50 Egg Challenge

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  1. Cool Hand Luke The Real Cool Hand Luke

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    Hey guys, decided to throw my name in the hat here.

    I have worked out in one way or another for nearly 25 years, starting off mostly as cardio and in my 30's getting more into weight & strength training.

    Recently I have decided that I don't care about anything else other than getting stronger - I reckon as I get stronger, I'll get fitter along the way anyway.

    I re-started 5x5 back on the 13th of December and with the help & encouragement of a few posters (@Oblivian & others) I am back on track and focused on making the 1000# club.

    Here were my starting numbers nearly 4 months ago:

    Squats 100lbs
    Bench 65lbs
    Dead Lifts 140lbs
    Barbell Row 65lbs
    Over Head Press 45lbs

    and here are yesterday's numbers:

    Squats 250lbs
    Bench 160lbs
    Dead Lifts 275lbs
    Barbell Row 167.5lbs
    Over Head Press 107.5lbs
     
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  2. Cool Hand Luke The Real Cool Hand Luke

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    With the exception of Bench and Dead Lift, it's a PR every time I lift.
     
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  3. Cmart Aspiring Milo

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    Isn't it fantastic? We can take one of the most basically necessary functions of our bodies -- the manipulation of objects -- and so vastly change our performance and ability. It continually astounds me.

    Obviously, outstanding progress thus far, and glad to have you aboard. Will be watching you make your way to 1000.
     
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  4. Cool Hand Luke The Real Cool Hand Luke

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    it truly is amazing @Cmart , my wife even started and she has progressed so quickly too.

    I never thought I'd ever utter the words but I can't wait to squat again.

    I wish I had someone to train with to determine my 1 rep maxes, I know my deadlift is close to 400lbs and my bench is a just over 200, so I know for at least that I'm closer to 1000lbs than my 5x5 indicates.
     
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  5. Cool Hand Luke The Real Cool Hand Luke

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    Today was an absolute grind. Only the first 3 reps of the first and 5th set felt good, the rest were a chore and I felt my form was off.

    I have noticed that if I wait 2 days between lifting days, I'm much stronger i.e. if I workout Friday and my next day is Monday.

    I may adopt lifting every 3rd day because I suspect I'm not quite recovered from lifting after only 2 days rest.

    Squats - 252.5lbs
    Bench - 162.5lbs
    Rows - 170lbs
     
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  6. Cool Hand Luke The Real Cool Hand Luke

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    Pull ups
    8 strict - 7 assisted
    4 strict - 11 assisted
    4 strict - 11 assisted

    pushups
    20, 20 & 15

    Dumbbell flies
    20x10, 25x10, 30x10

    one armed rows
    30x10, 35x10, 40x 10

    dumbbell curls
    1st set - 20x10, 25x10, 30x10
    2nd set - 35x10, 30x10, 25x10
    3rd set - 40x4, 35x6, 30x7, 25x10

    calf raises - 5 sets x 10 reps

    Been doing pullups for a few months now, started off only able to 2 or 3 strict on the first set - obviously has improved - been stuck on 8 reps for about 2-3 weeks now and can feel I should be getting that 9th one soon.
     
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    No man can eat fifty eggs
     
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  8. Cool Hand Luke The Real Cool Hand Luke

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    Cardio, abs & light stretching today

    5 minute warm up jumping rope

    5 rounds of Bas shadow boxing + crunches between rounds

    5 minute reverse planks

    stretching................

    SQUATS TOMORROW!
     
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  10. Cool Hand Luke The Real Cool Hand Luke

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    amazing what a few day rest means - today hit my squats with no issues, no real grinded out reps, just felt real strong.

    OHP was a different story...

    5x5
    Squats - 255lbs
    OHP - 110lbs (5, 4, 4, 4, & 3 reps) -
    Deadlifts - 280lbs

    starting to feel my overhand grip go at this weight for deads - its 60lbs more than i used to be able to do with overhand grip so real happy with that. I imagine yin/yang grip LOOMS

    having 2 clear days w/out any leg workout (apart from cardio) definitely seems the way to go forward - i simply needed more rest between workouts.
     
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  11. Cool Hand Luke The Real Cool Hand Luke

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    Shoulders ouch.

    Pullups
    8 strict - 7 assisted
    4 strict - 11 assisted
    4 strict - 11 assisted

    Shrugs with 45lbs plates - 3 sets x 10 reps (slow)

    Side/Front/Up - Dumbbell shoulder flies
    10lbs -15 reps each way
    15lbs - 15 reps each way
    20lbs - 15 reps each way

    Upright barbell row
    Bar - 15 reps
    Bar+10 - 15 reps
    Bar+20 - 15 reps

    Seated one armed dumbbell press
    20lbs - 10 reps each arm
    25lbs - 10 reps each arm
    30lbs - 10 reps each arm

    Calf raises - 10sets x 10 reps

    Thought I was going to get that elusive 9th rep on my pullups - got half way up though, so maybe next time.

    Am super fucking sore from yesterday's squats.
     
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  12. Cool Hand Luke The Real Cool Hand Luke

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    5 minutes jump rope

    Dumbbell curls
    1st set- 20lbs x 10reps, increase to 25lbs x 10reps, increase to 30lbs x 10 reps
    2nd set - 35lbs x 10reps, drop to 30lbs x 10reps, drop to 25lbs x 10reps
    3rd set - 40lbs x 5reps, drop to 35lbs x 5reps, drop to 30lbs x 5reps, drop to 25lbs x 7reps, drop to 20lbs x 8reps

    21's - 3 sets
    Bar
    Bar+5
    Bar+10

    5 rounds Bas Rutten boxing with slow crunches between rounds - arms were fucking heavy after all the bicep work.

    3 sets reverse planks

    10 minutes stretching

    Still tight from Thursdays squats, so this stretching was absolutely necessary.
     
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  13. Cool Hand Luke The Real Cool Hand Luke

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    squats were easy again, well, not easy, but not a grind. no doubt that 2 full clear days between squats does me wonders.

    5x5
    squats 257.5lbs
    bench 165lbs
    rows 172.5lbs

    and more of a narrower deadlift stance for my rows and it felt easier.
     
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  14. Oblivian Aging

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    Nothing better than doing 2.5 times the weight you started with and it feeling easy. Great progress.
     
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  15. Cool Hand Luke The Real Cool Hand Luke

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    Thanks mang, you have definitely put me in the right direction.
     
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  16. Cool Hand Luke The Real Cool Hand Luke

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    arms are still fried from yesterdays 21's so the pullups were a struggle. still got 8, but that 9th is in there somewhere hiding.

    Pull ups
    8 strict - 7 assisted
    4 strict - 11 assisted
    4 strict - 11 assisted

    pushups
    20, 20 & 17

    Dumbbell flies
    25x15, 30x15, 40x15

    bent over dumbbell rows
    30x15, 35x15, 40x 10

    tricep dips off bench
    1st set + 25lbs plate - 15 reps
    2nd set + 35lb plate - 10 reps
    3rd set - 15 reps

    calf raises - 8 sets x 10 reps
     
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  17. Cool Hand Luke The Real Cool Hand Luke

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    10 minutes jump rope

    5 rounds Bas Rutten's Boxing with abs and neck bridge between rounds

    3 sets reverse planks into leg raises

    stretching 10 mins
     
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  18. Cool Hand Luke The Real Cool Hand Luke

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    Neck is fried from yesterday's neck bridges. My OHP sucked today big time, but also because I discovered I was cheating. Instead of breathing in, starting at the sternum and ending the press at the sternum, I was doing one continual motion. As far as I have learned, like most of these exercises, you need that starting point with a deep breath, then perform the movement, and bring back to the starting point with your exhale before the next rep.


    5x5
    Squats 260lbs
    OHP 4/2/1/2/2 reps @ 110lbs
    Deadlift 285lbs x 1 set

    I foresee a major drop in weight for OHP.

    Nearly lost my grip on the last rep of the deadlift - i might have another 5lbs before needing to switch to yin/yang, but good news is, there is nothing really difficult about this weight level for me.

    The last 2 reps of the 5th set for Squats were tough, I muscled through and can feel it in the legs/ass big time.
     
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  19. Cool Hand Luke The Real Cool Hand Luke

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    TODAY WAS THE DAY!!!!

    Finally got that elusive 9th rep and managed 2 additional on the 2nd set. I was watching a video last night of some of those core trainers who do nearly nothing but hanging from a bar making it look so effortless - I noticed one thing that differed from my grip

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    So I tried theirs and it made the workout seem much more back strenuous than bicep strenuous - it also mean that I got those extra reps. I don't know if they are proper technique, but I definitely plan on continuing with this 'thumb over' method.

    I also happened across a video of a guy doing a Z-PRESS challenge - it called for a 10 minute nonstop seated OHP from the ground. I knew there was no way I could go 10 minutes so I decided to go as long as I could for 3 sets. These were fucking tough and my shoulders are DEAD.

    Pullups
    9 strict - 7 assisted
    6 strict - 11 assisted
    4 strict - 11 assisted

    Z-Presses (sit on the ground and OHP)
    3 minutes 1st set
    1 minute 2nd set
    1 minute 3rd set

    Dumbbell curls
    1st set- 20lbs x 10reps, increase to 25lbs x 10reps, increase to 30lbs x 10 reps
    2nd set - 35lbs x 10reps, drop to 30lbs x 10reps, drop to 25lbs x 10reps
    3rd set - 40lbs x 5reps, drop to 35lbs x 5reps, drop to 30lbs x 5reps, drop to 25lbs x 7reps, drop to 20lbs x 8reps

    Side/Front/Up - Dumbbell shoulder flies
    10lbs -10 reps each way
    15lbs - 10 reps each way
    20lbs - 10 reps each way

    Alternating Calf raises - until I COULD DO NO MORE
     
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  20. Cool Hand Luke The Real Cool Hand Luke

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    10 minutes jump rope

    5 rounds Bas Rutten's Boxing with neck bridges between rounds

    3 sets reverse planks - 45 seconds each

    3 sets leg raises - 5 reps each (these are tough after the planks)

    stretching 10-15 mins
     
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