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    Thread: The Progress Thread 2012

    1. Member Rob Cote's Avatar
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      06-02-2012 06:00 AM #926
      Quote Originally Posted by ultimate steve View Post
      My dl has been stuck at 315 forever.


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      Do something about it. Is that a single rep max or a working set? If you're doing sets with it, try taking out a couple reps and bumping up the weight. I found that by doing that it really helped to overcome a mental barrier that was holding me back. Also I once was deadlifting and I don't know if it was real or not, but I suddenly was convinced I hadn't eaten enough food, that I literally didn't have it in me to complete the set. Try eating a bit more before you lift (but I dunno what your diet looks like, so maybe this isn't an option).
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      If you truly believe this, the terrorists did indeed already win. Freedom, 'murica, NFL, Wal-Mart and V8s.

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      06-02-2012 10:17 AM #927
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob Cote View Post
      Do something about it. Is that a single rep max or a working set? If you're doing sets with it, try taking out a couple reps and bumping up the weight. I found that by doing that it really helped to overcome a mental barrier that was holding me back. Also I once was deadlifting and I don't know if it was real or not, but I suddenly was convinced I hadn't eaten enough food, that I literally didn't have it in me to complete the set. Try eating a bit more before you lift (but I dunno what your diet looks like, so maybe this isn't an option).
      315 is a max and it feels like **** every time haha. I haven't done them in a while since I finished the strong lifts 5x5. But my last working set in that program was 295x5. My pre workout meal is usually half cup of oats in milk w/honey and 2-3 eggs, and some fruit. Not a whole lot of food but enough I think without feeling too full. I might have to put on some weight to get over that hump though I think. But it'll have to wait till after summer. Right now 315 is over double body weight. I'm down to fighting weight 148 @5'7.


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    3. 06-04-2012 10:53 AM #928
      I saw a woman piss herself on the platform during a deadlift at a meet yesterday.

      In other news I'm down 13lbs in 8 weeks. Only 33 more to go
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      06-04-2012 11:14 AM #929
      Slight change of pace, I bagged 2 4000 footers yesterday Mt. Hancock and South Hancock. ~10 miles hike, ~ 6 hours and change. I'm beat, but it feels awesome.
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      If you truly believe this, the terrorists did indeed already win. Freedom, 'murica, NFL, Wal-Mart and V8s.

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      06-04-2012 09:29 PM #930
      Well, first progress in a bit. I've been slowly getting the strength/weight back that I lost following getting my teeth pulled out and not being able to work out/eat for a month.

      Finished Sheiko 29 adjusted for push press instead of benching. Back squatted 170 kg (375 lbs) which matches my pre-op PR. Push pressed 105 kg (231 lbs), which is the first time I've tested it in 2 years. Weighed in at 75 kg (165 lbs).

      Not sure if I'll do another Sheiko. It feels like a ton of volume but not a lot of work. Maybe that's the trick, that every weight feels kind of easy. The cycle capped at 80% for 6x3. Before when I was progressive overloading, I was doing 90% for 5x3, so I have a hard time imagining that I wasn't growing more with that.

      Anyway, next up is an 8 week cycle of Westside 4 Skinny Bastards to put on a few pounds while I'm traveling to other bases.

    6. 06-04-2012 10:45 PM #931
      diet is going GREAT!

      been doing 25-30 minutes of walking cardio 3-4 times a week.

      eating lots of salad, LOW carbs.

      started the tren and winny, def looking lean and veiny. Got about 6 weeks left until vegas. I'll post pictures in another week or so, hopefully I'll have this years speedos by then

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      06-04-2012 11:11 PM #932
      By diet you mean cycle, right?
      It's all about squats and deads.

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      06-05-2012 09:51 AM #933
      Quote Originally Posted by ::xander:: View Post
      diet is going GREAT!

      been doing 25-30 minutes of walking cardio 3-4 times a week.

      eating lots of salad, LOW carbs.

      started the tren and winny, def looking lean and veiny. Got about 6 weeks left until vegas. I'll post pictures in another week or so, hopefully I'll have this years speedos by then
      OMG its the fat chick diet

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      06-05-2012 09:52 AM #934
      ****ty excuse time...but I had to take nearly 4 weeks off from the gym to do some travelling with family in Europe. Before they came over to Europe I had to take a PT test (military) so I had taken the week prior to that off as well as to have no injuries or soreness.

      Went back to the gym yesterday and felt super rusty. I ended up cutting a lot of weight back to get my form straight again. I was squatting about 205 for 5x5 and I cut it all the way back to 135 yesterday (same w/ bench) I'll just go back to adding 5lb a workout until I get back there I guess.

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      06-05-2012 10:25 AM #935
      Traveling in Europe with the family is not a ****ty excuse to not be in the gym.
      I'd give up a month of lifting to see the world with my family for sure.

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      06-05-2012 11:07 AM #936
      Truth I was just being a smartass ..I live here and they were coming to visit from Florida hadn't seen them in years and my 2 year old son needs to know his grandmother/aunt even if for short visits. If we had stayed in the local area I would have kept up the routine but we were in Paris/Rome/Germany/Belgium so it was a busy trip

      Sidenote. I am sore as shyt today from yesterdays workout. Even at those low weights it brought the pain funny enough I've found the best way to make the soreness go away is to lift more weights..Is that normal?

    12. 06-05-2012 12:50 PM #937
      today's a big day

      squatting with the bar, deadlifting up to 135

      my knee feels rock solid for the first time since february and its time to man up. i honestly don't even know if i'll have the flexibility and/or lower lumbar strength to maintain a reasonable form even under 0 load... but i don't care. here goes nothing.

    13. 06-05-2012 02:46 PM #938
      Quote Originally Posted by leakypipeDCI View Post
      By diet you mean cycle, right?
      fact: you are what you eat, regardless of gear.

      my diet is in check, and my cycle is a NASTY combo that should make me look SOLID, veiny, and shredded, providing my diet is in check.

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      06-05-2012 02:50 PM #939
      Back to the gym finally since my back surgery two years ago... I took a little bit too much time off.

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      06-05-2012 04:21 PM #940
      Doing deads today. Not totally sure what I'll pull. My abs are feeling much much better. Not 100% yet, but much better. Going to do 315 3x5 at minimum. Hopefully a bit more, but I don't want to push it quite yet.

      Cleaned up my diet quite a bit, and lowered my calories down a decent notch. Never really tried to cut weight before, but, I have a goal of having some kind of abs by august. I am going on a vacation with friends and family, and want to look as good as possible by then. So far I've dropped ~3 pounds. First time in a long time I've seen the scale dip down, and stay below 192.

      edit: pulled 325 3x5. not too difficult. killed my upper back with rows and pull ups. feeling them today big time. for my diet, I lowered my carbs quite a bit, and definitely feel like I run out of steam faster in the gym. my strength isn't going away, I just get tired faster. Hoping this stops once I get used to the deficit.
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    16. 06-06-2012 11:39 AM #941


      really fuzzy pic. Looking solid in person. Loving it

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      06-06-2012 11:46 AM #942
      Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Rictus View Post
      Back to the gym finally since my back surgery two years ago... I took a little bit too much time off.

      Welcome back!
      It's all about squats and deads.

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      06-06-2012 12:28 PM #943
      Quote Originally Posted by ::xander:: View Post
      really fuzzy pic. Looking solid in person. Loving it
      looking good.
      why not take a photo with the regular iphone camera versus instagram or whatever? the regular camera on that thing should take crystal clear photos I'd believe.

    19. 06-06-2012 01:09 PM #944
      Quote Originally Posted by scandalous_cynce View Post
      Trying tonight for a 2x body weight dead lift!

      I'm 5'4" and ~128 lbs right now so that would be a 260 lb lift. I'm excited!

      Last week I weighed in at 126 lbs and pulled 205x5 so fingers crossed!

      EDIT: Failed. Stuck at 225 lbs.
      failure is not an option, it is mandatory

      Keep trying!

      and for those of you who use the foam roller before you get under the bar, what do you do? and how long do you do it? I did about ten minutes on the bike because i've been told it helps loosen up your synovial fluid, and then rolled out my IT bands, hammys, calves, and did some squat to stands

      I've been trying to actually warm up and honestly I need to educate myself I feel like the more prepared I am the better my workout is. Really my major goal would be to workout the issue with my knees cracking, I'm wondering how major of a roll mobility plays in this
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    20. 06-06-2012 01:44 PM #945
      Quote Originally Posted by kryptonik View Post
      looking good.
      why not take a photo with the regular iphone camera versus instagram or whatever? the regular camera on that thing should take crystal clear photos I'd believe.

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      06-06-2012 01:51 PM #946
      Quote Originally Posted by vwcool View Post
      Really my major goal would be to workout the issue with my knees cracking, I'm wondering how major of a roll mobility plays in this
      My knees used to crack when I started squatting. I just kept at it and mostly ignored it and it went away. Same with my elbows on the bench, IIRC. Does it cause any pain?
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      If you truly believe this, the terrorists did indeed already win. Freedom, 'murica, NFL, Wal-Mart and V8s.

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      06-06-2012 09:18 PM #947
      I mainly roll my hips from every angle for about ten minutes. If I don't roll first I notice it's much harder to get low enough in the squat. Sometimes I don't have the extra ten minutes to roll in the morning.


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    23. 06-07-2012 07:52 AM #948
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob Cote View Post
      My knees used to crack when I started squatting. I just kept at it and mostly ignored it and it went away. Same with my elbows on the bench, IIRC. Does it cause any pain?
      Not really any pain although it does get sore if I work with it for awhile (whether that be stretching or lifting) but the cracking isn't really painful. It's just disconcerting because I had arthroscopic surgery in my right knee a couple years ago to repair a torn meniscus although both my knees have cracked since I was young

      What i've noticed is that when I do "box" squats, and fully release my hips, they don't crack which was leading me to believe it was a mobility issue

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      06-07-2012 01:55 PM #949
      Quote Originally Posted by leakypipeDCI View Post
      Welcome back!
      Thanks! Although being back is hard since I'm still thinking that I'm as young as I used to be and just as fit. I've been taking a weight/cardio class twice a week for about 3 months and haven't thrown up! That's a goal in itself.

      Actual lifting will be added back into the mix this weekend.
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      06-07-2012 03:21 PM #950
      Just wanted to give a quick review of sns agmatine. First thanks to papa dras and I think Xander chimed in on my other thread to answer my questions about it.

      At first I was ready to write agmatine off as something that just does not work for me, but after about a week I definitely feel the effects. Maybe I expected too much in the beginning to realize the effect or maybe there's a loading phase, not sure.

      I do notice a good pump in the gym, tho nothing insane like some people report. However when I take it on my off days I notice that I feel a pump from normal activities. Just going to the supermarket and lifting everyday items. My white tees feel tighter all over and I feel like I worked out today. So that's definitely a cool bonus.

      Recovery is also good. I stopped taking mono Creatine because of the bloat. I just always felt soft on Creatine. The agmatine definitely helps with recovery and no water retention. Haven't noticed a lift in mood, but sleep has been better and I don't wake up as often in the middle of the night. All in all I like it. Gonna try hemavol when this bottle runs out.

      Forgot to mention that I've noticed muscle endurance is also improved, possibly even a bit of strength. I haven't benched 90lb dumbbells in a long time, and I threw them up pretty easily for 6 no spotter on my 4th set yesterday. Could be a muscle endurance benefit I guess because I probably always had the strength just not enough left to get that first rep up.

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