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  1. On 6/27/2016 at 11:49 AM, Elastigirl said:

    Having a set program will help  you get back into the workout routine. 


    I hope so!  That's the idea anyway.  Now the hard part - sticking to it and not getting distracted by shiny things!!!


    On 6/27/2016 at 2:09 PM, ~RedStone~ said:


    Indeed. Seeing my MIL through hospice was a surreal experience, the loss came at the beginning so it's difficult to gauge how the mourning process went. But for sure life as we knew it was put on hold and getting back to regularity meant rebuilding a routine. Here's hoping the iron temple offers some solace in that, and best to you and yours.


    Thanks!  So far so good.


    23 hours ago, Emerald_Dragonfly said:

    Nice job committing to a program - I'll be interested to hear how it goes - I've never seen it before (not surprising - I'm still a newb!)   


    I hadn't heard of it either.  I think most lifters around here are interested in strength first and hypertrophy second.  As I am the opposite, in my searching I came across quite a few routines that I hadn't heard of before.  I think Schoenfield's program is cool because it's split into three (four counting the break-in routine I'm doing now) different training phases, all with a different purpose.  It's gonna take me awhile to get through one round of the whole thing (6 months, I think)... I've never stuck to a program that long before!


    20 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

    Sorry for your loss. I'm glad you found your way back to the boards, not just for fitness, but so that we could give you some words of comfort. Sorry I can only send virtual hugs


    Thanks, EG. Virtual hugs are good too. :)

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  2. I like hook grip (thumbs tucked) a lot for the deadlift.  Granted, I've got beginner strength levels (max is around 250 lb.) so I'm no expert, but I found that it helped my grip immensely.  Hurts at first but you get used to it. Most lifters I know/see use an alternating grip (one hand facing you, one hand facing away).  You will reach a point where your grip will fail before your back/legs, so I'd suggest choosing one or the other (hook or alternating) soonish so that you don't have to relearn your form when you hit higher weights.

  3. On 6/25/2016 at 7:27 PM, SevenofSeven said:

    Going to let this Challenge go. Failed at tracking, life got really fucking busy and I just can't do it all. 


    Not going to Challenge again for a while. Daily Battle Log for now.


    I'm right there with you.  The entire challenge I've been asking myself why I chose THIS challenge to be my first one back!

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  4. 6 hours ago, ~RedStone~ said:


    It was more fun that I expected! And being all cracked out on not enough sleep and too much coffee.. I definitely appreciated his efforts to put us all at ease. Think I ended up reading better for a different character than I expected/planned for, and all in all I'm not expecting anything to come out of it, but I'm glad I went. I always wanted to and now I feel silly for being scared LOL :D



    Wow!  Sooo cool!  I have a couple things on my "would love to try but am too scared" list.  You may have inspired me to attempt a couple. :)

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  5. I've (finally) decided on a program by Brad Schoenfield.  It's unlike anything I've ever done before, so I'm a little nervous about making the commitment to it, but... YOLO?


    First part is a "Break-In Routine" for those who haven't trained before or are coming back from a long layoff.  As I am both injured (left shoulder, right elbow, lower back) and coming back from almost two months of inconsistent training, I have decided to go ahead and complete the two months of preparatory work before the actual program starts.



    Block 1 Microcycle 1 Day 1

    • Molding Mobility
    • DB Bench Press: 20# per DB x 20 x 3
    • Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown: 40# x 20 x 3
    • DB One-Arm Shoulder Press: 10# x 20 LR x 3
    • DB One-Arm Row: 20# x 20 LR x 3
    • DB Standing Alternating Curl: 10# x 20 LR, 15# x 20 LR x 2
    • Rope Pressdown: 30# x 20 x 3
    • Squat: 45# x 20 x 3
    • Lying Leg Curl: 25# x 20 x 3
    • Standing Calf Raise: BW x 20 x 3


    • Sets: 3
    • Reps: 15-20
    • Rest intervals: 1-2 min.
    • Tempo: 1-2 sec. concentric and 2-3 sec. eccentric
    • RPE: 6
    • Training Frequency: full body 3 days per week
    • Mostly pump work, which was actually pretty fun.  20 rep squats, however, are never fun... even when it's just the bar!
    • DB bench press and shoulder press were performed with a neutral grip due to my shoulder injury.
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  6. 12 minutes ago, BarbarianBassBro said:

    Which is in the end the way more important part here! I'm having some trouble this challenge too, though it is gladly not as hard as the stuff you're dealing with. Sometimes life happens and you have to deal with it.

    My condolences for your loss! May NF and the iron therapy help you getting back on track! :( 


    Thanks, BB.  Both the support and the reminder of why we're here is appreciated. :)

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    1. Post in challenge thread: 1 of 5
    2. Follow at least 5 others and stay active in their threads: 1 of 5


    1. Track all food every day: 0 of 7
    2. Eat at least 135 g of protein: 0 of 7


    1. Training: 1 of 5
    2. Stick with program: 0



    Another difficult week.  Not going to say it was unproductive, because it wasn't, but more productive in non-challenge ways.  Now that the caregiver role has come to an end, I should be able to get back into a better routine.  There will be things to do, but they will be less encompassing emotionally, I think.




    1. Post in challenge thread: 5 of 5
    2. Follow at least 5 others and stay active in their threads: 5 of 5


    1. Track all food every day: 3 of 7
    2. Eat at least 135 g of protein: 1 of 7


    1. Training: 2 of 5
    2. Stick with program: 0



    Well, I think I underestimated how all-encompassing the death process would be. I hope that doesn't sound callous; it's not meant to.  I was single parenting for half the week and caregiving the other half. All meals were provided by others or grabbed on my way to something else.  Just about nothing was tracked, protein was almost non-existent, beer was a main player, and no training was done according to plan.  The only goal I did successfully complete during week 1 was my community one.  At least I have that!


    Going to focus on getting my training in this week. I know that if I can manage that then some of the other stuff will fall into place. For now, I'm not going to worry about the food stuff (as so much of it is outside of my control at this point) and try and not feel guilty about it.


    Dealt with some financial end-of-life stuff. Teared up over my checkbook. For whatever reason, the business side of things made it all feel real. Grief is strange.

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  9. On 6/16/2016 at 4:05 PM, SevenofSeven said:


    I LOL'd at this! 


    Enjoy your iron therapy, 


    Glad I could make you smile. ;)


    On 6/17/2016 at 10:29 AM, Emerald_Dragonfly said:

    Checking in on you...hope the iron therapy was helpful...


    It was, thanks. I'm hoping to prioritize it better this week and get more in.

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  10. 21 hours ago, Emerald_Dragonfly said:

      I think that my DL problems are being caused by tight hamstrings - I will foam roll this evening and see if that helps. 



    Do you have a lacrosse ball?  Something I discovered accidentally was that working the trigger points in your feet help calf and hamstring flexibility significantly (herniated disc with horrible sciatica = very tight hamstrings and calves!).


    My home gym:


    Squat Rack (pull-up bar at the top)

    Exercise Bands

    Flat Bench

    Incline/Decline Bench

    Olympic Bar

    Swiss bar

    EZ Bar

    Bar collars

    Bar pad (for hip thrusts)

    2" x 4" (for calf raises)

    Deadlift Jack

    Safety Squat Bar (currently on its way)

    Bumper Plates

    Plate Tree

    10-90 lb. Adjustable Dumbbells

    2.5 lb. ankle weights (These are awesome. Add them to my wrists for DB exercises when I want to load less than 5 lb. per arm.)

    Dip Station

    Leg Curl/Extension (attaches to my bench)

    Lat Pulldown

    Weight Vest (0-70 lb.)

    Dip Belt



    Stationary Bike


    And some misc. stuff I'm sure I'm forgetting...


    I'm working in a pretty damn small space, so I do a lot of shuffling/moving etc. during my workouts.  When I'm being lazy, I count this shuffling as cardio. ;)


    I'd skip the TV/monitor for now unless you feel like you really need it.  A phone camera will get you decent enough video for form checks.  I record each set I do, play it back while I rest between sets, and then set it up again.  Floor space is worth more than a larger screen IMO.


    Something I never knew I'd need, but I use more than just about anything are the exercise bands.  When you have to get creative because you lack equipment (especially for accessory work), bands are often the answer.  And they're cheap.  Best bang for your buck by far.

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  11. Getting pretty sick of the depressing challenge updates, but... that's kind of life right now!


    Wife is off to SM's after dinner so I'll have some time to myself this evening after I put the genetic experiment down for the night.  I am hereby announcing that I will be working out and getting some iron therapy in tonight.  Will post workout tomorrow for accountability.

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  12. 23 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

    Giving your wife a shoulder to cry on is a huge help. But, yeah, it is hard. And with it being so sudden that makes it even harder. 

    Others have said it, but I agree, if you want to visit her, you should. You don't have to say a lot just be with her and hold her hand. Her other family can still visit too.


    Thanks, EG.


    20 hours ago, Laghail said:

    Rooting for you dude. Don't beat yourself up if working out is too much with being exhausted from staying up every other night. If you get through this with a semblance of a diet intact, you're basically a superhero.

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    Ha!  So far... superhero-ness has not been achieved. I'm working on it. :)


    18 hours ago, obax said:

    You're supporting your family through one of the hardest things you can go through. If the rest has to take a back seat for a while so you can put yourself into that, then so be it. We're all rooting for you no matter what.


    Thanks, O. Means a lot.

  13. 19 hours ago, Saphros said:

    Just checking in to see how things are going. Keep pressing forward. You've got this. We are behind you all the way

    Sent from my LG-H812 using Tapatalk


    Thanks for checking in, Saphros.  Means a lot!


    A brief update... SM is home and on hospice.  My wife and I have been switching off spending nights over there so that Dad isn't on care duty by himself all night.  Everyone is pretty exhausted.


    I did manage to get in one workout, and, while I've been eating like crap, I've at least been tracking said crap.  A tough start to the challenge, but I'm hoping (for everyone involved) that it won't be that way for too much longer.  We shall see.

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