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fuzz
05-29-2003, 01:34 PM
Its a fake, also.

Alex is a girl.

heathj
05-29-2003, 02:09 PM
So it being a fake could be applied to both Alex pretending to be a man and that picture. :D

WillKuenzel
05-29-2003, 02:13 PM
He's a short balding midget woman who drives a neon. I've seen it. :p

heathj
05-29-2003, 02:14 PM
A pink neon.

Alex.V
05-29-2003, 02:21 PM
Well damn.... lol. You guys DO care. *sniff*


Midee, I deleted that disgusting and fake picture once from here. Now it's twice. Don't make me do it three times, please. *shudder*
But I'm glad those static holds are doing you right... seriously, I'm going to be interested to see in where my trap development goes in a few months. I'd try picking up a fresh bar with a bit more weight, though. :)

Jane, you praise his name!

Chris, that's not funny. :( it's not contagious, dammit! It just seems to be my lot in life.

Rob, yeah, I miss the crazy dude, he at least always had an encouraging word for everybody. Hey, I guess I can just spam my own.
:cool::cool:

McBain, that is hilarious.

IceR... you know how I feel about terrible, horrible jokes like that.

MORE! :D

Oh, and, um, welcome back to my journal. Make yourself at home!

*hides porno magazines under couch*

HY- much better. There's still discomfort when I pick some things up at certain angles, but the only lifts at this point that I still have trouble with are pull-ups and bench presses. And I do NOT drive a neon! Pfft. you're never riding in my car again. (did you last time?)

Doc, no problem, man. I can understand the appeal of the fishies. You bastard. :(

Heath, thanks man. Hey, curls... I do what I gotta do. And if you saw my arms, you'd agree, I gotta do em.

Fuzz... I am NOT a girl. And I'd say my vagina sometimes bothers me during heavy lifts, but I think IceR, cg, and the like would read that and kick my ass. :( Severely.


Hey, I get to go deadlift now! Rah! Now that f*cking orgo lab is done with.

PowerManDL
05-29-2003, 03:05 PM
spam.

Alex.V
05-29-2003, 04:47 PM
:spam:

Franjipani
05-29-2003, 05:01 PM
Word.

:D

Alex.V
05-29-2003, 05:02 PM
Um, yeah. Spamming my own journal. That is a new low.

Deadlifts/shoulders day.

Not too bad... took too many xenadrine before my workout... the extra strength was outweighed by the lack of focus. I'm still feeling a lil' hyper. whee.

Deadlifts:

135 x 6, 225 x 6, 315 x 4, 405 x 2, 625 x 1.5

I count it as a half rep because I got it a few inches up (the hardest part in sumos), before I just pussied out. Wasn't a lack of strength, it just started feeling hard so I gave up. Dammit.

But still, knowing I can pull 600+ and still have the power left to give it a good run again (with a second pause at the bottom to reset my grip) does wonders for my confidence.

The speed work lately has also improved my confidence during the initial descent to the bar.

Conventional deadlift to static hold:

555 x 32 seconds.

Got a lousy grip on it, so it was on my fingertips from the moment it left the ground. Grip failure came long before the system even started feeling the strain. Still, it hurts to type. So I guess something went right.

Yep. Forearms definitely sore.

Lateral raises:

60's x 10, 50's x 10, 50's x 8, 45's x 12

Whee.

Bent-over lateral raises:

45 x 14, 45 x 9

Uhh, yeah. Xenadrine, I guess. These flew up. Perfect form, too.

Hanging leg raises:

15/16 (?) consecutive slow ones. Ouch.

Calf raises:

Stack x 14, stack x 12

That was it... I felt pretty sick/dizzy at this point, so I cut out.

Diet- damn good.

Sleep- 8 hours.

Other- Downloaded all of AFI's new CD two days ago, been listening to it a lot since. I've liked the band for the last 6 years, starting back when they were really punk. I gotta say... for a while there I think they lost it. Black sails was a good album, but left me kinda empty. All Hallow's Eve, with Total Immortal on it, was the sh*t. The Art of Drowning, though, wasn't quite sure where to go. The songs had some inspiration, but there was a disconnect between vision and execution. But this new CD...

damn...

I didn't like it all that much at first. But for them, it's a masterpiece. They're no longer punk, really. You can see some influence on a few songs, but their influences are so wide-ranging that they pretty much defy all attempts to label. I'm glad to see the band make it big... this last CD has sold as many copies since it came out 3 weeks ago as their previous one did in the last three YEARS. With Butch Vig helping them produce it, I think the band has finally come into its own. Maybe a lot of people won't like the way they've gone, but I know the guys. Anybody who cries "sellout" doesn't know the first thing about them or their history. Anyway, does me good to hear they've made it, and their latest CD may remain a fixture in my changer for a while. It's also a trip to have people telling me about this "new band", when I've been playing their sh*t for years. Anyway, I now love it, almost every song on the CD appeals to me.

Anyway, that's it. I'm off to get my skank ass in the shower.

PS- the guitar solo on "dancing through sunday" is a trip.

heathj
05-29-2003, 05:27 PM
Never give up! Pussy...bah!

625...damn sweet! :thumbup:

midee1
05-29-2003, 06:12 PM
Well B

Let me start out by apologizing. I posted it earlier and didn't know if it worked so I posted again. It will not happen again.:(

So are you saying to pull a clean bar offa the rack and not do the static hold after my last rep?

If so what do you work it in with. Cause I need to change my split and times due to our 15yo son wanting to join us to get ready for football.

Alex.V
05-29-2003, 06:24 PM
Thanks heath. :)

Midee, not a problem at all. I'd just rather not vomit when I open my journal. lol.

I actually pull the bar off the ground (a full deadlift) before doing the static hold... keeping the grip during the acceleration up is a task in and of itself. But I'd do it after deadlifts... after taking a good break after your last set. If you don't have a deadlift day, I'd do it on the same day as you do shoulders or upper back. It tends to exhaust the traps for days, as you know, so it would definitely cut into your row/overhead press strength if you did it a few days prior to those. Not a leg day exercise.

You got your son lifting with you? Damn... that is excellent. :)

Get him deadlifting. :D

midee1
05-29-2003, 06:29 PM
Yep B

At my elderly state I have my wife and my 15yo lifting with me. My wife has been with me since January. The sad part is that I will have to keep it up for many more years.:D I've 2 more sons ages 8 and 6 so i got to stick with it long enough to work with them. All this at 33 years of age.

The funny thing is my son went to leg day with us on monday. First of all his mother kicked his ass in every exercise we did and second here it is Thursday and he's still whining about his legs aching.:D

That will teach him to mess with his mom.:)

midee1
05-29-2003, 06:34 PM
Also to save me from looking thru 115pages of your journal:)

What kind of a split do you use. I tend to do legs and biceps on monday. chest and upper back on wednesday and shoulders triceps on sat.

Maybe you have a better idea to make our workouts more effective and to allow ample recovery for each muscle group so we do not get into overtraining.

Thanks for all your help

Alex.V
05-29-2003, 06:35 PM
hehehe. watch out, man. If he gets into it, at his age, with his hormones (and his pride), I'm sure he'll start slamming poundages right up there with you before you know it. ;)

But, damn, credit to you for keeping it a family thing. You're giving these kids a big leg up.

I still gotta say, that's great that your wife kicked his butt. That's some motivation. :D

Alex.V
05-29-2003, 06:44 PM
Originally posted by midee1
Also to save me from looking thru 115pages of your journal:)

What kind of a split do you use. I tend to do legs and biceps on monday. chest and upper back on wednesday and shoulders triceps on sat.

Maybe you have a better idea to make our workouts more effective and to allow ample recovery for each muscle group so we do not get into overtraining.

Thanks for all your help

Well, I guess it's been a while since I outlined it.

Tuesday: Back/biceps
Thursday: Deadlifts/shoulders
Saturday: Chest/triceps
Sunday: Legs

Basically, every day starts out with a warmup through some heavy sets of a big compound movement that works all the muscles that will be used.. then an assistance exercise for the compound, then a few isolations. Sets tend to be 2-3 per lift, though this varies.

The split you got going works pretty well... Though it looks a little heavy early in the week, and a bit light on saturday. I'd move biceps to saturday, and give the small muscles in your arms and shoulders ample recovery before they're used on wednesday. If you feel the need to add SOME upper body on leg day, I'd do some wrist/forearm/rotator cuff work. But that's about it.

It's hard to evaluate without seeing sets/reps. I could always head back down to your journal and throw some comments in there. :D

midee1
05-29-2003, 06:51 PM
Feel free to post anytime and thanks again.:D

midee1
05-29-2003, 07:17 PM
As far as his age and hormones I agree. We started back in October and he kept up pretty good. But he got lazy and quit. So now I've got plenty of room on him to push him to do his best.

He says he is going to stick with it this time. I also to him what you said about the deads. He thought that was pretty cool that someone speaks of him.:D

rookiebldr
05-29-2003, 10:44 PM
Originally posted by Belial

And, jesus, two days with no update and I'm on page three.

:( Nobody loves me. They read, but don't post.



You do realize that if you posted in other journals you might get more posting here. ;) wait....Don't you already have the highest posted and viewed journal on the site? You don't seem to need and help. :p

Alex.V
05-29-2003, 10:53 PM
Midee, keep us posted on his progress too. If he sticks to it, by his senior year he could be a hell of a player. Too many high school athletes don't know how to train properly. Give him a year on a solid routine and he'll be blowing away everyone else on his team.

Rookie, I guess I'm a hypocrite. I read about 20 of them regularly, but never post. Ah well. I should fix that.

Budiak
05-30-2003, 07:06 AM
He posted in mine like a week ago, but its just because he sensed gayness.

Maybe if your journals were more faggy he'd join in.

Alex.V
05-30-2003, 04:12 PM
stfu, homo.

I did chest a day early... I figured that orgo is really burning me out, and I could use a day of COMPLETE rest this weekend.. a day of sloth. No gym, no work, nada. Of course, I did chest after 45 minutes by the pool, so the sun leeched a lot of strength outta me. Still, not bad.

BB bench:

135 x 12, 225 x 12, 315 x 2, 335 x 1, 355 x 1

Something felt BAD in my left wrist. I stopped. Too bad, I actually had the strength for another 20-25 pounds today.

Close grip bench press:

315 x 5, 275 x 10, 275 x 8 + 1 paused.

No wrist pain... and these were strong. The first set at 275 went so fast that the plates rattled and the bar wobbled like mad (according to my spotter)

DB flyes:

70 x 10, 70 x 8, 70 x 7

Rah. So exciting.

One-handed tricep pushdowns:

160 x 10/10, 140 x 9/9. 130 x 9/9

Good burn-out.

DB front raises:

45 x 12, 45 x 9

So exciting.

Diet- excellent.

Sleep- ~7.5 hours.

heathj
05-30-2003, 04:49 PM
Yeah Budiak's journal is quite homosexual.

Do you take any pain killers? Seems like your wrist is always a problem with something. And..how far back do you go on flyes?

Alex.V
05-30-2003, 05:00 PM
I forgot my painkillers today. I usually just wrap the wrist. And I go back roughly to parallel to the floor.

I was just informed my workout posts were boring.

As an encore, I would like to submit the following:

http://www.duke.edu/~alv3/menandwomeni.jpg

Alex.V
05-30-2003, 05:01 PM
I would also like to add that organic chemistry owes me a blowjob after all the time I've spent on it.

heathj
05-30-2003, 05:02 PM
****ing women and all their buttons.

Alex.V
05-30-2003, 05:03 PM
The major mistake was actually having an on/off switch there. In reality, there needs to be extremely careful and somewhat random manipulation of various levers, buttons, and switches to get any sort of "on" reaction. God dammit.

heathj
05-30-2003, 05:23 PM
Yeah...remember that incredible machine game? That is like how you have to turn on a woman. Go through all these obstacles and all that to finally get to the end.

midee1
05-30-2003, 08:16 PM
OK B

here is my attempt at a stupid question.:D

I screwed around with some deads tonight. My question is how do you set your stance. Do you keep your ass parallel with your knees and start the pull with your back and shoulders and drive it up with your legs. Or do you take your ass to the floor and start the pull with your legs. I did this and 135 came up way to easy.

But I mainly felt it in my lower back and not my legs. Where should it hit the most.

Also did a SLDL with 225 clean to a 40sec static hold. Alredy feel it in my traps. Just did it about an hour ago.

Decided to name it THE TRAP KILLER and apply for a patent for it in your name.:thumbup: :D

heathj
05-30-2003, 08:32 PM
I'm not B, but yes you are correct. You want to in a sense bring your upper body up first and then your ass. Lower back is the main target for deads, but they also hit everything else in your body. They're great. Well, now B can answer :p

Just some girl
05-30-2003, 09:15 PM
Originally posted by Belial
In reality, there needs to be extremely careful and somewhat random manipulation of various levers, buttons, and switches to get any sort of "on" reaction.

what can i say? we're amazing, complicated, and beautiful creatures. and you wouldn't have it any other way.


(yea, so i searched for a witty, zinging response and couldnt find one. so this is what you get. Mr. Boring Workout Updates. ;) )

Alex.V
05-31-2003, 02:16 PM
Originally posted by midee1
OK B

I screwed around with some deads tonight. My question is how do you set your stance. Do you keep your ass parallel with your knees and start the pull with your back and shoulders and drive it up with your legs. Or do you take your ass to the floor and start the pull with your legs. I did this and 135 came up way to easy.



It's neither, really. A lot depends on how you're built. I am probably not the best person to ask about conventional deadlifting, since it is my weaker lift, but generally I keep my thighs/butt ABOVE parallel (higher than my knee), and drive with the legs at the same time as I straighten my back. Generally, my legs straighten before my back is full erect, but my back and legs initiate the movement simultaneously. I'm sure some of the stronger (pound for pound :D) conventional deadlifters could help you out.

Heath, so true. But in the end, don't forget, all it takes is one minor f*ck up and the power goes off again.

Andrea... when you're right, you're right.

:hump:

heathj
05-31-2003, 02:38 PM
Yeah and if I was basically out for another 8-9 months, I think I'd shoot myself.

rookiebldr
05-31-2003, 10:24 PM
Originally posted by Belial
I would also like to add that organic chemistry owes me a blowjob after all the time I've spent on it.

rofl

Alex.V
06-01-2003, 01:23 PM
I still haven't gotten it, jeff. It's a temperamental little b*tch.

I did legs today, but I also decided that I'm going to the doctor about my wrist/thumb. It's getting a little better, but I keep doing damage to it, and today it REALLY bothered me, to the point where it was aching even when just resting by my side.

But it was a good leg day. I felt like falling asleep for the first half, but after failing on a max attempt, I rallied and managed to get some decent lifting in.

Squats:

135 x 6, 225 x 6, 315 x 6, 405 x 2, 545 x miss.

I think when I said "ugh" at the bottom, my spotters thought I said "up", because they grabbed it and lifted. My fault, I was the one who told them to be extra attentive (due to belt issues). So I set the safety stops one higher (about 1" below where the bar is when I'm parallel), and did the following by myself:

405 x 3, 545 x 1 (!), 405 x 2, 315 x 6

I was QUITE pleased... 545, I took more slowly than usual, without the sudden drop just below the midpoint that usually creates too much momentum. It was a struggle bringing it up, and I leaned forward a little on the way up and used a bit too much lower back.... which is not exactly my weakest muscle group, so it was fine.

The last two sets were really just to loosen up my legs and practice my balance a little.

SLDLs:

405 x 10, 405 x 8

Just focused on full hamstring extension here... I decided to skip the leg press today, so I paid more attention here rather than just knocking them off. I'm being rewarded by this dull ache at the hamstring/glute tie-in.

Leg extensions:

Stack x 20, stack x 16

Hamstring curls:

Stack x 14, stack x 14

Nothing tremendously exciting, just finishing them off.

Calf raises:

Stack x 16, stack x 13

Damn stack got caught off the wheels during the second set, and would barely budge.

But it was a good workout, exhausted me quite a bit.

Diet- excellent, thanks again to jonathan for taking us all to outback last night. :D

Sleep- 7 hours. F*cking phone rang, couldn't get back to sleep.

Other- My birthday's next wednesday!!!! I plan on...


...going to class.

Whatever, I'll celebrate it after orgo's over. bah.

And I just got back from sitting by the pool.. I plan on spending the rest of the day doing... absolutely nothing. I did some studying while there, I have done my duty this weekend.

the doc
06-01-2003, 01:27 PM
nice squats mang!! Hope the thumb is just some tendonitis or something minor like that.

JustinASU
06-01-2003, 03:25 PM
B-

Well, I did not have the time to sit down and read through the 122 pages of this monstrocity of a journal but I read the first few and the last few. Good god man, you've come a long way in 2 short years. You must have gotten strength and mass training down to an exact science. I have been working out for 2 years also and I've gone from 140 lbs to 215 lbs but thats with good BF gain too (I probably went from 10 to about 17, although its never been measured) I suppose if I want to understand your uncanny success I should read through the whole journal right? Please don't take offense at this question and feel free to completely ignore if need be but, did you stay natural the whole way through? Do you have the supplements you've used listed anywhere? Overall, amazing job on everything though, and good luck on future success, although it seems you do not need luck. I will be reading this from now on.

P.S. You're lucky you can lay by the damn pool. I'm in the same state as you and our high today was 60 here in Boone, I'm damn tired of these mountains and I wish I had stayed in Durham this summer.

Hercule
06-01-2003, 03:44 PM
Damn, EXCELLENT squatting B. Extremely Impressive. Way to go :thumbup:

Pup
06-01-2003, 05:20 PM
nice job bro, squats will be in the 600s in no time

ElPietro
06-02-2003, 08:57 AM
How wide is your stance on squats? Just curious, as when I started widening a bit, I think it felt easier, but when I got up into a bit heavier weight, it placed a lot more strain on the hips, resulting in a bit of a strain for me. Just wondering if you feel more comfortable at different stances, and which you think works best for your squats.

Alex.V
06-02-2003, 10:09 PM
Mark, rob, hercule (what's your real name, boy?), thanks much for the props. :) The words DO keep me working harder.

Peter, I squat with my feet touching the sides of the squat rack.. and you're right. The power is greater, but discomfort is almost obscene at higher weights. I'm not sure if it's doing damage... I sure as hell hope not. How much power do you have when you bring in the stance a bit?

Justin, no I haven't stayed natural the whole time. I fluctuated between wanting to throw myself one way or another.. at this point, I really think I need to sit down and evaluate my goals. As for your own results, that's damn impressive. One thing to remember is that 145 (the weight I was about 28 months ago) was far below my natural weight given my frame. I had crazy gains at first due to my ridiculously low bodyfat and due to the fact that my body WANTED to be around 180. I have wide shoulders, big hips, a big butt, etc., so I'm not exactly an ectomorph as some would think judging from early pics.

You know, honestly, I think most of my success comes from luck... early on, I found out what works well for me.. just happened that I hit on a routine, partially by accident, that was perfect for my body type and recovery capabilities.

Oh.. you live in durham?

I did back today with a big crew of people. I was still slightly wiped from legs yesterday, with my whole posterior chain (and even my abs) being sore... so poundages were not anything special.


DB rows:

195 x 8/8, 170 x 10/10, 170 x 8/8

These were all right... I got yelled at for "dropping the weight". It's my bar, asshole, do you give a sh*t if I break it? Still, not worth arguing over. I just smiled pleasantly and said "okay". After staring the guy down.

Bi-angular row:

10 plates x 7, 8 plates x 8, 8 plates x 8

Bleh, these kinda sucked. No strength, everything felt heavy as hell.

Concentration curls:

50's x 10/10, 50's x 8/8

Whee.

Cross-body hammers:

85's x 8/8, 85's x 7/7

Something like that. I can never keep count on these.

Cable curls:

200 x 12, 200 x 10

These are feeling really easy. I need to bump them up somehow. Or do them one-handed, but that hurts my elbows.

That was about it. I did one set of pulldowns after all this (and stretching)... 250 for 9 or something like that.

And then I had a shake, showered, then went out to mexican food with heatherer, frannie, craig, matt, and jonathan. Plus one more guy who doesn't want to register. I ate food. It was good. I drank some beer and had some damn good tequila. That was also good. Said beer and tequila make the lab report I'm doing as I write this entry far more interesting.

WHEE.

Diet- good.

Sleep- 7.5 hours.

IceRgrrl
06-03-2003, 05:16 AM
Originally posted by Belial
I would also like to add that organic chemistry owes me some quality oral sex after all the time I've spent on it.

LMMFAO! You and me both, pal... :D

ElPietro
06-03-2003, 07:22 AM
Originally posted by Belial
Peter, I squat with my feet touching the sides of the squat rack.. and you're right. The power is greater, but discomfort is almost obscene at higher weights. I'm not sure if it's doing damage... I sure as hell hope not. How much power do you have when you bring in the stance a bit?


I'm probably not the best to ask, since I only just started to push myself on squats and that's when I sorta strained the hip a bit. My stance was much narrower than what you explained though. I think my feet were maybe 3 or 4 inches outside shoulder width. I think that to squat with foot from either side of the rack would take some working up to, as that certainly would stretch out the hips for me. But you probably have hips geared for this from the fact that you do your deadlifts sumo style.

I'm guessing wider stance for squats are just the same as sumo for deadlifts, prolly places much more strain on the hips in the hole, but once you get past that part, you have a much reduced ROM to travel so the lift becomes much simpler, so long as you can get out of the hole.

Or perhaps I am not making sense.

ElPietro
06-03-2003, 07:23 AM
Originally posted by IceRgrrl


LMMFAO! You and me both, pal... :D

How is that possible?

Is there something, "anatomically speaking" that you'd like to share with us IceR? :p :D

:hide:

ElPietro
06-03-2003, 07:25 AM
Bah! Damn you for changing it to "quality oral sex" you are misquoting someone! tuttut

Alex.V
06-03-2003, 08:14 AM
Molly, keep all soliciting OUTSIDE my journal. MY orgo, MY oral sex. Find your own. tuttut

(But really, seriously, what a cocktease. I take my book everywhere, take care of it, pay it SO much attention, and in return, what do I get? It lets me bottom after every five chapters. :()

Peter, yeah, that's pretty much it. The wide stance, for me, creates a LOT of tension/strain in the hole, but spring in the tendons themselves bounce me out. Beyond that... hell, I could probably squat 7 plates to within 5-6" of parallel (deeper than most people squat anyway, dammit!), but it's that part right above the breaking point at parallel, and before the legs fully kick in that becomes my sticking point.

Of course, long term I don't know if this wide squatting is messing me up. I limp a disproportionate amount of the time, considering my joints are supposed to be HEALTHY.

IceRgrrl
06-03-2003, 08:24 AM
Originally posted by ElPietro


How is that possible?

Is there something, "anatomically speaking" that you'd like to share with us IceR? :p :D

:hide:

How many times do I have to tell you to READ carefully before running off at the keyboard??? :p I took the liberty of paraphrasing in the interests of gender neutral language on purpose...to avoid the sort of penis comments that would have followed had I not edited. But it didn't work, I see...



Originally posted by Belial
Molly, keep all soliciting OUTSIDE my journal. MY orgo, MY oral sex. Find your own. tuttut

(But really, seriously, what a cocktease. I take my book everywhere, take care of it, pay it SO much attention, and in return, what do I get? It lets me bottom after every five chapters. :()


You don't mind if I take liberties with your quotes, do you? ;) It was all in the interests of sharing...

And yeah, it's certainly a one-sided relationship, isn't it? Makes reading labels on stuff a lot more fun though :rolleyes:

Alex.V
06-03-2003, 08:27 AM
Originally posted by IceRgrrl

It was all in the interests of sharing...


Oral sex is meant for sharing, dear.

ElPietro
06-03-2003, 08:29 AM
Originally posted by Belial
The wide stance, for me, creates a LOT of tension/strain in the hole, but spring in the tendons themselves bounce me out.

Yeah, I guess therein lies the danger. I guess the wider the stance, and the deeper you go, the more you challenge the elasticity of connective tissue, and there will come a time maybe when you go for a PR and perhaps push it past the breaking point. I guess it is then not always a question of strength, but also of elasticity, and if your strength gets too big an advantage over your elasticity, something will snap, versus the other way you would just fail the lift. Or I guess that's what I'm thinking. I guess one way to help reduce that would be do go REALLY slow on the negative portion of the squat, otherwise momentum could take you beyond the point of no return on a heavy rep.

I think that's how I sorta strained myself, but it wasn't anything major.

IceRgrrl
06-03-2003, 08:30 AM
Originally posted by Belial


Oral sex is meant for sharing, dear.

See? I knew you'd understand :D

On a completely different O note, remind me to enlighten you as to tetramethylchickenwire at some point... :p

WillKuenzel
06-03-2003, 08:45 AM
Originally posted by IceRgrrl

completely different O note, remind me to enlighten you as to tetramethylchickenwire at some point... :p I saw that when you first tried to post it and it probably would work if you used vB <code></code> thing. It might look a little bit better.

BennettBoy
06-03-2003, 09:18 AM
Just wondering if you went home and ate 2 more meals like Narc did? Jeepers. Lots of food.

It was nice getting together yesterday to workout and meet each other. You guys sure create a spectacle whenever you are all in the gym together. It appeared all the other young Dukies couldn't quit starting at all the weight you guys were throwing around. :p

IceRgrrl
06-03-2003, 09:47 AM
Originally posted by HomeYield
I saw that when you first tried to post it and it probably would work if you used vB <code></code> thing. It might look a little bit better.

Bah, I can't be bothered to mess with all that crap...it's a formatting thing that I'll just bypass via email :D

Hercule
06-03-2003, 09:58 AM
Originally posted by Belial
hercule(what's your real name, boy?),

Ryan.

Tankette
06-04-2003, 11:49 AM
up ya go

fuzz
06-04-2003, 12:29 PM
BOOTY :spam:

Alex.V
06-04-2003, 02:24 PM
Bootyspam? That sounds nasty.

Tankette, that was your cameo in my journal? I think there needs to be a bit more fanfare than that.

Escape01
06-04-2003, 04:45 PM
matt and i are very happy for you.

http://www.gixxer.com/uploads/alexbday.JPG

Alex.V
06-04-2003, 04:46 PM
hahahahahahahahahaha.



Assholes, all of you!

Tankette
06-04-2003, 08:07 PM
your a wank...how's that for personalized?

Tankette
06-04-2003, 08:08 PM
Happy B-day, big guy...you're loved

Alex.V
06-04-2003, 08:11 PM
Aww. Hey, you really CAN be nice. :)

heathj
06-04-2003, 08:34 PM
Happy birthday old timer :D

By your age I'll be way huger than you, muahaha.

Weakling. :p

Tankette
06-04-2003, 08:42 PM
BTW, I here you're needing a pair of pink parachutes to use in the gym...

Tankette
06-04-2003, 08:43 PM
here=hear...shaping young minds :).

Alex.V
06-04-2003, 08:59 PM
You messed up the "your"/"you're" thing, too.

Yeah, pink parachutes, or something to lie underneath my weights so they don't clang. You volunteering?

Alex.V
06-05-2003, 12:13 AM
Kind of a bad night tonight until lately...

To those two people from the board I was talking to (you know who you are), sorry if I seemed a little out of sorts... a few things that had been bothering me kinda came to a head last night, and I kinda got slammed with a wave of ****ty emotions. So if I was rude and/or short, I apologize.

I guess it started when I realized that, this time last year, I was essentially in the same place I am now... it's been a full year since I decided to do what I'm doing... since I decided to put off real life, to go down this road I'm on. And I've been wondering on and off if it's the right thing to do. I guess tonight it hit me pretty hard... this is the second year in a row that I've seen people close to me leave this place and move on. Talking to friends who are starting their lives in New York (back home), having them excitedly tell me they're going to take me out "when I'm visiting them", made me feel so cut off in some ways. Not that I don't have damn good friends here. I just feel further and further removed from people who used to be a big part of my life.

It's tough... the last few years have been very strange. I guess in a lot of ways I'm still trying to figure out who the **** I am.

heh. "in a lot of ways". Yeah, bullsh*t. I have no idea who I am. But I guess none of us really do, so I should quit my bitching. But I guess they say you should keep old friends, so that someone knows where you came from.... what if you don't like where you came from? And what if you're not totally sure if you like where you're going?

But.....

You know, I remember some quote I used to like.. about the past being done with, the future unknown... but today being a gift, and that's why it's called the present. And just now, it struck me how inane this quote is.

There are no presents in life. Nothing just flows the way it should, you can't sit back and hope you'll end up on the right path, or just pray things work out. Everything good that happens... you have to make it happen, you have to plan it, work for it, fight for it. You get lucky sometimes, but you can't count on that, and there's equal parts bad luck to go with the good.

It doesn't make a difference if I'm here in school or back home working.. friends would come and go, life would be tough, I'd question what I was doing, I'd sometimes want to throw my hands up in the air, or throw myself off a cliff. The only f*cking thing that I know is that I've managed to handle whatever the hell life has thrown my way, and I keep coming out of everything better.

So this self-doubt, this uncertainty.. it's a given in life, I'll have to deal with it wherever I am. So why dwell on it? Why let it ever beat me, leave me sitting here questioning every move I've made? As long as I'm giving all of myself to what I set myself to, I can't fail. I never have.

Life isn't too short... life is too long. Don't have it be a prison sentence, or something that you just try to survive. F*ck, this is all I have. What I see when I look down, what I see in the mirror. This is me. The only one I got. I can't betray myself with doubt. If there's any one thing I can have faith in, it's this mind, this body. (scary thought, I know)

I guess I'd been forgetting that for a while.

Alex.V
06-05-2003, 12:16 AM
And I normally hate long, self-indulgent, meaningless-to-all-but-the-author-at-2AM posts, but it's my f*cking journal. I guess just writing this sh*t out sometimes helps me organize my thoughts. I mean, I wouldn't say I put up a facade, far from it... but sometimes I seem a lot more calm on the outside than I really am. And it's been a really rough few weeks, mentally... haven't really been my normal relaxed self. So I needed this miniature breakdown to realize I had started stumbling.

IceRgrrl
06-05-2003, 05:35 AM
Congratulations, you're normal! (never thought I'd say that, huh? ;) ) If it makes you feel any better, or at least that you're not alone adrift in the boat, it's a cyclic thing that repeats itself throughout life, for anyone self-aware enough to notice what's going on inside them and around them. Those that ramble through life unemcumbered by the thought process are probably more comfortable (ignorance is bliss) but miss a lot...

You do change and grow and start down different paths and jump from one path to another and learn as you go. Some people/friends stay with you, some go off in other directions and that's not a bad thing, it's just the way it is. And whenever you get comfortable and start thinking that you're where you should be and all's right with the world, enjoy that fleeting moment, because it's usually just the calm before the storm of another change, another period of your life, another opportunity for growth.

Having had a lot of friends come and go throughout the past few years, I guess the conclusion I've come to is that most people are in your orbit/you in theirs for short periods of time...enjoy them while they are there and fondly remember them when you or they have moved on or drifted apart. It's not a bad thing, it's just the way things are. We meet more people in one year than our grandparents did in a whole lifetime...some of them will be the type of people who you call up after not talking for year and it's like you picked up right where you left off. Those are the rare ones though...

It all comes down to knowing yourself and being able to live with yourself and your own ideas, opinions, beliefs, and dreams. If YOU are okay with you, then that's the most important thing.

And chalk some of this off to stress and brain-overload...when you're pulled that tight, it's a toss-up as to whether some of those late-night thoughts are brilliant revelations or just anxiety.

You're okay...for a meathead ;)

BennettBoy
06-05-2003, 06:48 AM
I feel your pain Alex. When I was in school that was one of the hardest things I experienced.....watching friends move on to new endeavers. It certainly can depress you for a day or so anyway. I use to be very involved in Church and a singles dept. and everytime I would get close to a certain group of friends it seemed they would leave Columbia for a new job, get married or whatever. It was hard as hell to deal with. Hang in there big guy.

WillKuenzel
06-05-2003, 06:56 AM
Originally posted by IceRgrrl
Congratulations, you're normal! (never thought I'd say that, huh? ;) ) If it makes you feel any better, or at least that you're not alone adrift in the boat, it's a cyclic thing that repeats itself throughout life, for anyone self-aware enough to notice what's going on inside them and around them. Those that ramble through life unemcumbered by the thought process are probably more comfortable (ignorance is bliss) but miss a lot...I couldn't agree more. I'm sort of in the same place right now, but I think most of us go through something similar every so often. Its how we deal with and move through it that makes us a better person.

Builds character. ;)

Alex.V
06-05-2003, 07:37 AM
M, thanks for replying to that, even if it was a bit long as self-targeted.

I guess it was just one of these late night things... where all day I'd been talking to family, old friends, people I haven't heard from in ages, in some cases... and it definitely made me miss 'em all. So my brain kinda took the next logical step (logical?) and I started wondering why I was down here, why I was doing what I'm doing, and honestly whether or not I could handle it.

I still do wonder, in a way... but every few months this kinda thing hits me... and then it goes away for a while. So hopefully I'm going to be back to normal for a few more months.... at least long enough to get me through summer class and tide me over until I head up to NY in July. :D

Craig, Will, it's good to know I'm not unique in this. And I don't think I could deal with having any more character. ;)

fuzz
06-05-2003, 07:38 AM
Alex: I'm sorry if your vagina is bothering you tonight. Perhaps some vagisill would be helpful.




Seriously though, that was a well written "breakdown", and something I'm sure everyone goes through at one time or another. Sitting down and trying to figure out all those thoughts can be a very good thing.

Alex.V
06-05-2003, 07:48 AM
My vagina WAS bothering me. Vagisil only works in the weight room, the rest of the time, you just gotta wait for it to stop bleeding.

ElPietro
06-05-2003, 07:58 AM
I don't think you will learn as much about yourself until you are finished school. University is like a dreamland, and nothing like the realities of the working world. I had some of the best years of my life in university, and made so many great friends. I barely talk to any of them now, and that sucks, but I think once you are done with school, and get busy doing your own thing, you will begin to adjust much better.

Although, I have a few friends that can't seem to let go of the fact that they aren't in university anymore, and going out drinking all the time isn't the coolest thing in the world to do. Reality hits everyone differently, and until you've gotten away from the campus environment, I don't think you ever fully grasp it. It sure does force people to mature pretty quick though.

ElPietro
06-05-2003, 07:58 AM
Just go deadlift, that fixes everything anyway. ;)

Alex.V
06-05-2003, 08:19 AM
That's the problem. I'm in an odd place in that respect, too. Am I a college student? f*ck no. I'm pretty damn bored of the scene. But what's the alternative? ack!

And I'm deadlifting today, provided my vagina behaves.

IceRgrrl
06-05-2003, 08:39 AM
I have to say that my experiences were somewhat the reverse. For me, university was very stressful in that I was in a very cutthroat program where we were being pushed beyond what's healthy in the name of "weeding out" 50% of the students and I was pretty much putting myself through expense-wise. It was one of those "success is my only option, failure is not" times where it was either get through my degree program somehow and get a good job and not have to worry about the utilities being shut off or end up back home in the sticks where all my high school classmates seemed to be breeding, living in trailers, and developing drug/alcohol habits. I didn't have have much time or energy for the social stuff, but once I got done with my degree, then I really was able to enjoy friends, being financially solvent and doing some neat things with some neat people....finally breathing room to enjoy the payoff. Everyone's experience is different, I guess.

Also, since I've lived away from my family since I graduated from high school and have lived in several different places in the US, I often wish I could see my family more often and I get homesick for people and places that I've lived in the past. But those experiences and the memories are worth the sometimes discomfort of no longer being there and missing the people who aren't around anymore.

I think it must get harder as you get older and more people have come and gone in your life and the sheer mass of your past and your memories and things gets heavier. Old people must have a lot to think about...and sometimes I have to admire them just for living through it all and just continuing on. Life is hard sometimes...

ElPietro
06-05-2003, 08:46 AM
Yes, I would say that what I said above would not apply to engineering students. Too much of a courseload for them to have time to actually enjoy the campus environment.

Jane
06-05-2003, 09:01 AM
Originally posted by ElPietro
Just go deadlift, that fixes everything anyway. ;)
Or moving to DC. ;)

Seriously, I'm sure you'll figure this out. Just sit down, on the toilet or otherwise, and have a good think. Try to determine what it is you want, exactly--that's the hardest part. We both know you'll get whatever you decide to go after.

Pup
06-05-2003, 09:19 AM
As many others have touched on, we all have those points in our life where it seems like ya hit rock bottom and you'd rather be somewhere else then where you are. But, you have a very unique opportunity, you are multi-talented, both in intelligence and charisma, whatever you end up doing, it will affect people, the trick is deciding how you want to affect them...most people say they just want to be happy or be fulfilled, but really, what is happiness, is it a job, a family, an experience, or is it something that combines all of those into your own little niche that allows you to grow and change as a person...i'd say the latter. You are going to hit those stumbling blocks...when you do, pick yourself up off the ground, make sure your clothes and hair are still perfect and move on *kick a frat boy on the way, it'll make you feel better*.

MixmasterNash
06-05-2003, 04:22 PM
Gack! I don't believe no one has mentioned the obvious solution:

Grad school!

It's like college in that you can go drink a lot, except without the babysitting adults. And naps. You can take a LOT of naps in grad school. I thought college was good for that, but it's no where close. Plus, you might get paid to go to grad school if you're a scientist. Otherwise, you can just put off repaying loans for another 2-15 years.

The MAIN thing though is not to go to a sucky school like, ahem, Duke. Chapel Hill has MUCH better bars, and that's what counts when you're in your 6th year and haven't seen your advisor for 5 months.

Good luck.

ectx
06-05-2003, 05:21 PM
Oy...took me too long to read this. I could get preachy, and tell you what's right and wrong. Seems to me like you've already done a good job at this yourself. My advice?....deal. Friends come and go. The good ones....really good ones....they stick with you. So does your education and your career, and if you're not happy, ****it! there's always something else. Take it from a guy who has lived in an academic environment for all of his life, that's how it goes. Nothing is constant, perhaps you should add this to your list of sayings:

There is no path ahead of me. I build the path behind me

Takamura Kotaro


I actually take back some of what I said. You're constant, but that's it. With the career choice you've made, that's how it goes. So who cares if others have moved on and are doing different things? Your time will come and all will be well. You're where you're at because you chose to be there. Remember that next time you get down. Your choice, your life. Best of luck with everything. I deal with this a lot (especially with my career choice) so if you ever need to vent, you know what to do.

Alex.V
06-05-2003, 05:59 PM
Never expected this much in the way of replies. I appreciate what everybody has said... I still do have a lot to think about, but in the meantime, it's good to know that this IS completely normal. I was wondering if I was making too big a deal out of this, if I should just suck it up and deal with it like everybody else... which, of course, is what I will do. But it never hurts to know that there are people who understand that it gets tough.

For everybody who has offered to talk, or has talked to me, thanks again. I probably will take you all up on that at some point... and of course, will gladly listen in return.

Today's workout was a little blah... I mean, I didn't stick to plan and went for a new max... and I figured deep down I wouldn't get it.. which was enough to guarantee I wouldn't. So it's back to schedule on those.

And I was still drained... a week of not eating enough (because I wanted to look pretty by the pool) has taken its toll.

Deadlifts:

135 x 6, 225 x 6, 315 x 4, 405 x 3, 655 x .25

.25 because the plates actually came up. Wasn't fast enough, hesitated a few times during the lift.. back down to 635 next week... then 645, then 655. It'll be mine.

Conventional deadlifts:

585 x miss, 585 x 1

b*tch.

Lateral raises:

60's x 8, 55's x 8, 50's x 10, 45's x 12

I could feel the weakness here.. shoulders actually burned.

Bent-over lateral raises:

45's x 10, 45's x 10

Ack. Same thing.

One-handed external rotations (almost a dumbell snatch/one handed cuban rotation):

45's x 3/3, 50's x 3/3, 55's x 3/2

Good.

Hanging leg raises:

14, 12 (bodyweight only)

Diet- Not bad... too much cake, too little substance.

Sleep- 6.5 hours. Damn the TV being left on high volume last night. :(

That's about it. I have a fun-filled weekend of orgo study ahead.. 3 chapters to learn for tuesday. WHEE!

RG570
06-06-2003, 12:44 AM
Originally posted by Belial

And I was still drained... a week of not eating enough (because I wanted to look pretty by the pool) has taken its toll.


tuttut


on a serious note:
dont worry about things, and let your friends be the least of your concerns. they'll stick with you (not neccesarily geographically) if they are real friends. dont worry about your future, either. i can see how bright it is from florida man. stick to your guns. damn, i am a terrible motivational speaker.

heathj
06-06-2003, 01:29 AM
Damn....655 would be the most amazing thing I've ever heard of. F*ck even 635 would be F*CKING AWESOME! ...Jesus dude, seriously in the last year or two your size and strength have really amazed me. I have kinda gotten to know you over these last two years or so and you have really matured a lot. Your actions and just overall mass gain. A 635 deadlift is...incredible. I think you should consider doing a show...just my opinion though.

:thumbup:

Alex.V
06-06-2003, 09:15 AM
Heath, thanks man. It has been a pretty damn long two years, though, hasn't it? Still reassuring that maybe time doesn't pass all that quickly.

I am considering a show... but that's likely a year down the line. Three months ago I hit a 650 deadlift.... the week after I missed 655, the week after I missed it again, and my confidence was shot. So I've slowly been working my way back up.

WillKuenzel
06-06-2003, 09:20 AM
A show in August '04 has been the general consensus so far. There will probably be either on in Greensboro or Charlotte during that time. :thumbup:

Hercule
06-06-2003, 09:37 AM
When saying show, do you mean a BB show, or a powerlifting comp?

WillKuenzel
06-06-2003, 09:41 AM
It better be BB show because we all know how he likes to parade around in those pink spandex.

He'd do awesome in which ever one he wanted to do.



Nice dealifting btw! Why would you go back down to 635 though and not 640 or 645?

Alex.V
06-06-2003, 02:33 PM
I meant a BB show.. powerlifting is a given. It's going to take some training modifications, I gotta say.

Will, the idea is just to get my deadlift confidence back. Right now, it's not exactly at an all-time high. :(

WillKuenzel
06-06-2003, 02:39 PM
I'm thinking roughly the 2nd weekend in August next year is the one that Heath, Frannie, Rob, Craig, me and anybody else are contemplating. Should be the one in Greensboro. (Though we won't know until they post next years schedule). Its one year away. Get your deadlift back up and start training for the show. :D

Alex.V
06-06-2003, 02:41 PM
Next year... I can do that. All I need to do between now and then is get some arms and some calves. :(

fuzz
06-06-2003, 02:44 PM
And some pics posted on this site, dumbass.

Alex.V
06-06-2003, 02:45 PM
I can't pose for pictures. Pictures steal your soul.

heathj
06-06-2003, 02:50 PM
What about the ones you send me?

Tankette
06-06-2003, 03:44 PM
Take the damn pics, B. You don't have a soul ;).

Alex.V
06-07-2003, 12:45 PM
Thanks sweetheart, you say the kindest things.

I hate working out when slightly hung over. I felt so damn sick last night around 5 in the morning (when I woke up and just lay there in bed trying not to vomit). I should have eaten before bed.

But it wasn't a bad workout.. I took it easy, went lighter on the bench and heavier on the close grips (in terms of volume). I'm not going to max on bench for about a month, I think, and instead I'll work on reps... before picking up a shirt.

BB bench:

135 x 12, 225 x 12, 315 x 4, 335 x 2

Close grip bench:

315 x 5, 275 x 10, 300 x 6

Not too bad on either of these. Close grip bench is still a little awkward, with my balance needing some help, but they feel strong. The weird thing is, my close grip fails near lockout, which is new for me. I do believe my chest and delts are getting much stronger... and I may need to modify my benching style to accomodate this.

DB flyes:

75 x 8, 75 x 8, 75 x 6

These were all right. I really am trying to keep my elbows relatively straight... I do like the flexibility in the power curve that the bent elbows give me, though.

Tricep pushdowns (one handed)

150 x 10/10, 140 x 8/8, 140 x 8/8

pfft.

DB front raises:

50's x 10/10, 50's x 10/10

Paused dips:

14 (3-4 second pause at the bottom)

Wasn't all this EXCITING??? I ordered some squat briefs, btw, based on benchmonster's post in the "hip pain", thread. So I'm wondering if I should go light on squats in the meantime until these come in. I really am starting to worry about my joints.

I am such an old man.

Diet- baha. What diet.

Sleep- sh*t.

Other- Seven nation army is a f*cking good song. And rain sucks.

That is all.

pagan058
06-07-2003, 12:52 PM
hey i was wondering where you grip is on the bar when you bench......is it relatively wide or a thumb's length from the ruff stuff.....

Alex.V
06-08-2003, 10:21 AM
You know, I was actually wondering if I should bring my grip in. My ring fingers are on the ring (not THAT wide, considering my the width of my shoulder girdle).. but since I do feel stronger (and since it hurts my wrist less) when I bring them in, I'm wondering exactly what I should do.

Alex.V
06-08-2003, 10:41 AM
After watching those 800+ pounds bench press videos (HOLY SH*T!), I've decided that I will remove 5" of bone from each of my upper arms. This will help my bench a great deal.

pagan058
06-08-2003, 11:41 AM
lol.....no ****....i think i need to do that too....

Alex.V
06-09-2003, 12:00 PM
Hey Will, I hear you have a Roseanne Barr fetish.

WillKuenzel
06-09-2003, 12:02 PM
http://216.40.249.192/s/cwm/3dlil/la.gif

Alex.V
06-09-2003, 05:01 PM
ew

heathj
06-09-2003, 05:31 PM
Bahaha....

disgusting.

Tankette
06-09-2003, 06:16 PM
perverts

JustinASU
06-09-2003, 07:05 PM
Not to spam up your journal B but---Good God Will, where the hell do you get some of these emoticons? Tey're rather disturbing...

On another note, those deadlifts are amazing...godlike if you will...you should have high confidence in those DLs....

Tankette
06-09-2003, 07:12 PM
godlike...please, don't encourage him;).

Alex.V
06-09-2003, 10:24 PM
See? Justin knows what's up. You know you think the same thing. And just won't admit it.

Justin, thanks man. But really... confidence means everything at such high percentages (of your max), and that mental block at 655 is killing me. :(

WillKuenzel
06-10-2003, 07:33 AM
http://216.40.249.192/s/otn/mfinger/2up.gif

me->http://www.stupid-boy.com/smilies/contrib/slim2g/Ink_Pee.gif<-Alex


Quit worrying about that deadlift and start concentrating on your bodybuilding career. You need to start doing kickbacks. That'll get ya going. :p

Alex.V
06-10-2003, 03:47 PM
You squirt mustard on me?


Weirdo.



Kickbacks! Good call. Forget all this other silly crap. Kickbacks and leg extensions, baby.



Aight, so, had a test this morning... it went aight, I'm just glad it's over. Bit of an odd day... really long, yet it's only 6:00 and I've done so damn much.

So I had a back workout, but diet's been crap this weekend due to various study sessions and sh*t... which in hindsight may not have been totally worth it.

But whatever!

DB rows:

195 x 8/8, 175 x 10/10, 175 x 8/7

Ack. Left side lagged again. I am teh suck. Not bad, though. Explosion not so pronounced, more slow and deliberate.

Bi-angular rows:

10 plates x 7, 8 plates x 9, 8 plates x 9

Good... the 10 plates went pretty smooth, nice full reps from full arm extension to complete contraction. 8 plates was just as tight, with my lats feeling the strain on every rep on the last set, as it should be. I finally figured out how to make these work perfectly for me.

That was it... 6 sets for back. bwahaha.

I suck.

Concentration curls:

55's x 10/10, 50's x 9/9, 45's x 10/10, 40's x 10/11

These were so CUTE!

And that was it. I am truly exhausted right now, I lasted for a few sets of DB rows before I ran outta steam, so I'm relaxing and recharging right now.

Diet- Not so good... too low in calories.

Sleep- 7.5 hours.

Other- Test is DONE! The next one isn't for another....


...10....days.

damn.

Tankette
06-10-2003, 10:00 PM
Oh, I admit it...cause a man like you could make a girl believe.

*whispers in a Spanish accent*






:rolleyes:

ectx
06-10-2003, 10:38 PM
Originally posted by Belial


I suck.


You said it. I didn't.

rookiebldr
06-10-2003, 11:15 PM
Originally posted by Belial


These were so CUTE!




Fag.

RG570
06-11-2003, 12:01 AM
heh

Wu36
06-11-2003, 08:03 AM
Well, I just spent the better part of my natural life reading this entire journal.

Now if you'll excuse me i think i'm dangerously above the RDA for thread degeneration.

oh and good luck with 700.

Tankette
06-12-2003, 06:53 AM
Wow, someone actually has read your journal from start to finish. I refuse.

Alex.V
06-12-2003, 07:41 AM
ec, rookie... watch it, kiddies! :swear:

Wu, thanks, man. So close, yet so far.
And you read the whole thing? Wow. I haven't done that. Since the first time through, at least.

Tankette: It SHOULD be required reading for you. Enrich yourself. You know you want to.

Wu36
06-12-2003, 08:20 AM
yeah i got bored a month or so ago and decided to read it, didnt realize it was 125 pages.

Just some girl
06-12-2003, 09:57 AM
it might not have been that long when you started ;)

Alex, do you realize this journal was like 25-30 pages when I met you? 'Tis a crazy thing. I guess you're getting long-winded in your old age. :p

galileo
06-12-2003, 04:24 PM
Wow, I never thought I'd see rookie call someone a fag.

pwned!

Tankette
06-12-2003, 04:28 PM
I refuse on principle. I'd like to at least pretend that I have a life.

Wu36
06-12-2003, 04:48 PM
I resent that, i have a life.

i swear.
:help:

Tankette
06-12-2003, 05:26 PM
Sorry Wu, my intention wasn't to insult you :).

I usually aim at Belial.

the doc
06-12-2003, 05:40 PM
man when you get in the groove on those biangular rows it really hammers the back well. I miss 'em :(

Wu36
06-12-2003, 05:49 PM
Originally posted by Tankette
Sorry Wu, my intention wasn't to insult you :).

I usually aim at Belial.

I wasn't insulted in the least. ;)

Alex.V
06-12-2003, 06:55 PM
WU, your dedication is amazing, but it must be pretty damn boring.

Andrea.... yeah. 25 pages in the first year, 100 in the second. Craziness. :eek: Maybe you made me more talkative? Yeah. That's it. Blame you. :D

Galileo... no sh*t. I was cracking up.

Tankette, you know you've read far more of my exciting life than you'd ever admit. ;)

I did deadlifts today! Woot!

After last week's miss, I needed to at least get 600+ off the floor to get my confidence back, which I did. I missed lockout, but that's because I lingered too long at the bottom. I'm still pleased. Next week I go for a double at same weight.

Deadlifts:

135 x 6, 225 x 6, 315 x 4, 405 x 2, 635 x just before lockout.

Like I said, not bad. Went down, mind wasn't into it, but it eventually moved. It's what I needed.

Conventional deadlift to static hold:

525 x 46 seconds (?) Not totally sure.

Ouch. My hands hurt. I think slamming my palm between two plates when loading for my deads didn't help. :(

Lateral raises:

60's x 10, 55's x 8, 50's x 10, 45's x 11

Whee.

Bent-over lateral raises:

45's x 12, 45's x 10

These were perfect. Arms fully straight, excellent ROM, good feeling in my rear delts and traps.

Did one stupid set of good mornings. I don't know why. 295 x 8, no belt. My lower back was already dead, so this was kinda dumb. lol.

Hanging leg raises, bw x 15, pause at the top on the last two.

And I think that was it.

Diet- pretty good. Need to get my calories up more consistently over the week.

Sleep- 7.5 hours.

Other- I need to pay more attention to multiple choice questions, especially when they're worth 5 points each. Dammit.

Just some girl
06-12-2003, 07:10 PM
Originally posted by Belial
Andrea.... yeah. 25 pages in the first year, 100 in the second. Craziness. :eek: Maybe you made me more talkative? Yeah. That's it. Blame you. :D


oh sure, blame the jew. :mad: why's it always gotta be about that?

and slamming your hand between plates isn't gonna make orgo seem any less painful. sorry kid. so stop being stupid and trying to break yourself.

:)

Wu36
06-12-2003, 07:18 PM
your journal took precedence over physics hw, thus boredom wasnt a factor.

on a side note moving is annoying and i need something to do tonight before i end up reading another 50k posts

JustinASU
06-12-2003, 07:30 PM
Excellent deads B. On another note I hate summer classes with the deepest passion, don't you?

Alex.V
06-13-2003, 12:54 PM
Originally posted by Just some girl


oh sure, blame the jew. :mad: why's it always gotta be about that?

and slamming your hand between plates isn't gonna make orgo seem any less painful. sorry kid. so stop being stupid and trying to break yourself.

:)

Because race is funny.

And my hand still hurts. :(



Wu, it's good to know I take precedence over useful things. :D

Justin... let's not even go there. :swear: :bash:

chris mason
06-13-2003, 03:11 PM
Call me silly, but how are you going to go from missing a lift one week to a double the next week?

Tankette
06-13-2003, 10:46 PM
:alcoholic lush

ectx
06-13-2003, 11:38 PM
You whine about Organic like if it were hard or something. Suck it up, you pussy.

Alex.V
06-14-2003, 12:33 AM
Originally posted by chris mason
Call me silly, but how are you going to go from missing a lift one week to a double the next week?

You're silly. It's a good ways off from my actual max. Mental fortitude lacking, not physical strength.

ec, I'll kick your butt.


Tankette.... don't make me start calling YOU names. :D

Tankette
06-14-2003, 08:11 AM
I think that you have given me enough ammo to defend myself :shoot:.

chris mason
06-14-2003, 09:38 AM
Are you admitting to being weak minded?:redface:

Alex.V
06-14-2003, 09:41 AM
tankette- watch it, little girl!

chris....

:(


maybe.

Also, I neglected to mention... past 600, my doubles aren't really doubles. They're a single, followed by a partial pull. The idea is technically to get a double, but mostly to increase pull strength off the floor and build up confidence.

Alex.V
06-14-2003, 01:21 PM
Benching can be fun.

Jonathan's success at his last session has worried me, quite frankly, because if he starts outbenching me with his weight disadvantage, I will be quite the wuss. So I had to turn it up a notch today, and I did. However, my elbows are aggravating me now, so next week will likely be a speed/paused bench session. Fine by me, I can use the mental break.

BB bench:

135 x 10, 225 x 10, 315 x 1

Still fine at this point. 315 was a breeze, wrists not hurting, everything stable.

335 x 1

Slightly less stable. Didn't take enough time between sets, spotter was a little too eager on the liftoff, got some bar roll. Still smoked it.

355 x 1

Good rep. Excellent speed out of the bottom, some slowdown at the 5" sticking point, and surprisingly, near lockout, but it was solid. Still no pain.

385 x 1 (!)

Excellent rep. Good speed and balance going down, perfect groove on the way up, and my head was perfectly into it. It's funny, when I was staring at the 3 45's and 1 35 on each side, it was a little intimidating, but once I got under the bar I forgot about all that and just gave it everything. It was a slow rep, but the power never gave out. Last few inches were willpower, though, I didn't think I had anything left. Still locked it out, though.

405 x miss

Okay, maybe not too smart. Some bar roll coming down, started drifting too high on my chest.. powered it up about 2-3" before my strength just gave out. The load almost took my breath away on the unrack, which kinda killed my focus. But at the end of the day, I'm simply not strong enough for 4 plates yet.

There, that was exciting.

Close grip bench press:

315 x 5, 275 x 8

Was too burnt to do more. Had a little assist on lockout with the last rep of each set.

DB flyes:

70's x 10, 70's x 10, 70's x 8

Not bad. A little bit of elbow pain kinda prevented me from really going all-out.

One handed tricep pushdowns:

150 x 10/10, 150 x 10/10, 130 x 10/10

Used a neutral (palm in) grip. Not the best carryover to pressing motions, but didn't hurt my elbow or wrist at all.

DB front raises:

50's x 10/10, 50's x 10/10

These don't need much commentary. *snore*

Some external rotations with the 35's through 55's (DBs). Low reps. Felt good. Shoulders feel so damn solid these days.

That was about it.

Diet- not bad at all. Too much beer overall this week, though.

Sleep- 7.5 hours.

Other- Damn, I wish I had gotten 405.

chris mason
06-14-2003, 01:42 PM
Good job on the bench.

pagan058
06-14-2003, 02:41 PM
:withstupi hell of a job bro!!

Wu36
06-14-2003, 02:44 PM
this journal makes me feel ridiculously weak.

Escape01
06-14-2003, 03:33 PM
Originally posted by Belial
Jonathan's success at his last session has worried me, quite frankly, because if he starts outbenching me with his weight disadvantage...[/B]

I could BARELY resist changing that "if" to a "when"

Exceptional work man, as always. I'm gonna have to work pretty damn hard to catch up...

Tankette
06-14-2003, 04:42 PM
God, B, you're falling apart. Take care of yourself. Wrist, elbows, don't f*Ck yourself up. That said...awesome bench, I'm sure you'll hit 405 next try:).

(Oh, and that "God" was not being used as an adjective nor as a title in any way, shape, or form.)

Alex.V
06-15-2003, 02:42 PM
Thanks guys, it's funny, on reflection, all I can think about is the 405. Not that it was even that close, just that I've been chasing it for so damn long, and in my head I could have hit that milestone yesterday. Ah well.

Jonathan... you are never catching me. But you can definitely keep trying.

;)

This is good, though. Best encouragement I've ever gotten. Be weaker. My joints beg you.

Tankette, I don't plan on messing myself up, but thanks for the concern. I'd take time off heavy lifting, but the quadybuilder is too damn close.

And you can call me god, it's cool. I don't mind.

Decent leg day.... knees felt like crap, but still had a decent workout. Stayed relatively light...

I noticed that lifts around 75-80% of my max go up just as slow as actual max attempts. Not good, I'm not exploding like I should.

Squats:

135 x 8, 225 x 6, 315 x 6, 405 x 2 + 2 paused, 455 x 1 + 1 paused.

Paused reps were pretty good.... like I said, there was some discomfort in the bottom, but not going too heavy today eased things somewhat.

Tried something that I picked up from an old friend of mine when I first started squatting. Basically similar to box squats in emphasis, but I like the explosion. Set up the pins in the cage to parallel, squat down until the bar hits, descend a few inches below without the bar, then explode up into the bar and complete the squat. She called them exploding squats, I don't know what the hell to call them, we'll call them exploding squats. Though that sounds slightly scatological.

Exploding squats:

315 x 3, 315 x 4

Can definitely move up on these, but they TOASTED me.

SLDLs:

405 x 8, 405 x 8

Nothing exciting here.

Leg extensions:

Stack x 16?, stack x 16

Something like that.

Calf raises:

Stack x 20, stack x 20

rah. Went home.

Diet- Good! Except, wait, far too much beer. It's becoming a habit. :(

Sleep- 7 hours.

Escape01
06-15-2003, 05:27 PM
Originally posted by Belial


Jonathan... you are never catching me. But you can definitely keep trying.

;)



Denial is the most predictable of human emotions...



Tankette, I don't plan on messing myself up, but thanks for the concern. I'd take time off heavy lifting, but the quadybuilder is too damn close.



You taking time off from lifting...how exactly would we tell the difference?

Keep running, and don't look back b/c you might find that you have some company...

WillKuenzel
06-16-2003, 08:54 AM
*degenerates everything*



*and again*



Pound for pound the quad-freak might be very close to ya there.

Good job on the bench! If you had tried 405 first do you think you might have got it?

Tankette
06-16-2003, 09:49 AM
just to reiterate my previous point...









:alcoholic lush

IceRgrrl
06-16-2003, 10:18 AM
Originally posted by Belial


Tried something that I picked up from an old friend of mine when I first started squatting. Basically similar to box squats in emphasis, but I like the explosion. Set up the pins in the cage to parallel, squat down until the bar hits, descend a few inches below without the bar, then explode up into the bar and complete the squat. She called them exploding squats, I don't know what the hell to call them, we'll call them exploding squats. Though that sounds slightly scatological.
LMAO! I was going to say that that sounds more like something that happens after intestinal distress... :p



Diet- Good! Except, wait, far too much beer. It's becoming a habit. :(
Blame it on summer classes...or at least that's what I'm doing...

And in Alex's defense (and mine and Allie's and whoever else is doing Organic), it's not that it's hard per se, it's that it's SO compressed in the summer semester. If I did this course in the regular 16 weeks, it would be a whole 'nother story, but the way it goes in the summer, your life becomes "all chemistry, all the time" if you want to stay on top of things and actually have them sink in before the next day's chapter or two is piled on. I'm a math/science whiz, but the pace of this summer orgo definitely is an added dimension, especially if you still want to have somewhat of a life. Now I'm remembering why I was mainly single OR had a long-distance bf when I was in engineering school...I had very little time or energy. And though do I love you Y-chromosomers, you DO need a lot of attention :p

Alex.V
06-17-2003, 05:05 PM
Jonathan..... scoreboard.



:D

HY, no way. I just don't have it in me right now... I can admit that.

Tankette- No way. Me = :angel: No substance abuse, nor anything else remotely impure.

Molly, the Y chromosomes need no extra attention... we're lower maintenance than you guys!

Okay, maybe I'm high maintenance. But I'm WORTH EVERY MINUTE!

PS- orgo sucks. But it's almost over!

Did back today... wasn't bad. Need more carbs at lunch, though.. Big macs and Double quarter pounders with cheese do not give me the energy I need.

DB rows:

200 x 7/7, 165 x 10/10, 165 x 10/10

Form got a lil' sloppy on 200, should have stayed lighter. Last set was done extra slow, 3 second concentric, 4 second eccentric, no pause at top or bottom. Wiped me out.

Bi-angular row:

10 plates x 7, 8 plates x 12, 8 plates x 10

This machine made me its bitch today. :(

Concentration curls:

55's x 8/8, 50's x 8/8, 45's x 10/10

Rah.

Hammer curls:

80's x 10/10

That was it... had not much left in the tank. Oh well.

Diet- good. I guess. Calories were all right, at least.

Sleep- 7 hours.

THAT'S IT.

Miss Rezza
06-17-2003, 07:23 PM
:hello:

Tankette
06-19-2003, 07:56 AM
*bump*


Tankette- No way. Me = No substance abuse, nor anything else remotely impure.

:rolleyes: psssh.

Alex.V
06-19-2003, 06:39 PM
I got a bump! Tankette, you are positively a dear. And yes, I am MORE than angelic. :D

Hey Rezz, long time no see. :)



Damn good workout....deads/shoulders. Matt (powerman matt) was cool enough to come down and do some deads with jonathan and myself, and it was very helpful. Problem is that I'm not using enough hip drive, period. Hips come up, it's all lower back, which is why I tend to lose it and tilt forward. More to it than that, but basically I think I know what I gotta focus on now. Didn't get my double, but had enough energy in it that I think I'm good for another 25-30 pounds.

Deadlifts:

135 x 6, 225 x 6, 315 x 4, 405 x 3, 635 x 1

Not bad... not too sure on reps for warm-up sets. Lockout on 635 was very fast, did focus on using more hips, and had more energy to spare than usual when at the top. Very pleased.

Static holds:

495 x 56 seconds

I think that's right. Missed a minute, so pissed. Hands just hurt too damn bad. I know, I am a wuss. DLMatt (to differentiate from Narc) apparently enjoyed these too. :D

Lateral raises:

60 x 10, 55 x 10, 50 x 10, 45 x 12

This looks almost like a drop set. But it WASN'T!

Bent-over lateral raises:

45 x 10, 45 x 10

Very tight.

Calf raises:

Stack x 20

Ummm, got bored.

Hanging leg raises:

bw x 17?

Something around there. And was rewarded by my first ever AB CRAMP! Made me happy. Wanted to die. :(

That was it. Hard core studying time, will add more interesting updates when I don't have an orgo test looming tomorrow.

Diet- good!

Sleep- 7 hours.

That's it.

PowerManDL
06-19-2003, 07:29 PM
Originally posted by Belial
Static holds:

495 x 56 seconds

I think that's right. Missed a minute, so pissed. Hands just hurt too damn bad. I know, I am a wuss. DLMatt (to differentiate from Narc) apparently enjoyed these too. :D



Dude, you totally broke me! I can barely type this right now. :(

I really enjoyed the workout though-- I especially like how you and Jonathan totally dominate that side of the gym and work it up into a cyclone of chalk. I'd be happy to work out with you guys any time.

RG570
06-19-2003, 07:33 PM
:(

Escape01
06-20-2003, 09:49 AM
Um, yeah. 635 went up VERY quickly. Lockout was excellent. Am looking forward to seeing some fireworks on these soon...

Alex.V
06-21-2003, 02:05 PM
Damn right, JP, **** 655, 675 is my goal now.

Had a slightly lackluster chest day... realized halfway through that after what was at least half a gallon of water, I was damn thirsty still. Makes sense, always feel wobbly/weak when that happens, so I'm rehydrating like mad right now.

(That means I'm drinking water! Water= H2O, polar protic solvent. Very good choice for Sn1 reactions.)

....


f*ck me. :(





Anyway!

Bench:

135 x 10, 225 x 10, 315 x 1, 315 x 4, 335 x 2

Trying these with no wrist support whatsoever for the first time in about five or six months. It was a little strange, felt less stable (obviously), but I think I'll stick to this since my wrists are feeling more or less healthy again. Was in no shape to go for any maxes.

Close grip bench:

315 x 4, 245 x 12

Elbows started aching after my last set of regular bench, so I took it kinda easy.

DB flyes:

75 x 10, 75 x 10, 70 x 10

Whee.

One-handed pushdowns:

150 x 10/10, 170 x 10/10, 120 x 12/12

I think I was better hydrated at this point. :D Some elbow aching on the heavy set, but not much. I think going lighter on the bench, then getting some more water into me left me with more here than usual.

DB front raises:

45 x 10/10, 50 x 10/10

I was so excited at this point that I left.

Diet- Good.

Sleep- 8 hours, but only 3 the night before.

Orgo's almost over! One more day of class, one more test, then I'm DONE!!!!!!

Manveet
06-21-2003, 03:28 PM
Originally posted by Belial
Bench:

135 x 10, 225 x 10, 315 x 1, 315 x 4, 335 x 2

Trying these with no wrist support whatsoever for the first time in about five or six months. It was a little strange, felt less stable (obviously), but I think I'll stick to this since my wrists are feeling more or less healthy again. Was in no shape to go for any maxes.




Quick question, what is your thumb placement like when you grip the bar. Do your thumbs wrap around the bar like the rest of your fingers, or do simply place your thumbs underneath the bar, not wrapped around? Which of these two placements do you find gives you better support for your wrists. Just curious.

Blood&Iron
06-21-2003, 03:45 PM
Originally posted by Manveet




Quick question, what is your thumb placement like when you grip the bar. Do your thumbs wrap around the bar like the rest of your fingers, or do simply place your thumbs underneath the bar, not wrapped around? Which of these two placements do you find gives you better support for your wrists. Just curious.
I'm not Belial, but...

I hope to God he's not using a false grip on the heavy sets.

Even though it's incredibly unlikely, a moment's f*ck up could cause the bar to crush you if you don't have a firm grip on it.

On machines, or light sets, I generally use a false grip myself, as it *sometimes* seems to help me focus on making sure it's my chest doing the work (an not my triceps or front delts)

Heavy sets? The risk (as incredibly unlikely as it may be) is simply unworth it, IMO.

Alex.V
06-21-2003, 05:45 PM
Grip the bar thumbs around. No way in hell I'd use a false grip, because of the reasons B&I mentioned. :)

Manveet
06-21-2003, 07:59 PM
Thanks guys. That's what I was thinking when some guy told me to use a false grip to "up my bench poundage" so to speak. His whole rationality was that it stabilizes the wrists. I thought differently.

Neil
06-21-2003, 10:25 PM
I had a bar come down on my once when benching with a false grip, lucky for me my spotter caught the bar before it crushed my neck. Even if it did up your poundage, (which I don't think it would) it's not worth the risk IMO.

Alex.V
06-22-2003, 02:14 PM
Not only that, but it SHOULDN'T place your wrists in a stronger position.

Today I did squats, and I think my newfound flexibility is going to force me to start learning them over again. My "heavy" set was going to be a double at 500, but I went too low on the first one, a good inch beyond where I'm used to, and I think it caught me so much by surprise that I almost lost the rep completely.

But exploding squats are better than ever.

Squats:

135 x 6, 225 x 6, 315 x 4, 405 x 2, 500 x f*ck.

Ouch. Coulda been really bad, need to be more careful here and check my depth with muscles, rather than letting my frame take it.

Exploding squats:

315 x 2, 335 x 2, 355 x 2, 375 x 2, 385 x 2, 405 x 1

Damn. These just kinda kept going up. Might have had another 10 pounds in me. These are done with nothing whatsoever, no belt, no wraps, just some chalk on the bar for my neck.

Again, the way these are done: Pins set up on the rack at parallel. Descend to pins, rest the weight on them, sink a few inches below the now-supported bar, and explode up into the weight, power it up to fully upright. These give almost no momentum, and force the power to come from a dead stop at parallel. Very pleased here, feel very strong after these. They completely exhausted me, though. Had no energy for stiff leggeds. Just as well, I remember how fried these made my hamstrings last week.

Leg extensions:

Stack x 27 (312.5 pounds?)

Calf raises:

Stack x 21

These were boring. But I just wanted to go.

That was it!

Diet- good.

Sleep- 7.5 hours.

That's it. Time to get some good recovery in, I'm aching all over.

Chris Rodgers
06-22-2003, 03:14 PM
B- you could try pause squats instead of those exploding ones. Basically get down into the hole and pause for like a solid 2-3 count and then explode up. I saw a guy doing these with 6 plates yesterday, lol. I'm not big fan of doing squats off the pins.

Alex.V
06-22-2003, 03:21 PM
Chris, have done paused squats many times in the past. Actually like these a lot better...paused squats are much easier, but cause too much ache in the hips. They also started slowing down my squats a bit. Rotated these in for a few weeks, I guess I'll judge if they're doing me any good in another month or so.

Chris Rodgers
06-22-2003, 03:24 PM
Get yourself a pair of briefs or a suit and start doing box squats. Do you feel your hips are a weakness in your squat/dl??

Alex.V
06-22-2003, 03:25 PM
They definitely are. I picked up a set of briefs, need to get them resized, though (too damn small in the thighs.) I apparently need to use more hip in the DL, so they're certainly my weak point.

Alex.V
06-24-2003, 02:01 PM
Back day!

What excitement. It was a nice study break. Between the pool this morning and the gym for over an hour, I feel physically exhausted, but somehow more alert. So I should be good to go for a good 3-4 hours of straight studying tonight (with another 1 or 2 tomorrow morning before the exam)

Gym was almost empty, but I realize at this point that there were about 14 people there... and I actually stopped and had a conversation with all of them.

How sad. Three of them were some guys who came to the club saturday.. narc, if you're reading this, remember when I came in and told you to watch out for one guy? He was there today. He kinda laughed nervously when I saw him, I think he was drunk out of his mind that night. Wanted to start **** when he couldn't get a refund (wanted his cover back). After the dumbbell rows today, he said he was glad he didn't.

DB rows:

205 x 7/7, 175 x 10/10, 165 x 10/10

Very tired, still drained from the pool. The 7 reps on the left had had me put it down and reset my grip on rep 5, but there wasn't a significant pause. Form not great on the last rep or two.

Bi-angular rows:

10 plates x 7, 8 plates x 11, 8 plates + 170 pounds x 1, 8 plates x 8

This guy there thought it would be funny to stand on the weights on the third set (narc style). I told him to hang on and pulled him up. Didn't want to do a set like that, too much pain at the full stretch position. Yark.

(Yes, "yark" is a word)

Concentration curls:

55 x 8/8, 50 x 8/8, 45 x 10/10

FUN!

Hammer curls:

85 x 7/7

Yeah, just wanted to get out of there. Can't believe this workout took so long. lol.

Diet- excellent.

Sleep- 8 hours.

That's about it. Wish me luck on my last orgo test of the summer tomorrow. :D

carolinagirl
06-24-2003, 02:04 PM
Good luck on your orgo test!



Yark.



edit: I can't believe I just obediently did exactly what you said to do. What the hell? :scratch:

Alex.V
06-24-2003, 02:08 PM
:D!

carolinagirl
06-24-2003, 02:09 PM
Don't get used to it.

WillKuenzel
06-24-2003, 02:30 PM
Good luck on your test.



...and I say that not because you told me to. :p I think. :scratch:

Just some girl
06-24-2003, 03:38 PM
you dont need luck. you're gonna ace it. but um...good...uh...karma! yea, thats it. good karma :D

i always was a disobedient kid. ;)

and then when your orgo test is done, you can move on and start thinking about more pressing matters! like...um...whether you like the left or right side of the pool better. see? there is life after orgo. :)

RG570
06-24-2003, 04:31 PM
you rowed a dude, thats so cool

Escape01
06-24-2003, 07:15 PM
Kick some serious ass on the test man...

Alex.V
06-27-2003, 05:55 PM
I must have. :D Ended up with an A in the class.

So I did deads today, but I was completely drained. f*cked up sleep, not eating enough, too much sun, and too much alcohol, so I basically missed my heavy attempt, and just dropped it down for a few. Lower back is still sore from squats, so I'm actually going to take it easy the next few weeks. I'm going to be vacationing a bit, and it's the perfect time to get some decent recovery in. I'll still be lifting relatively heavy, but I'm going to give my joints and lower back a break.

So just a short update, since I was on page 3.... but the workout was basically deads and lateral raises. Not share-worthy.

Diet- TOO FEW CALORIES.

Sleep- 11 hours last night, 4 hours the night before.

And I've been carting sh*t up and down stairs the last few days (moving across town). It is EXHAUSTING.

Budiak
06-27-2003, 06:28 PM
Sounds like someone needs a ghetto burger.

Just some girl
06-28-2003, 11:46 AM
Originally posted by Belial
Ended up with an A in the class.

:dj: :smoke: :clap: :clap: :birthday: :whip: :bow: :cool: :p :D :thumbup:


;)


oh yea, and....:hump:

PowerManDL
06-28-2003, 12:27 PM
(pssssst....I think she likes you!)

rookiebldr
06-28-2003, 01:05 PM
Glad to hear that your test went well. You seemed to hate all the memorizing **** but it paid off - A is ace.

Moving does suck but make sure you get that roomie of yours to help out.

WillKuenzel
06-28-2003, 01:34 PM
Congrats on the A!


Oh does that crazy cable guy at your gym have a brother? I saw a guy at my gym doing some of the same crap we saw that guy doing. Weird ****. I about asked him what he was training for then I realized I didn't care. :p

Alex.V
06-28-2003, 02:13 PM
Thanks very much, guys. :) It was a lot of work, but it really paid off. Funny, the two hardest classes I've taken here (accelerated general chemistry and orgo) are two of the ones I've done the best in. You get out what you put in, especially in the math and sciences.

HY- Whatever disease that whacko has is no doubt contagious. Spreads like an epidemic, it does. I think it mutates into skinny-guy-doing-terrible-capoeira, though. We've got two of those now.

JSG- wow. That's all I can say.

Chest day! Took it light, elbows were KILLING me earlier today, and yesterday during moving, so I didn't go above 275.

BB bench:

135 x 12, 225 x 12, 275 x 10, 275 x 8

Nothing special here at all, just made them all nice and quick. Nice how my shoulders are 100%.

CGBP:

275 x 8, 275 x 8

Rah. Hardest near lockout.

DB flyes:

75 x 10, 75 x 8, 70 x 8

DB front raises:

55 x 10/10, 55 x 10/10

This guy remarked that it was more than he could press. I wasn't quite sure what to say to that.

One-handed tricep pushdowns:

160 x 10/10, 160 x 8/9, 130 x 11/11

These were pretty good. Left arm, yes, is stronger.

Rotator cuff work (external rotations) with the 45's.

That was it. Got outta there.

Diet- excellent

Sleep- 8 hours.

Other- this endless up and down stairs with heavy loads is starting to take its toll, I think.

Tankette
07-02-2003, 10:03 AM
*bump*

congrats on orgo :thumbup:

Alex.V
07-02-2003, 11:34 AM
Gracias, mi amor. :) For the bump, too. I was getting ready to run a search for this f*cking thing.

First workout since... um, a while ago. Not a bad one, either. New gym, on the fourth floor of a big apartment complex. Didn't want to deadlift, because here the floors really ARE paper thin. lol. But did a back/shoulders/biceps workout as a combination of tuesday/thursday. When I get up to cape cod I'll hit the legs and lower back nice and hard.

Forgot my xenadrine, btw, which has been a fixture of every workout for the past two years. Didn't have much of a negative effect.

BB rows:

225 x 10, 315 x 10, 335 x 8

First time doing these in ages. Felt very easy, and very good on the lats.

Hammer strength iso-somethingorother high row:

2 pps x 10, 3 pps x 8, 3pps + 25 x 8

Not bad. Still, back was wiped from two very unfamiliar movements.

Seated DB press:

75's x 10, 100's x 10, 100's x 11

Tried these out for the first time in... I don't even know how long. 75 felt wobbly as hell... it's been easily six months since I've done any dumbbell presses of any sort, and even longer since I did them overhead. But the 100's were veyr tight, came back fast. If I could actually work these for a few more weeks, I have no doubt I could do 120's or 130's. Damn gyms and their little dumbbells.

Lateral raises:

50's x 10, 50's x 10

Bent-over lateral raises:

50's x 10, 50's x 8

Very tired after these. Wanted to go home.

Concentration curls:

50 x 8/8/9

Notice my notation got abbreviated here. That is my way of representing my fatigue.

Not really, I am just lazy. And thought I'd experiment. I don't like how it looks. I won't do that again.

Anyway, uh.... curls were.... fun.

Got the hell out of there.

Diet- a bit low in calories the last few days.

Sleep- good the last few days.

Other- moving is exhausting.

carolinagirl
07-02-2003, 05:55 PM
How funny would it be if you dropped the barbell on a deadlift and it actually crashed through the floor?


Not that would be a story for the grandkids!

Rock
07-02-2003, 05:59 PM
that has happend to this strongman when he was like 14

Tankette
07-03-2003, 08:43 PM
Forgot my xenadrine, btw, which has been a fixture of every workout for the past two years. Didn't have much of a negative effect.

:soapbox:

Ephedra Stroke, Seizure or Heart Attack? - Kenneth B. Moll & Associates, Ltd. files first nationwide class action against manufacturers of ephedra dietary products, including Xenadrine that cause seizures, strokes and heart attacks.
www.kbmoll.com[URL=http://www.kbmoll.com/invest/iv_meta.htm]

*steps down from soapbox*


So...You gonna post while on vacation, or are you taking a couple of weeks off?

Alex.V
07-03-2003, 10:01 PM
lol. Wait, you mean lawyers see an opportunity to cash in on a relatively safe product with abuse potential (i.e., like caffeine, it can cause high blood pressure, dehydration, and all the potential complications those two conditions may result in), just because the companies have deep pockets? (Oh, and because most pharmas are scared to death that an OTC product is more effective than any of their overpriced crap diet drugs, so they'll fund any research designed to find ephedra dangerous?)

That's a first.

don't bother with the syntax, just read those sentences and nod. I realize it was ugly as sh*t


:)

I appreciate your concern, don't get me wrong. But you might want to get rid of starbuck's, coca cola, hershey's, pepsico, johnson & johnson, and every other company that markets any products with CNS stimulants. Because they can do just as much harm.

And yes! I will continue to lift!

I did a relatively light bench day today, since my diet's been off, my pre-workout boost nonexistent, and I did dumbbell presses yesterday.

So:

BB bench:

135 x 10, 225 x 10, 255 x 6, 255 x 6, 255 x 6

Just cranked these out, tried to keep them fast and powerful. Easy enough. Triceps and delts were damn sore going into them, and my elbows already ached, so I saw no need to push it at all.

Hammer strength iso incline press:

3 pps x 8, 4 pps x 6, 4 pps + 10ps x 5

These were kinda hard. Felt good, though.

DB flyes:

70 x 10, 70 x 10

Uhhh... yeah.

One-handed tricep pushdowns:

180 x 6/6, 160 x 8/8, 130 x 8/8

So much fun, I had trouble containing myself.

I'm not sure if I got bored at this point during the workout, or if I'm bored now and just can't remember what else I did. So either way, I guess that's it.

Diet- Excellent, which is odd given I'm at home.

Sleep- 7 hours.

That's about all, really.

carolinagirl
07-03-2003, 10:04 PM
Do your parents not feed you, or something?

Isaac Wilkins
07-03-2003, 10:06 PM
Originally posted by carolinagirl
Do your parents not feed you, or something?

You've seen the boy eat. There are limitations. ;)

Tankette
07-03-2003, 10:44 PM
lol. Wait, you mean lawyers see an opportunity to cash in on a relatively safe product with abuse potential

I agree with you 100% on that point, Sweetie. That site was just conveniently at hand, and I put it up half joking.


I appreciate your concern, don't get me wrong. But you might want to get rid of starbuck's, coca cola, hershey's, pepsico, johnson & johnson, and every other company that markets any products with CNS stimulants.

However, you might want to keep in mind that you sound like someone trying to defend a product that he knows he shouldn't use but doesn't have any desire to stop using.


Oh, and because most pharmas are scared to death that an OTC product is more effective than any of their overpriced crap diet drugs, so they'll fund any research designed to find ephedra dangerous?

Oh, just wondering, and I'm sure that you've researched the product fully considering you're the one using it. Who exactly is funding the research that claims that ephedra is not dangerous?

En resumen, your health is none of my business, and I won't bring it up again. Besides, you're the doc ;).

Now where's that kissy smiley when you need it?

Alex.V
07-04-2003, 04:29 PM
Originally posted by Tankette
[B]

However, you might want to keep in mind that you sound like someone trying to defend a product that he knows he shouldn't use but doesn't have any desire to stop using.



Realize that the insinuation is a little insuling. :) Simply because your bent is against the stuff does not mean you need to project onto me. I wholeheartedly believe that the product is safe when used properly, and I'm of the opinion that only a very weak-minded individual would be in denial about something health-related such as this. So while I appreciate your analysis of my tone, I can guarantee you that it is incorrect. I have done more than enough research on the stuff (at least to convince me it was safe before I decided to put it in my body), I simply think the majority of the fear expressed by those who are against it is ludicrous, almost alarming in its ignorance. This is especially true considering that even a surface examination of the drug's nature would reveal that it is no more inherently dangerous than caffeine. It is a CNS stimulant, little more, and the comparison with products that are not only readily available, but used by literally billions of people are very apropos, and hardly indicative of me being in any sort of denial.

So before claiming "that you sound like someone trying to defend a product that he knows he shouldn't use but doesn't have any desire to stop using.", present me with some actual evidence that the stuff is dangerous at all. Then, try to expose actual factual flaws in my rebuttal. THEN, make comments like that.



Who exactly is funding the research that claims that ephedra is not dangerous?


The first studies on ephedrine were done ages ago when evaluating it as a treatment for respiratory conditions. The research was overwhelmingly favorable. You'll have a rough time finding them online, I'll see if I can go make copies of some of the old journals on microfilm at Duke.




Now where's that kissy smiley when you need it?

Eh, it can be assumed. We're cool. :)

Tankette
07-04-2003, 07:18 PM
I appologize for insulting your intelligence, and I honestly would rather you be right and the product be harmless. I hope that my concern is born of ignorance and will not bring it up again.


I'll see if I can go make copies of some of the old journals on microfilm at Duke.

lol - Please don't bother...I should have known better than to question whether or not you would thoroughly research a product that you are ingesting on a regular basis. I'm the type that would make that mistake, not you.

:D

Franjipani
07-05-2003, 07:32 PM
Originally posted by Belial
:D Ended up with an A in the class.............I've been carting sh*t up and down stairs the last few days (moving across town). It is EXHAUSTING.

A belated congrats on your "A" :clap: and I hope everything runs smoothly with your move....How exciting !!!!

I'm moving on from Chapel Hill & just wanted to say it was great to meet you & the rest of the Duke crowd. Thanks for all your help with perfecting my deadlift / SLDL form...I really appreciate it:D :angel:.

Reinier
07-06-2003, 02:00 AM
Originally posted by Belial
The first studies on ephedrine were done ages ago when evaluating it as a treatment for respiratory conditions. The research was overwhelmingly favorable. You'll have a rough time finding them online, I'll see if I can go make copies of some of the old journals on microfilm at Duke.


I would be very interested to read those

Tankette
07-06-2003, 10:17 AM
This has nothing to do with the studies requested, but here is some basic info on Ephedrine:

Ephedrine has been used as a bronchodilator to effectively treat asthma and chronic orthostatic hypotension and is often used in nasopharyngeal surgery.

According to Katsung's Basic and Clinical Pharmacology, its toxic agents are central nervous system toxicity and cardiac toxicity. It is to be avoided in persons at risk for stroke, myocardial infarction, uncontrolled blood pressure, seizures, and general anxiety disorder.

Midodrine may be considered as a replacement for ephedrine in many cardiovascular applications if further studies confirm its long-term safety and efficacy. Although it had long been used to treat respiratory conditions such as asthma (it was used in China for more than 2000 years before its introduction to Western Medicine in 1924), ephedrine is now infrequently used in this manner due to the development of more efficacious Beta2-selecive agonists.

Alex.V
07-06-2003, 12:47 PM
I'll get those studies, Reinier. That'll have to wait until I get back to duke, though.... and manage to not be quite so lazy.

T- no worries at all. It wasn't insulting, it's just an issue that I've spent years going over, so at the very least I'd think I know quite a bit about it. So if somebody takes a stance opposite from mine, I'll be all over it. ;) The note from Katsung's is something that you'll find on every bottle of ECA, btw. Curious as to why you posted it.

Frannie, it was great having you around. Where will you be moving on to?

Finally did a leg day.... it's been a while, had a good time of it.

Squats:

135 x 10, 225 x 10, 315 x 10, 405 x 6, 455 x 4

Didn't push it too hard, there was no proper squat rack or cage, and I had no spotters.

Box squats, 1" below parallel:

315 x 8, 345 x 6

Wow. Rough. Hamstrings screaming at me.

SLDLs:

405 x 12, 405 x 10

Easier than usual. Hamstrings feeling very good.

Seated calf raises:

4 plates x 10, 4 plates x 7

Right calf cramped up.

Finished up with two sets of hanging leg raises. Have a heavy deadlifting day planned for wednesday or thursday.

Diet- excellent, though too high in alcohol.

Sleep- 7.5 hours.

Tankette
07-06-2003, 01:32 PM
That post was in no way an addition to any previous argument, and I realized at the time that it would be far from new to you. I was just perusing through a little unbiased information and thought I might share some basic info w/ any one that might be reading your journal and is as ignorant as I am on the subject matter ;). As you know, I wouldn't have a bottle of ECA handy...I promised to drop it but that certainly doesn't mean that I plan on using it myself. :D

Tankette
07-06-2003, 01:35 PM
Oh, and I wasn't pretending to drop it for your benefit. I have no desire to debate with you. You'd kick my butt even if you were 100% inaccurate, which you probably aren't in this case.

fuzz
07-06-2003, 02:08 PM
One other thing - ephedrine is a very bad idea for anyone predisposed to problems with their prostate. It can result in BPH (benign prostate hypertrophy), a nasty condition that effects men in their 60s and up and unlucky bodybuilders who use too much ephedrine and are predisposed to BPH.

Not that I have any experience with belial's prostate. Or the condition of it.

*ahem*

Alex.V
07-06-2003, 02:26 PM
Fuzz, get your finger away from there!

Tankette, I figured it wasn't for my benefit. But that's fine. You can use my beloved journal to further your own agenda. I understand.

:p


:D

Just some girl
07-06-2003, 02:41 PM
Originally posted by fuzz
Not that I have any experience with belial's prostate. Or the condition of it.



Originally posted by Belial
Fuzz, get your finger away from there!



*snort* *snicker* hehehe.


...:) ;)

Alex.V
07-06-2003, 02:46 PM
You always love potty humor.

Just some girl
07-06-2003, 02:51 PM
ah, was that why i found it amusing? :D

Tankette
07-06-2003, 04:27 PM
lol. Sounds like we have a winner...

And what is 1st prize? An antiseptic soap.

Tankette
07-06-2003, 04:31 PM
agenda???

me=:angel:

Besides, I clearly have nothing to gain from this.

Escape01
07-06-2003, 04:43 PM
Squats: 315 x 10, 405 x 6, 455 x 4


Damn, that's some impressive work.

YoBrickWall
07-07-2003, 08:12 AM
yo belial- nice squats numbers
yo b.f. looks good at that weight. what are yo measurements. reason for asking if i can evert get to 220 at 10% was wondering how much my wasite will jump. im usually 14 inch or bigger at the chest relaxed.
may not get there this yr, pup trying to talk me into doing a show in novemeber

ybw

Alex.V
07-08-2003, 01:31 PM
Tankette, that was obscene. tuttut

JP- thanks man. Felt good, actually, being in a new gym. Maybe in a bit of a rut? I don't know.

YBW: I'm not too sure what they are. Arms are just under 18", but they've always been a tremendous weak point. Chest is over 50, slightly, but the majority of that is in my back. Also, my pecs protrude fairly far out, but the muscle bellies are short. Shoulder girdle is extremely wide. Waist is around 32/33". (36" after a big dinner. :D) I've seen your pics, you have a much more compact frame than mine, your measurements would likely be very different.

Back day:

Pretty good one overall... the gym was brutally hot, though... around 80. The AC was trying, but couldn't cut it.

DB rows:

185 x 8/8, 165 x 11/10, 165 x 10/10

Not bad. Collars were a little loose, almost lost the plates midway through the second set.

Hammer strength iso-something or other high row:

8 plates x 10, 10 plates x 7, 10 plates x 6 + slow negative.

Not bad... nice machine, my lats were actually aching afterwards. Does a great job of helping to focus on those muscles, almost impossible to cheat.

Concentration curls:

50 x 10/10, 50 x 10/10

Finished up with hammer curls with the 80's and some cable curls with the stack. Was way too hot and dehydrated to keep going.

Diet- Has been much better. Only had three meals yesterday, one at a churrascaria... at a loose guess, had around 4,000 calories there. Stomach was.. in serious pain.

Sleep- 7 hours.

That's about it, yo.

fuzz
07-08-2003, 01:38 PM
churrascaria? Whazzat? Indian?

Hercule
07-08-2003, 01:40 PM
Originally posted by Belial
the gym was brutally hot, though... around 80.

LoL, you little pansy. 80 isn't hot. Try working out in 100 degree texas weather in a garage. Now that's hot:). 80 might be a bit chilly;)

WillKuenzel
07-08-2003, 01:47 PM
Originally posted by Hercule


LoL, you little pansy. 80 isn't hot. Try working out in 100 degree texas weather in a garage. Now that's hot:). 80 might be a bit chilly;)

Anything above 50 is hot and anything above 70 is unbearable and I'm not talking about Celsius either.

Alex.V
07-08-2003, 04:10 PM
Fuzz- Brazilian. Half a dozen or more waiters come around with spits of meat, and just slice off a few pieces onto your plate. Flat fee. I didn't say no to any of them for a solid hour.

:D

Hercule, that's just silly. When you're bathed in sweat after two sets, it's too hot. In a garage in 100 degree heat is beyond excessive, and is almost certainly hampering your workouts. I realize your comment was tongue in cheek, but if that's really the conditions you're lifting in, you might want to look into some climate control. :)

Just some girl
07-08-2003, 04:14 PM
ive said it before, i'll say it again....your internal thermostat is broken. ;)

though, uh, i guess a gym at 80 degrees does suck....but i still mean what i said. :p

Hercule
07-08-2003, 05:39 PM
LoL, i wasn't kidding bro. The temp. yesterday was 95, and thats not including the insane humidity. The only 'climate control' i have is an ocelating fan that I sit by between sets...also I drink a crapload of water. Maybe I will join a gym soon. It is sweltering in the summer, and blizzard like in the winter. Never favorable conditions for a work out.

midee1
07-08-2003, 05:54 PM
I agree B the heat sucks. If only my gym would come to some happy medium. Some days the air is spitting ice cubes and every fan is running wide open. Then others it is hotter than hell with no air stirring. All this in the same week.:)

Tankette
07-08-2003, 06:13 PM
Tankette, that was obscene.

Oh, don't even act like you didn't laugh your @$$ off :D.

BTW, where is that Churrascaria? We don't have much good foreign food around here, and I'm going eat as much as I can fit into my stomach while on the east coast.

Alex.V
07-10-2003, 02:09 PM
Hercule, that ain't a bad idea. Makes such a big difference in my workouts... props to you for making that sort of progress under such crap conditions.

Tankette, I didn't laugh, I was horribly offended. :p :D And the restaurant was in boston, doesn't help much. Though there are LOTS of those in NY.

JSG- HA! You agreed! 80 IS hot! I win.

Decent deadlift day, considering diet has been absolute crap. Too few calories spaced out too much, macros shot to sh*t, too much alcohol, and too much time out in the sun letting minerals leech out. Still pulled decently, and had a guy try to recruit me for a team around here. I recognized a few names on it (though I'd have to hear them again to remember them. lol), which was pretty cool. Too bad I live 750 miles away.

Deadlifts:

135 x 10, 225 x 10, 315 x 6, 405 x 2, 495 x 2, 585 x 2

Not bad, like I said. Second rep with 585 MUCH faster than the first. All were done with full resets.. putting the bar down, going back up, then dipping again for the second. Felt quite strong. Second to last set was when the guy started watching me, but he waited until my entire workout was done to start talking. Good sign, that.

Deadlift to static hold:

500 x 1:02

Broke a minute! Finally. Did it once before, but haven't been able to get close. Hands ached so badly. Couldn't unclench them for a few minutes, finally ran them under hot water.

Lateral raises:

55's x 10, 45's x 10, 45's x 7

Slept funny on my right shoulder two nights ago, it's still feeling funny. Tweaked it on the last set, decided to stop.

Bent-over lateral raises:

50's x 10, 50's x 10

For some reason these wipe me out. I think it's the body position.

Standing calf raises:

Stack x 16, stack x 16

Was exhausted.

Just came back from two hours in the sun, I'm going to sleep WELL tonight. :D

Diet- ha. What diet.

Sleep- 7.5 hours, broken twice. Need to go up a flight of stairs to the bathroom. :(

That's it.

Tankette
07-10-2003, 02:13 PM
Liar tuttut

WillKuenzel
07-10-2003, 02:24 PM
Originally posted by Belial
Bent-over lateral raises:

50's x 10, 50's x 10

For some reason these wipe me out. I think it's the body position.


I've started doing these with my forehead resting on an incline bench. It helps to stabilize me and for some reason doesn't quite seem to wear me out like they normally do, even with heavier weight.


Nice job on the deads! That static hold sounds like hell.

Just some girl
07-10-2003, 06:05 PM
Originally posted by Belial
JSG- HA! You agreed! 80 IS hot! I win.
1) That's the second time you've called me that recently. I think you have forgotten my name. Maybe I should start signing my emails...
2) You never win. Never. It's time you learned this lesson. :)
*hides*
:D


Originally posted by Belial
had a guy try to recruit me for a team around here.
very cool. :)

oh, and....

Originally posted by HomeYield

I've started doing these with my forehead resting on an incline bench. It helps to stabilize me and for some reason doesn't quite seem to wear me out like they normally do, even with heavier weight.
lmao. Homey, I would pay to see you doing that. hehehe.

ok, that was all i had to say. :D

the doc
07-11-2003, 08:31 AM
i remember your name :)

howdy andrea!

YoBrickWall
07-11-2003, 10:32 AM
yo bellial- dam those are good measurement. just think of yoself at a 5%. home yield is right yo should do a show

good deadlift too

ybw

Escape01
07-11-2003, 07:11 PM
585 x 2

Deadlift to static hold:

500 x 1:02



Hell of a good day bro.

Alex.V
07-13-2003, 03:06 PM
YBW- I'd probably just look skinny with my current muscle mass. Must get bigger arms!

And calves.

And hamstrings.

...yeah.

Jonathan, thanks man.

Yesterday's workout was a mixed bag.... I set a PR, which was great, and then did something not so good.

Chest day:

BB bench:

135 x 10, 225 x 10, 275 x 2, 315 x 1, 355 x 1, 390 x 1 (!), 405 x f*ck me in the face.

Don't know WHAT I did to my shoulder. Don't know if it's muscular, ligament, or what, but I couldn't really move it yesterday. Definitely have more mobility today, but it still hurts.

I don't know. FInished up with some tricep pushdowns, everything else was a write-off. More updated on it once I figure out if it'll ever feel better.

Diet- Too few calories.

Sleep- way too little.

That's it, I guess.

rookiebldr
07-13-2003, 03:17 PM
Damn, that's tough - shoulder again? Was that on the 405? I hope it's only tempoary cause that bench press PR looks awesome.

chris mason
07-13-2003, 03:55 PM
Sorry to hear about the shoulder. Is that the same shoulder that has given you trouble in the past?

Maybe you should consider a closer grip on your bench. It might suit your build better and help you to avoid the injuries you are getting. You might have to train with less weight at first, but you may find you will be able to progress injury free thereafter.


I have another question. On your heavier sets of squats are you wrapping your knees?

Meat_Head
07-13-2003, 10:49 PM
How do you or did you perform these? Did you hold them at the top position of a powerclean or go over your shoulders?

PowerManDL
07-13-2003, 11:06 PM
Get in touch with me about that shoulder when you get a minute.

ectx
07-14-2003, 09:51 AM
tuttut Powerman...stop soliciting Alex.


How far down to you go on bench? I let mine go a little shallow...about 2 inches before hitting my chest and that seems to help. Doing incline bb bench has actually helped too. I feel a little shoulder discomfort sometimes, but nothing compared to flat. Just a thought.


may I suggest doing bent over lateral raises?...lol, some meathead recommended them to me and they helped a lot. hehe...meathead


all kidding aside, congrats on the PR...and stop breaking yourself. Hope it heals...cabron.

PowerManDL
07-14-2003, 10:22 AM
Whatever El Homo.

Alex.V
07-15-2003, 11:01 AM
God f*cking dammit. Had a long ass reply here, and the slow computer lost it all, then crashed. Basically, comes to this. Chris- It's the right shoulder now, not the left, I always wrap heavy sets of squats, and you're right, even though I'm supposed to widen my grip, my close grip is just as strong, and much more comfortable.

ec- I touch the chest every time, otherwise it ain't legal. And gracias, maricon!

matt- I'll hit you up on IM, I appreciate the offer. :)

Back:

BB rows:

135 x 10, 225 x 10, 315 x 8, 405 x 1

THere were two reps, actually, but the second was beyond ugly. First was tight, though.

Iso high rows:

3 pps x 10, 3 pps x 8, 4 pps x 5

Not bad, taxing.

Finished up with a few different types of curls.

Must eat more. I look flat and much smaller, I feel depleted, I'm scared to step on a scale. Nobody has any food in their refrigerators, and I am completely broke. Struggling to get in 4K, so I'll be playing catch up for a while once I get back to Durham.

That's about it, really. Need to start sleeping better.

ectx
07-15-2003, 11:29 AM
Originally posted by Belial

ec- I touch the chest every time, otherwise it ain't legal. And gracias, maricon!

Who cares if it's legal or not if your shoulders not torn to bits? just a thought.


de nada culoFace!

Alex.V
07-15-2003, 01:31 PM
Well, in this case it was just a sh*t lift that did it. I lost the weight. Lost control. Tried saving it by twisting. Not a good idea. :(

Latest musical obsession for anybody interested:

Celldweller's self titled CD. If you must download songs, try switchback, symbiont, the last firstborn, one good reason, own little world.

Good stuff, IMO. Nice mix of electronic music and metal. But GOOD electronic music. Nice mixes, good loops, excellent sense of groove. Guy's damn talented. The Last Firstborn will probably be the first song in over 8 months that will get added to my mp3 player (workout mix).

WillKuenzel
07-15-2003, 01:42 PM
Sounds cool. I'll definitely look them up. I always download a few songs before buying but if there are more than 2 songs I download that I like then I pretty much always buy the CD.

When you going to be back in durham?

ectx
07-15-2003, 01:46 PM
Originally posted by Belial
Well, in this case it was just a sh*t lift that did it. I lost the weight. Lost control. Tried saving it by twisting. Not a good idea. :(


tuttut dumbass

PowerManDL
07-15-2003, 01:53 PM
Originally posted by ectx


Who cares if it's legal or not if your shoulders not torn to bits? just a thought.


de nada culoFace!

This was actually along my lines of thinking.

My shoulders have been giving me hell for nearly two months now, and frankly I'm about out of ideas on fixing them besides straight rest. However, that's not really on my scope, and I don't imagine its on yours either.

What I've found in the past is that partial ROM stuff can still suffice to create the needed overload for most training purposes. What I'm doing now is using heavy partial work and full-ROM speed work, with heavy singles tentatively planned for every few weeks. Its not legal in competition no, but I'm also not in a competition peaking phase.

The partials, coincidentally, don't irritate my shoulders nearly as much as the full ROM stuff, since my shoulder issues tend to start from the sticking point to the chest.

That'd be my recommendation for the time being. Of course if you were 6 weeks out from a meet, it'd be a different story. But being that this is essentially "off-season" training, there's no reason to risk joints just to make your training reps legal.

Oh, and ectx is ghey.

WillKuenzel
07-15-2003, 02:00 PM
I don't know too much about injuries since I've been relatively free. *knocks on wood*

But I whole heartedly agree with this statement...


Originally posted by PowerManDL
Oh, and ectx is ghey.

ectx
07-15-2003, 02:47 PM
¡callate la boca, cabron!

and see...even Majt agrees with me...and he hates agreeing with me.

IceRgrrl
07-15-2003, 03:00 PM
Sorry to hear about the shoulder :( No fun at all! Take it easy and heal up...shoulder injuries suck the big one...

Tankette
07-15-2003, 11:07 PM
Hmmmm...complaining about not getting in enough cals. If I remember correctly, you have recently been known to leave the table with out cleaning your plate tuttut.

But I do agree...You are just wasting away to a mere 230...weakling ;).

Budiak
07-16-2003, 05:42 AM
Woah woah waoh. Whats this 'Bi-angular row' bull**** you're always talking about?


And thats a damn, damn nice bench you've got. I didnt think you were on the brink of 405. Bravo.

Alex.V
07-16-2003, 12:17 PM
Matt, that's not a bad point. However, I really, truly, am weak off the chest, and until I actually get a shirt, one that I practice with, I'm not going to allow weak links to exist. A well-executed bench, even to the chest, doesn't cause injury on me, it was the "well-executed" part that was apparently optional on that heavy rep. But... I may swich to benching twice a week, and if that becomes the case, on my heavier day I will certainly start to incorporate partials per your recommendation. The lighter stuff will have to stay full ROM, though, no?

Mol- They do, don't they. :( ****ty joint.

Budiak- thanks, man. Doesn't look like I'll be hitting it anytime soon, though. :mad: And that bi-angular stuff is usually hammer strength equipment. It varies so much from place to place, it's almost not worth describing.

Tankette- I have no words for how offended I am by that last word. I am truly at a loss.

Interesting workout.. can't deadlift in this gym here, hex plates, and it's on the fourth floor of an apartment complex. Cameras everywhere, and you can't drop weights. Normally I wouldn't really care, but there are units below and to the side, and given that this is my dad's place, I didn't feel like causing trouble.

However, they had an interesting contraption... yes, another hammer strength machine. Called the ground based squat/lunge. Sure some of you have seen it. There is a set of grips on it that are actually as close to the ground as a barbell would be on a deadlift, and the mechanics of the lift are fairly similar to a conventional dead when done in a certain way. Not only that, but even though it is a machine, there is almost no mechanical advantage whatsoever. It basically is just a rack to hang plates on while you pick it up. After doing a few light ones, I was feeling worked in the same places as a conventional dead, though the lockout was a TINY bit easier.

So, I did a few sets of these. The rig itself weighed 20 pounds, and the weights were all loaded at the handle level (so there's no lever advantage/disadvantage)

Did the following:

2 plates per side (200) x 6,
4 plates per side (380) x 6,
5 plates per side (470) x 4,
6 plates per side (560) x 3,
7 plates per side (650) x 1,
8 plates per side (740) x 1

Not bad. The last one was absolutely brutal. That was a lot of weight. The rack wasn't too happy about it, and started bending in the crossbars as my weight shifted. Took a lil' while to get the weight up.

Anyway, what I learned: There is no lack of strength. My deadlift problem is technique. I have no doubt.

Decided to do some very slow lateral raises to warm up the shoulders a little, but didn' go anywhere near all out. It's just starting to feel a little better, but I have a feeling I'll be dealing with it for a few months.

Lateral raises:

45's x 10, 45's x 12, 45's x 8

Bent-over lateral raises:

45's x 8, 45's x 10

Hanging leg raises:

14, 10

Was done. Not a bad little workout, but I'm ready to get back and slip into my normal diet/routine again.

Diet- not too bad.

Sleep- 5.5 hours (had to take my car into the shop early)

PowerManDL
07-17-2003, 08:11 AM
Originally posted by Belial
Anyway, what I learned: There is no lack of strength. My deadlift problem is technique. I have no doubt.

Hell, I told you that a month ago ;)

Seriously though, I think if you keep working on the hip issue and keeping the bar closer in to your body when you pull, you'll see it start to work back up.

Just throw in a good bit of work focusing on the technique-- singles, heavy enough to be a challenge, <= 600 or so, and you should see some definite improvements.

Alex.V
07-18-2003, 10:26 AM
Matt, I know. :) It's just fun to see how strong one can be when the technique factor is minimized. :D When I get back to Durham, it's going to be deadlift specialization time.

And, yes, per advice, I decided to go with a strictly close grip bench workout. I'll likely do these for the next month or two and let my shoulder get 100%.

Had a slightly giddy girl spotting me (there were no guys in the gym), but she was actually great. Managed to talk the manager into letting me use chalk, what a nice lady. So a workout in a not so hardcore gym still turned out fine.

Close grip bench:

135 x 10, 225 x 8, 275 x 8, 315 x 5

Zero discomfort, of course. Nice to do these, good speed on every rep. Still didn't push it too much, never know when something will protest.

Cable crossovers:

110ps x 8, 110ps x 8

A little easier on the shoulders than DB flyes when done properly.

Tricep pushdowns on lat machine:

100 x 8, 120 x 7, 150 x 4

Crap, these are MUCH harder on a single pulley. lol.

Front raises, used the 45's for three sets of 8. Took them very slow, minimal discomfort.

Was pleased, though. Went through a pretty good chest workout with no pain in my bad shoulder. A few more weeks of this and I should be back to normal, with no loss of strength.

Sleep- 8 hours, give or take.

Diet- uhhhh, yeah. *cough* :p

Just some girl
07-18-2003, 11:39 AM
we should feed you. definitely. we'll do that.

and i should tell you what my mom told the lady at the gym about you to get a free pass. it was something along the lines of they really wanted someone like you to be in their gym because you're a bodybuilder and really big. so it was to their advantage. lol. she should have been in marketing or advertising or something.

anyway, glad your work out was good.

slugabed. :)

Wikked1
07-18-2003, 12:54 PM
Originally posted by Belial

Tricep pushdowns on lat machine:

100 x 8, 120 x 7, 150 x 4

Crap, these are MUCH harder on a single pulley. lol.



Exactly what I have found....humility on the lat pulldown...yup. Hey Man just dropped in on a random jouranl looks like I picked a good one to sneek a peak at .....strong work out!

JustinASU
07-19-2003, 08:46 PM
Alex/Belial, I haven't checked in on your journal in quite a while. You have had some incredible workouts and I'd esp. like to congratulate you on that bench, it's impressive.

One of these days when I'm in Durham I think it'd be cool to come and workout with you Dukies, 'cept I'd be intimidated as hell.

Alex.V
07-20-2003, 07:30 PM
Andrea- you definitely did that. :)

Wikked- thanks, man. Not been my best lately, though.

Justin, you should definitely come up if you can make it! No intimidation, we're a pretty nice bunch, all things considered. You DO like chalk, don't you? :D

Leg day... second in the past month or some ****.

Didn't go too heavy. just got my new belt in, needs to be broken in a little. (Doesn't fit right just yet)

Squats:

135 x 6, 225 x 6, 315 x 6, 405 x 3/4? (can't remember), 455 x 1

Stopped it there. Not bad, everything felt really damn strong, the belt was too loose on 455, though, and I almost lost the weight forward when the expected support wasn't there.

Exploding squats:

315 x 2 (way too deep), 365 x 1, 410 x whoops.

Leaned forward way too far, ended up with the bar on my rear delts, didn't recover.

Was really wiped. Hips haven't been kept flexible from my recent lack of leg workouts, so I took it easy, did some hamstring curls and calf raises. Definitely need to work on some flexibility this week.

Diet- excellent.

Sleep- 8 hours. :D (Finally)