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2008/05/12 13:36:02 (permalink)

Am I wasting my time?

Apologies, but there are kinda 2 questions in one here:

This is my current routine:

Workout 1

Squats 5x5
BB Bench 5x5
Bent over Row 5x5
WG Chins 5x5

Weighted Hanging Leg raise 2x12
Weighted crunch/reverse crunch 2x12

Workout 2

BB military press 5x5
Deadlift 5x5
Weighted parallel dips 5x5
BB Bicep curls 5x5

Weighted Hanging Leg raise 2x12
Weighted crunch/reverse crunch 2x12

I work out 3 times a week, alternating between the two workouts.

I've been using this routine whilst I was bulking over the winter. I've started my cut about 2/3 weeks ago. I'm 5'9, currently 14st 7lbs. I don't know if it's psychological, but it seems that since I started my cut, I can't increase the weights I'm lifting. Should I change my rep range (or routine altogether)?

That was question 1. Question 2 is this. I've been training properly for coming up to two years now. When I first started I was around 11 1/2 stone. I bulked not very cleanly up to 15 and a half stone in about 6 months or so. I then cut down to 13 1/2 stone last summer. I learnt from last year's mistakes, bulked a lot cleaner, and now am carrying a lot less bf than last year. I've started my cut slowly, rather than hitting it with everything full tilt like last year (which I think caused more problems).

I've decided though that this is going to be my last cut for a little while. Bulking in the winter and cutting in the summer might be alright short term, but I've decided now that I want to do this thing properly or not at all. So here goes.

My target weight is 20 stone, cut. I can't use anything illegal. Training naturally, 3 times a week, how many years am I looking at? Am I being stupidly unrealistic?

Thanks for taking the time to read this.

RR.
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    RE: Am I wasting my time? 2008/05/12 13:40:48 (permalink)
    20 stone at 5'9''!!!

    You'll look like a tank!! HaHa!

    “Life isn't about finding yourself; it's about creating yourself.”
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    RE: Am I wasting my time? 2008/05/12 13:58:06 (permalink)
    I've been using this routine whilst I was bulking over the winter. I've started my cut about 2/3 weeks ago. I'm 5'9, currently 14st 7lbs. I don't know if it's psychological, but it seems that since I started my cut, I can't increase the weights I'm lifting. Should I change my rep range (or routine altogether)?


    It's not normal to be able to increase weight shifted when your on a cut (asuming your workng with maximum loads). Nothing to worry about.

    My target weight is 20 stone, cut. I can't use anything illegal. Training naturally, 3 times a week, how many years am I looking at? Am I being stupidly unrealistic?


    If you are looking to get to 20 stone, why are you cutting? 20 stone is not impossible, 20 stone at low bf is something else again. I think it's a silly goal really, little steps mate. Qualilty progression would be a better goal than blind mass.

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    RE: Am I wasting my time? 2008/05/12 14:08:41 (permalink)
    Thanks guys. If you can believe this, I'm actually quite glad that you both think 20 stone low bf is a stupid goal.

    What is a realistic long term goal for say 4/5 years of natural bulking on a 3 day split?

    Also, as I am working maximum loads, glad to ntoe no changes to my routine are needed.

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    RE: Am I wasting my time? 2008/05/12 16:39:40 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: RickyRoma

    Thanks guys. If you can believe this, I'm actually quite glad that you both think 20 stone low bf is a stupid goal.

    What is a realistic long term goal for say 4/5 years of natural bulking on a 3 day split?

    Also, as I am working maximum loads, glad to ntoe no changes to my routine are needed.




    How long is a peice of string? Set goals on what you can control like,

    Maintain complance with your diet
    Work to your maximum when your in the gym
    Rest when you need it

    Things like that, for example I am trying to get my diet back into shape and have a goal of 37 out of 42 meal I have each week to be as I have planned. That is a goal I have control over and I can judge my sucess or failure. Set goals like 'being riped 20 stones in 5 years' and you will fail (imo)

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    RE: Am I wasting my time? 2008/05/12 21:29:15 (permalink)
    Thanks for the post Wheels.

    I would say, check, check and check!

    Sticking to my meal plan is never a problem. I don't know what it is, I'm just never tempted to cheat. I always work to my max in the gym, and if I had my way I'd spend half my life in bed

    I understand what you're saying though - set realistic goals. I'd like to set realistic long term goals instead of short term goals though.

    Maybe I should rephrase the question from a short term viewpoint - best case scenario, how much mass should a natural bodybuilder expect to add on a clean bulk, for say, 1 month?

    Cheers again.
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