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2016/04/01 03:48:29 (permalink)

Floydy: A Journal according to a 50-something.

Hi, 
52 y.o., 6’3”, 16.5 stone (give or take weekend real ale). Training now for over thirty years, never competed but a bodybuilder who has also done some strength training though I largely stopped this around five years ago curtailing the deadlifts or squats (due to back problems) in favour of other methods to maintain a passable physique.
 
I joined the RAF from age 23 for 12 years where some of my best training took place; I abstained from drinking completely for three of those years in my thirties and reached near-competitive standard, though being in the forces restricted my training goals (work, postings, etc.) but I continued to train every day after work with 2-3 hour sessions and maintaining my strength and form throughout. Marriage in 1998 caused me to ease off but I continued to train 3-4 times a week, adding to those all-important gains.
 
Fast forward to the present and with a permanent night shift for over 11 years so far, the training began to take its toll on the energy resources when I hit 48-ish and I started slowing down, but I do have a physical job which largely replaces any major cardio I wouldn’t have the time for. I have also had some issues with mild depression and anxiety and the gym keeps my mind from wandering too much. I enjoy a beer but apart from that my diet is mainly pretty good.
 
So in these 50+ years I’m carrying on with this madness we call lifting. Why? Because I’ve always done it and I always will. Age is no barrier apart from the natural slowing down and wear and tear on the joints, which we all succumb to, but my passion for lifting will always remain.
 
Don’t expect anything conventional, although I largely stick to a general PPL set-up. my sessions are very unorthodox and often I’ll make up a routine on the spot, but I am deadly serious about keeping myself in shape, even though some of what I do may not agree with most lifters’ idea of training. It’s my diary, it keeps me focussed and motivated, so let’s go for it. Cheers.
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Re: Training for Tenerife 2016/04/01 15:08:34 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Floydy 2016/04/01 15:31:19
Good to see you back in the journal section mate :)
Good luck with the Tenerife build up mate :)

 
 
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Re: Training for Tenerife 2016/04/01 15:09:02 (permalink)
Good to see you back in the journal section mate :)
Good luck with the Tenerife build up mate :)

 
 
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Re: Training for Tenerife 2016/04/01 15:32:43 (permalink)
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Good to see you back in the journal section mate :)
Good luck with the Tenerife build up mate :)


Seems like you're doubly pleased to see me again, Dave.
Seems like you're doubly pleased to see me again, Dave.
Lol.
Cheers bud, I'll be frequenting the journals section forthwith
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Re: Training for Tenerife 2016/04/01 19:32:15 (permalink)
😁 lol👍

 
 
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Re: Training for Tenerife 2016/04/02 16:36:31 (permalink)
Looking back at my old journal and the last time I actually put in a half-decent training session was 14th March, three weeks ago. That is pretty disgraceful. As I mentioned in my new OP above, I’ve had a lot on my plate and I simply lost any inclination to visit the gym, preferring instead to take things easy by relaxing at home. I did enter the gym last week for about 10 minutes and drove home again. Wasn’t ready after all.
 
So to my first session in the new journal, and one I intend to keep for six months until my holiday in late September. Looking at myself I hadn’t changed too much physically. After all I’m in a physical job and that keeps me relatively toned. My belly has seen better days though and it’s that I need to sort out, along with a few flabby bits elsewhere and if I do happen to build some extra muscle it’s a welcome bonus.
 
Beginning this first new session I didn’t realise how unfit I was and my strength has waned somewhat too. But that’s understandable after such an extended raincheck. I decided to begin anew then with some light-ish chest and triceps bits and bobs, followed by some high reps in the same muscle group…..
 
Saturday 2/4/16 - Chest+Tri’s:
 
1. BB press, incline bench (warm-ups):
25x30
15x35
 
2. Bench:
5x60, 5x60, 5x60
3x70, 3x80
1x85
 
3. Chest press (stack machine):
8x70, 8x75, 8x80
6x85, 6x90, 6x96, 6x100
 
4. Triceps pulldown:
6x35, 6x40, 6x45
5x50
 
High reps:
 
5. Triceps extensions:
25x30
15x40
 
6. Smith press, 15° incline:
15x40
15x45
 
7. Incline chest press, low seat:
10x40
 
8. Ab crunches:
50x40
20x45
 
 
Time: 50 mins.
 
Quite happy with that but much work to do, I’m way off my previous standard.
Tomorrow I’ll be getting the legs back into shape, at least they are a strong point so I’m looking forward to an improvement on today’s average effort.
 
Thanks for reading, have a good evening.
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Re: Training for Tenerife 2016/04/02 17:13:37 (permalink)
Good luck with the 357th journal mate , you'll smash it.
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Re: Training for Tenerife 2016/04/02 17:38:33 (permalink)
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Good luck with the 357th journal mate , you'll smash it.


Haha cheers buddy. Sure it isn't the 358th?
Sticking with it this time. Promise
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Re: Training for Tenerife 2016/04/02 22:01:54 (permalink)
Booked Tenerife for 3 weeks myself good luck with your journal
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Re: Training for Tenerife 2016/04/02 22:52:07 (permalink)
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Booked Tenerife for 3 weeks myself good luck with your journal

Dunno if you saw this thread a while back mate -
http://www.muscletalk.co....%A9ricas-m5395784.aspx
Thanks for popping in mate
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Re: Training for Tenerife 2016/04/03 15:24:15 (permalink)
Legs today and I surpassed my expectations to be honest. Had a great session. I was going to split the session into two, doing the other bits mid-week, but apart from extensions I managed the lot…
 
Sunday 3/4/16 - Legs:
 
1. Incline press:
20x120 warm-up
12x150
10x200
8x250
6x300
6x330
50x150 ½-way glute press hi-reps
25x200 ½-way glute press hi-reps
 
2. Hack squat:
6x150, 6x150
6x200
6x220
 
3. Reverse seated leg curl:
6x60
6x70
6x80
6x85
3x90 PB
 
4. Seated horizontal press:
10x200 full stack – 5 sets. 10-sec pause hold between sets.
 
5. Calf press:
20x140
15x160
 
6. Good girls cock crusher:
20x60 – 3 sets
 
7. Bad girls butt killer:
15x60 – 3 sets
 
8. Ab crunch:
50x40
20x50
 
9. Treadmill finish:
5 mins @ 5km/h - 15° full incline
2 mins @ 5km/h – Flat, cool down
3 mins @ 7.2km/h – fast walk
 
 
Very pleased and surprised at my leg strength today. They haven’t suffered at all without any real training for the past three weeks. Gonna kill me at work tonight though, feeling jellifried already!
 
Thanks for reading.
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Re: Training for Tenerife 2016/04/06 15:38:47 (permalink)
Short mid-week mini session as usual, mostly high reps. Nothing too strenuous because I felt very tired today, don’t need to get run down if I push it too much. Big stuff at weekends.
 
Wednesday 6/4/16 – Back+biceps:
 
1. Lat pulldown, underarm:
10x50, 10x55, 10x60
25x35 high reps
15x40 high reps
 
2. Seated rows:
25x41
15x47
 
3. DB standing hammer curls:
16x12’s
10x14’s
 
4. Single arm low row:
8x70, 8x80
 
5. E-Z curl, preacher bench, low pull:
6x28, 6x33, 6x38
 
6. Ab crunch:
50x40
20x50
 
Thanks for reading.
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Re: Training for Tenerife 2016/04/06 16:31:01 (permalink)
Bloody hell Floydy, they look like relatively easy sessions for you

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Re: Training for Tenerife 2016/04/06 23:15:31 (permalink)
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Bloody hell Floydy, they look like relatively easy sessions for you


Today was mate, just a quickie. I save my enerygy for the weekends, still got DOMS in my legs from Sunday!
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Re: Training for Tenerife 2016/04/07 12:47:51 (permalink)
Sorry not been back in Loz, great to see you back banging the sessions out again mate.

 
 
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Re: Training for Tenerife 2016/04/07 16:13:56 (permalink)
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Sorry not been back in Loz, great to see you back banging the sessions out again mate.

Mate, under the circumstances all is forgiven Seriously, there's not a lot to see anyway and you seem to be the only chap keeping this dog end of a journal alive tbh.
Always nice to see you popping in bud
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Re: Training for Tenerife 2016/04/08 19:41:06 (permalink)
Nice couple of sessions here mate, you'll be tip top for Tenerife.
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Re: Training for Tenerife 2016/04/08 20:49:01 (permalink)
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Nice couple of sessions here mate, you'll be tip top for Tenerife.


Hey mate, cheers
Few months to go yet but hoping to crank up this training lark from next week. Always got something to do at the moment, but my programme is well thought out this time and I'm looking at building too, as well as keeping the belly down.
 
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Re: Training for Tenerife 2016/04/09 11:39:03 (permalink)
A surprise visit to the gym very early this morning (which was choc-a-bloc) as I had the granddaughter last night who still asleep when I got up today, so I made a swift exit.
Only had an hour before I needed to be back to go shopping so just a quick but effective burst for the arms to get some semblance of tone for the proper stuff next week.
 
Saturday 9/4/16 – Quick arms blast:
 
1. Triceps extensions:
25x35
15x50
 
2. E-Z curl, preacher bench, low pull:
6x30, 6x35, 6x40, 6x48
3x50.25, 3x53
25x23
15x28
*Felt an absolute monster pump in my right bicep on the final 3x53, a weight I rarely reach, and then again in both arms towards the end of the high reps. Struggling for breath with those though!
 
3. Triceps pulldown, against backrest (bar in fron):
6x35, 6x40, 6x45, 6x50
 
4. Single DB raise, flat bench (interlocked hands around inner end pushing up):
30x50
20x50
15x50, 15x50
10x50, 10x50
=100 reps.
 
5. Incline press (quick tone-up):
5x20 – 5 sets (2 rep pause between sets)
 
6. Ab crunch:
50x40
20x50
 
Tonight I’m going to Hull’s legendary Adelphi club. They have no less than eight local bands performing their own tributes to David Bowie. Only £3 to get in, should be good.
Legs tomorrow, pending hangover.
 
Thanks for reading as always, enjoy your weekend.
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Re: Training for Tenerife 2016/04/10 16:14:37 (permalink)
It looks like the temptation to return to building again is too much to ignore. I was going to concentrate on the belly flab (which isn’t too disgusting btw, it’s probably in my head) and maintain some sort of form but when I turn up at the gym feeling on top form like I did today, well, what the Hell – let’s just see what I’m still capable of.
 
Sunday 10/4/16 – Legs:
 
1. Seated (horizontal) press:
20x140 warm-up
10x160
10x180
10x200 – 3 sets
*Never even attempted 140 on a warm-up before; piece of p!ss.
 
2. Incline press:
12x200
10x250
8x300
6x350
6x370
25x200 high reps
*Didn’t mess around with slight 10 or 20kg additions, just the big stuff. I’ll be going for the 400 next week, which will equal my PB.
 
3. Reverse leg curl, seated:
6x60
6x70
6x80
3x90
3x95 PB
25x50 high reps
*Just another 5kg to reach the full stack – next week can’t come soon enough.
 
4. Extensions:
10x75
6x90
5x100 – 4 sets
25x50 high reps
*Normally I’d be starting on 60 but it was straight to the 75 and two quick jumps up to the stack. Feeling great with these but the high reps just about finished me off!
                                                                                                                                      
 
Missed out the hack squats and the fluff bits and bobs (good/bad girls, calf stuff) and thoroughly enjoyed my session. Even forgot about my usual abs crunches to finish. My quads were just ravenous for more and more, so I capitalised on it and kept adding the weight like there was no tomorrow, the quads coping with it all perfectly and looking fully swole from the torture of it all.
Surprised myself with all this, but hey, who’s complaining. All I can think is that those volume sessions I was so fond of every day were just too much. Doing a strong legs workout once a week to the max seems to work wonders so I’m Keeping it rolling as long I’m still standing.

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