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  • The Geritol Diaries

    This first entry is a teaser.

    I wanted to start the thread before I forgot the totally awesome title.

    Don't get your hopes up, though. I am exceedingly mediocre. I will be journaling my progress from - to paraphrase Dan John - 'shit' to 'suck' in the size game. Or to put it another way, I will be mirroring Skip's journey - if Skip was a trailer trash ne're-do-well on the cusp of turning 50.

    More to come later.

  • #2
    It gets better. I promise. Really. I feel like the WB cartoon and my journal is the singing frog.

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    • #3
      Let me preface this by saying that I will be 50 in 2.5 weeks. Except for a brief 2-3 year gymrat phase from about about ages 16-19, I never got into the lifting thing until my late 30's. My teens and 20's were spent cowboying and living the dream. The first half of my 30's was a desperate scramble to correct the stupidity of the prior 15 years.

      It's been since I turned 40 that I became serious about weight training. People say you can't grow after 40. They're wrong. The summer of my 40th year, I went from 202 to a little under 250. Granted it was chemically assisted, but it was the culmination of a shit fucking ton of hard work.

      Anyhow - those are the high points of my background.

      I haven't really trained at all to speak of since April when I blew a disc and pulled the crap out of my groin. I had thoughts of training and maybe entering a senior division PL meet. But since then, every time I've tried to get back into the gym with either 5/3/1 or 10/20/Life or anything powerlifting-related, I had absolutely no desire. The movements all felt awkward and I did not enjoy any aspect of lifting.

      And I was weak. I still am woefully weak in all lifts across the board. Not that I would have ever been mistaken for an elite level lifter in the past - but my strength levels right now are laughable.

      The only program that I can say I actually loved was DC. Still is DC. Mainly because the shit works. I'm not knocking the 5/3/1 or the 10/20/Life programs - they just aren't for me. Powerlifting is just not for me. I won't call what I'm doing DC, but my program mirrors DC almost exactly - just with much higher RP rep ranges. Why? Because I love it. Because RP sets and beating the logbook gives me a geriatric hard-on.

      So this is a journal to keep myself accountable in a quest to prove - like I did
      at 40 - that I can still put on some mass.

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      • #4
        Good luck. I will follow along in your footsteps
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        • #5
          Stats:
          Age: 49.95
          Height: 5'10"
          Weight: 219
          BF: calipers say 12%, I 'm saying probably more like 13-14%. visible abs, but a general soft appearance.

          My program:
          2 day split, training 3X/week -
          Rep ranges -
          - 21-25 RP on multi-joint compound exercises
          - 25-30 RP on single joint isolation
          - Two working straight sets on squats and all back thickness
          - First set 12-15SS, second set 8-10SS

          Injuries to work around:
          - blown disc in lower back
          - Achilles tendonitis
          - totally fucked knees. Sounds like someone is popping bubble wrap when I squat and it feels like a gravel pit is in there.

          Diet:
          Some might call it keto, and I guess it is - but no carbs except for immediately PWO and one cheat day per week. I have a rather sedentary lifestyle and carbs have proven to be the enemy.

          Supplements -
          Nothing really beyond a daily multi, glucosamine, and a couple of chewable baby aspirin (mainly because they taste good).

          I am on TRT -
          200mg enanthate
          200mg deca (just added yesterday)
          50mg VIt D
          adex
          hcg

          Now to start the journal.

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          • #6
            I have noticed I prefer the opposite of the following rep ranges... have you tried it the other way? Doing the heavier set first, then the lighter back-off set...

            Two working straight sets on squats and all back thickness
            - First set 8-10SS, second set 12-15SS
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            • #7
              It didn't make it to the keyboard the way I had it in my head.

              I like doing the light set ahead of the heavy set with deads and rack pulls. That part is correct.

              But with squats/quads - heavy set first, then finish up with a 20-rep widow maker. Until my knee sleeves come in, squats are going to be extremely lightweight.

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              • #8
                Following with interest since I am one year older and about the same height and weight. Good luck on your goals!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by rainjack View Post
                  It didn't make it to the keyboard the way I had it in my head.

                  I like doing the light set ahead of the heavy set with deads and rack pulls. That part is correct.

                  But with squats/quads - heavy set first, then finish up with a 20-rep widow maker. Until my knee sleeves come in, squats are going to be extremely lightweight.
                  I like your set-up regardless. May have to give this a try once I am ready to get back on a DC "inspired" program
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                  • #10
                    Monday -
                    WO#1
                    Chest, shoulders, triceps, back width, back thickness

                    Incline Bench - LT 21RP TT +10lbs 24RP
                    Seated DB Rows LT 15RP TT same weight 21RP
                    Bench Skull Crushers LT 28RP TT +5lbs 27RP
                    Pull Downs LT 21RP TT+10 25RP
                    Dead Lift LT 12SS 6SS TT +10lbs both sets 15SS 8SS

                    Increases are probably due to just getting back in the groove. I purposely started light and tried to just concentrate on form. I don't expect to see these types of increases week over week.

                    One deviation from DC is I am picking only one movement per body part for this first blast. And my blast will only last 5 weeks.

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                    • #11
                      Wednesday
                      WO#2
                      Biceps, forearms, calve, hamstrings, quads.

                      Standing Curls w/EZ Curl LT 21RP TT +5lbs 22RP
                      Pinwheel Curls LT 22SS TT same weight 27SS
                      Barbell calf raises LT 10SS TT same weight10SS
                      Glute Ham Raises LT BW 20RP TT +10 22RP
                      Squats LT 10SS TT +10 12SS

                      Taking it light on squats until I get my sleeves in. I had a pair of heavy wraps, but I lost one somewhere. Maybe with the combo of some sleeves and the deca kicking in, the discomfort in my knees will decrease.

                      I should have qualified all this by saying I lift at the gym I built in the back room of my office building which is yet another departure from the biblical DC program.

                      I need to build a step or a box for calf raises. What I'm doing is not acceptable.

                      The GHR's are done on a real GHR bench from EliteFTS.

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                      • #12
                        Updates? How's it going for you?

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