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    Mattrag and whatever training


    So guys I decided to actually make a log here (yet again) and keep up with it. Just keep the comments to a minimum
    I have had a lot of great strength gains with 531 in the past and as I really like speed work I will be using simple weight lifting movements to work on the speed aspect. And do some Time based density workouts (via crossfit WODs)
    I have just tested my 1RM on the conventional deadlift, OHP so far, and next I will test my 1RM on the bench and squat and will put them in later.

    Deadlift: 365
    OHP:185
    Bench:
    Squat:

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    I follow a MEBB type deal for now trying to test my max. (I feel it is VERY close to the wendler method. The max effort and total body movement will be "borrowed" from the MEBB, BUT the selection on the day of use will be more based on the Wendler method, mainly because I feel that doing a Max effot OHP then following with 5x5 push presses is just really bad for over training the joint. Odd seeing it's for cross fit. But those guys sometimes do really intensive movements that are similar)

    I am currently half way through a competition with FL3X (Some of you may have heard of him) 8 weeks, best transformation gets a bottle of HCGenerate from the Need To Build Muscle store. So I will post pics.

    Today's workout


    In the morning I did some skill work for Hand Stand Push ups, did some flex things for the catch on the clean. did some mobility as well.


    Weights

    OHP
    45x5
    95x5
    115x5
    135x5
    155x5
    175x5
    185x1 (Felt really unstable, could have been form, I do this standing and unsupported)
    185x3
    195x0 (Failed.... probably will try this in a month or so)

    Power clean&press (So I pull these from the ground, catch it in the standing position, and press it over my head)

    135x5
    155x5
    155x5
    155x5
    155x5
    155x5

    That's all folks. Pretty good IMO in the lifts. Stay tuned for the pics, and a little personal story that I am gonna start writing now and PRAY it doesn't some how disappear when I am writing it on here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by FL3X MAGNUM View Post
    Hi.
    Nice to have you along!

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    Hmm... CC, just cause I can power clean more than you doesn't mean you don't have to follow my log ; ;
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    I'll be following. Good luck with the transformation.
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    Okay well here is a small personal bit I have discovered again... Oddly, I think I got too caught up in the whole deadline, and I need to see results ASAP. Got over dieted and probably hurt some progress. AGAIN. I been reading back on some of my old logs, looking at my old workout books and really like I said last year I have BARELY made any progress in weight lifting or fitness.

    On a more up beat note I have made the discovery that I am bigger, and leaner than last year, and the year before. I feel my gut health and digestion have seriously improved and I have learned A WHOLE lot about my body, what supps work for me, and how to use certain supplements for different occasions.

    Also, I have decided that I should probably follow a more (I REALLY hate this term but I will use it for everyone as it probably sums up what the training and workouts will consist of) fuctional workout system. I would really like one day to do some hand stands, levers, skin the cats, etc. and think that that stuff is really cool. Also, I play tennis, and I am pretty competitive.

    As far as nutrition goes I really went full circle. I was ALWAYS a low carber, every since I started this body comp, and trying to gain them abs. In doing so I have followed very strict dieting where I probably screwed my metabolism and loss a lot of strength. I thought supps and various AAS would fix it, just eat less, use hormones and boom, amazing physque. Nope. So with the help of Cyrus, and a bit of research I have changed my diet to be more based on performance. Until it stops working that is.

    Here is a basic over view of what I eat:

    Chicken thighs
    Whole Eggs
    White Rice
    Sweet potatoes
    Coconut oil
    Popcorn
    Onions
    Cabbage
    Carrots
    BCAA

    I really don't eat much variety and I don't think that it's really necessary to make amazing tasting things... I have been dieting for over 2 years never taking much of a break.... Being gluten intolerent eating out is almost out of the question, eating anything fried is usually out as well, mainly because I am a lazy fool and don't like cooking elegantly for myself. Usually, only when the wife is over (she works nights so we only really have time together on the weekends) I will eat something other than what's on the list above. But I try to keep the macros the same.

    Here's a post I made about 6 months ago.... I wanted to reread it and share it with all of you, and remember it.

    Quote Originally Posted by mattrag View Post
    My story (warning LONG POST)

    I am writing this more for me, as I have gone from almost a year ago looking like this:


    To now looking like this:
    Attachment 47391
    Sadly, not much difference and my body comp is not much better. I’m up a little in weight about 5lbs, but that’s probably a fat/LBM ratio of 50:50. Not very impressive. Seeing all that I have done to enhance my physique over the last two years it seems as though my “young” years in bodybuilding have ended.
    Lets start all the way back in elementary. Around the age of 11 I was diagnosed with some odd phenomenon where one of my testies just stopped growing. Just stopped. It didn’t die, it just ceased all functionality. So I didn’t have to get it removed, it would just never get any bigger, be of any use, etc. Now being 11 I had no idea what this meant other than my balls weren’t gonna be even. I had the choice to get surgery to take it out or to just let it be. I chose the later… being 11 and going into some surgery for my nuts was not going to happen. I didn’t want to miss out on summer fun lol.
    Effect: Now I donno if this mattered really, as I still was able to mature and become a full fledged male. Read up online and found that this, while rare, has not hindered anyone from becoming a man has me wondering exactly HOW I was able to get all my hormones in order to become a man… With all the stuff I know now does this basically mean my leydig cells are halved and I am able to create a “balance” in my body hormonally through other pathways? Do I have better aromatase control? I doubt it I was overweight every since 1st grade…
    Cause: I am pretty sure this has to do with my mom’s love for feeding me tasteless soy products, and white rice. My dinner when I was little was Tofu, natto, and some miso soup. All with rice. Also, once I was able to drink juice I was given juice whenever I wanted it. Estrogen promoting substances plus high fructose consumption = not a very healthy male. While I could have just been predisposed to this I will never know, and I doubt anyone will but I guess I am not upset about it, just kinda irritated that nothing was done or asked when I went to the doctor about the cause of this problem.
    Fast forward to HS.
    In HS, if I have a pic I’ll post it. Everyday of my high school life I remember popping two Extra Strength Tylenols because my mom said it was good for my headaches. I’d cycle in Aspirin whenever the headache would become “sharp”. Then I’d eat something for breakfast, usually some cereal in water, many days I wouldn’t eat anything at all. Get to school, buy a coke from the vending machine and start my day. I was gifted with brains so being the last picked for sports was excusable. My mom always told me I was smart so I couldn’t be athletic too. That’s just how it was. Lunch would either be nachos, or whatever they had in the café. In Hawaii the cafeteria is a little different than what I’ve seen on TV of High Schools so I will elaborate on what lunch was. It cost a dollar and was pretty much standard; one main dish, fruit, veggie, bread, milk. Very small portioned. After that my next meal would be dinner. Usually 1-2 cups of rice with some kind of meat and 1-3 cups of juice, depending on how thirsty I was. Oh and some days I would skip lunch and just get some coke. Now you can imagine how screwed up I must have been knowing all I know now. Meh. I am saddened by all the gains I could have had if I knew what I know now and just started to train… haha.

    Effect: Well I imagine my liver must have been SHOT from non stop use of Tylenol, and aspirin. Plus the extra crap of pretty much processed sugar/fructose, and the horrible nutrition. Oh, and snacks.. I would eat snacks all the time. This seriously hurt my already hurting physique due to only having one testi working. Though I still somehow made it out a man on the other end. No gyno, no estrogenic sides etc. Lucky, as one of my friends who was a little overweight during HS has gyno he cant get rid of. I seriously think this is where my natural limit is set. I don’t think I can get much more LBM than I was at my max weight of 260lbs. Even if I was 40% bf I would have still had 156lbs of LBM… Which is not far off what my estimated LBM is now… maybe 8lbs more?
    Cause: No info, no one to guide me, excuses.
    Picture:
    Attachment 47392
    Lastly, lets go to college. College was a long experience for me. Lived at home mostly and didn’t do too much of the college lifestyle stuff. I worked, had family stuff (My parents got divorced when I was a Junior in HS so I had to help my mom out a lot). Worked out 3-4 times a week, got into basketball, tennis. Still while I was above average at the gym I was never anything of awe. While trying a variety of diets, workouts, etc. Nothing worked once I hit the sticking point of around 210. I got down to 200 following some rapid fat loss diet or something, but I also felt like crap and didn’t have any energy to play tennis, or even live…. Still no abs (now I got some as you can see in the pics… nothing special though). During this time I probably created so much cortisol and blasted. I’d workout fasted, then go straight to tennis. Have a protein shake, hit class, workout again, then hit tennis again, eat some dinner. Pass out. Pretty much that was my college life. Sadly… No improvement in body comp. But during this time I was still not paying attn to anything online. Didn’t ask anyone for advice or anything on training/diet, I just went with what was going on. It worked, or so I thought.
    Then about in around 2008 I started bleeding from my belly button…. I found I had an umbilical hernia… crap… BUT, instead of doing anything about it… I just played on it. I didn’t want to get fat! So I went on an even lower cal diet because I obviously couldn’t workout as hard. Healed up my hernia after about 6 months or so, though I assume it was because during this time I completely eliminated wheat. Basically, I told myself “If Imma eat carbs it’s either a Jamba Juice or a some brown rice with my meat meal”. Physique goals not met, still barely above average in the gym… meh.

    Effect: Well I got from 260 in HS to around a solid 230 when I graduated. Then hit around 210 or so in college and got stuck there. Over all I guess better insulin sensitivity and better body comp.
    Cause: Gym, wanted to be athletic, didn’t want to have to shop in the big and tall section and pay more for clothes lol.

    Now the year is 2009. Going to Japan in August. When getting to Japan I was able to make friends relatively quickly with another Teacher who was from Hawaii but had been up in Japan for over 5 years. Training BJJ, and lifting. Fortunately, he had some exp with AAS and advised I run a cycle. Unfortunately, no bashing him, I doubt he let me get to my true potential due to his competitive nature, or perhaps he was telling me stuff but I was too stubborn to listen. Now thinking back on it, I was probably too stubborn to take his advice. He always told me “Matt, cortisol is your #1 enemy. That’s all.” My hdrol cycle was amazing. Like I said before I went from a bench of 225X3-5 to 335X4 in 6 weeks. I took my squat from 225X5 to 395X5. Deadlift from 135X10, to 315X5. All in 6 weeks. I was shocked. Happy, wasn’t “Cut” but I noticed some recomp while just focusing on keeping my over all cals high and drinking a couple protein shakes a day. I could eat, no problem with eating. Then… I did the dumbest thing ever for PCT…. I cut… And not only did I cut, I upped the volume of my workouts. While I don’t remember my exact numbers my cut probably brought me back down to pre cycle weights. Which IMO is weaker because I didn’t have proper programming prior to coming to Japan, hell I didn’t even know what that meant until this year.
    In 2010, I got on the scivation diet, followed it to the T. In 3 months I got in the best shape of my life, but still I could not get leaner… The pic up there is of me at the end of my cut. I was nearing 80kgs.. .and my muscle to fat ratio was getting worse…someplace I didn’t want to be. That pic was of me @ 85kgs or so and when I was at 80kgs I looked worse…. Hell I workout so I can look good naked AND be able to eat something once in a while. I don’t want to starve myself all the time. So in fear of losing all my muscle, and not being able to enjoy food I tried to turn the tables around and bulk. I thought, this time I’ll do it right, good food, good timing, and volume training. Sadly… when I say volume I meant volume. I read Arnolds 2 a day rotation of 3 days on 1 day off… Legs every morning… Well I’ll tell you one thing.. I don’t recover THAT fast… worked till my hernia exploded again. That was March. Took a break and did wendler 531 just to keep strength up… but man… My numbers were so sad. Got married in July, so during that time had my mom and uncle up and took a week off the gym. The day I got back I decided to ME dead lifts…. Pulled my back. My numbers on deadlift are just coming around now… 4 months later… as you can see this is a very badly planned training and diet cycle. While I’m pretty sure I’ve dieted off all my PH gains from Hdrol I am almost certain I am going to need another cycle to get to where I wanna be. Why? Because mentally… I’m weak lol. Also, I tend to over do it when I diet. I’ve done 2days off one day on with FOOD. While a full hormonal panel is probably in order, along with a visit to the therapist about my body image issues, in Japan this is just not going to happen.

    Now why am I doing all this?
    Well after being training/diet ADD for around 2 years I figure I need to write everything down. Keep tabs on myself because I tend to get lost in the moment, in the article, in the training programs, in all the information out there.
    This is not only a reminder to me to show me that I can’t be doing dumb stuff like this (hell ups and downs throughout this whole time amounted to … almost nothing??? A learning experience basically, a good one, but I can’t be making these mistakes again! Haha). I hope I can help anyone else, not by providing data on health, nutrition, or training as I’m not someone you should be looking to for advice, but as someone who is not a genetic freak getting it done, doing what needs to be done and sticking to something to reach his goals.
    Good luck to us all, and if you read this all then reps to you. I’m typing this in word and I am on page 3 lol.

    -Matt
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattrag

    Nice to have you along!

    Hmm... CC, just cause I can power clean more than you doesn't mean you don't have to follow my log ; ;
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    Quote Originally Posted by breezy11 View Post
    I'll be following. Good luck with the transformation.
    Thanks man, it'll be both transformation and strength. It'll be REALLY good if I can do it. But I have learned the long and hard way.. that cutting/bulking is not the case... I need to just eat enough to fuel my body, and my workouts. No more crash dieting, and starving before it's too late. If I don't lose a pound... well so be it and I need to adjust, but I shouldn't just follow some diet book anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CopyCat View Post
    Who told you this??
    I searched my feelings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattrag

    I searched my feelings.
    Well see there's your problem right there. You are going of and acting like a women, searching your feelings and all. Estrogen must be getting to high and clouding your common sense. Perhaps you should stack some Black Liver with an AI, get some testosterone back in ya and man up on your power cleans like me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CopyCat View Post
    Well see there's your problem right there. You are going of and acting like a women, searching your feelings and all. Estrogen must be getting to high and clouding your common sense. Perhaps you should stack some Black Liver with an AI, get some testosterone back in ya and man up on your power cleans like me.
    Forgive me, I just finished watching Star Wars. I was expecting "155 is my 30 rep max" But this rebuttal makes me sad.... Perhaps I need to up my formastanzol
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattrag

    Forgive me, I just finished watching Star Wars. I was expecting "155 is my 30 rep max" But this rebuttal makes me sad.... Perhaps I need to up my formastanzol
    Ha! I know right? I came at you like a precision guided cobra strike.

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    In for my bro! Nice cleans btw
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    Quote Originally Posted by CopyCat View Post
    Ha! I know right? I came at you like a precision guided cobra strike.

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    I see. You da man, I bow down.
    Please re sub. I miss you already.

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    hell yeah
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    them pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by TurningGreen View Post
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    Following along here Matt. Let's see what you are gonna do with this. Nice work on the cleans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattrag

    I see. You da man, I bow down.
    Please re sub. I miss you already.

    Thanks! And welcome aboard!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattrag
    them pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrKleen73
    Following along here Matt. Let's see what you are gonna do with this. Nice work on the cleans.
    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RickRock13
    I'm in for whatever...
    Hahaha. I'm doing a 531 for now. Gonna try and stay and do this for now but who knows? Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by CopyCat

    Silly matty. I never went anywhere. I can't unsub from something if I didn't first sub to it.

    Keanu Reeves just said "Whoa"
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    Quote Originally Posted by taman6886

    Is that the start of a 6 pack I see there? Awesome Brozilla! Officially, you can no longer call yourself fat, however, you shall always remain an honorary "big boy"!
    I'm still a fatty....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Axillist
    Subscribed for certain!!!
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    Great job Matt. Excited to see how you finish with this
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    Quote Originally Posted by MuscleGauge1 View Post
    Great job Matt. Excited to see how you finish with this
    It's a never ending journey my friend.
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    Yeah I actually increased my low end of reps from 6-8 up to 10-12, and I then I do 15-20 the following workout. However the training I will start next week will be 20 reps per set.
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    Workout
    ME Bench
    135x5
    185x5
    205x5
    225x5
    245x5
    275x3
    285x1
    295x1 (Matched my previous, but hell I didn't really train bench for over 3 months... so this is good news)


    Snatch grip Deadlifts
    135x5
    135x5
    135x5
    135x5
    135x5

    Rack Pulls (Pulls from just above the knee)
    135x5
    225x5
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    315x5
    345x5
    395x5
    405x5
    405x5
    405x5 (this is all the weight I have in my house....)

    Side laterals
    10lb plates 5x20reps

    Also in the AM I did 3 rounds of 5 rep ManMakers (20lb dbs in each hand, push up, then a row, push up row with other hand, push up into a squat, clean the DBs, OHP the dbs. That's one rep. These are not easy... )
    15 reps of these took 6 minutes... In the middle of set 1-2 and 2-3 i did sumo high pulls.
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    Yesterday I did "Grace"

    30 reps of 135lbs power clean/press for time

    4min 30s

    This almost killed me.

    Today I am doing "The Chief" also might do some squats.

    Quick outline for the WOD

    Max rounds in 3 minutes of:
    135 power cleans, 3 reps
    6 push ups
    9 squats

    Rest 1 minute
    5 rounds.

    This is gonna hurt....
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrKleen73 View Post
    Yeah I actually increased my low end of reps from 6-8 up to 10-12, and I then I do 15-20 the following workout. However the training I will start next week will be 20 reps per set.
    I stay in that zone for my density training.
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    In. I like seeing other people doing cleans!
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    Read your story on the first page. Pretty interesting bud.
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    o herro.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaycuda View Post
    In. I like seeing other people doing cleans!
    soon i will do the Xfit wod... I'm dreading, yet excited to hit it lol.


    Quote Originally Posted by AaronJP1 View Post
    Read your story on the first page. Pretty interesting bud.
    Thanks man!

    Quote Originally Posted by bigdavid View Post
    o herro.
    Long time no see buddy. How goes the schooling?



    Just finished the strength WOD i programmed for today.. my right mid back feels tweaked, hopefully I don't bust it on the 3 power cleans in the conditioning workout... hehe. 365X1 sumo back squat. Oddly I tripled 345...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattrag View Post

    Long time no see buddy. How goes the schooling?
    Indeed! I haven't been as active here lately. Got my last final tomorrow and graduation is in 4 days :O. Then three months of relaxing...nice .
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdavid View Post
    Indeed! I haven't been as active here lately. Got my last final tomorrow and graduation is in 4 days :O. Then three months of relaxing...nice .
    wow man! Congratz! 3 months of relaxing.. then med school?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattrag View Post
    wow man! Congratz! 3 months of relaxing.. then med school?
    yes, sir. this will be my last summer ever got to make the most of it!
  

  
 

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