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Haaji Dont Surf
02-24-2008, 05:44 PM
I am starting this journal to track my progress in both my training and my dieting and to receive constructive criticism that will benefit me in my journey. As far as my background, right now I've been lifting off and on and now I am looking to get more serious about it and put on a lot of mass in the next couple of months. As far as my routine goes, I will be following Mark Rippetoe's Starting Strength until I feel it is no longer benefiting me and then I will switch to possibly Bill Starr's 5x5. In previous months my lifting has been focused on more isolation movements along with too much volume and I feel as if that kept me from making the strength and size gains I could have been making. Some restrictions I might have as far as holding me back right now, is that I will be running five days a week from anywhere between 1.5 to 4 miles. I hope to compensate for that by eating a lot more food and it will hopefully benefit me in keeping the fat at bay. Also, rest is a thing I know nothing of. I am a Fire Cadet from 9-6 working on getting my commission certification and outside of that I am a volunteer firefighter living at a fire station in one of the busiest departments in my area as far as fire calls go so my body takes a good beating 24/7. Used to be a fatty in my early high school years, then I was practically anorexic. So you can imagine my current body composition, it's very mix and match.

Age: 19
Weight: 204 lbs
Height: About 6'2"

Masshood has always been an unattainable go to me, and I hope to change that this year.

Day one starts tomorrow.

Haaji Dont Surf
02-26-2008, 11:15 PM
Didn't start on Monday, decided to run with T/TH/S since typically Mondays are 14 hour workdays for me. My diet today lacked in volume and and wise food choices due to poor preparation and attending a party. I hope to correct it tomorrow. Here are the lifts today:

Squat:
wu: bar 2x5, 95x3, 135x2
sets: 3x5 190

Bench:
wu: bar 2x5, 95x3, 135x2
sets: 3x5 170

Deadlift:
wu: bar 2x5, 95x3, 135x2
sets: 1x5 200

Dips: 2x8

Also earlier in the day during PT I just did some light calisthenics focusing mainly on core building exercises and ran about 1.5 miles give or take some distance.

By the way, I weighed myself today and I came in at 204 lbs.. I was 202 three weeks ago, so I'm glad with all the running I've done I haven't lost weight. I can tell that I've lost some body fat because I'm a lot firmer in my core and legs. I also took some beginning pictures the other day and will post them at a later date.

Haaji Dont Surf
02-27-2008, 11:00 PM
Rest day today, did some basic calisthenics again with majority focusing on core strength. Then ran about 1.5-2.0 miles.

Diet for the day was a shake, two pb sandwiches, a pouch of brown rice, a whole chicken, and two grilled chicken sandwiches on whole wheat with lettuce, tomato, and a slice of American cheese. I need to up the volume still although I got a lot of comments today that I was eating like a monster.

Haaji Dont Surf
02-28-2008, 08:32 PM
Today went good. PT was basic calisthenics focusing on core again followed by 1.5-2.0 miles.

Squat:
wu: bar 2x5, 95x3, 135x2
sets: 3x5 195

Mil Press:
wu: bar 2x5, 65x3, 95x2
sets: 3x5 120

BO Rows:
wu: bar 2x5, 65x3, 95x2
sets: 3x5 125

Chinups: 2x8

Diet today was a shake, two pb sandwiches, two grilled chicken sandwiches on whole wheat with lettuce, tomato, and a slice of American cheese, gainer with water, another shake, and I've got a whole chicken waiting for me, not sure if I'll kill the whole bird but we'll see. Also been eating peanuts off and on all day.

Haaji Dont Surf
02-29-2008, 08:32 PM
Had two hours of PT today.. A lot of push ups, mountain climbers, lunges, squat thrusts, and running laps all with an SCBA(air pack) on. Then did a lot more of the same without it along with stretching and core work followed by 1.5-2.0 miles running. Diet has been two shakes, cheese sticks, peanuts, two peanut butter sandwiches, two grilled chicken sandwiches on whole wheat bread with lettuce, tomato, with a slice of American cheese.. Not done for the night, but won't be around to post later.

Haaji Dont Surf
03-01-2008, 08:24 PM
Squat:
wu: bar 2x5, 95x3, 135x2
sets: 3x5 200

Bench:
wu: bar 2x5, 95x3, 135x2
sets: 3x5 175

Deadlift:
wu: bar 2x5, 95x3, 135x2
sets: 1x5 210

Dips: 2x8

Dumbbell Curls: 3x8 40
Skull Crushers: 3x8 65

Diet was not that great, started off with a shake then had training all day so I ate two roast beef sandwiches in the field, along with some fruit, two cookies, and some chips.. Also had some string cheese, two bananas, and a shake(two scoops whey, one cup oats, two or three cups milk, and a little natty pb) and I am about to eat some boneless wings and fries.. It's Saturday and I've ran a lot all week so I am going to cheat a bit.

Haaji Dont Surf
03-04-2008, 10:08 PM
Squat:
wu: bar 2x5, 95x3, 135x2
sets: 3x5 205

Mil Press:
wu: bar 2x5, 65x3, 95x2
sets: 1x5, 2x4 125

BO Rows:
wu: bar 2x5, 65x3, 95x2
sets: 3x5 130

Chinups: 2x8

PT was just 1.5-2.0 mile run.. Was on my feet climbing things and lifting things all day.

Haaji Dont Surf
03-05-2008, 06:54 PM
PT ran 2.3 miles.

Haaji Dont Surf
03-06-2008, 09:49 PM
Had to do bench and dips then squat and deadlift because the rack was held up.. Made no difference though. Did a lot of climbing, dragging, lifting all day.

Squat:
wu: bar 2x5, 95x3, 135x2
sets: 3x5 210

Bench:
wu: bar 2x5, 95x3, 135x2
sets: 3x5 180

Deadlift:
wu: bar 2x5, 95x3, 135x2
sets: 1x5 220

Dips: 2x8

Haaji Dont Surf
03-09-2008, 12:27 AM
Squat:
wu: bar 2x5, 95x3, 135x2
sets: 3x5 215

Mil Press:
wu: bar 2x5, 65x3, 95x2
sets: 1x5, 1x4, 1x3 125

BO Rows:
wu: bar 2x5, 65x3, 95x2
sets: 3x5 135

Chinups: 2x8

Dumbbell Curls: 3x8 40

Skull Crushers: 3x8 65

Haaji Dont Surf
03-11-2008, 08:47 PM
I weighed in at 208 tonight.. Thats up quite a bit since I've started, not sure how much is mass or fat though. Also my squat could be better as far as form goes I believe, I feel like I am not going low enough but I'm not too sure. I was going ass to calves in the beginning but with all of the climbing and other **** I have been doing, if I got that low I wouldn't be able to push up ha.
Squat:
wu: bar 2x5, 95x3, 135x2
sets: 3x5 220

Bench:
wu: bar 2x5, 95x3, 135x2
sets: 3x5 185

Deadlift:
wu: bar 2x5, 95x3, 135x2
sets: 1x5 230

Dips: 2x8

Haaji Dont Surf
03-13-2008, 11:24 PM
Had to run sprints yesterday in PT so my legs are all torn up.. Really affected my squat for today.
Squat:
wu: bar 2x5, 95x3, 135x2
sets: 225x5, 2 185x2x5

Mil Press:
wu: bar 2x5, 65x3, 95x2
sets: 125x 5, 5, 4

BO Rows:
wu: bar 2x5, 65x3, 95x2
sets: 3x5 140

Chinups: 2x8

Also did 20 minutes of indian runs earlier today.

Haaji Dont Surf
03-14-2008, 06:23 PM
Rest day.. Various calisthenics and a mile jog.

Haaji Dont Surf
03-16-2008, 12:13 AM
Today(15th) was my birthday.. So I ended up eating a lot of crap, ice cream cake, pizza, but did have steak and eggs for breakfast. Oh well, you only turn twenty once and I'll hit the gym hard tomorrow. Even though today should have been a training day and tomorrow a rest, my legs needed the extra day.

Rusty
03-16-2008, 07:48 AM
Nice squatting! Keep up the good work!

Oh, and Happy Birthday :birthday:

Haaji Dont Surf
03-16-2008, 11:17 AM
Nice squatting! Keep up the good work!

Oh, and Happy Birthday :birthday:
Ha, thanks man! :)

Haaji Dont Surf
03-16-2008, 09:51 PM
Just bought four jars of natty pb, 12 bananas, three gallons of milk, and a loaf of wheat bread... That is what I shall feast upon these next few days.. Along with what little I have around here.
Squat:
wu: bar 2x5, 95x3, 135x2
sets: 3x5 220

Bench:
wu: bar 2x5, 95x3, 135x2
sets: 3x5 185

Deadlift:
wu: bar 2x5, 95x3, 135x2
sets: 1x5 235

Dips: 2x8

Dumbbell Curls: 3x8 40

Skull Crushers: 3x8 65

Haaji Dont Surf
03-18-2008, 07:22 PM
Finally hit all sets of five on the military press at the weight I have been attempting. :)
Squat:
wu: bar 2x5, 95x3, 135x2
sets: 3x5 225

Mil Press:
wu: bar 2x5, 65x3, 95x2
sets: 3x5 125

BO Rows:
wu: bar 2x5, 65x3, 95x2
sets: 3x5 145

Chinups: 2x8

Haaji Dont Surf
03-20-2008, 08:30 PM
Yesterday was a rest day, did basic calisthenics and ran 1.3 miles for pt.

Today, ran two miles, did more calisthenics in pt and added 5 lbs to every lift.

Squat:
wu: bar 2x5, 95x3, 135x2
sets: 3x5 230

Bench:
wu: bar 2x5, 95x3, 135x2
sets: 3x5 190

Deadlift:
wu: bar 2x5, 95x3, 135x2
sets: 1x5 240

Dips: 2x8

dynamo
03-20-2008, 09:00 PM
I suppose your legs aren't too big, but i've read that with large enough calves and hammies you can put alot of stress on you knees going ass to calf. Shoot for femur parallel.

Haaji Dont Surf
03-21-2008, 05:32 PM
I suppose your legs aren't too big, but i've read that with large enough calves and hammies you can put alot of stress on you knees going ass to calf. Shoot for femur parallel.
That's what I have been aiming for lately. Thanks. :)