OHP: 265 x 1 (1RM), No Belt Deadlift: 530 x 1 (1RM) And Stuff You Should Read

November 10, 2013 — Leave a comment

A couple of PR's this past week:

Deadlift: 530 lb x 1 (No belt 1RM)

No belt, with a hook grip. Not hard, but not easy.

Missed at 550 lb after, dammit.

The deadlift is my worst lift :/

Overhead Press: 265 lb x 1 (1RM)


I missed at this weight a few times. Glad I finally nailed it.

Made a small modification to my grip (narrowed my grip - something I wrote about on All Things Gym, but forgot about until today) and all my reps felt a whole lot easier.

Could be a long shot, but hopefully I can press 275 lb (2 x 45 lb and a 25 lb plate on each side of the bar) by the end of the year. Only 10 more pounds to go!

Stuff You Should Read

  1. Failure Minus One by Marty Gallagher
  2. Tuggin' Tips: Advice on Deadlifts that Changed My Life by Mike Hedlesky

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.

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


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