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#348324 - 05/16/11 03:05 PM Re: Fitness Thread [Re: Adrian]
Murph Offline
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Registered: 10/05/06
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All part of my test of peoples knowledge that it it is Zombie Awareness Month. You pass Adrian!
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#349496 - 06/03/11 02:41 AM Re: Fitness Thread [Re: Murph]
grunt Offline
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Registered: 12/04/06
Posts: 3569
Loc: Nirvana
Well I finished another cycle last week and stayed on target gaining 1lb./week reaching 166, up from 159 after 7 weeks. I stopped the cycle at 6 weeks, 2 weeks short, for my upper body since Iím starting to feel some tendonitis in my elbows and didnít want to push it, though I continued my lower body workouts into week 7 and getting 330lbs. on the deadlift and 285lbs. on the squat up 15 lbs. and 35 lbs. respectively. Iím 95% sure I would have made 340 and maybe 350 on the deadlift had I jumped right from 320 lbs. but I wimped out. Iím going to try hard for 405 on the deadlift and 315 on the squat this time around since big plates = cool and Iím finding that as I get in better ďlifting shapeĒ I can deadlift and squat more than once a week each now.

I also started jogging a few times a week again. When I started this last cycle I was trying out some high rep work, 25 rep range which though it didnít seem to cause much if any strength/size gains sure got me back into cardio shape. So I wouldnít lose that I decided to do some jogging which seems to be maintaining my cardio w/o hampering my leg work, although Iím not that sure if my knees are liking it.

Although the mirror can lie the scale doesnít and 166 lbs. is the most Iíve ever weighed. I topped out at 165 lbs. when I was a firefighter. Pretty much everyone I know and many people at work I didnít even realize knew me have commented on how much bigger I look. I guess hanging 26 lbs. on a 140 lb. frame in 6 months while maintaining the same pant size is noticeable. If you donít think so go to the grocery store and stack up 26 lbs. of steak and look at how much it is. Ok some of my gains are fat, muscle glycogen and water but even 20 lbs. of steak is a nice visual.

Itís not without its downside however. Despite stretching regularly I can no longer reach the middle of my back to scratch it, outer wall corners are my newfound friends. My thighs now chafe even when jogging a couple of miles (TMI?). Iíve had to buy new ďlargeĒ instead of medium T-shirts as it was starting to look like every day was ďtight T-shirt Tuesday.Ē Even using shakes eating 3,200 calories a day while limiting fat to 25-30%, is a chore. Eating 4,000 quality calories a day as I approach 200 lbs. is going to downright suck.

Some things Iím thankful for. That Iíve always bought loose fit jeans even when I was skinny though Iím starting to run out of gluteus maximus room in them. Air Force dress uniforms arenít tailored to fit like Marine Corps ones. Deadlifting eliminated all the lower back pain and sciatica Iíve suffered from since rupturing a lumbar disk, so now I can sit doing marathon HT sessions in comfort. Iím not married and can use the master bedroom as a weight room. That although imperfect the internet is around now so I can get training information from sources other than ďsupplement sellingĒ magazines.

Iím not sure if I stated them but just so everyone who isnít sure about it yet knows that Iím crazy I do have some long term goals. To reach a body weight of 200 lbs. with a body fat <= 15% while Bench Pressing 300 lbs. Squatting 400 lbs. and Deadlifting 600 lbs. in 5 Ĺ more years or less.
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#349497 - 06/03/11 03:13 AM Re: Fitness Thread [Re: grunt]
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You'd be an inspiration if I could even remotely see myself accomplishing goals like that. Ha ha. Awesome progress.

People who hadn't seen me in a little while commented on Monday that I was looking bigger/more muscular, but I think they were putting me on. I certainly haven't been working out like you.

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#349501 - 06/03/11 07:27 AM Re: Fitness Thread [Re: CV]
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I'm afraid I'm slipping. Our spring has been nothing but rain, cold, cloud and wind. There have been two nice sunny days in the last two months almost. I've been kayaking a few times because I have good gear to keep myself dry and when you are half enclosed in a boat and wearing a jacket with rubber cuffs and neoprene gloves, you don't even notice the rain. However, I need to start biking again soon before the beer starts to overtake the belt.

I'm not complaining about our depressing but fully livable weather considering all the tragic floods and killer weather across the world in the last bit but it does have it's own creeping negative effects on moral and health.
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#349687 - 06/06/11 04:33 PM Re: Fitness Thread [Re: Murph]
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Registered: 12/26/03
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Impressive goals Dean, good luck achieving them.
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#349689 - 06/06/11 05:18 PM Re: Fitness Thread [Re: jakewash]
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Registered: 05/25/03
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Loc: Menlo Park, CA
The wife and are pretty obsessed w/ Crossfit.

The Crossfit Games Regionals were held locally and it was impressive to see the massive power of the men and women. Cool to also have a woman in our box (gym)qualify, more impressive since she's only been doing it for 4 months.

http://games.crossfit.com/regions/northern-california

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#349693 - 06/06/11 06:28 PM Re: Fitness Thread [Re: Murph]
Da_Gimp_Pimp Offline
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Registered: 06/23/07
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Loc: Sitting down somewhere
Originally Posted By: CV
You'd be an inspiration if I could even remotely see myself accomplishing goals like that. Ha ha. Awesome progress.


Ditto.


Originally Posted By: CV
People who hadn't seen me in a little while commented on Monday that I was looking bigger/more muscular, but I think they were putting me on. I certainly haven't been working out like you.


I get that as well, dude. It's a daily occurrence for me, though.

Originally Posted By: Murph
I'm afraid I'm slipping.


That's the reason I stopped working out entirely.
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#349694 - 06/06/11 06:31 PM Re: Fitness Thread [Re: grunt]
fredk Offline
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Registered: 12/06/07
Posts: 7042
Loc: Canada
Very impressive Dean. I'm inspired.

I'm gonna start doing two circuits around the livingroom on the way to the fridge. grin
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#349705 - 06/06/11 10:53 PM Re: Fitness Thread [Re: fredk]
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Registered: 04/02/03
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Loc: Leesburg, Virginia
I'm about to start using the rowing machine at work regularly. A guy that plays on my league basketball team sent out an email to a few people titled "It's lonely at the top". There's a leaderboard in the gym at work where people post their best 1k, 2k, and 5k rowing times. He's topped all three lists and is looking for better competition.

Apparently he identified me as a potentially worthy competitor. It's just the thing I needed to get off my lazy butt and start working out regularly now that our basketball season is over.
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#349722 - 06/07/11 02:26 AM Re: Fitness Thread [Re: fredk]
grunt Offline
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Registered: 12/04/06
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Loc: Nirvana
Originally Posted By: fredk
Very impressive Dean. I'm inspired.

I'm gonna start doing two circuits around the livingroom on the way to the fridge. grin


Just remember to alternate arms when you do the 12oz curls.
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