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Alex.V
01-09-2003, 10:09 AM
I do. But on high reps that starts to break down... as the lats get fatigued the bicep starts to engage more.

Relentless
01-09-2003, 11:11 AM
Originally posted by Belial
Concentration curls, first a drop set from 50 to 40, then straight sets with 45. I felt really stupid doing drop sets on arms, so I may never do these again.

Finished off with cable curls (stack for sets of 8).


Dropsetting on the cable curls might be better (and easier to manage).

Alex.V
01-09-2003, 11:41 AM
Yes, but it would still be pumping my gunz with intensity. And that makes my balls itch.

And today, I deadlifted. I wasn't going to do much, just a few reps at about 500, but I kinda wanted to push it. The fact that the gym was packed with people in the weight training class (taught by a guy who was MAYBE 160 pounds) created a desire to make some noise.

Deadlifts:

135 x 6, 225 x 6, 315 x 6, 405 x 2, 585 x 1

585 was SMOKED. I almost couldn't believe how easy it was, not a split second of hesitation at the bottom, and a lockout so fast the bar wobbled like mad. I'm thinking I've recovered enough to push these to a new PR over the next few weeks. It WAS pretty cool that there must have been at least two dozen people watching.

...I'm such a dork.

Was pretty stoked, but decided to give my lower back a rest. So no power cleans/push presses.

Lateral raises:

50 x 10, 50 x 10, 50 x 8

Rah.

Bent-over lateral raises:

45 x 10, 50 x 8

These felt really intense for some reason.
Decided to skip the shrugs, my traps are just fine, I think.

Calf raises on the machine, full stack for two sets of 12.

And that was it, really.

Diet- not bad at all.

Sleep- 7.5 hours. I think.

That's it, yo.

_-_v_-_
01-09-2003, 11:49 AM
taught by a guy who was MAYBE 160 pounds

Yeah. Nothing worse than those damn 160 lb'ers.

Except those 148 lb'ers. I hate those bastards.



*looks at scale*

I'll just shut up now.

Alex.V
01-09-2003, 11:50 AM
Originally posted by _-_v_-_


Yeah. Nothing worse than those damn 160 lb'ers.

Except those 148 lb'ers. I hate those bastards.



*looks at scale*

I'll just shut up now.

I knew somebody was going to take issue with that. ;)

The point is, if the guy worked out, I'd be very surprised.

_-_v_-_
01-09-2003, 11:53 AM
Knew what you were saying. Just felt the need for some self-deprecation. I'm good at that.

I know. It's probably not the best thing to be good at...

Relentless
01-09-2003, 11:55 AM
well, if the 160lb-er was imparting wise counsel then it's all to the good

if he was advising lots of dumbbell kickbacks and 'toning exercises', he should spend a day or two as ballast for the heavy bag in the boxing area

GeneticallyGifted
01-09-2003, 11:55 AM
Its fun kinda showing up the instructor...or a personal trainer. The class or client is supposed to be paying them all the attention but what happens... they all turn their eyes to the muscley guy, making all the rutkus, making weights slap together and bars bend with this huge amount of weight that he is pulling...and all the instructor or personal trainer can do is shut up watch his class or client watch you in amazement...and wish he could be you that very moment... but he can't!!! BWWWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

HAHAHAHAHAA!!!

what a feeling.....







That sh!t only happens to you B.:cry: Nice workout and I bet 600 will be a breeze.

G

Just some girl
01-09-2003, 02:06 PM
Originally posted by Belial
Yes, but it would still be pumping my gunz with intensity. And that makes my balls itch.

you're wired funny.

the doc
01-09-2003, 04:24 PM
um yeah so most those classes are taught by coaches looking to make an extra few bucks so i would pay them any attention

Songsangnim
01-10-2003, 04:44 AM
Originally posted by Belial
Yes, but it would still be pumping my gunz with intensity. And that makes my balls itch.

And today, I deadlifted. I wasn't going to do much, just a few reps at about 500, but I kinda wanted to push it. The fact that the gym was packed with people in the weight training class (taught by a guy who was MAYBE 160 pounds) created a desire to make some noise.

Deadlifts:

135 x 6, 225 x 6, 315 x 6, 405 x 2, 585 x 1

585 was SMOKED. I almost couldn't believe how easy it was, not a split second of hesitation at the bottom, and a lockout so fast the bar wobbled like mad. I'm thinking I've recovered enough to push these to a new PR over the next few weeks. It WAS pretty cool that there must have been at least two dozen people watching.



The less said about the first paragraph the better:D
As for everything else, that's bloody impressive. I would love to see you and Mr.Mason in a dead off some day. On a related note why are you doing flyes for chest? everyone nos bench is best exerzize;)

McBain
01-10-2003, 05:55 AM
Belial = ace

galileo
01-10-2003, 06:37 AM
Belial = teh unwin

chris mason
01-10-2003, 09:29 AM
You know, that dead-off could be a very real possibility as we don't live that far from each other.

Paul Stagg
01-10-2003, 09:41 AM
I feel a road trip coming on.

Chris - there's a PLing meet in Ft Washington MD in April - I'd guess about 2.5 hours from you or so (I think - it's south of DC)

I think there is a deadlift only competition.

Alex.V
01-10-2003, 09:57 AM
I'd get rocked. But... chris, I'm up for it if you are. :D

Whether it's in competition or in the gym.

Manveet
01-10-2003, 11:37 PM
585 x 1

*faints*

Great job man!

P.S this journal is almost 100 pages long:eek:

Reinier
01-11-2003, 03:07 AM
23 pages :)

Pup
01-11-2003, 06:47 AM
Umm...91 pages :scratch:

Alex.V
01-11-2003, 12:45 PM
Dat's not my record, manveet. :)

And it was CHEST DAY! RAH!

Not bad, actually. I figured I'd be maxing on my bench for the last time (at least, for the next two weeks. lol). So I gave it a pretty good go today... the heavy benching toasted me for the rest of the workout, though.

BB bench:

135 x 10, 225 x 10, 275 x 2, 315 x 1, 335 x 1, 365 x 1 (!), 225 x 10 (+5 paused).

I was VERY happy. 315 and 335 were SMOKED. 365 was slow, and the spotter touched it. :( Next week I'll work on a slightly faster descent (and stability at the top needs work, too).

Seated skullcrushers:

175 x 8, 175 x 7

No mojo here. Exhausted.

DB flyes:

75 x 10, 75 x 10, 75 x 9

I think those were the reps. Slow negative on the last. Form felt very good, arms nicely extended. Chest was in serious pain right about here. :)

Tricep pushdowns:

120 x 10 (per hand), 245 x 11 (both hands)

Again, toast.

DB front raises:

45 x 10, 55 x 8

Pushing it slightly. Shoulder feeling great.

That's about it, really.

Diet- excellent, if a bit high in carbs.

Sleep- 7.5 hours.

*bows*

*exits stage left*

McBain
01-11-2003, 01:16 PM
*claps his ass off*

ectx
01-11-2003, 01:55 PM
*golf claps*

I had chest day today too....but mine never looks like that :(

Congrats on the 365. OUTSTANDING. Good to see the shoulder's holding up.

Ahh, sh*t...no spam again...I need to stop doing this.

rookiebldr
01-11-2003, 02:15 PM
Belial, which attachment are you using for the single-handed tricep pushdown. I would think with any of the bar attachments, it would be too unstable, well for me it would be. I'm guessing your using the ropes but I'm likely wrong.

And well done on getting another personal best.

MonStar
01-11-2003, 02:36 PM
Good job B! Impressive with the 365. When you say that the spotter touched it---you dont count it as your max lift, correct? I am going to sh*t myself when I finally bench 365 for a single. Thats going to be friggin' awesome. Keep up the hard work.

Alex.V
01-12-2003, 01:37 PM
No, not correct. There's a difference between interference and assist.

Decided to do legs today rather than monday. Wasn't really feeling hugely inspired, but figured why the **** not.

Squats:

135 x 10 (ATF), 225 x 8 (ATF), 315 x 5, 405 x 1, 435 x 1, 460 x 1.

Got 460 this week. Cool. Probably below where I needed to be, again.

SLDLs:

405 x 10, 405 x 10

Deep, strong. But didn't push them too hard.

Leg press:

22 plates x 6, 20 plates x 10, 20 plates x 8

Stayed away from the drop set, didn't feel like killing myself today. lol.

Leg extensions:

Stack x 18, stack x 14

Stupid wussy machine. 312 pounds or something is the max on it, and one legged is awkward.

Calf raises on machine:

Stack x 14, stack x 14

Diet- pretty good.

Sleep- 8 hours.

That was about it. Now, on to my pile of work.
Wasn't this an exciting journal update? I thought so too.

PS- Rude, disrespectful people can all f*ck off and die.

galileo
01-13-2003, 05:02 AM
Originally posted by Belial
Rude, disrespectful people can all f*ck off and die.

What about people who are only rude and disrespectful to people who deserve it?

MonStar
01-13-2003, 07:02 AM
Damn B! You did one-legged extensions with the entire stack? Sh*t. Impressive.

the doc
01-13-2003, 07:22 AM
yeah man that leg ext. doesn't have much weight, i think i was doing one plate short of the stack before i left.

i switched to doing superslow reps on that thing. Drop it down over 4-8 seconds and it will get very difficult

WillKuenzel
01-13-2003, 09:19 PM
I've tried doing one-legged extensions. The leverage just sux. I like supersetting sissy squats with a dropset of leg ext. We have a plate loaded single leg ext (Hammer Strength). I may try it next.


<<< can be rude, but ain't disrespectful :)

Everybody deserves respect until proven otherwise. I'll fling an 80lb DB at a disrespectful person. 100's go to the rude and disrespectful.

Alex.V
01-14-2003, 02:11 PM
I am inhumanly tired. Not enough sleep, too much work. God damn.

Decided to do my back workout anyway, though I was convinced I was going to skip it.

So, without further ado, the most listless update ever.

Weighted pull-ups:

+45 x 10, +90 x 8

Done on a stupid pull-up rack, not the sturdy one. So again, I couldn't push it. Not that I think I could have.

DB rows:

185 x 8/8, 165 x 10/10

I think I may have fallen asleep between sets.

Bi-angular row:

8 plates + 20 lbs x 8, 8 plates + 20 lbs x 7

zzzzzzzzzz.... wha huh, oh, right.

Finished off with lack of concentration curls and some heavy-ish hammer curls (70's).

I think it's time for me to sleep. But then I won't sleep tonight. Crappo.

Diet- excellent!

Sleep- under 4 hours.

Alex.V
01-16-2003, 11:51 AM
DEADLIFTS!

A few restful nights and some good food, and I feel back on track. Damn nice workout to return to as well. :)

Worked legs a little last night. *snicker* But still woke up this morning, had two meals prior to lifting, and smoked a PR.

Deadlifts:

135 x 6, 225 x 6, 315 x 5, 405 x 2, 605 x 1 (!)

Easy as ****. Felt like I had another 10-15 in me, easy. I just felt completely on today, as soon as I touched the bar I knew I had it. Great feeling. But after the lift was done I was seeing stars. For a good two or three minutes. Screw backing off!

:D

Lateral raises:

50 x 10, 50 x 10, 55 x 8

Exciting. No, really.

Bent-over lateral raises:

45 x 10, 45 x 10

Even moreso. But, get this, veins standing out in my traps after these. Freaky. I have no vascularity there usually.

Ditched the shrugs, did some calves, worked on squats with chris (fastraxx), and got the hell outta there.

Diet- excellent.

Sleep- 7.5 hours, 10 hours the night before.

And that's about it!

MonStar
01-16-2003, 11:55 AM
Well, this is just great. I think I am all high and mighty for pulling 500 today---and what do we have here? Belial, pulling 605. What the hell else is new? Congrats B---youre tied with big ol' chris mason now.. this is going to turn into a battle for the highest WBB pull!

Franco
01-16-2003, 12:01 PM
How far do you intend to go if you start competing in Powerlifting, i.e. upto national?

Only reason I ask is as you know there are some exceptionally insane lifters in your weight class

ElPietro
01-16-2003, 12:08 PM
You better fooking not go to 606, or i'm gonna have to go max out again to keep within 100lbs assface! :mad:

Just wait, I'm gonna learn sumos and see if that helps me at all. Otherwise, i'm just making up my lifts from now on!

GeneticallyGifted
01-16-2003, 01:01 PM
man B, that is some incredible sh!t...."605". Congrats to you and glad to see you felt on completely which is even more impressive.Focus is the core of our training. Its nothing like it. Whats your weight at right now, and don't you lie either because I know pics are coming soon.

G

fuzz
01-16-2003, 01:08 PM
Pics. HAH!@!# The only way we would have pics is if Belial actually existed. Since he is an AI module, there is nothing to have pictures of.

The sham is up, B. Might as well give it up...

Oh yeah, and congrats on the monster pull.

chris mason
01-16-2003, 01:11 PM
Good job B. I'll have to see if I can't up the ante soon.

Just some girl
01-16-2003, 02:02 PM
congrats. ;) very impressive work.

and my photography skills are always available, should you chose to use them. :)

leg workout. lmao. dork. ;)

Alex.V
01-16-2003, 03:38 PM
Something tells me all the heavy deadlifting on this board is going to get ugly. :D

Monstar, you got talent at the lift, bwoy. Keep it up and you'll be ahead of all of us.

LP, I'm scared to imagine that your sumo is stronger.. your conventional is probably better than mine..

GG, I'm about 227 on the gym scale (in underwear). So pics coming up soon, andrea, I'm going to use you for those. ;) And yah, man, there's nothing like that feeling of being totally in the zone, like you can lift whatever you want. I'm still stoked.

xraygirl
01-16-2003, 04:01 PM
Originally posted by Belial
So pics coming up soon, andrea, I'm going to use you for those. ;)
Bah! You say something like this every couple of months!

ectx
01-16-2003, 04:58 PM
Originally posted by Belial

Deadlifts:

135 x 6, 225 x 6, 315 x 5, 405 x 2, 605 x 1 (!)

Easy as ****. Felt like I had another 10-15 in me, easy.

ShhhhNikes. I hate you so much. ...and by hate I mean totally impressed by your poundage. I am now certain that you are a WBB AI. j/k Silicon isn't that strong.

btw, Andrea is a dork. A cool dork, but ne'ertheless a dork. :D

xraygirl
01-16-2003, 05:04 PM
Stop trying to put the movidas on Alex's girl! tuttut

ectx
01-16-2003, 05:13 PM
LMAO...You did live in San Antonio way too long.

Nah, ec don't play that. *looks at B's stats, runs and hides*

Alex.V
01-16-2003, 05:15 PM
Naw, he doesn't. Besides, if he does, lo castrare con una cuchara.


Or something like that. Damn that language. I forget all my spanish.

the doc
01-16-2003, 05:24 PM
NICE WORK MAN!!!!!!!!!!!


DEADLIFTS!!!!!!!

xraygirl
01-16-2003, 05:26 PM
Okay EC. Just keepin' ya honest ;)

WillKuenzel
01-16-2003, 07:50 PM
*looks at deadlifts*






*sulks*

I'll have to drive up there and see this one of these days.

BennettBoy
01-16-2003, 08:50 PM
Nice job on 605 B. Your lifts are unreal.

ectx
01-16-2003, 10:05 PM
*watches out for meatheads wielding spoons*

that's just wrong mang....so wrong

Santiago
01-17-2003, 04:45 AM
Originally posted by Belial
DEADLIFTS!

405 x 2, 605 x 1 (!)

.



Do you always like the big jumps? Obviously they work for you, but do sometimes you feel like you would have rather taken something in the middle to better prepare you for the max pull?

My jury is out on if an opener type weight (besides for necessary placement in a meet) helps or hinders the biggest attempt(s).

Just some girl
01-17-2003, 08:28 AM
Originally posted by xraygirl

Bah! You say something like this every couple of months!

i think he's serious this time, folks. im seeing some potentially pre-photographic activities....

:p

ElPietro
01-17-2003, 08:46 AM
Originally posted by Just some girl


i think he's serious this time, folks. im seeing some potentially pre-photographic activities....

:p

You mean he shaved his back and ass! :eek:

MonStar
01-17-2003, 08:54 AM
Damn I hope you get some friggin' pics up, B! I feel like its been talked about and talked about but nothing has really come of it other than a quick lat shot.

Just some girl
01-17-2003, 09:00 AM
Originally posted by ElPietro


You mean he shaved his back and ass! :eek:

ew. back hair? no. none of that.

the doc
01-17-2003, 09:05 AM
lol

Alex.V
01-17-2003, 10:00 AM
I think she means the fact that I baked for a pathetic ten minutes and I now have a sunburn.

Doc, BB, thanks guys. :)

EC, sorry man, couldn't help it. Besides, my knowledge of the language is somewhat poor at the moment, it's all I could think of.

Santiago, for bench and squats I lead up more slowly.. but for deads... if I were to do something moderate like 500 in the middle, I'd probably tire myself out. In fact, I'm sure of it. I wonder what makes the lift different... could be the fact that the load is felt prior to descent on bench and squats?

Peter, not everybody is a wookie.

Homeyield, dude, the offer is open! Come up here and lift!

Just some girl
01-17-2003, 10:54 AM
then you could faint in this gym too, HY! :D ;)

BennettBoy
01-17-2003, 10:57 AM
Originally posted by Just some girl


ew. back hair? no. none of that.

That's grounds for splitting up. :D

Just some girl
01-17-2003, 12:03 PM
Originally posted by BennettBoy


That's grounds for splitting up. :D

i knew some hairy fella or another was gonna take offense to that. :p

BennettBoy
01-17-2003, 12:10 PM
Originally posted by Just some girl


i knew some hairy fella or another was gonna take offense to that. :p

Hey, I'm not hairy.....I shave. :D

But I don't have back hairs LOL.

eclips1
01-17-2003, 01:48 PM
Originally posted by Belial

BB bench:

135 x 10, 225 x 10, 275 x 2, 315 x 1, 335 x 1, 365 x 1 (!), 225 x 10 (+5 paused).



Congrats on the 365 bench! 605 on Deads is insane too. Looks like we are neck and neck on the bench!(*your only smoking me on every other lift known to man*) I don't know what happened to Cal in getting to 405. I think I'll harrass his journal next!

Saturday Fever
01-17-2003, 04:41 PM
B has more than my total and we haven't even added in squats yet. This is my official "I Hate B" post.

:spam:

Santiago
01-17-2003, 05:32 PM
Originally posted by Belial
I wonder what makes the lift different... could be the fact that the load is felt prior to descent on bench and squats?



Dunno mang. The reason I asked is because sometimes it feels right to me to make huge jumps in weight, but sometimes the weight feels way too much heavier than the 405 I pulled before it lol. I hear you on the squats and bench tho.

Alex.V
01-18-2003, 12:28 AM
Eclipse, you hit 365 before I did, bet you anything your lift is more solid. But these next few months should be interesting, eh? :D Let's get movin on this.

SF, spam and hatred are more than welcome in my journal. :)

Santiago, I can't explain why deads are so different in this respect. But a dead done at 85-90% of my max wipes me out a lot more than a squat or bench done similarly. Odd. Could be that on these lifts I have a better idea of my true max? Naw.

I have no clue.

Fudomyo
01-18-2003, 12:38 AM
I never noticed that, but you are right on. It takes a 85-90% bench to get the blood going for a good set. Deads are easier to warmup on.

I still warmup starting with 145 dead, which is stupid thinking about it. I'm pretty close to 100% after only 60 or 70% I'd guess. Interesting.

Alex.V
01-18-2003, 12:30 PM
Bah, I am a wuss. Benching today, my elbow started giving me problems. I tweaked it a few days back (my left one. stfu. I'm a righty), so it wasn't 100%. I got to my second heavy single and it started bugging me, so I backed off. I guess it's good, I needed the break anyway.

BB bench:

135 x 10, 225 x 10, 275 x 4, 315 x 1, 340 x 1, 315 x 1, 225 x 15?

First 315 was easy as hell. Nothing really noteworthy today, though. Other than 225 is starting to feel like a speed set, and I can probably start doing 315 for reps.

Seated skulls:

165 x 8, 165 x 7

Wasn't really counting on these. Elbow not 100% (it's a tricep tendon, I think), so I didn't push it to failure.

DB flyes:

75 x 10, 75 x 10

Rah. Excellent form, though.

DB press:

100's x a few.

There was a two girl crew there shooting people working out for some local channel, so they were asking people to do stuff. I figured this would be more interesting than flyes, so I did a bunch. So easy at this point. t'was nice.

One handed pushdowns:

120 x 10, 120 x 10 (per hand)

Also not a big deal here, taking it light.

Finished with DB front raises (50's), and called it a day.

Sleep- 6.5 hours.

Diet- Pretty good, I think. Maybe a bit low in cals.

Das' it, yo.

_-_v_-_
01-18-2003, 12:32 PM
Other than 225 is starting to feel like a speed set, and I can probably start doing 315 for reps.

I hate you.

*curses own chest*

Just some girl
01-18-2003, 12:41 PM
i think that you should start wearing a shirt like that other guy had on. then not only would you both have been on the tv thing, but you both would be extremely....uh....flamboyant, too. :p

Fudomyo
01-18-2003, 12:42 PM
Does your right hand know?

ectx
01-18-2003, 09:24 PM
So did you pose and flex and pump up for the camera? Yeah, I know you did. Showoff.

I hope the elbow's better foo'


btw, I heard all your spoons are plastic. *snicker*

Alex.V
01-18-2003, 09:26 PM
V, I appreciate the love. Fudo, I saw that one coming.

lol.

Andrea, I couldn't be nearly that sexy, and ec, no, but I did pick up more weight than I should have. Haven't done DB bench in AGES because even hefting up the 60's used to be agony on my biceps tendon. So smart me grabs the 100's because they look more impressive. heh. meathead.

What you talkin about? Plastic spoons? :confused: I think you're hearing lies.

Just some girl
01-19-2003, 12:42 AM
Originally posted by ectx

btw, I heard all your spoons are plastic. *snicker*

no, you dork. i'm the one with the plastic spoons. though now i have real ones too. :D

BennettBoy
01-19-2003, 12:57 AM
Your too damn modest dude. Your the sh$t and you need to start acting like it. :cool:

I mean, you do want to be the next Vin Diesel don't you?


:D j/k bro.

MonStar
01-19-2003, 07:10 AM
Damn B, handling 3 plates for reps is friggin' insane. Looking forward to how many you can get with it. Good luck tearin' up 315 man.

Alex.V
01-19-2003, 12:07 PM
Originally posted by BennettBoy
Your too damn modest dude. Your the sh$t and you need to start acting like it. :cool:


See now, THAT is a quotable. lol.

Alex.V
01-19-2003, 12:13 PM
Leg day!

And what a good one it was. I wasn't feeling too inspired heading into the workout, but it actually turned out well. My 460 splat last week had me a little discouraged, but I turned that around.

Squats:

135 x 10 (ATF), 225 x 8 (ATF), 315 x 6, 405 x 1, 460 x 1

Not a problem at all, 460 was smoked. Got a football played to spot me and check depth (to my demonstrated standards) and he said I got it and then some. Cool. Had more in me, too.

SLDLs:

405 x 10, 405 x 10

Too easy. Felt like 225.

Leg press:

22 plates x 10, 22 plates x 8

Didn't feel like pushing it much, my right knee was a little uncomfortable.

Calf raises on sled:

22 plates x 16, 22 plates x 10

Rah. Leg extensions and leg curls, full stacks for a few. Called it a day.

Diet- excellent.

Sleep- 6.5 hours. Bah!

That's it.

Fudomyo
01-19-2003, 03:18 PM
Dude, SLDL's help me so much with deadlifts, squats, leg press, sldl's even....what's up with the slacking here? Even I can do 3 1/2 plates and you got 25 lbs on me.

Quit doing leg press strip sets and bump that one up buddy.

:D

Alex.V
01-19-2003, 03:19 PM
I used to do 5 plates on SLDLs for reps, but that was too much on my lower back what with the 600 pound deadlifts later in the week. :)

Fudomyo
01-19-2003, 03:22 PM
Mmmmm. Could try 1 set of 5. Or throw in another rest day. 'Course everyone hates adding rest days.

the doc
01-19-2003, 03:33 PM
Originally posted by Belial
I used to do 5 plates on SLDLs for reps, but that was too much on my lower back what with the 600 pound deadlifts later in the week. :)

glad to know your human ;)

Alex.V
01-21-2003, 02:20 PM
Am not.

Back day! Whoop!

Decent workout, too. Long weekend of lethargy has revitalized me somewhat, I think. Though I still feel pretty sluggish.

Weighted pull-ups:

+45 x 10, +90 x 8

Figured this was enough. Bleh. Why do I always feel so week during these?

DB rows:

185 x 8, 175 x 10

Better. Nice, strong, clean reps. Almost lost the plates on the first set (on the left side). Couldn't find the good collars. That woulda been loud.

Bi-angular row:

8 plates + 20 pounds x 8, 8 plates + 30 pounds x 8

Strong enough... good ROM, too. Focusing on full extension on every rep.

Concentration curls:

50 x 10, 50 x 10, 45 x 10

So exciting.

Hammer curls:

65 x 10, 75 x 7

Actually happy with these.... 75's were damn heavy, I gotta say. But the reps were perfect. This guy was using the 70's for shrugs. So I figured I'd show him up and grab bigger weights. Okay, not really, I just didn't want to wait for him to finish.

5-stage pull-ups:

4. lol. 2.5 second pause at each stage. (half up, top, half down, up, down.)

That was it.

Diet- Very good! Ate a whole chicken last night, that was nice.

Sleep- 7 hours, give or take.

GeneticallyGifted
01-21-2003, 02:23 PM
Back day looks intense. Are you super strict with form and squeezing.... especially on the eccentric part? Do you do any forms of TUT?

GG

Alex.V
01-21-2003, 06:23 PM
GG, I don't squeeze during any motion, though my form, especially with the bi-angular rows, is tight. The one place it slacks a little is on the last rep of the pull-ups... usually there's a little bit of fidgeting there. As far as counting goes.. I haven't done that in ages.

Saturday Fever
01-21-2003, 06:30 PM
TUT is a trade-off, not a principle. When the tension is low, the time is increased. When the time is low, the tension is increased. I would wager to say, however, that if Belial was interested in hypertrophy he'd lessen the tension and increase the time.

Jane
01-21-2003, 08:11 PM
Originally posted by Belial

Weighted pull-ups:

+45 x 10, +90 x 8

Figured this was enough. Bleh. Why do I always feel so week during these?

Oh! I know! Teacher pick me!

You feel...weak...because...you strap ninety pounds to a two hundred and twenty pound frame and proceed to fight the force of gravity of this entire planet using only two arms for eight full repetitions. Am I right? Am I, teach, am I?

the doc
01-22-2003, 06:17 AM
have a star janie :)

Just some girl
01-22-2003, 09:52 AM
wow, i just scrolled up and saw that there are none of my posts on this page. i would have checked the page before, but that would take effort. i have to be careful or i'll lose my status as your number one fan. and i refuse to yield my position!! *battles off Monstar, ec, and the rest of the hordes*

after all that, i still have nothing of substance to say. :( so, um....

:hump:

;)

GeneticallyGifted
01-22-2003, 01:38 PM
So Belial, are you saying that you don't stay strict on the eccentric part of the rep, meaning a slow or a consistent pace on the eccentric or do you? Am I reading you correctly?

G

ElPietro
01-22-2003, 01:48 PM
I don't think you have to "squeeze" on any part of any motion for it to be a proper rep. If you are pulling throughout the full ROM of the exercise you needn't do more. I think squeezing is just a perception thing.

Alex.V
01-23-2003, 11:42 AM
Actually, Jane, it's more than 220. And I was referring to just feeling weak in the beginning of the workout. Stop being a smartass. No gold star, go to your room. I'm disconnecting the battery in your car.

GG, the eccentric is slow enough. I don't drop it, but I don't try to lower it too slowly either. Hard to describe.. maybe a 2 second eccentric on the DB rows? Whether strength or hypertrophy, I wouldn't vary this much.

I was almost really sad today. I spent a good portion of the evening yesterday loading up on carbs and loads of water, and this morning I had a big breakfast and another half gallon of agua. Then got paranoid that the gym might be closed. (snow here. Durham shuts down with an inch or two). So there I was, all bloated looking (and feeling) with the potential that I might not deadlift.

Well, it was open. :) And during the warmup sets, my lower back was so pumped I almost had trouble bending over. At first I thought it was pain, then I felt back there and realized the cleft between my spinal erectors was at least an inch deep. And tight. So I did a few quick toe touches to loosen it up a little, and... deadlifts went well. Very well.

Deadlifts:

135 x 8, 225 x 6, 315 x 4, 405 x 2, 615 x 1 (!)

Damn. That was rough. There was some hesitation coming off the floor, but once the bar warped about two inches or so I knew I had it. Came up slow and steady, beautiful lockout. Not much to spare, though. Maybe 5 pounds, if that. Attracted some attention, yes it did. :)

I'm stoked. That's a 10 pound PR.

And my celebration was very muted. That's probably because I was seeing stars.

Lateral raises:

45 x 10, 50 x 10, 50 x 8

Rah. Good reps, though.

Bent-over lateral raises:

45 x 10, 40 x 10

Perfect. Excellent tightness in my rear delts after doing these, reassuring that I'm hitting the right spot.

Calf raises on machine:

Stack x 14, stack x 14.

Again, excitement. The deads wiped me out, I went home.

Diet- Excellent.

Sleep- 7.5 hours.

That's about it. I'll be up in jersey this weekend helping my dad move boxes, so I likely won't get much of a workout in. But who cares. I'm still on a high. :)

ElPietro
01-23-2003, 11:47 AM
You whore! :mad:

Saturday Fever
01-23-2003, 01:03 PM
And my celebration was very muted. That's probably because I was seeing stars.

As bad as it might sound, seeing stars rules.

BennettBoy
01-23-2003, 05:23 PM
Nice B!

WillKuenzel
01-23-2003, 06:30 PM
...but once the bar warped about two inches or so I knew I had it. :eek: :cool:

I'm gonna change my name to wannabebelial. Nice job!

heathj
01-23-2003, 06:47 PM
Well **** he's back! ;)

I guess that's a decent lift...almost caught up to me.

Chris Rodgers
01-23-2003, 06:54 PM
ACE!!

DeDLiFtS!!!

the doc
01-23-2003, 07:13 PM
Originally posted by LATMAN
ACE!!

DeDLiFtS!!!


!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ryan1117
01-23-2003, 07:33 PM
Originally posted by Belial
Attracted some attention, yes it did. :)

I'm sure it would! 405 is the highest I've seen anyone else pull at my gym.

MonStar
01-23-2003, 09:40 PM
Holy F*CK B! Damn, when are you ever going to stop? 600, then 605, and now 615. I dont know how the hell you do it going so heavy week to week. Talk about impressive. Keep up the hard work man.

Lower back pump huh? LOL, crazy man.

Franjipani
01-24-2003, 03:12 AM
Originally posted by Just some girl
after all that, i still have nothing of substance to say. :( so, um....

:hump:

;)

:withstupi

Errm without the humpy bits though;).

Great job on the Deads B.... why am I not surprised you saw stars????:p

Alex.V
01-25-2003, 08:22 AM
Thanks very much, all of you. :) And an update on that.. I won't be working out this weekend, since I'll be helping my dad move boxes all day, but... my lower back is still very, very sore. Which is really a first, usually I don't get much DOMS from deads. Ow.

Reinier
01-25-2003, 08:24 AM
i have to look out. hes on my tail

the doc
01-25-2003, 08:36 AM
might i recommend some ben-gay for your lower back...

heaven in a tube:D

Just some girl
01-25-2003, 07:54 PM
BEN-GAY! BEN-GAY! BEN-GAY! BEN-GAY! BEN-GAY!

a gift from the benevolent gods.

and a fun fact: it also removes permanent marker from skin. cool, huh?

Chris Rodgers
01-26-2003, 08:39 AM
Are you gonna compete or what assface??? ;)

Santiago
01-26-2003, 03:02 PM
Saturday March 8. I think with your education you can afford the 15 dollar admission. ;) And if you'd like, you can show up and just deadlift.

Alex.V
01-27-2003, 03:04 PM
Just deadlift? :)

When's the application deadline again? Honestly, after driving home this weekend, I'm sick of it. lol. The weekend screwed me up pretty badly... missed both my workouts, spent 15 hours in a car, lifted really really heavy boxes all day saturday, went out till late saturday night... so I went in today and decided to make up my chest workout. Wasn't too bad, but I felt (and looked) flat, didn't feel too motivated, and was otherwise in a daze.

BB bench:

135 x 10, 225 x 8, 275 x 3, 315 x 1, 335 x 1, 365 x 1, 225 x 18

Nothing special. Honestly, I was expecting to get pinned by 365, so I told Andrea I'd need a good amount of assist. She said she only touched with a bit o' help it midway through, so I'm pleased. Were I 100% I'd probably be good for a few more pounds on my own. 225 was exhausting, and destroyed my triceps for the rest of the workout. Hence:

Seated skullcrushers:

175 x 7, 175 x 6

Tired. lol.

DB flyes:

75 x 10, 75 x 10, 75 x 8

Pretty good. Nice, slow negative on the last rep of each set, too.

One-handed pushdowns:

130 x 8/8, 120 x 8/7

Tanked out here, I was gone.

DB front raises:

45 x 10, 50 x 10

Made some interesting faces on this one. At this point I wasn't really thinking too clearly or able to walk in a straight line. I am so exhausted.

Diet- decent, though too low in cals on saturday.

Sleep- 7.5 broken hours. :(

That's about it.

Santiago
01-27-2003, 03:30 PM
There's not a deadline. Last year I didn't decide I was going to do it until 2 days before, and I signed up 10 mins before the meet. :)

Just some girl
01-27-2003, 09:52 PM
It was really cool running into you in the gym by accident today. Made me happy. :)

Workout looked great, esp since you kept telling me how tired you still were and how "flat" you felt. Though im not entirely sure what that means. ;)

hope the rest of your day was good. :)

Alex.V
01-28-2003, 02:19 PM
Flat- weak, muscles don't look full... skinny. Crappy. :)

And kinda felt the same today, but the endless labs prior to my workout didn't help. Decided against DB rows today... they actually hurt my elbow... on the arm that's NOT rowing. I guess locking that arm under that kinda load is hard.. and when I don't lock it, it gets quite fatigued. lol.

Without further ado:

Weighted pull-ups:

+45 x 10, +90 x 8, +45 x 8

Fun fun fun.

Did an extra set of these. Can one pump one's latz? Naw, that's stupid sounding.

Bi-angular row:

10 plates x 6, 8 plates x 10, 8 plates x 10.

Very nice. The first set was brutally tough, but form was tight.

Concentration curls with 50's, hammer curls with 65's.

3 sets of each. 8 reps per set.

That don't seem like a lot. So I'll use this opportunity to say that people who ask for advice or a favor, and then get pushy and b*tchy about it should be shot. For example. If you have a question, and ask if it's okay to e-mail it to me, that's cool. If you then ask if I've replied yet, that's slightly irritating. If you ask three more times, that's even MORE irritating. If you do this all within the space of ten minutes, it's not only irritating, it's infuriating. And therefore, if you're guilty of this, I hate you and hope you die.

Thank you for reading.

Relentless
01-28-2003, 02:50 PM
Originally posted by Belial

Bi-angular row:

10 plates x 6, 8 plates x 10, 8 plates x 10.

Very nice. The first set was brutally tough, but form was tight.


Nice rows, punk.
Got to bust past 8 plates once I'm done this HST schtick... I have been finding that this exercise gets a lot easier with my grip improving. With your deadlifts I guess grip was never really an issue for you but for me it was . . .

The damndest thing is that I've NEVER seen anyone else do more than 6 plates at my gym. Weird.

Anyway, while I'm thinking about it I wanted to thank you for your advice about raising the seat on this one... the pad doesn't cut into my chest at all anymore and the only downside is that my abs get a bit sore from keeping my torso still on the heavy rows. But ah well.

Question: Do you 'roll' your shoulders forward at the front of the motion at all or do you keep 'em static?

ectx
01-29-2003, 11:04 PM
Originally posted by Belial
So I'll use this opportunity to say that people who ask for advice or a favor, and then get pushy and b*tchy about it should be shot. For example. If you have a question, and ask if it's okay to e-mail it to me, that's cool. If you then ask if I've replied yet, that's slightly irritating. If you ask three more times, that's even MORE irritating. If you do this all within the space of ten minutes, it's not only irritating, it's infuriating. And therefore, if you're guilty of this, I hate you and hope you die.

Thank you for reading.

B...mang...I'm sorry I emailed you those 50 times. It's just that it was really urgent.

did you reply yet? :evillaugh

guess what...:spam: bwahahahahaha

*Ends the meaningless boycott of B's journal he began for sh*ts an d giggles*

bench, chins, deads...everything...ace, yo. Pretty inspiring, foo'.

GeneticallyGifted
01-30-2003, 10:14 AM
Originally posted by Belial
So I'll use this opportunity to say that people who ask for advice or a favor, and then get pushy and b*tchy about it should be shot. For example. If you have a question, and ask if it's okay to e-mail it to me, that's cool. If you then ask if I've replied yet, that's slightly irritating. If you ask three more times, that's even MORE irritating. If you do this all within the space of ten minutes, it's not only irritating, it's infuriating. And therefore, if you're guilty of this, I hate you and hope you die.

Thank you for reading.

:swear: NOBODY WANTS TO ASK YOU ANY QUESTIONS ANYWAY...I DON'T NEED YOUR DAMN ADVICE....YOU OVERBOUND MEATHEAD, WITH THE INTELLIGENCE OF ALBERT EINSTEIN...GEEEZ!!! WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU'RE THE BIGGEST MOFO AROUND....HUH...HUH, DOYA??...........oh you are smart, and the biggest mofo around...mmmmmmm..... well could you email me back with an answer, that would be great mmmmthanks...oh and disregard the above statement...hahahahaa!


just trippin'

G

Alex.V
01-30-2003, 12:06 PM
Cal- Yeah, that seat issue seems to help a lot of people. At the end of the motion.. I don't roll forward too much, shoulderblades and lats are still tight. In other words, there's no lat release, which I'd need to really get a stretch.

ec- *kicks spam across room* Why DID you boycott my journal, anyhow? :(

G- lol. It was actually referenced to two specific people. It's not advice, hell, I put myself out and say I'll give it. It's just people who take it for granted. It's not like I'm getting paid to answer people's questions, you know? So I don't really think people got a right to get impatient.

And without further ado:

Still sick. Sniffling, coughing a bit... walking miles and miles through the cold.. *cue violin music*. So again, not expecting much from deads. Ate like a hog, though, and drank a good half gallon of water this morning. Also finally got enough sleep last night. So it was a good day.

Deadlifts:

135 x 6, 225 x 6, 315 x 4, 405 x 2, 620 x 1 (!)

I can't explain it either. These keep going up, and I still feel like I got room to spare. One thing I've noticed, though... speed. On 405, the bar is flying up. My setup is better (stance more solid and comfortable), the grip comes as second nature, and my mindset has changed. It's not a desperate drop down to the bar with a fear of failure, it's a more controlled, focused descent (still fast), knowing that I'm going to give it my all. Failure isn't something to be feared, it's just something I won't accept. And that has everything to do with it. The first split second after the pull starts is where it either moves or it doesn't.. and in the past, if it felt too hard, I'd freeze and stop pulling. Hence fail. Now, I'll keep driving, because I know I can handle it. Different mindset, different type of lift.

God that was bad ass. :D

Lateral raises:

45 x 10, 50 x 10, 45 x who gives a sh*t.

Just kept going, I dunno, 11, 12?

Bent-over lateral raises:

45 x 8, 45 x 8

Was exhausted, but these felt too easy.

Calf raises with stack, hanging leg raises (full ROM), and got the hell out.

Sleep- 8 hours

Diet- excellent.

Other- Some dude said "Daaamn, you've gotten big." This is one of the guys that used to dwarf me in the gym. Big black guy. Best compliment I've received in there in a long time.

Mik
01-30-2003, 12:33 PM
Man Belial you never cease to amaze me! Nice pulling mang!

GeneticallyGifted
01-30-2003, 12:38 PM
Ok...ok...ok..ok.ok.k.k.k.k.k.kk.k.oook!!! This is insane...really it is. You must be an andriod or something because most of us just don't go to the gym sick and set PRs and feel like we can do more. Fine I guess you deserve this.....*golf clap* outta respect and a *that mutha-phucka gotta be big* hood gesture....to show how diverse I am.

G

ectx
01-30-2003, 12:43 PM
Originally posted by Belial

ec- *kicks spam across room* Why DID you boycott my journal, anyhow? :(


That's spam abuse. Bully. I boycotted for no particular reason...Sh*ts and giggles mang. Nah...I just got tired of saying....Congrats on this...:thumbup: :thumbup: on that, and I don't want to always spam your journal. I've decided spamming it is too much fun anyway...plus 620! :eek: Meathead.

oh yeah...:spam:

ericg
01-30-2003, 12:47 PM
thats crazy man! awesome pull bro crrrrrrrrazy

BennettBoy
01-30-2003, 01:18 PM
Originally posted by Belial

Other- Some dude said "Daaamn, you've gotten big." This is one of the guys that used to dwarf me in the gym. Big black guy. Best compliment I've received in there in a long time.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Well, evidently you haven't hit 230 yet. We have still not seen any pics. :D

Nice pull. You are a freak.

Just some girl
01-30-2003, 02:17 PM
:nod: he is a freak. a big one. actually, i wonder if you are 230 yet. what do you think? weighed yourself recently?

oh, and we're gonna fix this picture thing. i think its past time you show off your stuff...for a limited time. ;) *whips out camera*

and next time i'm gonna be there to observe this insanity you call deadlifting. :)

MonStar
01-30-2003, 02:53 PM
620 x 1... :eek::eek: INSANE strength B. I dont know what the f*ck has gotten into you. I have never seen anything like this. Thats great that you keep gaining weight man. If you were a little lighter you would have smoked triple BW by now.

Good work! Congrats.

Chris Rodgers
01-30-2003, 03:12 PM
All this strength and you still can't pull 3xbw eh? :p


J/K mang, huge pull!

Jane
01-30-2003, 03:35 PM
:hello:

Nice work, foo.

ryan1117
01-30-2003, 03:45 PM
It's amazing that you're 225 and yet still one of the best deadlifters pound for pound on this site.

galileo
01-30-2003, 04:21 PM
teh lose.

WillKuenzel
01-30-2003, 04:54 PM
Psycho, pure and simple. Pure psycho.


Nice pull!

WillKuenzel
02-01-2003, 04:14 AM
Happy birthday big guy!! You plan on pulling 630lbs to celebrate?

xraygirl
02-01-2003, 04:56 AM
:birthday:

Franco
02-01-2003, 05:03 AM
LOL.....Ahem guys --------> June 4th,

MonStar
02-01-2003, 05:11 AM
Happy birthday B! :D:D

Just some girl
02-01-2003, 06:15 AM
lol. the birthday person is Beliall, guys and gals. not our own beloved freak of nature. ;)

WillKuenzel
02-01-2003, 06:45 AM
LMAO, that's what i get for staying up too late! just consider it :spam: then

Alex.V
02-01-2003, 02:24 PM
Aww. Thanks guys. both for all the kind words and for the early birthday wishes. :D

Funny, I got zero DOMS from those deadlifts. None whatsoever. Yeah recovery.

Also, everything you guys are saying... the congrats and all that.. are making me seriously reconsider the cycle I had planned. I'm making great gains now, and even though I got 10 grams of test staring me in the face... I'm not touching it. Sh*t, if I can keep progressing on the deads natty... who knows. Whatever. That's my resolution for the time being. I wanna keep every pound I gain on that lift, not get a boost and then stagnate. So there ya have it.

Chest day!

Not a bad one, though I was a little off anyway.

BB bench:

135 x 10, 225 x 10, 275 x 2, 315 x 1, 335 x 1, 370 x 1 (!), 225 x 20

Very good sets. Everything but 370 was extremely fast. Still too worried about my shoulders to get the fast eccentric I need on the heavy rep. I'm staying here next week. Had a good spotter, and an audience of people encouraging me on the 370, which helped. Amazing how positive vibes can make the difference.

Seated skullcrushers:

175 x 10, 175 x 7

Wow. More tired than I thought.

DB flyes:

70 x 10, 70 x 8

Made these as tight and clean as possible. Decided I needed to give myself a bit of a break from here on out.

One-handed tricep pushdowns:

120 x 10, 120 x 10 (per side)

Nothing exciting, but they were clean.

DB front raises:

50 x 10, 50 x 8

Little tweak in the left shoulder on the second set, so I stopped them short. Just as well, I was burnt.

Good day, though. Felt nice to have a buncha random people actually giving encouragement. Pretty big dudes, too.

Diet- Excellent.

Sleep- 7 hours.

carolinagirl
02-01-2003, 02:53 PM
Can I butt in here?

Wow.

(That's all I wanted to say!)

rookiebldr
02-01-2003, 02:55 PM
Originally posted by Belial
Good day, though. Felt nice to have a buncha random people actually giving encouragement. Pretty big dudes, too.


Well consider this some more encouragement from the smaller dudes. :clap:

w00t!!! Well done on the bench presses. I also like the attitude on the 10g makes it an easier decision for you then.

_-_v_-_
02-01-2003, 03:23 PM
This is what you wrote: "Decided I needed to give myself a bit of a break from here on out"

This is what I initially saw: "Myself...freak"

Either way, totally correct.

Nice work, man!

the doc
02-01-2003, 03:26 PM
Originally posted by Belial
Also, everything you guys are saying... the congrats and all that.. are making me seriously reconsider the cycle I had planned. I'm making great gains now, and even though I got 10 grams of test staring me in the face... I'm not touching it. Sh*t, if I can keep progressing on the deads natty... who knows. Whatever. That's my resolution for the time being. I wanna keep every pound I gain on that lift, not get a boost and then stagnate. So there ya have it..

congrats on the bench and dead!!!!!

no reason to hit the test yet as long as you're still progressing :)
you can always give it to me :D

MonStar
02-01-2003, 04:02 PM
I agree Belial, as long as youre still progressing there is no reason at all to restort to test. I dont think at least.

Good work with 370 man! Jeez!!

Pup
02-01-2003, 05:24 PM
Another excellent workout homie...at this rate they'll need to put in double wide doors so your chest can fit through em ;)

Manveet
02-01-2003, 06:49 PM
Also, everything you guys are saying... the congrats and all that.. are making me seriously reconsider the cycle I had planned. I'm making great gains now, and even though I got 10 grams of test staring me in the face... I'm not touching it. Sh*t, if I can keep progressing on the deads natty... who knows. Whatever. That's my resolution for the time being. I wanna keep every pound I gain on that lift, not get a boost and then stagnate. So there ya have it.

What's this talk about test? You actually want to be bigger and stronger then you already are? Geeze, why don't you just take a break from all this lifting nonsense, and let some of us at wbb at least make some ground on ya.:p

Alex.V
02-02-2003, 12:35 PM
Carolinagirl: Normally, just for your username and university choice alone, I'd kick your butt. But in this case you may butt in. ;) Hey, you're just down the road, too. A lot of us NC folks, we all should meet up, dangit.

Rookie, thanks. It does make it easier... but I gotta say, it's still tempting to wonder what WOULD happen...

Doc, for a nominal fee. ;) HEY! No source posting. Or something.

V, thanks. Not a freak yet, though! The black guy wearing the skin tight belly shirt. He was a freak.

Monstar, thanks for the encouragement. And rob... if my chest grew like my bench did, maybe. Damn genetics! Manveet... I'll stagnate, injure myself, then y'all can kick my ass. ;)


Leg day!

Not a bad one... didn't work legs last weekend, but still progressed in the squats. See what this does to my deadlift, since lighter leg days seem to help a great deal. But... yeah.

Right.

Squats:

135 x 8, 225 x 8, 315 x 6, 405 x 1, 435 x 1, 465 x 1

Easy enough. 465 was slow, but passable. Depth was excellent. I hate my lack of hip flexibility. And my relative wussiness with this lift.

SLDLs:

405 x 10, 405 x 10

Quite quick, very tight form. I was happy. And oh so light.

Leg press:

22 plates x 10, 22 plates x 8

No drop set. I don't need the extra ass-kicking. These were hard enough. Quite deep.

Calf raises on sled:

22 plates x 14

whee.

Did some more calf raises on the machine, full stack, 12 reps, two sets. Rah.

Sleep- 7+1 hours

Diet- Pretty damn good.

And that's about it!

Why did I put the exclamation mark there. I'm anything but peppy.

carolinagirl
02-02-2003, 01:43 PM
Originally posted by Belial
Carolinagirl: Normally, just for your username and university choice alone, I'd kick your butt.

You know, it IS the name of the state, too. (That's actually why I chose it - pissing off Dukies is just an unexpected bonus! ;) )

And it's not nice to pick on people smaller than you.

tuttut

Which seems to leave you with absolutely nobody you can pick on.


(And I would totally go to a WBB gathering. That would be kickass.)

the doc
02-02-2003, 01:57 PM
LOL!

Yo i'll be down sometime in early april to pick up my bass boat. I'll have some more time to hang out this time :)

Skics
02-02-2003, 02:10 PM
Wow man, thats good stuff. 370x1! Gah! Reading this journal just makes me realize how far I have to go ;)

ectx
02-02-2003, 05:15 PM
Originally posted by Belial

Leg press:

22 plates x 10, 22 plates x 8

No drop set. I don't need the extra ass-kicking. These were hard enough. Quite deep.

slacker.























j/k

Alex.V
02-02-2003, 09:36 PM
Carolinagirl, Homeyield, all you other NC folks.. I'm definitely down for a meeting around here.

And cg, I can still pick on you. I'm a bully.

Doc, get your slack ass down here.

skics, it'll take you less time than you think. :D

And ec, you're making me cry here.

Just some girl
02-02-2003, 10:21 PM
oh oh! meeting of NC meatheads. lol. that would be fun. :D

BennettBoy
02-03-2003, 06:33 AM
Let me know the date. This ole SC boy wants to join in on the party.

The Calvinator
02-03-2003, 06:16 PM
damn beefcake!! it look slike you are going to get 405 on bench by the end of march, way to go champ, nice lifts.

the doc
02-03-2003, 06:21 PM
Originally posted by Just some girl
oh oh! meeting of NC meatheads. lol. that would be fun. :D

woot woot!!!
:strong:

WillKuenzel
02-03-2003, 07:36 PM
Originally posted by Just some girl
oh oh! meeting of NC meatheads. lol. that would be fun. :D
Damn skippy!!

I'll be working days before the end of month so I'll have a more normal schedule. We need to get something together.



Now be careful about the carolina bullying there big boy. I've had several relatives go there so I'm a little bit bias that way. Wouldn't want you bullying somebody too much smaller than you now would we. :D

Alex.V
02-04-2003, 02:40 PM
BB, hell yeah, you'll definitely be one of the first to know. :) Calvinator, you down for this too? (Thanks, by the way. It's all about shoulder health.. as you well know).


Will, I'm sorry to hear about your relatives. There are a few like that in every family, though.


:D


Back day!

Not too bad, either. Once past the initial sluggishness, I worked off some post-test anger. Did aight, too.

Weighted pull-ups:

+45 x 10, +90 x 8, +90 x ow

The clip on the chain pinched my thigh about an inch below my sack on the first ascent. Survival mechanisms kicked in and I aborted the set. Fast.

DB rows:

185 x 10/10, 165 x 16/13

My left side sucks on the high rep stuff. Right side is snappy and has loads of power, left side is lame.

Bi-angular rows:

10 plates x 7, 8 plates x 15 (!)

Holy sh*t. I have NO idea where these came from. Longer rest periods, maybe?

Lack-of-concentration curls with 45's and 50's, hammer curls with the 65's, one set of hanging leg raises, and I was outta there.

Sleep- 7 hours.

Diet- Excellent!

Other- "Chest and abs" competition at the Edge this friday night. *snicker* So do I do it, or pass it. My chest still sucks, and I'd hate to lose to some skinny ripped bitch. BUT. It might be fun. Since my water level fluctuates so damn much, I'll see how I'm looking friday afternoon. lol. Might be fun.

That's about it.

Chris Rodgers
02-04-2003, 03:14 PM
If you do the "chest and abs" thing than I don't know you when we do a meet together. :p

Blood&Iron
02-04-2003, 03:29 PM
Originally posted by Belial

Other- "Chest and abs" competition at the Edge this friday night. *snicker* So do I do it, or pass it. My chest still sucks,
So, you're gonna be around these parts, huh?

j/k
Club owners need to be a bit more creative with their naming. I'm betting there are 50 Edges in the US.

BTW, you're benching 370, I'm betting your chest most definitely doesn't suck. Apropros to that: have I mentioned lately that I hate you?

Just some girl
02-04-2003, 05:21 PM
i think you should do it. id love to get to watch you parade around like a piece of meat in public. :D mmmm....beefcake. ;)

BennettBoy
02-04-2003, 07:06 PM
Do it Alex. Andrea can be there with the digital camera. And then we get to see pics of Belial finally LOL.

:D

xraygirl
02-04-2003, 08:58 PM
Now he'll definitely not do it. He can only talk about posting pics.

Miss Rezza
02-04-2003, 10:33 PM
LOL!! It will be funny to see what B actually looks like, compared to the different images we all have in our heads!!

I've got a mixture of Priest & Yatesy goin' on in my head!! :p





Just post some gawd damn pics wont ya!!!

.......... & tell Andrea to do tha same!


:thumbup:

Alex.V
02-04-2003, 10:43 PM
See now, how anybody can make the mental jump from 225, 9% to 260, 6% (Dorian) is far beyond me. :) Think a slightly blockier Reeves.

WillKuenzel
02-04-2003, 10:44 PM
...and I'd hate to lose to some skinny ripped bitchBut then you could deadlift his car and scare the crap out of him.

I'd say go for it. When everybody else is flexing their chest and abs, I'd turn around and hit a rear lat spread. That'd show those bench monkeys and curl jockeys.

Miss Rezza
02-04-2003, 10:47 PM
Originally posted by Belial
See now, how anybody can make the mental jump from 225, 9% to 260, 6% (Dorian) is far beyond me. :) Think a slightly blockier Reeves.

Oh c'mmon....... don't wreck it for me!! :p

MonStar
02-04-2003, 10:56 PM
Go for it Belial! I cant believe that youre 5'10" and 230 or whatever the f*ck you weigh, and your abs and chest are still in good enough shape to even consider doing a chest and ab contest. So that ALONE is impressive to me. 620 lbs. deadlift, and ripped enough to compete in a semi-bodybuilding contest. Damn!

ectx
02-04-2003, 10:58 PM
LMAO...you're gonna show off your boobies, ain't ya? Wear a belly *snicker* shirt.

Hell of a backday foo'. When are you deadlifting again?

Just some girl
02-04-2003, 11:03 PM
Originally posted by MonStar
Go for it Belial! I cant believe that youre 5'10" and 230 or whatever the f*ck you weigh...

5' 11.5" ;)

MonStar
02-04-2003, 11:08 PM
Oh, I forgot he's 5'11.5"---I was thinking that he was my height, I am 5'10.5". Whatever, 230 is 230, and 620 is 620, lol.

Just some girl
02-04-2003, 11:11 PM
indeed it is. :) and alex walking around on a stage with no shirt on is .... nevermind. :) gotta keep it G rated. there are kiddies about ;)

WillKuenzel
02-04-2003, 11:14 PM
Originally posted by Just some girl


5' 11.5" ;) LOL, I'm the exact height but I just say 6'. Sounds shorter and makes me feel better about myself.

rookiebldr
02-04-2003, 11:39 PM
<sigh> I would say more, but that about sums it up.



p.s. Nicely done on another pr - biangular rows. :)

MonStar
02-05-2003, 06:43 AM
B:

I am wondering man on your biangular rows. Why is the 10 plates x 5 bolded? Because last week I believe it was or the week before you hit 10 plates for 6. Just curious man.

I am sorry, but what does that exercise look like again? Similar to a supported row?

the doc
02-05-2003, 06:43 AM
Originally posted by Miss Rezza
LOL!! It will be funny to see what B actually looks like, compared to the different images we all have in our heads!!

I've got a mixture of Priest & Yatesy goin' on in my head!! :p





Just post some gawd damn pics wont ya!!!

.......... & tell Andrea to do tha same!


:thumbup:

LOL you guys should know he is really a 300 lb fatass old man and "belial" is just one of his alter egos

Alex.V
02-05-2003, 06:46 AM
Monstar, good call. It was 7 this week. Blergh.

HY, as a meathead, you should understand that the shorter you are, the heavier it sounds like you are. :) Hence 5'11.5". lol. ec, not fair telling everyone about my fashion. I'm deadlifting tomorrow.

Andrea, keep it clean.

Rookie... :) thanks dude.

Doc, eat me.

carolinagirl
02-05-2003, 10:55 AM
Heh heh heh...:evillaugh

Maybe the first official meeting of the NC meatheads should be...this Friday night at the Edge?!?

But seriously, to be that size and still cut enough to consider doing that is amazing. You should definitely do it!

Just some girl
02-05-2003, 11:39 AM
Originally posted by the doc


LOL you guys should know he is really a 300 lb fatass old man and "belial" is just one of his alter egos

lol. now you're making me look bad, doc....and slightly sick. :p

Alex.V
02-06-2003, 01:47 PM
grrrrr.

I pushed myself too hard on sunday and tuesday. Felt like a bit of crap this morning, abs sore, lats sore, lower back still a little sore, left knee bugging me, but decided to deadlift heavy anyway. And as a result, lost my balance. I had the weight, but didn't have the core tightness to pull. Frustrating, yet reassuring that I can tackle the poundage under **** conditions.

Deadlifts:

135 x 6, 225 x 6, 315 x 6, 405 x 2, 625 x .75

Bah. Weight started coming up, everything seemed fine... then I started tipping forward. Tried to stabilize.. nope. Let it go with a bang and a really loud curse. Pissed as hell, especially because there's no way I could do it again. I'm taking it easy for my leg and back workouts this week, and next week hopefully I'll smoke that sh*t.

Lateral raises:

45 x 10, 50 x 10, 55 x 10

Mad I guess. These went well.

Bent-over lateral raises:

45 x 8, 50 x 8

Rah.

DB shrugs:

110 x 16, 110 x 18

Hadn't done these in a while.

Anyway, there was one highlight. The guy working the juice bar asked me if I'd competed. I was like... whoa. Cool. So even though I'm a ****ing pussy who can't stand upright while deadlifting, the guy implied I was big.

Diet- Good. Though not great.

Sleep- A broken 7 hours. Must work on this.

I'm feeling very fatigued right now... not good. I'm still fighting off this damn cold. :mad:

Pup
02-06-2003, 02:26 PM
Good work on giving it a ride alex, it'll be there next week...and yea, you should compete you pussy!

Alex.V
02-08-2003, 01:04 PM
Watch your language! There are ladies present.

Chest day. Not too bad either. Had a few beers last night (and a glass of whiskey), but still had a great workout, dehydrated or no. Felt a little lackluster going in, but strength certainly didn't suffer. Every rep on the bench was faster and tighter than ever, so same poundages will be given PRs for needing no touch, or being very clean.

BB bench:

135 x 10, 225 x 10, 275 x 2, 315 x 1, 335 x 1, 370 x 1 (!), 315 x 5

370 flew up, and 315.. well, I was happy. It felt like 275, if that. Just kept pounding it up, good solid reps to the chest and to a good lockout, no balance issues, no power loss, nada.

Seated skullcrushers:

175 x 8, 175 x 8

Rah. Triceps tired.

DB flyes:

75 x 8, 75 x 10

It was at this point that I came to a certain realization, that I will explain later.

One handed tricep pushdowns:

130 x 8, 120 x 10

Solid enough. Some dudes were benching next to me, putting their feet up on the bench and looking like they were going to fall over. I was tempted to say something, but didn't. They can learn the hard way. I mean, at least they were spotting each other.

DB front raises:

45 x 10, 50 x 11

*throws confetti*

*falls asleep*

Diet- Pretty good.

Sleep- 6+2 hours. STOP DRINKING WATER RIGHT BEFORE BED!

Realization:

Not to sound arrogant, but... nobody in that place works harder than I do. I've got some friends, all good guys, know their sh*t, they bust their asses, but.... they don't bust their asses more than me. People wonder why they stagnate, why they still look barely better than average after going in there day after day. When I look at myself, the level of intensity that I've had every workout for the last year has shown. Before I was serious, I'd move some weight, hang out, barely break a sweat, and call it a day, thinking I'd done my thing.

But that's not it. You all know this. But so many people don't. After almost every set, I'm breathing heavily. By my third set of the day, I'm sweating. By the end, I can barely speak coherently. This isn't something where you can go through the motions. You can't even be forced through the motions. You've got to love it, and you've got to want it. There's nothing like feeling worked... but it's not a feeling that's welcome at first. Stopping at the pain barrier... you're not getting anywhere. All this sounds like it's been said over and over. And everyone thinks they know it. But how many people live it? How many people do you see in the gym who look like they're ready to rip the bar in half in rage when they lift? How many people have that single minded focus that lets them exhaust their body in only a few exercises? How many people look like they have the desire to be any better than average...to be exceptional?

It takes time to develop this passion, but it makes all the difference.

Nothing new here. Just something that I was thinking about, as I realized that I probably look psychotic when I lift, but it's this psychosis that I attribute most of my gains to.

BCC
02-08-2003, 01:25 PM
Well said, Alex.

And it's so damn true.

Manveet
02-08-2003, 02:20 PM
It takes time to develop this passion, but it makes all the difference.

It truly does. Ever since I started out here at wbb I've gotten better with this aspect of lifting, still lots of room for improvement. Well said B. Preach on.:cool:

WillKuenzel
02-08-2003, 05:09 PM
Nice job on 370!

Very well said dude. I guess that's why people look and stare. They don't understand the drive nor the determination it takes to get better. We keep getting strong and better and they wonder why they are still there.

Fudomyo
02-08-2003, 05:12 PM
Someone had their Halo Pops this am.

good post

Pup
02-08-2003, 05:15 PM
damn...that's deep :cool:

ectx
02-08-2003, 05:35 PM
To the title of scholar meathead add eloquent meathead. I'm printing that out and putting it in my personal journal, maybe even in my gym bag. Consider that a huge complement, because I've never done that with anything I've found on the web. Very inspirational words Mr. Alex. Once again I'll remember this when I'm about to punk out.

MonStar
02-08-2003, 06:14 PM
VERY well said Alex---and I agree completely man. Couldnt agree more. I talk to so many damn guys who say they DREAD working out, I am just like what!? I love it more than anything. On the way to the gym in my car I am all excited, etc. LOL.

Saint Patrick
02-08-2003, 09:17 PM
Originally posted by Belial
But that's not it. You all know this. But so many people don't. After almost every set, I'm breathing heavily. By my third set of the day, I'm sweating. By the end, I can barely speak coherently. This isn't something where you can go through the motions. You can't even be forced through the motions. You've got to love it, and you've got to want it. There's nothing like feeling worked... but it's not a feeling that's welcome at first. Stopping at the pain barrier... you're not getting anywhere. All this sounds like it's been said over and over. And everyone thinks they know it. But how many people live it? How many people do you see in the gym who look like they're ready to rip the bar in half in rage when they lift? How many people have that single minded focus that lets them exhaust their body in only a few exercises? How many people look like they have the desire to be any better than average...to be exceptional?

Definitely well said. if it wasn't so damn long, I'd quote it in my sig.

Alex.V
02-09-2003, 12:16 PM
Well, I kinda struggled how to express that best, and that was post-workout, when the oxygen still hadn't returned to my brain completely. lol. But I tried.

And I actually had a good leg day!

Funny start, too. I went over to the rack I like, and there was the bar sitting on the floor loaded with 405. There were two guys decline benching there, and I asked them if it was theirs. They looked at me, one of them laughed, and they said "hell no, I can't touch that kinda weight". I said "Oh, cool", picked it up (conventional) and walked it the 10-12 feet to the rack so I could unload it. They shook their heads. t'was funny.

I'm a show off.

Then I took off my shirt and flexed for the girls.

Not really.

Squats:

135 x 6, 225 x 4, 315 x 4, 405 x 1, 445 x 1, 495 x 1 (!)

PR because the depth was BEAUTIFUL. Speed was good coming up. Having two spotters gave me the confidence to try the weight, and I SMOKED it. My whole body ached afterwards, though, so I took it easy on everything else. Very easy.

btw, my eyes looked damn cool after this. Dark pits of brown in a sea of red. Demonic, even.

muahahaha.

SLDLs:

405 x 8, 405 x 6

Again, didn't push these at all.

Leg press:

20 plates x 8, 20 plates x 5

On the fifth rep on the second set, my left knee started to ache a bit. I called it quits rather than trying to push it. I think it's just not used to that kinda stress, really.

Leg extensions:

Stack (325?) x 27

pfft. Nice pump?

:rolleyes:

Hamstring curls:

Stack (200) x 15

Left hammie cramped a bit. I decided I was a mess.

Did 20 plates on the sled for two sets of 12 calf raises, then the machine for two sets of 14.

Diet- excellent!

Sleep- 8 hours. Slightly broken. But not very.

Shower time. *sniff* I stink.

MonStar
02-09-2003, 12:36 PM
DAMN B! Awesome squatting strength. Seriously, extremely impressive. I didnt realize your squat was that good---I seriously had no idea at all. Good work man.

Alex.V
02-10-2003, 09:55 AM
Thanks, but there's still WAY too much of a disparity between my squat and dead. I suck.

ericg
02-10-2003, 10:06 AM
Originally posted by Belial
Not to sound arrogant, but... nobody in that place works harder than I do. I've got some friends, all good guys, know their sh*t, they bust their asses, but.... they don't bust their asses more than me. People wonder why they stagnate, why they still look barely better than average after going in there day after day. When I look at myself, the level of intensity that I've had every workout for the last year has shown. Before I was serious, I'd move some weight, hang out, barely break a sweat, and call it a day, thinking I'd done my thing.

But that's not it. You all know this. But so many people don't. After almost every set, I'm breathing heavily. By my third set of the day, I'm sweating. By the end, I can barely speak coherently. This isn't something where you can go through the motions. You can't even be forced through the motions. You've got to love it, and you've got to want it. There's nothing like feeling worked... but it's not a feeling that's welcome at first. Stopping at the pain barrier... you're not getting anywhere. All this sounds like it's been said over and over. And everyone thinks they know it. But how many people live it? How many people do you see in the gym who look like they're ready to rip the bar in half in rage when they lift? How many people have that single minded focus that lets them exhaust their body in only a few exercises? How many people look like they have the desire to be any better than average...to be exceptional?

It takes time to develop this passion, but it makes all the difference.

Nothing new here. Just something that I was thinking about, as I realized that I probably look psychotic when I lift, but it's this psychosis that I attribute most of my gains to.

:thumbup:

ryan1117
02-10-2003, 10:15 AM
Originally posted by Belial
Thanks, but there's still WAY too much of a disparity between my squat and dead. I suck.
It could be a lot worse. I have around a 150 pound difference.

Alex.V
02-10-2003, 10:17 AM
~625 to ~500? Almost the same. :)

Alex.V
02-11-2003, 03:45 PM
Back day! I took it slightly easier, didn't kill myself. Still set some interesting PRs, though, and kept the workout short and sweet.

Left out the DB rows... I think I need to alternate weeks on these. They're actually tough on the supporting arm... very tough. Elbow pain, even, and I've tried every conceivable angle. I just need to let up a lil'.

So this week, no DB rows.

Weighted pull-ups:

+45 x 10, +90 x 8, +135 x 2

Nothing special. I'm a bit heavier now, and haven't done 3 plates in a while, so I'm not entirely surprised.

Bi-angular row:

12 plates x 1, 10 plates +20lbs x 6, 8 plates x 14

Decided to load that f*cker up and see what I could do. Clean rep, too. The 10 plates with change was good, too. Had a bunch left in the tank on rep 5, I thought... then barely got 6. lol. 8 plates was easy. 'nuff said.

Concentration curls with 50's, hammers with 70's... got the hell outta there.

PS- I am an alpha male. I've decided. And it seems everybody else at Duke is a beta.

Put that in your "alex's ego" pipe and smoke it.

motherf*cker took my bench. pffffft.

;)

Diet- excellent.

Sleep- 6 hours. :(

the doc
02-11-2003, 04:29 PM
meathead!!

Just some girl
02-11-2003, 04:46 PM
good workout :) and alpha male? is that kinda like a fraternity boy? you know, greek letter and all? *snicker*

tehehehehe. im gonna catch hell for that one. ;)

WillKuenzel
02-11-2003, 10:13 PM
PS- I am an alpha male. I've decided. And it seems everybody else at Duke is a beta.LMAO. Not on a power trip are we? :D

Short and sweet workout and that's a ton of weight to be tossing around.

Did you ever do that chest and abs thing?

Alex.V
02-11-2003, 10:16 PM
lol. no, not at all. It's just funny how people don't stick up for themselves. e.g. I left a bench, I come back to it as another guy's sitting down, I said 'can I work in on that, I was using it', he flies up and says "Oh no no, you go ahead."

It's like, strap on a pair. Compromise is good. Fear of confrontation is not.

..Maybe meatheads just get a bad rap for being arrogant and pushy. So people assume.

I'm arrogant, but I'm not pushy.

*shakes fist at andrea*

Chest and abs? Naw. I guess that'll have to wait for my first comp. :D

WillKuenzel
02-11-2003, 10:27 PM
lol. no, not at all. It's just funny how people don't stick up for themselves. e.g. I left a bench, I come back to it as another guy's sitting down, I said 'can I work in on that, I was using it', he flies up and says "Oh no no, you go ahead."

It's like, strap on a pair. Compromise is good. Fear of confrontation is not.I would have died laughing if he had said hell no, go find your own.

rookiebldr
02-11-2003, 11:06 PM
Originally posted by Belial
PS- I am an alpha male. I've decided. And it seems everybody else at Duke is a beta.



;)



p.s. Hi back. Sometimes even the smallest of gestures can be appreciated.

soilworkersotd
02-11-2003, 11:13 PM
hey man i been reading your journal for a while, lol good luck

Coke
02-12-2003, 06:02 AM
I've noticed you are obviously one of the strongest guys around. One has to wonder what you actually look like

BennettBoy
02-12-2003, 06:15 AM
Originally posted by Belial
Nothing special. I'm a bit heavier now, and haven't done 3 plates in a while, so I'm not entirely surprised.



230? LOL.

BennettBoy
02-12-2003, 06:15 AM
Originally posted by CoCoa
I've noticed you are obviously one of the strongest guys around. One has to wonder what you actually look like

He has all you folks fooled.....bwahahaha.

5'8" 150.


:D

Alex.V
02-12-2003, 06:45 AM
Yes I am. I'm also balding.


Did I mention there was a guy curling in one of the power cages?

I thought of this board.

It didn't bother me as much as I thought it would. Read: at all.

Coke
02-12-2003, 08:28 AM
It appears you weigh 225lbs now, what was the most weight you gained at one time? I am curious because you gained 40+ the past couple of years and I doubt it would have been gradual gains the whole time.

galileo
02-12-2003, 08:33 AM
Originally posted by CoCoa
I've noticed you are obviously one of the strongest guys around. One has to wonder what you actually look like

It's more of God's irony. He gave Alex some of the best strength around but the most disgusting facial features imaginable. Picture Lyle Lovett having a baby with Sandra Bernhardt. That would be the next step up. I would be the next step down.

the doc
02-12-2003, 01:04 PM
Originally posted by Belial
Yes I am. I'm also balding.


Did I mention there was a guy curling in one of the power cages?

I thought of this board.

It didn't bother me as much as I thought it would. Read: at all.

if you rub his bald head it gives you good luck!

Coke
02-13-2003, 05:10 AM
Big Dog must be one special magical dude :D Its kind of obvious though your friends have seen pictures of you. Just asking.

IceRgrrl
02-13-2003, 05:29 AM
Originally posted by CoCoa
Big Dog must be one special magical dude :D Its kind of obvious though your friends have seen pictures of you. Just asking.

:zipit:

:D





(Alex, I expect my next installment of hush money by the end of the business week)

ectx
02-13-2003, 09:18 AM
I hear that if you rub his fat belly it gives you luck to.

Alex.V
02-13-2003, 12:17 PM
Cocoa, I gained about 15 pounds in the last year... I haven't exactly figured out when my periods of stagnation were, but now I'm curious. I'll sit down and figure it out at some point.

And as for everyone else....


assholes, all of you.

;)

IceR, I promised I wouldn't sell the pics you sent me to hotnudehockeychicks.com if you kept your mouth shut about mine. So don't try changing the terms, dear.


Deadlifts! And it was a good day. I needed it, I was so damn pissed last week.

I think I figured it out, btw. Whether I make it or miss, at this point (provided I'm within my range) has to do with immediate level of arousal/excitation. If I'm overly psyched, I'll miss it. I've thought about this before, but last week was a prime example. When I stood over the bar, the music had actually reached a certain point where, subconsciously, I always pull. I've actually switched songs because of this in the past... the cue to lift shouldn't be external right now, I should lift when I'm ready. So, what happened was I descended before I was ready.

When prepping for a lift, I'll go between two phases... calm, controlled, focused... and overly hyped. When I lift in the former phase, the explosion might not be as pronounced, but technique is MUCH better, and I'm MUCH less likely to give up on a lift. In the latter case, I'm almost fearing the weight, so if there's any hitching/hesitation, I'm likely to give up. This week, every time I got too hyped up I stepped back from the bar. When I finally pulled, I pulled because I was ready, and knew exactly what I was going to do. All the difference in the world.

Deadlifts:

135 x 8, 225 x 6, 315 x 6, 405 x 2, 625 x 1 (!)

Beautiful lockout. The bar didn't exactly fly up, but it was solid. I actually did a mini celebration, and got props from quite a few people afterwards (some of whom I didn't know). So that was very cool.

Rah. Took it easy from here on out.

Lateral raises:

45 x 12, 50 x 10, 55 x 8, 45 x 10

Such a bodybuilder.

Bent-over lateral raises:

40 x 8, 50 x 8

Finished off with calf raises, full stack.

Diet- excellent.

Sleep- 8 hours.

Note- was explaining the difference between bodybuilding and powerlifting in class today to some girls. It was meatheadish, but then again, I didn't start the conversation. I also talked semi-intelligently about some aspects of endocrinology/steroid use and biomechanics (my shoulder injury).

They were impressed, and said they weren't aware that there was any sort of intellect involved in the field. lol.

Fight the stereotype, my brothers! Educate the masses, one underage girl at a time!

word.

Manveet
02-13-2003, 12:22 PM
one underage girl at a time!

:eek: tuttut

Nice pull dude.

galileo
02-13-2003, 12:24 PM
I'm quite disappointed after learning that hotnudehockeychicks.com does not exist. :(

Mik
02-13-2003, 12:29 PM
Amazing pull B! The PRs never cease.

I like what you said about how you feel before a lift. After reading the post I realized that I'm the same way. If I get too anxious I'm more apt to miss than if I approach the lift calmly and focused.

PowerManDL
02-13-2003, 12:31 PM
Underage girls r00l.

Just some girl
02-13-2003, 02:41 PM
lol. they dont have to be underaged. ;) i myself was educated in just such a manner....a while ago. you deviant, you. :)

amazing job on that lift. must have been a sight to see. and im going to be there for 7 pps. come hell or high water. scary by association rules. :p

Blood&Iron
02-13-2003, 02:47 PM
Originally posted by Belial

Realization:

Not to sound arrogant, but... nobody in that place works harder than I do. I've got some friends, all good guys, know their sh*t, they bust their asses, but.... they don't bust their asses more than me. People wonder why they stagnate, why they still look barely better than average after going in there day after day. When I look at myself, the level of intensity that I've had every workout for the last year has shown. Before I was serious, I'd move some weight, hang out, barely break a sweat, and call it a day, thinking I'd done my thing.

But that's not it. You all know this. But so many people don't. After almost every set, I'm breathing heavily. By my third set of the day, I'm sweating. By the end, I can barely speak coherently. This isn't something where you can go through the motions. You can't even be forced through the motions. You've got to love it, and you've got to want it. There's nothing like feeling worked... but it's not a feeling that's welcome at first. Stopping at the pain barrier... you're not getting anywhere. All this sounds like it's been said over and over. And everyone thinks they know it. But how many people live it? How many people do you see in the gym who look like they're ready to rip the bar in half in rage when they lift? How many people have that single minded focus that lets them exhaust their body in only a few exercises? How many people look like they have the desire to be any better than average...to be exceptional?

It takes time to develop this passion, but it makes all the difference.

Nothing new here. Just something that I was thinking about, as I realized that I probably look psychotic when I lift, but it's this psychosis that I attribute most of my gains to.

I dunno. I used to feel this way. Before every workout I'd set my mind for war. It would take me a good 1-1.5 hours to get psyched up for the gym. I'd be really nervous, fidgety, but also excited. Even when I got to the gym, I'd spend a good 20 minutes continuing to psyche myself up. I'd carry accounts of people squatting until they blacked out, or spewing corn out of their nostrils after a set of 20 rep squats, and read them a couple times before my first exercise. When my workout started, I seriously wanted to make myself pass out, vomit, whatever. I'd envision life or death situations when I started to fail (I was trapped under a car and going to be crushed to death) I thought I was the most hardcore motherf*cker at my gym. I held everyone else in contempt.

'F*ckin' pussy doing curls in the squat rack.'

'F*ck, you ain't even sweatin' '

'Get the f*ck out of my way before I smash a 25lb plate into your head you f*ck'

You could figure out my routine simply by following the trail of sweat. Instinctively, though, I'd end up pulling back a little when I did start to gag or feel light-headed. Not much, but enough so that ultimately I never did make myself throw up (well, I did spew up into my mouth a few times but never full-fledged vomiting) To my credit, I would be tripping over my own feet, nearly falling on my ass, unable to remember my name. And I'd usually end up standing over a toilet waiting to vomit for a good thirty minutes (if I was able to stand) But, I figured I wasn't intense enough. I hired personal trainers to push my farther and harder than I could. Didn't help. They just would sorta stand there. Didn't do sh*t for me since (at least when it's me) when you're struggling that much, you don't hear anything, you don't see anything, and the only thing that exists is the weight and you.

And that, to me, is the core of the HIT mentality. If life was 'fair' that's how it would be: you work harder than anybody else, you see better results. But really, I don't think it does in most casees. Maybe I was just a pussy and bailed before things got really hard. Maybe I didn't push myself hard enough. I dunno. But really, I think the idea that intensity = results is chimerical, and not really how things work. I can certainly why you feel the way you do, though. Your progress lends credence to the HIT-mentality. I'd be interested to see if you might have still made similar progress even if you hadn't pushed so hard. Maybe you still be 160. Maybe not.

Regardless, you've made phenomenal progress, so congratulations. I'm ain't hating, just sharing some thoughts since a few years ago I felt as you do now.

BTW, I still do push myself pretty hard.

Alex.V
02-13-2003, 03:07 PM
B&I - You completely misunderstood what I was saying. I'll address it more once I'm done with my businessweek typing. Thanks for the props, people.

Blood&Iron
02-13-2003, 03:35 PM
Originally posted by Belial
B&I - You completely misunderstood what I was saying.
Don't see how. Seemed pretty clear-cut to me. Maybe my reading comprehension sucks.

I'll be interested to see what you meant.

Alex.V
02-13-2003, 03:43 PM
Sorry, that came off a little blunt, I was actually on the phone trying to type what this dude was saying, and he talked FAST.

The passing out, vomiting, trail of sweat, looking at 'pansies curling in the squat rack', pushing people out of the way, being incoherent after the gym...


retarded. All of it.

What I meant was that I credit my gains to the fact that I CAN push myself. I can focus. Some guy was reading the paper between sets. Fine, whatever, he's doing his thing. But if he was really pushing himself, if he was focused, in a zone, whatever, would he be thinking about the daily crime brief? No, he'd be catching his breath, getting ready for his next set. It's loving lifting for what it is that matters, the personal challenge, enjoying the experience, throwing yourself into it. Not looking at it as a chore.

For me, it's not a means to an end, really, it's just a hell of a lot of fun. I don't go in there to prove how hardcore I am, I got nothing to prove to anybody. I push myself to the limit because I love it, because it's a beautiful feeling of challenge, because it makes me feel ALIVE. I'm friendly to people in there, I don't talk ****, I don't look down on people. But I've noticed that the people who genuinely love it for what it is are the ones that make progress. They're the ones who know how to push themselves, who don't just see the next set as a necessary evil, but rather an experience in itself.

Every time I go in, I get reminded of how far I've come. And every time I want to do just a little bit more. Anything less just isn't.... fun.

Blood&Iron
02-13-2003, 08:17 PM
Originally posted by Belial
Sorry, that came off a little blunt, I was actually on the phone trying to type what this dude was saying, and he talked FAST.

The passing out, vomiting, trail of sweat, looking at 'pansies curling in the squat rack', pushing people out of the way, being incoherent after the gym...


retarded. All of it.

What I meant was that I credit my gains to the fact that I CAN push myself. I can focus. Some guy was reading the paper between sets. Fine, whatever, he's doing his thing. But if he was really pushing himself, if he was focused, in a zone, whatever, would he be thinking about the daily crime brief? No, he'd be catching his breath, getting ready for his next set. It's loving lifting for what it is that matters, the personal challenge, enjoying the experience, throwing yourself into it. Not looking at it as a chore.

For me, it's not a means to an end, really, it's just a hell of a lot of fun. I don't go in there to prove how hardcore I am, I got nothing to prove to anybody. I push myself to the limit because I love it, because it's a beautiful feeling of challenge, because it makes me feel ALIVE. I'm friendly to people in there, I don't talk ****, I don't look down on people. But I've noticed that the people who genuinely love it for what it is are the ones that make progress. They're the ones who know how to push themselves, who don't just see the next set as a necessary evil, but rather an experience in itself.

Every time I go in, I get reminded of how far I've come. And every time I want to do just a little bit more. Anything less just isn't.... fun.
I don't think anyone would interpret your original post as merely meaning someone needs to focus and enjoy working out. I still say it was pretty clear--whether it was how your truely feel, or it was just a sorta off-the-cuff kinda thing. But then I too still kinda feel like that. And what you say above is something with which I agree completely.

Depending on what the type of workout I'm doing, I still often feel like I'm gonna vomit, leave puddles of sweat (I do wipe them up), and am pretty incoherent if someone tries to talk to me during my workout (if I don't glare angrily at them and scare them away). But then I AM retarded...and an asshole, at least when I'm working out (and probably most of the rest of the time too).

I tend to be very in touch with my Budiak-nature when working out ('course ephedrine, intra-nasal 5-androstanadione, and Slayer are somewhat responsible). I have no patience with other folks if they're doing stupid sh*t and it's interfering with my workout. Even stuff that's really not offensive pisses me off. Plus my own old prejudices from adolescence (when I was a really angry, hateful f*cker) that I've pretty much worked through, sorta bubble back to the surface.

I saw some preppy dude doing curls in the squat rack, and taking up the only real-estate in my gym where there's room to deadlift at my gym this evening. I was cursing him, and thinking he should be strung up on a tree from his testicles. Sorta retarded, yes, but that's the way it is.

But like you, I simply love working out. There's nothing like it. Last week, for example, I found out that I hadn't gotten a job for which I'd interviewed and was really hoping to get. Luckily, it was just an hour before I was scheduled to workout. While I didn't have the job, I had the iron. It was waiting. I find something almost redemptive in the pain, in the struggle. Every rep, every set, ever inch I move the weight brings me closer to salvation. 'course, there is no such thing. But it feels that way.

As the crappy writer, Robert Jordan once wrote: 'There is no peace this side of death. No salvation but the grave.' But the iron comes close.

Man, am I way too f*cking melodramatic. Talk about purple prose. Bleh.

BTW, I'm sure you'd kick my ass up and down if we worked out together. Perhaps some day. It'd be very cool--for me anyway.

Alex.V
02-13-2003, 08:21 PM
Might have been off the cuff, I had just come back. But for me, the intensity that I was talking about isn't manic, really. And doesn't have to be crazy... the pain barrier isn't something "just for the hardcore", it's anybody who pushes through that extra rep BECAUSE THEY WANT TO.

(wasn't calling you retarded, by the way. I meant that almost cliche aura of 'i'm so ****ing hardcore' that a lot of dudes seem to have)

**** what you say about melodrama, that was a great post. If we don't get the chance to workout at some point, it'd be a damn shame.

MonStar
02-13-2003, 08:45 PM
625 x 1 (!)

:omg::omg:

Franjipani
02-14-2003, 02:09 AM
Originally posted by Belial
I push myself to the limit because I love it, because it's a beautiful feeling of challenge, because it makes me feel ALIVE. I'm friendly to people in there, I don't talk ****, I don't look down on people. But I've noticed that the people who genuinely love it for what it is are the ones that make progress. They're the ones who know how to push themselves, who don't just see the next set as a necessary evil, but rather an experience in itself.

Well said :D

*looking forward to some of that magic rubbing off on me* ;)

BennettBoy
02-14-2003, 07:28 AM
What's up with the ACC refs in basketball? They suck.

And so does Clemson basketball.....bwahahahaa.

The_Chicken_Daddy
02-14-2003, 11:06 AM
Originally posted by Belial
The passing out, vomiting, trail of sweat, looking at 'pansies curling in the squat rack', pushing people out of the way, being incoherent after the gym...


retarded. All of it.



I totally agree.

It's humerous for me, but borderline annoying, the way some people talk about this online.

WillKuenzel
02-14-2003, 03:30 PM
You mean I'm not supposed to beat people up for curling in the squat rack and taking my own puke bucket to the gym on leg day?!

The_Chicken_Daddy
02-14-2003, 06:58 PM
First, yes. Second, only if i've been drinking the night before.

Alex.V
02-15-2003, 12:47 PM
Plenty of magic to go around, Franji. :)

BB, I think the refs were about to start fouling people who were still sitting on the bench. That game was insane.

Homeyield, the truly hardcore do neither. They puke on the people curling in the squat rack.

Chest day! Woo!

There was this big meatheady type dude there, which made me feel like much less of a meathead. It was nice. He was about 6'3", maybe 240-250. Not very broad, but thick... 12-14% bodyfat? Football player, I woulda guessed. Bit of a dick, though, from what I could see.

Don't know why I thought to mention that.

Anyway.

BB bench:

135 x 10, 225 x 10, 275 x 2, 315 x 1, 335 x 1, 375 x 1 (!), 315 x 5

375 was kinda crap... I hitched about 2" up, and my spotter was about to grab it. I said "I got it", but he may have touched it (Though he denies it). Still, I had the weight. I'll likely stay here another week, as usual, and hopefully next time I hit it, it'll be smooth and fast.

....

Perverts, all of you.

Seated skullcrushers:

175 x 12, 175 x 8

Power to spare on the first set. Popped em up.

DB flyes:

75 x 10, 75 x 10

For some reason, these felt very good today. My chest was on fire by the end of the second set, which is actually unusual. It's nice, I felt very worked.

Tricep pushdowns:

130 x 10 (each hand), 245 x 16 (both hands)

Fun stuff. Tricep burn. Rah.

Db front raises:

45 x 10, 45 x 14

Don't know why I kept the weight low. My shoulder was aggravating me a little this morning, so I suppose I was a bit paranoid. Better safe than sorry, I guess.

Diet- good

Sleep- 7.5 UNBROKEN hours. :D Last call for water being 1 hour before bed helps a lot.

Other: I was social in the gym today! Can you believe it. Talked to some people I used to be friends with... (sophomore year.. they were in my classes). Friendship since then has been a "what's up", but it was still kinda cool to catch up. I was more impressed with how well I could carry on a conversation.. usually close to the end of a workout I'm a gibbering idiot. Which isn't that different from usual, but significant enough to make my speech about as coherent as Bammer's typing. Anyway, talked benching with some other guys, and overall I'm now a chatterbox. Save me.

That's it, kids.

the doc
02-15-2003, 01:05 PM
.. so you haven't noticed any problems with working consistantly at or near 1RM?

Alex.V
02-15-2003, 01:07 PM
Not really. I mean, I was showering the other day and my penis fell off. But everything else has been okay.

the doc
02-15-2003, 01:09 PM
ok well you can just be a catcher instead of a pitcher

Alex.V
02-15-2003, 01:11 PM
Good thing. Since I still have two balls.

Silverback
02-15-2003, 01:16 PM
I hear you about being paranoid on the shoulder issue, same with me:)

Your chest work was impressive as per usual, im not a big fan of 1-rep training for fear of injury, but you obviously work well with it, keep it up.

As for gym attitude; i feel that keeping it intense is vital, but being nasty and rude (bodybuilder stereotype) is wrong, if someone is dordoling in the squat rack, then ask them politely. They will more than likely co-operate, especially if you look like your serious.

thats my view anyhow :)

carolinagirl
02-15-2003, 02:26 PM
B, you working out tomorrow or resting? If it's not hella-icy (and assuming we still have power) I could head up that way tomorrow.

Alex.V
02-15-2003, 02:34 PM
Tomorrow's leg day. How's 1:00? :D

carolinagirl
02-15-2003, 02:43 PM
1:00 is fine. (But that big grin smilie looks sort of sinister all of a sudden...maybe it's the juxtaposition with the dreaded words 'leg day'...)

Where the heck is the gym anyway? (I'm a total assclown at directions, but I can get to the corner where Owens Diner used to be - is it near there?)

Alex.V
02-15-2003, 02:44 PM
Owen's... that's broad street diner? Well.... do you know duke's campus at all?

MonStar
02-16-2003, 12:23 AM
BB bench:

375 x 1 (!)

:eek::eek: Nice work B. Youll probably smoke this next week without much of a problem at all.

Alex.V
02-16-2003, 12:25 PM
How completely off those words may prove to be, Mike.

I sprained my wrist pretty badly yesterday, so my upper body workouts for the next week or so will likely be lackluster as I'm not about to push it.

And today, well...

Legs.

Squats:

135 x 6, 225 x 6, 315 x 6, 405 x 2, 445 x 1, 500 x 1 (!), 515 x miss.

500 was smoked, and possibly even an inch below parallel. Deep as sh*t. So I decided to push it. Bad move. My spotters... were complete morons.

I say "Stick with me on the way down, I might not be able to drive this one up, so give me some help the minute I hitch". So I go down, down, down, hit parallel and then a little, start to drive up.. and a few inches up I stop. The spotters are just standing there. I'm turning bright red, the bar's not budging. I'm holding this for a few seconds, then start to descend. The spotters look at the bar like "hey, wrong direction", and start to reach for it. I drop it on the safety stops, a good 3" below parallel, and collapse on the ground. My hips are on fire, my knees feel like the cartilage has turned to concrete. It feels like it's just severe soreness from insane stress, but I don't know. I cut my workout off here, standing up and walking around hurt, I wasn't about to start doing leg presses.

I'm pissed beyond belief.

I should just take a shower, forget about it, and read some bio or something.

Oh, and the weather is absolutely horrible outside.

What a ****ing ****ty day.

Diet- fine.

Sleep- 8 hours.

That's it.

stupid mother****ers.

MonStar
02-16-2003, 12:28 PM
DAMN this really sucks Alex. Stupid f*ckin' a*sholes, Ill tell ya. I feel like I end up picking the worst friggin' guys in the gym to spot me as well. Hopefully no injury will come of this.

Good to see that you stopped right after the squats.

Nice work with 500.

_-_v_-_
02-16-2003, 01:58 PM
Sh!t, sorry to hear that, man.

Spotters are hell. I f*cked my shoulder up on squats due to similarly inept squatters. Ugh.

Rookie, Homeyield and I have come up with a solution: mandatory spotting education for all gym newbies...failure to complete said education = swift application of hooligan tool.

Hope it's nothing serious.

Just some girl
02-16-2003, 04:43 PM
Originally posted by Belial
Not really. I mean, I was showering the other day and my penis fell off. But everything else has been okay.

:eek::eek:

:cry:

BennettBoy
02-16-2003, 04:44 PM
Haha.....LOL.

Pup
02-16-2003, 05:33 PM
That is precisely why i have a training partner who knows how to ****ing spot.

Chris Rodgers
02-16-2003, 07:16 PM
Never trust some fool in the gym. Get a damn training partner B.

Just some girl
02-16-2003, 07:48 PM
i....i.... :(

fuzz
02-16-2003, 07:54 PM
Oh oh...was JSG one of the above mentioned spotters?

Alex.V
02-16-2003, 07:59 PM
lol. no, she wasn't.

update: Knees all better. :)

ectx
02-16-2003, 08:05 PM
Just like that...Boom...knee's all better? Did you grow a new penis too?

Amazing...truly amazing.

fuzz
02-16-2003, 08:06 PM
Heh....thats good. I suppose asking a girl to spot a 515 lb squat would be kind of ridiculous....not that JSG isn't strong. You just need, uh, stronger people....who are usually men.

Nevermind. :D

Alex.V
02-16-2003, 08:07 PM
Yeah. My left knee in particular was throbbing after the gym, but it's gone now, more or less. Good thang, no injury.

Still a no-go on the penis. I did manage to get the old one out of the drain, though, and I figure I'll reattach it at some point.