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  • #61
    Great perspective man!

    Hope everything with the kids is working out. I'm not sure anyone knows how long this will last but hopefully it's over sooner rather than later.

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    • #62
      Quick update since I have nothing really to log. Governor ordered all schools closed here through 05/15. Mandated closing nail salons, hair salons/barber shops, gyms, massage centers, movie theaters, and bans any gathering over 50 people effective Wed. but didn't specify in the press conference if that was also through 5/15 like the schools or not. Most gyms were already shut down but looking like the hopes of mine reopening next week probably isn't going to happen.

      I hit a full body type routine last week trying to just do one exercise per body part more as just pump work since I was counting last week as my "deload". I am very limited to what I can do with a bench and a set of 40lb db's but trying to make the best of it. Did chest/tris today in a superset fashion push ups (legs on bench so more like incline press)/db tricep kickbacks, db flys/skull crushers, regular pushups/bench dips. I can't load the muscle enough to grow at all so just trying to do what I can to maintain. Did 3 sets of each listed and got a good pump off of it. When I learn more about how long the gym is closed I may go hard core into a cut and kind of say hell with trying to keep size with such limited resources.


      6/22/13 - 2013 NPC VICTORY CLASSIC
      1st - Novice Men's Lightheavy & Novice overall

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      • #63
        I am just as frustrated with life coming to a halt as anyone else is. As I said before, I like my predictable routine. Given that isn't an option and coming back to the perspective thing again. I have a pretty sweet setup (minus a gym) to be living in during a quarantine. I have 20 acres and my best friend owns 30 acres that are connected to mine so we really have 50 acres to play on at all times. One of the things we take for granted just because its "home". Will say while messing around in the yard doing some clean up this weekend it was nice for the kids to have space to be kids. One of my sons friends came and spent the weekend and you can see them in the paddle boat in the pond pic. With all the land there is always something that can be done to so I am enjoying being at home and getting some of that done and grilling out all weekend long. Just makes me ready to open the pool but still a bit cold for that and my fat ass still has some lbs to drop before then.

        oh and fyi, that is old pic of the house I just don't have current. No chance my wife would let me leave xmas stuff up till almost april lol.
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        • #64
          One more that kinda shows my house in relation to pond location. This was older pic too but all I have.
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          • #65
            Another day, another 1/2 ass workout. Hit back/bi's today. Did some row variations all pretty high volume and slow. Best I could get was decent pump in my back. With light db's there is just no way I'm going to replace doing heavy rows or pull downs. Weather has sucked here the last 2 days but supposed to be nice tomorrow. Plan on going to the park just to get outside and if its not packed with kids on the playground I will do some chins on the monkey bars. If this really is going to last another 8 weeks in my area I am going to try to find a pull up/dip station to buy. I just know I won't use it once this is over so don't want to waste money. Leaning out little by little with the increased cardio and just trying to be more active. Also am not taking any "intra" carbs now since I don't think I am doing enough to deplete.

            This is pic I took today. Still have a ways to go but just gotta take it one day at a time and one meal at a time during this mess.

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            6/22/13 - 2013 NPC VICTORY CLASSIC
            1st - Novice Men's Lightheavy & Novice overall

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            • #66
              Awesome house and setup man and looking strong in progress pic!
              I grew up in the country on hundreds of acres of family land until I went to college. Those pictures make me miss it and reminisce as I now am living the city/neighborhood life. They each have there positives and negatives.

              My better half would be obsessed with your porch. Our plan is to eventually build a home with the same type of setup/seclusion from the city.
              Sucks about the gym thing or lack thereof but at least you have a damn nice place to quarantine and plenty of space.

              Hope all is well, my man.
              My greatest opponent is myself. Every time I walk into the gym, I have to beat the person I was before!

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              • LKQSJH
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                Thanks man! Family is doing good so all is well. I spent 11 years in the neighborhood life and its not bad but I prefer having my space. It def has trade-offs and I understand why some prefer that. I am stuck in an office 40+ hours a week so I love having space to be outside after being stuck inside so much.

            • #67
              Hit delts/traps the best I could today. I tried doing bodyweight ohp for the first time and felt like a dumbass. Just really akward doing something like that I have never done. Next time I do these I am going to try to get more straight up/down but I really felt like I was pretty vertical (compared to what pic looks like) and want to make sure the focus is on my pressing more than worrying about balance. If I am stuck to doing this type of stuff for weeks to come I would imagine I will get the hang of them. Also did some side and front raises, shrugs, db ohp. Far from great but was enough to get my delts full of blood. My goal of going to the park was killed because it was still raining this morning but hoping I can get out there tomorrow.

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              • #68
                I have been trying to stay positive and make the best of things but the announcement we are under "Stay at home order" through 4/29 was a real bummer for me. Last year when I was out of the gym it was because life was so busy with building my new house I just didn't have time for the gym. Right now I am really missing the gym bad. Its hard to stay motivated to do bs workouts for an extended period of time. I am still working but its been bad slow and getting worse weekly. Not trying to have a pity party as many people are in much worse situations I guess I just never realized how much I "need" to stay busy for my own good. Guess I have just been in a funk because I don't like feeling unproductive at work or in the gym and both of those suck right now. Getting a ton of stuff done at home on the weekends so those help but the weeks seem to be dragging by right now. I also really need a break from my kids. Don't get me wrong, I love my kids to death but really miss date night with the wife and I can tell she needs it too but not much I can do to change the situation right now.
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                1st - Novice Men's Lightheavy & Novice overall

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                • #69
                  Originally posted by LKQSJH View Post
                  Right now I am really missing the gym bad. Its hard to stay motivated to do bs workouts for an extended period of time. I am still working but its been bad slow and getting worse weekly.
                  You're in a great position to start leaning out - how far are you wanting to push it eventually?

                  Knowing you'll be sheltered in place even longer, any chance of getting some heavy DBs or a rack or anything?

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                  • #70
                    Originally posted by ucsumma View Post

                    You're in a great position to start leaning out - how far are you wanting to push it eventually?

                    Knowing you'll be sheltered in place even longer, any chance of getting some heavy DBs or a rack or anything?
                    As of now my end goal is to hover around 205-210lbs at around 10% bf. I don't plan to compete again but just want to be fairly lean while still holding decent size for my height. I know from taking off time that muscle doesn't just "fall off" if you stop training for 2 months as I was able to bounce back pretty quick with my strength after a year off. I have been watching fb marketplace and craigslist daily but no luck so far. I would be willing to drop a few hundred right now but I'm not going to spend a grand on stuff I have no intent on using as soon as the gym is avail. Also with pay getting smaller every week and a family of 4 I just don't feel great about spending "unnecessary" money right now. As of now I am doing what I can with what I have and trying to increase my activity levels as well as I have cut back carbs since not training heavy.
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                    1st - Novice Men's Lightheavy & Novice overall

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                    • #71
                      Hey, it's good to see you posting! Your home/property is beautiful. It looks so peaceful. I saw your upside-down ohp pic and thought you were practicing handstands. That's the goal I settled on when the stay at home order was extended here. If life is turned upside down, go with it!
                      2014 Greater Gulf States 2nd WPD Class B
                      2010 Jr. USA 2nd LHW
                      2009 Houston Pro/Am 1st LHW & Overall (Am)
                      2008 Jr. Nationals 5th LHW
                      2007 Greater Gulf States 1st LHW
                      2007 LA Championships 1st LHW & Overall

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                      • #72
                        Well screw 2020 lol. I thought this was going to be the year my life got back to normal and routine but then came all the bs. Gyms in my area are still not open but did find a small gym that I can train at so have been back at it for one week but mostly trying to hit full body and get the doms over with again. I pretty much said screw it a few weeks into my shitty workouts and just said if i'm going to die from this covid shit i'm going to enjoy beer, burger, and pizza up till then. I started this week at 239 and down to 234 this morning. Was at the beach with the family all last week so think my true weight will balance out around 230 pretty quickly now that i am back on a schedule for now. My kids start back school on Monday but the first 4 weeks are online only. Then they move to a "hybrid" plan where they go for one week then out the next. My son will go from 8-3 while my daughter will go from 8-12. That is going to turn into a damn mess for 2 working parents but we will figure it out when the time comes. For now I'm going to get in what time i can in the gym and enjoy it.

                        Pic from the early part of the beach last week. By the end i was a beer bloated mess but they say dad bods are in now so I was prob fitting in well.


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                        • #73
                          Looking thick though. Good luck on the comeback

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                          • LKQSJH
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                            Thanks! Glad to be back at it!

                        • #74
                          Good to be back in the swing of things. The gym I am working out at right now is a very old school "power lifter" style place. Not a lot of selection on machines and most of the stuff is really old but it gets the job done. They have db's all the way up to 200lbs but several have bent handles and can just tell they let people get away with being rough on the stuff they do have. Only real complaint i have about the place is it is hot. It has ac but when its almost 100 everyday they keep it around 84-85 in there which is way off from what my old gym was, Not knocking the place because i am glad to have anywhere to go but does make me miss my old spot a bit.

                          I decided to go back to a push/pull/legs split. Using some dc principles in setting up a rotation and some rp sets but most of my rp sets will be aimed at the 20+ total reps to start out. As i get back in a groove i will go heavier but didn't want to try to jump right back where i was and risk injury.

                          Monday 07/27
                          weight 240

                          Back 1

                          Chest supported rows 220x13,7,6rp 120xfail
                          Neutral grip pull downs 180x11,7,5rp 120xfail
                          Rear delts on fly - 80x14,8,5
                          Pullover machine - 7th hole x 20,12,9
                          Db shrugs 100x12,12,12
                          Seated cable rows - 190x10,8,7Rp

                          Preacher curls 50x12,6,3


                          Overall this session felt good. When I was trying to get over my doms i made some notes on what weights felt good on what movements so basing my starting weights off of that and will adjust as needed. Feel pretty weak for my size at the moment but sure i will bounce back with time.




                          6/22/13 - 2013 NPC VICTORY CLASSIC
                          1st - Novice Men's Lightheavy & Novice overall

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                          • #75
                            Tues 07/28
                            Weight 238

                            Hack squats
                            4 platesx12,12
                            3 ppsx12
                            2 pps12
                            1 ppsx12

                            Standing calf’s 340x12,12,11
                            Extensions 90x15,10,7rp
                            Lying ham curls 120x15,6,4rp


                            I feel like my endurance is shit right now. I was totally gassed by the end of this one. The rp pump sets I did at the end were light but i just had nothing left. Overall my body feels good and rested so hopefully strength and endurance will pick back up quickly.

                            Current diet
                            1 - 4 whole eggs
                            2 - (peri-workout) 100g carbs
                            3 - 16 oz chicken and 1 can green beans
                            4 - whatever my wife cooks for dinner
                            5 - 6 low fat cheese sticks

                            Not counting dinner with the family i am consistent with 1496 cals (160p/115c/41f) Mon-Fri. I am not really trying to gain or lose right now just monitor what my weight/body comp does now that i am back to training. I will stick with this for a month or so and then adjust if needed. Cleaning up my weekend diet would be helpful but going to enjoy what we have left of summer. Our weekends by the pool/grilling have been the only "fun" we have been able to have through this lockdown.
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