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  1. It's been a slow progresion for me with my grip strength. I used to strap up for everything as well but now I only do for the last heavy DL set. I just feel a better mind/muscle connection when I am gripping the heck out of the bar.
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  2. Quote Originally Posted by criticalbench View Post
    I suck at them.. my grip is terrible. I can't even do 1 pullup without straps, but can bang out a ton with em! If i forget my straps, i dont train back

    Mike
    Loudy doesnt use straps
    Loudy doesnt use gloves
    Loudy get rough hands now and then
    so therefore...
    Loudy's forearms > Mike's

    :P

    Ever thought about a few weeks "high reps" for back so wont need straps for a little while?


    Quote Originally Posted by StackedCop View Post
    I'm glad my gym sells straps bc I'm the same way. I used to be real big into grip strength but I noticed the more I worked on my grip the more I would drop stuff... Like my cell phone. Started using straps and I stopped dropping stuff.
    do you use a strap to eat your tacos and hotdogs too?



    Im not a drinker either...Unless its a bachelor party, Las Vegas, Atlantic City, or other related events Loudy gets really Rowdy
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  3. Quote Originally Posted by Loudy Rowdy View Post
    Loudy doesnt use straps
    Loudy doesnt use gloves
    Loudy get rough hands now and then
    so therefore...
    Loudy's forearms > Mike's

    :P

    Ever thought about a few weeks "high reps" for back so wont need straps for a little while?




    do you use a strap to eat your tacos and hotdogs too?



    Im not a drinker either...Unless its a bachelor party, Las Vegas, Atlantic City, or other related events Loudy gets really Rowdy
    I take my straps with me when I go grocery shopping

    Nothing wrong with using straps :P lol
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    Weekend ended up being pretty busy; the girlfriend and I took off for Indianapolis and stayed up there to hit the Linkin Park concert. My buddy from high school works for the band doing marketing/web stuff for them and got us hooked up to meet the band and even upgraded us to some really awesome seats.

    I'll be hitting delts/traps for HVT after I get out of the office, today.

  5. Quote Originally Posted by MidwestBeast View Post
    Weekend ended up being pretty busy; the girlfriend and I took off for Indianapolis and stayed up there to hit the Linkin Park concert. My buddy from high school works for the band doing marketing/web stuff for them and got us hooked up to meet the band and even upgraded us to some really awesome seats.

    I'll be hitting delts/traps for HVT after I get out of the office, today.
    LOVE LP!! How awesome was it? Did you give them some Compete to try during their set? Lmao
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  6. Quote Originally Posted by MidwestBeast View Post
    Weekend ended up being pretty busy; the girlfriend and I took off for Indianapolis and stayed up there to hit the Linkin Park concert. My buddy from high school works for the band doing marketing/web stuff for them and got us hooked up to meet the band and even upgraded us to some really awesome seats.

    I'll be hitting delts/traps for HVT after I get out of the office, today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mnowak1228 View Post
    LOVE LP!! How awesome was it? Did you give them some Compete to try during their set? Lmao
    It was way too cool, man. I had to miss Incubus's set to meet them, but that was worth it. The good thing was we still got to our seats in time to hear their last song, which was Aqueous Transmission (and I love that song--very chill). LP played for about 2 hours, which was great, too. The whole thing was awesome, but my favorite (if I had to pick) was probably when they transitioned into a rendition of Sabotage in the middle of Bleed it Out. And during Burn it Down, they had flames on the stage and you could feel the heat coming off of them where we sat.

    That's funny about the Compete; I doubt they'd take anything from me, although I could probably give it to my buddy who works for them and have him ask them if they were interested. If anyone could use it, it was Chester. He was all over the place and jumping off of speakers lol.

  8. Quote Originally Posted by MidwestBeast View Post
    It was way too cool, man. I had to miss Incubus's set to meet them, but that was worth it. The good thing was we still got to our seats in time to hear their last song, which was Aqueous Transmission (and I love that song--very chill). LP played for about 2 hours, which was great, too. The whole thing was awesome, but my favorite (if I had to pick) was probably when they transitioned into a rendition of Sabotage in the middle of Bleed it Out. And during Burn it Down, they had flames on the stage and you could feel the heat coming off of them where we sat.

    That's funny about the Compete; I doubt they'd take anything from me, although I could probably give it to my buddy who works for them and have him ask them if they were interested. If anyone could use it, it was Chester. He was all over the place and jumping off of speakers lol.
    I got chills just reading this....Id love to take my 13yr old son to see them!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mnowak1228 View Post
    I got chills just reading this....Id love to take my 13yr old son to see them!!
    Not sure where you live, but I was really impressed with the venue. It's an outdoor setup, but the stage and then all the seats are covered by a ceiling. From the stage, it V's out and then after the seats, you've got a general admission lawn that wraps around the back edge. They had a huge screen up behind the stage and we were close enough to see everyone in detail, but LP had a lot of cool graphics and stuff built into a lot of the songs on top of just showing video of them, too.

    I haven't been to many rock/alternative concerts, but I have been to enough shows in general to know when someone puts on a good set and LP was amazing. It was a great blend of the old stuff and some of the newer stuff. I think they played 3 or 4 songs off of Living Things, but it was great.

    They only have a couple songs that swear, so that's a plus, too (I'm not big on swearing, and then plus if you were taking a kid, that's great). The worst in that regard is probably when they do When They Come for Me.

    It's crazy to see all the different types of people that they draw in. I'm kind of awkward at concerts, anyway, because I don't get drunk and/or dance like crazy, but I tend to just kind of rock a little bit and then sing some of the songs, but not all of them. I just love the music and then the feel of the show. But there were the obvious people you'd expect, a lot of younger people, which was cool (Hybrid Theory probably came out when a lot of them were like 3 lol). There was a guy and his wife a few rows in front of us and he was rocking khaki shorts, a tucked in polo and a comb-over (kind of looked like Coach K lol), and then there was a bigger, older guy who had white hair and a beard who had a slew of young women around him that he was dancing with. It's just cool to see how diverse their fans are.

  10. Quote Originally Posted by AZMIDLYF
    It's been a slow progresion for me with my grip strength. I used to strap up for everything as well but now I only do for the last heavy DL set. I just feel a better mind/muscle connection when I am gripping the heck out of the bar.
    Yeh. Then u hands kina cramp in a grip position and it takes a sec to losen them up
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    Just got home from the gym. The forearm pump is ridiculous.


    Delts/Traps HVT


    Solo Reverse Cable Flys 40x25 / 40x25 / 40x25 / 40x25
    DB Side Lateral Raises: 50's x 25 / 50's x 25 / 50's x 25 / 50's x 25
    Overhead DB Press: 40's x 25 / 40's x 25 / 40's x 20+5 / 40's x 20+5

    Solo Cable Ring Side Shrugs: 190x25 / 190x50 / 190x50 / 190x50 / 190x50
    DB Shrugs: 100's x 25 / 100's x 25 / 100's x 25 / 100's x 25



    The trap work really got the forearms popping. I bumped up the side shrugs to doing 50 reps and that was nuts. Made a lot of increases from my last HVT delts/traps day and didn't downslide on anything.

  12. Quote Originally Posted by allnatural923 View Post
    I take my straps with me when I go grocery shopping

    Nothing wrong with using straps :P lol
    Pfft, straps. I take Hemavol when I go grocery shopping. Dem veins as I walk home with my stuff....
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    One thing I wanted to mention before I forget - it's not a big deal, but it is something I've noticed. I mix my Compete in a half-gallon jug of water and you can see it clump a bit as it hits the water and then sinks to the bottom and if you don't keep shaking it without letting it set for 2 minutes or so, it'll stick to the bottom. I always shake up my intras, but it's a bit annoying having to keep grabbing it and shaking it more to ensure that it doesn't clump up and stick to the bottom. I generally have to do this over the course of about 15 minutes or so (so I have to mix it earlier than I normally do before the gym, or I have to pick it up out of the passenger seat and shake it while I'm driving to the gym lol).

  14. Quote Originally Posted by Loudy Rowdy View Post
    Ever thought about a few weeks "high reps" for back so wont need straps for a little while?
    Yea right, I look fly as hell in my straps.. i wear em for chest day to
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  15. Quote Originally Posted by criticalbench View Post
    Yea right, I look fly as hell in my straps.. i wear em for chest day to
    I wear mine on the treadmill...
    Always open light. It’s not what you open with, it’s what you finish with. Louie Simmons

  16. Quote Originally Posted by MidwestBeast View Post
    One thing I wanted to mention before I forget - it's not a big deal, but it is something I've noticed. I mix my Compete in a half-gallon jug of water and you can see it clump a bit as it hits the water and then sinks to the bottom and if you don't keep shaking it without letting it set for 2 minutes or so, it'll stick to the bottom. I always shake up my intras, but it's a bit annoying having to keep grabbing it and shaking it more to ensure that it doesn't clump up and stick to the bottom. I generally have to do this over the course of about 15 minutes or so (so I have to mix it earlier than I normally do before the gym, or I have to pick it up out of the passenger seat and shake it while I'm driving to the gym lol).
    Ive had this also, but only if Im not using my blender bottle. Just squeeze the blender ball into the half gallon jug!! Lmao
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  17. Quote Originally Posted by mnowak1228 View Post
    Ive had this also, but only if Im not using my blender bottle. Just squeeze the blender ball into the half gallon jug!! Lmao
    i was gonna say the same thing.......with my blender bottle, no real issues, but when i put compete in a gallon jug for my softball games i deff notice a little more "settling" at the bottom
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  18. Quote Originally Posted by baldwanus

    i was gonna say the same thing.......with my blender bottle, no real issues, but when i put compete in a gallon jug for my softball games i deff notice a little more "settling" at the bottom
    I give it a quick shake before every sip. It really isn't a bother.
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    Quote Originally Posted by murk01 View Post
    I give it a quick shake before every sip. It really isn't a bother.
    The only bad thing is if I put the scoops in, shake it up, set it down and say I go upstairs to change for the gym or have to do something before I leave, it'll be stuck to the bottom by the time I come back. It doesn't matter how much you shake at that point, it's not moving (and I'm not really keen on trying to take the lid off and shove a knife or something down in there to get it loose lol).

    Like I said, it's a very minor issue, but I wanted to mention it because I didn't know if in the future there was an ingredient that could be added at a low enough cost to justify it and possibly help in the dissolving/not clumping/settling.

  20. Quote Originally Posted by baldwanus View Post
    i was gonna say the same thing.......with my blender bottle, no real issues, but when i put compete in a gallon jug for my softball games i deff notice a little more "settling" at the bottom
    Would the temperature of the water affect the settling?
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  21. Quote Originally Posted by criticalbench View Post
    Yea right, I look fly as hell in my straps.. i wear em for chest day to
    Quote Originally Posted by AZMIDLYF View Post
    I wear mine on the treadmill...
    I wear them while driving....top that :P

    Quote Originally Posted by MidwestBeast View Post
    One thing I wanted to mention before I forget - it's not a big deal, but it is something I've noticed. I mix my Compete in a half-gallon jug of water and you can see it clump a bit as it hits the water and then sinks to the bottom and if you don't keep shaking it without letting it set for 2 minutes or so, it'll stick to the bottom. I always shake up my intras, but it's a bit annoying having to keep grabbing it and shaking it more to ensure that it doesn't clump up and stick to the bottom. I generally have to do this over the course of about 15 minutes or so (so I have to mix it earlier than I normally do before the gym, or I have to pick it up out of the passenger seat and shake it while I'm driving to the gym lol).
    I use a standard shaker and never really had a settling issue, although it seems like a few people have had this problem. Not quite sure what it could be :/

    Usually I'll add 2 scoops to a full shaker of water, shake it up for a minute or so right away, set it in the fridge, shake it when i leave for the gym, and it's usually all good.
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    Just wanted to give a heads up that I've been dealing with some stomach stuff, this past week, so I haven't been into the gym since my last update. As long as everything cooperates, I'll be heading in for a chest session, this afternoon.

  23. Quote Originally Posted by MidwestBeast View Post
    Just wanted to give a heads up that I've been dealing with some stomach stuff, this past week, so I haven't been into the gym since my last update. As long as everything cooperates, I'll be heading in for a chest session, this afternoon.
    Stomach bug? Is it coming up, or flowing down you need to be a little more descriptive bro!

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    Quote Originally Posted by criticalbench View Post
    Stomach bug? Is it coming up, or flowing down you need to be a little more descriptive bro!

    Mike
    Actually, I just had some really bad knotting/cramping in my lower stomach (right at my waistline). I used to have that issue a lot when I was younger and it seems to have popped back up for a while. It's just hit and miss, but I can't seem to pinpoint any direct/specific cause.
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    All right, so the other day I hit my HVT Chest session:



    Bench Press: 160x25 (x4)
    Incline Bench Press: 140x25 / 140x20+5 / 140x23+2 / 140x17+8
    Cable Fly Machine Decline Bench Press: 110x25 / 110x18+7 / 95x25 / 80x25
    Cable Fly (pushing forward): 95x25 (x4)


    Pre-workout: 2 scoops Hemavol, 200mg caffeine, 2g ALCAR, 1g Tyrosine, 1g Choline Citrate, 1 serving (new) Xtend
    Intra-workout: 2 scoops Compete


    Not great numbers, but made increases from my last HVT session on all but decline, so that's good. The bench numbers look very weak for my size, but it's a combination of getting that perfect form and banging out 100 reps, total, as well as my hip imbalance/left delt that seems to be rolled and can't create a stable base for any of my pressing movements (whether it's bench, incline, or even overhead).
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    Today has been a very gloomy day and one that I would love to just spend in bed or in my recliner (where I currently am lol) watching movies/TV shows all day long. However, I did manage to hit church this morning, which was very necessary, as I've traveled the past 2 weekends and missed 2 weeks in a row. Church is a big part of my life and Sunday is my favorite day (for that reason as well as watching football all day long during those months, haha). It just gets me motivated and puts me into as good of a mood as I'm ever in (combine that with the gym and it's even better -- combine it on a day when I get to do church, gym AND football and you won't see me in a happier mood lol).

    Anyway, I got out for church, came home and ate, and then about an hour later fashioned my pre-workout choice for the day. With the rain, I wanted something special:

    2 scoops Hemavol + 2 scoops OG Pink Lemonade Focus-XT (and a serving of RecoverPro just before leaving/about 5 minutes after the pre)

    The 2 scoops of FXT provided me 400mg of caffeine and all the other things I normally take in bulk pre-workout, anyway. It was a pleasant taste combination. The lemon flavor was a bit more overpowering than I'd prefer, but it was a solid mix and provided an excellent workout.


    HVT Back:


    Solo Ring Lat Pulldowns (cable fly machine): 125x25 / 170x25 / 185x25 / 200x25 / 215x25 / 215x25 / 200x25 / 185x25 / 185x25 / 185x25
    Solo Ring Lat Pull-ins (cable fly machine): 155x25 / 170x25 / 185x25 / 200x25
    Solo Ring Seated Rows: 140x25 (x8)
    Swiss Ball Crunches: 8x15 (supersetted in between seated row sets)


    Added 2 extra sets to my normal 8 for the solo lat pulldowns, added 15 lbs to each of my lat pull-in sets, and added 10lbs to all 8 of my solo seated row sets. Whether I do ab work is just hit and miss, but I wanted something to do with my time between sets for the rows, so this was a good addition.
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    Had a very solid Max-OT arm session, yesterday:


    Pre-workout: 2 scoops FXT + 2 scoops Hemavol

    Intra-workout: 2 scoops Compete



    *Tricep bar cable pushdowns (close grip): 160x6/160x6/160x6
    Low incline skull-crushers: 160x6/160x5/160x6
    Overhead solo DB tricep extension: 55x6/55x6/55x6

    Olympic bar curls: 150x6/150x6/150x6
    Nautilus hammer curl stack: 155x8/170x8/185x8
    DB hammer curls: 100'sx8/100'sx8



    I usually lead off with biceps, but decided to lead with triceps. Oddly enough, that didn't gain me much in the way of strength, so apparently my bi workouts never tire out the triceps or effect them (if they do, it's negligible). I made some slight increases to each tri set and then the surprise to me was that I made increases on my first 2 bicep workouts, too.

    DOMS are absolutely miserable, right now.

  28. How do you do your skull crushers? do you actually have someone to hand you the weights? Its usually a bitch to do when working solo
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loudy Rowdy View Post
    How do you do your skull crushers? do you actually have someone to hand you the weights? Its usually a bitch to do when working solo
    I just grab the EZ bar at the shoulder-width grips and basically do a clean, then sit/lie down on the bench, press it up and then shift my hands inward to the closer grips. If I ever work with a spotter, I'll note it. I just don't count on anyone else and very rarely do I feel like I really need it. Would it benefit me on that lift, for example? Most likely. But unless I feel in danger, I just do it on my own (e.g. if I'm going for a PR on bench or something like that, I'll ask someone). Generally, people spotting can screw up a lift more than help it (in my experience).

  30. Oh so you think its cool not to invite me to your log huh?
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