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Old 08-07-2014, 08:04 PM   #91
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Almost didn't get to train today, but I got it in. A little late, but I got it in.

Bench with chains-
45x a bunch
135x a bunch
185x5
225x5
225+30x3
255+30x3
275x3
275+30x2
295x1
295+30x1 Post injury PR
315x0*
275x4 Post injury PR

*I wanted to get 315 in my hands and see how it felt. As I brought it down I got a little out of control and brought it down a bit too fast. I decided to not even try to correct things and dumped the bar on the safeties at the bottom.

I think I'm actually getting TOO tight in my bench setup. I'm getting so tight that I actually have a harder time keeping it in the groove. I'm slowly but surely finding out what I need to focus on in my technique to get things done.

I'm just happy that my bench is finally moving in the right direction!

Squat with belt and chains-
45x3
135x5
225x5
275+30x3
315+50x3
365+50x2
385+50x2
365x2

I wanted to do a backoff set with 365 and see if I could get a good set in, but after benching and squatting 385 with chains I hit a wall. I was spent. I decided to get a little more bench work in and call it a day.

Floor press-
The first 3 sets had my normal grip, pointers on the rings.
45x a bunch
135x10
225x5
Pinkies on the rings-
225x5
Ring finger on the rings-
225x5
Middle finger on the rings-
225x5
Pointers back on the rings-
225x5

The last few sets were a mechanical drop set. I used a close grip, then slowly moved it back out through each progressive set.

I'm happy I got to train at all, so to come away with some bench PRs feels really good. I should be putting up 315 in the next few weeks as my form gets better and better and my cycle helps kick my strength up.
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Hell of a workout! Congrats on the PRs!
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Squat- 331 (belt only)
Bench- 243
Deadlift- 430
Weight- 160

Current weight 150-152.
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The PR train keeps rolling. Today was going to be squat and bench, but my chest has yet to recover from my heavy session of singles Thursday, so I decided to do OHPs instead.

Squat with belt and wraps-
45x3
135x3
Add belt-
225x5
315x3
Add wraps-
365x3
405x5 PR
455x2 PR

Seated OHP-
45x a bunch
95x10
135x8
185x5
205x8 PR
225x3 PR
135x23 PR
135x16

This morning I went out and mowed the front yard, then afterwards I just got really tired. The lethargy associated with tren can hit you really hard and destroy your motivation. Luckily I had watched some squat technique videos and learned some new things I really wanted to try today, so that give me the kick in the butt I needed to get to the gym and lift. Of course, once I'm actually in the gym I automatically put on my game face and shit gets real. As soon as I started squatting 405 I knew it was on. 405 absolutely flew up like a feather, and I probably had at least 2 more reps in me.
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Starting to feel a bit burned out. I've been limiting my calories and carbs quite a bit to help keep my weight down. I've essentially been cutting in order to simply maintain my bodyweight, which is already as high as it's been in a long time at 246. it just goes to show how powerful these hormones are, that I have to cut just to keep from gaining weight.

A part of me really wishes I could eat more and gain even more weight, but that part of me is small. I need to get stronger at 242 first, and I need to keep my bodyfat down. Once I'm out of the Army hopefully my total will be quite a bit higher, and I may feel I'm ready to move up into the 275s, but that's not an option right now.

So now, with the intensity of my sessions starting to ramp up, the frequency will need to be cut dramatically to accomodate both the intensity and the lower caloric intake. I'm not going to set a schedule, but I'll be adjusting every session based on how I'm feeling. It's been 5 days since I've benched but my chest still hurts and my shoulders are starting to get achy. My lower body is still pumped up and sore from squating Sunday.

So the plan for today is a light assistance/recovery day with lots of pump/hypertrophy work. There may be a little light pec and shoulder stuff to get the blood moving, then lots of arm and back work to make sure I'm not leaving any gaps in my training.

My diet is going to stay around 2k calories a day. This would be extremely low for some, but I've always needed less calories than most, which means I have to be a little extreme to actually cut any fat/weight. Over the next 2-3 weeks I want to get down to 240 then maintain as I continue my peaking cycle.
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Today was a fun gym day. It was nice to not worry about how much weight was on the bar and instead just try to pump out good reps and get the bood pumping. I did 2-3 working sets of each movement. A few forced reps here and there, but mostly just straight sets.

The results in the mirror were fun to see, and a couple people noted how huge I was looking, which is always nice. I wish I could let them know that it isn't natural. I hate the idea that I might be giving people unrealistic goals.

Here are the movements I did, in order;

Wide grip cable rows
Lateral raise with light weight
Cable crossovers, also with light weight
Pulldowns
Cable upright rows for high reps
Chest supported opposing grip rows
Barbell curls
V bar cable tricep extensions, supersetted with;
Hammer curls

On the last set of triceps extensions I felt a little twinge in my right shoulder. It was just enough to tell me that I was done for the day, but I got in a good workout. My shirt is soaked. Good times.
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Old 08-15-2014, 09:33 PM   #99
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I was forced to take a couple extra days off because of work. Today I finally got to train again. I knew I was going to have to bring it and take advantage of the extra rest I've had. So I did.

Goal today was simple. Work up to a heavy triple with competition equipment and form.

Squat with wraps and belt-
45x3
135x3
225x3
Add belt-
225x5
315x3
Add wraps-
375x3
405x3
455x3 PR

Bench-
45x a bunch
135x a bunch
185x5
225x3
275x3
255x3

TnG bench with no leg tuck-
245x5
225x8, or something like that

No PRs on bench. Going for PRs and trying heavy singles tore me up last time and left me unable to bench for over a week. I'm going to back off and try to keep my frequency up instead.

Tomorrow I'll rest, then Sunday it'll be time to deadlift and military press, with some assistance thrown in.
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Went into the gym today feeling really fresh and ready to go. My triceps were just a little sore from benching the other day, but it wasn't enough to change my plans. The goal today was to deadlift, OHP, and finish with deadlift assistance work.

Deadlift-
135x5
225x3
295x3
365x3
415x3
465x3
465x3
465x3

Seated OHP-
45x a bunch
135x10
185x5
185x5
205x5
185x3
185x3
185x3
135x10
135x10
135x13

Power shrugs from the pins-
135x6
225x6
315x12
405x10
315x10
315x10
225x30 something

Plate loaded pulldown/row-
1pps x a bunch
2pps x a bunch
3pps x a bunch
3pps+a 25 x a bunch
4pps x a bunch
3pps x a bunch
2pps x a bunch

I didn't keep track of any of the reps. I just kept going until I could move the weight anymore. I used straps for these.

Barbell curl-
25x10
75x10
75x10
75x10

Hammer curls-
30x12
30x10

This was a good, hard session. I should be ready to bench and squat again Tuesday or Wednesday.
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