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  • Posted On: 04-05-18, 1:04 am (EDT) #1

    Almost 13 weeks of solid training.

    April 5, 2018, 1:04 am

    So for some reason I can't post anything on my profile so I'll just post it here.

    Recently I have broken through my 50lbs dumbbell bench press plateau and have finally started to use 55lbs, I guess it was just a bad mentality, I thought it's only been like 2 months since 50lbs was your 5 rep max. Easter I was at my cousin's place and he had left his barbell bench press set on 135 lbs(45lbs plates on a 45lbs bar) so I'm like, heck I'll try it and I was surprised that I could bust out a good 3 reps, I guess I have to thank my cousin for leaving his weights out so I could finally break through that mentality. Push day I had increased my straight bar tricep pull down to 110lbs, I don't know why the tricep pull down is so easy for me, I could barely do10 reps on the 20lbs dumbell scullcrushers. Also, I have been using a barbell for shoulders to improve my shoulder mobility discrepancy, I used like 50lbs for my working sets. The clavicle discrepancy I have been treating with an upright standing dumbbells fly that kind of ends in a row, I don't know why but it seems to be workingextremely well(the sound of joints crackling means something right?)  now 90% of the time my shoulders look fine, not perfect but also not to the point where you could really notice, I plan to continue to do this on pull days and since I do them with 25lbs I have much room for improvement, and combined with single side shoulder shrugs it will improve. Also I did 210lbs on the crunch machine for 5 reps, and although the machine doesn't allow for a full contraction my abs are still extremely sore, I find using the machine could help with ab definition because while doing those 5 reps it felt as if my abs were caving into me. I like these kind of power sets because they can really boost self confidence, like did I seriously just push 210lbs with my abs and it wasn't even my 1 rep max?! Today on the other hand was leg day, kind of couldn't get a chance to train all of last week so just like everyone else, I hate leg day after a whole 2 weeks of no leg training. Today was kind of a mix of sucking and awesomeness, first off the disappointing things were that the quad machine was broken at the gym so they only worked during my squats, plus about 2 years ago I did a mile run in 4:55, and today when I got to the gym I immediately jumped on the treadmill hoping to get a mile in at least 5 minutes, to my disappointment I had only gotten 0.82 mile in 5 minutes, I blame the treadmill for having to speed up, for having a max speed of 12mph although I can definitely go faster, and lastly i blame the treadmill for being a treadmill because everyone knows that you run faster and farther on plain dirt than you do on a treadmill track. Moving on to the good news; I finally exceeded my own weight on my squat and deadlift. On the squat I had done 1 set of 5 reps at 165lbs(2-25lbs plus a 10lbs plate on each side of a 45lbs bar) this was my 5th set so it is expected, on set 4 I was like I'll try 150lbs first to make sure I don't die I'd I try. On the deadlift I also had 165lbs but since I was confident that I would be able to handle it I did it for 2 sets of 8 reps with a warm up set and a set prior to it. On the hamstring machine I got a 5 rep max of like 199lbs and on the calve machine I got 5 reps with the whole stack on which was 500lbs, for my working sets I usually do 8 reps of 300lbs or 320lbs but I was feeling adventurous. 

    Critique all you want.

    Here are a few pics of me yesterday. I should have worn my black pants so I could have matched the color scheme of the gym.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  • Posted On: 04-06-18, 12:32 am (EDT) #2

    Almost 13 weeks of solid training.

    April 6, 2018, 12:32 am
    Posted by: _daniil__2000_

    So for some reason I can't post anything on my profile so I'll just post it here.

    Recently I have broken through my 50lbs dumbbell bench press plateau and have finally started to use 55lbs, I guess it was just a bad mentality, I thought it's only been like 2 months since 50lbs was your 5 rep max. Easter I was at my cousin's place and he had left his barbell bench press set on 135 lbs(45lbs plates on a 45lbs bar) so I'm like, heck I'll try it and I was surprised that I could bust out a good 3 reps, I guess I have to thank my cousin for leaving his weights out so I could finally break through that mentality. Push day I had increased my straight bar tricep pull down to 110lbs, I don't know why the tricep pull down is so easy for me, I could barely do10 reps on the 20lbs dumbell scullcrushers. Also, I have been using a barbell for shoulders to improve my shoulder mobility discrepancy, I used like 50lbs for my working sets. The clavicle discrepancy I have been treating with an upright standing dumbbells fly that kind of ends in a row, I don't know why but it seems to be workingextremely well(the sound of joints crackling means something right?)  now 90% of the time my shoulders look fine, not perfect but also not to the point where you could really notice, I plan to continue to do this on pull days and since I do them with 25lbs I have much room for improvement, and combined with single side shoulder shrugs it will improve. Also I did 210lbs on the crunch machine for 5 reps, and although the machine doesn't allow for a full contraction my abs are still extremely sore, I find using the machine could help with ab definition because while doing those 5 reps it felt as if my abs were caving into me. I like these kind of power sets because they can really boost self confidence, like did I seriously just push 210lbs with my abs and it wasn't even my 1 rep max?! Today on the other hand was leg day, kind of couldn't get a chance to train all of last week so just like everyone else, I hate leg day after a whole 2 weeks of no leg training. Today was kind of a mix of sucking and awesomeness, first off the disappointing things were that the quad machine was broken at the gym so they only worked during my squats, plus about 2 years ago I did a mile run in 4:55, and today when I got to the gym I immediately jumped on the treadmill hoping to get a mile in at least 5 minutes, to my disappointment I had only gotten 0.82 mile in 5 minutes, I blame the treadmill for having to speed up, for having a max speed of 12mph although I can definitely go faster, and lastly i blame the treadmill for being a treadmill because everyone knows that you run faster and farther on plain dirt than you do on a treadmill track. Moving on to the good news; I finally exceeded my own weight on my squat and deadlift. On the squat I had done 1 set of 5 reps at 165lbs(2-25lbs plus a 10lbs plate on each side of a 45lbs bar) this was my 5th set so it is expected, on set 4 I was like I'll try 150lbs first to make sure I don't die I'd I try. On the deadlift I also had 165lbs but since I was confident that I would be able to handle it I did it for 2 sets of 8 reps with a warm up set and a set prior to it. On the hamstring machine I got a 5 rep max of like 199lbs and on the calve machine I got 5 reps with the whole stack on which was 500lbs, for my working sets I usually do 8 reps of 300lbs or 320lbs but I was feeling adventurous. 

    Critique all you want.

    Here are a few pics of me yesterday. I should have worn my black pants so I could have matched the color scheme of the gym.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    That is weird about not being able to post on your profile.. I just checked and see you did a couple of tests which worked though.. so is it working again now?

     

    Sounds like you are making great progress in the gym bro! Nice to se you have moved to training in a gym too - there's so much more you can do there. Home workouts are good too, but there's nothing like the ability to do a bit more than just rely on dumbbells for your workout haha.

     

    If you are getting cracking in your shoulder but there is no pain, it's probably OK. I'm not sure the cracking itself would be fixing the shoulder imbalance, but if you notice it improving that must mean that something is working so keep it up!

     

    The one thing I will say about your training is that just because you couldn't do the leg extension machine, there are still other movements you can do for your quads if you need to - like sissy squats, front squats, or bulgarian split squats. Even goblet squats as well, they are great for quads.

     

    All in all the progress is looking good, so don't stop man! You are doing a great job!

  • Posted On: 04-06-18, 2:22 am (EDT) #3

    Almost 13 weeks of solid training.

    April 6, 2018, 2:22 am
    Posted by: Scott_Herman

    That is weird about not being able to post on your profile.. I just checked and see you did a couple of tests which worked though.. so is it working again now?

     

    Sounds like you are making great progress in the gym bro! Nice to se you have moved to training in a gym too - there's so much more you can do there. Home workouts are good too, but there's nothing like the ability to do a bit more than just rely on dumbbells for your workout haha.

     

    If you are getting cracking in your shoulder but there is no pain, it's probably OK. I'm not sure the cracking itself would be fixing the shoulder imbalance, but if you notice it improving that must mean that something is working so keep it up!

     

    The one thing I will say about your training is that just because you couldn't do the leg extension machine, there are still other movements you can do for your quads if you need to - like sissy squats, front squats, or bulgarian split squats. Even goblet squats as well, they are great for quads.

     

    All in all the progress is looking good, so don't stop man! You are doing a great job!

    The posing on my profile seems to still be a bit glitchy because I can't access the options and can't see the comments on any posts.

     

    Anyway thanks for the compliments, and yeah I got into a gym but my mom still doesn't take it seriously, she still seems to think that it is a waste of time, I try to get to the gym 5 days a week with Monday and Thursday being pull day, Tuesday and Friday push day, and Wednesday being leg day.

     

    Also it seems as if the gym has actually become vital because the heaviest dumbells I have are 50lbs, even combined they aren't enough for leg day at all, I had already exceeded them on my bench press, and on pull day I do obliques so I have exceeded them on my oblique crunch and on my shoulder shrug,.

     

    I find it extremely hilarious that the gym I go to has like 50 treadmills, 3 different hamstring machines, 2 different calve machines, but only 1 singular quad machine, like come on seriously? Everyone knows that those squat machines suck, so sell a few of those and get some more quad machines.

     

    My goals for summer are to have 15inch arms, 12inch forearms, 43inch chest, 49inch shoulders, equalized traps, more defined obliques, and much bigger lats. I know that they are somewhat unrealistic goals but I hope I can reach them before summer starts.

  • Posted On: 04-06-18, 11:50 pm (EDT) #4

    Almost 13 weeks of solid training.

    April 6, 2018, 11:50 pm
    Posted by: _daniil__2000_

    The posing on my profile seems to still be a bit glitchy because I can't access the options and can't see the comments on any posts.

     

    Anyway thanks for the compliments, and yeah I got into a gym but my mom still doesn't take it seriously, she still seems to think that it is a waste of time, I try to get to the gym 5 days a week with Monday and Thursday being pull day, Tuesday and Friday push day, and Wednesday being leg day.

     

    Also it seems as if the gym has actually become vital because the heaviest dumbells I have are 50lbs, even combined they aren't enough for leg day at all, I had already exceeded them on my bench press, and on pull day I do obliques so I have exceeded them on my oblique crunch and on my shoulder shrug,.

     

    I find it extremely hilarious that the gym I go to has like 50 treadmills, 3 different hamstring machines, 2 different calve machines, but only 1 singular quad machine, like come on seriously? Everyone knows that those squat machines suck, so sell a few of those and get some more quad machines.

     

    My goals for summer are to have 15inch arms, 12inch forearms, 43inch chest, 49inch shoulders, equalized traps, more defined obliques, and much bigger lats. I know that they are somewhat unrealistic goals but I hope I can reach them before summer starts.

    Hmm.. I have the options to like and reply to your posts.. but I will look into it, thanks for letting me know!

     

    Sounds like a fairly good set up with your training.. but if you are training PUSH and PULL twice a week.. why not legs twice a week too?

     

    That does suck about the quad machines.. I'm surprised there is no leg press. Weird. Anyway, at least you have some other options now if you don't have access to the machines.. besides you are probably better with free weights anyway!

     

    Big goals are good man! It can be helpful to set small goals that will lead you to that big goal as well. Keep up the great work! πŸ’ͺ πŸ’ͺ 

  • Posted On: 04-07-18, 1:16 am (EDT) #5

    Almost 13 weeks of solid training.

    April 7, 2018, 1:16 am
    Posted by: Scott_Herman

    Hmm.. I have the options to like and reply to your posts.. but I will look into it, thanks for letting me know!

     

    Sounds like a fairly good set up with your training.. but if you are training PUSH and PULL twice a week.. why not legs twice a week too?

     

    That does suck about the quad machines.. I'm surprised there is no leg press. Weird. Anyway, at least you have some other options now if you don't have access to the machines.. besides you are probably better with free weights anyway!

     

    Big goals are good man! It can be helpful to set small goals that will lead you to that big goal as well. Keep up the great work! πŸ’ͺ πŸ’ͺ 

    Profile is still broken,

     

    Got sick today so couldn't train at all.

     

    The reason I do legs only once a week is because my legs are extremely responsive when it comes to training. I want to be aesthetic so if I have enormous legs that won't be the case.

     

    Mirror gains are being encouraging, that's why I set such big goals.

  • Posted On: 04-09-18, 6:46 am (EDT) #6

    Almost 13 weeks of solid training.

    April 9, 2018, 6:46 am
    Posted by: _daniil__2000_

    Profile is still broken,

     

    Got sick today so couldn't train at all.

     

    The reason I do legs only once a week is because my legs are extremely responsive when it comes to training. I want to be aesthetic so if I have enormous legs that won't be the case.

     

    Mirror gains are being encouraging, that's why I set such big goals.

    That makes sense. Definitely want to be proportionate! Keep chasing those big goals man, and I hope you feel better soon! Have a great week!

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