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 Post subject: This bod needs a change!!!
PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 8:50 am 
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Hey everyone,

I decided to start a Training Journal online as well, since I am losing sight of what I want to do sometimes.

Yesterday I had a pretty good workout and I had some thoughts about myself:
1. I am weak! Not only the muscles, but also my mind
2. I carry around too much fat
3. I have too little muscles for carrying around my fat (which should get less anyway)!

Weak sides:
I am weak! That easy. That is a very basic problem I have, which is very hard to get rid of for me.

Problems evolving:
- I am the perfect person to sell drugs to: I want to look good + I am a sissy -> easy / weak solution = drugs
- I'm a whiny baby without the capability of torturing myself during training
- I give up to easily
Plus I'm lazy :sleepy2:

Strong sides:
- yet to find ;) - no ... serious:
- I want to change! I want to get in shape, I want to get rid of my extra portion of "save-me-through-a-tough-winter" cushion.
- I don't get down on myself by constantly comparing myself with others
- I love lifting weights!

Goals:
1. stay away from drugs - instead: train hard! (at least 2 times a week with full concentration and positive mindset!)
2. not to give up so easily - instead: ask someone to watch in case I can't bring the weight back up
3. trying to move more weight or do one more rep every time a train a specific muscle group
4. not to hate me! Allow myself bad days too. (keep a file about how often I have "bad days" and review in febuary)

For now I have a split program, which looks like this:
one day:
BACK
- lat machine
- cable rows
- pullovers
(- hyperextensions if I have time I'll do that as well)

CHEST
- barbell bench press
- barbell incline bench press

ABS
- Crunchs and stuff on the floor

If I have time, also
- shrugs and somthing for
- forearms

other day:
LEGS:
- squats
- deadlifts
- calves

ARMS:
- dumbell curls (biceps curls with EZ-bar)
- triceps cable pushdowns (dips (machine))

SHOULDER:
- shoulder press (upright row)

The stuff in parenthesis is what I will switch to in some time. Or what I can do, when there are too many people and I can't do the first listed.

Ok, that's it.
I will post as often as I can.
Can't wait to see my loves tomorrow again :D


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 Post subject: Re: This bod needs a change!!!
PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 9:18 am 
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Hey K-oz!
:D

Good to see you finally post a log here!


K-oz wrote:
Weak sides:
I am weak! That easy. That is a very basic problem I have, which is very hard to get rid of for me.

You're not weak. You're at least average for a woman.
Don't bring yourself down. It doesn't help you mentally to say you're weak. Rather say "I must and will get stronger!"!


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Problems evolving:
- I am the perfect person to sell drugs to: I want to look good + I am a sissy -> easy / weak solution = drugs
- I'm a whiny baby without the capability of torturing myself during training
- I give up to easily
Plus I'm lazy :sleepy2:

Those are not seperate problems - they're all one and the same! Don't make it bigger than it is.
The second "problem" you have is low self esteem - you are much stronger and better than you think!


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Strong sides:
- yet to find ;) - no ... serious:
- I want to change! I want to get in shape, I want to get rid of my extra portion of "save-me-through-a-tough-winter" cushion.
- I don't get down on myself by constantly comparing myself with others
- I love lifting weights!

That's great! :D
Good to look on your strong sides, that is motivating!
And the love for lifting weights is all you'll ever need to accomplish your goals! :bodybuilding:


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Goals:
1. stay away from drugs - instead: train hard! (at least 2 times a week with full concentration and positive mindset!)
2. not to give up so easily - instead: ask someone to watch in case I can't bring the weight back up
3. trying to move more weight or do one more rep every time a train a specific muscle group
4. not to hate me! Allow myself bad days too. (keep a file about how often I have "bad days" and review in febuary)

Good guidelines, rather than goals ;)
1. and 2. should be easy to accomplish for you. I'll send you a link to an article of a female bodybuilder on the side effects on drugs ;)
3. is the basic goal! If you can't reach this one, you should change your training plan.
4. is the most important one. It seems easy not to hate you for others, but i know it can be hard for oneself. *hugs*

Your split program looks fine. I'd rather have one dumbell and one barbell exercise for chest in there, but that's not mandatory.
"Something for the forearms" - just don't do wrist curls! They don't do anything for your forearms but f**k up your wrists. Do grip training instead (it's cooler anyway 8) ).

Looking forward to you posting here regularly! :D
Have fun at the gym tomorrow!

Love and peace,
Daywalker
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 Post subject: Re: This bod needs a change!!!
PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 10:14 am 
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Daywalker wrote:
You're not weak. You're at least average for a woman.

Ok, well. Good to know. So - I want to get stronger I will get stronger :D
I would really like to try my maximum single rep again :)


Daywalker wrote:
Those are not seperate problems - they're all one and the same! Don't make it bigger than it is.

Well, they are each and everyone things that I need to work on and which are pretty tough on me (It somewhere always comes back to those things). So it is better to list them individually.


Daywalker wrote:
The second "problem" you have is low self esteem - you are much stronger and better than you think!

I am aware of that. And I am working on it. I have allready achieved quite something during the last months and will keep it up!

Daywalker wrote:
And the love for lifting weights is all you'll ever need to accomplish your goals!

I believe so too, so that is a big bonus :D
Thanks about the comments on my goals. Well, they are my goals and if they are basic it is about time that I get to them ;)


Daywalker wrote:
Your split program looks fine. [...]
"Something for the forearms" - just don't do wrist curls! They don't do anything for your forearms but f**k up your wrists. Do grip training instead (it's cooler anyway 8) ).

Thanks!
And I'll remember the thing about the wrists. I acutally was thinking of wrist curls, but I can "hang back" just as fine ;) or hold dang heavy dumbells :D and do shrugs at the same time.. how wonderful!

Thanks for the article... :shock: :arrow: goal 1 is absolutely accomplished I would say :D


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 Post subject: Awesome training to post :)
PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2006 8:51 am 
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oookay, now this is my first workout to post here :)
It was so damn good that I was almost high until this lady walked in, with the most awesome arms :shock:
I trained my arms harder right away ;)

Ok, I woke up this morning and felt like shit. It was so bad, I didn't even want to go to the gym... BUT I went and that was so good, because:

Gernal warm up
Squats:
25kg x20, 35kg x20, 40kg x12, 40kg x10, 35kgx10
YES! :occasion1:
I wanted to hit 40 before christmas, but who could have known, that I acchieve that TODAY.
I was absolutely high, I bet everybody wondered about the huge smile on my face ;)

Then deadlift with straight legs:
30kg x15, 35kg x12, 35kg x12
I need to improve my grip strength. I could have done more weight and more reps, but I couldn't hold it long enough.

Shoulder press with dumbells:
7kg x15, 8kg x12, 8kg x12

Biceps curls on a incline bench with dumbells:
8kg x10, 8kg x10

When I do dumbell training I only post the dumbell weight I have in one hand - to avoid misunderstandings :wink: :)

Triceps cable pulldown:
15kg x12

Triceps I just managed to squeeze in there, before they kicked us out. Therefore I also only did 2 sets of biceps.
I totally lost track of time and spent more time on squats today, which was so awesome, that I didn't manage to get everything done before they closed :(
My arms are still a little sore from Thursday, so it isn't that bad.

So I went home, did abs on the filthy floor that I haven't cleaned in 2 weeks and streched as much as I could with the little space available in my room. :roll:
I felt the urgend need to clean my room right away and cleaned myself afterwards :lol:

Now I justed burned my food, while writing my post :angry3: :smt022 :roll:
But I'm so hungry I am going to eat it anyway :twisted: :essen:


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2006 9:16 am 
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Good for you getting back at it!

I now use training to "get away from life". It's my time and I don't like anyone interfering. I get into the "zone" and it helps me to recover mentally from my day. If I miss a session, I always regret not having that time to myself.

I hope you get to a point where you look forward and crave your workout time. You def have the build to go far if you wanted. :)

If you want a girls perspective, feel free to ask! :)


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2006 9:25 am 
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SeaSiren wrote:
I hope you get to a point where you look forward and crave your workout time.


Well, I do miss it when I miss a scheduled workout, but sometimes something other is more important. Then I just postpone the workout, thus I never miss it ;)


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2006 10:22 am 
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Hey, looks stronger than most women I've known, especially 8kg bicep curl for 10 reps. Women who I've known who don't work out certainly couldn't do anywhere near that. But like you said, it's not important to compare yourself to others, aim for your own goals. You can't be 'weak' or 'strong' without comparing yourself to something which is stronger or weaker. Maybe you're not as strong as you'd like to be, you can aim for being as strong as you'd like, regardless of how strong anyone else is.

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 Post subject: Re: Awesome training to post :)
PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2006 11:43 am 
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K-oz wrote:
Squats:
25kg x20, 35kg x20, 40kg x12, 40kg x10, 35kgx10

Awesome squatting!
:notworthy:
35 x20 is not too shabby, especially followed by 40x12, 10 :D

Keep that up :)

Enjoy your well earned dinner :D

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2006 2:44 pm 
I suggest you be very nice to your boyfriend since he can potentially prescribe you a nice coctail of steriods


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2006 6:26 am 
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Since I was the last yesterday to leave the weight room I guessed that I might as well just take pictures. The guy who wanted to close was rather unpatient, so most of my pics turned out very blurry, but I have some ok ones:

This is an overview over the room. That's it. Looks big from that higher perspective, but it is not so big actually. Especially, when there are about 60 people training. Which is the case during the week. On saturdays it's only about 30.
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With so many people training during the week you can barely do your exercises without hitting someone. And the room is really messy. Everyone leaves the weights whereever, so you have to go on a treasure hunt everytime you go there :lol:
There are at least two people taking turns on every machine and you have to be really quick for a cardio machine.

This is from the same perspective only turned to the right. When the room is open those shelves are absolutely packed, with bags and everything. People have to put there stuff on the floor as well, since there is no room left on the shelves.
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And one more. This is my favorite corner. And about the favorite corner of everybody else. So you get stamped dead if you don't look out.
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But I love this room. There is everything you need to have a good workout. And although it sometimes sucks to be looking for weights I like how it is handled there anyway :)
What I also like is the floor. What's not so good about it is, that it is uneven at some places. What I like is, you can drop weight without demaging too much ;)
Well, it's not a good idea to drop it from up high.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2006 11:09 am 
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what is the rainbow structure about the floor, is it for traversing while hanging with your hands? :D

because that would be cool. :D :D

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2006 11:23 am 
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pazios2002 wrote:
what is the rainbow structure about the floor, is it for traversing while hanging with your hands? :D

because that would be cool. :D :D

Aye, i was going to ask the same :)
Is that just decoration or can you actually use the monkey bars? :D

The gym looks nice. I'm sure you'll make good gains there! :D 8)

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2006 1:38 pm 
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Yeah you can use the rainbow thing for pull ups and such. It has bars in regular intervals and at both ends there is a space where one bar is missing. I've seen people pull themselves up and get their feet way up high, so they kind of hang upside down. Then they come back down without touching the floor and go back up. Some try and can't really do it. Looks pretty hard. But I have never done it myself.

I have never seen anybody do pull ups with extra weight. But I don't know if they are not strong enough or if the thing is too weak ;)

You can't actually cross the room while hanging with your hands, because there is stuff in the way, but theoretically it would work ;)


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2006 4:10 pm 
That gym looks pretty good...alot like most big american universities have for their athletes


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Yeah and its not crowded, plus the rainbow thing make it better than university gyms.


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