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    Quote Originally Posted by GazzyG View Post
    Nice job getting in there and getting a session in. Diggin the ab work.
    Yeah trying to add some core strength, since I seem to have a weak core. Hopefully will help with deadlifts and squats.

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    Week 4 Day 4

    Lat Pulldown:
    120 x6
    135 x6
    150 x6
    165 x6x2x2

    Bench:
    165 x6
    205 x6
    215 x3 (couldn't get the fourth one, had to rack it or eat it lol)
    215 x2 (assisted with spotter)

    Tricep Pushdowns:
    30 x6
    50 x6
    50 x6
    60 x6

    Dips
    BW x6 x4

    BB Bent over Rows:
    70 x8
    90 x8
    110 x8 x2

    DB Seated Shoulder Press
    60s x6
    65s x6
    75s x6 (Had enough juice for another set of probably at least 4 but couldn't get them up to start the set)

    Overall pretty weak gym day. Was really hoping to get 225 on Bench today, I know it's on the horizon. I'm thinking it's due to what's probably a fairly substantial calorie deficit this past week. Weather's been nice, been out for walks with the GF, I've also been throwing a lot HIIT cardio in, just mainly because I've had an hour to kill after work quite a bit this past week. That being said, my weight is only down about 1.5 lbs, according to the scales I've dropped about 1.5% body fat, and gained about 1% muscle. Doing the math, that actually makes a bit of sense if I'm doing this correctly: 1.5% ~3.35lbs, 1%=2.25 lbs. So I've lost 3.35lbs of fat and gained 2.25 lbs of muscle for a net loss of just over 1lb.

    Anyway - thinking I may switch to 5 day HCT12 routine next week, kind of makes a bit more sense to stop doing all the heavy lifts twice (tho I'm still going to do deadlifts light/rack pulls heavy once per week, and squats light/heavy twice per week).

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    Week 4 Day 5

    DB Curls:
    30s x6
    40s x6
    45s x6 x3

    Decline situps
    BW x10
    BW+35 x6
    BW+35 x6
    BW x10x2

    Calf Raises (leg press machine):
    270 x10
    360 x10
    410 x10
    430 x10

    Rack Pulls:
    Bar x10
    135 x6
    185 x6
    205 x6
    215 x2x2(pr)

    Squats:
    Bar x10
    95 x10
    135 x10

    Felt good today. Really impressed with the rack pulls, that tells me that my back is really strengthening. I was able to do them with what I perceived to be excellent form (except the last 3 reps at 205) and no back pain. Excited to see how deadlifts feel next week. Squats also felt really good. I basically concentrated on getting as low as possible, my ass was probably only a foot off the floor (if that) for all those reps. Very interested to see what happens when I try squatting heavy next week too

    As far as modifications to the program, I'm going to make a minor change starting next week for the upper body workouts, somewhat akin to the change to the lower body workouts. Instead of doing bench, and should press twice a week I'll do bench the first day, and no should press, and then shoulder press the second upper body workout and no bench (may through in a light close grip bench on shoulder day, and like a lat shoulder raise on bench day). This makes it somewhat similar to the 5/3/1 program with your main lifts on four different days during the week.

    Final note, going to start taking a supplement somewhat similar to ALN's results. Called Muscle Synergy. Going to start that on monday. Up until now the only thing I've been "supplementing" is protein a multi-vit and fish oil.

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    Glad the training went well. Good job on the Rack Pull PR.

    Hope mixing it up a bit works for you. I tend to find less volume on each day works well. Having one main lift each day as your focus with accessories does the job. My routine works out as:

    Mon: Squat
    Weds: Bench
    Fri: DL
    Sat or Sun: Dumbells

    Very simple and gives me plenty of rest between each major lift. I wouldn't exactly call my routine HCT12 anymore though lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GazzyG View Post
    Glad the training went well. Good job on the Rack Pull PR.

    Hope mixing it up a bit works for you. I tend to find less volume on each day works well. Having one main lift each day as your focus with accessories does the job. My routine works out as:

    Mon: Squat
    Weds: Bench
    Fri: DL
    Sat or Sun: Dumbells

    Very simple and gives me plenty of rest between each major lift. I wouldn't exactly call my routine HCT12 anymore though lol.
    Yeah you've definitely made some major adjustments, and I can see how easy it would be for me to start doing the same thing - and more to the point - it would be fun. Part of me totally wants to start doing high weight singles and triples instead of trying for sets of 6 all the time (I could probably bench 250 for a single right now). However, while strength is certainly the end game goal, right now I've sorta started a slow cut, while trying to get in better cardio shape (summer is coming, more active I don't want to be huffing and puffing chasing my 4 year old around!). I actually kind of have half set in my mind I want to run a half marathon maybe by the end of the summer.

    So with that in mind, I'm ok with slower strength progression, and the higher reps will certainly help more with the cutting then heavy singles and triples.

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    Week 5 Day 1

    Bench:
    135x10
    185x6
    205x6
    225x4(pr)
    225x2

    DB Lat Shoulder raises:
    10s x10
    15s x6
    20s x6
    25s x6

    Lat Pulldown:
    120 x6
    135 x6
    150 x6
    165 x6 x2 x2

    Bent over Row (smith):
    110 x8
    130 x6
    160 x6
    180 x6(pr)
    180 x2
    180 x2

    Dips:
    BW x10
    BW x8
    BW x6
    BW x4

    225 on bench. yay! Started the supplement mentioned on my last log entry today. Had to take 8 gigantic horse pills this morning (definitely getting the powder next time). I wish I had of taken some to work because I guess there's a noticeable benefit to taking some of the daily dosage pre-workout. Will bring some for the rest of the week.

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    Happy for you man, quite a milestone on the bench.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke View Post
    Happy for you man, quite a milestone on the bench.
    Yeah, I'm very impressed with the progress. I was sort of depressed after last week, but after hitting that and now with this recent workout I'm feeling like a million bucks again.

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    Week 5 Day 2

    Squats:
    Bar x10
    135 x6
    225 x6
    245 x6
    275 x4(pr)

    Calfs (leg press):
    270 x10
    360 x10
    450 x10
    450 x10

    Decline Situps:
    BW x10
    BW+25 x6
    BW+35 x6
    BW+45 x6x2x2

    Deadlifts:
    bar x10
    95 x6
    95 x6
    135 x6
    135 x6
    135 x2
    185 x2

    BB Curls:
    30s x6
    35s x6
    40s x6
    45s x6 x2 x2

    Great workout. Pr on the squats and the only thing that's really holding me back there is my lower back. I had no problem with that weight, but on the 5th rep there I must have started GMing it and my back just couldn't handle it and I had to drop the weight on the pins. Meh, it's definitely improving.

    Also very impressed with the deadlifts from the floor. No back pain at all, was very conscious about keeping my back straight throughout the sets. So again my lower back is the limiting factor here and I think once it catches up with the rest of me I'll be pulling 300+ easily.

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    Great work on the Bench and Squat PRs! Glad the deadlift's improving too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GazzyG View Post
    Great work on the Bench and Squat PRs! Glad the deadlift's improving too!
    Thanks

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    Week 5 Day 3

    Sides/front planks 30sec each, 3 of each

    Leg curls:
    90 x6
    100 x6
    110 x6
    120 x6 x2 x2

    DB peck flys:
    25s x15 x3

    Back extensions:
    bw x10
    bw+25 x8
    bw+25 x6
    bw+25 x2 x2

    Machine Tricep Extensions:
    50 per arm x6
    60 per arm x6
    70 per arm x6
    70 per arm x2 x2

    Also tried a barbell complex from memory for giggles, forgot a couple exercises in it tho
    50lb barbell
    stiff legged deads x8
    bent over rows x8
    front squats x8
    overhead press x8

    Nothing special always try to keep it light and easy on wed.
    Last edited by Rileigh; 03-21-2012 at 11:57 AM.

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    Nice work all around Rileigh, especially the bench PR. Congrats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuNa View Post
    Nice work all around Rileigh, especially the bench PR. Congrats!
    Thanks! That was my short term goal in starting this program. Now that I've hit that, I'm pretty content to maintain that and let my lower body catch up with my upper body. Which means.... Stay tuned.

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    Week 5 Day 4 (overhead press day)

    Strict DB Standing overhead Press(total weight not per arm for comparison reasons):
    90 x6
    100 x6
    110 x6
    130 x6 +2 +2(pr)

    One arm DB Rows (each arm):
    65 x6
    70 x6
    75 x6
    80 x6 +2 +2

    Lat Pull down:
    120 x6
    135 x6
    150 x6
    165 x6 +2 +2

    Dips:
    bw x10
    bw x8
    bw x7
    bw x7

    Decline BB Bench:
    135 x10
    155 x10
    185 x8

    Great workout, not surprised by the pr on the overhead press. I knew I had more in me the last time I did it. The fact that I was using dumbbells today just means that using the barbell next time will be that much easier. Should easily get 1pps next week.

    Overall I'm satisfied with my upper body results for now. So I'm starting a slow cut (actually I kind of started without realizing it last week with the nice weather here in shiny Nova Scotia). My diet isn't going to change really, but I'm going to start adding some more cardio. I figure I can cut while maintaining my upper body strength and continue to gain lower body strength until my lower body catches up with my upper body.

    That being said; interval sprints today after work. 40mins, 1 min sprint, 2 min recovery.

    Edit: my goal weight is ~200lbs which should put me around 10% body fat.
    Last edited by Rileigh; 03-22-2012 at 11:55 AM.

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    Great shoulder pressing and all bro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke View Post
    Great shoulder pressing and all bro.
    Thanks! Once my core and stabilizing muscles build up a bit more I should be hitting 150 pretty easily I hope.

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    Good work, Rileigh. Strong overhead pressing there.
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    Week 5 Day 5 (deadlift/rack pull day)

    Unfortunately was not able to get in the rack till my last exercise

    calf raises (leg press machine):
    270 x10
    360 x10
    450 x10
    450 x10
    450 x10

    DB curls:
    30s x6
    40s x6
    45s x6
    50s x4 +2 +2(pr oooo)

    Decline situps:
    bw x10
    bw+25 x6
    bw+35 x6
    bw+45 x6 +2 +2

    <was waiting for the rack this entire time, still couldn't get in so did a mile run @ 10min/mi>

    Rack Pulls:
    135 x6
    225 x4
    225 x4
    225 x5
    245 x2 +2(pr)

    Last workout day, first week taking Beverly International's Muscle Synergy. I have to say, I'm impressed. I don't know for sure if the results this week are due to this supplement, but I've gotten pr's on all my main lifts this week. I intend to take it for a month and see what the end results are.

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    Good work on the rack pulls, mate! 300 is right around the corner, betcha can smell it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GazzyG View Post
    Good work on the rack pulls, mate! 300 is right around the corner, betcha can smell it.
    Thanks! Mostly preparatory work for real deadlifts. I may try starting out with deadlifts tomorrow and see how they feel. I might be able to start doing the real lifts this week (ie heavy deadlifts, heavy low squats vs heavy rack pulls/heavy barely low enough squats and light deadlifts, light ass to the ground squats).

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    Week 6 Day 1 - Chest Day

    Incline DB Chest Press:
    60s x6
    70s x6
    80s x6
    85s x6
    90s x4(pr)
    90s x2
    90s xfail (couldn't get them up into position)

    Hammer Strength Triceps Extensions:
    40s x6
    50s x6
    60s x6
    70s x6 +2 +2

    Lat Pulldown:
    120 x6
    135 x6
    150 x6
    165 x6
    180 x4.5 +2 +2(pr)

    One armed DB rows:
    60 x6
    65 x6
    75 x6
    75 x6 +2 +2

    Happy with the DB work today. I decided to take a week off the traditional bench. I've always been strong with the DB's so just want to make sure I'm using them from time to time to keep those stabilizer muscles strong. Definitely a pr even from before when I was always using DB's. I was going to finish up with a quick BB bench session but ran out of time. PR on the lat pulldown was nice too. Once I can do 195 for 6 reps, my next increase will be to doing body weight pull ups finally.
    Last edited by Rileigh; 03-26-2012 at 11:08 AM.

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    Good exercise choices!

    And I hear ya about trying to get the DBs into position for the press - it's a pain in the arse, lol.
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    Week 6 Day 2 - Squat Day

    Squats:
    bar x10
    135 x6
    185 x6
    205 x6
    225 x6
    255 x6 +3 +3
    135 x10

    Decline Situps:
    bw x10
    bw+25 x6
    bw+35 x6
    bw+45 x6 +2 +2

    DB Curls:
    30s x6
    35s x6
    40s x6
    45s x6 +3 +3

    Calf Raises (machine):
    160 (max) x10 x3

    SLDL:
    100 x6 x2
    150 x6 x2

    Mainly did the SLDL's to stretch my inflexible ass I intended to do squats all super low, but with weight. But when I got up to 255, I thought I didn't seem like I was as low as I would like. So did a set at 135 and sure enough I was not. I guess I just gradually stopping going as low as I increased the weight. I'll keep working on it.

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    Good workout. You tried doing anything static leg stretching to aid your squat depth too? I found it helped me a lot.
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