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_8_Ball
12-21-2004, 12:27 PM
Elp... you are one strong mofo... how do 1-Arm Triceps Pulldown go? it is basicly a reverse curl with your palm up?

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ElPietro
12-21-2004, 12:31 PM
Thanks man. :)

Yeah, basically on the cable pulley, you have the one hand grip set at the top, as you would for pushdowns. You grip it with your palm facing up, then keeping your elbow to your side and upper arm movement-free, basically pull it down until your arm is straight.

ElPietro
12-21-2004, 05:57 PM
After work lats.

CG Lat Pulldowns:

150x8/180x8/210x8/285x3/255x5/210x8

*Heh, ok so going up to 285 was more than I could probably handle, but the quest for the entire lat stack continues!

Seated Cable Rows:

210x6/210x6

HS High Rows:

230x8/230x6

DB Concentration Curls:

45x6/45x6/45x5

DB Hammer Curls:

40x8/40x8

Rear Delt Cable Raise:

30x8/40x8

**Ha! Take that getfit! :evillaugh

Finished with a fairly intense 15 minutes on the ellyptical. Felt like I had absolutely nothing left in me but kept going anyway. Hardly ate anything all day, skipped lunch. Time for a pork chop.

getfit
12-21-2004, 06:23 PM
what? that's it ? i can do better then that *goes of and rear delts 60 ha*

Relentless
12-22-2004, 05:55 AM
Rear Delt Cable Raise:
30x8/40x8
**Ha! Take that getfit! :evillaugh





what? that's it ? i can do better then that *goes of and rear delts 60 ha*



Jeez, you two. Get a room already. :)

ElPietro
12-22-2004, 11:37 AM
Ugh, had to really force myself to the gym at lunch. Probably barely broke 1,000 calories yesterday, and so far today all I've had is a bagel w/cream cheese.

So I did legs. :)

40 Degree Leg Press:

450x8/630x8/720x8/810x5/900x5/630x8

*Well gave the new one day old leg press a whirl. It seems harder than the previous one, and was backed up by another guy that tried it after me. Maybe just needs to be broken in a bit? Has a secondary peg above the first one, so should be able to fit a lot of weight on it. The only thing that bothers me is the big warning sticker saying max. capacity 1,000 lbs. Bah.

SLDL:

135x8/225x5/315x5/315x5

Leg Extensions:

240x8/270x8


That's it. Couldn't spend too much time there on lunch. I'll finish xmas shopping tonight after work.

ectx
12-22-2004, 01:21 PM
hey, when and where do I mail you asshats your shirts?

ElPietro
12-22-2004, 01:42 PM
Well either wait till mid january when I move, or forget about it and get me a couple beers if we meet up at some point.

Relentless
12-22-2004, 01:47 PM
shirtS?

I thought we had to send them one each, rene?

and who is the other jizzmopper that gets a shirt other than PJ?

ectx
12-22-2004, 01:53 PM
yep, one each=2...which means shirts. I cheated by using M1T so the shirts go to you and petey I guess.

ElPietro
12-22-2004, 02:14 PM
Lol you shouldn't be buying two shirts. There were four of us in this contest, two dropped out/gave up, you cheated but stuck with the cut. So if there is only one winner there should only be one prize. You didn't lose twice so clearly you shouldn't be paying twice.

bill
12-24-2004, 10:57 AM
We need a cut picture Pete. Did you do a before and after?

ElPietro
12-29-2004, 12:02 PM
Bill, I have pictures here in the journal a few pages back. I think it's page 103.

Well, it's good to get back to the gym. Did pretty much nothing all holidays. Other than shovel the driveway once, which sucked since the snowplow made a nice big hill along the edge of my driveway, which then froze. So had to bash it with the shovel to break it into big chunks of heavy ice so I could remove it. Had to do my neighbors half as well since my car is angle parked on their side while they are on holidays.

Diet was horrendous during the break as well. I ate more nanaimo bars than any human should ever come close to eating. Need to get diet on track, and I'll try to setup a more fixed regiment for training once I'm moved and can get to the gym on weekends.

Bought a tv a couple days ago. I was torn on what to get, and still might change my mind since my tv won't come till feb. 2nd. Got a Direct View CRT 30" widescreen toshiba. I came close to buying a 26" lcd, but felt it was too small, then there was a 30" LCD that was price dropped by $1k, but still would cost me triple what I paid for the Direct View. So basically, I can either pay $2k more for something I can hang on the wall but is the same size screen, or keep the direct view and save money, and have better picture quality. Once I'm in there I'll see how much room I actually have, might go up to a 34" or maybe consider rear projection, but will probalby stick to direct view. Soon I'll have HDTV, be able to watch DVDs with progressive input, and have a handy new PVR to record teh pr0n *ahem* I mean sports with. :angel: Oh, I also bought kitchen knives and a kettle, and got a ****ing iron for christmas. Still need a toaster and ironing board. :rolleyes: God damned domestic chores!

Yeah, so bench. Was gonna just do cardio and then bench after work, but my water bottle was frozen, so didn't wanna go 30 minutes or more on cardio without water.

Flat BB Bench:

135x~18/135x10/225x6/245x5/275x3+1/225x5

*****ing weak. I felt like dropping the bar on my neck and ending things right there!

Flat DB Flyes:

50x6/50x6

Skull Crushers:

110x8/110x8

Triceps Pushdowns:

210x8/210x6

1 arm tri pulldowns:

60x5/50x8

Atlantis Shoulder Press:

135x8/180x5/195x4


I then threatened my boss with bodily harm if he had any problems with me doing some cardio after, so went upstairs and did 15 minutes on the ellyptical. So a good 2 hour lunch with travel and shower time.

Need to go downtown tonight to return a stupid coffee table. Only now it will be much earlier, since I'm not working out. Wanted to stop by the club and speak to the head bouncer and inform him I will be working thursdays from now on. Extra cash is always a good thing.

I don't know what happened this morning either. I could have sworn I packed an extra pair of briefs. But alas, I am now forced to go commando the rest of the day. Zipper management will be critical. Thus ends the TMI moment of the day.

Oh yeah, bah humbug!

Focused70
12-29-2004, 12:25 PM
Is ok. Santa luvs you anyway. Just not that way, joto.

Awesome upper bod session. They really do grow them big in Tex....er, Canada.

Finally someone fuzzier than jototick!!! :p

Stash

getfit
12-29-2004, 12:26 PM
nice session there elpietro! what no rear delt raises? oh ya i forgot we'll keep those for me lol! ;)

ElPietro
12-29-2004, 12:35 PM
Rear delts are better trained with all pull muscles n00b! :p

Soba, mocketh me not little one! I am not some wookie like renee, and we all know steers and queers come from texas, but again, i'm not from there either!

getfit
12-29-2004, 12:38 PM
ya ya i do know that pietro! noob bah!

Alex.V
12-29-2004, 01:00 PM
Bought a tv a couple days ago. I was torn on what to get, and still might change my mind since my tv won't come till feb. 2nd. Got a Direct View CRT 30" widescreen toshiba. I came close to buying a 26" lcd, but felt it was too small, then there was a 30" LCD that was price dropped by $1k, but still would cost me triple what I paid for the Direct View. So basically, I can either pay $2k more for something I can hang on the wall but is the same size screen, or keep the direct view and save money, and have better picture quality. Once I'm in there I'll see how much room I actually have, might go up to a 34" or maybe consider rear projection, but will probalby stick to direct view. Soon I'll have HDTV, be able to watch DVDs with progressive input, and have a handy new PVR to record teh pr0n *ahem* I mean sports with. :angel: Oh, I also bought kitchen knives and a kettle, and got a ****ing iron for christmas. Still need a toaster and ironing board. :rolleyes: God damned domestic chores!


Good to see you prioritized your purchases.

ElPietro
12-30-2004, 11:55 AM
Yes, tv first, I could eat with my hands and wear wrinkled clothes forever, as long as there is TV. Not that I actually watch tons of tv, but bleh, I must have my toys.

Lunchtime Lat-ness.

Close Grip Lat Pulldowns:

150x8/180x8/210x6/275x~5/270x~5/240x7/210x8

*The last reps on the heavy sets may not have been 100% complete ROM, but close enough to count it.

DB Rows:

120x8/120x8

Rear Delt Cable Raise:

50x6/50x6

**Meh, felt weak. Maybe I should just fictitiously make up a number from now on, and see how many stupid asshats on this site, who can't critically think, believe me.

Hammerstrength High Row:

230x8/250x6

DB CCs:

50x5/50x5/35x8

Front DB Hammercurls:

40x8/40x8

Finished with a whopping 12 minutes on the ellyptical.

getfit
12-30-2004, 12:09 PM
woooooohoo on 50 rear delt raises that's great pietro!:)

-TIM-
12-30-2004, 01:15 PM
Rear Delt Cable Raise:

50x6/50x6

**Meh, felt weak. Maybe I should just fictitiously make up a number from now on, and see how many stupid asshats on this site, who can't critically think, believe me.

Hammerstrength High Row:

230x8/250x6

Not bad on the Cable Raises. I was just thinking how many kids I see trying to do that kind of weight on rear delt exercises and look like asshats themselves. You hit that one on the money.

Have you ever come across a Hammerstrength Low Row? They're the s**t. Had one at my old gym and I miss it dearly. Back to T-bar rows, but I love those too. I guess they're a little different, but they seem to be close.

bill
12-30-2004, 11:23 PM
Nice results from the cut Pete. Good work, I thought you made up most of your numbers? Now don't fatten watching your new tv.

ericg
01-04-2005, 06:53 AM
How was your NYE petey? Have you withered away?

rookiebldr
01-04-2005, 09:24 AM
I guess he's still recovering.

bill
01-04-2005, 09:49 AM
The new tv! Turn it off Pete. Or @ least watch pumping iron.lol

ElPietro
01-04-2005, 11:56 AM
New Years eve was decent. I wasn't sure if I was just going to stay in or not, but decided to go over to a friends place after my friday workout. I've spent the past 3 or 4 with this group, so it's a nice relatively quiet night of alcohol consumption.

So there was an interesting twist this time though. It was early, maybe 7:30pm, and I was upstairs in the washroom. I hear a few "banging" sounds...I figure it's my buddy hitting the wall, trying to deter me if I'm taking a dump in his washroom. Anyway, I get downstairs and resume drinking. 10 minutes later, the intersection of his street is crawling with cops, and they are putting up yellow police tape everywhere. He then asks me if I heard the noises, which he thought were kids with firecrackers or a car backfiring. Turns out the clothing store at the corner was being robbed, and the cops showed up and shots were fired. I believe one of the suspects were shot dead. So we wander by to grab a pizza slice and observe. Cop told us what I listed above, and that there was still a VERY big gun apparently laying somewhere in the street. They had the whole intersection taped off so nobody could get down my friends street. (not good for a party btw) Cops were still there blocking everything off, (including my car in a pay lot) at 11am in the morning. I had to wait until almost noon to get out of there.

Anyway, my body was killing me at this point, due to the following friday leg workout:

Leg Press:

450x8/450x8/630x8/810x6/900x5/1,000x2/720x8/630x8

*Man, this new leg press is pretty stiff. Everything feels much harder, but whatever, I'd rather it be harder than easier, less plates to worry about on average.

Squats:

135x6/225x6/315x3

SLDL

135x8/225x5/315x5/315x5

Leg Extensions:

255x8/285x8/310x8

**Meh, that's as high as this thing goes.

Cable Crunches: (on heavy pulley)

90x12/105x8/120x8/105x10

Lying Hamstring Curls:

120x8/120x8/105x8

DB Concentration Curls:

40x8/40x8

Triceps Pushdowns:

195x8/210x8/225x8


I was significantly taxed after this session. Did the arm stuff at the end because I wasn't sure if my buddy was getting home early or not, so was basically killing time. In the end he did get home early, so I just hit the Harvey's for a quick burger and then headed over to start drinking.

ElPietro
01-04-2005, 12:00 PM
So after a weekend of sore glutes and quads, I finally get back to the gym today for an afternoon chest session.

BB Bench:

135x8/135x12/225x6/255x5/245x6/225x6

DB Flyes:

45x8/45x8

Triceps Pushdowns:

195x8/210x8/225x6/225x5

1-Arm Triceps Pulldowns:

60x6/60x6/60x5

DB Front Raise:

25x8/25x8/25x8


Finished with 15 minutes of cardio on the ellyptical.

That's it.

Anyone in the GTA looking for a spare tv? I have a 32" Sony Trinitron, it's old, like 10 years old, but picture is still perfect. Asking $200.

getfit
01-04-2005, 12:00 PM
well i guess i can't call that a cute lil' workout;) nice session there elpietro!

getfit
01-04-2005, 12:24 PM
So after a weekend of sore glutes and quads, I finally get back to the gym today for an afternoon chest session.

BB Bench:

135x8/135x12/225x6/255x5/245x6/225x6

DB Flyes:

45x8/45x8

Triceps Pushdowns:

195x8/210x8/225x6/225x5

1-Arm Triceps Pulldowns:

60x6/60x6/60x5

DB Front Raise:

25x8/25x8/25x8


Finished with 15 minutes of cardio on the ellyptical.

That's it.

Anyone in the GTA looking for a spare tv? I have a 32" Sony Trinitron, it's old, like 10 years old, but picture is still perfect. Asking $200.
ha pietro my DB front raises are slightly higher then yours! weak;)

ElPietro
01-04-2005, 12:26 PM
I'll believe it when I see it liar! ;)

getfit
01-04-2005, 12:27 PM
pants on fire!

bill
01-04-2005, 10:45 PM
1000 you suck, nice to see the bench as low as mine ha ha.

ElPietro
01-10-2005, 11:08 AM
Umm...missed posting a couple workouts so I'll post them below.

Today I made it in for some cardio, 25 minutes on the ellyptical. Will do chest tonight.


Prior workouts:

Back:

Close-grip Lat Pulldowns:

150x8/180x6/210x6/270x5/240x5/225x5

DB Rows:

120x8/120x8

HS High Row:

230x8/270x5/230x6

Rear Delt Raise:

30x8/45x6

DB CCs:[b]

50x5/50x5/40x6

[b]DB HCs:

40x6/40x6


Legs:

Leg Press

450x8/450x8/630x8/810x5/900x5/810x5/720x6/630x8

Squats:

135x5/225x5/315x3/335x1/355x1

SLDL:

135x8/225x5/315x3/315x5

Leg Extensions:

255x8/255x8


Ugh, leg press, squats then SLDL really seem to take their toll on me. I think a couple weeks ago I gave myself a stinger. Went to grab something in the car, and banged my head "just so" so that it compressed the neck/spine area, causing a weird flashing pain, that just made it feel stiff/tired for a long time. Kinda went away but then I guess the SLDL aggravated it a bit, and it's bugged me since then. Slowly going away again though.

Only 4 more days till the move.

getfit
01-10-2005, 11:11 AM
weak!

Relentless
01-10-2005, 11:44 AM
nice leg presses

but can you get _15_ reps at 810? Hm? :)



yes I'm jealous of the 1000

TTT
01-10-2005, 11:58 AM
Good work man. I'm impressed by the SL deads and squats.

ElPietro
01-10-2005, 12:00 PM
nice leg presses

but can you get _15_ reps at 810? Hm? :)



yes I'm jealous of the 1000

Come to my gym and try the new leg press they brought in. It's a mother****er!

Thanks triple T.

Getfit, don't try and drag me down to your level just because you are jealous. :)

Relentless
01-10-2005, 01:27 PM
sounds like the new leg press needs to be greased/lubricated along the rails

hm

that sounds a bit rude

but yeah, we should hook up for a workout in the not too distant future; I'm just tied up a lot with work stuff (insane busy this month and going to Houston for a week at the end of the month), home stuff (insane busy helping Sara) and my own projects (film stuff)

ElPietro
01-10-2005, 01:29 PM
So you will be clear in March for a workout then? How bout first weekend in march? There might be a gym in Columbus we can book. Bring the wife!

It's a short drive anyway, so I expect you to be in for this.

Relentless
01-10-2005, 02:34 PM
I will talk to her and sort out what our existing commitments are

we're booking stuff in August already for some events (I'm not saying every weekend between now and then is filled up, but I have at least one weekend booked every month until then)

ElPietro
01-10-2005, 02:35 PM
Bah, so what, you can play D&D 2nd weekend in march instead of the first! :D

ElPietro
01-11-2005, 11:55 AM
Yesterday evening chest workout:

BB Bench:

135x10/135x10/225x8/255x5/245x5/225x6

*Since I'm not really focusing on bench strength at this time, I might focus more on DB Inclines or something instead for a little while.

Flat DB Flyes:

50x8/50x8

Skulls:

110x8/110x8

DB Laterals:

30x8/30x8/30x8

DB Front Raise:

25x8/25x8/25x8

Triceps Cable Pushdown:

210x8/225x8/225x6

1-arm Tri Pulldowns:

60x6/60x6/60x6

Atlantis Shoulder Press:

150x8/180x6/195x4


Finished with 15 minutes on the ellyptical.

getfit
01-11-2005, 11:57 AM
hummmmmmm i see a little strength going on there! still a little weak tho!

ElPietro
01-11-2005, 12:12 PM
Dentist appointment after work, so did lats on lunch.

Close Grip Pulldowns:

150x8/180x8/210x6/275x4.7/240x8/225x7

*Progressed on the 240 set. Meh, full stack is teh challenge, 300 someday.

DB Rows:

120x8/120x8

Rear Delt Cable Raise:

35x8/40x8

DB Concentration Curls:

55x5/55x4/35x8

**Some ****head was using the 50s.

DB Hammer Curls:

35x8/35x8


Finished with 6 minutes on the ellyptical. Was gonna do more, but was really late, and then a co-worker came over and chatted a bit while i was on there so just gave up. Had no energy anyway, after only having grapes and 3 oatmeal raisin cookies for food so far today.

ElPietro
01-11-2005, 12:13 PM
hummmmmmm i see a little strength going on there! still a little weak tho!

You would not know strength if it crept up behind you and bit you on that big 'ole squatters ass of yours! :mad:

Saint Patrick
01-11-2005, 12:44 PM
Nice work on those DB Rows, Pete.

Bruteman
01-11-2005, 04:05 PM
Curls!? You feeling alright big guy? :p

DB rows and pulldowns are looking hugishly(now that's a hell of a word, lol) strong.

TheMachine
01-11-2005, 04:53 PM
Damn dude, you got a strong back!

Isaac Wilkins
01-11-2005, 05:53 PM
Is somebody lifting weights in here?

*looks around*

Nope, I guess all that grunting is just Pete trying to get out of bed.

getfit
01-11-2005, 06:27 PM
You would not know strength if it crept up behind you and bit you on that big 'ole squatters ass of yours! :mad:
:cry: I'M HURT!;)

Adam
01-11-2005, 09:30 PM
lol@borris!

ericg
01-12-2005, 05:26 AM
Is somebody lifting weights in here?

*looks around*

Nope, I guess all that grunting is just Pete trying to get out of bed.

I thought that was him trying to get someone in bed?

dissipate
01-12-2005, 05:26 AM
interesting journal elp :P :hello:

Isaac Wilkins
01-12-2005, 06:16 AM
I thought that was him trying to get someone in bed?

No, that's the sound of begging or the *plink* of a pill dropped gently into a glass of Sex on the Beach.

ericg
01-12-2005, 06:33 AM
No, that's the sound of begging or the *plink* of a pill dropped gently into a glass of Sex on the Beach.

Hopefully when he drops the pill he is sober enough to distinguish the glass of SOTB from her denture cup.

Anthony
01-12-2005, 06:51 AM
Lmfao!

Relentless
01-12-2005, 07:22 AM
No, that's the sound of begging or the *plink* of a pill dropped gently into a glass of Sex on the Beach.

I thought he served up Roofie Coladas. :D

ElPietro
01-12-2005, 07:28 AM
Bitches. :mad:

For the positive comments thanks. :)

DB rows aren't special, they've been the same for about 2 years since that's the highest dbs at my gym. To lazy to do the ez-curl thing. That's the one thing I liked about the other gym in the DBs going to 200.

Borris did you talk to Will about the arnold? I know you mentioned long ago about a plan and you might be able to pick him up.

Oh, and I have a new article for you to write, in your series.

It is entitled, "The Amish Look" By Isaac Wilkins. :D

Shave that scraggly beard you homo!



...and yes, I grunt and thinks crack and pop when I get out of bed in the morning. :(

bill
01-13-2005, 08:53 PM
We may have a conversion to bb here Pete did more than 2 sets for bicep. lol

rookiebldr
01-13-2005, 10:11 PM
Bill, there must have been some tail looking his way.

JustinF
01-14-2005, 04:24 PM
Hey fatty! :hello:

bill
01-14-2005, 11:42 PM
:hump: :hump: :thumbup:
Bill, there must have been some tail looking his way.

Isaac Wilkins
01-15-2005, 06:11 AM
Pfft. You think my beard is teh sexuh.

I haven't talked to him in a little while, but I'll email him today. If I don't hear back from him by the beginning of the week I'll call him. He's probably galavanting with prostitutes again.

ElPietro
01-15-2005, 10:05 PM
Wow, my internet wasn't properly setup, but I did some additional trouble shooting (read: replugged in the modem) and now I'm online. :D

I hate moving, but I guess with no major accidents/incidents I can be happy. Other than the movers I hired forgetting to load any of my clothes that I had packed in bags and left hanging in my closet, and my microwave (read: the only cooking tool I know how to use). Fortunately, I didn't go to the gym last friday, so my gym bag was in a car with a fresh pair of everything.

The "war on boxes" is being waged, and I feel like I am finally winning, as there are many corrugated corpses lying about. 2 more weeks and my ottoman and HD TV will be arriving as well; my desk should come early next week. Place is a tad on the small side, but I think I'll be happy here. Especially now living 1 minute from work and gym.

That is all for now. Life will probably return to normal in a few more days. Err...I hope anyway.

Guido
01-15-2005, 10:49 PM
Congrats on the move. I know it really sucks, which is why I don't plan on doing it again for a while. It will be very cool to live so close to work and gym, though. Trust me, you'll never want to live far away from them again.

getfit
01-16-2005, 02:55 AM
i'm glad things went well with the move pietro!

rookiebldr
01-16-2005, 08:39 AM
Moving sucks, but at least it's done. When's the house warming!

ElPietro
01-17-2005, 06:51 AM
2 weeks or so mebbe i'll start allowing outsiders into my cave.

PizDoff
01-17-2005, 10:09 AM
Are you back in Scarlem big guy?

ElPietro
01-17-2005, 11:27 AM
I think it's technically North York, or Don Mills, or Toronto. And yes.

Went for a quick lunchtime workout. Felt weak and out of it. Barely broke a sweat, so kept it short for lack of enthusiasm.

Bench:

135x8/135x8/225x6/225x6/225x6

DB Flyes:

50x6/50x6/50x5

Triceps Pushdowns:

195x8/210x8/210x8

One Arm Reverse Tri Pulldowns:

60x6/60x6


Finished with 15 minutes on the ellyptical.


Not sure what I'll do for back tomorrow. There's this little part in the middle right hand side of my back that has given me sharp pains at weird times in the past, and it's been aggravated from the move. I might just do a volume workout with lighter weights, or see how it feels.

Tons of little errands and unpacking still to do anyway, so I'll play it by ear.

getfit
01-17-2005, 11:34 AM
moving does take a toll on you! btw session not to bad pietro!:)

ElPietro
01-17-2005, 12:05 PM
Maybe if I were a weak girl I'd agree with you! :mad:

getfit
01-17-2005, 12:06 PM
Maybe if I were a weak girl I'd agree with you! :mad:
SHUDDUP! :whip:

ElPietro
01-28-2005, 11:29 AM
*blows dust off journal*

Well, I've been training somewhat, just missed recording a few workouts. I'll post wednesday's lat session, and today's stuff.

Close Grip Lat Pulldowns:

150x10/180x8/210x6/285x4/240x8/225x7

HS Front Lat Pulldowns:

230x8/270x5

*I thought this was the high row, but going to their website, I think it's the front lat pulldown machine instead.

DB Concentration Curls:

50x5/50x5(4 on left)/40x6

Rear Delt Cable Raise:

35x8/40x8

Did like 10 minutes or something like that on the ellyptical afterwards. Was lunch so didn't have much time.

ElPietro
01-28-2005, 11:32 AM
Today I made it for some lunchtime work. I've finally decided to start working on sumo form. I haven't deadlifted in probably at least 2 months, and haven't squatted in probably a month and a half or more as well. So all the good muscles are somewhat inflexible and weak.

I didn't record the sets, but basically just sorta toyed around up to 3 plates, then kept adding 20 lbs for singles until I hit 395, then added a couple 5s for one rep of 405. Felt kinda weird as always. I think once the hips get some mobility back it should be easier. I'm hoping that I like these, otherwise it's back to the drawing board on deadlifts. If I don't hit 600 this year I might just kill myself.

Did a couple sets of cable crunches, but not a proper ab workout.

I don't think I broke a sweat during this session.

getfit
01-28-2005, 11:32 AM
bah! that's it!

TTT
01-28-2005, 01:46 PM
Still, that was a pretty good workout man. Those are some heavy deads, even for sumo.

ElPietro
01-28-2005, 01:53 PM
Well, my conventional max is in the mid-500s, so just trying to get used to the new form. Probably woulda been better had I actually been deadlifting the past little while though.

Thanks. :)

ectx
01-28-2005, 02:22 PM
Today I made it for some lunchtime work. I've finally decided to start working on sumo form.

So does that mean you're eating more and wearing adult diapers, el gordo?
:p

ElPietro
01-28-2005, 02:29 PM
Keep your fantasies out of my journal puto! tuttut

getfit
01-28-2005, 02:29 PM
So does that mean you're eating more and wearing adult diapers, el gordo?
:p
LMAO HAHAHA! ;)

PizDoff
01-28-2005, 04:07 PM
We getting together tomorrow morn big dude?
HOW COME NO ONE TOLD ME?!!??!

*Cry*

bill
01-28-2005, 04:13 PM
Pete, whats your goal total for a meet if you do one?

ElPietro
01-28-2005, 04:34 PM
Meh, I'm not sure. The problem is that I don't train with equipment, and this is what would help me progress more. If I had to give out a number I'd have to say somewhere between 1400 and 1500 lbs.

ElPietro
01-28-2005, 04:36 PM
We getting together tomorrow morn big dude?
HOW COME NO ONE TOLD ME?!!??!

*Cry*

Whatchu talkin' 'bout Willis?

I'm meeting some dudes on sunday if that's what you mean, but that ain't tomorrow.

PizDoff
01-29-2005, 06:06 AM
Bah, Mitch is rather poor at explaining things. It is Sunday and unfortunately I will have left town by then, another time then.

Bruteman
01-30-2005, 12:19 AM
Pete, whats your goal total for a meet if you do one?
Pete, do a meet?! But that would like, require him to lift with some direction and focus. Can't be havin' that now can we? :D

Seriously, real nice job on the sumo's big man.

Canadian Crippler
01-30-2005, 01:41 PM
Bah, Mitch is rather poor at explaining things. It is Sunday and unfortunately I will have left town by then, another time then.^ He means he doesn't know how to read the word "Sunday" even when I linked him to the thread. :p.

Focused70
01-30-2005, 04:46 PM
Keep your fantasies out of my journal puto! tuttut

Rene didn't tell me about his fantasies! :eek: :angel:

Stash

ElPietro
01-31-2005, 07:34 AM
Met up with some doodz sunday morning. Jeff, Crippler, Nito, and a few guys from finertia, another sorta toronto based forum.

Didn't work out much, did some light bench stuff, that feels heavy in my currently ultra weak state, and some REALLY light deadlift stuff, just because the bar was there and it had a bit of weight on it. Did a bit of shoulder work, Standing Millies, and a few sets of DB stuff.

I think the plan for now, is to start training my shoulders again, and sorta disregard flat bench for a while. I'll just strengthen components for now, working on triceps and shoulder strength, go with incline DBs instead of flat BB for now. I might incorporate a speed day, not sure, still trying to see if I will want to train weekends or not now that I'm right by the gym. Will continue working on sumo dead form, might do this twice a week for a while, but I think Sumos fatigue the lats quite a bit, so might hinder back day. Might do Sumos on lat day, and then again on leg day if I can space them out a bit. I'll need to work on hip flexibility to aid this change in form as well.

My goal will be to get to my conventional max on Sumos in the next 4-6 weeks. If I can do that, then maybe 600 will be doable this year. If I want a 1500 lb total it'll have to be done by the summer though. If sumos don't help then I'll have to figure something else out, or get really good at squatting and benching.

getfit
01-31-2005, 08:49 AM
bah!

the end ;)

ElPietro
02-01-2005, 12:01 PM
Was gonna do legs today, was a bit sore from the light conventionals I did on sunday. I guess when you do 315 with a bit of speed it still stresses you a bit.

Anyway, I decided to deadlift yet again. So third time in a week. :cool:

Just working on Sumos still, taking it slow. Did:

135x5/225x5/315x3/405x1/435x1/445x1

*Was ok with this. Only second session doing em. Doesn't really feel light though. But whatever, now I'm only 100lbs off conventional max, so I'll just keep adding a bit of weight each session and see how it goes.

Finished with 20 minutes on the bike.

getfit
02-01-2005, 12:06 PM
Was gonna do legs today, was a bit sore from the light conventionals I did on sunday. I guess when you do 315 with a bit of speed it still stresses you a bit.

Anyway, I decided to deadlift yet again. So third time in a week. :cool:

Just working on Sumos still, taking it slow. Did:

135x5/225x5/315x3/405x1/435x1/445x1

*Was ok with this. Only second session doing em. Doesn't really feel light though. But whatever, now I'm only 100lbs off conventional max, so I'll just keep adding a bit of weight each session and see how it goes.

Finished with 20 minutes on the bike.

SUMO? :scratch: is that like those big guys with the diapers on?

ElPietro
02-01-2005, 12:07 PM
I wouldn't expect you to understand them. Only serious trainees can grasp these advanced lifting concepts. :)

Relentless
02-01-2005, 12:11 PM
i would suspect you will ultimately be better off with conventionals vs sumos in terms of your ability to pull

your gorilla-like body shape seems well suited to conventionals. ;)

ElPietro
02-01-2005, 12:15 PM
Well, other guys with similar height and build can pull much more on sumos, so I'm not sure what logic you are basing this on foo.

Relentless
02-01-2005, 12:17 PM
I thought you had longish arms and torso relative to your legs (hence the gorilla comment)

I had always thought sumos were better for people with longer legs

ElPietro
02-01-2005, 02:59 PM
Mmm...I'm not sure on that. I think conventional is yes, better for longer arms relatively speaking. I'm not sure if my arms are average or slightly more for length. I know I don't have stubby arms, otherwise my bench might actually be good.

All I know is that my deadlift hasn't progressed much at all, so given that I've had back problems, perhaps switching to sumo, which will alleviate some strain on the lower back, and displace it through the legs/hips/upper back might help. Call it an experiment if you will. Who knows, even if I can't get past 550 on sumos, maybe it'll have a positive effect on conventionals. If not, I'll just stop deadlifting, focus on the other two lifts, and then bring deadlifts back in a month to 6 weeks before a planned competition.

After that, depending on how I do, I'll either quit or continue. We'll see.

Isaac Wilkins
02-01-2005, 03:14 PM
Pfft. Sumo deads. I hope that you're embarassed.

ericg
02-02-2005, 05:58 AM
I would think someone with longer arms would benefit sumos just as much as conventional deads.

Nice work Petey, good luck on the quest to 600.

Adam
02-02-2005, 07:29 AM
Sumo should do your back good.
If you decide to drop deads from your lifting I would advise starting them ~8weeks before a planned meet, just do like 50-60%1RM for like 6-10 singles to get your form back.

Paul Stagg
02-02-2005, 09:11 AM
Great biceps session, bro!

rookiebldr
02-02-2005, 09:17 AM
Pfft. Sumo deads. I hope that you're embarassed.

:withstupi

Chubrock
02-02-2005, 10:50 AM
Come on now Petey, I know I just didn't see you say that you might quit depending on how the meet results go. Tell me I read that wrong man. Since I'm just suuureee your bench is so weak, *note sarcasm* what are you pushin' up as of late??

ElPietro
02-07-2005, 11:42 AM
Eric/Adam: I hope so. Anyway, I'm just thinking eliminating a bit of strain on an injured part might allow me to go further with this lift.

Paul: :cool::cool:

Rook: Next time we train together, leave your max single weight on so I can get in some warmup damnit! You unloaded the bar before I could get some reps in last time! :swear: :p

Chubby: I dunno, I'll see. I haven't max pressed in a while, and won't be anytime soon since I'm moving away from flat bench for a bit. Most I've put up is 325, or fingertips with 335. I keep tweaking my back with my very slight arch, so probably need to build up to it better. With a shirt I'm thinking with a month or so training I could get close to 400. I put up 341 like air at my one and only meet, but it was my third attempt so no going higher.


Meh, I trained thursday, so I'm posting my thursday workout. I also kept skipping legs, friday/saturday/sunday, so went in at lunch today, but again sorta skipped them in favour of deadlifts. That'll follow thursday's workout.


Thursday Chest:

BB Bench:

135x10/135x8/225x6

*Just to warmup.

DB Incline Bench:

60x8/75x8/90x6/75x8

**Not bad. Haven't done these regularly in a long time, so didn't think I'd go high my first time, but 90s didn't feel too bad.

DB Flyes:

50x6/50x6/50x6/50x6

Standing BB Military Press:

bar x10/135x6/115x8?

**I don't remember dropping the weight here, but my journal is a bit messed where I wrote this so no clue. All I know is these feel heavy and pathetic.

Db laterals:

30x8/35x6/30x8

DB Front Raise:

25x8/25x8/25x8

Triceps Pushdowns:

210x8/225x8/235x8/235x8

***Meh, that maxes out the stack with the two drop down 5lb weights.

1 arm tri pulldowns:

60x8/65x7/65x7


I might have done some cardio afterwards, but don't remember.




This afternoons Deadlift day:

dEaDlIfTs!:

135x3 This does nothing for me.
225x5 Conventional.
225x3 Sumo.
315x3 Sumo.
405x3 Sumo.
455x1 Sumo. Didn't feel bad. No slow points.
495x1 Sumo. Felt kinda heavy, kicked the crap outta me a bit.
515x1 Sumo. 70lb Sumo Pr. It put up a decent fight though. Kinda slow, and I was a bit disappointed that it was as such. But held it locked for a bit because I'm cool.

*Well, I am surely hoping that it came up slow due to not deadlifting heavy in a long time, combined with the new form. I'll start going up slowly if I can. And perhaps doing a few more rep sets before and after. Feels like if I can get it moving I can lock it out. I'll have to keep my Chucks in the car from now on, I hate DLing in cross trainers. Used chalk and belt for the final two reps.

DB Shrugs:

110x8/110x8

**Pause at the top with these. Long pause on the first set. Didn't feel like crouching down to get the 120s.

Cable Crunches: (on heavy pulley)

90x8/105x8/120x8/120x8

SUPERSET WITH:

DB Sidebends:

65x8/75x8


If I'm gonna start going heavy again on deads, I guess teh abs need some love. Feels good to cast off the training wheels somewhat. Still lower than my overall max, but there is hope.

That's it.

ericg
02-07-2005, 11:48 AM
Nice lifting. Sumos are progressing nicely!

I am dissapointed that you were to lazy to crouch down and get the heavier DBs. I mean you just DLd over 2x that. wuss

the one
02-07-2005, 11:49 AM
wow very nice. can you honeslty feel the difference b/t shoes? i dont think i could

ericg
02-07-2005, 11:51 AM
I know when i DLd once without chucks my ankle felt like it wanted to roll more and im not DLd near as much as peirre.

getfit
02-07-2005, 11:53 AM
pfffffffft!




the end!;)

ElPietro
02-07-2005, 11:55 AM
wow very nice. can you honeslty feel the difference b/t shoes? i dont think i could

I'm not sure on that. But with sumos I feel like I might be able to lean back into the lift a bit more, but would rather not do that with an air filled sole. With a solid rubber sole I'd probably feel a bit better about trying something like that.

Oh, and thanks guys. :)

Focused70
02-07-2005, 11:56 AM
*sits in the peanut gallery*

*takes notes*

:)

Stash

bill
02-07-2005, 04:12 PM
Nice deads

Pup
02-07-2005, 06:59 PM
Nice pulling Pete.

Teh BDK
02-07-2005, 11:57 PM
Balls.



That is all.














:spam:

lilmase1153
02-08-2005, 04:37 AM
jesus elp that is some serious ass DLing... and i just saw some pics of you when you mitch and jeff w/o and you are huge my friend.. i think its time for me to go up north and learn how to DL for real..

Relentless
02-08-2005, 06:54 AM
if you forget your Chucks, try deadlifting barefoot/in sock feet
not recommended unless the whole floor is rubberized as it is in my ****-ass yuppie puke gym, but I have been doing DLs like this recently and find it works well; you feel very much aware of your stance on the floor and quite stable/secure

the one
02-08-2005, 10:02 AM
EL im sure you have pics somewhere in this 115 page journal but i dont even know where to start looking. any chacne of postin again??

Teh BDK
02-08-2005, 11:04 AM
Just use the search and enter 'ElPietro Taint Pix' and you'll get like 730 results.

PizDoff
02-08-2005, 11:10 AM
*Smiles and shakes head*

Focused70
02-08-2005, 12:12 PM
Petey's avatar is all you really need. :)

Stash

ElPietro
02-08-2005, 12:24 PM
Cal, I thought of that when I went in, but decided to keep the shoes on. I'd prefer not decreasing the ROM too much, and rather keep all my lifts as close to competition legal as possible. I guess in my head I still don't count this as super-duper heavy weight, since I can conventional more, but meh. I'll remember to put my chucks in the car this week.

Lower back is pretty sore today, but I think all is good. Nothing 600mg of ibuprofen a couple times a day can't fix. :p

Thanks for those that posted something nice, FU to those that didn't. :D

the one: most recent pics which are still brutal can be discovered on page 105 of this thread. I think I have a couple before shots, and then some after shots as well. Not sure if you can tell the difference between them though. :p I'll preface my pics by saying I ain't no bodybuilder, and I am not a dieter either. Read the post there I guess, I probably have more and better excuses in there. :D

Relentless
02-08-2005, 01:46 PM
it's not competition legal to DL with bare/sock feet?

ElPietro
02-08-2005, 01:54 PM
No, some form of "athletic footwear" must be worn at all times under IPF regulations.

DoUgL@S
02-08-2005, 02:20 PM
Flippers are "some form of athletic footwear." ;)

On a serious note your sumos are impressive, and after looking at the pics nice progress :thumbup: I always pictured you looking like a heavyweight powerlifter until I saw what you weighed.

ElPietro
02-10-2005, 10:50 AM
Thanks doug!


Had to run to the gym for a quick workout. 1pm meetings suxxors.

DB Incline Press:

65x8/75x8/95x6/85x6

*Still just easing into these.

DB Flyes:

50x6/50x6/50x6

Standing BB Military Press:

bar x10/135x5/135x5

**Bah!

DB Laterals:

30x8/30x8/30x8

DB Front Raise:

25x8/25x8/25x8

Triceps Pushdowns:

210x8/225x8/225x8

1 arm reverse grip tri pulls:

60x8/60x7


That's it.

ectx
02-10-2005, 11:30 AM
Hey skinny, you got our itinerary set yet?

ElPietro
02-10-2005, 12:47 PM
Maybe if some of you asshats actually responded to my questions, instead of asking, "is it done yet?" I'd have something to work with!

ectx
02-10-2005, 12:59 PM
*looks for questions*

...err, perhaps I'd reply if I had them. dumbass

ElPietro
02-10-2005, 12:59 PM
Dear dumbass, read the ****ing thread. I posted asking what people wanted to do much earlier, and now have re-iterated some things.

ectx
02-10-2005, 01:04 PM
Dear dumbass supreme,
I will not sort through 10K posts in a thread to find you saying "hey guys, wanna do something fun when we're up there?". Nope. If you want an answer, ask directly. If you're looking for activities we need to outline the schedule for the show and perhaps plan going out for drinks and steak.

sincerely,

your ruler.

ElPietro
02-10-2005, 01:07 PM
To whom may be concerned with deportation,

The thread is only 10 pages, my post was on page 9, an entire page back. In fact, you posted on the exact same page THAT day! So feel free to re-read, or simply respond to my latest post, since responding individually to like 15+ people is not something I have time for right now.

Warmest Regards,

Your friendly neighbourhood Immigration Officer

ectx
02-10-2005, 01:09 PM
LA MIGRA!

*hides*


jerk

Relentless
02-10-2005, 01:09 PM
awww

you two bicker like an old married couple

it's a shame I'll miss seeing you in action next month at the show

Hatred
02-10-2005, 01:56 PM
Great.
I'll be there to witness it all.
Nice deads foo'

Pup
02-10-2005, 02:36 PM
To whom may be concerned with deportation,

The thread is only 10 pages, my post was on page 9, an entire page back. In fact, you posted on the exact same page THAT day! So feel free to re-read, or simply respond to my latest post, since responding individually to like 15+ people is not something I have time for right now.

Warmest Regards,

Your friendly neighbourhood Immigration Officer

That is pure ****ing gold.

bill
02-10-2005, 05:59 PM
Your lucky going to the Arnooooold!

Hatred
02-10-2005, 06:49 PM
There's no "u" in Neighbor.

are you foreign or something??!!
Lemme guess next you will be infecting "color" and "endeavor" with useless "u's"!

Pup
02-10-2005, 07:02 PM
There's no "u" in Neighbor.

are you foreign or something??!!
Lemme guess next you will be infecting "color" and "endeavor" with useless "u's"!

*snicker*

don't forget Poseur.

ElPietro
02-11-2005, 12:03 PM
The "u" is the proper spelling of the words, such as colour, endeavour, humour, it's you dumb yanks, that feel the need to **** things up and have your own spelling. Much like the imperial system. One day you'll all learn...err...probably not.

Did some mother****ing lat work at lunch today.

Close Grip Lat Pulldowns:

150x8/180x8/210x6/270x4/255x5/225x6

*Meh, it's been a while since I trained back, and pulldowns suffered a bit.

BB Rows:

bar x10/135x8/135x8/225x4/225x3/175x6/175x6

**Ok, this is the first time I've done these in any workout. I tried maybe one set when I was in Maine a few months ago to see how to do them, but otherwise never done em before. I have no clue what weight I should be using. I'm sure I'll progress as I get used to it. The 2 plate sets weren't full ROM in my opinion, so went down in weight. 175 felt pretty cake though. Wonder how much heavy pulldowns impact the amount I can do up the rows.

DB CCs:

50x5/35x6/35x6

Read Delt Cbl Raise:

35x8/45x8/45x6

DB Shrugs:

110x8/110x8/110x8


Finished with 15 minutes on the ellyptical. Haven't done much cardio at all the past month, so trying to get rid of some of the bloat. Too much standing water right now.

That's all for now ****ers!

Hatred
02-11-2005, 12:35 PM
Standing water? Trying to get pretty for T3h Arnold?

Hatred
02-11-2005, 12:36 PM
ellyptical=elliptical, ground beef for brains.

getfit
02-11-2005, 01:43 PM
nice rowing elp! can you teach me on them rear delt raises need to learn! ;)

Saint Patrick
02-11-2005, 02:28 PM
Read Delt Cbl Raise:

35x8/45x8/45x6

I can just picture Pete lifting with one hand and holding a book w/ the other.

ElPietro
02-12-2005, 12:14 PM
Well this weekend is "painting" weekend. Was a bitch, had to do tons of measuring and installing of multiple ikea lack shelving, then remove it all to measure out a square on the wall to paint, then tape it. So far so good, put two coats of tinted primer and will get going on the actual paint in a couple hours. Too lazy to paint the wall I had planned, maybe later, or never.

Made it in for a short and sweet leg session. For the past 3 or 4 weeks everytime I've gone in for legs I've ended up skipping it in favour of deads, so for once I stopped myself from deadlifting.

DB Lunges:

20x8/30x8/35x8/40x8

*Tried these once before for exactly one set, otherwise these are brand new to me. Didn't feel too bad, but winded me pretty good. Not sure what is respectable weight, but I'll hopefully keep these in for a bit and get there. Too lazy these days to load up the leg press, and I think these will hit the hip flexors a bit more, and help with the sumos.

SLDL:

135x8/225x6/315x5/315x5

Leg Extensions:

225x8/255x8/270x6

Calf Raise:

misc. x6-8/390x8/390x8

**First set I kept adjusting the weight since it was too light. Finally got to 390 which is the stack, so couldn't go higher. Usually I never train calves, but had a bit of time still. Figure I'll give em some love a couple times a year at least.


Finished with 10 whole minutes on the elliptical and that's all she wrote.

getfit
02-12-2005, 01:32 PM
wooohooooo pietro! DB lunges-calf raises! nice! ;)

bill
02-12-2005, 04:22 PM
Skipped deads, but did sld for 315x2sets of 5 aye. Your a junky admit it. lol

Maki Riddington
02-12-2005, 06:06 PM
Not sure what is respectable weight, but I'll hopefully keep these in for a bit and get there.

60-70 pounds imo would be decent. That is, walking DB lunges. Not to be cheeky or anything.:)

PizDoff
02-12-2005, 10:06 PM
ellyptical=elliptical, ground beef for brains.

Mmmmmm, brains!

*Lurch!*

JustinF
02-13-2005, 01:25 PM
Nice work, Pete. Painting = teh suX0rz!

ElPietro
02-14-2005, 07:04 AM
60-70 pounds imo would be decent. That is, walking DB lunges. Not to be cheeky or anything.:)

I don't understand the fixation with walking lunges. In my opinion they are easier. Not easier to perform necessarily, but easier on the muscle. To me staying in one spot is much harder on the quadriceps. First walking lunges, you have a constant forward momentum, and second, you are pushing off sorta with both feet. Standing in place, you drive forward with one leg only, till knee touches floor, but from this position you have to get a very good leg drive from the one forward leg only to get back into the beginning position. Maybe walking lunges are tougher as far as keeping balance, but I go to the gym to train muscles not balance. I could be wrong, but in a few quick tries at home without weight it seems that I'm correct. Also, had someone else try and confirm what I think.

So...what's the guff with walking lunges? Just tryin to be different? :p

ericg
02-14-2005, 09:01 AM
Nice leg work pete. SLDLs are strong :thumbup:

How did you like the BB rows compared to DBs?

ElPietro
02-14-2005, 09:10 AM
I dunno, I think I won't be able to decide on that till I've gotten used to them, and am dialed in on what weight I should be using etc. It's nice and simple to setup, so I think I'll stick with it. Maybe bump them up to first exercise for a bit even.

ElPietro
02-14-2005, 11:28 AM
Lunchtime chest schtuff.

DB Incline Press:

65x8/85x6/100x5/95x5/75x8

DB Flyes:

50x6/50x7/50x6

Skulls:

110x8/110x8

Triceps Pushdowns:

215x8/225x8

1 Arm Reverse Grip Tri Pulldowns:

60x6/60x6

DB Laterals:

35x6/35x6/30x6

DB Front Raise:

25x8/25x8/30x8

Didn't do any standing Millies since my back is still somewhat achy from SLDLs on Saturday.

getfit
02-14-2005, 01:41 PM
it looks like you're getting a little stronger there elp! or maybe my vision blurred while reading your session ;)

ElPietro
02-14-2005, 01:59 PM
Just getting back to old levels on exercises I haven't done in a while.

lilmase1153
02-14-2005, 02:17 PM
damn elp inclines and flyes are lookin strong man.. nice w/o

Maki Riddington
02-14-2005, 03:22 PM
I'm the opposite. Static lunges are easier for me. Walking lunges if done properly, (driving from the heels and taking long steps) can be a great way to really hit the posterior chain.

ElPietro
02-17-2005, 08:15 AM
Went in for a back workout yesterday evening...

Deadlifts:

135x5
225x5
315x3
405x2
495x1
535x0 **** I was pissed. I kicked the bar and now have a welt on my shin.
535x0 I rested for about 40 seconds, and gave it another try. Apparently, anger, hate and self-loathing is not enough to add 40 lbs to my deadlift. I got this a bit higher than the first though, upper shin at best.
495x1
495x1

*Well ****. I don't know what to make of this. If I can't even hit numbers below my conventional max, then the outlook isn't good for sumos being the answer to my lack of progression. I'll giv'er a few more tries before I abandon it.

BB Rows:

135x8/185x5/205x5

**Back was on fire, so these weren't exactly comfortable for me, so stopped early.

CG Lat Pulldowns:

180x8/210x6/240x5

DB Rows:

100x8/100x8

***Didn't plan on doing these, but the 100 was there, and I was pissed, so figured I'd punish myself a little, not that these are actually heavy or anything.

DB Conc. Curls:

50x5/50x5/35x8

DB Hammer Curls:

35x8/35x8/35x8

Rear Delt Cable Raise:

45x8/45x6/45x6


Finished with 15 minutes on the elliptical. Today, my back aches like a whore.

getfit
02-17-2005, 08:22 AM
LOOKS GOOD TOO ME PIETRO! besides you feel ouchies ;)

lilmase1153
02-17-2005, 09:20 AM
sorry to hear about that miss on 535 elp.. so i take it you are doing those sumo style. but i thought sumos were supposed to be stronger than a conventional due to shorter ROM or am i wrong?

none the less you still have a good w/o and your back will thank you for the next few days...

Bruteman
02-17-2005, 11:51 AM
I can't remember for sure, but don't you have a fairly strong squat? If so i would think conventional deads would be your stronger lift. Don't sumo's use a lot more low back and less leg drive?

Good session there. You should give the sumo's a few more tries for sure. You've only been doing them a little while. I'd say your body's still trying to "learn" the move. I bet it starts to shoot up real soon.

ElPietro
02-17-2005, 11:54 AM
Sumo's are a shorter ROM, but depending on body type are more fitted for some rather than others.

Brute, actually, you have it backwards. Sumo is less lower back, and more leg drive. Sumos your upper body remains more erect at the beginning of the lift, and it's more leg drive that does the work.

I'll see what can be done. My deadlift has gone up maybe 10 lbs in the past year, not that I've continuously trained it during that time, and also had an injury, and also haven't done any partial ROM specific stuff either.

Bruteman
02-17-2005, 12:04 PM
Didn't know that. Thanks. :)

lilmase1153
02-17-2005, 12:41 PM
good stuff elp thanks for the info..

oh yeah it must be said one more time your a strong mother****er :hello:

Hatred
02-17-2005, 03:01 PM
I am pretty sure that brusing your shin won't help your deadlift...quite the opposite in fact.

ElPietro
02-22-2005, 02:15 PM
Didn't get a chance to post this previous chest workout. Going by memory, as I didn't have my journal with me. Nothing special anyway.

DB Incline Bench:

65x8/85x6/100x5/95x6/75x8

Flat DB Flyes:

50x6/50x6/50x6

Standing BB Military Press:

bar x8/115x8/135x5

DB Laterals:

35x6/35x6/30x8

DB Front Raise:

25x8/25x8/25x8

Skulls:

110x8/110x6

1 arm reverse grip tri pulls:

60x8/65x6/65x5



That's it. Just getting used to training shoulders regularly again. I'm sure incline DBs hinder my ability to get anywhere on standing millies, but I used to find 135 to be simple but seems like is continuously giving me trouble now. Oh well, I'm actually noticing some decent gains in shoulder mass, so that's good. Especially since diet has been **** for a long time. At least as far as protein intake. Probably averaging under 100 gms per day these days unless I manage to focus on it. If I can get 200-250 gms per day, I've always been able to create good change in a short timeframe. I just need to actually do that.

PowerManDL
02-22-2005, 02:29 PM
Your faggery never ceases to astound me.

Hatred
02-22-2005, 02:31 PM
Yes you had better make some changes in a very short time. Ahnuld is only 10 days away.

ElPietro
02-22-2005, 02:32 PM
Your search and yearning for faggery never cease to astound me.

Bitch.

ElPietro
02-22-2005, 02:33 PM
Lol, not worried about the arnold. I'll probably feel like I got transplanted into a powerpuff girl episode with you bitches bein around! :p

getfit
02-22-2005, 05:19 PM
Didn't get a chance to post this previous chest workout. Going by memory, as I didn't have my journal with me. Nothing special anyway.

DB Incline Bench:

65x8/85x6/100x5/95x6/75x8

Flat DB Flyes:

50x6/50x6/50x6

Standing BB Military Press:

bar x8/115x8/135x5

DB Laterals:

35x6/35x6/30x8

DB Front Raise:

25x8/25x8/25x8

Skulls:

110x8/110x6

1 arm reverse grip tri pulls:

60x8/65x6/65x5



That's it. Just getting used to training shoulders regularly again. I'm sure incline DBs hinder my ability to get anywhere on standing millies, but I used to find 135 to be simple but seems like is continuously giving me trouble now. Oh well, I'm actually noticing some decent gains in shoulder mass, so that's good. Especially since diet has been **** for a long time. At least as far as protein intake. Probably averaging under 100 gms per day these days unless I manage to focus on it. If I can get 200-250 gms per day, I've always been able to create good change in a short timeframe. I just need to actually do that.

:clap: ;)

bill
02-22-2005, 09:08 PM
Good luck with the sumo's, maybe you just need to take it slow. I tried them and really hurt my back, so back to convential now.

rookiebldr
02-22-2005, 10:00 PM
I am pretty sure that brusing your shin won't help your deadlift...quite the opposite in fact.

lol but it does make you look hardcore.

getfit
02-23-2005, 02:55 AM
lol but it does make you look hardcore.
hehehe ;)

rookiebldr
02-23-2005, 07:20 AM
I knew you'd agree Getfit. Looks like my boy, Petey.

getfit
02-23-2005, 10:31 AM
I knew you'd agree Getfit. Looks like my boy, Petey.
:nod: :drooling: ;) had to add that!

-TIM-
02-23-2005, 10:39 AM
Your search and yearning for faggery never cease to astound me.

Bitch.
ROTF...Nice guys :D

Strong looking workout El. Very impressive on the Standing Military and Incline DB Presses. Top notch :thumbup:

Focused70
02-23-2005, 10:43 AM
http://img212.exs.cx/img212/2104/popcorn7my.jpg

:)

Stash

ElPietro
02-23-2005, 11:14 AM
mmmm...popcorn...

It looks kinda dry though, should be drowned in at least one half gallon of melted butter.

Thanks peeps.

Relentless
02-23-2005, 01:14 PM
:nod: :drooling: ;) had to add that!

what, no Mr. Humpy?

getfit
02-23-2005, 01:19 PM
what, no Mr. Humpy?
oooops how can i forget that! shame on me ;) :hump:

Relentless
02-23-2005, 03:25 PM
I am pretty sure that brusing your shin won't help your deadlift...quite the opposite in fact.

Dead Treads(tm) are pimp.

Lifting less just because your shins are bleeding? Not pimp -- gimp.

getfit
02-24-2005, 11:24 AM
oooops how can i forget that! shame on me ;) :hump:
post a workout already hehehehe! ;)

ElPietro
02-24-2005, 11:27 AM
I skipped lunchtime cardio, have a back workout from yesterday to post, but journal is in car. I'll go get it in a bit and post some futility for j00s all!

ElPietro
02-24-2005, 12:17 PM
Ok, got my journal from teh car.

Yesterday's back stuff:

BB Rows:

135x8/185x6/205x5/225x5/245x3.75/185x8

*Felt stronger. Didn't quite get the 4th rep of 245 up to full contraction, so I don't count it as a full rep. I'm honest like that. :)

CG Lat Pulldowns:

180x8/210x6/270x4/240x5

DB Rows:

120x8/120x8

**Final two reps on the first set I paused at the top, holding the weight there for a couple seconds.

DB CCs:

50x5/40x6/40x6

DB HCs:

40x8/40x8

***Used 35s last time, because it kept twinging that weird spot in my back, went up to the 40s and didn't feel that twinge, maybe it's gone away.

Bent-over Rear Delt Cable Raise:

105x8 Oops, I mean...45x8/50x 5 or 6/45x6 :hello:

BB Shrugs:

225x8/315x5/315x8/225x10

****Man, haven't done these in a while, but grip endurance really seems to suck. 3 plates feel like what 4 plates used to. I guess I'll have to build up to it a bit. Grip was killing at that point anyway after all the pulling movements. Plus fresh raised calouses being crushed against the bar for prolonged periods suxxorz.

Maki Riddington
02-24-2005, 12:24 PM
270 on close grip lat pulldowns? You're not a human!!!!!!

ElPietro
02-24-2005, 12:27 PM
Lol, I had a goal of trying to get the stack, but now I've sorta postponed that for this BB row goodness. I think I did 4 reps with 275 or 280 once though. 15lbs per stack, and it goes to 300, with those two 5 lb weights that drop down.

One day...it will be mine...OH YES...it will be mine!

Oh, and it's tough because I"m a ****ing form nut on some things. So I see some ******s that see me starting out, and they set the other one to my warmup weight, and throw their backs into it and barely come down at all. I am almost seated vertical, with no sway, and just pull down till the handle pretty much touches the upper chest.

getfit
02-24-2005, 12:32 PM
Ok, got my journal from teh car.

Yesterday's back stuff:

BB Rows:

135x8/185x6/205x5/225x5/245x3.75/185x8

*Felt stronger. Didn't quite get the 4th rep of 245 up to full contraction, so I don't count it as a full rep. I'm honest like that. :)

CG Lat Pulldowns:

180x8/210x6/270x4/240x5

DB Rows:

120x8/120x8

**Final two reps on the first set I paused at the top, holding the weight there for a couple seconds.

DB CCs:

50x5/40x6/40x6

DB HCs:

40x8/40x8

***Used 35s last time, because it kept twinging that weird spot in my back, went up to the 40s and didn't feel that twinge, maybe it's gone away.

Bent-over Rear Delt Cable Raise:

105x8 Oops, I mean...45x8/50x 5 or 6/45x6 :hello:

BB Shrugs:

225x8/315x5/315x8/225x10

****Man, haven't done these in a while, but grip endurance really seems to suck. 3 plates feel like what 4 plates used to. I guess I'll have to build up to it a bit. Grip was killing at that point anyway after all the pulling movements. Plus fresh raised calouses being crushed against the bar for prolonged periods suxxorz.

:eek: :clap: :strong:

Focused70
02-25-2005, 12:40 PM
Sounds like Petey had his day. heh.

Stash

ElPietro
02-25-2005, 01:01 PM
Meh, do not train legs after a bit of a layoff, and do so with under 400 calories in your system. :(

Leg Press:

5pps x8/7pps x8/8pps x8/9pps x5/10pps x2

*This is why you don't layoff legs for a month and a bit. :mad: After 2 reps I felt naseous and saw sparklies, so stopped before I embarassed myself further.

DB Lunges:

BWx5/40x6/55x5

**These were flat out killing me after the leg press.

Lying Hamstring Curls:

105x8/120x8/120x8

Leg Extensions:

255x8/285x8

Cable Crunch: (on heavy pulley)

105x8/120x8

***Just stopped these, because I'd gone a bit too long there and need to get back and get some things done before end of day. Plus I was feeling a bit ill. I'll do more ab stuff next session probably.

Nito
02-25-2005, 02:41 PM
10 pps is still awesome dude.

JustinF
02-26-2005, 05:57 PM
10 pps is still awesome dude.

Yeah, no doubt.

bill
02-26-2005, 07:10 PM
Good workouts, 270 cg pulldowns you up for any chins? I do alright with the pulldowns, but hate for peeps to see me struggle on chins. Do you have a preference.

Hatred
02-26-2005, 07:43 PM
Dumbell lunges are death in in little metal packages.

rookiebldr
02-27-2005, 08:04 PM
I have a ton of new comedy cd's for the trip... I'm gearing up, Pete.

Canadian Crippler
02-27-2005, 08:31 PM
Are you guys staying in the same room at teh ahnuld?

ElPietro
02-28-2005, 07:09 AM
I'm gearing up, Pete.

:eek:


Bill, I've done chins before, but mainly right at the end of my back session, which means I have no energy left. I think I can only get maybe 5 or 6 at this point in the first set. I haven't ever started out with them, since I'm guessing I'd need a weight belt, and I don't think my gym has one kicking around. I might do them after BB rows now that I've started those.

Oh, and my legs are still sore. I guess this is the last time I neglect them for over a month. :(

ElPietro
02-28-2005, 07:10 AM
Oh, and no, not in the same room. Jeff's old...and smells.

rookiebldr
02-28-2005, 11:27 AM
Plus Pete brings animals home. ;)

ElPietro
02-28-2005, 12:01 PM
Went for lunchtime chest.

Performance was suckage, I think diet really needs to tighten up, eating like crap, plus not getting enough protein at the same time. Bodyweight is staying relatively the same though.

DB Incline Press:

65x8/85x6/100x5/95x5/75x8

DB Flyes:

45x8/55x6/50x6

Skulls:

110x6

*I don't know what was wrong here. Wrist bothered me a bit, but felt really weak. Normally can do 8 without much trouble, today struggled for 6.

Triceps Pushdowns:

195x8/210x8

**Couldn't find the normal attachment I use for this, so not sure if weakness was due to being weak, or the different attachment.

1 arm reverse grip tri pulldowns:

60x6/60x6

Atlantis Shoulder Press:

150x6/180x6/195x6

DB Laterals:

35x8/35x5/30x8

DB Front Raise:

25x8/25x8/25x8

Finished with a whopping 10 minutes on the ellyptical.

Relentless
02-28-2005, 01:55 PM
not a bad chest workout for one that 'sucked'...

gotta keep perspective Pete.

getfit
02-28-2005, 01:57 PM
get that diet in order pete ;)

cphafner
03-07-2005, 08:18 PM
Nice meeting you this weekend Pete. Your deads were real impressive!

ElPietro
03-08-2005, 01:00 PM
Thanks man, was good to meet you too. I was very impressed with your strength at your weight. Almost at 3x bodyweigh dead.

As for me, I doubt I've ever performed worse at deads. Also, lifted stupid. Dunno why I train sumo for 2 months and then all of a sudden go conventional, lower back wasn't trained up for it. Still 5 plates should be light, but I guess the billion reps at 315 wore me out. :rolleyes:

As a result, I have finally done what I had always avoided until now. I have an appointment with an orthopedic MD next week, so that he can diagnose and recommend the Chiros in the same facility. Basically, just a part of the process to get things covered under my work insurance plan. I don't think I did myself injury on the weekend, but things are still mega-tight, so may have just aggravated things a little bit.

Was a great weekend though, everyone was really cool. I had the unfortunate opportunity to view Will's ultra-white drunken ass, which I believe 100% of those that have met him have also experienced.

I think I'm one of the few people that came back and wasn't sick in some way. Other than some aches and pains of course.

PC is fuxxors at home, but might be able to fix, wipe and reinstall tonight if the drivers I downloaded at work solve things.

Anyhoo, made it to the gym at lunch for some chest stuff.

Incline DB Press:

65x8/85x6/100x6/95x7

DB Flyes:

50x8/50x8/45x8

Close Grip BB Bench:

Reg. Grip: 135x8 warmup (speed reps)
Close Grip: 135x8/185x6/195x3

*Made my grip much closer than I've done in the past. I think all fingers other than my pinky were on the smooth part of the bar.

Triceps Cable Pushdowns:

210x8/225x8/225x8

1 Arm Rev. Grip, Tri Pulldowns:

60x6/60x6/50x8/45x10


That's it. I excluded shoulders because I'm gonna reform my split somewhat, to a 4 day split, where day 4 is Deadlifts/Shoulders/Shrugs. Although, given my current back condition, I may just do shoulders and shrugs for a bit, or at least until I've had my diagnosis from the doc, and been to a chiro session or two. I enjoyed wearing my new "I'm not here to talk." T-Shirt from Animalpak.

So I'm at a point where I'm uncertain if sumos are best or not. I realize I didn't give myself enough time to get my hips and glute strength back up, so perhaps I'll keep pushing, perhaps in higher rep ranges for a while to establish more strength. I'm not sure what partial rep, or greater than full ROM exercises are recommended for sumos. I'll read up and see if rack pulls will apply as much on them, as well as deading off plates, etc. I'll probably go with some heavy sets with a goal rep of 5 when I get back to it. I've never actually done anything to work on my deadlift, other than deadlift, and as a result, my progress has been virtually nil in the past year or so.

Also, I will try and get focused on protein intake. I've said it too many times, now it's time to force things a bit. My previous cut, which was mainly starvation worked on dropping a few pounds, but I don't think it helped with the muscle mass. And now in a somewhat maintain phase, I'm getting plenty of calories, yet still a ****ty amount of daily protein. So back to trying regular protein supping, and maybe start back with creatine as well.

Ok, enough novel writing for one day.

ectx
03-08-2005, 01:22 PM
Hurry up and start planning the next meet, tubby. I need to make sure I don't miss the next one.

JustinASU
03-08-2005, 01:26 PM
Heya Pete, are you coming back after a significant injury? I read the last 1.5 pages in your journal and it seems like you continue mentioning poundges you used to be able to lift. What kind of injury were/are you dealing with?

Oh and regardless of whether or not thy are PRs, looking very strong.

ElPietro
03-08-2005, 01:36 PM
Rena, why? So you can be in and out of the meet so often you'll make look like a mexican chica, trying to gain citizenship? I might call next week, or if someone else could check to see what the rates are at the Marriot downtown, we could book another 5-7 rooms. It doesn't cost you anything, and it can be cancelled anytime, so there isn't anything really to commit too. If nobody volunteers I'll probably look into this next week. Of course, it'll be a bit higher budget, but those that come, will save on gas, parking fees, or cab fares. So probably even out in the end. And divided by 2, 3 or 4 ppl in each room, $30-40 isn't all that much to worry about.


Justin:

Well, actually, I'm not coming off any recent injury. Maybe a year or so ago I really ****ed up my back. I hadn't deadlifted in 3 or 4 months, and first time out I went up to 525, with the bar drifting forward, which starts exponentially increasing the stress on the lower back. So it made some popping sounds. I took about 2 weeks off and tried to test it out again. 315 felt fine, and that's all I was trying to do, but of course I added another plate, and 405 re-injured it badly. So I sorta took another month off. Then slowly worked back up, but then did 495 for two reps and that sorta re-aggravated again. After that I think I was off maybe 3 months, I can't remember the details, but I took quite some time off all lifting if I remember correctly.

Then I slowly rehabbed myself back and competed at my first plifting comp and hit 547.5 and then took a break from deadlifting. So basically I've deadlifted off and on, so when I quote what a previous max is, it's generally from some past period that I had trained up to.

I had hoped to be at 600 over a year ago, but with the back injury it really set me back, and now I find myself unable to progress at all.

Yes, long-winded reply, but it killed a few work minutes, and that's what counts.

JustinASU
03-08-2005, 01:42 PM
Sounds a lot like my pulling history. I usually deadlift, work up to an awesome PR and injure myself in the process then take a couple months off from deadding until I feel okay again. I'll hit another PR and injure myself. Don't really think it's a form issue for me, just trying to increase weight too fast and possible lower back overtraining.

getfit
03-08-2005, 01:45 PM
Thanks man, was good to meet you too. I was very impressed with your strength at your weight. Almost at 3x bodyweigh dead.

As for me, I doubt I've ever performed worse at deads. Also, lifted stupid. Dunno why I train sumo for 2 months and then all of a sudden go conventional, lower back wasn't trained up for it. Still 5 plates should be light, but I guess the billion reps at 315 wore me out. :rolleyes:

As a result, I have finally done what I had always avoided until now. I have an appointment with an orthopedic MD next week, so that he can diagnose and recommend the Chiros in the same facility. Basically, just a part of the process to get things covered under my work insurance plan. I don't think I did myself injury on the weekend, but things are still mega-tight, so may have just aggravated things a little bit.

Was a great weekend though, everyone was really cool. I had the unfortunate opportunity to view Will's ultra-white drunken ass, which I believe 100% of those that have met him have also experienced.

I think I'm one of the few people that came back and wasn't sick in some way. Other than some aches and pains of course.

PC is fuxxors at home, but might be able to fix, wipe and reinstall tonight if the drivers I downloaded at work solve things.

Anyhoo, made it to the gym at lunch for some chest stuff.

Incline DB Press:

65x8/85x6/100x6/95x7

DB Flyes:

50x8/50x8/45x8

Close Grip BB Bench:

Reg. Grip: 135x8 warmup (speed reps)
Close Grip: 135x8/185x6/195x3

*Made my grip much closer than I've done in the past. I think all fingers other than my pinky were on the smooth part of the bar.

Triceps Cable Pushdowns:

210x8/225x8/225x8

1 Arm Rev. Grip, Tri Pulldowns:

60x6/60x6/50x8/45x10


That's it. I excluded shoulders because I'm gonna reform my split somewhat, to a 4 day split, where day 4 is Deadlifts/Shoulders/Shrugs. Although, given my current back condition, I may just do shoulders and shrugs for a bit, or at least until I've had my diagnosis from the doc, and been to a chiro session or two. I enjoyed wearing my new "I'm not here to talk." T-Shirt from Animalpak.

So I'm at a point where I'm uncertain if sumos are best or not. I realize I didn't give myself enough time to get my hips and glute strength back up, so perhaps I'll keep pushing, perhaps in higher rep ranges for a while to establish more strength. I'm not sure what partial rep, or greater than full ROM exercises are recommended for sumos. I'll read up and see if rack pulls will apply as much on them, as well as deading off plates, etc. I'll probably go with some heavy sets with a goal rep of 5 when I get back to it. I've never actually done anything to work on my deadlift, other than deadlift, and as a result, my progress has been virtually nil in the past year or so.

Also, I will try and get focused on protein intake. I've said it too many times, now it's time to force things a bit. My previous cut, which was mainly starvation worked on dropping a few pounds, but I don't think it helped with the muscle mass. And now in a somewhat maintain phase, I'm getting plenty of calories, yet still a ****ty amount of daily protein. So back to trying regular protein supping, and maybe start back with creatine as well.

Ok, enough novel writing for one day.

:clap: ;)

Relentless
03-08-2005, 02:16 PM
I suspect that getting a consistent minimum level of good calories, and in particular protein, will also be beneficial to your BF levels.

Nice chest day, Petey.

ElPietro
03-09-2005, 11:39 AM
Thanks.

Went in for a quick session at lunch.

Leg Press:

5pps x8/6 pps x8

*Stopped here. Felt a little weird, so maybe just leave things alone for a bit to give my back a bit more rest time.

DB Lunges:

25x6/40x6/55x6/65x3 or 4

**Felt lazy that last set, plus stability wasn't the greatest. Wasn't really into things anyway.

Leg Extensions:

255x8/255x8


Didn't feel like doing anything else, so went upstairs and did 15 minutes on the elliptical. Spent a few minutes in the boxing room, but determined the heavy bags aren't really heavy enough. Just through a few elbows and some kicks, and with the bag jumping around like a spaz decided to hit the showers.

Bit busy lately, but within the next month I'm probably gonna go check out my old thai boxing gym again, see how many changes they've made, and then probably join up. One thing I don't really like is I see they've implemented a form of belt system, and now classes are an hour instead of an hour and a half. Used to be quite brutal. Hopefully they aren't going too mainstream. I'm sure after a few weeks of thai boxing, i'll get pissed at my poor lung capacity, and that'll help me quit smoking again, as it did last time.

Relentless
03-09-2005, 12:37 PM
if your hamstring is healed you should come out to football on Saturdays for some cardio. ;)

ElPietro
03-09-2005, 01:11 PM
I've sorta sworn off football as much as I really enjoy it. I'm sure my hamstring is 100% recovered as far as lifting strength, but I don't know if it'll ever fully recover as far as dynamic strength and the cuts needed for football.

I'm sure it's probably fine, it's just one of those things that I'm sorta on the fence as to whether it's worth the risk or not. Everytime I get a somewhat serious injury and am off for a period of time, I just eat like crap and get depressed not being able to train.

Of course, I might try to come out one of these weekends.

Meh, haven't spoken to Harnek in months, just quickly browsing the cpu site, looks like Harnek has this years Toronto Open info already posted. Now I gotta start thinking of entering that, and training plifting style again. I wonder if my somewhat smaller ass will fit more easily in my squat suit or not.

Hatred
03-09-2005, 04:48 PM
Which one of you people called me last night??!!

DoUgL@S
03-09-2005, 04:55 PM
How long do your lunch time sessons run?

Focused70
03-09-2005, 05:54 PM
Wasn't me....I know better than to wake a sleeping giant @ 3 am. :angel:

Stash

ElPietro
03-10-2005, 01:36 PM
Not I Josh. Probably Jeff after getting a fake buzz off 5 or 6 virgin margaritas at disney world. :D

Doug, lunchtime workouts I usually try to stick to about an hour. So between driving there, getting changed, working out, then showering and getting dressed and getting back to the office it runs about an hour and a half. Technically I only have an hour for lunch, but meh, who's watching...

ectx
03-10-2005, 01:44 PM
Pete, what hotel downtown are we planning on using next year? I was about to reserve a couple of rooms but want to make sure we all stay at the same place.

Bruteman
03-11-2005, 09:00 PM
Take care of that back, quite smoking, I laugh at your puny lunges hahahahahahahaaaaa(come on, give me this one thing cause you're killing me on every other lift :( ), and it was nice to meet you. :)

ElPietro
03-14-2005, 08:00 PM
Rena, it's the Marriot, and book me a room too if you're calling. Doesn't cost anything, and can cancel anytime even on day of check-in, so better to book too many than not enough, then can cancel if need be. Since you're calling, you could always just book 5 or 6 rooms, I'm sure that they won't last too long, so if we want the group to be together again, it would be a good idea.

Brute, pfft!


Today I made it to the gym at lunchtime and after work.

Lunch:

Ellyptical: 25 minutes
Bike: 5 minutes


After work was chest stuff.

Flat BB Bench:

135x10/135x8/225x5/245x5/275x2/295x1/225x6

*Haven't flat benched in a couple months, so this was just sorta the "wake up" workout. Probably take a few before strength, if I can call it that, is back.

Incline DB Press:

65x6/85x5/100x5/85x8

Flat DB Flyes:

50x8/50x6

Standing BB Military Press:

135x6/135x6

DB Lateral Raise:

35x7

*****! On the 6th rep I felt a flash of pain from the top of my neck down the right side of my back. It's happened before where something strains on a freak occurance, but kinda pissed me off. Neck went instantly stiff and painful. Tried to move it around and stretch it a bit, but it'll probably take 4 or 5 days for the pain to go away. :mad:

DB Front Raise:

25x8/25x8

Triceps Pushdowns:

210x8/225x8/225x6

1-Arm Reverse Grip Tri Pulldowns:

60x8/60x8/60x8/60x8


Finished off with 10 more minutes on the elliptical, then proceeded to go grocery shopping.

I'm sure my neck will kill when I wake up tomorrow, hopefully I can train back without nice flashes of pain all session. :rolleyes:

Go to see the back doc on wednesday. I'll just tell him I'm there for him to fix my deadlift.

Focused70
03-14-2005, 08:18 PM
Hope things heal up quickly, Petey.

If rooms are still available at the Marriott, might reserve a room as well tomorrow.

Stash

JustinASU
03-14-2005, 08:24 PM
5 or 6 rooms? might want to get a roundabout headcount first. I think it might be a slightly bigger meeting next year...

Sorry to hear about the neck pain. Nothing a little stretching icing and possibly some heavy narcotics can't fix! :p

cphafner
03-14-2005, 08:24 PM
nice workout dude. Sorry to hear about the pain. I'm taking a few days off too, damn these aching bodies.

lilmase1153
03-14-2005, 10:25 PM
damn elp get better soon bro cause back injuries suck and can keep a man down but not you... but for not benching in that long a time your still a beast

PizDoff
03-14-2005, 11:56 PM
Interesting news about Ultimate. I'm going to go harass my friends that train there.
Hope you feel better.

ericg
03-15-2005, 05:22 AM
Nice benching for just trying to find your groove. Sucks about the neck, how is it feeling this morning?

ElPietro
03-15-2005, 12:24 PM
Neck was just as bad this morning, but feeling a bit better after this afternoons lat workout.

CG Lat Pulldowns:

150x8/180x6/210x6/270x4/240x5/210x6

*Meh, fatigued fast on these today.

DB Rows:

120x8/120x8

HammerStrength Lat Pulldowns:

230x8/250x5.5

DB CCs:

50x5/50x5/35x8

DB HCs:

40x6/40x6/40x6/35x8

Rear Delt Cable Raise:

45x6/45x6/35x8

That's it.


Contemplating a major life decision. My Italian barber is about 30-40 minutes drive away in rush hour traffic now that I've moved. A guy at work gets similar brush cuts from a barber 2 minutes away from here, but usually the bond between male and italian barber is for life. Now my barber is getting old, prolly pushing 70, so dunno how many years he has left. Do I get out now? Another problem, the barber I'd be going to is greek. I dunno, Italians have always cut my hair since I was a kid, and I've been going to my current barber since grade 8 or 9. On the plus, the greek barber recommended by my friend is named Lou, which is sufficiently Italian sounding. He also suggested Steve who works there, but honestly, who would let some ****head named "steve" cut their hair? Maybe if it were Stefano I'd consider it, but steve? Come on.

Oh well, other than that, I've decided I will probably compete again in the Toronto Open in July. I am currently making a conscious effort to cut more bodyweight. I would like to drop 10-15 pounds in the next couple months, while slowly bringing the big three back up to speed. If I can't progress in weight, I might as well try and go for a lower weight class. I'd be in the 110kg class right now, which is usually the strongest pound for pound of any class. 100kg at least if I suck, I'll look sexy doing it. My ass might even fit into my squat suit I've never used, so that might help my total as well. :)

Relentless
03-15-2005, 01:03 PM
If you must change barbers, find another Italian.

tuttut

How could you even THINK of letting any other nationality cut your hair? It will be a terrible idea if you do.

getfit
03-15-2005, 02:18 PM
greek barbers are the best ;) btwn session not to shabby either :P

Relentless
03-15-2005, 02:21 PM
Bite your tongue, woman.

ElPietro
03-18-2005, 09:11 AM
Well, I'll probably have to make some kind of decision in the next month or so. Visited the back doc on wednesday, and from all their tests couldn't find anything too major. Basically, he felt it was a strained muscle that can't ever fully heal because of the constant lifting. He asked me to stand infront of him, and then observed I was all "twisted." Upper body faced him, hips were angled slightly, and then legs even slightly more. But I started to question if anything was really wrong. He signed me up for some chiro and physio.

So last night I went to workout, thought I'd do some deadlifting, light weight with some reps to start building up strength. Warmed up with 225, felt fine, went to 315, felt fine. First rep of 405, got half way up, my lower back started popping. Put it down, and the usual "injury" things started happening. Immediate sharp lower back pain, vision darkened, and stomach felt sick. I was helping some girl with a routine I set up for her, so stayed and did some chest work, but things just kept tightening up. Got home later and 800mg of ibuprofen relieved things a bit, but I'm sure it's royally ****ed now. Well see what the chiro thinks today.

But now I'm not sure if i can recover fully for a July meet, and I'm now questioning whether it's worth it. I'll see how things go, but in the end, I may just scrap powerlifting, scrap deadlifts, and just train like any other regular loser. I'm sure motivation won't be the same, and enjoyment will be diminished as well. But now I worry about long-term problems that can arise from a chronic back injury.

We'll see.

Focused70
03-18-2005, 09:37 AM
:(

I'm hoping you'll pull through Petey.

You were part of my inspiration at the Ahnuld.

Stash

Relentless
03-18-2005, 09:53 AM
don't expect an instant cure from the chiropractor

you've spent 20-odd years ****ing up your back

expect to spend at least a coupla months fixing it... odds are you'll get recommended a fairly frequent schedule like 3x week for 3-4 weeks to start and then they'll reevaluate. If you expect to get better/improve you will need to go to all your appointments AND do the stretches/exercises they recommend.

I don't mean to sound preachy but you wouldn't believe the number of people I talk to that don't commit to getting better yet they decide that something isn't working because they dont' feel 100% immediately.

your recurring pain could be a muscle thing, could even be a slightly bulged disk... lots of stuff won't show up without detailed PET and other scans; I am suspicious a bit about the stomach pain; a chiropractor could evaluate exactly where you're feeling the pain in the back and see if its at the vertebrae where the nerve trunks that ennervate the stomach branch out from your spine... if they're being impinged that could account for the stomach pain.

ElPietro
03-18-2005, 12:34 PM
He seems to belive it's the SI joint. He also seems to think that it won't take much time. He did some active release on my left hip, and then did something to the SI joint after that. Said maybe 3 or 4 sessions and that's probably all it'll take. He agreed with me that there probably isn't much benefit from physio, so I cancelled that.

My range of motion is decent, and pain isn't that bad today, but it's clearly something wrong, with 405 causing the popping and pain, etc. We'll see how things pan out.

PizDoff
03-18-2005, 12:41 PM
Oh course ElP would do anything to help a woman with her chest routine!
Hope you get better soon big guy!

Bruteman
03-19-2005, 08:32 PM
There ya' go beating up your back again. *shakes head*
Hope it heals up well for you. I'd hate to see you have to give up on powerlifting.

GMCtrk
03-19-2005, 08:53 PM
But now I'm not sure if i can recover fully for a July meet, and I'm now questioning whether it's worth it. I'll see how things go, but in the end, I may just scrap powerlifting, scrap deadlifts, and just train like any other regular loser. I'm sure motivation won't be the same, and enjoyment will be diminished as well. But now I worry about long-term problems that can arise from a chronic back injury.

We'll see.

:(

TTT
03-19-2005, 08:58 PM
Hey LP, sorry to hear about the back and neck. That really blows. How many years have you been lifting for?
The rest of the lifts are looking pretty good.

LMAO at the barber thing, that's pretty funny.

ElPietro
03-21-2005, 12:27 PM
I guess I've been lifting for about 4 years now with some semblance of consistency. With a combined total of injury time off of probably 6-8 months mixed into that 4 years. Working out with some form of powerlifting in mind for maybe 2 years.

Made it to the gym. It's weird training, while I sit there trying to figure out what my goals are. Basically, going just for the sake of going for now, until I think things through a bit more. I'll see what the chiro thinks over the next few weeks, and then probably start rehabbing again, and see how strength comes back. Then I guess I'll worry more about what to do for the future at that point.

Trained back.

CG Lat Pulldowns:

150x8/180x6/210x8/210x8/210x8

*Instead of going heavy I just did reps.

HS Front Lat Pulls:

230x8/230x8

Chins:

5/4

**Haven't had chins in my routine before. First set I went down to the furthest ROM for each rep. So basically was dangling with no muscle assistance, and then back up. Quite taxing for me anyway. Especially it being at the end of my back exercises.

DB CCs:

50x5/50x5/35x8/35x8

DB HCs:

35x8/35x8/35x8/35x8

Rear Delt CBL Raise:

45x8/45x8/40x8

SUPERSET WITH:

CBL Crunches:

90x10/105x10/105x10

***Figured the first thing I can do to aid the lower back, is to start doing a bit of ab stuff. Sidebends would probably hurt too much right now, so just kept it short and sweet.

That's it.

getfit
03-21-2005, 12:30 PM
:)

rookiebldr
03-21-2005, 01:13 PM
It's time to ditch the powerlifting and try the sexy part thing. Being Italian, you likely have a good shot at it. ;)

Since you're not going for the 100kg class, it must be time to chat over a beer.

ElPietro
03-21-2005, 01:17 PM
Ah, you back now? Lost track of time. Should see if you Scott and Sara wanna get together for some drinks.

ericg
03-21-2005, 01:23 PM
Hope you figure this back thing out Petey. The "higher" rep back session looked strong. Keep it up and my fingers are crossed for you.

ElPietro
03-25-2005, 10:47 AM
Here's a push session from wednesday.

Flat BB Bench:

135x10/135x8/225x6/275x2/295x1/315x1/225x6

*315 was sloppy.

DB Flyes:

50x8/50x6

DB Incline Press:

75x8/95x5

Tri Pushdowns:

210x8/225x8/235x8

1 arm reverse grip tri pulldowns:

60x8/60x8/60x8

Atlantis Shoulder Press:

135x8/180x8/195x4.5

DB Lateral Raise:

30x6/30x6/30x6/30x8

**Tested this out with a variety of weights first. Neck was still a bit sore from last time it gave me that flash of pain and stiffened up. The chiro worked on loosening that muscle up last session. Can't remember the specific muscle he pointed out. Seemed ok though.

DB Front Raise:

25x8/25x8/25x8


That's it.

getfit
03-25-2005, 11:09 AM
:) :)

ElPietro
03-25-2005, 01:16 PM
Walked to the gym this afternoon. Nice to have the day off and not rush anything.

CG Lat Pulldowns:

150x8/180x6/210x6/255x5/225x6

Hammerstrength ISO Row: (pronated grip)

90x8/180x6/230x6/250x6

*Thought I'd try a new piece of equipment. Felt ok, maybe I'll keep going with this for a bit. Think I'll hold off BB rows for another few weeks until my back feels better.

DB Rows:

120x8/120x8

DB CCs:

50x5/50x5(4 on left)/35x8

DB HCs:

40x6/40x6/35x6

Rear Delt Cbl Raise:

45x8/45x6/35x8

Finished off with 12 minutes at a decent pace on the elliptical. It was pretty ****ty to have to walk home afterwards. I think I'll stick to driving from now on.

rookiebldr
03-25-2005, 05:27 PM
Yup, I'm back.

bill
03-26-2005, 02:46 PM
Pete, your strength looks to be increasing again!

cphafner
03-26-2005, 05:58 PM
session are looking good. Sloppy or not, 315 is sweet.

PizDoff
03-26-2005, 06:53 PM
Walked to the gym this afternoon. Nice to have the day off and not rush anything.

Finished off with 12 minutes at a decent pace on the elliptical. It was pretty ****ty to have to walk home afterwards. I think I'll stick to driving from now on.

That is hilarity!