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For my birthday my parents bought me a suit. We went into a menswear store and started to look around. Now I know my measures; height, weight, girths, all fairly accurately. Especially with doctors and physios pulling out the tape to measure me up while I was injured, they were all impressed......
So I was a little suprised with my suit. You walk into a store and an attendant gives you a glance and shows you to a rack of jackets. I look at the size and say "Actually my chest is bigger than that." Sure enough he measures me up and thats what the tape said too, except he says "No that's about the right size, though some may be a better cut in a larger size."
And he was right. All that hard work to have an extra couple of inches on the chest had not translated into a bigger suit size. Why? Well its not about the chest its about the way the suit sits, how it gathers, and thus hangs. So unless I was chasing one of those gayish 4-5 button suits then the chest size wasn't as important as the way it sat around my waist. In fact that was the main difference in the fit between the size I got (42") and the size I thought I should have (44"). Same with the pants, but that was due to the thighs and butt. "Much easier to take a waist in on a bigger size of pant than get the pants to sit right on thick legs." (Attendant quote).
So what does this mean? Well it means that since I have reached roughly the size I mean to maintain for life, that any subtle changes will not affect the way the suit fits. So short of me ballooning up out of my 180-190lb weight range then I have that suit thing sorted.
"But then why are you training Tim?" Well, take my warmup for deadlifts last night, cleans. I just love that feeling of power getting 110kg to the shoulder. Then the deadlifts and pullups double, what better way to know that nothing can stand in your way when you can lift anything off the ground and climb over any obstacle?!
"Ok you like lifting, but don't you have goals?" Well yes, I want to get stronger, obviously. I have very little respect for physical weakness. I grew up on a farm where muscles came from hard labour and being strong. Its part of my no wraps, straps, or belts stand, your physique is a display of your power, not something you have to bandage together to display. Thats why my rack lockouts and grip work felt good to followup such a big double of deads and pullups.
"But this is bodybuilding: What about physique goals?" Of course I'm not 100% happy with bits and pieces. I've had a chunk cut out of my hammy to stitch my knee together, so my hammys really need some extra work, which is why I was doing single leg stiff-leg deadlifts. My biceps kinda lean inwards, due to poor balance between the heads, so the finisher of curls with a wide grip came into play.
I'm going to keep tinkering, enjoying and achieving for many years to come. I love to lift. I love the results. I love sharing my experience/s and knowledge. I also love knowing that I can keep doing this for the rest of my life, as long as I don't forget the mistakes of my past, and progress.