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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 4:28 pm 
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Wow, It's been a while since I don't follow your journal, you've improved a lot oO

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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 2:15 pm 
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Wow, It's been a while since I don't follow your journal, you've improved a lot oO


Thanks buddy! I've been workin hard!

Decided today to get back on Bill Starr's 5x5 and this time follow it to the letter, with the exception of increasing press volume (my body seems to adapt better with 8 rep sets instead of 5 reps with slightly lower weight). Only deadlifting once a week may not sound ideal to me, but I wanna grow and I'm gonna trust the pros. Squatting 3x/week is pretty excellent consolation for a once/week deadlift, though :D
Since I'm starting with lower weights that I've been usin to get myself ramped up, I focused really hard on form today. Every single squat was ass to grass. Deadlifts were full resets on the ground. I held each crunch for at least 3 sec. I will make this work for me, and I will get bigger. Weight down to 131lbs today, I don't know how I fluctuate so much constantly... I just wanna get set at 140 and stay there. I suppose it took me a year to put on 10lbs solid enough to stay put, though, so I should be patient. The size will come.


Squats
10x45lbs
5x85lbs
5x105lbs
2x5x125lbs

Incline Bench
8x45lbs
8x55lbs
8x65lbs
8x70lbs

Deadlift
8x95lbs
5x135lbs
5x165lbs
5x190lbs
5x220lbs

Crunch Machine
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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
PostPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2014 4:15 pm 
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My favorite thing about Starr's 5x5 is that now both times that I've started it, my appetite has skyrocketed immediately. That's exactly what I need to keep gettin in these gainzzz


Squats
10x45lbs
5x85lbs
5x105lbs
5x125lbs
5x145lbs
3x170lbs
8x125lbs

Bench Press
8x45lbs
8x55lbs
8x65lbs
8x75lbs
5x85lbs
10x65lbs

Bent Over Row
5x55lbs
5x65lbs
5x70
5x85
3x100
8x75lbs

Dips (20lb assistance)
3x5 (superset with...)
Barbell Curls
3x8x60lbs (superset with...)
One Arm Tricep Extensions
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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 2:25 pm 
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Wasn't sure how today's session would go, went in on a pretty empty stomach and not a ton of sleep but I knocked this one outta the park. I love 5x5, I don't know why I ever let it slip. I've been getting such excellent range of motion lately - all sets of squats completely ATG except the set at 170, but I absolutely broke parallel. Performing all of my lifts much more slowly lately and I feel like it's making a big difference in my form and my development. Bench is steadily improving with my 8rep sets, so pleased. I love lifting so much.

Squats
10x45lbs
5x85lbs
5x105lbs
5x125lbs
5x145lbs
5x170lbs

Bench Press
8x45lbs
8x55lbs
8x65lbs
8x75lbs
8x80lbs
8x85lbs

Bent Over Row
5x55lbs
5x65lbs
5x75
5x85
5x100

Crunch Machine
4x15x80lbs (superset with...)
Weighted Hypers
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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 11:29 am 
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Shit day in the gym today. I was feeling excellent, really strong. Pressing was easy and smooth. First sets of deadlift felt like they were flying off the floor.
Then I got tapped on the shoulder and told I couldn't lift in my socks. The ONE day I didn't bring backup shoes... so I got in almost no squats and I didn't get to hit my top set for deads and I was just kinda pissed. I understand if it's policy, but it's not posted, and I've been lifting in socks there for weeks now with zero issues. So I had to leave halfway through my session and I hate leaving things half done. I'm still kind of stewing about it, because I was feeling so strong today and I just knew I was going to fly through the rest of my lifts. Damn. Oh, the things I would do for a home gym... I kind of hope that in the next year I might move out of Chicago to somewhere that I can have a backyard for the dog and space to garden and at least a little corner for a rack and a bench. I love the city, but spending so much time out in the country this summer so far has made me really long for some more space in my day to day life...

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8x45lbs
8x55lbs
8x65lbs
8x75lbs
8x80lbs

Deadlift
8x95lbs
5x140lbs
5x170lbs
5x200lbs

Squat
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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 1:36 pm 
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I kind of hope that in the next year I might move out of Chicago to somewhere that I can have a backyard for the dog and space to garden and at least a little corner for a rack and a bench. I love the city, but spending so much time out in the country this summer so far has made me really long for some more space in my day to day life...


This is our plan, almost exactly. I have 18 months until reciprosity kicks in, and we can get out of here. I simply cannot wait. Every time we leave the city, even to the burbs, my heart sinks as we return. I'm just not interested in any of the things one would appreciate while living in the city.

Where do you think you might go? We are thinking about Milwaukee, or surrounding area, even as far as Madison. I'm trying to build contacts there, so if there are any friendly law related professionals you know, and wouldn't mind introducing me to, I'd greatly appreciate the help!

Solid training btw; always impressive numbers.

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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 4:22 pm 
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This is our plan, almost exactly. I have 18 months until reciprosity kicks in, and we can get out of here. I simply cannot wait. Every time we leave the city, even to the burbs, my heart sinks as we return. I'm just not interested in any of the things one would appreciate while living in the city.

Where do you think you might go? We are thinking about Milwaukee, or surrounding area, even as far as Madison. I'm trying to build contacts there, so if there are any friendly law related professionals you know, and wouldn't mind introducing me to, I'd greatly appreciate the help!

Solid training btw; always impressive numbers.


Yeah, I've been spending a lot of time in Michigan and Wisconsin with my girlfriend this summer, kind of camping everywhere and it's been just fantastic. I really do still love the city and all of the convenience and amenities and job opportunities... But I think the time is coming where I might be ready to try a little something else. The cost of living here is also just getting pretty obnoxious, and I even live way up in East Rogers Park where things are relatively cheap for the north side.

I'm actually from Madison and have quite a few friends up that way, I'll give it some thought to see if I can come up with anyone in a law related position and would be happy to pass along some contact info and help connect if I can! I've been thinking about a lot of different places and haven't really settled on just one... Michigan is a definite possibility, and I've thought about California or even Canada as well. The idea of skipping the country entirely and going overseas is really attractive to me too, but the quarantine protocols for emigrating with dogs are worrisome to me. I'm not sure my little guy could handle being separated from me like that, so it might not even be an option.
No matter which way I decide, my current position here at Northwestern is up at the end of September so that might be just the kick I need to get outta here :)

Also, regarding training, likewise! I always enjoy checkin up on your log!

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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 5:39 pm 
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That would be so very well appreciated! Thanks for offering!

I grew up in SW Missouri, with all the camping, outdoor stuff, boating, etc. involved there. I realized just a few weeks ago that I hadn't mowed a lawn in over 17 years. We've taken a lot of trips out of the city in the past to places in Michigan, Madison, Milwaukee, etc., and I've noticed that I just feel all around better when I'm not in Chicago. I felt totally different about the city in my 20's, though. But now, like you mentioned, I am ready for something new.

No way I could make a move without our puppy! Maybe you can register them as therapy companions and bypass the whole quarantine thing. Not sure why it would apply to a full domesticated, and non-reproductive pet. Seems silly.

RE: The opportunity to leave . . . If you have the chance, and you're game, I'd suggest getting out. After being here for 15 years, I've come to the realization that the longer one is here, the harder it is to get away. That is, unless you just make a clean break and take off w/o a job or anything set up elsewhere. That's obviously a pretty big risk, and with age, I have become more risk averse. I'm sure your time at Northwestern will suit you well with respect to future employment.

Thanks for the remarks. I've been feeling kind of down on my training as of late, but I think I have a plan to re-ignite my interest!

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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2014 2:02 pm 
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Got in good today. My appetite is completely out of control - I'm constantly ravenous. This weekend is Pride so I'm sure I'll be getting a lot of my calories in liquid form ;) but I'll do what I can to keep the beast fed. I actually just finished a huge sandwich post-workout and I feel like I may have to go in search of more food or at least pound down a protein shake... I just want to eat everything.


Squat
5x85lbs
5x105lbs
5x130lbs
5x150lbs
5x170lbs (was supposed to be 3x170 but I felt like I had more in me so I kept going)
8x130lbs

Bench Press
8x45lbs
8x55lbs
8x65lbs
8x80lbs
5x85lbs
3x90lbs

Bent-Over Rows
5x55lbs
5x65lbs
5x75lbs
5x95lbs
3x105lbs
8x75lbs


Dips (w/18lb resistance)
3x8 (superset with...)
Barbell Curls
3x8x55lbs (superset with...)
One-Arm Tricep Extension
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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 12:04 pm 
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There is little more frustrating to me in the gym than wanting to use the ONE squat rack while some dude quarter reps out set after set and then drops the safeties and ROWS in the rack. Ugh bodybuilding gym. I just want my regular gym with it's three beautiful racks that people are generally smart and polite about using.
More than that I want to move out somewhere with a backyard and get my own squat rack and squat to my heart's content outside. My girlfriend and I are possibly lookin at Gainesville, FL, so if there's anyone here from that area holla! I hear it's full of hippies and vegans and musicians so it might just be paradise. Plus, rent is about... 1/4 of what it is here, and there are actual backyards.

Anyway, I took last week off the gym after spending the entirety of Monday and Tuesday sweatin moving heavy boxes and furniture up and down stairs and then the gym was closed Friday... but I'm back at it this week. I really miss the gym when I take that sort of time off, and I'm feelin a little fluffy but today's session was good. BW back at 132 lbs, but it feels so fluffy like a lot of it is water right now... I think I might want to start running a little bit again, just a 5k here and there. We'll see :) Bench still feeling more solid, a little bit of a grind at the end of the 85lb set but I know my form is spot on and I'm feelin strong.


Bent Over Rows
5x55lbs
5x65lbs
5x75lbs
5x95lbs
5x105lbs

Bench Press
8x45lbs
8x55lbs
8x65lbs
8x80lbs
8x85lbs

Crunch Machine
4x15x80lbs (superset with...)
Weighted Hypers
3x10x25lbs

Squat
10x45lbs
5x85lbs
5x105lbs
5x130lbs
5x150lbs
5x165lbs (was written out for 5x170, but at the end of my session I didn't think I could put that much up... really need to do squats first but so difficult when it's so crazy busy in the gym. doesn't everyone else know today is supposed to be their bench day so that I can work in my squats in peace? ;))

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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 4:18 pm 
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Best thing I ever did after we moved was spring $250 on some plates, rack, olympic bar and ez bar off of Craigslist. I doubt I could ever go back to a regular gym, even with some of the extra equipment I used there that I don't have at home (like the battle ropes). I got so sick of the typica gym stuff, like the attitudes, disrespect of the equipment, etc. Even the extras at a gym cannot outweigh the freedom of being able to train whenever at home. Only problem is that buying more weights is expensive as hell.

My BW has been climbing over the last month or so as well, and I hope it's all muscle, but likely some fat as well. I have been thinking about adding in some running, or getting a bicycle. However, I'd be lying if I said I looked forward to running or riding anywhere near here. I'd much prefer riding in the burbs, or out at some place like Busiek Park (Schaumburg).

I don't know anyone in Gainesville, but I'll ask around if someone I know does. My parents live in Cape Canaveral and like it ok, but I think you'd prefer something a little more progressive. Did you think of anyone I could speak to in Madison? I'd still really appreciate any contacts you might be able to share.

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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
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Best thing I ever did after we moved was spring $250 on some plates, rack, olympic bar and ez bar off of Craigslist. I doubt I could ever go back to a regular gym, even with some of the extra equipment I used there that I don't have at home (like the battle ropes). I got so sick of the typica gym stuff, like the attitudes, disrespect of the equipment, etc. Even the extras at a gym cannot outweigh the freedom of being able to train whenever at home. Only problem is that buying more weights is expensive as hell.

My BW has been climbing over the last month or so as well, and I hope it's all muscle, but likely some fat as well. I have been thinking about adding in some running, or getting a bicycle. However, I'd be lying if I said I looked forward to running or riding anywhere near here. I'd much prefer riding in the burbs, or out at some place like Busiek Park (Schaumburg).

I don't know anyone in Gainesville, but I'll ask around if someone I know does. My parents live in Cape Canaveral and like it ok, but I think you'd prefer something a little more progressive. Did you think of anyone I could speak to in Madison? I'd still really appreciate any contacts you might be able to share.

Have a solid week!


Yeah, the "typical gym stuff" can be such a downer. I just wanna get in and move some heavy stuff around, I don't mind working in and sharing equipment, but it seems like most people have such an attitude. Whatever, I'll have my own home gym soon enough and until then I'll work my ass off with what I've got :)

I ride every day for my commute but it's just not feelin like enough lately. I tried to take the dogs out for a quick 5K on Tuesday (up through Evanston - I also don't like running in the city), and they dragged so hard that it took us 45 minutes. Clearly they need conditioning too ;) So I'm going to try to get them used to running with me and maybe I can get us down to my normal 5K time

My buddy from Madison that I was planning on hooking you up with has actually moved himself up to the Twin Cities, I found out last week. I'll keep thinking though!

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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 11:58 am 
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Wednesday's session was good. Paused all the squats, ass to grass. Press is feeling strong. I'm really enjoying 5x5 right now but finding myself looking for some more volume... I think after another month or two of this, especially if I'm somewhere where I can have a home gym and train at home, I might switch up to more of a 5 day bodybuilding program. We'll see :)

Squats
10x45lbs
5x90lbs
5x110lbs
2x5x130lbs

Incline Bench
8x45lbs
8x55lbs
8x65lbs
8x75lbs
8x80lbs

Deadlift
5x145lbs
5x170lbs
5x200lbs
5x230lbs

Roman Chair Leg Raise
3x10 (superset with...)
Lateral Raise
3x10x15lbs

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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
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nice deadlift @ 5x230lbs!
did you use straps ?

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 Post subject: Re: Getting Serious about Getting Big
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nice deadlift @ 5x230lbs!
did you use straps ?


Thanks!! And nope, no straps for that one. Here, I uploaded the video :)
I actually really dislike using straps and only use them if I absolutely have to, which usually only happens if I'm doing snatch grip deadlifts with heavy weights.


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