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Mik
10-10-2002, 12:30 PM
Ok, I've been saying for months I'll start a journal and the time has come to get off my ass and start. I've been training consistently for about six months now but want to ramp it up so if anyone cares to have a look see and provide any advice it would be appreciated.

Prior to beginning I was 5'7, 188lbs at (guessing) 25% bf.
Current stats;
5'7 166lbs 12ish? bf
arms 15.5, chest 43, legs 22.5, calves 16

My goals over the winter are to continue adding quality mass then start cutting in March April depending how things go.

My diet is pretty consistent so I'll just post a sample along with my routine.

Mik
10-10-2002, 12:38 PM
My typical diet consists of
Breaky 3 eggs, 3 slices turkey bacon, proteinshake
Mid AM/Pre WO 1 cup oatmeal
Post WO Creatine w Dextrose, protein shake
Lunch 1 can tuna, 2 slices wheat bread, banana, 8 oz fat free yogurt
Mid aft Protein bar
Dinner chicken breast, rice, veg
Evening snack 2 tbs natty p-nut butter
Before bed Protein shake
This is typical for most of the week. My only real cheat is Friday night....pizza and beer.

My split is
Mon. chest, delts
Tue. back, traps
Wed. off
Thur. legs, calves
Fri. arms

Mik
10-11-2002, 11:35 AM
My schedule has been off this week so today was leg day.

Squats 135x8(x2), 185x8, 225x6(x2) last set drop set to 135x12
Hack sled 180x8, 230x7
Deads 135x8, 185x6, 225x3
Leg curls 75x8, 90x5
Standing calf raise 400x10, 500x8, 540x6

Today was only the third time in 3 months I've done legs (dealing with a back injury...CAT scan booked for next Wed.)so I focused on form and tempo. Just started doing deads last week and it's official they rock! I will get 315 by year end. All in all a good workout but I think I'll stay seated for the rest of the day.

Diet Good
Sleep OK woke up a few times last night but got 8hrs. more or less.

All for now

waterbuckat
10-11-2002, 12:12 PM
Good stuff, your diet seems good. You only cheat on friday nights? Thats pretty good, if you keep lifting 315 shouldn't be a problem in the near future.

Mik
10-15-2002, 11:52 AM
Gym was closed yesterday, so today was chest/shoulders

DB press 2 warm ups, 75x8, 80x4, 70x5
incline db 70x6, 65x6
dips +75x5, 45x8

lateral raises 35x6, 30x7

Great workout! I felt strong enough to try 85s.....want to get 90s by month end. By the time I got to lateral raises was dead. Almost puked after the workout!

Overall really happy with today considering I only got 4 hrs sleep last night.

Diet is on course today.

Mik
10-16-2002, 12:03 PM
Back and traps today

Deads 135x6, 185x6, 225x6, 245x4 :clap:
Support BO rows 110x8, 115x8
Pull downs 165x6, 165x6

Felt really strong today but couldn't keep my energy up. Super sore from yesterdays chest wo. Deads felt great, next week I'm going to try 265 and see what happens.....still hoping to get 315 by year end.
After deads I was done so I cut the wo short and skipped shrugs all together.

Sleep: 9hrs
Diet: so-so, didn't have time for breakfast so just had a shake then oatmeal around 10:30.

Mik
10-17-2002, 11:40 AM
Almost didn't go to the gym today....'m starting to come down with something. I feel all stuffed up and have no energy but I thought I'd go anyway.

Legs today, here's what I did;
Squats 135x8, 185x8, 225x6 drop to 1358x12
Leg press 6 platesx8, 12 platesx6, 10 platesx6
Leg curls 90x6, 75x8
Standing calf raise 440x8, 540x8, 600x5.5 drop to 460x5.

That was it.....just had no energy but my legs felt pretty good nonetheless. I'm supposed to do arms tomorrow but if I feel like this I may skip and try to rest to beat this cold.

Sleep last night was OK about 8hrs on and off.
Diet was going well until the two Harvey's burgers for lunch. Oh well, not going to sweat it.

If anyone has any comments/suggestions, I'd love to hear 'em.

All for now

BennettBoy
10-17-2002, 11:52 AM
Looks good. You stenght for leg curls and calves look real good. I wished my gym had a decent standing calf machine. The one we have only goes up to 15 (pin setting) and I have no idea what weight that equates too. Plus, the pads are horrible and it kills my shoulders.

Mik
10-17-2002, 12:11 PM
Thanks Craig! Yeah I know what you mean, the calf raise machine at my gym is OK but it only goes to 600 so soon I'll have to try adding weight to it.

Mik
10-30-2002, 05:48 PM
Finally got back to the gym after almost two weeks off with the flu/cold. Felt blah but better after the workout.

Chest/shoulders day today;
Incline db press 2 warm ups 75x7, 75x4
Db press 65x4, 60x5
Dips +45x8 2 sets

Lateral raises 30x8 2 sets.

Felt week which isn't surprising since my diet has been crap for the last week and a half (not eating nearly enough). At least my weight didn't drop (weighed in at 168 this AM).

Diet was good today though so hopefully I'll be ready for back day tomorrow.
Have been getting 8 hrs sleep lately which is pretty good for me if I can do it consistently. Can't wait until tomorrow to see if I can better my deads!

All for now.

Mik
10-31-2002, 06:29 PM
Back day today along with traps and rear delts

Deads 2warmups 135x8, 185x6, 225x6, 275x2 , 225x5
I think I'll drop the 185 set and go from 135 to 225 then try for 4 on 275 next time. My year end goal on deads is still 315.

Wide grip chins BWx8, bwx7, bwx3 + 2 slow negs. Can't seem to improve on these and it's pissing me off!!!!!!!!!!!!
BO Rows 135x8, 185x4 drop to 135x5 haveb't done these in a long time so I was just trying to go slow and get a good squeeze at the top

DB shrugs 100x5, 90x7 my grip was shot by this time so the sets although were done with full ROM were quite quick

Reverse pec-dec 130x8, 115x7

Decent workout today. Nothing spectacular but was glad to get 275 on deads.............can't wait to hit 3 plates, just wish I could improve on my chins.

My CAT scan results came back with nothing major. Basically I had an inflamed disk which was putting pressure on my nerve but since the pain is almost nonexistent the doc said to keep doing wwhat I've been doing and that inflamation has subsided. What a relief!

Sleep last night was a good 9 hours.

Diet today was good until dinner. My wife had a craving for KFC.....bleh!!!! Oh well. I'll be that much stricter tomorrow.

All for now.

Mik
11-04-2002, 12:44 PM
My schedule last week was screwed up and this week looks to be the same with work and travelling. Bought a cage w/ pull down/low pulley and weights on the weekend so by Saturday my basement should have everything I need. Hopefully this will enable me to stick to my schedule a little better.

Anyhoooo did legs today;
Squats 135x8, 185x6, 225x6, 250x6, 225x10 I think I'll drop the 185 and jump to 225, may try 275 next workout.
Leg press 8 platesx8, 12 plates x6 (2 sets)
Leg curl 90x7.5, 75x8
Standing calf raise 460x8, 600x6 drop to 460x4 drop to 300x5

That was it, nice and quick workout. Legs felt like jello (and still do). I feel that my back is getting stronger every workout so hopefully soon I'll be able to go heavier on squats but for now I'm focussing on form and going slow.

Diet the past few days has been pretty good, still finding it hard to eat enough on the weekends though. Weight this morning was 169 so I guess I've been doing OK keeping the cals up there. My goal is to get to 185ish over the winter then cut down to about 175 this spring. My bf (although higher than I want it) seems to be staying stable so I must be putting on some mass.

Pretty happy with my progress overall except my arms. I'm going to have to get back to a dedicated arm day I think.

Sleepwas great all weekend....at least 8 hrs a night if not more. May not be able to workout for the next few days due to work commitments.....I'll see.

All for now.

Mik
11-12-2002, 09:55 AM
As suspected, last week sucked as far as getting to the gym due to work obligations. I finally got my home gym on Sunday and used it for the first time yesterday (I will be lifting more regularly now). Did chest/shoulders yesterday;

Decline bench 135x8, 165x6, 185x5, 185x4 drop to 135x5
Incline Db 65x6, 65x4
Flyes 45x6, 45x5

Military 95x8, 95x7
Laterals 30x8, 30x6
Bent over laterals 30x8, 30x8

I don't know if it was the new set up and having to get used to it or not working out for a week but I felt weak. Have to push myself more.

Diet: have to start tracking diet more regularly, I think I need to bump up cals from current 2800 to around 3200-3500 or so. Will start tracking today and see what happens here.

Sleep; great 8-10 hours regularly for the past few days.

I'm outa here!

Mik
11-13-2002, 07:00 PM
Back day today

Deads 135x8, 225x4, 295x1 x 2 , drop to 225x8
Pull ups +25x2 , BWx7, x6.5, x4
Bent over rows 135x8, 185x5, 165x7 drop to 134x4
Shrugs 185x8, 225x8, 250x6

Quick workout but the intensity was good. Waiting on my bars for the lat attachment so I can throw in either cable rows or cls grip pull downs after rows.

Now I know I'll get 315 on deads by year end. I feel strong enough now but grip is holding me back. I've been going without straps for about 3 weeks now and it has improved (I couldn't even hold 225 before)........I know, I know, what a wuss!!!!!

I feel really motivated as far as workouts go but I'm having trouble with the diet. I'm eating clean but one day I feel I should be eating more to bulk then I feel fat and don't eat enough the next day. Have to get a grip on that one.

Sleep has been good, 8.5 hrs last night.

All for now!

BCC
11-13-2002, 10:57 PM
Ah, I like your workouts with the drops and all. Remind me much of my own. Good job with your workouts, they look very solid. And goodluck with your goals.

Mik
11-14-2002, 08:01 AM
Thanks BCC!
I have a question for ya, judging by your pics you're the one to ask. I'm now working out at home and was wondering what you'd recommend for a leg routine.
Here's what I was thinking;
Squats.......was thinking of trying your 10x10 OUCH!
Fairly light SLDLs (since I did heavy deads yesterday)
Followed by curls and extensions.
Still working on the set/rep scheme.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Cheers

Mik
11-14-2002, 07:32 PM
Leg day today and man I did not feel strong!

Squats 135x8, 225x10, 225x10, 185x10, 185x10 drop to 135x6
SLDLs 135x8 x2
Leg extension 70x8, 85x8
Leg curls started to do them then realized when they delivered my gym they didn't me the oly. sleeves so the weights were bouncing all around making it jerky so I scrapped 'em.

I was hoping to try 10x10s but after the first set at 225 I knew there was no way so I focused on going deep ATF and squeezing at the top.

Diet and sleep were ace so I can't figure why I felt so weak today.

Oh well, legs still feel like jello so I must have done some good!

That's it for now, I gotta lay down.

Later.

Mik
11-18-2002, 07:24 PM
Chest and shoulders today.............

decline bench 135xx8, 185x6, 205x3+1 assist, 185x5 drop to 135x7
db incline 65x6, 65x5
flyes 35x8, 35x7

seated military 95x8, 95x7
laterals 35x8, 35x6
bent over laterals 35x8, 35x8

Sh#tty workout today, didn't feel comfortable on any moves. May
have been the lack of sleep (about 3hrs) last night or the fact that I worked out too soon after dinner.

Although the workout felt like crap, my chest was definitely pumped afterward. I know, I know pump means nothing but I'll take a bit of solace inthat nevertheless.

Still trying to get used to decline press. I like the movement but it's only been two sessions with them so hopefully I'll get more comfortabel soon so I can start lifting some decent weight......we'll see. I miss my dips.............gotta seriously consider making a station.

ats it for now!

Mik
11-19-2002, 07:25 PM
Back day today

Deads 135x8, 225x6, 295x3,, 225x10
Pull ups bw+25x4.5, bwx8, bwx5
bent over rows 185x5, 165x6, 155x7
db rows 65x8, 75x8

shrugs 255x5 , 255x6, drop to 225x6

Great workout tonight! Felt really strong especially on deads. I think I could've pulled at least one more but still being cautious about my back. Hopefullr next time I can get 5 then I'll be on to 3 plates! Booyaah!!! Can't wait.

Tonight was a first for db rows too. I can definitely add some weight for next time but they felt good, damn good.

Diet today was on. The problem I'm having with diet though is breakfast. Have never been one to eat in the morning. Lately it's been a protein shake and some oatmeal but I'm trying to incorporate some eggs in there. I just can't seem to stomach food in the morning. I guess I just have to make myself do it since I know I should be eating more esp. in the AM.

Sleep was a sound 8.5 hrs. zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

That's it for now, gonna hit the couch.

BCC
11-19-2002, 07:30 PM
Great strength. Nice back workout.

Mik
11-19-2002, 07:46 PM
Thanks BCC! Yeah felt great today. I was hoping to get 315 on deads before year end now I'll have to set another goal. Woohoo!! Now if I could only get my rows up there.

BennettBoy
11-19-2002, 08:03 PM
Originally posted by Mik


Diet today was on. The problem I'm having with diet though is breakfast. Have never been one to eat in the morning. Lately it's been a protein shake and some oatmeal but I'm trying to incorporate some eggs in there. I just can't seem to stomach food in the morning. I guess I just have to make myself do it since I know I should be eating more esp. in the AM.



I eat a MRP, peanut butter and oatmeal when I first get up and then like 2 hours later I have eggs, turkey or sausage and whole wheat bread. I'm not sure what time you get up, etc...., but you might try to split that up and have your eggs a little later. Where I worked had scrambled eggs and I'm leaving there in a week, so I'll have to start preparing hard boiled eggs to take with me.

Your workouts are looking good man.

Mik
11-20-2002, 07:49 AM
Thanks for the input Craig! Appreciate it.
I might try that. Normally I don't get my a$$ outa bed until 7:15 so it doesn't leave me much time but I think I'll try your suggestion and bring a few hardboiled eggs and maybe a couple slices of turkey to work that I can wolf down.

Weight was up 1 lb. this morning. Woohoo!

galileo
11-20-2002, 08:32 AM
You're strong for your weight, keep it up. Being short is nice, isn't it? We only have to press like half the distance. :D

Mik
11-20-2002, 09:23 AM
Thanks Galileo!
Yeah being short does have some advantages.

Mik
11-20-2002, 09:24 AM
Thanks Galileo!
Yeah being short does have some advantages.

P.S. your new journal
:thumbup: :thumbup:

Mik
11-20-2002, 07:11 PM
Leg day today

Squats 135x8, 225x8, 225x8, 225x8, 225x8, 225x8, 225x8, 225x8, 225x8 drop to 135x8.

Was going to finish off with SLDLs but I'm done.....can't breathe, walk or see so I called it a workout.

This is the first time trying this scheme on squats. Wanted to try 10x10 but that'll have to wait. All sets were done to parallell with roughly 2 mins rest.

Sleep-7.5 hrs.

Diet-OK except for pizza for dinner.

Now if you'll excuse me I think I'll go puke...................

Later

Frozenmoses
11-20-2002, 07:13 PM
Holy christ man, that's some crazy squattage.

:thumbup:

Mik
11-21-2002, 08:27 AM
Thanks Frozen, I was pretty happy with the workout for sure. I think I'll be shuffling along for at least a few days. Thank God I have a desk job for the most part!

galileo
11-21-2002, 08:33 AM
I would love to be able to squat again. Everytime I see someone squat it makes me jealous. Good weights too. My legs are so friggen weak right now.

P.S. Thanks!

Mik
11-21-2002, 08:45 AM
Galileo, how come you can't squat? I'd probably know if if I read your journal but I've only been reading it recently and am too lazy to go back.

Cheers!

galileo
11-21-2002, 10:19 AM
Compressed spine...S5/L1. Sucks.

Mik
11-21-2002, 11:08 AM
That does suck!

Mik
11-22-2002, 10:37 AM
Nothing to report today. Was supposed to do arms but I'm off out of town for the weekend. Have a wedding tonight and a wake tomorrow for a friend I grew up with. So tonight won't be a very cheery wedding.

Back Sunday to hit the weights again.

Mik
11-25-2002, 07:42 PM
Chest/shoulders today

bench 135x8, 185x5, 185x4 drop to 135x8
incline db 65x7, 65x5
flyes 35x8, 35x8

militaries 100x8, 105x7
laterals 35x8, 35x6 drop to 25x8

What a sh*t workout! Shoulders felt OK but chest sucked big time. I think I may drop the bb and stick with dbs for awhile. Bench didn't seem smooth at all so I may have to change things up a bit. Everything else seems to be improving but chest has been a real sticking point.

Sleep has been great.....at least 8.5 hours last three days.

Diet has sucked. Not nearly enough food and ate junk while out of town. Mental note....start recording diet in journal to be more accountable.

That's it.

Mik
11-26-2002, 06:23 PM
Training
Back
deads 135x8, 225x4, 315x0 just couldn't pull it:cry: , 295x3, 275x5, 225x10

bent over rows 185x7 , 185x6 drop to 135x7

wide grip pulldowns 120x8, 140x7 drop to 90x8 these are freeweights so I don't know if it translates to same poundage as machine or selectorized

db rows 85x8

shrugs 265x6, 255x6 drop to 205x6

bent over laterals 35x8, 35x8

Diet

Meal 1 MRP weight gainer w milk 1000 cals, 132c, 20f, 52p
Meal 2 2 eggs, 2 slices turket breast deli meat
Meal 3 chicken breast, 1/2 cup carrots
Meal 4 8oz low fat fruit yogurt, 1/2 cup almonds
Meal 5 1 cup whole wheat pasta, meat & tomato sauce
Meal 6 (post wo) 35g dextrose, 28g protein
Meal 7 2 tbsp peanut butter (will have by days end)

Just started tracking diet again for first time in awhile. Took in about 3500 cals, 30f, 43c, 26p. Think I'll have to adjust macros but want to keep above 3500 cals and see if I can 1.5 lbs per week. I'll see.

That's all for now

Mik
11-28-2002, 07:45 AM
Entry for 11/27/02

Training
Rest day

Diet

Meal 1 weight gain shake w milk
Meal 2 3 eggs, 2 slices chicken breast
Meal 3 chicken breast, 2 slices whole wheat bread
Meal 4 1/2 cup almonds
Meal 5 8oz low fat fruit yogurt
Meal 6 9 oz turkey, .5cup mashed potato, .5 cup carrots, mixed greens salad (turkey dinner for office)
Meal 7 protein shake

Cals 3565-f 30%, c 39%, p 31%

Sleep was good 8.5 hours.

Legs tonight..........can't wait!

Mik
11-28-2002, 05:46 PM
Training
Arms......was going to do legs but my lower back is still stiff so I'll do 'em tomorrow or Sat.

Curls 95x8, 100x6 , 100x5.5
hammer curls 45x7, 45x7

Skulls 85x8, 85x7, 85x5
Tri pressdowns 90x6, 90x6 (done on freeweight pulley)

Good workout. I haven't done an arm day in about a month at least but they felt strong. Form was excellent with peak contractions on all reps and nice slow negs.

Woowee it's hard to type!

Diet
Meal 1 weight gain shake w milk
Meal 2 3 eggs, 2 slices chicken breast deli meat
Meal 3 1 chicken breast, 2 slices whole wheat bread, lettuce and tomatoes, 2-3 oz cheddar
Meal 4 8 oz fat free yogurt, 1/2 cup almonds
Meal 5 weight gain shake
Meal 6 2 tbsp peanut butter

Total cals 3625 - 30%f, 44%c, 26%p

Sleep Ok 7 hrs, kinda restless.

Weight this AM was up to 172 and I don't feel I'm gaining much bf. I've noticed my shirts feeling a little snug around shoulders and chest so Hopefully I'mm gaining decent weight and not all pudge.

Out

galileo
12-03-2002, 07:00 AM
PUDGE! I got some of that. It's way overrated.

Mik
12-03-2002, 07:52 AM
Galileo, yeah pudge is waaaayy overrated. I'm kicking around the idea of doing a mini cut after Christmas then back to bulking aroung Feb. Not sure yet if I will or wait until April to cut.

Mik
12-03-2002, 08:03 AM
Training

did legs on the weekend but didn't get a chance to post. nothing spectacular basically 8 sets of 8 @ 225 on squats and two sets of SLDLs at 165.

Session this AM was chest/shoulders
incline dbs 65x8, 75x7, 75x5
decline dbs 65x7, 65x6
flat flyes 35x8, 35x8

millies 115x6, 115x6
side laterals 35x7, 35x6

Nothing great here but a decent wo I suppose. Still trying to see what works for me for chest until I get a dip stn. I have decided though that I'll drop BB for chest in favour of dbs to focus on my weak (right) side for the time being. All in all a quick workout to start the day off right. This was the first time I trained first thing in the AM before work. I may try and stick to this if I can get my lazy a$$ outa bed!

Diet(yesterday)

Meal 1 weight gain shake
Meal 2 3 eggs banana
Meal 3 left over chicken lasagna
Meal 4 Chicken breast, low fat yogurt (4.5oz)
Meal 5 1/3 cup almonds, bowl of onion soup
Meal 6 2 hamburgers
Meal 7 protein shake

Total cals 4,300, f31%, c40%, p29%

All for now.......

Mik
12-04-2002, 08:29 PM
Training
Back
Deads 135x6, 225x4, 315x1 :clap: , 275x4, 225x8
bent over rows 200x5 , 185x6, 185x6
pulldowns 160x8, 160x6, 160x5 drop to 90x15 (freeweight stack)
db rows 85x6, 95x4

bent over laterals 40x8, 40x6

Diet

meal 1 weight gain shake
meal 2 3 eggs, 3 slices chicken breast
meal 3 two slices ww bread, chicken breast
meal 4 2 cups low fat yogurt
meal 5 2 cups spagetti & meatballs
meal 6 protein shake

total cals 3950, f 21%, c 52%, p 27%

wo was great, felt strong, 3 PBs............woot woot! Finally got 315 on deads, pulled it nice and clean. Was going to try another rep but didn't want to push it too much. Maybe next time. BO rows went up tonight too, 2 plated soon I hope!

Diet has been good as far as getting enough cals go. I know the macros aren't great but I'm not too worried about that right now. I figure as long as I'm gaining a bit of weight and getting stronger I'll keep doing what I'm doing for now.

Sleep- a blissful 9 hrs......aaaaahhhhhh!

That's the news and I'm outa here!

Mik
12-07-2002, 12:01 PM
Quick update today.......

Training
Arms
curls 105x7 , 105x5+1 neg.
hammers 45x8 , 45x7
concentration curls 30x10

skulls 90x6 , 85x8
seated french press 75x6, 75x7 (parallel grip)
pressdowns 90x6

Diet

will report later............suffice it to say I haven't been eating enough the last two days and I have a Christmas party tonight so there will probably be some "empty calories" consumed.

All for now..........

Mik
12-17-2002, 07:27 AM
Haven't posted in awhile......been busy plus I took a week off. I was feeling burned out. Back today.

Training Chest/Shoulders
incine db 75x8,75x8, 75x6
decline db 65x8, 65x7
flyes 45x7, 45x6

millies 125x7,125x6
laterals 35x6, 35x6

Diet
Diet over the past week has been decent at best. I have to get back to tracking. I'm gaining a little too much fat so I may try to keep the cals to around 3500 and start back with the Xenadrine and see what happens. I don't want to cut too much so I'll have to monitor closely. I Think I'll do a bf calc this weekend as I haven't checked in awhile.

I'm hoping to get some pics done in the next couple of weeks so I can use those to track my progress as well.

Weight this AM was 176. I'd still like to get to at least 180 before I cut. Prferably 185 though. We'll see.

That's it for now.

galileo
12-17-2002, 07:36 AM
Excellent increase on the incline DB press and flyes! Isn't bulking fun? We weigh about the same right now. I'm shooting for about 185-190 before I cut tool. Race ya! ;)

I bet you got it all over me in leg strength, but in everything else we're pretty comparable. My goals for this week are 80x8 incline db press and 65's on the flyes. We'll see.

Mik
12-17-2002, 07:45 AM
Originally posted by galileo
Excellent increase on the incline DB press and flyes! Isn't bulking fun? We weigh about the same right now. I'm shooting for about 185-190 before I cut tool. Race ya! ;)

I bet you got it all over me in leg strength, but in everything else we're pretty comparable. My goals for this week are 80x8 incline db press and 65's on the flyes. We'll see.

Thanks Galileo! I forget, how tall are you? So you're shooting for the same weight and wanna race eh?
*reaches for some cell tech* :D

Yeah it seems as though we are pretty close except you smoke me on flyes :cry:

Good luck on the 80s. I plan on trying that next week. Are you still laying off the dips? Man I miss those.......gotta get an attachment and quick!

galileo
12-17-2002, 08:09 AM
If I feel as good on Thursday as I did last night, I will definitely be hitting up the dips again.

I am a short 5'9" and I flux between 177 and 182. This morning, i was 178. I still look quite small. Way smaller than I hoped to at this size, but it happens. The RACE IS ON! We shall race to 190! :D My bulk is officially over on January 20th, and I will push for maintenance at that point. About 5 weeks to gain 12lbs? We'll see ;)

BennettBoy
12-17-2002, 08:11 AM
Looks like you are setting all kinds of PR's Mik. Great job!

How do you like those 8 sets of 225 squats?

Mik
12-17-2002, 08:20 AM
Originally posted by galileo
If

I am a short 5'9" and I flux between 177 and 182. This morning, i was 178. I still look quite small. Way smaller than I hoped to at this size, but it happens. The RACE IS ON! We shall race to 190! :D My bulk is officially over on January 20th, and I will push for maintenance at that point. About 5 weeks to gain 12lbs? We'll see ;)

Let the gorging begin!

Mik
12-17-2002, 08:26 AM
Originally posted by BennettBoy
Looks like you are setting all kinds of PR's Mik. Great job!

How do you like those 8 sets of 225 squats?

Thanks Craig! Appreciate it. Really trying to get my strength and weight up for the next couple of months and so far I'm pretty happy with the progress overall.

As for the squats.....it's a love hate thing I guess. Once get through the first set I zone in and keep pushing until I can't anymore. I think I might try 10x10 this week if I'm feeling strong. We'll see.

Mik
12-18-2002, 07:54 AM
Training

Back
Deads 135x6, 225x4, 335x0:cry:, 295x1
BO rows 205x6,185x8, 185x7
Pulldowns 180x6,160x6, 160x6

That was all for the workout. Was hoping to get the 335 on deads, got the bar up 1/3 of the way but couldn't pull it any further. I helped a buddy move yesterday and today I found my back and hands were killing me so it kind of screwed up my wo. At least that's my excuse for the day and I'm stickin' to it!

Diet

will update tomorrow.

All for now.

galileo
12-18-2002, 08:01 AM
You'll get the 335 man! Don't you worry!

I just went up to 225x8 yesterday. It was the day after my back workout (I do deads on leg day) and my lower back was a little weak. I definitely felt the pull! I'm never gonna attempt back day and leg day one after the other again, I'll tell ya that much. Anyhow, I don't even know what my 1RM would be, since I didn't fail at 225 and I don't have the facilities to really push for a 1RM (2nd floor of an apartment complex).

Anyhow, grats on the PRs!

Mik
12-18-2002, 08:22 AM
Thanks man! Yeah, 335 is mine next week! Normally I don't do 1RMs but I like doing it with deads, at least for now

Mik
12-24-2002, 10:53 AM
Quick update on yesterdays wo

Training Chest

incline dbs 85x7 , 85x5
db press 75x6, 75x4.5
flyes 45x7, 45x6

I didn't have time to do shoulders afterwards but at least I got a new pr on presses. Hopefully next time I get 2 sets of 8 with the 85s then it's on to 90s.

Diet
Haven't been tracking it lately so I won't detail it until the New Year. What the hell.......I'm bulking anyway!

Later

galileo
12-31-2002, 04:36 PM
Lazy ass! Get to posting!

Mik
01-07-2003, 07:58 AM
Originally posted by galileo
Lazy ass! Get to posting!

Lazy ass is right! I feel like a couch potato. In my defense, I have been really really sick and just got back to it yesterday. Slow start but I will be more diligent in training/dieting/posting.

Mik
01-07-2003, 08:11 AM
Update for 01/06/03- 1st day back at it and boy was it UGLY!!!

Training Chest/Shoulders
Incline db 85xmiss...couldn't even get these up after doing two sets with them last wo
75x4, 65x6
bench (don't normally do bench) 185x6, 185x5
flyes 45x6

millies 95x6
laterals 35x6, 35x5


Diet
MRP
4 eggs
1 cup oatmeal
2 cups chilli
6 oz steak, potato, 1 cup carrots, 2 slices ww bread
protein shake w milk
16 oz milk

Man! My strength REALLY dropped after being sick and losing 8 lbs. Weights I normally did quite easily were tough to get off the floor.
Diet wasn't great but it was nice to eat solid food again. I figure I'll take this week slow and get training and diet back in order. Hopefully next week I can get back to some PRs.

Borrowed a digital camera so I may try and post some picks in the next week or so.

All for now.

galileo
01-07-2003, 08:41 AM
Man, 8lb loss sucks, but be comforted that a lot of it is water/glycogen and food. You'll get back in there!

Mik
01-08-2003, 05:50 PM
Training Back
Deads 135x6, 225x6, 335x1 :clap: , 225x10
Bent over rows 206x6, 185x8, 185x6
pull ups bwx7, bwx5

bent over laterals 35x8, 35x8

Diet

-MRP
-3eggs
-chicken breast, 2 slices ww bread
-1 cup chilli
-chicken breast, mixed salad
-can of tuna, tbsp peanut butter
-protein shake
-18 oz milk

Workout was nothing too special except for the deads. Last time I failed at 335 so I wasn't going to miss today. It took one helluva long time getting up but I finally locked it! After that I was burnt so I settled on only 5 sets for lats and skipped the db rows.

Diet was pretty good, really just concentrating on protein intake and keeping the cals up so I can get my strength back.

On an unrelated topic, I've been kept amused as of late watching two colleagues at work who are obviously having an affair carry on as if nobody knows what's going on. It's been pretty comical as everyone else is watching them and talking about them. Bad part is however, he is married with a new born (what a dick!), and she's not exactly a stable person so when this thing does blow up it will not be good. She works for him (and myself) which will no doubt put a strain on the working relationship to say the least!

As bad as I think it is, I'm not going to be the one to say anything so I'll just have to deal with it, do my work and meet my targets.

That's it for now, gotta catch up on some browsing now that the forum is back up and running.

Later!

BennettBoy
01-08-2003, 06:27 PM
Nice job on the PR lift with deads Mik. Don't you just love all the sh$t that transpires at the workplace or office? Yep, that will end up one ugly scene for sure. And I will certainly let you know when I master the art of selecting and drinking wine LOL.

galileo
01-08-2003, 07:29 PM
Originally posted by Mik
On an unrelated topic, I've been kept amused as of late watching two colleagues at work who are obviously having an affair carry on as if nobody knows what's going on. It's been pretty comical as everyone else is watching them and talking about them. Bad part is however, he is married with a new born (what a dick!), and she's not exactly a stable person so when this thing does blow up it will not be good. She works for him (and myself) which will no doubt put a strain on the working relationship to say the least!

Ha! Same thing happened at my work except the woman is married. The guy would spend up to 7 hours a day in her office! It was ridiculous!

Grats on 335!

Mik
01-09-2003, 10:06 AM
Originally posted by galileo


Ha! Same thing happened at my work except the woman is married. The guy would spend up to 7 hours a day in her office! It was ridiculous!



That's too funny 'cuz yesterday I was just saying that the two of them are in each others' office for about 6 hrs a day not to mention the fact that they now go to lunch together every day. Actually they don't GO TOGETHER they are soooooooo sneaky one waits a good 90 seconds after the first one leaves. How tricky!!

In this case the woman is bonkers and the guy has two girls from a previous marriage, plus two more from his current marriage (including the new born). Man, when this thing blows up the guy's gonna have his ass roasted by another wife and I fear the woman may go off the deep end. Isn't work fun?

galileo
01-09-2003, 10:12 AM
Maybe we work at the same place! One guy made a tracking program so we could make a graph of how long per day, week, month, etc that the dude was in her office. Click on the button "In" or "Out."

Mik
01-09-2003, 10:25 AM
Originally posted by galileo
Maybe we work at the same place! One guy made a tracking program so we could make a graph of how long per day, week, month, etc that the dude was in her office. Click on the button "In" or "Out."

That's too funny! We haven't gotten that advanced yet but when one leaves the office we time it to see how long it takes the other one to "spur of the moment" have to leave for some reason.

Mik
01-09-2003, 12:49 PM
Training Legs
Squats 135x8, 225x8, 225x8, 225x8 drop to 135x6
SLDLs 185x6, 185x6
Leg extensions 90x10, 90x10

Diet so far today (will have 2-3 more meals)
MRP
3 eggs
chicken breast
MRP

Today was the first leg day in a looooong while so I died pretty quick......no 8x8 today on squats. All in all it was OK, legs feel exhausted.

Diet today has been bleh. Not enough food but I will make it up for the rest of the day hopefully.

I think I may switch my split. Right now I'm doing legs after back day and am finding my hammies and erectors are too sore after deads on back day to really push on leg day. Something to think about anyway.

On another note, I think I may have found a pretty cheap dip station at my local fitness store. If I can get the one I'm looking at I'll try and pick it up so I can get back to doing dips. I miss them sooooo much!

Got a lesson on nutrition from a lady at work yesterday. Ha! Yeah, whatever lady! This lady has been trying to teach me how to diet for awhile now since she knows I work out. This is coming from someone who "is going to start getting some exercise as soon as......". Not that I mind help and advice, but she has no clue and totally disregards anything I have to say. I now make it a point to grab my phone and start talking as I see her approach my office.

Dass it for now!

Mik
01-10-2003, 08:47 AM
Training rest today......curl jockey tomorrow. Just for sh**s and giggles I may do curls in my rack lol.

Diet Finished off yesterday pretty decent.
I added some more whey 2 chicken breasts, a salad and two slices ww bread. BUT I also had a couple of pints. Oh well, I don't do that too often so I'm not too worried. Besides, I'm trying to bulk (looks around to see if anyone bought that excuse).

Diet today so far has consisted of
-MRP
-4 eggs
-cup oatmeal
-lunch will be chicken breast, ww bagel
-protein bar

Office happenings I was off yesterday but today I found out that the two that are having an affair were both off as well. Things that make you go hmmm.....

That's it!

galileo
01-13-2003, 04:55 AM
Ugh, I'm backing out of the 190lb race as well. I'm coming up for cutting time soon. I've hit a big plateau and I'm eating a ton of calories. I can't handle eating much more right now so it's time to maintain and cut. We can always race to something else!

Mik
01-13-2003, 07:21 AM
Originally posted by galileo
Ugh, I'm backing out of the 190lb race as well. I'm coming up for cutting time soon. I've hit a big plateau and I'm eating a ton of calories. I can't handle eating much more right now so it's time to maintain and cut. We can always race to something else!

Sounds good to me. Whatcha got in mind?

Mik
01-13-2003, 07:47 AM
Forgot to post this yesterday, I finally got a dip station! So this week I'll be changing up my chest routine to start out with dips (or I may do them after incline dbs) not sure yet.
I'm also thinking of starting the week off with back then chest as it will give me more rest before leg day.

Mik
01-14-2003, 07:27 AM
Didn't get a chance to update yesterday due to work and being sooooo tired when I got home I went straight to bed. Yeah, I know, I was supposed to do back yesterday. I'll do it tonight and just have to bump my schedule ahead by a day.

Sleep the last couple of days has been crap! I go to bed, fall asleep then wake up and toss and turn for hours. Gotta get this fixed.

Diet yesterday
-MRP
-3 eggs
-1 cup oatmeal
-tin of tuna with 2 slices ww bread
-protein bar
-chicken breast, 1 cup sliced potatoes, cup of corn
-1/2 bag air popped popcorn.

Back WO tonite.....WOOT!!!!!

Mik
01-14-2003, 06:45 PM
Training Back and bi's

deads 135x6, 225x4, 350x2 :D , 295x4
wide grip pull ups bw+25x4, bwx8, bwx5.5
bent over rows 205x4, 185x6, 185x4 drop to 135x6

e z bar curls 105x6, 95x5+1 neg.
hammers 40x7+1 cheat, 40x6

Diet

-MRP
-3 eggs
-cup oatmeal
-2 slices ww bread, tin of tuna
-protein bar
-2 cups ww pasta w meat sauce
-post wo MRP
-tbsp pb
-protein shake

Sleep was much better last night,......solid 8 hrs.

Really happy about the deads today. At first I was going to go light and go for reps but after doing the warm up with 225 I thought what the hell. I slapped on 350, hesitated then decided to back off. Went back and grabbed the bar, s**t, I couldn't believe how quickly it came up. I got a 2nd right away and was going to try a third but I decided not to. I was just looking through my log and noted that 3 months ago 245 was a PR so I gotta be happy with that. I may get 405 sooner than I hoped.
*crosses fingers*

The rest of the wo was OK nothing special. I've decided to change my split a bit. Here's what it will be'
Day 1-back and bi's
Day 2-Chest
Day 3-Rest
Day 4-Legs
Day 5-Shoulders and tri's Any suggestions/criticisms welcome.

My reasoning is it will give me more rest between deads and leg day, I can focus more on my delts (which need work) and I'll be sure to get arms in. Previously I was doing delts after chest and an all arm day but found that it was too easy to skip arms altogether.

I'll try this and see what happens anyway.

Dassit!

BennettBoy
01-14-2003, 07:46 PM
Nice job on the deadlifts dude. Yep, 405 is right around the corner. :thumbup:

Mik
01-15-2003, 07:17 AM
Thanks Craig! Hope you're right!

Shankerr
01-15-2003, 08:33 AM
nice lifts mate! deads are coming along really well, eh?

Workhorse
01-15-2003, 09:33 AM
You've got some great strenght mik, way to go on the deads!!! I've actually been reading your journal for a while, I just never posted, and since you just posted in mine, I thought I'd come in here and offer some support. I'll keep checking in on ya, I can't wait to see you pull 405, you're almost there!!! Good luck!

galileo
01-15-2003, 09:39 AM
I should deadlift more often, methinks.

Mik
01-15-2003, 10:06 AM
Shane Thanks for the support.

WorkhorseThanks for the support as well. Yeah, I've been lurking around your journal for awhile as well not saying anything. Thanks for chiming in. And good luck with your goals.....strength is awesome.

Galileo For some reason I always dread doing deads until my first lift. Since I've been doing them I've had no back problems so I think I'll keep 'em.

I have to get more 45s this weekend. Woohooo!!!!!

galileo
01-15-2003, 10:17 AM
I do them, but I put them on leg day and they make my lower back sore, so I'm going to move them to back day. I'm taking them super light due to my spinal compression (ie 2 plates per side for 8 rep). I think I could pull more in the 300 area, but I'd rather not hurt myself with maxes right now.

Mik
01-15-2003, 10:38 AM
Originally posted by galileo
I do them, but I put them on leg day and they make my lower back sore, so I'm going to move them to back day. I'm taking them super light due to my spinal compression (ie 2 plates per side for 8 rep). I think I could pull more in the 300 area, but I'd rather not hurt myself with maxes right now.

I don't think I could do them on leg day either.
With your strength, I'm sure you could pull more but it's better to be healthy than try maxes. Does the compression bother you alot?

galileo
01-15-2003, 10:40 AM
It only seems to bother me when I ****ing squat. But when my lower back muscles are sore and weakened, the chances of me doing something to aggravate it increase a good deal.

Mik
01-15-2003, 07:23 PM
Training Chest
Dips bwx8, bw+45x6, bw+45x6
Incline bds 65x5, 65x4, drop to 45x7

Diet
-MRP
-3 eggs
-cup of oatmeal
-1 cup ww pasta with meat sauce
-chicken breast
-1/2 cup pasta
-MRP
-protien shake
-18 oz milk

I am officially a weak a$$ pansie:swear: . I was so f***in' weak I couldn't get the 85 dbs off my chest or the 75s for that matter. Don't know what the hell the problem was tonight but I felt weak and the movements were forced and shaky. Even the dips, I was doing 75 for 5 reps in the past but I'll chalk that one up to not doing dips for a few months.

All in all a shi**y workout and I may have to leave wannabebig to join wannabebarbie:cry: .

Alright, that's my whining for the evening. Tomorrow's w/o will be better.

I'm outa here.

rookiebldr
01-15-2003, 09:44 PM
Originally posted by Mik
I am officially a weak a$$ pansie:swear: . I was so f***in' weak I couldn't get the 85 dbs off my chest or the 75s for that matter. Don't know what the hell the problem was tonight but I felt weak and the movements were forced and shaky. Even the dips, I was doing 75 for 5 reps in the past but I'll chalk that one up to not doing dips for a few months.

All in all a shi**y workout and I may have to leave wannabebig to join wannabebarbie:cry: .


Nope, we won't let you off that easy. tutttut No quiting this site just because of one off day.

Nice progress btw.

Delphi
01-15-2003, 11:16 PM
Good back workout the other day. Do you think doing chest on the following day has anything to do with your problem with dips?

What kind of dip station did you get?

LMAO@WannaBeBarbie

Mik
01-16-2003, 07:59 AM
Originally posted by rookiebldr


Nope, we won't let you off that easy. tutttut No quiting this site just because of one off day.

Nice progress btw.

Thanks Rookie! I think I'm over my temper tantrum now. I will not quit this site, I will not quit working out and I will lift more next time!

Next time I'll just keep in mind how pi$$ed off I was, throw on 100 on the dbs, throw them up and tear a pec.....er, uh, I mean, use a reasonable weight and get 6-8 reps!

Mik
01-16-2003, 08:12 AM
Originally posted by Delphi
Good back workout the other day. Do you think doing chest on the following day has anything to do with your problem with dips?

What kind of dip station did you get?

LMAO@WannaBeBarbie

Thanks Delphi! I'm not sure if doing chest the day after back had anything to do with it or not. I have always done chest on day one and back the following day. I decided to switch it around so I wouldn't be doing deads one day then legs a day later. I'm still working on my split but I changed it to;
day 1 back, bi's
day 2 chest
day 3 off
day 4 legs
day 5 shoulders, tri's
days 6&7 off

I was off for awhile sick and when I came back last weak my chest w/o suffered but everything else seemed OK. Guess I'll just wait and see what next week brings.

The dip station I got is pretty close to this
http://www.fitnessdepot.ca/products/strength/dipstations/dipStationsfrm.htm
EDIT: it's the first one.
Mine is heavier duty though, has a larger base, as well as a brace towards the top on the station for more strength. The place I got it doesn't have the exact one on the website but you get the idea. It's decent because it was a good price since it didn't have the chin bar (which I already have on my rack).

galileo
01-16-2003, 08:49 AM
You can do neutral grip chins on that thing!

Don't tear a pec. That's a bad idea.

I bet your problem came from doing the db presses after dips. They probably wore you out a bit. It happens. I hope my workout tomorrow goes smooth. Trying 85's I think.

Mik
01-16-2003, 08:59 AM
Originally posted by galileo
You can do neutral grip chins on that thing!



Naw, it's too low.

Good luck on the 85s! Ba$tard! lol

Mik
01-16-2003, 08:24 PM
Training
Rest day.......legs tomorrow

Diet
-MRP
-4eggs
-cup of oatmeal
-2 slices ww bread
-chicken breast
-protein bar
-2 chicken breasts
-1/2 cup rice
-protein shake
-tbsp pb.

My back and bi'sare still killing me! Must've done something right I think. Chest isn't too bad from yesterday considering the w/o/ I had.

On an unrelated note, as I mentioned earlier, I have enjoyed watching a couple in my office carry out an affair who thought they were so sneaky.
I come to find out today that he hands in his cell phone bill for payment with her number ALL over it for extended calls at all times of day and night. I also found out that when the two go to lunch (albeit 90 sec apart) the girls in the office have been watching him as he turns the corner and waits for her to pick her up. She lives two blocks from the office so apparently they go to her place for lunch. The humour comes in that he picks her up at a corner store called the quickie and he came back from lunch the other day with bed head. Baha!

As I said, it's got bad news written all over it but what can I do but await the axe falling. I know it sucks for those who will be hurt and for that I'm sorry but I'm not getting involved. Tick tick tick.....

galileo
01-17-2003, 07:09 AM
Cheatx0rs.

The thing that sucks is, if you are unhappy in a relationship or marriage, you should work it out with your partner. If you loved each other enough to make a life together you should respect each other enough to work out a fair divorce. Problem is, in this country, the woman gets everything and the guy is always left paying top dollar. Society sickens me. No marriage for this guy.

Mik
01-17-2003, 09:26 AM
Originally posted by galileo
Cheatx0rs.

The thing that sucks is, if you are unhappy in a relationship or marriage, you should work it out with your partner. If you loved each other enough to make a life together you should respect each other enough to work out a fair divorce.

I agree 100%!

rookiebldr
01-17-2003, 11:00 AM
Originally posted by galileo
Cheatx0rs.

The thing that sucks is, if you are unhappy in a relationship or marriage, you should work it out with your partner. If you loved each other enough to make a life together you should respect each other enough to work out a fair divorce. Problem is, in this country, the woman gets everything and the guy is always left paying top dollar. Society sickens me. No marriage for this guy.

And if you're unhappy with the marriage, then end it BEFORE the extra activities on the side start.

Mik
01-17-2003, 03:16 PM
Training

Leg day
Squats 135x6, 225x 6, 250x6, 250x5, 225x8, 225x8
SLDLs 205x8, 225x6, 225x6
Leg ext (free with attachment thingy) 110x8, 110x8

Diet
-MRP
-4 eggs
-cup of oatmeal
-2 slices ww bread
-tin o tuna
-protein bar
-chicken breast
-1/2 cup of rice
-will have another MRP

Decent workout today. I probably coulld've gone higher on squats but my erectors will still a little tire from deads a few days ago. Nonetheless I had a hard time walking upstairs so at least I got that going for me. :D

Just going to kick back tonight, maybe have a couple beers and watch some drivel on the tube.

Later

Mik
01-18-2003, 05:34 PM
Trainig Shoulders and tri's

Millies 95x6, 105x6, 105x6
side laterals 35x8, 35x8
bent over laterals 35x8, 35x8

skulls 90x7, 90x6
pressdowns 90x8, 90x6

Diet

teh suck........................noy gonna post. Not enough food.


I have come to the conclusion the my tri's suck. I thought they were OK in relation to my puny arms but noted today that I don't even look like I work out. Perhaps that's what's holding back my chest workouts. Right now I hate my body, feel small and weak.

I was gonna post pics but at this stage I need more size.......feeling embarassed bout the way I look.

That's it!

Shankerr
01-18-2003, 07:11 PM
bwahaha, nice diet for today ;) Mine was like that the other day too, gotta love cheat days, or days ya just don't pay any attention :-)

Delphi
01-18-2003, 07:15 PM
rookie = smart man

Mik
01-19-2003, 07:43 AM
:withstupi

galileo
01-19-2003, 01:15 PM
galileo = uber

galileo
01-19-2003, 01:15 PM
:withstupi

Mik
01-21-2003, 06:40 PM
Training Back/bi's

Bent over rows 135x6, 206x6, 205x5, 185x6
Pull ups BW+25x4.5, BWx7, BWx5
Pull downs 140x8, 140x8

Curls 105x6, 95x6, 75x8
Hammers 40x7, 40x5


Diet
-MRP
-3 eggs
-2 slices ww bread
-chicken breast
-protein bar
-1.5 cups ww pasta w meat sauce
-MRP
-protein shake

Sleep has been terrible last few days.....7 hours in bed but only about 3 hours of sleep. And NOT for any good reason. :cry:

As a result, I felt pretty weak and tired easy tonight so I decided to forgo deads and tried to get the most out of my lat workout. Bleh! Hopefully get some quality zzzs tonight so I'll be ready for tomorrow's session. We'll see...........

That's it.

galileo
01-21-2003, 07:27 PM
105x6 on curls is pretty good man. After a hard back workout my biceps don't always wanna work!

rookiebldr
01-21-2003, 07:44 PM
Originally posted by Delphi
rookie = smart man

Why thank you, Delphi. :cool:

Galileo, you maybe uber, but I was smart for one brief and shiny moment. :p

Mik, :withstupi on the curls.

JustinF
01-22-2003, 03:54 AM
Nice work Mik. You're a pretty strong mofo!

BennettBoy
01-22-2003, 07:19 AM
Originally posted by Mik
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Sleep has been terrible last few days.....7 hours in bed but only about 3 hours of sleep. And NOT for any good reason. :cry:



Ever tried ZMA? Some folks swear it helps them rest well. And I take a Zinc supplement and I usually sleep great too!

Mik
01-22-2003, 07:23 AM
Galileo, RookieThanks! My bi's are fairly strong (relatively speaking). I did wait a good 5 minutes or so after doing back but I won't worry about that.

Justin Welcome to my journal! Thanks for the comments.

Mik
01-22-2003, 07:26 AM
Originally posted by BennettBoy


Ever tried ZMA? Some folks swear it helps them rest well. And I take a Zinc supplement and I usually sleep great too!

Craig, I haven't tried it yet because to be honest my sleep is normally OK. I Figure I'll give it another day or so and if my sleep doesn't improve I may try it.

Thanks for the info.

Workhorse
01-22-2003, 07:31 AM
Good work Mik... workouts and strength are lookin' good!

Mik
01-22-2003, 06:02 PM
Workhorse Thanks for the comments......wish I could say that for my chest workouts. For some reason they're suckin' a$$.

Training Chest
Incline db 45x6, 65x5, 85x3, 75x4 Bleh!
Dips +45x6, +45x7
Bench 135x6, 135x6

Did some abs woohoo!

Diet
-MRP
-3 eggs
-2 cups pasta w meat sauce
-protein bar
-protein shake
-1/3 cup rice
-6 oz pork
-tbsp pb
-protein shake

Chest workout felt a little better and I stress A LITTLE better. Still having trouble for some reason. Even my form on presses feels off. I decided to do a couple sets of light bench at the end, going very slow trying to get my groove back (you know like Stella).

To be honest I don't know what's going on here. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

That's it for now.

Frozenmoses
01-22-2003, 07:02 PM
Your presses rock compared to mine, Mik! Looks good to me, heh. How many cals are you eating/day?

Mik
01-22-2003, 07:20 PM
Thanks FM! I've been really struggling lately on the presses however. I'm currently eating about 2700 cals. I was consuming more but felt I was gaining too much fat so I slowly lowered (from about 3000-3200).

Frozenmoses
01-22-2003, 07:24 PM
Cool, man. I hear ya on the fat gain thing, gotta hate that part. How much you weighing in at?

Mik
01-22-2003, 08:15 PM
Haven't weighed myself in a week or so but I'm figuring about 175 at 5'7. I'll weigh again this Saturday.

galileo
01-23-2003, 08:47 AM
Dude...are you stressed or maybe not sleeping enough? You had much better numbers only a few weeks ago! Get back on track!!

Mik
01-23-2003, 09:02 AM
Originally posted by galileo
Dude...are you stressed or maybe not sleeping enough? You had much better numbers only a few weeks ago! Get back on track!!

Definitely not getting enough quality sleep. I have to address this ASAP. It's driving me nuts seeing my numbers going down. I may pick up some ZMA and see if it helps my sleep at all. It's worth a shot!

Shankerr
01-23-2003, 10:26 AM
Nyquil perhaps? hehe

give them 'ol ZMA a try, or, umm... I used to try to lift just before bedtime, I'd get home, exhausted, and go to bed about an hour later.. sleep like a baby!

Mik
01-23-2003, 08:04 PM
Training Legs

Squats 135x8, 225x6, 275x6, 225x8, 225x8 drop to 135x10 narrow stance
SLDLs 22566, 250x5, 225x6
Leg ext. 115x8, 140x8
Leg curl 70x8, 85x5

Diet
-MRP
-4 eggs
-2 slices ww bread
-2 chicken breasts
-protein bar
-mixed salad
-protein shake
-cup ww pasta with meat sauce
-protein shake
-18 oz skim milk

Finally, a good workout. Had lots of energy tonight and had a few PRs w00t! Hopefully the lack of energy I've been feeling lately is over and done with.

Sleep wasn't too great last night but I'm hitting the sack shortly and hoping to get a good night's sleep tonight.

I'm only working half day tomorrow so depending how I feel I'll come home and have a nap or hit the weights right away. Regardless I hope to get caught up on some sleep this weekend.

I'll be weighing myself this weekend as well as taking some measurements but I feel my bulk may be coming to an end as I feel too flabby.

That's it for now.

Frozenmoses
01-23-2003, 08:07 PM
Man, not sleeping sucks. I feel for ya', hombre. If you decide to try out that ZMA, lemme know how it works out. My sleep patterns have been kinda funky as of late, too, so I might give it a shot if it goes good for you.

WillKuenzel
01-23-2003, 08:09 PM
Good job on squats! I'm hoping to get there soon.

Diet looks great. I find that ZMA helped a good bit with my sleep. Since I started working nights though I take a little melatonin every now and then to help me sleep when I think I may have trouble. It helps.

Hope you get that sleep straightened away. It can make a big difference.

Mik
01-23-2003, 08:21 PM
FM If I do get some I'll keep ya posted.

HY Thanks for checkin' out my journal and the comments. If I don't get a good sleep tonight I may check out some ZMA or melatonin. Lack of sleep really can screw things up. Hopefully this will be the end of it.

Thanks again!

Mik
01-24-2003, 01:14 PM
Training Shoulders/tri's

Millies 95x8, 105x8, 115x6
Laterals 35x6, 30x8, 30x6
Bent over laterals 35x8, 40x8, 40x7

Cls grip 115x8, 135x6
Skulls 85x5, 75x8
Freeweight pressdowns 70x8

Diet
-MRP x2
-protein bar
-3 eggs
-cup oatmeal
-protein shake
-will have more real food balance of day.....was on the road this AM.

EDIT: balance of diet went out for dinner tonight which is usually a cheat meal....instead I had two turkey sandwiches on whole wheat with a side of rice.
-tin of tuna

Well today's workout was a good news/bad news situation.
Bad news was the weights I was using primarily on tri's. They were lower and more forced than in the past. The good news is that I've learned my tri's are my weak point and I'm convinced they've been holding back my chest workouts lately. For the past while I have been lax in doing much direct tri work and I feel they've suffered because of it. I think I'll start doing tri's before shoulders on these days to get them up to par. Don't know if this makes sense or not but that's my thinking right now.

Any suggestions?

Sleep last night was a good 7.5 hrs..............FINALLY!

Later.

galileo
01-24-2003, 03:52 PM
I suggest more DIPS.


DIPS DIPS DIPS DIPS DIPS.

Mik
01-24-2003, 07:51 PM
Originally posted by galileo
I suggest more DIPS.


DIPS DIPS DIPS DIPS DIPS.

I hear ya on that! I think I may start my chest wo with them instead of presses. Ya think it would be too much to do a couple more sets on tri day as well? Or would that be overkill?

WillKuenzel
01-24-2003, 08:18 PM
Originally posted by Mik


I hear ya on that! I think I may start my chest wo with them instead of presses. Ya think it would be too much to do a couple more sets on tri day as well? Or would that be overkill?
I think it depends on how you do them. Even though dips are dips you can either lean forward to target more the chest or keep your body more straight up and put more tension on the triceps. I don't do arms often but when I do they are normally the day after chest. I still do dips, albeit lighter weight and more concentration on arm day.

Mik
01-24-2003, 08:29 PM
Originally posted by HomeYield

I think it depends on how you do them. Even though dips are dips you can either lean forward to target more the chest or keep your body more straight up and put more tension on the triceps. I don't do arms often but when I do they are normally the day after chest. I still do dips, albeit lighter weight and more concentration on arm day.

Thanks HY! I should have mentioned that when I do dips on chest day I do lean forward. If I were to do them on a separate tri day I would do them straight.

I was thinking of throwing a set or two of "tricep" dips at the end of my tri workout. While keeping my "chest" dips on that day.

WillKuenzel
01-24-2003, 09:41 PM
That's the same thing I do. The triceps can recover pretty quickly so you could probably get away with it for awhile. Don't do it too often but I try to limit it a little.

I do arms the day after chest and the dips then can also help to stretch out my chest and workout some of the soreness. Does your dips station have a grip that can go from wider to narrower. I like doing chest dips wider and tricep dips narrower.

Mik
01-25-2003, 10:12 AM
Originally posted by HomeYield
Does your dips station have a grip that can go from wider to narrower. I like doing chest dips wider and tricep dips narrower.

HY, unfortunately it doesn't it's fixed. Not sure the exact width measurement (I could measure I suppose) but it's what would normally be used for chest dips. What about bench dips, keeping my grip closer and loading plates on my thighs?
Just looking for something to strengthen my tri's. I don't plan on trashing them like this indefinitely. My hope is they'll come up fairly quickly.

Mik
01-26-2003, 08:23 AM
Nothing to post here today as Sat. and Sun. were rest days. Diet has been ace all weekend except for the slice of lemon pie I had last night. We went to another couple's for dinner. I was good except for that. When it was served I politely ate it even though I don't care for sweets.

Oh well, I don't feel guilty seeing as how I've been shovelling for the past two hours. We got over two feet of snow last night and it's still coming!:swear: Man I hate winter.

Frozenmoses
01-26-2003, 11:08 AM
Yuck! Snow shoveling sounds like a b*tch. Lucky for me, I live in Texas. However, my dad likes to make me dig ditches, so I guess that makes us even, Damn!

rookiebldr
01-26-2003, 09:03 PM
Originally posted by Mik
When it was served I politely ate it even though I don't care for sweets.

I guess I'll keep the detour bar now that I know you don't like sweets. ;)


Originally posted by Mik
Oh well, I don't feel guilty seeing as how I've been shovelling for the past two hours. We got over two feet of snow last night and it's still coming!:swear: Man I hate winter.

We only and a light dusting at my end of the lake this weekend. hahaha.

Mik
01-27-2003, 08:30 AM
Originally posted by rookiebldr


I guess I'll keep the detour bar now that I know you don't like sweets. ;)



We only and a light dusting at my end of the lake this weekend. hahaha.

And for that, I will take the Detour bar but will not thank you. I say good day to you!

Mik
01-27-2003, 08:57 AM
Training Back and bi's tonight.

Diet
-MRP
-2 eggs
-protein bar x2
-mixed salad
-2 slices ww bread
-5 oz pork tenderloin
-8 oz low fat yogurt
-2 oz almonds
-16 oz skim milk
-?
-?


Took some measurements this weekend.:cry:

Weight 174.5 (up from 166), chest 44.5, legs 23.5, calves 16, waist 32.75, arms 15.5, bf 13.8% (I think this is low however).

I'm happy with the size increase in my legs (+1"), and chest (+1.5") but my arms have not grown at all. Perhaps it was dropping the direct arm work as I mentioned before so I will have to monitor more closely.

By the way, the increases were from 4 months ago.

That's it.

WillKuenzel
01-28-2003, 03:06 AM
The problem I have with doing bench dips and loading the plates in my lap is after 2 or 3 plates they don't want to stay in place. If you have a spotter I'd say go for it. Skulls and close grip bench worked wonders for me. Hell superset those 2. As soon as you're done with the skulls just pump out as many CG bench as you can. That's a nice superset.

Those measurements are looking pretty good. I don't know what you are crying about up there. That's some pretty good progress on your chest and legs. Good progress for only 4 months.

Mik
01-28-2003, 06:46 AM
Thanks for the comments HY! I appreciate it. I'll try supersetting those next workout and see how it goes.

Thanks again!

Mik
01-28-2003, 06:55 AM
Training Update from last night's w/o.

Back
Deads 135x6, 225x4, 315x2, 375x1, 315x3
Pullups BW+25x5, bwx8, bwx6
BO rows 205x5, 185x6, 135x10

Bi's superset curls with concentration curls
105x6 sup w 25x8
105x5 sup w 25x5

Really happy with the workout! Wasn't going to go heavy on the deads but 225 felt like nothing, then 315 didn't feel too bad so I thought what the hell. 375 was phukkin' heavy but I got it clean and held it in lockout for 5 seconds muttering "you're my bitch" then put it down. After putting it down I was grinning ear to ear and turned to see my wife had been watching me. She thought I was crazy for grunting like that then talking to my weights but that's OK. hopefully get 4 plates within 4-8 weeks. The rest of the session was good too. Squeezed out 5 clean reps with the +25 on pullups which felt good. After the first two sets of rows I was pretty cooked so I dropped to 135 for a slow controlled set.

I'm liking the supersets for bi's, gets it over nice and quick and hurts like hell!

That's my rambling for now.

JustinF
01-28-2003, 07:11 AM
Great job on the deads!!:thumbup:

galileo
01-28-2003, 08:52 AM
You've pwned me on deads. I still pwn you on pullups and rows though! I need to start deadlifting seriously so I may pwn you some more.

Mik
01-28-2003, 09:06 AM
Justin-thanks for the words mate! Appreciate it.

Galileo-I just may have to start doing db rows to see if I can anywhere near you. As for the pullups, I can't seem to get anymore with the 25 so yes, you are uber on those!

Methinks I'll never catch you on dips either :cry:

Shankerr
01-28-2003, 09:29 AM
Nice lifts mate, deads are lookin killer!

BennettBoy
01-28-2003, 10:01 AM
Nice work mate....on those deads!

Everybody is passing me by for maxes. :cry:

But I'm happy for them. ;)

Mik
01-28-2003, 11:46 AM
Shane/Craig-thanks guys! Can't wait to hit 4 plates.

galileo
01-28-2003, 04:07 PM
I can't wait to hit Shane/Craig over the head with a mallet! MUAHAHAHAHA. ACME STYLE, BABY!

Mik
01-28-2003, 06:26 PM
Originally posted by galileo
I can't wait to hit Shane/Craig over the head with a mallet! MUAHAHAHAHA. ACME STYLE, BABY!

I'll get the anvil!

Mik
01-28-2003, 06:36 PM
Training Chest

Dips bwx8, +45x8, +70x6
Incline dbs 65x6, 65x6
Inc flyes 45x6, 45x6

did some abs bleh!

Diet
-MRP
-1/2 chicken breast
-8 oz fat free yogurt
-protein bar
-chicken breast
-4 slices turkey bacon
-2 slices ww bread
-1/3 cup almonds (roughly)
-18 oz skim milk
-8 0z steak
-MRP
-protein shake

Finally I felt I had a decent chest workout. Next time I'm going for 2 sets @ +70 on dips. Was a little fried afterwards so the inclines weren't great but it's been better than most chest sessions of late. Threw in some abs at the end, nothin' special. Haven't done abs in quite awhile so I think I will do them at least once a week, twice if I'm feeling energetic.

I'm in the process of renegotiating my mortgage and all was going well until I got a call today from the bank saying there was a lien on my house. It turns out we bought a gas fireplace a few years ago and because we didn't have to pay for six months the phukkin' gas company goes and puts a lien on the damn place! The fp has been paid off since but the bastards never took the friggin' lien off. So now we're fighting with the legal dept. at the gas co. To make it even worse, I find out the stupid bastards put not one but TWO liens on the property. I'm thinkin' of torchin' the place..........hey gas can be dangerous you know!:evillaugh

Well that's my rant for today.

Frozenmoses
01-28-2003, 06:45 PM
Awesome dipping strength, dude. Very impressive. Hope you get that mortgage stuff sorted out, man. Sounds like a large PITA.

JustinF
01-29-2003, 03:43 AM
Sorry bout the troubles bro, it'll work out. Nice dips, geeze!! I'm lucky if I can squeeze out 12-15 just at body weight. Great job!!

galileo
01-29-2003, 06:48 AM
Your dips shot up! +45x7 to +70x6 in one week! You'll catch up with me before you know it. I am going to probably go for +98x8 this week, but we'll see how my shoulder feels after some warmups.

Tonight is back night! Deads, rows, and chins baby!

Mik
01-29-2003, 07:29 AM
FM & Justin Thanks for the replies guys. I really appreciate the support. It looks like everything will work out, I'll know within a couple hours but I got off the phone witht the legal department and it should be sorted out by day's end. Damn, now I have to put away that flame thrower. lol

Galileo I don't think it was so much that I shot up that much on dips it was probably more a point of me getting my $hit together and feeling comfortable doing these again. Nevertheless I'm hoping for two heavy sets next time.
Good luck on tonight's workout but remember, you don't want to up your deads. Afterall, I need to pwn you on something! Ha.

I think the last two workouts I've had this week were definitley quality as I've got DOMS like you wouldn't believe and it feels as if I was beaten up. Home Yield did you sucker punch me? j/k

I know DOMS aren't indicative of progress but nonetheless it feels good.

rookiebldr
01-29-2003, 08:07 AM
Originally posted by Mik

I think the last two workouts I've had this week were definitley quality as I've got DOMS like you wouldn't believe and it feels as if I was beaten up. Home Yield did you sucker punch me? j/k

I know DOMS aren't indicative of progress but nonetheless it feels good.

You're right about it being indicative of progress, but I got to agree with you. DOMS rock!

Workhorse
01-29-2003, 01:47 PM
DOMS is a great thing - funny how we enjoy pain so much, eh? Mik, keep up the great work, you're doing a great job!! You've got some good strength there boy - and the diet looks good too!!

Mik
01-29-2003, 02:03 PM
Thanks Workhorse! I really appreciate the support man.

galileo
01-29-2003, 03:54 PM
SUPPORT ME! SUPPORT ME!!!!

Workhorse
01-29-2003, 04:00 PM
If my jock is big enough to support me...it'll support all you small folk no problem!! lol :D j/k

Delphi
01-29-2003, 04:03 PM
Numbers are looking good, Mik.

We just refinanced our mortgage ourselves. We have a home equity loan for a swimming pool and had to get that bank to subordinate the second lien. It was such a hassle that we had to get a 45 day guarantee instead of a 30 day guarantee on the interest rate. That cost a little more on the finance charges to do it that way. We didn't want to just pay off the home equity loan or roll it into the refinance, since we've already paid the interest on that loan and didn't want to pay interest twice or pay the loan off early since the interest had already been paid. Glad it's over. What kind of interest rate are you getting?

Mik
01-29-2003, 06:19 PM
Thanks Delphi.

I think we finally got the mortgage business all ironed out. We should have all the papers signed and have it a done deal by the end of the week but we got the OK today. FINALLY! We're going to be paying 6.2% which I'm pretty happy with. I think the rates in the States are somewhat better but it's a pretty decent rate in Canada.

By the way, did I hear you correctly, you would be hosting a WBB pool party this summer.Count me in!:D

Mik
01-29-2003, 06:21 PM
Originally posted by galileo
SUPPORT ME! SUPPORT ME!!!!

I did support you for the new editor post and I didn't even get a Detour bar!:swear:

galileo
01-29-2003, 06:43 PM
I need to get the position first ;)

I only jumped my deads by 20lbs this week, so you're still in the lead. :D

exceptforthechins

Mik
01-29-2003, 06:55 PM
* breathes sigh of relief*

Noticed your PRs. Grats! I definitely have my work cut out for me.

Mik
01-29-2003, 07:03 PM
Training Rest day

Diet

-MRP
-3 eggs
-protein bar
-2 slices ww bread
-6 oz steak
-18 oz skim milk
-4 oz low fat yogurt
-protein shake
-2 slices ww bread
-can of tuna
-1/3 green pepper
-protein shake

Currently all I'm taking for supps is a daily multi, flax oil,whey, and MRPs. Thinking of picking up some creatine this weekend and starting back on it for awhile.

Sleep has been back to normal, roughly 7-7.5 hrs per night. Energy is up and my weight is holding at 175. I don't think I can bulk anymore so I may just hover around here for a bit and try to gain some strength and hopefully keep seeing some PRs. Leg day tomorrow.

Later,

rookiebldr
01-29-2003, 08:48 PM
Originally posted by Mik


I did support you for the new editor post and I didn't even get a Detour bar!:swear:

Hey, I told you it was coming when we meet!!!

WillKuenzel
01-29-2003, 08:51 PM
Diet is looking great man! About how many calories is that?

Delphi
01-29-2003, 09:51 PM
Originally posted by Mik
Thanks Delphi.

I think we finally got the mortgage business all ironed out. We should have all the papers signed and have it a done deal by the end of the week but we got the OK today. FINALLY! We're going to be paying 6.2% which I'm pretty happy with. I think the rates in the States are somewhat better but it's a pretty decent rate in Canada.

By the way, did I hear you correctly, you would be hosting a WBB pool party this summer.Count me in!:D

The "average" is prolly 5.5-5.75% here- of course APR depends on the finance charges the company comes up with. We dropped our interest rate by 3.25% and went from a 30-yr to a 15-yr loan. Payments stayed almost the same, plus the home will be paid off by the time I'm 58. I'm smiling here. :)

Yeah, come on down. Water temp hits 80 degrees F by June 1. We're spoiled here- 74 degrees is like an ice bath. Sometimes the temp hits 90 in August. Sure feels good when you finish mowing the yard, tho.

Mik
01-30-2003, 07:41 AM
Originally posted by rookiebldr


Hey, I told you it was coming when we meet!!!

OK, Rookie, I'll hold you to that!

Mik
01-30-2003, 07:47 AM
HY Thanks man, diet yesterday by my count was just over 3,000 cals, 28&f, 37%c, 35%p. I'm trying to keep it between 2800 and 3000 for maintenance which seems high (about 16-17 ca;/lb) but any less and I start dropping. When I was bulking I was trying to take in 3500-4000. I don't really have a set breakdown that I follow, I concentrate more on getting 1-1.5g protein per pound, 25-30% from fats and then look at total calories.

Any suggestions to my diet would be welcome.

Mik
01-30-2003, 07:52 AM
Originally posted by Delphi


The "average" is prolly 5.5-5.75% here- of course APR depends on the finance charges the company comes up with. We dropped our interest rate by 3.25% and went from a 30-yr to a 15-yr loan. Payments stayed almost the same, plus the home will be paid off by the time I'm 58. I'm smiling here. :)

Yeah, come on down. Water temp hits 80 degrees F by June 1. We're spoiled here- 74 degrees is like an ice bath. Sometimes the temp hits 90 in August. Sure feels good when you finish mowing the yard, tho.

Good work mate! I'm pretty pleased with the rate we're getting and the fact that we'll be paying it out sooner as well. Pretty sweet when less of your money goes to the bank.

I'd take 74 degrees right now. It's been in the minus 20s to 30s (celcius) with the wind chill for about two weeks. Not to mention the lower back work I've been getting from shovelling over 2 feet of snow!

Mik
01-30-2003, 07:38 PM
Training Legs

Squats 135x8, 225x6, 300x6 , 275x7, 225x8 drop to 135x10 feet together
SLDLs 135x8, 225x6
Leg ext. 135x8, 170x8 , 170x6
Leg curls 80x8, 90x5.5

Diet

-MRP
-2 whole eggs + 2 whites
--protein bar
-1 cup rice
- chicken breasts
-1/2 green pepper
-cup ww pasta
-8 oz steak
-MRP
-protein shake

Good leg workout tonight. Was hoping to get 2 at 300 on squats but after the first two flew up I decided to push it. The sixth rep was just short of parallel but I'm counting it. Hey it's my journal! Next leg day I'm definitely doing 3 plates if not more I'll see how I feel. 275 was my PR last week and it felt light today. When I got to SLDLs my back was starting to get real tight so I took it easy here. I may have to alternate heavy deads with heavy squats week to week as my back tired pretty quick tonight. Did the extensions nice and slow and held at the top for a good squeeze, same with the curls. After that I was pretty much trying not puke on the floor or pass out so I hit the couch for a half hour until I felt I could walk. Damn stairs!
:bang:

That's it.

WillKuenzel
01-30-2003, 07:55 PM
Wow man, nice job on the squats! 275 was your PR last week and you blew it out of the water. That's what I like to see. I'm hoping for 300 at least twice tomorrow. LOL, I doubt I'll get 6 but a man can dream. Nice job again!

Mik
01-30-2003, 08:05 PM
Thanks HY. Like you, I was hoping for a double or a triple tonight as well but I guess I was in the zone. I think if my back wasn't tired I could've done more but that'll happen next week hehe.

Good luck on 300!

Frozenmoses
01-30-2003, 08:07 PM
Nice leg day, Mik. Your wheels are coming along nicely, homesauce. Diet looks pretty ace as well.

Frozenmoses
01-30-2003, 08:07 PM
Oh yeah, you getting any direct calf work in there?

Mik
01-30-2003, 08:15 PM
Originally posted by Frozenmoses
Oh yeah, you getting any direct calf work in there?

Unfotunately not. I haven't done any calf work since I started lifting at home. I've tried doing db raises, donkies, and raises with my dip belt but I can't get comfortable or get enough weight on me. Funny you mention that, I was just thinking tonight that I'm probably going to have to break down and get a calf raise machine. I hate not being able to work them. The wife is gonna love hearing this.....'honey we gotta get rid of the sofa I need a calf machine'.:D

Delphi
01-30-2003, 09:03 PM
Good job on the squats. Have you thought about doing one-legged dumbbell calf raises? If you got a hip squat belt you could use it for calf raises, hip belt squats, pullups, and dips. Just a thought.

rookiebldr
01-30-2003, 09:55 PM
Your numbers just keep increasing and increasing. Is there no limit! It's fantastic what you've done in 4 months. *send detour hero bar Mik's way*

Mik
01-31-2003, 07:24 AM
Originally posted by Delphi
Good job on the squats. Have you thought about doing one-legged dumbbell calf raises? If you got a hip squat belt you could use it for calf raises, hip belt squats, pullups, and dips. Just a thought.

Thanks Delphi!
I've tried them but just can't seem to hold enough weight to get a decent calf workout. I was thinking about a hip squat belt. I remember you sent me a link to one before, now I'm really considering it. Do you find you're able to strap on quite a bit of weight comfortably (I've never tried one)?

Mik
01-31-2003, 07:26 AM
Rookie -Thanks for the words mate. It seems I've really been into it lately. For some reason I've been feeling stronger each workout. I sure hope this lasts!

Mik
01-31-2003, 07:31 AM
Originally posted by Mik
Rookie -Thanks for the words mate. It seems I've really been into it lately. For some reason I've been feeling stronger each workout. I sure hope this lasts!

P.S. I hope you don't mind me stealing your quote. It was laughing my a$$ off at this one.

rookiebldr
01-31-2003, 07:55 AM
No, not all. I'm actually rather honoured. :redface: But you might want to correct the quote, it should read "working out" instead of "working our" :D :D

Mik
01-31-2003, 08:07 AM
Ooops! My bad. Forgot to study my hooked on phonics last night.

galileo
01-31-2003, 08:10 AM
Here's a quote for you:


"die."

Mik
01-31-2003, 08:15 AM
tuttut

Now, now, that's not nice.


pwn

Delphi
01-31-2003, 04:36 PM
Originally posted by Mik


Thanks Delphi!
I've tried them but just can't seem to hold enough weight to get a decent calf workout. I was thinking about a hip squat belt. I remember you sent me a link to one before, now I'm really considering it. Do you find you're able to strap on quite a bit of weight comfortably (I've never tried one)?

I did hip belt calf raises 375 last night without any discomfort at all. My previous best on standing calf raises was 365 and it was hard for me to keep my balance with 365. I could probably do 400 easy without any problem. Hopefully I'll be going up 10 pounds per workout for the next 12 workouts so that'll put me pretty close to 500.

The hardest part is stepping up onto the calf raise platform and back down. I wouldn't recommend setting the power cage pins so high that you can stand on the platform while unracking the bar. Problem is if you get tired or lose your balance and step off the platform you'll be hosed trying to get back up on the platform to put the bar back on the rack.

Tell your wifey you need one real bad. If she balks, just put on about 50 pounds of blubber and quit bathing. She'll come around soon enough. :evillaugh

rookiebldr
01-31-2003, 05:38 PM
Originally posted by Delphi
I did hip belt calf raises 375 last night without any discomfort at all. My previous best on standing calf raises was 365 and it was hard for me to keep my balance with 365. I could probably do 400 easy without any problem. Hopefully I'll be going up 10 pounds per workout for the next 12 workouts so that'll put me pretty close to 500.

That is insane, well not really, I just feel sooooo weak :(



Originally posted by Delphi
Tell your wifey you need one real bad. If she balks, just put on about 50 pounds of blubber and quit bathing. She'll come around soon enough. :evillaugh

rofl Don't forget to lay on the couch and flick channels with beer in hand.

Mik
01-31-2003, 07:00 PM
Delphi , thanks, I'm going to the fitness store tomorrow where I get all my stuff. I'll see if they have them. I may have to result to ballooning up if I don't get the nod from the Mrs.......I'll walk aroung in a moo moo and carry a poking stick.

Rookie, I'll also make sure to scratch alot and keep a hand in my pants a la Al Bundy. That should fix it!

Mik
01-31-2003, 07:33 PM
Training Was to be shoulders/tri's but I ache all over so will bump it until tomorrow.

Diet

-MRP
-3eggs
-protein bar
-8 oz steak
-banana
-protein bar
-18 oz skim milk
-mixed salad
-whole chicken:eek:
-? at least one more protein shake before bed.

I am sooooooooo sore. My upper body is killing me and my legs are getting the feeling I get when DOMS first starts pokin' around but you know tomorrow is when it's really coming for ya. Guess I won't be walking tomorrow. Went out for dinner tonight, was going to have a cheat meal but lately I really haven't had the urge to cheat at all, though I was hungry. The waitress thought I was joking when I ordered 2 -1/2 chicken dinners, a salad and told her to hold the fries. After a second I guess she realized I was serious, my wife just shook her head.

Drank tons of water today and slept like a baby last night.
Can't wait to hit the weights tomorrow...........lemme at 'em!

I'm out.

Frozenmoses
01-31-2003, 07:35 PM
Hahaha, way to eat dude. I'm gonna have to give that a try sometime. DOMS rocks, savor it!

:whip:

galileo
01-31-2003, 07:57 PM
I had chicken quesadillas!

WillKuenzel
02-01-2003, 12:00 AM
The waitress thought I was joking when I ordered 2 -1/2 chicken dinners, a salad and told her to hold the fries.I've seen that look. I asked the waitress for another plate one time, she balked and asked me if I was joking. She then asked that if I knew that it wasn't a buffet. I told her I was serious and that I knew it wasn't. The look on her face was priceless though. Feels good to eat like a big boy.

Mik
02-02-2003, 11:36 AM
Yesterday's update.............

Training Shoulders/tri's

Side laterals 35x6, 35x6, 35x6
Millies 115x6 felt a pain in my right shoulder so skipped these after 1 set
Bent over laterals 35x8, 45x8 , 45x8

Skulls supersetted with close grip
75x8/10, 80x8/10
Pressdowns 70x8, 70x8

Shrugs 135x6, 225x8, 275x8 , 275x6

Diet
-MRP
-protien bar
-1 lb wings
-2 protein shakes
-4 beef fajitas
-6 beers

Diet yesterday was crap as you can see. I guess I'll chalk that up to a BIG cheat day and make up for it this week.
Workout yesterday was OK. I hope the pain in my shoulder is gone by Tuesday so I can go heavy on dips. We'll see.

I picked up some more whey and decided to pick up some creatine as well so I'll start that tomorrow.

That's it.

rookiebldr
02-02-2003, 03:24 PM
Well done on the shrugs, Mik. Another increase, geez. Cheat days are good - 6 Beers, I wonder how that compares to 3/4 of bottle of wine I consumed on Friday. Are you still planning on bulking for awhile?

galileo
02-02-2003, 03:54 PM
Doing well man!

Mik
02-03-2003, 07:10 AM
Rookie-Thanks mate! I guess cheat days aren't too bad as long they are done in moderation. My diet has been pretty solid (for me anyway) as of late so I don't feel guilty about it. I'm not quite sure what to do about bulking. I weighed this AM at 176. My goal initially was to get to 180-185 before I started cutting. I figure I can wait until about March before starting to cut so I may try to gain a few pounds or at least maintain for now. It's weird, one day I feel good and think I'll bulk a little more then the next day I feel fat and say I'm going to cut. Whatever route I decide I'll take it slow and try to keep my lifts progressing.

Galileo-Thanks man. Hope you're feeling better. And again, awesome job on the dips!

Mik
02-03-2003, 05:42 PM
Training Back/bi's

Deads 135x6, 225x4, 315x2
WG pullups bw+25x6, +30x5 , bwx8
Bent over rows 205x7 , 185x8
Db rows 85x6, 105x6

Curl jockey 110x6 , 110x4.5 drop to 75x6
Concentration curls 30x6, 30x5

Diet
-MRP
-3 eggs
-2 slices ww bread
-6 oz roast beef
-protein bar
-8 oz low fat yogurt
-protein shake
-chicken breast
-tbsp natty pb
-protein shake (will have)

Great workout tonight! Not only the PRs but it felt great, got great contractions on all exercises and maintained solid form. My lats and bi's are just screaming now :) . I started out doing deads but my lower back was pretty sore so I did a couple light sets and moved on to lats. Must've been from doing heavy deads and squats last week on top of shovelling phukkin' snow for a week.

Tried db rows after two sets on bb rows since my lower back was feeling it a little too much. I haven't done these in awhile but they felt good so I may make them a permanent addition. Could've gone heavier on these I think.

Was doing some poses after the workout and I actually liked what I saw. Granted I was pumped but my shoulders looked full and I actually had a bit of vascularity in my arms. Yaaaayyyyy! I think my back is getting thicker as well from the rows.

Weight this AM was 176 and it looks as though I've lost some bf.

Sleep has been great lately as well at least 7-8 hrs the past few nights.

That all for now.

galileo
02-03-2003, 05:59 PM
You're gonna catch up with me on rows in no time! Now I have to ****ing up my weight this week else you are gonna own me!

Looks like my barbell curls are going to have to jump a lil too ;)

Mik
02-03-2003, 06:03 PM
You're OK on rows for now. I still have to get some Oly dbs. Right now I'm using standard dbs loaded with 10s and a couple oly 10s held on by the collar. Not something I would want to use for pressing. But yeah, eventually you'll get pwn3d!:)

ericg
02-04-2003, 01:39 PM
Nice squattin man. Dips are crazy as well!! How much rest do you have between dead and squats?

Mik
02-04-2003, 01:57 PM
Welcome to my journal Eric! Thanks for the comments. I usually do deads on Mondays and Squats on Thursdays (that's the plan at least). I been kicking around the idea of doing one heavy and one light then alternating the following week. I find after heavy deads my back is still tired by Thursday. We'll see.

ericg
02-04-2003, 02:21 PM
Ya thats what I was wondering. I would love to add conventional deads in my plan but I know it would kill my back/legs for squats; visa versa. Good idea on alternating light/heavy days.

rookiebldr
02-04-2003, 02:25 PM
Originally posted by Mik

Was doing some poses after the workout and I actually liked what I saw. Granted I was pumped but my shoulders looked full and I actually had a bit of vascularity in my arms. Yaaaayyyyy! I think my back is getting thicker as well from the rows.

Weight this AM was 176 and it looks as though I've lost some bf.


It must be nice! Vascular arms, thicker back, missing bf! :cry:




Actually, makes that heavy lifting all worth while. Keep getting those PR and eat man, eat. You're bulking remember?

Mik
02-04-2003, 02:32 PM
Eric-I'm going to give it a try anyways and see how it goes. I didn't do much for deads yesterday so hopefully my back will be ace for legs on Thursday and then switch next week. I'll keep ya posted.

Rookie- Thanks for the words man. Keep in mind it's all relative when I say my back seems thicker etc.... But I guess that's the name of the game is to keep improving eh? I think I will try and keep my cals up for a bit longer and see if I can get a couple extra pounds.

Mik
02-04-2003, 04:40 PM
Training Chest

Dips bwx6, +45x5, +90x4 , bwx10
Incline bench 135x6, 155x6
Flyes 45x6, 45x6

Did some abs

Diet

-MRP
-1/2 cup almonds
-chicken breast
-potato
-protein bar
-8 oz fat free yogurt
-MRP
-chicken breast
-1/2 cup carrots
-tbsp natty pb
-protein shake (will have)

Decent session tonight. I was really happy with the dips. 90 was heavy as phuk but I squeezed out 4 clean reps. I might've been able to get another but I was getting pretty shaky by this point so I didn't push my luck. Decided to try bb inclines vs the usual dbs. I don't think it mattered as I was fried after dips so I just concentrated on squeezing at the top of each rep. My chest is still shaking w00t!

Diet was good today as well, maybe not enough cals but I didn't bring as much food to work as usual.

Sleep has still been good, another 7ish hours last night.

Das it yo!

galileo
02-04-2003, 05:41 PM
:eek:

Blowin me by!

Frozenmoses
02-04-2003, 06:56 PM
Looks like a pretty ace day, mang. Badass dips, too. You tha mang, mang.

Mik
02-04-2003, 07:20 PM
Thanks guys! I definitely felt good about the dips but my shoulder is feeling it now. Hopefully some Glucosamine will help. Tomorrow is supposed to be a rest day. We'll see.:)

ericg
02-04-2003, 07:34 PM
Sweet session again man! Ya keep me posted on the squat/DL thingy.

WillKuenzel
02-04-2003, 07:40 PM
Nice chest session dude! Short and sweet. Dips rule!! Do you prefer the DB incline over BB? The BB incline benches we have are fixed and are alittle bit too upright for me, so tend to stick with DB's.

Mik
02-04-2003, 08:08 PM
Eric thanks man. I'll definitely keep ya posted on the squats/deads rotation. Thanks for checking in.

HY thanks. I tend to prefer lower volume and try to keep my workouts as intense as I can. I seem to progress better that way. I do prefer db incline but I just felt like doing dome bb work tonight for some reason. Probably go back to dbs next time though.

Mik
02-05-2003, 05:54 PM
Training Legs

Squats 135x8, 225x6, 315x6 , 275x8, 275x6, 225x10 narrow stance drop to 135x8
SLDLs 185x8, 205x8
Leg ext 175x8, 190x8
Leg curls 90x7 , 90x5

Diet
-MRP
-3 eggs
-protein bar
-1/2 lb burger
-mixed salad
-protein bar
-MRP
- cup ww pasta w meat sauce
-protein shake

Today was supposed to be a rest day but I couldn't wait to do legs. I was anxious to try 3 plates tonight and figured I try walking it out and getting 1 or 2 reps. I couldn't believe I got 6! I made sure to watch the mirror to be sure I was going to parallel which I did on all reps. Last two sets I did ankles touching ATF and they burned like hell. My back was pretty tired so I took it easy on the SLDLs, just tried to get a good stretch at the bottom.

Diet was OK except for the burger I guess. I was in meetings all morning and had to go out to lunch with my boss. At least it wasn't fast food burgers!:)

Tomorrow will have to be a rest day. Friday is shoulders/tri's and my shoulder is still a little sore from dips so hopefully a day off will help.

I'm outa here!

rookiebldr
02-05-2003, 06:12 PM
****ing well done on the squats, Mik. Your strength is just going through the ****ing roof. :) I better get my ass down there before you are so far ahead of me that we won't be able to workout together. ;)

Frozenmoses
02-05-2003, 07:24 PM
Hot damn, Mik. Very impressive squatting strength. There's nothing like underestimating yourself, and then totally blowing your own mind with your strength. Way to go, man. Excellent lifting.

WillKuenzel
02-05-2003, 11:43 PM
Today was supposed to be a rest day but I couldn't wait to do legs.LMAO, I can always wait. Legs are for me tomorrow. If I have nearly a good a session as you did then I'll be liking myself tomorrow.

Good job on 315 man!!

Franjipani
02-06-2003, 04:16 AM
Originally posted by Frozenmoses
Hot damn, Mik. Very impressive squatting strength. There's nothing like underestimating yourself, and then totally blowing your own mind with your strength. Way to go, man. Excellent lifting.

I totally agree.... keep up the excellent work:thumbup:

Mik
02-06-2003, 07:48 AM
RookieThanks man. It seems lately that whenever I have leg day I'm able to push more and more weight for some reason. I guess I'll just enjoy it while it lasts. No worries about me getting ahead of you, just get your a$$ down here.lol

FMThanks for the words mate. I totally surprised myself, as I said I was just looking more to get the feel of the weight and walking it back. To be honest it didn't seem any heavier than 300 last week then when I dropped to 275 it just flew up.

HYyeah I'm feeling pretty good after last night's session. Except for the walking hehe. Seems like every leg workout lately I've been able to throw on another 15-20 lbs and just bang the reps out. I'm pretty confident I'll get 4 plates before the year's out. That would be sweet! Good luck tonight although you won't need it. Smoke 3 plates!

Franji Welcome to my journal! Yay my first Aussie reply:clap: . Thanks for popping by. I'll have to post in your journal seeing as how I've been lurking for awhile:hide:

ericg
02-06-2003, 10:12 AM
Sweet squattin man! Nice work

Mik
02-06-2003, 10:31 AM
Tanks mang!

Mik
02-10-2003, 02:03 PM
Training Back/bi's

Deads 135x6, 225x4, 315x1,390x1
WG pullups +35x5 , +25x5, bwx8
BO rows 225x4 +2 cheat, 205x7
Db rows 115x6 , 115x5

Curls 110x8 , 110x6
Hammers 40x7, 40x6

Diet
-MRP
-3 eggs
-6 oz steak
-1.5 cups rice
-MRP
-? will update later

Wow! What an awesome workout today and to think I didn't even feel like lifting today. Glad I did. :)
Today was heavy dead day so my goal was 385 but I decided to slap on a couple big 2.5s to bring it to 390. Next week is to be a light dead session then hopefully after that I'll nail 4 plates. Can't wait. For some reason I was full of energy and set PRs on almost every exercise. I decided to throw on 225 for rows and see how many cheat reps I could get to make 205 feel lighter (thanks to Home Yield's advice) but I was surprised to get 4 clean reps before cheating. W00t!!!! Man I wish every workout could be like that.

P.S. If this is full of spelling mistakes I don't care 'cuz my arms are shaking too bad to give a crap!:D

Das it yo!

ericg
02-10-2003, 02:13 PM
nice back day man. i see 4 plates in your future. nice work!

Mik
02-10-2003, 05:12 PM
Thanks Eric. I will own 4 plates next heavy day!

galileo
02-10-2003, 05:34 PM
Wow man, you keep jumping up with everything quite consistently. I'm going on my cut in a few weeks so you're likely to pwn me now. :(

Mik
02-10-2003, 05:58 PM
Hopefully I can get my chest workouts to improve to this degree. When does the cut officially start?

BennettBoy
02-10-2003, 06:01 PM
Originally posted by Mik
Thanks Eric. I will own 4 plates next heavy day!

Good deal mate......you got it in 2 weeks.

galileo
02-10-2003, 06:04 PM
March is the official date but I am going to throw in some HIIT cardio next week and the following week. Slowly get myself there...

Mik
02-10-2003, 08:22 PM
Craig -thanks man. I'm sure I'll have it next heavy session.

Galileo -cardio......eeesh.......nuff said.

WillKuenzel
02-10-2003, 08:25 PM
Really nice session dude! Glad to see the advice helped you out. Looks like you throwing some weight around there.

I don't think 4 plates would be all that tough for you at all. You keep making some impressive gains everytime!

Mik
02-10-2003, 08:32 PM
Thanks HY! I think your advice really helped, 205 definitely felt lighter after doing 2 plates. I'm going to try and incorporate this with a few more exercises and let you know how it goes. Thanks again man!

Workhorse
02-11-2003, 08:37 AM
Good job Mik...you keep improving...keep it up!! :thumbup: Getting stronger and stronger... its a great thing to see. Stay focused and you'll keep at it... good luck!! :D

galileo
02-11-2003, 10:03 AM
Cardio is the only way I can conceivably eat maintenance calories and attempt to still lose fat. It's more of a test than anything. I can live with a month of minimal fat loss if there is a chance I can lose much more efficiently. It's a shame I've gotta be so damned fat. :\

Mik
02-11-2003, 11:39 AM
Workhorsethanks for the words man. Hopefully I can keep this progression up. I'll just milk it for all I can.

Galileowhat kind of cardio are you planning on doing? I'll be there soon enough. By the way, you're not fat, you're just not in contest form. ;)

Mik
02-11-2003, 06:03 PM
Training Chest/abs

Dips bwx6 had to ditch dips. I think I may have bruised a bone in my hand (at least thatís what it feels like). I donít know what I did but it started hurting like hell last night and hasnít gotten any better today.
Rack presses (bar set 1 inch above my chest) 135x6, 185x5, 205x1, 185x4
Incline db 65x6, 75x6, 75x4
Flyes 45x8, 45x7

Abs yeah.

Diet
-MRP
-3 eggs
-2 cups pasta w meat sauce
-18 oz skim milk
-protein bar
-chicken breast
-potato
-tbsp pb
-protein shake

Pi$$ me off! My hand is killing me. I was all set for a good chest workout but as soon as I put any pressure on my right hand it started aching like crazy. I didnít do anything to hurt it that I recall but Iím getting a pain on the top of it and itís tender to touch. Iíll give it a day or so and see what happens. I think Iíll stick to this new routine however for chest just not sure if I will be doing rack presses or dips first. I may alternate. Iím hoping the rack presses will help bump up my pressing strength which currently sucks. This way I can go as heavy as possible without worrying about getting pinned. Thatís the plan anyway. Weíll see next week.

Thatís all.

WillKuenzel
02-11-2003, 07:43 PM
Sorry to hear about your hand dude. I know its tough to try and deal with. Workout looked really good despite that. Maybe just give it a few days to rest and see how it goes.

I'll be watching you on those rack presses. I may have to try those. Good luck with it!

Mik
02-11-2003, 08:21 PM
Thanks HY. It does suck but hopefully a few days rest will help it. We'll see.

I'm hoping the rack presses will help. I stole the idea from PowerMan. He said it helped him through a sticking point so I'm gonna give it a shot.

rookiebldr
02-11-2003, 08:47 PM
I've been away for a few days and just look at the progress you make. 390 for deads, 225 for BO!!!! w00t!!! Well done Mik. :)

I think I'm going to have to try that suggestion that HY gave you! Hmmm, cheating, rack presses. Great progression. Don't cut man, you are making so much progress on this bulk it's super sweet.

Sorry to read about your hand. I seemed to have experienced some thing simular. What seems just out of nowhere it starts hurting in the palm and doing dips then really suck. Hope it feels better for your next chest workout.

Mik
02-12-2003, 07:40 AM
Originally posted by rookiebldr
I've been away for a few days and just look at the progress you make. 390 for deads, 225 for BO!!!! w00t!!! Well done Mik. :)

I think I'm going to have to try that suggestion that HY gave you! Hmmm, cheating, rack presses. Great progression. Don't cut man, you are making so much progress on this bulk it's super sweet.

Sorry to read about your hand. I seemed to have experienced some thing simular. What seems just out of nowhere it starts hurting in the palm and doing dips then really suck. Hope it feels better for your next chest workout.

Thanks Rookie! I think HY's suggestion of using cheat reps to progress to higher weights will help. And the rack presses hopefully will help me through this sticking point.

I'm not cutting for awhile but I think the bulk has slowed a bit. My weight's been hovering around 175-177 so my goal is to get to 180 before thinking of a cut.

Hope you're having a blast skiing!

galileo
02-12-2003, 08:08 AM
Originally posted by Mik
Galileowhat kind of cardio are you planning on doing? I'll be there soon enough. By the way, you're not fat, you're just not in contest form. ;)

HIIT style and likely sprints and jump rope.

My biggest concern is still my chest fat. It sucks. Makes me quite unhappy.

On your dips...the same thing happened to me when I worked up to around +50 (this was a while ago now) and I took 2 washrags and doubled them over and placed them on the dip handles. If your grip is strong, you won't slip off and your hand will likely quit hurting.

althoughweallknowtherealreasonyoustoppeddipsisbecauseiownyoutoohard.

:p

galileo
02-12-2003, 08:10 AM
As an update, I did the +100.5x8 with no hand discomfort or washrags, so I think you need to build up your hand strength as well. Try Captains of Crush Grippers (http://www.ironmind.com).

yes, i had to put blue around my pr.

:D

Shankerr
02-12-2003, 08:19 AM
sorry to hear about your hand.. DO liek the guys said and try it with some rags, or *cough*gloves*cough* Might help!

Mik
02-12-2003, 08:45 AM
Originally posted by galileo

My biggest concern is still my chest fat. It sucks. Makes me quite unhappy.

On your dips...the same thing happened to me when I worked up to around +50 (this was a while ago now) and I took 2 washrags and doubled them over and placed them on the dip handles. If your grip is strong, you won't slip off and your hand will likely quit hurting.

althoughweallknowtherealreasonyoustoppeddipsisbecauseiownyoutoohard.

:p

I have the same issue with my boobies. Other than that I would be content to continue bulking but it's getting to me.

I'll try that with rags on dips. Thanks.

asforyourcommentonthereasoniquitdipsiwillnotrestuntilipwnyouonthesejustlikethehulkyoudon'twanttomake meangrygrrrrrr

Grats again on your dippage. Truly awesome man!

Mik
02-12-2003, 08:49 AM
Originally posted by Shankerr
sorry to hear about your hand.. DO liek the guys said and try it with some rags, or *cough*gloves*cough* Might help!

I will try the rags but refuse to try teh gloves. What if someone I knew saw me buying them? Boy would my face be red!
Maybe I'll try hockey gloves, that ought to do it.lol

rookiebldr
02-12-2003, 04:56 PM
rofl, there is so much here to comment on, but life is too short so I'll leave that to another day. :)

Skiing has been great! Cold, but great. Back to the great white north tomorrow.

Mik
02-13-2003, 09:43 AM
Update for yesterday

Training Rest day

Diet
-MRP
-3 eggs
-ham and cheese sammich on ww
-protein bar
-MRP
-4 slices pizza
-1 litre skim milk
-protein shake
-tons of water

Well, the diet fell apart yesterday but that's the worst cheat day I've had in a very long time so I don't feel too guilty. Another plus is that I think I'm finally tiring of pizza. I don't know if it's a mental/guilt thing or if my taste buds have changed but it didn't do anything for me. This is pretty suprising since in the past I could eat pizza 7 days a week for all my meals. I had some leftover to bring for lunch today but didn't want anything to do with it. Diet is better today.

Legs tonight. Booyaaaa! I also get my seated calf machine this weekend. Can't wait, I haven't done direct calf work in months. Should be fun to hobble around again. :D

ericg
02-13-2003, 09:49 AM
LEGS wooohoooo, i got them tonight as well. yeah baby.

Mik
02-14-2003, 08:18 AM
Yesterday's update
Training Was supposed to do legs last night but by mid afternoon I felt I was coming down with something. By the time I got home I was stuffed up and felt a little queazy. So I figured I would bump legs to either tonight (if feeling up to it) or do a double split Saturday with legs in the AM and shoulders/tri's in the PM. I really didn't want to do a half assed leg workout so hopefully this will help.

Diet
-MRP
-3 eggs
-2 roast beef subs whoa that was alot!
-protein bar
-1 litre skim milk
-3 beef fajitas
-2 protein shakes
-4 litres water

Weight this AM was up to 178. I have decided to continue my bulk until I hit 185 and then I'll reevaluate. I've gained 2-3 pounds over the past few weeks and actually feel I'm a wee bit leaner then 1 month ago. I know my waist is down for sure so I'm feeling better about my bulk than I did a month or do ago.

That's it for now. Later.

ericg
02-14-2003, 09:10 AM
Dam man I hope you feel better. That sucks when you get on a roll and then you get hit with something. Take care of yourself man so you can hit them LEGS HARD....

Mik
02-14-2003, 09:16 AM
Thanks Eric. I'm planning on taking today off as well and rest up. Hopefully I'll be back at it tomorrow.

Mik
02-14-2003, 01:42 PM
Mini update.

I'm going to be taking today off form training as I still feel like sh1t. Hopefulle a quiet night and some zzzs will help.

Diet has been pretty decent today fo far;
-MRP
-tbsp flax oil
-3 eggs
-roast beef sub
-protein bar
-?

I'm leaning towards a whole chicken and rice for dinner. Seeing 178 on the scale has renewed my excitement to continue bulking for a bit.

Pi$$ me off! I just called the gym store to see if my calf machine was in and they said it won't be in until end of next week. I was soooooo looking forward to doing calves this weekend. Bummer!

Later,

rookiebldr
02-14-2003, 03:11 PM
Hey, I hope you get better soon and make sure you do get those zzzz's Glad to see that the bulk is going so well. With you at 178 now, you must be pretty solid looking. So keep up the clean bulk.

Mik
02-14-2003, 04:37 PM
Thanks Rookie. I'm feeling good about continuing the bulk for a bit longer. I don't feel any bigger though but my lifts have gone up so I guess it'll happen. Glad to have ya back in Ontario.

Mik
02-15-2003, 01:40 PM
Training Legs

Squats (all sets done narrow stance 2'' apart just below parallel)
135x8, 225x8, 225x8, 225x8, 225x8, 225x8, 225x8, 225x8 drop to 135x20

Today was a light leg day so I decided to focus on volume for squats and see how far I could push it with light weights. All sets were done with 90 sec. rest in between. I was hoping to get 8 sets @ 225 but after the 7th I new it wasn't going to happen so I dropped to 135 and repped out. I almost got stuck at rep 18, stopped for a sec. and pushed two more. I had planned on doing leg curls after that but I kinda saw stars and felt like I was going to pass out so I called it a day.

All in all I would say it was a decent workout. My legs have officially seized up and I think I will be couch bound for the rest of the weekend.;)

Don't feel like updating my diet but it's been bang on. I'm upping my cals a bit over the last few days. Scale this morning said 178.5 w00t! Getting close to my goal.

Later.

rookiebldr
02-15-2003, 02:47 PM
:eek: 7 sets - rapid succession - light day - You are hard core. Looks like you're feeling better there Mik.

Mik
02-16-2003, 07:53 AM
Thanks Rookie! I am still a wee bit stuffed up but I am feeling much better. For the record, I don't recall having leg DOMS this bad in quite awhile. It feels like someone is taking a knife and slicing my quads. Even sitting still they throb. Ah, I love it!!!!!

Frozenmoses
02-16-2003, 12:33 PM
Dear lord, Mik. That's some insane squat volume. You didn't have projectile vomit afterwards? Cuz I woulda' been blowing chunks like crazy.

Mik
02-16-2003, 02:24 PM
No projectile Mo, but almost a recycled whey shake afterwards. I probably woulda blown chunks but I didn't have the strength to hurl :D

kimpy225
02-16-2003, 03:33 PM
hey- your name is my name backwards!!!