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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2005 4:00 pm 
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Barbell Bench Press -
10x135
8x155
6x185
4x205
3x2x225
5x205

Incline Bench Press -
8x135
6x155

Bodyweight dips alternated with hanging knee raises - 3x10 each

Crunches with light resistance - 2x25

Hm, there is a 4-pack emerging above my belly. :shock: :? :shock: :?

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Hm, there is a 4-pack emerging above my belly. :shock: :? :shock: :?

:shock: Are you sure it's nothing serious?

And what do you mean by "above" your belly? :?:

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Hm, there is a 4-pack emerging above my belly. :shock: :? :shock: :?

:shock: Are you sure it's nothing serious?

And what do you mean by "above" your belly? :?:


The majority of my body fat collects around the lower belly and love handles. This is the only place it is very noticeable. The four abs that are trying to emerge are above the belly fat. The fat layer around my other muscles is much less noticeable and I have some muscle definition everywhere else.

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Deadlifts -
8x135 pounds
5x225
3x295
1x365
1x415

:shock: The right side went up slightly quicker than the left, the weights on the left side shifted about 6 inches! I stumbled back about 5 steps struggling to re-balance 415 pounds! :shock: Thought I was going to blow out a knee! Yikes! Fortunately, I didn't hurt anything. :D

Continued Deadlifting -
6x295 pounds
12x225 - Hm, this endurance thing is painful!

Machine Bicep Curls -
10x80 pounds
8x90
6x100
4x120
3x110
2x120
1x130

Dumbel Hammer Curls - 10x35 pounds each

Crunches with light resistence - 2x25

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michaelhobson wrote:
:shock: The right side went up slightly quicker than the left, the weights on the left side shifted about 6 inches! I stumbled back about 5 steps struggling to re-balance 415 pounds! :shock: Thought I was going to blow out a knee! Yikes! Fortunately, I didn't hurt anything. :D

Michael! Don't shock me!
Glad you were able to catch it :)


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12x225 - Hm, this endurance thing is painful!

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And you DARE to call yourself a powerlifter? :twisted:

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i feel the same way alex - i am disapointed with young michaels slide to bodybuilding :roll:

first machine bicep curls, then the emergence of abs - what next?! quad extensions?! arnold presses!? KICKBACKS!

oh dear oh dear oh dear!

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Okay mate, now which one of us is the "git" again? :roll:

You're the real closet bodybuilder amongst us. How many bicep curls have you done this week? Anyway you are just jealous because I have bigger arms than you! :raz:

Ah yes! Quad extensions! I haven't done those in ages. I really liked that exercise, but the machine only goes up to 285 pounds. :( Maybe I'll have a go at it next week.

And Alex, I was forced in to powerlifting really. I didn't want to be run out of veganfitness town. :lol:

And yes, anything over 3 reps is an endurance event. Hmm, maybe I really am a powerlifter! :evil:

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i am proud to say that i havent done a single bicep curl this week! and i did a total of 12 curls last week (6 doubles with 121lbs).

i know what you mean though - i do occasionally find myself posing the mirror - its so embaressing! :oops:

we would have loved you just as much on veganfitness had you been a bodybuilder - we would have just shifted you over to the bodybuilding section and not let you into power and strength! :P :wink:

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Barbell Bench Press -
10x135 pounds
8x155
6x185
4x205
2x225
1x235
4x205
8x185
12x135 close grip

Crunches with light resistence - 2x25

Dips alternated with Hanging Knee Raises - 2x12 each

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Ugh! I've had a nasty sinus cold all week. Haven't worked out since Monday, haven't been eating or sleeping much. Drinking too much coffee trying to stay awake at work. :roll:

Stepped on the scale at the gym today and OMG! I was 240 on Monday, today 233! :shock: Yikes!

Decided on a light full-body workout just to get back in the groove. My appetite is back today too! :twisted:

Pull-Ups - 4

Squats -
10x135 pounds
8x185
6x225

Pull-Ups - 3

Bench Press -
10x135
8x155
6x185
3x205

Pull-Ups - 3

Deadlifts -
10x135
8x225
6x275

Hanging Knee Raises - 2x12

That's all, nothing too exciting today.

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Good to see you're feeling better and back to hitting the weights. I've been getting over being sick this week too

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Good job on the deadlift.

My maxes were as follows:

Deadlift: 405 / 2 reps.
Bench press: 265 / 4 reps
Squat: 315 / 3 reps

This was some time ago. Today, I would never squat. One of my discs in my back has moved out of alignment because of the heavy lifting. I only do heavy leg press. I still dead lift because at least you do not have to set the barbell on your shoulders. Personally, I loved front squats the best. (Where you rest the barbell on your front delts instead of your traps.) That way you don't tweak your arms as bad.

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Today, I would never squat. One of my discs in my back has moved out of alignment because of the heavy lifting. I only do heavy leg press. I still dead lift because at least you do not have to set the barbell on your shoulders.


Have you tried doing one leg squats? I've built lots of lower body strength doing these and you don't even need any weights. Here's an article I like on them http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/mahler2.htm

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 Post subject: One legged squats
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I have never tried one legged squats. That sounds like a good idea. I will check out the article.

Thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: My best lifts
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stove6 wrote:
One of my discs in my back has moved out of alignment because of the heavy lifting. I only do heavy leg press.


Minor hijack here!

I'd REALLY watch out on doing leg presses if you've got back problems - even tough the weight isn't on your upper half, leg presses compress your spine in really weird ways that aren't natural and can be far worse for you. I've never hurt my back squatting (even with 855 lbs. on me for quarter squats), but I've managed to injure my back 3 times in the past on various leg press machines. The only two leg press machines that I'd consider remotely "safe" are either the horizontal version (usually a weight stack machine style) or the old-school vertical press where you lie on your back on the floor with the weights directly over you. Anything that's set at an angle is bad news as far as I'm concerned.

If you can get access to a reverse hyper machine to rehab your back you can fix just about any problem in time and squat without pain again. Not easy to find one of these things, but from what I hear they're worth their weight in gold for correcting disc problems and strengthening your lower back beyond belief! A good chiropractor doesn't hurt, either.


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