A year and 5 days.

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A year and 5 days.

#1 Postby benny boy » Wed Nov 28, 2007 7:26 pm

Progress?
November 23rd 2006
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November 28th 2007
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I know I've maid progress in the year, but at the moment I don't feel like I have moved on much from where I was around February/March time. In terms of weight and size, I've made slight strength gains I think. Time to renew my efforts and try to push myself harder! :)

Also can someone post a picture of what the muscles on your back 'should' look like especially the lower back.

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#2 Postby pamela » Wed Nov 28, 2007 7:28 pm

Wow, definitely some good progress! Great work! :)

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#3 Postby beforewisdom » Wed Nov 28, 2007 7:43 pm

It looks like you put weight on and all good weight, not easy to do!
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#4 Postby Aaron » Wed Nov 28, 2007 8:35 pm

Looks like a nice gain in the upper torso - top of the chest/shoulders/bicep. Solid work bro!

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#5 Postby Odidnetne » Thu Nov 29, 2007 12:26 am

Definitely more filled out at the top, I like. :)
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#6 Postby Dann78 » Thu Nov 29, 2007 12:37 am

Well done bro!

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#7 Postby robert » Thu Nov 29, 2007 4:04 am

Nice work. Keep it going! I look forward to seeing more pics as you continue to progress.

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#8 Postby Zack » Mon Dec 03, 2007 4:47 pm

I have put a lot of mass on my lower back the past three months. Just a lot of deadlifts and squats. To me reading your training log it doesn't seem like you do enough volume of lifting, it might work for you though. Definitely your front delts/chest look bigger.
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#9 Postby benny boy » Mon Dec 03, 2007 5:32 pm

Zack wrote:I have put a lot of mass on my lower back the past three months. Just a lot of deadlifts and squats. To me reading your training log it doesn't seem like you do enough volume of lifting, it might work for you though. Definitely your front delts/chest look bigger.


I think I know what you are saying. I'm currently doing a 5 x 5 and finding I can lift pretty heavy for more reps that way so where I was hitting 18 reps on a good day then I'm hitting 25. I assume that is what you mean by volume.

I'm considering going for a rep pattern of 3 x 10 after this cycle, to see if that really does promote more hypertrophy as some of the stuff I've read suggests, but I'm a little scared to lose my strength gains.

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#10 Postby Zack » Mon Dec 03, 2007 10:43 pm

You'll have to cut the weight down some I'm sure. Currently I'm doing 4 sets of 8-10 reps if possible, sometimes it drops below that when I'm trying to work up to a new weight.

4x10 works well for me, but I did the 5x5 thing for a few months and it worked very well. My bench went up 30 pounds in that time. I feel better with what I am doing currently.

Mainly what I mean is for example, today you trained chest, and only one shoulder exercise, 2 chest exercises. You may benefit from doing more exercises, maybe not.
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#11 Postby benny boy » Tue Dec 04, 2007 3:24 pm

Zack wrote:You'll have to cut the weight down some I'm sure. Currently I'm doing 4 sets of 8-10 reps if possible, sometimes it drops below that when I'm trying to work up to a new weight.

4x10 works well for me, but I did the 5x5 thing for a few months and it worked very well. My bench went up 30 pounds in that time. I feel better with what I am doing currently.

Mainly what I mean is for example, today you trained chest, and only one shoulder exercise, 2 chest exercises. You may benefit from doing more exercises, maybe not.


Ah okay, I see what you mean. Just felt like the gym was taking up too much time. So for this period moved to a few core exercises per day/session and the aim is to work really hard on those.


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