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Nathan Stanley
04-18-2008, 09:26 PM
Okay, so the rugby season's almost over. I'm out for the Pac Coast playoffs because of a bad achilles and I have a class I can't miss. Hopefully I'll be playing in Austin in a few weeks, but I've decided to start up the Starting Strength program again as well as really cleaning up my diet.

Here's my schedule:
T-Rugby (at least for one more week)
S-Grad class (for a few weeks)/Games

I've gone to a quasi-paleo diet. Really trying to eat as clean as possible w/ some exception on the weekend when we play (go figure). I do eat a little dairy (I've given it up before and seen no change). Started at about 237 and I'm down about 5lbs so far. (Taking about 5 g of creatine a day so I haven't lost a lot of water weight). I've had a nagging achilles injury that I'm REALLY, trying to shake so I can contribute to the team.

Today I went in and lifted to determine my starting weight for Monday:
Squat: Each set x 5 reps--45-135-205-255-275. Way below what I'm capable of, but I want to take it slow, and give myself some time to build up. I'll start at 275 and see how I feel. Since I'm still playing rugby, I'm wanting to limit the load on my legs early. In the fall I was squating over 400.

For bench: 45-135-205-215-225. I'll start w/ 215 on Monday.

If we advance in the playoffs, I'll probably hold off on a whole hog SS. We shall see.

Nathan Stanley
04-20-2008, 12:40 PM
Its flipping snowing.

Went mountain biking along the Deschutes River today. Probably a two hour ride. Its really my first ride in about 5 years, so I was a bit of a wuss. The achilles felt good though.

My goal is this summer to go mtn. biking at least once a week.

A little sore from my first weight workout in over a month on Friday.

Yesterday I did the warm-up from the "Warm-up Moves" DVD. I prefer it considerably to most functional movement warm-ups because of the attention paid to the shoulders in particular. Good stuff on a day off.

Nathan Stanley
04-21-2008, 12:53 PM
Warm-up--Lead the football weight-lifting class with the "Warm-up Moves" routine.

Squat: 45#x5; 135x5; 185x3; 225x4; 3x5x275#

Bench: 45x5; 85x5; 135x3; 185x2; 3x5x215#

Deads: 155x5; 185x5; 205x3; 285x2; 355#x5

Nathan Stanley
04-22-2008, 05:09 PM
Weighed in this AM at 229.

Rugby tonight from 6:30-8.

Ultra sounded my achilles today and taped it for practice. Feels okay.

It snowed again this morning, and has been raining all afternoon. At least the field will be soft.

Nathan Stanley
04-23-2008, 11:10 AM
Warm-up for squat-45-135-185-225
Work Sets 3x5x285 lbs

Did sets of five to determine work sets for next work out. 45-65-95-115-125

Could have done more but I want to progressively add weight so I'll start light as with my bench and squat.

Cleans-Warm up w/ the bar, then 135 lbs 3x5 from a hang clean. I want to improve my technique, so I'm starting light and w/ the hang clean to ensure that.

Nathan Stanley
04-25-2008, 07:45 AM
Rugby practice. A little conditioning and a lot of run through type stuff. I ultra sounded part of my leg in the AM and another part in the afternoon. Iced the leg after practice.

SS Routine
Squat 45x5-45x5-135x5-185x3-225x2-295x5-295x5-295x5
Bench 45x5-45x5-95x5-135x3-185x2-220x5-220x5-220x5
Deads 135x5-205x5-295x4-350x5