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Texas method recovery day.

Foam Rolling

L-Sit V-Grip Pull Ups

  • Body weight (~200 lb): 8

Front Squat

Used straps. I find that if I bring my hands together and place my fists under my chin, it feels comfortable and stable.

  • 45 lb: 10
  • 100 lb: 10
  • 140 lb: 5
  • 230 lb: 3
  • 280 lb: 1
  • 340 lb: 1 * PR!
  • 350 lb: 1 * PR!
    • +10 lb PR from a couple of minutes ago!
    • Not hard, but not easy. Not bad.
  • 250 lb: 3,3,3

Overhead Press

  • 45 lb: 10
  • 75 lb: 8
  • 100 lb: 5
  • 140 lb: 3
  • 190 lb: 1
  • 230 lb: 1
  • 265 lb: MISSED
    • Nope.
  • 230 lb: 1
    • Missed on the 2nd rep.
    • Going to stop here for OHP. Allow my shoulders and triceps more time for recovery.

Barbell Curl

  • 45 lb: 10
  • 70 lb: 10,10,10,10
  • 45 lb: 10

Texas method volume day.

Foam Rolling

L-Sit Chin Ups

With the blue Fat Gripz.

  • Body weight (~200 lb): 6

Low Bar Squat

  • 45 lb: 20
  • 140 lb: 10
  • 230 lb: 5
  • 320 lb: 3
  • 410 lb: 1
    • Paused.
  • 440 lb: 1
    • Paused.
  • 395 lb: 3,3,3
    • +5 lb from last week.

High Bar Squat

  • 395 lb: 3,3,3
    • +5 lb from last week.
  • 357.5 lb: 5,5,5
    • +2.5 lb from last week.

Face Pulls

  • 70 lb: 10
  • 80 lb: 10

Reverse Grip Bench Press

Blue Asics Wrestling Shoes

New bench shoes! (Actually they're my old Asics wrestling shoes).

Wore these instead of the Nike Romaleos 2 because there's less of a heel. I find that when wearing the weightlifting shoes (with a 0.75" heel), I have to be careful with the power of my leg drive, or I risk driving my butt off the bench.

With these wrestling shoes, there's less of a heel, so I can drive hard with my legs without having to worry about my butt coming off the bench.

Also, it matches my rack. Kinda.

Paused until work sets.

  • 45 lb: 10
  • 140 lb: 5
  • 230 lb: 3
  • 280 lb: 1
  • 340 lb: 1
  • 312.5 lb: 5,5,4
    • +2.5 lb from last week.Last rep was a bit tough.
    • Back slipped on the bench on the last set, 5th rep attempt.

Power out from about 8 AM to 6 PM due to a friggin' ICE STORM in April. So no electricity, no heat, no lights, no hot water, no nothin'.

At first I was scared to train in the dark, mostly because of the Klingon in my basement. But I just remembered that humans and Klingons are allies in the future, so it should be fine. Plus, I had nothing else to do!

Texas method intensity day.

Foam Rolling

L-Sit Chin Ups

With blue Fat Gripz.

  • Body weight (~200 lb): 5

Low Bar Squat

  • 45 lb: 20
  • 140 lb: 10
  • 230 lb: 5
  • 320 lb: 3
  • 410 lb: 1
  • 440 lb: 3
    • Not to hard, but not too easy.

High Bar Squat

  • 440 lb: 2
    • A bit tough. Could have been because my stance was too narrow.

Face Pulls

  • 70 lb: 10
  • 80 lb: 10

Reverse Grip Bench Press

  • 45 lb: 10
  • 140 lb: 5
  • 230 lb: 3
  • 280 lb: 1
  • 330 lb: 1
  • 385 lb: X, 1 * PR!
    • New 1RM by +5 lb! Benched 380 lb last Friday.
    • Missed the first time, probably because of not enough leg drive. Got it the 2nd time.
  • 330 lb: 3,2
    • +2.5 lb from last week, but I knew I would probably miss if I tried the 3rd rep on the 2nd set. Going to try 330x3x3 next week.

Texas method recovery day.

Foam Rolling

L-Sit V-Grip Pull Ups

  • Body weight (~200 lb): 8

Front Squat

Used straps, but no Fat Gripz this time. Instead, I positioned the neoprene padding part of the straps so that it was in between my shoulders and the bar.

  • 45 lb: 10
  • 100 lb: 10
  • 140 lb: 5
  • 230 lb: 3
  • 280 lb: 1
  • 320 lb: 1
  • 245 lb: 3,3,3

Overhead Press

  • 45 lb: 10
  • 75 lb: 8
  • 100 lb: 5
  • 140 lb: 3
  • 190 lb: 1
  • 230 lb: 1
  • 260 lb: 1 * PR!
    • New 1 rep max by 5 lb! Missed this weight last week.
    • Held it at the top for a few moments just further own the weight and to feel like a champion. Also, for core stability training.
  • 230 lb: 3
  • 200 lb: 5
  • 140 lb: 10

Barbell Curl

  • 45 lb: 10
  • 85 lb: 10

Texas method volume day.

Foam Rolling

L-Sit Chin Ups

With the blue Fat Gripz.

  • Body weight (~200 lb): 5,5

Low Bar Squat

High Bar Squat

  • 390 lb: 3,3,3
    • +10 lb from last week.
  • 355 lb: 5,5,5
    • +5 lb from last week.

Face Pulls

  • 70 lb: 10
  • 80 lb: 10

Reverse Grip Bench Press

Paused until work sets.

  • 45 lb: 10
  • 140 lb: 5
  • 230 lb: 3
  • 280 lb: 1
  • 340 lb: 1
    • Increased my over-warmup set by 10 lb from 330 lb.
  • 310 lb: 5,5,5
    • +2.5 lb from last week.
    • Last rep was a bit tough.