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Damn it boiii! Been a long time since I have seen you. Like a real long time…. You look good though! Glad you’re still killing it. Gonna try and catch up on the log a little:)


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Hey buddy!

Been a long time for sure. How's things going for you bud?

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Last couple sessions.

Going well over here. Strength is doing well and I'm still hardening up with weight holding and even up a tiny bit.

This week I'll be on vacation at the lake and then back to work after that. No training, just a little cardio to see the scenery.
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Vacation is going good. Got a rough sunburn on my legs yesterday though in just thirty minutes. Damn Irish genetics.

Food is as planned, missed a couple meals but decided to say fuck it and just eat when I can. I preach this on vacation and even though I'm in "prep" I haven't picked a day yet so it's fine.

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Home and back to the gym today.

You know we start back with legs

Knee was feeling great so I pushed it a bit. Kept tempo in the snail pace we have been using but pushed up the weights.

Subbed in hack for squat machine and I used wraps instead of my sleeves with built in wraps. They have gotten less compressive over time and don't want to stay strapped down so I'll be going with wraps more.

Great session. Beat some sets. Absolutely destroyed myself on the widow maker hack set. Almost puked but it passed laying on the floor.

Need to re work the hip extensions. I'm not feeling them in the Glute as much anymore so I need to pull back the load and work my position a bit.
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Push day.

My legs are absolutely fucked today. Haven't been this sore in a very long time. I forgot my intra yesterday which is part of the issue. Either way, between the week off, no intra, not perfect diet on vacation, caloric defecit and, just crushing the fuck out of myself, I'm paying for it today lol.

Push went well. A guy and his wife sat on the damn decline today from the time I was ready to start the movement to the time I left so, I just pulled it out and did extra delts and triceps.

Felt strong and the shoulder is relatively good. Getting the dumbbells up from my knees into position on Incline wasn't really Stable and some of those reps were fucked which cost me some reps but, still better then last rotation.

Weight is still up 4 lbs or so but it'll come down during the week.

Hunger is through the roof! This is absolutely the most hungry I've been this early in a prep without question. Slamming tons of water during the day to cope until it stops.
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Rest day.

Pulled 12 hours at work (6pm-6am) then slept till about 11 today. Got up and drove 2 hours to get my daughter from her grandparents and got stuck in traffic on the way back so 3 hours back.

Quickly mowed the yard (45 minutes) and did my laundry while I was doing that. Shower and back to work tonight by 6.

Got to see all the kids today, the 2 oldest work so it's hit and miss on when they're gone, and got a new pair of Metcon 7's from the wife. They're amazing and my old metcons were broken down pretty bad.

Tomorrow is pull day and then I'll either rest the day after if my legs aren't recovered or, put in a pump day for arms since I haven't trained them much since coming back.

Hopefully I'll be able to get a nap in at work tonight on lunch cause that drive kicked my ass. Nothing a little caffeine can't handle though.

Hope all you guys had a great Father's day!

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Pull today. Strong af.

Really good session. I didn't wait for the cybex row and opted to skip it today. Everything else had my lats cramping up so it would have been too much. Not much in terms of intensifiers just brutal straight sets to failure.

Gonna get things rolling a little harder on the dieting side. 4 30 minute cardio sessions a week minimum. On non training days and other days when I have time besides post legs. Carbs have been cut back a bit again.

Protein is still high, around 400g every day but carbs were cut back to 350 on training days and 250 on non training days. Fats are still trace from sauces which I'll pull soon.

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Leg day.

Took the hint from my previous leg session and pulled a little volume. Didn't do hacks but crushed the rest of the shit.

Legs already feel like jello so tomorrow will be interesting.
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Fuuuuuck.

No training today but got called by the wife at work with a flooding living room last night. Upstairs toilet overflowed in the middle of the night and water was fucking everywhere. Flooded the bathroom, ran down into the floor into the ceiling of the living room, down into the walls, flooded the floor in the living room. A complete fuck sack.

Trying to find a contractor to give us a quote.

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Fuuuuuck.

No training today but got called by the wife at work with a flooding living room last night. Upstairs toilet overflowed in the middle of the night and water was fucking everywhere. Flooded the bathroom, ran down into the floor into the ceiling of the living room, down into the walls, flooded the floor in the living room. A complete fuck sack.

Trying to find a contractor to give us a quote.

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Damn, that sucks. Will your homeowner's cover it?
 

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Push today.

Got off work and met the contractor from 730-830 this morning. Looks like it might not be as bad as we had originally thought but, don't know until everything is submitted to insurance on what we can do.

Slept till about noon then got up to eat and train. Push went really well with 3 hours of sleep lol. Gained some reps on most stuff but lost one on Smith sp. I rotated this out to hammer last time but it was taken so I went back to Smith.

Back at work now and do it all again tomorrow with pull. Thinking about trying out a new gym but the one I go to is free and I'm a tight ass. The new gym looks really good and there are a few guys who compete there so I might do a week pass to see if it'll be worth the $40.

Check ins with myself in the morning to see if the diet and cardio change have done the job.
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Tried the new gym today. Really liked it.

It's a Warehouse gym so it's a bit warm but they do have some ac going and big fans so it was probably 80 degrees instead of the 103 outside.

It's got everything I already use plus some stuff that's going to be very useful if I decide to start going here.

I went with a few exercise selections today to feel some machines out I was interested in and enjoyed them.

Hammer hi row instead of the single arm Pulldown I like. These hit good but the Pulldown would stay somewhere in the training.

A lying chest supported iso row. 3 spots to load plates so you can manipulate where it's heaviest.

Mag grip cable row.

A chest supported t bar that didn't crush my chest.

Strive bicep curl

Cybex "eagle" curl where you sit upright and your arms are against a pad.

They've got a couple Deadlift platforms with Jack's for loading.

Smith's that go all the way to the floor. Rdls and floor presses would go in on those

3 different hacks, one being the hack where just your ass and low back are supported.

Hip press

Iso leg press

Hip thrust machine

Reverse ham Glute machine

A lot of chest pieces I've never used and other stuff I can't remember.

I paid for a week pass so I could hit a few sessions before I decide what I'll do.

The biggest issue I'll have is getting used to the heat. I finished the entire half gallon of my intra before I even got to biceps today so, I'll need to push hydration harder before I go and start taking my 1 gallon yeti.



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Rest day.

Slept till about ten and got up to prep chicken. It was earlier then I would have liked to get up but, body said its time.

Did my cardio after I go the chicken going and went back to sleep for a couple hours thankfully. It was a deep sleep too since it went by in like a second in my head. My awesome wife pulled the chicken out of the instant pot for me so I didn't have to get up.

Relaxing and trying to nap since then before I go into work tonight. Heat index today was 110 so I'm happy I'm on nights still lol. Cardio was warm but not terrible yet, only 30 minutes of walking can only be so bad.

Tomorrow I'll train legs at the new gym. Hopefully I'm able to hydrate enough and get enough food in before so the heat doesn't fuck my session up because I'm going hard.

Weight is still stuck. Pics show the lower back and legs tightening up though so I keep true to my plan.
 

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Yesterday was legs.

At the new gym all there was a learning curve.

I learned their pendulum squat gets rediculously heavy at 5 plates. Took 5 for 6 reps and left one in the table. I'll get 8 next time. Backoff at 4 plates for 12

Iso hip press. 2 working sets with 5 plates per side for 16 and 14. These felt good and I feel them in the outer quad and hip.

Belt squat Sldl. 2pps for 14 and 12. Not a fan. Rom wasn't great.

Adductors 2 sets of 270 for 15 and 13.

Hack squat (where just your butt is in the sled) 1 plate and a 25 here for a cluster set at 25 reps total.

Glute raise machine be x fail 3 sets

The Pendulum crushed me so I'll adjust my stuff next time if I keep going here. The heat is rough.... Went through a gallon of intra before I was done and I didn't have a solid plan so it wasn't a perfect session. Will see what happens.

Rest today. Slept in and on my way to work now. Push tomorrow.
 

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Push.

More new equipment so feeling out the sessions a bit.

Pec deck 2 working sets with the stack 15-12. They have gym pins here so I'll start progressing this where I can.

Pro maxima flat press. My flat press has been seated and this one is lying down. 3 plates a side for 11 and 8. Could have gone a bit heavier but it felt great there with slow tempo.

Hammer decline. 2 working sets 4pps 12-9. Will strap in next time since I lost some reps pushing myself out of the seat.

DB rear lateral ss Roger's machine press. This was pretty much a close grip press. 60's for 22, 20, 18 and 3 plates per side for 12, 10 and a cluster at 2pps for 22

Seated DB partial laterals ss triceps press down with prime grip. I love this prime adjustable Pulldown attachment. Felt perfect on the triceps. 60's for 20,18,15. 120 for 15,13,11

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Pull day.

Excellent training session.

Officially signed up at the new gym so I'll be going there for the foreseeable future.

Today's session looked like this -

This hammer machine has the pronated grip at the top unlike the old one. I used this today to hit the upper back.

Pulldown was normal stuff

The t bar I used a mag grip, really liked that over a v grip.

The matrix row is pretty much like the cybex in the old gym but, the resistance profile is different. At contraction it's hard af. I might lighten this up and see what it does next time.

Bicep stuff
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Youre crushing yourself working out in that humidity, I used to live there years ago if I am correct in remembering where you live.. I know you know what to do to replenish but good lord man, get in some ac

either way I enjoy the log M, keep smashing the iron brother
 

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Youre crushing yourself working out in that humidity, I used to live there years ago if I am correct in remembering where you live.. I know you know what to do to replenish but good lord man, get in some ac

either way I enjoy the log M, keep smashing the iron brother
Well it's hot af but, they added some big blower ac things this week. Big box contraptions that pull the hot air out and circulate cool air with big hoses going outside.

It's not awful to be honest and after a few sessions I've gotten more used to it. I'm drenched with sweat by the end of the session but it's manageable now.

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Best workouts I ever had were in a gym with no ac. It was a hardcore bodybuilding gym with lots of competitors. But it sucked when the heat hit triple digits, and I tried to get there in the a.m. when I could. Too bad there is no hardcore gym like that around me now.
 

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Best workouts I ever had were in a gym with no ac. It was a hardcore bodybuilding gym with lots of competitors. But it sucked when the heat hit triple digits, and I tried to get there in the a.m. when I could. Too bad there is no hardcore gym like that around me now.
Yeah it was over 100 every day last week and only under 100 2 days this week.

They're good sessions for sure, I just need to get acclimated better.
 

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No training today AND I finally have a day off work. This will be my 2nd day off since getting back from vacation.

I tried to sleep in but my body said 4 hours was enough apparently. Did some errands and grocery shopping, (fuck grocery shopping, ordering online and having it delivered has ruined going to the store for me lol) cleaned up around the house and laundry. Made the family burgers and fries for dinner. I'll get in bed early tonight and get some good sleep before training legs tomorrow.

Adjuster came by the house 2 days ago and looked at the damage. He said I would hear back in 10-14 days on what they are going to cover up front. The quote I got was 15k so it's no small task but we'll see what they say.
 

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Today's work.

Still getting used to the gym. Haven't really added any intensity techniques because I'm trying to find the base for my training but, I'm pushing to failure regularly.

The rodgers squat was interesting. If I loaded it on a certain peg it hurt my hips, on the other peg it felt fantastic. I'll be playing with this loading pattern so I don't have to use as many plates.

Stiff legs in Smith was great. This Smith goes all the way to the floor so I got a better stretch and didn't have to stand on a box to do so. That's always sketchy when it's heavy.

The leg press was one of those hinge leg presses and it was heavy AF. Felt amazing but it was hard to get out of the hole so I didn't do any cluster sets here. If I move my feet up on the plate, it's a small plate, I might be able to though. If not I'll work something else in.

Pre core Seated leg curl felt good. I will max this out next time so I'll need to find a way to load it.

Adductor was good. Found a bigger gym pin so I didn't have to strap extra plates down, it held 2 of them pretty well.

Hip thrust machine, I need to play around with this and find the right positioning for the brace and the foot plate. 1 plate per side was rather heavy.

Good session overall. Heat got me a couple times and I had to fight off puking but, we lived and fight again tomorrow!

Weight is down to 244. Tightened up quite a bit this week. Still have a good amount of fat that needs to come off though. At least 10lbs, I have a feeling ill make heavies again but I'll need to really push.
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Push

Better today. Worked as I usually would and had a great session.

The shoulder press is one that comes together at the top and felt great but heavy af

Same with the Incline.

The flat press I can load heavier with a gym pin and it has neutral handles that I prefer for chest.

Everything else was pretty standard. Prime mag grip is my new favorite for triceps.

I'll work strength up from here as long as I can while coming down in weight.
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Pull from yesterday was very good. Now that I had a feel for what I used the session before I start to really push to load everything maximally.

Increased a good bit in most spots. I did a kneeling Pulldown instead of using a bench and I did not like it. Won't do that again. The close mag grip the was really good though,I'll keep that.

Prep and work and starting to catch up to me though. Mostly work because I am exhausted ALL the time. Took an extra rest day today instead of going to do legs, which is also a side effect of cramps in my quads and calves during sleep this morning. Had one in my right quad that seems to have tweaked my knee and, since I tore my Sartorius from a cramp in my sleep a couple years back, I'm obviously concerned.

I'll double down on calcium and magnesium since I can't forsee drinking any more fluid then I already am.

Also, indigestion has started from the tren, that and cramps are all I see when tren is used for any amount of time so they're not entirely difficult to deal with, just annoying.

Tomorrow I'll train legs.
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Legs.

Got 8 reps on this heavy ass Pendulum squat vs 6 last time. I left one on the table last time though.

Threw in the belt squat instead of the hip press and it blew my quads up. Love it. Hard af too.

Adductor went up again.

Pulled Bb stiff leg dead with a pause in the hole instead of using the belt squat.

Instead of the sissy hack, I did a cluster set of extension and a cluster set of bw sissy Squats (didn't write it down) .

Did a glue kick back raise thing to. It hurt but I didn't use much weight and didn't log it.
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Last couple training sessions.

Increasing weights and or, reps pretty much across the board. Finding a great groove with TRAINING right now. Strength is very very good and I'm very happy it's staying where it's at if not going up again.

Weight wise I've been stuck back over 244 (my lowest this "prep") and I'm hovering around 249. Weight going down isn't the end all be all but, I've reduced my carbs again and, added an extra cardio session without any change. I feel like I'm getting leaner and my pics show a slight change but, it's not as dramatic as I had expected.

Being patient during this phase because I don't want to push to hard to early but, it's getting harder to be patient. I'll see where I'm at after this week and from there I might just move to carb cycling with some pretty low days in the mix.
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Leg day. Brutal session. Hot af so I struggled to keep enough fluids in to not go to shit. By the end of the session though I had gotten pretty low.

First time on the regular hack today. It's grindy, not very smooth so a good bit harder then my previous hack. I was scooting it across the floor with each rep as well.

This leg press is a behemoth. Biggest leg press I've ever seen in person. I only put 2 plates a side on it for my "pump" work and it was plenty. Had a catch in it as well in the hole.

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Legs are looking great brother. Hoping I can put some size on mine over the next 5 weeks or so. Seems a little tougher to do since I only work out in my home gym. I have to get creative. Actually started doing my hack squats on the smith machine. Because I have to walk out to get in position I can really run as much weight as I’d like but it’s better than not doing hacks at all


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