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Re: Mid-life crisis 2018/11/09 20:31:53 (permalink)
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Hey bud,
As discussed the week off has come at the right time for you, if not a week or so late. A complete rest will do you good. Relax, eat drink, soak up some sun and spend some valuable time with your loved ones. Bodybuilding is a very self consuming sport and your family will cherish this time with you as things become stricter on the lead up to comp.
In terms of what you have achieved thus far on your own, we all agree that it is pretty fantastic. You don't realise what a good physique you have built and the condition you are in shows what nice balance you have.  
Lacking self belief is a negative but if we can use it as a tool to drive us to constantly seek improvement, it can be a positive. I am looking forward to working with you and getting you on stage for the first time.



Thanks. Well, I struggled to relax, had several dreams about not making first call outs and all that, going over posing routine in my head etc etc. Lost a smidgen of weight as probably ate in a deficit and don't drink. Kids were kids - my two youngest can be very trying - but it was good to experience our first holiday abroad as a unit, just the five of us. 
You're right, I don't see the same thing others do when I look at pictures of myself...
 
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Enjoy your holiday bud!
With tuff on board you will be unstoppable!



I couldn't possibly say unstoppable... I hope to be competitive and not look stupid on stage. Yes I want to win the class - who doesn't want to win? - but realistically, I guess I'm targeting a place in the top three. But third in a three-man line-up is not what I'm after...
 
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Friday, 09/11/18

Weight morning of holiday: 192.6lbs
Weight morning after return: 192.4lbs
 
Back in the gym today ahead of new plans, which start Monday. I will detail these in due course.
 
Did a truncated 'full body' today:
 
Incline bench [Smith]
50kg x 20
95kg x 8
95kg x 5
80kg x 8
70kg x 8
60kg x 10 drop set 50kg x 6 rest pause x 3
 
Barbell rows
100kg x 15
127.5kg x 10
130kg x 8
130kg x 6
120kg x 10
110kg x 12 drop set 100kg x 10
 
Squats
60kg x 15
100kg x 10
120kg x 8
130kg x 6 drop set 100kg x 6 drop set 60kg x 12
 
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Re: Mid-life crisis 2018/11/09 23:01:59 (permalink)
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I know you know this but you have to stop stressing about factors outside of your control. Wanting to place is only natural but the only real challenge and competition is with yourself that's the only fight you can compare with

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Re: Mid-life crisis 2018/11/10 15:35:12 (permalink)
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I know you know this but you have to stop stressing about factors outside of your control. Wanting to place is only natural but the only real challenge and competition is with yourself that's the only fight you can compare with



I do. I'm trying. One of them was dream though so difficult to stop that. I do need to increase the work on my mental outlook to this comp tho.
 
I have now registered and paid the entry fee for the competition, so I'm now balls deep as they say. Bricking it.

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Re: Mid-life crisis 2018/11/10 16:00:32 (permalink)
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I used to have reoccurring dreams of missing layups from opening tip playing basketball long after I stopped playing. The brain is an evil mistress

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Re: Mid-life crisis 2018/11/10 18:06:13 (permalink)
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The brain is an evil mistress



Yep. Mine's an absolute bastard bitch.

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Re: Mid-life crisis 2018/11/10 21:20:21 (permalink)
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I swear you see a different person in the mirror to what we all see because you have a cracking physique already. You can't think about who you may be against because it is not about the place but the personal achievement. If you place it is a bonus and you have every chance of doing.
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Re: Mid-life crisis 2018/11/11 11:51:37 (permalink)
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I swear you see a different person in the mirror to what we all see because you have a cracking physique already. You can't think about who you may be against because it is not about the place but the personal achievement. If you place it is a bonus and you have every chance of doing.



I must do. As you say, I'm going to have to trust your eyes and not mine. I also need to lower my expectations. I've got my heart a little bit set of taking home a trophy. But I need to forget all that, put the competition to the back of my mind and just focus on what I have been doing; training and eating with 100 per cent discipline and consistency and, now, following the plans you have laid out. Things should then take care of themselves and whatever will be will be. Easier said than done to manipulate that mental aspect, but I'm going to have to try.

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Re: Mid-life crisis 2018/11/11 14:53:11 (permalink)
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Good luck with Tuffy Eug , good choice !
 
met him at the lancs 2015 (borrowed him my bendy bar) and met him at the British finals at gateshead , he had added a whole lot of size in that space of time . He did have that look on his face that he was never gonna do this again lol, apart from when hes 40 , but i think ill be o45 by then 
 
Agree its not about the placing , these shows are absolute lotto's , just concentrate on being in the shape of your life, enjoy the whole prep ordeal , enjoy the journey , get some good pics to look back on , if a trophy is a byproduct of all of that effort then its a bonus , I won the finals this year , but it wouldn't surprise me if I didn't even qualify if i did it all again next year , but if I made any improvements I would still be more than happy !
 
I know a competitor than Dan helped this year and she had a very good year !
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Re: Mid-life crisis 2018/11/11 15:17:18 (permalink)
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I must do. As you say, I'm going to have to trust your eyes and not mine. I also need to lower my expectations. I've got my heart a little bit set of taking home a trophy. But I need to forget all that, put the competition to the back of my mind and just focus on what I have been doing; training and eating with 100 per cent discipline and consistency and, now, following the plans you have laid out. Things should then take care of themselves and whatever will be will be. Easier said than done to manipulate that mental aspect, but I'm going to have to try.

Don't get me wrong mate, we are 100% aiming for a top 3 place but that is out of our control. We can get you at your best and then it will be down to the fate of the judges on the day.


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Good luck with Tuffy Eug , good choice !
 
met him at the lancs 2015 (borrowed him my bendy bar) and met him at the British finals at gateshead , he had added a whole lot of size in that space of time . He did have that look on his face that he was never gonna do this again lol, apart from when hes 40 , but i think ill be o45 by then 
 
Agree its not about the placing , these shows are absolute lotto's , just concentrate on being in the shape of your life, enjoy the whole prep ordeal , enjoy the journey , get some good pics to look back on , if a trophy is a byproduct of all of that effort then its a bonus , I won the finals this year , but it wouldn't surprise me if I didn't even qualify if i did it all again next year , but if I made any improvements I would still be more than happy !
 
I know a competitor than Dan helped this year and she had a very good year !


 
Cheers mate. That was my first ever class 2 show back in 2015 and I was nervous as hell. I felt completely out of my depth. I doubt I will be back on stage myself before I am 40 but never say never. 
 
Exciting year ahead with a lot of clients getting on stage and half of them for the first time ever.
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Re: Mid-life crisis 2018/11/11 20:32:08 (permalink)
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Holiday sounds well times. Where was it mate? 
Looks like things moving good for you training wise with Tuf's guidance.

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Re: Mid-life crisis 2018/11/12 03:06:54 (permalink)
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Thanks. Well, I struggled to relax, had several dreams about not making first call outs and all that, going over posing routine in my head etc etc. Lost a smidgen of weight as probably ate in a deficit and don't drink. Kids were kids - my two youngest can be very trying - but it was good to experience our first holiday abroad as a unit, just the five of us. 
You're right, I don't see the same thing others do when I look at pictures of myself...
 
 

I didnt make the first callout at the worlds, but none of the top 4 did , first time ive seen it done that way though , first call out was for the more abdominal distended competitors , I had eyed up who i thought where going to be top3 whist pumping up so felt fairly comfy when none of those guys got the first call.
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Re: Mid-life crisis 2018/11/12 12:57:07 (permalink)
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Good luck with Tuffy Eug , good choice !
Met him at the lancs 2015 (borrowed him my bendy bar) and met him at the British finals at gateshead , he had added a whole lot of size in that space of time . He did have that look on his face that he was never gonna do this again lol, apart from when hes 40 , but i think ill be o45 by then 
Agree its not about the placing , these shows are absolute lotto's , just concentrate on being in the shape of your life, enjoy the whole prep ordeal , enjoy the journey , get some good pics to look back on , if a trophy is a byproduct of all of that effort then its a bonus , I won the finals this year , but it wouldn't surprise me if I didn't even qualify if i did it all again next year , but if I made any improvements I would still be more than happy !
I know a competitor than Dan helped this year and she had a very good year !



Thanks mate. Your input has also gone a long way to convincing me to take the plunge and compete. So far so good with Dan; always prompt with answering my many inane questions...
 
Tuffy
Don't get me wrong mate, we are 100% aiming for a top 3 place but that is out of our control. We can get you at your best and then it will be down to the fate of the judges on the day.

 
OK. I still need to change my mentality though I think. Focus on training and eating. Nothing else.
 
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Holiday sounds well times. Where was it mate? 
Looks like things moving good for you training wise with Tuf's guidance.



We just went to Lanzarote mate. Quiet area called Matagorda. And we only went because it was a fraction under £1000 - which for the five of us is a steal. All the holidays I've seen prior to these have been upward of £2500 and we just can't afford that. Kids loved it, so that's the main thing.
 
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I didnt make the first callout at the worlds, but none of the top 4 did , first time ive seen it done that way though , first call out was for the more abdominal distended competitors , I had eyed up who i thought where going to be top3 whist pumping up so felt fairly comfy when none of those guys got the first call.



OK - I'm going to try and train my mind to forget about all these now and just train and eat.
 
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I'm trying to stay positive because I think I'm having a bad day at precisely the wrong time. But I feel a little better now I've had a mixing bowl full with almost half a box of coco pops!
 
Clearly wanted to hit the ground running as this is Day 1 of 20 weeks under Dan's guidance. Plans all look good, with a four-day split; Lower 1, Upper 1, Rest, Lower 2, Upper 2, Rest, Rest.
 
But ridiculous school-run traffic put me 30 minutes behind schedule early doors. Missus was on school trip with my daughter so had to take youngest, who goes to Nursery, with me to drop off eldest at high school, before driving back to take him to school. Took ages to get there, then caught in the same shyte on the way back. So right off the bat my stress levels are high.
 
In the rush to get to the gym, I forget my training diary. A few expletives later, I accept I'll just have to write it on my phone... which then runs out of battery half way through the f'ing workout. What a cvnt I am. Now I'm going from memory, including putting into practice the 'muscle round', which I've never done before. Turns out I got it the wrong way round. Then I had an issue with lying dumbbell leg curl and couldn't end up doing it.
 
I'm also waiting on the delivery of my intra-workout cyclic dextrin and EAA's. In the meantime, I used some maxy waize, which made me feel dehydrated for most of the workout.
 
I know, I know, boo fvcking hoo. I should have been better prepared and normally am, so I'm a little disappointed. Hopefully the remainder of today improves.
 
12/11/18
Morning bodyweight: 190lbs.
 
Lower 1
 
Barbell squats
60kg x 10 warm-up
80kg x 10 warm-up
100kg x 8 warm-up
110kg x 15
120kg x 10
130kg x 6
 
Narrow leg press
150kg x 10 warm-up [I was sufficiently warmed up but needed to gauge feel of narrow stance]
200kg x 12
250kg x 12
 
Walking lunges
30kg x 10 [to gauge feel, as never done these before; bit heavy as form sloppy]
26kg x 10
 
Barbell SLDL
60kg x 10 warm-up
100kg x 12
120kg x 10
130kg x 6
 
Dumbbell SLDL
28kg x 20
 
Leg extension
52kg x 20
 
Lying leg curl - No seated machine in gym [muscle round - but wrong way round; supposed to be 6 sets of 4]
50kg x 6
50kg x 6
50kg x 2
50kg two half reps
 
Dumbbell lying leg curl
Couldn't fit dumbbell between legs/feet and neither could guy I asked. Numpties. By this time I was knackered, dehydrated and so moved on.
 
Abductor [this was supposed to be rest pause but phone went off so couldn't check program]
39kg x 20 warm-up
45kg x 15
 
Standing calf raise [Smith machine]
107kg x 12
107kg x 12
107kg x 12
 
Calf press
100kg x 20
100kg x 20
100kg x 18
100kg x 18
 
Time: 1hr 45min.
 
So more notes than usual today as I'm trying to find my feet with a new program and want to get it right quickly, which I haven't done. Trying to put a positive spin on it as I know you guys hate me being negative, the only glaring error is the dumbbell lying leg curl but, by this point, my hamstrings were pretty exhausted, as this way far more hammy work than I have normally done, so I'm hoping it won't hurt being a one off. Still not overly happy with myself over it though.
 
Diet later.
 
 

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Re: Mid-life crisis 2018/11/12 16:04:38 (permalink)
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More than enough in there to not have to worry about the little stuff

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Re: Mid-life crisis 2018/11/12 20:35:21 (permalink)
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Plenty done mate and you'll soon adjust to the new program i'm sure.

 
 
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Re: Mid-life crisis 2018/11/12 20:47:27 (permalink)
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Just read this and put myself in your shoes , youll probably be thinking are these guys telling me to compete but think im not good enough to place? should i set my expectations lower and just do my best ?
 
truth is on any given day looking at your physique you could be good enough to win , on another day you might not place,  I know theres at least 5-10 over 40 competitors that would beat me(that I know off) , and if they all show up then im screwed, if I scalp a few im happy , if i get some decent pics and hold my own and be slightly better than the previous version of myself ill be happy.  Just do your best , get shredded , dont worry about the scales , youll be fine that shape and phyique will look really good when your stage ready . Youll not be making up the numbers mate , youll be right up there!
 
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Re: Mid-life crisis 2018/11/12 21:43:41 (permalink)
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Just read this and put myself in your shoes , youll probably be thinking are these guys telling me to compete but think im not good enough to place? should i set my expectations lower and just do my best ?
 
truth is on any given day looking at your physique you could be good enough to win , on another day you might not place,  I know theres at least 5-10 over 40 competitors that would beat me(that I know off) , and if they all show up then im screwed, if I scalp a few im happy , if i get some decent pics and hold my own and be slightly better than the previous version of myself ill be happy.  Just do your best , get shredded , dont worry about the scales , youll be fine that shape and phyique will look really good when your stage ready . Youll not be making up the numbers mate , youll be right up there!
 


Great post, couldn't have put it better myself. The placing is down to luck if you have done everything right.
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Re: Mid-life crisis 2018/11/12 21:46:50 (permalink)
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Nice first session Eugene. 
 
The first week will be very hit and miss as my training style is very different from the norm and on paper quite complex but you put in a good session and have a benchmark to work from next week and progress. 
 
How much water do you usually go through during a session? It is important to be well hydrated before and then have around 2 litres whilst training. 
 
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Re: Mid-life crisis 2018/11/13 20:42:02 (permalink)
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More than enough in there to not have to worry about the little stuff



Oh you know me, I don't worry about anything...
 
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Plenty done mate and you'll soon adjust to the new program i'm sure.



Your right, I will.
 
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Just read this and put myself in your shoes , youll probably be thinking are these guys telling me to compete but think im not good enough to place? should i set my expectations lower and just do my best ?
 
truth is on any given day looking at your physique you could be good enough to win , on another day you might not place,  I know theres at least 5-10 over 40 competitors that would beat me(that I know off) , and if they all show up then im screwed, if I scalp a few im happy , if i get some decent pics and hold my own and be slightly better than the previous version of myself ill be happy.  Just do your best , get shredded , dont worry about the scales , youll be fine that shape and phyique will look really good when your stage ready . Youll not be making up the numbers mate , youll be right up there!



Thanks mate. Uncontrollable dreams aside, I'm still going to try and put the show out of my mind and just train, eat and practice posing.
 
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Nice first session Eugene. 
The first week will be very hit and miss as my training style is very different from the norm and on paper quite complex but you put in a good session and have a benchmark to work from next week and progress. 
How much water do you usually go through during a session? It is important to be well hydrated before and then have around 2 litres whilst training. 

 
The style is different, yes - there is a lot more volume and frequency than I've been used to . Today's session was two hours; the longest session I think I've had in two years!
Water - I'm normally OK with just my 800ml bottle. The dehydration problem has surfaced from me using waxy maize as my intra carbs - it really dries my mouth. But the cyclic dextrin and EAA's arrived today, so hopefully that will be different.
 
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13/11/18 - 192lbs - Upper 1

Underhand lat pulldowns
32kg x 10 warm-up
39kg x 10 warm-up
45kg x 10 warm-up
52kg x 8 warm-up
73kg x 8
59kg x 12
 
Rack pull
60kg x 10 warm-up/getting feel of movement, never done these before
100kg x 15
140kg x 11
160kg x 8
 
Leverage row
45kg x 10
52kg x 10
 
Dumbbell row
50kg x 10
45kg x 15
 
Barbell bench press [this was rubbish. Strength zapped after back I think]
60kg x 12 warm-up
70kg x 10 warm-up
90kg x 10
100kg x 4
80kg x 9
 
Incline Smith bench
60kg x 12
70kg x 8
 
Seated dumbbell press
16kg x 12 warm-up
20kg x 12
22kg x 10
 
CGBP
40kg x 12
50kg x 10
45kg x 11
 
Pec Dec [rest-pause]
41kg x 10
41kg x Failure [these include partial reps]
41kg x Failure [as above]
 
Tricep pushdown [muscle round]
64kg x 4
64kg x 4
64kg x 4
64kg x 4
64kg x 4
64kg x 3
 
Reverse pec fly
25kg x 10
32kg x 10
18kg x 20
 
SLR [triple-drop]
16kg x 12
14kg x Failure
12kg x Failure
 
Preacher curls [EZ-Bar]
20kg x 15
30kg x 10
17.5kg x 20
 
Crunches
15
15
15
10
 
Time: 2 hours [Gulp!]
 
Calories drop tomorrow due to non-training day. Will be interesting to see how hunger goes, as I've felt several pangs these past two days on higher cals. Still early days.
post edited by Eugene - 2018/11/13 21:08:12

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Re: Mid-life crisis 2018/11/13 20:52:41 (permalink)
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Immense session mate...Dan got you grafting!!

 
 
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Lots of work, lots of high end effort, all recovery aspects intra and post will need to be on the money

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