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Re: Lifting heavy things, and then putting them back down.

Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 4:57 pm
by GORDON
I bumped up some weights this morning... more on the curl bar, another 20 (up to 360, now... two more plates, and I am squatting the entire stack) on the leg presses... and goddam I feel rekt. Knees hurt. Wrist hurts. My jackin wrist, so you know it's serious.

Re: Lifting heavy things, and then putting them back down.

Posted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 12:11 pm
by GORDON
I do shoulder lifts (extensions?) with 25 pounders at present, looks like Khal Drogo is doing 35 or 40s.

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Re: Lifting heavy things, and then putting them back down.

Posted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 12:24 pm
by GORDON
GORDON wrote:Losing weight and lifting hard: dropping body fat and gaining muscle mass, the numbers have intersected and I am now squatting my own body weight. :-D

The day I posted this, I did 3 sets on the squat sled of 220.

Yesterday I did 3 sets of 320.

Woot.


The last post up there was late March. Yesterday, 3x12x360. Two more plates to go until I am doing the entire stack. Then I up the reps.

Interestingly... I wear these tight jammer shorts when I swim laps... tight like a speedo, but they go to mid-thigh so I don't look like a grape smuggler. They are beginning to get loose in the waist, but too tight around my thighs. Sweet. Swole problems.

Re: Lifting heavy things, and then putting them back down.

Posted: Thu Dec 01, 2016 12:30 pm
by GORDON
My swimming sucks but at least I am still making squat gains.... yesterday I did a set of the entire stack on the squat sled, 400 pounds, 10 reps. I could probably have done 3 sets but I am always trying to not hurt myself, so did 380/400/380. Doesn't seem like a big difference, but my thighs feel it. I have a buddy who told me about 6 months ago, "When I used to go there I was able to squat the entire stack!" So yesterday after I finally did it I texted him that I did 10 reps, and that he can suck it. He responded, "Only 10?" and the next response was how impressed his mom was, and it devolved from there.

But you know, it's the small goals that keep you motivated.

Funny aside, also yesterday some new guy shows up, pretty lumpy looking, skinny here and there, but big gut and fat pecs, if you know what I mean. And he has on this big leather weight belt and I am snickering to myself he must have gotten it at a garage sale because it looks well used. But I am on the decline sit-up bench right next to him doing some sets and he racks up 8 big plates on the squat rack.... about 405 pounds... the bar is bending... and he does 3 reps. Reminded me that I need to shut the fuck up mentally and not assume shit about people. Strong-fat like a mother fucker.

Re: Lifting heavy things, and then putting them back down.

Posted: Mon Dec 12, 2016 9:21 pm
by GORDON
When I am done with pecs and tris and curls I get that vein now that runs down the front of your bicep. That's awesome. I'm just so vascular.

Re: Lifting heavy things, and then putting them back down.

Posted: Mon Dec 12, 2016 9:26 pm
by TheCatt
Nice. i'm hoping I still have something that resembles a bicep in 6 months.

Right now I'm literally allowed to lift 1 pound.

Re: Lifting heavy things, and then putting them back down.

Posted: Mon Dec 12, 2016 9:51 pm
by GORDON
I know it sounds arrogant but after the years in the wheelchair I thought the athletic part of my life was over. Excited!

Re: Lifting heavy things, and then putting them back down.

Posted: Mon Dec 12, 2016 10:07 pm
by TheCatt
GORDON wrote:I know it sounds arrogant but after the years in the wheelchair I thought the athletic part of my life was over. Excited!

Seriously, congrats on the progress! I understand... I was diagnosed with arthritis 18 years ago. It felt like being told I had cancer. And 4 years ago, a trip to Walmart was all the walking my knee could handle. I'd have to lay down the rest of the day. Last week when I was in Vegas, I walked 14 miles in just one day. And I can bike 2-3 hours without knee issues.

But it's weird watching my bicep waste away. If all goes to plan, I can lift again in 6 months or so.

Re: Lifting heavy things, and then putting them back down.

Posted: Tue Dec 13, 2016 12:23 am
by GORDON
Think swole thoughts.

Can you do that electricity thing that flexes your muscle for you? No idea if those work, or not. I've just seen them.

Re: Lifting heavy things, and then putting them back down.

Posted: Tue Dec 13, 2016 12:26 am
by Malcolm
Electro-stimulus. Chiro does it on the shitty parts of my lower back. Not bad if muscles are really weak.

Re: Lifting heavy things, and then putting them back down.

Posted: Tue Dec 13, 2016 9:02 am
by TheCatt
GORDON wrote:Think swole thoughts.

Can you do that electricity thing that flexes your muscle for you? No idea if those work, or not. I've just seen them.

No. Cannot load the bicep at all for 3-4 months, then can progress to those stretchy PT bands for light loads. Can get back to normal in 5-8 months from now.

Re: Lifting heavy things, and then putting them back down.

Posted: Tue Dec 13, 2016 12:17 pm
by GORDON
Geez, Summer may or may not be a bust.

Re: Lifting heavy things, and then putting them back down.

Posted: Sat Dec 17, 2016 9:17 am
by TheCatt
The real weight-lifting struggle, how many days are in a week

Re: Lifting heavy things, and then putting them back down.

Posted: Sat Dec 17, 2016 9:28 am
by GORDON
Wow.... that is a lot of conversation about nothing.

Re: Lifting heavy things, and then putting them back down.

Posted: Sat Dec 24, 2016 11:10 am
by GORDON
The kid has been on xmas break for a week now, and as such my diet has been more normal than usual.... I am not pigging out, but instead of eating few calories and cutting weight I am eating like a normal person, which usually means having lunch with him.

But I have still been hitting the gym every morning, and I have been noticing something..... when not actively cutting weight, I am getting more muscle mass, and I actually met a strength goal that has been eluding me for a couple months. I finally finished that heavy set of bench presses that I have been failing to finish.

So let me check the math on that...

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Mass pushes mass.


Yep, checks out.

As for that Bench goal, I have been trying to do this:

155x12
175x10
205x8
225x6
205x8
175x10
155x12

I have been failing at 225. I was able to push 4 of them, but as I never have a spotter, it scared the shit out of me and I didn't want to push to failure. But Friday I felt strong, and pushed that shit out, so to speak. I was also able to push out all the reps on the other side of the pyramid, too. Now I wonder if I should bump up all the weights up by 20 again like I intended, or see if I can repeat that set a few times. Scary. I need a butler who doubles as a spotter.

Re: Lifting heavy things, and then putting them back down.

Posted: Mon Dec 26, 2016 2:40 pm
by GORDON
GORDON wrote:As for that Bench goal, I have been trying to do this:

155x12
175x10
205x8
225x6
205x8
175x10
155x12


Did it again this morning.... only 75% as scary as the first time. I guess it is time to bump it by 10 pounds, or so.

Just in time for the Resolutioners to show up.

Re: Lifting heavy things, and then putting them back down.

Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2016 11:46 am
by GORDON
Did it again today, but didn't realize I was having a low-energy day and damned near got stuck on the 6th rep of 225. I got as stuck as you can get without failing. Even got the bar stuck under the peg. Took me 5 or 6 seconds to finish the rep. I just kept thinking of Arnold, and pushing harder. Scary shit.

Think I'm going to bump it up 10 pounds on Friday.

Re: Lifting heavy things, and then putting them back down.

Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2016 3:35 pm
by Malcolm
I just kept thinking of Arnold...

Figures that thinking of men is what really gets you going.

Re: Lifting heavy things, and then putting them back down.

Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2016 4:54 pm
by GORDON
His name invokes a burst of strength for all straight men.

Re: Lifting heavy things, and then putting them back down.

Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2016 6:00 pm
by Malcolm
GORDON wrote:His name invokes a burst of strength for all straight men.

I didn't know you liked Junior that much.