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So this was the last heavy session prior to the Arnold.  I did the one heavy session on Monday and then took the following week off.  During the week of the Arnold Itself I did some full body pump workouts Monday - Wednesday to attempt to keep my body filled out by getting my muscle glycogen stores back up.  I also had a lot of questions about the bands on my legs.  I added the passive compression (not tight enough to be blood flow restriction training) to help with recovery.  Definitely felt way better going into the pull doing this on the squats first.Here is the training from that week.And here is the training video to accompany this.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OjGp2S1MTs...

Hit an amazing super set and some awesome squatting on Monday.  But after that had to focus on some stuff with the move of my shop and my house which was quite involved and stressful to pull off in a short period of time.  In this video I talk about how I handled that and adjusted my training to match.  You will see a lot of issues with adherence to plan in regards to the training plan below.Click the image below to see the full details of my training as well as the planning approach we use.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGZ8i8obSVs...

Feeling pretty solid this week.  The trick now will be to not push it to hard or to fast and move backwards on the progress to date.  But as you can see I'm just about 100% back in action now.  This week was originally planned as a deload week but due to the the lower training while rehabbing it was changed to a transition week.  Loads remained higher the first half of the week then tapered a bit in preparation for the next week.Click the image below to see the full details of my training as well as the planning approach we use.https://youtu.be/RrgDEekptMI...

The quad rehab is coming along quite well and I was able to push things pretty hard this last week.  Not as hard as I would have liked but that would have meant no injury to begin with.  But there is not a better point I could be sitting at right now than where I am at given the recent injury.  Click the image below to see the full details over everything that has gone on in my training this week and to see how we approach the planning process.https://youtu.be/ZPEppndio8Y...

Well this week didn't go as planned starting out with an injury on an already short prep cycle.  But all you can do is go with the new flow and develop a plan of action and execute.  Here I show some of the work thats been done over the course of the week.  Below is also the training log with all details on what was done during the course of the week. https://youtu.be/oxM5TxcVLcg...

Feeling a lot more stable with my squats this last week.  Was also quite happy with all my big lifts for the week given I'm just getting back into hitting all 3 major lifts in the same week again.  I'm squatting twice, benching once, and deadlifting once, with one two accessory back days.  I still have a little bit of an issue with nagging oblique and QL strain on the left side which is likely due to the last training cycle but it is recovering quite well.  Prep time for Arnold Fit Expo is quite short but overall I'm walking around stronger than I have ever been before so I don't think I'll need to be reliant on a huge prep period.  The details of the training plan are below.https://youtu.be/2WgIkyebHd4...

Still keeping it under wraps as to exactly what I want to do in the Animal Cage at the Arnold.  But I am excited for it.  This marks the first week of training for a very short prep period.  It will also delay my 1000lb squat goal but I've got a pretty interesting plan for the year for my goals.  Ready to get moving forward on it.Below is the training plan for the week. ...

Here is my training log from this las week. You can see the plan, any deviation from the plan, velocity numbers driving the load for auto regulation purposes, and my subjective workout feedback. Learn more about our training methods here.All the weights used are listed in the document below as well.This week Chad Aichs and Jesse Anderson came into town but most of that footage will be in next weeks log. If you didn't see our wheeling trip see it here.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OA-s72nwltw...

Last weekend I took a trip to Las Vegas and worked with my friend Stan Efferding (Worlds Strongest Bodybuilder) and also Eric Spoto (worlds strongest raw bench presser).  I have been working with Eric Spoto on his rotator cuff surgery rehab plan over the last several months.  Eric has been working with his physical therapist on his rehab plan while I was guiding him on his training in the gym and other recuperative movements that fell within those parameters.   With Eric's progress he had reached a point that we could begin incorporating the ShouldeRok to deal with some of the root issues that could have led to his surgery to begin with.  It was time to build the platform for ongoing strength and shoulder health for his continued dominance in the bench press, prompting this trip.Upon learning that I was coming down I received a text from Stan asking if I could help him dial in some changes to his deadlift.  At least the text was sent to my phone, but I was confused as he was referencing the "mad scientist" for assistance.  Upon arriving at the Iron House gym Stan cleared up that he was indeed talking about me, as you will see in the following video.  Upon reflection the nickname is fitting given my tendency to tinker with and improve everything including my machining, 4 wheeling rigs, gym devices, and human movement.Don't worry the actual coaching videos will follow in coming weeks: "The Mad Scientist of Powerlifting"? Stan Efferding w/Chris Duffin...