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    Whoa dude, sounds like a major bitch there. In other words, training looks great, and I like slovlotzsky's laws!
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    Damn, squat and rdl strength is shooting through the roof!!

    I think you handled the situation well... I can't imagine someone giving me the finger because my tire squeaked on wet pavement ... LOL.
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    I am Relentless - Day 1
    Thursday, November 16 2006


    Bodyweight: 229

    Training
    T-Bar Rows
    170x5/5/5/4/4
    * Forgot my journal so I wasn't sure what I was at. Kicked it up to 170 just to be sure. Decent reps.

    Machine Rows
    210x8/5/5
    * OK, I skipped right over 195. But that didn't seem to matter. This was getting heavy though.

    Incline DB Press
    95x5/4/3/3/3
    * Felt pretty good with these; thought I'd get more on the later sets but ah well, so long as I progress next week.

    Machine Flyes
    210x8/5/5
    * This is starting to get heavy...

    Seated Lever Calf Press
    135x20/20/17
    * Wow, this is pretty hard! Not heavy but the lactic acid really builds up.

    Supplementation
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    1g Glucosamine
    1g additional Vitamin C
    10g Fish Oil
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    2 scoops Elite Mega Mass
    10g Arginine alpha-Ketoglutarate

    Diet
    I found I had a container of NO2 sitting around so I thought I'd give it a try for fun. At the recommended dosage (5 caps 2x day) I only have enough for 18 days! LOL!!

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    I felt a slightly increased pump my first day on NO2.


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    Nick Hatfield: Yeah, everyone I've spoken to seems to think she was psycho so I won't feel too bad for not being nicer to her.

    Anthony: It seems like that, doesn't it? But it's all muscle memory right now. I'm still not back up to my maxes in most lifts. That said, I think I'll be back up in the same range I used to be within a month or two and then I'll start to see some actual progress. I'd like to get my squat up to 405x5. That'd be pretty sweet.
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    I am Relentless - Day 2
    Friday, November 17 2006


    Bodyweight: 230

    Training
    Squats
    315x5/5/5/5/5 (increase to 335)
    * Good burst out of the hole, good depth and felt strong throughout.

    Leg Press
    9PPSx6/5/5
    * I'm getting up into the weight range where I question my sanity every time I get under the sled. It truly is a mental game with ME leg stuff.

    High Foot Position Leg Press
    4PPS+25x20/20/20 (increse to 5PPS)
    * Maybe it's the argnine but hot damn my HAMSTRINGS got a pump out of this. Trippy!

    EZ Curls
    115x5/5/2.5/3/2
    * First set was fantastic and all sets after that were a struggle... still, this is the weight I have to work with and I seemed to make progress vs last week.

    Seated Hammer Curls
    40x8/6/5
    * an almost painful bicep pump at this point. COOL!


    Supplementation
    1 Pak Animal Pak
    1g Glucosamine
    1g additional Vitamin C
    10g Fish Oil
    4 scoops Nitrean
    2 scoops Elite Mega Mass (still working on Vanilla. Eww.)
    10g Arginine alpha-Ketoglutarate

    Diet
    Ramping up calories this week. We'll see if I can hit 240 by Xmas.

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    Damn, getting up there.
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    Looking good dude. I like what you're doing and it's good to see the posterior work. I would add good morning also.
    Nice work!

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    I am Relentless - Day 3
    Monday, November 20 2006


    Bodyweight: 231

    Training
    Chins
    BWx5/5/5/5/3.5
    * Some struggles here and I failed in midrep on the last set, resulting in a bit of a jerky descent, which strained something in my left elbow (bicep tendon insertion I think). Dammit! I think I may have to go back to assisted and maybe

    Hammerstrength ISO Pulldown
    2PPS+25x8/6/6
    * Minor increase.

    Arnold Press
    75x5/5/3/3/stop
    * I definitely ****ed something up in my left elbow. Dammit. It feels like a minor strain though so I think I'm going to be alright.

    Standing Side Laterals
    35x skipped to save elbow
    * I'll get back on this next week

    Calf Raise on Leg Press
    4PPS+25x20/15/15
    * Nice calf pump.

    Supplementation
    1 Pak Animal Pak
    1g Glucosamine
    1.5g additional Vitamin C
    10g Fish Oil
    4 scoops Nitrean
    2 scoops Elite Mega Mass
    10g Arginine alpha-Ketoglutarate

    Diet
    Good on calories, sketchy on content for the weekend. Had a dinner party Saturday night, which was not very clean. The menu:
    Spicy Hungarian Paprika shrimp with creamy lime dip
    Toasted cranberry focaccia bread with melted brie
    Homemade Tourtiere with ginger chutney
    Apple Tatin with Haagen Dazs Dulce de Leche ice cream

    It was damn tasty.


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    I am an idiot for injuring my arm. A refocusing on form and tempo is in order.

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    Unreal: Yeah, thanks. I'll be happier when I get back to my working weights from before on most stuff and then start hitting PRs again.

    HeavyBomber: I'm actually doing the RDLs more for hamstrings than for posterior chain. I've done heavy GMs in the past though (again more for hams than pos chain)... GMs with 250+ are big time fun.

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    I am Relentless - Day 4
    Tuesday, November 20 2006


    AM Bodyweight: 231

    Training
    Romanian Deadlifts
    375 x 5/5/5/5/2
    * Ran out of steam on the last set

    Leg Curls
    225 x 8/8/5
    * 225 is pretty heavy; starting to feel this in my knees a bit

    Leg Extensions
    210 x 20/20/16
    * increased reps, felt ok

    Tri-Dominant Chest
    Experimented with some CGBP but couldn't find a groove and felt very uncomfortable. My shoulders and wrists were in pain. I will find something else.


    1-Hand Reverse Tricep Pressdowns
    45 x 12/12/12 (increase to 50)
    * Good stuff, here.


    Supplementation
    1 Pak Animal Pak
    1g Glucosamine
    1g additional Vitamin C
    10g Fish Oil
    4 scoops Nitrean
    2 scoops Elite Mega Mass
    10g Arginine alpha-Ketoglutarate


    Diet
    Continuing mostly good. I am having trouble easily getting the extra calories I want. I may have to start a 3rd shake per day.


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    Saw a guy doing reps with 4 plates on the T-Bar station I use. I was jealous, because I am only doing 3 plates and a 35. But he had to use straps to move the weight.

    I also saw a guy doing nice deep, almost ATF squats. It was gratifying to see someone else at the gym doing things well instead of the KOTQS types.


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    Was out of the gym Thursday/Friday with work.
    Saturday we had our season finale for football. Lost the game but had a good time.

    Sunday?
    Well Sunday was BBQ day. I cleaned my grill and took advantage of some $1.89/lb back ribs that were on sale at the supermarket.

    Warning: Food Porn in the attachment.

    I at almost 4lbs of ribs. Damn that was good!
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    Excellent squatting, but you gotta get out of those sled/ext/curl machines!

    Ribs look awesome. I'm jealous!
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    I appreciate the levity in your posts here, Relentless, so I think I'll be stopping by to see what kind of progress you're making as you get back into lifting. I also know where you're coming from with the re-dedication - I consider myself someone who is able to quickly become a "journeyman," too, and sometimes I need the extra impetus to progress farther and do more. I'll be coming around here for a well-placed kick in the behind from time to time. Good luck and keep up the solid gains!
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    Um, I hope by Day 4 I'm doing 225x8 on leg curls and 75x5 for Arnold Presses!

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    I am Relentless - Day 1
    Monday, November 27 2006


    Bodyweight: 231

    Training
    T-Bar Rows
    170x5/5/5/5/4
    * Just couldn't quite squeeze out the last rep on the last set. I expect to close this one out next week.

    Machine Rows
    210x8/8/5
    * Good reps, good ROM. Had a minor grip slip issue due to the fact I was sweating like a hog.

    Incline DB Press
    95x5/5/4/3/3
    * Forward progress made. Not as much as I'd have liked, but it wasn't bad.

    Machine Flyes
    210x8/8/5
    * Thought I'd close this one out this week but I just ran out of steam in set 3.

    Seated Lever Calf Press
    135x20/20/20
    * Good reps. Time to throw on another 25lbs.

    Supplementation
    1 Pak Animal Pak
    8 capsules At Large ETS
    1g Glucosamine
    1g additional Vitamin C
    10g Fish Oil
    4 scoops Nitrean
    2 scoops Elite Mega Mass
    10g Arginine alpha-Ketoglutarate (last of it that I'm taking)

    Diet
    Per my last post, I had a stack of ribs on the weekend. It was damn tasty.

    The NO2 is not doing anything other than making me sweaty so I'm not taking it anymore.

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    Great joke I heard recently:
    A mathematician, a biologist and a physicist are sitting in a street café watching people going in and coming out of the house on the other side of the street. First they see two people going into the house. Time passes. After a while they notice three persons coming out of the house. The physicist says, "The measurement wasn't accurate." The biologist says, "They must have reproduced." The mathematician says, "If one more person enters the house then it will be empty."

    I am such a nerd.



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    Anthony: Thanks man. I know where you're coming from but I LIKE using some machines. The sense of variety is nice. For things like doing high rep leg extensions on ham-dominant leg day, it provides the opportunity to tax the quad specifically in a high volume fashion without limiting myself by the endurance of, say, my spinal erectors or something.
    The ribs were fantastic. Too much sugar in the BBQ sauce, but I figure it was OK.

    McIrish: Thanks man. I try not to take anything, including myself, TOO seriously. Again, most of this isn't gains, it's essentially recovering strength. But yeah.

    silhouette: Ah but I was only out of lifting for a couple of months. From your intro and journal, you had a much longer layoff. The first couple of months are always the hardest when you get back into lifting. I'm now about 7 weeks back into proper lifting and diet, and I'm starting to hit a groove.

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    Scott, I just noticed your profile lists you as Kitchener now. Did you change jobs and/or location? And how's the drive to kitchener?

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    I am Relentless - Day 2
    Tuesday, November 28 2006


    Bodyweight: 232

    Training
    Squats
    335x5/3/3/3/3 (increase to 335)
    * After a wobbly rep 5 on set 1 I got a little anxious so I just did triples for the rest. Good depth and good burst.

    Leg Press
    9PPSx8/6/5
    * Forward progress made. Felt pretty good here although my left calf was threatening to cramp up.

    High Foot Position Leg Press
    5PPSx15/15/12
    * Meh, not bad.

    EZ Curls
    115x5/5/5/3/3
    * Much better reps this time... last set was a little sketchy on the first rep but fine otherwise. I was somewhat motivated by an extremely hot blonde babe, mid 30s, who was doing cable-based bicep work in front of me. She was maybe 5'5 or so, maybe 115 or 118, 15-16% BF, most of it in her rockets and her glutes. Gray tights, white sport bra/top with a little gray tank over top. Most impressive were the striations that became visible in her delts when she did hammer curls. Pretty sweet.

    Seated Hammer Curls
    40x8/8/5
    * a little better...


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    1g Glucosamine
    1g additional Vitamin C
    10g Fish Oil
    4 scoops Nitrean
    2 scoops Elite Mega Mass (still working on Vanilla. Eww.)


    Diet
    Contuning with more calories. I think I feel fuller, FWIW.

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    Jeff: Yup. We're in Kitchener now. The drive is great because - WE LIVE HERE NOW. The company shut down their Toronto office and consolidated with our R&D in Waterloo. Same job, same paycheque, only I live 1.2km from my office now. WALKING distance, really. It's insanely sweet, especially after years of a murderous commute. We now live in a lovely century home in downtown Kitchener, on a nice quiet residential street with massive maple and oak trees, etc. It's picturesque in the extreme. And cheap!!
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    Strong workouts, nice work on the squats.

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    I am Relentless - Day 3
    Thursday, November 30 2006


    Bodyweight: 232

    Training
    Chins
    BWx5/5/4/3/2
    * Very strict form but overall I was disappointed with the reps. I think I need to install a chinning bar at home and start making a habit of knocking off 5 reps every time I pass it or something. Got to get this improved!

    Hammerstrength ISO Pulldown
    2PPS+25x8/8/5
    * Forward progress here. Good stuff.

    Arnold Press
    75x5/5/4/3/3
    * Left bicep tendon insertion was tender but functional. I think I'm still healing from last week.

    Standing Side Laterals
    35x5/3/stop
    * This sucked ass. I don't like the exercise anymore... once I get heavy enough to feel some sort of effort is required to move the weight, form becomes sketchy. I am going to replace this with something else. Suggestions are welcome. I'm thinking maybe push presses.

    Calf Raise on Leg Press
    4PPS+25x20/20/17
    * Holy crap. Excellent reps but I had such a pump in my gastrocnemii that it HURT. I see an improvement in the mirror on my calves, so I will continue with progress here. Yay me.

    Supplementation
    1 Pak Animal Pak
    1g Glucosamine
    1.5g additional Vitamin C
    10g Fish Oil
    4 scoops Nitrean
    2 scoops Opticen

    Diet
    I decided to throw out the rest of that completely nasty GNC Mega Mass Vanilla and start on the Opticen. The Opticen was much creamier and tastier than any other mass builder protein I've ever had. It was almost TOO thick and creamy. A huge improvement though.


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    I worked out at 430pm because I was in meetings all day. Holy crap. Turns out more than a few hot babes work out at my gym. I guess end of day is meat market time. Anyway, it was a good workout and I managed to stay focused on my lifting and not all the scattered ass around the gym. A couple of hardcore chicks that looked like they might be fitness/figure competitors, actually. Inspirational.

    Also got some pointers on RDL form from a couple of guys that were working out and doing RDLs supersetted with 1-leg lunge/DB squats with their other leg on a bench behind them. Hardcore. They really seemed to know what they were doing and they validated my form, depth and lower back arch for my RDLs. Nice guys.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Relentless View Post
    on a nice quiet residential street with massive maple and oak trees, etc. It's picturesque in the extreme. And cheap!!
    That's what every home is like around here! And there was a recent study saying NBers are the happiest in the country. Go figure!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony View Post
    That's what every home is like around here! And there was a recent study saying NBers are the happiest in the country. Go figure!

    I thought it was just because you guys had more Tim Hortons per capita than any other province!

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    Yeah, my hometown has 30+ ... LOL!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Relentless View Post
    I worked out at 430pm because I was in meetings all day. Holy crap. Turns out more than a few hot babes work out at my gym. I guess end of day is meat market time.
    That's exactly the same at my gym... By day it's filled with octogenarians, but by late afternoon all the hot chicas appear. It's like lifting at a totally different gym.

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    I am Relentless - Day 1
    Monday, December 11 2006


    Bodyweight: 234

    Training
    Supported T-Bar Rows
    170x5/5/5/5/5 (increase to 180)
    * Rocked this set. Guess the week of travel was mostly good for me. Time for 4 plates. Woo!

    Machine Rows
    210x8/8/6
    * Meh; was hoping for more than 1 rep of progress but I won't complain too much. I SHOULD close this out next time though!

    Incline DB Press
    95x5/5/5/4/4
    * Felt much better/stronger through these reps. Excellent, deep ROM. Peak contractions at the top of the ROM.

    Machine Flyes
    210x8/5/4
    * Hm. The wheels kind of fell off here... maybe I was spent from the hard work on the DB Pressing. Ah well, we'll crunch it again next week and see what's what.

    Seated Lever Calf Press
    160x15/11/10
    * Felt much heavier than just an extra 25lbs.

    Supplementation
    1 Pak Animal Pak
    8 capsules At Large ETS
    1.5g Glucosamine
    1g additional Vitamin C
    10g Fish Oil
    4 scoops Nitrean
    2 scoops Elite Mega Mass


    Diet
    Pretty sketchy last week. Certainly on par for calories but macros were all over the place and I didn't bring all of my supplements with me while travelling.

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    The trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi was great. Got to see a (nonrepresentative) slice of the Arab world and made some good business contacts. Dubai is utterly insane. Like Las Vegas it just rises out of the desert in a mass of chrome and steel and glitz. VERY nice hotels and facilities though.

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    I also flew on Etihad, the airline of the Emirates. Holy crap, what opulence. I was "only" in their Pearl Zone (equivalent to Business Class) but their Diamond Zone took it several steps farther.

    I had my own private 'berth' with a luxurious seat, complete with LCD screen, etc. The seat was pretty comfortable, and had a variety of adjustment options, including full recline into a flat bed, that was almost perfectly suited to my height. The built-in massage units were also nice.

    The menu was superb. I've had worse meals in fine restaurants. Good wine, a selection of thoughtful international and arabic menu options including an amuse-bouche to start and a pretty good wine list to choose from. One meal I had was:

    Apertif: Campari with ice
    Amuse-Bouche: Some kind of olive tapanade thing with a jellied fish component. Tasty.
    Appetizer: A middle east sampler plate thing; had some of the grape-leaf wrapped thingies and 2-3 other selections.
    Wine: A 1998 Chilean merlot
    Main Course: Pan seared monkfish with rice and veggie
    Dessert: Mango-Raspberry cheesecake with espresso
    Digestif: a 1991 ruby port

    Definitely a step up from the ordinary.

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    Anthony: I tell ya... Timmy's is good for the soul. I was grumpy after my flight(s) home this weekend but after a large Tim's in the airport I felt much better. .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Relentless View Post
    I also flew on Etihad, the airline of the Emirates. Holy crap, what opulence.
    The Arabs definitely know luxury... Did you get a chance to check out the Burj al Arab hotel?

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    I am Relentless - Day 2
    Tuesday, December 12 2006


    Bodyweight: 233

    Training
    Squats
    335x5/5/5/4/3
    * Reps felt very clean and very strong...

    Leg Press
    9PPSx8/8/5
    * Got some extra reps in here, which was good. Used a slightly higher foot position and a slightly wider stance, which eliminated the calf issues I had last time.

    High Foot Position Leg Press
    5PPSx20/16/15
    * Good increase over last time... was a bit trembly after the last set.

    EZ Curls
    115x5/5/5/4/4
    * A couple more reps and overall they were very clean and very smooth.

    Seated Hammer Curls
    40x8/8/8 (increase to 45)
    * closed this one out... struggled more on set2 than set3 oddly enough. Hm.


    Supplementation
    1 Pak Animal Pak
    1g Glucosamine
    1g additional Vitamin C
    10g Fish Oil
    4 scoops Nitrean
    2 scoops Opticen


    Diet
    Been good the last few days since returning from the Middle East. Made a tasty soup on the weekend -- leek and watercress soup. Basically just leeks, watercress, a little potato, some soup stock, and boil till soft, then puree in the blender, put back in the pot and add a little cream for smoothness. It was damn tasty, with a peppery 'edge' to it from the watercress that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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    Ode to the Stinky Guy at the Gym
    Thank you for wearing so much cologne at the gym today. It was certainly at least a slight upgrade over the nauseating smell of ammonia from the cleaning lady as she Windexed the mirrors next to me while I was doing heavy leg press. I admire the way that you complemented your unique brand of stank with 80s clown pants and a cutoff sweatshirt that highlighted your 14" guns. Walking around with ILS after benching those 50lb DBs and dropping them with a crash and a grunt was very effective in ensuring that the whole gym could notice you and benefit from your funk. It takes a special kind of man to pull off blonde frosting atop spikey hair, and you sure seem to be special. I bet that you were one of the favourite passengers of the lady who drove the short bus.

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    Despite having to endure all the typical idiots at the gym today (including Mr. Stinky Cologne), it was interesting to note one experience I had. I was working my way through my 5x5 squats when I was accosted by a skinny guy being given a tour of the gym by one of the airheads from the front desk. He wanted my opinion on the Creatine he had purchased. Apparently, the front desk chick that was giving him a tour had told him it was 'dangerous'.

    I shot the front desk chick a look of disbelief and then went on to explain to him, briefly, what creatine actually IS and how he could benefit from it. Then I basically told him that he doesn't really NEED it especially if he's just starting out, but that if he was determined to consume it, to drink lots of water, etc, etc. I went on to recommend that he focus on just eating enough food to support growth as the thing he should really focus on.

    It occurred to me afterward that he likely asked me this because I looked like I had a clue about what I was doing. Sort of an indirect complement on my appearance and presumably on my lifting form. So rather than being annoyed at an interruption I was instead vaguely gratified. Hm.


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    Beast: Well I drove past it. Didn't have time for a tour and I certainly couldn't afford to stay there. As it was the Dubai Creek Hilton was quite luxurious enough for me.
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    I have to make one of those Apple Tatins. Looks phenomenal.

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