Monday, January 2, 2012


Happy 2012, everybody! I hope everybody enjoyed safe and fun New Year's celebrations and is ready to get back into the weight room today! I know I'm fired up for my new program!

Day 1 is my front squat day, and I'm all sorts of excited to get back to lifting heavy shit. I liked that hypertrophy program, but it just doesn't do it for me in the long run. If I'm not seeing progress on the bar, it's hard for me to quantify what I'm doing. 

I wrote last week that I had tested my 1RM for my snatch grip deadlift and paused bench press, and this past saturday I tested my military press (with fat grip) and my front squat. The numbers came out to be 165 for the military press and 275 for the front squat. Neither of these numbers are ground breaking, but I'm pretty happy with the front squat considering that I just came off of 2 months of lifting sub-maximal weights. This was the first time in 2 months that I'd seen more than 135 on the bar for my front squat. I felt pretty good, and got some videos too!

This was my 1RM attempt at 265. It felt like a grinder, but I knew I had a little more left in the tank.

My last lift, at 275, felt like the world. I felt like I had more in my legs but, as is the case with the front squat, my upper back was the limiting factor. I wasn't in danger of dumping the bar, but it was pretty close.

(Anybody notice the guy in the back doing the explosive barbell curls? Great hip drive!)

I'm going to really try and keep up with videos while I'm on this program. Knowing that my lift is going to be able to viewed by anybody will do a good job of keeping my conscious of form. Plus, being able to see yourself do anything is an AMAZING way to learn what you're doing wrong.

On a separate note, my friend Ali recently got a photo of herself doing one of the most impressive physical feats that I've seen recently, a pistol squat while standing on the handle of a kettlebell!

In terms of random badass physical feats, this one is pretty sick. Great job, Ali!

Thanks for reading everyone! Have a great day, and go lift something heavy!


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