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-Superman-
09-15-2006, 12:07 PM
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After seeing other people's journal, I felt like creating one of my own. I know of other people that want to be 200 lbs also so I think this will help those that want to reach 200 lbs but feel it is just too far of a goal to reach. A quick background is that this journal will last up until I reach 200 lbs (which I know I can because I bring 1,000,000 % of dedication for whatever I do. I also have no fear of death as I am willing to go all the way if I have to in order to achieve my goal of reaching 200 lbs by December 31st, 2006 at 11:59 pm.

I officially started my goal July 1, 2006 and have noticed great progress. I first started the 3 Day Mass Exercise Routine that I found on another site. I thought it was good because I only needed to go to the gym 3 times a week for 30 minutes a day.

Doing this routine along with eating lots of food, averaging 1 weightgainer drink a day, and taking creatine, I have seen great gains. I started at 155 lbs in July and I am now 175 + or - 1 lbs.

Starting Strength/Body/Endurance Measurements in July 2006:

-Bench = ~145-150 lbs
-Chest Press Machine = ~130-140 lbs
-Squat = 45 lbs (Never squatted before)
-Deadlift = 45 lbs (Never deadlifted before)
-Leg Press = 140 lbs
-Leg Curls = 70-80 lbs
-Military Press = ~70 lbs
-DB Pullover = 45 lbs
-Front/Back Pulldown = ~100 lbs
-DB Curls = 45 lbs
-EZ Bar Curl = 105 lbs
-DB Hammer Curls = ~40 lbs
-Tricep Pulldown = ~60 lbs (machine vary)
-BF% = 12.2% (machine calculated)
-Fastest Mile = ~6:15


I will start the WBB#1 tomorrow and will make Sat, Tues, and Thursday my days to work out.

I hope I can do it!:clap:

Below is pretty much how big I was when this started. My arms were skinny and I was pretty weak even though I played basketball regularly.

UPDATE: The 2nd picture is recently added as of 12-14-06. It is taken actually a little more recent than the first. As you can see I had little build if any at all. You can better see in proportion how my face, neck, arms, shoulders, and chest were at the beginning of my log.

-Superman-
09-15-2006, 12:11 PM
Average Meal Intake to summarize the goal so far:

Meal 1: 4 eggs, 2 waffles, banana, milk
Meal 2: Pure Protein Bar
Meal 3: Meat or Fish, 2 vegetables, and bread
Meal 4: Chinese takeout consisting of chicken, broccoli, and rice with a fortune cookie
Meal 5: 1 lb of baked chicken, spinach or green beans, 2 waffles, and milk
Meal 6 (after gym): 1 drink of weight gainer and 5 grams of creatine

Drink between 0.5 to 1 gallon of water a day too.

I am almost half way to my goal!

Ricky Bobby
09-16-2006, 05:39 PM
good luck. 155-176 is damn good progress for 2 and half months. Stay dedicated and I am sure you will reach your goal!!!

Al3X
09-16-2006, 07:25 PM
Dayuum. You're tracking. Keep it up, and you should be there before the New Year.

-Superman-
09-20-2006, 10:14 PM
Been working a lot lately and busy with meetings. However, the weight keeps going up especially since I started squating and working more with free weights.

Weighed myself raw today and was 179 lbs! I am increasing my weight at a phenomenal pace!

Here is what I've been eating so far average per day this week:

Meal 1: Eggs, sausage, hash brown, milk
Meal 2: Pure Protein Bar
Meal 3: 0.5 lb of Meat Loaf, Fried rice with peanuts, water
Meal 4: Fast food of some type, usually eat chicken, I stay away from beef
Meal 5: Beef sirloin and noodles with weight gainer shake

Been doing WBB #1 still. I am currently happy and I can see my goal clearer than ever!

-Superman-
09-21-2006, 01:29 PM
My thighs are still sore from squatting hard on Monday. I am gaining weight so well, I don't know how far I will go before I start cutting!

Today I am working out. I am going to do Day 1 of WBB #1. Hopefully I set new records at the gym today. I will be resting my thighs until at least tomorrow.

:strong:

-Superman-
09-22-2006, 12:46 PM
Slept 11 straight hours last night and my legs aren't sore anymore. Some major muscle building occurred though because I feel super strong. I also lost some meals due to sleeping but it isn't too bad. I weighed myself and I am still on pace.

For breakfast I decided to punish myself for not following strict diet orders:

-4 eggs (egg beater variety) (~300 calories)
-4 slices of French Toast (Aunt Jemima) (960 calories)
-1 glass of weightgainer with whole milk (~850 calories)
-5 grams of creatine
-1 bottle of water

2000+ calories later, I am ready to dominate the gym and the rest of my meals today!!!

-Superman-
09-23-2006, 09:01 PM
Started FitDay Journal:

So far I have consumed with at least 1 or 2 meals left:

3406 calories
141 grams of fat
311 grams of carbs
246 grams of protein

Did WBB #1 Day 5 today

-Superman-
10-02-2006, 11:07 PM
FitDay Journal:

4101 calories
126 grams of fat
469 grams of carbs
267 grams of protein

Changing from WBB #1 soon because I don't like the splits and I feel I am losing progress and weight.

-Superman-
10-02-2006, 11:10 PM
Been eating, eating, and eating like a monster!

I also switched out of WBB #1. It seems like a great routine on paper, but after talking with other members and thinking it over of what my body is capable of, I felt it was a waste of time and I was losing progress.

I created my own workout based on a 3 Day Mass Full Body Workout. Will post routine soon.

I have broken the 180 lbs barrier and currently I am 182 lbs raw.

I have also started doing deadlifts now.

My big 3 are 205 lbs bench, 135 lbs squat, 135 lbs dead.

Back to eating...

-Superman-
10-05-2006, 08:26 AM
All I can say is that I am glad I started Deadlifting. I am now a believer in that the deadlift is the best bulking exercise you can ever do. My bowling average has soared through the roof. The past 2 weeks I have averaged nearly 210. I have bowled in the 200's 5 of the last 6 games and the other bowlers don't know what is going on.

I gotta post some pics soon so you guys can give me tips on how to get ripped!

:)

-Superman-
10-05-2006, 06:23 PM
I have been eating whatever I can during work hours now to compensate for the feeling of fullness. I am at a point of no return now. Whenever the scale reads a lb lighter than before I go crazy.

I hit the gym today and improved my deadlift by 10 lbs!!! I must be genetically gifted or something. I am making huge progress. This summer I could only bench 135 lbs! Now I am hitting 200+ lbs! My squat still sucks as I think I have a slight knee injury to my left knee. I will keep squating until it gets worse though.

To this date: Bench: 205 lbs, Squat: 135 lbs, Dead: 145 lbs!!!

:strong:

-Superman-
10-10-2006, 02:06 PM
Been eating good and still gaining. Still need to put pics up.

Went to gym yesterday and set new records!

Finally was able to use a leg press machine (not squatting for 1 week to rest my knee) with more weight than 200 lb max that is at my apt. I did 290 lbs pretty easily.

I also increased my deadlift another 20 lbs to 165 lbs!

-Superman-
10-14-2006, 11:16 PM
Well I am definitely increasing and not slowing down. I am a mutant I think. Below are personal bests done during this period of time:

-Leg Press went from 290 lbs to 350 lbs X 10
-Chest Press Machine near apt (started at 130 lbs in July) has now been maxed out at 200 lbs X 3. It has terrible friction and not adjusted for my size because I can bench more than this.
-Pull Down 120 lbs to 130 lbs
-Deadlift from 165 lbs to 175 lbs X 8

-For food, same as usual --> eat until I almost puke.

I am clearly unstoppable now. I am hitting all the right steps. Slow but definitely steady progress. Hopefully I can post some pics this week.

:lurk:

-Superman-
10-16-2006, 06:49 PM
Went to the gym today. Ate a lot too.

So far I ate:

1) 4 eggs, 2 waffles, Milk, Water, Creatine, Multivitamin
2) 2 slices of cheese pizza, 2 Ham & Cheese sandwiches, pretzels
3) Gatorade
4) 2 KFC Chicken Snackers, 1 order of potato wedges
5 planned) 1 lb of hamburger helper or 1/2 lb of steak and side items
6 planned) 1 serving of weightgainer (Mighty 3000)

At the gym - broke new records below:

Hamstring curls: 100 lbs X 8
Deadlift: 185 lbs X 14

Progressing...

DarkSmurf
10-17-2006, 01:49 PM
GJ Superman.

Keep up the good work. Also, stick with the bowling. I used to bowl back in the day as well. I was about six when I started (I didnt even want to try it out, but my dad loved it) and stopped when I was 13-14ish. It has now been about 8-9 years since I've been out of it and unfortunately no 300's for me. A couple 279's and a 299 in which I left the 7 pin. Oh man the good ole days.

Good luck man!

Pete

Edit: Just to give you a point of reference I started lifting when I was about 120lbs. So dont let your friends discourage you. I was literally bench pressing the bar alone.

kartwheel
10-17-2006, 01:54 PM
hey superman, just keep eating. i was once 155lbs my senior year of high school. food does the body good.

Stumprrp
10-17-2006, 02:47 PM
keep up the great progress!

-Superman-
10-18-2006, 09:31 AM
GJ Superman.

Keep up the good work. Also, stick with the bowling. I used to bowl back in the day as well. I was about six when I started (I didnt even want to try it out, but my dad loved it) and stopped when I was 13-14ish. It has now been about 8-9 years since I've been out of it and unfortunately no 300's for me. A couple 279's and a 299 in which I left the 7 pin. Oh man the good ole days.

Good luck man!

Pete

Edit: Just to give you a point of reference I started lifting when I was about 120lbs. So dont let your friends discourage you. I was literally bench pressing the bar alone.

How you know I bowled? HAHA. Well I do and hopefully I can bowl a 300 tonight. I was close last week with a 243 and 246. Don't let the scores fool you, I had 9 strikes both games and then screwed it all up. Especially the 246, I got a 10 pin in the 10th frame. I hate 10 pins so I just said "F*** it" and bowled it down the middle and left. We were already losing by over 100 pins so I could of had a 300 and still lost. :)

-Superman-
10-18-2006, 09:33 AM
hey superman, just keep eating. i was once 155lbs my senior year of high school. food does the body good.

Yeah I wish I started this in college. I tried several times but studying and my 2 broken ankles set me back big time. I should be 200+ by now and ripped ridiculously. Our gym in college was state of the art since we were a top 10 football program.:)

-Superman-
10-18-2006, 09:34 AM
keep up the great progress!

Thanks. I am already getting more looks now from people all surprised, especially in the office. :)

Guido
10-18-2006, 10:19 AM
It's a great feeling, I know. People who hadn't seen me in a long while were dumbfounded. Instead of being called skinny, now people call me "big guy". Amazing what enough food and dedication can do for you.

-Superman-
10-18-2006, 08:36 PM
http://filebox.vt.edu/users/micarter/WBB%20(Restricted)/101706%20184%20lbs%2001.jpg

http://filebox.vt.edu/users/micarter/WBB%20(Restricted)/101706%20184%20lbs%2005.jpg

http://filebox.vt.edu/users/micarter/WBB%20(Restricted)/101706%20184%20lbs%2006.jpg

Don't laugh at me please.:cool:

Stumprrp
10-18-2006, 08:38 PM
nah dude! lookin real good! its cool when ppl notice, i was called big rob in soph/junior year because i was 280 lbs but ppl commended the weight loss, i dont think they know i got big, all that really shows in my shirt is traps (i wear xxl most of the time) if i wear 1 of these new hanes tee's in a medium that i just got i might be accused of roids! :D

-Superman-
10-18-2006, 08:40 PM
Thanks. I gotta find a way to post a front or back view of my lats. To me they are my best progress so far. They spread out pretty cool and I think they got bigger after doing deadlifts. :clap:

My six-pack is gone temporarily though. So I will try to not post pics of just my stomach HAHA.

Stumprrp
10-18-2006, 08:48 PM
haha i hear u on the tummy thats what im workin on, deadlifts hit the lats really hard.

russianwol
10-19-2006, 01:03 PM
Awesome progress from 155 and up. Keep working hard. Post better pics! Do some BB poses.

-Superman-
10-19-2006, 01:47 PM
Awesome progress from 155 and up. Keep working hard. Post better pics! Do some BB poses.

Haha. I need to practice my poses. I like the combination pose that Arnold did in the 70's. I am not into the ones that people do nowadays that look like robots and can hardly move. The one I am talking about is the one he shows practicing in his DVD where he shows his side --> back --> to shoulders slanted.

Also, you around Annandale?

-Superman-
10-19-2006, 05:57 PM
Came back from the gym! New records!

Deadlift went from 185 lbs to 205 lbs and still plenty more room for increase!
Benched most in my life in weight and reps at 205 X 4 with a projected 1 RM of 230 lbs!!!
Squat went well and increased I forgot but I think around 150 lbs!

This is awesome!!!

The secret... EAT!!!!!! I wish I broke it down to this simplicity years ago!!!

:strong: :strong: :strong:

kartwheel
10-21-2006, 08:58 AM
all i can say is good job. keep it going.

-Superman-
10-21-2006, 04:43 PM
http://filebox.vt.edu/users/micarter/WBB%20(Restricted)/102106%20003.jpg

http://filebox.vt.edu/users/micarter/WBB%20(Restricted)/102106%20002.jpg

Had a good workout today and just focused on dumbbells to strengthen my stabilizers in my arms. Felt a little pain in my left shoulder when trying to bench. So I stopped benching and will let it rest until Monday.

-Superman-
10-22-2006, 04:01 PM
I am starting to notice my abs are fading away quickly from the bulk. I have implemented more abs training in an effort to get them larger and stick out more. I miss my six-pack, but I'd rather be big all over and worry about my six-pack when I cut after hitting 200 lbs.
:clown:

jdeity
10-22-2006, 05:44 PM
come on necro, those abs won't come back by doing belly exercises, just keep it clean and wait for the time to start cutting.

-Superman-
10-22-2006, 05:49 PM
come on necro, those abs won't come back by doing belly exercises, just keep it clean and wait for the time to start cutting.

Ok. I never had this problem before. I always had a 6 pack because I was a lot lighter (around 150-155 lbs). Can you give me some tips to get my abs to keep pace with the rest of my muscles? Like how can I get them to stick out and be thick?

jdeity
10-22-2006, 06:38 PM
They'll grow fine, but if your bf% stays the same, you're bigger abs will just push that layer of fat farther out from your abdomen, it won't make hte lines between them more apparent - they'll still be blurred from the fat. (do you know who i am?)

-Superman-
10-22-2006, 07:51 PM
They'll grow fine, but if your bf% stays the same, you're bigger abs will just push that layer of fat farther out from your abdomen, it won't make hte lines between them more apparent - they'll still be blurred from the fat. (do you know who i am?)

wrestler?:angel:

Stumprrp
10-22-2006, 08:23 PM
arms are looking very good my friend keep up the progress, arent the bulking strength gains r3tarded?

jdeity
10-22-2006, 09:49 PM
wrestler?:angel:
ya

Vita
10-23-2006, 10:41 AM
good progress man!

i have a feeling those deads will rise faster than you'll realize! keep it up!

-Superman-
10-23-2006, 11:01 AM
good progress man!

i have a feeling those deads will rise faster than you'll realize! keep it up!

I hope so. I laughed at myself last week in disbelief at how much weight I am lifting, especially on the bench. My deadlifts though are beyond my wildest dreams. First of all, I never considered ever doing deadlifts because of all the back injury stories I heard in the past. So when I started, I just did the bar - 45 lbs. This was tough in itself. Now about 4 weeks later, I am deadlifting 205 lbs x 8! And in that time, I have gained some serious weight.
:D

-Superman-
10-23-2006, 05:21 PM
Back from gym:

New record: 215 lbs Deadlift up from 205 lbs last week.
Bench same: 230 lbs
Squat same: 135 lbs

Everything else about same with more reps.

I am now up to 186 lbs! I have been eating EVEN MORE!!!

:clap:

jdeity
10-23-2006, 07:31 PM
lol you're gonna *smash* that dl record every time you go, that's awesome. How many calories are you at now?

-Superman-
10-23-2006, 08:20 PM
lol you're gonna *smash* that dl record every time you go, that's awesome. How many calories are you at now?

I started at 6000 calories when I started. Then I dropped to around 5000. Now I am at around 4000-4500 / day. I dropped because of time restraints and the fact that I just got tired of eating all day long LOL. But I definitely consume in excess as you can see from my dramatic weight gains. I never thought I would reach this weight this fast or ever in my life. I am just dedicated and keep reading up about weightlifting/bodybuilding and following all the right steps.

:D

temps
10-26-2006, 05:09 PM
nice progress. very impressive.

-Superman-
10-26-2006, 06:48 PM
temps: you know where Annandale is?

Got back from the gym today. I am now RETIRED from the SMITH MACHINE. I have had only 1 injury so far since July when I started working out to the 200 lbs goal. And, I have come to conclusion it was the DAMN SMITH MACHINE!!! It messed up my left knee after a squat session. I thought I tore my ACL!!! I rested for a week and it healed up, whatever it was. Since then, I have had 0 injuries and moving along good.

Starting Hack squats today for the first time at 135 lbs. They are a little weird. I will be looking into lunges and using just the bar to practice form for when I find a gym that has a squat rack.

Everything else is the same. I weighed in today at 188 lbs! But I will wait a couple of days to make sure it's accurate before adding it to my sig.

Coming soon:

-More pics
-Complete workout routine (modified several times to get the size and look I want)

:thumbup:

-Superman-
10-26-2006, 10:14 PM
Had to post because I am happy after reading the scales.

Unofficially: 187.2 lbs
BF%: 19.5 %

I am now below 20% finally! I was at around 22 % BF. I have been doing more reps and eating less fat to burn off some of the unnecessary fat I had. I look leaner but I am heavier!

:D

jdeity
10-27-2006, 05:09 PM
are you doing weigh ins with an empty stomach (first thing in mornign before eating ne thign?)

kartwheel
10-28-2006, 09:20 AM
good job.

hardgainer169
10-28-2006, 01:05 PM
Superman, your dedication and drive are very impressive! I wish I was as determined as you! The results are very obvious; you are looking terrific! Keep it up man.

-Superman-
10-29-2006, 11:06 AM
are you doing weigh ins with an empty stomach (first thing in mornign before eating ne thign?)

Yeah when I wake up after I go to the bathroom. I just came home and visited friends and I feel huge compared to them. It was almost unreal because I still want to get bigger (currently around 187 lbs). When I hit 200 lbs, I may want to reach 210-220 lbs to look more filled in. But that is next year's goal. Right now I have about 2 months to gain about 13 lbs. I think it is very doable now that I have gained over 30 lbs since July.

:D

-Superman-
10-29-2006, 11:10 AM
Superman, your dedication and drive are very impressive! I wish I was as determined as you! The results are very obvious; you are looking terrific! Keep it up man.

kartwheel: Thanks for the support! :D

hardgainer169: Yeah, I am amazed at this dedication. I am just in a situation right now where I have all my concentration on this goal. I just know that when I reach 200 lbs, I will have something that money cannot buy, but only hardwork and time. This is the real attraction for me when it comes to bodybuilding and getting stronger. :D

Powdered_Power
10-30-2006, 05:33 AM
Take this as a compliment Superman, we weigh the same starting out and have the exact same goal so I took this journal as the inspiration to get my ass in gear and finally start on my own routine with everything in check!

Squat looks a little low after 3 months, but Im sure its harder for you 6 footers.

Keep up the great work man!

-Superman-
10-30-2006, 06:39 AM
Take this as a compliment Superman, we weigh the same starting out and have the exact same goal so I took this journal as the inspiration to get my ass in gear and finally start on my own routine with everything in check!

Squat looks a little low after 3 months, but Im sure its harder for you 6 footers.

Keep up the great work man!

Great compliment! :D

Yeah, the squat is lacking somewhat due to having no squat rack and me not overestimating my actual squat. My legs are pretty strong but I think it has to do with leverage and me not overdoing it yet due to previous ankle injuries. It might also be because 6'0" people and above have harder time doing it similar to people with long arms and benching.

Good luck with your goals.

:D

-Superman-
10-30-2006, 06:55 AM
Here is my current workout for those that have PM'ed me and others that are interested:

It is a full body workout 2.5 times a week. The 0.5 is more like maintenance work I do on Saturdays to compensate what I do during the week.

Monday:

-Bench Press 1 X 8, 1 X 8 (regular days), 1 X 8, 1 X 6, 1 X 5, 1 X 3, 1 X 2 (max days)
-Squat 2 X 8
-Military Press 2 X 8
-Leg Curls 1 X 8 (maxed weight)
-Standing Calf Raise 2 X 8
-Lever Seated Rows 2 X 8
-Cable Crossover Bicep Curls 2 X 10 (both arms the same time)
-Cable Crossover Chest/Shoulder Cross 3 X 10
-Cable Rear PullDown 2 X 8
-Barbell Deadlift 2 X 6
-Tricep PullDown 1 X 20

Tuesday:

Off

Wednesday:

I bowl in league (Off)

Thursday:

Same as Monday

Friday:

Off

Saturday:

Maintenance day:
Chest Press Machine 1 X 5 (90% max weight)
Dumbbell Bench Press 3 X 8 (works stabilizers)
Leg Press 1 X 20+ (90% max weight as many times as I can)
Dumbbell Pullover 1 X 15
Arnold Press 2 X 8
Hammer Curls 1 X 8
Cable Pulldown 1 X 8

Sunday:

Off (It's Football season)

I do abs work 1 to 2 times a week on a Roman chair at my apartment. Since I am bulking, I don't really care about this right now because I use abs as stabilizers for other workouts during the week.

I do NO cardio at all. I used to run track in high school so I know after a bulk I can lose whatever fat I have within a month.

Right now I eat 4-5 times a day and consume 250-300 grams of protein a day.

Good luck!

Edit: Workouts take usually 1.5 hours long and for each exercise for every workout I increase the rep number or the weight. I usually never increase sets because if I can do more sets, I would just increase the weight instead because I am bulking right now. I feel this type of increase is what has helped me the most to increase muscle mass because when you don't increase reps/weight you are just maintaining your size and not increasing your size.

:thumbup:

-Superman-
10-30-2006, 05:43 PM
Got back from gym:

New record: Deadlift 225 lbs!!!

Actually I did the 225 lbs deadlift 12 times so I could probably do a lot more. My form is pretty good. I don't use gloves or a belt yet and I feel no pain/stress in my back when I do it. It's all hamstrings! :D

jdeity
10-30-2006, 07:52 PM
Got back from gym:

New record: Deadlift 225 lbs!!!

Actually I did the 225 lbs deadlift 12 times so I could probably do a lot more. My form is pretty good. I don't use gloves or a belt yet and I feel no pain/stress in my back when I do it. It's all hamstrings! :D
Probably? lol i'm sure you could pull past 300. I personally hate any gloves, straps, belts, etc., but to each his own. I pulled over 400lbs w/o any equip whatsoever when i was weighing low 160's, i guess it always feels more pure to me if i'm holding it myself (no straps). deadlift is totally my all time favorite move.

Glad to see you still progressing, you've got me thinking about starting a new journal. Considering that i'm about to start a mini cycle soon, i may just have to do some before pics :clap:

-Superman-
10-30-2006, 09:41 PM
Probably? lol i'm sure you could pull past 300. I personally hate any gloves, straps, belts, etc., but to each his own. I pulled over 400lbs w/o any equip whatsoever when i was weighing low 160's, i guess it always feels more pure to me if i'm holding it myself (no straps). deadlift is totally my all time favorite move.

Glad to see you still progressing, you've got me thinking about starting a new journal. Considering that i'm about to start a mini cycle soon, i may just have to do some before pics :clap:

Yeah, my hands are taking a beating from deadlifts. Actually my hands are the big thing holding me back because I feel little to no stress in my back or hamstrings when I deadlift. All the pain goes to my hands. I think I am going to get gloves. But I will never wear a belt. I feel that just contradicts the lift in the first place. In competitions that I ok. But I want to get strong and I don't want to rely on braces and belts to get me there.

:D

-Superman-
11-01-2006, 12:28 PM
First week in a while that I haven't felt great about my gym performance or my eating habits. Actually, I thought about going to the gym last night, which would of been back-to-back workouts. On Monday I screwed up big time. Even though I set new PR's, I didn't feel big or pumped as I usually am. This was do to lack of food and no discipline. I gotta go bowling tonight and then Miami for the weekend. :(

When I get back, I will have under 2 months to reach 200 lbs. Don't worry though, I have big plans for when I get back. For 1 week straight I am eating 1 lb/day of hamburger helper and go to 2 or 3 a days of weightgainer. I will eat everything in sight. There is no way in hell I am going back to 155 lbs - not now, not ever!

:D

-Superman-
11-01-2006, 10:12 PM
Just got back from apt. gym to keep toned up.

I did the following in 30 minutes:

3 X 8 dumbbell bench presses @ 60 lbs per hand
3 X 8 arnold presses @ 35 lbs per hand
1 X 20 leg press @ 200 lbs
1 X 8 bicep curls @ 40 lbs per hand

I am looking more ripped than normal and the fat around my abs is slowly dissappearing. I can actually see all 6 muscles there, but nothing to brag about yet.

When I get back from Miami, I will hit the gym with full force and eat like a monster gone crazy.

:whip:

-Superman-
11-05-2006, 05:37 PM
Back from vacation and back to the gym and ready for final 2 months to hit 200 lbs!

-Leg Press 2 X 20 @ 200 lbs
-Butterfly Machine 1 X 10, 1 X 8
-Pull Down 1 X 10
-Dumbbell Bench Press 2 X 10, 1 X 8 @ 60 lbs
-Arnold Press 1 X 10, 1 X 8
-Cable Rows 2 X 10
-Horizontal Rows 1 X 10

BF % @ 18.8%
Weight: Unchanged

Going all out these final 2 months -> fast food, junk food, good food, weightgainer are all GOOD TO GO!

:thumbup:

Roddy
11-05-2006, 06:34 PM
.... I still want to get bigger (currently around 187 lbs). When I hit 200 lbs, I may want to reach 210-220 lbs to look more filled in. But that is next year's goal. Right now I have about 2 months to gain about 13 lbs. I think it is very doable now that I have gained over 30 lbs since July.

:D

Nice work bud, been in your shoes, 130lbs-190lbs. I found once i hit the high 180's i had really been pushing my dietary and supplementation limits.

I would hover and peak and dip ( 182lbs-187lbs -183lbs- 190lbs- and so on)

I took a look at things, after such a heavy bulk i had gotten fat in my eyes. 15% bf, and a gut that was embarassing....

Keep it clean for your push to get the next 13lbs in, and good luck. I found putting on those last few pounds to be torture.

Start doing your math on a cut, and consider a recomposition process in the near future.

Good work!:thumbup:

jdeity
11-06-2006, 07:49 AM
ditto to what roddy said. If you just up the junk food to increase calories, you may find you're feeding fat waay more than you wanted to. You should try upping the calories cleanly (you're doing fitday right? just keep tracking it and doing little bumps every few days), and keep adding protein unless you're already at an ungodly amount. on that topic, how much are you getting a day? typical sources?

-Superman-
11-06-2006, 08:48 AM
ditto to what roddy said. If you just up the junk food to increase calories, you may find you're feeding fat waay more than you wanted to. You should try upping the calories cleanly (you're doing fitday right? just keep tracking it and doing little bumps every few days), and keep adding protein unless you're already at an ungodly amount. on that topic, how much are you getting a day? typical sources?

When I use Fitday, which is very rarely because I hate looking back and counting ever thing I eat during a day, I usually have 250-300 grams of protein. Since then, I have upgraded to NLarge 2 which has over 50 grams of protein per serving it itself. So I would think I am getting over 300 grams of protein a day.

This whole week I will be adding 1 lb of hamburger helper per day to my diet. Lot's or protein, lot's of calories, and hopefully some decent gains. Hoping to see the scales hit 187-188 lbs! This is what I will need if I am to stay on pace to hit 200 lbs by Dec 31st!

:D

Vita
11-06-2006, 08:57 AM
that hamberger helper will fatten you up quick if you mean you're eating a whole box to yourself per day! good to see you packing that weight on!

-Superman-
11-06-2006, 08:59 AM
that hamberger helper will fatten you up quick if you mean you're eating a whole box to yourself per day! good to see you packing that weight on!

I hope it helps me gain the weight. It is relatively easy to eat unlike plain baked chicken or raw canned tuna. Also, it tastes pretty good. I will see what the scales say by the end of the week.

Hopefully today I will set a new PR with the deadlift because 225 lbs just didn't seem hard last week.

:D

jdeity
11-06-2006, 09:34 AM
Be careful. What's the point of hitting your 200lbs goal if you let your fat keep upping as well? You don't want to hit your goal and be like 22% bf do you?

-Superman-
11-06-2006, 09:54 AM
Be careful. What's the point of hitting your 200lbs goal if you let your fat keep upping as well? You don't want to hit your goal and be like 22% bf do you?

I don't really know what my BF% is anymore. I think the scale can't decipher between fat and muscle density because both are pretty close to each other density-wise. I have absolutely no gut. My abs are pretty visible. My arms and shoulders are pretty ripped. Even my quads are visible. I am also getting stronger every week. So until I see a gut or start seeing a bunch of fat on me, I doubt my BF% is what it says on the scale, although I measured at 18.8% yesterday and that seems more realistic than the 21-22% I saw last week.

-Superman-
11-06-2006, 10:46 AM
How serious I am taking my diet now is shown by what I have ate so far today and it is only 12:45 pm:

-1 NLarge 2
-1 Creatine
-McDonald's Deluxe Breakfast
-Stromboli (Pepperoni & Cheese covered in Meatsauce with Cheese Powder)
-2 Ham & Cheese Sandwiches with Tomato & Lettuce and side of pretzels
-2 bottles of water

Planned for the rest of today:

-0.5 lb of baked chicken
-2 cups of fried rice
-1 lbs of hamburger helper
-3 bottles of water
-1 NLarge 2

I don't plan on inputting this on Fitday, but you can see I am clearly focused on gaining weight these last 2 months.

I am also hitting the gym today with my full workout routine.

:thumbup:
:D

Edit: While eating the chicken and fried rice, I puked in my mouth. Oh my god, gaining weight is painful. OH GOD!!!

:cry:

Edit #2: Just got back from the gym and used weightlifting gloves for the first time. Everything felt lighter and easier. And like I predicted, new records were set with PLENTY of room for improvement:

-Benching went smooth 2 X 10 (no record, just good maintenance because I did chest work yesterday)
-Hack Squat 2 X 5 = NEW RECORD at 185 lbs
-Military Press 2 X 8 = NEW RECORD at 100 lbs
-Straight Barbell Bicep Curl 3 X 5 = NEW RECORD at 100 lbs (EZ Bar is more)
-Cable Rear Pulldown 2 X 10 (no record, just good maintenance)
-Deadlift 2 X 6 = NEW RECORD at 245 lbs!!!
-Leg Curls (no record, just at record)

Today was a VERY GOOD DAY!!!

jdeity
11-06-2006, 07:40 PM
yeah i puke (in my mouth or on the floor..) occasionally when i'm trying to keep a bulk too clean. I know it's so much healthier, but when i'm staring down that last thing of tuna or bland chicken, and i'm already sooo goddamned full, it can come back up after i swallow. then i realized i didn't need to keep it that clean and was still able to maintain low bf%, and now i'm only puking, mostly in my mouth, once in a while when i drink waaaaaay too much fluid around training (sometimes it's preworkout shake, during shake, a couple bottles of water, then a huge postworkout shake. then i feel vomit coming lol)

jdeity
11-06-2006, 07:41 PM
good job on those new records btw!!

-Superman-
11-06-2006, 07:56 PM
good job on those new records btw!!

Thanks. I knew the gloves would push me to new PR's. :D

Yeah, I threw out the rest of the chicken and fried rice. I couldn't take it anymore. Now I am eating hamburger helper, Italian flavor. :D I sometimes puke after drinking too much water too during a workout. It is crazy what we do to ourselves to get big. In the end, I know it will be worth it. It is what separates the great from the good.:hump:

-Superman-
11-07-2006, 11:10 AM
Today will be spent eating and resting. I am sore all over from 2 straight days of workout. So far I have ate:

Breakfast:
-4 eggs (eggbeater variety)
-1 lbs of ham (yes it was painful to eat and didn't look great either)
-2 glasses of milk
-1 serving of creatine

Lunch #1:
-1 bottle of water
-1 Stromboli

Lunch #2:
-2 bags of potato chips
-2 roasted turkey, american cheese, lettuce, tomato, on italian sandwiches

Lunch #3:
-Chinese chicken & broccoli w/ rice

Dinner #1:
-NLarge 2

Dinner #2:
-?

YES, PLAYTIME HAS ENDED. IT IS TIME TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT THIS AND THE TIME IS NOW!!!!

I weighed myself this morning and was at 189 lbs!!!!!! - unofficially. I will wait a couple of days to see if this is really true.

:thumbup:

Stumprrp
11-07-2006, 11:41 AM
weight gain and strength is getting good man, just be a little safe on that diet, 2 bags of chips is not very good, lol, and im one hell of a cheater.

if your having a hard time with the food, u can make an EASY 1k cal shake to drink during the hour, my personal fav. is..

16 oz milk (i used 1% so whole would be even more cals)
2 scoops of what ever protien you use
2 large tbps peanut butter
2 packets of oatmeal

bingo

jdeity
11-07-2006, 01:38 PM
lol i have a 1000 calorie shake every morning that i nurse for my first hour awake, right after my coffee

-Superman-
11-07-2006, 02:52 PM
weight gain and strength is getting good man, just be a little safe on that diet, 2 bags of chips is not very good, lol, and im one hell of a cheater.

if your having a hard time with the food, u can make an EASY 1k cal shake to drink during the hour, my personal fav. is..

16 oz milk (i used 1% so whole would be even more cals)
2 scoops of what ever protien you use
2 large tbps peanut butter
2 packets of oatmeal

bingo

Cool stuff! I also got backup food when I am short of calories or I want to give myself the extra edge in calories. I usually get 1 or 2 Big Mac's since they are over 500 calories a piece. Not healthy and probably wouldn't work with most people, but I still have a flat and semi-6 pack stomach and a real fast metabolism, so it doesn't do me any harm - yet.

I am just glad I am back on pace with my diet and 200 lbs goal since coming back from vacation.

:D

-Superman-
11-08-2006, 11:50 AM
Today started off okay with diet. Here is what I have, and what I will eat today:

-1 NLarge 2
-1 Creatine
-2 Bottles of Water
-Cheeseburger with tomato, lettuce, pickle, bun
-Boardwalk french fries
-2 Slices of cheese pizza
-Mexican Wrap
-1 Bottle of Water
-1 Hamburger Helper

At movies to see Borat:
-1 Nachos and Popcorn

Last meal:
-Spagetti or Pasta
-1 to 2 glasses of milk

Hope to Not Do:
-Puke

Back to Lifting Tomorrow!

:thumbup:

Vita
11-08-2006, 02:14 PM
what are you doing out of the gym?

get in there and bust out some PRs!!!!!

how'd you like them gloves with deads? my grip starts slipping and i was thinking i should start using mine for deads, maybe everything because they'll create a "thicker" bar and train grip a bit. or are you not to where grip is failing yet?

jdeity
11-08-2006, 02:29 PM
Today started off okay with diet. Here is what I have, and what I will eat today:

-1 NLarge 2
-1 Creatine
-2 Bottles of Water
-Cheeseburger with tomato, lettuce, pickle, bun
-Boardwalk french fries
-2 Slices of cheese pizza
-Mexican Wrap
-1 Bottle of Water
-1 Hamburger Helper

At movies to see Borat:
-1 Nachos and Popcorn

Last meal:
-Spagetti or Pasta
-1 to 2 glasses of milk

Hope to Not Do:
-Puke

Back to Lifting Tomorrow!

:thumbup:
How much protein does that give you? be careful, i hope you don't put on a bunch of fat. How many calories are there?

-Superman-
11-08-2006, 02:37 PM
what are you doing out of the gym?

get in there and bust out some PRs!!!!!

how'd you like them gloves with deads? my grip starts slipping and i was thinking i should start using mine for deads, maybe everything because they'll create a "thicker" bar and train grip a bit. or are you not to where grip is failing yet?

Gloves were the best thing to happen to me since the Deadlift itself. I broke 4 PR's I think this past Monday. :D I don't care about the few members here that made fun of me in a thread about gloves in the Bodybuilding forum. My skin tears at 225 lbs deadlift. So it is only logical that I wear gloves if I can do more. I did 245 lbs on Monday and for several reps (around 10). I know I can 1 RM 300 lbs now for sure. :D Get gloves and you will be surprised.

:thumbup:

Edit: My grip wasn't failing (I can hold the bar with my fingertips actually). It was my skin was tearing off my palms and fingers. Someone laughed at me here when I said another gym dude was bleeding after benching 250 lbs with the same bar.

-Superman-
11-08-2006, 02:41 PM
How much protein does that give you? be careful, i hope you don't put on a bunch of fat. How many calories are there?

I'll do a Fitday this Friday or at least this weekend to see where I am at. The fitday's in the past were over 4000 calories and around 275-300 grams of protein. I disregard what is normal and have since shot up to the weight I am now and gotten several times stronger. :D

Edit: The way I look at it is that the side effects can't be worse or more risky than steriods. I never heard anyone eat enough to have the problems steroids can cause. Plus, it's a lot cheaper. :D

Edit #2: I am eating Hamburger Helper as I write this. I am usually eating when I post here LOL!!!

Vita
11-08-2006, 02:51 PM
diet only helps if you're in the gym...

just playin'


i've got some gloves and i'm going to toss them in the gym bag for friday. at 290 my grip is beginning to fail after 3-4 reps and it won't get stronger if i don't keep picking up heavy weight. i also use double overhand grip though.

since you're into the compound stuff, i'd suggest getting "Starting Strength." Got my copy last night and am totally satisfied with what i've read so far. since we're at about the same point in our lifting i think you might benefit from having it. i think anyone doing squats or deads should. **end promotion of my new bible...**

why aren't you getting to the gym until tomorrow?

mickyjune26
11-08-2006, 03:01 PM
Tearing skin? Man, that's too bad. Great work on the deads. Keep it up!

jdeity
11-08-2006, 05:21 PM
I disregard what is normal and have since shot up to the weight I am now and gotten several times stronger. :D


what are you referring to? you seem to be doing a textbook, no-gear bulk as far as i've seen.


as far as the bar, yeah, i've seen some that are gnurled so much it ****s your hands. gotta check the others, the gym i last saw taht at had multiple bars, only one was like that.

if that's all that's there, i suggest you just deal with it. your hands will toughen up in no time. different strokes for different folks. dunno about everyone, but i find something very pure about no straps, no gloves, etc. I use chalk (and even switch grip if heavy enough) when dl'ing, but asides that it's always me versus iron, with nothing in between

jdeity
11-08-2006, 05:24 PM
vita, that avatar is amazing. one of the coolest i've seen...

why not just buy some chalk instead? that'll give you the grip you need. also, on 290, unless you're really small, you should probably be gripping that bar with a double overhand. i'm kind of anal on that, i seriously don't start doing switch grip until quite past that, and i'm only in the 150's. (for chalk, go to ems. they have these balls of chalk, kind of inside mesh. you just hodl the ball and you're good. i love that thing, so easy to use, less mess than real chalk chunks.)

Stumprrp
11-08-2006, 05:32 PM
you arsehole i wish i could eat big macs and get away with it, although my metab. has sped up greatly since i started lifting

-Superman-
11-08-2006, 09:05 PM
diet only helps if you're in the gym...

just playin'


i've got some gloves and i'm going to toss them in the gym bag for friday. at 290 my grip is beginning to fail after 3-4 reps and it won't get stronger if i don't keep picking up heavy weight. i also use double overhand grip though.

since you're into the compound stuff, i'd suggest getting "Starting Strength." Got my copy last night and am totally satisfied with what i've read so far. since we're at about the same point in our lifting i think you might benefit from having it. i think anyone doing squats or deads should. **end promotion of my new bible...**

why aren't you getting to the gym until tomorrow?

I do full body:

-Monday
-Thursday
-Saturday

and sometimes Friday because Saturday is more of a 0.5 day

:D

-Superman-
11-08-2006, 09:05 PM
Tearing skin? Man, that's too bad. Great work on the deads. Keep it up!

Thanks!

:D

-Superman-
11-08-2006, 09:07 PM
what are you referring to? you seem to be doing a textbook, no-gear bulk as far as i've seen.


as far as the bar, yeah, i've seen some that are gnurled so much it ****s your hands. gotta check the others, the gym i last saw taht at had multiple bars, only one was like that.

if that's all that's there, i suggest you just deal with it. your hands will toughen up in no time. different strokes for different folks. dunno about everyone, but i find something very pure about no straps, no gloves, etc. I use chalk (and even switch grip if heavy enough) when dl'ing, but asides that it's always me versus iron, with nothing in between

Now that I am using my gloves, my hands are starting to heal up. :D They don't have chalk at the gym. My gym is probably the worst one here compared to other members. I know it is the worst one I've ever been a member of. I used to use Gold's Gym and I miss it a lot. I regret not doing these exercises there and waste time on the treadmill. :(

-Superman-
11-08-2006, 09:08 PM
you arsehole i wish i could eat big macs and get away with it, although my metab. has sped up greatly since i started lifting

I can eat a Large Pizza from Dominos, several hamburgers in a day, and eat all the junk food I want and still not get a gut. My metabolism is off the charts I think. Everyone in my family, young and old, are thin. :D

Vita
11-08-2006, 09:16 PM
I do full body:

-Monday
-Thursday
-Saturday

and sometimes Friday because Saturday is more of a 0.5 day

:D

i see, i was wondering why you had such a gap, assumed the typical M/W/F

-Superman-
11-08-2006, 09:18 PM
i see, i was wondering why you had such a gap, assumed the typical M/W/F

I bowl on Wednesdays so I would have MWF if I could. :D

-Superman-
11-09-2006, 08:10 AM
Today is a big day. So far I feel fresh and will be breaking more PR's. PR's expected to be broken today include Deadlift (Going for 250 lbs at least), Military Press (Who knows but I know it will be a big PR gain), Leg Press (I wanna see what I can press now; I don't do presses much so don't tell me that they are worthless), Hack Squat (200 lbs???), and anything else I feel like taking to the LIMIT!!!

NLarge 2 is really burning the fat off nicely. I think it's from the other ingredients it has that weightgainers like Mighty 3000 don't have like L-Arginine and glutamine. My wings (lats) are spreading nicely too. I should post updated pics this weekend!

I love breaking new records!!! Hopefully my big 3 will hit 700 lbs by December!

:D
:thumbup:

Workout later today to be posted later...

jdeity
11-09-2006, 08:45 AM
I do full body:

-Monday
-Thursday
-Saturday

and sometimes Friday because Saturday is more of a 0.5 day

:D
If your gains are slowing, you may want to try new routines. Have you been doing full body 3 times a week this whole time? Maybe your newer, higher volume isn't giving you the time to recover like you were when you were newer.



I can eat a Large Pizza from Dominos, several hamburgers in a day, and eat all the junk food I want and still not get a gut. My metabolism is off the charts I think. Everyone in my family, young and old, are thin. :D
just remember that, no matter how high your metabolism is, you can still put on fat. You said you think you're high teens now, did you have a six pack upon starting your bulk? given your stats, i wouldn't necessarily just gorge on some of that stuff, especially w/o calipers and fitday to be sure i'm not adding fat at any quick rate.


NLarge 2 is really burning the fat off nicely. I think it's from the other ingredients it has that weightgainers like Mighty 3000 don't have like L-Arginine and glutamine. My wings (lats) are spreading nicely too. I should post updated pics this weekend!

Nlarge isn't burning off fat, it's just that you've either reduced calories in or increased energy expenditure. Nlarge is just powdered food, a malto/whey blend if my memory serves (somewhere in the 3:1 carb:protein range i believe). Also, your mighty 3000 almost certainly had glutamine and arginine if it had protein. a glass of milk has those. But, don't think those aminos are going to be helping you lose fat, because it's gonna come down to your energy balance, always.


i'm looking forward to your new pr's today, it's cool you're pulling new records every time. Are they still coming very easy? Why not smash them further each time?(like if you're plowing through your new dl max, keep adding 25lbs until you're struggling, if you weren't already. i'm not quite sure if you're struggling to break these pr's each time, or if you're just breezing through them but not trying to add too much to make it hard.

-Superman-
11-09-2006, 09:24 AM
If your gains are slowing, you may want to try new routines. Have you been doing full body 3 times a week this whole time? Maybe your newer, higher volume isn't giving you the time to recover like you were when you were newer.



just remember that, no matter how high your metabolism is, you can still put on fat. You said you think you're high teens now, did you have a six pack upon starting your bulk? given your stats, i wouldn't necessarily just gorge on some of that stuff, especially w/o calipers and fitday to be sure i'm not adding fat at any quick rate.


Nlarge isn't burning off fat, it's just that you've either reduced calories in or increased energy expenditure. Nlarge is just powdered food, a malto/whey blend if my memory serves (somewhere in the 3:1 carb:protein range i believe). Also, your mighty 3000 almost certainly had glutamine and arginine if it had protein. a glass of milk has those. But, don't think those aminos are going to be helping you lose fat, because it's gonna come down to your energy balance, always.


i'm looking forward to your new pr's today, it's cool you're pulling new records every time. Are they still coming very easy? Why not smash them further each time?(like if you're plowing through your new dl max, keep adding 25lbs until you're struggling, if you weren't already. i'm not quite sure if you're struggling to break these pr's each time, or if you're just breezing through them but not trying to add too much to make it hard.

For the deadlift and the squat I am pretty sure I have a LONG way to go. I don't use any belt, I just started to use gloves, and I still can rep out 10-15 easily. I stop just to get water. It is amazing - especially the deadlift. I never imagined being able to pick up so much weight off the ground. It really is all about technique. I still feel no stress in my back when deadlifting either. I use my hamstrings a lot. I just don't want to blast through PR by 50 lbs or more and then the next day regret it because I progressed too fast.

For squat, I am doing hack squats now since the gym doesn't have a squat rack. I did 185 lbs with ease on Monday.

For bench, I am near my max at 230 lbs. I am sure if I just did 1 rep and that is it, I could hit near 250 lbs.

I had a 6-pack before the bulk. I used to run all the time and had little fat. My 6-pack is coming through again because I have been training my abs again on a roman chair bench.

:thumbup:

D Bay
11-09-2006, 03:54 PM
I admire your dedication, that's a high goal to set, but you seem like you're right on track. What are you weighin' right now?

-Superman-
11-09-2006, 05:22 PM
I admire your dedication, that's a high goal to set, but you seem like you're right on track. What are you weighin' right now?

I weighed in at 189 lbs a few days ago. But I was suspicious. Officially now I am 187 lbs!!! 13 lbs to go to prove ALL the doubter's wrong. I will love it on Dec 31st. This journal will be a source for all to follow wanting to do what I have accomplished!!

:D

-Superman-
11-09-2006, 05:45 PM
Oooooooh the workout was a WORKOUT FROM HELL!!!

-Bench Press 1 X 11, 1 X 6
-Lunges (to replace hack squats because I hate hack squats lifting my shorts up from the back) 2 X 8
-Dumbbell Pullovers 1 X 15
-Military Press 2 X 8 @ 100 lbs new PR!!! :D
-EZ Bar Bicep Curl 2 X 8 @ 95 lbs
-Calf Raises 3 X 10 @ 225 lbs
-Cable Rear Pulldown 3 X 10
-Dips 1 X 10
-Barbell Deadlift 1 X 8, 1 X 6 @ 265 lbs new PR!!!!!!! by 20 lbs since Monday and 40 lbs for the week!!!!! :D
-Wrist Curl 1 X 8 @ 45 lbs

This week I am back on track!!!

Here is a photo of my back. More pictures to come. Taking pictures of yourself can be hard. :D

http://filebox.vt.edu/users/micarter/WBB%20(Restricted)/110806%20Workout%20014.jpg

jdeity
11-09-2006, 07:23 PM
great progress man. i'm gonna suggest again tho that you move up quicker... take this for what it's worth, but my feeling is as follows. You are doing sets on the major lifts (except bench) with sub-optimal weights. Sure, they are pr's for you, but i believe (and so do you) that you are capable of quite a lot more. I feel that if you are truly only at, say, 75-85% of your real pr's, then the workouts where you're doing those aren't going to be as effective as if you just bumped it up to where you were supposed to be in the first place. (obviously you don't want to hurt yourself, so just keep adding weight slowly and be cautious).

Let's look at deadlifts. You've hit a pr today of 265. I'm gonna guess that you should be well past 300. Seeing as how your gains are starting to stagnate a bit, at least compared to before, maybe by getting to your real 1rm's, not just your current pr's, you will be able to cause more damage to cause more repair to cause more growth.

I guess it just seems to me that you're not even approaching your capabilities in some of these lifts, and that maybe doing so would give you a good boost in results.

Vita
11-10-2006, 08:13 AM
you can actually minimize progress boing doing things as such per Rippetoe's Starting Strength (just read this part last night).

obviously you have to feel things out, but it essentially comes down to being able to shoot past where you "should" be using progressive resistance, effectively sustaining the progress for a longer time instead of hitting that wall and progressing more slowly than you would if you are to just follow the program and keep moving up little by little, if you can progress past that point at all without getting into periodization, which is unnecessary if the weight is continually moving up by just incrementing the weight on the bar.

not saying your advice is bad, as i'm sure it's got its place, yet by allowing the body to adapt more slowly it leaves more room for continual progression. i'd love to be more technical, as it is one of the key points of program design in Starting Strength, but i've only just begun to scratch the surface of that book so far.

again, it all comes down to feeling your body out and in the thread you started you mention your body being in a constant state of recovery already and jumping right up to your limits may slow progress, then again it may not...

Stumprrp
11-10-2006, 08:25 AM
wow man, truely great progress, and to think you are still lean with that awesome diet (serious i love crazy bulking diets, i used to do one :D) is amazing.

almost there, just becareful you dont overtrain as you stated in that other thread.

*THE POWER OF FULL BODY WORKOUTS!!*

-Superman-
11-10-2006, 08:39 AM
wow man, truely great progress, and to think you are still lean with that awesome diet (serious i love crazy bulking diets, i used to do one :D) is amazing.

almost there, just becareful you dont overtrain as you stated in that other thread.

*THE POWER OF FULL BODY WORKOUTS!!*

I fully support full body workouts. If given the time and the energy, I feel they are far superior when it comes to bulking than split day workouts. I am truly ******* sore right now though. Those lunges ripped my thighs apart which is good :D. My shoulders and chest are sore. My arms are sore. My back is kind of sore.

I am just surprised at my shoulders and back in the picture above ^^^. Just a few months ago I had ZERO DEFINITION. Everyday I go to the gym is like Christmas to me. The progress is that good. :D

:thumbup:

-Superman-
11-10-2006, 08:44 AM
great progress man. i'm gonna suggest again tho that you move up quicker... take this for what it's worth, but my feeling is as follows. You are doing sets on the major lifts (except bench) with sub-optimal weights. Sure, they are pr's for you, but i believe (and so do you) that you are capable of quite a lot more. I feel that if you are truly only at, say, 75-85% of your real pr's, then the workouts where you're doing those aren't going to be as effective as if you just bumped it up to where you were supposed to be in the first place. (obviously you don't want to hurt yourself, so just keep adding weight slowly and be cautious).

Let's look at deadlifts. You've hit a pr today of 265. I'm gonna guess that you should be well past 300. Seeing as how your gains are starting to stagnate a bit, at least compared to before, maybe by getting to your real 1rm's, not just your current pr's, you will be able to cause more damage to cause more repair to cause more growth.

I guess it just seems to me that you're not even approaching your capabilities in some of these lifts, and that maybe doing so would give you a good boost in results.

I know what you are saying. But, I just like to keep the pace controlled and not try to be a superhero and see how much my body can really lift. Knowing how I am with challenges I might self-injure myself because I will probably push my body well past limits and find out the next day I ripped apart the muscles from my bone, or tore ligaments, or ruptured a hernia or something.

The deadlift progression isn't easy at all. I am not picking the weight up off the ground like it is nothing, but I am picking it up with controlled ease. It's hard to explain. I can feel it is really heavy, but my technique and my strength is able to life it completely and correctly several times. I could have done 265 lbs x 20 yesterday but I just got tired of having the weight slam to the floor and I was getting dizzy LOL. I wonder what my 1 RM really is on the deadlift. It could be shocking - at least to me. :D

Also, I don't use a belt on any exercise. (for those readers that are wondering that) :D

:thumbup:

-Superman-
11-10-2006, 08:46 AM
you can actually minimize progress boing doing things as such per Rippetoe's Starting Strength (just read this part last night).

obviously you have to feel things out, but it essentially comes down to being able to shoot past where you "should" be using progressive resistance, effectively sustaining the progress for a longer time instead of hitting that wall and progressing more slowly than you would if you are to just follow the program and keep moving up little by little, if you can progress past that point at all without getting into periodization, which is unnecessary if the weight is continually moving up by just incrementing the weight on the bar.

not saying your advice is bad, as i'm sure it's got its place, yet by allowing the body to adapt more slowly it leaves more room for continual progression. i'd love to be more technical, as it is one of the key points of program design in Starting Strength, but i've only just begun to scratch the surface of that book so far.

again, it all comes down to feeling your body out and in the thread you started you mention your body being in a constant state of recovery already and jumping right up to your limits may slow progress, then again it may not...

Confused with your post. But I think you are saying my slow but continual progression is a good idea? Thanks. :D

:thumbup:

Stumprrp
11-10-2006, 08:49 AM
is this your first true lifting experience? these past few bulking months?

Vita
11-10-2006, 09:26 AM
Confused with your post. But I think you are saying my slow but continual progression is a good idea? Thanks. :D

:thumbup:

according to Starting Strength it's the best way to progress if it's working for you still, eventually you'll hit a wall but there's no need to rush it. maybe i can elaborate more after i dig a little deeper this weekend...

-Superman-
11-10-2006, 09:26 AM
is this your first true lifting experience? these past few bulking months?

I lifted weights off/on before this. But I only did bench press and a bunch of newbie exercises (bicep curls, treadmill, situps, tricep pulldown, leg curls, leg extensions, etc.). I never did a deadlift until this bulk and never did squats. Those were scary to me LOL!!! But I did my research and read up on how to do them and watched lots of videos. So one day a couple months ago while already into my bulking goals and using just machines at my apt gym, I joined another gym. There I saw they had the tools that I needed. Then I picked up the 45 lbs bench bar and did some deadlifts. I did squats too with the bar. I thought I tore my back apart and couldn't walk correctly for a couple of days. 45 lbs was a lot to me back then LOL!!! Then I did more reading and kept eating like a madman. Now 4 months later, I am a totally new person physically and still getting big at a very fast rate. What I see people fail at is the discipline and the eating. Anyone can go to the gym and lift weights, and some may even be doing the good compounds like me with deadlifts, military press, squat, bench, etc. But, very few are willing to eat all day long periodically and do this everyday for a long time. They don't like the feeling (I know I don't). Or they get sick and feel like puking. Many don't want to hit that limit every meal like me and the few others that are successful. I have puked several times during this bulk and have averaged 4000-5000 calories daily for 4 months straight. It seems quite easy to do on paper, but is extremely hard to do in reality.

This is the strongest, heaviest, and biggest I have ever been in my life. :D

:thumbup:

-Superman-
11-10-2006, 03:52 PM
I've been eating like a crazy ****er****er the past couple of days. I am not talking about 500 or 1000 calories over, I am talking about several thousand over daily allowance like 5000-6000 calories!!!

Today I had so far:

-1 NLarge 2
-1 Creatine
-1 Multivitamin
-1 McDonald's Big Deluxe Breakfast
-1 Cheeseburger with tomato, lettuce, pickle, bun
-1 Stromboil with meat sauce
-16 ounce of Milk
-2 Bottles of water
-1 0.5 lb of hamburger helper (Lasagna edition)
-1 Bottle of water

With more to come!!! I am stuffed!!! I also weighed myself earlier RAW and was at 190 lbs!!!

HOLY CRAP, is this FOR REAL??????

And I still have the whole weekend to eat.

:clap: :french: :bow:

jdeity
11-10-2006, 04:47 PM
you can actually minimize progress boing doing things as such per Rippetoe's Starting Strength (just read this part last night).

obviously you have to feel things out, but it essentially comes down to being able to shoot past where you "should" be using progressive resistance, effectively sustaining the progress for a longer time instead of hitting that wall and progressing more slowly than you would if you are to just follow the program and keep moving up little by little, if you can progress past that point at all without getting into periodization, which is unnecessary if the weight is continually moving up by just incrementing the weight on the bar.

not saying your advice is bad, as i'm sure it's got its place, yet by allowing the body to adapt more slowly it leaves more room for continual progression. i'd love to be more technical, as it is one of the key points of program design in Starting Strength, but i've only just begun to scratch the surface of that book so far.

again, it all comes down to feeling your body out and in the thread you started you mention your body being in a constant state of recovery already and jumping right up to your limits may slow progress, then again it may not...
i may have written that in a confusing manner - i don't mean he needs to get to max out, although i don't feel that woudl be bad (not saying 1rm's should be base of program or anything, but i feel they're still good to do). What i meant was that i don't believe he's even close to where he needs to be, based on teh rate he's progressing and his body weight. Also things like the fact that he's only dl'ing 40 more pounds than he's bench pressing.

I'm not disagreeing with what you say, but i feel like he's just too low to be doing the most effective workout. If i'm capable of dl'ing 400lbs, and i'm just doing sets with 200, you can't really think that, irrelevant of whatever program i'm following, i'll be maximizing my gains.

jdeity
11-10-2006, 04:49 PM
according to Starting Strength it's the best way to progress if it's working for you still, eventually you'll hit a wall but there's no need to rush it. maybe i can elaborate more after i dig a little deeper this weekend...
he was hitting a wall. he was doing great and putting on tons of weight quickly. then he hit a point where he started slowing hard, so he started throwing way more calories at it. I personally feel that he just needs to go heavier, since i don't believe he's anywhere near where he should be. I certainly do not disagree with your book/ideas, i believe it is great to keep doing baby steps and getting farther each time. But that's not what he's doing. He's taking giant leaps because he's not close to his potential weights yet.

btw that's some good eating superman.

-Superman-
11-10-2006, 07:10 PM
he was hitting a wall. he was doing great and putting on tons of weight quickly. then he hit a point where he started slowing hard, so he started throwing way more calories at it. I personally feel that he just needs to go heavier, since i don't believe he's anywhere near where he should be. I certainly do not disagree with your book/ideas, i believe it is great to keep doing baby steps and getting farther each time. But that's not what he's doing. He's taking giant leaps because he's not close to his potential weights yet.

btw that's some good eating superman.

Thanks. The hamburger helper has really packed on the lbs I think. I just came back from sweating like a maniac after bowling 6 games: 209, 216, 197, 194, and 2 that sucked, and I still weigh 190 lbs!!! I will weigh again tomorrow morning to see if this is really true. :D:clap:

Stumprrp
11-10-2006, 10:42 PM
im suprised you have put on such little fat with such high calories, truely super, alot of guys have a hard time putting down tons of cals, im not one of them :D (for example, i had 2 dinners, first 1 was a 14 oz tbone with broccoli and second was 9 oz filet with sweat potato vegys and bread, clean yet full of cals!)

mickyjune26
11-10-2006, 10:57 PM
congrats on getting closer to your goals.

-Superman-
11-10-2006, 11:01 PM
congrats on getting closer to your goals.

Thanks. :D

Stumprrp: Yeah, my metabolism is playing a HUGE role in my size and fat %. 9 guys out of 10 eating what I have been eating would have a fat belly and have almost no muscle definition. I am still pretty ripped I think - especially when the scale says now 21.5% BF - cough*BS*cough. When I cut, hopefully I can get the camera to show my muscle lines. I am not sure what to call it. But before the bulk, you could see individual muscle strains in my shoulders, chest, and arms. It's pretty cool. I am going to eat a lot tomorrow and will post some FitDay stuff too. :D

:thumbup:

Stumprrp
11-11-2006, 05:48 AM
it sure is my friend, consider yourself lucky lol. 200 by the 31st at the rate you are going is no problem.

-Superman-
11-11-2006, 09:46 AM
Today I will probably rest because my muscles are still sore and probably growing and here's why:

I am going for 10,000 calories this weekend!!! (5000 each day). I am using FitDay too just so people get an idea of what I am eating. It will be updated as I eat throughout the day:

Saturday:

Breakfast
Ham Steak 3 oz ( 2.5 cup, cooked, diced ) 250 10 5 35
Scrambled egg, made from packaged liquid mixture ( 1 cup, cooked (made from 15 tablespoons of uncooked liquid mixture) ) 120 0 4 24
Milk, NFS ( 2 cup ) 247 10 23 16
Muffin, English ( 1 muffin ) 136 1 27 4
Peanut butter Jif Creamy ( 2 tablespoon ) 190 16 7 8
Total 944 37 66 88

Lunch #1
Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich ( 1 sandwich ) 410 16 38 28
Chick-fil-A Waffle Potato Fries (med) ( 1 cup, NFS ) 350 17 46 4
Sprite ( 32 fl oz ) 384 0 96 0

Lunch #2
Fast foods, nachos, with cheese ( 7 cubic inch ) 346 19 36 9

Dinner #1
Entrees, pizza with cheese ( 1 pizza (12" dia) ) 1122 26 164 61
Salad dressing, KRAFT Ranch Dressing ( 2 tablespoons ) 148 16 1 0

Dinner #2
Apple juice ( 2 cup ) 233 1 58 0
N-Large 2 ( 152 gram ) 580 6 78 52


Totals:
Calories = 4640
Fat g = 142
Carb g = 595
Protein g = 251

Came up 360 calories short. But, because I set high goals, coming up short isn't too bad. 4640 calories is a lot for anyone!

:thumbup:

Stumprrp
11-11-2006, 09:49 AM
nice breakfast man, my record breakfast was i think 1400 cals, lol. why not real eggs? i gotta say you do need alot of eggs to make a good bulking portion of scrambled, i just made 8 for me and my dad, 6 for me lol.

-Superman-
11-11-2006, 09:51 AM
nice breakfast man, my record breakfast was i think 1400 cals, lol. why not real eggs? i gotta say you do need alot of eggs to make a good bulking portion of scrambled, i just made 8 for me and my dad, 6 for me lol.

I don't care much about the fat, but I do care about the cholestrol LOL. My relatives have had high cholesterol in the past so I am avoiding it when I can. :D Also, egg beaters are easy to make, just pour and no cracking needed. :D

-Superman-
11-12-2006, 09:52 AM
Today is the 2nd day of my 10,000-calories-in-a-weekend-goal (Did 4640 yesterday Saturday). If I workout it will be after the Steelers game since I will be at Heinz Field to watch them lose. :D

Sunday:

Breakfast
Corned Beef Hash ( 2 cup ) 780 48 44 42
Scrambled egg, made from packaged liquid mixture ( 1 cup, cooked (made from 15 tablespoons of uncooked liquid mixture) ) 120 0 4 24
Milk, NFS ( 2 cup ) 247 10 23 16
Muffin, English ( 1 muffin ) 136 1 27 4
Peanut butter Jif Creamy ( 2 tablespoon ) 190 16 7 8
Total 1474 75 105 95

Lunch
Fast foods, nachos, with cheese ( 10 cubic inch ) 494 27 52 13
Beer ( 32 fl oz ) 394 0 36 3
Milk, NFS ( 2 cup ) 247 10 23 16
Muffin, English ( 1 muffin ) 136 1 27 4
Peanut butter Jif Creamy ( 2 tablespoon ) 190 16 7 8

Dinner
Passed out after Steelers game... Total disaster

Totals
Calories = 2935
Fat g = 129
Carb g = 249
Protein g = 139

Total calories for the weekend = 7575

A little under 4000 calories/day. If it wasn't for the football game, I would of definitely made it to 10000 calories for the weekend. I will try to track my fitday stuff one of the days during this week.

:thumbup:

Stumprrp
11-12-2006, 09:48 PM
HAHA nice 32 oz beer, what a sick diet lol

-Superman-
11-13-2006, 09:25 AM
HAHA nice 32 oz beer, what a sick diet lol

LOL! It is rare when I drink. But I had to because of the football game. I have seen that alcohol slows protein synthesis and muscle building so I usually just drink milk and water. Hopefully I will do good in the gym today after 3 days rest. :D

-Superman-
11-13-2006, 07:52 PM
Went to the gym after bowling 6 games. So naturally I was tired by the time I hit the gym. I just did all compounds because I had no energy to waste on doing isolated crap:

-1x12, 1x6 Bench Press
-2x10 Dumbbell Lunges
-1x8, 1x4 Military Press
-2x10 Seated Rows
-2x10 Dumbbell SLDL's
-2x5 Barbell Deadlift

Did it all in 30 minutes. Was I tired? YES! Did I pass out? YES! I was glad I improved the Bench Press and SLDL's. I maintained Deadlifts because I was so tired to do them.

Still gaining weight and muscle. My shoulders, chest, legs are getting ripped - even on this bulk.

:drooling:

Stumprrp
11-13-2006, 08:12 PM
excellent, i smell some good genetics or intense newbie gains, or could just be HARD WORK MY FRIEND :thumbup: dumbbell SLDLs are ace.

-Superman-
11-13-2006, 08:21 PM
excellent, i smell some good genetics or intense newbie gains, or could just be HARD WORK MY FRIEND :thumbup: dumbbell SLDLs are ace.

Yeah I saw them because I wanted to work my hamstrings and eliminate the last machine I use - THE LEG CURL MACHINE. Now my workout is machine free and my gains have started to soar once again. I gained like 3 lbs the last 2 weeks!!! SLDL with dumbbell's is awesome. I really feel it in my hamstrings.

:D

Stumprrp
11-13-2006, 08:27 PM
good to hear get rid of all machines with exception of maybe lat pulldown or cable row, even those you dont need but are handy if your a lil lazy to do bent rows.

-Superman-
11-13-2006, 08:54 PM
good to hear get rid of all machines with exception of maybe lat pulldown or cable row, even those you dont need but are handy if your a lil lazy to do bent rows.

I forgot those. I do the lat pulldown because that is what I read Bruce Lee did a lot to get his lats spread out like he had them. It might be lame to follow his routine, but I trust him on this exercise. :D

:thumbup:

-Superman-
11-13-2006, 09:28 PM
@ 189.0 lbs

http://filebox.vt.edu/users/micarter/WBB%20(Restricted)/111306%20189%20lbs%20006.jpg

:thumbup:

-Superman-
11-15-2006, 08:37 PM
Tomorrow I plan to set a new record in the deadlift 275, 285 lbs? I also plan to set a new record in the bench 235 lbs? Lastly I will set a record in the military press 110 lbs.

Past two days, I have been eating and letting my muscles grow. I did great at bowling tonight with a 236-216-222 for 674 series! :D

I plan on doing another fitday this weekend. I was not happy with my calorie intake last weekend with just under 8000 calories. :(

Still gaining weight and getting stronger!

Also, hope to get a better front pose of my lats and a couple of pics of my legs. :D

:thumbup:

***Currently eating 0.75 lbs of hamburger helper, 1 can of spinach (POPEYE THE SAILER MAN!!!), 2 glasses of milk, and English muffins with Peanut Butter.***

Stumprrp
11-15-2006, 08:43 PM
haha isnt eating fun? looking foward to seeing new PR's

PGreezy
11-15-2006, 08:45 PM
Haha I have those same gloves. Keep up the work man, Its all about dedication.

-Superman-
11-15-2006, 08:51 PM
Haha I have those same gloves. Keep up the work man, Its all about dedication.

The gloves saved my hands. My hands have almost healed up now. :D

Stumprrp: Yeah, I am pretty sure I will break records tomorrow. I can usually tell the day before if I am ready to set new PR's. I couldn't on Monday because I bowled 6 games right before and then did a half-assed workout of 30 minutes of 6 compounds. Well it wasn't really half-assed. I passed out after the 30 minutes. :D

-Superman-
11-16-2006, 11:53 AM
Today is the big day that I break at least 3 records at the gym. I can't wait and I am ready and fueled to go! Today is one of those days that I wish I used Fitday:

Meal 1:
-NLarge 2
-Creatine
-Multivitamin

Meal 2:
-1 lbs of turkey breast
-1 cup of stuffing
-1 cup of broccoli
-4 cups of mashed potatoes
-1 roll with butter
-1 pumpkin pie with whip cream
-1 milk
(was Thanksgiving meal at work and I am pretty sure I came close to the 2000 calorie mark with this one)

Meal 3 (before workout):
-1 lbs of hamburger helper that I made to be eaten at work before the gym

Meal 4:
-NLarge 2

Meal 5:
*TBD

I also will drink about half a gallon of water today.

:thumbup:

-Superman-
11-16-2006, 05:45 PM
I am lucky to be here typing and here is why...

I promised records so I was going for it on the Bench 1st. I was doing my 'warmup' set with 185 lbs. I was on my 8th rep and BAM! my left wrist breaks. I don't mean the bone breaks, but the wrist breaks backwards and ruins my motion. At the same time the barbell comes suddenly down to my STOMACH!!!! What the hell am I going to do? I nearly piss in my pants is what. This has NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE. I somehow do a semi-reverse barbell curl and lift it back up above my head and squeeze out 1 more rep with terrible form. I thought I was done for the night. I managed to hit the bench again and do 8 more reps. I never made it to the 200's let alone 235 lbs :(.

The workout was great after though and here is why...

-Deadlift (PR) 2x8 @275 lbs with EASE!!! Perfect form. I read the article about squeezing my shoulder blades together and I felt the stress evenly through my whole body. I should hit 300 lbs by Christmas!!! :D
-Wrist Flexors 2x8 @ 45 lbs (for Bowling)
-Squats ATF 1x8 @ 135 lbs Booo! No pain in my knees though :D
-Military Press 1x10, 1x6 @ 100 lbs
-Dips 1x10 @ BW
-Cable Rear Pulldown 3x5 @ 120 lbs, 130 lbs, 140 lbs (PR)

Overall it was a solid workout and could of ended a lot worse. My deadlift keeps going up with no sign of slowing down. My bench should be a lot better. My squat still sucks.

:thumbup:

Stumprrp
11-16-2006, 06:30 PM
Woot!

-Superman-
11-18-2006, 05:14 PM
Did my "maintenance workout" today:

-2x10 Dumbbell Bench Press @ 120 lbs (Compound)
-2x10 Lunges @ 100 lbs (Compound)
-2x10 SLDL @ 100 lbs (Compound)
-1x15 Dumbbell Pullover @ 60 lbs NEW PR (Isolated)
-2x10 Dumbbell Arnold Press @ 35 lbs (Compound)
-1x10 Dumbbell Bent-Over Row @ 45 lbs (Compound)

Still eating a lot. Just got 2 more 10 lbs containers of NLarge2, 1 10 lbs container of ON's 100% Whey Protein, and 1 container of American Creatine.

Here is a front picture I took today. I blocked out my face because I didn't shave and my hair is a mess :redface:.

http://filebox.vt.edu/users/micarter/WBB%20(Restricted)/111806%20189%20lbs%20003%20WBB%20Version.jpg

:thumbup:

-Superman-
11-19-2006, 10:39 AM
Today I am doing FitDay and setting no limits. I am going to see what the human body, or at least mine, is capable of eating in one day. Here is something I am going to try to eat:

http://filebox.vt.edu/users/micarter/Unrestricted/111906%20Lunch%20001.jpg
http://filebox.vt.edu/users/micarter/Unrestricted/111906%20Lunch%20002.jpg

It weighs 6 lbs. So I am thinking if I can eat that, then I will be... :D
It contains:

-3360 calories
-180 grams of protein
-120 grams of fat
-396 grams of carbs

It will be amazing indeed!

:thumbup:

Stumprrp
11-19-2006, 01:44 PM
looking fantastic and that lasagna is diesel, your going nuts with the food bro haha

-Superman-
11-19-2006, 07:07 PM
looking fantastic and that lasagna is diesel, your going nuts with the food bro haha

Yeah, I got a huge headache after eating it. :(

jdeity
11-19-2006, 07:10 PM
if you're trying to push the body's food intake limits, you may wanna stop by mickey D's!

-Superman-
11-19-2006, 07:13 PM
I decided to switch my main workout to Tuesday because I want to be ripped when I go back home for Thanksgiving :D. I did a small workout today.

-2x8 Seated Fly
-2x8 Cable Seated Row
-2x13 Dumbbell Incline Bench Press (Why 13? I did it until failure :D)
-1x8, 1x4 Dumbbell Curls

Will be doing my full body workout on Tuesday after resting tomorrow. Here are some progress pics I took today:

Picture 1: My weight with socks and boxers. I don't list this as a progress weight value because I usually wait a few days for verification. :D

Picture 2: My LEFT side arm/shoulder (mirrored shot)

Picture 3: My RIGHT side arm/shoulder (mirrored shot)

I can't wait for 200 lbs so I can start cutting or at least stop eating like a monster.

http://filebox.vt.edu/users/micarter/WBB%20(Restricted)/111906%20190%20lbs%20000%20WBB%20Version.jpg

:thumbup:

Stumprrp
11-19-2006, 08:03 PM
if you even consider cutting soon i will find you and forcefeed you taco bell...

lean and looking big as usual

-Superman-
11-21-2006, 06:35 PM
-1x8, 1x6 Barbell Bench Press @ 185 lbs
-1x10 Dumbbell Lunges @ 100 lbs
-1x10 SLDL's @ 100 lbs
-2x8 Military Press @ 100 lbs
-3x8 Lever Seated Row @ 120 lbs
-2x8 Barbell Deadlift @ 275 lbs
-2x10 Dips @ Bodyweight (190 lbs)
Workout Time: 1:00
Current Weight Unofficially: 191 lbs
:strong:

Howard 9
11-22-2006, 10:05 PM
dude lol that lasanga meal is killer, i cant believe you downed that, making awesome progress as usual!

-Superman-
11-23-2006, 11:51 AM
dude lol that lasanga meal is killer, i cant believe you downed that, making awesome progress as usual!

Thanks. Yeah, I have found that the secret formula everyone knows but will try to avoid admitting it is that you have to eat A LOT! :D

I hope to gain 2-3 lbs this Thanksgiving and be close to 195 lbs sometime next week or so.

I am already preparing my HIIT program to start in January-February range to get my 6-pack visible again.

Happy Thanksgiving!!! :clap:

DiViN
11-23-2006, 05:10 PM
haha, nice reading ur progress, you've made me eat more!

6lb lasagna in 1 sitting?@!?@?!

-Superman-
11-27-2006, 03:33 AM
So I was supposed to gain some major weight this past weekend since I ate a bunch of turkey and Thanksgiving food. Well I did and then I got a cold. It is a total disaster. I am trying to fight it off. Not sure what to do right now. I really need to do some squats and deadlifts tomorrow to tell my body to **** off. I am really mad and hurting from being sick at the same time.

:(

jdeity
11-27-2006, 08:10 PM
sucks bro, just get lots of rest, keep your calories up, and did i mention rest? Don't push back into it til you're sure you're ready (i know how set on that goal you are!)

-Superman-
11-28-2006, 11:20 AM
sucks bro, just get lots of rest, keep your calories up, and did i mention rest? Don't push back into it til you're sure you're ready (i know how set on that goal you are!)

Yeah it sucks bigtime. I keep getting 1 obstacle after another. First the repeated injuries, then being sick several times each year in college, and now this. I am trying my best to keep eating. But because my calorie intake before getting sick was so high, even eating 3000 calories is starting to make me lose weight. I am using Zicam right now. I hope to start lifting Thursday at latest. I am so pissed. I weighed myself yesterday and was around 186 lbs. %*#&ing nightmare!!!

:cry:

WBBIRL
11-28-2006, 01:08 PM
Zero reason to cut right now, if you can keep this up then I don't see why would n't continue into the low 200's and consider cutting around say 230 pounds or so.

I also hate your metabolism, being able to eat 4000-5000 a day and such. The weight loss could be several things, most likely water. Being sick can dehydrate you pretty fast, and water weighs 8 pounds to the gallon.

Sick progress anyhow, you have a nice physique.

-Superman-
11-29-2006, 08:53 AM
Zero reason to cut right now, if you can keep this up then I don't see why would n't continue into the low 200's and consider cutting around say 230 pounds or so.

I also hate your metabolism, being able to eat 4000-5000 a day and such. The weight loss could be several things, most likely water. Being sick can dehydrate you pretty fast, and water weighs 8 pounds to the gallon.

Sick progress anyhow, you have a nice physique.

Thanks for support.

I can't believe what is happening now. I am so weak and sick as I am shrinking by the day it feels like. I weighed myself this morning and was down to 183 lbs. I have no idea of what to do now. This is the biggest disappointment of my life.

:(

Guido
11-29-2006, 08:59 AM
Thanks for support.

I can't believe what is happening now. I am so weak and sick as I am shrinking by the day it feels like. I weighed myself this morning and was down to 183 lbs. I have no idea of what to do now. This is the biggest disappointment of my life.
:(I woiuldn't go THAT far, man. There is always going to be some setbacks. That's life. You'll be surprised at how quickly you'll gain back the weight, though once you're feeling better. 200 by the end of the year may not still be realistic but you could still be there by the end of January, which would still be impressive.

-Superman-
11-29-2006, 09:35 AM
I woiuldn't go THAT far, man. There is always going to be some setbacks. That's life. You'll be surprised at how quickly you'll gain back the weight, though once you're feeling better. 200 by the end of the year may not still be realistic but you could still be there by the end of January, which would still be impressive.

Thanks. I am so depressed though. I will post some pics tonight so everyone can see what being sick can do to a body. I feel like it is me against everything. I just think about that Whitney Houston song, "Didn't We Almost Have It All", not to be fruity, but it is pretty true with my history of bodybuilding.

:(

jdeity
11-29-2006, 02:00 PM
are you still feeling the same? If anything, just keep that protein high, keep the calories up, you're probably losing tons of water too, so don't think you're just flushing pounds and pounds of muscle down the toilet.

also remember that putting weihgt back on is waaaaay easier than putting it on the first time around. WAAAAY easier.

-Superman-
11-29-2006, 02:03 PM
are you still feeling the same? If anything, just keep that protein high, keep the calories up, you're probably losing tons of water too, so don't think you're just flushing pounds and pounds of muscle down the toilet.

also remember that putting weihgt back on is waaaaay easier than putting it on the first time around. WAAAAY easier.

Why is it "waaaaay easier"? Wouldn't it be a lot harder? It took me months to get up to 190 lbs. I have already dropped to 183 lbs in less than a week. By this Thursday, I will probably be in the 170's :(. Please give me hope with facts/beliefs/rules/theories/anything. :(

P.S. One of my coworkers told me I looked thin today! :cry:

ray34iyf
11-30-2006, 01:37 PM
Don't worry about it dude. When i was sick a few months ago, my weight dropped almost ten pounds. It's almost all water weight.

osirisblind
11-30-2006, 04:44 PM
heyy man this journal has inspired me to get a routine and stick to it.
im 6'3" and 150-155 lbs and i plan on starting up a journal of my own.

just wondering, can you hook me up with your workout routine? and did you change it at all since you started?

jdeity
11-30-2006, 07:36 PM
ya this is a great progress journal. superman you'll have some ridiculous before, middle, after shots (if you count that moment between bulking and cutting as middle) when this journey's over.

mickyjune26
11-30-2006, 08:51 PM
Sup, keep up the great work. I lost 5 pounds after being sick just one day. It came back within a few weeks, plus within a week I got a new PR on my deads.

Keep at it, and your body has to grow.

-Superman-
11-30-2006, 10:26 PM
Here are my current pics as promised as my weight continues to be level or drop. It is a total disaster. :(

http://filebox.vt.edu/users/micarter/WBB%20(Restricted)/120106%20WBB%20Collage%20Version.jpg

:help:

-Superman-
11-30-2006, 10:33 PM
heyy man this journal has inspired me to get a routine and stick to it.
im 6'3" and 150-155 lbs and i plan on starting up a journal of my own.

just wondering, can you hook me up with your workout routine? and did you change it at all since you started?

I will be making a new workout this weekend since I will probably still be sick. I have some of my workout on the previous pages. It is nothing special - at least to me. I just call it the Compound Collection. I say screw that isolated stuff. I don't have all day to be in the gym. :)

ray34iyf: Thanks for support.

jdeity: Thanks for support. Good luck in wrestling!

mickyjune26: When I do start again, I am going to deadlift 275 lbs like I did before I got sick. I am not dropping weights. :)

jdeity
12-01-2006, 03:51 PM
? not wrestling anymore, teh days of any serious wrestling are likely gone forever.

hardgainer169
12-01-2006, 05:31 PM
Hey supe sorry about the sickness...I know exactly how you feel because I tend to get sick fairly often. It totally sucks, I know, it feels like you're just getting smaller and smaller.

If this is any consolation, it's mostly to yourself that you seem smaller. To me, you don't look any smaller in your pics. Just look forward to the day when you can start packin pounds back on. This will motivate you that much harder to kick ass in the gym.

-Superman-
12-02-2006, 04:47 PM
I returned to the gym today despite still being sick. I couldn't let my body get any weaker and smaller. I was surprised by my workout. I blew my nose several times between sets however.

-Flat DB Bench Press = 2 x 10 @ 130 lbs
-Barbell Deadlift = 3 x 5 @ 275 lbs (seemed really easy for some reason)
-Barbell Squats = 1 x 10 @ 135 lbs, 1 x 4 @ 185 lbs (new PR???)
-Dips = 2 x 10 @ Bodyweight
-Lever Seated Rows = 5 x 5 @ 100 lbs, 110 lbs, 120 lbs, 130 lbs, 140 lbs
-Barbell Military Press = 2 x 8 @ 100 lbs
-Cable Front Pulldown = 1 x 8, 1 x 6, 1 x 4 @ 120 lbs, 130 lbs, 140 lbs

All Compounds! :D

Workout Time: 1:10 (mostly due to going to the locker room to blow my nose)

I am currently around 185 lbs and my BF% is under 20% now. I hope to hit 300 lbs deadlift in the next week or so because the deadlifts today seemed easier than ever. Not sure if my form has gotten better or I got stronger after being sick?

:thumbup:

hardgainer169: Thanks for support!

-Superman-
12-05-2006, 10:14 PM
It is pretty clear I won't get to 200 lbs by Dec 31st. I am not mad though. It was a high goal. I currently around 187 lbs. I have done the following workout twice in the past few days.

-DB Bench Press @ 120 lbs = 2x10
-Machine Flys @ 150 lbs = 2x8
-DB Front Raise @ 50 lbs = 2x10
-DB Bicep Curl @ 50 lbs = 2x5
-Cable Seated Row @ 150 lbs = 1x8

Nothing great. Still sick. Hope to break records in deadlift and squat on Thursday. I really believe I will hit 300 lbs this Thursday on the deadlift since the 275 lbs was so easy on Saturday. My barbell bench press will have to wait since I like doing DB bench press more and I feel more safe doing them. I hope to reach 70 lbs in each arm for that this Thursday as well.

Overall, I just feel more cut not being 191-192 lbs like I was before I was sick. My abs are starting to show more and more too.

:thumbup:

-Superman-
12-07-2006, 07:04 PM
Gym Performance:

-DB Bench Press @ 70lbs per hand = 2x10 - NEW PR
-Barbell Squat @ 165 lbs = 2x5 - NEW PR
-Dips @ BW = 2x10
-Barbell Deadlift @ 295 lbs = 2x5 - NEW PR
-Military Press @ 100 lbs = 2x8
-Lever Seated Rows @ 140 lbs = 2x5
-Cable Cross Bicep Curls @ 50lbs per hand = 1x10 - NEW PR
-Cable Cross Chest Cross @ 50lbs per hand = 1x10
-Cable Pulldown @ 140 lbs = 1x5

Bodyweight = 187.2 lbs (still rising from being sick)

Overall my strength is still rising rapidly despite losing some weight (probably all fat). My upper body is starting to get very cut - especially my back and shoulders.

:thumbup:

Stumprrp
12-07-2006, 07:10 PM
glad your better superman back on the bulk!

-Superman-
12-12-2006, 06:53 PM
Today I set new records at the gym. Here is my workout:

-DB Bench Press @ 70 lbs per hand = 2x10
-Barbell Squat @ 165 lbs = 2x5
-Dips @ BW = 2x10
-Barbell Calf Raise @ 165 lbs = 2x10
-Barbell Military Press @ 100 lbs = 2x8
-Cable Cross Chest Flies @ 50 lbs per hand = 2x10
-Barbell Deadlift @ 315 lbs = 1x5, 1x2 --> NEW PR BREAKS 300 lbs barrier!
-Cable Front Pull Down @ 100 lbs = 3x10

Today was very successful. I had in mind to break 300 lbs today in the deadlift and I did it with ease and still without belt supports.

Weight: ~188 lbs

:thumbup:

-Superman-
12-14-2006, 07:52 PM
Workout:

-DB Bench Press @ 75 lbs per hand = 2x8 -> NEW PR
-Barbell Squats @ 165 lbs = 3x5
-Dips @ BW = 2x10
-Military Press = 1x7, 1x5 (Until Failure)
-EZ Bar Bicep Curl @ 105 lbs = 1x7, 1x5 (Until Failure)

Workout Time: 50 minutes
Summary: The squats nearly made me puke. I never recovered after I did them and decided to hold off on the deadlifts until Saturday. It also doesn't help when you get less than 4 hours of sleep the night before.

:thumbup:

KevinStarke
12-14-2006, 08:26 PM
Congrats on the PR, interesting exercise set up. Good stuff man.

Howard 9
12-14-2006, 08:44 PM
If you ever get a cold again use afrin no drip spray. It works wonders, I just had a cold this weekend and sprayed that stuff up my nose, i was not congested at all. It last about 8 hours or so.

-Superman-
12-15-2006, 09:49 AM
If you ever get a cold again use afrin no drip spray. It works wonders, I just had a cold this weekend and sprayed that stuff up my nose, i was not congested at all. It last about 8 hours or so.

Thanks for advice. I was using Zicam. It used to work great. I think the first time I used it, I healed in a few days. This time however, it took over a week. I am just glad I didn't lose strength, just bodyweight. Actually, toward the end of my sickness, I went to the gym anyway, with snot and all coming out of my nose and set some PR's! I am still getting stronger and I think more cut since I haven't been stuffing myself with food and staying at round 188 lbs.

KevinStarke: Thanks for support! :D

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Below is my planned workout routine (in near Final Draft form) for 2007. I am going to give it a go next week and then take a break from lifting since I will be in Vegas for a week. This workout was created and modified from what I am currently doing and follows what equipment my gym currently has and my flow of workout that I do usually.

It is a semi-full body workout I guess. I plan to do it Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. I added a day because I don't feel my current 3 day workout is hitting my potential.

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Realistic goals for the early months of 2007:

-Hit 400 lbs on the deadlift
-Hit 100 lbs on the DB bench press
-Squat 200 lbs
-Reach 200 lbs in bodyweight

Not asking for too much and these goals seem very reasonable with the pace I am going.

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Here is my 2007 workout routine (starting weights):

Day 1, 4:

-DB Bench Press: 75 lbs, 2x8
-BB Squat: 165 lbs, 2x8
-BB Calf Raise: 205 lbs, 2x10
-Dips: BW, 2x10
-BB Deadlift: 315 lbs, 2x5
-Lever Seated Rows: 140 lbs, 2x5
-Cable Pulldown: Pyramid, 4x5

Day 2, 5:

-BB Military Press: 100 lbs, 2x8
-DB Lunges: 60 lbs, 2x5
-DB Bicep Curl: 50 lbs, 3x8
-DB Hammer Curl: 40 lbs, 3x8
-Machine Calf Raise (outer muscle): 100 lbs, 2x8
-Tricep Pulldown: 60 lbs, 2x10
-Plate Weighted Abs: 45 lbs, 2x8

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Thanks for all the support!

:thumbup:

Stumprrp
12-15-2006, 09:52 AM
good luck superman

-Superman-
12-15-2006, 09:55 AM
good luck superman

Thanks. I saved your 225x50 video for motivation. It is right up there with Ronnie Coleman's workout video and Arnold's Mr. Olympia video. You have motivated lots of people here! :D

:thumbup:

Stumprrp
12-15-2006, 09:59 AM
hahaha wow thanks man

i didnt think i was used for motavation, im just a random 17 yr old who likes to eat and lift weight lol.

mickyjune26
12-15-2006, 10:01 AM
Superman - Strong deads, relative to everything else. Keep it up!

Gabrielle
12-15-2006, 01:15 PM
Great progress!! You had great bench and curl strength before starting wbb programs. Your transformation sure is an inspiration.

Questor
12-15-2006, 08:11 PM
Hey Superman, I want to tell you, that I've always enjoyed your upbeat friendly attitude on the boards. I flipped through your journal today at work and I have got to say - WOW. I'm 150, and gaining weight very, very slowly. To see what you have accomplished is Amazing.

I wanted to post here to tell you that:

There are a lot of people on these boards who can lift many times what I can, but they don't inspire me.

To see what you've done though, you inspire me. When I went into my little home gym tonight, I was thinking about you, and how I admire what you've done.

Maybe you won't hit 200 by the end of the year. I think you would have if you hadn't gotten sick. But all things happen for a reason. And you must look at yourself and what you've done, and say to yourself,

"Maybe I didn't meet some number - but I accomplished my goal!"

-Superman-
12-16-2006, 07:46 AM
Hey Superman, I want to tell you, that I've always enjoyed your upbeat friendly attitude on the boards. I flipped through your journal today at work and I have got to say - WOW. I'm 150, and gaining weight very, very slowly. To see what you have accomplished is Amazing.

I wanted to post here to tell you that:

There are a lot of people on these boards who can lift many times what I can, but they don't inspire me.

To see what you've done though, you inspire me. When I went into my little home gym tonight, I was thinking about you, and how I admire what you've done.

Maybe you won't hit 200 by the end of the year. I think you would have if you hadn't gotten sick. But all things happen for a reason. And you must look at yourself and what you've done, and say to yourself,

"Maybe I didn't meet some number - but I accomplished my goal!"

Thanks for the comment. It has been one of my top goals to show others here and those in real life that knew how small I once was that dreams can become reality. I always wanted to show what is possible if you work hard and have the willpower to change. :D

Gabrielle: Yeah those two exercises (bench and bicep curl) were really high relative to the rest of my body. :D

mickyjune26: Yeah I now love the deadlift because it is the one exercise that I keep increasing consistently on. I also love how it rips your whole body apart. I used to love the bench press but since it crashed on me last month, I am stuck with DB bench presses for awhile and they don't compare to the deadlifts. The only thing I hate is that I have to load and unload 6 plates now. :D

Stumprrp: Yeah you are a motivational force at WBB forums! :D

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Plan to hit the gym hard today. I got good news from the scale today as I read in at 189.2 lbs!!! Went from 155 lbs to 190 lbs, got sick and saw myself losing quick all the way to around 182-183 lbs and now have almost reached to my previous high. Perhaps 200 lbs can be hit in January or February!!!

:strong: :thumbup:

Stumprrp
12-16-2006, 08:07 AM
200 lbs is easily hitable bro, keep on hittin it hard

-Superman-
12-16-2006, 07:26 PM
Workout:

-DB Bench Press 75lbs 2x8
-BB Squats 165 lbs 1x1, 2x5 (toe got dislocated and had to snap it back into place; reason for 1x1)
-BB Deadlift 315 lbs 2x5
-BW Dips 1x20
-Lever Seated Rows 120lbs, 130lbs, 140lbs 3x5
-Cable Front Pulldown 2x8

Took 2 videos today. Here are the links:

315lbs x 5 Deadlift (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuassDIYEbo)
Bodyweight Dips x 20 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HCdo6R1zkg)

The deadlift video has terrible form IMO because I found out I forgot to put a ring around the left plates and after the first couple of lifts, the plates had slid almost 6 inches left making the torque on that side worse.

:thumbup:

-Superman-
12-17-2006, 04:33 PM
Been eating a lot the past few days and seeing myself fill out more and my stomach muscles are beginning to show too. I gotta get some calipers so I can better gauge my BF% though. Here is today's workout (Part II of the 2007 routine):

-BB Military Press @ 100 lbs 1x10, 1x9 (failure)
-DB Lunges @ 55 lbs 2x5
-DB Bicep Curl @ 50 lbs per hand 2x5
-DB Hammer Curl @ 40 lbs per hand 2x8 (was using Cutler's style as motivation :D)
-Seated Calf Raise @ 110 lbs 2x8
-Cable Pushdown Triceps @ 80 lbs, 90 lbs, 100 lbs 2x20, 1x10
-Weighted Abs Crunch @ 25 lbs on chest/inclined 2x8

Workout Time: 55 minutes

Weighed in today at an amazing 193.4 lbs!!! (unofficially; I usually like to see how it stays for a couple of days)

:thumbup:

Stumprrp
12-17-2006, 05:14 PM
nice job! but where the lat work dog? :)

-Superman-
12-17-2006, 05:18 PM
nice job! but where the lat work dog? :)

Oh that is in Part I of my 2007 workout routine where I do like 3 sets of front cable pulldowns and do 3 sets of lever seated rows. I also do deadlifts in Part I too. :D

Stumprrp
12-17-2006, 05:24 PM
good, but may i add my opinion? both are good exersizes but i would prefer to see pullups and bentover/tbar rows. :thumbup:

WBBIRL
12-17-2006, 09:25 PM
Don't be disappointed if you drop a little weight fast, your body wont consume 5 pounds of muscle that fast. Most of it's probably water, atleast when the weight fluctuates that much.

Keep it up man, 200's right around the corner.

sprahl85
12-18-2006, 04:30 PM
dude, you are inspiring to say the least, keep up the good/hard work.

-Superman-
12-19-2006, 05:47 PM
sprahl85: Thanks for comment. :D

WBBIRL: I hope so. :D

Stumprrp: Will start with pullups in January. :D

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Tonight's workout:

If I had 1 word to describe my workout tonight, it would be amazing - at least to me. Here is what I did:

-BB Deadlift: 315 lbs x 5, 335 lbs x 2, 355 lbs x 1 - HOLY COW!!! PR
-DB Bench Press: 75 lbs per hand 2x8
-Lever Seated Rows: 100 lbs x 10, 110 lbs x 5, 120 lbs x 5, 130 lbs x 5, 140 lbs x 5
-Dips: BW x 25, BW x 20 - PR
-BB Squats: 165 lbs 2x5
-BB Calf Raise: 215 lbs 2x10
-DB Bicep Curls: 50 lbs per hand 2x5 (per hand)

Overall, I exceeded my records in deadlift beyond expectations. I had a goal of doing 335 lbs tonight but felt great and had no back stress at all at 335 lbs. So I said, "what the heck, let's try 355 lbs". I did that and the people around me just stared and were shocked. I can't believe I was able to do it.

Tonight was the first night I used my new iPod shuffle 2nd generation.

:thumbup:

Stumprrp
12-19-2006, 05:59 PM
awesome job superman 355 is no joke

-Superman-
12-19-2006, 06:42 PM
awesome job superman 355 is no joke

Cool. I feel like I have reached a respectable weight in at least 1 lift now. My bench and squat aren't doing as great as I had hoped - especially squat which is just terrible on all charts. I hope to hit 400 lbs early next year. I will try to tape a 355 lbs lift this Thursday and ask for critique. My deadlift video above is terrible due to the left side plates sliding over without me knowing it. :D

:thumbup:

chemical Andy
12-19-2006, 06:51 PM
Hey Supes, just roughly skimmed through your journal. I just wanted to drop by and say your progress is ridiculous. You're obviously genetically gifted, to be gaining this fast. I just find it extremely ironic though, because you were uber-puny before. Usually guys who gain this fast, are already pretty big guys to begin with. Either way, awesome job and keep updating us with pics. This is probably the most fascinating journal I've come by so far.

KevinStarke
12-19-2006, 07:11 PM
Awesome PR man, gettin ever closer to 4 plates.

Questor
12-20-2006, 03:43 PM
(toe got dislocated and had to snap it back into place; reason for 1x1)

That would have ended my workout right there

-Superman-
12-20-2006, 07:38 PM
That would have ended my workout right there

Haha, I have suffered a lot of injuries to me feet and ankles to the point where I just don't care anymore - nearly all from basketball. Not saying that all people should do this or that I am super tough, but when you go to rehab back-to-back years to learn to walk again after being in a wheelchair and cast for months, you have a different outlook on life and your tolerance of pain goes up. :D

KevinStarke: Man I can't wait until I put 4 plates on each side of the bar. That will be just sick IMO. I never in a million years thought I would have 3 plates on a side plus smaller plates. Hard work pays off tremendously. :D

chemical Andy: Thanks for the comments. I am just as shocked at my progress as some others are - especially the guys at my gym that are regulars. I am not sure if I am genetically gifted. It is possible. I have been asking my parents about their grandparents and their sizes. The strongest person so far is my dad's father who was 220-230 lbs and was shorter than 6'0". Hopefully I got some of his genes.

Yeah, I plan to keep updating pics and post more videos to get advice on form and stuff. :D

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I should be going to the gym tomorrow. But right now I am a little sore from Tuesday's workout so I will just keep the protein coming and keep eating and resting until tomorrow evening and see how it goes.

:thumbup:

-Superman-
12-21-2006, 06:43 PM
Workout:

-DB Bench Press @ 75 lbs per hand = 2x8
-BB Lunges @ 70 lbs across back (1st time doing these) = 1x10, 1x20
-BB Military Press @ 100 lbs = 2x8 (failure)
-BB Bicep Curl @ 95 lbs (using 45 lbs olympic barbell like Cutler) = 2x8 (felt big pump too; I like these)
-Seated Calf Raise @ 120 lbs = 2x10 PR
-DB Hammer Curl @ 40 lbs per hand = 1x10, 1x7 (failure)
-Weighted Abs Crunch @ 25 lbs = 1x10

Was tired, still sore from Tuesday, no deadlifts and no squats.

Workout time: 1:00

Current weight: 191 lbs

:thumbup:

Howard 9
12-21-2006, 08:19 PM
lol dont worry about your squat it will come, how bout i trade you my squat for your bench numbers? lol

Stumprrp
12-21-2006, 08:23 PM
solid work!

Chris686
12-21-2006, 10:17 PM
You're making those deads look easy! I'd lower the hips a little, but the form looks good (Think of using your legs a little more to get the bar up). Your first rep looked best while the others were a little lacking.. You can slow down a bit on the reps. No big hurry.
Nice weight though. You made it look easy.

But seriously, what the hell was that music that was playing?

And have you ever thought of doing more than 2 sets of squats? I think you'd benefit from it.

-Superman-
12-22-2006, 07:35 AM
You're making those deads look easy! I'd lower the hips a little, but the form looks good (Think of using your legs a little more to get the bar up). Your first rep looked best while the others were a little lacking.. You can slow down a bit on the reps. No big hurry.
Nice weight though. You made it look easy.

But seriously, what the hell was that music that was playing?

And have you ever thought of doing more than 2 sets of squats? I think you'd benefit from it.

YAY! Finally I get some tips on my deadlift (not being sarcastic at all). I was looking at the video and glad I took it. Even though it doesn't represent my best possible form due to the slipping of the plates, I saw that I don't use my legs as much as I could. I guess I need to lower my butt and hips a little so I get full range of motion when I rise up. Thanks for the tips on that.

For squats, maybe I should do some more sets. The thigh muscles are big and maybe I need to do more to feel a better burn or muscle stress to get them growing or something.

As for the music, it was terrible. I have since brought my new ipod shuffle to the gym and put some motivational music on it like the Rocky theme and several hip hop and rock songs. :D

Stumprrp: Thanks! :D

Howard 9: Haha. I might have the most odd Big 3 numbers here. I haven't seen anyone have their squat being their lowest lift. :D

Happy Holiday!!!

:thumbup:

Stumprrp
12-22-2006, 07:51 AM
ah i missed the deadlifts, yes, get the hips lower and you should be able to lift more, i got mine down more and although they still flew up it raised my PR over 20 lbs.

solid work superman, still lookin thin bro EAT UP! :D

Questor
12-28-2006, 03:21 PM
You got 3 days left. Whatcha weigh? Where are you anyway? No posts for a week now.

-Superman-
12-29-2006, 11:37 AM
I just got back from Las Vegas last night. I was out of the gym for a week as I couldn't get to a gym in Vegas. I weighed myself just now and I am at 194 lbs! My muscles feel great and I am going to hit up a Gold's Gym here later today for a one day pass fee.

Although it seems unlikely that I will hit 200 lbs by December 31st, I have done many things during this journal that I never thought I would ever do. I am a totally new person now with my increase in size and strength. I am one of the largest people everywhere I go now and have a new confidence that I never had before. I don't see myself stopping anytime soon. I would like to see what my potential is because I have reached some lifts faster than I could ever imagine (most notably the deadlift - a lift I was always scared of doing).

Hopefully I can hit 200 lbs by January or February and make next year's goal to be around 210 lbs of solid muscle.

I hope everyone had a great holiday. I shall return to continue posting here now that I am back!

:thumbup:

-Superman-
12-30-2006, 12:07 PM
Gold's Gym Workout:

-Paid $15 for 1 day pass

-DB Bench Press @ 75 lbs = 2x8
-BB Deadlift @ 315 lbs x 5, 335 lbs x 3
-BB Squat @ 90 lbs x 10 (warmup), 140 lbs x 5, 190 lbs x 5 --> NEW PR
-BB Military Press @ 95 lbs = 2x8

*At this point, for some reason I feel really sick and nearly pass out on the floor. I run to the bathroom and vomit all over the place in one of the stalls. It was a complete mess with vomit on my pants, shoes and all over the toilet seat. All in all, about a quart of liquid and food is what I vomit. I remember from Pumping Iron that Arnold says you can't be afraid of puking or passing out so I continue with my workout.

-BB Military Press @ 95 lbs = 1x8
-DB Bicep Curls @ 50 lbs per hand = 2x5
-DB Hammer Curls @ 40 lbs per hand = 2x8
-Seated BB Military Press @ 95 lbs = 1x8
-Cable Rows @ 100lbs 1x8, 120 lbs 1x8, 140 lbs 1x8, 160 lbs 1x8

Total Workout Time = 1:50

The workout took a lot out of me and I am currently sick again.

:thumbup:

McVein
12-30-2006, 12:09 PM
coming back after the puke....hardcore lol

cngrats on the PR man....feel better....are you breathing ok on the squats?

-Superman-
01-02-2007, 06:36 AM
coming back after the puke....hardcore lol

cngrats on the PR man....feel better....are you breathing ok on the squats?

I am now not so sure it was a good idea. Since that workout and after puking a ridiculous amount of food and liquid, I haven't been able to eat much and have had diarrhea and more vomiting. I have been sleeping, eating very little, and losing weight inevitably. If it wasn't for muscle memory and my confidence to get the weight back up quick after I recover, I would probably be in some deep depression. Every time I get close to 200 lbs, I get another setback. When I finally do get to 200 lbs, it will really be something.

:thumbup:

Update (Late Night Workout) 10:10pm :

-Machine Chest Fly's @ 100 lbs, 120 lbs, 140 lbs, 160 lbs all at 1x8
-Cable Rows @ 140 lbs, 150 lbs, 160 lbs all at 1x8
-Incline DB Bench Press @ 60 lbs 1x8
-DB Bicep Curls @ 50 lbs 1x8, 1x4
-Roman Chair situps with 14lbs bowling ball behind head 2x10
-Back and leg stretching

Workout time: 0:45

Done mainly to prevent further muscle atrophy. Hope to hit the gym hard this weekend with a Saturday and Sunday full workout. :D

:thumbup:

Questor
01-04-2007, 09:36 AM
I had that stomach bug last week. Just ride it out.

-Superman-
01-04-2007, 11:39 AM
I had that stomach bug last week. Just ride it out.

You are like the 5th person that I have heard of having a stomach virus over Christmas break. What the hell happened to everyone? Someone must of cooked something bad. This is crazy. Anyways, I am hitting the gym for real tonight and will post my workout results.

This weekend I will post more videos since I will be in the gym Saturday and Sunday to try to get back to the 190's in weight. :D

:thumbup:

Edit: Workout

-BB Deadlift @ 315 lbs x 5, 335 lbs x 2, 355 lbs x 2
-DB Bench Press @ 70 lbs per hand, 1x10, 1x8
-BB Squat @ 110 lbs x 5, 200 lbs x 1, 200 lbs x 1, 160 lbs x 5 -> NEW PR
-BB Calf Raise @ 160 lbs x 25, 160 lbs x 20, 160 lbs x 20
-Cable Cross Chest Cross @ 50 lbs per hand, 1x10
-Cable Cross Bicep Curl @ 60 lbs per hand 2x6, 50 lbs per hand 1x8
-Lever Seated Row @ 120 lbs 1x8, 130 lbs 2x8

Overall, good workout. I maintained my strength while I was sick apparently. Videos to come this weekend of some of my exercises! :D

:thumbup:

-Superman-
01-06-2007, 05:13 PM
I tried to set some PR's today and had some success and some failure:

-BB Deadlift: 315lbs x 5, 335lbs x 2, 355lbs x 1, 375lbs x 1 (Failed halfway up), 375lbs x1 (Failed again) :(
-BB Bench Press (First time in over month): 135lbs x 20
-Machine Bench Press: 210lbs x 8
-Machine Chest Fly's: 80lbs x 10, 90lbs x 8
-Leg Press: 100lbs x 5, 150lbs x 5, 210lbs x 5, 270lbs x 5, 350lbs x 5, 410lbs x 10 --> NEW PR
-Cable Front Pulldown: 120lbs x 8
-Inward Grip Pullups: BW x 5
-Tricep Pulldown: 80lbs x 20
-Cable Cross Chest Fly's: 50lbs x 10, 40lbs x 10
-Roman Chair situps with Bowling ball behind head: 2 sets of 10

Below are links to a few videos I took today of my progress including an official 355x1 deadlift. :D

355x1 Deadlift (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NchAD6bqhE)
Machine Flys 90x8 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNw9AB2rDI4)
Tricep Pulldown 80x20 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2ILDEmRJmE)

I will be hitting the gym tomorrow to work the rest of my body including squats, military press, and bicep work.

:thumbup:

stevec087
01-06-2007, 07:46 PM
Your picking up some nice weight, but your not using your legs at all. Right now your legs straighten out immediately after starting the movement. I'm no expert on deadlift form, but I'd guess that if you start using your legs more you'll be hitting 400 within a month or two tops. My advice is trying getting in a lower squat position and use your legs to break the weight off the floor then use your back for locking out the weight.

Larry821
01-06-2007, 08:54 PM
ROFL... this is the funniest thread I have read in a long time.

WBBIRL
01-06-2007, 09:52 PM
Good luck, it will take you 3+ years to put on 45lbs of LBM with out drug use.

I beg to differ, I don't see why it couldn't be done in half that time natural for a male of his age and size.

And whats so funny about this thread? The fact this guys put more weight on them most people could or that he's yet to give teh bitch response of [wuss voice] I just cant gain weight no matter how hard I try [/wuss voice]

This thread is motivational to me, not funny? Do explain

Questor
01-06-2007, 11:41 PM
ROFL... this is the funniest thread I have read in a long time.

Your name is the funniest I've seen in a long time.

sharkall2003
01-07-2007, 07:17 AM
Good luck, it will take you 3+ years to put on 45lbs of LBM with out drug use.

Not jacking his journal but I went from 185 to 235 in maybe two years. I know it's not all muscle but if I could lose say 10 lbs of fat I would be as lean as I was before. It's very possible.

-Superman-
01-07-2007, 04:02 PM
sharkall2003: Thanks for support! That motivates me to keep going. :D

Questor: Thanks for backing me up. :D

WBBIRL: Thanks for backing me up too. :D

stevec087: Yeah I am still working on my deadlift form. I have been able to get away with it so far I think due to my natural back strength or something. I know others that will have ripped their back apart by now from the way I deadlift. I will keep trying to improve. I try to focus myself pushing away from the Earth so I use my legs more. :D

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Workout:

-Seated BB Military Press: 90lbs 1x8
-Standing BB Military Press: 90lbs 1x10, 100lbs 1x8, 90lbs 1x8
-BB Squats: 110lbs 1x10, 160lbs 1x10, 180lbs 1x5 (I nearly blacked out doing these. I had my eyes open but I could barely see anything. I hate squats with a passion but I am trying my best to keep improving no matter what.)
-BB Calf Raise: 200lbs 1x10, 250lbs 1x10, 270lbs 1x10 --> PR
-Lever Seated Rows: 120lbs 1x10, 130lbs 1x5, 140lbs 1x5, 150lbs 1x5, 160lbs 1x5 --> PR (I nearly puke at this time)
-Seated Calf Raise: 100lbs 1x10, 150lbs 2x10 --> PR
-Cable Bicep Curls: 100lbs 1x8, 120lbs 1x8, 100lbs 1x8, 90lbs 1x8

Overall my workout was good. It lasted about 90 minutes. I took some more video and will upload it later.

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Standing Military Press 100x10 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEqQbm12qb4)
Seated Calf Raise 150x10 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sn6AW9Rjnk)
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I also started trying NO-Xplode. Today was the 2nd day. So far I haven't felt anything but the nasty after taste it has (Fruit Punch). I don't recommend it yet and I don't plan on buying anymore in the future. It doesn't hurt to try though. I am also lowering my intake of NLarge2 and fast food. For supplements I am mainly using creatine and ON 100% Whey. My abs are getting more ripped each week and I am closing in on how they looked before my bulk started in July 2006. My current weight is down to 185 lbs.

I plan to increase to 200 lbs in either February or March while maintaining good muscle definition.

:thumbup:

Stumprrp
01-07-2007, 05:20 PM
quality workout and diet changes dude

Questor
01-08-2007, 10:18 AM
Funny because it is BS.

You're just jealous. Lol.

-Superman-
01-08-2007, 11:00 AM
This is my first and last comment regarding Larry821's statements regarding this journal and/or my goals.

I am not going to waste my time arguing back and forth over what you think or don't think about what I have done since I started bulking. You can comment with what you want. I have already talked to the mods and I will most likely have all your posts blocked anyways.

Now for the bulking. I never said anything about gaining 45 lbs of lean muscle mass in 6 months. I don't know where you read this from. This journal was primarily to reach 200 lbs no matter what regardless of BF% and regardless of how much muscle I actually put on. I was able to peak at 194 lbs from 155 lbs in July. From my pics, I am definately no world class bodybuilder yet. Maybe you see this whole thing as funny because you are lucky enough to put on weight fast. I on the other hand have never been able to and set goals to do so no matter what. So to me, the nearly 40 lbs I was able to put on was impressive. I never thought I would be able to come close.

As for this lean muscle mass you are talking about. Ok, maybe I didn't gain 40 lbs of lean muscle. Maybe I didn't even gain half of that in lean muscle mass. What I do know is that I gained considerable strength in nearly every lift. I was able to excel in the deadlift which still surprises me.

So, in conclusion, take this journal for what you will. I made it to help those in my situation (and from what I see here and in real life, many people have the same difficulty breaking the hardgainer mentality). For you to laugh really does little to me and I have no comment on you or your goals. If I still listened to people and the negative things they have to say all the time, whether it involves my diet or my weightlifting, I would still be 150-155 lbs, skinny, weak, and still wondering why.

That is all I have to say about this.

-Superman-
01-09-2007, 05:15 PM
I am still sore in my deltoids from military pressing this past weekend so I stuck with just leg and upper arm exercises:

-BB Squat: 135 lbs x 10, 185 lbs x 5, 205 lbs x 5, 225 lbs x 3 --> PR
-Leg Press: 310 lbs x 10, 310 lbs x 10
-Bicep Cable Curl: 50 lbs x 10, 60 lbs x 10, 50 lbs x 10
-Tricep Pulldown: 70 lbs x 20, 80 lbs x 10, 90 lbs x 10

My lower back got real sore after squats. I also have a bulge in my lower abs region to the right. I had a similar bulge in a different area a few months ago and thought it was a hernia. I am not sure about the current bulge but I will wait it out this week and then I might have to see a doctor.

Current weight: 187.4 lbs

:thumbup:

Stumprrp
01-09-2007, 07:49 PM
very nice squat PR superman

mickyjune26
01-10-2007, 09:16 AM
Superman - way to go on the squat. It feels good to have 2 plates on each side, right?

btw - I know what you mean on the $15 gold's gym pass. Can't believe they charge so much for visitors.

jdeity
01-10-2007, 09:36 AM
good to see you're still progressing!

sharkall2003
01-10-2007, 09:42 AM
Keep up the work, man. And you're right, don't worry about what others have to say if it's negative. You probably don't need that negative **** in your life and just ignore it when it comes. Life's too short to worry about that stupid crap. Keep lifting hard, regularly and eating and sleeping correctly and you'll be huge someday.

-Superman-
01-10-2007, 09:45 AM
good to see you're still progressing!

Thanks! I haven't seen you around lately. How was your results from what you were doing a month or so ago? :D

mickyjune26: Yeah I feel I have finally made it into the "respectable" leagues in squatting. I can only do a few at 225 lbs but I just keep pushing myself despite really disliking the feeling I have when I squat. I don't want skinny legs anymore.

Yeah Gold's Gym is a rip off for visitors. That is probably why I stayed almost 2 hours and puked everywhere about half way through the workout (right after benching, deadlifting, and squatting - probably overtaxed my body). :D

Stumprrp: Thanks. You still destroy me though with your crazy 50 reps. :D

=================
Resting tonight. I got bowling. Will return to deadlifts and benching tomorrow!

:thumbup:

borracho
01-10-2007, 10:44 AM
Gold's Gym Workout:

-Paid $15 for 1 day pass


WOW! I thought paying $8 for a 1 day pass was bad...hope you got every last penny outta that!

Chris686
01-11-2007, 12:40 PM
WOW! I thought paying $8 for a 1 day pass was bad...hope you got every last penny outta that!

Well he puked all in their bathroom so I'd say so LOL.

If it were me I'd have charged him $30!

Super, still looking good bro. Like I said before though, you really need to concentrate on lowering your hips and driving the bar up more with your legs. You're going to hurt yourself on those deads if you don't.

Lower the weight if you have to. It's better to do that than to injure your back and be out from any kind of weightlifting indefinitely.

mickyjune26
01-11-2007, 02:46 PM
lol - I missed the puking part. That's awesome.

-Superman-
01-11-2007, 02:57 PM
lol - I missed the puking part. That's awesome.

I guess looking back on it, it really shows how serious I am getting with my lifting and how far I am willing to go. At the time though, I felt horrible and never vomitted so much in a long time without it being caused by alcohol. I got it all over my sweat pants and shoes too so it wasn't too pretty. :D

Chris686: Yeah, glad I only had to pay $15 after what I did to one of their stalls. I feel bad for the janitor but I cleaned off the seat and what I could while in there. I will be doing 315 lbs deadlift sets this weekend and take video. Hopefully my form keeps improving. :D

borracho: I sure did. :D

Work out returns tomorrow night.

:thumbup:

-Superman-
01-12-2007, 06:55 PM
Workout:

-BB Deadlift @ 315lbs: 3x5 (last couple were torture!)
-Lever Seated Rows @ 130lbs, 140lbs, 150lbs, 160lbs: 1x5 each
-Lat Cable Pulldowns @ 120lbs, 130lbs, 140lbs: 1x8, 1x5, 1x5
-Machine Chest Fly's @ 80lbs, 90lbs: 1x10, 1x8
-Cable Bicep Curls Single Hand @ 50lbs, 60lbs: 1x10, 1x6
-Cable Bar Bicep Curls Both Hands @ 80lbs: 3x10

Workout Time: 45 minutes
Weight: 187.4 lbs

============================================
Current Diet:

This week I had no fast food at all. Most morning meals were a serving of NLarge2, creatine, and Centrum. All lunches were smoked turkey, American cheese, lettuce, tomato on Italian bread sandwiches with 2 bottles of whole milk. For dinner #1, I usually ate baked chicken breast, vegetable, English muffin, and milk or gatorade. Before sleeping I had a serving of ON 100% Whey protein.

This diet isn't my bulking diet, but more of my maintenance diet in an effort to bring down my BF% and let my muscles catch up to where I want to be as far as definition and abs. It will also allow my body to rest because digesting 4000-5000 calories for a few months straight and eating fast food daily was tasking my body too much. I feel more fit now than I have in months.

:thumbup:

-Superman-
01-13-2007, 02:53 PM
Workout:

-BB Bench Press @ 135 lbs = 1x20, 2x10 (Just getting comfortable with it since having it fall across my chest/stomach several weeks ago, I know I can still do around 225-230 lbs)
-BB Seated Military Press @ 95 lbs = 1x4, 85 lbs = 3x5, 1x8
-Leg Press @ 210 lbs = 1x10, 310 lbs = 1x10, 350 lbs = 2x10
-Assisted Chin-up @ 52 lbs assisted = 1x10, 40 lbs assisted = 1x10, 34 lbs assisted = 1x8 (hopefully I can rep out my bodyweight sometime in February)
-45 degree Incline Weighted situps @ 25 lbs = 1x20
-Tricep Cable Pulldown @ 70 lbs = 1x15
-DB Hammer Curls @ 40 lbs per hand = 1x10 (10 reps per hand)

Workout Time: 1:00
Weight: 187.4 lbs

I can really feel it in my latissiumus dorsi muscles from the chin-ups. I will be doing them more regularly now instead of the lat cable pulldowns. :D

Not sure if I will be going to the gym tomorrow. My whole upper body is really sore and I struggled to do the last couple exercises today. Also I used 3 scoops of No-Xplode and I must say it is the most worthless supplement I have ever used in my life. I recommend everyone to never buy this stuff. Hopefully I can finish the container soon.

:thumbup:

-Superman-
01-15-2007, 04:21 PM
Since I have been off from the gym the past two days and recovering from my workouts last week (especially my shoulders, back, and triceps), I will post a quick thing on what I have been eating.

I haven't been stuffing myself with just any food I can find like I did the few several months of my bulk. Instead I have been letting my body metabolism slowly eat away at the fat I built up and now my abs are almost back to original form.

I have been eating the following for the past several days:

-Milk (between 1 qt to 0.5 gallons a day)
-Gatorade (to help with carbs intake)
-Baked Chicken breast (a couple of times a day and near a 1/2 lbs each time)
-Canned vegetables (green beans, spinach)
-95/5 lean/fat ground beef (I turn to hamburgers and eat plain - a lot cheaper and a lot more lean than buying fast food)
-ON 100% Whey Protein Shakes (2-3 each day)
-Water (between 1 qt to 0.5 gallons a day)
-Whole Wheat muffin (usually once a day)
-ProLab NLarge 2 (rarely, and if I use it, it is for breakfast - provides all I need with little fat)
-Frozen dinner of either steak sirloin and egg noodles or bbq chicken breast and mashed potatoes
-Smoked turkey breast, American cheese, tomato, lettuce, Italian bread (consumed for all lunches for the past several weeks and to continue at least through January and early February)

Current weight: 189 lbs

I am also going to be switching up to my 3rd different gym during this bulk. I am leaning towards Bally's Total Fitness because of the price and how it better fits into my schedule.

I should be back in the gym by tomorrow although I am still sore. :D

:thumbup:

Stumprrp
01-15-2007, 04:26 PM
diet looks good man

-Superman-
01-16-2007, 05:16 PM
Workout:

-BB Deadlift @ 315 lbs: 3x5
-BB Bench Press @ 135 lbs 1x10, 155 lbs 1x5, 175 lbs 1x5, 195 lbs 1x5
-Lever Seated Rows @ 120 lbs, 130 lbs, 140 lbs, 150 lbs, 160 lbs = 1x5 for each
-BW Dips: 1x20
-Chin Ups Assisted @ 34 lbs assisted: 1x10, 28 lbs assisted: 1x10
-Reverse shoulder cross (cables): 20 lbs 1x8, 10 lbs 2x10
-BB Bicep Curl: 65 lbs 1x10, 85 lbs 2x8

Workout Time: 1:00
Weight: 189 lbs

:thumbup:

-Superman-
01-18-2007, 07:32 PM
Workout:

-BB Squat = 135lbs-1x10, 185lbs-1x5, 205lbs-1x5, 225lbs-1x3, 245lbs-1x1 (won't add 245lbs as PR because I didn't break parallel and I used my back too much)
-BB Calf Raise = 295lbs-1x10, 315lbs-1x10, 335lbs-1x10
-BB Bench = 135lbs-1x20
-BB Military Press = 100lbs-1x6, 1x7
-Assisted Chin-Ups = 34lbs-1x10, 28lbs-1x9
-Unassisted Chin-Ups = BW-1x6
-BB Bicep Curls = 85lbs-1x10, 1x8

Workout Time: 1:00

:thumbup:

Howard 9
01-19-2007, 04:15 PM
good progress still going on here man! I wanna train at your gym though man, lol there i never see anyone in those videos you have been posting! Also, on your calf raises try pausing at the top and bottom more.

-Superman-
01-19-2007, 08:12 PM
good progress still going on here man! I wanna train at your gym though man, lol there i never see anyone in those videos you have been posting! Also, on your calf raises try pausing at the top and bottom more.

Yeah, it is pretty sad how few people train at that gym. It makes sense though since over 90% of the coworkers (company gym) are very obese. I will be doing more pauses on the calf raises after reading about the "spring/rubber band" effect of the tendons in the ankle that store energy to lift the weight and take away the work from the calf. I will be going to Bally's tomorrow to see how it is. :D

:thumbup:

-Superman-
01-20-2007, 09:32 AM
Workout:

-Wide Chest Press Machine: 180lbs-1x5, 270lbs-1x10, 320lbs-1x10
-BB Deadlift: 315lbs-3x5
-Lever Seated Fly Machine: 120lbs-1x10, 150lbs-1x6
-Tricep Cable Pulldown: 80lbs-1x10, 100lbs-1x10, 120lbs-1x10
-Chin-ups: BW-1x10, 1x8, 1x6
-Underhand Chin-ups: BW-1x5
-Lever Lying Leg Curl: 80lbs-1x10, 100lbs-1x10

Workout Time: 1:00

*Overall, Bally's is a lot bigger than my previous gym which was bigger than my first gym at the beginning of the bulk. It has more weights, more machines, and a swimming pool. There are also a lot of bigger guys there so it will help with motivation - although lbs for lbs a lot aren't very strong from what I saw today. It is also a lot more crowded than what I am used to - no one in the gym LOL. I will return on Monday to the gym. Right now my lats and shoulders are in major pain. :D

:thumbup:

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Pictures:

Side Tricep/Arm Shot:
https://filebox.vt.edu/users/micarter/WBB%20(Restricted)/012007%20185%20lbs%20003%20(Small).jpg
Back Compressed Shot (not sure how to pose for this or what I am supposed to do :/):
https://filebox.vt.edu/users/micarter/WBB%20(Restricted)/012007%20185%20lbs%20006%20(Small).jpg
Calf/Lower Leg Shot:
https://filebox.vt.edu/users/micarter/WBB%20(Restricted)/012007%20185%20lbs%20010%20(Small).jpg

:thumbup:

mickyjune26
01-20-2007, 01:01 PM
pain? I hope it's good pain. :)

You have some strong deads. Have you been at that level for a while, or is this a development over the last 3 or so months?

Good work, overall.

mickyjune26
01-20-2007, 01:01 PM
pain? I hope it's good pain. :)

You have some strong deads. Have you been at that level for a while, or is this a development over the last 3 or so months?

Good work, overall.

-Superman-
01-20-2007, 02:08 PM
pain? I hope it's good pain. :)

You have some strong deads. Have you been at that level for a while, or is this a development over the last 3 or so months?

Good work, overall.

I have been increasing 10-20 lbs every week or so on the deadlift. I hope to hit 400 lbs by the end of this year for reps. :D

:thumbup:

-Superman-
01-22-2007, 06:30 PM
Workout:

-BB Bench Press = 135lbs-1x20, 155lbs-2x8
-Lever 45 Degree Leg Press = 200lbs-1x10, 290lbs-1x10, 380lbs-1x10, 430lbs-1x10
-BB Military Press = 95lbs-1x10, 95lbs-1x8
-Chin-up = BW-1x8, BW-1x6
-Cable Seated Rows = unknown weight-3x10
-Lever Seated Crunch = 70lbs-2x10
-Lever Preacher Curl = 80lbs-2x10
-Lat Cable Pulldown = 105lbs-1x20
-45 Degree Calf Raise = unknown weight-3x10
-BB Hammer Curls = 35lbs-1x10 (each hand)
-Cable Cross Shoulder Raise = 30lbs-2x10 (each hand)

Overall, I wasn't happy with my workout at all. This was my second day at Bally's. I need to redo my exercise routine. Today I just went around trying out all the weights and machines.

:thumbup:

Howard 9
01-22-2007, 06:53 PM
Yeah, it is pretty sad how few people train at that gym. It makes sense though since over 90% of the coworkers (company gym) are very obese. I will be doing more pauses on the calf raises after reading about the "spring/rubber band" effect of the tendons in the ankle that store energy to lift the weight and take away the work from the calf. I will be going to Bally's tomorrow to see how it is. :D

:thumbup:
lol its better than my gym which sometimes can just be a big cluster you know what...

-Superman-
01-24-2007, 08:12 PM
Workout:

Because Bally's has a squat cage, I will be doing a lot more squats and increase the weight a lot more rapidly hopefully while building some thighs for a change! :D

-BB Squat: 45lbs-1x10, 95lbs-1x10, 145lbs-1x10, 165lbs-1x10, 195lbs-1x10, 195lbs-1x10
-Chin-up: BW-1x8, 1x5, 1x5, 1x5
-Tricep Pulldown: 100lbs-2x10
-Lever Shoulder Press: 75lbs-2x10

Workout Time: 0:35

The squat's really took the energy out of me. I really felt it in my thighs tonight which is good. The workout was shorter because I did it right after league bowling. :D

:thumbup:

-Superman-
01-26-2007, 05:58 PM
Workout:

-BB Squats = 45lbs-1x5, 135lbs-1x10, 185lbs-1x10, 205lbs-1x8, 185lbs-1x8
-Chin Ups = BW-4x5
-Arnold Press = 40lbs per hand-3x10
-Hammer High Rows = 90lbs-1x10, 180lbs-1x5
-Weighted Abs Crunches = 60lbs-1x20, 70lbs-1x20, 80lbs-1x10
-Max Incline Treadmill Walk = ~6 min (burned 100 calories)

:thumbup:

-Superman-
01-27-2007, 03:44 PM
Workout:

-BB Deadlift = 315lbs-1x5, 335lbs-1x3, 355lbs-1x1, 365lbs-1x1 --> PR
-Upright BB Rows = 75lbs-2x10
-Chest Dips = BW-1x20, 1x15
-Lever Incline Chest Press = 180lbs-1x5, 90lbs-1x10
-BB Bench Press = 135lbs-1x5
-Seated Calf Raise = 70lbs-1x10, 80lbs-1x10, 95lbs-1x10
-BB Bicep Curls = 85lbs-1x10, 95lbs-2x5, 85lbs-1x5

Workout Time: 0:55

I am still in a slow cut right now. My current bodyweight is around 184 lbs. My abs are getting pretty visible now. I am glad I set another PR today in the deadlift as it shows I am not losing much muscle if any at all while I try to cut down on this useless bodyfat. My squats should soar in the next couple months as I am implementing Bill Starr's 5x5 technique for my squats. I hope to hit close to 300 lbs for squat by March or April of 2007. I also hope to hit 400 lbs for deadlift at around that time. My bench press is still stagnant but I am not too worried about that as I am satisfied with my current max of 230 lbs.

:thumbup:

Ryan_Hes
01-28-2007, 05:15 PM
Your the man.

I'm at 150 now, and I'm 23. I've read your entire journal and its just amazing...major inspiration. I'm basically where you were in July...hopefully and I can follow in your footsteps with a heavy diet and lots of work. My goal is only 180. Man...just..wow. I can't wait to get into the gym tonight!

Keep up the good work. Any particular advice or suggestions? I've read all the posts and whatnot...just curious if there is anything out of the ordinary you can think of that you have learned during your experience that I should know.

-Superman-
01-28-2007, 08:13 PM
Your the man.

I'm at 150 now, and I'm 23. I've read your entire journal and its just amazing...major inspiration. I'm basically where you were in July...hopefully and I can follow in your footsteps with a heavy diet and lots of work. My goal is only 180. Man...just..wow. I can't wait to get into the gym tonight!

Keep up the good work. Any particular advice or suggestions? I've read all the posts and whatnot...just curious if there is anything out of the ordinary you can think of that you have learned during your experience that I should know.

I would make sure to do all the exercises with as perfect form as possible and to never cheat on any exercise. I read up a lot on the big 3 (squat, bench, and deadlift). I already knew how to bench but I got some tips from looking on the internet. For me the deadlift was the scariest lift since I always heard these horror stories about messing up the back and all sorts of injuries. I watched several videos on how to do it right until I was comfortable to do it. Then I just started with the bar and worked up my way from there. I never increased the lift by more than 10-20 lbs a week (even though I was told here that I could lift more than that) to avoid injury. I stayed injury free through my whole bulk with only a knee problem that lasted about a week from using the Smith Machine to squat.

I ate consistently and went to the gym consistently. I never overworked my body and that is what I think separated me from many beginners. My big 3 total has shown that I have improved really well over the last 6-7 months and it keeps on improving. Good luck!

P.S. Stick with the basics and stick with compounds. Don't get involved in isolated movements and don't get intimidated by others lifting more weight. I have passed several people at the 3 different gyms I have been to since July who have been working out far longer than I have.

:thumbup:

Stumprrp
01-28-2007, 08:16 PM
good post superman, all legit pointers there

chemical Andy
01-29-2007, 05:39 PM
You are like the 5th person that I have heard of having a stomach virus over Christmas break. What the hell happened to everyone? Someone must of cooked something bad. This is crazy. Anyways, I am hitting the gym for real tonight and will post my workout results.



:thumbup:

Count me in. I got a hardcore stomach virus two weeks ago, and I had to get hooked up to IVs for two days at the hospital. I couldn't take in any fluids or food. I could eat and drink now, but I'm only about 60% in terms of energy levels. I can't hit the gym like I normally do, and I'm just waiting for my body to bounce back asap. I know the inability to eat anything for a few days, shrunk me down in size a lot, and now I have to wait for this thing to completely leave... I'm surprised got over your virus in a day lol.

-Superman-
01-29-2007, 06:27 PM
Workout:

-BB Bench Press = 135lbs-1x20, 155lbs-1x10
-BB Squat = 135lbs-1x10, 185lbs-1x10, 205lbs-1x5, 225lbs-1x5, 135lbs-1x10 --> PR
-Machine Leg Press = 380lbs-2x15
-Lying Leg Curl = 80lbs-2x15
-Cable Seated Row = 130lbs-2x8
-Lever Seated Crunch = 60lbs-1x20, 70lbs-1x20, 80lbs-1x10, 90lbs-1x10

Workout Time: 1:00

:thumbup:

-Superman-
02-01-2007, 07:12 PM
Workout:

-BB Deadlift = 315lbs-1x5, 335lbs-1x5, 355lbs-1x1, 365lbs-1x1
-Chin-Ups = BW-3x5
-Seated Lever Calf Raise = 125lbs-1x10, 150lbs-1x10
-Lever Chest Press = 140lbs-1x10, 150lbs-1x5, 160lbs-1x5
-Roman Chair Backless Abs Crunches = BW-3x10
-Cable Seated Rows = 130lbs-1x8, 140lbs-1x8, 150lbs-1x8
-Chest Dip = BWx20

Workout Time: 1:10

:thumbup:

-Superman-
02-02-2007, 06:07 PM
Workout:

-BB Squat: 135lbs-1x20, 185lbs-1x5, 205lbs-1x5, 225lbs-1x5
-Lever Shoulder Press: 110lbs-1x10, 120lbs-1x5, 130lbs-1x3
-Lever Seated Bilateral Row: 90lbs-1x10, 110lbs-1x10, 140lbs-1x8
-Lever Seated Crunch: 70lbs-1x20, 80lbs-1x20, 90lbs-1x10
-Lever Seated Calf Raise: 90lbs-1x20

Workout Time: 0:40

:thumbup:

-Superman-
02-03-2007, 05:11 PM
Workout:

-BB Bench = 135lbs-1x10, 155lbs-1x8, 175lbs-1x6, 185lbs-1x7.5, 135lbs-1x8
-Chin-ups = BW-1x5, 1x5, 1x5, 1x5, 1x4.5
-Chest Dips = BW-1x17, 1x10
-Standing BB Rows = 70lbs-1x6
-Incline DB Curls = 35lbs-3x5 (per arm)
-Tricep Pulldown = 100lbs-1x10, 150lbs-1x10, 120lbs-1x10

Workout Time: 1:00

This workout wasn't good at all. I failed to get 8 reps at 185lbs for the bench. I am not sure if this is a result from the cut or not. Today is also the last day I do standing BB rows. My left wrist popped everytime the bar went up and I know I am doing the exercise right. I will need to find another exercise to replace it. The tricep pulldown was the only positive today.

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