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Hey bud,

 

Was feeling strong on the warm up sets, so just went for it. I kept the bench close to a power rack, and held on to the rack while pressing with the other hand. Thought id be lucky to get 4-6 reps, so I was well stoked with 9:)

To be honest, I was going to begin with barbell benches, but my training parnter / spotter notice a particular big butt girl he likes was in front of us, now you know what would have happen there....I would have been struggling with that shit and he'd have been too busy looken elsewhere;) Talk about weapons of mass distraction lol.

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Just got done with training...

 

Bench press

60kg x 5

80kg x 5

100kg x 3

120kg x 2

145kg x 2

110kg x 10

One Arm DB Row (no warm up sets needed)

50kg x 3 sets of 8 per arm

40kg x 2 sets of 12, 10 per arm

 

Yesterday

Leverage leg press

400lb x 5

600lb x 3

800lb x 2

1000lb x 7 rest pause reps

Calf presses

Stack x 6 sets of 5 (10 seconds between sets)

 

24.9.16

Standing DB overhead press

2x20kg x 6

2x25kg x 5

2x30kg x 5

2x35kg x 2 sets of 5

2x25kg x 13 reps

 

Chins (underhand)

BW x 5, 5, 4, 3, 3, 2 (10-20 second rest pauses between efforts)

 

Keeping it KISS:)

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Hi Chris,

 

Good question...

 

There was an interesting study done about two years now, it was to see if additional arm work was necessary if you were employing compound upper body movements such as pulldowns, dips, rows etc, as it turned out, adding an additional isolated bicep and tricep exercise made no difference what so ever, making those movements redundant. I gotta say, from benching, chins etc, my upper arms are just as fatigued and pumped as my torso muscles. I do like to throw in a calf press or raise, I dont believe calf presses or raises are particularly good for developing the calf muscles contrary of popular belief, but I do believe their good for ankle and tendon strength. Going forward I think ill also add direct forearm work also again to help with my elbow tendinitis.

 

The biomechanics support the notion that the largest muscles in the chain will always take the brunt of the work, but smaller less stressful isolation movements do have their place, for stress management (pre exhaustion / less systemic fatigue), balance, injury resistance / rehab and for individuals training for specific sports or skills. Wrestlers for example will benefit for direct neck work, patchers in baseball from rear delt work for deceleration etc.

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29-9-16

Legs

1. Leverge Leg Press

200kg x 8

300kg x 5

400kg x 11

2. Calf presses

stack x 8 cluster sets of 5

3. Vibo plate planks

Highest setting x 3 45 second holds

 

1-10-16

1. Standing Military Press

60kg x 5

70kg x 5

80kg x 5

95kg x 3

2. Smith Machine Bent Over Row (slightly angled machine)

60kg x 5

80kg x 5

100kg x 5

120kg x 5

130kg x 4

3. Standing Cable Curl

35kg x 8

42.5 x 2 sets of 8

 

Pleased with how trainings going at the minute, really liked the bent over row on the hammer strength smith machine, worked really well, no back issues. Could feel my lats filling up with blood, something I dont get from chins or pulldowns. So I think ill just stick with the one arm hammer row and hammer strength smith machine rows going forward, given that they allow for greater overload.

 

Fighter diet was going well, but ive upped my calories again to maintain strength levels. Fuck being ripped lol, ill leave that to the weak posers, am good with a happy medium:)

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Totally agree Mike!

 

Took a week off recently, but back at it yesterday, going with a 4 way split...

 

8-10-16

Chest & Biceps

1. Pec Deck

Stack x 2 static holds to failure

Last hold immediately followed by

2. Hammer Incline Press

140kg x 4 + 2 forced reps

3. Seated Bilateral DB Curls

2x25kg x 9

4. Preacher Curl Machine

Stack x 2 static holds to failure

 

Today

Legs

1. Leg Extension

Stack x 2 static holds to failure

Last hold immediately followed by

2. Leverage Leg Press

400kg x 5

3. Seated Leg Curl

80kg x 1 static hold to failure

immediately followed by

4. Stiff legged deadlifts

110kg x 8

5. Calf Presses

Stack x 7 cluster sets of 5 reps - last cluster to failure

 

Completely busted, gonna take a day or two off then hit workouts 3 and 4, which will be shoulders & triceps, then back.

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10-10-16

Home Dumbbell Shoulders & Triceps

1. Seated DB Presses

2x40kg x 8

2x42.5kg x 7

2. One Arm DB Lateral Raise

20kg x 2 sets of 8

3. Seated Alternate "Van Damme" Lateral Raises (kinda like an underhand front lateral raise

2x15kg x 2 setscof 10, 9

4. DB Shrugs

2x50kg x 2 sets of 12, 10

5. One Arm Overhead Triceps Extension

20kg x 2 sets of 8

6. Close Grip Push Up Bars (elevated feet)

4 mini cluster sets of 5

 

12-10-16

Home Back & Forearms

1. Incline DB Rows

2x40kg x 2 sets of 10, 8

supersetted with

2. DB Pullover

40kg x 2 sets of 8

3. One Arm DB Row*

4. Behind back BB Wrist Curl

40kg x 2 sets of 15

5. Reserve BB Wrist Curl

17.5kg x 2 sets of 12

* Kept the DB on horizontal plane to the body and brought to the chest to emphasise the Rear Delts, Teres Major, Rhombiod muscles.

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Looks like you're doing well buddy. Being ripped is something I've been chasing for years now. Not sure it's worthwhile, especially because I don't think it is sustainable long term. At least for me, seems like my metabolism comes back to remind me that there's a fat kid inside.

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Lol, I hear ya Chris, aint getting any younger neither;)

 

15-10-16

Home Chest / Back

1. Flat DB Bench Press (v grip)

2x50kg x 2 sets of 8, 7

2x40kg x 15

2. One Arm DB Row

50kg x 2 sets of 12, 10

40kg x 18

3. BB Upright Row

45kg x 2 sets of 10

 

16-10-16

Gym Legs

1. BB Squat

140kg x 7

100kg x 10

2. Stiff Legged Deadlift

100kg x 2 sets of 8

80kg x 15

3. Calf Presses

Stack x 6 mini cluster sets of 5

 

17-10-16

Home Shoulders / Arms

1. Standing Overhead DB Press (strict)

2x35kg x 2 sets of 7

2. One Arm Overhead DB Press (strict)

40kg x 5

3. One Arm DB Lateral Raise

20kg x 2 sets of 8

4. BB Drag Curl

37.5kg x 2 sets of 10, 9

- No direct triceps work

 

Maybe take a day off, see how I feel tomorrow after a good nights sleep.

 

Off work this week, so ive been doing a bit of cooking, made a 3 bean Mexican stew, protein balls, spicy lentil soup and a Moroccan sweet potato and chickpea dish. Coming into winter you just want good hearty meals:)

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18-10-16

Legs

1. BB Squat

60kg x 3

80kg x 3

100kg x 3

120kg x 3

140kg x 9

2. Calf Presses

Stack (200kg) x 7 mini cluster sets of 5 (10 second rest pause between clusters)*

3. Weighted Hyperextension

20kg x 2 sets of 8*

* 2 second hold in the contracted position of each rep

 

Sore are f**k, but im keeping the pedal to the metal, strength's going up well, eating well and getting plenty of sleep. Also enjoying squatting again, no back issues, think ive found my footing with my form, I was always told to keep my head up, but I actually prefer to look down and focus on a stop few feet in front of me, its been working at treat, just going to parallel aswell, at 6'4 theres no way am going lower lol.

 

What I ate today...

9am

-Bulletproof coffee + 2 poached eggs

 

2pm

-Tofu cooked in coconut oil and grass fed butter

-Bag of broccoli and cauliflower

5pm

Pre-workout

-275mg of caffeine

-1.5g of beta alanine

-3g of creatine

-10g of BCAA's

 

6.30pm

3 caramel rice cakes

Protein shake (50g)

 

8pm

Chickpea and sweet potato Morrocan dish (huge bowl of it) + bag of spinach

 

11pm

Full fat cottage cheese

walnuts and blueberries

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19-10-16

Upper body (@gym)

1. Flat DB Bench Press (V-Grip)

2x40kg x 5

2x55kg x 8

2x45kg x 13

2. One Arm DB Row

55kg x 12

45kg x 17

3. Leaning Cable Curl (leaning back and took a 4-5 steps away from the machine / better contraction)

41kg x 2 sets of 10

Done! Short n sweet

 

Strengths going up and up, having a great time, I think theres a few reasons why...

- Ive been sleeping 9-10hrs per day this last week

- Eating really well, not so much massive amounts of calories, rather, a diet that promotes the secretes more anabolic hormones, such as test and IGF-1

- Taking anti catabolic supplements around my workouts

- Staying stress free / I also switched my moblie off a week ago, now people who ring or message me with their problems are thinking for themselves lol

 

Going forward ill be focusing on an upper body / lower body split...

 

Upper body A

Flat DB Benches + assistance

Lower Body A

BB Squat + assistance

Upper Body B

Standing Military Press + assistance

Lower Body B

Trar Bar Deadlift + assistance

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Tonights workout

BB Squat

100kg x 5

150kg x 6 (tough, but doable, maintened good posture throughout)

120kg x 8

Hip Belt Calf Raises

BW + 75kg x 2 sets of 12

DB Stiff Legged Deadlift

2x40g x 3 sets of 12 (not coming all the way up so as to keep constant tension)

Bouns exercise - Seated Leg Press

Stack (200kg) × 3 sets of 25, 20, 18 Piston like reps / continuous tension

 

Tomorrows standing strict press, hammer pulldown, standing one arm DB strict press and incline ez bar triceps extension's. The fun never stops:))

 

Post workout supper - 2 whole eggs and 6 egg whites omelette style, on two slices of white bread thick toast with fat free cheese spread and low sodium ketchup...the struggle is real:))

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22-10-16

Shoulders

90kg x 2

100kg x 1 (went light headed lol)

70kg x 2 sets of 8

DB Lateral Raise

2x15kg x 3 sets 10

2x12.5kg x 3 sets of 10

 

23-10-16

Back

Hammer Pulldown

80kg x 5

100kg x 5

120kg x 2 sets of 8, 7 (2 second hold in full contraction)

Bent Over BB Row

100kg x 5

120kg x 2 sets of 5

 

Short n sweet workouts, given that am training virtually everyday now ive when back to a bodypart split (I know, I know, I change my mind more than the wind changes direction lol) Chest tomorrow, gonna shoot for the gyms biggest bells (60kg / 132lbers), knowing my luck ill probably drop them on a toe or something:)

 

Have a new favourite post workout shake, it rice protein powder, half an avocado, frozen berries, kale and almond milk. Num num num

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24-10-16

Chest

1. Flat DB Bench Press (v grip / better contraction and less impingement)

2x40kg x 5

2x50kg x 5

2x60kg x 5 (YESSSS!!)

2×50kg x 11

2. Pec Deck

Stack + 20kg (172.5kg) x 2 max static holds, immediately followed by BW Dips

3. Concept 2 rower

3x500 sprints

 

25-10-16

Legs

BB Squat

60kg x 5

100kg x 5

140kg x 10

DB Stiff Legged Deadlift

2x40kg x 3 sets of 15, 12, 12

Calf Presses

Stack x 2 sets of 15

 

26-10-16

Shoulders

DB Lateral Raise

2x15kg x 3 sets of 12, 10, 10

supersetted with

Standing Military Press (strict)

70kg x 3 sets of 7, 6, 6

5 minute rest, then

One Arm DB Overhead Press

40kg x 2 sets of 5

 

Havent had a day off in a few weeks now I think, feeling real good.

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Took a few days off, much as I was enjoying making good strength increases over the last several weeks on compound lifts, im refocusing on single joint holds / exercises (seemed to get a better hypertrophic response with isolation work, whereas I seem to be just becoming more skilled at compounds).

Going to take another few days off, just to let the biochemical resources replenish a bit more, after which, its max contraction time again:)

 

Did a 20hr fast today, didnt eat until 5pm, had a huge fat fat salad with avocado, chopped walnuts, flax oil, chopped sundried tomatoes and peppers, grated carrots and cucumber, all mixed / bound together with homemade hempseed yoguart (easily 2000+ calories)

10pm was tofu cooked in coconut oil anx steamed veggies with sweet chilli sause drizzled on them.Then something bad happened, I opened the cupboard andl there before my eyes was a packed of those new mint flavoured oreo cookies, god dammit, I went into a zombie like trace and before I knew it there I was with a mug of tea and and empty cookie wrapper. Oh well, its Halloween, gotta have a treat (albeit a whole packed of cookies;)

 

Happy Halloween everyone:)

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Hey bud, yeah havent been on for a while, bit stressed at the mo, my depression has come back, been of work for almost a month now, but still hammering it at the gym and making dem gainzzz:) The gym keeps me sane, and ma misses and 6 cats lol. Hope your doing good mate, time for the log fires again;)

 

Last rotation...

9-11-16

Incline smith machine bench press

80kg x 5

100kg x 5

120kg x 5

145kg x 4 + 2 forced reps

Pec deck flye

Stack x 2 max static holds to failure

Leaning Cable Curls

1/2 stack x 8

3/4 stack x 9 + static hold to failure after a 10 second rest pause

 

7-11-16

Hammer Pulldown

80kg x 5

100kg x 5

120kg x 8 + static hold to failure after a 10 second rest pause

Shoulder Press Machine

65kg x 5

80kg x 5

95kg x 7 + 2 forced reps

Seated Chest Supported Row Machine

125kg x 10 rest pause reps to failure (5 second rest pause between reps)

 

5-11-16

Leg Extension (pre exhaustion)

80kg x 5

100kg x 5

125kg x 11 + static hold to failure after a 10 second rest pause

Seated Leg Press

Stack + training parnter applying manual resistance on the negative x 14 reps to failure

Calf Presses

Stack x 12 reps to failure ( 5 second holdcin the contracted position of each rep)

Weighted Hypers

BW + 20kg x 2 sets of 12 (2 second hold at the top of each rep)

 

- Ive kepted the compounds, but my workouts are back to 100% machines, which I feel are better for tension and isolation.

 

Been eating clean as f#€k, no more oils in my diet, bar a brown rice and hemp protein powders, mostly just whole foods, a lot of raw foods as well!!

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  • 3 weeks later...

Quick update: training is going well, been off work now for several weeks, taking a time out....

 

Back to training just twice per week...

 

Workout A

Hammer pulldown (underhand)

Seated chest press machine (life fitness)

Leaning back cable curl

Leverage Leg presses

Calf Presses

3 x 500 sprints of the concept 2 rower

 

Workout B

Incline angled hammer smith machine press

Seated chest supported row (life fitness)

Shoulder press machine (life fitness)

Leg curl

Leg extension

3 x 500 sprints on the concept 2 rower

 

Diet wise, continuing to do daily intermittent fasting on a high fat diet, with carb refeed meals on workout days.

 

Hope everyones doing good, have a great weekend:)

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  • 3 weeks later...

Hi all, hope everyones doin good. Havent been posting as much as im going through a legal battle with my former employee. Been training every other day this weather and as usual, employing a multitude of techniques to mange stress. Getting relly into constant tension / piston reps with a reduced rom, its kinder on the joints and great for blowing up the muscles....

 

Last few workouts...

 

Today - chest, back, biceps

1. Incline angled hammer smith machine press

120kg x 2 sets of 10 9

100kg x 16 to failure

2. Bent over bilateral DB rows

2x45kg x 2 working sets of 12

2x35kg x 22 reps to failure

3. Ez curl bar cable curl

3/4 stack x 2 working sets of 10

4. One arm DB power lateral raise (still controlled and strict form)

25kg DB x 2 working sets of 8

5. DB stiff legged deadlift

2x45kg x 2 working sets of 12 - no lockout / constant tension)

2x35kg x 25

 

8-12-16

Underhand hammer pulldown

120kg x 2 working sets of 8

90kg x 17

Seated chest press machine (life fitness)

130kg x 2 working sets of 10, 9 / no lockout or deep stretch / constant tension

100kg x 18 - constant tension reps

Triceps pressdown

Stack x 2 working sets of 15, 14 - no lockout / constant tension

Rear delt / trap flye machine

70kg x 2 working sets of 12 (focused on the contraction half of the movement)

Leverage leg press

200kg x 40 - no lockout or full stretch / constant tension

250kg x 35 to failure (thought I was gonna die lol)

 

Diet wise I went back to see the geneticist I was seeing to have a DNA and SWAMI test, low and behold, im not suited to many food stuffs, am not allowed legumes, veg from the brassica family, tomatoes, corn, wheat and many fruits, also found out I am a blood type B (whom are NOT best suited to a vegan diet), which is fairly rare (about 15% of the world), I was also advised strongly to include fortified grass fed dairy, eggs, wild fish, nuts, oils etc. I cant bring myself to eat meat, however I have been including the fish, eggs and dairy. I have also started taken a herbal supplement called cortiguard which supports a healthy hormone balance in blood type B's. Am not a huge supplement advocate, however I can say this particular supplement has made a great difference in how I feel, especially at times of stress and post workout.

 

Have a great weekend everyone

Rob

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Wee fun arm and shoulder work this morning...

 

1. Ez bar cable curl

3 sets x 30 reps, 10 reps standing close to the machine, 10 reps standing away from the machine and pulling to the forehead with a close grip, then 10 reps with back against the machine. Torque changes with each angle.

2. Ex bar cable triceps

3 sets x 30 reps, 10 reps standing close to the machine, 10 reps standing a few feet away from the machine, then 10 reps with back turned /overhead triceps.

3. Shoulder tri set on the cable machine

3 x 30 reps, 10 reps underhand front raises (dana linn baily style), 10 reps wide grip upright rows, then 10 reps rear delt flyes. (First two movements using the ez curl cable attachment).

 

Really enjoyed the change of pace today, constant tension and fast paced, got one hellva a pump. Might try something similar on my next chest & back workout, maybe even gaint sets:)

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Hey man, looks like you are still hard at it. Sorry for the legal troubles BS... I know that world up close and personal on a daily basis, and know how ugly and annoying it can be at, well, pretty much the whole time. The trick is to be as dispassionate as possible - even though it's your personal stuff at issue. I know that sounds impossible, but I guess people are going to do whatever they will, no? Most times I just hope that opposing counsel is not a complete dick, and the judge actually gives a damn about the case. I am usually disappointed. Just try your best to let it go at the end of the day. Speaking of things to distract you . . . I'm not sure if you've been on my journal lately, but we are expecting our first baby this coming June! Exciting times man, and I'm pretty well scared shitless. That's ok though, because I see plenty of poo in my future lol. Just thought you'd want to know. Hope you, the Ms. and all them cats are doing well and still enjoying the countryside.

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Hi Chris,

 

CONGRATS MAN!! Thats awesome news:)) Goodness, itll be a culture shock for sure. Indeed mate, plenty of feeding, pooping, nappy changing, running to the shops and a lack of sleep haha, but all good times ahead;)) Fantastic.

 

Just looked at my last post, I wrote ex employee, meant to say ex employer, we got a new hr mangeress in, a real condescending nasty peace of work with an agenda to get rid of people. Not sure how it works in the U.S, but here an employer has a "duty of care" to their employees, with myself, ive a long term health problem. Ive 3 herniated discs, so if I sit for to long long periods of time I stiffen up like a board, so I alternate sitting and moving around jobs, but that cow was being akward and not letting me do this anymore, so I left and am sueing for constructive dismissal. But hey, on a lighter note, I feel liberated, im working for myself now property developing, sometimes the bad things that happen in our are for the greater good, YES, 2017 will be bright...for both of us, and hopefully everyone else:)

 

If am not talking to you before Xmas, happy Christmas:)

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