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    The Legend of El Griego

    Ok...going out on a limb here. I've been into bodybuilding since I was a little, little kid, like 3-4. I grew up really skinny and unathletic, until I started lifting weights at 22, when I weighed 135 @ 6'1. Total ecto. After lots of trial and error, I'm now 220, and trying to figure out what to do next.

    I've posted some pics showing my progress up until this fall. The most recent pic, the most muscular was at 195 (I lost a lot of weight because of the summer and stress over my mom's health condition). I guess I should take a bunch of new ones to show you where I am now.

    http://www.wannabebigforums.com/showthread.php?t=69246

    ...*twiddling thumbs*...

    I guess that's it for now...

    *deep bow*

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    Give that boy a donut!

    I don't have a lot of old pics of me on my computer where you can really see how skinny I was, but I did find this one:

    Me at 15
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    Quote Originally Posted by hulkinout View Post
    I don't have a lot of old pics of me on my computer where you can really see how skinny I was, but I did find this one:

    Me at 15
    OMG.... you must be the one they told me about: the only boy skinnier than I was.

    Way to turn it around!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwiloMike View Post
    OMG.... you must be the one they told me about: the only boy skinnier than I was.

    Way to turn it around!
    I was the POSTERBOY for skinny boys.

    "Don't let this happen to your child."

    ECTX: those sound like fightin' words...put em up...PUT EM UP!!!
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    Hah! When I was a kid my parents' friends would see me and ask "Is your stomach glued to your back?" No fun, especially when I was really little and seriously considered the possibility.
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    sweet mother of god you were skeletal!

    Welcome to Journal Land man! Looking forward to bugging the crap outta you in here...

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    Lol - Greg-AID. Feed the starving Greg!

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    good work. and it depends on you were to go next. i think if you did a good cut you would look wicked however your bf looks in a good range to do a long slow bulk
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    I prefer the idea of a slow bulk especially since it's easier for me to eat now. I usually dont have a problem losing weight when I have to. Bulking's less natural for me,so Id like to see how far I can go.

    As long as I can still bend down to tie my shoes...

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    I remember your pics, You have awesome pec genetics.... And damn boy did you eat when you were young? It seems as if you would walk your legs would snap..
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    Such is life when you have the metabolism of a hummingbird.

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    a hummingbird? really?

    you couldn't say you have the metabolism of a vintage mustang muscle car or something?

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    Is that a purse you were wearing in the skinny picture
    ...quite the size difference el griego.
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    Where's all the workouts, anyway... Its been 12 posts now and not one single squat has been noted. WTF?

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    You better be a squating! Time to put some meat on those legs too!

    Welcome to Journal land Greg. Looking forward to whipping your ass until you get too huge... which will be like NEVER!

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    I'm following a variation on Steve Holman's x-rep training (Ironman magazine), which basically involved partials at the pre-stretch point following failure. As far as strength is concerned, it seems to help (my leverages have always sucked because I got a really long, narrow bone structure), and it does seem to engorge the muscle bellies really well. Since I started doing these a couple months ago, I've noticed much better fullness in problems areas, such as my delts and tris.

    Right now I'm doing upper body muscle groups twice a week, legs once a week. Seems to work well for me at least for now. Overtraining upper body doesn't seem to be an issue, and legs like the once-a-week hit.

    Workout A: Delts, Lats, Bis
    Workout B: Chest, Midback/Traps, Tris
    Workout C: Quads, Hams, Calves, Lower Back

    Smith Military Press 105, 145 (warmup) 180x9 180x8+6x
    Wide Grip Upright Row 90x12+8x (too light) Ive had to take this one easy because of some pain in my brachialis over the last few weeks.
    Lateral Raise 30x12+8x

    Shoulder-Width Parallel Pulldown 90, 110 (warmup) 145x10 150x8+5x
    Wide Grip Parallel Pulldown 120x10+6x
    Stiff Arm Pulldown 55x10

    Bicep Curl 80 (warmup), 110x9, 115x9+5x
    Preacher Curl 55x8 (think I overstretched)
    One-arm concentration curl 35x12+8x
    Incline Dumbbell Hammer 25x12+6x
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    Why more volume for biceps than lats?
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    Good question. I break back into two workouts: midback and lats (always have... Steve Holman and Ian King always advocated that, so I've just always done it).

    I guess I don't think of the incline hammers as a bicep exercise, more of a forearm move. Other than that, I don't really have a good reason, I'll admit.

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    Shoulders were extremely tight today, and didn't wanna bench heavy. I'm intentionally putting delts the day before chest since they need more attention (my pecs right now overwhelm the rest of my build), but usually I don't notice overt problems benching as I did today. Gonna chalk it off as an aberration; if it continues, perhaps I'll add an extra day bewteen delts and chest, or simply go for higher reps/lighter weights since I really want to emphasize delt strength/size now. That sound right?

    Bench 95, 135, 155 (warmup), 245 (6+6x), 225 (8+6x)
    Dumbbell Incline Bench 60x12+8x

    Hammer Row 110, 150 (warmup), 180x8, 190x9+5x
    Standing Cable Rear Lateral 30x12+6x
    Upright Cable Row 140x11+6x
    Shrug 245x12+6x

    Narrow Grip Decline Smith Bench 145 (warmup), 210x9, 215x9+6x
    Hammer Dip 160x10+6x
    Pushdown (dropset) 160/140 10/6+5x

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    Unreal man, really packed on a lot of weight in a reasonable period of time - thats just less than 100lbs added.

    Very interesting split that you've adopted, so far so good Greg...all sets are looking ace the past couple of efforts.

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    Thanks Cocoa, what are your stats currently? I really liked your photos. Beautiful lines.

    I like the Holman routine for a change cause it's low volume but high intensity, so I can get it done within 45 minutes-an hour. His take is doing these x-rep partials following failure means you can get away with less sets, and it's really worked as far as lower body strength especially, since I've maxed out the leg extension and leg curl machines at my gym (which was something I never thought I was capable of). I change up routines every couple months, so I'll go back to a higher volume routine when I get bored with this.

    I wish the weights were more impressive, but maybe that's something I can work on during a more power-oriented phase. Or maybe I'll just have to wait till I'm 240. ;-)

    I do have something to ask though: I've been having pain in my brachialis lately when I try to get the dumbbells from my knees to my shoulders for press or benches. Any reason that you can think of, and anything I could do besides stretching them? I know I'm stronger than the weights I'm currently doing, which is really annoying, I just can't maneuver the weights into the starting position.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hulkinout
    Thanks Cocoa, what are your stats currently? I really liked your photos. Beautiful lines.

    I like the Holman routine for a change cause it's low volume but high intensity, so I can get it done within 45 minutes-an hour. His take is doing these x-rep partials following failure means you can get away with less sets, and it's really worked as far as lower body strength especially, since I've maxed out the leg extension and leg curl machines at my gym (which was something I never thought I was capable of). I change up routines every couple months, so I'll go back to a higher volume routine when I get bored with this.

    I wish the weights were more impressive, but maybe that's something I can work on during a more power-oriented phase. Or maybe I'll just have to wait till I'm 240. ;-)

    I do have something to ask though: I've been having pain in my brachialis lately when I try to get the dumbbells from my knees to my shoulders for press or benches. Any reason that you can think of, and anything I could do besides stretching them? I know I'm stronger than the weights I'm currently doing, which is really annoying, I just can't maneuver the weights into the starting position.
    I have to warm up with wrist curls any time I do work involving my forearms (curls, pullups, rows, etc) or I get really bad pain in my elbow area that lasts for weeks.

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    You're not having the same problem when you bicep exercises?

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