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  1. So here is the overall plan: Work out three times a week. (MWF) Four different weight workouts, so one workout gets left out each week. 1. Some form of Deadlift 2. Bench Press, Curl 3. Some form of Squat 4. Standing overhead press, and some form of row or pulldown. As I get in better condition I would like to add abs and calves on the Deadlift and Squat days. GXP after each workout. Try to take walks on other days. It's certainly in the 'tinkering stage' but I seem to be 'getting warmer' to a routine that I will enjoy and stick with for little while.
  2. I think that I see a routing emerging from the past few weeks of experimentations. Perhaps not the best, but one that suits my interests and temperment. I'm sure changes will continue as I tweak more. Flat Bench Press 45# x 5 135 x 5 185 x 5 165 x 5 155 x 6 Standing BB Curl 45 x 5 65 x 5 65 x 5 65 x 7 GXP: 5min fast walk 5 min running (more than jogging, but certainly not sprintng) 5 min walk. The whole thing took about 40 min or so, and I feel really energized.
  3. Kept it fast this morning Bent leg deadlift 135 x 5 185 x 5 225 x 2 x 5
  4. Fri Bench Press Warmups 165 x 8, 165 x 7 Lat raise 15 x 8 DB OHP 35s x 8 Tricep Pressdown 100 x 8 100 x 7 I was strapped for time this morning so I didn't take much time between sets, which I think explains how light I had to do the dumbell presses. However I am certainly feeling like I had a workout.
  5. Though I have grappled fairly extensively, I have never done folkstyle, or greco wrestling, so I will glady defer to any real wrestlers here. That being said, hanging a towel over a pullup bar and doing pullups while gripping the towel is a good grip builder. Hanging one-handed from a pullup bar until your grip fails is also a good one. As far as conditioning, sprints are hard to beat. Im sure there's much more that can be done....
  6. This might be worth a look.. http://www6.mailordercentral.com/ironmind/prodinfo.asp?number=1220 I've corresponded with a couple people who have used them (also due to back issues) they claimed to have favorable results.
  7. Wed Sep 13 Pulldown (palms out) 160 x 8 150 x 8 DB Row 60 x 4 50 x 8 Preacher Curl 30 (plus bar, I dont know how much those little ones weigh) 2 x 8 Repped out on a rowing machine with whatever weight was already on there, just kind of a finisher.
  8. I would love to see some people move that kind of weight. I work out at a college too, and even when the football team is in the gym 2plates and some change is the most I ever see anyone use.
  9. Well, I've done some thinking since last week, and I just don't think that I'm comfortable with the Mentzer template. I'm going to do something different. I guess this is a process of experimentation. Mon Sep 11 Squat 225 2 x 8 Leg Curls 80 2 x 8 Standing Calf raise 490 x 8, 7 Hanging Leg raises 1x 10, 1 x 6 This felt pretty good. Thursday or friday it will be upperbody.
  10. Hi all, this is my new log. I am going to be following sort of a mentzer style routine. In addition I will be taking daily walks (from 30-60 minutes) Tue Sep 5 Squat Warmups 225 x 10 Palms in pulldowns 160 x 12 Hanging leg raises 2 x 5
  11. Thanks for the welcome, everyone. CollegeB, I'm starting a masters in counseling.
  12. PS. I intend on keeping a log of my training in the online journal forum. Have a good one, all.
  13. Hi all. I am a male in my mid thirties. I am just starting a new chapter in my life by entering grad school. I am also going to begin bodybuilding and eating properly again (as close to whole-food vegan as possible). This seems like a very good spot for information and advice. I'm looking forward to exchanging ideas with all of you.
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