Good effort getting in an doing it given the conditions mate!
Last edited by GazzyG; 03-01-2011 at 04:29 AM.
Look forward to it mate, keep us informed of what comps etc you entering!
6x352 x2x2x2 PR
Good session. Enjoyed the rack pulls, Only thing holding me back on them is the feeling of my skin tearing from my hands. Aside from that, my back feels easily capable of pulling more.
Did very light calf raises after, as was wary of putting too much weight through back straight after squats and RPs.
Good short session today, joined by a good training partner - only the one and only Kiff!
1x220 - Not counting as PR, as struggled and did it with poor form.
Really good session, was a top laugh with a great bloke. Good to put face to name.
Had a bit of fun squatting too, seeing how low we could go. You coulda stuck a drawing pin on the floor and Kiff woulda spiked his ass on it, haha!
Also, after having a nice lengthy chat over lunch with Kiff, I think I'm gonna change things up a bit - move away from HCT-12 and move towards a more strength oriented program like 5/3/1. I'll have a good read up about it, but I know a lot of you guys are very experienced with it and I'd very much appreciate some pointers.
You had a good session, good luck reading up on 5/3/1 you did great today man pleasure to train with you.
A Westside journal.
'There are no layby's on the road to strength'
'The greatest pleasure in life is achieving things people said you could not achieve'
'He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man'
ye guys had a good workout.
looks like your done with hct for a while, are ya happy with your gains on it over all?
Overall, I've made:
Squats: +44lbs (198-242)
Bench: +66lbs (132-198)
Deadlifts: +110lbs (220-330)
I'd say I've made a lot of progress in four/five months. But now I want to mix things up a bit and lift heavier weights less often.
Congrats on the day 47 PR!!
What is your bodyweight now?
Squat briefs only 625 @ 210
Bench geared 525 @ 210
Deadlift geared 650 @ 220
Captains of Crush #3
Building Mighty Mitts...
Lookin good mate. I'm currently cruising HCT-12. What kinda routine you thinkin about using next?
Current 1RM's - Bench 264lbs (Target 308lbs)/Squat 396lbs (Target 352lbs)/
Deadlift 429lbs (Target 440lbs)
BIG 3 TOTAL at 220lbs (28% BF) = 1089lbs
6ft 2, 234lb fat, hairy ape!
My journal - http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...sion-of-an-ape
"This stuff will make you a sexual Tyrannosaurus. Just like me!" As said by the great Jesse 'The Body' Ventura
Been going nice and steady for a while, keep at it this way and you can't go wrong.
I'm looking at 5/3/1, because it's less volume but the same exercises. I'm thinking that if I hit the big four (Bench/DL/Squat/Press) once a week, with only a couple of assist exercises, then it might stop me stalling so often.
Sometimes a change is better than a rest. And to be fair, I'm often lopping exercises out of my routine, because the gym I go to is so busy that it sometimes takes well over an hour and a half to finish the whole workout.
I replied to your post on the main forum, but I will reply here too.
I'd stick with HCT-12 for longer, you've been making fantastic progress with it and I'd hate to see you give that up. Just switch to the 5 day routine (it's actually 4 days after the first week) and stay on the path you set for yourself. It will have you doing shorter and more intense sessions and it will space out your lifts a bit more. BUT, you will continue to make progress at a faster rate than with 5/3/1.
I've been having a good look through the HCT-12 book at the 5 day routine. I'll sit down and work out what exercises I could do on each day.
Do you guys think I should drop DL/Squat/Bench down to once per week each still?
You have probably hit the point where hitting each lift less frequently will allow progress to continue at your expected rate. And that's what makes the HCT-12, 5 day routine so desirable; one week you will hit squats and deads twice, then one week you'll hit bench twice, then one week you'll hit shoulder press twice, and back to squats again for twice a week. I think that it would be a very worth-while experiment for you rather than switching horses while still making progress.
One thing I've noted while working out my 5day split is that if I go back to the original HCT12, it puts squats and DLs on the same day again.
Not sure whether I should go back to splitting them up, or stick with this and just make sure to do one lighter than the other.
So far, I've split it as follows:
Workout A -
Hanging Leg Raises
Last edited by GazzyG; 03-05-2011 at 08:33 AM.
There are many ways around that...
You could do the deadlifts every-other session, you could swap (squats and deads) which one you work first week to week, you could use a deadlift variation like rack pulls or stiffies, or you could swich deadlifts with rows so that you hit them on a different day.
Workout A -
Workout B1 -
Workout B2 -
Hanging Leg Raises
There we go, split that B session up and will alternate those two.