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#380126 - 07/16/12 02:27 PM Re: Fitness Thread [Re: jakewash]
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Time to resurrect this thread.

I finally made one of my powerlifting goals today by Squatting 375 lbs. Add that to my 240 lbs. Bench and 385 lbs. Deadlift and Iíve got a 1,000 lbs. total. I know it really doesnít count since I didnít do all the lifts the same day as in a competition but Iím getting closer to being able to do that. I had set a goal for myself that I would enter my first competition once I felt I could get a 1000 lbs. total so Iím going to start looking for a local competition I can enter a few months after I get back from my upcoming deployment.

On a hypertrophy note Iím up to 180 lbs. and must be getting noticeably bigger. In the last three weeks Iíve gotten more comments than I can count. One supervisor started calling me ďmuscle man.Ē Another commented I should get bigger pants since my ďA$$Ē is too big for the current ones (Squatters Butt), and these are my ďFATĒ pants. Another coworker commented on how ďjackedĒ I looked.

Add to that I had to wear my dress uniform (fitted when I weighed 165 about 9 years ago before I dropped down to 140 lbs. ultra-running) and it was a chore. I couldnít button the collar and had to hide that with my tie since I didnít have one of those button extenders. My thighs barely fit in the pants and were so tight that you couldnít see the crease where they were ironed. Luckily there was a table between me and the board members so that wasnít obvious. On the plus side I forced me to sit up very straight since the coat was pretty tight. Also work related I just had to buy a new utility blouse since I almost couldnít button the ones I have.

However, the most motivating thing that happened was when I stopped at Wallyworld (Wal Mart) on the way home from work last Wednesday after switching back into my workout shorts and tank top. Within 2 minutes of walking in the door I already lost count of how many women/girls did double takes or just outright eyef****d me. Thatís sure as hell never happened before. Kind of disturbing though was a few of the girls were IMO a little too young to be showing that sort of interest. Changing times. . . .

Off to do some Hill Sprints.
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#380128 - 07/16/12 03:16 PM Re: Fitness Thread [Re: jakewash]
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#380132 - 07/16/12 03:55 PM Re: Fitness Thread [Re: jakewash]
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What kind of lifting program are you working on and how often are you lifting?

I've been dabbling in lifting for a few years, but haven't been able to put on much muscle due to all the other extracurricular stuff going on in my life. I do Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 3/4 times and play soccer once a week . . . so really only have time/strength to do lifting two days most weeks.

I'm currently doing a 5x5 routine of either:
Squats, Bench, Rows or
Cleans, Military Press, Deadlifts

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#380138 - 07/16/12 04:51 PM Re: Fitness Thread [Re: richeydog]
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Originally Posted By: richeydog
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Makes me want to have my TV recalibrated!

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#380168 - 07/17/12 01:44 AM Re: Fitness Thread [Re: grunt]
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Originally Posted By: grunt
However, the most motivating thing that happened was when I stopped at Wallyworld (Wal Mart) on the way home from work last Wednesday after switching back into my workout shorts and tank top. Within 2 minutes of walking in the door I already lost count of how many women/girls did double takes or just outright eyef****d me.


Okay, grunt...I'd like some pictures please! grin
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#380169 - 07/17/12 01:53 AM Re: Fitness Thread [Re: GuitarStv]
grunt Offline
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Originally Posted By: GuitarStv
What kind of lifting program are you working on and how often are you lifting?

I've been dabbling in lifting for a few years, but haven't been able to put on much muscle due to all the other extracurricular stuff going on in my life. I do Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 3/4 times and play soccer once a week . . . so really only have time/strength to do lifting two days most weeks.

I'm currently doing a 5x5 routine of either:
Squats, Bench, Rows or
Cleans, Military Press, Deadlifts


When I stopped ultra-running about 2 years ago I started with a bulking program called HST:

Their website:
http://thinkmuscle.com/

The Principles:
http://www.hypertrophy-specific.com/hst_index.html

A better explanation of some of them:
http://thinkmuscle.com/forum/showthread.php?19280-HST-Summed-Up-By-Lyle

About 6 months ago I decided to switch to a Powerlifting specific program which is what I do now:

Their website:
http://www.westside-barbell.com/

Their basic template:
http://www.elitefitness.com/forum/weight...ate-469668.html

I like a couple of things about both these programs. They both seem to work the best of anything Iíve found at what they aim for HST = max muscle size gains, and Westside = max powerlifting gains. Also both programs are very based on simple principles which are easy to tweak to individual needs. Westside is so flexible that 7 months in Iím still trying to figure it out, but itís exactly that individual customization that makes it work so well.

5x5 routines are great for starting out and up to the intermediate level if your goal is to gain both size and strength (the do go hand in hand but there are ways to prioritize one over the other). Another good routine once you get to the intermediate level is Wendlerís 5/3/1 something you might consider if youíve stalled out on 5x5. Westside is generally considered an advanced program not that you canít start right out with it and equally good success with other strength programs like 5x5 or 5/3/1 but because in its basic form itís Powerlifting specific and you really do have to pay attention to what youíre doing so you can figure out what works best for you. Because of the high level of customization the implementation can become very complicated. Iíve read that 6 months is about the minimum time it takes to get it down so itís probably best left to use after stalling out on less complicated programs.

Youíve got a nice simple program going there with compound lifts that hit all the body parts that matter for building bulk. That coupled with your Jiu-Jitsu and even soccer you might want to consider giving Westside a try since itís easily customized to any sport that emphasizes both strength and speed because of the Dynamic Effort and General Physical Preparedness work done each week. So let me know if youíre interested in it and I can post some other links that help explain it in greater detail.
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#380171 - 07/17/12 01:59 AM Re: Fitness Thread [Re: richeydog]
grunt Offline
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Originally Posted By: richeydog
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Being only 5í6Ē I fancy myself taking after Franco Columbu rather than Lou, besides ďit isnít easy being green.Ē

http://www.strongandfit.net/2009/04/franco-columbu.html
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#380172 - 07/17/12 02:00 AM Re: Fitness Thread [Re: sonicfox]
grunt Offline
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Originally Posted By: sonicfox
Originally Posted By: grunt
However, the most motivating thing that happened was when I stopped at Wallyworld (Wal Mart) on the way home from work last Wednesday after switching back into my workout shorts and tank top. Within 2 minutes of walking in the door I already lost count of how many women/girls did double takes or just outright eyef****d me.


Okay, grunt...I'd like some pictures please! grin

Iíll see what my witness protection case officer says . . . oops!
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#380177 - 07/17/12 07:24 AM Re: Fitness Thread [Re: jakewash]
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This reminds me that I haven't gotten my routine from my trainer yet this week.

I've been going to the gym for a few months now and working with a trainer.

My nascent spare tire is no more and I actually have a little bit of muscle. It's novel.
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#380178 - 07/17/12 08:44 AM Re: Fitness Thread [Re: grunt]
GuitarStv Offline
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Registered: 05/31/12
Posts: 30
Originally Posted By: grunt

Youíve got a nice simple program going there with compound lifts that hit all the body parts that matter for building bulk. That coupled with your Jiu-Jitsu and even soccer you might want to consider giving Westside a try since itís easily customized to any sport that emphasizes both strength and speed because of the Dynamic Effort and General Physical Preparedness work done each week. So let me know if youíre interested in it and I can post some other links that help explain it in greater detail.


Yeah thanks, if you can post some links I'd be interested in checking something else out. I seem to have stalled on my current routine.

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