Don’t Need No Credit Card To Ride This Train

Made sure to get enough sleep last night, but also planned for today’s training to suck.  Which it did, but not as much as usual for a Wednesday.

Check out the manta ray squat.  What an abomination.  Any last thoughts?  I tried touching my butt to my heels like Wo suggested.  Probably the last time I’m gonna tape these.  ::Buries head in sand::

Also I usually get more explosion on my sumos, but that was a little tentative because I almost fell over on the set before.  Not a great angle for taping.  I should just buy a tripod.

Weight: 190.0 (-1.6)

Low Bar Squat: 45×6, 135×3, 225×3, 295×3, 335×3, 355×2, 375×2, 390, 400, 410, 420, 425

Manta Ray Squat: 280×3, 285,290,295,300,305,310,315×2

TSV: 280/19

Bench: 45×10, 95×5, 135×3, 175×3, 215×3, 255×2, 280, 300, 315, 325

Shoulder a little sore, let’s try this again tomorrow. Fuck it.

Sumo Deadlifts from deficit of 4″-1″, up to 315 lbs w/light band.

Machine Row: 2 sets

Time: 2:25


28 thoughts on “Don’t Need No Credit Card To Ride This Train

  1. That looked pretty good (high bar squats and everything else). Not too much sitback in the high-bar squat and the knees did travel forward, as they should. Honestly, that’s how I high bar squat (at least in my head), so it must be the right way to do it.

    The only way to make it more quad-dominant would be to squat with an extreme buttwink, like an Oly lifter. But I don’t know if there’s any need to do that. For your purposes (extra quad training) this is more than good enough IMO.

  2. You didnt just sign up for a mediocre globo in va did you? There was a bro there tonight that looked uncannily like you.

    • i asked my wife what she would say to that and she made a mocking face and a noise that sounded like “HAW” but idk.
      but thx now i can manta in peace and comfort knowing that you’ve approved me as marginally competent for a long-legged guy with short legs.
      srs thanks for your help.
      future videos will be only for everyone’s amusement.

      • It’s tough categorizing you, just because your measurements make everything look short, whether proportionate or not. I have the opposite problem: everything looks long. But I lift with some shorter guys who also have very short legs, and you don’t squat anything like they do… (I’m always pretty envious of them. At least I squat more than they do, in absolute terms…)

  3. I have a question here. while doing the ordinary squat, your upper body goes forward really much in the bottom position. is this intentional and something I do not yet know about (since I don’t lift as heavy as you do)?

    what little I know about form has come from the interwebz, and I have come to believe that it might be better (“better” is open for discussion, I cannot fully explain biodynamics and effectiveness of power input) to keep the torso more upright.

    please, enlighten me. 🙂


      This should help answer your question. Basically, when a lifter has relatively long femurs to torso ratio, they are going to have to be much more bent over in the squat in order to keep the bar in the most efficient position over the midfoot. The low bar squat is used to effectively keep the length of the “torso” segment as short as possible, but unfortunately, for some of us we are still just not “suited” to squat.

      Obviously, as you can see, while this may keep someone from being a genetically superior, world-class squatter(maybe), it doesn’t prevent one from being as strong as possible given their genetic limitations.

      A more upright torso is beneficial, to a point, but don’t confuse cause and effect. World-record squatters have a more upright torso due to their anthropometry, not their technique(which are all fairly similar). Artificially keeping your torso upright in the low bar squat simply to emulate them would result in the bar being behind your midfoot in the bottom position of the squat, which sucks balls.

      • Here’s the thing I don’t get. On one hand, it seems to be generally accepted that long-torso people (long torso compared to femurs) have an easier time squatting that short-torso people and that this is the ideal build for the squat. On the other, the purpose of the low-bar squat is to “shorten” the torso and necessitate the sqhuatmourning, and pretty much all big squatters squat like this.

        Wouldn’t it be more logical to try to make the torso segment “longer”, therefore improving the torso-to-femur ratio, rather than going the opposite way?

        • I don’t think the ratio is the important part. The important part is, for their height(and therefore weight class), they have shorter legs than torso. You can artificially shorten the torso at the same height through technique/lowbar, but you can’t shorten the legs by nearly as much, though wider stances help.

          hope that made sense.

          • “The important part is, for their height(and therefore weight class), they have shorter legs than torso.”

            That’s what I meant by ratio. My question is, why would you want to artificially shorten the torso (which, since your legs remain the same length, gives you a less favorable ratio of femur to torso) if a longer torso is supposed to be more beneficial?

          • a long torso isn’t beneficial. a long torso relative to femurs is beneficial BECAUSE of the shorter femurs. so we should call them “long femur vs short femur” instead of talking about the ratio, I guess. The ratio is only brought up because we’re talking about total height, I think.

            You want a shorter lever arm on both sides of the hip/knee joints so a shorter torso while still having shorter femurs isn’t a detraction. The thing is, there’s also the fact that your height determines the amount of muscle mass you can have, so techniques to shorten both your femurs and your torso are beneficial(wide stance/low bar) because they mimic the better proportions while you still keep all the muscle mass your height allows.

            I see what you’re saying though, now that I’ve typed all this out. Basically, you still want the bar over your mid foot so there is a limit to how short you can make your torso. bolting a barbell directly to your hip wouldn’t be any good because you could never squat with the bar over your mid foot after bending your knees. So there’s a limit to the amount of possible shortening of the torso through technique while still maintaining the ability to keep the bar in a favorable position.


          • Thanks dude, this is probably the most detailed squat mechanics explanation I’ve ever bothered to read. Yeah, if long torsos alone determined squatting ability, I’d probably be squatting some impressive weights. But I also have longish femurs (although not as freakishly long as my torso), so the two cancel each other out, condemning me forever to sub-mediocrity.

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