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  1. i knew something was funny about my lifting session yesterday. didn't eat that much and wasn't that hungry. felt kind of weird all day. today i realize i'm definitely sick. don't get sick that often at all, and when i do its still usually mild. this is sort of moderate as i have a slight headache, weakness, and congestion. DANG
  2. i'm an olympic junkie. i'll watch just about anything (even the biathalon ). looking most forward to hockey, speed skating, figure skating, ski jumping (distance and form), downhill skiiing, etc.
  3. i made GREAT gains doing 3 weeks on 1 week off using a basic 5x5 program. now i train on a team using westide training and go 4 x week every week. we max out on a bench or squat/deadlift exercise every week, but we rotate exercises each week so we only do one exercise every 4 or 6 weeks. its been shown that your CNS will shut down after training above 90% on an exercise for 3 consecutive weeks. this is why the 3 weeks on 1 week off is very effective for someone who wants to do the same exercises each week with heavy weight.
  4. 2-10-06, dynamic squat speed box squat (#3 bands)(10): 105x3, 145x2, 165x2x8 dec glute/ham raise (3): body x 8, x8, x6 band pulldowns (3): to failure reverse hypers (3): 185x8, 230x8x2 not too great of a squatting session. felt reall weak the whole workout due to a much lower calorie intake. just didn't have any explosion off of the box. think i actually had more speed last week at 195. real strong on the reverse hypers. went up significantly and had a lot of pop at the top. hopefully i've learned my lesson about this low calorie light eating bullsh*t.
  5. yeah right, good luck against belarus i'm a team russia fan and it looks like gold this year. an ovechkin, kovalchuk, malkin line will score goals at will.
  6. its hard to believe that it was Wayne's wife and not himself making the bets. i'll take your consipiracy one step farther. baseball, basketball, and football interests engineered the sting because the popularity in hockey was exploding faster than anyone thought possible post-strike. they were afraid their idiot fans would see what a real sport with real athletes was like and had to put an end to them. seriously though, as if this isn't going on at some level in every major sport. not saying i condone it, but talk about hitting someone while they're down. they're just a scapegoat in my opinion. although as a lifelong Mario fan, i can't say i'm all that broken up about Gretzky being involved. that is to say, if it had to happen.
  7. thanks man. Crosby is unreal (good sense). unfortuantely so the pens are also unreal (bad sense). last nights game was probably the worst i have ever seen them. they have lost a ton of game this year, but it was not without a strong effort and some bad breaks. lately we have stop becoming competitive all-together and it is very sloppy. i want to think about how we'll be next year getting Malkin over here, but thanks to some corrupt politicians we don't even know if we'll have a team here next year.
  8. 2-8-06, max effort bench bench lockouts (3-4" ROM)(7): 45x5, 135x5, 225x3, 275x3, 315x1, 365x1 (10 lb PR), 385x1 (30 lb PR) iso lateral hammer rows (6): 140x10, 180x8, 230x6, 270x5x2, 180x15 barbell skull crushers {bar over throat) (4): 45x10, 65x8, 85x6x2 tate press (4): 20x12, 25x10, 30x8x2 barbell overhead: 45 x 70 total reps incredible workout. had to lift alone early since i'm going to the Pen's game tonight. got 365 for a solid 10 lb PR on lockouts. then went for it all at 385. this was shaky and uneven, but i got it up and held it for a few seconds. only went up 1 or 2 inches due to compression in my body and a huge bend in the bar. everything else was just icing on the cake. tried to get 100 reps (non-consecutive) overhead with an empty barbell, but by the time i got to around 70 i found that i no longer wished to continue. another time perhaps.
  9. hahaha, yeah, pretty much. i still plan on lifting in the 181 class and believe it or not i sitll have quite a bit of muscle to gain yet. then i'll worry about cutting down to make weight and maximize my strength to bodyweight ratio. right now i'm putting down almost 4000 calories a day on my workout days and watching my lifts go up every week. i'm gonna have to pass on the goatee though
  10. daywalker, thats a huge compliment coming from you. i've been lifting for probably 6 years or so. started at 140, vegan at 147, and now i weigh almost 190. had 3 bad injuries that sidelined me for about 12-15 months all together. those pics were from when i was a "strength athlete" and 2 months after a 7 month upper-body layoff (re: shoulder tendonitis). switched to powerlifting about 4 months ago and have been training with a team for almost 2 months. only other sports i do are pickup hockey and soccer. been doing kung fu for 6 non-consecutive years. used to want to be an MMA fighter, but apparently i'm too fragile thanks everyone for the nice comments. sorry that i forgot to mention that Mimi is not my dog. she is my sister's and i see her a couple times a year. and she is no puppy, that girl can steal a veggie burger from you and devour it in less than 5 seconds.
  11. might as well joing the party. most of the pics were from the summer, the one with the dog is from thanksgiving. hoping to get some pics from some upcoming contests i'm doing (highland games & powerlifting). http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y62/flexwell/208336718_l.jpg my dad and me taking ourselves too seriously at a wedding. http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y62/flexwell/P1010140.jpg me before powerlifting. i.e. me 18 lbs ago. http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y62/flexwell/P1010152.jpg a little artistry. http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y62/flexwell/327028125_l.jpg my most recent pic. i had to smile for both of us.
  12. not sure what its like over there, but in the states you can order NHL CENTER ICE. this package is a multi-channel deal that airs EVERY NHL game. i think it costs $150 a year. well worth it if i lived somewhere that didn't air hockey regularly. best sport in the world.
  13. Mission Accomplished as far as nutrition, what i feel is the most important supplement besides b-vitamins is flax seeds. these ensure that you are getting the EFA's you need to stay healthy. no specific foods as long as your diet is clean (no junk food, bad starches, sugar, soda, etc.). a daily protein shake or two is probably in order. and since no one else has said this about your pic, i guess its up to me...RAWWWWWWWWWR
  14. 2-6-06, max effort squat 12" cambered bar good mornings (6): 45x5, 95x5, 135x3, 155x3, 185x1, 225x1 side bends (3): 65x12x2 leg extensions (3): 70x12, 80x12, 90x12 first good morning session with the crew. OUCH, these hurt bad. i couldn't even touch my knees afterwards without feeling like i was goind to pop. this is also my first use of a cambered bar (very akward) and the first time i went to a GM 1 rep max (scary). the last set looked more like a GM-quarter squat. needless to say i couldn't do much after this so i just did some oblique work and leg extensions. hamstrings are still extremely tight today.
  15. yep, i watch all of the Pens games. just wait 'til next year!
  16. my sister lives in los angeles and is a huge sacramento kings fan. her favorite player is peja, so maybe less of a fan now. anyway, welcome aboard.
  17. ditto. their defense still kept seattle out of the endzone and thats what made the difference. the seahawks kind of shot themselves in the foot over and over again. of course the steelers got some huge plays when they needed to and that made up for all those 3 & outs and interceptions. all the skill the steelers showed in the first 3 playoff games generated some luck in the fourth. pittsburgh was absolutely crazy after the game. basicall witnessed a partial riot in Oakland (Pitt's campus). fires, flipped cars, property damage, riot police. it had it all! luckily i made it home safe & sound at 3:30 a.m.
  18. 2-5-05, dynamic bench speed bench (no bands) (10): 45x5, 95x3, 135x3x8 rolling hammer tri (4): 20x10, 25x8, 30x8, 30x5 lat pulldown (4): 130x10, 160x6, 180x5x2 45 deg tri pushdown (4): 80x10, 90x8, 100x6, 100x7 face pulls (3): 70x12, 85x12, 95x12 speed bench without the bands is real tough. just the complete opposite feel of not having bands. probably good for my CNS to go without bands every once in a while. hard on the shoulders. noticable gain in tricep strength. face pulls didn't hurt too much. oh yeah, AND THE STEELERS WON THE SUPERBOWL
  19. glad you like them. here is how i load mine: put a heavy dumbell under where the bar will be when you unrack it. make sure the dumbbells will not move. take one band and loop it around the part where the collar and bar meet. pull the band under the handle of the dumbell and loop it around the collar again. it should be REAL tight. repeat for the ohter side and you should be in business. there are many ways to load it, but i believe that one gets the max tension out of the band unlees you quad it. try using bands for dips and overhead as well. there is a reason why it feels lighter in the middle. and i'm not just talking about band tension. there is more kinetic energy driving down on you than with no bands. this recoil type effect is what creates the explosiveness at the bottom of the lift. not sure if i explained it right, but you can read about chains & bands in the westide articles and louie explains it a lot better there.
  20. i used to love dips, but after i hurt my shoulder i just couldn't do them. looking forward to doing them again someday. as far as the bands, there is no reason why you couldn't use them for dips. anchor it to the floor or machine and loop it around your neck and i'm sure you could get a great top heavy dip going.
  21. 2-03-06, dynamic squat speed box squat (#3 bands) (11): 105x3x2, 145x2, 195x2,8 dec glute/ham raise (4): body x 5, body x 6x3 rev hypers (3): 180x8, 205x8x2 band pulldowns (3): to failure ab wheel (2): to failure "return of the speed" got my speed back this week. 195 felt a lot more explosive than last week. next week i'll drop down a little as 195 with the bands is still real heavy. dec ghr goes without saying. got a lot of pop on the rev hypers. can probably go up another 10 lbs next session. these get me real winded. got some quality ab work in too. great session.
  22. 2-1-06, max effort bench floor press (5): 45x5x2, 135x3, 185x3, 205x1-A tate press (4): 20x12, 25x10, 30x8, 30x7 hammer strength high row (4): 90x12, 140x10, 180x6, 200x6 45 deg tri pushdown (4): 75x12, 85x8, 95x6, 100x5 dumbbell overhead (4): 25x12, 35x10, 45x6x2 floor presses are really hard. had a lot of assistance at 205. it was real difficult to keep my forearms perpendular to the floor. ended up looking more like a JM press. lots of room for improvement. no real improvement on the tate press. rows were okay. pushdowns went real well. dumbbell overhead was a little humbling. i remember repping 60 lb dumbbells back when i was weak, but that was before 2 shoulder injuries. the one thing that i need to improve more than anything is to get my shoulder strength back. hoping to do some reps at 200 on seated overhead barbell press by the year's end.
  23. thanks raven, i'm trying to be stronger anyways. the "hammer strength" is a popular line of machines you see at the gyms. i usually stick to free weights, but sometimes, especially when my lower back or hamstrings are sore, i'll opt for a machine to work that particular muscle group. in this case, its a chest supported row. this way i can do a row without putting straing on my lower back by having to bend over with a barbell. it doesn't work my back as good as a barbell row, but its a trade-off you have to make sometimes.
  24. This is why steeler fans are the finest in the world. http://www.dudesondudes.com/bcpc/Bill_Cowher_Press_Conference-Triumph_of_the_Steel.mp3
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