great lifts turk, have you noticed any key muscle you wanted to focus on growing yet.
were do you train at in pittsburgh?
That's very odd that hack squats don't bother your knees! I always found them to be just murder (like, couldn't walk the next day).
even if you have to drop the poundage down to like 275 or something at first, give it a shot and just see how it feels! I would also make a conscious effort to work on your hamstring/hip (and even upper body) flexibility on off days... being more flexible will make you stronger as it allows a more efficient energy transfer during the stretch shortening cycle.
So what would u personally recommend me to do on my off days to work on my hamstring/hip/upperbody flexibility????
Thanks brother i appreciate it! Ummmm idk if i've made muscle gains/I hope and assume that i have but I can without a doubt tell that I have overall put on more quality size. Not that I'm lean but at 230 sum lbs I can tell that I'm leaner at this weight than I ever was b4. I can still see sum detail in my legs (my quads and from the sides) whereas at this weight normally my legs don't have much shape to them etc....I think my chest is improving it seems to be getting bigger, the same w/ my shoulders. Idk about my back haha becuz i can't see it but I've been having sum of the best/most grueling back workouts ever, so i'm hoping so. Not the "kai greene" like improvements but I really think that I'm slowly adding sum quality muscle.
I would attribute this all to sticking to a more strict offseason plan, I literally have my meals planned out meal for meal as if it were a precontest diet. And don't get me wrong I'm not as strict as when I'm on a precontest diet but I really do stick to my plan for most of the time. I would also attribute it to my training thus far, my training plan that Flex has put together with the bodyparts twice a week after my contests and now doing more of a strength routine has really made a difference. Obviously me training balls to wall every training session doesn't hurt either . Anyways all in all I feel this offseaon is going very well and my main goal when it's all over is to hopefully put on 10lbs of quality lean mass and be on stage around 205lbs (weighed in at Natural Pitt 196lbs)....Allllll NATURAL baby!
Soooo maybbbee.........maybe not
looking forward to seeing you compete again, i saw ya at the natural pittsburgh, very impressive in person. good luck for whenever the next one is.
Thanks for the compliments brother, I really do appreciate it! Wish I could have met ya at the Natural Pittsburgh, thanks again!
BTW do u have any pics from ur last show that u competed in?? I remember u making a thread of sumething about it but I don't remember hearing about the results or seeing any pics from it. I'd actually really like to hear about it. If you do u should make a thread with teh pics and just talk about the show in general. Thanks again man and make that dam thread!
Anyways the main goal is to possibly hit sum other pro qualifiers in 2011 and also hit my first NGA pro show in hopes of taking the overall. Flex and I are planning on doing a longer diet (around 20 sum weeks) and in the process hitting hopefully 5 shows.....
I'm treating this offseason like a business with everyday being 1 more step towards one day becoming the best natural pro bodybuilder in the world.
Yesterday I crushed back and ended up hitting....
405 x 5-6
I have also set a new PB yesterday in the gym!!
Deadlifts (from floor/no straps): 545 x 1
I also got wild and tried 585 but failed on it......545 felt awesome it didn't just throw it up but I handled it during the entire lift and didn't question whether i'd get it or not. I'm hoping to hit either 565 next week or 585!