Sun 20 Feb 11pm
Just recollecting where I've been, physically/mentally, and focusing on where I'm aiming to get to. Need to get back into doing some heavy squats. I'm leg-pressing more than back then so that's something
This is a shot I took of myself just before my 21st birthday last month to mark my first year of training properly with weights:
Of course my goal is to bulk up and develop some serious strength.
One strategy I plan to employ is to increase my "4-rep max" on compound exercises such as squat, deadlift and bench press, whilst maintaining perfect form.
Current weights for 4 reps:
Not amazing but improving all the time
Hey, hardcore squatting weight!
I can't help but wonder what form you use, or if you are already strong from previous sports. You'll soon be squat master if you continue to gain strength at that rate!!
I've been lucky enough to do some hardcore rowing!
You might have heard of rowers doing leg circuits to develop the power in the legs that you need.
Back squats, front squats, leg presses, split squats, lunges...
Since the beginning of this year I've been having one-to-one training sessions with a former commonwealth weightlifting champion.
He is the real master of the squat.
He's made sure that I've kept good form as I've increased the weight.
Really tensing abs, lower back, thighs, hamstrings and calves.
Keeping the weight on heels.
Head up, eyes looking forward.
Lowering slowly then as soon as the thighs are parallel to the floor UP UP UP UP UP UP UP UP, squeezing abs like crazy and pushing heels into the floor to drive the weight up.
On the leg press machine I'm up to 120kg for 8 reps, 160kg for 4 reps.
Hey, that sounds like you do it right
I was just astonished by 120kg on the squat and only 45 on the bench
You are looking pretty awesome! You look very lean. Great abs, arms, back, and veins!
It looks like you are in great condition. How much do you weigh? Like the rest of us, you could add more mass (but I know I need to do that more than anyone, I've been shrinking as I've been working on some movie and book projects and not spending enough time in the gym!)
Overall, you are looking great, and like a lean mean shredded machine!robert