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It’s 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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    Squat Heavy, Squat Often Cards's Avatar
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    Rinse - Repeat

    July 16th, 2007

    I've been reading this website on and off for little over two months while trying to achieve something that everyone wants. Muscle, Mass, and Strength. Today, I finally got around to writing a journal and yes, I have never posted before. I always just researched what I needed and took other peoples advice on what to do if a thread of an article caught my attention. Any question I had always seemed to be there. Now it's time to create something I can look back on and gauge my progress.

    I've been weightlifting now for just about six months, this month will be the seventh and I’ve never really had any major goals other then to gain weight as I was 5'7 and weighted 132 lbs. I was extremely light, in fact my gf who is 5'1.5 and 103 lbs looked bigger then me. Scary thought. So I figured I would start weightlifting to become, larger? than my gf (who as I mentioned before is ridiculously small....) Soon I began to see changes and I became addicted to watching my body change. After 6 month's I'm up to 157 lbs at 5'7 and finally decided to stop my old routine, which I had been doing for just about 4 months, with in the next two days (Resting from my last body draining workout) to start the WBB 1.1 routine.

    Calories:
    3100-3500 Daily: 150+ g’s of protein ( I don’t know carbs or fat, but fat’s are low)
    Bf%: No ideas

    Supplements:
    Protein, Fish oil, Daily Vitamins, Creatine

    Goals:
    I have no current on RM , In fact I’ve never had any specific goal to lead to failure or being upset other then to grow and become what I was not and so far that’s worked. I know everyone else has set records on how much weight, but I feel if you train hard and eat right with limitless goals there will never be disappointment. The one goal I have now is to incorporate legs into the workout process including deadlifts and squats which I have never done before. I tried a deadlift with semi success and after reading an article debating why you should and should deadlift/squat and coming to the conclusion the body grows as a whole, I decided it would be beyond good to add these into the routine, hence why I’m starting WBB 1.1

    Wednesday:
    On Wednesday after two days of rest to start fresh, I will be starting my first day of WBB 1.1

    Any advice and comments are welcome
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    Woke up, it's now - Wednesday. I feel a lot better from yesterday, gave my self a day to rest. Did some math yesterday for the foods I ate.


    Calories:

    2x Packets of Oatmeal - 260 cals
    3x eggs ( 2 egg whites 1 yolk) - 109 cals
    Protein Shake - 220 cals
    2x Oats and Honey Bar- 280 cals
    6x tbs peanut butter - 540 cals
    Protein Shake - 220 cals
    2x oranges - 160 cals
    Glass of grapefruit juice- 90 cals
    Granola Bar - 190 cals
    2 serving Cottage Cheese- 220 cals
    Ramen Soup ( There was no other food in the house ) - 290

    Total: 2579 calories- Give or take- Probably around 150-170 g's of protein.

    Today I'm feeling pretty well, I took a full day to recover so I can give WBB 1.1 my full effort. After I stretch this morning and work out a few of the kinks it will be time for my first day.

    Routine:
    Front Squat/Back Squat 6x8
    Alternating Lunges 6x8
    Good Mornings 6x8
    Standing Calve Raises 6x8
    Diagonal Cable Wood Chops 6x8
    Planks

    I'll post more when I get back from the gym. My lower back doesnt ache any more but we will see.

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    Welcome to journal land! Nice start. Here, have some
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    Just got back from my first day of WBB 1.1 routine and after playing the role of the stupid young kid and not doing leg exercises for over 2 months today was quite a bit of work So I went semi light to work my legs back into the routine.

    Routine:
    Back Squats:
    115x8
    125x8
    2x135x8
    145x8
    Alternating Lunges: (These were hard after my legs were dead from squats )
    20x8x2
    25x8
    35x6
    Good Mornings: (These are hard to do since my gym doesn't have a power rack, I did do them today however just picking the bar)
    45x8 (To get form and get a feel for the movement- never done these before)
    65x8x2
    115x8
    Calve Raises:
    130x8
    145x8
    160x8x2
    175x8
    Wood Chops:
    60x8 ( alternating sides)
    70x8x2
    75x8
    90x8
    Planks:
    45 seconds x4
    20 crunches

    Breakfast:
    2 Bowls of Whole Grains Cereal with 2 cups soy milk
    2 oranges
    Protein shake

    Work's going to be hard today with sore legs, let's say I walk alot at my job. Tomorrow, the second half of WBB 1.1, my favorite. Upper Body

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    looks like u got it all figured out...good luck with your goals..and welcome to the boards

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    July 18th, 2007 Wednesday

    Was tired after a long day at work, did get 8 hours of sleep though and plenty of carbs before I hit the gym.


    Workout WBB 1.1 upper:
    DB Press:
    45x8
    55x8
    60x8
    65x8x2
    70x7 (8th failure)

    Curls:
    25x8
    30x8
    30x8
    35x6
    35x6

    Standing Shoulder Press: ( shoulders were still alittle sore, worked them lighter then normal not to mention a cuff probelm )
    20x8 ( warm up loosen up )
    25x8
    30x8
    35x6
    35x8

    Straight Arm Pulldowns:
    80x8
    100x8
    110x8
    115x8
    120x8

    Dips:
    BWx8x5

    We have no medicine ball at my gym, we're stright ghetto, so I did crunches instead.

    Note: Have another 8-10 hour shift today at work which is going to kill my entire body, it's like an additional workout. I get tomorrow off which lucky is a rest day and an off day. Hello 20 hours of sleep and lots and lots of food. I also tried to shove about 1k calories down my throat this morning, I'm a small kid, 5'5 1/2 and I couldnt fit it all down . I get free food at work, so I guess i'm going to pig out there. Lucky, it's made by a bunch of chefs and it's high quality, non of that unhealthy stuff. So looking forward to tomorrow but even more to the day after, first day of deadlifts.

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    Nice workouts, what kind of job do you have?
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    I work in the resturant business, more along the lines of banquets, so all the left over food is mine

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    Off day today. Going to take it easy. No running around for stupid crap or busting my a** at work. Going to head to the gym today and just do alittle bit of cardio to help burn off BF%, i'm talking low intensity. I'm also trying to just as much food as I possibly can down my throat, but it's not easy. At some point my body just wont let anything else down. At least with oatmeal

    Gym:
    Cardio 20 minutes low intesity. (Gotta keep those abbs =) )

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    Today was the 2nd day of lower body for WBB1.1 , felt like s*** today, drank alittle to much in celebration. Still gave it my best. This was also my first day of doing deadlifts.

    Deadlifts:
    135x5
    135x5
    155x5
    155x5
    175x5 ( I feel like my form is proper but I don't know if I"m using the right muscles to lift at the right times? )

    SLDL:
    Barx8x5 (Lower back was sore for the DLS and I just wanted to get my form down for next time)

    Pull Threw:
    80x8
    100x8
    110x8
    110x8

    Seated Calve Raises:
    130x8
    145x8
    160x8
    175x8
    190x8

    Leg Raises:
    BWx10x5

    Note:
    I only really drink once a month if even that, so next time I can give it my all and not think about throwing up the entire time I'm at the gym, mm mm fun.

    Edit: Here's a before picture
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    Had to drag my self out of bed this morning at 9 a.m. I'm not a morning person.


    Upper Body:

    Flat Bench:
    135x8
    135x8
    145x8
    145x8
    155x8
    155x7

    Wide Grip Chin Ups:
    BWx8
    BWx8
    BWx8
    BWx8
    BWx8

    Scaption:
    20x8
    20x8
    25x8
    25x8
    25x8

    Seated Wide Grip Row:
    80x8
    110x8
    130x8
    130x8
    145x6

    Skull Crushers:
    25x8
    25x8
    25x8
    30x8
    30x8 (I did these last, my tri's were shot by then)

    Here's a current pic of me, sorry it's on my phone, but I have no digital camera. Hideous, I know.
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    nice upper body work man

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    thanks !! it's my favorite day other then squats!

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    damnnn those curls are getting BIG

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    Gym:
    Cardio

    30-60 min extremely low intensity. Target heart rate 115-125

    Note: I get the impression no one likes cardio because at high heart rates, the body cant metabolize fat and it start to burn muscle instead. Also, for all the people who bulk it's almost counter active. But, I believe that while just putting on lean muscle mass, cardio on off days helps? This is my impression someone let me know if I’m wrong, other wise I’m just going to keep hitting it hard on my workout days and doing low intensity cardio on my off days.
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    Deadlifts:
    135x5
    155x5
    185x5
    185x5
    185x5
    205x2 (Pr)

    SLDL:
    Barx8x2
    65x8
    85x8

    Alternating Lunges:
    35x8
    40x8
    45x8x2
    50x6

    Seated Calve Raises:
    160x8
    190x8
    225x8
    250x8
    260x8

    Shrugs:
    135x8
    185x8
    225x8
    245x8
    265x8

    Abs:
    30 Crunchs
    20 leg lifts
    45x10x2 side lifts?

    Note:
    Today was a killer workout. I drank at least 5 bottles of water and was drenched the entire time. The dead lifts were amazing. They were bogus but my form was good, and my lower back feels sooo good. I know I could do more, but I want to take it slow, not kill my back and develop my muscles and my form, not to mention my legs aren’t where they should be so I'm still working to catch those up with the rest of my body. Decided to do some shrugs today, haven't done those since I started WBB 1.1, felt really good. Shrugs are probably my favorite exercise, I have no idea why. I can't wait for tomorrow for upper body then back home to a decent gym, thank god. I also stepped on the scale today, said 160 but I had some heavy sweat pants on so I'm thinking i'm about 156 now. It's slow but it's going.
    H: 5'7" W:185
    Goals: 495 -315 -585

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    great leg day, deads looking solid
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    Note: I took yesterday off since I went home. Today was upper body instead.

    Flat Bench:
    135x8
    155x8
    155x8
    165x8
    175x5 ( PR )

    Wide Grip Chin Ups:
    BWx8
    BWx8
    BWx8
    BWx8
    BWx8

    Scaption:
    20x8
    20x8
    25x8
    25x8
    25x8

    Seated Wide Grip Row:
    120x8
    130x8
    130x8
    130x8
    140x8

    Skull Crushers:
    25x8
    27.5x8
    25x8
    30x8
    30x5 (I d id these last, my tri's were shot by then)

    Curls:
    30x8
    35x8


    Shrugs:
    180x8
    180x8
    270x8

    Note:

    Had a few people to work out with today, made it alot better. Did a few shrugs and curls today since everyone else was, didn't want to be left out. I felt like it was a good overall workout, slowly improving with bench.
    H: 5'7" W:185
    Goals: 495 -315 -585

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    herandi couldnt be any more right. im gonna start calling you the pope the way you're pulling in that mass. hahah

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    Workouts are looking good man. Prs all over the place! Welcome to journal land!

    Age: 21 | Height: 5'8'' | Weight: 153lbs
    Squat: 265x1 | Bench: 190x1 | Deadlift: 315x1 (Started 6/3/07)
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    DB Press:
    55x8
    70x7
    70x8
    70x8
    75x3 ( Weight was a bit of a shocker at first )
    75x5

    Curls:
    35x8
    40x8
    40x6

    Standing Barbell Military Shoulder Press:
    95x8
    95x7
    95x7
    105x4
    95x6

    Straight Arm Pulldowns: ( I hate these I have no idea why )
    80x8
    100x8
    110x8
    120x8
    120x8

    Dips:
    BWx8x5

    Abbs:
    I actualy used a machine for my abbs today, booo I know.
    The machine said 140, it didn't feel like it but anyways
    140x8x5

    Note:
    Over all it was a good workout, I'm seeing progress and it's not that slow and my strength is slowly going up but I hate waiting. I'm not bulking like most people on this site are; I'm going with the slow and steady LBM since I'm going more for looks then pr's. I guess my goal is a great physique. It's just discouraging when the scale never goes up even though it has. I'm just looking for instant results, which we all know doesn’t happen. . I guess the best way to do it is to just train hard like we all do and avoid the scale for a few months. That's what I did last time. Oh well, again over all a great day.
    H: 5'7" W:185
    Goals: 495 -315 -585

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    Upper Body:

    DB Press: (superset with DB Row)
    70x6
    70x8
    70x8
    70x8
    70x6

    Pullups:
    BWx8
    BWx8
    BWx8
    BWx8
    BWx8

    DB Shoulder Press: (Superset with Skull Crushers)
    40x8
    40x8
    40x8
    40x8

    DB RowSuperset with DB press)
    45x8
    45x8
    50x8
    50x8
    50x8

    Skull CrushersSuperset with DB shoulder Press)
    25x8
    25x8
    25x8
    30x8


    Note:
    I was really pressed for time today, have work at 2 and it takes an hour and a half to get ready. I was suppose to get up at 9 to go to the gym but I slept through the alarm until 10:45 and rushed to the gym. The supersets today killed me, I couldnt even finish the 5th set of skulls and shoulder press =\ tomorrows an off day, looking forward to it.
    H: 5'7" W:185
    Goals: 495 -315 -585

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    "I'm so pissed at how dumb this thread is that I think I'll go kick my cat. Again"-Belial
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    ATF Squats:
    95x8 ( WU )
    135x8
    155x6
    165x6
    165x6
    165x8

    Alternating Lunges:
    45x12
    45x10
    45x8

    SLDL's:
    barx12
    95x12

    Calve Raises:
    250x12
    250x12
    220x12

    Wood Chops: (each set involves switching sides, so 12 on each side, 3 times)
    90x12
    90x12
    90x12

    Note:
    Finished my 4th week or atleast rotation of WBB 1.1 so I decided to change up the sets v. reps. I went with 3 sets of 12 for everything except squats, i'm just pushing those 5x6-8 trying to develop a technique and proper form blah blah blah you all know what I mean. Today was crazy after those ATF squats. Those seem to beat me up pretty bad but if you do something might as well do them right instead of half assed. Woodchops felt really good, finally gave my abbs some time to recover and this was the first time they were worked in a few days. Back was dead so I didn't do to many sldl
    s. Other then that, good stuff.
    H: 5'7" W:185
    Goals: 495 -315 -585

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    Herandi: Thanks man, yeah ATF squats first time were rediculous , i'm hoping my body gets use to them by next time!

    pbal17: thanks man, I don't get the anaolgy but I guess it works

    Pulse: Thanks for stopping by man and the pr's are comming! but slowly lol
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    nice pressin man good overall effort

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