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Deckard Gainz

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  1. Hey, congrats on the weight trending in the direction you want, and passing that 60 pt milestone. I hope the dude that messed with your workout was just a newbie unaware of etiquette or something, and not just blatantly messing with you. I'm guessing there will be a lot of fresh faces at a lot of gyms after this whole event, for better or worse.
  2. There are plenty of folks who claim deloads aren't necessary at all, and for a lot of people that's probably true. Everything is a lever, and you can pull any of the levers you want, however you want. Decreasing frequency does the same thing as decreasing volume/rest time/intensity in any configuration, more or less.* I bet you could save a lot of time with a single working set. I have a silly thing in my head that anything under 3 sets isn't really worth my time unless I'm training towards a max attempt or something. I acknowledge this is as silly as any other hard rule on this kinda stuff, b
  3. Quick update: managed 3 workouts total last week, which did not end up being deloaded at all. It was fine. I think having one less workout day may be enough to catch up a little on recovery. I will continue to monitor fatigue levels going into next week, but I'm really hoping I can just decrease overall frequency on occasion rather than do deloaded workouts. I hate feeling like I'm wasting a bunch of time just going through the motions. I had drinks on Thursday for no reason in particular, and predictably had a lot on Sunday between two different parties. I think I'm going to try a
  4. Lots of people fail to do reasonable things and also succeed at doing unreasonable things, all the time. One thing that helps me is to go beyond the short-term challenge goals and try to put some mental focus on the longer-term actual reason(s) for doing this stuff. Are you trying to be healthy so you can stay alive on this earth longer and spend more time with the ones you love? Are you trying to improve your physique so when you go out in public, "everyone either wants you or wants to be you?" Are you sharpening your body into a weapon to wield against your enemies? In fact, I find the more
  5. Oh oops I have been following along but missed that you actually responded to me directly, or maybe I saw and forgot before I could respond. Forums move fast sometimes. Anyways I'm glad my offhand comment started a whole Max Max thing. I am also looking forward to seeing the tattoo. I have kinda been struggling to find a game that really hooks me recently. I recently replayed Katana Zero because it has a soundtrack so amazing that Spotify told me it was my top listened-to album of 2020. I really like the idea of Civilization games but Civ 6 runs so poorly on my switch that it's put
  6. Oof, I have made a few attempts at the super early gym time. Never been able to make it "my routine." Hopefully you have better luck. Whatcha writing? Is that too deep/personal/hard to explain?
  7. I'm definitely grateful for the space and the means to have acquired some high-value equipment. My considerations were not meant to come off as complaints if that's what it seemed like. I never grew too dependent on machines so it's not terribly restrictive in my case. I have to do my overhead presses seated, and I do miss the assisted pull-up and lat pull machines, but otherwise there's little change beyond ambiance. Generally, this is how I structure a workout: - 1 primary compound movement, 3-5 sets, 60-80% 1rm, 5-15 reps (usually no more than 12) - 1 opposite
  8. If it's at all interesting to you, here's my citation for saying "I've also read that there's some evidence it doesn't matter too much beyond 100g or so total" (please ignore the casually gendered vernacular - the research being referenced was conducted on male and female athletes). https://www.strongerbyscience.com/athlete-protein-intake/
  9. First off, good on you for at least making an attempt to use a different program. I have experienced similar frustrations with MFP, and my solution was to give up on tracking completely. I'll be interested to see if Fit Genie is truly better. It seems like without some programmatic data entry, these sorts of apps will always be subject to human error, of which there seems to be a particularly high volume and intensity when it comes to calculating calories and macros from food. 1g/lb protein seems in line with a lot of what I've read about muscle growth, unless that's changed in th
  10. I hadn't heard of shin box before so I ended up trying some out at the end of last week and was surprised to feel some tightness. After loosening up with them, I felt like my normal gait had suddenly taken on a "model going down the catwalk" feel because everything felt so much looser. I might end up working these into my routine a little more often. Glad to hear they are working well for you.
  11. Welcome, and good luck on the challenge. With regards to barbells and spotters, I'm not sure what your gym provides, but most gyms have some sort of safety mechanisms you can (and should) set up to provide a place to drop the barbell and safely move out of the way. They're not always obvious so if you don't see them around, consider asking the gym staff about them if you do eventually want to try out more of the barbell activities (which I highly recommend). I also want to reiterate what some other fine folks have said: soreness for a few days after lifting is completel
  12. I've said it in the past but it's worth repeating: as someone with no interest in competing, the difference between being able to lift 400 lbs and 500lbs has very little meaningful impact on my life, but there are myriad benefits to looking better, including (mental) health. At this point this mostly means losing fat (incidentally probably my biggest physical health risk factor as well), which has less to do with what types of workouts I do, more to do with diet/nutrition, and why I'm mostly fine just farting around with barbells. There are, however, some considerations I have to make when thi
  13. You know, it could be fortuitous that you stumbled in on the house when it was full of water. You could be like me and buy a house with a partially finished (carpeted, to be specific) basement, only to later discover that it does get water in it, and the people who flipped it only put the carpet down to hide the asbestos tile underneath. Anyway, if you need any tips on how to retile a basement, I got you.
  14. To be fair, this is exactly how I play RPGs. I adapt to the situation and increase stats accordingly, occasionally overcompensating some places and allowing others to languish. It's a very human way of dealing with things. We're an adaptable species, and we're often prone to overcorrection. If your main complaint with yourself is that you're waiting and allowing yourself to be dissatisfied for too long, then it sounds like your course of action should be to evaluate your wants and desires, and make necessary adjustments, on a more frequent basis. Even if you are overcorrecting, more frequent c
  15. Sounds like everyone's got a lot of tips for staying cool. I don't have too much to add there, but I can certainly commiserate with being miserable and sapped of energy in extreme heat. Hope things cool down for you soon.
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