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Old 07-24-2013, 07:11 PM   #1
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Default Home gym chronicles, part 4; back to building

There's been a huge change for me. After about a year of applying myself towards the goal of becoming a competitive powerlifter I've decided to hang it up. I first decided to commit myself to powerlifting because my wife was doing it as well, and it was meant to be something we could do as a family. Unfortunately, my wife didn't keep up her training, and now something that was menat to bring us together is actually starting to tear my family apart. If I want to continue to improve in powerlifting than it will require more and more of my time, and that's just not something I can give when I already have to give so much time to my job.

So, now it's on to the next thing. One thing I liked about powerlifting is that my goals were clear; put more weight on the bar. Before powerlifting I was always trying to do a little of everything and it wans't really getting me very far. I'm going to commit myself to bodybuilding. Unlike powerlifting, I don't really expect to compete. I just want to have an awesome, powerful physique. In being back at a gym over the past few weeks I've seen a lot of strong looking guys, and I was pretty jealous. I found solice in the fact that I could put more weight on the bar than they could, but that's not going to be the focus anymore, and honestly, it never really gave me much solice anyways.

Honestly, my training isn't going to change very much. The volume will go up, the intensity will go down, and the rest times will go down. The first goal will be a cut, this time unburdened by the need to maintain strength.

Today was lower body day. I trained at the gym.

High bar, bodybuilding squat-
45x5
45x5
135x8
225x5
275x5
315x3
275x5
225x5
225x7
225x8

SLDL-
135x8
135x8
135x8

Leg press-
270x8
360x8
470x8
470x8

GHR-
BWx8
BWx8
BWx8

I swear, the most popular ab machine in the gym is the GHR. I've only seen one other person use it as a GHR and he was a powerlifter, but there's ALWAYS someone doing abs on that thing. I'm pretty sure I got some weird looks when I was on it because people thought I was using it wrong.

Anyways, good workout. I got the whole thing done in a little over an hour and I can tell you for sure that I'll be feeling it tomorrow.

For the moment I'll probably be training 4 days a week with an upper/lower split. This split and I have a good history together, so it'll be fun to see what I can do with it now that I have different goals.
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