The High-Jinx Log: Celebrations of My Reincarnations

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  1. The High-Jinx Log: Celebrations of My Reincarnations


    I intend this log to be a place where I don't take myself too seriously, and hopefully ya'll will join me in making it a supportive place (bilaterally), for training and feedback, sartorial asides, and even some boisterous celebration and merriment as we strive together to satisfy and exceed our life's goals.

    I will say right out of the gate that my training is somewhat unorthodox. It's highly intuitive, and thus not programmed or even planned -- you won't see typical periodization here. As you get to know me and my background better, particularly my health conditions and my many past surgeries, I believe you will understand better. But make no mistake, the results will be here, though my metrics may differ from those of the majority.

    I strive to be athletic and fit, as functionally strong as my body can withstand without injury, and also too have pleasing aesthetics. There will be plenty of weeks where I only train 1-2 times, because of my health (my CNS is easily overly activated, again because of my health conditions, and it's easy for me to overtrain) or outside demands, but my fitness, conditioning and healthy are always on the top of my mind, and that will be reflected in my practices. And I may just impress you with what I can accomplish with just a few judicious sessions per week, though that may require some perspective shifting for some of you, as I am not going to be hoisting the low volume, heavy weight any longer, as I've made that pledge to myself, for the advancement of my health, i.e., to reduce the likelihood of yet more surgeries. I pushed myself last year, after recovering from 3 surgeries in 3 weeks, and got as big and nearly as strong as I've ever been at 188 lbs (+30 lbs in around 20 weeks, largely because I was so undertrained, and I had intensive PT 3 times per week for many, many months), at the age of 42, but I just didn't feel good. I feel good at 165 or so pounds, which I weigh right now, without the huge yoke that I develop when lifting for power, which places too great a strain on my shoulders, biceps and elbows, the locations of my 15 or so ortho surgeries.

    Really looking forward to calling this my new home, and contributing meaningfully to this community. Really humbled to be here among ya'll, most notably my friends Toro and Sean, both who are with heroic strength, discipline, determination, principles and smarts. While I may not be able to contribute much directly in terms of furthering your respective goals to hoist the most weight, and the technical requirements thereof, I know quite a bit about anatomy/physiology and therapeutic modalities, as well as medication and supplements, so I hope this brings something meaningfully to bear. But perhaps my greatest strength is that of cheerleader -- I carry very large pom poms (think Will Ferrell, old SNL) and I shake them vigorously while uttering words of support that are spoken with the utmost sincerity, even if seemingly over-the-top at times.

    IMHO, if we are to be our personal best, and we are to be true warriors and champions, we will not focus our efforts exclusively inwardly, but also outwardly to achieve the greatest good in a collective sense, so that we all flourish and manifest our potential.

    With that, I will end this loquacious introduction. Looking forward to iron talk.

    And here's a pic from two days ago, after a 2-week hiatus (because of oral surgery), after 2-days of light training and a few carbs. I've since had to take off another 5 days because of bronchitis/sinusitis, but hope to make it in to the gym tomorrow. I offer this, rather than my maxes, because I am not lifting for power/strength right now, so this will be one of my primary barometers.

    Vitals: 5'8.5", 165 lbs, mid 40s, shoulder/tricep dominant.



    If the skivvies (no homo -- not that there's anything wrong with that) are against policy or offend anyone, just let know. It seemed preferable to a Speedo (which I don't even own) or my workout gear, which obscures my legs, which I don't train at the moment, other than via biking, hiking, etc.

    My best,
    Jinxie
    "The Iron never lies to you."~Henry Rollins
    "People have to get away from the dogma that it's all free weights or all machines. They can have sex. You can do both."~Dave Tate


  2. Alright, I am succumbing to delusions of peer pressure, which are part of the motivation for me to maintain a log.

    I am sick as **** with bronchitis and sinusitus, running Sudafed, DXM, and hydrocortisone, on top of the ABX that my doc Rx'd me. I can barely piss from the Sudafed and the DXM, combined with the MAOi from curcumin, but fortunately, as a hack pharmacists, I also have tamsulosin in my arsenal, which is giving me some relief. But it's about to be made worse by the PS Hyde PWO drink I just consumed for the first time. Something my little bro got for me months back and swears by. I need all the help I can to muster the energy to get through a sesh.

    Another thing, I am on TRT, secondary hypogonadal here. Run 80 mgs test cyp E4D, which puts my free test totally mid range, thanks to elevated SHBG (which I would prefer to low SHBG, all things considered), which is quite typical for those who are secondary hypogonadal according to study-based research. I also take 1.25 mgs of finasteride for vanity, even though it compromises my explosiveness and makes me wetter -- but damn I have good hair, lol. Only other stuff I take for training is occasional creatine, occasional PWO energy-drink (usually just a 1/2 scoop of Jack3d, lol) if I am running low, and occasional inter-training BCAAs, which I don't find to do jack unless I am training fasted, but YMMV.

    As soon as I down this Hyde stuff, I am off like a prom dress. I will update this post with some truly light work, but at least I am getting in there and getting this log going, so there's that.
    "The Iron never lies to you."~Henry Rollins
    "People have to get away from the dogma that it's all free weights or all machines. They can have sex. You can do both."~Dave Tate
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  3. Subbed! That Hyde is no joke, I've had a try out of a friend's bottle. It'll provide quite the kick in the pants. If you were wearing pants. Looking good! Hopefully I'll be somewhat close to that lean in the future.
    Training log:
    http://anabolicminds.com/forum/workout-logs/240172-herders-2014-log.html

  4. Subbed

  5. Sorry to hear about the UTRI. That concoction of yours sounds like it should keep at least the sinusitis at bay and hopefully you start feeling better.
    Check your form: http://anabolicminds.com/forum/exercise-science/190675-proper-techniques.html
    Log: http://anabolicminds.com/forum/workout-logs/235436-tossing-weight-torobestia.html
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  6. Hyde is garbage IMO, fancy flavored caffeine.

    420mgs of caffeine per serving and nothing else that's worth a damn.

  7. Quote Originally Posted by jimbuick View Post
    Hyde is garbage IMO, fancy flavored caffeine.

    420mgs of caffeine per serving and nothing else that's worth a damn.
    I noticed that feel. Nothing but stims. But plenty of stims.
    Training log:
    http://anabolicminds.com/forum/workout-logs/240172-herders-2014-log.html

  8. Quote Originally Posted by jimbuick View Post
    Hyde is garbage IMO, fancy flavored caffeine.

    420mgs of caffeine per serving and nothing else that's worth a damn.
    I dunno dude. Respectfully, my little bro gave it to me, and he swears by it, and he's a stim freak (who takes Concerta for ADD to boot), not to mention an all-natty hulkish freak, so that's good enough for me. In any event, it's all gravy for me, as I don't generally like or take stims. It certainly did the trick -- I felt stimulated, it suppressed cold symptoms, and I was focused as hell. I thought it had creatine among a few other things like BA, but I didn't pay close attention as it's not something I am going to take regularly.

    I will log my workout in a second ...
    "The Iron never lies to you."~Henry Rollins
    "People have to get away from the dogma that it's all free weights or all machines. They can have sex. You can do both."~Dave Tate

  9. Quote Originally Posted by jinxie View Post

    I dunno dude. Respectfully, my little bro gave it to me, and he swears by it, and he's a stim freak (who takes Concerta for ADD to boot), not to mention an all-natty hulkish freak, so that's good enough for me. In any event, it's all gravy for me, as I don't generally like or take stims. It certainly did the trick -- I felt stimulated, it suppressed cold symptoms, and I was focused as hell. I thought it had creatine among a few other things like BA, but I didn't pay close attention as it's not something I am going to take regularly.

    I will log my workout in a second ...
    It does, but they're pixie dusted in a small prop blend, so there isn't a high enough dose of any of them to be worth anything.


    Its all caffeine for that one. Which is fine, but you could just buy caffeine caps and get the same effect for less money.

  10. All work is submax, with margins. No BB pressing, or even DB, as I just took a cortisone shot to the suprapinatus two weeks ago and hell if I am going to risk rupturing it. I also have a connective-tissue disorder, and have made an internal pledge to really back off heavy-weight, low-volume work, even though I crave me some of that.

    Weight: 162 lbs. Damn, I am bordering on skinny now, though strength/weight ratios are holding steadily, I believe; then again it's really rather untested for many movements, which I am not currently doing. Have lost around 13 lbs in 8 weeks, and 26 lbs since bulk last summer. I did have 3 intervening surgeries, so I've had a lot of time off. I've lost an enormous amount of size in my upper traps and shoulders, but I actually think I look a lot more symmetrical now, so it's not a bad thing. And as noted in my opening post, I feel a heck of a lot better without all that strain on my shoulders, biceps and elbows, including my ulnar tendons.

    All weights below are in lbs.

    HS Incline Press
    +90 x 15
    +140 x 10
    +180 x 10
    +230 x 8
    +270 x 5
    Notes: This all felt good, after the first set, during which left shoulder felt a little rough. I generally find +270 (exclusive of machine weight, which I think is a mere 8 lbs) done strictly with a narrow grip on these is equal or at least close to around 225 BB incline press for me, though YMMV. So I was reasonably pleased with this given recent time off, left shoulder issues, and my major cut of 13 lbs in last 2 months.

    Reverse-Grip Bench @ Smith Machine (ripped this idea off someone else here)
    +90 x 12
    +140 x 10 (first time on Smith for these; not sure I like the bar path, particularly at bottom; irritates injured RC)
    +160 x 8
    + 180 x 5
    Notes: Never again; total suckage for me in terms of finding position, bar path and bar rotation!

    BB Reverse Grip Bench
    185 x 8 (to finish)
    Notes: Violated my no BB rule, but this was so much better than the smith machine; this is a relatively strong movement for me.

    Dips (1st time in the longest so BW, slow and easy)
    BW x 20
    BW x 18
    BW X 15
    Notes: Left supraspinatus giving me some lip here; time to wind this sesh down.

    Time for some rehab!

    Internal/external Rotation mid/high/low
    8 sets per side x 10-15 reps

    Paramount Rear Delt
    +50 x 3 x 10 (unilaterally)
    Notes: I felt done, but this was the mad scientist's way to assess suprapinatus irritation, lol. It's irritated, but is functioning fine

    Now that I can see my abs again, I think I might start spending a little time working them, as it's no longer time wasted. I am not doing core movements, so I could use a little isolated work here, to keep the trunk strong and balanced.

    As an additional note, I am going to posting a lot more pics than a lot of ya'll are used to seeing in a workout log, as phegish as that may be perceived. It's part of my way of measuring what's working, addressing physical deficits, since I am not working heavy loads through periodization or otherwise testing how many reps I can hit at certain weights, though as the data builds, I will be able to compare over time. But right now, my training has a bit of a BB-style approach about it, as I am trying to lean the hell out for the first time in a long while. A man needs goals, right? Seriously, if it's offputting at all, or it's going to deter certain valued folks from following my log, tell me, and I can log my pics off line, or in the picture pages subforum, though that seems to me to be more designed for physique contests and whatnot, and that ain't what I am about. I take no offense at straight talk, as long as you aren't condescending towards me.
    "The Iron never lies to you."~Henry Rollins
    "People have to get away from the dogma that it's all free weights or all machines. They can have sex. You can do both."~Dave Tate

  11. Quote Originally Posted by Torobestia View Post
    Sorry to hear about the UTRI. That concoction of yours sounds like it should keep at least the sinusitis at bay and hopefully you start feeling better.
    You had me at URTI. Thanks buddy. Feeling way better already. Havent been sinus rinsing other than with a little inhalant bottle because of my recent implant surgery, but gonna take the Neil Med bottle to it tonight, which always helps get the crud out.
    "The Iron never lies to you."~Henry Rollins
    "People have to get away from the dogma that it's all free weights or all machines. They can have sex. You can do both."~Dave Tate

  12. New avatar, if only I could make it more readable, as the message resonates:

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    It's time to get real here. I'm feeling way better today, and am about to venture off to the gym again, inspired by the company here.

    Just to switch things up, I am going to train fasted this morning, with the exception of the splash of cream in my dark coffee. I will be sipping aminos inter-workout. A decadent omelette will follow, provided I earn it, which I will.

    Just as a little more background, I can't pull much because of physical limitations. One and one-half years ago, I had bilateral biceps tenodesis (they sever the LBH, the long-head biceps -- drill a hole in the humerus, and reattach it to that, so it doesn't pull on the glenoid) as well as bilateral labral repairs and acromio-plasty. With a week of the left repair, I suffered a full LBH rupture, because of my wonky tendons, and had a corrective procedure. Around 4 months after, I started pulling again, but once I got much beyond 315 lbs, it was just too much strain on my biceps. My sports ortho (team surgeon for a world champion pro team) said too risky, don't do it, they will tear again, regardless of grip, so I up and stopped.

    One year ago, I had 3 elbow surgeries. Bilateral medial epicondylectomies (they cut out a chunk of the elbow to create a grove for the ulnar nerve; ouch!) and ulnar nerve neuroplasties, to save my ulnar nerves. These were surgeries 4 and 5 (I had 1 other elbow surgery 5 years ago, and 2 other 3 years ago), to attempt to save my nerves from permanent axonal injury. Then I had a suture tack and release on my right lateral elbow for an unremitting lateral epicondylitis. I swear, since then, my tendonitis has been worse than ever at the location of the suture tack. But I soldier on, notwithstanding.

    Five years ago, I also had bilateral distal excision, where the cut the ends of the collar bone off to create false A/C joints, for bilateral impingement syndrome, in addition to open mumford/bilateral subacromial decompression, bilateral labral repairs and bilateral rotator cuff debridement.

    So yeah, I am the bionic man (without bionic technology, lol), and that's why my regimen is rather phegish. I've got the strength, or at least I did, but it can't be fully tested and realized because of these limitations. I also have chronic pain, for which I need to medicate with all sort of ****. All that said, ironically, I feel much better when I am lifting regularly, in addition to prehabbing/rehabbing and stretching like crazy, which I don't tend to log much, as it would be exhausting.
    "The Iron never lies to you."~Henry Rollins
    "People have to get away from the dogma that it's all free weights or all machines. They can have sex. You can do both."~Dave Tate

  13. Today was tug day, fasted other than a little cream in my coffee this morning. Sipped on BCAAs throughout. Feeling a lot better today, on the mend.

    I am doing a fair amount of bicep work these days, to address deficiencies in grip strength from bilateral cubital tunnel syndrome -- ulnar nerve impingement -- and because it is a weak link to my pulling. Back and posterior shoulders are relatively developed and strong (see below), even though I am unable to do conventional rows and deadlifts because of my conditions. I have intentionally discontinued all upper trap work because of it causing strain on my shoulders, elbows and ulnar nerves, so my yoke is a thing of the past. It was a tough thing to give up, but I feel so much better without, so it's a no brainer.

    Bodymasters T-bar Row
    +45 x 10
    +70 x 8
    +90 x 8
    +105 x 8
    + 125 x 6

    Lat Pulls (thumbless, super wide, to the balls, lol)
    105 x 10
    125 x 10
    155 x 8
    175 x 8

    Hyperextensions
    +25 x 20
    +35 x 20
    +45 x 15

    Reverse-grip Curls (straight bar)
    40 x 12
    50 x 8
    60 x 8
    70 x 8

    Free-Motion Curls (preachers)
    30 x 12 (unilateral)
    40 x 10 "
    45 x 9 "
    30/20/15 drop (bilateral) x 15 x 10 x 15
    Notes: These bothered my left supraspinatus a little. Still irritated.

    Standing DB Curls (alternating drop for finish)
    12.5 x 10, 10 x 8, 5 x 12

    Post workout meal: 10 oz. 2 % milk, 6 oz. Chobani yogurt, 2 handfuls frozen berries, 1 scoop ON Gold Standard Whey, and vanilla sweetener, with a big ole slice of chocolate-chip banana bread slathered with coconut oil.

    After putting a couple consecutive days together, for the first time in a month, I think things are coming together, and feel like I have some traction. After a major work deliverable early this week, I will have a lot more latitude to do what I need to be doing.


    Posterior Upper:



    The turtle shell (pardon the zit, lol, from my gal trimming my hair suit from time to time):



    Anterior Upper:
    "The Iron never lies to you."~Henry Rollins
    "People have to get away from the dogma that it's all free weights or all machines. They can have sex. You can do both."~Dave Tate

  14. Was the weight on the preachers a combined weight or what? Haha if it's the latter looks like you've been handling much more weight on the bicep exercises than before.

    Just remember though, it's not the weight handled that will do the magic but the time under tension.
    Check your form: http://anabolicminds.com/forum/exercise-science/190675-proper-techniques.html
    Log: http://anabolicminds.com/forum/workout-logs/235436-tossing-weight-torobestia.html

  15. Quote Originally Posted by Torobestia View Post
    Was the weight on the preachers a combined weight or what? Haha if it's the latter looks like you've been handling much more weight on the bicep exercises than before.

    Just remember though, it's not the weight handled that will do the magic but the time under tension.
    Thanks Toro. Actually, it's the Free Motion Machine, and that was extremely light weight, and I was doing them unilaterally, but slow deliberate reps with good contractions. I've made a conscious decision to start with reverse curls or hammers going forward, as those help my grip deficits the most. And that reverse-curl weight today was heavier than I've gone in a long while, and they felt great. While I would like a little more shape to my biceps, function and strength are paramount. As I've discussed, I am never going to have great-looking biceps, because of my surgeries (changing the insertions) and just genetics (insertions, length vs. height, and otherwise), and its increasingly unimportant to me. Plus, I suspect that work on the brachialis and forearms may help the aesthetics more in any event.
    "The Iron never lies to you."~Henry Rollins
    "People have to get away from the dogma that it's all free weights or all machines. They can have sex. You can do both."~Dave Tate

  16. Quote Originally Posted by jinxie View Post
    Thanks Toro. Actually, it's the Free Motion Machine, and that was extremely light weight, but slow deliberate reps with good contractions. I've made a conscious decision to start with reverse curls or hammers going forward, as those help my grip deficits the most. And that reverse-curl weight today was heavier than I've gone in a long while, and they felt great. While I would like a little more shape to my biceps, function and strength are paramount. As I've discussed, I am never going to have great-looking biceps, because of my surgeries (changing the insertions) and just genetics (insertions, length vs. height, and otherwise), and its increasingly unimportant to me.
    Ah, solid. Thanks for clarifying.
    Check your form: http://anabolicminds.com/forum/exercise-science/190675-proper-techniques.html
    Log: http://anabolicminds.com/forum/workout-logs/235436-tossing-weight-torobestia.html

  17. Good sesh there, ol man!
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  18. A couple work outs, a couple hugantic burritos, and some sweets over the weekend, and the glycogen stores are building; I am tipping the scales at 168, 6 lbs higher than the other day. However, I have not yet taken my morning constitutional, which usually drops me a few pounds (and even more when I skip a day, as I may have yesterday), lol. Anyhow, 165 to 170 lbs is where I want to be for now. If I resume leg work, I will need to bump it up another 5-10 lbs, as they grow really fast.
    "The Iron never lies to you."~Henry Rollins
    "People have to get away from the dogma that it's all free weights or all machines. They can have sex. You can do both."~Dave Tate

  19. You had me at burrito.
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  20. Subbed!
    Don't worry, man, someday I'ma be nobody too.

  21. Quote Originally Posted by Sean1332 View Post
    You had me at burrito.
    Yeah man, dose burritos
    Check your form: http://anabolicminds.com/forum/exercise-science/190675-proper-techniques.html
    Log: http://anabolicminds.com/forum/workout-logs/235436-tossing-weight-torobestia.html

  22. Man, I could use me a breakfast burrito right about now. I've been up all night ... I am WAY too old for this shyte. Stewpid tired. And I prolly will be go, go, going until at least noon, up 30 hours straight. Prolly only ate 1200 calories all of yesterday. Catabolix.
    "The Iron never lies to you."~Henry Rollins
    "People have to get away from the dogma that it's all free weights or all machines. They can have sex. You can do both."~Dave Tate

  23. Very thorough introduction. In for the ride brother.
    Training Log
    http://anabolicminds.com/forum/workout-logs/271254-what-aw-hell.html
    "Jackie Treehorn treats objects like woman man."

  24. Quote Originally Posted by rob112 View Post
    Very thorough introduction. In for the ride brother.
    Hey man, that means a whole lot to me, really. I know I wont be the most fun to follow in terms of my lifts, so I hope to compensate some with my wry sense of humor and inimitable wit.

    I've been reading your posts and enjoying them. I need to check out your log, biggins. Been a bit overwhelmed, trying to track a handful of people (being new here), on top of being sick and with a ridiculous work deliverable that has had me up for the last 30 hours. But the phoenix always rises ...

    Good to have you here brother.
    "The Iron never lies to you."~Henry Rollins
    "People have to get away from the dogma that it's all free weights or all machines. They can have sex. You can do both."~Dave Tate

  25. I will catch up on your novels for posts in a bit. About to hop on another plane. Either way, here to support a guy with more scar tissue than me.

  26. Quote Originally Posted by iparatroop View Post
    I will catch up on your novels for posts in a bit. About to hop on another plane. Either way, here to support a guy with more scar tissue than me.
    Lol. I prefer homoerotica novella. And yeah, I am a writer, get paid per word, double for multisyllabic.
    "The Iron never lies to you."~Henry Rollins
    "People have to get away from the dogma that it's all free weights or all machines. They can have sex. You can do both."~Dave Tate

  27. Ended up being up for 43 hours straight -- well, I did take a 30-45 min. nap after being up for 29 hours. Frickin' pooped. Caloric intake for the 2-day period was around 2400 calories, many of which came from a latte with whole egg nog in it (a decadent treat I indulge in during the holiday cheer). When I got home after this, I was only weighing 163, back down from 168, lol. I proceeded to eat a 1/2 a rotisserie chicken and some banana bread, and then crashed. I am hoping I can sleep 3-4 more hours today, so I can train. If not, it will have to wait until tomorrow. It's going to take a few days to catch up. Way too old for this sort of thing.
    "The Iron never lies to you."~Henry Rollins
    "People have to get away from the dogma that it's all free weights or all machines. They can have sex. You can do both."~Dave Tate

  28. Holy crap sleep deprivation! I'd be such a baby
    Training Log
    http://anabolicminds.com/forum/workout-logs/271254-what-aw-hell.html
    "Jackie Treehorn treats objects like woman man."

  29. What are your thoughts on slin use for powerlifter types?
    Don't worry, man, someday I'ma be nobody too.

  30. Quote Originally Posted by Swanson52 View Post
    What are your thoughts on slin use for powerlifter types?
    I certainly know some BBs, Olys and PLers that use it, but candidly, there are way better anabolic agents. Slin with hGH is better geared for getting lean and ripped, recommping. At anabolic doses, hGH is terribly expensive and also has some bad sides, including growing your organs and giving you GH gut. It wouldn't be something I would recommend, unless you were needing it for tendon/ligament/injury recovery, and even then, I would not recommend it -- I have never used it, and I have all sort of injury issues. Though I have used peptides a fair bit, with success. A lot more mild, but also not the same deleterious sides.

    Sorry, I am not awake yet dude, so this isn't that cogent. But on a final point, I've not looked into hGH all that seriously because I have blood sugar issues because of chronic ortho pain and some issues with my ANS system, so that alone has ruled out hGH, particularly with slin. But no doubt, that can be a powerful combo for a recomp, make no mistake about it.
    "The Iron never lies to you."~Henry Rollins
    "People have to get away from the dogma that it's all free weights or all machines. They can have sex. You can do both."~Dave Tate
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