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    Originally Posted by shaneinga View Post
    Solid progress in here. Good way to stay creative and continue to hit your goals of doing something daily. Motion is lotion, keep it moving.

    Peak progress in those photos is definitely impressive! Strong mofo. I remember reading your tales from the fitness factory and enjoyed reading it. To bad the mods unstickied it.

    That Deads and good morning supersets video was awesome.

    Good luck on your Walmart pillaging. Hopefully you find some more weights.
    I am concerned about inertia. I can get lazy really fast and the combination of lack of heavy weights, my undeniably aging body, and my propensity to eat too much can dig me into a rut I'd rather not get into.

    Thank-you for the comments about the pics. The day I posted them I think I needed to remind myself what I once was and that I have the ability to get there again. I'm okay with the mods unstickying it...I haven't had the time nor the inclination to add more recently and they probably needed the room for more inane nonsensical threads.

    In the GM and deadlift vid I was recovering from 2 slipped discs and a pinched sciatic nerve. That injury was less than a month old, and that is why my form sucked. lol
    Thank-you.

    No more weights to be found and I'm okay with that. I think I just hit my groove. Took way too long though.

    Originally Posted by Vytis View Post
    How's self-isolating going? Something like this...
    Nah man, I'm actually doing fine.
    I play video games, there's always something to keep me entertained!

    Originally Posted by Marius_Ursus View Post
    At first I was gonna tell you you had a really nize azz...then I saw that old pic of you and Flex...LOL

    Have you heard from him? I hope he's okay. I love the Memory Lane pictures.

    I keep meaning to ask if you're a Misfits fan.
    So FLEX has a nicer ass than mine?!
    wtf dude
    it's all good, you can have him if he wants ya AND if you can get passed Ms. Lisa.
    Jim and Lisa post on here occasionally and they have their own forum called ironsanctuary.com

    No, never even knew their mascot name until well after I had created my 1st username on here.

    Why Fiend_73?
    The simple answer is because if I go without lifting after 3 days I get twitchy, like a dope fiend.

    Now, if you want the long complicated answer you're gonna have to prove you've been reading my sh*t and ask outright.

    Originally Posted by HoosierHardGain View Post
    All these blast from my past names makes me miss 2008. Very comforting to see you busting azz, Fiend
    Chocochic
    orca
    momwith4boys
    Baldywonkenobi
    nucleararms
    fitnessman
    JTroster
    -any of those ring a bell?

    Good times Hoosier, we had good times her then.
    Thanks for dropping by!
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    DB Press
    20x20x5

    DB Pullovers
    20x20x5

    -all exercises above done using couch cushions for a bench

    standing DB Flye
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    behind the back side DB Raise
    20x10x3
    20x20x3

    seated DB Shoulder Press
    20x20x3

    standing DB Shoulder Press
    12x20
    15x20x3

    front DB Raise
    20x20x3

    1 arm side DB Raise
    6x50x3
    -this was odd and felt lopsided, but I only have two 25 lb. plates

    1 arm seated DB Shoulder Press
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    30 minutes Recumbant bike

    Arms

    straight arm DB Curl
    20x10x3
    10x20x3
    6x40x3
    2x50x3

    standing 1 arm DB Extensions
    20x10x3
    10x20x3

    band Curls
    15
    20x2

    DB Kickbacks
    10x20
    6x50

    Arm posing for the prolonged concentric contraction in the hope it will stave off some muscle catabolism.



    For me, kickbacks have been one of the most useless exercises I've ever done but they just seem like the thing to do given the circumstances.
    So I used a 50 to force it to work.

    When in doubt, throw weight at it!
    (not serious)
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    Back

    bent over DB Row
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    20x20x5
    1 arm- 10x50x3

    bent over Jug Rows
    12x3

    1 arm DB Row (knee braced on kitchen chair)
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    8x70x3

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    Rear Lat Spread, Rear Double Bicep 3 sets of 20 seconds

    Vacuums
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    Walking 20 minutes
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    30 minutes Recumbant bike--more than doubled the intensity level of normal to stimulate some strength fibres in my legs.

    "Picking Rice"
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    DB Squats
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    bodyweight calf Raises on stairs
    20x5
    -and one of my neighbours needs to go up the stairs and I'm forced to interrupt my set. This is sacrilege!
    I glared hardcore at him while he was wearing his face mask and I was sweating like a whore in church.

    Jug Walks down the hallway, there and back
    x2
    -these can be a bit of a b*tch

    DB Still leg dead lifts
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    12x10x3


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    Walking
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    Quads, calves, and hamstring posing.
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    April 24 and 25, 2020


    I know I lost track of the date some place in my logs.
    So to make it easy I'll say I did nothing for 2 days even though I probably did something on 1 of them.
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    Chest

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    20x20x5

    push ups
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    If I lean the couch cushions on the couch I have an incline bench!
    I decided it would be pretty f'ing dumb to do DB presses using one 50 and that was asking for an injury.
    And that would leave bloody push ups to be the heaviest exercise I can do.

    The light bulb is slowly clicking on in my head as to how to make these workouts more effective.
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    30 Recumbant bike

    To express my malcontent as being used as cannon fodder for my provincial health care system employer, I made an arrangement to not be expected to go to work for a week.
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    Originally Posted by ArchAngel'73 View Post
    April 26, 2020

    Chest

    incline DB Press
    30x10x5
    20x20x5

    push ups
    12x3

    If I lean the couch cushions on the couch I have an incline bench!
    I decided it would be pretty f'ing dumb to do DB presses using one 50 and that was asking for an injury.
    And that would leave bloody push ups to be the heaviest exercise I can do.

    The light bulb is slowly clicking on in my head as to how to make these workouts more effective.
    Decline pushups? Feet up on a chair?

    Good to see you again!
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    front and side Delts, a little traps

    behind the back side DB Raise
    20x10x5
    20x20x5

    front DB Raise
    20x20x3

    standing DB Press
    20x20x5

    standing 1 arm DB Press
    6x50
    8x50x5
    -I wonked on the 1st set, looked back at the log and realized I was letting myself get b*tched slapped by a 50 lb. DB and the reps should be improving not staying the same!
    Since my neighbours have been so noisy lately I decided it was time for me to get more vocal in my lifting and yelled/growled every rep and would have made a complate ass of myself if anybody was actually around.
    But I got the reps and 2 more sets, so it worked.

    Jug Shrugs
    20x5
    -I've come to enjoy these

    Walking 40 minutes



    Okay dudes and dudettes...my apologies for my temporary abscence. I've been enjoying self isolation a little too much.


    My quest for buying more weights failed. Still out of stock and I'm okay with that.
    So dissapointed with no weights I forgot to buy a scale, that's for next trip to Walmart.


    So I think my modus operendi is to pre-exhaust the sh*t out of a muscle group using more and more reps and sets and THEN lift the heaviest thing I have available in an exercise for that body part.

    Chest- push ups (f*ck me, but my desire to keep muscle out weighs my dislike for this exercise)
    side Delts- standing 1 arm DB presses, max weight for 1 DB I have is 70 lbs.
    Bi's- DB Curls, no problemo here
    Tri's- push ups with narrow hand spacing (just thought of this as typing)
    Back- 1 arm DB rows, bent over or braced, can use 1 arm for 70 lbs.
    Legs- I think my best bet is my Recumbant bike with the difficulty level increasing to max. The other exercises just seem like stretching or extra general "work".
    Calves- stair calf raises

    This was unexpectedly cathartic to plan this sh*t out as typing.
    Thanks journal readers! (srs)
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    some of you may know me, some of you may not. I see no need to tell you who i feel i am nor my life story, after all we are only on our 1st date and i wouldn’t wanna come across as all needy ‘n sh*t.
    I’m here to lose a lot of fat, get my physical health back, and to not be what i loathed when i was younger…an old guy telling stories of the glory days who can’t back sh*t up now.
    As i did in 2007, i’m here to make myself better. Plain and simple.
    i've meesed youuuu!!
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    Originally Posted by Athena View Post
    Decline pushups? Feet up on a chair?

    Good to see you again!
    I'm still adapting to doing regular push ups that aren't sloppy. When I've mastered those I can move onto decline ones, I hear you and that would allow me to lift "more " weight.
    Good to see you too! You were a member even before I was.
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    Right on! What is it about growling and screaming that gets the iron moving? I wonder if it's some kind of nervous system feedback...triggering adrenaline or something?

    I do know if you start out breathing through your mouth, you get tired faster because your brain can't tell the difference between exertion and panic.

    Pre-exhausting is what I did all winter because all I had in the house were light kettlebells and bands, so I did loads of inverted rows on my son's Gym1 ring attachments and push ups before I started working with the bands and/or kettlebells. It worked pretty well when it warmed up enough to start lifting in the garage again. I didn't lose too much over the long, cold months.
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    Originally Posted by Marius_Ursus View Post
    Right on! What is it about growling and screaming that gets the iron moving? I wonder if it's some kind of nervous system feedback...triggering adrenaline or something?
    I was once told by someone that he didn't believe you had to make noise when you worked hard and that it was all just a sign of the person's need for attention. I told him he probably lifted like a girl. (I know that's wrong...but I did it!!)

    I do know if you start out breathing through your mouth, you get tired faster because your brain can't tell the difference between exertion and panic.
    Hadn't heard of this. All I know is I don't get enough air in through my suffering sinuses, so I do express myself when lifting. Some of the language isn't ladylike.

    Fiend, just keep plugging away. I'm working my way down to the floor again for pushups. Trying to focus on strengthening different sections of the pecs little by little, so it's bench pushups and modified pushups for now. One day, soon, I'll be back up to full-body power pushups (with a clap) like the good ol' days.

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    It sounds like you are finding and making progress where you can. Couch cushions for a bench wins best use of household item this week.

    Good on you for keeping the neighbors in line. Keep fighting the good fight!
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    i've meesed youuuu!! :
    lol
    If I remind you of kimsquit there's a reason for that. I like the way he posted and his no bullsh*t approach, so I adopted his style to my own.


    Originally Posted by Marius_Ursus View Post
    Right on! What is it about growling and screaming that gets the iron moving? I wonder if it's some kind of nervous system feedback...triggering adrenaline or something?

    I do know if you start out breathing through your mouth, you get tired faster because your brain can't tell the difference between exertion and panic.

    Pre-exhausting is what I did all winter because all I had in the house were light kettlebells and bands, so I did loads of inverted rows on my son's Gym1 ring attachments and push ups before I started working with the bands and/or kettlebells. It worked pretty well when it warmed up enough to start lifting in the garage again. I didn't lose too much over the long, cold months.
    I only grunt in the gym to out grunt the weaklings that are loudly grunting normally. Kinda to show 'em their role in the wild iron kingdom.
    That day I grunted loudly to let my neighbours know that I can make noise too, and much earlier in the morning. (apartment living)

    I think even though we might not be able to do what we used to, we can still make progress in other areas that will slow the loss of muscle tissue that responds to heavier lifting. I live in Canada, I'm well acquainted with the cold and find things just get worse if one doesn't exercise. Good on you for not giving up in that department.

    Originally Posted by Athena View Post
    I was once told by someone that he didn't believe you had to make noise when you worked hard and that it was all just a sign of the person's need for attention. I told him he probably lifted like a girl. (I know that's wrong...but I did it!!)



    Hadn't heard of this. All I know is I don't get enough air in through my suffering sinuses, so I do express myself when lifting. Some of the language isn't ladylike.

    Fiend, just keep plugging away. I'm working my way down to the floor again for pushups. Trying to focus on strengthening different sections of the pecs little by little, so it's bench pushups and modified pushups for now. One day, soon, I'll be back up to full-body power pushups (with a clap) like the good ol' days.

    Keep up the fight,
    Athi
    From where I'm from being called a mouth breather is an insult so I made it a practice to breath through my nose at all times.
    I also never got into the grunting., groaning, and yelling stuff as to me that signified a complete loss of control, and I am always in control, especially at the gym.
    I like to count in German during my reps when things get intense, like Arnold and Franco did.
    My one bad habit at the gym is that when I'm lifting heavy I LOVE to re-rack the weights LOUDLY. I will never drop them, but I love the clang, and I love no one can lift heavier than me at my gym and I love even more to let them know that.

    btw, you're funny!

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    It sounds like you are finding and making progress where you can. Couch cushions for a bench wins best use of household item this week.

    Good on you for keeping the neighbors in line. Keep fighting the good fight!
    I did not receive the monetary reward for this achievement.
    If I did, maybe I could afford a new bench on the black fitness market and not use my furniture as a weight bench.

    Thank-you. And hats off to you sensing the sh*t was gonna hit the fan and getting your home gym and exercise routine going before many of us even thought about it.
    I was still in shock from my gym closing and you had this stuff figured out in advance. I admire smart people.
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    Recapping;
    -bought a scale, from March 16 to May 7, 2020 I have lost a little over 20 lbs. I'm going to guess 1/2 of that is muscle tissue even though that is unlikely. The other 1/2 water, and whatever isn't one of those 2 options must be fat.
    -my week away from work was a training nightmare but a cardio windfall. I just did not want to lift my pathetic weights as cardio felt more difficult than lifting.
    -I see while typing this my workouts are progressing at a steady pace with either volume or "heavier" weights and I tend not to have the same workout twice, which is just how it should be imo.
    -my form on "Gawd damn push ups" and the mind muscle connection has increased exponentially, but I sill f'ing hate them
    -when I literally returned to the front lines (my work) another light bulb went off in my head and told me to have 2 workouts/day, 1 cardio and 1 weights. That has been a successful three day run so far and it is working. I'm finding "exercising" from home takes a lot more time than in the gym.
    -the last few week I have been having "gym flashbacks" where I vividly day dream about lifting at the gym...I can see the machine/station, remember what each increment of weight feels like, feel the reps burning, know what every portion of the rep feels like and yet its like a damn mirage in the desert disappearing when I reach out for it. I find it really f'ing strange and comforting at the same time. After every one of these episodes I tell myself I've been out of the gym longer than we have left to return to the gym and surely to God a break is in sight within 2 months.
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    Congrats on the weight loss as well. Steady progress there.

    I attribute my preparedness to believe it or not, Joe Rogan's podcast. LoL. He had a guy on there that worked under 5 presidents who was a Center for Disease control and process. This guy and what he was predicting freaked me out and made me realize how serious it COULD get. That was on a Monday, and I was only about a week ahead of everyone else. That week did make a difference though.
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    This virus crap can't last forever. (I agree, pushups suck
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    Good job sticking with it. Hopefully the mirage in the desert quickly materializes and the gym becomes a reality really soon. My gym sent a letter on April 30th saying they were opening, only to quickly follow it up on the following day with a sorry, nope we are not opening yet. Who knows when it is going to open but like you I can't imagine it being much more than a month or so away.

    Congrats on the weight loss as well. Steady progress there.

    I attribute my preparedness to believe it or not, Joe Rogan's podcast. LoL. He had a guy on there that worked under 5 presidents who was a Center for Disease control and process. This guy and what he was predicting freaked me out and made me realize how serious it COULD get. That was on a Monday, and I was only about a week ahead of everyone else. That week did make a difference though.
    I like Joe but don't have the patience to sit and watch an hour or more of podcasts. You did, and it paid off.
    I really did not envision it affecting my obscure northern city that much, and it really hasn't. But the precautions of course affected everything.

    Along with that weight loss is a significant amount of muscle though, and I worked a life time to get every ounce. At this point it is undeniable I am shrinking in muscle size, even being on TRT, Its that heavy weight stimulus that counts and its just not there like it was.

    I had big plans when I started this journal and its very frustrating to just "hold on".

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    Down 20 and consistent training, what's not to love?

    This virus crap can't last forever. (I agree, pushups suck
    but somehow they work.)
    I'll go with your positive attitude because lifting 20's just ain't cutting it for me lately.

    And yes, the push ups are probably the best thing for me to do for chest and I am finding they "work", just not as good as 320 lbs. for reps on the HS incline bench machine, .
    We have "phase 1" of re-opening my province now. Gyms should be last to open...and oddly I'm ok with that. Gives things a chance to wipe out the lazy phucks who just go there to talk anyways.
    How you doing Larry?
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