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  1. de-str0yed.

    did back tonight...

    Wide Grip Pulldowns
    85x12
    100x12
    120x10

    Wide Grip Lat Pushdowns
    40x12
    55x12
    45x12

    Hammer Strength Mid Row (weight is per side), movement is mirrored, not one side @ a time.
    45's x12
    55x12
    65x12
    70x12

    One Arm Rows
    50x12
    60x12
    70x12
    Was starting to feel beastly. Hadn't done 70's in a few years, felt gooooood.

    Romanian Dead Lifts
    95x12
    115x12
    135x12
    The back is finally starting to feel well enough to push the weight up slowly. The lower back pump was insane tho.

    And then, the cardio:
    45mins on the elliptical, every 5 mins switching directions. According to the machine, 680 kcals and I was cashed in after that. It was hard to drag my a$$ home; I'll sleep good tonight.

    Def. making up two bottles; one bcaas & crystal light and the other just h2o was a good idea. Sipped on the bcaa mix while I lifted and dug into the water during and after the cardio.

    Here's hoping tomorrow hurts.


  2. good job on movin the weights up.

    and congrats on your back getting better.

    keep pushing hard!
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  3. Quote Originally Posted by natty texan View Post
    good job on movin the weights up.

    and congrats on your back getting better.

    keep pushing hard!
    thx man, I 'preciate it. I'm a hurtin' unit today, might go for a bike ride to open up the legs a bit.

  4. Quote Originally Posted by heywood View Post
    post dinner report: gawd I wish bison meat wasn't so damn expensive! for an 8oz steak it's 254 cal. & only 38 cal. from fat! uh-oh, already feeling it:
    buffalo is also very high in creatine

    if your main goal is to drop some fat, make sure you're subbing out your fast carbs for slow carbs - you're probably doing this already. anything that can lower GH levels are bad for a cut. this is especially important in all things from post-workout till bedtime.

    pre workout - when your GH levels haven't become elevated yet, the quality of carbs don't make much of a difference.

  5. Quote Originally Posted by suncloud View Post
    buffalo is also very high in creatine

    if your main goal is to drop some fat, make sure you're subbing out your fast carbs for slow carbs - you're probably doing this already. anything that can lower GH levels are bad for a cut. this is especially important in all things from post-workout till bedtime.

    pre workout - when your GH levels haven't become elevated yet, the quality of carbs don't make much of a difference.
    thanks for that; it's probably the biggest hole in my knowledge to be able to know what kind of food to eat when. I know some of the basics, but that's it so far. Gettin' there tho.
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  6. well, it looks like I'm gonna be going back to work...

    I doubt that I'm going to have too much trouble working out, but it's gonna have to take a back seat for a little bit while I get acclimated to working on a construction site again (waking up at 4:30 every morning and busting my a$$). Expect the log to be updated perhaps a little less than it has been, but it's by no means goodnight mr. chips.

    Wish me luck, it's gonna be tough gimpin' around with a bum wheel for a while but I'm excited to be making money again!

    Cheers and thanx for the support so far!

  7. Glad you got the job man! good luck with it

  8. Quote Originally Posted by Random181 View Post
    Glad you got the job man! good luck with it
    Thanks! I'm def. excited, but man is it going to be tough getting used to waking up at 4:30 every morning again!

    Better than being unemployed by more than a fair amount!

  9. Workout last night: Chest & Bi's

    Low Cable Flyes
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    High Cable Flyes
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    DB Incline Bench
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    Coming along, I haven't done 45's in a while...think that I'm going to have to start a power cycle as I'm starting to feel like certain weights are too easy until I get to 6-8 reps, and then the endurance runs out.

    Straight BB Curls
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    Pinwheel Curls
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    Weak, weak and more weak. That's what I get for having monkey arms. Feeling like the high rep sets are starting to run their course, and aren't making the muscles grow much anymore but I might just be getting impatient.

    EZ Bar Reverse Curls
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    Almost painful pump again, don't need to do much with the forearms...I've looked like popeye since I was a teenager. They do start to hurt when I do the reverse curls...like they're gonna explode.

    Overall, it was a decent workout but had a hard time keeping focus. Lot of things going on right now and I'll be happier in a month or so when things are a bit more settled. As much as I love change routines help keep ya grounded or so I guess it goes.

  10. Thought I'd do a little summary review of how I'm doing about 7 weeks into this whole deal:

    Training is going how it's going, I'm still in noob gain territory for another couple months at least so I'm not going to say more than I think things are going along okay except I need to start pushing myself harder and maybe doing some lower rep sets soon to throw a wrench into my body's comfort level.

    Supplementation is going okay, I do feel like I'm wasting money and will start going thru and probably start buying more bulk supps and doing my own capping. Certain supps are going to be more worth it later when my body is in a better rhythm and I would like to see if I can mimic some of them with bulk supps.

    Nutrition is still a thorn in my side, mainly because I gotta get back to work. I've been sleeping in too much and my day isn't regimented enough; that's changing this week tho. It's not that I don't know what to eat, it's more that I don't have enough to do to keep me busy when I'm not at work and I sit in front of the 'puter too much. Just a hunch, but when I get back to work I'll bet my weight is gonna go down quick. I'm going to have to work hard to keep it on 'cause I'll be burning 3-4000 kcals/day vs. 2000 or so now.

  11. okay i've said this often...
    why bother with capping? it's a little harder on your stomach when it's breaking down lots of caps...

    just drink it

  12. Quote Originally Posted by natty texan View Post
    okay i've said this often...
    why bother with capping? it's a little harder on your stomach when it's breaking down lots of caps...

    just drink it
    'cuz it's hard to do that stuff when you're at work. Besides, I'm a wuss...no desire to suck down some nasty powder just for sport

  13. All right, last workout before I go back to work!

    Tri's & Shoulders

    Seated Military Press
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    Yeah, I know...I'm weak at this one. I felt good tho thru this, like I'm getting much stronger as time goes on.

    Dips, bodyweight only
    12, 14, 11
    Getting much better at these. I'm pretty impressed, when I started back in the gym doing these 6 weeks ago I couldn't do any more than 4 or 5.

    EZ Bar Skullcrushers (w/close-grip press burnout each set)
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    Shoulder Flyes (front, side & back w/same weight)
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    Shrugs w/machine, weight is ea. side
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    Calves on standing machine
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    40 minutes cardio on elliptical, machine said 625 kcals expended.

    Notes:
    Felt stronger, I have been improving my strength pretty much every workout unless I am underfed on the day. I am starting to feel like I could make big weight jumps and go for lower reps, but I'm resisting that urge so I don't rupture or tear anything. I think I'm going to have to take a careful approach to this stuff and focus on warming up/form more than anything since I depend on my body for my livelihood. Nothing wrong with building a brick wall one course at a time; you end up with a stronger wall in the end.

  14. good job.

    good luck at work.

  15. Quote Originally Posted by natty texan View Post
    good job.

    good luck at work.
    Thanks mang, it went fine. Gonna be tough to get used to working again; pretty much a given I'm gonna be waking up at 4:15-4:30 every morning now...but it means I get an early afternoon, off at 2:30!

    Only got 4 hours sleep last night, gonna sleep easier tonight!

  16. haha nighty night



    didn't mack strong retire last year?

  17. so...wanted to elaborate on my supplement experience so far:

    I usually don't have very good results with the money I put into supplementation, but I have to say that usp labs stuff isn't bullsh*t as skeptical as I've tried to be. Not every one of their products works for everyone and I understand that but my recovery has been very good...

    As well as the pumps, they have been almost painful at times. I am sitting here flexing in my chair and can't really remember the last time my arms *felt* so full (probably when I was 18-19 and in college). Last night at the gym I was looking imposing even tho a lot of it's extra fat still. My vascularity has been better lately and my general mood has been much better.

    So far I've been taking pretty much all of usp's stuff except prime which I've decided to order to see if it works like the other supps they offer. I haven't had all the same results they say I should, but that's common with herbal extracts. The most common effect I've had with all the supps they offer is more energy, even if it's not a claimed effect. I can't take Powerfull before bed because it keeps me up! Hell, even Supercissus (bulked, of course) gives me a good rush of energy.

    Ratings so far of the supps:

    Supercissus: A (I'm recovering from knee surgery and I'm feeling no pain from squats these days)

    Anabolic Pump: B- (I tend to experience more "anabolic dump" symptoms these days and it's starting to cramp my style but I haven't given up on it I think some of it is diet related)

    Recreate: A (this thermogenic is a good supp, and is formulated for people who don't tolerate stims well. Myself, I could use more stim sometimes because I adapt to substances too quickly)

    Powerfull: A (I def. noticed an increased feeling of well-being on this supp as well as the beginning stages of alpha-male. I have been recovering really well lately with very little doms even when I throttle myself in the gym which I attribute mostly to this)

    Jack3d: B+ (I do like this stuff, it's just a bit strange to pay more than $1 per serving on something that you have to add ingredients to in order to complete it. I understand usp's desire to pare down the ingredients to a more manageable level but I'm starting to feel like I'm running a pharmacy with all the different powders I add to drinks all the time. As far as the results, I get a great sense of focus with this stuff along with extra pumps due to dosing it with extra creatine)

    I haven't tried my bulk pslin yet, but that's next along with the Prime I just ordered. I might drop ap for a little bit to get my gut in check but either way it has helped with the "muscle fullness" feeling that is for sure.

    Other than these *high dollar* supps I have been taking:
    Cod Liver oil (morning only)
    Fish Oil (rest of the day)
    Multivitamin
    Whey Protein
    BCAAs (intra-wo)
    WMS (only when needed for insulin spike)
    ZMA/Glucosamine (at bedtime)

  18. try taking some bcaa's at night when your body is repairing it's muscle...it'll give it something it doesn't have to break down to build with...

  19. I'll try that...thanks. I haven't done much work with taking supps at bedtime except zma/glucosamine.

  20. Quote Originally Posted by buster0371 View Post
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  21. well, 2 days back at work...I am worked; literally!

    not used to waking up so early, and not used to going 100% focus all day long. I weighed myself this morning at 197, and then weighed myself after work...193. I am def. using up quite a few calories and can feel it in my body.

    I was going to try to go to the gym today, but instead I'm going to go canoeing. Usually those workouts are about 2 hours, so I will get a good workout just not an anaerobic one. Will have to do that tomorrow, going to have to figure out how to schedule my workouts...but don't want to lose this week to being too much of a puss to lift after beating my body into submission all day.

  22. well, went canoeing...it was a brutal workout.

    15 sets of 6 minutes on, 1 minute active recovery (still paddling, just not as hard)

    It's fun to do, I might start relaxing a bit on my back and shoulder workouts for a bit to avoid overtraining. It was also one of those postcard days in Seattle, about 70 degrees, sunny and out on the water. Don't need to say much more than that.

    I'm off to bed, hopefully I can sleep.

  23. Quote Originally Posted by heywood View Post
    I'll try that...thanks. I haven't done much work with taking supps at bedtime except zma/glucosamine.
    i don't know if you still have or want to take glucosamine but i've seen a few studies recently that have showed all it's really doing is making your pee expensive....

  24. Well, it's been an interesting week...def. been getting worked by my new jobsite. Haven't really been able to get to the gym due to a complete lack of energy after work and not much time from getting home to sleeping (usually about 4 hours).

    I thought the weight would start melting off when I went back to work due to moving around all day and I was right. I started the week around 195 and this morning weighed in at 189. I have lost a ton of weight and I can see it; I look thinner.

    I guess I shouldn't be losing weight this fast, but I don't care: even if I'm losing a little muscle along with the weight I'm losing and that's what matters. Mainly it just means that I'm doing a heavy cut to start out my working schedule and will start building up more muscle once I acclimate to work.

    Now it's time to go to the gym!
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