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Old 02-27-2013, 04:41 PM   #71
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Default 2-27-2013: Korte 3x3 and a New Home

Pre-workout 2 scoops of the Juggernaut HP. I love this stuff. I can't remember who said it (maybe J_Byrd), but it gives you that extra energy for one more set.

Week one, Day 2

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215/7x5

After warmups and a couple sets, I started to feel the Juggernaut HP kick in.

Bench
140/8x6

I really was feeling strong on bench today.

Deadlifts
230/7x5

Really felt the pump in my lower back.

I'm enjoying the high volume a lot. My form is going to love it, too. My appetite is going through the roof.

Today I decided to go ahead, suck it up, and get into a real gym. $35/month is totally affordable, it will get me into a tangible community of lifters. Much as I love all of ya, having face-to-face contact is pretty important, I think. Two Forza benches (super-nice), old-school cage for squats, a loading tool for when the bar is on the floor. DBs up to 120, which will be nice in the future once I get through this first cycle of Korte. The plates are all metal, and the only rubber ones are some 45s. There is a gym record board, so there is always plenty of motivation. 24 hour access is gonna be real nice, as my job and school keep me busy and I sometimes have to jank my schedule around.

It's a pretty barebones place and not pretentious at all. The owner is a local firefighter and seems a pretty good guy. I feel like I'm in a good place, and it will be nice to not really deal with the campus crowd.
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DEADLIFT: 580 lbs
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:55 AM   #72
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Hope it works out. You said it wasn't much of a drive?
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:58 AM   #73
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It is on one of the many routes I can take to campus and/or work. I don't usually take that way, but I can change for this.
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Old 02-28-2013, 02:55 PM   #74
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In a bit of reflection today, I wanted to get a few things out in the open. Nothing awful, just stuff I have been thinking about regarding my training and my life.

As you've all noticed, I have changed programs. This is not a "program-hop" for the sake of program-hopping. I changed it to fit my new goals, even though I was continuing to see gains with the MaB fullbody. I still love that program and will revisit it, probably. It's solid. Thoughts that went into the change:
Volume. This was a big selling point for me as I want to get a little more stamina in my lifting as well as nail down my form. Lots of reps seems like a solid way of getting there.
Prep for competition. I'm not quite sure when I will compete, but I am working the Korte Squats, Bench, Deadlift, to mirror what a meet will feel like.
Ease and efficiency. I'm not necessarily a big fan of accessory work as I really don't know my exact areas of deficiency yet. I'm just a couple months back into the game and would like to build strength and size with the big three for two months, then reassess and see what's lacking, then go from there. Having to only train only the big three keeps me from moving around, losing focus, and getting bored. It may seem counterintuitive, but I do better when I can hyperfocus on a few things.

I am making a change in gyms, as I mentioned. The U has a very nice facility for students, but it is geared more towards a general fitness atmosphere. I'm happy to be going to a place where powerlifting and bodybuilding is a bigger focus. The tangible community will be a plus and will help keep me motivated and in the loop as to events.

Classes are going well. Better than I expected. Cultural Anthropology is quite interesting and is allowing me to view the different cultures I am a part of in unexpected ways. Economics is challenging as I have not done hardcore math in a while, nor have I ever dealt with an online course. Lots of self-discipline is involved, but I know I can take care of business, just like I do at work and at the gym.

Work is work. Still learning a lot, but getting more into the grind always helps. Picking up those 100# rice bags gets easier each week

Nutrition: I have begun eating a lot more, which isn't a bad thing. I'm eating, for the most part, more healthfully. I considered going Paleo with my diet, but have decided to just shy away from processed junk. It isn't a hard adjustment, but it takes a lot of willpower to not grab that snickers bar and RedBull before a shift on Friday night. On that note, however, my caffeine consumption has gone way down as well as my alcohol consumption. I don't know how much of an effect lifting has made in those realms, but I have noticed a change since I got back into the game.

My one big confession today is that I have really slacked off on my CPAP therapy. For the past 1.5 months I've not really worn the Vader mask, and I wonder how that has affected my gains. What could I be doing right now if I hadn't made that sacrifice? I'm going to start correcting this mistake starting tonight and getting them good REMs in. I'm going to continue using melatonin over the next week in order to help get my sleep schedule back under control (which is actually going pretty well right now). I'll probably lay off it after that.

Supplementation.
I am still using he Juggernaut HP pre-workout (Thanks again, InfiniteLabs!). Great product and I love the blood flow it seems to free up. It is lasting FOREVER. I expected maybe a month out of it, but I've been on the same jug for a while. The energy factor isn't so much a physical thing I get, but more a mental of "I can push through." My head seems to be clearer on days I use it. Taste is much better now that I mix with more water. I am going to get some BCAAs next week after I get paid to see how I dig on those. They're a pretty cheap supp, which I am all about. Not expecting a miracle, just wanting that little extra.

Overall mood is pretty good. I got out of that funk I was in post-breakup finally about a month ago. Lifting has helped with that, I am sure. I've gone on a couple dates and have a couple more dates I need to line up, but I'm not too worried about that scene right now. I already have a lot on my plate. Having the support of my family with everything I am doing has been really great and I am really enjoying being back in my hometown.

I am aware of what a rambling post this is, but the fact is, this log isn't really for anyone but me. I appreciate all input and encouragement, don't get me wrong. But I want to be able to look back in a couple years and say "Wow. Look what I've come from." I want to thank all of you for all the wonderful birthday wishes this past Monday and all the continued support. Don' know what I would do without y'all.

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BENCH: 340 lbs
DEADLIFT: 580 lbs
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Old 03-01-2013, 07:59 AM   #75
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Default 3-1-2013: End of Korte Week 1

Didn't really sleep last night, but I'm about to go make up for it. Had a few friends come into town that wanted to hit up the early morning breakfast spot. Decided I may as well just head to train afterwards since we BS'ed for about an hour and I wouldn't puke. Really good session today

2 Scoops Juggernaut HP about 10 minutes before lifting. Rode the bike to get blood flow going in the legs for about 5-7 minutes. Still lovin' what this stuff does. My pumps are ridiculous and it gives that energy and focus for the last couple sets.

Bench: 140/8x6: Sets 4 and 5 were done close-grip, 6-8 were done wide-grip

Squat: 215/8x5

Deads: 230/8x5

Now that I think about it, I need to start rotating exercises instead of keeping it the same every day of the week. It will be good for the brain as well as getting to go full energy on each lift once a week. I'm still loving this program. My abs are wrecked. Like, holy crap, wrecked. When I decide to cut (eventually) I will have a wicked six-or-more pack. Bench felt really light, which I suppose is a good thing. That's the lift I'm really wanting to bring my weight up in. Practicing that good form and leg drive. Squats were good, as always. A bad day of squats is better than no squats, and a good day of squats gets me jacked up for whatever comes my way. I need to find my camera so I can get some deadlift videos and get some help from y'all. After watching some more videos, I think I've pretty much got it down. Pump in the lower back is awesome. I can feel the blood pumping in and out as I type this.

Everything feels great, but I am definitely ready for the two days "Rest" before I up the weight next week. Have a good weekend guys, and I'll see you around. Roll Tide.
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Good thought Hit. How are you feeling without the CPAP? Do you feel noticeably more tired?
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Well, I don't so much feel the effects when I go without as much as I feel them when I use the machine. I am pretty strong, mentally, so I just keep pushing regardless of fatigue. It is much easier to wake up when using the machine and I'm not as congested in the morning.
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Kicked it off with 2 scoops of the Juggernaut HP and 7 minutes at highest incline on the treadmill to get the blood pumping to the legs.

Skwats:
225/8x5

Bench
145/8x6

Deads
240/8x5

Good day. Squats got me totally geeked out after about the third set. I F***IN LOVE SQUATS. Hell of a way to start the week. Bench felt really strong. 2 sets reggae, one set close-grip, one set wide grip, repeat. Deads are getting better. Training DOH grip with just chalk to get my grip strength up. Again, My abs are always destroyed after these workouts. Feels good, man.
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Good day. Squats got me totally geeked out after about the third set. I F***IN LOVE SQUATS. Hell of a way to start the week. Bench felt really strong. 2 sets reggae, one set close-grip, one set wide grip, repeat. Deads are getting better. Training DOH grip with just chalk to get my grip strength up. Again, My abs are always destroyed after these workouts. Feels good, man.
Oh yeah! If you can learn to love squats, everything else is easy.

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