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Re: Mid-life crisis 2019/02/06 17:48:42 (permalink)
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Legs are a strong point for you I would say, certainly quads from that shot anyway. Down the line there would be no harm allowing better recovery for training upper more by reducing lower volume if you felt the need. No issues with condition at all

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Re: Mid-life crisis 2019/02/06 18:45:37 (permalink)
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Looking well on point mate...keep focused.

 
 
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Re: Mid-life crisis 2019/02/06 22:32:59 (permalink)
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Wise decision to reassess form, it is something I strongly advocate after a period of progression.
 
You are progressing well with the sessions though and I am really happy with your look currently. 
 
 
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Re: Mid-life crisis 2019/02/06 22:43:02 (permalink)
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Re: Mid-life crisis 2019/02/06 22:46:39 (permalink)
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Re: Mid-life crisis 2019/02/07 18:56:41 (permalink)
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Legs are a strong point for you I would say, certainly quads from that shot anyway. Down the line there would be no harm allowing better recovery for training upper more by reducing lower volume if you felt the need. No issues with condition at all



My brain has rather helpfully translated this for me as: Bottom half good, top half not so good.
 
Most of my front shots are awful because of my lack of muscle. Legs are dominant, yes, with lots of vascularity. I will post some lat spreads but reluctant to post front double as it is SHYTE.
 
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Looking well on point mate...keep focused.



Hope so. Feeling smaller in clothes now. Face coming in too.
 
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Wise decision to reassess form, it is something I strongly advocate after a period of progression.
You are progressing well with the sessions though and I am really happy with your look currently. 

 
Well it was seeing a Lee Priest clip that convinced me to do it. I've always thought my form was OK but he just looks silky smooth in his training movements; like the weights are feather-light. I've just slowed the movement right down, particularly the negative.
I'm happy with my most muscular but that's about it!
 
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07/02/19 - LOWER 1 [reduced volume]
 
Leg press [high and wide]
100kg x 15 w
200kg x 4 w
250kg x 3 w
300kg x 2 w
400kg x 12 [last time 400kg x 10]
400kg x 8 [last time 380kg x 12]
 
Single leg press
110kg x 9 [last time 100kg x 12]
100kg x 12 [last time 100kg x 12]
 
Smith lunges
Bar x 8 w
40kg x 13
 
Lying leg curl [muscle round]
41kg x 4/4/4/4/4/4 [last time 41kg x 4/4/4/4/3/1]
 
BB SLDL [rest pause]
130kg x 10/F/F
 
Abductor [rest pause]
100kg x 12/F/F
 
Adductor [muscle round]
66kg x 4/4/4/4/4/4
 
Standing calf raise [Smith]
140kg x 10
145kg x 10
145kg x 8
 
Time: 1hr 10min.
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Re: Mid-life crisis 2019/02/07 21:11:40 (permalink)
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Lat spreads:
 

 


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Re: Mid-life crisis 2019/02/07 21:15:59 (permalink)
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Hitting that lat spread well. What's going on with that one big toe flexing?
 
Looking good, mate, heading nicely in the right direction

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Re: Mid-life crisis 2019/02/08 12:02:52 (permalink)
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Looking great mate!

 
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Re: Mid-life crisis 2019/02/08 19:33:23 (permalink)
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Hitting that lat spread well. What's going on with that one big toe flexing?
Looking good, mate, heading nicely in the right direction



I've checked and I pretty much do the toe thing on all those poses. Confirmation, if any were needed, that I am in fact a weirdo. Will have to control that.
The rear shots are far better than the front ones, which are generally a weak point for me.
 
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Looking great mate!



Some pics better than others mate.
 
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08/02/19 - UPPER 2
 
V-Bar pulldowns
25kg x 15 w
32kg x 4 w
39kg x 3 w
45kg x 2 w
52kg x 1 w
79kg x 8
73kg x 7 [no touch on 8]
 
Hyperextension DB shrugs
30kg x 12
34kg x 10
 
Chest-supported DB row
44kg x 9
44k x 8 [higher incline]
 
Pulldowns [wide]
66k x 12
73kg x 7
 
Single-arm cable row [rest pause]
R: 38kg x 12/F/F
L: 38kg x 12/F/F
 
Rear delts
22kg x 19 [last time 22kg x 17]
22kg x 12 [last time 22kg x 16]
22kg x 12 [last time 22kg x 15]
 
Incline bench [Smith]
Bar x 15 w
40kg x 4 w
50kg x 3 w
60kg x 2 w
80kg x 11
85kg x 6
 
BB shoulder press
50kg x 13
55kg x 7
 
Cable SLR [muscle round]
14kg x 4/4/4/4/2/1 [last time 14kg x 4/4/4/2/1/0
 
Tricep pushdowns [rest pause]
68kg x 17
54kg x 8
 
Crunches
40/25/25/25
 
Time: 1hr 45min.
 
NOTES: 
Reduced weight for form, hence no 'last time'. Feel so much better training this way, more enjoyable; slow and deliberate, forgetting the numbers.
DB shrugs using hyperextension station much better.
Feeling small in the gym, which is always nice!
 
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Last week's weight: 189.2lbs
This week's weight: 188.4lbs
 
Last week's waist: 32in.
This week's waist: 31.5in.
 
Small weight loss, bit shaved off waist, which looks and feels much smaller.
 
Still waking totally drenched. Also feeling cold during different spells of the day. Dysmorphia still working its black magic. Didn't think much of updated pics today and still cannot nail my side poses, despite having been practicing them every day for weeks. Posing routine coming on but need to increase the frequency I'm practicing this.
Tiredness creeping in too. Must be the midnight cardio.
Abs are coming, lines faintly noticeable without tensing but chest still p1ss poor. Lots of loose skin around tummy tho, looks dreadful in many of my poses. I was never a fat bar steward but did have a beer gut three years ago.
Booked in for undercoat tan night before show but got to start sunbeds from now, two 10min sessions per week should give a nice base.
Feeling a little flat mood wise tonight, not sure why.

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Re: Mid-life crisis 2019/02/08 20:28:32 (permalink)
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You're hitting that point in prep where is its mentally draining. You are not abnormal for feeling this way.
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Re: Mid-life crisis 2019/02/09 21:25:45 (permalink)
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You're hitting that point in prep where is its mentally draining. You are not abnormal for feeling this way.



Probably just an off day, I have a fair few of those though.
 
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Food being squeezed this week, with just seven weeks to go. Cardio increases too, but only by five mins to 35.
 
Quarter turns are still causing me problems, the side ones, annoyingly the first turn to the right. I can't seem to nail it.
Also, last few days I've found out that my show is a sell-out; close to 600 tickets. And the PCA also put out that more than 200 people are entered for it.
So now the nerves begin as it looks like the show is a big one. Have I bitten off more than I can chew...
Probably.

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Re: Mid-life crisis 2019/02/10 07:40:21 (permalink)☄ Helpfulby Eugene 2019/02/11 12:11:56
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Nerves are good if you channel them in the right way. Nerves release adrenaline signalling your natural fight or flight reaction. You ain't running anywhere mate which means it's time to fight even harder.

What better way to smash this in front of a packed house. Just think of how you will feel afterwards having showed off all your hard work. It doesn't matter if you place or come last, the fact you stood toe to toe (all be it weird flexed one) on stage in front of so many will boost you far more than winning in front of 6 men and a dog.
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Re: Mid-life crisis 2019/02/10 09:03:25 (permalink)
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Great stuff mate. My favourite parts in the pics are those lats and upper back.... I'd swear you could hold a pencil between those rhomboids!

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Re: Mid-life crisis 2019/02/11 09:53:01 (permalink)
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Looking in great shape mate.

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Re: Mid-life crisis 2019/02/11 12:28:45 (permalink)
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Nerves are good if you channel them in the right way. Nerves release adrenaline signalling your natural fight or flight reaction. You ain't running anywhere mate which means it's time to fight even harder.

What better way to smash this in front of a packed house. Just think of how you will feel afterwards having showed off all your hard work. It doesn't matter if you place or come last, the fact you stood toe to toe (all be it weird flexed one) on stage in front of so many will boost you far more than winning in front of 6 men and a dog.



Thanks for this. You're so right. A lot of it is mental now, which is another weak point of mine. Self-belief is a funny one; just as you start to gather some for the first time, you realise that, after all, you could in fact end up miles off the placings. So time to reset the thinking. Carry on with the mission to bring your best. If it's good enough, great. If it's not, it's not. I did everything and left nothing on the table.
 
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Great stuff mate. My favourite parts in the pics are those lats and upper back.... I'd swear you could hold a pencil between those rhomboids!



Back pics are my better ones. Front pics and side pics, aside from my strongest pose - the most muscular - are weak and I don't like them. Rear lat spread is decent and there is plenty of detail in rear double.
 
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Looking in great shape mate.



Thanks Floppy.
 
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11/02/19 - LOWER 1
 
Leg press high and wide
100kg x 15 w
200kg x 4 w
250kg x 3 w
300kg x 2 w
410kg x 10 [last time 400kg x 10]
410kg x 10 [last time 380kg x 12]
 
Single leg press
110kg x 12 [last time 100kg x 12]
120kg x 10 [last time 100kg x 12]
 
Split squats
62.5kg x 10 [last time 60kg x 12]
 
Leg extension [muscle round]
86kg x 4/4/4/4/4/3 [last time 86kg x 4/4/4/4/3/1]
 
Adductor [rest pause]
79kg x 15 /F/F [last time 79kg x 10, 66kg x F/F]
 
Single leg curl [rest pause]
R: 32kg x 9/F/F [last time 27kg x 13/F/F]
L: 32kg x 10/F/F [last time 27kg x 14/F/F]
 
Lying leg curl [muscle round]
41kg x 4/4/4/4/4/3 [last time 41kg x 4/4/4/4/3/1]
 
Calf press
151kg x 30 [last time 151kg x 25]
151kg x 15 [last time 151kg x 20]
151kg x 15 [last time 151kg x 15]
 
Time: 1hr 15min.
 
NOTES:
Woke this morning feeling wiped out, devoid of energy, motivation etc. So where this workout came from, I don't know. Seemed to be OK once I got into the zone. Starting to feel like someone who does this properly, rather than for a hobby. PCA bandies around the word 'athlete' but I'm hesitant to use that for myself. But I do feel different doing all this now. More professional.
We started 100mg of stanavar yesterday too; 50mg anavar, 50mg winstrol. Still feel tired now as I'm writing this tho, could easily fall asleep on the sofa, but have to nip out to get more food to prepare before work. It never stops.
Posing practice, as I've mentioned before, has been happening every day for weeks now, usually after cardio, so about 12.30am or 1am. Little boy was sick the other night so, after cleaning up his room, I came back downstairs and took some more pics/videoes in a different light and managed to get this pic, which I've compared to about five months before I began bodybuilding, in May 2016. It's one picture I'm really happy with.
Left pic is May 2016, 196lbs.
Right pic is Feb 2019, 188lbs.
 

 
No prizes for guessing which one the missus prefers. She was shocked by my face this morning too; not because it's ugly but because it's bony. Cheeks sinking by the day now.
 
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Re: Mid-life crisis 2019/02/11 16:20:33 (permalink)
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That's a great transformation pick, mate... mad thing is, you can even see as an untrained person you don't have bad structure you just look out of shape. Be cool to see the difference drier meds make

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Re: Mid-life crisis 2019/02/11 16:48:18 (permalink)
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Awesome transformation mate!

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Re: Mid-life crisis 2019/02/12 10:08:03 (permalink)
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Awesome transformation mate!



This.
 
This run up to competition is going to be really interesting to see, loving this journal mate, keep up the good work!

 
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Re: Mid-life crisis 2019/02/12 13:22:17 (permalink)
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F*cking awesome transformation mate.

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