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Bro, do you even lift?

Another good workout.

music selection:  “Cherub Rock” — Smashing Pumpkins

waist-line:  38.5 inches – progress!

It has been a week since I castigated the Gold’s Gym manager about the lack of collars.  Still no collars.  I’m going to try going on the Facebook page and see if I can catch the attention of someone at corporate.

All the cages were occupied when I got to the gym.  I normally go at 9 AM but was about 15 minutes early.  Have to not make that mistake again as the cages are open by 9.  So I squatted in the Smith machine as an alternative.  It felt awkward.  I don’t want to use the machine anymore if I can avoid it.

The cell phone app had me de-load on bench press after three consecutive failures.  Ten pounds made a huge amount of difference.  I completed all five sets of five with ease.  The bent over row is rapidly growing more challenging.  I’ll probably start failing soon.  I also am going to struggle with building my grip.  Anyone have tips for building grip strength?

Devour your prey raptors!

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  • David July 18, 2018, 5:06 pm

    Deadlifts will build it indirectly. If you want to be unable to grip anything for the remainder of the day, try heavy farmer walks.

  • T July 19, 2018, 2:31 am

    Grip shouldn’t impede your progress on bent over row before deadlift. Anyway, you’re right to want to work on grip seperately. A couple solutions to keep the weight moving on your big lifts would be to use lifting straps, or learn the hook grip. On deadlifts, I like to use a mixed grip as I feel stronger with it. The other thing is that chalk really works. I doubt planet fatness allows chalk, but one way around traditional chalk is to use sidewalk chalk. When I used to lift in a gym, that’s what I would use. Hope that helps!

  • T July 19, 2018, 2:33 am

    Gold’s should allow chalk. Don’t know why I thought you were somewhere else.

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