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2017/09/25 15:30:28 (permalink)

Floydy: Keeping fit after fifty

Welcome to my new journal, the 751st on MT. Reasons for beginning again? Well, there are several. Bear with me.
 
My previous journal was a total mess, an eternally erratic slab of a tome which lacked direction. That’s not to say I’ll be able to find some kind of revelation or rejuvenation in myself to make this brand spanking new journal any more constructive. But I’ll try my best.
 
The regular readers of my column know all about my various hang-ups and horse-on-a-sixpence moodswing routines which affect my training: The night shifts; the subsequent fatigue; the wasted goals; the lack of time blahzeeblahzeeblah! And the last journal was bogging me down so much with its cacophonic recipe for disaster that the only way I could attempt a continuing grasp at anything approaching training was to ditch the bugger. Bury it in the North Sea and feed it to Hull cod.
 
For those who are new to me and are desperate enough to require a history, here’s a brief pitch:
 
"52 but banging on 53’s old oak door, 6’3”, 16.5 stones-ish, ex-RAF, 30+ years of training in the can, never competed but a committed bodybuilder and previous strength “athlete”. I enjoy a beer as a social and relaxing end to the week but apart from that my diet is mainly pretty good. I work permanent nights and juggle my training around those unsociable shifts I but try to fit in four sessions per week, give or take fatigue and time allowed.
I train lighter these days as I’m getting a few of those ailments which comes with age – a touch of arthritis and energy dissipation so I’m aiming more for a fitness way of lifestyle to keep me active and keep the belly less rotund as I meander into post-middle age. I usually aim for 3-4 sessions per week: one each push/pull during the working week focusing now on high reps as I’m always knackered from working nights, a reduced legs session kind to the knees and a weekend routine which will be strength-based to keep some kind of upper body muscle intact. All being well anyway!"
 
In this new journal, I’ll also be popping in as and when to chat and natter about anything else which takes my fancy at the time in an epilogue which I’ll entitle simply “other stuff”. It may about be music, sport, what’s going on at home or work, whatever. A kind of diary really, just to keep the journal going. Please feel free to contribute.
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Previous Journals:
Floydy's Other Journal: The MT Sessions Nov 2014 to date 11.12.14 – 29.8.15 (Compilation)  
https://www.muscletalk.co.uk/FindPost/5327676
 
Not Finished at Fifty (previously “Fifty.Fit.Forever”) 11.12.14 – 17.12.15
https://www.muscletalk.co.uk/FindPost/5249299
 
Train to Maintain 2016 17.12.15 – 16.3.16
https://www.muscletalk.co.uk/FindPost/5377981
Training for Tenerife 1.4.16 – 18.1.17
https://www.muscletalk.co.uk/FindPost/5409277
 
Born to train - No Plan B 28.2.17 – 25.9.17
https://www.muscletalk.co.uk/FindPost/5482644
 
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Onwards....
Okay, so back to the present and reverting to the routine I sort of began last time which will see me doing lighter work with more reps during the week, a longer, heavy session at the weekend and my usual legs session that serves as an exercise regime to gain gradual strength again because of my recent knee trouble.
 
Today, high reps on push…
 
Monday 25/9/17

DB press, 15° incline:
20x16, 20x16
 
Shoulder press:
15x40, 12x40
 
Chest press:
25x40, 20x40
 
Pec dec:
20x40, 20x40
 
Tricep extensions:
25x40, 20x40
 
Tricep pulldowns:
16x47, 20x41
 
Bench press:
20x40, 20x40
 
Single DB raise:
25x40, 20x40
 
Lower back recline:
20x35, 20x35
 
Ab crunch:
30x40, 30x40
 
 
Time: 50 mins.
 
Doesn’t look much or look like very hard work does it? But it’s keeping me in the game and better than lounging around at home on the PC. But I’m happy with this routine I think as I’m training to keep fit rather than blindly try to gain strength anymore – that won’t and can’t happen at my age. A couple of sets, as many reps as possible, same weight on second set from roughly the same list of exercises give or take the odd substitution. These were rather easy today tbh, so I’ll be increasing the reps next time.
I’ll be training a day on, a day off from now on which should see me catch up on adequate rest. Next time it will be either pull or legs on Wednesday.
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Found about two dozen osta capsules I had leftover so I’m going to use them up. Might as well, for what it’s worth.
 
Weird about the stomach cramps. I can only think that if it wasn’t the water, it’s something more serious – but then if it’s gone maybe I should just ignore it and man-up. Makes better sense that way I think.
Anyway, I was p!ssed off because it made me miss a concert on Friday night. I had a ticket to see Wishbone Ash (a band who are still going after nearly 50 years) which I was looking forward to. Ho hum.
 
But probably the highlight of my rather quiet weekend was to see that another legend, Gary Numan, of all people entered the UK album chart at No.2 with his new album ‘Savage’. His first hit album for 20 years and also his biggest chart placing since 1980. This is surely a massive comeback for the electronic pioneer and it’s a terrific album to boot. I saw him last month doing a warm-up gig in Hull and luckily for me I’ve bought a ticket to see him on the main tour in Manchester in a couple of weeks’ time. Can’t wait for that.

 
Nothing more to report. Be ‘round yer journals later.
 
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Re: Floydy: Keeping fit after fifty 2017/09/25 15:36:47 (permalink)☄ Helpfulby Floydy. 2017/09/25 15:42:05
So plan B then lol... ya never too old to have a plan B 👍😀

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Re: Floydy: Keeping fit after fifty 2017/09/25 15:41:51 (permalink)☄ Helpfulby silent rep 2017/09/25 16:07:46
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So plan B then lol... ya never too old to have a plan B 👍😀


Already had a Plan B mate, this must be Plan Z by now I think! I'll keep soldiering on bud
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Re: Floydy: Keeping fit after fifty 2017/09/25 16:06:50 (permalink)
Nice one mate. Some high reps there! There's a little comp at my gym who can bench press 60kg for the most reps (winner gets a free month membership.) Highest so far is 43 reps. Considering it but not sure I could beat it. Floydy the rep king could though no doubt.
 
You do realise with all your journals amalgamated you've essentially maintained a training journal here for 3 years? Not bad going really mate!
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Re: Floydy: Keeping fit after fifty 2017/09/25 16:31:59 (permalink)
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Nice one mate. Some high reps there! There's a little comp at my gym who can bench press 60kg for the most reps (winner gets a free month membership.) Highest so far is 43 reps. Considering it but not sure I could beat it. Floydy the rep king could though no doubt.
 
You do realise with all your journals amalgamated you've essentially maintained a training journal here for 3 years? Not bad going really mate!

Fabulous mate☺
Love the sound of that bench contest. I'm a little - er, a lot - out of condition nowadays to do that many reps. I'd probably manage 15-20 at a pinch. Dunno. I think you should give it a whirl though☺

Yeah there is that angle to my journal(s) I guess. Always kept one going in some shape or form - and who knows I may even get back to something approaching my old standards when I finally get rid of nights and get my energy and life back lol!
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Re: Floydy: Keeping fit after fifty 2017/09/26 11:47:05 (permalink)
Love a bit of Numan.
 
Good, solid session!

'Embrace the suck, and never give up'!
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Re: Floydy: Keeping fit after fifty 2017/09/26 11:53:40 (permalink)
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Love a bit of Numan.
 
Good, solid session!

He's a pioneer of that sound mate, excepting David Bowie of couse. Numan's new success is long overdue.

Just a taster there, Deano. Now I've got my mojo back I'll stick at it and improve each session hopefully. Legs today☺
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Re: Floydy: Keeping fit after fifty 2017/09/26 15:15:48 (permalink)
I was going to do my training every other day to catch up on rest in between sessions, but that’s pointless. Surely it depends on how I feel when I get up in the afternoon? Plus, it was legs today and following a week of neglection they were in desperate need of a quick blast.
 
Sticking with my tried and trusted new formula of 2-3 fixed weight sets, a failure set and one or two drop sets to finish I made my way to my local JD (Gym that is, not Wetherspoons!). Keeping the emphasis on reps rather than weights, but adding some poundage where no damage would likely to be caused to the knees, I made the obligatory start.
 
Tuesday 26/9/17
 
Incline press:
25x200
25x200
22x240
40x150
33x150
*Inclines going very well. No problem doing bagfulls of ½-way reps and adding around 10kgs each set per session.
 
Hack squat:
15x100
15x100
10x150
 
Extensions:
20x40
20x40
20x50
20x35
26x35
 
*You’ll notice that I have re-introduced hack squats and extensions to my routine after dropping them a while ago ‘cos of the knee bother. It’s early stages with very light weights for now and the weight will increase gradually, but my legs need an overall workout and these exercises are nigh on essential for all-round maintenance.
 
Seated ham curls:
15x55
15x55
12x60
25x35
25x35
 
Lying (prone) leg curls:
15x25
15x25
*Never a big fan of these as they tend to pull on my lower back, but doing just a couple of sets of very light curls shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
 
Seated leg press:
20x160
20x160
15x190
25x130
18x130
 
Calf press:
15x150
15x150
18x160
 
Good girls:
20x50
20x50
18x60
 
Bad girls:
20x50
20x50
18x60
*Drop sets not really necessary with the above three exercises.
 
Ab crunch:
50x40
 
 
Time: 1hr. 5mins.
 
It does like I’m beginning to reach some kind of happy medium with these now. The knees are managing what I throw at them, though I’m being cautious, and I know my quads and hams can lift a hell of a lot more but it simply isn’t worth the risk of further injury. It's a source of frustration after all these years of training heavy, but I'm coming to terms with it now.
So it’s a gradual process and I am finding that my legs are happier going for more reps with a mid-range weight than any sudden increases and the ham curls and seated leg press are two exercises that I’ll be decreasing weight in favour of doing higher reps.
All being well I’ll do another legs session early Saturday morning (before the proverbial p!ss up later on).
 
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Why do some lads in the gym casually and suddenly ‘lose their grip’ on their water bottles when they reach their bench, causing the bottle to fall onto the floor from waist height and roll around? I’ve never understood that. Is it some kind of “bro thing” as in a statement to show that they are “hard” in some way? I place mine down neatly which has never been too difficult I’ve found
 
It’s always nice to see personal trainers coming up to me to have a chat about training, and one of the new guys was interested in my notes. (Most people log things down on their mobiles these days but I prefer the old-fashioned way of pen and paper and use a template). Anyway, this young lad was interested in my training history and after a natter and some praise from him on how splendid I looked for my agethis culminated in him wanting to know about MT as he hadn’t heard of ‘social media’ sites like ours and thought everybody used Facebook lol. He said he’d take a look and maybe join. Bet he doesn’t.
 
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Re: Floydy: Keeping fit after fifty 2017/09/26 15:54:56 (permalink)☄ Helpfulby Floydy. 2017/09/26 15:57:21
Nice legs return mate! Personally I'd sack off the leg extensions. Hacks give you more bang for your buck and less risk of injury- of which I'm afraid your knees are prone now.
 
Also good tip for the lying leg curls- try a big breath and holding it during the rep, and only let it out when you finish that rep. If still uncomfortable try doing them single leg. Used to annoy my back but I now do both varieties no problem, and it is the only ex I do for hams now (due to the dodgy back.)
 
Lol how old was the PT? Never heard of a training forum? Bet he doesn't know what a cassette tape is either!
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Re: Floydy: Keeping fit after fifty 2017/09/26 16:04:40 (permalink)
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Nice legs return mate! Personally I'd sack off the leg extensions. Hacks give you more bang for your buck and less risk of injury- of which I'm afraid your knees are prone now.
 
Also good tip for the lying leg curls- try a big breath and holding it during the rep, and only let it out when you finish that rep. If still uncomfortable try doing them single leg. Used to annoy my back but I now do both varieties no problem, and it is the only ex I do for hams now (due to the dodgy back.)
 
Lol how old was the PT? Never heard of a training forum? Bet he doesn't know what a cassette tape is either!


Love it mate, thanks
I'm doing extensions mainly because of the top quads which get a good definition burst from them. I'll keep them in but only do very light weights and if the knees have trouble they'll be gone.
Odd thing is that I get more pain just walking up the stairs than doing any of these exercises.
 
Lying curls are not an exercise I've ever done in much capacity in the past. I won't be doing single leg curls as they, like the upper body DB rows I've ditched, are not symmetrical and twist the spine causing lower back pulls etc. Yep, thanks for the tip though mate, I'll try the breathing thing on the reps.
 
Ha! The PT was barely out of short trousers. About six stone wet through, naive-eyed and complete with streaked blond blow wave lol. Cassette tapes? He's never seen a CD bud 
 
 
 
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Re: Floydy: Keeping fit after fifty 2017/09/26 16:52:50 (permalink)☄ Helpfulby Floydy. 2017/09/26 20:31:08
New journal is looking good mate
I've followed in the past but kind of got lost by not logging on frequently
I shall enjoy a fresh start mate nice work 👍🏻

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Re: Floydy: Keeping fit after fifty 2017/09/26 18:04:48 (permalink)☄ Helpfulby Floydy. 2017/09/26 20:31:12
Awesome a new journal! Good to see you looking really focused and enjoying things again matey...some cracking sessions to kick page 1 off with too!

 
 
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Re: Floydy: Keeping fit after fifty 2017/09/26 20:30:44 (permalink)
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New journal is looking good mate
I've followed in the past but kind of got lost by not logging on frequently
I shall enjoy a fresh start mate nice work 👍🏻

Hi mate, thanks for taking a look within this temple of disparity and loneliness. Good to have you aboard
Do you run a journal yourself? 
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Awesome a new journal! Good to see you looking really focused and enjoying things again matey...some cracking sessions to kick page 1 off with too!

Ha yes! A new journal would be the last thing anybody would expect from Floydy lol!(Another) fresh start but I'll try to make it work this time. Last chance saloon etc etc


Enjoying the workouts so far bud, yes. Try to fit in the remaining 'pull' session tomorrow, time and energy pending
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Re: Floydy: Keeping fit after fifty 2017/09/27 07:27:28 (permalink)☄ Helpfulby Floydy. 2017/09/27 14:38:16
Hi mate no sorry I don't run a journal, I currently have a fractured hand and a dislocated shoulder to recover from occurred during a seizure due to iresponsible medication prescription
I am however slowly recovering and looking forward to commencing training soonish I hope
Keep at it man

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Re: Floydy: Keeping fit after fifty 2017/09/27 14:43:59 (permalink)
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Hi mate no sorry I don't run a journal, I currently have a fractured hand and a dislocated shoulder to recover from occurred during a seizure due to iresponsible medication prescription
I am however slowly recovering and looking forward to commencing training soonish I hope
Keep at it man

Very sorry to hear of your health complications, triple-G. Sometimes our 'professionals' in the powers-that-be who are meant to be looking after us seriously fvck up don't they? It's often down to staff being pressurised to do more than what they can do. NHS shortages and everyone including we, the general public, get the brunt of it.
Hope you get sorted soon bud and get that claim in!
 
A journal is not the be all and end all anyway. It's personal choice and my main reason is to keep me motivated. If I didn't write anything down I get complacent. 
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Re: Floydy: Keeping fit after fifty 2017/09/27 14:58:55 (permalink)
After a really sh!tty morning's sleep grabbing an hour or so at a time (the lad opposite is digging a new driveway), I woke up feeling more lethargic than before I went to bed. So the gym wasn't going to be on the cards; no point training when you're dead tired, it juts saps the energy even more and for what?
 
However, I've done a couple of days on the trot so no harm done. It's just some pull work (back, biceps, lat pulls etc) to catch up on and I think because tomorrow I'll be nicely rested I'll give these current high rep sessions a miss and go the whole shebang on a full back/arms workout. All being well.
 
So today I decided to stock up on winter vitamins.
I'm weening myself off protein shakes right now because although they are great for general fitness and strength maintenance, I know they put on weight on the belly too much - I mean why are so-called "diet whey" powders full of fat and sugar? Doesn't make sense really does it. If anyone here can flag me up on a shake which is relatively high on protein content but with the minimal amount of sugar and very little fat content, I'd be grateful. I can't find anything.
Thanks
 
Anyway I digress...Paid a visit to Holland & Barrett and bought some high strength D3 caps (for the winter blues), some glucosamine/cod liver oil for my joints and the new one which is being talked about recently - HMB.
HMB is supposed to be a great supplement to repair weary ligaments and delay the onset of age-related gripes such as arthritis. It's also designed as a great vitamin to help delay natural muscle wastage post-middle age. It was expensive at £26 for 60 caps, but I'm giving it a go. Anyone else had any experience with HMB?
 
So all this coupled with my using up about 20 leftover LGD-Osta pills, I'll be positively rattling!
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Re: Floydy: Keeping fit after fifty 2017/09/27 15:31:50 (permalink)
Don't blame you knocking it on the head today floydy, when I used to work nights I had to go straight to the gym after work if I didn't it was never gonna happen man

The new caps sound good mate I'm gonna have a read up on them now 👍🏻

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Re: Floydy: Keeping fit after fifty 2017/09/27 17:26:21 (permalink)☄ Helpfulby Floydy 2017/09/27 20:29:49
Journal number 68 is it now mate?
Great start to the journal with those sessions, I expect to see a whole lot more with the pills knocking around inside you bud.
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Re: Floydy: Keeping fit after fifty 2017/09/27 20:31:31 (permalink)
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Journal number 68 is it now mate?
Great start to the journal with those sessions, I expect to see a whole lot more with the pills knocking around inside you bud.


More than that easily mate
Just gotta keep it going mate without being a cry baby all the time. I'll do my best to make things entertaining for y'all
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Re: Floydy: Keeping fit after fifty 2017/09/27 22:29:52 (permalink)
Can't believe I'm two pages into this new journal already without giving up. Must be doing something right for a change😊
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