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Old 07-26-2015, 12:02 PM   #1
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Hey everyone just needed some help with a lifestyle change coming for me. My girlfriend is due to have a baby in September. I'm very excited and can't wait. I'm looking for some help as to ways to maintain training and ways to get my sleep and calories in. I'm also working 20-30 hours a week while going to college full time (Monday and Wednesday). I've been bouncing around from fullbody to upper/lowers but trying to maintain progression on big lifts. I go to the gym and have access to all sorts of equipment. I'm 24 years old 5"8 and weigh about 152lbs. I'm obviously bulking and my goals are to get as big and as strong as possible. Despite not being very big I do have a lot of experience in the gym (7 years) just never maintained progress long enough and don't have much to show for all those years which I hate.

My current lifts are:
Squats 3 sets 165x8
Deadlifts 2 sets 275x5
Bench Press 3 sets 155x6
I much prefer DB Bench which is 3 sets 65x12
Barbell Rows 3 sets 145x8
DB Rows 3 sets 80x10
Military Press 3 sets 105x6
Weighted Chins 3 sets 10lbsx8
Weighted Dips 2 sets 30x13
Barbell Curls 2 sets 65x12
Lying Tricep Extensions 2 sets 70x10
Lateral Raises 3 sets 15x12
Seated DB Shoulder Press 3 sets 50x10

I need a routine that is going to be flexible because I'm sure there's gonna be times I won't be able to get to the gym with the new baby. But I also want to maintain progression obviously on the things that are going to get me BIG and STRONG. I enjoy fullbody training but lately I've been enjoying a upper/lower and even push/pulls even more. However, I want something that I can stick to/enjoy and something that will produce the gains I want while being flexible and customizable when time is short. I'm looking at a long term type of routine. Again something that I can customize as I go but again that is flexible.

I hope this all makes sense and any help on what anyone thinks I should do would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Old 07-26-2015, 12:16 PM   #2
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This works well especially when you are short on time. You don't have to follow the periodization rep ranges unless you want to, you can easily just pick one and work on progressing that one (ex. 3x5, 3x8, use a total rep goal, etc). Your short on time so one compound exercise each for legs, back, and shoulder girdle and get really strong on them.

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I've always liked this since Mike posted it. HLM is the way to go.

If time becomes too compressed (a baby will consume your life) in any given week you can drop day 2. If you are hitting good form, limiting this to 20 minutes, and consuming some good calories - you may just find this is the best growth builder you've been on.
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Also, if you miss a day, just pick up where you left off....sounds like work, school and the family will be competing for your energy. The occasional stretched microcycle will not do you any harm.
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The goal with having a child is trying to make time for yourself. Do something. Your life will be hectic enough with the new baby and more than likely hundreds of visitors. During the day, so something for yourself.
Now in regards to working out, again do something. Even of its just a set of each exercise. I did that frequently when our three year old was growing up. I would do a set of each:
Squats
Bench
Row
Press
Deadlift/power cleans

That was it. It was enough to exert energy and as long as the progression was there, enough to grow on. You are going to be making time to sleep and eat. Take a little bit of "me" time and workout. It was during this time that i started getting equipment for my home gym. The drive and workout was taking too long. I go to my garage, do my lifts, and get showered and ready to roll. Best of luck to your family. Spend time with your kid, they seem to grow up right before your eyes.
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