The road back to glory...
- 05-08-2007, 08:46 PM
The road back to glory...
Well, as mentioned in another thread, I'm back. I had been out of the gym and hadn't worked out for literally a year. Was eating terribly, and got out of shape in just about every way imagineable.
I only recent got back to the gym for the first time in a year 2 weeks ago. I had trouble 155 pounds on bench. 275 on squat gave me problems. Everything was weak weak weak. Weak like I haven't been since ... well ... I can't remember when.
However, things are looking up. This week in the gym, only 1 week later, I managed to put up 185 on the bench for around 8 reps, which is quite a jump from the previous week. Hopefully my strength will return to me, but I think it'll help my motivation to chronicle everything.
My workout plan currently is as follows:
When get a little more accustomed I'll go MTThF instead and give shoulders their own day.
Ok so this is how Monday went:
BB Flat Bench -
DB Shoulder Press -
50x4 (too much)
Seated DB Lateral Raise -
Tricep Rope Pressdown -
(no weight listed on this machine)
4 plates x 12
4 plates x 12
4 plates x 10
Diet is fairly clean and getting cleaner. I have to work on improving breakfast; I usually have a bowl of cereal still. Lunch when I go into the office varies greatly but I always pick something healthy (we order out every day from a different place). Dinner is marinaded grilled chicken and oats or wild rice. Final meal of the day is fat free cottage cheese, protein powder, a little peanut butter, and splenda.
Obviously the healthiest two meals of the day for me are dinner and final meal (MWF the 4th meal is PWO). I won't be able to improve lunch all that much, or rather I could but I'd be missing out on free lunch and I'd rather save money. Breakfast I'm thinking of making my oatmeal "bread pudding". Basically quaker weight control oatmeal, fat free cream cheese, a little peanut butter, a small amount of fat free yogurt, and casein. That one is fantastic. Tastes great, has a crapload of protein, decent amount of complex carbs (low gi), and very little fat. Plus lots of fiber.
I figure on that meal plan I could likely drop fat at a good rate as long as I work hard in the gym. Who knows, maybe I'll get back in good enough shape to feel like preparing for the Lehigh Valley comp in 2008.
- 05-10-2007, 09:48 PM
This would figure. Yesterday and today I had to work so late that by the time I got home from work the gym was closed.
I think maybe I'm going to have to start getting up a the buttcrack of dawn and going to the gym in the morning. At my job folks don't usually roll in earlier than 9:30, but they leave real late. Can't remember last time I left before 6:15.
That means no late nights for me. Bugger. Well, when I prepped for my contest last year I woke up at 3:40 so this won't be anywhere near as bad. However this does mean next week I have to step it up a notch.
Tomorrow I'm working back/biceps. I'll start fresh on Monday with legs.
05-10-2007, 10:18 PM
05-10-2007, 10:31 PM
To give you some ideas of my experience with muscle memory...
When I peaked a few years back my lifts were approx.:
Could do 13 overhand pullups @225
Fell off, and calling my training "sporadic" would be putting it nicely for 2 years or so...
Got back in the gym Jan. 2nd this year.
I don't do pullups because my wrist is f'd up, but basically every lift is way, way up from where it was when I (re)started.
I've also gained like 50lbs!
I did 3 months clean, 1 month of PEG-Mgf/IGF-1, and now I'm starting my second week of PEG-MGF/IGF-1/Epistane/RPM. I am actually heavier right now than I have ever been.
It seemed as everything was lost, but in 4.5 months I am approaching the realm of what it took me 7 years (16-->22) to build. Largely without A A S, etc. too.
You'll be back in no time! Good luck brotha!
05-11-2007, 03:36 AM
05-11-2007, 09:56 AM
05-11-2007, 10:57 AM
Great news Null, glad to here things are back on track for you You'll get that strength back in no time.
05-11-2007, 01:23 PM
Getting back into it is the best. I'm glad to see ya in the gym and on the board.
So what's you weight like now? From what I remember you competed light heavy and looked really f-ing good.
And where'd you find a new job? I know you are froma round the area...
05-11-2007, 04:00 PM
05-11-2007, 04:06 PM
05-11-2007, 08:16 PM
I competed Middleweight, just barely made the cut at 175 pounds (176 is the max for Middleweight) and managed to beat a few guys at the comp. Lately I've been hovering around 205 pounds.
As for the job, I'm working in Bethlehem now 10 miles from my house at a small software company.
As for workout details, I got out of work at 6, just got back from the gym:
Low Cable Row
DB Incline Curl
Before my workout I ate 5 small pieces of chicken with a handful of Quaker Old Fashioned Oats. Post workout I had 2 GXR caps and a bowl of fat free cottage cheese (1 cup) with a scoop of Whey and a little peanut butter. Still eating that right now.
Last edited by Nullifidian; 05-12-2007 at 12:18 AM.
05-12-2007, 09:17 AM
05-12-2007, 12:46 PM
05-13-2007, 01:20 PM
05-13-2007, 03:44 PM
Good to see you back, Null!
(As you can see - not a whole lot's change round herrrrre: Jmh80 still has a hottie he has no chance in hell with as his avatar and Ubi is still, well, Ubi. No good way to explain that rainbow hunk of man.)
05-14-2007, 07:14 PM
OMFG I want to vomit
I started right away with squats....
225x15 (was pretty shocked)
315x10 (was astounded)
365x8 (was scared to try but pulled it off)
Yep, you read that right, I managed to put up 365 for 8 reps. Last time I got in a leg workout I was only able to do 275 for like 5 or 6 reps. So I'm pretty happy about that. Mind you I nearly passed out after that last set.
Then I decided to try some light leg press.
45 deg Leg Press sled (feet touching and knees close together)
and I stopped there to do some "Toilet Bowl Good Mornings". By some miracle I was able to actually prevent myself from vomitting but I spent a good 10 minutes kneeled over that bowl. My heart was beating like I'd just did a 4 minute mile. My vision repeatedly tunnelled and came back.
So unfortunately I took those signs as a clue to end the workout there. With some more time my stamina will get better and I won't be destroyed as badly as that.
05-14-2007, 08:08 PM
05-16-2007, 08:18 PM
Chest tricep day today
DB Flat Bench
Assisted Dips (weight denotes how much assistance)
Tricep Rope Pressdown (in plates)
05-18-2007, 10:28 PM
Back day again
Low Cable Row (in plates):
70x8 (I totally wimped out, I could have cranked out at least another rep on each side)
Inclined Dumbell Curl:
I've started to take a couple supplements again as well. I'm taking 2 caps of GXR post workout with my protein shake. I'm also taking 1g of ALCAR, 1.8g Cissus, and 2 caps of Basic Cuts preworkout.
GXR because it's one of the greatest supplements ever invented and I never should have stopped taking it. Cissus because I'm starting to get my strength back pretty quick and I don't want my joints to take too much of a beating. ALCAR and Basic Cuts to help with focus. Also Basic Cuts because I'm a fatass right now and the thermogenic effects can't hurt in that department.
My strength was much greater this time at the beginning but it still fell off sharply after lat pulldown. Grip however isn't being overly taxed yet.
You might be wondering why I don't do BB Row. I really like BB Row. However I workout with my wife and my wife can't do BB Row. Her first instinct was of course to hunch over like crazy. However whenever I try to get her to keep her back arched, she just does a rackpull/deadlift instead of a row. I've tried in the past to take my time and attempt to guide her through it but she gets super self-concious and gives up very quickly, and gets upset if I try to continue to try to coach her.
Eventually I'll add them in anyway, and I supposed she'll just sit and wait while I do them, but in the meantime, it's easier and less stressful for everyone if we just leave them out of the routine.
She also don't do squats because pretty much the same thing happened. She keeps trying to bend her ankles, pushing her knees forward. Without weight obviously, I'd never risk even 10 pounds with someone who doesn't know how to squat properly yet because you can cause damage to your knees very easily. However, when it comes to leg day, I do squats and she does legpress because the leg press sled is right next to the squat rack so that's not too bad.
05-21-2007, 09:24 AM
05-21-2007, 11:29 PM
GXR = Glucophase XR by Designer Supplements.
So leg day today. Again. Started much the same as last time...
Yes, same weights and reps. However this time that 365 wasn't to failure. I felt like a had a decent amount of energy left after 8 reps so I decided to save that energy for a final set:
WOW was that tough. Had a spot just to be safe and almost needed it too. Only barely got that second rep up. Holy crap.
Once I had done the heavy stuff I figured I'd finish off with a good pump so I did 3 sets on a plate loaded leg extension
Unilateral Platedloaded Leg Extension
45 (for each leg) x15
Short rest periods on those last exercises to try to burn myself out. Worked really well; I had trouble walking to the car.
Once I can manage to get 405 for about 6, I'll drop the 275 set. I always ramp up from really low weights because I need extra warmup for squats or I wind up not being able to reach my full strength potential in a workout. Plus my hips get messed up when I don't ramp up like that.
One problem with today was I had a terrible weekend. I visited my brother in NYC, and of course we drank. We stayed up till around 4AM on Saturday night and then I went out to eat for brunch with my mom and my borther on Sunday. With all the travel, bad food, beer, lack of sleep, I was completely wiped out. To top it off, I forgot to marinade the chicken so I had crap food for dinner before going to the gym tonight. Next Monday will be very different.
Schedule-wise I'm not yet ready for 4 times a week. For one thing I can't start the week with legs when I do 4 workouts a week, it would make Tuesday's workout suck. Here's what my 4 workout days a week schedule would be:
Saturday and Sunday: Off
That would leave 3 days between chest and shoulders, and the day after legs would be a rest day. 2 days of rest between shoulders and chest again, but those 2 days would be rest days so there'd be more recovery.
I'm thinking workouts would be as follows:
whatever else I have energy for
4xBB Row (my wife will just have to wait)
4xLow Cable Row
3x Incline DB Curl
4xSeated Smith Military Press
4xHammerstrength Shoulder Press
4xSeated DB Shoulder Press
3xDB Lateral Raise
Not ready for Deadlift yet.
As for BB Military Press, every time I do those I screw up my back. Every time. I just simply can't do them sitting perfect straight; I have to have a very slight recline.
05-23-2007, 02:00 AM
sounds like you are arching your back on the militaries.. .very dangerous. Are you saying you can get away with the backrest reclining a little? If so, that is better than nothing, but I'm sure you know you have to concentrate on keeping your body tight. Squeeze the bar hard, this may sound stupid but it actually seems to make the body tighter when doing so.
05-23-2007, 09:52 AM
The problem with militaries is if I'm sitting straight up, the bar won't go straight up. In order to lift my arms over my head my back arches. Total lack of flexibility. It might have to do with a 3rd degree collarbone seperation I had a number of years back that the lazyass doctor at Morristown Hospital said I didn't need surgery for (but I did).
05-23-2007, 09:58 AM
Honestly, the only way you can do military presses without arching your back at all is behind the head. And I personally don't recomend them because of the stress it puts on your rotator cuff. That isn't to say I don't do them, but when I do it's a much lower weight and a lot more concentration on flexing the muscle throughout the movement.
05-23-2007, 10:15 AM
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