Here is the rest of me-
Here is the rest of me-
Your arms are insanely huge for the rest of you.
Are you cutting? if so, your obliques and serratus seem to be coming through nicely.
You should get someone else to take some photos so you can focus fully on posing and such so we can get a good idea of what you look like - which is promising from those two shots.
Your arms are huge! Abs are coming out too.
You look great!
your arms are like telegraph poles!!
You could do with some work on other body parts, but like CD says we need more physique like pictures.
Wow, thanks for all the positive feedback guys.
Chicken, you are right, my arms are my strong point. My calves and hams are my weakest points. I am bulking right now. My chest looks a lot better when my bf% is lower.
ElPietro, HomeYield and Chris, thanks for the compliments.
Big Ron and CD you guys are right, I need to get some pics taken by somebody else so I can get some better shots. I need to practice a bit first.
Standing leg curls-
I felt real strong on my deads, I was planning to go up 5 lbs over last week, but due to a challenge from my brother I decided to go up 10 (he went up 10, and I couldn't let him out do me:))
I've added a couple sets of standing leg curls because my hams suck. Hopefully this will bring them out a bit.
Nice sets of DLs Neil, impressive strength man. Leg press strength is also good, keep up the hard work man. Your pics were impressive by the way.
Thanks Monstar. I want 335x8, hopefully I can get there in the next couple months.
Looking good Neil. You definitely have a set of arms on you:eek:
I think I have a slight case of chronic overtraining, so I'm either going to take today off, or do a couple sets of bodyweight chins. I haven't been getting good deep sleep, and my appetite has decreased a bit. I think a few extra days off will help a lot.
Why such high reps on the deadlifts Neil?
You know, that's a good question. I guess I just picked 8 as my number somehow thinking the higher rep count would stimulate a little more hypertrophy. Whether this is true or not I really don't know. I could probably do sets or 5 or 6 and it wouldn't really make a difference. I'm such a stickler for progression that I don't want to change anything up now. I just want to stick with doing sets of 8 and see how long I can keep adding weight to the bar.
Haha, one of Dave Tate's (Westside advocate) articles about the mistakes that people make while deadlifting talks about deadlifting with reps over 3. LOL. He just said generally people's form suffers and it really doesnt do much good.
I think you would get much better results Neil going in a lower rep range. Something to think about. 1-3 reps for deadlifts.
Well, to be honest, most people's form suffers on everything. I think as long as I stay focused on doing the lift right I will be fine. I also reset between each rep. Does he recommend the same thing for the squat?
Blah, that's it, a light back day. I'm burned out.
What kind of chins are those Neil?
Palms out, about 8 inches wider than shoulder width on the grip. They have done wonders for my lat width.
I took last week off.
I have put some thought into my training and physique and I am very unhappy with where I am at. I haven't gained a pound in almost 6 months, and my body is way out of proportion. I have 17 inch arms and a 41 inch chest. That is way off. I have some work to do. About all I have to show for the last 6 months of my training is some moderate progression and slightly lower bodyfat. I have decided to do the following things to kickstart my training.
- Drop all direct arm work, I don't need to be making my strong points any stronger right now.
- Drop my volume. No more than 2 work sets per lift.
- Eat whatever I want (to an extent.) I need to eat more to grow. I don't care if I get "fat."
- Train to failure.
- When my progression on deads stops I will incorporate 20 rep squats. I don't care if I throw up.
- Monitor how I feel and eliminate a strict lifting schedule. If I don't feel fully recovered from my last workout I will take the day off or do a light workout.
I am very optimistic about these changes, and I am looking foreward to some new poundages on my lifts and on the scale.
Mon: Chest, shoulders, bi's
I'm going up on these next week. Possibly 200 for my first set.
1x7 115, incredible. Good strict form.
I know I said I wasn't going to do anymore direct arm work, but I couldn't help myself, and my brother was curling so I had to jump in for a couple sets.
Some heavy calf work and that's it.
I forgot what it was to train hard. I forgot the gratification it gave me. I feel like I have wasted the last 6 months of my training with this sub maximal bull****. I feel good. I felt like I could have done a lot more work. I takes a lot of self control to stick to a low volume routine.
20 rep squats...that is crazy ****. I did those for a while, they really **** you up.
Keep a bucket handy.
30 lb increase over my last deadlift session. This is a sign of the chronic overtraining I suspect I had.
I was going to do some standing leg curls but for some reason my knee was kiling me after deads. I don't know what it could be because I didn't train last week and the week before it felt fine. I think I may have slept on it wrong.
Weighted decline situps-
This was a good session, I felt good on the pulls, hopefully 335 next session.
The first time I have ever really done these. I had some lower back problems in the past, but they seem to have subsided.
Grip work, COC trainer, left arm only-
1x10 w/a 10 second static hold at the end.
Once my left arm gets even close to catching up with my right I will start training them both.
Pretty good session.
Mon: Chest, shoulders
That's it. Short and sweet. I pr'ed on both lifts.