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Mental weakness … a gym killer!

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Well been pushing hard at the gym for the last month or so, swore of alcohol as well. Saw some good strength gains. In most areas. Push up a decent 180kg bench. But when I went to do it again, my minded failed me. So since then I’ve been off.

Last night I couldn’t even put up 140kg for reps, I got sweaty in the palms and mentally weak. Have to take a few days off to get it right in the head.

Did do a 1RM max video of 160kg though, on that day pulled a 230kg dead-lift as well. Most I’ve ever gotten off the ground. Used straps and started at 200kg as well …

Up the dose!

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Well I’ve been hitting the gym the last week more regularily.  6 days on a 3 day split.

  1. Deads, Squats & Incline.  Mostly Deads and other leg work
  2. Chest and Back; incline, pullups, bench, rows.  Chest and back
  3. Arms and shoulders; curls, tricep extensions, close grip, shoulder presses.

It’s been okay.  Pushing out some decent numbers.  Have grown a few cm in places.  In the next week or so will have 2 weeks holidays, so will focus a little more and push out maybe twice days.  But hopefully will be able to get to the gym with a friend and push out some good sessions.

It can be hard to do max work by yourself without a spotter, so am finding it hard to go as hard as I can.

So push it to the limit!!!

227.5kg / 500lb club

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

So ever since I started doing dead-lifts my goal was to reach the 500lb mark.  Now at 95kg/209lb I hit that mark recently.  It was a good day, and I thought I had more in me at time.

Not a ‘legal’ lift due to hitching, but I got it up and locked it out.

Currently got 220kg X 2, so am working on more reps and stamina!

It’s been awhile

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

So I’ve been working at the gym of course, pushin’ hard … well as hard I push, and increased some max weights.  Which is good as it give you a sense of purpose and reward for doing the hard work.  Also help to renew the drive to continue.

So some new maximums.

  • Deadlift 210kg/462lb Now I have a video of this first lift, but I’ve done so later on and at a better technique.
  • Leg Press 350kg/770lb This was for a few reps, so a one rep max I’ve never fully tested yet.
  • One arm rows 90kg/200lb  This was very hard as I had to balance two 100lb db on each other and it kept hitting my chest.  I’m sure if I had a single 200lb db I’d have done it easier.
  • Squat 130kg/286lb This was also for a few reps and not a one set max.  But since dropping 160kg and injuring myself (never use a belt again) I’ve been a little ‘scared’ of this exercise and the squat rack at the gym is shit for my height.

I’m sure I’ve done some more max’s, but can’t remember.  My goal is for a 237kg/500lb Deadlift, I’m sure 220kg is do-able, just need to get the right mindset and day.

I have some exciting times ahead of me in the relationship front and I’m hoping this weekend with be the start of some good.  Only time will tell, so fingers cross.  I’m sure I’ll not keep you posted 😉

More gym escapades

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

Still going strong … heHE.

Well in the last months I’ve shifted my previous focus from upper torso too include legs, or at least more focused on my lower body. With that in mind I shift to the power 3, Bench, Squat & Dead-lift. I like to include some pull-ups as well for a nice pump.

On Monday I dead-lifted my heaviest weight so far …. 190kg/418lb! Now I only weigh around 88kg, so that is more than 200% my body weight 😀 My goal is 200kg … and I almost got 200kg, I think if I had gone for the 200 first and not done the 190 I would have lifted it!

So my current maxes are:
Flat Bench: 145kg (haven’t test max in a while)
Decline Bench: 150kg
Incline Bench: 120kg (haven’t really tested max)

Squat: 130kg (Dropped 160kg a while back and haven’t been brave enough to try again)
Leg Press: 310kg (Haven’t tried to max rep this one yet, but limited weights where I train…)
Dead-lift: 190kg

Shoulder Press: 125kg (Machine doesn’t go any higher, so can’t test more. Have to put a single 25kg plate on stack.)
Cable Row: 140kg (Machine doesn’t go any higher … well I have to put 25kg & 15kg plates on the stack..)

So will work on my legs more, I don’t think I’m even near my max on those… so it’s good to have new goals and not get too bored with standard routines.

Gym class hero!

Friday, June 15th, 2007

Well I’ve since returned to weight training (bodybuilding/weight lifting, etc) and have been at it for a few months now.  I remember in my younger days do about the same amount of training, but never was as strong as I am now.  This surprises me as I figured an early 20’s guy should be able to amass more muscle than an early 30’s guy …. but go figure.

For the most part I’m happy with my progress, but like before am not happy with the muscle mass or strength.  When dealing with ones self it seems you can never be happy.  I look at myself and have the impression of smallness …

But that being said I benched the most I’ve ever bench the other week, 130kilograms/286pounds.  Now I only weight ~85kg so that’s quite a lot. It was only a power-set (single rep) but it still was impressive, I can do 2-4 power-sets of 120kg so the strength is there.  Alas I want more and it’s still not enough.

A colleague (female) once asked me “Why are you doing it, what are you hoping for?”. I had no response, I don’t know why I do it … but for the most part I enjoy it.  It is most likely due to the fact I have nothing else to do, I’m sure if I had a lady friend or something more enjoyable to do I’d soon loose interest.  So for now I continue to try and get stronger.

That’s the key strength, I don’t want to be big and weak.   But smaller (if need be) and strong as an ox.