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Turpin

Thank you guys for the positive input .
I am 5`6" @ 160lbs and after 35yrs of training ( & trying to keep within a weight class for powerlifting ) my bodyweight is relatively unchanged whilst my physique has. I don't care much for using bodyweight increase as a barometer of progress.

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Average Al

Turpin wrote:
MDieguez wrote:
Great pull. Close to 4x body weight. Looks like the trap bar had good carryover for you.
Mike

Thank you , yes the trap bar was/is invaluable for me in building the strength for deadlifting once more. I could not have progressed with the issues the straight bar exposes with my injury history , hence I limited its use to only single lift `try outs` every 3 weeks with trap bar work as a mainstay.

T.



Why do you think the trap bar is more forgiving?

My initial thought was that if you were using elevated handles, it would reduce the incline of your back, and thus the shear force. But in the photo, it looks like you are using the low handles, and your torso is inclined forward quite a bit.

I guess I'd have to see your straight bar setup to see if you were any less inclined with the trap bar.
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Turpin

Average Al wrote:
Turpin wrote:
MDieguez wrote:
Great pull. Close to 4x body weight. Looks like the trap bar had good carryover for you.
Mike

Thank you , yes the trap bar was/is invaluable for me in building the strength for deadlifting once more. I could not have progressed with the issues the straight bar exposes with my injury history , hence I limited its use to only single lift `try outs` every 3 weeks with trap bar work as a mainstay.

T.



Why do you think the trap bar is more forgiving?

My initial thought was that if you were using elevated handles, it would reduce the incline of your back, and thus the shear force. But in the photo, it looks like you are using the low handles, and your torso is inclined forward quite a bit.

I guess I'd have to see your straight bar setup to see if you were any less inclined with the trap bar.


You are correct I use the low handle position. The trap bar is more forgiving because the line of pull is with the hip/pelvic line and not out in front thus allowing more push thru the legs.
I have posted quite a few videos of my conventional deadlift lately if you wish to compare.
I really don't need another's opinion via scrutiny of my form on video to validate if its more forgiving for ME , I know it is. LOL

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simon-hecubus

Texas, USA

Equity wrote:
The back is definitely bigger, wider thicker; just look at the lower portion of the lats. Elsewhere is less noticeable IMHO.


The lower lat lines are what drew my eyes as well.
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Turpin

2015-2016 ... 49-50 yrs

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Equity

Turpin wrote:
2015-2016 ... 49-50 yrs

T.


Again; the lower lats in particular are broader/thicker.
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Turpin

Trap bar deadlift 250kg / 550lbs x 5 reps ( 3 sets )
I went in today cold with the expectation of just working up and seeing where I was at for 5`s and pleasently surprised myself . Pec was fine and I felt really good throughout the sets ( fast & strong ) , also resorted back to my old belt which is far more comfortable .... A good workout all round , very pleased.

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/...eature=youtu.be

The workout was :
GHR`s : 5 sets x 12 reps
Trap bar : 10 total sets / 3 working sets x 5 reps
Seated calf raise : 5 sets x 25 reps
Toes to bar leg raise : 5 sets x 12 reps

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Turpin

Training 11/12/2016

Trap bar deadlift : 260kg x 4 reps ( 4 sets )

GHR`s : 5 sets x 12 reps

Toes to bar leg raise : 5 sets x 12 reps

Video : https://www.youtube.com/...eature=youtu.be

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Altho my training has always been basic and heavy I am presently trying to simplify further. Going forward I am looking to keep my simplistic upper / lower split BUT utilising only 3 exercises per workout ( 1 main lift & 2 supplementary exercises ) and just work them hard. I used super abbreviated training previously ( some years back ) but became fixated with ever decreasing volume and frequency which was a mistake I don't intend making again . This time I will keep volume ( sets per exercise ) high and utilise density over intensity .
Diet is unchanged ( high fat , moderate protein , lower carb ) .


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Turpin

18/12/16

Leg training:

Front squat : worked up to 3 working sets @ 330lbs x 3 reps.

Hack slide : 5 sets x 12 reps

Donkey calf raise : 5 sets x 25 reps

Abdominals : 5 sets x 12 reps


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Dan_The_man

Wow on the front squat. I can only go so heavy before my abdomen feels like its going to burst and my knees feel like they're going to pop.
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Turpin

Dan_The_man wrote:
Wow on the front squat. I can only go so heavy before my abdomen feels like its going to burst and my knees feel like they're going to pop.



Thank you , I have always been relatively strong on squatting , but the front squat became a new challenge for me these past few years and altho I never liked its awkwardness it has really grown on me ... a real love / hate with this exercise.

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Equity

Turpin wrote:
Dan_The_man wrote:
Wow on the front squat. I can only go so heavy before my abdomen feels like its going to burst and my knees feel like they're going to pop.


Thank you , I have always been relatively strong on squatting , but the front squat became a new challenge for me these past few years and altho I never liked its awkwardness it has really grown on me ... a real love / hate with this exercise.

T.


Freaky strong as always; can't dream of lifting those kind of weights.

Serious Kudos!

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Turpin

27/12/16

Upperbody training ( emphasis on OHP progression / volume )

OHP / Pullup ( 10 sets x 3 & 10 reps respectively )

Gironda dip / DB rows ( 5 sets x 12 reps )

Incline curl / CGBP ( 5 sets x 12 reps )

Face pull 5 sets x 15 reps.

Fast paced ( 2 mins between OHP/Pullups & 1 min between other assistance work )

Video : https://www.youtube.com/...h?v=Tnxs3oZde6g

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1958

Texas, USA

I like the thick handles on your dip apparatus!
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sirloin

Tried this workout today lol, was completely busted after the dips and rows, not to mention I only made it to 7 sets on the first movements.
Repect!!:)
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Turpin

1958 wrote:
I like the thick handles on your dip apparatus!


Yes , I find the FAT GRIPZ essential when using the reverse grip method on dipping.

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Turpin

sirloin wrote:
Tried this workout today lol, was completely busted after the dips and rows, not to mention I only made it to 7 sets on the first movements.
Repect!!:)


Thank you , yes it can be pretty tough when the sets accumulate and the respite remains constant.

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1958

Texas, USA

Turpin,is your son still training?If so,please give us an update.
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Turpin

1958 wrote:
Turpin,is your son still training?If so,please give us an update.


Yes he is still training x 3 weekly. He enjoys his other sports ( basketball , soccer ) more and his training is simply an adjunct to these , BUT he looks very well presently . I will get a pic of him up in the new year .. thanks for asking.

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Turpin

A Simple belt squat leverage device I made to fit in a power rack. Works very well and is every bit as effective as the VERY expensive leverage versions out there.
I always loved belt squats but the free weight / disc version was a real B`std to set up. I did manage to get 500lb x 10 using that method , BUT with less than half of that weight this set up killed my quads in 3 sets. Ideal for high rep assistance work after heavy low rep front squats.

video : https://www.youtube.com/...eature=youtu.be

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gdm

Turpin,very nice device.
How did you make it?
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Frank Scott

Where did you get the belt?
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Turpin

gdm wrote:
Turpin,very nice device.
How did you make it?


Thank you . I tried many different ways and went to-fro with a welder friend of mine in order to get the right design. Its simply a 60mm x 60mm box section from an old power rack that has a cradle like basin in the middle. We attached 2" diameter horns to the sides in order to hold Olympic plates and attached a hook to one end and drilled a 1" hole in the other which the safety bar of the power rack slides thru providing a pivot for the lever arm. It is very basic BUT very functional and effective moreso than any method Ive tried.

Frank : the belt is a belt squat belt from Spud inc.

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MDieguez

Nothing like being creative with a home gym. Thanks for sharing, appreciate it.
Mike
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Turpin

Well , After yesterdays tester with the `belt squat` and gauging ( by way of palpation ) the areas of tenderness in the quads today I am convinced more than ever to stick with what I believe to be one of THE most beneficial supplementary thigh exercise I have at my convenience the `Heels together Hack slide` . These have been a mainstay in my training over the past 18 months and will be for the foreseeable future . They target and hit just the right area I wish them too , the belt squat stimulus when combined with heavy front squat was just too profuse and not isolated ( not what I want ) perhaps I could look to utilising the Belt squat as a primary movement once more rather than supplementary .


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