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    Chris' new journal

    Thought I would start a new journal. I probably won't update it every workout, but I will try to get in as much as possible.

    For anyone who reads this and does not know me I have been training for ~17 years and am completely drug free. I am 5'11" and currently ~228 lbs. My bodyfat is average, not high and certainly not low. I train primarily for strength. I don't think I can add much more lean size at this point without resorting to tissue building drugs, but I know I can add strength.



    Today was upper body.

    Chest:

    Incline dumbbell presses

    81s x 10
    131s x 4
    131s x 4

    Now, to clarify, I train at home and have Olympic collar adjustable dumbbells. The bars themselves weigh 11 lbs (I have weighed them), thus the odd weights I am using. I use 25 lb plates and smaller, thus the ROM on the presses is a bit shorter than with standard dumbbells.

    T-bar Rows:

    I do these with a 7' Olympic bar between my legs and one end held down by a steel bracket I have bolted to the floor. I use a v shaped grip which I hook on the business end of the bar just before the collars.

    3 45s x 7
    5 45s x 6
    6 45s and a 25 x 2
    6 45s and a 10 x 3

    I use good form on these with minimal heave.

    Standing Barbell Curls:

    135 x 6
    185 x 2--- arms were pooped from the rows

    My left elbow has been flaring up recently so I decided to try one arm overhead dumbbell extensions with a light dumbbell to work the tris a bit, but not aggravate the problem. I have different dumbbells for this than the ones mentioned above.

    45 x 5R, 5L

    I then did some standing calf raises with a barbell on my back.

    225 x 14

    That was all.


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    Glad to see you starting a journal. Now get a vid of those inclines!
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    nice work chris.

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    Nice to see you posting workouts again, I enjoy reading through them.
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    Nice lifts, Chris. Are you taking any of these lifts to failure?

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    Actually, sort of. I probably had 1-2 more reps on each set of the inclines. On the t-bars the first heavy set was to failure and the 2nd wasn't (it was close).

    I am nursing some kind of a lower abdominal/groin strain I incurred doing a unique exercise. I do curl-grip clean a presses on my "off" days. I clean the bar from the floor using a curl grip and then (using the same reverse grip) I strictly press the weight. When I am pressing I lean back a bit (obviously) and I think that is how I got the injury.

    I'll get a video next time I do them Anthony.


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    glad to see you starting a journal Chris. I know i'll look forward to reading it.
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    welcome back

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    Nice Db inclines bro, huge weight ur using there.
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    Hey Chris, when did you start heavily training chest again??? Those DB presses are freakin awesome.

    P.S. You're an animal. Probably the strongest guy on this site with those weights you're using.
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    Beast, I think this was the 4th or 5th chest workout with dumbbells. I had been doing some inclines with a barbell, but my shoulder issues prevented me from pushing the weight I am capable of.

    I then decided I needed to use dumbbells and went out and bought the Olympic dumbbells.

    As to being the strongest, maybe in a couple of exercises but there are some very strong guys here. I will be glad to take the title of strongest natural guy, I think I have that one for sure.


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    Quote Originally Posted by chris mason
    I'll get a video next time I do them Anthony.
    please do; I'd like to see that, it seems like a cool exercise


    and of course, for your new journal, cm

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    I'm glad you started up the journal. I'm looking forward to the inspiration.

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    Hey, check out this site!

    www.wannabebig.com

    It has a lot of information you can use!!

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    Lol, thanks for the link man!


    Oh, and thanks for the spam boys, wouldn't feel right without it!

    Itallion, if I remember right you are a pretty strong guy, I don't think I will inspire you much.


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    sent you a an email charlottesville va too

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    nice sessions! looking forward to more.
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    Ok, today was a tweener day where I do the curl-grip clean and press.

    I think this is a nice in-between workout because it works most of the major muscle groups, yet doesn't stress any of them too much.

    To review, I clean the bar from the floor, but I use a curl-grip to do it. Once I have the bar at shoulder level I proceed to reverse-grip (same curl-grip) press the weight. I do not jerk my legs, it is all upper body pressing power. I also do it completely RAW, no belt, nothing.


    135 x 1 + 3 presses (elbows need extra warmup)

    135 x 1 + 2 presses

    185 x 1 + 1 press

    225 x 1 + 1 press

    235 x 1 + 1 press

    235 x 1 + 1 press

    That's all. I could definitely feel my strained groin/lower ab region so I was careful not to stress it any more than necessary. This made me do the presses in a stricter fashion.
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    Great strength.

    What's your training split like? Still working every body part once every 2 weeks?

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    My rest days vary depending on how I feel. I don't have a set split. In addition, I am doing the cleans twice a week or so, so the involved muscles are getting trained more often.


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    Chris that seems like a painful exercise, why not just do military presses from the floor. Big wt. anyway I hope to drop by soon thanks for the reply.

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    I do that exercise because I like it and I want to have functional strength. If I were lifting something over my head in the real world I wouldn't do it sitting.


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    chris, hope this is ok do have nitrean and creatine at the store when i get to stop in, if not tomorrow,around lunch then sometime next week like to try those two for now, did you have some pictures on here from when you where younger saw some of the more recent ones, showed them to my buddy i think he is going to order from you also
    thanks again i wanted to stop in today but i was short on sleep.

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    Tell you what, you can call me on my cell at (434)882-1291. When you are ready to get some stuff you can just call ahead and I will make sure to bring it with me. Make sure you give me plenty of notice. In addition, as I run the joint I am VERY busy and please do not take me as being rude if I cannot spend much time with you.

    I do have a picture of me from a contest I did at 19 years old somewhere on this site.
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