FitLog 100918

Got a quick one in this morning. Felt pretty tight, probably should have warmed up a bit more.

Back Squat

  • 5 x 260lb
  • 3 x 295lb
  • 3 x 330lb (AMRAP set)
  • Row Machine

Row Machine

~ 6 min

FitLog 100218

Warmed up with the same warm-up for every Tuesday and Thursday, arm circles and explosive medicine ball throws.

Then came my sprint/crunch circuit. This was a sprint/crunch/push-up circuit until Thad removed the push-ups this week to see if all the volume is what’s been stalling my bench numbers.

Back Squat

The sprints combined with training fasted in the morning are probably what did me in here. I struggled to get that third rep of 315 up. And my form was terrible on every set. I broke parallel of course, but the bar path was uuuuuugly!

  1. 240lb x 3
  2. 275lb x 3
  3. 315 x 3 (AMRAP set)

FitLog 100118

Today starts the week of 3 reps for each big lift. Felt really good today — it may be from the massive carb binge load over the weekend.

Bent-Over Row

  1. 155lb x 8
  2. 165lb x 8
  3. 165lb x 8
  4. 165lb x 8
  5. 165lb x 8

Bench Press

  1. 180lb x 3
  2. 205lb x 3
  3. 230lb x 10 (AMRAP set)

Goals for October 2018


Refactor new feature and state architecture at work

Now that I’ve completed my first feature at my new job, I’ve learned a lot and kept a running list of things I’d like to refactor. I’ve also realized that Redux may be a better fit for our state architecture than our current setup, so I’ll be working to refactor that as well.

Get DevLifts to $2,000/mo revenue

We are currently at $1.5k/mo at the time of this writing. I have a trip to planned for this month, and I’ll be spending nearly two weeks in Atlanta during that time. I hope to connect with a lot of developers (and existing customers!) during this time and welcome some new members into the community!

Welcome 10 new DevLifts open source contributors

This month is Hacktoberfest, which means you can get a free t-shirt from Digital Ocean by making at least 5 pull requests to any Github-hosted repo. I’m aiming to welcome at least 10 new contributors to our API and CLI projects during this month!

Make at least an additional $2,000 in freelance income

My wife and I have very specific financial goals over the next couple of years, and I’ve calculated that I need to make at least an extra $2,000 at the very minimum this month to stay on track towards where we want to be.

Make 1 non-DevLifts open source PR

I’m still aiming to make a PR to Gatsby (left over goal from August). I really hope to be able to spend time checking out Gatsby and ultimately making a contribution.

Sort through my Evernote

This is another one left over from August. I still haven’t gotten around to this, and it’s driving me crazy. What’s worse is there’s a very real possibility I’ll do all this work and then migrate everything over to Notion. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

At the time of writing, I have 1,022 notes in Evernote. I probably add roughly ~20 per week, so I’ll need to sort about 35 per day in order to sort all of them during October. I’ve created a recurring task in Todoist to remind me every day to sort 35 notes, which I expect to only take about 10 minutes per day.

Complete at least one coding course in my queue

I’m aiming to complete at least one of the following courses:

  • Advanced React (Wes Bos)
  • JavaScript30 (Wes Bos)
  • React Native for Everyone (Level Up Tutorials)
  • Learn Node (Wes Bos)


Hit 450lb on deadlift

I’m currently sitting at 425lb as of last Sunday, so I’m aiming to get to 450lb this month. I was there last summer. Let’s do this.

Hit 405lb on squat

I hit a new PR of 385lb last Sunday. I have a powerlifting meet coming up later this year. 4 plates on each side (405lb) is within reach. Time to get some!

Hit 305lb on bench

I’ve been stalled at 285lb for 6 weeks. My coach has modified my plan to see if we can correct this issue. I’m going to give everything I’ve got to get to 305lb this month.

Read 1 book

I’ve chosen Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Wilink (I’m a big fan) and Leif Babin. 

Land a bow and arrow choke

Left over from August goals, I still haven’t landed one of these in a live roll! I have to show up to Gi class as often as possible and try to figure out how to force people into turtle position.

Pay off 1 debt

Like I said before, my wife and I have very specific financial goals right now. I’m aiming to pay off a $1,400 debt this month as well as fix her car (~$2,100).

FitLog 092618

Main lift today was bench. Did my normal warm up routine for this day (light calisthenics, explosive stair jumps and plyo pushups). Still very sore from pushup circuit yesterday as well as the meet Sunday.

Barbell Bent Over Row

5 x 8 @ 155lb

Barbell Bench Press

  1. 170lb x 5
  2. 195lb x 3
  3. 220 x 6 (AMRAP set)

My first powerlifting meet

2018 DevLifts Open

Well, kinda. It’s really the DevLifts Open, which is a remote powerlifting meet I created. So no, I didn’t go to a meet where a bunch of us all lifted at the same time, but it was my first time to compete with actual rules.

The full details of the DevLifts open can be found here, but the TL;DR is: you get 3 attempts per lift (Squat, Bench, Deadlift), your form must be compliant with typical powerlifting rules, and you must film yourself so we can clearly see your form. You’re also able to enter as many times as you want through October 20, as long as there is at least 3 days between each entry.

I captured the whole thing on Instagram, which I’ll embed below, but here’s my final numbers:

Squat: 375lb
Bench Press: 285lb
Deadlift: 415lb

Bodyweight: 194lb
Total Load: 1075lb

Final Score (Wilks): 314.95

I also hit a new deadlift max of 425lb and a new squat PR of 385lb, but they didn’t count because they were both 4th attempts.

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Participated in the #DevLiftsOpen today (remote powerlifting meet for developers). Feeling good about these numbers! We’re allowed to enter as many times as we want through 10/20, so I’ll definitely be going again in a few weeks. Thanks to @thad_tothebone for the great coaching. Couldn’t haven’t gotten here without him. I also hit a new deadlift max of 425lb and a new squat PR of 385lb but they didn’t count for the event because I had already used all three attempts for both lifts. ⬇️ Want to participate? The event is open to all developers! Checkout for details! ⬇️ Final Numbers: -Squat: 375lb -Bench: 285lb -Deadlift: 415lb -Body weight: 194lb -Wilks Score: 314.95⬇️ #RefactorYourBody

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FitLog 092118

Maxed deadlift today. I actually maxed in the past couple of weeks, so I didn’t hit a new max today.


I hit my old max of 405lb from a couple of weeks ago, but missed 415. I re-attempted twice. Grip failed all three times.

I max again in 4 weeks — I should still be able to hit my target of 425lb by then. I’ve already gone up 20lb in the past 4 weeks since this training cycle started.

FitLog 091118

Really late start this morning — not sure what happened, but I overslept until 6:30! Then I got to the gym and had forgotten my earphones. Totally first world problems, but I let it de-rail my gym session a bit. I didn’t do my warm-up, and I only did half my circuit. I made sure to give 100% on my squats, though. But I’m going to chalk this morning up as a failure.


  • Sprint 30yd
  • 10 crunches
  • 20 push-ups
  • Sprint 60 yd
  • Rest
  • Sprint 30 yd
  • 10 crunches
  • 20 push-ups
  • Sprint 60 yd


Just discovered (after the workout) that this is actually a de-load week for me, so I lifted way too much weight yesterday and today. Whoops. ????

  • 5 reps of 225lb
  • 5 reps of 260lb
  • 4 reps of 290lb (AMRAP set)