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caneda
08-07-2005, 10:42 PM
Hello again -

I've actually been lurking about for a year or so now, but haven't gotten it together enough to actually start a journal. So I figured now would be an excellent time to do so...
I stumbled across this forum last summer in a failed attempt to gain 10 pounds in three months. Basically I learned that my metabolism likes me a bit too much, and I ended up gaining about 4 pounds and then subsequently losing 10 pounds (ironic, no?) when I went abroad for a semester.

But now I have this month prior to the start of school to get back in shape and hopefully get a better start on my goal. I play for my school's lacrosse team, and in lacrosse you have to be either really big or really fast. I'm neither, really. But I'm a pretty decent player now, and I'm hoping that I can make my senior year the best yet. I also want to gain the weight because of, well, a self-esteem issue. So we shall see how this works out.

I started back in the gym again last Tuesday when I got back to my apartment from vacation and figured that if I didn't start out immediately I would probably be too lazy to get around for it for quite some time. I've been following the WBB1 Routine and decided I'd try taking NLarge II for at least two months. Basically, I have discovered two problems in the past year. First, I don't have enough time to eat enough food. I'm a student first of all and have recently been having some really nasty semesters in which I get something like 15 min for lunch and dinner. Plus I commute (and the school gym is on the other end of it), so that makes it worse. Secondly, I don't have a training partner. It helps me a lot to work out with someone else, but busy schedules amongst friends make it hard to work out together. And I kind of don't want to hurt myself. So I've found myself lifting less than I know I could in the gym.

As of August 1st, I'm 22 years old, 5'11.5" tall, and weigh 153 lbs.

Here's what the week's workout came out as:

Tuesday (normally this would be a Monday, but I was stuck in London):
Bench Press - 3x8@115
Low-Incline Dumbell Press - 2x8@35
Dips - 2x8
Chin-ups - 2x5
Deadlift - 2x8@115
Barbell Row - 2x8@115
Shrugs - 1x10@35

I also ran in my neighborhood... it was about 3 mi...

Wednesday :
Squats - 2x8@125
Hack Squats - 2x8@125
Leg Curls - 2x8@135
Straight-Leg Deadlift - 2x8@115
Calf Raise - 4x10@135

Friday :
Military Press - 2x8@45 (as in, one 45 plate for each arm)
Seated Dumbell Press - 2x6@35
Standing Lat Raise - 2x9@20
Narrow-Grip Bench Press - 2x8@95
French Press - 2x8@60,65
Barbell Curl - 2x7@60
Hammer Curl - 1x8@30

This week I intend to throw in some more running. It is kind of important, since I'm going to be running for 20 min a game or so.

Right, so there's that. I intend to update this at least once a week. Please please PLEASE give me advice, comments, and anything else! That's what I'm here for.

Late!
-i

caneda
08-08-2005, 05:42 PM
I was definitely more motivated today, and all I did was just read a couple of posts. And it shows... I knew I could lift more than I was, and I could probably up the weight even more next week... I'm going to work it slowly up to a point where I can do the six reps per set and go from there, which I probably should've been doing all along.

Bench Press - 2x8@125
Low-Incline Dumbell Press - 2x8@40
Dips - 2x8
Chin-ups - 2x5 (I keep aiming for six and never quite getting there)
Deadlift - 2x8@125
Barbell Row - 2x8@125
Shrugs - 1x10@40

And I ran for 17 min at 7 mph.

Late!
-i

caneda
08-11-2005, 06:03 PM
A bit of computer trouble, but here it is:

Wednesday - Legs
Squats - 2x8@135,145
Hack Squats - 2x8@135,145
Leg Curls - 2x8@135
Straight-Legged Deadlift - 2x8@125
Calf Raise - 4x10@135

Unlike last week, I was actually able to walk up the stairs this time. So there's been some definite, if unexpected, improvement. I'm going to chalk it up to being used to being in the gym again - and I don't expect to see it happen again.

And the good news is that I now way 155 lbs. That's two pounds in a week, so I'm right on track. Hopefully this'll keep up.

Also, sometimes the gym plays the crappiest music I have ever heard in my life...

Late!
-i

Coke
08-13-2005, 10:25 PM
The split looks good and you are off the a great start, having gained a couple of pounds already...Do the best U can in school and in the gym then U can't go wrong - ;)

caneda
08-22-2005, 11:07 PM
It has been a very eventful week, preventing me from even having anything really to post.
First of all, my computer died a horrible death. Now it's working alright again. So that's good-ish news.
Secondly, two friends came to visit last week and I took a trip to Boston. So I didn't even get into the gym.

Here's the Friday before that, though:
Military Press - 2x8@50
Seated Dumbell Press - 2x7@35
Standing Lat Raise - 2x10@15
Narrow-Grip Bench Press - 2x6@105
French Curl - 2x8@60,70
Barbell Curl - 2x8@60
Hammer Curl - 1x8@30
17 min @ 7.1 mph

The real good news about taking the week off, is that, although I didn't gain any weight, I didn't lose any either. I'm still at 155 lbs.

And here's today:
Bench Press - 2x7@125
Low-Incline Dumbell Press - 2x8@40
Dips - 2x8
Chin-ups - 2x4
Deadlift - 2x8@125
Barbell Row - 2x8@125
Shrugs - 1x8@45
17 min @ 7.2 mph

And I bought a bucket of NLarge this time... It seems to have worked so far, so I guess I'll give it the full two months.

Thanks CoCoa. That's the plan.

Late!
-i

caneda
08-26-2005, 05:56 PM
Gotta love Achewood. Greatest comic ever.

I have been a lazy bum the past couple of days. Instead of doing legs on Wednesday, I spent the whole day watching "Entourage." Great show, but not an excuse. And the thrill of Thursday was buying a mirror. I didn't even have my daily dose of NLarge on those days because we didn't have any milk in the apartment.
Good grief I need to work on discipline.

In an ideal world, tomorrow I will not be lazy and get to the gym for legs.

But! I did go today:
Military Press - 2x8@50
Seated Dumbell Press - 2x8@35
Lateral Raise - 2x10@15
Narrow-Grip Bench Press - 2x8@105
French Press - 2x8@70
Barbell Curl - 2x8@60
Hammer Curl - 1x8@30
17 min @ 7.2 mph

I'm pretty sure I'll be able to get my **** together tomorrow.
- i

caneda
08-27-2005, 03:26 PM
It isn't an ideal world and I didn't get my **** together.
Dammit.

I think at this point I might as well just wait until next Wednesday to do legs, because twice in one week seems like a bad idea...

-i

caneda
08-31-2005, 08:05 PM
Things still not gellin' as the school schedule starts to come together. Once everything gets regular in a week or so, I'll have no excuses. So here's to looking forward to that.
In the meantime I did legs today. I figure that I forgot to do them last week, and since I missed chest day Monday it's only fair.

Squats - 2x8@145
Hack Squats - 2x8@145
Leg Curl - 2x8@135
Straight-Legged Deadlift - 2x8@135
Calf Raise - 4x10@135

And, since I seem to have wasted another week, the weight is down at 154 lbs. Still in the positive zone, though.

Late!
- i

dissipate
09-01-2005, 06:40 AM
yeah things get busy sometimes but that was a good workout :) nice to see a lurker finally starting a journal lol.

15 mins for food sucks! and does your gym have a power rack or something so that you won't have to worry so much about getting hurt?

Coke
09-01-2005, 08:28 AM
You ought to be in the zone and moving on with some consistent efforts come October. If not then you'll be in trouble because we don't play that here in journal land, lol - :D ...leg workout looks good.

caneda
09-01-2005, 08:02 PM
Dissipate: Thanks. I thought it was a good idea too. =) And hopefully things won't be so crazy this semester... I won't be locked up in the library looking at Civil War issues of the New York Times, no matter how fun that was. So I should be able to eat. Mostly I've been using the Smith Machine, precisely because I don't want to get hurt. I generally work out on my own, so it seemed like the thing to do. There is a power rack, though...

Cocoa: Yer damn skippy I should be. Keep me in line! =)

caneda
09-11-2005, 10:58 PM
Yep. The first week is done. It wasn't so bad.

As far as workouts are concerned, it seems I was spoiled by summer. In my idiocy I decided to try and workout around 630/7ish last Tuesday, the first day of class. Jeez. I took one look and turned right around. There were about three people at everything and a line to pick up dumbbells, not to mention giggling freshman girls going "Oh! So this is the school gym!" Luckily for me, they'll all give up in two weeks and I still wasn't running on a normal schedule because of Labor Day. So when I went back Thursday, all was closer to normal.

Thursday 8.9.5:
Bench Press - 2x8@125
Low-Incline Dumbell Press - 2x8@40
Dips - 2x8
Chin-ups - 2x6 (Finally!)
Deadlift - 2x8@125,135
Barbell Row - 2x8@125
Shrugs - 1x10@45
17 min @ ~7.2mph (crappy treadmill kept speeding up and slowing down)

Friday 9.9.5:
Squats - 2x8@145
Hack Squats - 2x8@135
Leg Curls - 2x8@142.5
Straight-Legged Deadlift - 2x8@135
Calf Raise - 4x10@142.5

And the weight... dun dun... 155.5 lbs. I seem to be back on track, the track being anything generally upwards.

I kind of wish that there was some way I could double-check my form on deadlifts and barbell rows... Any suggestions?

The first lacrosse meeting is tomorrow night. So that means practice will probably begin in a few weeks. Rock.

Late!
- i

Coke
09-12-2005, 09:34 AM
U are absolutely right, they will be clearing out of that gym so fast it will be laughable - ;) ...hang tough with it all.

caneda
09-15-2005, 10:08 PM
So far, so good this week.

13.9.5
Bench Press - 2x6@135
Low-Incline DB Press - 2x9@40
Dips - 2x8
Chin-ups - 2x6
Deadlifts - 2x8@135
Barbell Row - 2x8@135
Shrug - 1x10@45
18 min @ 7.2 mph

15.9.5
Squats - 3x8@145
Hack Squats - 2x8@135
Leg Curls - 2x8@150
Straight-Legged Deadlift - 2x8@135
Calf Raise - 4x8@155

The very good news is that I know without a doubt now that I'm at least getting stronger, if not heavier. Because this past spring when I got back from Madrid and went into the gym for the first time, I forgot that the bar weighed something. So I was like, maybe I should start at 90 pounds and see how far that gets me. The result was kind of comical... the bar came down, but didn't go back up again. And I remembered that the bar had weight the hard way.
But just the other day I benched that 135. Score.

Late!
- i

caneda
09-16-2005, 11:54 PM
And one more. This makes, I think, the first week in almost a full month that I have managed to workout all three days that I planned. Hopefully it won't be the last.

16.9.5
Military Press - 2x7@50
Seated Dumbell Press - 2x8@40
Lat Raise - 2x10@15
Narrow-Grip Bench Press - 2x8@105
French Press - 2x7@70
Barbell Curl - 2x6@65
Hammer Curl - 2x6@35
18 min @ 7.2 mph

The weight: 155 lbs.
I'm almost scared of what's going to happen when I run out of NLarge or get busy again. This whole gaining ten pounds thing seems to have been doomed to failure from the start.
But like I said yesterday, at least I'm getting stronger.

Late!
- i

Coke
09-17-2005, 08:28 AM
Very interested in hearing something about Madrid, I've always wanted to go over there (gonna hit Toledo Spain too, hopefully)...increasing strength is where its at, the weight gains can come slow as they want - ;)

caneda
10-05-2005, 10:14 PM
The news in brief:
School sucks, but such is life.
I have been working out regularly, thankfully. And a friend has been coming with me.

So I think I'm going to just go back into lurking mode for a few months until I have the time to keep this journal up and sleep at the same time.

Late!
- i

caneda
02-07-2006, 10:59 PM
Yo.

I'm back to lurking. And I will move from that to keeping this journal again as soon as I can remember to bring my notebook back from the gym...

I've kept going to the gym with my friend, and am still on WBB1... because it still works. And I'm still playing lacrosse. There's a lot more time in my schedule this semester, and I'm graduating come May, so those are definitely two good things. I'm still working on the whole eating thing, but it's nothing like last year where I only had like 15 min in a day to get food - this time its just a lack of a plan and general laziness.
But overall, things are looking good.

I may even have a picture or two to post in a bit...

There wasn't all that much of a purpose to this post, but it gets better. =)

Late!
- i

caneda
02-08-2006, 11:05 PM
Here's that update. I'll just give the past week.

2.2.6
Military Press - 2x8@55 (as in on each side, not total)
Seated DB Press - 2x8@55
Lat Raise - 2x10@15
Narrow-Grip Bench Press - 2x8,10@110 (I'm raising that weight tomorrow)
French Press - 2x8@80
BB Curl - 2x7,5@70 (current bane of my existence)
Hammer Curl - 1x8@25 (going to try and get back to 30 tomorrow)
Running 17 min @ 7.2 mph

5.2.6
Bench Press - 2x6,7@150
Low-Incline DB Press - 2x7,8@55
Dips - 2x8
Chin-ups - 8@30, 7@20 (I've started using the assist)
Deadlifts - 2x7@165
BB Row - 2x6@150
Shrugs - 1x8@55

6.2.6
Squats - 2x8@170
Hack Squats - 2x8,6@155
Straight-Leg Deadlift - 2x7@155
Leg Curls - 2x8@150
Calf Raises - 4x10@162.5

Ah, yes... I currently weigh 157.5 lbs, which I think may be the most I've ever weighed, period.

So, slow but steady gains.
Comments? Advice? Anything you got to give, I'll take.

Late!
- i

caneda
02-23-2006, 10:49 PM
I seem to have lost a week in there somewhere... It may have something to do with being stuck in NH during the blizzard.
Regardless, here I am:

16.2.6
mil press - 2x7@60
seated DB - 2x8@50
lat raise - 2x10@15
ng bench - 2x8@115
french - 2x8@80,85
BB curl - 2x7@70
hammer - 1x6@30

19.2.6
bench - 2x8@150
LI DB - 2x8@55
dips - 2x8
chins - 2x8,7
deads - 2x8@165
BB row - 2x8@150
shrugs 1x10@55

20.2.6
squats - 2x8@175
hack squats - 2x8@160
sl deads - 2x8@155
leg curls - 2x8@150
calf raises - 3x10,1x9@175

And my current weight, if the scale at the gym is to be believed (it's balanced, so I don't see why not), is 161 lbs. So that makes me happy, even though I don't know where it all came from...
The damn weight goes and shows up when I'm not paying attention.

Also, I promised to post pics. I figured I'd just put them here because it makes more sense to have everything in one place...
The first is a shot I took on a whim in April 2005. This time around I decided to be more thourough, so there's one for comparison and then all sides.

Also, a question for anyone who's reading this, because chances are you know a lot more than I do: what can I do to get my barbell curl up? I have been kind of stuck at 70 lbs for about 9 weeks. Any advice?

Late!
- i