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    ^^ In all fairness they would have it coming!! Choir! Next they'd want to go on Idol!

    I used to like the boobs in face thing from hairdressers. But I weighed up the cost:benefit ratio of boobs to decent hair and decided to just go with getting my boob allocation at home or strip clubs.


     



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    my barbers is a bit like that the blokes a big skinhead fucker and the floor tiles are one big union jack, the bad thing is there always sat in there smoking but it gets my hair cut and its cheap


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    ^^ I think it is the only way to go. Just seems more manly to get a haircut, and talk about footy and chicks (his shop overlooks the fresh food market where all the hotties go). Where's the manliness in stylists, and lisps, and womens magazines?

    Just to update. I'm either going to do my last light session tonight or tomorrow night. The days here have been extremely hot, and I don't fancy dehydrating for a light session. I would have done some swimmming but school holidays + public holiday + pool = crap swimming day.


     


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    Quote Originally Posted by tim290280
    My back off week has a new sponsor. Metallicas new album "De-Load" will be available throughout the week.
    That pic is priceless.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Glex
    That pic is priceless.
    James Hetfield on Banjo; next they'll be doing country songs..... (Oh wait they did a country cover of Tuesdays Gone).

    Thanks for all the support I've had during my "De-Load". It came at a perfect time, as the average temps here in Perth have been enough to fry an egg. It also hasn't been cooling off in the evening, so training is basically going to end up being a bath as well.

    I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank those who "get" this log. I've said it, or rather insinuated, a fair bit, that training is more than a list of numbers. For any who bore witness to a little meltdown in one of the other logs, this log is still criticised for not being a list of numbers, even though there often is my lifts # included.

    Welcome to the next phase! Please keep your arms hovered over the keyboard, and your eyes glued to the screen, and stop looking at porn and read my log.


     


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    A much cooler day of 33 degrees (91.4F) greeted my training. So nice to be able to have to train for 10-15mins to actually be sweaty, rather than just peeling myself out of the office chair to dribble my way to the back yard.

    After 20% less, I was ready for 110% this week. First up was C&J and SLDL's. I was hesitant to add weight to the former, as I wasn't sure about my split jerk form. Either way I thought 85kg would be fine and the several sets worked well, although I am cautious to alternate the front leg on each jerk rep. SLDL's actually worked my grip harder than I expected. 95kg is not meant to be taxing for 8-10rep sets, not when I can do similar on a standard deadlift with a pronated grip with 1.5xBW. The pissing about changing my foot stance (toes out, toes in in different sets) may be the issue here.

    After my revelation last week that my front squat is not limited by thigh strength but rather by my ability to keep the bar from rolling off my shoulders, I added weight and kept an eye on my form. I feel I was successfull, and all sets went up easily, so I'll add another 5-10kg next week as well. I won't go mad though, as I did get some post exercise knee swelling, which has been my squat nemesis, rather than the actual weight.

    Next came the inclines and chins, with a side serve of wide grip rollers, spider curls (Banshee you inspired me to do them more regularly), and incline triceps. The benches and chins sucked. The extra weight took more of a rep toll than they should have, but then it is first week back, and endurance may be an issue. I'll try to do my workouts quicker and see if that changes things. A side note on the incline triceps. I decided to do these a) because I couldn't be bothered changing the seat angle between sets of spider curls and triceps, b) I've been getting a slight discomfort in my elbow when doing tricep work. Nothing major but I felt that the angle change would benefit the elbow slightly be changing the force curve slightly.

    All in all, its good to be back to the real weights.


     


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    Quote Originally Posted by tim290280
    After my revelation last week that my front squat is not limited by thigh strength but rather by my ability to keep the bar from rolling off my shoulders, I added weight and kept an eye on my form. I feel I was successfull, and all sets went up easily, so I'll add another 5-10kg next week as well. I won't go mad though, as I did get some post exercise knee swelling, which has been my squat nemesis, rather than the actual weight.
    Great to hear! I have always liked front squats...had to do them a lot in college for our strength and conditioning program. You had a meniscus tear, same as me right???
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    Your log was a motivating read as always, thanks! Glad all is well with your training.

    Banshee


     


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    ^^ My partner made me tape over my video of the meniscus clean up and ACL repair!! She thought that she couldn't think of anything worse than watching that again! The worst part was watching them get the hamstring graft to make the new ACL........

    I did a lot of knee damage, the lateral posterior horn of the meniscus was removed, as it was blocking the knee so that I couldn't move it. I did other damage as well that didn't need repair or removal....... Glucosamine+Fish oil for me!!

    Hopefully the swelling will be under control, as I'm 1.5yrs post injury. I was told about 2yrs to reach 100%.


     


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    Some people prefer strip clubs, I prefer copping cheap feels when getting my hair cut; to each his own.

    Interesting read as always, especially on the procedures you had done on your knee seeing how I've been learning more and more on the subject at school.

    Looking forward to seeing (well, I guess to be fair it'd be hearing) about you using more weight on Front Squats, as well as just getting back into the swing of things in general.


     


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    Ugh...knee swelling. Maybe take some aspririn...remember, there's only one thing aspirin won't do, and that's bring a dead hooker back to life Seriously, take care of it, but I know you don't need to be told that.

    Good luck getting back up to speed; the reps will come back in no time.


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    Line: I became a knee knowledge junkie the day after my injury. Its fascinating what they do and what research has been done. Shoulders are even better! I expect front squats to fly up!

    Glex: I'm not a fan of drugs to control swelling and pain. They tend to have all sorts of side effects (like eating away your intestine!) that I'm not keen on having, as this is a long term thing. I just go the ice pack.

    I like my gym. Its the little isolated corner of the world where only the brave tread, only the strong of mind and body may compete with the iron. But every now and again it is good to expand my horizons and seek out iron in the gyms of Australia. I call these days gym freebies.

    My partner got me a free pass to her gym. It is one of those wrinkles and students community gyms, but I thought I'd give it a bash anyway. I always like the looks on this sort of crowd's faces when you do different exercises, or simmilar exercises in a different way. Also the lifting more than anyone there is fun too.

    I started off with snatch warmups and drop snatches. By the time I had my working weight on the bar doing the real thing, the only people not staring where around the corner doing cardio. I started to also warmup for benching by doing some one arm DB benches. This was when I realised I wasn't going to be able to dumbbell bench as they only went up to 40kg. I spotted a Cybex Incline plate bench machine and decided to do them instead (I can flat BB bench anytime!). I loaded up with 80kg of plates, then realised I really need 100kg for sets of 5. These felt good, but I still like dumbbells over these machines.

    Between sets I was able to commandeer the cable row from the oldies, and once again realised that I'd need the whole stack. Well that just meant sets of 8 instead of 6 (sigh). I moved on past that lightweight, to lunges and hammy curls. By this time people had stopped staring and were getting on with their "workout". I loaded up 80kg for lunges and did my sets. These always make me breathe hard, and after the second set of 8 I was seeing stars. The hammy curl machine I jumped on and began lifting, stopped, dropped the pin a few notches and then did them one legged. From the stares I'm guessing no one does them one legged.

    Finally I was close to finishing, with just some calf and arms to go. The incline 'seated' calf raise was something I'd first seen in the US, and gladly jumped on it again. This one I only needed three plates per side, than the last one where I really needed 4-5. Some rope press downs and some db curls to finish and it was time for a shake.

    I'll leave the community gyms to the old and wannabes, but its was a good workout for a freebie. Oh and my girl had a great cardio class.


     


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    Quote Originally Posted by tim290280
    Glex: I'm not a fan of drugs to control swelling and pain.
    Me either, to tell you the truth. That was just something Line had said during our workout

    I like the incline 'seated' calf raise machine, too. There's one back home that I used every second or third workout.

    Sounds like you had a fun day!


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    Thanks Glex. Those calf raises are great as you don't have to have several 100lbs on your shoulders, which I think is merciless on your spine. Plus they are padded, I don't usually do padded.

    I worked out early too, mid morning, and have had a really productive day as a result. I'm going to do this more often. Plus this means I can go for the dog walking even on training days.

    To everyone: Line is right I shouldn't be pimping myself.


     


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    lol well it was an experience hey, and I bet its a good ego boost doing the whole stack on everything


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    Yes, that damn shoulder with all its ligaments and muscle attachments...do we really need that blasted coracoacromial ligament?

    I really enjoyed this last entry, mainly because I can relate (as usual...I swear I don't come in here to talk about myself) to people starring at you for using more weight. Do you find it distracting at all? Personally I like being close to a wall or mirror so I can focus on my form or just be visually blocked off from the rest of the gym because I hate being watched when going heavy.

    Good to see that you broke away (somewhat) from your traditional routine and was able to have what sounds like a very enjoyable session in a new gym.

    Props for nice work, and for using the word "commandeer"
    Quote Originally Posted by Glex
    Me either, to tell you the truth. That was just something Line had said during our workout
    Whoa, whoa! Let's leave my drug recommendations/financial escapades out of this.


    PS: I was going to vote for your log until you shamelessly plugged it. For shame, Tim. For shame.


     


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    Quote Originally Posted by Line
    I really enjoyed this last entry, mainly because I can relate (as usual...I swear I don't come in here to talk about myself) to people starring at you for using more weight. Do you find it distracting at all? Personally I like being close to a wall or mirror so I can focus on my form or just be visually blocked off from the rest of the gym because I hate being watched when going heavy.
    If its a regular thing it is distracting. When I'm doing the lift I don't notice, its just after. I was a bit concerned that my snatch form was off, so the people watching me then I wasn't so happy with. But in general it makes me push a little more, to make sure I am donig the exercise with good form "Anyone could bench that much if they used that form!".

    Actually I think I need a mirror at home so I can watch my squat, C&J and snatch form. But that wouldn't be as hardcore........
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    PS: I was going to vote for your log until you shamelessly plugged it. For shame, Tim. For shame.

    Quote Originally Posted by FF
    and I bet its a good ego boost doing the whole stack on everything
    Yes and no. I know that I'm not exactly huge nor super strong, so while its gratifying, I see it also as a sad inditement upon the people who train there. I've maxed out their dumbbells, cable machines, and was the only one using their squat rack: there is serisously something wrong with this picture!

    But it did feel good!


     


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    It was a hot day. These 40 degree days are killing me (thats +104 for you backwards farenheit users. I propose we change to using Kelvin as the measure, but then freezing point of water would be 273 degrees.). It gets so hard to train when you drip sweat just from walking outside. Fortuneately a sea breeze came in and cooled things off so I was able to train after dinner.

    Nothing really amazing of note. But I have come to the realisation that I need to spend less time training. I seem to spend longer training than I would at a gym, so I should either shorten the workouts, cut exercises, or change programs to exercises that compliment change-over (as the gym facilitated a major cut in time between exercises). I'll stick with this for another cycle (to take it to at least 8 weeks), and then think of changing. Best to incorporate it into the new job too.

    I haven't done a split routine in about 6yrs (maybe more), so I might try that for a laugh. I could go back to upper/lower. How about a vote, should I try:

    1) Stay the course on the fullbody, just pull your finger out and train harder with shorter intervals.
    2) Change to a wussy split, with chest on Mondays like everyone else.
    3) Change to a split that at least has legs on Monday.
    4) Go back to upper/lower.
    5) Screw the looking good and being strong, go eat a bag of chips on the couch!


     


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    I say number 5 lol no seriously maybe a upper lower


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