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Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    these are my workouts over the last 2 months, decided to post them cos i think my gains have been ok, throughout my workouts i focus solely on form and on pumping the muscle itself, not on increasing weight/reps. i find if i concentrate more on incresing weight/reps i lose form.

    legend is : exercise - weight x reps, weight x reps, weight x reps


    12th January 2004

    Squats (kg+bar) - 35
    Bench Press (kg+bar) - 22.5, 25
    Incline DumbBell Press (lbs) - 30, 35
    Machine Behind Neck Press (plates) - 9, 10x3
    Sled Calve Raise (plates) - 13, 13
    Ttricep Pushdowns (plates) - 8, 9

    14th January 2004

    pulldowns (plates) - 6x12, 6x15
    straight leg deadlift (kg+bar) - 20x12, 30x10
    barbell bent over row (kg+bar) - 10x10, 15x10
    upright row (kg) - 20x10, 25x10
    barbell curls (kg) - 25x10, 25x6
    Dumbbell shrugs (lbs) - 50x15, 50x12
    hanging hip raises - x22, x12
    twisted crunches - x15, x15



    19th January 2004

    pulldowns (plates) - 7x12, 6x12
    upright row (kg) - 25x12, 30x8
    barbell bent over row (kg+bar) - 15x12, 15x10
    barbell shrugs (kg+bar) - 30x15, 40x8
    lateral raises (lbs) - 15x14, 10x14
    barbell curls (kg) - 30x8, 25x6
    hammer curls (lbs) 20x10, 25

    21st January 2004

    bench press (kg+bar) - 25x10, 25x10
    incline bench press (lbs) - 35x5, 30x8, 30x7
    dumbbell pullover - 35x12
    machine behind neck press (plates) - 9x6, 8x5
    dumbbell tricep extension (lbs) 20x11, 20x10
    tricep pushdowns (plates) - 8x13, 8x10

    23rd January 2004

    squats (kg+bar) - 40x14, 45x14
    leg extension (plates) - 6x12, 7x8
    straight leg deadlift (kg+bar) - 35x12, 30x13
    leg curl (plates) - 14x12, 16x10
    sled calve raises (plates) - 13x12, 14x14
    smith calve raise (kg+bar) 30x19
    hanging hip raises - x20, x6
    twisting situp - x20, x6, x10



    26th January 2004

    pulldowns (plates) - 8x14, 8x9
    upright row (kg) - 30x11, 25x8
    barbell bent over row (kg+bar) - 15x12, 17.5x9
    barbell shrugs (kg+bar) - 40x13, 40x10
    lateral raises (lbs) - 15x14, 10x16
    barbell curls (kg) - 30x8, 27x5
    hammer curls (lbs) 25x12, 20x16

    28th January 2004

    bench press (kg+bar) - 25x15, 30x6
    incline dumbbell bench press (lbs) - 30x14, 35x7
    dumbbell pullover - 40x13
    machine behind neck press (plates) - 10x10, 10x5
    dumbbell tricep extension (lbs) 15x7/6, 10x13/12
    tricep pushdowns (plates) - 9x10, 8x6



    2nd February 2004

    pulldowns (plates) - 9x8, 8x10
    upright row (kg+bar) - 10x10, 10x8
    barbell bent over row (kg+bar) - 17.5x12, 17.5x10
    barbell shrugs (kg+bar) - 45x15, 45x10
    lateral raises (lbs) - 15x16, 15x12
    barbell curls (kg+bar) - 10x8, 5x5
    hammer curls (lbs) 25x20, 20x22

    4th February 2004

    bench press (kg+bar) - 30x9, 25x10
    incline dumbbell bench press (lbs) - 35x10, 35x7
    dumbbell pullover - 45x13, 45x11
    machine behind neck press (plates) - 11x8, 10x6
    tricep pushdowns (plates) - 9x9, 8x9
    dumbbell tricep extension (lbs) 15x5/4, 10x10

    6th February 2004

    squats (kg+bar) - 20x12, 30x9, 30x8
    leg extension (plates) - 6x10, 7x10, 8x10
    straight leg deadlift (kg+bar) - 30x12, 40x9
    leg curl (plates) - 17x10, 17x7, 17x7
    sled calve raises (plates) - 11x19, 10x19
    smith calve raise (kg+bar) 20x13, 20x16



    9th February 2004

    pulldowns (plates) - 9x7, 8x8, 8x7
    upright row (kg) - 30x9, 30x8
    barbell bent over row (kg+bar) - 30x8, 40x8, 35x6
    barbell shrugs (kg+bar) - 50x8, 50x6
    lateral raises (lbs) -
    barbell curls (kg+bar) - 10x8, 10x5, 7.5x5
    hammer curls (lbs) 30x8, 30x6, 30x6

    11th February 2004

    bench press (kg+bar) - 32.5x10,35x6, 22.5x6
    incline dumbbell bench press (lbs) - 40x8, 40x4
    dumbbell pullover - 45x12, 45x9
    machine behind neck press (plates) - 12x4, 11x4, 10x4
    tricep pushdowns (plates) - 9x9, 8x9, 8x8
    dumbbell tricep extension (lbs) 15x4/5, 10x7/8, 10x7

    13th February 2004

    squats (kg+bar) - 35x9, 35x8, 30x9
    leg extension (plates) - 9x10, 10x11, 11x7
    straight leg deadlift (kg+bar) - 40x9, 40x8, 40x8
    leg curl (plates) - 18x11, 19x5
    smith calve raise (kg+bar) - 25x20, 25x17
    sled calve raises (plates) - 12x12, 11x11



    16th February 2004

    pulldowns (plates) - 9x8, 8x8, 8x6
    upright row (kg+bar) - 12.5x6, 10x6
    deadlift (kg+bar) - 40x9,45x9, 45x8
    barbell shrugs (kg+bar) - 55x9, 55x5
    lateral raises (lbs) - 20x8, 20x6
    barbell curls (kg+bar) - 12.5x8, 10x5, 7.5x5
    hammer curls (lbs) 35x5, 30x7, 30x6

    18th February 2004

    bench press (kg+bar) - 35x9,35x6, 32.5x6
    incline dumbbell bench press (lbs) - 40x9, 40x5, 35x6
    dumbbell pullover - 35x11, 40x7
    machine behind neck press (plates) - 12x6, 11x4, 10x4
    tricep pushdowns (plates) - 10x8, 10x5, 9x6
    dumbbell tricep extension (lbs) 15x5/4, 10x8, 10x8

    20th February 2004

    squats (kg+bar) - 40x6, 35x8, 30x9
    leg extension (plates) - 11x9, 12x8, 12x6
    straight leg deadlift (kg+bar) - 40x8, 50x7
    leg curl (plates) -20x9, 20x7, 19x6
    smith calve raise (kg+bar) - 25x18, 25x16, 20x15
    sled calve raises (plates) -



    23rd February 2004

    pulldowns - 10x7, 9x6, 8x7
    upright row (kg+bar) - 15x6, 12.5x7
    deadlift (kg+bar) - 50x8, 50x8, 50x8
    barbell shrugs (kg+bar) - 60x7, 60x5
    lateral raises (lbs) - 20x8, 25x7
    barbell curls (kg+bar) - 15x7, 12.5x5, 10x4
    hammer curls (lbs) - 35x5, 30x7, 30x6

    28th February 2004

    bench press (kg+bar) - 37.5x7,35x6, 32.5x6
    incline dumbbell bench press (lbs) - 40x9, 40x5, 35x5
    dumbbell flys - 20x9, 20x8
    machine behind neck press (plates) - 12x4, 10x7, 9x6
    tricep pushdowns (plates) - 10x7, 9x8, 9x5
    dumbbell tricep extension (lbs) 15x3, 10x8, 10x7
    Last edited by diego; 03-01-2004 at 05:44 AM.
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    monday, 1st february 2004

    Training

    pulldowns - 9x8, 9x6, 8x5
    upright row (kg+bar) - 15x7, 12.5x7, 10x5
    lying dumbbell row (lbs) - 35x11, 40x8, 40x5
    barbell shrugs (kg+bar) - 60x10, 60x7
    seated lateral raises (lbs) - 25x9, 25x8, 25x8
    barbell curls (kg+bar) - 15x5, 12.5x4, 10x4
    hammer curls (lbs) - 35x5, 25x8, 25x6/7


    made a few losses today, which could be due to a few factors, but i'm not going to think about it, i'll give it another week and see how it goes, and may change round my workout if i'm still not making gains. the lying dumbbell row, i find it very difficult to judge whether i am performing it correctly and when i have lifted it high enough, any pointers?


    any comments, criticism, advice throughout my journal is much appreciated
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    monday, 1st february 2004

    Weight

    77.9kg (171.7 lbs) (-2.9 lbs)

    im taking this more as +3.5lbs on 2 weeks ago, as the weighing last week was after 2 meals and this probably effected it being an innacurate reading. im on course
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    thursday, 26th february, 2004

    went out to to seem my friend off, who was going back to NY on saturday. met up in capitol which was actually spinning some nice tunes and had a pleasent crowd with a few hotties. then went on to the viper room, which apparently has a 6am licence, but crowd was terrible, and wa tired so went home
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    friday, 27th febraury, 2004

    no training today, as my leg was still slightly sore and want to let it fully recover. went to a live jazz session in town that night, 2 bands 1 of which was from finland, i thought it was excellent, despite the ugly crowd the music totally made up 4 it
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    tuesday, 2nd March, 2004

    had a fitness assessment today and got measured up so will post measurements tomorrow, with possibly some pics
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    wednesday, 3rd march, 2004

    Training

    bench press (kg+bar) - 37.5x10,37.5x5, 35x5
    incline dumbbell bench press (lbs) - 50x5, 40x8, 40x5
    dumbbell flys - 30x7, 30x6
    machine behind neck press (plates) - 12x4, 10x5, 10x5
    tricep pushdowns (plates) - 11x7, 10x5, 9x7
    dumbbell tricep extension (lbs) - 15x5/4, 15x5/4, 10x10
    hip raise (lbs) - 15x6, x10
    crunch (kg) - 5x14, 10x11
    ab crunch cable (plates) - 9x6, 10x6, 11x6
    oblique cable (plates) - 5x8, 6x6/4


    flys i felt more in the top of my triceps more than my chest. the machine behind neck press i'm stuck on and can't seem to make any gains on, any suggestions (does this work the same muscle as upright rows, just it seems to?)?
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    tuesday, 2nd March, 2004

    Current Stats


    Height:

    6'3''


    Bodyfat:

    12%


    Measurements

    Chest - 36"

    Waist - 31 1/2"

    Hips - 36"

    Biceps - left 11" right 10 1/2"

    Forearms - left 8 1/2" right 9 1/2"

    Thighs - left 17 1/2" right 17

    Calf - left 14 1/2" right 14"
    Last edited by diego; 04-12-2004 at 04:44 PM.
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    monday, 8th march, 2004

    changed my workout somewhat, training each muscle 3 times every 2 weeks now instead of once every week, dropping all sets down to 2.

    day 1:

    bench press: 2x6
    squat: 2x15
    incline dumbBell press: 2x6 (maxed out on this so need an alternative)
    machine military press: 2x6
    smith calf raise: 2x15
    pushdowns: 2x6
    weighted crunches: 2x10
    ab crunch cable: 3x6
    forearms work


    day 2:

    pulldowns: 2x6
    leg curls: 2x10
    lying barbell row: 2x6
    upright rows: 2x6
    barbell curls: 2x6
    barbell shrugs: 2x10
    weighted crunches: 2x10
    ab crunch cable: 3x6
    oblique cable twisty thingy: 3x6
    forearms work


    as always any critism/recomendations welcome
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    monday, 8th march, 2004

    Weight

    78.5kg (173 lbs)

    im taking this more as +1.3lbs on last week
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    tuesday, 20th april, 2004

    Current Stats


    Height:

    6'3''


    Weight:
    181.3lbs (+8.3lbs)


    Bodyfat:

    11.6% (-.4%)


    Measurements

    Shoulders - 44.5" (+3.5")

    Chest - 38" (+2")

    Waist - 31.5" (no change)

    Hips - 33.5" (-2.5")

    Biceps - right 11.5" (+1")

    Thighs - right 20.5" (+3.5")

    Calf - right 14" (no change)
    Last edited by diego; 04-20-2004 at 11:22 AM.
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    tuesday, 20th april, 2004

    Training

    and here's what i'm currently pushing:

    day 1:

    bench press: 47.5x6 (+10kg)
    squat: 52.5x20 (+12.5kg)(+10reps)
    incline dumbBell press: 50x8 (+2reps)
    Military Press: 10x8 (new)
    smith calf raise: 35x20 (+10kg)
    pushdowns: 13x6 (+2plates)
    weighted crunches: 15x14
    ab crunch cable: 12x8


    and pulling:

    day 2:

    pulldowns: 11x7 (+2plates)
    leg curls: 19x17 (higher reps)
    lying db row: 50x11 (+10lbs)
    upright rows: 25x9 (+10kg)
    barbell curls: 17.5x7 (+2.5kg)
    db shrugs: 32.5kg (new)
    weighted crunches: 15x20
    ab crunch cable: 13x7
    Last edited by diego; 04-20-2004 at 11:39 AM.
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    tuesday, 20th april, 2004

    bulking is working and it seems the weights are too! yay!

    going to set a new short term weight goal in a few days.

    biceps are prob the only lagging part, find it very hard to increase the weight,
    any suggestions?
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    screw the direct forearm work

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allenronm
    screw the direct forearm work
    ye i know, it was just my grip strength was preventing me from progressing on my shrugs.
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    saturday, april 24th, 2004

    changing my routine from 2 x sets to failure to a 2 x sets of near to failure routine.

    Weight

    184lbs
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    got them pics yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryuage
    got them pics yet?

    erm, embarassed, oh what the hec, maybe i'll up them tomorro
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    181.5

    for some reason gone down again, puzzling
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    going back up again
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    Pic

    Here's me looking all small from the 5th March 2003 at 173lbs, 12% BF


    tryed getting my other digi cam to work tonight, but it's too hard with no lcd, will try get my hands on a new one soon
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    someone needs to EAT!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryuage
    someone needs to EAT!
    i am, i am. started in january at 162 or something, now at 183.

    doing a big project at the moment so eating's taking a 2nd place this week
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    eating never comes 2nd for me! hehe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryuage
    eating never comes 2nd for me! hehe.
    what weight are you aiming for, and when do you want to achieve it by?
    how much are you currently gaining a week?
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