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09-02-2001, 06:47 PM
welcome to the insectman experiance

Thought id start an online journal, might help my motivation and possibly make a slightly intresting read.

currant stats

height 5`4 (short mofo)
weight 127 lb
bodyfat 14% (estimate)
age 17 years old

In the last few weeks ive added around 6lb mainly due to summer break and a hell of a lot of alcohol consumption eating into workouts.


*not flexed or pumped*
Bicep 12.5"
Chest 39" none of this beathe in deep bull :)
Waist 30"
Quads 21"

Im currantly doing a push/pull/legs routine and just work out at home (the gym isn't really a viable regular option at the moment although when I can make it I do). I have been missing the legs off the routine quite regually lately (yes I know im not a real man). But this will have to change.

Appart from the regullar drinking my diet is pretty good. I cut most the sh*t out of it a month back. Nothing too strict though.
I start back at college wednesday so wont be drinking nearly as much as before (probably around 2 nights a week).

Im training purely fo cosmetic purposes, allways been a short skinny guy. Started training on-off bits here and bits there at xmas and in the past 2 months got more serious and so far im making pretty descent gains (apart from the last 2 weeks odviously).

Ill post here daily / bi-daily with updates on how things are going. Please critique anything in here.

:moon: Cheers :moon:

09-02-2001, 06:54 PM
entry #1

sleep 4 hours

Parents woke me up this morning early because I had brought home a 5/6 foot roadsign and left it in the living room :eek:
havent had much energy all day for odvious reasons. No workout today, missed cardio.

chris mason
09-02-2001, 07:31 PM
I think the sign thing was not such a good idea, but I will find it interesting to follow your progress.

09-02-2001, 07:38 PM
Aww, its not a night unless you get a road sign. I love my "Highway 69" sign.

09-03-2001, 05:56 PM
entry #2

sleep 8 hours
diet very bad

Had a very phisically and mentally demanding day today. Been running around various towns going from shop too shop ad doing various things. Wouldn't suprise me if ive consumed less than 1,500 calories today :(

Got home around 10pm and lacking motivation didn't plan to work out tonight. Descided too try and motivate myself by having a half hour on the decks but was disturbed by sleeping family :(
With no motivation/energy at all made a half assed effort too pull off my pull routine.
Didn't finish it all :mad:

ez-bar curls 4sets (12reps * 50lb) up weight n/week
upright row 4 sets (12reps * 39lb) up weight n/week
bent over dumbell row 4 sets (12 reps * 39lb) up weight n/week
shrug 4sets (12reps * 83lb) up weight n/week

Although it seems though im gaining to be honest there was a lot of bad form present :(

College startes wednesday and a part time job next week sometime probably (interview soon) so ill have to put a bit of effort into time management.

***notes for day***
eat more
get home with pleanty of time for workouts

09-07-2001, 05:51 PM
entry #3 yes i know its late

day off

09-07-2001, 05:52 PM
entry #4

Should have been doing leg workout today but was drinking night before (England match 2-0 w00peh).

09-07-2001, 05:53 PM
entry #5


45min run, 4.5 miles

09-07-2001, 06:01 PM
entry #6 Been away from computer last few days so didn't manage to post, posted en masse today

push workout

incline bench 4*(12 * 50lb) up weight n/week
lieing tri extensions 4*(12*29lb) not sure if names right, up weight n/week
military press 4*(12*30lb) up weight n/week
close grip bench 3*(12*30lb) up weight n/week
stupidlly slow bench press 1*(12*31lb) are my arms supposed to shake like bitches on very very slow presses?, up weight n/week

Had pleanty of sleep lately, diets been pretty good. No money this weekend so it'll be alcohol free :D

***notes for week***
timestamp entrys
do damn leg workout
eat more meat

11-11-2001, 04:10 PM
entry #7


Descided I am going to start updating this baby regually, been 3 months since the last entry, wont let that happon again :)

currant lifts

Incline bench - 4 * [12 * 73lb ]
Military press - 4 * [12 * 45lb ]
Lieing tri extensions - 4 * [12 * 37lb ]
Barbell curl - 4 * [12 * 60lb ]
pullover - 4 * [12 * 31lb ]
Bent over row - 4 * [12 * 45lb ]
Shrug - 4 * [12 * 100lb]
Upright row - 4 * [12 * 45lb ]
Wrist curl - 4 * [12 * 37lb ]

weight around 134 lb

Motivation can come from anywhere, god or bad, a few weeks back I was ran over and beaten up by 2 guys. For some reason all I wanted to do the next day was absolutaly obliterate my arms. What doesn't kill us makes us stronger.


Found a butchers shop by college that sells chicken :) absolute quality.

11-14-2001, 05:00 PM
entry #8


Changed routine to a more HIT style routine (2 sets of 10 reps). Seemed to get much better failure using this method and managed to get a satisfying ache the next day :) Also meant my lifts have all increased by quite a fair ammount.

currant lifts

Incline bench - 2 * [10 * 89lb ] +16
Military press - 2 * [10 * 49lb ] +04
Lieing tri extensions - 2 * [10 * 44lb ] +07
Flat bench - 2 * [10 * 74lb ] +na


Diet is improving
Very hard few days at work :(

11-15-2001, 05:44 PM
entry #9


just done a late workout (00:00 - 01:00). Wrists ache really achey now :)

currant lifts

Barbell curl - 2 * [10 * 64lb ] +04
Bent over row - 2 * [10 * 49lb ] +04
Shrug - 2 * [12 * 108lb] +08
Upright row - 2 * [10 * 49lb ] +04
Wrist curl - 4 * [12 * 40lb ] +03


Eat Eat Eat you biatch
Want to make a 100lb incline bench v.soon :)

11-24-2001, 06:29 AM
entry #10


Just a quick (v.late update)

currant lifts

Incline bench - 2 * [10 * 90lb ] +01 added v.small weights for some reason
Military press - 2 * [10 * 53lb ] +04 +4 again, woopeh
Lieing tri extensions - 2 * [10 * 44lb ] +00
Flat bench - 2 * [10 * 85lb ] +11


Arms must have been v.fatigued last week when I first started this 2 set business or something (flat bench weight)
Diet improving, still not perfect
Work is Taking over my bloody life :(
Any ideas with what to replace Lieing Tri Extensions with? Cant seem too hit a proper failure on them, allways fatigue instead.

11-24-2001, 06:39 AM
entry #11


Like thursdays :)

currant lifts

Barbell curl - 10,8 [10 * 69lb ] +05 v.bad form
Bent over row - 2 * [10 * 50lb ] +01
Shrug - 2 * [12 * 108lb] +00
Upright row - 2 * [10 * 61lb ] +12 must have typed weight wrong last week
Wrist curl - 4 * [12 * 44lb ] +04


Chicken, Chicken, Chicken
Possibly joining gym near college next week so can work out at lunch time, depends how much I spend at the weekend.

11-27-2001, 06:08 PM
entry #12


mmmmmm chicken

currant lifts

Incline bench - 2 * [10 * 94lb ] +04 made nice progression
Military press - 10,9 [10 * 54lb ] +01 +4 again, woopeh
Lieing tri extensions - 2 * [10 * 44lb ] +00 hmmm strange
Flat bench - n/a arms = too tired


Arms absolutaly knackerd from work beforehand (I work at toys'r'us, constantly restacking and big bikes, motorised cars etc....
Booked an induction at gym by college for next week. Had a quick look around and it was all bloody machines though :( probably wont end up using it if its pure machines.
Dentist said i'd been drinking too much pop (as in orange squash/blackcurrent) WTF is that all about, should I drink more coke or something instead?!?! :)

12-21-2001, 07:29 PM
entry #13


OK these last few weeks have been hectic. Been working out not so often (twice a week max), have been working a hell of a lot of hours (including night shifts) and college has also got busy, sorting out university places etc...
Its mainly over now, just exams to worry about after Xmas. Progression hasn't been great but its still happoning, and considering how my diet has gone to pot im not too disapionted.
Again Ill try to update more often.

currant lifts

Incline bench - 2 * [10 * 100lb ] +06 hit 100lb a-last
Military press - 10,9 [10 * 69lb ] +15 ooer big progression
Lieing tri extensions - 2 * [10 * 49lb ] +05 really kills my tri's
Flat bench - n/a arms = too tired


Work really kills my arms, howether I dont much time to work out before work, think its time I organised my time better. 1am workouts aint too good.
Gym by college was shite, all machines, doesn't even have a bench (or a machine to replicate a bench in fact).
Milk is ace.
Thinking about buying some whey protein tomorrow, might be a good idea because of my lack of time recently.

12-24-2001, 07:11 AM
entry #14


Last night I was drinking, dont have much energy today at all.

currant lifts

Barbell curl - 10,3,1 [69lb ] +00 form was v.v.v.bad


After just the above I was quite giddy. Arms wouldn't work.
Christmas is going to be terrible aswell. Cant see much training going on over the next week :(

12-24-2001, 01:23 PM
looking good! keep it up!

01-01-2002, 12:34 PM
entry #15

Happy new Year

Not a real update as such, haven't done a single workout over the xmas period. Not only have I been drinking my arse off, along with the rest of my family Ive been quite ill.

Guess its not all bad, at least the illness came at a time I hadn't planned to train. Supose I hit 2 birds with one stone so to speak :)

Anyhoo, a few resolutions...

Cut drinking down to one night a week.
Sort diet out, properly.

Tomorrow is a new begining. I head down to the supermarket, grab a load of chicken and learn to cook. This way I can keep a real hold on my diet.

toodl-pip :D

01-02-2002, 04:22 PM
entry #16


Started new year off with a nice workout :)

currant lifts

Barbell curl - 2 * [10 * 69lb ] +00 finaly made it
Bent over row - 2 * [10 * 60lb ] +01
Shrug - 2 * [12 * 130lb] +??
Upright row - 2 * [10 * 69lb ] +04
Hammer curl - 7,3 *[ 30lb ] +?? arms v.fatiged
Wrist curl - 1 * [12 * 49lb ] +04


Chicken, Chicken, Chicken
Would it be a good idea to move the shrugs around too after the Upright Row? Feels like the shrugs are affecting my upright row.
Next time I do the pull workout im gunna use the ez-curl bar for Upright row, might get rid of the occasional wrist click Im getting now.
Gunna be posting pics soon (got a web cam for xmas). Might be something to look out for (and maybe laugh at) :)

01-03-2002, 06:24 PM
entry #17


Diets been good today, learned how to cook chicken :) mom can take a break now :)

ab roller thing 2 sets 12 reps (22lb on back) - seemed to do more good than bad. (slaughterd my back).
ab roller thing 1 set 12 reps (no weight) - waaaay to easy.

need a good ab excercise I can do at home. any ideas? (dont intend to do 1000s of pointless situps).

01-04-2002, 06:00 PM
entry #18


The ab roller thing last night must have took its toll on my shoulders because today my arms felt really tired before and during the workout :(
Wasn't the best workout in the world at all.

currant lifts

Incline bench - 7, 7 [ 104lb ] +04
Military press - 10,9 [10 * 69lb ] +00 Hurt
Lieing tri extensions - 2 * [10 * 53lb ] +05 really killed my tries


Dont do ab roller thing day before Push day.