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#367903 - 11/01/07 10:23 PM THEGENERAL'S New Training Log
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Registered: 07/02/07
Posts: 466
Loc: NY
Hey guys, I'm starting a log because I want to record myself and see my progress in numbers so it's easier to see where I need to improve and when I look back a few months from now I'll hopefully see a big difference.

Current Routine:

Day 1 - Upper Body:
1. Dumbbell Bench Press--- 4x6-8
2. Pull ups--- 4x6-8
3. Military Press(Barbell)--- 3x6-8
4. Shrugs(Barbell)--- 3x6-8

Day 2 - Legs & Core:
1. Front Squats--- 4x6-8
2. Deadlifts --- 4x6-8
3. Weighted Crunches --- 4x8-10

1-11-07
Upper Body.

I. Dumbbell Bench Press:
---a.8x46's
---b.8x50's
---c.7x56's
---d.5x56's
II. Pull ups
---a.8xBW
---b.7xBW
---c.6xBW
---d.6xBW
III. Military Press
---a.8x75lbs
---b.7x80lbs
---c.6x80lbs
IV. Shrugs
---a.8x170lbs
---b.8x180lbs
---c.8x190lbs
Reflection:
I am very satisfied with the DB bench press results so far. I could most likely do 4x8 on pull ups with a normal bar, but I do not have a pull up/chin-up bar and I use my soccer goal to do pull ups on. It is made out of wood and very difficult to grip. I've rolled up balls of paper towels and duct taped them to the top of the goal post to give me some grip. The problem is that once the tape gets wet from sweat or anything, it becomes impossible to grip and to dry it. I need to find an alternative and maybe make my own pull up station (doorway bars are crap and non-adjustable ones are a rip-off at $250) from the links online. I have dropped in weight on the military press since the last routine because I am so tight after doing pull ups and bench - not a bad thing as long as I go to failure. And shrugs are just shrugs .

Had a chicken sandwich(protein) and some cheerios(carbs) afterwards. Going to get some cereal with less sugar and more fiber (and less taste ).
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#367904 - 11/04/07 09:52 PM Re: THEGENERAL'S New Training Log [Re: THEGENERAL]
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11-04-07
Lower Body.

I. Front Squats
--a. 8 x 115 lbs
--b. 8 x 125 lbs
--c. 8 x 135 lbs
--d. 7 x 135 lbs
II. Stiff Legged Deadlifts
--a. 8 x 115 lbs
--b. 8 x 140 lbs
--c. 8 x 155 lbs
--d. 7 x 170 lbs
III. Weighted Crunches
--a. 10 x 25 lbs
--b. 10 x 30 lbs
--c. 10 x 30 lbs
--d. 9 x 35 lbs

Reflection:
Still getting used to front squats and cleaning the bar first. At a low weight, but still a tough exercise:). Tried stiff legged deadlifts instead of conventional for a change. Haven't done this exercise in a while and I'm wondering if it would be a downgrade to conventional deadlifts...I felt it more in the posterior chain while doing SLDL but there is probably less emphasis on the quads. Would this be a fair trade or a down-grade? I've had conventional DL in all of my routine for the past 6 straight months, so I wanted to mix it up a bit.

Suggestions? Keep in mind that I my training is more geared towards muscle building than strength.
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#367905 - 11/05/07 08:16 AM Re: THEGENERAL'S New Training Log [Re: THEGENERAL]
Aesir Offline
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Registered: 07/17/07
Posts: 397
Loc: Croydon, UK
Have you considered getting some gymnastics rings? You can do a multitude of exercises off these which are really good; pull ups being one of them.

I Got a pair about 2-3weeks ago but haven'tbeen able to use them much as I've been ill. But they're really good for upperbody exercises and quite cheap plus they can be set up almost anywhere.

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#367906 - 11/05/07 04:01 PM Re: THEGENERAL'S New Training Log [Re: Aesir]
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Registered: 07/02/07
Posts: 466
Loc: NY
Nope, never even thought of that. I could even do dips with them too...Maybe I'll look into it - thanks for the suggestion!
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#367907 - 11/05/07 04:45 PM Re: THEGENERAL'S New Training Log [Re: Aesir]
THEGENERAL Offline
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Posts: 466
Loc: NY
Do you have the link of the rings that you bought? The cheapest and almost only ones I found were $70 for elite rings.

What do you have to do to set them up?
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#367908 - 11/05/07 05:37 PM Re: THEGENERAL'S New Training Log [Re: THEGENERAL]
Aesir Offline
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Registered: 07/17/07
Posts: 397
Loc: Croydon, UK
Elite rings are what I have although mine cost me 45 I think but thats because im in the UK. I think it's a reasonable price for what you get.

I haven't heard of an instance where they have broken but they say that they will repalce them for you for free if they do.

They're very simple to set up you get each ring on a long strap which goes through the ring and loops over whatever you want it could go over your goal for example. They come with adjusters so you don't have to find something thats a particular height to fit them onto.

I can't recommend them enough if you want somehting to do pull ups on I would say these are the way to go. As you can work a multitude of other exercises off them aswell and it will force you to stabilise yourself.

For example people may do dips off a bench or on a dip machine and may never once utilise their lats to stabilise(sp?) themselves. however you can't do this on rings. Also you can do muscle ups on them which are incredibly hard for me anyway and use practicaly every muscle in your upperbody.

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#367909 - 11/06/07 12:01 AM Re: THEGENERAL'S New Training Log [Re: Aesir]
THEGENERAL Offline
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Registered: 07/02/07
Posts: 466
Loc: NY
Rings sound like a good route for me. I could use them for pull-ups and weighted dips and other various exercises. I like the fact that they can be set to any height with the buckles and that each grip is free-moving (almost like a dumbbell version of pull-ups/dips). I will certainly look into them and try to find the best deal.

Thank you so much for the suggestion, Aesir
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#367910 - 11/06/07 02:20 PM Re: THEGENERAL'S New Training Log [Re: THEGENERAL]
Aesir Offline
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Registered: 07/17/07
Posts: 397
Loc: Croydon, UK
No probs and credit to you if you can dips on them with weights I can't find it too hard for my puny body lol

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#367911 - 11/07/07 02:39 PM Re: THEGENERAL'S New Training Log [Re: Aesir]
THEGENERAL Offline
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Registered: 07/02/07
Posts: 466
Loc: NY
11/6/07

Upper-Body

I. DB Bench Press
--a.8 x 50 lbs.
--b.7 x 50 lbs.
--c.4 x 56 lbs.
--d.6 x 50 lbs.
II.Single-Arm Dumbbell Rows
--a.8 x 50 lbs.
--b.8 x 60 lbs.
--c.8 x 65 lbs.
--d.8 x 65 lbs.
III. Military Press
--a.8 x 75 lbs.
--b.7 x 80 lbs.
--c.6 x 80 lbs.

Reflection:
A bad workout. Right from the start I felt weak. I did much better last week with the DB press but this time I did horrible. Bent over rows went fine. During the military press I wasn't feeling too good and I got a bad headache, so I didn't do shrugs. I'll have to redeem myself next time.
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#367912 - 11/07/07 02:42 PM Re: THEGENERAL'S New Training Log [Re: THEGENERAL]
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Loc: NY
For my leg workouts, I've been doing conventional deadlifts for the past 5-6 months. Would stiff-legged deadlifts be a substitute for a couple months? I highly enjoy the exercise and I would like to see if I could make improvements on my lower back/posterior chain...
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