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This week my lower back was bothering me more than normal so I decided to replace low bar squats with high bar squats.

They have allowed me to squat despite low back pain in the past, and I can still say it's still effective.

I even hit a 5 rep max at 427.5 lb!

Bench press (reverse grip) is continuing to progress, as I hit the prescribed sets and reps at 317.5 lb (3x3). Recorded it at different angles to see what it looked like:

Also played around with the "Modified Bradford Press", which is essentially an overhead press followed by a behind the neck press. Not bad.

Anyway, check these out:

  1. Strength: An Endangered Species by Joe Amberlock (Orlandi)
  2. 15 Static Stretching Mistakes by Eric Cressey
  3. A Logical Argument Against the Tracy Anderson Method by Dean Somerset

Started incorporating low bar squats for volume day (Monday) for 3 reps, 10 sets. I only used 370lbs, but man, it felt tough compared to high bar squat at a higher weight (last week I high bar squatted 410lbs for 10 sets of 3 reps) and my lower back was aching the day after. It's probably going to be a while before I get used to low bar squatting again. I'll be switching back and forth between low and high bar squats every Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Also, hit a 410lbs paused high bar squats (video) on Wednesday.

Anyways, check these out:

  1. Mechanically Advantage Drop Sets by Josh Bryant
  2. Eating Through The Sticking Points by Matt Reynolds
  3. How Do Rowing Exercises Differ? By Chris Beardsley
  4. Planks Are The Magic Bullet For Hip Mobility by Dean Somerset

Some of my posts you might have missed:

  1. Wider-than-normal stance squat (Video)
  2. Inzer Forever 13mm Lever Belt Review

And some posts I came across this past week you should read:

  1. Grill the Guru I: Charles Poliquin by Bret Contreras
  2. I'm Pissed Part I, II, III & IV by Glenn Pendlay
  3. Stop Bitching and Start Benching (NSFW) by Jamie Lewis
  4. Some Reasons Why You Should Stop Stretching Your Hip Flexors by Dean Somerset
  5. Is Your Strength Training Deliberate? by David Wu
  6. 5 Little Known Strategies For Super Strength by John Alvino

Some of my posts you might have missed:

  1. 5 Unexpected Side Effects From Heavy Squats
  2. No Squats or Deadlifts (WTF pic)
  3. 315lbs Paused Bench Press (Video)

A few solid articles I've come across this past week:

  1. I Am Not A Superhero #2 by Jamie Lewis
  2. Ben Bruno Interview with Mike Robertson
  3. Fitness Myth Busters by Dean Somerset
  4. The Renegade Diet Vs. Carb Back-loading by Sean Hyson
  5. So, You Wanna Get Strong? Part 1 by Christine Beauchamp
  6. Willpower and Desire as They Relate to Fitness by Brian Hills