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chris mason
02-22-2004, 05:11 PM
Thought I would start a new journal. I probably won't update it every workout, but I will try to get in as much as possible.

For anyone who reads this and does not know me I have been training for ~17 years and am completely drug free. I am 5'11" and currently ~228 lbs. My bodyfat is average, not high and certainly not low. I train primarily for strength. I don't think I can add much more lean size at this point without resorting to tissue building drugs, but I know I can add strength.



Today was upper body.

Chest:

Incline dumbbell presses

81s x 10
131s x 4
131s x 4

Now, to clarify, I train at home and have Olympic collar adjustable dumbbells. The bars themselves weigh 11 lbs (I have weighed them), thus the odd weights I am using. I use 25 lb plates and smaller, thus the ROM on the presses is a bit shorter than with standard dumbbells.

T-bar Rows:

I do these with a 7' Olympic bar between my legs and one end held down by a steel bracket I have bolted to the floor. I use a v shaped grip which I hook on the business end of the bar just before the collars.

3 45s x 7
5 45s x 6
6 45s and a 25 x 2
6 45s and a 10 x 3

I use good form on these with minimal heave.

Standing Barbell Curls:

135 x 6
185 x 2--- arms were pooped from the rows

My left elbow has been flaring up recently so I decided to try one arm overhead dumbbell extensions with a light dumbbell to work the tris a bit, but not aggravate the problem. I have different dumbbells for this than the ones mentioned above.

45 x 5R, 5L

I then did some standing calf raises with a barbell on my back.

225 x 14

That was all.

Anthony
02-22-2004, 05:17 PM
Glad to see you starting a journal. Now get a vid of those inclines! :D

briancurran01
02-22-2004, 05:21 PM
nice work chris. :thumbup:

BCC
02-22-2004, 05:25 PM
Nice to see you posting workouts again, I enjoy reading through them.

KingJustin
02-22-2004, 05:29 PM
Nice lifts, Chris. Are you taking any of these lifts to failure?

chris mason
02-22-2004, 05:47 PM
Actually, sort of. I probably had 1-2 more reps on each set of the inclines. On the t-bars the first heavy set was to failure and the 2nd wasn't (it was close).

I am nursing some kind of a lower abdominal/groin strain I incurred doing a unique exercise. I do curl-grip clean a presses on my "off" days. I clean the bar from the floor using a curl grip and then (using the same reverse grip) I strictly press the weight. When I am pressing I lean back a bit (obviously) and I think that is how I got the injury.

I'll get a video next time I do them Anthony.

pruneman
02-22-2004, 06:02 PM
glad to see you starting a journal Chris. I know i'll look forward to reading it. :thumbup:

staggard
02-22-2004, 06:13 PM
welcome back

shredder
02-22-2004, 06:37 PM
Nice Db inclines bro, huge weight ur using there.

Beast
02-22-2004, 06:49 PM
Hey Chris, when did you start heavily training chest again??? Those DB presses are freakin awesome.

P.S. You're an animal. Probably the strongest guy on this site with those weights you're using.

chris mason
02-23-2004, 11:25 AM
Beast, I think this was the 4th or 5th chest workout with dumbbells. I had been doing some inclines with a barbell, but my shoulder issues prevented me from pushing the weight I am capable of.

I then decided I needed to use dumbbells and went out and bought the Olympic dumbbells.

As to being the strongest, maybe in a couple of exercises but there are some very strong guys here. I will be glad to take the title of strongest natural guy, I think I have that one for sure.

Relentless
02-23-2004, 11:40 AM
I'll get a video next time I do them Anthony.

please do; I'd like to see that, it seems like a cool exercise


and of course, :spam: for your new journal, cm

Isaac Wilkins
02-23-2004, 11:41 AM
:eek:

:spam:

Lookin' good on ya.

ItalianGalleon
02-23-2004, 01:13 PM
I'm glad you started up the journal. I'm looking forward to the inspiration.

PizDoff
02-23-2004, 04:19 PM
Hey, check out this site!

www.wannabebig.com

It has a lot of information you can use!! :D

chris mason
02-23-2004, 06:41 PM
Lol, thanks for the link man!


Oh, and thanks for the spam boys, wouldn't feel right without it!

Itallion, if I remember right you are a pretty strong guy, I don't think I will inspire you much.

bill
02-23-2004, 07:11 PM
sent you a an email charlottesville va too

Alke
02-23-2004, 09:02 PM
nice sessions! looking forward to more.

chris mason
02-24-2004, 02:56 PM
Ok, today was a tweener day where I do the curl-grip clean and press.

I think this is a nice in-between workout because it works most of the major muscle groups, yet doesn't stress any of them too much.

To review, I clean the bar from the floor, but I use a curl-grip to do it. Once I have the bar at shoulder level I proceed to reverse-grip (same curl-grip) press the weight. I do not jerk my legs, it is all upper body pressing power. I also do it completely RAW, no belt, nothing.


135 x 1 + 3 presses (elbows need extra warmup)

135 x 1 + 2 presses

185 x 1 + 1 press

225 x 1 + 1 press

235 x 1 + 1 press

235 x 1 + 1 press

That's all. I could definitely feel my strained groin/lower ab region so I was careful not to stress it any more than necessary. This made me do the presses in a stricter fashion.

Beast
02-24-2004, 07:23 PM
Great strength.

What's your training split like? Still working every body part once every 2 weeks?

chris mason
02-25-2004, 08:49 AM
My rest days vary depending on how I feel. I don't have a set split. In addition, I am doing the cleans twice a week or so, so the involved muscles are getting trained more often.

bill
02-25-2004, 11:15 AM
Chris that seems like a painful exercise, why not just do military presses from the floor. Big wt. anyway I hope to drop by soon thanks for the reply.

chris mason
02-26-2004, 10:41 AM
I do that exercise because I like it and I want to have functional strength. If I were lifting something over my head in the real world I wouldn't do it sitting.

bill
02-26-2004, 05:34 PM
chris, hope this is ok do have nitrean and creatine at the store when i get to stop in, if not tomorrow,around lunch then sometime next week like to try those two for now, did you have some pictures on here from when you where younger saw some of the more recent ones, showed them to my buddy i think he is going to order from you also
thanks again i wanted to stop in today but i was short on sleep.

chris mason
02-26-2004, 06:17 PM
Tell you what, you can call me on my cell at (434)882-1291. When you are ready to get some stuff you can just call ahead and I will make sure to bring it with me. Make sure you give me plenty of notice. In addition, as I run the joint I am VERY busy and please do not take me as being rude if I cannot spend much time with you.

I do have a picture of me from a contest I did at 19 years old somewhere on this site.

bill
02-26-2004, 09:11 PM
ok. that works next wk then. i'll call ahead
give you time

chris mason
03-01-2004, 08:01 AM
Good workout today. I took a video of the incline dumbbells which I have sent to Anthony.


Incline Dumbbells:

81s x 8
111s x 3
141s x 3
131s x 3

I had at least 2 reps left in me for the 131s.

T-bar:

3 45s x 8
5 45s x 6
6 45s + 25 x 3
6 45s + 10 x 3

Standing Barbell Curls:

135 x 6
185 x 2

Arms pooped again.

Calf Raises with Barbell on Back:

235 x 14

Some stretches for chest and back and shoulder horn exercise (to rehab shoulder).

That was it. I was very strong yesterday, stronger than the last session.

Anthony
03-01-2004, 04:30 PM
I meant to send Dan the video today, but I forgot because of the server problems. Maybe he can create an ftp account for the mods so we can upload this stuff even if he's not around. I'll run it by him next time I see him.

As for the video, it was pretty damn sweet. Those dumbbells are beastly!

chris mason
03-02-2004, 02:01 PM
Monster day today!

Today was legs/lower back day.

I start with squats. I use a narrow stance and go significantly below parallel. After watching a video of myself I would not say "ass to the floor", but well below parallel. A wider stance allows me to use more resistance, but due to an old injury I cannot do wide stance squats with any consistency.

I use only a belt, no wraps or any other equipment.

Squats:

135 x 8
225 x 6
315 x 4
365 x 1
445 x 1---up 20lbs from last week!
265 x 5---I do these super-slow with a pause at the bottom

Leg Extensions (plate loaded version):

85 lbs x 9

Next I do stiffs. I keep a bend in my knees and go to the floor.

225 x 6
314 x 5
425 x 6-7--- I think I got 7, smoked last week by 20 lbs!

That was all. I felt VERY strong today.

Anthony
03-02-2004, 02:36 PM
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm. You're starting to bias me. ;)

Good work, Chris.

Saint Patrick
03-02-2004, 02:52 PM
Nice Squatting, Chris

Isaac Wilkins
03-02-2004, 02:55 PM
That's a good workout, man. That Opticen is doing wonders! ;)

bill
03-02-2004, 03:12 PM
chris .scratch the workout umm umm yeah i'm to busy , lol
strong lifts pumping up some of the older guys

shredder
03-02-2004, 08:25 PM
Nice squatting Chris, 445 with a 20 lbs PR from last week is awsome.

chris mason
03-03-2004, 05:27 AM
That's a good workout, man. That Opticen is doing wonders! ;)


No, no, Nitrean right now!

Isaac Wilkins
03-03-2004, 05:52 AM
No, no, Nitrean right now!

Me too!

:cool:

chris mason
03-05-2004, 06:45 PM
Ok, today was curl-grip clean and strict presses (reverse grip).

I worked on changing my form by bending over less at the initiation of the movement and using more leg drive. I have been working on this as I think it will end up helping me, but in the short term it makes the movement harder.


135 x 1 + 3 presses
135 x 1 + 2 presses
185 x 1 + 2 presses
185 x 1 + 1 press
225 x 1 + 1 press
235 x 1 + 1 press
235 x 1 + no press---didn't clean it correctly
235 x 1 + 1/2 press, just didn't feel it so I stopped

I don't use a belt or anything on these, so I am careful not to psuh myself to where I may get an injury.

Considering my change in form and the fact I had trained legs only a couple of days before I felt good on these.

pruneman
03-05-2004, 06:51 PM
dang youre a strong dude :strong:

bill
03-05-2004, 07:38 PM
Chris if you get a chance i would like to see a video of how you do those curl presses
what do they work the most?

chris mason
03-06-2004, 06:26 PM
I think they work the body in an overall sense very nicely. More stress is placed on the triceps and delts than anything else.

chris mason
03-07-2004, 05:31 PM
Today was a decent day all things considered. I just did my curl-grip clean and presses Friday. That only left one day of recovery for my upper body. I decided to go ahead with a heavy upper body workout anyway.


Incline Dumbbell Presses:

81s x 8
111s x 4
141s x 2---My shoulders and triceps were a bit fatigued from the heavy presses the other day methinks. So, I decided no more presses.

T-Bar:

3 45s x 9
5 45s x 6
6 45s + 25 x 3---My lats actually felt a touch sore my the clean and presses (from Friday), but I felt pretty good with these.

6 45s + 25 x 2

Standing Barbell Curls:

135 x 6
185 x 3---felt a touch stronger here---these can really vary depending on what I do in the first 2 exercises of the day.

Seated Overhead Single Arm Dumbbell Extensions:

50 x 4R/3L

Standing Calf Raises with a Barbell:

235 x 16

Shoulder Horn exercises and stretching.

Dedicated
03-07-2004, 05:36 PM
Very nice strength. It's good that you started a journal, I find my journal keeps me motivated to lift sometimes.

Anthony
03-07-2004, 06:25 PM
Here's a video of the dumbbell press (http://www.wannabebig.com/vids/Chris%20-%20Dumbbell%20Bench%20Press%20-%20141s.MOV) with the 141's (March 1st).

chris mason
03-07-2004, 06:43 PM
Thanks Dedicated, although I will never need a journal to keep me motivated. I will train until I die.


Thanks for getting the video up Anthony!

Beast
03-07-2004, 08:38 PM
Video was awesome, chris. Do you always to the presses with your wrists turned inward like that?

I love how I feel like a badass curling 115, and you can do 185, lol. Keep up the heavy lifting.

Saint Patrick
03-07-2004, 08:42 PM
Nice Benching Chris.

Where'd you get that cool T-Shirt? :p

chris mason
03-08-2004, 10:26 AM
Video was awesome, chris. Do you always to the presses with your wrists turned inward like that?

I love how I feel like a badass curling 115, and you can do 185, lol. Keep up the heavy lifting.


Yep, that is why I use the dumbbells. That grip helps my left shoulder to stay happy.

chris mason
03-08-2004, 10:35 AM
Video was awesome, chris. Do you always to the presses with your wrists turned inward like that?

I love how I feel like a badass curling 115, and you can do 185, lol. Keep up the heavy lifting.


Hey, that's 185 AFTER heavy rows. I can do more if I do them first :hello: .

bill
03-08-2004, 04:29 PM
good job chris
I gave 100's a try just to see today, got 7

chris mason
03-08-2004, 04:33 PM
Good job Bill!

Beast
03-09-2004, 04:48 PM
Hey, that's 185 AFTER heavy rows. I can do more if I do them first :hello: .
:eek: :( ;)

chris mason
03-09-2004, 05:33 PM
Ok, did curl-grip clean and pressing today. Got a video of it for those interested.

http://www.wannabebig.com/vids/Chris%20-%20Curl%20Cleans%20-%20235.mov


135 x 1 + 3 presses
135 x 1 + 1 press
185 x 1 + 2 presses
185 x 1 + 1 press
235 x 1 + 1 pres---experimented with a slightly wider foot stance---closer to that I use when squatting
235 x 1 + 1 press
235 x 1 + 1 press
245 x 1 + 1 press---Most I have ever done with this exercise

My presses felt easy today, the easiest they have ever felt.

Jasonl
03-09-2004, 08:39 PM
Impressive cleans, Chris. I feel it is about time I start doing them.

ericg
03-10-2004, 05:28 AM
Nice to see you have a journal going Chris. I love the videos. Awesome work.

chris mason
03-10-2004, 05:33 AM
Thanks guys. Remember, they are cleans, but far from the traditional type. I really like the reverse grip pressing and I just like the idea of doing something different on the cleans. One of these days I am going to have someone teach me proper form for standard cleans. I think Olympic lifts are definitely something that a good coach is really necessary for, at least in the beginning so you can learn proper form.

bill
03-10-2004, 10:57 PM
Good job big chris , I'm not sure about doing those but excellent lift thanks for showing us that oh . are those wts. real? bill

Neil
03-11-2004, 12:53 AM
Wow, I hadn't even noticed you started a new journal. Good to see you posting your workouts again, looks like you are still a beast. Keep up the good work.

chris mason
03-11-2004, 08:03 AM
Good job big chris , I'm not sure about doing those but excellent lift thanks for showing us that oh . are those wts. real? bill

Lol, yep, you are welcome to come to the basement sometime to verify for yourself. :thumbup:

Relentless
03-11-2004, 08:30 AM
cool video

you looked like you were trying to pull-start the bar at the beginning though... ;)

Seems to me that if your grip ever slipped on those you'd take the bar in the face. You're braver than I am.

Anthony
03-11-2004, 11:08 AM
brave = crazy?

chris mason
03-14-2004, 04:49 PM
Today was leg and lower back day. I felt ok, not great, I was a bit tired and really didn't feel in the groove but proceeded anyway.


Sqauts (narrow, deep, belt only):

135 x 8
225 x 6
315 x 4
405 x 3---pooh, I really had 4 I just pussed out!
265 x 4---very slow down and up, pause at the bottom

Leg Extension:

85 x 10

Stiffs:

225 x 6
315 x 5
455 x 7---That would be a PR! I got a video which will hopefully be uploaded by a very kind Anthony soon.

That was all.

chris mason
03-14-2004, 05:18 PM
Ok, here is a link to the video:

http://www.wannabebig.com/vids/P1010013.MOV

Saint Patrick
03-14-2004, 08:22 PM
Damn Chris, that's some awesome rowing.

I couldn't tell from the vid, are you gripping the bar itself there, or using a v-bar?

chris mason
03-15-2004, 04:55 AM
Whoops, is that the link to the t-bar rows? If so, I am using the v-bar grip wrapped around the bar.

chris mason
03-15-2004, 04:58 AM
Crap, that was the wrong video! I was trying to post this video of the stiffs:

http://www.wannabebig.com/vids/Chris%20-%20SLDL%20-%20455x7.mov

debussy
03-15-2004, 07:11 PM
hey man, you mentioned you had videos on your journal so i had to stop on by. those are some strong ass rows man, good job. ill be stoppin by routintely to see check your progress. keep liftin hard.

TheGimp
03-16-2004, 01:39 PM
Nice vids. Looks like a pretty sweet setup you've got there.

ericg
03-16-2004, 02:35 PM
That is a very impressive SLDL, wow i am speechless. Nice work.

chris mason
03-16-2004, 05:36 PM
Thanks guys!

Ok, today was upper body.


Dumbbell Inclines:

81s x 8
111s x 4
141s x 3--- :bang: I had 4, but I messed up the first rep. It got away from me and I had to expend massive energy to correct it. If that had not happened I am sure I would have had 4 reps
141s x 1---I was shot

T-bar:

My legs were sore and fried from the other day, I could really feel them trying to hold up the heavier weights. That said I went heavier :whazzup: .

3 45s x 8
5 45s x 6
6 45s + 35 x 2---Oooooo, very heavy. Every little bit I add on these makes a big difference now.
6 45s + 35 x 1---no more

Standing Barbell Curl:

135 x 5
185 x 2---arms were shot from the rows and getting the dumbbells into position for the presses

Overhead Single Arm Tricep Extension:

55 x 4R/3L

Standing Calf Raises:

235 x 16

Shoulder horn exercise and some stretching

bill
03-17-2004, 11:52 AM
Big Chris, nice sld your a strong fella,
How long have you been doing the lower volume exercise routines , I'm curious if you built most of your size and strength on the 3 to 5 exercise routines? I just wandering for instance if this type of routine would work as well for a bigger?
ok nough ?s
i think i'll bulk to 300 then workout with you i figure all of the wt. gain will have to give me an advantage. lol

chris mason
03-17-2004, 02:17 PM
I've been doing the low volume/low rep stuff forever. When I was younger I would mix in some higher rep sets, but I always trained with low reps.

Thanks for the compliment.

Alke
03-17-2004, 04:24 PM
WOW, those sldls looked awseome! everytime I thought you were done, you did another rep THEN you walked up to the rack with the weight when you were done like it was nothing, I would have left it sitting on the floor after the last rep LOL

chris mason
03-18-2004, 09:20 AM
It's funny Kenn, I felt a lot worse than I look!

Alke
03-18-2004, 09:42 AM
heh, without a belt even!

love the videos chris........

chris mason
03-19-2004, 01:35 PM
Ok, lunch workout today. I didn't even bother chaning clothes as I was under a time crunch.


Curl-Grip Cleans and Reverse Presses:

135 x 1 + 3 presses
135 x 1 + 1 press
185 x 1 + 2 presses
185 x 1 + 1 press
225 x 1 + 2 press
235 x 1 + 1 press
245 x 1 + 1 press
255 x 1---no press, the clean was sloppy so I didn't try

My head wasn't really in it, but the workout was not too bad.

Dedicated
03-19-2004, 06:54 PM
Amazing videos. It's really motivating to watch them, you are a really big/strong guy.

chris mason
03-21-2004, 10:35 AM
Thanks Dedicated.

chris mason
03-21-2004, 05:52 PM
Ok, unlike Friday, I felt a bit more like training today (although just a bit).

I did the curl-grip clean and presses again.

135 x 1 + 3 presses
185 x 1 + 2 presses
185 x 1 + 1 press
225 x 1 + 1 press---felt very easy on the press
245 x 1 + 1---the clean felt good, decided to go for it
255 x 1 + 1---whohooo, new PR. It was kind of funny, after I set the weight back down my whole upper body was tingling.
245 x 1 + 1---that was enough

Standing Calf Raises with a Barbell:

235 x 18

I then finished with some stretching and the shoulder horn exercise.

BCC
03-21-2004, 06:01 PM
Damn, I just saw the SLDL video.

You actually look like you have a lot more than 455 in you.

Tank23
03-21-2004, 06:11 PM
Those videos are inspiring Chris, great work mate!

chris mason
03-21-2004, 06:18 PM
Damn, I just saw the SLDL video.

You actually look like you have a lot more than 455 in you.


Did you like the belly hanging there :help: . Lol!

Thanks for the compliment. You know, it's funny, when I watch it I think it looks easy, but it doesn't feel that way when I am doing them ;) .

RBB
03-21-2004, 09:42 PM
i also just saw the sldl video. that's some awesome strength man. what do you hit for a single?

chris mason
03-22-2004, 05:04 AM
Honestly, I have no idea. I have standard deadlifted 605, but I think I would be pulling more than that right now if I were practicing the movement. I want to get to 5 plates for reps on the stiffs, then I might switch back to standard deads to see what I can get.

chris mason
03-24-2004, 11:11 AM
Ok, yesterday's workout.


I did upper body.


Incline Dumbbell Presses:

81s x 6
111s x 5
141s x 3.5---Well, I attribute my lack of progress to the fact that I trained shoulders heavy twice in the last 4 days. I also think I will do these light next time and give my chest a bit of a break.

T-bar Rows:

3 45s x 8
5 45s x 5
6 45s + 35 x 3---PR baby!
6 45s + 35 x 2

Standing Barbell Curls:

185 x 2---usual, pooped arms

Standing Calf Raises with Barbell:

235 x 18

Stretching and shoulder horn.

Anthony
03-24-2004, 11:22 AM
Where's the video???????

chris mason
03-24-2004, 11:33 AM
I'm getting there...

Here is the link to a video of the rows:

http://www.wannabebig.com/vids/Chris%20-%20TBar%20Row%20-%20305.mov

Beast
03-24-2004, 04:25 PM
lol I like how you workout in khakis... Guess that's the benefit of being home. :)

Anthony
03-24-2004, 04:33 PM
I think you had a couple more reps ... what a slacker. ;)

chris mason
03-24-2004, 05:04 PM
lol I like how you workout in khakis... Guess that's the benefit of being home. :)


Lol, all of my workout clothes were dirty.

bill
03-27-2004, 06:43 AM
:study:
I think you had a couple more reps ... what a slacker. ;)@ least a couple of more reps. Chris if you would like to lift together some time give me a message or call. why the v bar wimping out just kidding big fella lol.

chris mason
03-28-2004, 06:05 PM
Definitely one of these days Bill.

Today was heavy lower body. I must do something about my old injury on my left hip/upper thigh. It is part of the quads as I can feel it when I tense my left quad. It is right at the apex of my hip, just below actually on the side of the thigh. When I warmup it hurts with a burning sensation. It effects my strength as I literally am putting more pressure on my right leg. I am weaker on that left side when it is acting up. It is bothering me these days because I am training my legs more often. It really pisses me off because it hampers my squat progress.


Squats, narrow stance and below parallel (significantly):

135 x 8
225 x 6
315 x 4
365 x 1
405 x 4---PR
265 x 3---superslow

These are with a belt only, no wraps etc. Not bad, progress, but that left thigh thing is holding me back :swear: !

I then did some thigh extensions:

85 x 9---I have a plate loaded version, very different from the gym.

Stiff-legged Deadlifts:

225 x 5
315 x 4
495 x 3---PR>I have never gone this high. It felt like a ton of bricks. These are done completely RAW.

That was it. Felt energetic today.

Dedicated
03-28-2004, 08:03 PM
Nice workout Chris, strength is amazing as usual. I'm sorry to hear about your hip.

Hey I'm considering getting some dumbell handles, I have tons flat plates and tons of olympic plates as well. Would you recommend that I purchase handles for olympic plates like the ones you have or handles for flat plates? Which do you think would be better?

Anthony
03-29-2004, 04:19 AM
Damn, you didn't tell me about the squats!! Hmmmmmmmmmmmm...

chris mason
03-29-2004, 09:10 AM
Nice workout Chris, strength is amazing as usual. I'm sorry to hear about your hip.

Hey I'm considering getting some dumbell handles, I have tons flat plates and tons of olympic plates as well. Would you recommend that I purchase handles for olympic plates like the ones you have or handles for flat plates? Which do you think would be better?


I bought mine at Play it Again Sports here locally. I think the Olympic dumbbell handles are best as you are not really limited in the weight you can put on them.

chris mason
03-29-2004, 09:11 AM
Yeah, my leg/hip is hurting like a bitch today. My whole body is feeling it a bit here lately, so I think I will go higher reps for the next workout for each bodypart.

chris mason
03-30-2004, 05:15 PM
...and, being true to my word, I went with higher reps for my session today. Today was upper body.

Dumbbell Incline Press:

81s x 8
111s x 10---woo, I MIGHT have had one more
111s x 5---no juice after the first set

T-Bar Rows:

3 45s x 8
5 45s + 15 lbs x 10---felt good here, had a couple left
5 45s + 15 lbs x 7---enough

Standing Barbell Curls:

135 x 8
185 x 2---pooped from back workout

Calf Raises with a Barbell:

245 x 15

Stretching and shoulder horn exercises.

Beast
03-30-2004, 06:35 PM
Let's see a vid of the curls. :D

chris mason
04-03-2004, 05:09 PM
Patience. I will get one soon. I will just do arms on a given day and have something good for video.


Today was curl-grip clean and presses only. Same deal, used a lighter weight, although in this case I still the single rep sets, I just did more of them.


135 x 1 + 3 presses
185 x 1 + 3 presses
225 x 1 + 1 press
225 x 1 + 1 press
225 x 1 + 1 press
225 x 1 + 1 press
225 x 1 + 1 press
225 x 1 + 1 press
225 x 1 + 1 press

At this point I think I might have done one more set, but I lost count.

Calf raises with a barbell:

245 x 15

galileo
04-03-2004, 08:33 PM
Saw the videos and they were impressive!

bill
04-03-2004, 08:40 PM
chris , do you do the calve raises with a bar because thats what you have to work with or are their advantages of using a bb over calve machine and if their is an advantage do you do them inside a rack incase you lose balance? just curious thanks

chris mason
04-04-2004, 09:36 AM
Thanks Galileo!

Bill: Yep, they are what I have access to. I don't have a calf machine in the dungeon. I do them inside my power rack, but even when I lose my balance there is no danger as it is easy to catch myself.

chris mason
04-05-2004, 10:50 AM
Ok, this is for Sunday Sunday the 4th. I decided to do the curl-grip clean and reverse-grip presses again. I just did several sets the day before.

135 x 1 + 3 presses
185 x 1 + 1 press---ooohhhh, I was very sore in my serratus and delts. I didn't feel that sore until I did the heavy lifting. I decided to persevere anyway
225 x 1 + 1 press---ooooo, sore!
225 x 1 + 1 press---ditto-decided that was enough

Maki Riddington
04-05-2004, 06:50 PM
Hmmm, it look like someone on this site is gonna give me just a bit of competition when it comes to lifting.

Not bad for an old guy though. :P

chris mason
04-06-2004, 03:30 PM
Ha! Not bad for an old guy, thanks :mad: .
:thumbup:


Ok, today was heavy upper body. I had a bit of a scare this morning. I had a couple of drops of reddish urine as I finished going to the bathroom. This has never happened to me, so I was quite worried. I went to the doctor and had my urine checked. When I went at the doctor I had no more blood in my urine. I had no other symptoms, so the doctor told me to watch it for the next few weeks and see if it re-occurs. I read my sports injury book and evidently intense training can cause this to occur. Regardless, it had never happened so it rattled me.

Ah well, stressful day.


Incline Dumbbell Press:

81s x 8
131s x 6
111s x 5

T-bar Rows:

3 45s x 9
5 45s x 5
6 45s x 8
6 45s x 4---pooped

Standing Cheat Curls (I am pooped from back, so I cheat a bit on these):

135 x 5
185 x 3

Single Arm Dumbbell Overhead Extension:

55 x 5R,4L

That was all.

Dedicated
04-06-2004, 03:52 PM
Hmm that is weird, it's good that you went to a doctor, I hope everything works out for you.

chris mason
04-06-2004, 06:41 PM
Thanks!

bill
04-07-2004, 09:05 AM
Probably straining to hard, any how Chris how about joining the squat competition?
and strain some more lol .
curious did the doc do any tests and if so what ?

Relentless
04-07-2004, 09:57 AM
T-bar Rows:
3 45s x 9
5 45s x 5
6 45s x 8
6 45s x 4---pooped

Standing Cheat Curls (I am pooped from back, so I cheat a bit on these):
135 x 5
185 x 3


It's a good thing you qualified the 'pooped' comment with the cheat curls note. Coz I had this really shocking image in mind that made me laugh and very nearly choke on my Nitrean.

Yes I'm immature.

bill
04-07-2004, 01:06 PM
It's a good thing you qualified the 'pooped' comment with the cheat curls note. Coz I had this really shocking image in mind that made me laugh and very nearly choke on my Nitrean.

Yes I'm immature.
lol :omg: thay would be 2 bad days in a row

chris mason
04-07-2004, 01:25 PM
Probably straining to hard, any how Chris how about joining the squat competition?
and strain some more lol .
curious did the doc do any tests and if so what ?

The doctor asked if I had any symptoms other than that. I told him no. He then checked my urine and determined there was no blood in it. I think since this can happen to intense trainees, and I informed him that I do train, he decided to take a wait and see it if happens again attitude.

While I was there I also had my blood work done to check my cholesterol and my blood iron level. My father has a rare hereditary disease (hemachromatosis sp?) which causes one to retain too much iron. This, if undiagnosed, will eventually destroy your internal organs. Unfortunately, my father only found out after he nearly died of liver failure. The disease also prematurely aged him by wreaking havoc on the rest of his internal organs. I last had my blood iron levels checked in my early 20s, I figured I should check again to make sure I do not have the same disease.

bill
04-07-2004, 02:01 PM
Scary hope it turns out o.k.
good luck when your cleared why don't check out squat competition if your hip is ok. talk to you later

chris mason
04-07-2004, 06:55 PM
Actually, ****ed up hip or not, I would have interest in that competition, but I have a question. How do we judge things? By that, I understand it is the honor system, but what if somone unwittingly lessens the depth of their squats in an attempt to get more reps?

bill
04-07-2004, 07:57 PM
well i guess thats just on them its not going to be you know like a formal thing i cant see putting on video like you do which would be an idea though ?

bill
04-10-2004, 04:57 PM
Chris I'm going to stop reading your journal I figured heck i'll try some heavy db presses
grabbed 110's didn't think i would get them to position lol, but got 3 wanted to try 4 but it was to chancy , any way i wanted to try them just to see and darn there as heavy as i could have imagined .
and one of the fellas is supposed to do the video of his squat

chris mason
04-11-2004, 06:03 PM
That is a very good job on the inclines Bill!


Today was "light" lower body. I need to give my quad/hip issue a bit of a rest. I decided to do squats, but to do them completely RAW and use a 4-5 second negative with a complete pause at the bottom. I went very deep, essentially ass to the floor. Needless to say, this resulted in my using MUCH less weight, but that was the desired goal. I wanted to work the muscles, but use less weight.

Squats (RAW, ATF, 4-5 sec. negative, pause at the bottom):

135 x 8---these were done with a normal cadence
225 x 6---ditto, but with a pause
315 x 3---These were done ATF, 4-5 sec. negative etc.
315 x 2---Same as above

I probably had another rep or 2 on each set

Leg Extensions:

80 lbs of plates x 10---stopped short of failure

Stiffs:

225 x 6
315 x 6
405 x 9---Whooo, felt these. The higher reps wiped me out! I probably had another rep or 2, but my lower back has been bothering me a bit as of late so I called it quits.

Stretching of upper body and shoulder horn exercise.

That was all. I have been feeling off the last couple of days, so this was nothing to get excited about. That said, it was a good workout.

bill
04-11-2004, 07:16 PM
Good workout anyway, Chris if your not to busy this wk. we could probably get a workout in any day except friday. Let me know if this sounds possible talk to you later.

Franco
04-12-2004, 04:50 AM
Have you had problems or any weakness in the hip area before?

chris mason
04-12-2004, 05:54 AM
It is actually my quad that is problematic. I use the description because the problem area is on the lateral side of my left thigh right where the quad ties into the hip. If you feel the bony protrusion of your hip on the side right below your glute, that is the area (directly beneath).

I hurt the area several years ago while squatting. I never really let it heal properly and I think I have scar tissue there. Not sure, just a guess.


I am not sure if I can this week Bill, but I will let you know if it looks like I will have the time.

Relentless
04-12-2004, 01:22 PM
Actually, ****ed up hip or not, I would have interest in that competition, but I have a question. How do we judge things? By that, I understand it is the honor system, but what if somone unwittingly lessens the depth of their squats in an attempt to get more reps?

simple: require everyone to post videos of their lifts, showing depth. :) we already know you're setup to do this so you're ahead in the game.

bill
05-03-2004, 09:46 AM
o.k. enough with the getting to go to a great powerlift meet .
time for a work out .

_8_Ball
05-03-2004, 10:23 AM
Incline Dumbbell Press:

81s x 8
131s x 6
111s x 5

T-bar Rows:

3 45s x 9
5 45s x 5
6 45s x 8
6 45s x 4---pooped

Standing Cheat Curls (I am pooped from back, so I cheat a bit on these):

135 x 5
185 x 3

Single Arm Dumbbell Overhead Extension:

55 x 5R,4L


Gawwd dammm...

Heavy shiAt... nice lifts...

nuff said! :)

_8_