music selection:  “Endless Love” — Lionel Richie & Diana Ross

waist-line:  37.5 inches

Sam Houston State head football coach Keeler is holding an event tonight at a north side brewery to talk about this year’s team.  I intend to go.  Hopefully, I can keep the count of brews low enough to not erase my dietary progress.

Another good workout is in the books.  I finished all sets with 1-1/2 minutes rest, including the overhead press.  Of course, I’m still building back up from the 10% deload last week.  But I feel much better about my improving form.  Squat is especially looking good.  I’ve found a benchmark I can use to make sure I’m breaking parallel on squat.  The pegs that hold the weights are at just the right height that if my eyes go below the top pegs, I’m at parallel.  I shoot for another inch and it is a good squat!

The only thing that concerns me still is the deadlift.  The Strong Lifts 5×5 program calls for one set of five reps every other workout.  Since I’m not getting a lot of reps, I’m not getting a lot of form practice.  It still seems like no two sets have the same form.  I’m going to go review the videos on deadlift one more time after finishing up a few online errands.

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Bro, do you even lift?

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6 thoughts on “Bro, do you even lift?

  • August 22, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    The 1 deadlift set is that way for when the weights get really heavy. You’ll be going through a lot of warmup sets which makes up for the single set.

    When you’re starting out, it’s better to do 5 sets of 5. Weights won’t be heavy enough to make you pass out after 1 set so you want to do as much volume as you can.

  • August 23, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    First off I have to thank you for introducing me to stronglifts. Been doing it now for around 6 weeks, well 8 weeks but I took 1 off for vacation and missed some other workouts. I felt that the deadlift seemed a bit light too. Well, not necessarily light but I always felt like I had a lot left in the tank on the S/OHP/DL day. I might start adding on another set or two of DLs to help perfect the form and also to lift some more weight.

    • August 23, 2018 at 10:06 pm

      I’m t hinking about doing the same. It is a trivial exercise at my current weight.

  • August 25, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    Another approach is to let go of the bar after every rep and start fresh. It is important to have a great setup (flat back, hips back, some tension on hamstrings, head position neutral, etc.). If you hold on to the bar throughout, your form may be deteriorating with each rep and then it won’t feel the same.

    Romanian deadlifts and kettlebell swings are two other exercises you can train to develop a good hip hinge motion. If your hinge is good it makes consistent deadlifts more likely.


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