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    Did a really half arsed workout last night.

    Work trip + long day + lack of energy + stress = half session + pedestrian effort

    Of course: Lack of energy = pedestrian effort

    According to this equation we can surmise that
    Wt + Ld + Le + S = Hs + Le

    Wt + Ld + S = Hs

    But usually Ld + S = Gw
    Gw: Good workout

    And Hs = 1/2xGw

    So Wt + Gw = 1/2xGw
    or Wt + 2Hs = Hs

    2Hs = Hs - Wt

    Wt is a negative itself

    Therefore Wt = Hs


     



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    ^Perfectly clear.


     


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    Followed up last night with something a little different tonight. Decided to toss the normal leg workout and do deadlifts for a change. I was pleasantly surprised to find that my deadlift is still +180kg despite not having deadlifted in a good 4 months.

    Cleans
    60kg x4
    80kg x3
    100kg x2
    110 (failed to catch, was using arms instead of traps and legs)

    Deadlift
    140kg x2
    160kg x2
    170kg x2
    180kg x1 (easy, probably good for 185-190)
    140kg x4

    Lunge
    70kg x5
    70kg x5
    BW x10

    Donkey Calves
    32.5kg x12
    32.5kg x10
    32.5kg x8


     


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    Nice work Tim as always. I really should persevere with cleans and oly lifts. When I've done them on occassion I still don't get into the habit of the form and end up relying on arm and shoulders rather than legs.


     


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    I'm jealous here, you and your cleans, My gym won't let us because they are "Too Dangerous". Nice workouts though.


     


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    Rocky: I thought it was a good explanation using algebra of how my recent few weeks of training have been. It will probably continue over the next few weeks too, as I am moving house again and will be all over the state for meetings and training.

    Tim: Thanks for the update on the great gym work! That's impressive to still pull 400lbs after not having done deadlifts for so long. You'll be good for 200kg in a few weeks!

    Rocky: Definitely give the cleans and jerks a pride of place early in the week, preferably a leg day. Remember to keep the reps low and not go anywhere near failure. They are very worthwhile and make you look really hardcore in an ordinary gym.

    Big04pimpin: Thanks dude. This is the advantage of training at home! I'm such good mates with the owner that he lets me do whatever I want. Although next week I'm away from home for training for work, so I will probably take this routine into a commercial complex. I'm just waiting for someone to tell me that weightlifting is dangerous!!


     


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    Nice Deads man, if you saw the way i do mine you'd laugh
    but i love the extra stress on my arms
    you'll easily get that 190...




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    Hypo: Having the arms bent when doing deadlifts is a great way to tear the bicep, or the bicep tendon. Heavy loads in the deadlift done in this manner essentially create an overload at the insertions, so you will most usually tear the tendon straight off the bone!!

    I know Ironslave recommends pronated grips and straps for this reason rather than a mixed grip and straight elbows. I think he is wrong to recommend straps for this reason, but the injury potential of a bent arm deadlift is very real. Strongman competitors often have this injury due to the style of lifting they do.


     


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    My report card on Fuller Fitness gymnasium.

    Gym: Fuller Fitness (formerly Titan Fitness)
    Location: Carlisle, Perth, Western Australia
    Day Cost: $20 (Aust)

    No. Squat racks: D
    Inadequate number for size of gym, relies on 2:1 smith machines ratio.

    Quality of Squat Racks: C
    Standard non-adjustable rack.

    Weight of Dumbbells: -A
    Could have a higher grade if increments were more regular. Went up to 65kg.

    Number of Benches: -B
    Enough for the size of the gym, but lacking room between them, and tend to clutter squat racks.

    Cable machines: B+
    Adequate, well maintained, lacking heavy plates or ability to add plates.

    Eye Candy: -D
    Only two decent looking women there.

    Music: F
    Crappy commercial radio.

    Change Rooms: -C
    Small, cramped, clean, only one toilet.

    Useless equipment: -C
    Plenty but not over present.

    Interesting equipment: F
    Gym manager looked at me funny when I asked if they had a glute-ham-raise. When I explained what it was he asked if it was like a leg curl.

    Gym Dorks: +C
    Not too many posers, or mirror men. One patron was doing SLDL's with a rounded back, and a PT was encouraging an old guy to do bench dips.

    Overall I was expecting a better gym for the money. I got my workout in, squatted 140kg and 120kg combo, plus did some leg presses and seated calf raises and leg curls. One leg SLDL's raised a few eyebrows, and I finished off with 1000m on the rowing machine in intervals.

    I won't be going back there in a hurry/ever, tomorrow I'll review/use a Fitness First.


     


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    Quote Originally Posted by tim290280

    I won't be going back there in a hurry/ever, tomorrow I'll review/use a Fitness First.
    LOL!

    If you can come out of a fitness first experience without having a membership/personal training/ gay man shoved down your throat ill give you a nickel. Save yourself some time and skip the fitness first experience


     


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    ^^ Maybe I want some loser PT trying to hassle me so I can tell him to fuck off, maybe I want a membership salesman to try and sell me a membership and I then proceed to tell them all the things wrong with their gym, maybe I want a gay guy (not bloody likely!)

    I'll give the Fitness First a go, its only a stop gap measure, and it'll be fun to add a review of a major commercial chain gym.


     


  12. #516
    Nice review. If I reviewed my gym I wouldn't get past using the letter 'F' for every grade.


     


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    My gym would get a series of G's and H's.


    -glex


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    ^bump where is ur review


     


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    The highly anticipated review of a major commercial chain gym.

    My report card on Fitness First gymnasium.

    Gym: Fitness First (formerly a Zest Fitness, the other major chain)
    Location: Cannington, Perth, Western Australia
    Day Cost: $15 (Aust)

    No. Squat racks: D
    Inadequate number for size of gym, only 2.

    Quality of Squat Racks: C
    Standard non-adjustable rack.

    Weight of Dumbbells: +B
    Good increaments, and went up to 50kg. This would limit me very quickly (like two weeks time)

    Number of Benches: +C
    Surprisingly few for the size of the gym. It wasn't even chest day (being Tuesday) and I found it hard to get one.

    Cable machines: +B
    Adequate, well maintained, lacking heavy plates or ability to add plates.

    Eye Candy: +A
    Plenty, and good quality, unfortunately all on the cardio equipment out of eye line of the weights areas.

    Music: F
    Crappy Fitness First selection. About as inspiring as musac (elevator music)

    Change Rooms: +B
    Clean, huge, steam rooms, no gay dudes parading around in thongs. But lockers weren't accessible to non-members easily.

    Useless equipment: +D
    Plenty overly present, and utilised by far too many. Weight plates were too small to actually use to do deadlifts and weightlifting moves, plus their rubber rims tended to come off if you grabbed them in one hand to carry them to a station.

    Interesting equipment: F
    Nothing novel aside from a selectorised donkey calf raise.

    Gym Dorks: +D
    Were absolutely everywhere. One group that I worked in with on the chest supported row were discussing car mods while performing their "two man" sets. There were some decently built guys there, and decent female eye candy that raised this from an F.

    Overall it was better priced, better facilities, and less cluttered than the previous gym. On its own, however, I thought it lacked atmosphere, decent weights (dumbbells were good), and had too many training hacks there. When there are two trainers with "BOOT CAMP TRAINER" t-shirts on getting people to do busu ball one legged bicep curls, you know that the gym has got it all wrong. Pickle will be pleased to note that I didn't get raped (or propositioned), no one hassled me about a membership (yet), and the PT's were too busy catching their clients as they fell off the busu balls to bother me.

    I would go back there and train again, but not if I was wanting to do any floor based work like deads, cleans, or snatches.


     


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    The highly anticipated review of my own home gym.

    My report card on Tim's Gym.

    Gym: Tim's Gym (formerly a sunroom or back patio)
    Location: Varies within, Western Australia
    Day Cost: $0 (Aust)

    No. Squat racks: +A
    Perfect for the current number of members.

    Quality of Squat Racks: A
    Adjustable power rack, but could be more versitile like an open rack.

    Weight of Dumbbells: +B
    Good increaments, goes as heavy as I like, except on pressing exercises.

    Number of Benches: A
    Always able to get one, but would have scored better if it didn't wobble quite as much.

    Cable machines: C
    None, but that isn't always a bad thing.

    Eye Candy: F
    None, the missus doesn't count.

    Music: +A
    Always exactly what I want to hear.

    Change Rooms: +A
    Clean, huge, all of my stuff easily accessable, no gay dudes parading around in thongs, but there may be the missus parading around in one instead.

    Useless equipment: +A
    None.

    Interesting equipment: +C
    Only some thick grips, and a thick bar wrist roller. Although management assures me that a glute-ham raise is being designed as we speak, and a plate loaded gripper may also finally be added.

    Gym Dorks: +A
    None.

    While this gym can lack the motivation of some larger gyms, it does have many upsides. The day visit price is exclusive to me (though a training partner may be able to have a similar deal), but startup and upkeep don't figure into that price.

    Overall it is easy to see why I don't like training in commercial gyms.


     


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    Quote Originally Posted by tim290280
    Gym Dorks: +A
    None.
    You sure?


     


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky
    You sure?
    Well I never see them.

    "Always standing on the inside looking out..." - Anthrax


    I've just gotten back from travel for work, so I'll have to do a full body workout tomorrow. Probably going to go with snatches, c&j, front squats, chins, and dips.


     




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