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syntekz
01-02-2003, 09:09 PM
I'm back. I haven't trained in a good 8 - 9 months. Lost all my strength as well as all my muscle. I injured myself two too many times skateboarding and never looked back; until now.

My goal is to get back to where I was at my peak by this July. Fire Department physical testing is in July and hopefully I can do something with it.

As of right now, I'm just going to be following the Wannabebig Routine #2. I'll change a little bit of it depending on what equipment I have available at work.

syntekz
01-02-2003, 09:15 PM
Dumb. Incline Press : 45 x 11, 50 x 11
50 lbs is the maximum dumbell I have at work. Don't know where I'll have to go from here once I get used to these weights.

Close Grip Chins : 4 x BW, 4 x BW
I never was good at these. Eight months off of training as not helped at all.

Deadlifts : 205 x 11, 225 x 11

Bench Press (Smith) : 135 x 11, 185 x 4
I'm going to have to get used to bench again. I was already dead from the other exercises by the time I tried these.

Lat Pulldown : 120 x 11, 120 x 9

The End.

Alex.V
01-02-2003, 09:16 PM
Welcome back, man. Is your body 100%, or are any of these injuries still naggin you?

Budiak
01-02-2003, 09:18 PM
**** man, 225x11 deadlift? I wouldnt call that losing 'all' of your strength. Thats not bad at all.

Just hit the weights and eat eat eat, man. You'll be at peak again in no time.

syntekz
01-02-2003, 09:37 PM
Originally posted by Belial
Welcome back, man. Is your body 100%, or are any of these injuries still naggin you?

I think I'll always have a problem with my left wrist. I injured it when I first started lifting doing reverse bicep curls and ever since then I've had problems. Falling on it numerous times with all my weight hasn't helped either.

It bothers me during certain bicep exercises (curls) and sometimes when I go heavy on bench. I honestly think I'm just stuck with it...

Thanks for the welcome.

syntekz
01-02-2003, 09:39 PM
Originally posted by Budiak
**** man, 225x11 deadlift? I wouldnt call that losing 'all' of your strength. Thats not bad at all.

Just hit the weights and eat eat eat, man. You'll be at peak again in no time.

Also have to remember that deadlift has always been my best lift. I was at like 365 x 8 when I quit...

I hope I gain strength back quick enough.

rookiebldr
01-02-2003, 11:01 PM
Welcome back Syntekz. I've seen you pop in every once and you were such a regular when I first started here so it's great to see that you're back.

BCC
01-02-2003, 11:03 PM
Welcome back man, it's been a while.

Saint Patrick
01-03-2003, 02:12 AM
Originally posted by syntekz
Dumb. Incline Press : 45 x 11, 50 x 11
50 lbs is the maximum dumbell I have at work. Don't know where I'll have to go from here once I get used to these weights.

Close Grip Chins : 4 x BW, 4 x BW
I never was good at these. Eight months off of training as not helped at all.

That's about where I'm at, I suppose my gaining 30 lbs makes it harder too. I see Powerman's like BW + 100000 lbs x 8 and I'm just in awe. Chins and Pull-ups Rule.

syntekz
01-03-2003, 05:23 AM
Originally posted by stpatrick44
That's about where I'm at, I suppose my gaining 30 lbs makes it harder too. I see Powerman's like BW + 100000 lbs x 8 and I'm just in awe. Chins and Pull-ups Rule.


Yeah, I consider them to be one of the hardest 'lifts' (at least for me). In the past I have always fluctuated in the amount of weight I was able to add / number of reps. Messes with your head a bit too much at times.

Rock
01-03-2003, 05:43 AM
hey man :) welcome back

ericg
01-03-2003, 07:09 AM
Wow, nice to see that you are keeping a journal.

Good luck with it man, and the testing coming later in the year!

syntekz
01-05-2003, 08:04 PM
I ran a mile before lifting tonight. Haven't ran in months and it was actually really easy to do. Surprised myself.

I lifted at my apartment complex little gym tonight. Didn't feel like driving all the way to work and don't have a gym membership anywhere.

Dumbbell Curls : 40 x 8, 40 x 5

Standing Barbell Curl : 50 x 11, 60 x 6
This was on a multi-exercise resistance machine, so the weight is a bit different. Let's hope I can lift more than 50 lbs. ha!

Dips : 10 x BW, 10 x BW
I will most likely cut these out of my routine next week. I have problems with the nerves in my palms and this just kills them.

Overhead Skull Crushers : 40 x 10, 50 x 5, 40 x 6
This was done on the resistance machine as well, the movement actually felt very natural.

Super-Set
Dumbbell Lateral Raise : 15 x 10, 20 x 10
Front Dumbbell Raise : 15 x 10, 20 x 5
These weren't that tough, my muscles/body were pretty fatigued at this point. I'll add more weight easily next time around.

Seated Dumbbell Press : 40 x 10, 45 x 5
I don't remember these being so hard. ha!

The End.

the doc
01-05-2003, 08:32 PM
glad to have ya back bro
next time i'm in indy i'll shoot you an email

syntekz
01-05-2003, 08:33 PM
Originally posted by the doc
glad to have ya back bro
next time i'm in indy i'll shoot you an email

Didn't know you had ever been here. What brings you my way?

Delphi
01-05-2003, 08:58 PM
Glad you're back, man.

I have problems with my wrists, originally brought on (I think) by doing reverse wrist curls and roller wrist exercises while playing around with HST last year. When I bench my wrists are sore for a day or so. I found some wrist straps that help. These are elastic fabric with a velcro closure. There's a hole that the thumb goes through and then the strap wraps around the wrist. They give enough support to help, but still allow a decent amount of flexibility of the wrists.

syntekz
01-05-2003, 10:32 PM
Do you know of any place online that sells them? Might be something I should look into.

Delphi
01-05-2003, 11:00 PM
I bought mine at Academy, but they don't have online shopping.

Try this place (http://www.fitness-equipment.com/acatalog/index.html). Search on "wrist strap" and it will return 101 hits. There's several types to choose from there.

ericg
01-07-2003, 07:58 AM
Nice, glad to see you threw in some hammy work as well.

Nice squatting.

syntekz
01-07-2003, 08:18 AM
Got off of work at 4:30 yesterday and headed down to the gym. I was walking out of the locker room by 5 o'clock.

Even after a 30 minute session I was getting burnt.

Squats (Smith) : 185 x 18, 185 x 16
I now remember why I dislike leg day so much. These weren't so bad, but my quads were about 30 minutes later.

Hamstring Curl : 80 x 9, 80 x ? (Can't remember)
Single-Leg Extension : 80 x 10, 100 x ? (Can't remember)
Also did a super-set of these two exercises. Which is the second set listed.

Didn't realize how little work I did yesterday, but I'm still walking funny today.

The end.

syntekz
01-10-2003, 10:43 AM
I was supposed to do triceps during this session, but I didn't have any sort of spotter. I really don't like doing tricep work without one.

Preacher Curl : 75 x 10, 80 x 4

Incline Dumb. Curl : 35 x 6, 35 x 5
Wow. This weight is pretty dissapointing.

Super-Set
Dumbbell Lateral Raise : 25 x 10, 30 x 10
Front Dumbbell Raise : 20 x 7, 20 x 5
I felt like I got a lot more out of these two exercises compared to last week. I did the Lateral Raies one arm at a time. I've had better results and enjoy that more than doing both at the same time.

Seated Dumbbell Press : 45 x 11, 50 x 5

Worked out last night. Not much for comments this time around. Didn't feel that I got much out of my bicep exercises.

syntekz
01-13-2003, 07:16 AM
I didn't get much out of this session; at least not as much as I would have liked. Skipped on Friday and ended up lifting on Sunday. I don't do too well on weekend sessions; never have.

Dumb. Incline Press : 50 x 12, 50 x 12

Dumbell Flye : 30 x 8, 35 x 10
First set was a superset with the flat bench. My arms were feeling like jelly at that point. My nerves are such as of now.

Flat Bench (Smith) : 155 x 8, 185 x 6
From my strength gains from this week compared to last week, I don't think it'll take me too long to improve.

Close Grip Chins : 5 x BW, 4 x BW
Can we all say together; weakling?

Deadlifts : 225 x 12, 230 x 8

I was planning on doing Lat Pulldowns, but the Deadlifts wore me out. I'm definately considering one bodypart per session.

syntekz
01-13-2003, 07:04 PM
Once again I didn't do any Tricep work tonight. I'm gonna blast them soon enough. *Hits himself in the head.*

Preacher Curl : 80 x 10, 85 x 5
This really bothered my left wrist. Going to have to invest in some sort of wrist protection. Wow!

Dumbell Curls : 35 x 6, 35 x 5
Same as last session. Nothing improved here.

Dumb. Lateral Raise : 30 x 10, 35 x ?

Front Dumb. Raise : 20 x 10, 25 x ?

Seated Dumb. Press : 45 x 10, 50 x 5

Barbell Shrugs : 165 x 8, 165 x 5
Second set I also did a burn-out with 30lb. dumbells.

Alex.V
01-13-2003, 07:07 PM
Wrist protection? How bad is it hurting you? Might be better just to leave it out altogether, since that's an awkward motion even for healthy wrists.

I forget, do you deadlift conventional or sumo?

syntekz
01-13-2003, 07:26 PM
Originally posted by Belial
Wrist protection? How bad is it hurting you? Might be better just to leave it out altogether, since that's an awkward motion even for healthy wrists.

I forget, do you deadlift conventional or sumo?

Yeah, the EZ Curl bar probably isn't the best thing for my wrists. The pain goes aways after doing a few exercises. I just need to do some extensive warm-ups.

I do slightly wider than shoulder width apart and hands inside my legs. (So that'd be Sumo)

syntekz
01-27-2003, 10:32 AM
I took a week long break. My life outside of the gym is constantly taxing me and keeping me busy. It's somewhat of a struggle to get back into the gym, but I'm definately working on it. Just need to get my mind as well as my body hooked once again.

I have a leg day that I did in between this session and my previous one. It is not even worth posting, I ended up packing up and going home half way through. My hips are giving me problems once again when doing squats.

Standing Barb. Curl : 85 x 8, 90 x 5
I was actually repping about 105 a year ago. I don't think it's going to take me too long to get back to that weight. Just as long as my wrist can keep up with me.

Dumbell Curls : 35 x 5, 35 x 5
I also did a superset with the Standing Curl. Nothing special, 75 x 8 and 25 x 3. (Burnt!)

Super-Set
Dumb. Lateral Raise : 35 x 7, 30 x 8
This was very difficult, won't be adding any weight next session.
Front Dumb. Raise : 25 x 5, 20 x 8

Seated Dumb. Press : 40 x 12, 50 x 7
Roar! This is probably one of my favorite, and hardest, exercises. (65 pounds bring it on!)

Barbell Shrugs : 185 x 6, 135 x 12
When I previously lifted I didn't put much emphasize on direct trap work. I'm going at it another way this time around. Big traps are VERY impressive in my opinion.

Dumb. Overhead Press : 50 x 8, 50 x 6
By this time I was pretty tired, definately will improve on this next week. The gym I'm at right now only has 50 lb dumbells; nothing heavier.

Skull Crushers : 65 x 12, 75 x 6
This was the first week I've done tricep work. Felt great!

I'm currently weighing in at about 164 or 165. I'd like to get back to about 175 by May. Is it possible?

ericg
01-27-2003, 10:48 AM
175 is in your reach if you keep hitting the gym and the diet in check. eat and lift boy!

syntekz
01-29-2003, 02:35 PM
I'm a little bit slow on the posting thing; this session is actually from Monday. I'll be doing Legs tonight.

Flat Bench (Smith) : 185 x 10, 195 x 5

Dumb. Press (Incline) : 50 x 12, 50 x 6

Dumb. Flye (Incline) : 40 x 6, 40 x 8
My arms were shaking pretty damn bad. Muscle exhaustion maybe? Ha!

Lat Pull-Down : 130 x 10, 130 x 8
Can we all say together; weakling?

Bent-Over Row (Smith) : 185 x 6, 130 x 8
They got rid of the only olympic size bar in the gym. What am I going to do!?!?