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1/6/2015 6:00:40 PM - David W

Just want to thank you for your detailed training logs, they are very informative and have become my favorite. I just turned thirty and after 10 years and a recent shoulder surgery I've transitioned from strength training back to bodybuilding for almost purely aesthetics. I enjoy the intelligent approach you use towards reaping maximum gains while ensuring longevity. Question, how long did it take you to stop caring when you hear people joke about guys that don't deadlift? I recently had to stop pulling myself from sacroiliac issues and I've had to find other ways(such as those you've shared) to hit my erectors and mid back. I also stick with a trap bar, and only once every 2-3 weeks. Thanks again and I look forward to following more of your workouts.

Hi David,

To be completely honest I never felt like deadlifts aided my pursuit of pro level back development, so jokes about guys who didn't deadlift never bothered me. Once I blew my lower back out so badly from deadlifts I could barely walk out of the gym and after that I really didn't a shit about jokes, lol!

I have to say that my inability to squat without messing up my lower back has really bothered me lately. Probably because while I never enjoyed or felt the benefits of deadlifts, I LOVE to squat and miss them.

That said, as much as I love squatting I love lifting even more. Therefore, jacking up my back on squats whereby I struggle to train at all the next two days has me looking at my higher priority. I squat way less weight and much less often, but I train hard 7 days a week.

Sometimes is just a matter of swallowing your pride and looking at the bigger picture.

I'm glad you enjoy my training logs as I hope to be training hard, albeit creatively, and posting them for a long time to come!

All the best,
Mark Dugdale

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