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11/27/2012 5:55:40 PM -
Leg Day - Meathead Experiment

After 42 weeks of straight high volume training the decision to take a few weeks off training was made Oct 5th. What you will see in these log posts will be a gradual increase in volume, workload and density. These variables will not increase at the same time and will also be dependent on movement selection.

During my time off there was no training at all, I ate what I wanted -- when I wanted. I did zero cardio, stretching or anything that even resembled training. I lived like the "normal person" got weak, lost weight and got fat. Now it's time to NOT be normal anymore.

If you want to watch the path from normal to training insane stay tuned. This won't happen in 1-2 weeks but rather over the course of a couple months.

As things are almost getting back to normal I will change my logo summary note within the next week or so to lay out what the next plan of action is. I have been waiting on doing this until I see what I am dealing with in regards to my lower back and hip.

I have the next MRI scheduled for this Thursday. This time we will be looking at the spine. This should be very interesting because the last time it was looked at it was a mess but that was 14 or more years ago.

Today was leg day and I decided it would be best to go all out and see what happens. This is now when I am going to write about some very stupid training stuff that I know is stupid but did it anyhow. Any logic than follows is 100% meathead logic but it all works out in my head.

My logic is as follows. Because we have no idea what is causing the pain and it could be due to 3-4 things (so far) I have decided to do my absolute best to screw it up the best I can. I figure if I break it or tear it off then we will know where the problem is. At the very least it will hurt like crazy if I destroy it in training.

Before I go on yes it does hurt when I train. It is a dull ache that doesn't go away and doesn't get better or worse. I wanted to see if I could make it worse.

Here is what I did today.

* 5 warm up sets
* 4 work sets of 8
-- these were taken to failure and was about 20 pounds off what I was using before the break.
-- After the last set I did 23 partial reps to failure

* 7 warm up sets with 6 plates and less. Many sets were repeated. The heater in the gym was broke so it was very cold and I wanted to make sure I was very warm up. Once I felt good with 6 plats I began doing sets of 10 and added one plate per side with every set. I worked up to 12 plates per side and then knocked out a set of 17. I may have been able to get 18 but no way I would have gotten 19. After this I stripped the weight down to 8 pps and side an additional 20 reps.

* 4 warm up sets
* 4 work sets working up to 3.5 plates per side with 5 chains for a set of 10. All 4 work sets were 2-3 reps shy of failure.

* 3 double sets (all to failure)

* 1 set of 100 reps

Leg Ad and Abduction, Glute Raises, Bridges, Stretches and other low back glute rehab junk.

Dave Tate

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