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Thanks wolf. Anything above 315, I try to get a spotter because theblift off drains me. Personally, I don't feel like I've really benefitted from lifting anything past 315. Usually 275 or 295 is my safe zone if I'm by myself.

Starting to train arms more and actually enjoying it. My goal is to add half an inch on my arm within a year. Doesn't seem like a lot but it's pretty huge if you think about it.

I haven't been incline benching much but today I decided to go for it. There was a point I forgot that I was lifting 225 on the incline...I thought it was 205 because I got 10 reps. But I looked at the bar when I was done and realized I had two plates in each side. Good feeling and hopefully I can get 245 for 8 reps soon.
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3x6 275 on the decline. Making good progress
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Bulking is going great. Last time I weighed myself, I’m at 217.

The heavier I get, the harder it becomes to eat. Lately I’ve been making heavy shakes in the morning and at night to balance out the meals. Breakfast used to be my favorite meal of the day but now I’m starting to dread it. Maybe it’s only because I’m fasting for a good 7 hours(right before bed) before I eat my next meal. The shakes I make look something like this....

1 scoop of weight gain powder (25g protein 140g carbs)
1 scoop of whey
1 cup of oats
1 cup and a half of milk
Lots of honey
2 bananas
1 scoop of peanut butter
1 tablespoon of coconut oil

These shakes are awesome for bulking. In my first bulk I kind of overdid it with the milk, but they do get the job done. Carbs have never been a huge issue with me because I have a relatively high metabolism (I won’t blow up like a balloon)

For dinner I’ve been eating nothing but salmon. Usually anywhere from 3 to 4 fillets of salmon with a nice side of veggies. Lunch time I usually eat whatever I want because the majority of my diet is solid. I would like to think that bulking like this is pretty effective for me because it gives me a lot of wiggle room to eat different things - Like the other day, I ate a fuck ton of ribs and French fries from chili’s.

I’m taking this time to deload. I did a couple of 315 lifts not long ago, but I felt like my front delts started to hate me. Did a burnout session with squats as well (275 for 20 reps). I think it’s wise for me to take a week of deload for now and then gradually make my way back into it again. Other than that, feeling great and feeling strong. I would say my overall strength hasn’t really increased but my endurance has. In theory, I’ll get stronger next year again when I do my cut.
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Old 10-13-2017, 10:21 PM   #24
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Just a status update of what I'm looking like right now.



Some back progress



Just a good idea what my meals have been looking like as of lately.


The main difference with my current bulk vs my old one is that I'm trying to have a bit more control on what I'm putting into my body. In my first bulk, I did what every beginner does....eat anything I got my hands on without any knowledge of macros (sodas, pizza,fried chicken, mashed potatoes, etc). Looking at my old photos from last year, I'm pretty sure that's what caused me to have sort of a small gut. What I'm loving about this style of eating is that there is A LOT of flexibility.....and here is the best part - I can still enjoy all my favorite foods and not get super fucking fat. Also, if you looked at my previous diet, I was lacking a lot of micronutrients. I was supplementing with a multivitamin, but I really started to hate how I could smell the pill when I took a piss.

Fish has been my go to for protein because it's lighter on the stomach for me. I don't mind chicken, but salmon just has been the way to go.
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Old 10-14-2017, 07:34 AM   #25
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Sick back bro.

Glad to hear you have your diet under control. Most people don't need to take a multi; the smell in your piss after taking one is literally the vitamins you're pissing out that your body isn't absorbing. It's useless for most people.
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Old 10-28-2017, 07:35 PM   #26
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This month has been pretty successful.

Hitting a PR on the decline (315 for 3). I'm trying to get away from doing so much barbell work and focus more on the dumbbells - that includes machines as well (more isolation done with compound movements).

Leg workouts have been switched to a more higher volume and allows me not to focus too much on strength. I performed a 435 lb squat not too long ago, but I felt like my knee got the short end of the deal (i also did this raw with no belt or wraps). Still healthy, but definitely going to taking it more careful when I have my heavy days.
Example of a routine i've been doing is something like this....
135 1 x 15
225 1 x 20
255 1 x 20
275 1 x 20
225 1 x 20
185 1 x 20

Very high volume but very effective.
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Old 10-28-2017, 10:18 PM   #27
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Ur a monster u natty or are u test trenning? Creatine?
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Old 10-29-2017, 01:17 AM   #28
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100% natural and I plan on staying that way for as long as I can. I’ve had a few discussions with other lifters about the idea of running gear - and they usually end up with the same conclusion (won’t take unless I feel the need to).

As of now, the supplements that I take is
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I used to dabble with horny goat weed as a natural test supplement but that just gave me strong erections when I was doing my business.
Multivitamins used to be part of my stack as well but I felt like they weren’t really doing anything.
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good shit. Wish I still gave a shit about what I look like.
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Mahou your fitness log has been very on point I am looking forward to seeing great things from you. I wanted to ask, have you ever tried cardio on an elliptical machine? A good elliptical machine set on high resistance can take your heart to new heights. It doesn't tax your body as hard as running, as it focuses primarily on the thighs, but will easily allow you to sustain heartbeats of 160, 170, 180, even 190+ BPM for long periods of time.
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good shit. Wish I still gave a shit about what I look like.
It’s never too late to start. I started weight lifting the first day I started posted in this sub forum (sometime last year).

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Mahou your fitness log has been very on point I am looking forward to seeing great things from you. I wanted to ask, have you ever tried cardio on an elliptical machine? A good elliptical machine set on high resistance can take your heart to new heights. It doesn't tax your body as hard as running, as it focuses primarily on the thighs, but will easily allow you to sustain heartbeats of 160, 170, 180, even 190+ BPM for long periods of time.
Thank you Travis - I’m also looking to see how far I can go myself.

I have not tried doing the elliptical - mostly have just stuck to doing the stair master for about 15-20 minutes twice a week for some solid cardio. I can give it a go again, but I usually get bored very easily using treadmills or elliptical. The stair master can break me in sweat in about 10 minutes depending how high I set the level on the machine.
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My endurance is getting much better

Did a full body workout but I put most of the emphasis on my upper back because it’s been awhile since i hit it

Decline
135 1x8
225 1x15
245 1x12
275 1x6
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Everything else I put about 40% of my max and stuck to about 15 to 20 reps.
135 1x10
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Weighed myself today

I'm at 218 pounds and I don't look fat at all. Bulk is going along great.
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Right now I’m going to focus on my body building type style of training. Less bar bell and more dumbbells. Strength training is really taking a toll on me mentally so now I’m just going to chill.
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If I may ask, how is strength training getting to you mentally?
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If I may ask, how is strength training getting to you mentally?
I have been strength training for a little over a year and half. March will mark my two years in my fitness journey. The gains I’m getting now are very small it takes months just to see any sort of improvement on strength. Mentally, it drains me. My training routines are starting to become very boring and I find it harder (some days) to push myself as much as I would like to.

I just think that if I switch to body building type style training, I will eventually want to go back into strength. The beauty of body building training is that I don’t have to be so concerned with how much weight I’m pushing and just focus on total volume of the workout itself. Everyone needs a break and I think I’m up for one.
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Ok, that makes sense. I can understand the routine getting boring, and feeling unmotivated to keep doing it.

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Ok, that makes sense. I can understand the routine getting boring, and feeling unmotivated to keep doing it.

Thanks.
I can confirm that switching the training has made me enjoy it more. Something that I really learned is that sometimes you have to just do something different in order to keep yourself going. Example, I focused a lot of barbell movements such as decline, incline, back squats, and bench.

Overall, the bulk is going well. I'm gaining weight, but doing it pretty slowly (exactly what I wanted). My abs are pretty much slowly fading away which is pretty much going to happen because of a bulk. I may not have a pristine ab section as well, but it can still be somewhat maintained.

Things I'm really trying to avoid right now...

- binge eating
- drinking too much soda
- skipping meals (this kind of promotes binge eating for me)
- sleeping at really weird hours
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That's great amigo! Keep going, it's worth it!!!
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Thanks.

I just recently submitted an application to work as a fitness attendant at my local gym. I'm hoping with the knowledge that I've attained over the course of my progress I could use it to help others. Once my car gets paid off next year, I'm also going to be taking my personal trainer certifications. I'm pretty excited to see what's in store for me.
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