Thursday, October 16, 2014

Mat pulls (2):
475 x 3, 1
> Filmed my last rep out of suspicion that I'm not getting leg drive like I should. Thankfully nobody reads this to see my goofy faces, haha.

Starting position:

Once I actually start to pull up:

Bar starts to come off the ground:

It appears that I'm not keeping my core and glutes tight enough to power the bar up with leg drive, causing excessive hip ascension before the bar has even moved. Much more importantly, though, I'm not falling back with the weight, instead letting the bar pull me forward. My shoulders start aligned and then move out in front as the bar languishes back.

Just going to accept my losses this cycle and move to the floor next week. Since I've done this for two weeks I still got 8 reps at this height in total.

SSB squats:
310 x 3 x 5
> Last rep paused.

SSB holds:
470 x 15, 20 secs
> This felt really light.


  1. Leg drive becomes a tricky animal with this. I find that once I hit 3 mats, I have to make sure to roll my hips under my shoulder to really reinforce this idea. You can see it whenever I deadlift from the floor in general. The more cycles you get under your belt, the more you learn the various tricks you have to employ at certain heights. Best of luck next week.

  2. Thanks, the roll is something I'm trying to master. I've done it in some of my best YouTube videos but it's been inconsistent to say the least.

    1. Looking at the pictures again, are you wearing a belt around your sternum? Or is that just a weird camera angle thing?

  3. It's the shadow, haha. Although you just made me realize I forgot to wear my belt.

    1. That could definitely account for quite a few variables here. You may have a pretty badass pull from the floor in the future if you wear the damn thing, haha.