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by Mini E » Tue Dec 06, 2016 8:06 am

Hey chaps. Hope all is going well for you all! I've been on the road constantly for the past month or so, so consistency is so difficult. My running training plan is working up towards marathon distance and covering so many miles means I need more calories which is a pain when you're trying to lose the last bit of muffin top... I look in the mirror now after the gym and actually see someone who looks like an athlete (IMO) which is pretty great after a lifetime of seeing a bit of a fatty. I've got three working weeks all in one place between now and Christmas so making the most of it to make sure things are on point for Christmas itself and the puddings it brings... I have three half marathons and a full marathon in the space of 6 weeks from the end of Feb. The halves will be fine but I'm pretty nervous about the full :dread:

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by Rocsteady » Tue Dec 06, 2016 9:23 am

Oh also holy strawberry floating gooseberry fool my gym is ridiculous, they have one cd that is genuinely non stop on repeat - I honestly think I'm at the point where I can recite the track list and 95% of the lyrics to 50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Trying. I mean, it's a pretty decent gangster rap album but Christ. Mentioned it to the owner and he says he doesn't even notice it, would drive me crazy; sometimes the cd skips and I hear the same track 3 times in one workout :fp:

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by Brerlappin » Tue Dec 06, 2016 9:42 pm

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Nice work on the bjj though, should we ever meet in a gym I'll know to keep my distance ;)


strawberry float that gooseberry fool, if I saw you in the gym I'd probably have to ask you to show me how to not lift like a lightweight :lol:

I get the motivation thing tho, it's hard this time of year. I'm struggling myself. Skipped class tonight and everything, just had a shitty day in work and didn't feel like getting home at 9pm.

I think I'm gonna stick with regular gym til January now tho just to get in good cardio and a bit of lifting to try and burn as much fat as possible before Christmas.

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by That's not a growth » Fri Dec 09, 2016 8:58 am

So, work pay for a personal trainer to speak with staff individually, I've seen her once a month or so over the last 3 months just to generally talk about stuff and track my progress. During our last talk I asked for advice about mobility so she put my in contact with a trainer who works for the same company as her, since they have people based as the gym I go to. Saw her on Wednesday and my problem isn't flexibility, but hip and glut strength. So yesterday I showed her how I do a few of my lifts, specifically my squat which she's given me some advice about. She also wanted to check my deadlifts, since she was concerned about my lower back strength and after she got me to change my technique I hit a personal best of 115kg x 3. Pretty happy with that.

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by BTB » Fri Dec 09, 2016 10:12 am

Haven't been in here for a while, had a couple of poor weeks. One was just hectic so didn't have time to get to the gym, then this week I've come down with a cold. Annoying as I really wanted to have a good week this week to make amends for last week. The next few weeks have quite a few Christmas parties/drinks but hopefully i can go to the gym 4x a week. Even if some are just cardio.

Been considering changing my routine, but not sure what to. Either go back to basics and focus on the compound lifts or go to a chest/tris, back/bis, legs & shoulders routine. Currently doing the one rocsteady posted a while back. Enjoying it, especially doing legs twice a week, but haven't seen much progress lately.

Luckily when I go home for a few days over Christmas I can use the gym nearby as it is the same gym I use in London.

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by Rocsteady » Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:02 pm

BTB wrote:Haven't been in here for a while, had a couple of poor weeks. One was just hectic so didn't have time to get to the gym, then this week I've come down with a cold. Annoying as I really wanted to have a good week this week to make amends for last week. The next few weeks have quite a few Christmas parties/drinks but hopefully i can go to the gym 4x a week. Even if some are just cardio.

Been considering changing my routine, but not sure what to. Either go back to basics and focus on the compound lifts or go to a chest/tris, back/bis, legs & shoulders routine. Currently doing the one rocsteady posted a while back. Enjoying it, especially doing legs twice a week, but haven't seen much progress lately.

Luckily when I go home for a few days over Christmas I can use the gym nearby as it is the same gym I use in London.

I do find that you need to mix it up a bit to continue getting strength gains, sometimes I ignore the rest pause method and throw in a few 3x6's of whatever lift I want to add weight to. Personally I've found it really effective for bodybuilding purposes but you do have to find what works best for you.

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by Brerlappin » Fri Dec 09, 2016 2:02 pm

I think i did something my shoulder sparring last week. It hasnt felt right for a few days now, and when i was doing some static hangs on Weds in the gym my arm was shaking really badly. Its not super sore, just feels a bit sore if i raise it high. And then lifting that same night my knee got a shooting pain in it for a split second. I stopped lifting and let it recover but its also felt a bit "off" these last 2 days. strawberry floating sucks.

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by Rocsteady » Fri Dec 09, 2016 8:42 pm

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade wrote:I think i did something my shoulder sparring last week. It hasnt felt right for a few days now, and when i was doing some static hangs on Weds in the gym my arm was shaking really badly. Its not super sore, just feels a bit sore if i raise it high. And then lifting that same night my knee got a shooting pain in it for a split second. I stopped lifting and let it recover but its also felt a bit "off" these last 2 days. strawberry floating sucks.

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From my limited knowledge it sounds as though your shoulder needs a rest, hopefully a further week or so of no upper body work would give it sufficient time - have you included any deload weeks in your routine?


I sporadically get something like that with my knee although perhaps not quite so bad. I tend to just ignore it, see you all in a couple of months when I tear the muscle and spend the next year raging about it

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by Brerlappin » Fri Dec 09, 2016 11:01 pm

Rocsleddy wrote:
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade wrote:I think i did something my shoulder sparring last week. It hasnt felt right for a few days now, and when i was doing some static hangs on Weds in the gym my arm was shaking really badly. Its not super sore, just feels a bit sore if i raise it high. And then lifting that same night my knee got a shooting pain in it for a split second. I stopped lifting and let it recover but its also felt a bit "off" these last 2 days. strawberry floating sucks.

:dread:

From my limited knowledge it sounds as though your shoulder needs a rest, hopefully a further week or so of no upper body work would give it sufficient time - have you included any deload weeks in your routine?


I sporadically get something like that with my knee although perhaps not quite so bad. I tend to just ignore it, see you all in a couple of months when I tear the muscle and spend the next year raging about it


I don't know what a deload week is :lol:
Yeah I'll just chill out on upper body for a bit and hopefully it should be fine. It's not even that bad but just bad enough to make me think I should rest it to be safe.

I guess that means doing nothing but treadmill gooseberry fool for a few days :dread:

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by Rocsteady » Mon Dec 12, 2016 8:07 pm

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade wrote:
Rocsleddy wrote:
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade wrote:I think i did something my shoulder sparring last week. It hasnt felt right for a few days now, and when i was doing some static hangs on Weds in the gym my arm was shaking really badly. Its not super sore, just feels a bit sore if i raise it high. And then lifting that same night my knee got a shooting pain in it for a split second. I stopped lifting and let it recover but its also felt a bit "off" these last 2 days. strawberry floating sucks.

:dread:

From my limited knowledge it sounds as though your shoulder needs a rest, hopefully a further week or so of no upper body work would give it sufficient time - have you included any deload weeks in your routine?


I sporadically get something like that with my knee although perhaps not quite so bad. I tend to just ignore it, see you all in a couple of months when I tear the muscle and spend the next year raging about it


I don't know what a deload week is :lol:
Yeah I'll just chill out on upper body for a bit and hopefully it should be fine. It's not even that bad but just bad enough to make me think I should rest it to be safe.

I guess that means doing nothing but treadmill gooseberry fool for a few days :dread:

A deload week's basically either just a week off or keep lifts down to a minimum, so if you normally do say 3x8 on the bench then you do it slightly lighter and only 1x8.

IMO if you're only lifting then you only need to start introducing them at about 1.5x bodyweight deadlift onwards but with something as taxing as BJJ/ martial arts I'd suggest it'd probably be helpful once in a while. Found they really helped with my recovery and actually with my stamina and muscle mass as well, as long as you're pushing really hard on the weeks on. Only times I've sustained major injuries have been after skipping deload weeks for long periods at a time.

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by Grumpy David » Mon Dec 12, 2016 8:50 pm

Test and Deca Durabolin and EQ for the recovering athlete. :D

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by Brerlappin » Mon Dec 12, 2016 8:52 pm

Rocsleddy wrote:
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade wrote:
Rocsleddy wrote:
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade wrote:I think i did something my shoulder sparring last week. It hasnt felt right for a few days now, and when i was doing some static hangs on Weds in the gym my arm was shaking really badly. Its not super sore, just feels a bit sore if i raise it high. And then lifting that same night my knee got a shooting pain in it for a split second. I stopped lifting and let it recover but its also felt a bit "off" these last 2 days. strawberry floating sucks.

:dread:

From my limited knowledge it sounds as though your shoulder needs a rest, hopefully a further week or so of no upper body work would give it sufficient time - have you included any deload weeks in your routine?


I sporadically get something like that with my knee although perhaps not quite so bad. I tend to just ignore it, see you all in a couple of months when I tear the muscle and spend the next year raging about it


I don't know what a deload week is :lol:
Yeah I'll just chill out on upper body for a bit and hopefully it should be fine. It's not even that bad but just bad enough to make me think I should rest it to be safe.

I guess that means doing nothing but treadmill gooseberry fool for a few days :dread:

A deload week's basically either just a week off or keep lifts down to a minimum, so if you normally do say 3x8 on the bench then you do it slightly lighter and only 1x8.

IMO if you're only lifting then you only need to start introducing them at about 1.5x bodyweight deadlift onwards but with something as taxing as BJJ/ martial arts I'd suggest it'd probably be helpful once in a while. Found they really helped with my recovery and actually with my stamina and muscle mass as well, as long as you're pushing really hard on the weeks on. Only times I've sustained major injuries have been after skipping deload weeks for long periods at a time.


Ah okay thanks! And how often would you do a deload? I should probably add a week of that, I'll definitely look into adding one to the routine. Shoulder does feel a bit better today tho thankfully. Because strawberry float me going to the gym and not hitting upper body is like having a wank and stopping right before you bust a nut.

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by Rocsteady » Mon Dec 12, 2016 11:57 pm

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade wrote:
Rocsleddy wrote:
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade wrote:
Rocsleddy wrote:
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade wrote:I think i did something my shoulder sparring last week. It hasnt felt right for a few days now, and when i was doing some static hangs on Weds in the gym my arm was shaking really badly. Its not super sore, just feels a bit sore if i raise it high. And then lifting that same night my knee got a shooting pain in it for a split second. I stopped lifting and let it recover but its also felt a bit "off" these last 2 days. strawberry floating sucks.

:dread:

From my limited knowledge it sounds as though your shoulder needs a rest, hopefully a further week or so of no upper body work would give it sufficient time - have you included any deload weeks in your routine?


I sporadically get something like that with my knee although perhaps not quite so bad. I tend to just ignore it, see you all in a couple of months when I tear the muscle and spend the next year raging about it


I don't know what a deload week is :lol:
Yeah I'll just chill out on upper body for a bit and hopefully it should be fine. It's not even that bad but just bad enough to make me think I should rest it to be safe.

I guess that means doing nothing but treadmill gooseberry fool for a few days :dread:

A deload week's basically either just a week off or keep lifts down to a minimum, so if you normally do say 3x8 on the bench then you do it slightly lighter and only 1x8.

IMO if you're only lifting then you only need to start introducing them at about 1.5x bodyweight deadlift onwards but with something as taxing as BJJ/ martial arts I'd suggest it'd probably be helpful once in a while. Found they really helped with my recovery and actually with my stamina and muscle mass as well, as long as you're pushing really hard on the weeks on. Only times I've sustained major injuries have been after skipping deload weeks for long periods at a time.


Ah okay thanks! And how often would you do a deload? I should probably add a week of that, I'll definitely look into adding one to the routine. Shoulder does feel a bit better today tho thankfully. Because strawberry float me going to the gym and not hitting upper body is like having a wank and stopping right before you bust a nut.

:lol:

Good analogy, had to do it for a few months at the start of the year - began to get banging thighs but strawberry float me it's so much less satisfying.

When I'm easily clearing over 2x body weight deadlift I try to do it 3 weeks on then 1 off. If I was healthy and a bit below that I'd go for 4-5 weeks on and one off but with my shoulder I try and have deload weeks more regularly.

I'd recommend giving it a shot and see how you get on, after a bit of trial and error you find what suits your body best. Plus if you hit the martial arts, cardio and weights hard for say 4 weeks you can really feel as though you earned that fifth week off - feels almost as good as exercising itself as you know you deserve it. When I was in my prime I would still grow on the deload week as my body simply needed the time off; looking and feeling better while just kicking back on the couch playing Xbox was class as.

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by Grumpy David » Tue Dec 20, 2016 3:22 pm

Went bouldering earlier today. Decided to end the session with some pull ups:


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by Grumpy David » Sat Jan 14, 2017 6:13 pm

No one posted in here this year?

I did a 120KG bench press as a 1RM @ 85KG bodyweight on the 5th January. Completely forgot to "Quick! To GRcade!" it on here.

Next goal is 1.5xBW bench press. 2 Blues and a Yellow either side. :datass:

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by <]:^D » Sat Jan 14, 2017 7:39 pm

nice pull-ups Grumpy D!
120 bench is very nice at that weight :D

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by Rocsteady » Sat Jan 14, 2017 8:07 pm

God I broke my mummy strawberry floating back today, twinged out heavy on the deadlift. God knows why it keeps happening, not had over 3 weeks straight of fine deadlifting for over a year now. Before that it was perfect for years. Determined to force myself to yoga tomorrow as I really need to up my flexibility. Can barely walk though so will see how it goes, honestly bent over like a granddad right now.

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by <]:^D » Sun Jan 15, 2017 12:22 am

100% your technique is off with your deadlift. put a video up of you doing it and ill have a look (sure Oblo and BO can too)

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by Rocsteady » Sun Jan 15, 2017 3:50 pm

It must be, swear it only happens in this new gym.

Was pulling over 200 without too much difficulty not too long ago, even a couple of weeks ago was managing 140 in Scotland with ease, yet completely tweaked it out at 120 yesterday. I think part of it's that I'm lifting from carpet with giant holes from the weights being dropped on it so it's difficult to line up with the bar nicely.

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by That's not a growth » Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:37 pm

Gyms been going nicely for the last 3 months, going to change it up a bit starting this week. So far I've basically been doing a strength routine, but now going to alternate that one week with a week of PPL routine based towards hypertrophy. Cardio has been steady, but I really need to up it, but keeping track can be a bit of a pain since my phone is a bit big. Maybe if I keep a note in one of my socks on days my phone would be inconvenient. I've been considering getting a smart watch/fitness tracker, but seems a bit expensive with the little bit of research I've done.


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