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Juggernaut Method, Mammoth Progress


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Day 1

Well today is the beginning of the end, the last week of the Juggernaut Method. Let’s see where I’ve gotten.

Plyo Push-ups onto pad

  • 3 x 5

Bench

  • Bar x 20
  • 135 x 10
  • 185 x 8
  • 225 x 5
  • 265 x 3
  • 305 x 2
  • 325 x 1
  • 345 x 1
  • 365 x 1
  • 390 (90%) x 6

I began this program 16 weeks ago with a working max of 425. It has been a tough adjustment for me to keep my technique strict, since I had spent so many years with a very ballistic style that is preferred by most throwers.

Chest Supported Row-Lots

Day 2

Box Jumps

  • 5 x 2 at 47″

Squat

  • Bar x 20
  • 135 x 10
  • 225 x 8
  • 315 x 5
  • 405 x 3
  • 455 x 2
  • 495 x 1
  • 545 x 1
  • 585 x 1
  • 635 (90%) x 5

I started with a 665 working max 16 weeks ago, so this is pretty tremendous progress and there is a lot more in the tank. I think I have the leg/low back strength to squat this weight for 10 right now, but I need to improve my mid/upper back strength or tightness in my setup or both and also need to learn how to grind through weights harder. I felt like the fifth rep was folding my back in half, but when I looked at it on video it was barely any deviation from the previous reps, no I’m certainly not advocating squatting with poor technique but I had at least one more rep that I could have done here before things got too ugly and if I want to be an elite level raw squatter, which I do, I need to grind those extra reps out.

Day 3

Military Press

  • Bar x 20
  • 95 x 2 x 8
  • 135 x 5
  • 155 x 5
  • 185 x 2
  • 200 x 1
  • 215 x 1
  • 235 x 5

I began this program with a max of 225 x 1, 16 weeks ago. Today was definitely the best my press has felt and it was the perfect time for it to feel good.

Lat Pulldowns-Lots

Day 4

Seated Box Jumps

  • 3 x 3 onto 40″ wearing 30 pound vest

Deadlift

  • 135 x 10
  • 185 x 8
  • 225 x 5
  • 275 x 5
  • 315 x 5
  • 385 x 3
  • 455 x 2
  • 495 x 1
  • 545 x 1
  • 600 x 7

600 pounds was my one rep max to begin this program.

Chad will be competing in his first-ever powerlifting meet October 23.

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