Texas Method: Intensity Friday

May 13, 2011 — Leave a comment

Dammit, aiming for a 2RM with 137.5 kg (302.5 lb.) on the #BenchPress but settled for 5 sets of 1 (managed to do 3 sets of 1 rep 2 weeks ago).

Bar touching chest of course.

Power Clean

72.5 kg (159.5 lb.): 3,3,3,3,3


172.5 kg Squat

172.5 kg (379.5 lb.): 5

  • 1 vertical jump before set
  • Last 2 reps were difficult
  • If squeeze back, core feels more stable

Bench Press

137.5 kg (302.5 lb.): 1,1,1,1,1

  • 2nd set failed on 2nd rep
  • Struggled half way on 4th set


197.5 kg (434.5 lb): 3,3


90 lbs: 5,5,5


Body weight: 87.7 kg (192.9 lb)


  • Performing a vertical jump before the main work set of squat seem to make it easier.
  • Consciously squeezing my shoulder blades, upper back & lats together makes my core feel much more rigid during the set. Doesn't feel like the weight is going to fold my body in half.


  • Gripping the bar as hard as possible before unracking the bar makes the rep feel easier.


  • The heavier the dumbbell, the more of a pain in the ass it is to wrap my dipping belt around it and wear it.


  • Check my paper log; was supposed to do 200 kg (440 lbs) this week but forgot I did them last week -_-;;

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)


  • 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