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Old 08-17-2015, 06:43 AM   #1
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Hey gang,

I've not been on here since February 1 2014 according to the top right hand corner of my screen.

I have been training on and off but frankly, there is no rhyme or reason in it. Training is sporadic and injuries have taken their toll. When I do lift I do so at home with some equipment including a cheap squat rack and around 200 pounds of weights. I recently found I would be lucky to squat 165 such has been my loss in strength.

Anyways, I'm just wondering what others on here do when they're in a major training rut.

I understand everyone is different and I suppose this is more me spinning my wheels than seeking advice but have at it!

I also miss BTB's nuggets of wisdom
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Old 08-17-2015, 07:07 AM   #2
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For me personally its all about routine and motivation. Pretty much every night after my daughter goes to bed, I go to my garage and workout. My wife does all of her online work during this time so it works out for both of us.
Motivation is another issue entirely. Just because i have the time to work out doesnt mean that i really want to. Motivation for me is two fold. It is both appearance based as well as progressive based. Every day that i feel better is motivation. Every time someone else says that i look better is motivation. When i really need a pickup, i go through my training log and see the progress in my lifts. A combination of that and doing primarily lifts that you enjoy doing helps. I enjoy the feeling of my muscles being sore so every day that i am not sore, i feel that i let myself go in the opposite direction. Keep at it and best of luck to you.
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Old 08-17-2015, 07:54 AM   #3
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Hey Kuytrider ... so good to see you back buddy ... It's been long long time ...
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Find a program. Steve gave me this advice last time I was in a rut. Find a program that seems like it will work for whatever your goals are, and stick to it no matter what, for a while at least. If nothing else it will give you a new direction, and by following a written program you won't have to worry about deciding what to do on any given day.
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It has to be fun. If you don't enjoy that time with the iron you'll never stick to it.

Detach yourself from the concept of results for a while and just go rip $hit up for a while.
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I agree. Its a hobby that easily turns in to a lifestyle but if its not fun, whats the point!? Try out new approaches to training. Weightlifting? Strongman? Bodybuilding?

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Some great advice has already been posted. I would add this, maybe find a training partner who will be there to help motivate you. About four years ago I had a partner and we helped to keep each other working out. He was a co-worker who eventually went to another shift and we didn't lift together any longer and I kinda lost my way for about a year and stopped working out.

I eventually got back into it on my own, but a shoulder injury prevented me from doing all the stuff I wanted too yet I still lifted squats and deads. This past spring I finally got my wife into the iron and my shoulder started to feel better. I lift with her at home a day or two for upper body and at the gym for heavy stuff like squats and deads. Helping her with her workouts and seeing her drive to get stronger and more fit has really helped me out, and she is always bitchin if she misses a day now. Sometimes having that other person can really be a life saver.
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Thanks for the advice guys. I should mention that since the last time I was on I have moved home. Now I am miles from the city and the only thing resembling a gym is a health and fitness club which predictably has no squat rack (only a Smith machine). It did allow people to deadlift.

I ended up leaving because I was fed up with the small weights area which meant you couldn't use a barbell if someone else was training such was the size!

Nonetheless, I may end up back there since oddly enough my training was better there than it is at home. I have no garage; so training is done in the living room.

I did a 5x5 squat session with lunges to finish the other day and was sore for 4 days! Man I need to train more often! Barbell Hack Squats and higher rep RDLs tomorrow methinks!
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Sounds like you're being creative. That's good stuff.
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Have a goal and/or a reason to train.

Goals should be SMART




Do you want to compete?

Be able to pull loved ones from a burning building?

Survive the zombie apocalypse?

Look awesome?

Feel great?

Improve health?


With limited weights, higher reps and/or harder moves should get results. You might also build injury resistance if chasing heavy weights was what got you injured.

From Brooks Kubik today:

"But what would John Grimek have said?
We actually KNOW what he would have said because he once wrote an article about it. Grimek was hands down a fan of the clean and press.

In Grimek's opinion, if you could only do one exercise, you should do the clean and press. He believed the clean and press would give you a great total body workout.

Grimek followed his usual pattern of suggesting that you start light, add weight from set to set, and drop the reps as you added weight."
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