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Posted: 12/28/2015 11:36:17 PM EDT
It ain't the best looking squat in history but I'd never had near that much on my back before, so I like it.



In case the video isn't working...  Here's the link

A little background-

40 Years old
Been lifting 11.5 months
15 months ago I was in a wheelchair after an autoimmune attack on my spinal cord caused me to lose function in my lower body.  I was in a wheelchair for about a week, then a walker for two, crutches for a while, cane for months, then walking like a drunk.  It was during the walking like a drunk stage that I started lifting, although I did regress a few times and end up taking a cane to the gym.  I directly attribute strength training to a lot of my recovery, but I think it's primarily because of the nutritional changes I made when I started eating for strength.

My starting and current weights are-

Squat- 3x5@185 to 405x1
Overhead press- 3x5@70 to 170x1
Bench 3x5@125 to 240ish for 1.  I haven't benched in months so I don't know what this is anymore
Dead 1x5@200 to 415 for 1

I've also done a 200lb clean- my goal is yet to get a 300lb clean and 200lb snatch.  I have only managed a 140lb snatch so far, but my technique is awful.

I've gained 30lbs, it looked like all fat for a while then I started losing fat and kept the weight, now I'm losing weight and still getting stronger.  I started at 195lbs and I'm now 225ish, actually 223 yesterday.  Peak weight was right about 230, far heavier than I'd ever been in my life.

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I squated 700 something when I was playing JV football. Some guys were benching 400.

But there were also two brothers who strained to bench the bar....... All 35lbs of it



But thats just me being a dick about your achievements........


Seriously tho, sounds like you had some serious shit happen. Glad your on the road to recovery.
Keep at it. Lord knows my fat ass needs to hit the gym n start eating healthier.


Best of luck to you.



Edit: Couldn't watch vid on my phone..... I hope you don't have a pad on that bar. Pads were for reg gym kids.... Off limits to football players and wrestlers but we had special gym classes.
Link Posted: 12/28/2015 11:45:54 PM EDT
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I did that, in high school. Lol
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You lost the use of your lower body and a year later squatted 405?  Well below parallel?

wow.

Link Posted: 12/28/2015 11:47:19 PM EDT
Congratulations man, that's awesome!
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Originally Posted By SCW:
You lost the use of your lower body and a year later squatted 405?  Well below parallel?



wow.



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Originally Posted By ReconB4:

I did that, in high school. Lol




You lost the use of your lower body and a year later squatted 405?  Well below parallel?



wow.







 



He can't help himself, he's the tallest Napoleon on the internet.







Good job OP.  I was going to say "in before the haters" but I see I'm too late.
Link Posted: 12/28/2015 11:48:09 PM EDT
That's my last warm up set.  Front squatting.
Link Posted: 12/28/2015 11:48:18 PM EDT
Sounds like a good warm up
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You lost the use of your lower body and a year later squatted 405?  Well below parallel?

wow.

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Originally Posted By ReconB4:
I did that, in high school. Lol


You lost the use of your lower body and a year later squatted 405?  Well below parallel?

wow.



Some people just like to shiat on achievements of others.

Congrats on the PR dude. Keep it up!
Link Posted: 12/28/2015 11:50:11 PM EDT
Squatdog?
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He can't help himself, he's the tallest Napoleon on the internet.


Good job OP.  I was going to say "in before the haters" but I see I'm too late.
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Originally Posted By primuspilum:
Originally Posted By SCW:
Originally Posted By ReconB4:
I did that, in high school. Lol


You lost the use of your lower body and a year later squatted 405?  Well below parallel?

wow.


 

He can't help himself, he's the tallest Napoleon on the internet.


Good job OP.  I was going to say "in before the haters" but I see I'm too late.


Thanks!
You gotta be pretty fast in GD to beat the haters and heroes.  But if you make a thread here, especially a brag thread, you'll draw all the retarded comments out.  It's almost like trolling, without even trying.

Link Posted: 12/28/2015 11:51:32 PM EDT
impressive, keep up the good work
Link Posted: 12/28/2015 11:51:36 PM EDT
"Hey, SCW.  Can you help me lift this TV?"


"Sorry, bruh.  I'm too sore from weight lifting."

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I can squat the bar AND bench press the bar; without weights on them.

I have genetically skinny legs. Not my fault.
Link Posted: 12/28/2015 11:52:46 PM EDT
Congrats OP, both on the recovery and on your PR.
Link Posted: 12/28/2015 11:55:05 PM EDT
Curious OP, what is for diet?
Link Posted: 12/28/2015 11:59:50 PM EDT
Great work, SCW! That is a great achievement and you should be proud of your hard work.

The highest I squatted was 365lb and I dare not go over 225 anymore. I'm age 42.5 and am trying my best to stay lean as I age.
Link Posted: 12/29/2015 12:02:19 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By SCW:


You lost the use of your lower body and a year later squatted 405?  Well below parallel?

wow.

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Originally Posted By SCW:
Originally Posted By ReconB4:
I did that, in high school. Lol


You lost the use of your lower body and a year later squatted 405?  Well below parallel?

wow.



Yeah.  No doubt this. EFF all the haters.

Good work man. Way to overcome.
Link Posted: 12/29/2015 12:02:32 AM EDT
That's a hell of a recovery from where you were.  
Link Posted: 12/29/2015 12:02:34 AM EDT
Well done!
Link Posted: 12/29/2015 12:03:56 AM EDT
Cheers brother, that's some mighty fine work!
Link Posted: 12/29/2015 12:04:56 AM EDT
Keep up the good work.
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Link Posted: 12/29/2015 12:07:03 AM EDT
I used to squat heavy but then started to get concerned about my knees.  Now I do more reps with less weight, example: 205lbs 5 sets of 10 reps.
Link Posted: 12/29/2015 12:09:22 AM EDT
Good job!

I was preparing for you to not go parallel, but you did not disappoint me.
Link Posted: 12/29/2015 12:11:38 AM EDT
Great job!
Link Posted: 12/29/2015 12:11:45 AM EDT
Thanks for the nice comments all, it's been an interesting year for sure.  A lot of fun too.

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Curious OP, what is for diet?
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Curious OP, what is for diet?


Everything.  When I started lifting I began by just keeping track of my existing diet to see what I was getting, it was an average of 1500-1800 calories per day with about half of that carbs.  I had to learn how to eat, it was really hard for me to work up to 3-4,000 calories every day, and keep the carbs to 200 or so (carbs are important for muscle building I learned).  Simply stated, I was nearly starving on my previous diet.  For the last 5 years or so every time I got the flu (every year) it would end up in an infection of my spinal cord, although the one last year was the worst one.  It's been a pretty tough few years, but the last one has been by far the best for health.


Originally Posted By Procyon:
Great work, SCW! That is a great achievement and you should be proud of your hard work.

The highest I squatted was 365lb and I dare not go over 225 anymore. I'm age 42.5 and am trying my best to stay lean as I age.



I was tipping over a lot when I started, 225 was pretty spooky for me because I'd lost balance on lower weights so many times.  That's not really much of an issue anymore, but at 40.5yrs old I don't think I'm going to really try to get much higher on my squat, it's just not worth it to me.  Hitting 405 in 12 months was the goal, but now I'm not really after 500lbs.

Originally Posted By MidwestJ:
Originally Posted By SCW:
Originally Posted By ReconB4:
I did that, in high school. Lol


You lost the use of your lower body and a year later squatted 405?  Well below parallel?

wow.



Yeah.  No doubt this. EFF all the haters.

Good work man. Way to overcome.



Thanks, it's GD.  If you don't have a thick skin here you shouldn't be posting.  Frankly I wish it was a little rougher sometimes, but that CoC keeps things pretty mild.

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Good job!

I was preparing for you to not go parallel, but you did not disappoint me.
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Almost got stuck though!  I have a hard time staying tight at the bottom, so I get stuck in the hole a lot.  I've been working on it, frequently my first rep gets stuck like that and the second pops right out, but I wasn't going to try another rep today!

Link Posted: 12/29/2015 12:14:54 AM EDT
Do you even lift.... brah?
Link Posted: 12/29/2015 12:22:19 AM EDT
My only criticism is your deadlift should be more than 10lbs more than your squat.

Great job though!  I have a lot of trouble getting it through people's heads in my gym that strength training is important.
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Originally Posted By oversteer:
My only criticism is your deadlift should be more than 10lbs more than your squat.

Great job though!  I have a lot of trouble getting it through people's heads in my gym that strength training is important.
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Originally Posted By oversteer:
My only criticism is your deadlift should be more than 10lbs more than your squat.

Great job though!  I have a lot of trouble getting it through people's heads in my gym that strength training is important.


I don't actually know my max deadlift, but that the most I've actually pulled some months ago.  I don't usually test my max, just get some reps below max and make sure I'm progressing.  I figure I don't have a lot to gain by being near max, only more risk.  

Also, I had a coach tell me on my cleans that I was back dominant, so rather than reinforcing that I decided to focus on the squats to sorta balance out my muscle utilization on the clean and snatch.



Originally Posted By DK-Prof:
Awesome. Congratulations!!  


Thanks!  As I recall, you were making excuses last time we had a pointless brag thread like this...  

Link Posted: 12/29/2015 8:35:51 PM EDT
good deal, OP.

you posted about your medical issues, right? I seem to remember the attack and wheelchair story.

I've never been a big squatter for heavy weight. I used to do a 15 minute strength and conditioning squat workout that was brutal. It was a great complement to my cycling performance.

a buddy of mine in UT was a natural squat guy. He weighed around 220, and would hammer out 10-rep sets with 405. I saw him get 500 pounds for 3 solid reps once.
fucker.
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I used to squat heavy but then started to get concerned about my knees.  Now I do more reps with less weight, example: 205lbs 5 sets of 10 reps.
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People are going to tell you otherwise shortly.
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You lost the use of your lower body and a year later squatted 405?  Well below parallel?

wow.

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Originally Posted By ReconB4:
I did that, in high school. Lol


You lost the use of your lower body and a year later squatted 405?  Well below parallel?

wow.




  I was going to post that it seems more like a bench goal than a squat goal.   But yeah if you were just in a wheelchair basically a year ago.   Props to you bud!!!    Nice work!!   Keep it up!!!
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Well done, OP.

And bonus points for lifting despite a Blondie soundtrack.  

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I used to squat heavy but then started to get concerned about my knees.  Now I do more reps with less weight, example: 205lbs 5 sets of 10 reps.
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Are you a girl?
Link Posted: 12/29/2015 8:49:38 PM EDT
Good lift man.

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Are you a girl?
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I used to squat heavy but then started to get concerned about my knees.  Now I do more reps with less weight, example: 205lbs 5 sets of 10 reps.


Are you a girl?


Thats neither heavy weight or high reps
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My only criticism is your deadlift should be more than 10lbs more than your squat.

Great job though!  I have a lot of trouble getting it through people's heads in my gym that strength training is important.
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Not necessarily. Some people are built different.
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  I was going to post that it seems more like a bench goal than a squat goal.   But yeah if you were just in a wheelchair basically a year ago.   Props to you bud!!!    Nice work!!   Keep it up!!!
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Originally Posted By SCW:
Originally Posted By ReconB4:
I did that, in high school. Lol


You lost the use of your lower body and a year later squatted 405?  Well below parallel?

wow.




  I was going to post that it seems more like a bench goal than a squat goal.   But yeah if you were just in a wheelchair basically a year ago.   Props to you bud!!!    Nice work!!   Keep it up!!!


Post up your 4 plate bench...or your 4 plate squat
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You lost the use of your lower body and a year later squatted 405?  Well below parallel?

wow.

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Originally Posted By SCW:
Originally Posted By ReconB4:
I did that, in high school. Lol


You lost the use of your lower body and a year later squatted 405?  Well below parallel?

wow.


Always has to be a douche in a thread like this.  Congratulations for your
accomplishment.
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Link Posted: 12/29/2015 8:58:44 PM EDT
Cool man!
Link Posted: 12/29/2015 9:01:10 PM EDT
That's awesome!  Congratulations!
Link Posted: 12/29/2015 9:02:33 PM EDT
That's awesome. Anything over 300 buries me at this point.
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  I was going to post that it seems more like a bench goal than a squat goal.   But yeah if you were just in a wheelchair basically a year ago.   Props to you bud!!!    Nice work!!   Keep it up!!!
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Originally Posted By SCW:
Originally Posted By ReconB4:
I did that, in high school. Lol


You lost the use of your lower body and a year later squatted 405?  Well below parallel?

wow.




  I was going to post that it seems more like a bench goal than a squat goal.   But yeah if you were just in a wheelchair basically a year ago.   Props to you bud!!!    Nice work!!   Keep it up!!!


Damn good thing you didn't post that then, because it sounds ridiculous.
Link Posted: 12/29/2015 9:07:09 PM EDT
Congrats bro. That takes some serious work. I've been lifting 2 years now and I still suck balls at squatting.
Link Posted: 12/29/2015 9:07:51 PM EDT
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I have never squatted that.  Too much for me.


Good on you op.  Keep up the good work and know when to back off and let things heal.  Squatting is serious lifting.
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Originally Posted By Regency:

I used to squat heavy but then started to get concerned about my knees.  Now I do more reps with less weight, example: 205lbs 5 sets of 10 reps.




People are going to tell you otherwise shortly.




 



i was in the same boat,  went to knee-oprene wraps and havnt looked back..   incredible difference in form and feel..  
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