Do You Ultra-Sten What I'm Saying?
- 11-04-2013, 02:31 PM
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11-05-2013, 04:57 PM
I used to be in the habit of posting up the routine, but that got boring. I took my noodz last night, just didn't post them up. I'll have time this evening. Monday was quite the busy one after work, but I got in my squats and everything was right with the world.
I was a bit hesitant to put up some numbers because I know they'll be lower than what I was working with earlier in the year. Before, I'd workout with my Soloflex, but using weights, as the arm bar for the Soloflex has adapters to use standard weight plates. When I started with the Ultra-Sten, I switched up to using a traditional bar and some squat stands. (I would have liked to have gone the way of a power rack, but space is an issued.) As such, these stands are proving their worth. Takes a bit to get used to everything, but they're great.
With the Soloflex, it was more like 2.5D, instead of 3D, since the bar wouldn't move back or forth. Now that I'm going the truer weightlifting route, the weights might not be as high, but, I'm not as weak as I'd thought.
In fact, now that I'm writing this out, it makes sense to include the routine.
Damn, you all are some smooth talkers.
11-05-2013, 05:32 PM
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11-06-2013, 11:05 AM
Day 11 of 30
Well, last night was chest. Good night. Routine went well. The weight felt light, mostly the first two working sets. I hadn't lifted that much on my own in quite some time and it went up nice and smooth.
Things are going along just fine. Only some mild acne to complain about, but I am prone to acne, so this would happen under usually circumstances. Adding more to my diet. Need to go shopping again.
Tuesday - Bench Press (200)
Set #1 - 70%: 3x140
Set #2 - 80%: 3x160
Set #3 - 90%: 6x180
Final set went well, I could have done more but it would have been a sloppy rep. I didn't get as much of a pump as I would have liked, so perhaps my mechanics were off. I'll have to revisit that this weekend.
I finished up with some incline press, 5x10 and some one-arm dumbbell rows, 3x10.
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11-07-2013, 01:19 PM
Day 12 mini-update:
I've noticed some irritability with the Ultra-Sten. Nothing to ruin my day, but I noticed I'm getting, or starting to get, short with people. Not in a confrontational way, let's just say my patience has been running thin, but I'm not the most patient person there is. I think too fast! But, it's good training for keeping my cool for when the fit really hits the shan and I can keep my head during a disaster.
I know I'm not even halfway done, but I was hoping for some tightness and hardness to start showing. I'm at work currently and I noticed that I look bigger when I saw my reflection in the mirror.
I've heard some people mention this stuff "kicking in", and I'm curious as to what this means, as in, what it feels like? Again, I know I'm still in the early phase, barely halfway, but just curious if it might take longer for me to respond to the Ultra-Sten.
11-07-2013, 01:51 PM
11-07-2013, 01:55 PM
I am finding Ultra-Sten to be convenient and versatile. The recovery time has increased. No soreness at all, when compared to last week, it was night and day difference.
I know I need to eat more, but I'm fearing I'm gaining too much fat. My belly feels/looks swollen.
11-07-2013, 02:05 PM
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11-07-2013, 02:45 PM
I was just thinking that I wouldn't feel or look as bloated as I do. I'll revisit some items later on tonight.
Always fun to gauge what's causing what and experiment them there!
11-07-2013, 03:03 PM
This may sound odd.. How's your bowel movements? May need to incorporate some psyllium husk or another fiber into your diet. Hell, could grab some digestive enzymes...
11-07-2013, 03:11 PM
11-07-2013, 03:34 PM
If done properly, cardio can ramp up the metabolism without being overly restrictive in total weight gains. Something like high intensity cardio for 15-20 minutes, 3-5 times per week will increase capillary density and help shuttle nutrients to your muscles more efficiently. Over time, cardio trains your body to pull from fat reserves for more of its energy as you build up more mitochondria in the cells.
It's when you are at an already low or acceptable body fat and you want to bulk up is when you take cardio out altogether.
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