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Thanks. those took an extra day to recover from.
 

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Max Effort Lower

hypers and hip mobility

Anderson squat @ 44" with camber bar
625 x 1
shut it down there. PR on this is 675 and I don't think I was good for more than 650 tonight

ultra wide stiff leg sumo
315 x 5
405 x 2 x 5
Never done these before and they are brutal. The bar starts way out in front of your body and its all hips and glutes. My left hip gives me trouble sometimes on wide stuff but I'll be able to hit these hard as I had no discomfort.

March with Marrs bar and bands
155 x 100 steps
245 x 100 steps
335 x 100 steps

45 degree back extensions
145 x 3 x 10

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just saw Louie talking about ultra wide sumos. He was like "you get strong at those, aint no way you don't get stronger at everything else" think ill cry when Louie dies. Gone be one of the saddest days in strength man.
 

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Lol. I saw the exact same video and that's why I gave them a go. I remember him talking about these years ago but I never got around to doing them. My glutes and hams are very sore today.

I really want to take my oldest out to Columbus to meet Lou before its too late. We've talked about going to the Arnold before and I might just have to make it happen.
 
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Lol. I saw the exact same video and that's why I gave them a go. I remember him talking about these years ago but I never got around to doing them. My glutes and hams are very sore today.

I really want to take my oldest out to Columbus to meet Lou before its too late. We've talked about going to the Arnold before and I might just have to make it happen.
probably only celebrity/famous person Id ever want to take a picture with
 

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Ok I gotta share this cause you will appreciate it. I've been fortunate enough to meet him twice. The first time was when I first got into powerlifting. I'd been reading his articles for years in PLUSA and even called him a couple times to discuss things. It was hilarious. He would publish his home phone number at the end of every article and would always pick up the phone and talk with anybody that called.

So a couple months before my first meet I was going to visit my brother who was going to school in Indiana at the time. I called Lou before the trip and asked if I could train at Westside on Friday. All he said was "We squat on Friday. Be there at 8" and that was it. I took a slight detour to Columbus on my way out there and got to squat with the crew. This was late 1999/early 2000 and the gym was still at the old location on Demorest road which was about a 1000 sq.ft. space in a strip mall. I had never used a monolift before but he threw me right in the mix with Dan Blankenship (198lber) and Amy Wiseberger (148lber). Did the full squat workout and got to watch Chuck V, Mike Ruggeria, Dave Tate and Chester Stafford squat. Chuck went nuts on his last set - 545 plus a blue and green, split his head open on the squat bar then crushed the weight for a double and went to the bathroom to wipe the blood off his face. Lou gave me shit for having strong hams but a weak low back. Everyone left by about 10am and I stayed and talked with Chester for another hour. It was one of the highlights of my life.

The second time I met him was at APF Seniors in Baton Rouge in 2004. Most of the Westside guys were there helping Chester and JL Holdsworth compete. I just walked up to Lou after the meet, told him I'd been using his methods for 4 years and added over 500lbs to my total. He shook his head, smiled and said something like "that's fantastic". I never asked him for a picture because he always seemed somewhat amazed that he was famous and I don't think he was really comfortable with it.

Lou is often misunderstood but the man has done more for powerlifting in the last 30 years than anyone else. He genuinely wants to help every person that he meets get stronger. It doesn't matter who you are, how strong or weak you are or how you train. He just wants you to get stronger and succeed. Truly an amazing individual.
 

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priceless experience. Thanks for sharing
 

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Max Effort Upper

The usual warm ups

Steep Incline Press with chains
190 + 40lbs chain x 1
190 + 80lbs chain x 1
190 + 120lbs chain x 1
190 + 160lbs chain x miss - just couldn't out run the chain on this one. missed it just before lockout

steep incline dumbbell press
105 x 8
105 x 7
105 x 7

chain extensions with V handle
100lbs chain x 5 x 10

chest supported dumbbell row
105 x 4 x 8

plate shrugs
45lb plate in each hand x 200 reps per arm

Didn't get any vids today. Had my oldest son's group going and we were having a couple of contests as part of their deload week. They did 3 contests: squat 225 x 10 in the shortest time, deadlift 225 x 10 in the shortest time and double overhand barbell hold with 225 for max time. I have them do these contests as deload weeks every 9-10 weeks in their training. They are always fun and provide a nice change of pace while providing a physical and mental break from the intense training.
 

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Dynamic Effor Lower

hypers and hip mobility

DE squats with duffalo bar
395 + strong bands 8 x 2
squats felt way better then last week. I think the giant t-bone steak last night was the factor.

DE deads
405 + medium band 6 x 1

GHR with light band
4 x 10

reverse hyper
360 x 4 x 15

dumbbell side bends
90 x 3 x 20

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Dynamic Upper

reverse hypers and shoulder mobility

steep incline press
145 + 80lbs chain 9 x 3

flat dumbbell press
100 x 21, 19, 13

neutral grip lat pulldown
200 x 3 x 10

Called it there. Been a little run down this week.
 

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Your workouts look very similar to my last few years. Nice work
 

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Ok I gotta share this cause you will appreciate it. I've been fortunate enough to meet him twice. The first time was when I first got into powerlifting. I'd been reading his articles for years in PLUSA and even called him a couple times to discuss things. It was hilarious. He would publish his home phone number at the end of every article and would always pick up the phone and talk with anybody that called.

So a couple months before my first meet I was going to visit my brother who was going to school in Indiana at the time. I called Lou before the trip and asked if I could train at Westside on Friday. All he said was "We squat on Friday. Be there at 8" and that was it. I took a slight detour to Columbus on my way out there and got to squat with the crew. This was late 1999/early 2000 and the gym was still at the old location on Demorest road which was about a 1000 sq.ft. space in a strip mall. I had never used a monolift before but he threw me right in the mix with Dan Blankenship (198lber) and Amy Wiseberger (148lber). Did the full squat workout and got to watch Chuck V, Mike Ruggeria, Dave Tate and Chester Stafford squat. Chuck went nuts on his last set - 545 plus a blue and green, split his head open on the squat bar then crushed the weight for a double and went to the bathroom to wipe the blood off his face. Lou gave me shit for having strong hams but a weak low back. Everyone left by about 10am and I stayed and talked with Chester for another hour. It was one of the highlights of my life.

The second time I met him was at APF Seniors in Baton Rouge in 2004. Most of the Westside guys were there helping Chester and JL Holdsworth compete. I just walked up to Lou after the meet, told him I'd been using his methods for 4 years and added over 500lbs to my total. He shook his head, smiled and said something like "that's fantastic". I never asked him for a picture because he always seemed somewhat amazed that he was famous and I don't think he was really comfortable with it.

Lou is often misunderstood but the man has done more for powerlifting in the last 30 years than anyone else. He genuinely wants to help every person that he meets get stronger. It doesn't matter who you are, how strong or weak you are or how you train. He just wants you to get stronger and succeed. Truly an amazing individual.
Very cool stories dude. I've only read the old Westside stories from Dave and a few others, and can only imagine what an experience it was
 

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Max Effort Lower

came down with a stomach bug on Friday so I pushed the workout to today. Cut back on volume and just got the minimum work in.

reverse hypers and hip mobility

Front squat with Marrs Bar off box
515 x 1
540 x 1
565 x miss
First time doing these and I really liked them. I've done these before with the safety squat bar turned around backwards and it's nearly impossible to breathe. I will keep these in the rotation.

Marrs Bar marches with doubled light band
155 x 3 x 80
same setup as last week but more band tension and less weight. This was a better configuration

reverse hypers
270 x 3 x 20

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Willing to bet that was upper back fatigue that caused the miss. Your legs are plenty strong to push that weight. Keep building that back. Good work;)
 

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just saw Louie talking about ultra wide sumos. He was like "you get strong at those, aint no way you don't get stronger at everything else" think ill cry when Louie dies. Gone be one of the saddest days in strength man.
crazy that I was talking about louie passing and we lost John Meadows. sucky days
 

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crazy that I was talking about louie passing and we lost John Meadows. sucky days
Very sucky indeed. Based on his videos and content he seemed to be a very genuine individual which is exceedingly rare these days.
 

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Recovery/conditioning work

forward sled drag
155lbs x 1/2 mile continuously

safety squat bar thoracic good morning
put bar on neck, touch chin to chest (or get close) extend neck, repeat
bar x 100 reps
 
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