KTW's not as tall as Motiv8er but not as short as Glenn or Beelze log
- 06-25-2006, 11:56 AM
Friday was my other upper day for the week. Went alright
Hammer Strength Incline
2plates (per side that is)x3
2plates+10+5 (210 lbs total+weight of machine)x8, pauses at 5 and 7PR
Super wide grip pulldowns
180x9, pauses at 5 and 7PR
Shoulders are still giving me a **** ton of trouble. On the Arnolds the right one kept pinching at the bottom so I switched to doing parallel grip presses but when I went heavy my right shoulder completely gave out and I do not know why. Since I did not get a very heavy set in I decided to do higher rep set followed by some high rep rotator cuff movements since maybe that could be a problem. Hopefully it's better next week.
Close grip low rows
190x9, pauses at 5 and 8PR
90x11, pause at 6 and 9PR
Although I like dips better for my tri's, I do not want to do a movement that has heavy shoulder involvement if I do not have to so until my shouler problem feels better then I will be doing skull crushers instead. I think this is my final template for both upper and lower days, I think everything is where it needs to be and I'm finally working within the rep ranges I want to.
Upping Albuterol to 16mgs a day, I can take it right before bed now and feel nothing. Started 50mg benadryl at nights, should I go higher than that?
Have 2 more weeks on this mega dosed NHA stack so I'm going to try to go as heavy as possible during this period. I find this hard because my strength is going up so much between workouts that I can never predict what weights I will do the next time around. Upped the Rebound to 2 caps a day to combat bloat which I was getting a little.
Upping cardio time a little bit.
Started 200mg caffiene a day.
After the albuterol is done I will take a week off of any stims and then run one of the venoms probably if I need to.
Weight is at a steady 199, can't seem to get it to go down no matter how many grams of carbs i drop. This is the reason for upping cardio time.
First cheat day was yesterday because I was in NYC all day but I still managed to hit my BMR for sure and was walking all day so I'm not worried about the fat gains from it.
Adding more veggies after workout and am going to remove some carbs from my pre wo meals. I feel I can cut more since I keep making huge pr's on almost everything so I might as well cut as much as possible while I do not have to worry about decreases in strength or a hugely catabolic environment.
My balls were sore last night, could this be the ActivaTe maybe shutting me down?
- 06-25-2006, 12:02 PM
- 06-25-2006, 11:05 PM
Just updating again on my plans for this routine and the future.
I'm going to stick with the DC training until I leave my internship and go back home and have more time to train. I have contacted a p'lifting gym in my area and if nothing goes drastically wrong, I will be lifting there starting in early august probably.
Overall I've pushed some good weights with this program, so the strength aspect is nice, but I think if I had a normal schedule and was not cutting weight I would not use it. I think the low volume helps while trying to train hard in a deficit, but at the same time I feel like I get way more out of the stretches than I do out of just one heavy work set. I just came from a 5x5 and have been doing plifting routines kinda for a while and I feel like I get more out of my workouts doing those. I also feel that if I had an unlimited schedule while dropping bodyfat I would probably do a westside program with low volume just so I could do both heavy compound lifts and other lifts that target individual groups so i get more of a toning effect. I might continue my cutting for three weeks after I move back with that type of program and see how it goes. I do not think I will try it again in the future unless it fits my schedule. I will use some of the knowledge I have gained about myself and I like that I tried it and know how I respond to it. I think I can heal a lot faster than DC says most people can with the 3 day a week, but work prohibits me from adding a 4th. **** I could easily do a 3rd upper body day and probably be fine. I will probably use the stretches in the future, I feel those are positive in terms of developing isometric strength and fiber elongation and also offer a hypertrophy benefit while working with heavier weight. I also like doing the widowmakers after big compound lifts, like lets say doing rows and then doing a 20 rep light set of bicep curls on the last set as a post compound isolation movement. I think somehow if my progress stalls I will add these later down the line.
For now I will wait to see what people at that gym do and go from there. They have a pretty good reputation, the best in the state for sure and have been at it for 40 years now so I'm sure they have a lot of knowledge I do not and know a lot about program setup and lifting routines. Hopefully its not just a bunch of roid monkeys that have no idea whats up. That would suck.
Ultimately I would like to use a westside template because I feel that it offers versatility that other programs do not. It allows me to train my weak areas hard while training my strong ones at maintainence. The only problem is that I do not have the experience to setup a good routine, maybe Nick W can chime in on this since he trains there.
Anyways, working out tuesday because i have a lame ass event to go to tomorrow night.
06-28-2006, 12:44 AM
K today was an upper day
Did more warm up sets for bench, did not help.
can not get past 6 reps on this. Also, the stretch hurts my right shoulder and upper bi so much that i can barely move it after, this is the shoulder that has been hurting during all my shoulder movements lately. Either I am benching with my elbows way too flared or something is wrong because I can not seem to make any progress on this lift no matter how hard i try or what i do, while every other group gets stronger and stronger. Maybe I should rotate the movement out?
Had no chalk or straps today so these were tougher
bwx11, pause at 6 and 10. I think not having chalk made a difference, the bar has almost no knurling and is slippery as hell, once I use straps I guarantee I will be able to beat my old PR
Hammer strength shoulder press
Finally something that does not hurt my right shoulder like hell. I think whatever hand position it uses really works well because I got a great shoulder workout today.
Platex16 (everything is per side)
2 platesx6, rest at 5, failed on 7 so I left it at that. Guess it's a pr but ive never used this machine before.
Bent Over BB rows
230x10, pause at 5 and 9. PR Form deteriorated at 10 so I stopped. I think if had my chalk and straps like normal the rep number would have been a whole lot higher.
Close Grip Bench
165x9, pause at 6, could not do a 10th so I left it at that PR
Decline sit ups supersetted with ball crunches
Did the same weight as last time.
Then for the horrible part
I usually use malto in my pwo. Well lately I've felt semi dizzy after and not too great, but today was awful. After my post pwo meal, I got super light headed and dizzy and felt disconnected. My heart was beating ridiculously fast and I felt like it was hard to stay awake or stand up. It felt like I had just taken Shrooms and was about to starting seeing crazy things. Guarantee the malto is contributing to this hypoglycemic feeling so that is gone. I will be using ground up old fashioned oats now. Also, no more carbs in the during workout Xtend concoction and I will put a few more carbs in my pre workout, about 10 grams or so maybe. I do not want to use any malto at all for a while and see what happens.
Should be getting a copy of the Cut Diet book from the guys over at Scivation so I might check that out and follow it a little bit if possible and I might try their PWO methodology if the oat concoction ceases to work.
06-29-2006, 10:49 PM
Today I felt like ****, didn't get much sleep last night and had another 5 hour hearing so I was drained by the time I got to the gym, a whole Redline couldn't wake me up.
EZ bar curls
some warms ups
110x5, rest, then 2 more singles
Power Squat machine
Bunch of warm ups, felt like ****, only got 50 more lbs than last week, so 5 plates+ a 25 per side, should have been higher, really pissed, got 6 reps of that.
At this point my whole posterior and back was giving me **** and I felt dead. I called it a day and headed home.
I tried to do the pwo stuff i read in derek's contest prep section, it didnt really work that well, i look really fat and feel super sore, where I usually don't. I'm just gunna do oats in my pwo from now on.
Somehow my tris are getting sore today but were not the other day. After I was done I put super light weight on the bench bar and experimented with different positions and stuff, which shouldn't have done anything because it was so light.
I'll see how I'm doing tomorrow, I feel like ****, look horrible and am not happy about this work out.
06-30-2006, 08:08 PM
Just updating for anyone who follows this thing.
Today got off work late and had a reception to go to, then got locked out for 4 hours, pretty lame, had to miss my trip to the gym. I will be there bright and early tomorrow though to do upper and the stuff i didnt do for legs the other day. My sessions don't usually go very long, especially if I take any sort of stim before, so I shouldn't have to worry about catabolism. Gunna go on a long walk tonight at a really fast pace, love the albuterol for that.
Been thinking a lot about benching grip lately. I feel the most in my chest when I do not flare and come down above the nipples, strength wise I lift the most at the nipples exactly. I was messing around the other day with fairly light weight and it seemed easier to tuck hard and come to nipple level with a huge arch than to go to sternum level. I am trying to figure out a way to hit my chest hard while still lifting as heavy of a weight as possible so when I pick up flat bench again next week I'm pressing a good amount. I'm rotating out DB benches just because I'm not making much progress with them so I think it's time for a movement switch. Also I want to see how well this activaTe really helps my main lifts even on a deficit.
Also I found this really weird bar we have thats like semi suspended and electronically locks itself when you let go, but has a super wide base so I'm thinking of using this thing for squats. I never gave it more than one look till yesterday but it looks like itd work just like a monolift, kinda pissed I didn't find it sooner.
Somehow nowhere in DC sells straps, so that sucks because i would really like to use them in my last 2 weeks on. When I go off I think I might pick up some Venom and just stick with the alb till that's done. Once that is done it will be a couple weeks off from the activaTe just lifting naturally and then hopefully I'll be happy enough with my comp. at that point to lean bulk again.
07-01-2006, 06:12 PM
Alright, had a decent workout today.
Hammer incline (weight per side)
2 plates+20 lbsx10 (pause at 6 and 4) PR
Ultra wide grip pulldowns
190x12 (pause at 7 and 10)PR
Strive shoulder press
Used it because I wanted to do something that would be easier on my aching right shoulder.
180x10, fairly slow pace, really focused on coming down nice and slow
Close grip rows
197.5x12 (pause at 6 and 9) PR
Pressdowns with V shaped bar
(all the flat benches were taken at this point)
80x15 (pause at 8 and 13) PR
Then I did the Romanian Deads and shrugs i didn't do the other day
245x14 (pause at 8 and 11)PR
Added a 5 second pause at the top just for the hell of it.
225x17 (pause at 8 and 13)PR
Abs as usual.
Also adding Lean Xtreme to my plan and I picked up some AMP for after the Alb. is done.
Weight today was a good 196, no bloat after pwo though.
07-02-2006, 04:35 PM
Alright next week is my last week on activaTe, so I am going to try and go heavy on all my compound lifts and see what numbers I can get. I will try and do regular bb benches provided my shoulders aren't hurting during the warm up. After next week I will be doing a slightly different program based on what I know about myself so far and what I have learned from trying the DC training. I haven't set it up yet exactly but I do know a few things about it so far-
Will use rest pause for heavy back movements (both planes).
Will have one lower intensity, high volume day comprised of supersets and giant sets.
Squat and squat type movements will done in sets of 5's with a lot of warm ups.
Tricep training will be rest paused on anything compound.
Cardio will be fairly low intensity
Carbs will be dropped.
Widowmaker type dropsets will be employed on my bi's after doing heavy rows and on chest work.
Will follow a modified version of Dave Tate's workout he is doing for dropping weight. I am fairly sure I will do slightly less movements than he lists for his sets and a slightly different setup.
I am going to do antagonistic muscle groups together and am going to listen to how my body responds and go from there.
I will still use agressive stretching on certain exercises, ones that do not stress other joints.
First and foremost I am going to listen to how my body responds to the training on a week to week basis and go from there. I will adjust volume according to my level of carbs and feeling.
The goal of all this is to do all types of training for each group and to work on lagging areas as I approach the next, and final, 4 weeks of my cut. This is more of a bb'er approach to this, but whatever.
Welcome to EliteFTS.com
Link to somewhat of what I will be doing.
07-03-2006, 09:26 PM
K, I lifted today because my gym is closing early tomorrow, not my first choice, but hell, I didn't wanna wait till Wednesday to lift again. Do not think my tri's had enough time fo fully recover, as my right tri became very sore, almost crampy, after my last set.
Focused a lot on form, pl'ing form that is, really controlling the motion and focusing on the movement.
Some warm ups
195x6 (PR by 1 rep, think I would have had 1 or 2 more had my tri's not been cramping at this point).
Lower back was sore from the RDL's the other day, again I did not want to lift today but I really had no choice in the matter.
230x15, pause at 10PR
Think if I had been able to bend over as much as I normally do this number would have been lower, but I can't complain.
Hammer Shoulder press
Same weight as last week, 2 plates per sidex6 PR
Rear Delt flies
Just for light assistance
3 setsx max reps
3 sets w/35 lb plate on chest, 10 reps.
Went all by feel today, did what I origonally aimed to do. For sets I do not do rest/pause for I am planning on doing 2 sets at ~80% or higher, not trying to cash out my CNS, just trying to get some heavy lifting in on this day.
Next day will be moderate intensity, moderate volume and happens to be a leg day, so I will work in the 8 to 10 rep range and will finally be wide stance squatting again.
07-05-2006, 04:47 PM
Mod, this log was spost to be in the powerlifting section, I do not know why it is here, can it be switched over?
07-06-2006, 09:30 PM
Leg day today.
Decided at work to stick the DC program out till the end of this week at least, I might not drop it after all, I really just do not have the time to sit down and write out some elaborate scheme. I do know my next program will be an old Westside Template I made in February.
Anyways, was a very, very low day for me today in terms of carbs. Had 14g from old fashioned oats, and then the boss-man took us out for lunch, but to a burger joint. I ate the bun, which was most likely 18 to 20 at most (small bun, huge burger) and was worried about eating white bread, but it didn't really matter in the end. Other than that my only other carbs have been from my pwo, which were old fashioned oats, had about 36 grams from that.
So what was the result? Well let's look at my lifts.
Box squats, 1 inch below parallel
295xmiss (set up really weird and missed the box, came down to rock bottom, ass was literally touching the ground).
Reset the bar
315x7 PR Never done this much weight below parallel before, so I was happy and did another set.
315x7 again, grinded out the last one, but it was there.
My new strategy on squats is to take 2-3 weeks off the lift when my 5rm tops out, doing so got me 2 extra reps the first day back, not too shabby on a sub 75 gram day.
265x11, pause at 8 PR Huge PR on this one.
EZ bar curls.
some warmups, forgot the weights, was just grabbing the bars off the rack and trying to get a good warmup.
Ended up with 110
110x14, pauses at 6 and 9 PR Another big PR for me.
135xway too easy so I just racked it.
295x16, pauses at 8 and 13PR Enormous PR, I believe 70 lbs for more reps than I did last time I did them with a BB
Moved the bench angle way up, about 45 degrees.
bw+35lbsx12, then a rest and a few more reps I didn't count because I was too busy thinking of how much I wanted to barf
Forgot the weight numbers, Did a heavy set followed by a few drop sets.
All stretches done for 60 seconds like normal except for the bi one, which was done for 90.
I also talked to my dad a few days ago about how he used to diet when he cycled professionally. He told me he could eat about 1600 kcals, with only veggies and some oatmeal for carbs, but keep everything else high, and manage to lose weight, then plateau and improve performance and composition at that weight, maybe that's the way it's working for me, I don't know. I know this program is designed to make PR's all the time, but I'm not sure how common it is to get these sorts of results while on less than 50% of my normal intake. It could be very possible that I have part of his endomorphic body type, maybe I actually need less carbs than I was consuming even to bulk. I'm going to stay with this method for the rest of my cut, refeeds will be on Saturdays. Did I mention I got these results with no more NHA stack?
Weight was 194 today, abs are starting to make an appearance, arms are leaner, chest is the same, legs are the same, calves are looking leaner and my back is definately a lot leaner.
07-06-2006, 10:57 PM
07-07-2006, 03:27 PM
07-07-2006, 04:12 PM
with proper training and diet you should be able to make good progress while leaning out to ~10-11%.
07-07-2006, 04:18 PM
Ya I don't think that will be too much of a problem, I have 3 to 4 weeks to go, I'm leaning up nicely now and strength isn't an issue with low carbs so I'm not worried about muscle loss.
07-07-2006, 10:13 PM
Alright today was both good and bad at the same time again.
Cannot wait to refeed tomorrow, which is also my designated cheat day for the week, going to chow on some pizza (which is actually from a joint that prides itself on using only fine organic toppings so it won't be too bad).
Hammer Strength Incline Chest
Platex10 (this was actually some how irritating my still sore bi's)
Plate+25xsome reps, probably 5 or 6
2 plates+2 10'sx1
2 plates+25 (per side) 230lbs totalx8, pauses at 5 and 7 PR albeit a narrow one, but ey working out on a 75 gram day sucks bad.
Did my widowmaker with flys instead of dumbells, did 30's for 20
Wide grip pulldowns
I was so damn tired at this point it was ridiculous. Screw low carbs.
190x13 PR but only by a rep.
Hammer Strength Shoulder press.
1 plate per sidex10
2 platesx5, not a PR, but not horrible considering how tired/sore I was at this point.
Low Cable rows
200x13 PR I actually did a few more than this but at this point form was deteriorating so I'm not going to count those reps.
CG Bench press
170x11PR Nice PR, arch felt great, form was perfect, really pleased with this set. Tri's are starting to look pretty good these days, really nice horseshoe going
Hanging Pikes supersetted with weighted Crunches w/45lb plate. Did 5 reps for the Pikes, 20 for the Crunches.
Weight was a hair below 194 today, probably actually still 194.
After workout I was looking pretty good for my amount of recent carbs. I was a little flat, but hey that's expected, bi's are coming along really nicely, back is toning up well, chest looks the same (I never get fat there ever), Abs are starting to make a very vague appearance.
Last day of Albuterol was today. Oh how I will miss thee.
3 or 4 more weeks to go, thinking of taking a week off completely after week 5 maybe. I hope to be at my goal percentage and appearance by that point. After I will slowly ramp up my intake and begin lean bulking again.
Cardio is 30 minutes brisk walking around the city on off days, I also walk around a lot just getting places since I don't have a car here.
07-08-2006, 04:04 PM
Admin wants all workout logs in this section of the forum. This section was created so that everything doesn't get cluttered up.Originally Posted by ktw
07-10-2006, 09:39 PM
Today was an upper day again. Kinda good, kinda not so good.
Flat BB bench
200x6PR by only one rep. Really grinded the last two out hard. Spotter was making sure I was tucking right, said the first few reps I was not tucking enough which could have led to my fatigue by rep 6. Still, pretty happy with that, only 125 grams of carbs today (not including the field of veggies I ate).
185x5 paused reps. 2 second pause at the bottom with an explosive concentric.
Didn't do the widowmaker, am not going to do it anymore with chest, consequently I was able to do the stretch for 90 seconds.
Shoulder Width Chins
bwx16, rest at 8 and 13 PR, Felt strong on these today, grinded the last few out
Hammer Strength Military
Bent Over BB rows
Could not get a good bend on these for some reason. Due to the fact that my form was detiorating during set last week I did all reps super controlled in perfect form with the same weight I used last week. Then I came home and realized it wasn't the same weight I used last time at all, it was 15 lbs heavier. I'm going to stay at this weight and work on form with this movement.
245x16, pause at 8 and 13 PR
Tried lying dumbell extensions, hurt my elbows, tried a few sets of pressdowns, just don't feel those as a good tri movement. Went back to weighted dips.
bw+25lbsx11, pause at 8 and 10PR. Got more reps on the first part of the set than normal.
Weighted 45 degree situps
3 sets of bw+35x8, supersetted with weighted Eagle crunches w/ 35 lb plate for as many as I could do (Around 20)
Guess it was a good workout, felt kinda small, but my strength was still there. Starting to feel a little overtrained, this might be my last week before my break, we'll see.
I think I might take a break from running an online log for a while. If I have one on here I'm always comparing myself to others and feeling depressed about my lifts, when I should actually be happy about them. I might take a break from the board altogether after this log for a bit just because I feel like I'm probably not contributing anything valuable with this log and my numbers are not impressive enough to put online for people to read.
07-12-2006, 10:21 PM
Really unpredictable day, hard to get in all my meals but I managed. Really horrible headache this morning, it was affecting my vision in my right eye really bad. Probably shouldn't have lifted today but I couldn't say no.
315x8, First 7 were a straight set almost, little pauses at the top to catch my breath. Then on 8 I grinded out the most agonizing and slow rep ever for my PR
Pause squats 225x5 w/3 second pause
Nice little top off to a painful squat session
275x10, pause at 5 and 9 PR really fried my posterior.
EZ Bar curls
buncha warmups, I never keep track of these
110x14, pause at 7 and 12PR
Way too tired at this point to continue, will superset the shrugs and calves with something tomorrow.
Starting to feel kinda exhausted a whole lot recently. Might be time to take a week break. On average it takes me 5 weeks to reach overtraining, but every time I come back I continue my streak of pr's so it's worth it.
07-25-2006, 11:32 PM
Just updating since I havent in a while.
Took a week break because of work and to avoid overtraining
Wasn't feeling good yesterday but had a good workout
Warmupsxa bunch (I dont pay attention anymore, I just keep adding slowly until I feel ready for my work set.
205x5 Pr only 5 lb pr but whatever
Wide grip pullups
bwx12, RP at 7 and 10PR
Military BB press
Really bad form on the first few sets, first time doing these since my shoulder started hurting, could not get the seat height right
135x7, RP at 6PR
Bent Over BB rows
Took the weight down to work on form, make the movement more smooth.
230x20, RP at 8 and 16 PR Really felt these all over, pulled them to my hip crease which felt harder on my lats and bi's
bw+25 lbsx14, RP at 10 and 12. Not sure why I couldn't get more after the pause, the weight belt was really shaky though, coulda been it.
All stretches done to 90 seconds this time, Moved up to 45s on the chest stretch, if I dont do the widowmaker i can use a lot more weight and get a better stretch
Hanging pikes supersetted with weighted crunches w/ 45 lb plate overhead
20 mins walking
Felt so dead when I got home, woke up miserable today and I mean miserable. I have never had the flu this bad. I went from having the chills to boiling and back. I can't even eat a damn thing, it took me 2 hours to choke down 2 protein bars, so I predict I will lose 3 or 4 lbs this week by the time it's over. Won't get to work out until i leave for home on saturday, so hopefully i dont lose too much squat strength, cant do much about it really.
All I can manage to do is drink gatorade, so i also predict ill gain some of the fat and water back i lost, making this cut completely pointless. i dont think anyone knows how frustrated i am right now
07-25-2006, 11:39 PM
Try switching to standing military press, IMO it works a lot better. You might want to check your form on the barbell row, try to get your back parallel with the floor.
07-26-2006, 10:53 AM
I've tried doing them parallel but it put too much stress on my lower back, I do them slightly higher so my lower back doesnt wear out before my lats.
07-26-2006, 10:59 AM
Yah I think I'm gunna switch to standing or push press, the whole seat thing is too akward.
Also, this i my last week here, I do not think I will be doing DC when I go back, I'm debating between 3 programs right now.
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