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Theosisten
03-31-2004, 01:37 AM
Well, I want to give you an idea of where I'm at right now. When I was 16, I noticed myself gaining weight very fast, so I started to workout, I went from 240 pounds, to 180 pounds in around a year to a year and a quarter, then I started putting on a little bit of muscle. I was sitting at 17% bodyfat, and had 153 pounds of lean body mass. Then I started drinking, doing drugs and smoking.

Now, almost two years later, I am 20. I am 200 pounds give or take, I stand the same height at 6'1. I have quit smoking, I have quit the drugs for a while now, and I cannot think of the last time I went out of control with the alcohol.

I won't likely smoke ever again and the drugs are out of the question. The alcohol will always be with me but it is in very occassional amounts now, like once or twice a month usually no more.

I have literally just started working out again but I have one problem. I did a 12.0 kilometre walk a month ago, and my knee took some damage to itself. The doctor says theres nothing wrong with it so I am going to go again to a different doctor soon because I can feel a bone behind my knee moving when I walk, and that is going to be a major bitch for leg workouts. I have sprained both wrists twice due to sloppiness while playing basketball in High School so anything involving the arms swells up my wrists making me take around 15 minutes worth of breaks, until I get movement back in my wrists.

Anyways, the injuries will slow me down but they sure as hell won't stop me.

I am going to start out with the WBB workout plan number 1. I like it, it works for me. When it stops working for me I'll move on. Today was day 1.

Day 1 : Chest and Back

Chest :

Flat Barbell Bench Press :

7 reps of 145, I noticed I was making it way too hard for my wrists so for the second one went,

6 reps of 135 and the proves I was pushing too hard.

Low Incline Dumbbell Press :

2 sets of 40 pounds in each hand of 8 repetitions.

Dips :

I cannot do dips unless I put my two benches together and put my feet up on one, weights in between my legs, arms on the other bench then dipping.

6 reps of 60 pounds in my lap

4 reps of 60 pounds in my lap, failure, I know, pathetic, very pathetic, but thats why God made guns, for people like me lmao.
Back :

Chin ups :

It said to do 2 sets of 6-8 chin ups, I just did 18 and that was failure, I figured it amounted to the same. Was I right? If I was wrong then tell me and I'll go do 18 more lmao.

Deadlifts :

2 sets of 8 reps of 150 pounds. I like these but I need to improve my technique.

Barbell Rows :

2 sets of 25 pounds in each hand of 8 repetitions.

Shrugs :

1 set of 40 pounds in each hand of 10 shrugs.


Now here is my main question. This workout was not fully to failure. I failed on some things but not even half of it. Should I be adding more sets or adding more weight if I am not failing?

And if I am not failing and I add more weight, but can no longer do the exercise properly due to being too heavy, should I go back to normal weight and then add more sets?

Its been a while and I think I need help lmao.

But the good news is I will continue to stick with it because I remember why became obsessed with my basement, I love working out.

Oh by the way, the days off on WWB workout number 1, is it okay if I dedicate those to cardio, because I really do have a passion for long distance walking, I love it so much, its better than sex for me really it is. Is it okay or will I gain less muscle?

I am trying to gain muscle and burn fat so I have a dilemma.

Might be a long conversation. If anyone has MSN add me, theosisten@hotmail.com

Saint Patrick
03-31-2004, 02:00 AM
Good luck w/ your goals and welcome to WBB.

Theosisten
03-31-2004, 03:17 AM
Well, I have run into a problem on leg day. I always used to like doing squats, and I was and still am a firm believer in no squat not enough gain. But my knee cannot handle the squat.

I work out at home in my basement, I have nobody to spot me, and my knee will not allow more than 75 pounds on my shoulders while I squat. I fell when I tried an already low 110.

So what I am going to do is I am going to hit up heavy on leg curls and hams and such, then I am going to go on my total gym thingy and just do 45 degree squats until I am dead tired. And every workout I'll put in some light squat work, and I'll add to it every so often, but until I can do squats without falling, I'm sticking with this unless someone else knows better. And if you do please share.

So for Squats I did 2 sets of 8, and I was holding 75 pounds when I did it.

The exact same goes for hack squats, my knee didn't like them either.

Leg Curls:

2 sets of 8 reps of 100lbs

Straight Legged Deadlifts:

2 sets of 8 reps of 150lbs.

Standing Calf Raises:

2 sets of 10 of 170lbs.

I think my next leg workout will be in a gym, too painful at home, just not fun.

Theosisten
03-31-2004, 03:19 AM
Good luck w/ your goals and welcome to WBB.

Thank you, I appreciate it.

Scott S
03-31-2004, 12:58 PM
That sucks about the squats. How are down are you trying to go? Perhaps sitting back further would take the strain off your knees.

And this gave me pause:


I really do have a passion for long distance walking, I love it so much, its better than sex for me really it is.

:omg:

Theosisten
03-31-2004, 04:21 PM
Well, right now Im basically using the total body gym thingy as a leg press, it leans me back and takes all the strain off my legs.

Oh by the way, don't be too disturbed about the walking thing, I'd also rather eat a steak, or drink a beer. There are many things higher up on my priority list.

Theosisten
04-01-2004, 12:04 AM
This is what WBB1 says to do for this day, inside the brackets is what I actually accomplished.

Shoulders, Triceps and Biceps

Shoulders :

Military Press in Rack : 2 x 6-8 reps (8 reps, 8 reps, 60 lbs.)
Seated Dumbbell Press : 2 x 6-8 reps (8 reps, 6 reps, 25 lbs in each hand.)
Standing Lateral Raises : 2 x 10 reps (10 reps, 10 reps, 10 lbs in each hand.)

Triceps :

Narrow Grip bench Press : 2 x 6-8 reps (8 reps, 8 reps, 60 lbs.)
French Press : 2 x 6-8 reps (8 reps, 8 reps, 50 lbs.)

Biceps :

Barbell Curls : 2 x 6-8 reps (8 reps, 8 reps, 50 lbs.)
Hammer Curls : 1 x 6-8 reps (8 reps, 8 reps, 20 lbs in each hand.)

Today's workout felt much better and was much smoother than my previous two. I am hoping that it is a sign that the first two were just me getting back into the game, we'll see if that holds truth with my next workout, see if it stays this smooth.

The above does not mean me lifting more, I am well aware my strengths right now are pretty weak, but that will improve in time. What I meant was that I really hated my first two workouts, I have been to the gym hundreds of times back when I worked out religiously, and never have I gone through such hell, so I am hoping it was just "ring rust" so to say.

Theosisten
04-02-2004, 04:32 AM
This is what WBB1 says to do for this day, inside the brackets is what I actually accomplished.

Chest and Back

Chest :

Flat Barbell Bench Press : 2 x 6-8 reps (6 reps, 6 reps, 140 lbs.)
Low Incline Dumbbell Press : 2 x 6-8 reps (6 reps, 4 reps, 50 lbs in each hand.)
Dips : 2 x 6-8 reps (6 reps, 6 reps, 60 lbs in my lap, remember in above post, this isn't the dips your thinking of.)

Back :

Chin ups : 2 x 6-8 reps (18 chin ups again.)
Deadlifts : 2 x 6-8 reps (8 reps, 8 reps, 170 lbs.)
Barbell Rows : 2 x 6-8 reps (6 reps, 6 reps, 60 lbs.) I think I will be downing the weight to 50 lbs next time around, we'll see.
Shrugs : 1 x 10 reps (10 reps, 10 reps, 60 lbs.)