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uh: my training journal

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 2:19 am
by awaken375
I would like to start off this journal with saying that I apologize for not starting it sooner. You missed out on some exciting inspirational moments. I can now deadlift 275 pounds 19 and a half times, chest press 65 (per hand)10 times, and overhead press 55 21 times.

I started working out in 2005 for a few months, was doing overhead press deadlift and bent rows only, because I wanted to lose weight. I hurt my back with bad deadlift form and had to take a break.
2007 Summertime I found veganbodybuilding trying to learn how to be a vegan (started being vegan April 2007). I knew athletic vegans would know the most about this diet, and how to make the most of it. It influenced me to see other people so buff, so I started a bodyweight routine that didn't last very long since I got a gym membership just for the hot tub and now workout there as of a week into the membership. At which point I was doing machines out of fear of hurting my back again, but gained confidence after 6 months. I switched to freeweights in January 2007 and was doing deadlifts, dumbbell chest presses, dumbbell overhead press, bent over rows and pulldowns. If I remember correctly I started with 95 pound deadlifts, 20 dumbbell pound chest press, 20 pound dumbbell overhead press, and probably around 95 pounds on the bent over rows. I follow a strict 3x8 set/rep regime, and added 10 pounds whenever I did all 24 reps. I worked out every day almost, and am now:

Deadlift 275 19rep
Chest 130 10rep
OHP 110 21rep
Bent over row 195 24rep
Assisted pullups bodyweight-160 8rep (bodyweight ~350)
Assisted dips bodyweight-160 20rep

I am in the middle of an exciting transformation, having been overweight since I quit smoking in 2001. I was about 280 pounds last Summer and gained 80 pounds of muscle. Then I took a break recently for 2 months and 25 pounds was burned during that period. So right now my muscleweight keeps increasing and my fatweight keeps decreasing.

I suppose this is a good enough start for now. Tonight I did those chest and overheads.

Re: uh: my training journal

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 10:52 am
by LocalBrada
You've got my support, brother!

Re: uh: my training journal

Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 9:51 pm
by awaken375
Just did 205 pound bent over rows, 24 reps, first time with that weight. Onto 215 pounds next time! It's awesome since I broke a plateau: I was doing 195 pounds for about 4 months.

Re: uh: my training journal

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 3:59 am
by awaken375
since the bent rows i did 8 pullups and 16 dips. less than last time. oh, well.

last night i deadlifted 275 for all 24 reps. 285 pounds next time.
tonight was overhead press and chest press night. i pulled through a plateau, overheads are now going to be 60 pounds / hand from now on. and chest was 5 reps at 65 pounds. i felt like i didn't hit my chest very much though, so did two sets of 35 pounds after.

currently set for:
285 pound deadlift
60*2 pound overhead press
65*2 pound chest press
215 pound bent row

Re: uh: my training journal

Posted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 7:03 pm
by awaken375
285 lb deadlift 12 reps
60 pound dumbbell overhead press 8 reps
65 pound dumbbell chest press 8 reps

taking a break tonight i think i will do better with chest press when my shoulders and arms heal for a few days. i don't do the type of thing brad pitt does where he hits his arms one night and then leaves them alone for a week. that would seriously speed up my strength gain. i'm addicted to my routine right now.

Re: uh: my training journal

Posted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 7:30 am
by awaken375
every time i do the assisted pullups i can do 1 more. 5 1/2reps tonight.
and i did all 3 sets of assisted dips. (24 reps)
very ecstatic feeling during the last rep.

Re: uh: my training journal

Posted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 3:57 pm
by robert
Nice!

Looks like things are coming along well. Well done!

Re: uh: my training journal

Posted: Sat Feb 07, 2009 3:57 am
by awaken375
deadlift 285 19 reps tonight.

Re: uh: my training journal

Posted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 2:43 am
by awaken375
60 dumbbell overhead press * 16
65 dumbbell chest press * 8
and some other crap i did with my arms. front lat raises w/ an ezbar, (only 25 pounds), some 30 pound dumbbell preacher curls, and some 25 pound dumbbell chest presses that i did after the 65s, just to try and perfect my form. learning to grip the bar tighter and more steadily at this point is my challenge.

Re: uh: my training journal

Posted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 6:49 am
by awaken375
barbell bent over rows
225 pounds
21 reps
kapeesh

Re: uh: my training journal

Posted: Sun Feb 15, 2009 12:00 am
by awaken375
8 reps assisted pullups (160)
12 reps assisted dips (150)

Re: uh: my training journal

Posted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 2:27 am
by awaken375
deadlift 285 approximate number of reps 18
i lost count after 4, and lost count again after 11

Re: uh: my training journal

Posted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 12:35 am
by awaken375
overhead press 60 pounds 15 reps
chest press 65 pounds 7 reps

Re: uh: my training journal

Posted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 4:32 am
by WhenDanSaysJump
Really looking forward to following your progress. Your figures are crazy impressive!

Re: uh: my training journal

Posted: Mon Feb 23, 2009 12:11 am
by awaken375
bent over rows 225 pounds 24 reps