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Time NotesGeneral NotesSquat__Squat__Squat__Squat__Squat__Squat__Squat__Squat__SquatBench Press__Bench Press__Bench Press__Bench Press__Bench Press__Bench PressDeadlift__Deadlift__Deadlift__Deadlift__Deadlift__DeadliftPull-Ups__Pull-Ups__Pull-UpsPress__Press__Press__Press__Press__Press__PressPower Clean__Power Clean__Power Clean__Power CleanChin-Ups__Chin-Ups__Chin-Ups__Chin-UpsStretching
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Dates SessionDay of WeekDurationwarmupwarmupwarmupwarmupwarmuptarget WSachieved WSNoteswarmupwarmupwarmupwarmupwarmuptarget WSachieved WSNoteswarmupwarmupwarmupwarmuptarget WSachieved WSNotes1st Set2nd Set3rd SetNoteswarmupwarmupwarmupwarmupwarmuptarget WSachieved WSNoteswarmupwarmupwarmupwarmupwarmuptarget WSachieved WSNotes1st Set2nd Set3rd SetNotes
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3/18SS#01Mon1:45Memory. This is a fairly good time to go, though it is during a break now.2x5@ 451x5@
70
1x3@
105
1x2@
140
N/A3x5@
180
3x5@1352x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 551x2@ 75N/A3x5@ 955@95 / 5@95 / 5@100This can be higher. Started low since a spotter/power rack wasn't available.2x5@ 701x3@ 1051x2@ 140N/A1x5@
175
155NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYSKIPPED
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3/20SS#02Wed1:00Approximate.2x5@ 451x5@
50
1x3@
80
1x2@
105
N/A3x5@ 135140NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAY2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 451x2@ 60N/A3x5@
75
4@70 / 3@70 / 1@70 / 2@652x5@ 651x5@ 651x3@ 651x2@ 80N/A5x3@
100
4@90.5 / 4@85.5 / 5@85.5Whoops, did 3x4/4/5. At least I realized this before long.NOT TODAYSKIPPED
5
3/22SS#03Fri1:22The gym is very empty at this time; any equipment you want is available, but paying for parking sucks. $1/hourKind of dehydrated today.
Swing dance workshop weekend starting tonight.
2x5@ 451x5@
55
1x3@
85
1x2@
115
N/A3x5@
145
1452x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 601x2@ 80N/A3x5@ 1055@105 / 5@105 / 3@105 / 2@105Phone went off during second attempt at third set. That threw me way off.2x5@ 651x3@ 951x2@ 125N/A1x5@ 160160NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYUnwt.878Used home equipment.SKIPPED
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3/25SS#04Mon1:36Snow closed most roads. Had 7 PM commitment. This is a terrible time to go. Have to wait for all equipment.2x5@ 451x5@
60
1x3@
90
1x2@
120
N/A3x5@
150
160I did my math very wrong here and accidentally added an extra ten pounds, but I did 3x5, so I guess that's just the weight now.

I've edited the spreadsheet to automate the plate math.
NOT TODAYNOT TODAYWt.MISSEDDidn't have time today.2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 451x2@ 60N/A3x5@
75
3@75 / 3@70 / 3@65 / 5@55 / 5@60 / 3@60Clearly 75 is too much to aim for. 65 is a good target.2x5@ 651x5@ 651x3@ 651x2@ 70N/A5x3@ 904x3@90 / 2x3@95NOT TODAYSKIPPED
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3/27SS#05Wed1:00So I can finish in an hour, but I have to move fast.Swing dance team practice day (3 hours), followed immediately after lifts. Somehow this also ended up throwing in 25 pushups.

What a weird practice.
2x5@ 451x5@
65
1x3@
95
1x2@
130
N/A3x5@
165
1652x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 651x2@ 85N/A3x5@ 1105@110 / 5@110 / 3@110 / 1@110Spotter disappeared before last set, wasn't comfortable risking more reps. Probably could have done it, but I think he was helping on first two sets.

First time working set definitely meeting or beating initial 1RM.
2x5@ 651x3@ 951x2@ 130N/A1x5@
165
165NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYWt. (0)553Finally found the equipment in the gym. It's up kind of high. Lost grip a bit after first two of second set. No weight, need some equipment. SKIPPED
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3/29SS#06Fri1:32Gym's surprisingly crowded for being this early, and it's busy on all on the equipment I need. Cleared out a bit. Should go either a little earlier or a little later. A half hour would make a big difference.Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but I haven't had any yet.

Swing dance team practice day (3.5 hours).
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65
1x3@
100
1x2@
135
N/A3x5@
170
170I think I might have done warmups with a 35-pound bar. I was assuming all bars weighed the same.

I don't know that I'm getting to my full depth in the first set. Watch that on next two. Kept getting bar off center when replacing.
NOT TODAYNOT TODAYUnwt.325The equipment I found yesterday is fine for chinups but doesn't work for pull ups, and the power rack's handles turn, making it hard to hold on. So I need to find a different bar. 2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 451x2@ 50N/A3x5@ 6565For the first time, I've hit my target in overhead press. Admittedly that was after dropping the target 10 pounds.2x5@ 651x5@ 651x3@ 651x2@ 80N/A5x3@ 10095Didn't even come close on first lift of 100 pound set. Third rep of fourth set got kind of squirrely. I think I'm using my arms too much and my legs not enough. Fifth set actually went better, figure that out.NOT TODAYSKIPPED
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3/31SS#07Sun0:59Swing dance workshop earlier that day, but left halfway through (after 2 hours).2x5@ 451x5@
70
1x3@
105
1x2@
140
N/A3x5@
175
175Form was better today.2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 651x2@ 90N/A3x5@ 1153@115 / 5@115 / 5@115 / 4@115Messed up form on first attempt at working set. Second attempt was hard but doable. Third attempt was also hard but doable. Fourth didn't quite make it. Breathing is better. 2x5@ 651x3@ 1001x2@ 135N/A1x5@
170
180Added 10 pounds because I felt like it. Changed future numbers to add 10 pounds each time.

First time meeting or beating initial 1RM.
NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYUnwt.864Good jump.SKIPPED
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4/2SS#08Tue1:29Gym's pretty empty but not crazy empty.No breakfast except creatine. Gave blood at 12:00-12:15.2x5@ 451x5@
70
1x3@
105
1x2@
140
N/A3x5@
180
5@180 / 0@180 / 5@180 / 5@180Definitely getting low enough with just the bar. Hit safety bars on first squat.

Considered adding another five pounds for working sets, wisely decided not to. Failed first attempt at second set due to getting too low, was fine afterwards.
NOT TODAYNOT TODAYWt. (0)645Smith machines are for pull ups. Handle is metal, that's pretty uncomfortable. Grip was too close at start of second set.2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 451x2@ 55N/A3x5@
70
70I would like this to get to body weight, but that could take a while, especially since I find this exercise inordinately challenging. At least the number is going up now.2x5@ 651x5@ 651x3@ 651x2@ 80N/A5x3@ 1003@100 / 3@100 / 3 @100 / 3@100 / 2@95NOT TODAYSKIPPED
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4/4SS#09Thu1:15Forgot my shoes in the car, had to go back for them, got started an extra 10 minutes late. That meant running out of time.

This should be the last time I have to be at the gym this early for a while, so I can start using evenings instead.
Off day; only squat went up, bench press and deadlift went down. I shouldn't squat people on rest days. Also giving blood on Tuesday is probably still affecting me.

Lindy bomb around noon and swing dance night, but took the night real easy because of gluteal soreness. Lindy bomb was typical effort for an hour.
2x5@ 451x5@
70
1x3@
110
1x2@
145
N/A3x5@ 185185Had a very hard time getting to full depth on first set. Squats are now working glutes in addition to quads. Hit head on bar before third set.

Preparing for third set, thought 'Mr. Bradshaw, will you stand up, please?' in John Cleese's voice, which helped.

I'm going to have to deload before long, 185 was hard, but doable. Form may have been a bit sketchy; should be a touch lower.
2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 651x2@ 90N/A3x5@
115
1@120 / 1@115 / 5@105 / 5@105 / 4@105Wasn't centered on bench during warmup. Improved form but now my weight's gone way down. Well, that'll happen, especially 38 hours after giving blood. May take another shot at 120 next time; I was having an off day today.

Last rep of second set was a bit of a cheat. So close to 5 on third 105 set. Right arm got up but left didn't. That was kind of scary, but I was doing things in a power rack, so I wasn't going to get hit by the bar.
2x5@ 701x3@ 1101x2@ 145N/A1x5@
185
1@180 / 5@150I think the higher weight squats wiped my gluteal muscles; during warmup I only got 1@160. So dropped weight to 150 for working set and still had a rough time of it. Giving blood on Tuesday probably didn't help any, either.NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYWt. (0)4MISSEDHad to get to work. Didn't put anything close to my best in for set.SKIPPED
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4/6SS#10Sat1:29Swing dance team practice (4 hours) in the evening.2x5@ 451x5@
75
1x3@
110
1x2@
150
N/A3x5@
190
190I'm not 100% sure I'm getting parallel. This is getting really hard. Also my gluteal muscles are still sore. NOT TODAYNOT TODAYUnwt.756First set used middle grips, second and third used outside.2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 451x2@ 60N/A3x5@
75
5@75 / 4@75 / 3@75At least I did one set at 75.2x5@ 651x5@ 651x3@ 651x2@ 80N/A5x3@ 1051@105 / 2@100 / 2@100 / 2@95 / 3@95Effectively went to lower weight, if anything.NOT TODAYSKIPPED
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4/8SS#11Mon1:41Bad time to go. Squat racks and power racks are all full for a really long time. An hour later would be better.2x5@ 451x5@
75
1x3@
115
1x2@
155
N/A3x5@
195
200Switched to low bar squat spontaneously. I know, sloppy. It was just hurting my vertebra too much to have it in the high bar position.

Could get a touch lower but had an observer and he said it was okay. Not sure why I went up 10 pounds here instead of 5.
2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 651x2@ 90N/A3x5@
115
115Now we're getting there. 2x5@ 701x3@ 1101x2@ 145N/A1x5@
185
200Because we can't have our squats higher than our deadlift, now, can we? NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYUnwt.1285SKIPPED
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4/10SS#12Wed1:37Stuck around a bit to attempt power clean a second time (accidentally used too low a weight), but there were too many people in line, so I left.Weights were scattered everywhere. I had to do without 2.5s, and the light kg weights were missing, too.

Swing dance team practice (2.5 hours) prior to lifting.
2x5@ 451x5@
80
1x3@
120
1x2@
160
N/A3x5@
205
205Back to high bar but not on spine. Got too far forward on feet on fourth rep of first set. I'll be glad when my new shoes are here. A not insignificant part of me is relieved I couldn't find the 2.5s to go for 210.NOT TODAYNOT TODAY+10 lbs.5332x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 451x2@ 60N/A3x5@
75
75Finally I made it to 75. No other lift has given me this much trouble.2x5@ 651x5@ 651x3@ 651x2@ 85N/A5x3@
110
95Oops! Thought I was adding 10 pounds each time, didn't double check weight. Didn't try 100 at all due to error, got through 95 no problem.NOT TODAYSKIPPED
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4/12SS#13Fri1:07Lots of trouble sleeping last night. This is the worst lifting day I've had since I started. One set of squats, couldn't find spotters for bench press, could only manage one rep at lower-than-target deadlift, and didn't have time for assistance exercises.
But I went, which means the habit remains.

Swing dance workshop starts tonight; I was up late doing prep stuff for that.
2x5@ 451x5@
80
1x3@
125
1x2@
165
N/A3x5@
210
5@210 / 1@210Accidentally did 205 for last warmup set.

I gave up, mostly because my shoes were throwing my balance off. I considered taking them off and working barefoot, but instead I just gave up. Part of that was the tight time constraint.
2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 701x2@ 95N/A3x5@
120
5@120 / 5@120 / 4@120This half of the gym was empty; for the first two sets I had a spotter, but for the third I couldn't find one, so I tried without one. I probably could have managed another rep but decided not to chance it.2x5@ 801x3@ 1201x2@ 160N/A1x5@
205
1@205I'm out of time, so need to bail.NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYWt.MISSEDGot too late of a start today.SKIPPED
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4/14SS#14Sun0:45Had some issues that greatly delayed my departure time, then was on too tight of a time crunch to get through power clean.Iowa City. Swing dance workshop.2x5@ 451x5@
80
1x3@
125
1x2@
165
N/A3x5@
210
1@195 / 3@185 / 3x5@170Minimal sleep on a swing weekend means my lifts drop something awful.NOT TODAYNOT TODAYUnwt.MISSEDRan out of time.2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 451x2@ 60N/A3x5@
80
2@80 / 3x5@75I'm kind of surprised I managed 75, considering how little sleep I've got this weekend.2x5@ 651x5@ 651x3@ 651x2@ 90N/A5x3@
115
MISSEDIn the middle of a swing dance workshop, didn't have enough time to get all three lifts in.NOT TODAYSKIPPED
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4/16SS#15Tue2:03Both platforms were taken up by guys who were taking forever. They were legitimately using them, but it took like half an hour to get on the platform and do my deadlift set.First session with Converse All-Stars instead of Champion running shoes. They are much better for lifting, but I need to correct my form a little.2x5@ 451x5@
80
1x3@
125
1x2@
165
N/A3x5@
210
5@210 / 2@210 / 2@205 / 3@190Started losing balance at 210, deloaded to 205. Considered this first official stall, back to 195 (-10% + 5 pounds) on Thursday. Had a mirror this time so I could check form. Form's good.2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 701x2@ 95N/A3x5@
120
5@125 / 3@120 / 4@120 / 3@120Had a spotter this time, failed a few sets.2x5@ 801x3@ 1201x2@ 160N/A1x5@
205
205It's a new record!NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYUnwt.1068Apparently giving my CNS a pep talk helps.SKIPPED
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4/18SS#16Thu1:28I'm back this early because I expect a long work day followed by teaching a swing dance class.One month in. I'm starting to regularly fail sets, which I guess is good, but things are getting really hard. I need to check if I should be doing the hardest thing possible or can slacken a bit.

Taught swing dance class. Swing dance night.
2x5@ 451x5@
75
1x3@
115
1x2@
155
N/A3x5@ 1951@195 / 3x5@190FIRST RESET (SQUAT)

So early that I'm having a hard time getting to max depth. Thought I'd be up for 195 but was not. Realized you're not supposed to add 5 pounds after reducing 10%, got a little greedy, no way I was going to get to 5 reps. So deloaded.
NOT TODAYNOT TODAYWt.3@12.53@103@10I need an assistance exercise for my assistance exercise.2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 451x2@ 60N/A3x5@
80
5@80 / 3@80 / 2@802x5@ 651x5@ 651x3@ 651x2@ 90N/A5x3@
115
5x2@ 100.5Couldn't find 2.5s, used 1.25 kg weights instead.NOT TODAYSKIPPED
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4/20SS#17Sat1:332x5@ 451x5@
75
1x3@
115
1x2@
155
N/A3x5@
195
1952x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 701x2@ 95N/A3x5@
120
5@125 / 4@125 / 5@125The second set, spotter interfered when I didn't want him to. That led to a failed rep. It probably would have been fine if it hadn't been interrupted. Third set had different spotter who was making contact and might have been helping, but I don't think he was. 2x5@ 801x3@ 1251x2@ 165N/A1x5@
210
210NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAY+5 lbs. 885Chain kept hitting me in the groin after initial jump. That was unpleasant. Grip strength started failing me.SKIPPED
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4/22SS#18Mon1:332x5@ 451x5@
80
1x3@
120
1x2@
160
N/A3x5@
200
200NOT TODAYNOT TODAYUnwt.665Used wide grips today. 2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 451x2@ 60N/A3x5@
80
3@85 / 5@80 / 3@80 / 3@80Okay, I don't know how to count this. I shouldn't have been trying 85 in the first place, then I failed my second set at 80.2x5@ 651x5@ 651x3@ 651x2@ 80N/A5x3@ 1003@97.5 / 3@100 / 3@100 / 1@100 / 2@100 / 1@100NOT TODAYSKIPPED
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4/24SS#19Wed1:34It seemed like it was taking forever to get started, but overall this took a typical amount of time.2x5@ 451x5@
80
1x3@
120
1x2@
160
N/A3x5@
205
205I think I'm starting to hate squats. 2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 601x2@ 80N/A3x5@
105
130My spotter had more faith in me than I did. After encouraging me to try another +5 pounds, on the last set he only made contact when I said "Fail." Now, I did get through it, but he really should have taken weight.2x5@ 851x3@ 1251x2@ 170N/A1x5@
215
216Form got a bit better. Leg press ground.NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYUnwt.1277Second set had very poor grip. Was first compressing callouses, then loosened to only have finger grip. My fingers should not be supporting 147 pounds.SKIPPED
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4/28SS#20Sun1:47If you want easy parking, go to the gym the day after a marathon. It doesn't make much difference to the wait in the weight room, though. Extra time was for form check video and extra recovery due to illness. Plus it's Sunday and I don't have anything else to do, so I can take my time.Still a little sick, but no longer having problems moving my bag around, so we're back.2x5@ 451x5@
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1x3@
125
1x2@
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210
5@210 / 3@210 / 3@205Ah, 210... So. We meet again!

Oh, things that are hard when you're sick. PR squats.
NOT TODAYNOT TODAYWt.5@105@103@10Used middle grips due to limited jump height.2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 451x2@ 60N/A3x5@ 805@80 / 4@80 / 4@80Dizzy after third set. But this one does not count as a failure. 2x5@ 651x5@ 651x3@ 651x2@ 80N/A5x3@ 1003x3@100 / 2@100 / 1@100 / 3@95Made some adjustments to form so I'm no longer landing on straight legs. Need to submit a form check video so I know which is correct. Extra sixth set was for form check video.NOT TODAYSKIPPED
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4/30SS#21aTue1:01Trying to see if I can squeeze this in during lunch due to choreo learning in the evening. Not quite; could not do pull-ups or assistance stuff in the time allotted.2x5@ 451x5@
80
1x3@
125
1x2@
165
N/A3x5@
210
210Got through this no problem.2x5@ 451x5@ 501x3@ 801x2@ 1053x5@
135
2x5@135 / 2@135There's one bench away from all the other bench presses that's easier to get when it's crowded. Finally made it to plates. First set was a straightforward success. Spotter on second set was definitely helping. Failed third set due to not quite making contact, then attempting to lower and rise. Attempted another set, missed first rep.2x5@ 851x3@ 1301x2@ 175N/A1x5@ 220220Need to work on form here but pulled 220 fine. Was using floor instead of platforms due to crowding.NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYLATERSKIPPED
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4/30SS#21bTue1:03Changed before I left home.Started by running a mile (9:40, so not a very good time, but I ran the whole way), ended by visiting the combat room.EARLIEREARLIEREARLIERNOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAY+7.5 lbs.886SKIPPED
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5/2SS#22Thu1:43A little hungry today. Taught swing dance class in evening, swing dance night.2x5@ 451x5@
85
1x3@
125
1x2@
170
N/A3x5@
215
215Did it, but made a lot of noise.NOT TODAYNOT TODAYUnwt.866Wide grips.2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 501x2@ 65N/A3x5@ 8585Got through this with little trouble. Guys next to me were doing OHP from a higher starting position; I always return to chest, so maybe I'm starting too low, or their ROM is incomplete. Something to look up. 2x5@ 651x5@ 651x3@ 651x2@ 80N/A5x3@ 100100The key here is to really jump. Act like you're trying to jump as high as you can.NOT TODAYSKIPPED
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5/4SS#23Sat1:462x5@ 451x5@
85
1x3@
130
1x2@
175
N/A3x5@
220
220I'm not sure I was getting to full depth on the first set. Second set was fine. Very last rep of third set was not full depth, but rest were fine. Making a lot of noise.

Also, I feel silly using one of each weight plate.
2x5@ 451x5@ 501x3@ 801x2@ 105N/A3x5@
135
135You'd think by now that I would have learned that if I don't make chest contact, return to top and don't count the rep. I have not. Also, it's just crowded enough power racks aren't accessible, but not crowded enough that spotters are easy to find. All spotters were good. No unwanted interference, but no interference necessary.2x5@ 901x3@ 1351x2@ 180N/A1x5@
225
225Was losing my grip a bit. Deadlifts will start to fail soon.NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYUnwt.14129SKIPPED
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5/6SS#24Mon2:24Helped a guy out on some lifts, that took a while. Did a lot of stretching at the end; far more than is necessary. Previously I have not been stretching, which isn't very smart. I'd like to try to keep my sessions under two hours, so I need to cut something out. It's not a huge problem while swing is on hiatus, but it won't work when we're back to normal.2x5@ 451x5@
90
1x3@
135
1x2@
180
N/A3x5@
225
225Fourth rep of third set probably shouldn't have counted. I should take a form video soon just to make sure I'm getting to parallel. But for the moment I'm counting this as two plates.NOT TODAYNOT TODAYWt.3.5@104@103@10I realized that I was not doing full ROM. The half is when I did pull-ups wrong, on what would have been the third rep. These half-ROMs are a legacy of using home equipment, which is too close to the floor to do full ROM. Used wide grips.2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 501x2@ 70N/A3x5@
90
4@90 / 4@90 / 3@90I checked the book, and, yes, I was starting too low. Used the seated press station's bar but did standing press. This meant an awkward setup, backing up over the chair, and not being able to see myself in a mirror.

Fourth rep of second set was a definite cheat, I got on my toes a bit in order to give some oomph. That would be a push press, not an overhead press.

I was really going for five reps, but couldn't quite make it. This is the only lift still in the untrained range per strengthcalc.com
2x5@ 651x5@ 651x3@ 651x2@ 80N/A5x3@
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105NOT TODAYUsed stretching station for all but last two stretches. This is too much stretching.
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5/8SS#25Wed1:522x5@ 451x5@
90
1x3@
135
1x2@
180
N/A3x5@
230
3@230 / 4@225 / 5@220Definitely getting to parallel today, but had to use the safety bars on first two sets. Still had a tough time on the third set even after deloading a total of 10 pounds.2x5@ 451x5@ 551x3@ 801x2@ 110N/A3x5@
140
5@140 / 3@140 / 3@140Second & third set spotter helped up for fourth rep, which I did not count.2x5@ 901x3@ 1351x2@ 180N/A1x5@
230
225Couldn't even get bar off ground for one rep at 230. No sense in straining myself.NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAY+10 lbs. 653SKIPPED
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5/10SS#26Fri1:22Have to go early since I have a flight to catch this evening. I didn't get enough sleep last night, I haven't eaten breakfast, and my synovial fluid isn't active. This was rough; failed squats and power cleans outright. Surprisingly, set a new PR for overhead press. Looks like I'm going to start needing more recovery time between sessions.2x5@ 451x5@
90
1x3@
135
1x2@
180
N/A3x5@
230
NoneIt's 6:30 in the morning and the 2.5s are already hard to find.

I'm stiff because I just woke up, so it's really hard to get to full depth. I got to quarter parallel before I couldn't go any lower. I kept cutting weight, but even as low as 185 I'm not reaching parallel. I can do squats with no weight, and I got through the warmup sets okay, but anything resembling a working set isn't happening this morning. This may indicate that early workouts are no longer an option. I ultimately gave up because it was almost 7 and I have two more lifts to do this morning. We'll try again Sunday or Monday, depending on how the schedule works out.
NOT TODAYNOT TODAYUnwt.645Even making the jump up to the bar was a challenge. Need more sleep. 2x5@ 451x5@
45
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90Take that, overhead press. So clearly the squats are a problem in my hips and thighs and not in CNS.2x5@ 451x5@ 651x3@ 651x2@ 85N/A5x3@
110
2@95Previously I've been warming up with 65 pounds because that lets me put bumper plates on the bar. Today I used just the bar, which I promptly dropped on my foot. Yeah, I'm doing 65 pound warmups from now on. Had to abandon due to time shortage due to constant deloading on both this and squats.NOT TODAYMISSED
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5/13SS#27Mon1:15Actual arrival time of 7:30 PM Eastern, departure of 8:45 Eastern. YMCA closes at 9.YMCA in Chattanooga, TN.2x5@ 451x5@
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230These were hard and some of my last reps might not have been full ROM, but I'm counting this as 230.2x5@ 451x5@ 551x3@ 801x2@ 110N/A3x5@
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230Used max rack since there isn't really a good place to deadlift here. Slight callous failure on last rep, but I'm counting it anyway since I was most of the way up and strength wasn't failing. NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYUnwt.1066Full ROM now, so I think that's why numbers are lower. MISSED
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5/15SS#28Wed1:27Actual arrival time of 5:04 PM Eastern, departure of 6:31 Eastern. Supposed to be meeting people at 7, so have to leave before everything is done.YMCA in Chattanooga, TN.2x5@ 451x5@
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235There are two guys power cleaning with the squat rack bar, so I'm warming up with the bench press bar and in the max rack. They were gone when I was starting working sets.NOT TODAYNOT TODAYWt.4@104@101@10Last set got just a touch off center, which was enough to make even one difficult. 2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 551x2@ 75N/A3x5@
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5 / 5 / 4 @ 95Heavy things are heavy. 2x5@ 651x5@ 651x3@ 651x2@ 85N/A5x3@
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0 / 2 / 1 / 2 / 2 / 0 @ 110No wonder people were power cleaning in the squat rack, people kept walking in my space near the bench press when I was in the middle of a set. I don't understand what could possibly be going through people's minds here; I'm throwing 100 pounds in the air, if things go wrong and you're too close, that's going into you. Some failed reps due to that, others just because I'm having a hard time with power cleans.NOT TODAYMISSED
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5/17SS#29Fri1:25Back in Central time. Power Pit in Tulsa, OK.This is a good gym. Not a nice gym; this is a gym for doing hard things and making them harder. If you're here to lift, there are things to lift up and put down. 24 hours.

Swing dance exchange begins tonight.
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240Form got a little questionable on the second set, slightly rounding my back. Improved on third set, making it a little easier, but by no means easy.2x5@ 451x5@ 551x3@ 851x2@ 115N/A3x5@
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235Barely made it through fourth rep, form breakdown in fifth. Should probably count this as a failure. NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAY+10 lbs. 766MISSED
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5/19SS#30Sun1:24Showered at gym.Big box gym in Tulsa, OK. Could not return to Power Pit because the adjoining smoothie shop is closed on Sundays, so I couldn't get a day pass. Did not care for the big box gym; wanted to leave as quickly as possible, which I assume is part of the business model of any big box gym.2x5@ 451x5@
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0@245 / 2x1@235 / 1@225 / 2@225Hip's really tight today. Failed first rep of 245. Choosing not to push it. I'm paying the penalty for not stretching properly.NOT TODAYNOT TODAYUnwt.6642x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 601x2@ 803x5@ 1004@100 / 3@95 / 3@95Too much shaking at 100 to try a second time.2x5@ 651x5@ 651x3@ 651x2@ 85N/A5x3@
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110Form was much better today. Third rep of fourth set was best ever. A wider grip prevents my biceps from getting in the way and preventing pointed elbow. Started from floor each time instead of hang. NOT TODAYMISSED
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5/21SS#31Tue1:02Back home. Lost my padlock somehow. Two 2-hour swing practices in the evening.2x5@ 451x5@
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245Started shaking on fourth rep of first set, maybe didn't get full ROM on fifth rep. Now feeling this in abdominals, not just quads and glutes. I'm less convinced I'm getting to parallel on the second set. I might be. Can't see mirror. Checked afterward and I think if anything I was below parallel. I don't know if I can add five pounds, though.

Now at 1.58x body weight.
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5 / 2 / 1@150 / 2@1452x5@ 901x3@ 1401x2@ 185N/A1x5@ 235235"All you have to do is pick it up and put it down five times, how hard can that be?" (Lift lift lift) "Pretty hard." (Lift) "One more." (Lift) "See, it wasn't that hard." (Beat) "My hands hurt." NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYUnwt.1587MISSED
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5/23SS#32Thu1:14Had to rush out to get to swing practice.Planned two 2-hour swing dance practices afterwards but only one happened.2x5@ 451x5@
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2@250 / 2@250 / 2@240Counting the first 250 was questionable. Second set form was better until I failed on what would have been third rep. I think I'm nearing my limits of what Starting Strength can do for squats.NOT TODAYNOT TODAYWt.5@105@101@102x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 601x2@ 80N/A3x5@
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2x4@96.1 lbs / 2@96.1Why is this lift so hard to make go up?2x5@ 651x5@ 651x3@ 651x2@ 90N/A5x3@
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115And... Jump!NOT TODAYMISSED
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5/25SS#33Sat2:14Changed at home. Had somewhat long conversation with fellow gym-goer, actually stretched for once, visited combat room.Added visit to combat room.2x5@ 451x5@
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2@250 / 1@250 / 1 3/4+1 1/2@250I had to change to the power rack since I'm not flexible enough to properly use the safety bars on the squat racks. I probably could have done more but my will gave out. Third set I felt like I was putting too much of my back into it, maybe rolling. I'm pretty sure that can cause injury so bailed. Reset coming up.2x5@ 451x5@ 601x3@ 901x2@ 120N/A3x5@
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4@150 / 4@150 / 2@150Second set had some slight assistance from spotter. After second rep of third set, gave up.2x5@ 951x3@ 1401x2@ 190N/A1x5@
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2@240How can my squat be better than my deadlift? I think it's my grip. I have chalk but I never bring it because I have no good way to carry it.NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAY+15 lbs.575After first set, said "I could have done more." Rushed to get out of someone's way. Unnecessarily, I might add.Starting stretching. Didn't quite make full minutes.
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5/27SS#34Mon2:16Stretched, so that added some significant time.This calls for a grand reset. This definitely counts as one of the three before changing programs.2x5@ 451x5@
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1@250 / 5@225Guy started watching during second rep, threw me off. I was having a rough time of it anyway. Even 225 is being challenging. My back hurt at second rep of 225, so why I did three more I don't know. Counting this as failure and reset and stopping for today. NOT TODAYNOT TODAYUnwt.876Why did I do 8? Now next time I have to do 9. At least I actually hit one of my targets.2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 601x2@ 80N/A3x5@
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2@100.5 / 1@100Why I could get a couple with .5 pounds more using metric I don't know. Dumped weight unsafely and tweaked wrist, decided not to push it. Apparently it's bad form leading to minor injury day.2x5@ 651x5@ 651x3@ 701x2@ 95N/A5x3@
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NoneBig failure today, I don't know why. Nerves, maybe?NOT TODAYStarting stretching. Didn't quite make full minutes.
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5/29SS#35Wed1:48The gym is way more crowded today; looks like people are getting back into town. It didn't mess much with my pacing; a little bit of waiting, but not much.

Minimal conversations today, which saved some time. Also stretched near the weight room instead of upstairs.
Gave blood yesterday. Last time that negatively affected my lifts. It definitely doesn't help.2x5@ 451x5@
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240"All right, bar, you don't like me and I don't like you, so let's just get this over with and I can get back to throwing you in the air."

Didn't get negative on last rep, but it still counts. No reset here.
NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYUnwt.1497Bummer! Number went down. Well, I did give blood yesterday. The 9 maybe I should have counted as 8. Third set I got just a touch off center, also my jump was too forward and not enough vertical, which caused me to be swinging. I hanged until I stopped swinging, but that may have been why I didn't get 8 on my third set.Starting stretching. Did pretty good job of making full minutes.
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5/31SS#36Fri2:232x5@ 451x5@
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230Not sure I'm getting deep enough on first set. I've done more than this before, what's going on? Best guess is I'm not eating enough. Second working set was better. Counting this as non-fail/non-increment due to form. NOT TODAYNOT TODAYWt.5@105@105@10Raise the weight!2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 501x2@ 70N/A3x5@
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90First working set put weight down between second and third reps because I thought it was my last warmup set, finished set before catching breath so counting it. Tiny little cheat of a rep on the last rep of third set, counting anyway, especially since I was doing 90 but was only supposed to be doing 85.2x5@ 651x5@ 651x3@ 701x2@ 95N/A5x3@
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1@120 / 1@115 / 0@115 / 2@110 / 2@110 / 2@110Messed up form pretty badly on first 110, kind of strained my upper back.NOT TODAYStarting stretching. Did pretty good job of making full minutes. Foam rolling.
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6/2SS#37Sun2:35Took a guy through first evaluation day of Starting Strength.2x5@ 451x5@
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235Whoops, went for 235 even though I should have been targeting 230. Still a little questionable but mostly okay. Going to keep weight the same next session due to form issues.

I also realized I've been using the wrong cell on the spreadsheet to increase the weight of each lifts, so everything's been being increased by 5 pounds at each attempt for every list, which is why squat is eclipsing deadlift. That's fixed now, so deadlift will now rise by 10 pounds/successful session instead of 5.
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1@245I haven't reset deadlift recently, so it's no surprise failures are beginning.NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAY+17.5655Starting stretching. Did pretty good job of making full minutes. Foam rolling.
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6/4SS#38Tue2:10Took a guy through second evaluation day of Starting Strength.

Had to go early due to work meetings in the afternoon and swing meetings/movie night in the evening.
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1@230 / 5 Q @ 220 / 0@220Wasn't able to get low enough at 235. 2nd set (of 5 reps) was questionable.
This is why I shouldn't try to do squats first thing in the morning.
NOT TODAYNOT TODAYUnwt.845Thought I was going for 8 on first set, should have been going for 9. Jump is always hard to make on power clean day.2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 551x2@ 75N/A3x5@
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0@120 / 1@100 / Gave upReset.NOT TODAYStarting stretching. Did pretty good job of making full minutes.
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6/6SS#39Thu1:052x5@ 451x5@ 951x3@ 1401x2@ 190N/A3x5@
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5 / 5 / SKIPPEDTook video of first set, should be getting a touch lower, my thumbs are wrapping, and my elbows are too far back. I'm feeling back spasms after second set, I'm not going to risk a third. If not for the spasms, I think I'd be able to get through it fine.2x5@ 451x5@ 501x3@ 801x2@ 105N/A3x5@
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135Had a rep that didn't count in second set so kind of did 6. Pushing too much with left arm now. 2x5@ 1001x3@ 1501x2@ 200N/A1x5@
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245Negative of last rep was a bit questionable, not sure it was a full rep, but I'm counting it. NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYMISSEDHave to get to swing dance practice, no time.MISSED
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6/8SS#40Sat1:01Terrible rush today since I have to take public transit back. Swing workshop weekend. World Gym in Rochester, NY. Due to the rush, I'm not counting failures as failures, since my rests aren't going to be long enough.2x5@ 451x5@ 951x3@ 1401x2@ 190N/A3x5@
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2 / SKIPPEDHip popped after second rep of first set. This caused my thighs to relax causing dumping of bar. Normally if I have any reason to expect that to happen, I stretch it out and pop it, but today I'm rushing. It's already been an intense weekend. I'm so short on time I'm skipping the other two sets, would take too long to get in place. NOT TODAYNOT TODAYMISSEDHave to catch public transit, no time.2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 551x2@ 75N/A3x5@
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95Actually pulled this off. Skipping squats probably helped.2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 501x2@ 65N/A5x3@ 8585Easy, even without adequate rests between sets. Form's getting better.NOT TODAYMISSED
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6/10SS#41Mon0:56Another big rush, this time because the weight room closes at 8:45 and also I ran out of change while paying for parking.End of swing workshop weekend. UIC Sports and Fitness Center in Chicago, IL. Again not counting failures as failures since I'm not taking long enough rests.2x5@ 451x5@ 951x3@ 1401x2@ 190N/A3x5@ 2405 / 4 (+1 incomplete) / 2 (+1 incomplete) While stripping previous guy's weights, dropped a 10 pound weight on my foot, near the front, partially on big toe and partially on right foot. It hurts but doesn't feel broken. Each rep I got a little less deep, so I need to watch that.2x5@ 451x5@ 551x3@ 801x2@ 110N/A3x5@
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140Even without adequate rests got through this okay.2x5@ 951x3@ 1501x2@ 200N/A1x5@
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0Got the weight a little off the ground, but definitely didn't take a long enough rest after last warmup. Had a mirror so could fix form a bit, flattened back more. Top's curving a little but bottom is flat.NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYMISSEDParking running out, gym closes soon, so no time.MISSED
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6/12SS#42Wed1:28Today I actually have time for adequate rests, but at 7 PM I need to register for Lindy Focus, so I might not have time for the core workout.2x5@ 451x5@ 951x3@ 1401x2@ 190N/A3x5@ 2405 / 5 / 4 (+1 incomplete) Only issue was a slightly incomplete ROM on the last rep and I'm sick of being at 235, I'm counting this as a success.NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAY2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 601x2@ 80N/A3x5@
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1 / 0 / 0Second set I could barely get the bar off the hooks. Third set was a little better, got it about a quarter of the way up. Stalling again on overhead press. I *just* reset this.2x5@ 651x5@ 651x3@ 651x2@ 70N/A5x3@
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90The platform is sticky. That's a new one on me.

Of all the people to help my power clean form, Evita Arce would not have been my first guess. Likely she would not have made the top 50, but sometimes people surprise you.
Unwt.875Well, these don't synergize well with power cleans. Getting to full hang now, and it's been a while, so my number dropped a lot. Oh, well. Lower numbers with good form is better than higher numbers with poor form.MISSED
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6/14SS#43Fri2:23Can take a nice, leisurely pace today. Plenty long rests, maybe too long. Nowhere to be tonight; when I leave I'm just going to play Fallout 3: Mothership Zeta. It's okay, but I could have done without it.2x5@ 451x5@ 951x3@ 1401x2@ 190N/A3x5@ 240240I didn't get enough sleep last night (or recently in general), I haven't eaten enough today, and I've failed at this weight before.

Form was pretty good. Most of challenge was from this is really heavy.
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145Pretty sure I get my body weight next time. Took some effort and had a slight slip (got off balance, bar tilted left) during second rep of third set, but it's probably going to be fine.2x5@ 1001x3@ 1501x2@ 200N/A1x5@ 2500If I can pick this up, it will be the single heaviest thing I ever lifted.

...

I cannot pick this up.

My deadlift sucks.
Wt.3@12.52@12.51@12.5Weight hit myself in the left knee after dropping to ground.NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYStarting stretching. Foam rolling.
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6/16SS#44Sun2:04Gym is super-empty this afternoon. Maybe 20 people in the weight room, and that's being generous. 14 is more likely. A surprisingly high number of girls in the weight room, though even "surprisingly high" is, like, six. 2x5@ 451x5@ 951x3@ 1451x2@ 195N/A3x5@
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1@245My quads are still tired and sore from Friday's workout. I got one, but failed on second rep attempt. It is getting near time to move on from Starting Strength. NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAY2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 601x2@ 80N/A3x5@
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100I realized that when I did my reset I reset by 20% instead of 10%. I raised the weight to what it should have been at -10%. Progress continues.+20 lbs.521Lost my grip on second set. Burned out on third and lost grip. Just getting up there is hard.SKIPPED
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6/18SS#45Tue1:56Pro Gym in Oswego, IL. Left my padlock behind. Again. I was really tired at the end. Gym says they don't have it, so it might be gone forever.2x5@ 451x5@ 951x3@ 1451x2@ 195N/A3x5@
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245This power rack is on carpet, which makes squats tricky. Later I found other racks on a stone floor.2x5@ 451x5@ 601x3@ 901x2@ 120N/A3x5@
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5 / 5 / 4Spotter interfered. So close.2x5@ 901x3@ 1351x2@ 180N/A1x5@
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255Pull fast off the floor, it helps.Unwt.433The bar here is thicker than the bar I normally use, which made pull-ups harder.NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYSKIPPED
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6/20SS#46Thu1:42Pro Gym in Oswego, IL. Got padlock back. Wanted to try Jakked Hardcore, but they close at 9, so I wouldn't have had time.2x5@ 451x5@ 1001x3@ 1501x2@ 200N/A3x5@
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2@245I'm sure I could have done more. When I finished my first set at 245, I was way more tired than this. I'm just scared of the weight. Legs said no on first rep of second set, couldn't get low enough. During overhead press, I started to suspect the bar was more than 45 pounds. Back to my regular facility Saturday, we'll see how that goes.NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAY2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 601x2@ 80N/A3x5@
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0Could barely even unrack the bar. I'm not convinced this bar is 45 lbs. It feels heavier. That would also explain why my squats failed. It has no weight listed on it. 2x5@ 651x5@ 651x3@ 651x2@ 80N/A5x3@
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6/22SS#47Sat2:50Weight room is super empty today. Finished weights & stretching at 4:17.Ran a mile on the track. 9:25, so not a great time, but under 10 minutes, so not terrible.

I can't remember the last time I hit all my targets for one day.

This was where I started losing weight and also plateaued. That's probably not a coincidence.
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250Last rep of second set might have been a little shallow. 2x5@ 451x5@ 601x3@ 901x2@ 120N/A3x5@
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265I need to change or improve my grip or use straps. Each time my grip gradually opened. I could not have held indefinitely. Wt.3@12.53@12.53@12.5NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYStarting stretching. Did a pretty good job of making full minutes.
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6/24SS#48Mon2:13Super-super crowded today. Eight people squatting in five racks, plus four people waiting. Maybe more. I don't think I've ever seen it this busy. 2x5@ 451x5@ 1001x3@ 1501x2@ 200N/A3x5@
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5 / 4 / 0Got better posterior chain activation, but I'm also hungry and tired, so failure. NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAY2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 551x2@ 75N/A3x5@ 97.23 / 2 / 2Changing to increment by 2.2 pounds (due to 0.5 kg plates, instead of 1.25 lb plates). Rounding to pounds when otherwise I'd end up having to do a weird kg hybrid.

And still failing sets. What is it with me and this lift?
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110+20 lbs.544I've got to quit gritting my teeth. Managed to fix grip between reps. Somehow the grip got slick between the second and third set, which forced me to keep a tighter grip, which helped rather a lot.Starting stretching. Did a pretty good job of making full minutes.
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6/26SS#49Wed1:56I can't eat actual food today due to a medical procedure tomorrow, so I'm visiting early before I get crazy hungry.Used other campus recreation facility. It is nowhere near as good, but it is closer, and since this lets me not pay for parking I'm going with that for today. There is practically nowhere to deadlift.2x5@ 451x5@ 1001x3@ 1501x2@ 200N/A3x5@
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1@225Between the lack of food, lack of sleep, and visiting too early, I wasn't able to get below 1/3 on my first attempted working rep. I knew today was going to be poor, so I'm accepting this as crap and reducing the weight, but even after doing that I only got one rep. 2x5@ 451x5@ 601x3@ 901x2@ 120N/A3x5@
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4 / 4 / 3Spotter might have been helping, but it doesn't matter since it's a fail anyway.2x5@ 1101x3@ 1651x2@ 220N/A1x5@
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NoneFailed 220 lb warmup set.Unwt.655Used equipment for assisted pull-ups without any assisting weight. This meant not having to jump to grab the grips, which made it a little easier. Had this conversation with myself:

"I'm hungry, too."
"Well, guess what, I have some bad news."
NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYStarting stretching. Did a pretty good job of making full minutes.
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7/5SS#50Fri1:56Was in gym until 8:45 working on dance stuff, but this workout took 1:56. No stretching.I'm using the same targets as the last session before my week-long swing dance workshop. I've lost some significant weight since then, both due to a medical procedure and because I was at a week-long swing dance workshop. I'm also resetting the count on failures, due to the week "off."

I'm also eating below maintenance right now, so there's a good chance of missing lifts.
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3x3Form breakdown/grinder on third rep of first set. Still rounding back far more than I should. NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAY2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 551x2@ 75N/A3x5@ 97.24 / 0 / 0I'm gritting my teeth. I need to stop that or start wearing a mouth guard to lift.2x5@ 651x5@ 651x3@ 651x2@ 90N/A5x3@
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115Whoops, didn't change this number before going in, did 5x3@115, increasing weight. But I did it, so I bump the weight next time.Unwt.1075SKIPPED
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7/7SS#51aSun2:04Weight lifting time only.Now focused more on fat loss than muscle gain, so lifts are suffering sorely for it. On the plus side I'm losing a lot of weight very quickly. Perhaps too quickly.2x5@ 451x5@ 1001x3@ 1501x2@ 200N/A3x5@ 2552+1Q / 0 / 2IDidn't quite get low enough on third rep of first set. Lifting on a cut sucks. Plus, I think I'm just wussing out, I was definitely more tired than this after 5@250. My body doesn't want to get low enough on first rep of second set. Two incomplete reps on third set. Lousy body. Do what I want, not what you want. Giving up for today.2x5@ 451x5@ 601x3@ 901x2@ 120N/A3x5@
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5 / 1 / 3Spotter helped a little bit on last rep of third set, but I needed it. At least I got through one set of body weight bench press.2x5@ 1101x3@ 1651x2@ 220N/A1x5@
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0"I feel like this is going to break me." "Then you're finally lifting heavy enough." Even with that little pep talk, I couldn't get the bar off the floor. Wt.5@12.55@12.55@12.5Finally my rapid weight loss benefits a lift. After fourth rep of second set, almost gave up, but pushed through due to advice from within.NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAY
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7/9SS#52Tue2:01Gym's pretty busy today, but not so busy people are in the way.2x5@ 451x5@ 1001x3@ 1501x2@ 200N/A3x5@ 2552.5 / 3 / 3 @ 255All that time on the elliptical means that my legs are already tired. All that weight loss, including some muscle, possibly, means that I am likely to reset after today. NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAY2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 551x2@ 75N/A3x5@ 97.20@97.2 / 3@85 / 5@85Overhead press sucks. 2x5@ 651x5@ 651x3@ 701x2@ 95N/A5x3@
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0 / 2 / 0 / 1 / 1Bruised clavicle.+20 lbs.555
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7/11SS#53Thu1:39Poor time to arrive, queue for squat racks. 2x5@ 451x5@ 901x3@ 1351x2@ 180N/A3x5@
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220Whoops, deloaded a little too much.2x5@ 451x5@ 601x3@ 901x2@ 120N/A3x5@
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2 / 2 / 1Definitely not eating or sleeping enough. 2x5@ 1101x3@ 1651x2@ 220N/A1x5@
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0Got the bar off the floor this time, at least, but it's time to deload. It's also time to start thinking about eating more again. Unwt.766NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYSKIPPED
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7/13SS#54Sat1:50Just the right level of busyness: Spotters available (not that it matters today), equipment available.Lots of cardio this morning/early afternoon since at peak respiratory quotient. May hurt lifts. Ate between two sessions.2x5@ 451x5@ 901x3@ 1351x2@ 180N/A3x5@
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85I need to find an accessory exercise for this lift.2x5@ 651x5@ 651x3@ 701x2@ 95N/A5x3@
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2 / 1 / 1 / 1 / 0Probably will have to reset after next session. Fourth rep definitely used my back shoulder muscles too much (traps? delts?)Unwt.1186SKIPPED
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7/15SS#55Mon1:46Forgot my weighted belt in the car, so now I'm even farther behind schedule. 2x5@ 451x5@ 901x3@ 1351x2@ 180N/A3x5@
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230Still too quad dominant. I'm not sure I'm getting low enough. I think I'm doing an all right job of keeping my back straight. 2x5@ 451x5@ 501x3@ 801x2@ 105N/A3x5@
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245This made my back sore right away.Wt.5@154@154.5@15Tried to go for second set before being fully rested. NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYSKIPPED
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7/17SS#56Wed2:002x5@ 451x5@ 901x3@ 1401x2@ 185N/A3x5@
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235This just seemed harder today. Maybe I wasn't getting low enough before but am now. My form felt a little off, weird right wrist issue, not precisely tracking knees over feet. No mirror so couldn't watch form. Bracing abdomen more properly.NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAY2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 501x2@ 65N/A3x5@
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87.2Tried tweaking space between hands. For warmup sets, it felt like being wider would be easier, but at working weight it was out of the question. For working weight, moved hands closer together and had more success. 2x5@ 651x5@ 651x3@ 701x2@ 95N/A5x3@
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3x0I didn't get enough sleep last night, and I've already done two lifts today. I'm going to let this reset. +22.5554Even after losing weight, this is pretty difficult. Just jumping up is tricky. Grip gave out on fourth set.SKIPPED
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7/19SS#57Fri1:462x5@ 451x5@ 951x3@ 1401x2@ 190N/A3x5@
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5 / 5 / 3+½+½ @ 240Form's real nice today. Petered out on last set.2x5@ 451x5@ 551x3@ 801x2@ 110N/A3x5@
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140Spotters kept touching bar but I'm counting it anyway. Got some useful advice on form; losing a little bit of stabilization at bottoms. Guy suggested keeping legs off floor to work on that.2x5@ 1001x3@ 1501x2@ 200N/A1x5@
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255Oh, these are getting difficult again. Unwt.877"Dude, jump up there and start pulling." After first set: "Stupid grip strength." NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYStarting stretching. Did pretty good job of making full minutes.
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7/21SS#58Sun1:01Getting here later than I should. Strained shoulder at start of what would have been third set of overhead press, didn't push it, because why risk actual injury? Back Tuesday. Maybe Monday.2x5@ 451x5@ 951x3@ 1401x2@ 190N/A3x5@
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5 / 4+½ / 5 @ 240Form is getting really nice. Still having a tough time today, but I'm definitely getting low enough. Except on last rep of second set. My knee popped after the third, but it didn't feel like damage, just a crack. Also, I'm being super-loud, but at least it's only during my sets.NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAY2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 501x2@ 70N/A3x5@
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2x4@90Form breakdown on fourth rep of first set, stumbled a little bit backwards. Started off with very narrow grip, about shoulder width. Went a little wider for second third set. Strained shoulder unracking weight for third set, so stopped.2x5@ 651x5@ 651x3@ 651x2@ 80N/A5x3@
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MISSEDStrained shoulder from overhead press meant I wasn't going to attempt anything that could possibly risk my shoulder.Unwt.MISSEDStrained shoulder from power clean meant I wasn't going to attempt anything that could possibly risk my shoulder.MISSED
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7/23SS#59Tue1:05Wow, got through really fast today. Left to go donate blood.2x5@ 451x5@ 951x3@ 1451x2@ 195N/A3x5@ 2452+½ / 2+⅔ / 3.8 @ 245I guess my adaptation was not solely neurological and my rapid cut led to some muscle loss. Second set was a little better, and I know I've been more worn out than this after a full set of 5, but I've also felt this good and failed in the hole, so maybe I'm just getting more cautious.2x5@ 451x5@ 551x3@ 851x2@ 115N/A3x5@
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3x5@145Kept legs off floor until 115 set, then planted since that needs some bracing. Next time I think I get 3x5@BW. Spotter definitely helped a little, very little, on last rep of third set, but even a straight up failure for that would count as overall success.2x5@ 1051x3@ 1551x2@ 210N/A1x5@
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0Tried dropping weight to 255 and couldn't get off the ground. Wt.5@155@155@15NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYMISSED
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7/25SS#60Thu1:32Gave blood on Tuesday. That's hurt lifts in the past, likely to hurt them again. Take it easy.

My upper back was really sore the next day.
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5 / 5 / 4 @ 245Marking as partial success due to form issues and only four reps on last set.NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAY2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 501x2@ 70N/A3x5@
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3x3 @ 90Took it easy to avoid hurting my shoulder again. Failed fourth rep of third set due to guy in the rack next to me commenting that his Taylor Swift wasn't going to cut it and laughing at that.2x5@ 651x5@ 651x3@ 651x2@ 80N/A5x3@
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105+25 lbs. 542Center of chest bone started hurting after second set. Did a brief inspection and it seemed okay. Muscles gave out on third set. SKIPPED
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7/27SS#61Sat2:00Arriving far, far later than I should. Narrowly finished workout before facility closed.2x5@ 451x5@ 951x3@ 1451x2@ 195N/A3x5@
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245Standing wider, but don't have a mirror, which is making it very hard to tell if I'm getting low enough or not. I think I am. First rep of second set bar wasn't centered, reracked weight, adjusted, and continued immediately, counting as one set. 2x5@ 451x5@ 601x3@ 901x2@ 120N/A3x5@
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150And that's body weight for sets and reps.2x5@ 1051x3@ 1551x2@ 210N/A1x5@
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1x2@245Third failed slightly off of ground due to back starting to roll. Dropped weight and called it. Unwt.977Well, at least I got one more today. NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYStarting stretching. Did pretty good job of making full minutes.
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7/29SS#62Mon1:482x5@ 451x5@ 1001x3@ 1501x2@ 200N/A3x5@
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5 / 5 / ⅔ + 3 @ 250First three of first set were definitely to depth. Last two probably were but there's a chance they weren't. No mirror, so I can't check. Second set I focused really hard on breathing and keeping a tight core. Third set definitely didn't get low enough for third rep but was okay after tha. It was a lot easier, which either means my form was a lot better or I wasn't getting to depth, since I wasn't paying anywhere near as much attention to depth. Third set first rep definitely wasn't to depth but the rest were.NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAY2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 501x2@ 70N/A3x5@
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3 / 5 / 4 @ 90Felt like I was risking my left shoulder again, stopped before I strained it. Second set didn't feel too bad, so I think I just had sloppy form for my first set. But this lift is resetting again.2x5@ 651x5@ 651x3@ 651x2@ 85N/A5x3@
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0 (DL) / 5x3@110Reread most of the deadlift chapter and fixed my position. The first rep of the first set turned into a deadlift because I wasn't used to it, but that's a form problem, not a strength problem. Unwt.1297Heavy things are heavy. I'm a heavy thing. Starting Stretching. Made full minutes on all stretches, I think for the first time.
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7/31SS#63Wed1:26This effectively was the most expensive workout ever. I had a flight to catch at 6:55 PM at an airport 2.5 hours away. A series of unfortunate events caused me to narrowly miss my flight. I got on another one for $278. I could have just not done pull-ups.2x5@ 451x5@ 1001x3@ 1501x2@ 200N/A3x5@
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3 + ½ / 2 + ⅔ / 1 + ½ @ 250Have a mirror today, so I can tell if I'm getting deep enough. Pretty much. If I'm shallow it's not really noticeable. I think I probably was cheating before since I failed sooner. I'm going to try to use the squat racks in front of the mirrors instead of the power racks in the future when going for heavy lifts. Started shaking on the way down of the second rep of third set, came back up and reracked weight. 2x5@ 451x5@ 601x3@ 901x2@ 120N/A3x5@
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2 / 1 (2 failed during rep) / 1 (grinder) Not enough people here to grab spotters, so using the power rack instead. Started losing control of the bar during second rep of first set. I'm not tired enough to feel like I should have failed. It may be time to drop to 2.5 lb increments. We'll give it a little while, then reevaluate after a couple of resets.2x5@ 1051x3@ 1551x2@ 210N/A1x5@
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¼ @ 265 / 0 @ 255Reread a lot of the Starting Strength deadlift chapter, found some form issues. Got a little off the ground on first set, but grip gave out. Quads wouldn't let me get both sides off the floor at 255. Very low on time, so bailing. Wt.5@17.55@17.55@17.5Did second set super fast which seemed to make it easier. Maybe I'm breathing wrong normally and running out of energy. That or I was bouncing at the bottom.NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYMISSED
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8/2SS#64Fri1:202x5@ 451x5@ 1001x3@ 1501x2@ 200N/A3x5@
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250Tied PR with less available oxygen.NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAY2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 451x2@ 603x5@
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80Well, at least 80's easy now. 2x5@ 551x5@ 551x3@ 651x2@ 90N/A5x3@ 115115Unwt.1065Rushing due to imposing gym closure.MISSED
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8/4SS#65Sun1:43Showered at gym.Susan M. Duncan Family YMCA in Arvada, CO2x5@ 451x5@ 1001x3@ 1501x2@ 200N/A3x5@
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2 + ⅔ / 2 + ½ / 2 ⁴÷5 @ 255Well, I am in Denver after four days of swing workshops. 2x5@ 451x5@ 601x3@ 901x2@ 120N/A3x5@
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2 + ½ / 5 / 5 @ 155Bar is just barely in reach, makes unracking and reracking difficult. Lost stabilization during third rep. Had a coach for second and third sets, may have been helping as spotter but I think was just being encouraging.2x5@ 901x3@ 1401x2@ 185N/A1x5@
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4 + 4/5thsLost grip on left hand a little bit most of the way through negative of last rep. Since it was the last rep and near the end of the negative, counting as success for purposes of boosting weight.Unwt.1088NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYMISSED
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8/6SS#66Tue1:232x5@ 451x5@ 1001x3@ 1501x2@ 200N/A3x5@
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4 + 4/5ths / 4 + ⅔ / 2 + ⅓ @ 255Third rep of first set was kind of sketchy. I think I could have done more if I'd been willing to be louder, but the gym was really quiet today and I didn't want to be disruptive.NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAY2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 451x2@ 65N/A3x5@
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3x5 @ 82.2Got through this no problem.2x5@ 651x5@ 651x3@ 701x2@ 95N/A5x3@
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120Need to be careful about back rounding when lowering weight. Should get back to hang before moving down.+25 lbs. 555Did unweighted last time when I was supposed to do weighted, did weighted this time to make up.MISSED
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8/8SS#67Thu2:042x5@ 451x5@ 1001x3@ 1501x2@ 200N/A3x5@
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5 / 5 / 4 + ¼ @ 255Sleep deprived. I've got to quit staying up so late, it's helping nothing. 2x5@ 451x5@ 601x3@ 901x2@ 120N/A3x5@
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5 / 3 + ⅞ / 4Spotter definitely gave slight assist in fourth rep of second set. I think I could have ground it out if he hadn't. Third set I didn't go for fifth rep because spotter was getting antsy.2x5@ 951x3@ 1451x2@ 195N/A1x5@ 245245Wt.5@205@205@20NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYStarting stretching. Made full minutes. During laying stretches, there was a guy next to me that I kept making eye contact with. It was awkward.
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8/10SS#68Sat2:38Way too long of rests today. I'm surprisingly tired today considering I definitely got enough sleep last night, but I guess I didn't get enough sleep for the last week. 2x5@ 451x5@ 1001x3@ 1551x2@ 205N/A3x5@ 2601 + ⅓ / 1 + ⅞ / ½ @ 260Accidentally forgot 10 pounds on the side of the bar on my left side. Unracked and reracked immediately since it didn't feel right, but the uneven load did a small bad thing to my back. Depth should have been better on second rep of second set, and I didn't get to lockout before stepping forward to rerack the weight. Third set my back just felt too sore to get to full depth. NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAY2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 501x2@ 65N/A3x5@
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4x3 / 2 @ 125Form's getting questionable. I'm almost more curling the bar than getting to a slight front squat position. First two reps of second set were pretty good, last one was too curly, but it is pretty heavy. Bathroom break after third set. Third rep of fourth set was *really* bad form, to the point that I probably shouldn't count this round as a success. Unwt.1187Starting stretching. Made full minutes on all stretches.
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8/12SS#69Mon2:002x5@ 451x5@ 1001x3@ 1551x2@ 205N/A3x5@
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2 / 2 + ¾ / 0 / ¾Working in with guy at power rack. During first attempt at third set, tried to go deeper to be sure I was getting to parallel. Got stuck, but we'd forgot to move the pins back to my height. Dumping weight was sloppy. Just strained self, didn't hurt self, but had poor rep during second attempt.2x5@ 451x5@ 501x3@ 801x2@ 105N/A3x5@
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255Unwt.11109NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYStarting stretching. Made full minutes on all stretches.
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8/14SS#70Wed1:46Under a lot of stress. Making silly mistakes.2x5@ 451x5@ 1001x3@ 1551x2@ 205N/A3x5@
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3 + ¾ / 2 + ½ / 3 + ⅓Form's getting super sketchy. Thought about resetting today, but went for it anyway. Looks like I am resetting, should come back with better form.NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAY2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 501x2@ 65N/A3x5@
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85Accidentally did bench press warmup for first two sets before remembering it's overhead press day. Also didn't check my spreadsheet before working set and mistakenly did 85 lbs instead of 87.2.2x5@ 651x5@ 651x3@ 751x2@ 100N/A5x3@
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8/18SS#71Sun1:592x5@ 451x5@ 901x3@ 1351x2@ 180N/A3x5@
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230Had mirror today. Nice, solid form. Challenging but didn't feel like I was in danger. Refreshing. 2x5@ 451x5@ 551x3@ 801x2@ 110N/A3x5@
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140Mostly worked without a spotter today, except for last set. Going to need one next time.2x5@ 1051x3@ 1551x2@ 210N/A1x5@
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265+22.5 lbs.5@22.55@22.54 + ¾@22.5So close.NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYStarting stretching. Made full minutes on all stretches.
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8/20SS#72Tue1:53The hordes have returned, and many of them could do with some guidance, but I don't want to interrupt people. People really need to rerack weights.2x5@ 451x5@ 901x3@ 1401x2@ 185N/A3x5@
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235Last rep of each set was close to depth but not to depth. NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAY2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 501x2@ 65N/A3x5@
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130Unwt.1498Starting stretching. Made full minutes on all stretches.
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8/22SS#73Thu1:51Surprisingly not very crowded for being move-in day. I guess that makes sense, since people will be tired from, or still, moving, and also might not have cards yet.2x5@ 451x5@ 901x3@ 1401x2@ 185N/A3x5@ 235235Form's better today. It's being challenging, but I'm getting to depth for at least the first set. Maybe a little shallow on last rep, but only maybe and only a little. Counting it. 2x5@ 451x5@ 551x3@ 851x2@ 115N/A3x5@
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5 / 5 / 4+¾Last rep didn't contact chest or quite get to lockout. Counting as fail. No, I don't know why not quite doing squats counts as success but not quite doing bench counts as fail.2x5@ 1101x3@ 1651x2@ 220N/A1x5@
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1@275Really sketchy form. Rounded back. May have done damage but feel it in the muscle, not in the bone. Might need to reduce weight increases to 5 lbs, but improvement in squat form might reflect that my alleged 255 lb squat wasn't, which makes my deadlift ratio more reasonable.Unwt.12107Pull-ups should not be cardio. NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYStarting stretching. Made full minutes on all stretches.
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8/24SS#74Sat2:02I thought the facility opened at 9. It didn't. Instead it opens at 11. Makes my getting here at 10:27 pointless. Working out fasted today. Seems to be ruining my lifts. I don't know if that's good or bad for the long term. 2x5@ 451x5@ 951x3@ 1401x2@ 190N/A3x5@
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2 + ⅛ / 2 / 2Lots of fail today. For the first time, I started coming up instead of just getting stuck at the bottom. At least I'm definitely getting low enough.NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAY2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 501x2@ 70N/A3x5@
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3x3Worked in with a guy who tilted his head back. Tried it myself and it gave the bar a straighter path, but my overhead press continues to suck.2x5@ 651x5@ 651x3@ 801x2@ 105N/A5x3@
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0@135 / 3@125 / 1@130 / 2@130 / 2@130 / 1@130Form's getting a little better, but I'm nowhere close to landing in front squat. Last set got a bit better because I realized I should be tucking my knees on the way up. I keep landing straightlegged which is wrong.+30 lbs. 555Starting Stretching. Made full minutes.
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8/26SS#75Mon1:36Of the good times to go lifting, this is not one. Everything is so crowded. At least it's easy to get spotters.2x5@ 451x5@ 951x3@ 1401x2@ 190N/A3x5@
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5 / 4 / 2+½Well, at least I'm actually hitting parallel, even if I'm not getting all my reps. Might have actually got 3+½ on last set, but either way it's a failure.2x5@ 451x5@ 551x3@ 851x2@ 115N/A3x5@
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2@275Used chalk for a first time. It got me one more rep and was less painful.+25 lbs542+¾Pained hands in first set from sheer weight. Second set fatigued after third, ground fourth out.NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYLATER
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8/28SS#76Wed1:302x5@ 451x5@ 951x3@ 1401x2@ 190N/A3x5@
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240Lots of primal yells.NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAY2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 501x2@ 70N/A3x5@
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0@135 / 0@130 / 1@125 / Gave upUnwt.14108LATER
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8/30SS#77Fri1:23Rushed session.2x5@ 451x5@ 951x3@ 1451x2@ 195N/A3x5@
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½+⅔+¾ @ 245 / 1 + ⅞ @ 230 / 3 @ 225Crummy numbers, but I'm not too worried. My hip flexibility is always crap at this time of day. Plus my quads are sore. Adding up to an understandable fail. Better than skipping until Monday.2x5@ 451x5@ 601x3@ 901x2@ 120N/A3x5@
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5 / 5 / 3 @ 150Form was getting dicey on third rep, rising one side (I think right but I'm not sure) higher than other. Called it.2x5@ 1051x3@ 1601x2@ 215N/A1x5 @ 2700Ripped a callous off yesterday, there's still a really tender spot.Unwt.4SKIPPEDSKIPPEDRipped callous off yesterday, there's still a really tender spot.NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYMISSED
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9/2SS#78Mon3:35It's a holiday, so it's very crowded, especially since I got there just after it opened. I was running a friend through her first day and introduced her to a bunch of the female power lifters, who we then worked in with. All told this led to a ridiculously long session.2x5@ 451x5@ 951x3@ 1451x2@ 195N/A3x5@
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3 @ 245 (little high from observers I trust) / 2@235 / 3@225 (not low enough)Lots of help from power lifters today. This did mean working in with about 8 people total, which meant this took forever. Turns out I'm not hitting depth. So I guess drop to 205 and go back and do it right. Also after 2 reps at 235 I didn't track my knee over my foot properly and did a slight tweak. Stopped there in case it was damaged. It was fine.NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAY2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 551x2@ 70N/A3x5@
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5 / 5 / 4 @ 90Whoops. Accidentally used only 90 pounds. And didn't quite make it. 2x5@ 651x5@ 651x3@ 801x2@ 105N/A5x3@
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4x1@135 / 0Think that's a reset.32.5 lbs.555Starting Stretching. Made full minutes.
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9/4SS#79Wed2:008:20-8:46 for pullups and stretching. 2x5@ 451x5@ 951x3@ 1451x2@ 195N/A3x5@
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3x5@210Lowered the weight a lot to work on reaching full parallel. 2x5@ 451x5@ 601x3@ 901x2@ 120N/A3x5@
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5 / 5 / 4+¾Spotter kept almost touching the bar after I told him not to in first set, leading me to moving the bar away from him and causing overengagement of left wrist. He touched it anyway on last rep.2x5@ 1051x3@ 1601x2@ 215N/A1x5@
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1@270I was in a rush to leave, think I wasn't giving myself enough time between reps. Probably could have done this if I'd been able to stay focused.+25 lbs. 53+4÷5 In my defense I just do a jujitsu class.NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYMISSED
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9/6SS#80Fri1:28I do not like lifting fasted.2x5@ 451x5@ 851x3@ 1251x2@ 170N/A3x5@ 215215Had a very hard time with this. Form was good. Need to check to make sure toes aren't going over knees. NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAY2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 551x2@ 70N/A3x5@
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3x3 @ 92.2My overhead press continues to suck. Form was real nice on second set. Need to reread the chapter.2x5@ 651x5@ 651x3@ 701x2@ 95N/A5x3@
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5x3@120Unwt.1298Getting pretty hungry and in a rush.MISSED
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9/8SS#81Sun1:41I haven't eaten yet today and I have a thing at 4:30.Again, I do not like lifting fasted.

It may be time to start considering other progressions. I'm failing a lot, stalling at the same weights. I was hoping to get 100 sessions of Starting Strength before moving on, but if it's not helping it's not helping.
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2x3 @ 220Hunger is interfering with my sets. Took way too long a rest between first and second sets, cooled down a lot.2x5@ 451x5@ 601x3@ 901x2@ 120N/A3x5@
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2x5 / 3½Spotter interfered when I didn't want him to.2x5@ 1051x3@ 1601x2@ 215N/A1x5@
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2@270Well, at least this time I got two. I got it a little off the ground on my third, but nowhere close to a full rep. So, reset, and pick up from there.Unwt.1098I don't understand why this is making my glutes uncomfortable.NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYMISSED
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9/10SS#82Tue2:30I have plenty of time today.It's been a long time since I've hit all challenging numbers in a single day. Except for chin-ups, but those are technically accessory work. Plus right before this I taught a beginning swing class, so I was expecting some failure. Carb loading helped, I guess.2x5@ 451x5@ 851x3@ 1301x2@ 175N/A3x5@
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220Last rep of last set was maybe a little shallow, but by and large good form. Would count even if I'd given up after fourth rep, so this counts. Back to two plates next time. NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAY2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 551x2@ 70N/A3x5@
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5x3 @ 125Hit myself in the teeth with the bar on second rep of fourth set. That sure was no fun. Little questionable on last rep of fifth set. +35 lbs. 552Bummer on last set. After second set, gave some pointers to a guy trying to do pullups. That meant doing a couple and holding position, so that may have been the reason for my failure.Starting Stretching. Made full minutes.
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9/12SS#83Thu1:49Theoretically I should be at swing classes at 8, but arriving this late there's no way. Particularly not with the bench press and deadlift queues. I actually woke up at 6 and thought about going then, but knowing I wouldn't get to sleep until midnight at best I went back to bed. At the very least I need to be at the weekly dance at 9:30 and also get dinner between.I think I'm finally getting the hang of this.2x5@ 451x5@ 901x3@ 1351x2@ 180N/A3x5@
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2252x5@ 451x5@ 601x3@ 901x2@ 120N/A3x5 @ 1505 / 5 / 4¾ @ 150Decided to go for 150 again today instead of resetting since I was feeling pretty good. Last rep of third set was a couple inches off my chest, which isn't ideal, but I'm counting it. 2x5@ 951x3@ 1451x2@ 195N/A1x5 @ 245245Someone walked off with two of the 45 bumper plates. I may have to switch to kg plates soon just because there are more of them.+25 lbs555NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYMISSED
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9/14SS#84Sat1:46I have stuff from 10-2 and 4-6, and all of it's going to wear me out, so early arrival.2x5@ 451x5@ 901x3@ 1351x2@ 180N/A3x5@
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2 @ 230 / 2 ½ / ½3 @ 230My hip mobility is always poor at this time of day, I don't know why I try. Even the reps I'm counting here aren't deep enough, narrowly, and I'm not getting very many of them. First rep of third set I didn't properly tighten my back. Last rep of third set I kind of dropped into, which made hip mobility not matter as much but was scary as hell, let's not do that again.NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAY2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 551x2@ 75N/A3x5@
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4 / 5 / 5 @95I'm going to go for 97.2 next time due to the weird 4/5/5. It seems to help to go fast, I think it's a breath problem.2x5@ 651x5@ 651x3@ 751x2@ 100N/A5x3@
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130Smooth, clean, straightforward, plenty of observers to critique form. No problems.Unwt.13117Jujitsu.
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9/16SS#85Mon2:38Wow, was this ever a bad time to go. 24 minutes from arrival to actually using the squat rack.I'm adding a warm-up set of 1x1@90% working weight to see if that helps my numbers any.2x5@ 451x5@ 901x3@ 1351x2@ 1801x1@ 2053x5@
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5 / 4¾ / 3+¾+¾ @230I'm a little concerned my back may be rounding on first set, need to take footage. Took footage on third set, definitely keeping back straight, but not hitting depth on last two, probably because I was so focused on straight back. Should try to bang out reps faster.2x5@ 451x5@ 601x3@ 901x2@ 1201x1@ 1353x5@ 1555? / 4 / 3½ @ 155Spotter made bar contact on last rep and possibly second to last rep of first set. As ill-advised as it was, I had my eyes closed at the time to power through, so I don't know when that happened. Second/Third set spotter followed directions but I had to call fail.2x5@ 1001x3@ 1501x2@ 2001x1@ 2251x5@
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2@275 / 5@255I put chalk on my hands and didn't want to get my phone dirty, then I got it in my head that each set went up 50 lbs, meaning I went for 275 instead of 255. I still got two, though they were very difficult. Should consider reducing increment to 5 lbs.Unwt.116Those 275 lb deadlifts took a lot out of me. I should target 11 / 10 / 9 next time, too. NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYStarting stretching. Made full minutes on all stretches.
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9/18SS#86aWed0:56Gave blood yesterday, between noon and one. No heavy lifting for 24 hours afterwards, but we're past that.2x5@ 451x5@ 901x3@ 1351x2@ 1801x1@ 2053x5@
230
2x5 / 5 + 5 + ⁴÷5 + ⁴÷5 + ⁴÷5 @ 230Last rep of second set was a touch questionable, but that was laziness, not burnout. Had an observer for third set. First two good, last three close.NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAY2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 551x2@ 751x1@ 853x5@ 97.22x5 / 4 @ 97.2Couldn't quite get last rep all the way through. Really went for it. Seem to be stalling out again here. I do have 0.25 kg plates if that level of microloading is necessary.LATERLATERLATER
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9/18SS#86bWed1:46Had jujitsu from 6-8. I don't see how it took me 1.75 hours to fail power cleans and do most of chinups.EARLIERNOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYEARLIER2x5@ 65#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A5x3@
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3 / 2 / 2 / 2 @ 132.2Landed on clavicle on second rep of second set. Not even close on third rep. Landed on clavicle again on second rep of fourth set, and also bent back some making my form even more questionable. +35 lbs.554Jujitsu warmup. Starting stretching. Made full minutes on all stretches.
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9/20SS#87Fri2:222x5@ 451x5@ 901x3@ 1401x2@ 1851x1@ 2103x5@ 2355 / 5+⁴÷5+⁴÷5 / 5Tilted too far forward after fifth rep of first set and stumbled forward. 2x5@ 451x5@ 601x3@ 901x2@ 1201x1@ 1353x5@ 152.25 / 2 / 2It's an unpleasant surprise when you reduce the weight some and get fewer reps.1x5@ 1051x3@ 1551x2@ 2101x1@ 2351x5@ 265265And with that, I need to reduce my deadlift progression to 5 lbs. +25 lbs.555NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYStarting stretching. Made full minutes on all stretches.
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9/22SS#88Sun1:41There's apparently a triathlon being run around the facility I use. Some sort of announcement would have been nice. Took forever to find parking.Impact trauma on the inside of the left knee from either jujitsu or foam fighting may make this a very short session. I have explored the area and since it's impact, not overuse, that has caused the damage, I will make a partial attempt to do today's lifting session, but the second I feel a little off, I'm out.2x5@ 451x5@ 901x3@ 1401x2@ 1851x1@ 2103x5@
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¾@235 I'm compensating for my left knee by pushing more weight to my right which is putting my back in a bad position. I don't need a knee injury to turn into a back injury, so stopping to let this rest.NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAY2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 551x2@ 751x1@ 853x5@
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2 / 1 / 0 @97.2I haven't fully recovered from jujitsu yesterday. I need to figure out how to have real rest days. 2x5@ 65#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A5x3@
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SKIPPEDBetween my knee and exhaustion, I just don't think these are a good idea.Unwt.656Starting stretching. Made full minutes on all stretches, though full squats and bridge were dicey due to my bruised knee.
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9/24SS#89Tue2:11I wasn't sure if I'd remembered to lock my locker or not, so I ran back to the locker room to check. I had. When I returned, a random guy was removing the weights from my bar, despite my stuff still being there. I mentioned I was using it, he said it was his first day, so I ran him through SS day one. He seemed pretty happy with it. I pointed him toward the powerlifter group. It slowed me down a lot, though, and I retrieved my locker room stuff technically after the facility was closed.It's getting close to time to switch to Texas Method, but since I'm losing weight, I feel like I should be able to squeeze more out of Starting Strength.2x5@ 451x5@ 901x3@ 1401x2@ 1851x1@ 2103x5@
235
5 / 4 / 3Last two of first set were a little dicey. Most reps were good. I think it was just lack of recovery, so I guess a reset is good for me.2x5@ 45#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A3x5@
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5 / 3 / 4Looks like I'm coming up on a bench reset again. It's getting very close to time to change to Texas Method.1x5@ 1051x3@ 1601x2@ 2151x1@ 2403x5@
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270Take that, deadlifts. Guy I was working in with mentioned on my last warmup set my back was rounding, which was a nice piece of input, so fixed that.Unwt.12107NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYStarting stretching. Made full minutes. Facility was technically closed.
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9/26SS#90Thu2:54Not sure why this took so long today. Possible either the in time or out time is wrong, because I had to go get clothes after realizing I'd forgotten them, and then I didn't record when I left.I have not been getting anywhere near enough sleep lately. This might be rough. 2x5@ 451x5@ 901x3@ 1401x2@ 1851x1@ 2103x5@ 235235Giving 235 another chance because two sessions ago I had a slight injury.NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAY2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 551x2@ 751x1@ 853x5@
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97.2These went ridiculously cleanly, possibly because I keep screwing up my warmup and doing one extra rep for each weight past the 1x3, because I think there's an error in my spreadsheet and the 45 is the 2x5 I already did.2x5@ 65#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A5x3@
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3 / 3 / 2 / 0 / 0Got some nice pointers from a guy I was working in with. More of a row than a curl. Double bounce. Activate hips.+37.5 lbs. 555Starting stretching. Made full minutes.
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9/28SS#91Sat2:22Football game and dad's weekend. Couldn't find parking, drove back home, and ran to the facility. Got started an hour later than I wanted.2x5@ 451x5@ 951x3@ 1401x2@ 1901x1@ 2153x5@
240
2 / 1 @ 240 / 2+½ @ 225Morning stiffness is ruining everything for me again. Tried for second rep on second set but got stuck at bottom. Getting better at dumping weight, at least.2x5@ 45#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A3x5@
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2x5 / 2 @ 152.21x5@ 1101x3@ 1651x2@ 2201x1@ 2453x5@
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4@275Had video taken, back's rounding a bit, so that's bad. Apparently I'm closer to straight legged deadlifts than proper deadlifts, so I need to work on that. +27.5 lbs.553NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYStarting stretching. Made full minutes. Finally got below parallel in full squat.
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9/30SS#92Mon0:36Getting in late for a session I don't have enough time for in the first place. I need to check with the jujitsu instructors, see if I can show up late on lifting days.Squats went well, overhead press, not so much.2x5@ 451x5@ 951x3@ 1401x2@ 1901x1@ 2153x5@
240
240I think that's the loudest I've been during a lift. First two of second set were easy. NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAY2x5@ 451x5@ 451x3@ 601x2@ 801x1@ 903x5@
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2x3/1 @ 100Interesting. I'm stalling at a higher point than previous failures. I'm also kind of rushing, only taking 1-minute rests instead of going when I feel ready, so that might be part of the failure.MISSED/SKIPPEDJujitsu had a lot of jumping and I had an errand to run, ultimately I was too tired to go back for the second half.MISSED/SKIPPEDDidn't return to the facility after leaving after jujitsu.Jujitsu warmup.
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10/2SS#93aWed1:01Again, not enough time for the session. I'm going to wrap up 100 sessions of Starting Strength, then change to a different program.2x5@ 451x5@ 951x3@ 1451x2@ 1951x1@ 2203x5@
245
2x5 / 3 @ 245Very nice form today. Lots of shouting on third reps. Third rep of third set was hard enough, so didn't go for more. 2x5@ 45#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A3x5@
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3@275Much better form today than Saturday. LATERNOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYLATER
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10/2SS#93bWed0:42This took a sensible length of time.EARLIEREARLIEREARLIERUnwt.13115NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYJujitsu warmup. Starting stretching. Made full minutes on all stretches.
99
10/4SS#94Fri2:11This ran a little long, but power cleans always do.I spent the last couple days reading through Wendler's 5/3/1 in preparation to switch to it. As a result, I have added the functionality to the spreadsheet to calculate 1RM based on reps, so now I can see how progress is shaping up. It looks like I'm hitting a 1RM plateau of about 285 squat, 175 bench press, 315 on deadlifts, 115 press, 145 power clean, so it's clear I should be preparing to switch. I'm going to wrap up the next six sessions, so I finish with 100 session of Starting Strength, then change.2x5@ 451x5@ 951x3@ 1451x2@ 1951x1@ 2203x5@
245
5 / 4 / 3 @ 245 wandered away from the squat rack because I got confused by people watching my sets.

I wound up using the seated overhead press station, but using it standing, which is awkward. I'll try not to abandon the squat rack in the future, though that future won't last very long.
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100
3 / 4 / 2My distraction at the squat rack caused me to walk away when I wasn't done, so today I'm doing these at the seated station though I'm standing. Unracking and reracking is proving challenging. 2x5@ 65#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A5x3@
0
1@125 / 2@120 / 3@115 / 2@115 / 2@115I'm not getting enough sleep lately, so my third set tends to fall apart.+35 lbs. 555Starting Stretching. Made full minutes on all stretches.
100
10/6SS#95Sun1:562x5@ 451x5@ 951x3@ 1451x2@ 1951x1@ 2203x5@
245
2+½ / ½+¾Looks like I'm resetting one last time before starting 5/3/1.2x5@ 45#N/A#N/A#N/A#N/A3x5@
0
137.2Weight's really digging into my left hand on first working set, I'm not sure why. Right is okay. No such issues after first working set.1x5@ 1101x3@ 1651x2@ 2201x1@ 2453x5@
275
1@275Somehow this is getting a little worse each time.+27.5 lbs.433NOT TODAYNOT TODAYNOT TODAYStarting Stretching. Made full minutes on all stretches.
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