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Thanks GV & confusion.

Minimal: I do them myself. Hours a week shaping with the tweezers…you wouldn’t believe how long the dye alone takes.

AM Workout:
Layer 1: (30s between sets) 3x120, 3x170, 3x190, 1x210, 1x220, 1x240, 0x250, 1x240
Layer 2:(30s between sets, 10s between reps): 5x220, 5x210, 3x210
Hit a dizzy spell and decided to stop before layer 3.

Yeah, that’s right, I do actually work out.

The rests are part of the program, but I’m not sure I am up to it. Will give the first week a try and see if it just an anomaly. If not, I need to figure out whether the timing is key or whether I can stretch it out.

Tabata and some other conditioning stuff tomorrow. A few more loads at my mum’s house so I may not get evening workouts started again until next week.

You’re holding that rock like it’s your newborn and you’ll kill anyone who touches it, or like it’s a 100lb steak and you’ll kill anyone who touches it.

I have to chime in, the shots are really cool. Those nasty bushy eyebrows one (me in this case) get’s with age, or why do I need grey nose hair?

so glad the man grooming portion of this thread is over !!! what’s a layer and how many are there and why? And Tabata work is awesome…provided awesome rhymes with breathing optional…good on you for doing it…I traded in Tabata for pink dumbbells I’m much happier now!

Crushed: My son was taking pictures and trying to figure out my phone camera. He took about 12 shots and I had to shift around angles. I looked to grumpy in the rest so I went with that one, instead of this one.

Avacado: My nose hair is, untrimmed, indistinguishable from a mustache. My kids are quite concerned I keep it trimmed, but they want to know what scissors I use so they don’t accidentally touch them.

OG: OK, now the grooming is done… :wink:

OG: Christian Thibaudeau, one of the authors on the site, came up with a one lift a day plan where you ramp up to max, which is the first layer, then do 3 sets ot 5-7 reps with 10 seconds between at 90% of your max, then a set of 5, a set of 4, a set of 3 a set of 2 and a set of 1 with about 10-15s between sets at 80% of your max. There other “layers” for different purposes, but the first one is to activate the nervous system, the fast twitch fibers and the third is to stimulate the rest of the muscle fibers. I’ll review it if I ever get through a workout.

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I am expecting to get medical treatment after the tabata if it doesn’t kill me.

Tabata is a killer, a gentle homicidal maniac routine.

You Canadians with your tabata and your hockey. Insane.

Layers look tough lots of reps, up close to max , with little rest…good luck Corrmhona


"Hit a dizzy spell and decided to stop before layer 3. "

That is your bodies way of saying “Good Work, you’re killing us. Please Stop” As far as the rest of it, excellent work it seems like a real grinder, you might however want to invest in a pair of sweats, or possibly snow pants if you plan on doing stuff outdoors in the Great White North,

Crazy stuff. Nice work.

Thank you one and all.

OK, so AM workout.

They did tell me my heart was fine after the angiogram, so I do need to test it out… :wink:

Tabata. Alternating Dips and Chins. They were ugly by the end of the first set. I can’t do even 20s of chins, and by the second set, not 20s of proper dips. By the end I was having to push off each rep. By the last set I was down to 2-3 ugly reps then push off on the rest. But I kept pushing or pulling through whenever the little buzzer on my tabata time went off. Chest felt like it was on fire with lightning bolts shooting through it and my arms, pecs and lats felt like dead lead sheets hammered on to my body with red hot iron nails.

It was amazing. Loved it.

I chose not to do carries or arm work.

I had my doctor appointment afterward. CT scan results were back. Lungs are fine as far as structure. No sign of swelling or interstitial lung disease, and normal aspiration capacity. The plaque buildup in my heart was noticed and flagged as the likely cause of my problem, and the hospital recommended an angiogram. I had an angiogram a little while ago, and plaque buildup in the arteries was considered too minor cause symptoms.

Doc said that she was giving me corticosteroids if I would use them. They are for treating severe asthma, and were recommended by the cardiologist before he would see me again as he was convinced my asthma is the core of my problems. I don’t buy it, as I have asthma but the attacks I’m having don’t feel like this and nitro fixes the problem, ventolin doesn’t. I have a pulmonologist in a month and he can decide if the corticosteroids are doing any good and what shape my lungs are in.

Anyway, long story short no progress but another thing off the list. Glad I do not to have IPF, as that is a 2-5 year life expectancy so I can be happy about that. The doctor told me to be careful not to push too hard in my workouts until she figure out what is going on, so I will only do the tabata twice a week, not three like I originally planned. If I feel like I am going to die after each workout for a week or two I’ll change it up and go back to the long rest breaks in between sets, but it is a bit of a rush and I got a good arm pump in a short amount of time. Maybe I just need to push through and my body will surrender and do what I want it to.

No PM workout, son’s wrestling class was tonight, and STILL not done hauling all the stuff out of my mum’s house.

Stay tuned for Layers of OHP… on the next Corrmhona’s Back!

I hate ventolin, It’s like taking crack without any of the fun! And hopefully never want to need any corticosteroids.

One does get a nice head rush from tabata, just be careful.

wow. buddy. i,m really hoping you can figure out what,s wrong and get your mojo. Tabata is awfully intense. I,m a bit worried about it for you. i know youve done your homework though. enjoying your log man

Be careful brother…

Congratulations on not having IPF and looking forward to watching your lifting progress.

Thanks everyone! I may be crazy but I have a good time. Need to push out the stress somehow.

Slept in yesterday, so no workout. Finished hauling stuff out of my mum’s last night, but we still have some cleanup to do. Slept in AGAIN this morning, and was five minutes late for a meeting.

Dropped my 14 year old at dodgeball. After he had been playing in the league for a couple of weeks, I took a half inch wrench and yelled at him “if you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a ball” and tossed it underhand at him and he dodged. Then he picked it up and fired it back at me overhand. I caught it left handed. His mum said “I think you are out.”

Anyway, after dodgeball I got to work out.

Layer 1: (30s between sets) 3x120, 3x130, 3x140, 1x150, 1x160, 0x170, 1x170
Layer 2:(30s between sets, 10s between reps): 4x150, 5x150, 3x150 ( a little less than the 7-7-5 recommended but what can I say…)
Layer 3:(15s between sets): 5x135, 4x135, 3x135, and things started swimming without water so I was done again…

Well, layers aren’t for me. Burnt out on the OHP. My heart rate just doesn’t drop down in the the layers with the short rest break, and it builds up and kills me. Not yet literally, but I worry it is thinking about it. Not sure what it is either.

My chest burning in the tabata was just the asthma flaring up so I can keep that, just need a little ventolin pre-workout. Travelling next week so I’ll have to come up with a new plan for the week after.

531 BBB was OK, but I think I was gaining faster if I ramp the weight up each workout. At least for a little while longer, but I would like to work in some volume as I would like a little more muscle mass. I need to keep to longer breaks to get my heart rate down between sets or I just seem to lose it but I handle the lifting fine as long as I take it slow. I get away with the tabata because it is short. Well, try and get a tabata in the morning tomorrow and see what the hotel has to offer next week. I should have a workable plan for the week after by the time I get back. And if not workable I plan on continuing that fine line between clever and stupid…

Wrench dodging, is that some sort of Alberta thing going on? I’m sure I never heard about in Vancouver so can’t it be a country wide pass time.

Like Quebec, Alberta is almost a country unto itself.

You haven’t seen the movie Dodgeball? Every now an again someone does something in a movie as a gag, and I say “Hey, that looks like a good idea.”