Saturday, July 23, 2011


Snatch: up to 208x1

Deadlift: 500x1/2/3/1/2/3/1/2/3

Glute Ham: 3x10

Leg Curl: 3x15
Leg Press Calf Raise: 3x25

Deadlifts felt pretty fantastic last night. All of the reps were done from a dead stop. This means that on the 2's and 3's I didn't bounce the weight off the platform. This makes things a bit more difficult. Also, the weight was supposed to be 495 but screw that. Nobody climbs Mt. Everest to stop twenty feet from the summit. Right? Right.

I'm beginning to think I don't have hamstrings. I'm not sure what it is but when I do posterior chain work I can feel my low back and my glutes and that's about it. This is something that needs to be addressed. I think maybe some more direct activation in my warm up is what is needed.

Song of the Day: Joe Cocker's Feelin' Alright

"Ability is nothing without opportunity." -Napoleon Bonaparte


  1. I feel alright by steve earle

  2. Could it be there is some overcompensation on the part of the supporting muscles, or perhaps your form might be off just enough that it's not visibly recognizable? I guess maybe another option could be that the weight isn't heavy enough to feel it in your hams.

    Not meaning to encroach here, those were just a few things that popped into my mind that I've experienced with other muscle groups before.

  3. @Severrin I'm thinking it could be a combo of all of those. Doing posterior chain stuff after I deadlift so they are already taxed which could throw my form off a bit. I may have also answered my own question when I say that I feel it in my back and glutes. Kind of what you were saying as far as the support muscles taking over. It's also been a while since I've done hamstring specific work as well. I've never had any hamstring issues in the past. I just don't feel them working much, which doesn't necessarily mean anything.

    But thanks for reading!

  4. Yea, no problem. I've been reading for a few months now, but I've been having issues with biceps and only ever feeling them worked when I use the curl machine. Any of time, it's always felt in my for arms. Any suggestions for the situation I'm experiencing?

  5. Tough to say without knowing exactly what exercises you're doing. If you're doing standing db stuff you could try them seated as this will eliminate a good amount of any body english. If you're doing stuff with your wrists nuetral try with the palms up. Again, tough to say. But if it's just hypertrophy you're after the machine isn't a bad way to go.

  6. True. It sucks because two weeks ago, I combined some moves that really activated my biceps. I know it's hard to believe but they really responded well, and it almost seemed like they got bigger. But now I'm kicking myself because I didn't take my training log with me that day to record the moves I did.