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JacobH
02-08-2012, 08:52 PM
I've been putting off starting a journal on here forever. Made alot of excuses not to... But at this point in my training I need some support and some advice from you educated dudes. So I am starting this at a pivotal point in my career...
So here's my current situation. I'm 180 lbs, 12-13% bodyfat(estimate). A few months back I did some sloppy(stupid) deadlifting, my form was bad, I felt bad that day, I was wearing sweatpants, and basically I "snapped some shit up". This resulted in lower back pain for months and me forcing myself to put a hold on deadlifts till things felt normal.

NEXT. A knee injury. While working building fence. I knelt to the ground to pour concrete and a jagged peace of old concrete jabbed right up under my knee cap. Ouch. So guess what? Squats get put on hold from knee pain.......So basically the past 5 months the two big boy lifts have been out of the program and I have directed all attention to my upper body. This changes NOW. I am feeling much better in both areas, and I am going to start VERY SLOWLY with these two lifts in particular. 5 months ago I was deadlifting 375, and squatting around 230.

SO. My goals. I want to be BIG and LEAN. That is all. Tomorrow is day 1 of implementing DL's. I hope I can get some feedback/encouragement from you fine people. Also will be uploading pictures for some advice and opinions. But I'm thinking for diet at this point there is no choice other than a caloric surplus. Especially because I am newly implementing the two big lifts. Thanks for reading guys. Hope to hear from at least a few of you.

chevelle2291
02-08-2012, 10:37 PM
I was wearing sweatpants

That's where you went wrong, right there. :)


Subbed.

JacobH
02-09-2012, 12:12 AM
Lol. Never again man.

JacobH
02-09-2012, 05:09 PM
First night for Deadlift. Things went well, I was feeling good in the gym. Back felt fine, Knee felt fine. Got a good workout in. Feel free to share thoughts/opinions on my routine.

Deadlifts
Warmed up with some back extensions,a few bodyweight pull ups, and the bar.
135x5
185x5
225x5
As I mentioned I'm starting slow here, I am trying to make damn sure that my back is rigid and I feel it is. 225 came up pretty nicely, but i knew at this point that this should be good for my first time DL'ing in a while.

Weighted Chins
+35lbsx8 (PR) --Feel like I could have gone heavier and still got the 8 reps
+35lbsx6
+25lbsx8
BWx8

T-Bar Rows
Note: I prefer to straddle the T-bar, much like I am mounting a Shimmering White Stallion.

125x7
115x8
115x8
The chins made this more difficult than usual. Also got a slight pain in my chest and back from putting my chest on the t bar. I think I'm going to slowly phase this lift out and get my BB rows up to speed.

DB Curls--Did these very strict and controlled. At this point I could feel my Biceps had already been worked pretty good.

35x8
40x8
35x8
Finished them off with some BB curls, just the bar-12 reps

Ended the session with some ab work.

Overall good workout. Felt really strong on the chins and it feels awesome to be deadlifting again.

JacobH
02-12-2012, 04:48 PM
RUSHED workout today. My gym has the shittiest hours of all time. Got there at 4 and had to be at work by 5... So yeah. Still not a bad workout- but I was sweating my ass off, something that happens very rarely. Also..I do Chest,Shoudlers and Tri's aprx every 5 days, and I rotate between emphasis on chest and shoulders. Today was chest.

BB Bench Press
Warmed up with some shoulder rotations, some 40lb DB's and the bar.
135x8
185x6--Was really wanting to get 8 reps here, and I think I could if I had a spotter.
175x7
165x7

Cable Fly's
Lots of intensity on these, and not much rest between sets.
80x8 (40 on each side lolz)
80x8
80x8

Incline DB Bench
Went light on these. My chest was pretty spent by now but I wanted DA PUMP.
50sx8
60sx7
55sx7

BB Standing Overhead Press
My triceps were getting tired here-got a ridiculous pump in my chest and shoulders from these. Light weight.
95x8
95x8
95x8

Tricep pushdowns
Pinched a nerve in my left arm on the first set-felt like it was a wrist thing so I put on the wrist wraps and didn't look back.

150x8
140x8
140x8

Pretty good day even though I did all of this in about 40 minutes. I feel like my chest is exploding lately from all the added volume, but my numbers are small because my leverages are shit....still getting stronger though and that feels good after hitting a wall for a while there.

:smoke:

chevelle2291
02-12-2012, 09:13 PM
Any method behind your exercise order?

When I did a higher volume program, I felt much chest and arms benefited the most from more work. Cable crossovers are the shit.

JacobH
02-12-2012, 10:02 PM
Any method behind your exercise order?

When I did a higher volume program, I felt much chest and arms benefited the most from more work. Cable crossovers are the shit.

I guess I would call it a preference more than a method. I Like to center my workouts around a big compound movement and typically hit arms after everything else. I am training for size but I do love lifting some heavy weights and breaking pr's. And same here, I feel I'm really responding well to the higher volume. Im glad I started lifting in the 5 rep range and slowly increased my volume to this over the past 2 years.

JacobH
02-14-2012, 12:20 PM
So yesterday was supposed to be legs day, and of course it snowed 4 inches where I live (in the middle of nowhere on a rock road) so I couldn't make it in to town. And unfortunately a squat rack is one of the items my garage gym is missing. Furthermore, my knee has been acting up again, it is easily aggravated, but the only time I have pain is specifically when walking down stairs. Anyway, no more excuses, today is back day, but ill be hitting the legs also to make up for yesterday. I plan on squatting at least the bar just to see how my knee feels.

JacobH
02-15-2012, 10:13 PM
Deadifts
Warmups
135x5
205x5
255x5
275x3
Form started to break down a little bit so I stopped. Also my knee started to throb after the 275x3.

BB Rows
So I basically NEVER BB row. I usually just use DB's or the T bar, but I figure since I am now just getting back into Deadlifting, I might as well start BB rowing to add some mass and learn an important movement.
135x8
145x8
145x8
So I guess that's not too horrible.

One Arm DB Rows
80x8
85x8
90x8
90x8

Bodyweight (really strict) Pull-ups
8
7
6

Did some Ab work and calf raises and then finished the day with
Shoulder Shrugs
65'sx10
65'sx10
65'sx10

I like to superset shrugs with a weird form of lateral raises to get blood flowing to my traps.

So I was going to do some hack squats or leg press, but I really want to take it easy on my knee, after I pulled 275 it didn't feel strong enough. I think I'll still do a legs day and just take it easy.

chevelle2291
02-15-2012, 10:14 PM
might wanna be careful with the BB rows after deadlifts Jacob. Always felt like I was going to injure something when I did that.

I'd just do the DB rows after and call it a day for free weight rowing at that point.

JacobH
02-15-2012, 10:47 PM
Thanks for the advice, you are probably right about that, I did feel it was hard to keep good form after deadlifting. I am also a total noob to BB rowing so I'll go with your thoughts. Thanks again.

JacobH
02-17-2012, 04:58 PM
Shoulders,chest and Tri's workout from 02/16/12

So i had to go to the shitty fitness center since my gym was doing some maintenance or renewal or some BS. All they have is a smith machine and DB's and a really shitty universal machine. I'm just going to count the smith machine bar as 45 since I have no idea what it weighs.

Seated OH Smith Machine Press
135x8
145x8
155x8
135x8

Standing DB OH Press
45'sx8
45'sx8
40'sx8
35'sx8

Flat Smith Machine Bench
185x8
205x8
195x8
185x8

Two handed DB Tricep extensions
There heaviest DB was 75 lbs lol
75x6
75x6
75x6
Dips
They had a real shitty Dip station that was made for leg raises, but had small handles to give you the option for dips. Hurt the wrists a bit, couldn't get into the groove on them. Plus I'm not used to hanging a DB in between my feet for weight..

+20lbsx8
+20lbsx8
BW x8

Oh and also after every set I had to drop the DB from my feet-grasp and each time it hit the floor the old lady that runs the Fitness center gave me a dirty look. So I was done with that place forever. GotTFO of there.
Felt like my shoulders did a lot of work though, so good enough.

JacobH
02-19-2012, 11:10 AM
Really want to get to the gym today. I work 10-6. Gym is open 1-5. WTF is with my gym's hours. If it wasn't such a badass gym I would consider changing. If I feel like it I will use my garage gym, but bleh it's cold and there are a few cars in there and my equipment is bare minimum stuff... We shall see what happens.

JacobH
02-23-2012, 07:15 PM
Deadlifts
Back felt like shit, I was incredibly hot in my gym. I think I had a little virus or something, overall just felt like shit. But my lifts weren't tooo horrible.

135x10
225x5
245x3 (sweating balls after this, definitely not normal for me)
225x5
bleh

Weighted Chins
BW+35 x7
BW+25 x8
BW+25 x7
Bwx10

T-bar Rows
110x8
115x8
110x8

Did some DB curls with 45's and some shrugs to finish. Felt like shit. Will do better next back day.

JacobH
02-23-2012, 07:36 PM
Chest, Tri's, Shoulders Primary chest

Felt a little better this day.

Flat BB Bench
175x8
185x6
175x7
165x8

Cable Fly's
50'sx8
40'sx8
40'sx8

Dips
BW+25x6
BW+15x7
BWx8
BWx8

Standing DB OH Press
50'sx8
45'sx8
45'sx8
45'sx8

Machine Tricep pushdowns
160x8
170x8
170x8
160x8


Alright my weight and my lifts have started to stall. I have increased calories by about 400 a day. Some days more like 500 to 600. I am not worried about fat gain. I want to be a good 190-200 before I cut again. I have never eaten this much in my life. lol

chevelle2291
02-23-2012, 10:15 PM
Nice work Jacob.

what's your frequency like? 1x a week for every bodypart? I really feel that upping the frequency can help you stay in the groove neurally, so to speak. Every time I've done bodyparts 1x a week, I feel fucking retarded in the gym--like I lose my coordination on those exercises for whatever reason.

JacobH
02-24-2012, 01:17 PM
Thanks man. I shoot for once every 5 days, and I think I've been hitting that pretty good, I'm not sure I want to deadlift that frequently though with my back situation. And I am definitely going to incorporate some quad movements, weather I can squat or not. I have been considering once every 4 days...Not sure how that would work with my split.

JacobH
02-25-2012, 04:35 PM
No deads today. I want to hit deadlifts once a week instead of once every 5 days. My lower back seems to need a couple more days to fully repair itself with my injury.

Weighted Pull-ups (Palms facing away, very strict)
+20x7
+15x7
+10x7 (Barely got the last rep)
I wanted to hit my reps today so I switched to lat pulldowns for one set.
140x8
I did these very strict also, really trying to feel my lats with every rep, I pull down to below my chest and slightly lean my upper back...back.

One arm Bent DB Rows
85x10
95x8<---PR
90x8
Dumbell Rows absolutely kill me lol. I was happy to get 95x8, next time I think I'll go for 4 sets of 95x8....but the dumbells at my gym only go to 100....not sure what I'll do when I can rep out 100's.

Did about 8 reps of deadlifts with 135 to keep my neural pathways from retardation.

DB Shrugs
70'sx8
70'sx8
55'sx12
I am still supersetting these with my weird form of lateral raises with 15lb DB's. I stand with my feet close together and really spread my arms up at the top of the movement and try to get ALL THE BLOOD! into my traps. I am addicted to the trap pump I get from these combined exercises.


BB curls
I did these in front of the squat rack with the largest mirror, so everyone in my gym could bask in the glory of my curls. (gym was empty)
85x8
65x8
65x8

Then finished my bi's off with some
Alternating DB curls
35'sx8
35'sx8

Good workout. Weighed 183 today nekked. Finally getting steady weight gain. I have found if I eat exactly everything that I can possibly get in my hands it is the same as tracking my cals. lol

Behemoth
02-27-2012, 08:05 PM
Not sure how I've missed this journal until now. I like everything I see in here. From the goals to be big and lean, to the workout rotation and exercise selection for the most part and even the back injury I can completely relate as I've never been able to train deadlift to high level because of my own.

Now, some comments/questions to catch up. You say that eatting everyting that you can get your hands on is the same as tracking your cals, so what amount of calories IS "everything that you can get your hands on"?

I'd also make a humble suggestion that your goals are primarily size and not strength that you train lateral raises before an overhead or military or even drop the overhead work altogether in lieu of lateral raises. Maybe it'll work for you or maybe not. From my experience lateral raises were my bread and butter shoulder movement for YEARS with only sporatic overhead pressing done from time to time (always did laterals though). My shoulders have always been and even now through injury are my most dominant group. And not that I directly implicate it, but when I tore my labrum it was after doing regular OH presses for 8 months for the first time in my life.

In the same vein (vane? whichever), if size is really your only goal then maybe db pressing > barbell pressing and cg bench before a pushdown.

There are all just suggestions though and pretty much based off of only my personal preference. People are different and respond (and more importantly enjoy therefore leading to better results) to different things. These are just some thoughts to consider and maybe see if they would work to the best of your interest. Still want to know about the food situation though, lets hear more!

chevelle2291
02-27-2012, 08:26 PM
Rory, thought we had pinned down your injury to db flat pressing with bands?

Behemoth
02-27-2012, 11:26 PM
Rory, thought we had pinned down your injury to db flat pressing with bands?
The likely last straw, yes. But slap tears goes hand in hand with overhead work/stress more often than not. So it has made me wonder whether or not going 9 or 10 years and never OH pressing more than 75 or 80lbs and then suddenly incorporating very heavy OH pressing up to 105 in 6 or 8 months played into it...

JacobH
02-29-2012, 03:55 PM
Not sure how I've missed this journal until now. I like everything I see in here. From the goals to be big and lean, to the workout rotation and exercise selection for the most part and even the back injury I can completely relate as I've never been able to train deadlift to high level because of my own.

Now, some comments/questions to catch up. You say that eatting everyting that you can get your hands on is the same as tracking your cals, so what amount of calories IS "everything that you can get your hands on"?

I'd also make a humble suggestion that your goals are primarily size and not strength that you train lateral raises before an overhead or military or even drop the overhead work altogether in lieu of lateral raises. Maybe it'll work for you or maybe not. From my experience lateral raises were my bread and butter shoulder movement for YEARS with only sporatic overhead pressing done from time to time (always did laterals though). My shoulders have always been and even now through injury are my most dominant group. And not that I directly implicate it, but when I tore my labrum it was after doing regular OH presses for 8 months for the first time in my life.

In the same vein (vane? whichever), if size is really your only goal then maybe db pressing > barbell pressing and cg bench before a pushdown.

There are all just suggestions though and pretty much based off of only my personal preference. People are different and respond (and more importantly enjoy therefore leading to better results) to different things. These are just some thoughts to consider and maybe see if they would work to the best of your interest. Still want to know about the food situation though, lets hear more!

Hey first of all, thanks alot for checking out my journal Rory, it means alot to get pointers from someone with your experience/knowlege. Also I have to say reading through your posts over the past year or more has brought me from clueless to not entirely clueless. lol

Now, the food. I am currently eating around 3800 cals. I started gaining off of about 3300-3500 at a litte under 180lbs. I must say i am horrible at tracking calories. Basically i make damn sure to get my 200 g's of protein per day, and whatever calories I need after that are fair game. (ice cream. beer. totinos(jk)) Basically as long as I am gaining a lb or a little more than a lb a week I am good. I don't track macros other than protein. Do you think this is hindering me? My body seems to have a fat setpoint that it simply will not go past without eating large quantitys of horrible food, the most fat I've ever carried is about 14% BF and that was after rapidly gaining weight for the first time from 150lbs to about 175lbs.

So you think lateral raises facilitate more growth than OHP? This is something I have never really considered, but now that I think about it more isolation usually=more size. And the injury thing is scary, seeing what you are going through now with the consideration of surgery. So I will definitely be bumping Lateral raises up on the routine list.

As for the BB bench. I think I just have a Bro-gene in me that wants to bench heavy weight with a barbell lol. You are definitely right on though, I have been planning a full DB takeover of my flat pressing with only occasional BB movements. My chest is my most lagging muscle group in my opinion, so It's about time I switched methods to get some more size.


Basically I'm going to follow your advice and I'll keep on with the updates of my progress, thanks again Rory!---Oh and also I was lurking your journal and read that you are switching to a more instinctive approach to your workouts. I am the same way, I don't pre plan any of these workouts other than what muscle groups I will be working in a given day and I love it. I guess my approach to sets and reps is probably quite a bit different than your's though because even after a few days I can remember most every detail about my workouts.

JacobH
02-29-2012, 04:15 PM
Flat BB bench
135x10
185x7 --No spotter, I am damn near certain I could get 8 reps now
175x8
170x7

Cable Fly's
I love cable fly's. That is all.
50'sx8
40'sx8
40'sx8
30'sx10

Standing BB OHP
115x7
105x8
95x8

Seated DB OHP
50'sx6
45'sxnope
lol

Tricep Pushdowns
Used the rope
130x10
140x10
switched to the Y grip thing
170x8
160x8

I still have wicked DOMS from this workout for some reason. And it's been two days and I wrote nothing down so i really think I am missing something in here...usually I write my workout on my phone or on here immediately after I lift...

JacobH
02-29-2012, 07:09 PM
Deadlifts
135x8 or 9
225x5
275x5
225x5

I got pretty pissed off while doing these. I really need someone who knows what good form is to watch me as I lift. I can SEE good form perfectly, but I can't FEEL it. Very frustrating. I need to put up a video...maybe I'll take the GF to the gym and have her Vid me lol I just don't want to take any chances with my lower back.

Seated Leg Press
350x8
360x8
360x8

Knee felt good this night.

CURLZ
Alternating arm curls
45'sx8
35'sx8
BB curls
65x10
65x10

I have to admit I just wanted to pump up my Biceps. :cool:

JacobH
03-03-2012, 05:32 PM
Never felt stronger in the gym. Also never been heavier. (consistent 184-185 for a few days) Schedule has been a little weird with lifts, but it's nice to mix things up slightly.

Weighted Chins
BWx8
+35x8
+30x7.5
+25x5
BWx8

T-bar Rows (cant get away from this lift)
2platesx8
2P's+25x9
2P's+35x8
2P's+25x8

Never felt stronger on either of those lifts ^

Kneeling One arm Cable Pulldowns Tryed to activate the Lats/traps on these. Not really sure what I am doing but it felt good.
140x8
150x8
Then went to
Lat Pulldowns(super strict)
130x8
110x8

DB Shoulder Shrugs
70'sx10
80'sx10
70'sx10

Finished with some
MOAR CURLS!
I'm thinking about switching to a Curls-only routine. 2-a-day's, 7 days a week
Alternating DB's
40'sx8
40'sx8
Consecutive(?) DB Curls
35'sx8
35'sx8

I feel like I'm putting on some size just about everywhere. Will post pics soon when I don't feel skinny fat.

JacobH
03-07-2012, 02:04 PM
Great workout. Got a ridiculous pump from the DB benching and fly's.

DB Bench
Did not realize how weak I am at this lift. DB's will now take priority over BB's for benching.
70'sx8
75'sx8
70'sx8
70'sx8

Cable Fly's
50'sx8
40'sx8
30'sx8 (squeezed hard at the top of these)

Lateral Raises
20'sx8
20'sx8
20'sx8

Smith machine Seated OHP
I wanted to do at least one lift to test out my gym's new smith machine.
135x8
155x8
135x8
I don't know how to write what weight I use on smiths. Some dude at the gym told me once you load over 90lbs on this smith machine that the bar actually weighs 45....I think he is full of shit. But hey, it made me look good OHP'ing 155 for reps.

Close Grip Bench Press
115x8
135x8
My right Shoulder started getting some tightness and pain so I stopped immediately. Didn't feel all that heavy though.
went to the Ol'
Tricep pushdowns
170x8
170x8


Did some cooldowns and left. Another great workout thanks to eating like a mammoth. I think the most I have ever DB benched before today was 65's for 6 reps a while back.
Tonight is legs. I got called in to work till 10, but I think I can finagle something to get off early and hit the gym at 9 or so to give me an hour before they close.

chevelle2291
03-07-2012, 04:35 PM
I always liked smith machine shoulder pressing. Really enjoyed that on my previous split. Don't get that total badass feel out of it like you do with standing presses, but I think it's much more effective at hitting the delts hard.

JacobH
03-07-2012, 04:40 PM
I always liked smith machine shoulder pressing. Really enjoyed that on my previous split. Don't get that total badass feel out of it like you do with standing presses, but I think it's much more effective at hitting the delts hard.

Yeah it definitely does, I use 100% of my ROM on them too, so I am actually touching the top of my chest near the collar bone at the base of the motion. The smith did feel good for this lift.

JacobH
03-08-2012, 08:54 PM
Had a headcold for a solid week now, varying in it's intensity. I've been able to train through it, and I definitely COULD HAVE lifted today, but I want to have a badass workout instead of half assing it and then having to wait another 5 days. So I will have a badass workout tomorrow...yes...that's what I will do...tomorrow...

JacobH
03-09-2012, 05:02 PM
So I decided to lift today even though I still have a little headcold thing going on. I felt Strong...but I had ZERO endurance for anything. I almost died after 16 reps of DB Rows. So it felt like a shitty workout...but looking back at the numbers it wasn't horrible...

Light DL's
135x5
225x5
Back was aggravated and I felt like hell.

Strict Pullups
BWx8
+25x7.5
+20x6
+10x7

Lat Pulldowns
120x8
130x8
140x7

DB Rows
95'sx8
95'sx8
Jesus these killed me. I was going to do 4 sets and the weight really was coming up easy and clean, but I was so out of breath that I felt like fainting. So I went and straddled my old friend Mr.T.......bar.

T Bar Rows
2Plates+35x8
Samex8
Samex8

I want to rep out 3 plates on this. Coming soon.

BB Shrugs
Never done these in my life. Barbell kept hitting against my package lol learned you have to lean slightly...or I just have a yhooge package. :nod:
135x10-That was easy
225x10-Form broke down after 8 reps
DB Shrugs
80'sx10
80'sx10

RANDOM LEG PRESS
350x8
350x8
350x8

CURLS
40'sx8
35'sx8
40'sx8

ABS TOO?!?!?!?!?!
Yes.
Abs.
Did crunches n'shit.

Goddamn that was alot of work for being sick. Two scoops of JACK3D will do that apparently.

Behemoth
03-09-2012, 10:10 PM
dafuks a random leg press?

BTW nice db pressing the other day J

JacobH
03-11-2012, 05:17 AM
dafuks a random leg press?

BTW nice db pressing the other day J

Thanks man. I've just been skipping out on leg work too much, so every day that my knee feels good I try to do some type of leg lift no matter what muscle groups I am hitting that day. So it was entirely random to throw those in there. lol

JacobH
03-15-2012, 03:54 PM
I went for heavy singles on this day just so when people ask me what I bench I can reply with something other than "I don't know." I am extraordinarily weak on the bench press.

BB Bench
135x6
175x5
185x3
195x1
205x1
215x1- PR- came up very easy
225xmiss...I know I can do this but I was totally fried by this point apparently.
185x4

So that was dissapointing. lol. I never ever lift heavy singles so even though I hit a PR I was expecting much more.

DB Bench
65x'sx8
70'sx8
65'sx8

Cable Fly's
40'sx8
40'sx8
30'sx8

^Took it easy on the other chest lifts

Smith Seated OHP
135x8
135x8

Lateral Raises
20'sx8
20'sx8

Triceps were pretty much done at this point...So I hit them anyway...

Pushdowns
160x8
150x10
150x10

JacobH
03-15-2012, 04:57 PM
Dead's felt pretty good this day. I may switch to a higher rep range on these with lighter weight. Or. I might not. We'll see.

Deadlifts
135x10
225x5
265x5 felt relatively easy
225x5

Back is aggravated today from these^....

Weighted Chins
BWx8
+35x8
+25x7
BWx8

T Bar Rows
2Platesx8
2P's+35x8
2P's+35x7
2P's+25x6

One arm Cable Pulldowns
160x8
150x8

DB Shrugs
80'sx10
70'sx10

Alt. DB Curls
40'sx8 These are feeling lighter all the time
40'sx8
35'sx8
35'sx8

Pretty solid I suppose. SUPER DOMS from these past two consecutive workouts. Also, weight is around 185 fluctuating greatly all the time. So to make calories easier I have started the HGOCMAD diet(Invented it myself). Half gallon of chocolate milk after every workout. Delish. Sometimes skim. Sometimes 1%. Rarely whole. I'm wondering if I'll make my goal of between 190-200lbs in time to get cut up for summer....

mickles
05-14-2012, 03:19 PM
Whatsup man? I got the same question for you, is your goal size or strength purely? Update the log!!

Behemoth
05-14-2012, 05:13 PM
Where you been hiding at poon handler?

chevelle2291
05-19-2012, 11:50 AM
update phaggot.