PR Friday – 14 NOV 2014

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Here’s a sweet video of Bill Kazmaier, an admirable strength athlete. Who is your sport or lifting idol? What about them makes you look up to them? I think it’s important to have someone to look up to because it not only sets a good example, but a standard to strive to.

27 thoughts on “PR Friday – 14 NOV 2014

  1. Hello everyone! Long time since I posted and once again in need of your help. I have a big problem with my bench. The eccentric phase in the first rep, is very slow, like 3-4 sec. The other reps are ok. This happens with weights around 90% and above. For example yesterday I did 105x1x5. Every single was fast in the 2nd half but I struggled to lower it. Half the energy is spent in lowering the bar and that leads to do singles with weigths I can do doubles or triples.

    Everyone I ve talk to, says it’s mental issue. But it isn’t. Has anyone dealt with something similar? Could it be a mobility issue? Something like tight pecs and rounded shoulders?

    Thanks in advance!

  2. I don’t have a lifting PR but I think I have a new 40 best. We had to run one last week and my best of three was 5.09. I can’t remember what it was back in the high school days so I’m calling it a PR. Sadly I didn’t warm up good enough and kinda strained a hamstring. What a noob huh?!?! Oh well!

    One of my lifting/strength idols would have to be Vince Urbank. Former fellow Machinegunnin Marine, insanely strong, and I think he’s on the track to become a Physical Therapist.

  3. I’m continuing to plow through Smolov with great success. Today is the seven sets of five day in the second week of the base cycle. I found this to be the hardest day last week. I just ate four eggs, 1/4 gallon milk, an orange and a delicious raisin english muffin in preparation for lifting in two hours. I’ve gained four pounds in three weeks and I think I’ve lost a little fat–can’t beat that with a bat!

    Even though I’m not a bodybuilder, my lifting idol is the one, the only, the GREATEST, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER!

    I also very much admire Bill Kazmier, Magnus Samuellson, Doug Hepburn, Jack Lalane, as well as some non-pros like 73-year-old guy at my gym who can deadlift 600 lbs, my good friend and “lifting mentor” who is about to set the Canadian deadlift record, and Justin Lascek!

  4. Posted a form check a while ago and was told I am doing it wrong, did a very rounded sumo where I finished the pull all back. Lots of tweaking later (it’s amazing how many retarded things came out of me just trying to flatten my back, I spent like 2 months semi squatting the weight!) I think I’m getting closer to where I want to be. Pulled 175kg 8×3 for shits and giggles, actually a bit of a jump in what I should have done but shit I really wanted to pull it and did so. Felt pretty good after wondering where the fuck my strength had gone for so long (it had gone into the squatlift).

    In any case, here’s the first set

    I feel like my back steel needs some more tension, but chest up and lat flexing doesn’t seem to do it. I don’t know, it feels stable when I pull but vid says otherwise. Thoughts? I’ve started programming rows in for some more back strength but not convinced it’s a strength issue rather than just setup/cue.

    And excuse the angle, wasn’t going to upload it until I saw how it looked.

    • I don’t pull Sumo, but I did used to rock or “pump” my hamstrings three or four times to get some traction, and now I feel like it’s hard to get set if I hump the bar before I lift. I know a ton of people do it, for me I set hard, and you can pull the slack out first and kind of use that in the same way that you pump your legs into the bar. Like an isometric pump, then lift, but still with a hard set back.

  5. Not 100% sure these are PRs, last time I was in this territory was 2 years ago so I’m putting the down!

    Bench 225×4
    Squat HB 330×1 – had a little more, but was the 3rd single so I called it.

    Been held back by back injuries and mental problems, glad to feel right(ish) right now.

  6. No PRs but I’m getting back into that territory. Picking one idol is tough… I’d have to say pudzianowski for strongman, Ilya Ilin for weightlifting, Konstantinovs for powerlifting, and Burnt Cream for moping.

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  7. What grip variations does everyone do when deadlifting? I have been noticing my grip has been breaking and coming uneven off the ground when I hit heavy deads (85% or more). This has been really slowing me down and making my pull off the floor come up very slow. I have been doing over-under for everything basically which has obviously resulted in a grip imbalance. My over hand is the weaker of the two.

    So far I have been trying to increase grip strength by holding plates together and doing some work and holds with the axel bar. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I have also thought of just using a double overhand grip until I start to get to heavier weights.

    • Worked for me: find the heaviest deadlift you can pull off the floor with a double overhand grip. After your working sets, pick it up 3-5 times and hang on to it as long as you possibly can.

    • I used to do all my warm up sets with double overhand until I couldn’t hold it anymore then I’d switch to a mixed grip. The two main exercises I did that had a big carryover to my grip were farmer’s walks and power hangs. For the power hangs, I’d set up a barbell at the highest height of the rack, load up a weight belt, and then hang from the bar for as long as I could. Once I could hold 30+ seconds, I’d just throw on more weight the next time. 2-3 sets was pretty good.

  8. Cleans were the PR this week. They were around 70kg/155# before, nailed 75kg/165# for an easy double then a solid single with 80kg/175#. No complaints on that end.

    As far as my 70s Big hero, Doug Young followed by Doyle Kenady.

  9. Press: 155x 7 for a rep PR. No big squats or deadlifts this week due to some knee pain. The weird thing is that it doesn’t hurt during the actual lifts but rather aches when I sit down with it bent for a while like when I’m driving. I’ve been icing and stretching 3x a day but it’s persisting :( Trying to get rid of it before flight school where I will have to be sitting down in a helicopter a lot.

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