5th Squat PR in 6 Weeks, Romaleos 2, DEADlifts, Learning New Exercises, Crush Your Workouts, Box Squats For Raw Lifters and Abs

April 15, 2012 — Leave a comment

I hit yet another squat PR at 472.5lbs...that's +5 pounds from last week! Last Friday's workout made me feel like this.

This is my 5th squat PR in 6 weeks. Nuts.

So how am I breaking so many personal records week after week?

Part of it is because of my new Nike Romaleos 2 weightlifting shoes. Read my review on these  here.

I'm sure what I eat plays a role as well.

And I bet the creatine in my recent order from bodybuilding.com will only help me get stronger.

Anyways, here's a bunch of awesome articles I’ve come across this past week:

  1. Accessories To Murder 2 - The Greats Get Dead(lifts)  by Jamie Lewis (note: site is NSFW, but it is AWESOME)
  2. 21 Day Squat Challenge by Nick Horton
  3. 4 Tips for Learning New Exercises by Ben Bruno
  4. The Science of Coaching Cues by Sam Leahey
  5. 7 Ways to Crush Your Workout – Part 1 by Jim Smith
  6. 10 Things We've Learned About Squats by Charles Poliquin
  7. Thoughts On The Box Squat For Raw Lifters by Greg Robins
  8. You Cannot Crunch Your Way To Abs by Tom Kelso

John Phung

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Ever since I started taking strength training seriously, I was bitten by the Iron Bug. Then it burrowed under my skin and laid eggs in my heart. Now those eggs are hatching and I... the feeling is indescribable.

Quick Stats
Height: 5'4" on non-squat days
Weight: 200 lb 210 lb ~220 lb (FOREVER BULK BRAH)


  • Texas Method: March 4, 2011 - April 28, 2013
  • Smolov Jr for Bench Press: June 4 - 22, 2012
  • Starting Strength: Nov 29, 2010 - March 4, 2011