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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Its 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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    I am Relentless...

    This is my old journal.
    http://www.wannabebigforums.com/show...threadid=11789

    This is the record of where I got to with inconsistent efforts and a lack of commitment. All in all, it's not bad. I came out of it stronger, more knowledgeable and with a superior body composition to when I started.

    But I wanted more.

    In many areas of my life I have the simultaneous advantage and disadvantage of being able to achieve above average competence without really trying. I'm not trying to brag; it's just how it is. This leads to immediate gratification with many new endeavours as I can easily achieve a 'journeyman' type of proficiency. This also means I can be involved in a lot of projects and groups and hobbies and so on and enjoy myself in all of it.

    But I crave excellence. I crave MASTERY. THat said, this craving was directionless and it sputtered on and off as I achieved temporary satisfaction by becoming "pretty good" at some new thing, adding to my personal "Jack of all Trades" list.

    Then I realized something. I have, in the past, been able to achieve excellence and mastery. I have been able to achieve aggressive material, relationship and spiritual goals. But it required a relentless pursuit. I became a monomaniac at various points in my life and as a result, progressed rapidly in certain areas.

    So the challenge before me now is to harness my ability to relentlessly pursue my goals WITHOUT losing focus and WITHOUT becoming monomaniacal. I have multiple personal, physical and creative goals I want to pursue and I need to find a way to progress them every day, every week.

    This journal will be a record of my response to that challenge. The name change? That's part theatre and part personal reminder. Every time I logon to WBB I'll see it. Relentless will also be a word that will be inscribed in many locations throughout my life, reminding me not just to keep at it, but the greater context of "balanced relentlessness" (if that's even a legitimate term).

    More later.
    Relentless
    Last edited by Relentless; 08-11-2006 at 02:07 PM.

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    Can I still call you Cal? Lol. Nice background, I can definitely relate. Looking forward to reading about your progress....
    I know you're half-crazy, but I wish you'd go all the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by razorcut
    Can I still call you Cal? Lol. Nice background, I can definitely relate. Looking forward to reading about your progress....
    Nope. But you get to call me Scott. Callahan was never anything but a nickname. I'll allow mods and friends (and those that are both) to use the RL name if they like.

    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony
    I think DJ said something like, "If it's important - do it every day. If it's not important - don't do it at all."

    Good luck man!
    That's pretty spot on, I think. Thanks for the kind words.


    Quote Originally Posted by WBBIRL
    Did you like get hurt alot during the course of your old journal??? In the beginning of it I saw arnolds of like 70's x 8 and 315 pounds squats for 4 reps after a back injury. I figured you'd be squatting a house after 4 years of training??
    I have consistently managed to get injured playing football or in other activities once or twice a year throughout that whole period. I also went through two separate and ill advised cutting sessions that saw my strength tail off pretty dramatically. As a result, I'm somewhat stronger in several movements than I was when I started, and about the same for others.

    Some comparisons of starting 2002 weights and maxes reached throughout the last while:

    Incline DB Press 80s -> 100s
    Arnold Press 70s -> 90s
    Squats 315 poor ROM -> 385 past parallel
    Leg Press 810 -> 1000+
    Shrugs 90lb DBs -> 400+ BB
    Deadlifts 275 --> 465
    BB Bench 205 -->275
    Chins zero -> 10+
    EZ Curls 85 -> 145

    My current strength level is not bad, I'm not at my personal best max levels for most exercises but neither am I heinously atrophied. My way of example I was in the gym this past week and knocked off:
    - a 405 deadlift
    - a 365 squat
    - 90lb Incline DB Benching
    - many bodyweight dips
    - a disappointing number of chins (barely able to get 6)

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    In June of 2002, I reviewed progress that I'd made in that first year it looked like this

    Shoulder Press
    June 2001 - 120 lbs
    June 2002 - 180 lbs

    Leg Press
    June 2001 - 450 lbs
    June 2002 - 810 lbs

    Arnold Press
    June 2001 - 45 lbs
    June 2002 - 75 lbs

    Machine Rows
    June 2001 - 150 lbs
    June 2002 - 210 lbs

    Leg Extensions
    June 2001 - 355 lbs
    June 2002 - 550 lbs (equivalent, doing 275 1-legged)

    Leg Curls
    June 2001 - 180 lbs
    June 2002 - 255 lbs

    Bench
    June 2001 - 180 lbs
    June 2002 - 262.5 lbs

    Squats
    June 2001 - 225 lbs (using smith machine - yuk!)
    June 2002 - 315 lbs freeweight, solid reps

    Machine Pectoral Flyes
    June 2001 - 120 lbs
    June 2002 - 210 lbs

    Deadlifts
    June 2001 - 0 lbs
    June 2002 - 315 lbs



    Generally speaking, part of the reason I've changed my name is reflective of the reason I haven't made the kind of progress you'd expect over 4 years. I've been inconsistent, particularly with my diet, and that has hampered my gains.

    This is no longer the case. I'll be posting details as I have time and inclination.
    Last edited by Relentless; 08-15-2006 at 04:06 PM.

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    I've been inconsistent, particularly with my diet, and that has hampered my gains.
    Unfortunately for me....I was trying to keep up with hubby on the eating front....but he's 6'2 & weighing 95kg......bad news for moi

    Great journal & brilliant choice of name...good luck
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    I am Relentless - Day 4
    Tuesday, October 24 2006


    AM Bodyweight: 231

    Training
    Romanian Deadlifts
    335 x 5/5/5/5/5 (increase to 355?)
    * agh! posterior chain needs to stop being such a wimp! wicked sore after this immediately after doing these... but it felt better afterwards. I suspect the small muscles are just not used to the work? I will seek advice on form for this movement.

    Leg Curls
    180 x 8/8/10 (increase to 195)
    * again, easy stuff

    Leg Extensions
    180 x 20/20/20 (increase to 195)
    * My expectations were correct; my body is adapting to the higher volume work and I powered through this with little difficulty.

    Dips
    BW+10 x 5/5/5/5/5 (increase to +25)
    * no problem with 10 pounds dangling between my legs (you know, in addition to the other massive objects already dangling there... LOL). Time for more.

    1-Hand Reverse Tricep Pressdowns
    35 x 12/12/12 (increase to 35)
    * Felt much better on this today. Good pump in the tris.


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

    Diet
    Generally good. Looking forward to getting on track with a stricter diet plan in 2 weeks or so.


    Comments, Rants, You Name It

    I saw King of the Quarter Squats again today. Doing "curls" in the squat rack. His lower back and legs were getting quite a workout. Colour me utterly unsurprised.


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    Franjilicious: You can eat the same things as him. Just don't eat as much. LOL!! I often eat different meals from Sara even though we're eating meals at the same time. When I cook, sometimes I'll make some common stuff but we might have different side dishes or whatever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Relentless
    * no problem with 10 pounds dangling between my legs (you know, in addition to the other massive objects already dangling there... LOL).

    The chain holding the plate? :P



    Nice workout big guy! So how strict do you get on your diet? Down to marcro or you just as cleanly as possible with a preset caloric total?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Relentless
    Franjilicious: You can eat the same things as him. Just don't eat as much. LOL!! I often eat different meals from Sara even though we're eating meals at the same time. When I cook, sometimes I'll make some common stuff but we might have different side dishes or whatever.
    Agreed. Especially you're doing the cooking. I cook so they tend to eat what I put in front of the, except I reserve more protein for me. hehehe.

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    ROFL, oh man - I usually wait until I'm on the freeway to do that. What an idiot! -teufy doing what he does best.

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    I am Relentless - Day 1
    Thursday, October 26 2006


    AM Bodyweight: 232

    Training
    T-Bar Rows
    155x5/5/5/5/5 (increase to 165)
    * Not too shabby.

    Machine Rows
    150x8/8/8 (increase to 165)
    * Felt good and strong through this; had good peak contractions at the top of each ROM

    Incline DB Press
    85x5/5/5/5/5 (increase to 90)
    * All right. Closed out the 85s and time to bust out the 90s. They are the first set of DBs on the "big boy rack" at the end. It's like I'm all grownsed up. Actually I can't wait to get back on the 100s just because it's a badass number. Not sure what I will do once I go past the 120s, because that's the heaviest DBs in the gym. Guess I'll have to do BB bench instead. That will be a good problem to have though I guess.

    Machine Flyes
    180x8/8/8 (increase to 195)
    * once again, utter domination of the weight... of course it was way light. LOL. Still, I will be disciplined with my progression. Slow and steady.

    Seated Lever Calf Press
    115x20/20/20 (increase to 135)
    * Again felt very strong through this although had to reset foot position a couple of times. Pausing at the bottom of the rep makes these a lot more challenging though. You can't rely on your muscle's elasticity to get you "out of the hole".

    Max Incline Crunches
    * still suspended pending examination


    Supplementation
    1 Pak Animal Pak
    1g Glucosamine
    1g additional Vitamin C
    10g Fish Oil
    4 scoops Nitrean
    2 scoops Elite Mega Mass (will switch this to Opticen when I run out...)

    Diet
    Continuing as mostly clean. The fact that I've been maintaining relative bodyweight over the last couple weeks while training hard again and eating maintenance to slightly above maintenance in calories says to me I'm recomposing already. My pants are looser and my shirts are tighter.

    Comments, Rants, You Name It

    KOTQS was back in action in the squat rack today. More "plyo squats". I didn't stick around long enough to see the 315lb quarter squats but I'm sure they were amusing. Was I ever this clueless looking in the gym? Surely I must have been.


    Feedback

    Stumprrp: It's getting there. Talk to me again in 3 months.

    ddegroff: Thanks for the kind words. I felt ok today so I take that as a sign that nothing was strained; just stressed from the heavy workload.

    Risk10k: Right now my only rules are: minimum calories per day, minimum grams protein per day, and GENERALLY choose wisely about treats/snacks/etc. I had pizza Tuesday night for instance, but kept it to 4 pieces and also had some chicken breast and broccoli. But that was the only major meal in about a week that was that far "off track". I expect to get stricter and stricter as time goes on with diet but right now I'm still in early stages so my focus is reacclimating to constant hard training and taking advantage of muscle memory.

    Nick Hatfield: Thanks man. The trick is to reform the habits that you've lost. Rereading Covey's "7 Habits" has also helped me.

    Jeff: Yup. That's the way to do it. Actually, with Sara pregnant she is occasionally deciding partway through a meal that she is done with her chicken breast or burger or whatever (meat is turning her off at odd times). More protein for me!!

    Anthony: Thanks man. I tend to analyze myself and my actions a lot and I take heart in making good decisions. We are, after all, a product of all of our decisions. The big ones and the little ones alike. My goal is to be just as consistent 3 months from now. Then I'll KNOW I've properly established new habits and I will already have achieved significant change. Actually training has never been hard for me to be religious about but diet has always been an x-factor. I enjoy cooking and I enjoy eating, although I don't really get cravings or go on binges. The hard part, I think, will be cooking more and more separate meals for my wife as time goes on. BEcause she's picky and finicky at the best of times, let alone when she's pregnant. She just couldn't eat chicken breast and broccoli every night while I could do that for a LONG time.
    Last edited by Relentless; 10-26-2006 at 12:51 PM.

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    I am Relentless - Day 2
    Friday, October 27 2006


    Bodyweight: 233

    Training
    Squats
    275x5/5/5/5/5 (increase to 295)
    * Very solid reps. My low back was a little tired by the end of it but I had excellent burst out of the hole and nice deep reps. Not ATF but below parallel.

    Leg Press
    7PPSx8/8/8 (increase to 8PPS)
    * Well it was harder than 6PPs. But I still ground it out. I think 8PPS will be where I slow down, based on how this felt.

    High Foot Position Leg Press
    4PPSx20/16/13
    * These just tired me out... I felt like I should have been able to power through them but my legs just got fried...

    EZ Curls
    110x5/5/4/3/3
    * Felt real strong on the first 2 sets and then tailed off a little. These were all rock solid reps though. No body sway/english. Just grinding it out and thrashing the bis.

    Seated Hammer Curls
    25x8/8/8
    * Well this was too light. Back to 30s I guess.


    Supplementation
    1 Pak Animal Pak
    1g Glucosamine
    1g additional Vitamin C
    10g Fish Oil
    6 scoops Nitrean
    (ran out of Elite Mega Mass at the office; got some more at home I'll bring in next week)

    Diet
    Continuing cleanish.

    Comments, Rants, You Name It

    Song of the Moment: Antiflag - Born to Die

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    Work is a bitch lately. I don't have the energy to rant.


    Feedback

    Chubrock: Thank yew for yore sew-port.

    Risk10k: Meh. I'll feel strong when I move past the 100s again. Thanks though.

    sidior: Animal Pak are to Multivitamins as weighted Dips are to Tricep Kickbacks. I like them. I feel better, recover faster and have vastly reduced DOMS when I take Animal Pak.

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    I am Relentless - Day 3
    Monday, October 30 2006


    AM Bodyweight: 232

    Training
    Chins
    BWx5/3/3/2.5/2.5
    * A testament to my fatassedness. Ah well, this is much better than dicking around with minimal-assist levels on the machine. I will work up to 5x5 and then start strapping on weight. Strained my left bicep a bit doing this... must remember to keep descent slower and controlled.

    Hammerstrength ISO Pulldown
    2PPS+10x8/6/6
    * this felt pretty good and the ROM is so long I get a stretch at the top, which is nice.

    Arnold Press
    70x5/5/5/3/3
    * left bicep tendon was tender throughout this... basically it would twinge mightily at the bottom of the ROM. Overall I was pleased with the reps though. I'll be back up to my previous working weight of 80 in no time and then it'll be PR time.

    Standing Side Laterals
    30x7/6/5
    * not too bad... again the left arm was a bit sore. Really felt this in my delts, and I did these with a slower, deliberate motion.

    Calf Raise on Leg Press
    4PPSx20/17/15
    * good progress on reps here; the paused reps definitely improve this exercise

    Supplementation
    1 Pak Animal Pak
    1g Glucosamine
    1g additional Vitamin C
    10g Fish Oil
    4 scoops Nitrean
    2 scoops Elite Mega Mass (vanilla now, I've finished chocolate but found some old vanilla I had... sadly this means it will be a while longer before I enjoy Opticen's tasty goodness).

    Diet
    On track for most of the weekend.

    Comments, Rants, You Name It

    Played football on Saturday (1 TD, 1 INT, 10-12 receptions, 3-4 passes defensed). Wound up losing because we gave up a couple plays we shouldn't have. I had fun though.

    My buddy Dan was up for the weekend so I played in Toronto. He was on fire. He is playing lighter than he has been (around 195) and he was an animal on the field. Multiple TD catches, multiple INTs, including one intercepted in the end zone that he ran back for a TD. He is breaking on the ball very well.

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    I am Relentless - Day 2
    Friday, November 3 2006


    Bodyweight: 230

    Training
    Squats
    295x5/5/5/5/5 (increase to 315)
    * Very solid reps AGAIN. Good burst out of the hole, nice depth, and my sometimes-problematic knee was stable. I liked them. Time for 3 plates again. Starting to feel properly manly with these. If I can keep progressing I will be hitting PRs in early next year as I take advantage of muscle memory and regain my previous strength levels.

    Leg Press
    8PPSx8/8/6
    * Just kind of ran out of steam on the last set. I didn't really REALLY grind it out so I maybe could have gotten 2 more but I'm comfortable with this if I hit 3x8 next week..

    High Foot Position Leg Press
    4PPSx20/20/20 (Increase to 4PPS+25)
    * Felt like this was almost too light...

    EZ Curls
    110x5/5/5/5/5 (increase to 115)
    * Time to stop dicking around with the preloaded bars and move back to the EZ bar with Oly weights. There is something satisfying about curling with a 45 on each side...

    Seated Hammer Curls
    30x8/8/8 (increase to 35)
    * I don't know why I wasn't able to do this before, but these FLEW up. Maybe it was just a conditioning thing, getting used to the workload again.


    Supplementation
    1 Pak Animal Pak
    1g Glucosamine
    1g additional Vitamin C
    10g Fish Oil
    6 Elite Mega Mass (ran out of Nitrean and forgot to bring more from home)

    Diet
    Continuing cleanish. I'll be officially one month in to the new program next week and will start getting religion on diet at that time.

    Comments, Rants, You Name It

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    Nick Hatfield: Yeah but I'm used to NOT feeling it. I believe it's just a case of being a little out of shape and not used to the workload.

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    I am Relentless - Day 3
    Monday, November 6 2006


    Bodyweight: 232

    Training
    Chins
    BWx5/5/3.5/3/3
    * Better but still pretty sad.

    Hammerstrength ISO Pulldown
    2PPS+10x8/8/8 (increase to +20)
    * Noice!

    Arnold Press
    70x5/5/5/5/5 (increase to 75)
    * Again left bicep tendon gave me minor grief at bottom of ROM. Finished off 70 though.

    Standing Side Laterals
    30x8/6.5/6
    * Minor progress here.

    Calf Raise on Leg Press
    4PPSx20/20/15
    * the calf pump I got from this was pretty cool... I don't think I've ever managed a calf pump before.

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

    Diet
    On track for most of the weekend.

    Comments, Rants, You Name It

    Played football in my Kitchener league. 4-5 receptions, and an assist on a TD pass where I shovel-passed to a teammate and he heave-hoed it downtown for a score. I still think this whole continuous-forward-passing thing is pretty dumb though. We lost 13-7 at the end.


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    I think DJ said something like, "If it's important - do it every day. If it's not important - don't do it at all."

    Good luck man!
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    Did you like get hurt alot during the course of your old journal???

    In the beginning of it I saw arnolds of like 70's x 8 and 315 pounds squats for 4 reps after a back injury.

    I figured you'd be squatting a house after 4 years of training??

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    Who says the Bible isn't relevant anymore?

    Important fact: It's a SIN for some chick to grab your nutsack if you're fighting with her man. If it happens to you next time you're in the ghetto bustin' heads, then quote the Bible to that skank!

    Deuteronomy 25:11-12 (11) If two men are fighting and the wife of one of them comes to rescue her husband from his assailant, and she reaches out and seizes him by his private parts, (12) you shall cut off her hand. Show her no pity.

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    oh! new title, new journal.I'm staying
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    good luck toronto mofo!

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    FYI all,

    the last month has been what I'm terming "gym acclimatization"

    I've been doing mostly random workouts, trying to get everything to hurt and generally getting my body used to the regular abuse again.

    I've got two weeks of insane schedule ahead of me and then I'll be posting a diet and workout for comments, criticisms and all that.

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    I am Relentless
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    AM Bodyweight: 229

    Training
    T-Bar Rows
    135x5/5/5/5/5 (increase to 145)
    * an object lesson in machine weights not meaning a damn thing... in the gym in Toronto I could pull 5 plates on this. Here, I found 3 somewhat challenging. Still, finished the set.

    Machine Rows
    120x8/8/8 (increase to 135)
    * They have every Hammerstrength machine *BUT* the row here so I was stuck using the dorky 'LifeFitness' one. We'll see how this goes. 120 was a piece of cake but I purposesly started low on this. 135 next.

    Incline DB Press
    85x5/5/4/3/3
    I know I could hit 5x5 on 80s from my reconditioning workouts over the last month so I went to 85. Maybe it's because I'm not doing these fresh but I struggled a bit here. I expect to close out 85 next session.

    Machine Flyes
    150x8/8/8 (increase to 165)
    * Again, a bit of a cupcake lift but I wanted to start low and progress.

    Seated Lever Calf Press
    90x20/20/20
    * Well hot damn, a challenge. I know I can lift heavier than this but I'd never really gone high rep before. A slow burn permeated my calves around rep 14-15 in each set. I walked a little funny after each set as well.

    Max Incline Crunches
    BWx12/12/12 (add 25lbs)
    * Started with no weight because, well, I haven't done ab work since 2004. As with all of these exercises, progression will be key. In any case, this felt pretty good so I'll start with adding weight next session.


    Supplementation
    1 Pak Animal Pak
    1g Glucosamine
    1g additional Vitamin C
    10g Fish Oil
    4 scoops Nitrean
    2 scoops Elite Mega Mass (will switch this to Opticen when I run out...)

    Diet
    Still working some kinks out here... I'm trying to combine my needs with the culinary desires of my pregnant wife. Always a challenge. Right now we're looking at about 3000 total calories to start the cutting process and I'll be scaling back as my fat loss plateaus. More detail in future posts.

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    Well it may or may not be obvious from the first workout, but I'm essentially following Built's Baby Got Back routine. I did a bunch of research, testing, thinking and discussing and wound up with a workout devised on my own that was damn similar so I just decided to scrap that and follow BGB for the hell of it. Back has never been a particularly weak spot for me like Chest has but I like the format and style of BGB so here it goes.

    I finally bought a couple of properly-fitting ballcaps for my gym clothes bag. Now my vision tunnels down to the 180 degrees of y-axis below the brim and about 20 degrees of x-axis within the sharp curve of the brim (I worked it in, worked it in to look like that). I have a zeppelinesque head so finding a hat that fit was a challenge. I wanted Nike but they didn't have any large enough. There may some sort of lesson in there... something about Nike products only being suitable for smallheaded people... but I'm not going to look too hard for it.

    Why am I doing all this? Why the name change? Why the new workouts? Why the renewed commitment to lifting and training and all that?
    1) I'm back playing football for 2 different teams again. Fitness is key to suriving this.
    2) I took some time off, and promptly gained 10lbs of mostly fat. Wake up call time was nigh.
    3) In less than 4 months I will be a father. I expect my life to become considerably busier and more complicated at that time. If I don't get a grip on diet and training NOW to the point where it is an ingrained habit in 4 months' time, I'll be completely screwed when Bubs comes along.
    4) I figure I should set a good example with the whole Administrator thing.
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    Day 2


    AM Bodyweight: 230

    Training
    Squats
    225x5/5/5/5/5 (increase to 245)
    * As with all things, this is lightish but that's on purpose.

    Leg Press
    5PPSx8/8/8 (increase to 6PPS)
    * 5PPS was a piece of cake. going to go up by a large increment here and probably less later.

    High Foot Position Leg Press
    3PPSx20/20/20 (add 25 to each side)
    * As with yesterday's calf work, I was surprised a bit at my lack of endurance to even hit 20 reps on this... it was a struggle after 14-15 reps. Ground through it and then walked gimpily for a while. Is that a word? Gimpily? Gimpesque? With Gimplitude?

    EZ Curls
    100x5/5/5/4/3
    * a bit disappointing given that I used to rep out at 135+ but I shall have patience.

    Seated Hammer Curls
    35x8/7/6
    * Ugh... these were supposed to be 8-12 rep sets... if I can't get 8s across the board next time I will drop to 30.


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

    Diet
    Not terribly clean yesterday evening as we're still working through Thanksgiving leftovers. Utterly clean throughout the day though... protein shakes, tuna and eggs were the staple elements. Grocery shopping this weekend will solidify my diet plan and I'll start posting macros and meals and stuff in the next week.

    Comments, Rants, You Name It
    I forgot my notebook and my mp3 player at the office today on my way to the gym. Went ahead without them and plowed through the workout nonetheless. I felt like it was the universe sending me a personal reminder that it won't always be convenient or comfortable when I'm hitting the iron but the trick is to do it ANYWAY.

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    Saw a kid in the gym today doing EZ curls. He must've weighed a buck fifty soaking wet and looked like he was 19 or so. He did at least 10 sets of curls that I saw, complete with enough body movement to almost make the movements into reverse-grip cleans! Here's hoping that he learns how to eat and how to train before he burns himself out because he sure had intensity to burn!

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    I am Relentless - Day 3
    Monday, October 16 2006


    AM Bodyweight: 234

    Training
    Chins
    BW-50x5/5/5/5/5 (increase to -30)
    * As with all things, this is lightish but that's on purpose.

    Hammerstrength ISO Pulldown
    2PPSx8/8/5
    * heavier than I thought... excellent stretch in the lats at the top of the ROM though.

    Arnold Press
    60x5/5/5/5/5 (increase to 65)
    * As always, shoulders seem strong. Looking forward to good progress here.

    Standing Side Laterals
    20x8/8/8 (increase to 25)
    * piece of cake...

    Calf Raise on Leg Press
    3PPSx20/20/20 (increase to 4 PPS)
    * felt pretty good although I had to reset foot position about once per set...

    Max Incline Crunches
    10x12/12/9
    * Not sure if it was just my abs being weak as hell or possibly an incipient hernia but my lower abs were screaming on this... must monitor their condition.


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

    Diet
    Generally good. I'm definitely getting maintenance or more calories (witness the weight gain over last week... although 4 lbs in a weekend must be mostly water. Mostly clean again, with a few minor cheats. I'm not going to worry about being super clean until I've been in the gym solid for a month or so and will work towards super clean week by week.

    Comments, Rants, You Name It

    Played football again this weekend in my new Kitchener league. This whole 'continuous forward passing' really changes the game, and I find I have to fight my reflexes some of the time in order to stay in coverage. Trying to get my team to play zone instead of man on defense so we can run less and have more opportunities to intercept.


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    I am Relentless - Day 4
    Tuesday, October 17 2006


    AM Bodyweight: 233

    Training
    Romanian Deadlifts
    315 x 5/5/5/5/5 (increase to 335)
    * my grip was sore after this and posterior chain protested a bit but all in all good reps. I expect this will shoot up pretty quickly and consistently once I'm used to lifting heavy again.

    Leg Curls
    165 x 8/8/12 (increase to 180)
    * this was easy enough

    Leg Extensions
    180 x 20/20/15
    * Holy lactic acid Batman! Failure on set 3 was unexpected! Should cash this in next session though, as I continue to adapt to the new training.

    Dips
    BW x 5/5/5/5/5 (add 10 lbs)
    * piece of cake... now to start strapping up with weight

    1-Hand Reverse Tricep Pressdowns
    30 x 12/12/12 (increase to 35)
    * not too hard, although slightly harder than I expected! I used to do 70 or more on this... of course that was on a different machine...


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

    Diet
    Generally good. Not super clean. In fact, had a little dessert last night. Sara made some sauteed spiced figs into a sauce which we put on top of some vanilla frozen yogurt. Decadent!!


    Comments, Rants, You Name It

    I am 3-3 in the WBB fantasy football league. WTF!??!? I should be dominating!! Ah well, I'll pick things up in the 2nd half of the season I'm sure. Now that Houshmanzadeh is healthy (crosses fingers) and Stallworth will be healthy (crosses other fingers).


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    areu just trying high reps for some exercises? or have u found that doing higher rep schemes works with lower rep earlier exercises (like in pmdl's hypertrophy primer)? workouts are looking good!

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    I am Relentless - Day 1
    Thursday, October 19 2006


    AM Bodyweight: 230

    Training
    T-Bar Rows
    145x5/5/5/5/5 (increase to 155)
    * Felt pretty good although doing these with a protein burp on its way results in painful cramps... LOL!

    Machine Rows
    135x8/8/8 (increase to 150)
    * Pretty light still but I'll stick with progressing 15lbs a week until I top out and then I'll progress the reps

    Incline DB Press
    85x5/5/5/5/4
    * Did somebody say growth rep? I got stuck on rep5 of set4 and I ground it out. I think I might have growled a little in doing so because some skinny little personal trainer looked at me funny when I put the DBs down. I expect I will close this out next week and move to 90s! Great reps overall; I struggled a bit with the last rep on the last 2 sets but everything else was strong.

    Machine Flyes
    165x8/8/8 (increase to 180)
    * destroyed this weight... time for more.

    Seated Lever Calf Press
    100x20/20/20 (increase to 115)
    * Felt MUCH more capable with this week's effort. I am already adapting to the workload.

    Max Incline Crunches
    * stopped in first set due to lower abdominal pain. I am going to get checked out to ensure I don't have an incipient hernia. This isn't just 'sore muscle pain' it's something else. Dammit.


    Supplementation
    1 Pak Animal Pak
    1g Glucosamine
    1g additional Vitamin C
    10g Fish Oil
    4 scoops Nitrean
    2 scoops Elite Mega Mass (will switch this to Opticen when I run out...)

    Diet
    Good so far this week. Chicken breasts, broccoli, soup, etc. is the order of the day.

    Comments, Rants, You Name It
    Sometimes the thing I like most about lifting is the fact that you cannot think about anything else other than the iron. Reality fades until it is just you, the iron, and your desire to move it. Life moves pretty fast, and being under a bunch of iron slows all of that down to a crawl as you grind out one... more... rep...

    Maybe I'm overanalyzing it.

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    Bohizzle: As stated earlier in the journal, I'm essentially following Built's "Baby Got Back" which mirrors PMDL's Hypertrophy primer in many ways and also matches my own experience and research. Does that answer your question?

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