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Passive Jay

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Ever since I started lifting weights last july I have friends ask me how much I lift, Its always been so little that I just responded with "not much". I think maybe my numbers might be high enough now to not be embarrassing but I wanted to check with you guys.

I do not know how much any of my max lifts would be, I figured what you are working out with is more important so I have not tried to figure any of them out in awhile

When I lift I do 5 sets of 5 for each lift, with a 45 second break between sets and a 2 minute break between each different lift.

My current numbers are

Bench press 5x5 at 165lbs
snatch grip overhead press 5x5 at 80lbs
bent over row 5x5 at 150lbs
hex bar deadlift 5x5 at 175lbs
Bulgarian split squats 5x5 for each leg at 35lbs
curls 5x5 at 65lbs

I do bench press, overhead press, and bent over row monday, wednesday, and friday, deadlift on monday, curls on wednesday and, squats on friday.

So is that ok numbers so far?
 
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Leigh

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You're very tall, so your levers are long and you are not built for pressing. Don't judge yourself against other people.

To answer your question, strong people lift more than you. But you're not weak.
 

Rambo John J

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Tyler Durden: OK, any historic figure.
Narrator: I'd fight Gandhi.
Tyler Durden: Good answer.
Narrator: How about you?
Tyler Durden: Lincoln.
Narrator: Lincoln?
Tyler Durden: Big guy, big reach. Skinny guys fight 'til they're burger.
 

Passive Jay

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This looks like a routine that will yield no results.

well sir, I can only go by the advice I am given. I was told that a routine like this would produce good results and I have been making progress so far. I understand that you know a lot about this kind of thing but when i asked you for advice you told me that this is what you do for a living so you had no interest in doling out free advice over the internet. That is of course your prerogative, but that being the case just telling me that what I am doing is not going to work is less than constructive.
 

Tuc Ouiner

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that makes sense. do you think the bulgarian split squats also help w/ the glute/ham tie-in and also builds a more functional strength(because it almost mimics a lunge which is closer to the kinetic motion of a sprint) Never tried the move personally-- just asking. Interesting choice by Leigh.
 

Passive Jay

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that makes sense. do you think the bulgarian split squats also help w/ the glute/ham tie-in and also builds a more functional strength(because it almost mimics a lunge which is closer to the kinetic motion of a sprint) Never tried the move personally-- just asking. Interesting choice by Leigh.

That would be more of a question for Leigh @Leigh but i would assume yes.
 

Leigh

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that makes sense. do you think the bulgarian split squats also help w/ the glute/ham tie-in and also builds a more functional strength(because it almost mimics a lunge which is closer to the kinetic motion of a sprint) Never tried the move personally-- just asking. Interesting choice by Leigh.
The back squat, whilst a great exercise, is almost equally a lower back exercise. It can also injure your back.

The Bulgarian split squat removes the lower back contribution, making it a more leg focused and less dangerous exercise. However, it will never be the mass builder that the back squat is.
 

Tuc Ouiner

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Do Olympic lifters use it as an assistance exercise ala Westside? My understanding of conventional Bulgarian training was that they shunned most of the assistance kind of work. Maybe they changed. Guess it's weird trying to find out the origins of exercises. Anybody remember Tommy Kono? Some people consider him the greatest IOL pound for pound. His knee wraps still get used quite a bit these days.
 

TFK_likatiga

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As leigh says, everybody is different and you really shouldn't compare yourself to others. With that said, I didn't feel comfortable telling people the weight I was lifting until I got to a 400lb DL and 300lb squat. That's not all that much weight in the scheme of things, but it made me proud.
 

Leigh

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Do Olympic lifters use it as an assistance exercise ala Westside? My understanding of conventional Bulgarian training was that they shunned most of the assistance kind of work. Maybe they changed. Guess it's weird trying to find out the origins of exercises. Anybody remember Tommy Kono? Some people consider him the greatest IOL pound for pound. His knee wraps still get used quite a bit these days.
I don't know, I only really trained with powerlifters. One time I trained with an Olympic lifting coach and he said all his athletes back squat.

I don't think any lift is really "functional" because at no point am I going to bench press or deadlift or squat in my life outside the gym. Whilst movements may look superficially similar, there is virtually zero neural crossover between a lunge and a wrestling level change, for example. The best you can hope for from weight training to cross over to your sport is hypertrophy of the muscles you use.

If I want a better double leg, I wrestle. If I want stronger legs, I do strength training to build bigger legs.
 

Pitbull9

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I don't know, I only really trained with powerlifters. One time I trained with an Olympic lifting coach and he said all his athletes back squat.

I don't think any lift is really "functional" because at no point am I going to bench press or deadlift or squat in my life outside the gym. Whilst movements may look superficially similar, there is virtually zero neural crossover between a lunge and a wrestling level change, for example. The best you can hope for from weight training to cross over to your sport is hypertrophy of the muscles you use.

If I want a better double leg, I wrestle. If I want stronger legs, I do strength training to build bigger legs.
Ooh not too sure I agree with that last part.
 

Lord Vutulaki

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Do Olympic lifters use it as an assistance exercise ala Westside? My understanding of conventional Bulgarian training was that they shunned most of the assistance kind of work. Maybe they changed. Guess it's weird trying to find out the origins of exercises. Anybody remember Tommy Kono? Some people consider him the greatest IOL pound for pound. His knee wraps still get used quite a bit these days.
It depends even say within the Chinese program it differs greatly from one coach to another within the same training facility

Here's the kicker many Chinese Oly coaches are huge on bodybuilding training, they train the main lifts, squat variations and then have a day or two per week to do shit you wouldnt associate with high level oly lifting training. dumbbell flies, cable crossovers, bench press, curls etc etc

Like the others are saying all you can really hope for is for your hypertrophy to carry over to you sport, you wont see the Chinese team trying to snatch barrels of noodles or rice or anything stupid for that bullshit "functionality"

My goal in life is to pull a 300KG DL but im under no illusion that it would mean I could suplex a 300kg wrestler in this lifetime
 

Dashabox

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OP, those numbers look a bit wonky. Don't get me wrong, I am not hating, I never do when it comes to things like this. But how are you curling 65lbs? 65lb dumbells or barbell?