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Old 07-26-2006, 01:05 AM   #1
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Genetix: Road to Redemption

I have just finished competing in my first Team Universe event on the 14th and 15th of ths month. I finished 13th out of 17 competitors in the ligh-heavyweight class and weighed in at 194lbs. I am currently prepping for the 2007 Team Universe and have been training since the 16th in a quest to come in bigger and harder than my first outing.
My current bodyweight is 215lbs as of the 25th and I plan on it only going up! I have been implementing various training and dietary strategies in a quest to do so. I will be providing my workouts and nutrition/supplements for the time being for review and critique from any who feel the need to do so. I am also using this as a tool to better myself as a competitor both inside and outside of the gym. This will be a full year's worth of training as I prepare for my next NPC event.

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Old 07-26-2006, 01:12 AM   #2
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I am currently in the first phase of my off season training. My bodyweight, as mentioned before, has increased from 194lbs to 215lbs in 11 days. This is a 21lb increase and by no means am I believing that it is all muscle but it is a start in the right direction for the type of physique I plan on presenting on stage next year.
Phase I: My Phase I training approach is BFT style. I will be completing my second week of BFT workouts this Friday and will backlog that information for this training journal. I know one thing, I respond very well to no time off after a contest and this type of training. My strength levels have increased and I am recovering at a rather remarkable rate.
Diet: I will be nailing my diet within the next few days as I phase out any cheat foods. I am currently consuming 8 meals per day. By meals I mean a sitting where either food or an MRP is consumed. I have four whole food meals and 4 MRP's, not counting protein shakes as meals.

Well that is all the info for now and I will post the workouts from thus far later on during the week as I do not have that information in front of me at this time. I thank all who have taken interest into my unique traing and dietary approach, promising that this will be a productive year.

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Old 07-26-2006, 01:44 AM   #3
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Good to see you posting your journal over here bro. Welcome to the journals section. We have a great one ehre at IM.
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Old 07-26-2006, 06:00 AM   #4
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Looking foward to reading your updates.
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Old 07-26-2006, 06:15 AM   #5
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Hey Matt,
Glad to see you startin a journal here!!I look forward to following your progress!
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Old 07-26-2006, 11:44 AM   #6
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^^ditto to that, Matt!!!

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Old 07-26-2006, 08:51 PM   #7
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Monday
Chest and Calves
BodyMasters Pec Fly machine
50lbs x 15 for warmup
-into some basic chest stretching and mentaly preparing myself for the torture that awaits me in the form of my sets
200lbs x 10+8*, 140lbs x 1+6, 100lbs x 2+8
*these are full forced reps providing just enough momentum to keep me from doing a negative
200lb stack+25lb plate x 8+8, 140x1+8, 100 x 2+8
Flat Barbell bench Presses
315lbs x 4+8, 225lbs x 2+8, 135lbs x 1+6
Smith Machine Flat Presses
315lbs x 9+8, 225lbs x 2+8, 135lbs x 4+6
Calves
Seated Calf Raises
200lbs x 4+3, 145lbs x 6+3, 100lbs x 2+3, 45lbs x 10
Standing Calf raises
570lbsx 8, 405lbs x 8, 300lbs x 8, 210lbs x 8, 105lbs x 8
-for calves I had to spot myself so it was a little more difficult to get the forced reps on seated, standing were done to 8 for each drop during the set
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Old 07-26-2006, 08:57 PM   #8
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Wednesday
Shoulders and Triceps
Shoulders
Dumbell Seated Side Lateral Raises
20lb dumbells x 20 for wu
35lb dumbells x 8+8, 20lb x 6+8, 15lb x 6+8
35lb dumbells x 10+8, 20lb x 4+8, 15lb x 3+8
Bodymasters Shoulder Press
250lb stack+** 8+8, 170lbs x 2+6, 90lbs x 2+8
** training partner added manual resistance by pulling down on machine
Triceps
Tricep Straight Bar Pressdowns
210lbs x 4+6, 170lbs x 1+4, 80lbs x 6+4
Lying Incline Overhead Rope Extensions
125lbs x 9+8, 95lbs x 1+8, 45lbs x 2+8

I still need to get a better feel for my drops so that I may complete around 6-8 reps prior to any forced but the workouts are brutally assaulting me and I feel great. The bodyweight is going up and my strength sems to be following. This is my second week of the workout program and I plan on at least 3 more weeks before any changes are to be made.

Tommorow is Back and Biceps, until then ..............................

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Old 07-26-2006, 09:52 PM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Genetix
...but the workouts are brutally assaulting me and I feel great. ...
LOL you masochist. That's a lot of forced reps bro. I wish I had a workout partner
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Old 07-26-2006, 09:54 PM   #10
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Looks good. 315 x 4 is a nice bench.
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Old 07-27-2006, 02:52 PM   #11
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Awesome #'s Matt!!!
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Old 07-27-2006, 08:56 PM   #12
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Thursday
Back And Biceps
I started today with 3 sets of 10 leg raises for my abdominals. This past year I really didn't train my abs as often as I should have and they are now going to be a focal point of my training. I also desperately need to bring my calves up so they were hammered with 1 intense set at the end of the workout.
Back
Cable Pullovers
60lbs x 10 for wu
100lbs x 8+8, 70lbs x 2+8, 40lbs x 4+8
100lbs x 6+8, 50lbs x 6+6, 30lbs x 15+15
-these were performed over a flat bench using a cable attached to a seated row stack. the gym I train at does not have pullover machine and using dumbells for BFT I do not believe would be safe .
Seated Cable Rows
180lbs x 7+3
-the goal of this set was a strict 10 reps. Keeping this in mind and recalling a Flex Magazine article form the late 80's early 90's "The Knee In The Back That Made Gaspari" we took a Joe Gold approach. After getting set into position for a seated row, a training partner pushes his leg and knee into your back allowing you to become perpendicular with no rearward lean. this really helps to isolate the back and keeps all the tension in the lats as opposed to cheating the stack up and swaying with momentum.
Wide Grip Lat Pulldowns
200lbs x8+8, 140lbs x 6+8, 90lbs x 6+8
200lbs x 6+2EFRS, 140lbs x 4+2EFRS, 90lbs x+2EFRS
-EFRS or extreme forced reps, the spotter on this set provided just enough assistance on the bar to keep it from going back up but provides no assistance in the actual lowering of the bar. these reps took quite sometime and I was completely torched afterwards. It's a good thing that ws the end of the Back portion of the workout.
Biceps
High Cable Curls
75lbs x 8+4, 45lbs x6+4, 25lbs x4+4
75lbs x15+6, 45lbs x#+6, 25lbs x 10+20
-these were done in a crossover station like perfoming a front double biceps using the high attachments. some people call these hercules curls or many other names.
Standing Calf Raises
bwx15 for 2 warmup sets
570lb stack+(2)45lb plates x8, 550lbs x6, 405lbs x 6, 300lbs x 6 105lbs x8, bodyweight x 20 rapid reps

That was todays thrashing.

Notes: I can tell why I am supposed to have a days rest between shoulders/triceps and back/biceps days. i got some good stretching in between sets and felt like nothing was left behind when I finally exited the gym. This style of training is just as hard on the mind as it is the body, which I fell will truly be beneficial during my in between session where a mre conventional workout will be implemented. All poundages still need to be better calibrated as week 2 is nearing completion. i will be taking tommorow off and traing legs on Saturday. Until then.........................

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Old 07-27-2006, 09:41 PM   #13
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Hey Matt, whats BFT style training??
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Old 07-28-2006, 12:17 AM   #14
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BFT Style or Beyond Failure Training is a training philosophy/methodologoy created by the late Trevor SMith. It focuses primarily on 1)pre exhuasting the working muscle group 2)forced repetitions with drop sets. There is complete details about the program on the net.
If you think you may want more information let me know and I will send you the links.

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Old 07-28-2006, 12:21 AM   #15
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Thanks Jeff, the numbers should continue to rise as this is the start of the program. I can't wait.
I am already noticing increased poundages as well as vascularity has increased throughout my body. I have been receiving many warnings already from those who do not agree with the philosophy. These have ranged from, naturals shouldn't follow it because they can't recover to training like that will only lead to any injury and nothng more. I have been receiving what I have put in as the bodyweight is now at 218lbs and my recovery has not suffered so I am full speed ahead with the program.
Thanks for the support to all those checking in. Take care and train hard!

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Old 07-28-2006, 03:38 AM   #16
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Thanks for the reply Matt, I've googled it and got some info, but no steady training partner to train with so its a no go. Good luck in the offseason bro...
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Old 07-29-2006, 12:09 AM   #17
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You've got some very nice workouts happening man! I'll have to read more about BFT, sounds good!

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Old 07-29-2006, 01:27 AM   #18
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MauiBuilt, best of luck with your training and thanks for checking in.

BodyFangs, the training has been great so I can't complain. I am still trying to use the proper poundages but it does take some getting used to.

Thanks to everyone else who has checked in as well. I plan on utilizing this journal to accurately track my progress throughout the year as I prepare to compete in the 2007 Team Universe as a Heavyweight. I can only hope that those who choose to enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing in it.
To all, take care and train hard.

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Old 07-29-2006, 01:34 AM   #19
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Matt,

Don't listen to the haters man. Believe in whatever you're doing. If you don't I can guarantee it won't be effective. Fuck what they think. It's not their body.

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Old 07-30-2006, 10:53 AM   #20
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I believe 100% in what I am doing. I have goals set for me throughout this year and I plan on attaining every one of them in my quest for the final goal. Saturday July 29, 2 weeks after my contest my bodyweight is at 220lbs from the 194lbs I competed at. I iwll admit it though, I listen to them just to laugh inside at how some things people firmly belive in have no rational backing and to know that these same people will be proved wrong, it's only a mtter of time.
Here was the workout from yesterday
Saturday
Quadriceps, Hamstrings
The temperature yesterday was around 90 or so and the temp in the gym was just as hot if not hotter. Hard Nock's is a small gym with no A/C, just industrial fans circulating the air. This high temperature and the though of BFt training for legs was going to make for a very painful and mentally challenging day. Without any further delay, I was ready.

Warmups:
3 sets of 12 for leg raises
10 minutes stationary bike Level 4 at 85-90rpms
Leg Extensions
100lbs x 15 wu
250lb stack x 10+8*, 170 x 4+8, 100 x 6+6
250lb stack+25lb plate x 10+6, 170 x 4+6, 90 x 6+6
* this set my training partned decided he was ging to lean on the extension pad every rep because I made it look too easy. I tried to explain that I would rather have actual measured weight added than have to guess how much resistance he was providing, he didn't seem too thrille dover this but agreed nonetheless
Cybex Power Squat Presses
1 Leg at a time
carraiage+180lbs x 10 slow reps each leg
Body Masters Power Squat
270lbs x 10 slow-slow reps
-the reps for presses and squats are performed extremely slow and controlled. without getting a definite time that elapsed I would have to guess around 10 seconds for each phase of the lift, positive then negative, so about a 20-25 second rep
Hamstrings
Lying Leg Curls
Body Masters Prone Leg Curl
200lbs x 3+6, 130 x 2+4, 60 x 15**
150lbs x 6+2 EFRS, 90lbs x 4+2 EFRS
** this drop was not BFT style as no froced reps were perfomed but my partned figured since I grossly miscalculated my start weight and drop to get all the reps on my own should suffice
EFRS were extremely painful but very effective, I almost face planted after getting out of the machine it was great.

Take Care and train hard!

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Old 07-30-2006, 06:54 PM   #21
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That gym sounds hardcore Matt.

I do superslow hack squats sometimes. They're a killer.
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Old 07-30-2006, 08:45 PM   #22
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Ah yes...
I saw you on the Trevor Smith thread a bunch over at MM, good luck with the BFT. Sometimes it just takes that training challenge to elevate yourself and your motivation.
Your thirst for training is very inspiring.
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Old 07-31-2006, 08:54 AM   #23
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Awsome workout! Looks great!
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Old 08-01-2006, 01:31 AM   #24
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Today was chest and calves. The workout was incredible and I feel completely spent. I have my journal at home and I am currently at work so I will post it later on this a.m. when I leave work.
Training notes: I will be switching to ZMR's a.k.a. Zero Momentum Repetitions due to the fact that the machines in the gym are becoming difficult to add all the needed resistance in order to follow the BFT training. For example today on Flyes I used 275lbs, the 200lb stack plus 2 25lb dumbells plus a 25lb plate. Next week I will reduce the weight and perform the ZMR's to increase the intensity.
I hope all is well with everyone's training, train hard and don't quit!

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Old 08-01-2006, 07:35 AM   #25
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Chest
BodyMasters Pec Fly
70lbs x 15 wu
270lbs x 3+8, 150 x 3+8, 90 x 4+8
275lbs x 3+8, 200lbs x 1+8, 160lbs x 3+8
Hammer Strength Incline Presses
380lbs x 1+8, 290 x 2+8, 200 x 1+8
230lbs x 17+8, 140 x 3+8, 90 x 6+8
Calves
Standing Calf Raises
105lbs x 50 wu
660lbs x 6, 51 x 6, 405 x 7, 300 x 7, 210 x 6, 105 x 6, bw x 10
660lbs x 4, 510 x 6, 405 x 5, 300 x 6, 210 x 5, 105 x 5, bw x 12

That was all. Today is shoulders and triceps I will try to post when I have finished.


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