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    Originally Posted by HomeGymChains View Post
    So, it’s been almost two months since my last post. Lots to catch up...

    I was able to work out consistently for the first three weeks of December, then a three-week gap while I drove across country, was busy with family celebrations for Christmas and New Year’s, and drove across country again, and then was able to work out consistently again for the past three weeks.

    I crossed the two million pound mark on my BodySpace total and hit a few rep-PRs along the way. As a fun little side note, I discovered I live in a very competitive state for powerlifting. (I’m not sure yet whether that is unfortunate or fortunate. Maybe it’s better that I won’t be tempted to compete. ) In EVERY adjoining state except one (and even in a few other states nearby) I could move there and set bench press and strict curl state records tomorrow. (For the remaining adjoining state, though, it would take a few weeks, since I would have to lose ten pounds to drop one weight class.) (On the other hand, if I just stay here and wait a few years... the 65-69 age bracket looks like I could make some noise there. )

    Due to scheduling constraints I’ve now had to break my home gym routine into five workouts of thirty minutes or less each. 1) Bench day ending with isolation for pecs and triceps. 2) Lats, ending with biceps. 3) Core and shoulders. 4) Deadlifts and calves. 5) Squats. It’s really stupid and I don’t like it, but I’m stuck with it for the moment.

    I’ve had three very positive work-related events in that time, and my treat for each was to celebrate by going to a commercial gym for a long and heavy leg day workout. I find it very satisfying to do leg press, leg extensions, and leg curls as a pleasant change from just barbell exercises at home.

    As explained earlier in this thread, it wasn’t until two years ago that I started trying to lift for real after forty years of inconsistently goofing around. I do think I’ve made progress on my own learning from the internet and even made adjustments after videoing myself a few times. The big news though is that I’ve *finally* connected with a trainer who has agreed to give me a few coaching sessions on bench, squat, and deadlift. (Also shoulders, since I have some old injuries there.) My goal is to improve my form so I can keep progressing heavier at home without risking injury. In a few weeks I’ll try to post an update about that.

    Until then, best wishes to all! (Even when I’m not posting here, I continue to follow your journals for good encouragement.)
    This was a nice read, HGC! Glad to see you're still with us. I like your approach, and your attitude. It will be really interesting to see how things go with the new trainer.
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    I am postponing the coaching sessions until the virus is considered handled. Updates from my BodySpace log:

    Total pounds now 2.1 million.

    And for the laugh of the day, for bench press, BodySpace says my new calculated one-rep max is now 381.5 pounds. Way more than the state record for my age bracket! (was based on 180 pounds x 20 reps)
    At age 61, I've exceeded all my prior PRs. Not “over the hill” yet. :)

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    381.5lbs! Holy smokes. My dude.... If and when you go for that 1RM, VIDEO IT!
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    Originally Posted by MoEcho View Post
    381.5lbs! Holy smokes. My dude.... If and when you go for that 1RM, VIDEO IT!
    Thanks Heidi!!!

    I’m planning to save that attempt for a competition, though, since I’m pretty sure it would be a RAW world record.

    (But I CAN tell you what the video would look like... an assisted lift-off, followed by a 381.5 pound bar rocketing downward and crushing me. )
    At age 61, I've exceeded all my prior PRs. Not “over the hill” yet. :)

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    Lifting and Endorphins?

    Something I have noticed is that the boost in mood I get from lifting seems to be getting greater as I’ve progressed. Anyone else notice something like that?

    I started a thread with a paper that seems to indicate that 10-rep sets with one-minute rests produce more than double the endorphin concentrations of 5-rep sets or three-minute rests. That happens to be just how my program has changed: to higher rep sets with less rest in between.

    https://forum.bodybuilding.com/showt...hp?t=178224721


    In quarantine news, I’m eating less junk food and slowly losing body fat. (3 pounds so far)
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    At age 61, I've exceeded all my prior PRs. Not “over the hill” yet. :)

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