11, 2009, 07:04:57 AM
Thanks for the comments guys. Sorry I haven't updated this in ages. My back got seriously fucked, I got pissed off, went on a bit of a bender with the drink and I took five weeks off training. I started back into it and about that time uni was really intense and I had a few assignments and exam to do. This meant I didn't get much momentum up and after training about 4/5 times in a two week period I got a really bad chest infection. Just my luck  :'( This put me out of action for two weeks. Then Christmas and new year came about and I was just a bum. lol.

Back to it the last week or so. The national drug free single lifts are on Valentine's day this year. My gf will not be happy! But I hope to make the qualifiers for the world squat and deadlift. I have lost a lot of weight and got a bit chubby, but I've cleaned my diet up and training intensely again.

I hope to make the 180kg squat qualifier and the 200kg deadlift qualifier on Valentine's day. These are drug free unequipped junior qualifiers only.

I'm doing my best to get a mix of strength, muscle building and a little fat loss. You say impossible! I say.....I'll try. lol. I'm purposely overtraining my squat a bit. I find that when I do a lot of reps it crosses over very well to a max. I'm squatting 10x5 whenever I feel I can, which is generally every other day. Today was the third squat workout I had back and I managed the 50 reps with 100kg in 7 minutes and 50 seconds. I'll keep upping the weight and keeping rest periods short in order to burn off the fat and simultaneously encourage my legs to grow. Believe me, this should work, although it doesn't sound too smart  ;D

I still get back pain here and there, but I'm targeting the weak right side with a few lower back exercises and doing a range of reps on the deadlifts to try and get some muscle built in around there and also get some power back.

In short my immediate target:
14th Feb
180kg Squat
200kg Deadlift
(After 5 1/2 weeks back to training)


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on January 11, 2009, 07:05:47 AM
Oh, I also meant to say that I hope to get involved in some strongman training in the next few months once I have got my base level of strength back.


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on January 12, 2009, 06:44:39 AM
Wow, I'm gassed. Just in from my workout. It was pretty intense, but I'm really happy my training is picking up again. I basically did a full body today. Legs, lower back, chest and upper back.

This is the second consecutive day I've squatted. It was tougher today, but felt good. I haven't had DOMS at all, which is a good sign I'm not overtraining. I think I'll take tomorrow off the squats and do a bit on hamstrings, shoulders and triceps. I have an exam in uni, so I'll trainm afterwards to clear my head.

All in all I'm just happy to be back in the gym and making some progress. I hope to deadlift 300lbs by early next week. Wow! lol. It's an achievement for me considering I haven't deadlifted in a few months. Every little helps.

I thought of another target today. 150lb on the rolling thunder. Shouldn't be too much of a problem, but it's something to aim for.


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: Stubborn on January 12, 2009, 09:13:35 AM
Glad to see you're back at it. Good luck!


PS - rolling thunder sucks >:(


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on January 12, 2009, 09:19:09 AM
Glad to see you're back at it. Good luck!


PS - rolling thunder sucks >:(

Cheers. What's wrong with the rolling thunder?  :(


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: Stubborn on January 12, 2009, 09:31:37 AM
Cheers. What's wrong with the rolling thunder?  :(

Its hard to hold on to. ;D


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on January 12, 2009, 09:44:20 AM
Its hard to hold on to. ;D

Oh. lol


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: ripitupbaby on January 12, 2009, 01:55:17 PM
Very impressive stuff burn.  Good luck with the training for the V-Day meet!  :)


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: Ursus on January 12, 2009, 01:58:09 PM
i train with ben from time to time.

he will smoke those numbers and within a year dead the 661


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on January 12, 2009, 03:32:45 PM
Very impressive stuff burn.  Good luck with the training for the V-Day meet!  :)


Thanks Rip! I'm beginning to feel more confident in my back now, which is helping a lot. I think half the battle is psychological.


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on January 12, 2009, 03:33:42 PM
i train with ben from time to time.

he will smoke those numbers and within a year dead the 661

Cheers man. Hopefully I'll get the 661, but I really want the 700 to be honest! lol


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on January 13, 2009, 07:14:13 AM
Back in from the gym and eating two chicken breasts and a big plate of salad  :) Did a little on the hamstrings, delts and tris. My delts are probably my weakest bodypart, so I'm lifting shit all with them right now. lol.

Lower back feeling a little tight today, kinda just greased the groove with a few light good mornings. Nothing exceptional to report. My exam this morning was really difficult  :( Neuroscience sucks shit  >:(

Back to the books now. Anatomy and microanatomy on Thursday.


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: Ursus on January 13, 2009, 11:19:18 AM
good to hear ur back mate.

mt training was ficked today/ weights ok but was so cold. i forgot my locker key and was in a t shirt was fecking freezing lol


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on January 13, 2009, 11:53:08 AM
good to hear ur back mate.

mt training was ficked today/ weights ok but was so cold. i forgot my locker key and was in a t shirt was fecking freezing lol

Hope you weren't benching. Your fucking nipples would have shattered against the bar. lmao


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on January 15, 2009, 10:06:34 AM
Today was another good day on the training front.

I had my microanatomy and anatomy exam today. The microanatomy was ok. The anatomy was really fucking hard  :'( I was feeling kinda depressed after the exam and also really tired from lack of sleep, so I treated myself to a subway. I shouldn't have, but sure, it was great  ;D

Went to train an hour afterwards. The usual really. Deadlifted 300lb again today. Go me. lol. My bench is still shit, though it has always been poor and I'm just going to let it build gradually. Squatted as well today. 107.5kg 10x5 sub 9 minutes and I didn't go balls to the wall, so they are coming along nicely. I'm considering squatting again tomorrow, but I'll need to see how I feel at the time.

Out of interest I weighed myself after the workout. In shorts, t shirt, cons I came in at 107.6kg, about 236lb. I'd guess in the morning when I'm dry and in underwear I'd come in sub 105kg, about 231lb. I still have quite a bit of fat to lose, but I'm feeling healthy, so that's the main thing. By the end of next week I should have a hint of abs.

I am considering throwing a little cardio in, but I think I run the risk of overtraining then, considering the frequency and intensity I'm squatting with. Anyone's input would be appreciated  :)


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: Ursus on January 15, 2009, 12:51:51 PM
if you feel good tomorro man could i suggest maybe not squatting and just waiting till sat or sunday?

days break will help heal etc...just my thoughts.

glad to see things going well again


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on January 15, 2009, 08:06:12 PM
if you feel good tomorro man could i suggest maybe not squatting and just waiting till sat or sunday?

days break will help heal etc...just my thoughts.

glad to see things going well again

Thanks man

Hmm, I have a chance to sleep in tomorrow so I'll be well rested and it will definitely be tempting to squat. I'm considering it. I'm defo going to leave out the lower back rehab stuff tomorrow since my LB feels so tired this evening. That would mean just some triceps and delts tomorrow. Squatting could be a possibility, with a little cardio on the ergo afterwards...

I'm thinking once I get to 120kg squat one day on, one off. At the moment it is turning out 2 days squat, one day off.


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on January 27, 2009, 06:31:45 PM
Took a few days break and was in the gym today. Tweaked my back a little. It is really starting to wear on me now. Everytime I start to pick up some momentum I seem to hurt it again  :'( Going to the physio on Thursday. Hopefully they can help


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: ripitupbaby on January 27, 2009, 07:04:52 PM
Do you see a chiropractor regularly?  (Have I asked you that already?  :-\)
If not, you should find a good one.  Get a recommendation from an athlete or someone who trains alot. 

Oh and P.S.  I don't think that low intensity cardio like walking or biking will result in overtraining.  It may help you with recovery. 


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: Stubborn on January 27, 2009, 11:02:23 PM
Some of the strongmen I have trained with swear by chiro and accupuncture. I always though they were bs but the guys that have had it, love it. If I ever get real bad I will give it a try. I was told that if you go to a school where they teach such things you can get it done cheap (~$15) and its supervised by a instructor so no worries about it going badly.


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on January 28, 2009, 09:25:09 AM
I went to a guy that does the back stuff. Not sure if he was a chiropracter as such. I think he was. Stretched me out and had me breath a certain way as he applied force to my back. My back cracked a lot and very easily. He said I had some facet locking in my lower back. It helped temporarily. I feel I need to get to the root of the problem, which I'm pretty sure now is some sort of ligament damage. When I lean forward it feels like the bones on the right side of my back are closer to the surface of the skin, either because they are protruding more or because I've had muscle atrophy. When I palpate it I can also feel some sort of gristly material which I'm assuming to be scar tissue.

I am also worried I'm maybe getting a little sciatica. The other day I felt a slight tingle down my right glute. Nothing since that though, so I'm hoping for the best. I'll give an update on the physio tomorrow. I think I will try and find a recommended chiropractor. I know a serious PLer who has had a lot of injuries in his time and offered to recommend me a few people a while back.


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on January 29, 2009, 09:55:48 AM
Went to the physio today. She had seen me a few months ago and so she appreciates that I haven't had much improvement. She had a look at me and seems to think there's something wrong in the sacro-iliac area. Possibly involving my pelvis as well. She doesn't think there's any disc involvement. I'm going to get referred for an x-ray.

If there is anything going on we will take it from there. Otherwise it looks like all I can do is try and strengthen the area. If that's the case then it will take ages before I lift anything respectable.


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: ripitupbaby on January 29, 2009, 11:23:10 AM
Chiropractors can fix alot more than just your back... misalignments in the hips, pelvis, anything like that can be fixed.  I think that you really need to find a good chiro.  As you may be able to tell, I'm a huge believer.  I go to the chiropractor for the New England Patriots, and I swear to you, he is one of the main reasons that I am where I am today in terms of training and competing.



Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on January 29, 2009, 03:04:45 PM
Chiropractors can fix alot more than just your back... misalignments in the hips, pelvis, anything like that can be fixed.  I think that you really need to find a good chiro.  As you may be able to tell, I'm a huge believer.  I go to the chiropractor for the New England Patriots, and I swear to you, he is one of the main reasons that I am where I am today in terms of training and competing.



I dunno, I see a chiro as a temporary solution. I know I'm skeptical, but imo and from my admittedly lesser experience chiros don't solve problems, rather allow some relief. For now I'm going to go with the x-ray and see what happens.

Also, bear in mind, (no disrepect) I'm from Northern Ireland and chiros seem relatively new here, thus it's very difficult to find someone who knows what they are doing and someone that I can also afford  :(


Title: Re: From Man to Beast (Hopefully)
Post by: burn2live on March 13, 2009, 05:15:18 PM
Ok, so I went to see a manipulative therapist who was recommended to me by Jamie Burke, an awesome powerlifter with a lot of experience. I think the therapist practices a range of methods, but my point is he was highly recommended. I went and had instant relief. I haven't had back pain since. Unreal. I know where I will be going in future any time I get hurt again. I haven't posted about it until now because I didn't want to speak too soon. I think I will go and see him again next week just to keep an eye on things.

I'm delighted to be back training. Some of my strength is coming back along with a little size. It feels good. I have drug free nationals on the 18th of April. I only need to total 510 to qualify for the worlds seeing as I'm only a junior. I am going to try and hold back on my deadlift, so that means I'll be qualifying most of the weight with my squat and bench.

Alongside the weight training, I've been flipping a few tyres at a gym near me. My back feels that much better. I never would have dreamt doing this any time in the last 10 months. I'm still being careful though and I know not to get carried away.

At the moment I'm back training a couple of weeks and my working sets are 120kg squats, 100kg bench and 165kg deadlift. Small numbers I know, but safety first. Hopefully I'll be posting here more frequently and will have a few videos mid April.


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Page 4
Post by: burn2live on March 17, 2009, 06:06:53 AM
Today I'm off training as it's St. Patrick's Day. All the gyms are closed over here.

Anyway, yesterday morning I got up to train at 0630 before I headed to uni.

Squat
Bar
60kg
80kg
100kg
120kg
140kg
Add belt 160kg
180kg x2
Belt off and sets with 120kg
Felt easy enough. I'm happy now that I can put up the squat I need on the 18th of April.

Deadlifts
100kg
140kg
160kg
170kg for 3s
Again, felt good and I can really feel that the lower back work I'm putting in is playing a part. Towards the top of the lift it just feels like my back is unwinding and feels really secure.

After this it was hypers and abs.

Currently weigh 110.9kg in shorts, t-shirt and converse.

Yesterday was a looong day. I got home from a few hours in the hospital at 1600 after being in the dissection room in the morning. Then I was back to the hospital and in A&E for 2000 until about 0130. It was kinda boring last night, though I did put my first shoulder back in. Easier than I thought.

Got up late today and now it's back to my dissertation. Training again tomorrow morning and then on Thursday with a few of the guys from Lisburn.


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Page 4
Post by: 11venthhour on March 17, 2009, 11:01:05 PM
good to see that your back!

even with taking it easy your lifts are still good.


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Page 4
Post by: ripitupbaby on March 18, 2009, 04:04:36 AM
WOW, great news about your back!  I hope things keep heading in the right direction for you!  :)


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Page 4
Post by: burn2live on March 18, 2009, 09:53:29 AM
Thanks guys, I'm just hoping I get a good run of injury-free training now  :)


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Page 4
Post by: Stubborn on March 18, 2009, 12:56:18 PM
Thanks guys, I'm just hoping I get a good run of injury-free training now  :)

No such thing. ;D Good training=injuries. The hard truth. :(


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Page 4
Post by: burn2live on March 18, 2009, 01:16:54 PM
No such thing. ;D Good training=injuries. The hard truth. :(

You're heartless :'(


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Page 4
Post by: Stubborn on March 18, 2009, 01:29:00 PM
You're heartless :'(

I thought I would take it easy for a while and let myself heal. Even then I end up busting my knee due to a weakly secured aparatus. For me the injuries just pile on no matter what the training....lately.


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Page 4
Post by: burn2live on March 18, 2009, 03:35:35 PM
I thought I would take it easy for a while and let myself heal. Even then I end up busting my knee due to a weakly secured aparatus. For me the injuries just pile on no matter what the training....lately.

Injuries do seem to come in clusters. My first year of training I was free from serious injury, then this second year of training has really just been injury  :(


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Page 4
Post by: Stubborn on March 18, 2009, 08:54:28 PM
Injuries do seem to come in clusters. My first year of training I was free from serious injury, then this second year of training has really just been injury  :(

My training was great for about 4 years I'd say. Then I became obsessed with strength and it was all downhill from there. ;)


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Page 4
Post by: burn2live on March 19, 2009, 07:42:09 AM
My training was great for about 4 years I'd say. Then I became obsessed with strength and it was all downhill from there. ;)

Yeh, strength is the downfall of many. lol

Today I was up in Lisburn training with some of the powerlifters up there. Some strong mofos.

Squats 122.5kg felt a bit heavier than I had hoped, I think because my back is hurting a bit today.

Bench
Bar x20
40kg x15
60kg x10
80kg x6
100kg x3 Here I just took a notion to keep it going and see where I am
120kg x1
125kg x1
130kg x1
135kg x1
140kg x1
145kg x1 Equalled my pb. WTF? I haven't benched over 100kg in months. Really not quite sure where this came from. Maybe my man strength is developing??

Reverse hypers and hypers to finish it off. Will probably do some abs and crush grip work this evening. All in all, quite optimistic after this. 510 is going to be a piece of piss  8)


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Page 4
Post by: tonymctones on March 19, 2009, 06:53:01 PM
looking good bro keep fighting the good fight.


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Page 4
Post by: burn2live on March 20, 2009, 09:01:14 AM
looking good bro keep fighting the good fight.

Cheers man


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Page 4
Post by: burn2live on March 22, 2009, 10:53:16 AM
Power Jerk
60kg x 5
82.5kg 3x5

DB Military Press (Feet together)
Progressing these very slowly seeing as my delts are weak as piss and the dumbells go up in 2.5kg jumps, a cumulative 5kg jump.
22.5kg 4x5

I just threw some tri work in here. Some push downs and the like. I think next time I'm going to throw in close grip bench and work on the triceps pressing rather than extending. I really need to work on my triceps and delts. I think some boards and band work are needed to improve the mid-point of my bench.

Had a check up on the back the other day and it's all good  8)


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Page 4
Post by: burn2live on March 25, 2009, 03:20:39 PM
Today I was off and I've been cleaning up my diet. I weighed in 111.9kg in shorts, t-shirt and cons the other day. I know I'll be 110 easily, but I want to lean out a little. Dropped my carbs and upped my fats and veg and my protein was already pretty high. Started this yesterday.

Today was a little like this:
0800 Banana, whey isolate 48g protein, 2 x cups of coffee, litre of water
1000 3g cod liver oil, 500ml water
1100 Protein bar, whey isolate&concentrate 36g protein, 3g cod liver oil, 500ml water
1400 Large steak, 2 fistfuls of green beans, some grated cheddar on top, 2 x cups of coffee, 500ml water
1600 3g cod liver oil, 500ml water, shake 36g protein, 2 x cups of coffee
1700 2 x grilled salmon fillets, 2 fistfuls of green beans
From then til now just water and tea
2300 (Just now) Shake total 100g protein (whey concentrate, isolate & soy protein)

Low carbs aren't affecting me yet. Heading to bed soon. Seeing as I've got a slight peak in my training tomorrow I will probably have some brown rice early afternoon and gainer 30 min before workout at about 1600.


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Page 4
Post by: Stubborn on March 25, 2009, 05:09:34 PM
You have it down to how much water and when. I thought I was anal. ;D


The 100g of protein at night is probably a waste and some is getting stored away. Having a whey/casein mix would do you better at 25g each. Just an idea. Im interested though, why would you put so much protein at the end of the day and so little at the beginning? I always used an even amount all day, maybe an extra 10g at night, but never double.


Looks good otherwise, especially the grilled salmon. :P


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Page 4
Post by: burn2live on March 26, 2009, 09:29:47 AM
You have it down to how much water and when. I thought I was anal. ;D


The 100g of protein at night is probably a waste and some is getting stored away. Having a whey/casein mix would do you better at 25g each. Just an idea. Im interested though, why would you put so much protein at the end of the day and so little at the beginning? I always used an even amount all day, maybe an extra 10g at night, but never double.


Looks good otherwise, especially the grilled salmon. :P

It's really just the way the protein is made. It's a blend of the three, so it's not as good in terms of bioavailabilty. 2 scoops is 80g and that's the recommended amount, so I throw an extra half scoop in for good measure!  :D

I know what you mean, I think I'll drop it a little seeing as it's wasted. I forgot to say I also take about 9g glutamine in my shakes whenever I think I'll need it.

Just in from the gym, it was a good workout, but felt myself starting to wear down towards the end despite having some more carbs today. I expected that though.

Bench 105kg
Chins up to 17.5kg
Dips 20kg
Lat pull downs 70kg for a bit of a pump
Incline dumbell 40kg. Decided to go mad on these and did a whole bunch of sets. Came to about 55 reps total. Bit of fun!

My friend is having a barbecue tonight seeing as we are off uni tomorrow. I'm going to go to the supermarket and buy a shitload of meat. Tonight can be a cheat! lol


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Pag
Post by: burn2live on March 30, 2009, 11:57:44 AM
Training today. Took a bit of a break over the weekend.

Legs today went up to 190kg with a belt to see how it felt then had working sets 127.5kg. Felt harder than I would have liked. Just one of those days I guess.
Deadlifts
100kg x8
140kg x5
177.5kg 5x3 Deadlifts felt nice today. I'm beginning to get my groove back on these. I had totally lost it a while ago and the whole movement felt alien.

Improvised reverse hypers with smallest band 4x10

Improvised hypers with band 4x12

Hanging leg raises 4x14

I really enjoy doing the reverse hypers and stretching out my back after squatting and deadlifting. Really feels like it's doing some good. I'll try and get a video of the way I'm improvising these. A little difficult to explain. The idea was actually Jamie Burke's.

I've also figured out a way of doing some sort of glute ham raise which I'll also try to get on video.



Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Pag
Post by: burn2live on April 02, 2009, 02:03:03 PM
Today I was tired and was sore in the semimembranosus area of my hamstrings, also a little stiff in the quads.

Power Jerk was 90kg today.
Standing dumbell military press with feet together is remaining at 22.5kg for now. Increased the volume a bit
JM Press
Close Grip Bench paused
I was planning on doing some dips today, but I couldn't be bothered waiting on the dip bars. Went home and did some abs. Nothing special. Can't wait until things start getting heavy.

I'm back to 4 wheels on the deadlift tomorrow. Here's to a good workout at 0630!  8)


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Page 4
Post by: 11venthhour on April 03, 2009, 02:43:46 PM
good luck with the dead lifts!


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Pag
Post by: burn2live on April 03, 2009, 04:27:05 PM
good luck with the dead lifts!

Cheers man.

I was training at 0630 this morning, it's now 0120 where I am. Squats were 130kg today. Felt easier than the previous workouts.

Followed these up with deadlifts 180kg 5x3. My legs were a little tired and I could feel my ass kicking up too early in the movement and putting too much onto my back. That's something I need to watch. Despite this happening sometimes my back was always straight and the work I've been putting into it is paying off.

After this I did a load of lower back stuff. Improvised reverse hypers and hypers, then some hanging leg raises to stretch out the spine a bit. All in all, felt good  8)

http://www.burn-to-live-live-to-burn.blogspot.com/


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Pag
Post by: burn2live on April 06, 2009, 06:23:14 AM
Just a quick post to show what I meant about the improvised reverse hypers. Can't rate these highly enough. Sex for the lower back  8)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nj9HpfDpTuc

http://www.burn-to-live-live-to-burn.blogspot.com/


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Page 4
Post by: Stubborn on April 06, 2009, 10:02:41 AM
I do them the same way from time to time. Get some weird looks though. :)


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Pag
Post by: burn2live on April 06, 2009, 10:10:28 AM
I do them the same way from time to time. Get some weird looks though. :)

Yep, at least I'm not doing fucking crunches in it  >:( That's all people do on that machine in our gym


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Page 4
Post by: 11venthhour on April 06, 2009, 09:01:47 PM
could i get a similar effect with a DB?

looks intresting to say the least!


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Page 4
Post by: Stubborn on April 06, 2009, 10:10:40 PM
could i get a similar effect with a DB?

looks intresting to say the least!

Yes. Just difficult to do when the weight gets heavy.


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Pag
Post by: burn2live on April 07, 2009, 03:37:12 AM
could i get a similar effect with a DB?

looks intresting to say the least!

You should get some bands man. I got mine from Iron Woody. Cheaper than other sites and fast postage, especially considering I'm in Europe.


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Pag
Post by: 11venthhour on April 07, 2009, 07:16:32 PM
You should get some bands man. I got mine from Iron Woody. Cheaper than other sites and fast postage, especially considering I'm in Europe.

i will have to look into the bands because i tried to use the DB today and i felt like a tool!


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Pag
Post by: burn2live on April 10, 2009, 03:42:21 PM
Bit of chest back today. Doing a bodybuilding routine on the bench, but it's keeping my strength up well enough. Put 120kg on the bar prior to my working sets to see how it felt. Went as follows:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGMYM-TZFVM



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Post by: Stubborn on April 14, 2009, 09:34:03 PM
Seemed a little too easy.


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Pag
Post by: burn2live on April 15, 2009, 01:42:13 PM
Seemed a little too easy.

Yeh, I knew it would be, it's really just for a feel. Didn't train today. Was totally wrecked. Spent the last two days painting and cleaning my mate's gym. Looks way better now. Still can't get the paint off my hands and arms though!  >:(


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Post by: ripitupbaby on April 15, 2009, 04:02:57 PM
Great vids  :)

Wtf is 18/04 btw?



Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Pag
Post by: burn2live on April 16, 2009, 01:33:54 AM
Great vids  :)

Wtf is 18/04 btw?



18th April  :)


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Pag
Post by: ripitupbaby on April 16, 2009, 03:19:45 AM
18th April  :)


Sweet.  So that's two days from now.   :o



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Post by: Overload on April 16, 2009, 09:29:34 AM
Good luck Burn!

I'm jealous of your gym.

8)


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Pag
Post by: burn2live on April 16, 2009, 12:56:20 PM
Thanks guys. The gym is ok, not quite as good as it looks. Most of the space is taken up by crappy cardio machines. Also, since it's the university gym you get plebs coming in and using squat racks or deadlift platforms to biceps curl. Sooo annoying  >:(


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Post by: 11venthhour on April 17, 2009, 11:17:34 PM
hope all went well today!



Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Pag
Post by: tonymctones on April 18, 2009, 02:31:34 PM
Thanks guys. The gym is ok, not quite as good as it looks. Most of the space is taken up by crappy cardio machines. Also, since it's the university gym you get plebs coming in and using squat racks or deadlift platforms to biceps curl. Sooo annoying  >:(
lol where did those ppl get that from? i got tons of ppl who do the same thing at my gym.


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Pag
Post by: burn2live on April 18, 2009, 03:28:36 PM
lol where did those ppl get that from? i got tons of ppl who do the same thing at my gym.

I want to feed them the bar they are curling when I see it  >:(


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Pag
Post by: burn2live on April 18, 2009, 03:37:07 PM
Thanks for the support guys. It's really appreciated!

Well, today didn't go quite to plan  :( I had to lift heavier than I wanted. Another guy was in at my age and weight, my competitive side didn't want to give in and a few guys said this guy shouldn't be on the same platform as me. So I wanted to prove that despite still recovering from injury I could still win. I had planned on just doing openers for qualifying for the worlds. The competition weights are in kg as follows and are raw, just a belt, no belt on bench:

Squat: 190, 200, 210
Bench: 120, 130, 135*
Deadlift: 210, 232.5, -

I seriously screwed up my bench. On the 135 it reached a point where I knew I had it. I relaxed and got complacent so the bar slowed down and dropped about a centimetre and then I finished the lift. Got three reds. So annoyed at myself on this. Very very sloppy. Lack of discipline. This weight was well within me.

The 210 squat was tough enough, but then again, I haven't even squatted over 137.5kg in training. 500lb should be here soon.

Deadlifts, 232.5 went up nice and smooth and I didn't need anymore, so I left the third lift. The dude in my class was reading the rule book and stuff for some reason I dunno, but I heard he told his mates he hurt his back. Imo, his back was fine. There was no sign of injury in his first deadlift. Tbh I think this was an excuse so it would look like he wasn't beaten outright.

*=missed

At the end of it all, I'm national drug free champ at my age and weight and so I achieved my objectives  Here's to the world champs in Milton Keynes, 14-15th November this year. If anyone on the forum will be there or wants to say hello let me know!

So good to be back on the platform! Representing getbig ta fuck!!


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Pag
Post by: burn2live on April 18, 2009, 04:01:16 PM
Also, blogged last night:

http://www.burn-to-live-live-to-burn.blogspot.com/


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Post by: tonymctones on April 18, 2009, 04:08:33 PM
awesome shit bro congrats ;D what injury are you recovering from, shoulder?


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Pag
Post by: burn2live on April 18, 2009, 06:34:20 PM
awesome shit bro congrats ;D what injury are you recovering from, shoulder?

Lower back. Sacroiliac ligaments. Seriously fudged them up  :(


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Pag
Post by: tonymctones on April 19, 2009, 12:50:03 AM
Lower back. Sacroiliac ligaments. Seriously fudged them up  :(
huh really? no offense but by your numbers i thought a shoulder, your squat and dead numbers look pretty damn good your bench seems like should be higher by looking at the other two again no offense i dont powerlift so i could be talking out of my ass with a lower back injury i would think it would be the other way around. How did you screw up your back up? ligaments sounds pretty serious :(


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Post by: ripitupbaby on April 19, 2009, 05:05:43 PM
Good stuff burn!  Congrats!!   8)



Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Pag
Post by: burn2live on April 20, 2009, 03:32:47 AM
huh really? no offense but by your numbers i thought a shoulder, your squat and dead numbers look pretty damn good your bench seems like should be higher by looking at the other two again no offense i dont powerlift so i could be talking out of my ass with a lower back injury i would think it would be the other way around. How did you screw up your back up? ligaments sounds pretty serious :(

None taken at all. You're right, my bench has always been crap. I have pretty poor strength in my delts which I'm working on. I also think my shoulders are a bit lax. Interestingly I recently noticed my collar bones are uneven, which could indicate I may have fractured one of them when I was a little kid and it went unnoticed. Whether this could affect my bench now I dunno.

Screwed my back up deadlifting  :( Thanks for the comment man.


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Pag
Post by: burn2live on April 20, 2009, 03:33:24 AM
Good stuff burn!  Congrats!!   8)



Thanks rip!  :)


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Return from injury aiming for 510 raw total by 18/04. Pag
Post by: tonymctones on April 20, 2009, 05:17:16 PM
None taken at all. You're right, my bench has always been crap. I have pretty poor strength in my delts which I'm working on. I also think my shoulders are a bit lax. Interestingly I recently noticed my collar bones are uneven, which could indicate I may have fractured one of them when I was a little kid and it went unnoticed. Whether this could affect my bench now I dunno.

Screwed my back up deadlifting  :( Thanks for the comment man.
of course man

thats weird about the collar bones, my right shoulder sits a tad lower then the left not really noticable to anybody but me but my right shoulder is the one thats screwed up too so who knows.

keep up the good work bro


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Post by: burn2live on April 22, 2009, 02:48:34 PM
On a side note, just found a pic online of me bustin out a squat from last weekend. I'm guessing this is the 210kg, may have been the 200kg cos the bar looks like it has slid up my traps, which I remember happened during that lift. Enjoy  :P
(http://www.idfpa.plus.com/img/DSC_0088_3265_edited-1.jpg)



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Post by: Stubborn on April 22, 2009, 06:13:28 PM
You shouldnt put pics like that in the hands of getbiggers.  ;)


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Post by: 11venthhour on April 22, 2009, 07:17:23 PM
congrats man, it sounds like you had a good meet, you know with you winning and all!

You shouldnt put pics like that in the hands of getbiggers.  ;)

the first thing that came in mind was a "surprise: butt sex" motivational poster!


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Post by: burn2live on April 23, 2009, 02:38:09 AM
You shouldnt put pics like that in the hands of getbiggers.  ;)

lol. Think I should remove it?


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Post by: ripitupbaby on April 23, 2009, 06:05:11 AM
lol. Think I should remove it?


NO.  It's a good pic.  :)


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Post by: burn2live on April 23, 2009, 11:24:26 AM

NO.  It's a good pic.  :)


lol. Thanks Rip. It stays then. If any getbiggers wreck it you can stick up for me  :P

Just in from legs, some abs and lower back today. New deadlift/rack pull routine thrown into the mix

Squats working sets back up to 3 wheels. Woooo
Rack pulls very easy
Reverse Hypers with the second of the 41 inch Iron Woody bands doubled round the hyper machine
Hanging leg raises
Hyperextensions with the first of the 41 inch Iron Woody bands doubled round the hyper machine
Turkish Get Ups for a change. Just 30kg on these.

I was experimenting on the low carb diet for a while, but it wasn't conducive to studying, so I've just cleaned up my diet over the last few weeks and if anything I seem to be getting fatter  :-\ This is weird. Either that or I'm developing body dysmorphia. lol. I also think I'm a couple of kg lighter than I was and I look worse for it. I'm going to get really strict with it and see what happens. I'm thinking the beta blockers I'm on for the headaches I get are what's holding me back. Slower heart rate, slower metabolism I guess


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Post by: Stubborn on April 24, 2009, 12:39:59 PM
Counteract those damn beta blockers with good ole fashioned amphetamines. >:(


Low carb is not conducive to life. More cardio=the key.


I hear ya on the dysmorphia. I started getting my shit together and I feel like Im falling apart.


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Post by: burn2live on May 01, 2009, 08:52:59 AM
Videofest yesterday:

100kg squat form/depth check. I feel like I'm a lot lower than I actually am. Deep enough?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MO3HFYkgSTI

Same again, 120kg on my back. Deep enough?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrTmPB23gyk

Same again, 142.5kg on my back. Deep enough?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRzW9HB67tk

170kg plus 12 inch Iron Woody bands, the two smallest ones. From well below the knee. Feels like I'm right at my sticking point.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9e5QMlYok0M

Later in the day I was down in my friend's gym. He has a new log, so I just had to give it a go even though my lower back and legs were pooped. lol. Bear in mind I've never lifted a log before  :-\

100kg log:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Tdr77uTmcc

105kg log:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8raKNCrOczk


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Post by: 11venthhour on May 01, 2009, 12:44:01 PM
awesome videos!

depth looks good, it might be the camera angle that might make it closer than it seems.


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Post by: Stubborn on May 01, 2009, 03:03:49 PM
Depth looks fine. Some get slightly high but you're not in a PL meet so who cares? Good work!


Nice job with the log too! First time I used one I wobbled all over the damn place just trying to stabilize. ;D It was 225lbs too.


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Post by: burn2live on May 01, 2009, 03:49:11 PM
awesome videos!

depth looks good, it might be the camera angle that might make it closer than it seems.


Cheers man!


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Working to a 500lb raw squat Page 6
Post by: burn2live on May 01, 2009, 03:52:10 PM
Depth looks fine. Some get slightly high but you're not in a PL meet so who cares? Good work!


Nice job with the log too! First time I used one I wobbled all over the damn place just trying to stabilize. ;D It was 225lbs too.

Hmm, but I don't want to get into bad habits  :-\ The weight is easy, I think I can add a few extra kg to my 1rm squat in the next few months.

Dunno why, just can't get nearly as deep as I used to. It's got to be the slightly wider stance and my hip flexors being really tight.

The log is great fun. Going to train with it again tomorrow.


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Post by: tonymctones on May 01, 2009, 07:33:50 PM
COOL SHIT BRO, lol ya that pic is gonna get used a bit around here for sure but it is a damn good pic



Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Working to a 500lb raw squat Page 6
Post by: Stubborn on May 01, 2009, 10:42:02 PM
Cant get low? Do olympic squats more often. They will loosen you up a bit. They'll also make you a whole different kind of sore. :D


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Post by: burn2live on May 02, 2009, 08:25:25 AM
COOL SHIT BRO, lol ya that pic is gonna get used a bit around here for sure but it is a damn good pic



lol. Cheers man. No doubt some skinny twink squatting a 1rm of 100lbs will abuse the pic  :D


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Working to a 500lb raw squat Page 6
Post by: burn2live on May 02, 2009, 08:26:41 AM
Cant get low? Do olympic squats more often. They will loosen you up a bit. They'll also make you a whole different kind of sore. :D

What's the difference between Olympic squat and regular squat? Olympic squat narrower stance?


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Post by: Ursus on May 02, 2009, 08:27:00 AM
dude?

hows his foot. pm me?


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Working to a 500lb raw squat Page 6
Post by: burn2live on May 02, 2009, 08:33:07 AM
Oh, yes, today I was doing some delts and had planned to do some triceps.

Hit the log again and put up 110kg. I'd love to manage 130 before the year is out. Going to gradually work things up. Anyways, yesterday I was benching and felt a tiny pull in the lateral head of my left triceps. Finished my workout and it felt ok today. I started training with the log then after the I did some seated dumbells and pretty much finished it at that. My triceps started getting pretty tender again, so I thought it best to leave any triceps work. I'll leave it to rest for a few days and hit squats again tomorrow.


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Working to a 500lb raw squat Page 6
Post by: Stubborn on May 02, 2009, 02:45:43 PM
What's the difference between Olympic squat and regular squat? Olympic squat narrower stance?

Relatively narrow stance, feet pointed outward slightly, bar high on back, and squat. Look at how this guy is positioned at the bottom of the clean and jerk movement:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7Nkr15kZBY

Of course the weight will be on your back. The idea is basically to get the legs out of the way of the torso and to better center the weight over your feet. You can only sit so far back in a squat before you fall over but in an oly squat you go straight down. It brings a whole new meaning to "ass to grass." ;)


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Working to a 500lb raw squat Page 6
Post by: burn2live on May 02, 2009, 04:51:28 PM
Relatively narrow stance, feet pointed outward slightly, bar high on back, and squat. Look at how this guy is positioned at the bottom of the clean and jerk movement:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7Nkr15kZBY

Of course the weight will be on your back. The idea is basically to get the legs out of the way of the torso and to better center the weight over your feet. You can only sit so far back in a squat before you fall over but in an oly squat you go straight down. It brings a whole new meaning to "ass to grass." ;)

Nice, I may do my warm up sets Olympic style and then do my working sets as usual. Would there be any benefit to this?


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Post by: burn2live on May 03, 2009, 04:11:49 PM
Squats went very well today. Warmed up mixing in some Olympic squats. In my working sets I further lowered the bar on my back a few sets in and it made a world of difference. I think I'm going to squat with the bar much lower from now on. Feels solid.

I've got a bad stiffness in my back. Around the lower thoracic vertebrae. Feels like a couple of them have locked together or something. Only painful when I arch my back and I don't think it's an injury. Going to get it checked out. Just feels like it really needs a good crack to knock it back into place. I got my girlfriend to stand on it earlier. Didn't work. She's not heavy enough. lol


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Working to a 500lb raw squat Page 6
Post by: Overload on May 03, 2009, 09:01:45 PM
Squats look good, but some feds might call that borderline.

This is how i teach people to squat.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_081S58BBdk

Great work!

I think Mikhail is a PERFECT example of squat and deadlift form.

Notice the grip on deadlifts. :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhwsCCtsaDk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65jovqRDaDs



8)


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Post by: Stubborn on May 03, 2009, 09:08:36 PM
Misha is perfect example of how to lift anything, haha!


Yes, the Oly squats will help as a warmup. Try that and try some heavier sets as well. See if it does for you what it does for some others. When I started squatting that way my whole form changed a bit.


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Working to a 500lb raw squat Page 6
Post by: burn2live on May 04, 2009, 02:15:33 PM
Squats look good, but some feds might call that borderline.

This is how i teach people to squat.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_081S58BBdk

Great work!

I think Mikhail is a PERFECT example of squat and deadlift form.

Notice the grip on deadlifts. :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhwsCCtsaDk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65jovqRDaDs



8)


Nice, thanks for the videos. Dude is a beast. Lower back must be unbelievably strong to hold that form with the bar so high on his back


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Post by: burn2live on May 04, 2009, 02:16:34 PM
Misha is perfect example of how to lift anything, haha!


Yes, the Oly squats will help as a warmup. Try that and try some heavier sets as well. See if it does for you what it does for some others. When I started squatting that way my whole form changed a bit.

Will throw them in during my warm up. Won't put them in during working sets as I don't want to disrupt this cycle too much. Next cycle I think I'll drop them in somewhere  8)


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Post by: burn2live on May 09, 2009, 01:42:25 AM
Just a brief update. Training has hit a snag the last few days, which is unfortunate, seeing as I started the week well, getting up at 0615 and training before university.

I've got some sort of throat infection. My sister had glandular fever the last few weeks and I was watching football in the living room where she had spent all day vegetating on the couch, so the room would have been full of EBV. lol. I just really hope I haven't got it. Symptoms to date, sore throat, sore head, exhausted all the time and I think my eyebrows are beginning to swell  :-\ No glands have swollen yet, so I'm still hopeful it's just a bad head cold. Could even be swine flu  :D


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Post by: Stubborn on May 09, 2009, 04:37:01 PM
Get well soon!


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Post by: burn2live on May 10, 2009, 03:36:03 AM
Get well soon!

Thanks man. I've woken up today and it's obviously got into my chest. Coughing up the green now  8)


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Post by: ripitupbaby on May 11, 2009, 03:49:51 AM
That sucks.  I hope you feel better soon!


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Post by: burn2live on May 11, 2009, 12:47:03 PM
That sucks.  I hope you feel better soon!


Thanks Rip.
 
Today I hadn't planned to train. I had university and then came home and started studying again. I was due to be in the hospital in the afternoon but gave it a miss as it's recommended we aren't on the wards if we are ill.

Anywhoooo...sitting studying and my back is sore and basically I'm fed up and need to clear my head. Decided to train. It was tough, any set with more than 4 reps and I was feeling gassed. Managed to get through the whole chest back workout, doing what I had planned and my back feels so much better for it. Just glad to have given myself some time away from the books. I plan on getting up at 6am tomorrow to study and may make it to the gym for legs and lower back in the evening.

Blogged a few times in the last few days as well if anyone is interested.

http://www.burn-to-live-live-to-burn.blogspot.com/

That is all  8)


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Post by: burn2live on May 16, 2009, 04:12:38 PM
Training is trundling along really well at the moment. Did some accessory work today, hit my delts and tris mainly. Threw in some good mornings at the end. They are going really well for me. Working sets are up to 122.5kg now. Heavier than I've ever gone before on them

Squats and lower back tomorrow. Should be fun  :-X


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Post by: thewickedtruth on May 17, 2009, 10:11:49 AM
good to see the training is going well bro!


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Post by: burn2live on May 17, 2009, 03:30:38 PM
good to see the training is going well bro!

Thanks man!  :) Squats etc didn't quite happen today. Woke up late and had to visit home seeing as it was my dad's birthday. Tbh I welcome the rest. Started studying at 1230 and finished at 2300. Productive day in terms of studying. Looking forward to getting into the gym tomorrow


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Post by: burn2live on May 18, 2009, 03:37:51 PM
Squats went well today. 150kg working sets and have been working the Olympic squats into my warm up.
Followed up with rack pulls
Reverse hypers
Abs

I had planned to get a few videos today, but unfortunately didn't get the opportunity seeing as the gym was so busy. Maybe I'll get one tomorrow


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Post by: thewickedtruth on May 18, 2009, 06:30:21 PM
how'd it all turn out today? getting back the old numbers or close?


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Post by: burn2live on May 19, 2009, 03:06:26 AM
how'd it all turn out today? getting back the old numbers or close?

I'm taking things nice and slowly. Rack pulls just at 180kg plus bands, but it was from my sticking point and after squats so they were a little tough. I think by the end of the summer I will hopefully have exceeded everything previous, apart from my deadlift. I'm taking it slowly in order to get a big peak. Ideally I want 300kg raw by the end of the year. If I can stay injury free I feel that's a realistic possibility.

I'm forming a few goals in my head
Squat 500lb before the summer is out, as for the end of the year, 250kg (550lb) would be nice, but a little optimistic I know
Deadlift 300kg (660lb) before the year is out
Power jerk 300lb before the year is out
Chin 50kg (110lb) before the year is out
Bench 150-155kg (330-341lb) before the year is out
I'd also like to get up to sets of 10 with 110lb incline dumbell

All at ~230-235lb bw, raw and drug free

Now that I'm a bit older I can feel my joints have settled a bit and my ligaments have stiffened up, this has definitely helped my technique in a few things, so hopefully that continues


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Post by: 11venthhour on May 19, 2009, 11:54:18 PM
strong shit right there, good luck with your goals.

do you still think you will move on to strongman comps in the future?


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Post by: burn2live on May 20, 2009, 01:24:36 AM
strong shit right there, good luck with your goals.

do you still think you will move on to strongman comps in the future?

I've been talking to my coach about that and I think that will probably be the case. It's just that we have a lack of strongman equipment at the moment  :(


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Post by: burn2live on May 21, 2009, 07:21:10 AM
Just in from the gym. Hadn't planned on training today seeing as I have an exam tomorrow. I had one this morning as well though and needed to get into the gym and clear my head a bit.

Power Jerk (Nearly broke my jaw with the bar on this, which is good, explosiveness is something I'm working on for these  :) )
Seated DB Shoulder Press
Close grip bench
A few goodmornings thrown in at the end

Short and sweet



Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Working to a 500lb raw squat Page 6
Post by: burn2live on May 28, 2009, 11:01:07 AM
Haven't posted in this for a while because my life has been taken over by exams. Done four, just another one to do next week and I'm off for the summer. Today

Bench
Chin
Dip
Wide Lat Pull Down
Incline Db
Biceps curls for a laugh

Bench is feeling quite good and my squats are continuing to go up as well. My lower back is holding out too. Happy enough all round  :)


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Post by: MisterMagoo on May 28, 2009, 03:36:33 PM
get under the pullup bar!!


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Post by: burn2live on May 29, 2009, 01:50:14 AM
get under the pullup bar!!

lol. I was chinning?


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Post by: burn2live on May 29, 2009, 10:32:38 AM
Trained again today. I was down in my friend's city centre gym, where they have a log, so I was on it again. Gradually working that up and when I'm down there I just replace the power jerk I normally do in that workout with the log.

Some other shoulder pressing and triceps work. I am considering throwing in some rotator cuff work, though I already have quite a bit in my workouts, so maybe next time I'm changing my routine about I can slot them in somewhere.

Did some goodmornings as well. They are really coming along for me. Working sets are at 125kg (275lbs), unbelted and quite deep. I'd like to get these to 300lbs with the same arrangement (unbelted). If I manage it I'll definitely get them on video


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Post by: burn2live on June 03, 2009, 03:04:26 PM
Finished my exams for the summer today. Headed into the city centre and decided I was going to have a sick squat session. First off I worked up to 220kg for a single belted. A personal best and I know I had 500lbs in me, but held back just to be safe. Video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZk4I1MYCPE

After this I did 160kg 4x6 unbelted. Then followed that up with the most grueling set of squats I have ever done in my life. By rep 14 I thought I was going to vomit. By 18 I could hardly breathe and thought I would pass out. By 20, well, it felt like I was dying from the inside out. I still enjoyed it though  :P Some reps maybe not quite to parallel, but happy with it nonetheless, especially considering all the squatting beforehand. Notice my mate blessing me as I lay on the floor afterwards. lol. Also, my friend had been counting wrong. He said one more at one stage, so I had to scream and let him know it was actually two  :D
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rORGr1WHA9E





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Post by: Stubborn on June 03, 2009, 06:16:50 PM
Very nice work!!! Cool looking vids too. :P


How the hell do you hold the bar so far down your back? Guess Im just not that flexible. ;D


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Post by: burn2live on June 04, 2009, 02:29:00 AM
Very nice work!!! Cool looking vids too. :P


How the hell do you hold the bar so far down your back? Guess Im just not that flexible. ;D

Cheers dude  :) The bar position is a totally new thing for me. Until a few months ago I used to have the bar basically on top of my traps.

Over a year ago someone had recommended that I move the bar down lower. I tried it and didn't like it one bit. Then, a few months ago, I thought I'd try it again. I moved it down and it was sitting on the spines of my scapulae. I did 3 or so workouts like that and it hurt like hell because the bar was just sitting on the bone.

The next workout I thought, what the hell I'll take it down further. I did and holy shit it feels right. I've been trying to increase the size on my upper back so I have a little "padding" so to speak. It's definitely worked. One bad point is my wrists are taking a hammering from it. It feels tight as hell though, I'm really glad I made the transition. I'm going to look into getting a pair of wrist wraps to give them a bit of support


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Post by: Stubborn on June 04, 2009, 09:54:20 AM
I have tried lowering the bar on my back but it always feels unstable. I just like the feeling of it on my traps, it isnt going anywhere. I will definitely be giving it another try though. People say they actually get more poundage from putting it lower. Does the lower position equate to increased weight on your squat, burn?


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Post by: 11venthhour on June 04, 2009, 07:11:59 PM
that bar is super low!

i know when i lowered the squat to about my rear delt and lower trap area it helped increase the weight. but most of all i felt more balanced when i squatted. a lot of time when i would squat with the bar on top of the traps, i would feel myself lean forward especially when i went heavy so then you spend time compensating.

awesome videos!


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Post by: burn2live on June 05, 2009, 06:19:19 AM
I have tried lowering the bar on my back but it always feels unstable. I just like the feeling of it on my traps, it isnt going anywhere. I will definitely be giving it another try though. People say they actually get more poundage from putting it lower. Does the lower position equate to increased weight on your squat, burn?

I definitely think the new positioning has helped up my squat poundage. It feels very stable for me. I have found that taking my hands in as close as possible (flexibility permitting) and then gripping it like hell and trying to bend it around my back has really helped keep everything tight.


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Post by: burn2live on June 05, 2009, 06:25:13 AM
that bar is super low!

i know when i lowered the squat to about my rear delt and lower trap area it helped increase the weight. but most of all i felt more balanced when i squatted. a lot of time when i would squat with the bar on top of the traps, i would feel myself lean forward especially when i went heavy so then you spend time compensating.

awesome videos!


Cheers dude. I agree with you. Having the bar lower on my back protects my lower back, especially when things get tough. I used to have a horrible habit of kicking my ass up early and taking the weight on my lower back when I was finding a rep difficult.

In physics terms it makes sense. I think of my lower back as the pivot point, my spine as the lever and the weight as the force applied to the lever. The further away the weight is from the pivot point, the more easily it will be for it to take control and also the more difficult it will be for me to get the weight up if I lose a bit of form. Having the weight closer to the pivot means it can't exert such a large force on my lower back.


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Post by: ripitupbaby on June 05, 2009, 05:29:59 PM
Awesome vids burn.   Impressive... first vid looked waaaaaaaaaaaay too easy, and I got tired watching the second one.  8)



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Post by: tonymctones on June 05, 2009, 06:13:47 PM
damn burn that 220kg squat looked awesome bro you look like you had alot left in you...good shit keep up the good work


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Post by: burn2live on June 07, 2009, 07:06:57 AM
Awesome vids burn.   Impressive... first vid looked waaaaaaaaaaaay too easy, and I got tired watching the second one.  8)




Thanks Rip  :) My legs are almost back to normal now  ;D


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Post by: burn2live on June 07, 2009, 07:09:48 AM
damn burn that 220kg squat looked awesome bro you look like you had alot left in you...good shit keep up the good work

Cheers tony, I'd love a 250 before the end of the year  :)


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Post by: thewickedtruth on July 13, 2009, 08:27:02 PM
nice squat and the kinda depth that i love myself! feels good to sit down that deep doesn't it!  ;D ;D  good work man


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Post by: burn2live on August 05, 2009, 03:52:31 PM
nice squat and the kinda depth that i love myself! feels good to sit down that deep doesn't it!  ;D ;D  good work man

Cheers dude!

Sorry I haven't been online lately, been having some serious internet issues  >:(

Anyways, in the time I've been away I've started to make the transition into equipped lifting. The first day in gear was an experience alright. A totally different animal. I managed a 600lb squat from a box 1 inch above parallel, straps down and then tried out the bench and managed 200kg off a 3 board in a fury.

I haven't trained straps up in the squat as I've found they really throw me forward. I'm going to gradually work them in once I become confident with what I already have on.

I'm continuing my raw training and then training equipped once a week with a club down the motorway from me. Training there tomorrow. Some light squats and heavy deads. Might have a video, depends how things go. My back has some DOMS from the other day, but if it feels good tomorrow I might consider a PR attempt


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Working to a 300kg single ply squat and 300kg raw dead Pa
Post by: Stubborn on August 05, 2009, 11:07:30 PM
Good to see you're still at it! Making good progress I see. Keep it up!


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Working to a 300kg single ply squat and 300kg raw dead Pa
Post by: burn2live on September 15, 2009, 01:57:18 PM
I should really update this more often  :-\

Still training equipped. Moved into a looser suit in order to get straps up and get used to it. Then I'll get into a slightly tighter one again etc

Started squatting with an old pair of my friend's Inzer iron Z wraps the other day. They felt good, so I've ordered a new pair for myself from Andy Bolton.

I am benching equipped this weekend and ideally I'll get something like 230kg in a single ply katana. Shirted lifting seems to really suit me as my tris are far stronger than my delts and the shirt compensates for this.

I have yet to find a deadlift suit that fits me. Chances are I will try on my friend's which has adjustable straps. Then see how that goes and if  I find something that suits me then I will order an adjustable one myself and have it sewn up where is best for me. I'm not too optimistic about this though, as my deadlift technique is somewhat different and so a suit probably won't do me any good.

My back is still holding up and I've been working with 550lb belted on the deadlift. Raw squats coming along nicely as well. Come November I would like in and around 235-240kg. Bench-wise 155kg would make me very happy.

Nothing else exceptional. Just made a few changes. Lifting heavier, but less frequently and doing a sort of two day split. Training three days a week, one day in gear and two raw.


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Working to a 300kg single ply squat and 300kg raw dead Pa
Post by: burn2live on September 21, 2009, 04:03:12 AM
Holy shit, yesterday was a disaster. I was doing this bench comp at short notice, so had to diet. I came in well under 110 at 108.6kg. We had travelled down at short notice as well the night before. I barely got any sleep. When I got my hand outs the bar felt nowhere near 210kg, so I really thought I could have put in at least one good press

First attempt. 210kg, tough to touch, but my form was shite. Got about half way up and the bar went wonky. No lift

Second attempt. 210kg, easier to touch, felt tighter, again, off the chest then stalled. No lift

Third attempt. 210kg, felt great coming down, got my line and felt the shirt tighten up. Came off the chest well and thought I had a fighting chance. Due to the traction I was putting on the floor with my legs through my arch etc the bench slid along the floor. That was the end of that. No lift

My first bomb out in competition and my sixth time in a bench shirt. I badly underperformed. Just two weeks ago I managed a 230kg press. I just don't know why I couldn't even squeeze out 210kg despite the conditions. This weight was well within me. Fuck it. It's motivation for next time. Four guys from our team went down. Three bombed out. Must be contagious! lol

I was going to squat and deadlift today, but I feel pooped and I have an assignment that needs doing. I will probably train tomorrow. Plan for tomorrow:

Squat: belt only up to 215kg x 1
Squat: belt and knee wraps (if they have arrived) up to possible 230kg x 1
Rack pulls from mid-lower shin: belt. 220kg plus bands
Leg press (as deadlift assistance): Never done these before, so will find a good weight for 5x2
Reverse hypers: 2 x 10
Hypers: 2 x 10
Twisting EZ bar deadlifts: Bar + 90kg 4x2 each side
Some abs

I am adding in the leg press as deadlift assistance because quite frankly my technique is bizarre and I really think these could be of benefit.


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Post by: _bruce_ on September 21, 2009, 08:25:34 AM
Very impressive + Props


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Working to a 300kg single ply squat and 300kg raw dead Pa
Post by: burn2live on September 21, 2009, 09:47:56 AM
Very impressive + Props

Impressive bomb out?  :P  ;D Thanks man, hopefully I can perform next time I step on a platform!


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Post by: Ursus on September 21, 2009, 12:07:01 PM
dude i got ur email ill be in touch soon - comp was broken.

unlucky man ull be grand next day


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Working to a 300kg single ply squat and 300kg raw dead Pa
Post by: burn2live on September 22, 2009, 01:15:11 PM
Trained today. Knee wraps still to arrive, but I made do with an old pair. Took me ages getting on the leg press so I cut a few things out. Worked with 250kg on the leg press for 5x2. Feels very different as I haven't really done it before. I'm just going to keep progressing it and see how it transfers to the deadlift.

Everything felt quite good today, though maybe leaning forward a little too much on the squat. Rack pulls in particular felt strong.


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Working to a 300kg single ply squat and 300kg raw dead Pa
Post by: burn2live on September 28, 2009, 03:02:33 PM
Took a few days off to catch up on some uni work. Started into the hospital today, so I am going to have to squeeze training in where I can now.

Tonight

Bench felt weak because of the break. Just some singles with 135kg then a few 4s with 117.5kg Really should have been 5s, but as I say, a bit rusty
Neutral grip chins BW 8x5
Some light shoulder press 5x5
Lying row, very light, paused at top and slow descent
Close grip bench
RC work
Grip work (Pinch and open hand)

Tomorrow legs if I'm not too tired and have time with studying etc. I think I will go for some full ROM deads instead of rack pulls this week, although a few quick sets of rack pulls may be squeezed in


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Working to a 300kg single ply squat and 300kg raw dead Pa
Post by: burn2live on September 29, 2009, 03:32:55 PM
Today went a bit tits up and I didn't do what I planned.

Squats raw up to 217.5kg x 1
Wraps on 230kg 2 singles (I am really liking these Inzer Iron Wraps Z)
Deadlift up to 265kg x1 My legs were a bit pooped at this stage and my back had been acting up through the squats. I could feel it crunching every time I got out from under the bar and moved about. Basically by this stage I was too tired for deadlifting or much else so I just did the following and kept it mobile this evening.
Reverse Hypers 2x10
Hyperextensions 2x12

That was it. I was due to do some abs, but will do this at home in the form of some ab rollouts, side planks and transversus abdominis work.

The gym is packed at the moment because of all the new students in the uni. It's annoying as fuck. 99% of them will have cancelled their gym membership in 6 weeks. Training is extra tough now that I'm up early into the hospital and being on my feet all day and having to focus. I usually don't get to eat before the gym, just straight home, get changed then back out again. I'll just have to suck it up.

Training equipped again Saturday I think. Squats and bench most likely. I'd like to throw some hamstring work in, but it's all down to time


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Working to a 300kg single ply squat and 300kg raw dead Pa
Post by: burn2live on October 11, 2009, 02:31:18 AM
Trained equipped yesterday. It went quite well, but was also kind of frustrating. I will explain in a second.

Bench 180kg 3x3 Only the first rep of the first set didn't touch. This is one of the things I was talking about when I said it was kind of frustrating. In the competition 3 weeks ago I could barely touch 210kg, then today I touch 180kg for reps and I even managed to touch 160kg prior to this! WTF? Basically I think the shirt was on differently, the marks on my arms showed the seams were running totally different to any way they had previously. Someone different put on the shirt yesterday, I'm definitely getting him to do it in future! lol

Squat up to 260kg x 1 Suit still quite loose. I'm worrying a bit about my back though. When I get up to about 250kg the site of my previous injury acts up and it feels like something there is getting crushed and it hurts like hell. I think I then lean forward slightly to decrease the compression on my back to relieve the pain and doing this will only get me into a whole world of trouble. I'm not sure what I should do

That was all I did yesterday, though my eyelids are purple today. lol


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Working to a 300kg single ply squat and 300kg raw dead Pa
Post by: burn2live on October 12, 2009, 11:42:02 AM
Raw training today.

Squats belted up to 215kgx1. I had hoped to go to 225kg, but the 215 was a little slow on the way up so I left it there. I was squatting equipped only 2 days ago, so that explains my underperforming today.

Rack pulls 235kg + smallest and second smallest 12 inch Iron Woody bands. 5x1
Deadlift 180kg 5x2 for technique
Twisting EZ bar deadlift 90kg + bar 2x2
Nordic Curls 2x10
Leg Press 255kg 5x2


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Working to a 300kg single ply squat and 300kg raw dead Pa
Post by: burn2live on October 13, 2009, 02:30:34 PM
Bench 135kg 5x1
Bench 1 board 120kg 4x4 just to try and focus on keeping my upper back tight
Neutral grip chins + 1.25kg 5x5 very quick
Shoulder press 5x5
Close grip bench 90kg 4x6
Lying row 75kg fast up, paused and held at top, slow down, probably increasing the weight too fast on these. The pause really takes it out of me. lol

I threw in a few sets of 2, banded bench somewhere in here, just to work on some speed. I know it's not on a separate speed day, but it's just about the only place I can fit it in  :-\

This took me a fair amount of time. The gym is still so busy  >:(


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Post by: 11venthhour on October 13, 2009, 04:24:57 PM
still looking strong, good to see you posting more again!


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Working to a 300kg single ply squat and 300kg raw dead Pa
Post by: burn2live on October 17, 2009, 06:13:12 AM
still looking strong, good to see you posting more again!

Thanks man  :) Today as follows:

Squat equipped:
200kg x2
210kg x2
220kg x2
230kg x2
240kg x2 (Probably the sweetest set I have done in my life, they felt like nothing and just glided up)
250kg x2
250kg x1 For some reason things began to fall apart at 250kg. Fatigue I think. I think I'm overtraining a bit now. Things are going to change slightly in the next few weeks as I've realized with my schedule I can't train heavy both raw and equipped every week

Bench equipped:
160kg x2
170kg x2
180kg x2

All of the bench sets were so easy and technique is really starting to come together.

A good day in terms of becoming more familiar with the equipment and ironing out technical issues, however, disappointing that I've let myself become overtrained.


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Working to a 300kg single ply squat and 300kg raw dead Pa
Post by: burn2live on October 21, 2009, 02:58:44 AM
Yesterday:

Deadlift: a few singles at 255kg Not nearly as comfortable as I would have liked. My deadlift has really stalled
Neutral Grip Chins: 2.5kg 5x5 very quick
Shoulder Press
Lying row: Dropped to 72.5kg
Pinch grip work
Leg Press: Not going as deep on these as it's kind of unnecessary for my purposes. Also found it was putting strain on my groin which I really don't want. 380kg 5x2 easy

When I got in the gym today I felt ok, thought it might turn out to be a good workout. After a couple of singles on the deadlift it felt like everything went up shit creek and it took a real effort to push through the workout. Hopefully with some rest I can put in a good session come Saturday.

Did some abs in the house before I went to bed.


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Post by: Zach Trowbridge on November 03, 2009, 06:22:44 PM
I hate those crap sessions. Shake it off, better luck next time.


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Working to a 300kg single ply squat and 300kg raw dead Pa
Post by: burn2live on November 08, 2009, 04:16:24 PM
I hate those crap sessions. Shake it off, better luck next time.

Thanks man. I haven't posted recently as things have been very busy. My training has taken a hit as I'm really prioritizing my education at the moment. I'm competing raw next weekend and I think I will have a bench workout tomorrow and that will do me. I'm really not where I want to be before this competition, but this is the nature of my routine now. All being well I'm hoping to put up something like 230, 152.5, 280. My bench has taken a shit because my delts are totally undertrained. Anywaysssssss, less of my moaning. I'll post after the competition and then freshen things up and take it from there.


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Post by: Zach Trowbridge on November 08, 2009, 09:55:59 PM
Good luck on the competition.  Hope you kill it.


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Working to a 300kg single ply squat and 300kg raw dead Pa
Post by: burn2live on November 18, 2009, 09:47:58 AM
Last weekend was rough. I was up at 6.30am for weigh ins and finished lifting at around 9pm. I was totally exhausted, even by the time the bench came around. Fatigue caught up with me and I definitely underperformed. I won my age class (20-23) and was 4th in the open. Lifts as follows:

Squat 215, 225, 232.5, 240 (4th attempt for record)
After the squat I was 2.5kg behind the leader
Bench 135, 145, 145 (Second attempt I pressed a tad too early. A stupid mistake to make. The lift was easy for me, but I decided to repeat the 145 for safety and not risk another mistake leaving me with only 135. I lifted smart and it worked. After the bench I was 2.5kg ahead
Deadlift 250, 265, - My nearest competitor failed his third attempt and seeing as my 265 was so shaky I decided to leave my third and not risk injuring my back again. I was really disappointed with my deadlift, although I hadn't made much of an attempt to peak it and after being on edge  for over 14 hours I was just happy it went up.

At the end of it all I came out with a 25kg lead and had I lifted slightly better I think I could have placed top 3 in the open. I'm only 21 and still have some way to improve, particularly in my benching. My focus will now be on equipped lifting


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Post by: _bruce_ on November 19, 2009, 04:17:36 AM
Big numbers - props for performing under pressure... guess the adrenaline was flowing...


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Working to a 300kg single ply squat and 300kg raw dead Pa
Post by: burn2live on November 19, 2009, 12:07:23 PM
Big numbers - props for performing under pressure... guess the adrenaline was flowing...

Thanks man. After the squat I was thinking I could be on fire for the rest of the lifts, but it was just too long a day!


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Working to a 300kg single ply squat and 300kg raw dead Page 8
Post by: 11venthhour on November 19, 2009, 01:18:22 PM
meets can be a long day!
great job man, especially if you feel like you had more in the tank!
what weight class did you compete in?


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Working to a 300kg single ply squat and 300kg raw dead Pa
Post by: Stubborn on November 19, 2009, 04:49:54 PM
Very nice work, burn!


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Working to a 300kg single ply squat and 300kg raw dead Pa
Post by: burn2live on November 20, 2009, 04:58:59 AM
meets can be a long day!
great job man, especially if you feel like you had more in the tank!
what weight class did you compete in?

Definitely have more in me. I have pulled 280 before, so that's about somewhere! lol. My diet on competition day consisted of protein shakes, creatine and chocolate. My gut was a wreck. lol

I was 110kg class


Title: Re: From Man to Beast. Working to a 300kg single ply squat and 300kg raw dead Pa
Post by: burn2live on November 20, 2009, 04:59:34 AM
Very nice work, burn!

Thanks man  :)