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So many personal question...feels like Tinder...LOL@bgn , what a great thread! Thanks for posting all of this.
3-14 reps with a pair of 36kg's is an astonishing improvement. Out of curiosity (there's a mastery of the obvious, if I wasn't curious, I wouldn't be asking....), how old/heavy/tall are you? Did you lose/gain weight? I'm 51, and 5'-10" tall and weigh about 210....(though I probably SHOULD way 200; and would if I could stay away from Cool Ranch Doritos at lunch and a beer or 2 in the evenings....); and spent about 6-months on various Giant blocks (including a couple with just front squats) using 32-40kg pairs (though the 40's were a little "push pressey", if I had to be completely honest) and never got to anything like a 14-rep max with the 36's..... I'm laying off now trying to let some golfer's elbow settle down.
how old/heavy/tall are you? - 40yo / yesterday morning on empty stomach 241 lbs / 6'1.
Did you lose/gain weight? - lost 17 lbs or so but would be a lot more if I wouldn't f-around with my 'diet'. 17 lbs are result of being in-sync for several weeks and fuelling my body while pushing for numbers at the end of Phase 2. I'm not carbophobe, given enough 'runs' to Keto diet but it always took away more than it has given me. Guess I don't run as efficiently on fat as 90% of internet.
When it comes to elbow, same here. I had my elbow fractured back in 2002 and I carry it with me all the time since then but it is what it is. Week of rest will calm it enough to run 6 weeks of Phase 3.
3 to 14 - I personally expected a little bit more so there was some sort of disappointment once initial 'hurrah' disappeared. I really wanted to have 15+ but I think I should be happy with 14. More surprising was taking 2x40kgs from perceived 1 to easy 5.
I will roll into Phase 3 next week and still not sure about The One but I guess I will do it just to ensure that my swings translate into better cleans....always give & take as I get older, cant pursue multiple qualities anymore.
I believe I have another couple of years in me with that kind of training. Definitely will run STRONG with double 40kgs - that will be first half of 2022. Then it would be really awesome to see if I can do it with 2x48kgs, and that will be the end of 2022 and start of 2023.
What can I say. Works for me. Really like C&P. SKS complements STRONG and allows me to work on my issues/injuries. Getting stronger and bigger whilst not squatting....sign me in.