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Re: Closing Out A Year Back

Post by Holland Oates » Tue Oct 11, 2011 1:27 am

I'm close to 11 months back under the bar.

The middle of November last year I walked in after a 2 or 3 hour highway session and as I was getting ready to take a shower I looked in the mirror and saw what I had turned myself into. No traps, no neck, no delts, no musculature at all to speak of compared to the old me. So I sent Gin Master a PM. Told him I was looking to do his old program and asked if he had any tips before I got started. A few days later I get a message asking what I wanted and if I liked the oly lifts, a day or so later I get another message along the lines of "don't do anything yet, I'm busy with the holiday, I'll get back with you." So I waited and what I got was a 4 week program with everything I loved to do. I've used the hybrid plan for the majority of my training plan since I started Operation Reattach Dangly Bits. A little over a week ago I competed in my first strength competition since powerlifting in high school. I performed way better than I expected and I had a damned good time. So I think it has been a success.

So I just want to officially say thanks to Gin Master for the program but I also need to thank those that cheered me on and offered advice through out the year who are just too numerous to mention. But I've really got to thank Bad Dog and Jezzy. The were my conscience and lord knows the Dog answered an inordinate amount of PMs over the course of the year and he is still answering them. They listened to me whine, vacillate, and just out and just be a high maintenance bitch.

So less than a year later I deadlifted 500, put the 2" axle overhead 14 times in 60", and carried 200 ea hand 120 feet in 21.8", threw the Braemar 24 feet, the light weight for distance for 34, and the heavy weight over bar 10. All feats I would have never been able to touch 11 months ago.

And I've made a lot of good friends on here and by proxy so has my Amazon. I've met some and spent time with them and some I've not but I intend to remedy that next year.

I should have thanked GM at the Highlander but I was a bit intoxicated and out of my mind with exhaustion.
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Re: Closing Out A Year Back

Post by Songjabong » Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:33 pm

=D> =D> =D>

congratulations, EZ
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Post by Blaidd Drwg » Wed Oct 12, 2011 3:10 pm

Aaw shucks. Thank You.
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Re: Closing Out A Year Back

Post by Beer Jew » Wed Oct 12, 2011 4:33 pm

It's incredible what consistency and listening to those wiser than us does to your training. My best results ever have come in the last two months, just from being consistent, and believing in a cycle, or sticking it out even if I didn't believe in it.

You've made some incredible lifts recently EZ. I've been enjoying following your log. Congrats!!

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Re: Closing Out A Year Back

Post by Mickey O'neil » Wed Oct 12, 2011 7:52 pm

I normally program all of my own training but if I can get into a regular schedule I'm thinking about listing all of my goals, things I want to work on and scheduling issues and have someone write something up for me.

I've mainly been doing random shit lately just to "stay in shape" and when I did have something resembling a program something always interrupted it. My main focus at the moment is just getting healthy and feeling good.

I would love to find the time to mountain bike as my main focus and lift to support that and remain somewhat strong.

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Re: Closing Out A Year Back

Post by Holland Oates » Thu Oct 13, 2011 12:05 am

10-12
5' walk 16 1/2 run w/ a few walk breaks all trails
military press
5 × 75
5 × 95
3 × 115
5 × 120
5 × 140
12× 160
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135-185-205 x2
Clean and jerk
225 5x2

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Post by Holland Oates » Thu Oct 13, 2011 12:06 am

Thanks all.

As you can see I ran today. This is going to be a regular thing again. Not going to get too crazy, in fact I'm keeping it scaled back until after the Metroflex Highlander but I need cardio and when the zombies come I'll need to able to run.

Looks like I'm going to getting some mat time soon. Friend of a friend is opening a BJJ school locally and we'll have weekend access.

So once the highlander is over I'll be a glorified @fitter again.
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Re: Closing Out A Year Back

Post by Holland Oates » Fri Oct 14, 2011 11:11 pm

10-14
complex
clean pull
push press
back squat
good morning
behind the neck push press
front squat
95x10 135x6 155x5 175x3 185x2
deadlift
5 × 185
5 × 225
3 × 275
5 × 295
5 × 340
6 × 385
ring rows
20-20-10

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Deads felt heavy. Part from wearing the briefs part my back is no where near recovered from pulling 500 at the FF Highlander. No way in hell I'll be able do that again in Ft Worth 11-5.
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Post by Blaidd Drwg » Fri Oct 14, 2011 11:14 pm

competition might change things. mellow out and do some speed pulls next DL workout, and then let it lie until Nov 5th.
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Post by Holland Oates » Sat Oct 15, 2011 12:15 am

Blaidd Drwg wrote:competition might change things. mellow out and do some speed pulls next DL workout, and then let it lie until Nov 5th.
Roger that. I'll do the quarters thing next week and the week after and hit my upper back a bit more with t bar rows.

I screwed up and used my comp pull minus 10% to set this cycle of 5-3-1. Since I hitched the shit out of the pull at FF I really shouldn't have used it for my max this cycle.

I believe there are 8 events rather than 6 at the Metro Highlander so I'm expecting it to SUCK.

I'm really looking forward to throwing with the North Texas Heavies Sunday. I think the Amazon is going with me now. I am going to drive up that morning while she sleeps, play all day, and then she'll drive back. Going to pack an ice chest and just take it easy and learn some stuff.

I've got a lot of good things going my way right now and it all starts with my beautiful wife and my good friends (that includes you).
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Re: Closing Out A Year Back

Post by Holland Oates » Mon Oct 17, 2011 1:23 am

10-16

Another great competition experience. The quality of people at these events is simply astonishing.

I'll post my exact results later but suffice to say I pr'd on the 3 events I did at the Highlander and made some serious in roads on the new events.

Off the top of my head
18 feet 16# sheaf
25 feet and change Braemar
35'8" open stone
51 feet light hammer (one turn then throw)
Turned the (90#)caber twice just off of 12
13 feet weight over bar
No idea what I did on the heavy weight for distance, light weight for distance, or heavy hammer.

I don't believe I threw 13 feet on the wob but the Amazon swears I did.

Got a lot of great advice today on addressing some small things as a start. Found a local A class guy to train with and made some more friends.

And I got to watch Andy Vincent throw. He is a monster.

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Re: Closing Out A Year Back

Post by Holland Oates » Mon Oct 17, 2011 1:23 am

10-16

Another great competition experience. The quality of people at these events is simply astonishing.

I'll post my exact results later but suffice to say I pr'd on the 3 events I did at the Highlander and made some serious in roads on the new events.

Off the top of my head
18 feet 16# sheaf
25 feet and change Braemar
35'8" open stone
51 feet light hammer (one turn then throw)
Turned the (90#)caber twice just off of 12
13 feet weight over bar
No idea what I did on the heavy weight for distance, light weight for distance, or heavy hammer.

I don't believe I threw 13 feet on the wob but the Amazon swears I did.

Got a lot of great advice today on addressing some small things as a start. Found a local A class guy to train with and made some more friends.

And I got to watch Andy Vincent throw. He is a monster.

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Re: Closing Out A Year Back

Post by Dunn » Mon Oct 17, 2011 2:45 am

Gym Winderlicker wrote:10-16

Another great competition experience. The quality of people at these events is simply astonishing.

I'll post my exact results later but suffice to say I pr'd on the 3 events I did at the Highlander and made some serious in roads on the new events.

Off the top of my head
18 feet 16# sheaf
25 feet and change Braemar
35'8" open stone
51 feet light hammer (one turn then throw)
Turned the (90#)caber twice just off of 12
13 feet weight over bar
No idea what I did on the heavy weight for distance, light weight for distance, or heavy hammer.

I don't believe I threw 13 feet on the wob but the Amazon swears I did.

Got a lot of great advice today on addressing some small things as a start. Found a local A class guy to train with and made some more friends.

And I got to watch Andy Vincent throw. He is a monster.

Congrats brother. 13 ft on WoB is great. With this sort of progress you are gonna do great at the Triad.

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Re: Closing Out A Year Back

Post by Soupbone » Mon Oct 17, 2011 3:54 am

Major Congratulations and Thunderous Applause! Keep tossing and kicking ass!!!
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Re: Closing Out A Year Back

Post by Holland Oates » Tue Oct 18, 2011 1:12 am

Thanks all. I got a lot of great coaching.

10-17
Snatch
40-50-60-70 kilos x2
Squat
5 × 160
5 × 195
3 × 235
3 × 275
3 × 315
8x 350
Incline db press
12-10-8 75#

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Post by Holland Oates » Wed Oct 19, 2011 1:19 am

The real results. I inadvertantly exagerated some of my throws.

Braemar Stone 25'-3"
Open Stone 31'-8"
Heavy WFD 17'-8"
Light WFD 38'-2.5"
Heavy Hammer 47'-1"
Light Hammer 59'-0"
Caber 01:00
16lb Sheaf 18'-0"
WFH 12'-0"

I've got a lot of damn work to do.

Here's the freak show I got to follow since the A's, B's, and C's were all throwing together.

Super A competitor
Andy Vincent
Braemar 41'-0.5"
Open stone 50'-8.5"
Heavy wfd 32'-9.5"
Light wfd 75'-9"
Heavy hammer 96'-6"
Light hammer 112'-7"
Caber 12:00
20# sheaf 30'-0" he attempted 38' with the 16# after but it was a no go
Wfh 15'-0"

I'm most disappointed in the fact that I thought I had thrown the open stone 35' 8" and the Amazon was sure I had hit 13' on the WFH. But now I want 40' on the open stone and 14 on the WFH. No point in half stepping. :)
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Post by Holland Oates » Wed Oct 19, 2011 10:29 pm

10-19
Military press
5 × 75
5 × 95
3 × 115
3 × 130
3 × 150
10 × 170
Clean and jerk
135-185-205-225-245-255 x2 SUCK!
dbl o'erhand no hook on e'ry tang cept 255-hooked 255

I am Gym's self disgust. I know my pop is dead because of the games this past weekend but it still pisses me off when 205 feels heavy.

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Post by Blaidd Drwg » Wed Oct 19, 2011 11:58 pm

But now I want 40' on the open stone and 14 on the WFH.

Now you're talking sense.
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Post by Holland Oates » Thu Oct 20, 2011 12:25 am

Blaidd Drwg wrote:But now I want 40' on the open stone and 14 on the WFH.

Now you're talking sense.
Hahahahahahahahaha

I'm asking Santa for it. I'd ask Jesus but he's just a myth.

I understand why you tried to steer me away from HG. This could lead to a serious obsession and some serious disappointment.
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Post by Holland Oates » Thu Oct 20, 2011 10:28 pm

Hammertime with the wife and kids. Winds, throws, whining. 5-7.5-10-12.5-17

Braemar w/ the wife and dotter.

A couple of glides and south africans. 1 glide felt stoopid good. 3 or 4 beers.

Lots of light winds and footwork drills in my future.
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Post by Dunn » Thu Oct 20, 2011 11:31 pm

Gym Winderlicker wrote:Hammertime with the wife and kids. Winds, throws, whining. 5-7.5-10-12.5-17

Braemar w/ the wife and dotter.

A couple of glides and south africans. 1 glide felt stoopid good. 3 or 4 beers.

Lots of light winds and footwork drills in my future.

Sounds like a good day.

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Post by Holland Oates » Fri Oct 21, 2011 9:25 pm

Dunn wrote:
Sounds like a good day.
Most definitely.

10-21
Barbell complex
Deadlift
Clean grip hi pull
Push press
Back squat
Behind the neck push press
Front squat
135 x3 155 x3 185 3x3
Deadlift
Fun with quarters
225x3-275x3-325x3 all double overhand no hook
225x3-275x3-325x3 hooked
Working on speed throughout the movement. Hit 225 and try to match that speed on the next two sets
Double d handle landmine bent over rows
135 5x5 180 5x3 225 5x2 weight is plates only, not figuring in the bar.

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Post by Blaidd Drwg » Fri Oct 21, 2011 9:34 pm

wadja think about that speed work?
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Post by Holland Oates » Fri Oct 21, 2011 10:42 pm

Blaidd Drwg wrote:wadja think about that speed work?
It was teh suck.

First round was not that fast. Second round was much better with the hook.

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Re: Closing Out A Year Back

Post by Blaidd Drwg » Fri Oct 21, 2011 10:58 pm

i copy. i had a better session with straps than overhand without a hook. it's all bout speed i see no reason not to use straps or a mixed grip if your shoulders are down for it.
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