[Weekly Review] November 3-9, 2014: 5 PR’s & Stuff You Should Read

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5 Personal Records

High Bar Squat (Paused, No Belt): 485 lb x 2 (2RM) & High Bar Squat (No Belt): 440 lb x 5 (5RM)

+10 lb and +440 lb PR, respectively.

Also, during 440x5, I could feel my hips rising faster than my shoulders coming up for the first couple of reps, so I changed the area where I gaze at so I could look a little higher in order to keep my torso more erect. I think it worked.

Clean & Press: 225 lb x 3 (3RM)

Missed a couple of OHP PR attempts before this. Tried 270x2 (only got 1), then attempted 220x8 (only got 7). Pretty tired after, but managed to "clean" and press 225 for a triple, picking up the bar off the floor for every rep.

It's more of a muscle clean/power reverse curl, but going to call it clean and press anyways.

BTW I should clean my home gym.

Front Squat 405 lb x 4 (4RM)

+55 lb PR! Wanted 5, but 4th rep was tough so I re-racked it there.

Applied chalk to my white shirt. Couldn't see how much chalk I was putting on my shirt though. Kept on slapping on more, just in case.

Paused Reverse Grip Bench Press: 350 lb x 4 (4RM)

Wanted only 4, but went for 5. Thought I would get it, but missed the 5th rep. Triceps not full recovered from Wednesday's pressing shenanigans.

Stuff You Should Read

  1. Creatine: A Versatile Supplement by Bret Contreras
  2. Should My Kid Lift? Part 1: The Science Says Yes by Joy Victoria


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