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  • Journal: http://forums.musculardevelopment.co...ad.php?t=50558
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          • Also worth mentioning . Im also 8 lbs lighter and carrying most of my muscle, if not all, as well as a little stronger already on shoulder presses. Mostly just lost some gut mass. Bringing it back down to where it was before the recent growth phase while keeping most of the muscle.
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            • PC was down for 2 weeks. I didnt write down meals but did keep track of my 3 training sessions. I dont have the exact dates of the training sessions but its good enough. Ill condense them all in this post.

              Eating was down due to not writing down meals. I eat more when I write it down. Only trying to lean out now and maintain muscle. Only training 2x a week for now. Lost more weight then usual but I will be keeping track of meals again, so it should improve.

              Hit 2 records with DB shoulder presses with the 120s and 125s. Not bad for being alot lighter. Shoulder joints are catching up to me though so may be switching movements. I switched to overhead nautilus machine for previous pressing session instead of dumbbells.

              I also added incline work back in. Havent hit any incline work for a while so I could rehab my chest. Incline seems to damage the area more. Will try to gradually reintroduce the shit.

              Here is the 3 sessions I did


              Chest rehab and shoulders (10-11-16 , estimated date)

              Chest was tender on this day. So didnt push it hard with the flat dumbbell presses. Strength felt way off with chest.

              Hit PRs with 120 and 125s on db shoulder presses


              224 lbs (eating was down due to not keeping track of intake, pc was down)

              Leaning/Maintenance phase


              Chest Rehab


              Flat bench dumbbell press

              50x100 warm
              75x40 same (chest felt overly tender)
              100x20 (very weak today with chest, but chest felt compromised)

              Seated Dumbbell Shoulder Press (slight incline to take pressure off spine) (strength here was fine)

              Full range reps for these, chest presses were constant tension style

              50x60 warm
              100x21(PR)
              125x7 (PR, see video)
              120x8 1/2 (see video. Small PR)

              Ill return to this movement later. Shoulder joints need a break from this shit.

              Nautilus Overhead Press (plate loaded)

              No rest til line, not to failiure

              Full range reps for these

              270x10
              450x12
              540x7
              ------


              Nautilus Horizontal Chest Press (plate loaded)

              Full range reps

              no rest til line

              90x50
              90x20 warm (dont remember if i alternated grips)
              -----

              Same

              180x20
              180x5
              ----------------

              same

              270x10
              180x10
              -----

              Holds at the end of each rep as well




              Next session , 10-13-16 estimated date


              Back


              222 lbs


              Chin Ups (palms facing close grip)

              180 lbs assistance x 20-25 warm
              100 lbs assistance x 15
              20 with bodyweight (lost alot of strength but eating was way down, shoulders were beat up)
              10 with bodyweight


              Iso High Row Hammer Strength (plateloaded)

              no rest

              90x20
              270x20
              -----

              Same

              360x8
              270x10
              180x10
              -----

              Taking it easy on shoulder joints


              Lat Pullover Hammer Strength Plate loaded


              140x30
              165x30

              Possibly with no rest between these, but cant remember


              Iso Low Row Hammer strength plate loaded


              190x30
              280x30
              305x15

              Cybex Lat Pull

              205x15
              305x12

              Dumbbell Laterals (trap focused version)

              no rest til line


              35x30
              55x10
              -----

              again

              55x20
              35x20
              -------



              Third session


              Chest and shoulders


              222 lbs


              Switched to machines only for pressing. To give shoulders a break.


              Flat barbell bench press (stretching only)


              bar x 200 with barbell stretches

              Hammer Strength incline press (plate loaded) (Full range reps, except not bottoming out at the bottom, damages the injured chest area)


              no rest til line

              Empty machine x 50 (warm)
              90x50 warm
              180x20 warm
              ---------------

              180x20
              230x20
              270x20
              320x15

              no rest til line

              360x10
              270x9
              180x8

              ----------

              Gradually warming up since this was first time reintroducing incline work in a while. Rehabbing chest. Will be working up with full range reps for a while.

              Nautilus Horizontal Chest Press (plate loaded)

              full range reps again

              no rest til line

              barbell style grip

              90x20
              180x10
              ----------

              230x12

              no rest til line

              270x8
              180x10
              -----

              Holds on many reps too


              Nautilus Overhead Press (plate loaded)

              Full range reps

              180x20 warm
              360x15 warm
              450x10 warm

              No rest til line

              540x5
              450x5
              360x8
              270x10
              180x20
              -----

              KILL THAT SHIT

              Videos from session one below
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                    • Back




                      Extremely light and low volume maintenance




                      Muscles fatigued real quick today. Real weak. This may be a side effect of high thyroid levels, which showed up in my bloodwork recently. Just started a med to lower that. Will see if some things improve with that.


                      Right now I am just looking to maintain muscle with the least amount of work. Somewhat like a break. Training only twice a week with lower volume.


                      Back was stiff as fuck. Arms had alot of tenderness, everything was overly sore and fatigued very quick. Afterwards my entire back was unusually stiff. May be related to the thyroid issue or from not training as intense lately and the low eating in the last 2 weeks.


                      Im only training pressing on one day, rowing on the other. I may throw in biceps and triceps at the end of chest/shoulders and back days. Ill experiment with low volume and see what works. Arms have lost some size and staying in the 18 3/4 to 19 cold range but Im also lighter from the low eating the last 2 weeks.


                      If my body is still torn up like this then it may be time for a full break again. Will feel shit out.


                      Back and chest strength with dumbbells was way down by my shoulder dumbbell pressing strength was good enough to hit a few records last week. So its mixed. Shoulder strains may be radiating pain into other areas as well.




                      222 lbs before meals




                      Chin ups (palms facing, close grip)


                      160 lbs assistance x 20 warm
                      100 lbs assistance x 10 warm
                      23 with bodyweight (strength way down today, was bad last week too though)
                      8 with bodyweight


                      Lat pullover Hammerstrength (plate loaded)


                      90x70 (hiatal hernia had some popping today, so I stopped it here)


                      Iso High Row Hammerstrength (plate loaded)


                      140x20
                      270x12
                      270x12


                      holds mixed in with all rowing sets mostly


                      Iso high row hammer strength (plate loaded)


                      180x20
                      270x15


                      Cybex Lat pull (pin loaded)


                      205x15
                      305x10


                      Didnt push failure or volume today. Body was thrashed for whatever reason


                      KILL THAT SHIT
                      Journal: http://forums.musculardevelopment.co...ad.php?t=50558
                      Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4A4lWT65ng

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                      • Chest Rehab, Shoulders, Rear Delts (trap focused laterals, overhead pressing for shoulders)




                        Maintenance/Leaning Phase


                        Very light and low volume




                        Tried some smith machine military presses but couldnt remember how I had the shit set up since its been a while. The exact incline, distance from bar, lower seat portion etc. Didnt feel right. Itll come back once I start fucking around with the movement again.


                        I avoided dumbbell pressing again. Giving my shoulder joints a break. Still only training twice a week and keeping everything low for basic maintenance. Eating is reduced too but should be enough to keep most of my size.


                        Second week hitting incline work for chest again. Still using full reps , except not bottoming out, so just short of hitting the bottom. Keeps a more constant tension and avoids overstretching the compromised area at the bottom.


                        Shoulder pressing strength was way down, especially on the nautilus overhead pressing machine. This may be from taking a 2 week break a few weeks ago, plus training low intensity, low volume to maintain. Experimenting to see what I can get away with for now, to maintain.


                        Also my thyroid level was high, so there may be some side effects with that. I think its more related to the lower intensity and volume, frequency of sessions. Only training twice a week. No arm work.


                        I may add arms back in. Will see. If Im going to train 3 times a week I might as well just go back into a growth phase, from my point of view. So maybe Ill add some sets into my 2 training days to compensate. Will see if they lose anymore size. My eating was also low for 2 weeks when I stopped keeping track of meals (pc was down). So that may have contributed to being weaker, losing some size.


                        I will bring up the reps weekly with the incline presses. I am still not pushing the limits of my chest with intensity, since the area is always tender. Right side had more tenderness today than left.






                        223 lbs after some milk and food from previous night




                        CHEST REHAB


                        Flat Barbell Bench Press (to stretch and warm up only)




                        Bar x 200 plus barbell stretches to each side




                        Incline Hammer Strength Press (Full range, except just short of hitting bottom of machine)




                        No rest til line


                        90x50 constant tension style
                        180x30 same
                        270x10 Full range from this point
                        ------


                        320x17 (Full to just short of locking)
                        360x15 (Same)
                        380x10 (Same)
                        410x8 (Same)


                        Nautilus Horizontal Chest Press (plate loaded also)


                        180x30 (Full range with holds)
                        270x10 (Same)


                        No rest til line


                        230x10
                        180x10(same style with these)
                        -----


                        Also just short of hitting the bottom of machine


                        Had to train around chest tenderness.


                        Smith Machine Military Press (Closer grip)


                        Couldnt remember how I had the shit set up so I never got the set up right. Still fatigued quick with shoulder pressing today.


                        Full range (to chin and locked)




                        135x25 Warm
                        225x13
                        225x12
                        225x10


                        These were basically warm ups but never got in the right position. I was hitting 315 for 20 plus and 385 for reps a few months ago so I doubt my strength was that decreased. May have pre exhausted quick today as well. Normally I can hit high volume of sets and my strength decreases are extremely gradual.


                        Nautilus Overhead Press (plate loaded. Seat set to line below 9)




                        Full range reps


                        180x30 warm
                        360x10
                        450x7 (very weak today)


                        No rest til line


                        540x3
                        450x3
                        360x5
                        270x10
                        ----




                        Dumbbell Laterals (trap focused version)


                        no rest til line


                        45x30
                        50x10
                        -----


                        no rest til line


                        50x20
                        65x5
                        -----


                        again


                        50x20
                        65x5
                        -----
                        again


                        45x25
                        65x5
                        ------


                        Just to get some blood in traps. Havent done much for them in a while.
                        Not to failure.




                        Reverse Machine Flies (Long holds and very short rest between sets for these)


                        125x15
                        125x15
                        125x10
                        125x15


                        These irritated shoulder joints so kept it light.


                        KILL THAT SHIT
                        Journal: http://forums.musculardevelopment.co...ad.php?t=50558
                        Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4A4lWT65ng

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                        • About to hit an arm maintenance session. Arms are sore as fuck. Body is just torn up. Also havent been training arms the past weeks, nor training my body at my usual intensity, volume or frequency. High thyroid issue, etc. May cause muscle fatigue issues.


                          I think Ill bring a third training day in now. Arms. It may not be every week since this is maintenance only right now. Or I may hit my arm work in the form of a few sets after my push and pull days. Have only been training twice weekly the last few weeks.


                          Bare maintenance. However my size is coming back up. Chest is 55 inches cold now and arms at 19 cold. 1/2 an inch down from peak on arms, 1 inch down from peak on chest/back measurement. Not bad for the low frequency of training and much reduced food intake. Also worth considering Im a little leaner than usual, so peak measurements dont really mean much in that context.


                          Upper chest started to fill out immediately after hitting incline work the first day. Its already looking a little fuller. That stimulation just wasnt there for a while. Ive only been hitting flat bench style machines, dumbbells, etc, for my chest rehab. Incline puts extra strain on the compromised area but is the best for my development. I should be able to build new muscle around these strains if I listen to the pain signals. Ill be working strength back up with full range reps on hammer incline press. Once I get to 450x20 in that form that will be pretty good. Size should be mostly back in chest by then, if not back. I was hitting 580 for maybe 20 with constant tension style on that machine. Its both easier and harder than the form Im using now though. Easier in the sense that the reps are very short, harder in the sense that its pure muscle control and tension in that mid range.


                          Right now Im using a mix of that form. Im stopping right before hitting the bottom of the machine. This means my chest gets no rest at the bottom and no bang off the stoppers, which creates some inertia and carry the weight a bit. I did full range in the past before, but hitting the bottom, with 500x10, 540x5, etc when I was a good deal smaller in 2012. This is a refinement of those lifts. It shouldnt take long to hit 450x15-20 with this stricter style. Its good for me to switch ranges and styles.


                          As stated I dont need much food and training to maintain around my peak size. Im still keeping with the lower calorie regimen. I still aim to get leaner while adding muscle, even though they work against eachother. Its been successful but VERY gradual and slow so far.


                          Im doing it this way because I lose interest immediately if Im only leaning out and losing size and strength. I have no deadline so theres no need to rush.


                          Its good to be filling back out again, even though I was only slightly downsized for a few weeks. It should start coming back now.


                          Im thinking november 21 I may start back up on a growth phase again. Thus I may start preparing now and amping things up as I draw closer to that date. Mainly food intake and eventually training frequency.


                          For now I will be trying to keep protein around 200 without force feeding. More like a break. I can maintain peak size on HRT at 130-200 protein range it seems. So this will come normally for now, with only a little training.


                          Im starting to feel that urge again to get back into the shit. Im divided and conflicted as always. Though I cant bury that fuckin beast for too long without serious repercussions.


                          The more restless I get the more wreckless I become. In all aspects, training and life.


                          Size style training will be the focus during this maintenance phase. Probably not alot of strength record attempts until I start the growth phase. Possibly on november 21 but not set in stone




                          KILL THAT SHIT
                          Journal: http://forums.musculardevelopment.co...ad.php?t=50558
                          Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4A4lWT65ng

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                          • Arms




                            Maintenance/Leaning phase




                            First arm session in 3 weeks. Didnt expect to nearly hit a record with 300 lbs on pressdowns. Hit 30 reps. 31 would be a record. This has happened before with triceps where they keep thier strength. Sometimes even being stronger without direct training for several weeks. Biceps lose strength when not trained directly. They regain it quickly though. Biceps were very sore before beginning training. Arms just tore up and tender last few weeks.


                            Didnt effect training though. Tricep strength was good since Im still a little smaller muscle wise and alot lighter. Normally I hit that lift when Im in the upper 230s to low 240s. Gaining some weight back as I was 226 today. Not aiming for bodyweight at this stage. Just muscle size while getting leaner very slowly. Maybe even over the course of a year or two.


                            Im looking to gradually lose fat while adding muscle. Should be able to do it since I am doing it at a very slow pace. I prefer this method to just leaning. I dont like to lose alot of strength and size rapidly. Id rather grow as I lean.


                            Right now has been just maintenance. Size is coming back though as Ive increased eating slightly.


                            Chest/back measurement is back at 55 inches while waist is still down several inches from when I focused on leaning recently. Arms are still down to 19 inches cold but should be regain the extra 1/2 inch soon.


                            Laying off arm training may have given the elbows some recovery and that may be why I hit 30 with 300 today. I havent hit that many reps with that weight in a while. Friction on each machine varies however, as loading two 45 lb plates on the stack can often cause heavy friction. This makes a big difference. Felt a little friction but very minor today on that stack.


                            Ill likely gradually increase eating, training frequency and intensity to prepare for another growth phase starting november 21 possibly. Nothing is set in stone but its a strong possibility.


                            The growth phase will be done in a cleaner way as Ive been doing. More protein less calories.


                            Right now I only need 130-200 grams protein to get back to and stay around peak size while on HRT. Lower calories is beneficial because Ill get leaner and retain most my muscle. Some days will be higher or lower than 200 as I start increasing shit to prepare for the possible growth phase. During the growth phase I will likely aim for 300 protein, sometimes more without too much emphasis on calories or filler food like usual.






                            226 lbs after after a meal and 36 oz milk earlier




                            Strict Curved Bar Pressdowns


                            KILOGRAMS unless noted otherwise for tricep cable work


                            No rest til line


                            35x100
                            65x60
                            95x10
                            35x25 Strict dumbbell curls, both arms simultaneous with holds, palms facing forward , no twist
                            ------


                            No rest til line (See video)


                            300 lbs x 30 (only 1 rep off from PR. Not bad for 3 weeks of no arm training)
                            255 lbs x10
                            95 Kilos again x 10 (210 lb stack)
                            80x10
                            65x10
                            57x10
                            35x20 Strict standing DB curls again, same style with holds
                            -------




                            No rest til line


                            300 lbs x10
                            255 lbs x10
                            95 kilos again x10
                            80x10
                            65x10
                            57x10
                            35x20 db curls again, same style
                            ------




                            V Bar Pressdowns


                            Kilograms only for the rest of triceps


                            No rest til line


                            65x40
                            95x3
                            ------


                            No rest til line


                            95x13
                            80x10
                            65x10
                            57x10
                            ----------------


                            No rest til line


                            95x15
                            80x10
                            65x10
                            57x10
                            -------




                            One Arm Cable Pressdowns


                            No rest til line (Didnt keep track exactly of the reps. Alternating arms is the only rest)


                            20x20 (matched both sides always)
                            30x??
                            25x??
                            20x??
                            -----


                            Alot of reps and alternating as each side failed.


                            Upright Seated Dumbbell Curl


                            35x20 with holds
                            50x15 Brief rest pauses with holds mixed in (see video)


                            Alternating Dumbbell Curl with reverse curl negative (standing as usual)


                            50x8 (brief rest pause. These irritated biceps tenderness)






                            Standing 21's With Cambered Bar


                            90x21 (7 reps in 3 ranges of motion. Curling bottom to mid, mid to top, and full range)


                            Incline Dumbbell Curls


                            50x8




                            Freemotion Cable Curl


                            Holds


                            70x10
                            70x10
                            70x10
                            60x10


                            One Arm Preacher Curl (pin loaded machine)


                            ??x5 (Stopped these. Fucked with bicep tightness and shoulder joints)


                            KILL THAT SHIT


                            Videos below




                            Tricep video is in 2 parts since this camera seperates long videos
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