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Giddy Up! (JMaier)

Nice to hear that J. No pain?

I’m in. I’ve realized that just after a mere 2-ish weeks of making my workouts a priority again I no longer enjoy training. I’m not sure why - maybe I’m just not in a good headspace right now. That could definitely be it.

But I used to love it, which I can’t always count on to get me through stuff - we have to do a lot in life that we’re not going to enjoy. I want to be healthy, and stronger than the average dude, so whether or not I think it’s really fun like I used to, I need to do it. Discipline over motivation, like Wendler says. That being said, I need to figure out what I enjoy in training so I can at least have some fun. Anyway, I need some accountability, so I’ll be part of it! Will probably still be doing a 5/3/1 template.


No, there’s pain, but if my PT says I can do something then I’ll do it. Pain is inevitable.

Coming back after a layoff is always tough. Keep grinding and hopefully you’ll start you enjoy it again when you can see the benefits (improved strength and/or physique).


I guess you really have to discern which pain is a normal consequence of it and which pain is a red flag


You make the thread and I’m in. I have been feeling like a big flaming vagina lately, so this would be good for me…

Pull Workout

25 min, L10-13 / i10, 2.61 miles
Meant to do 10 minutes but I kept going until the women were done with the sprint competition.

50 x 5
60 x 5
65 x 5
70 x 5
75 x 5
80 x 5

superset with

50 x 5
60 x 5
65 x 4
70 x 3
75 x 2
80 x 2
Not sure if these are going to be a good move for me. I felt some pain in my left shoulder. Might just do high pulls until I can clean again.

Played around with some landmine lifts. Nothing really worked well. I didn’t have straps or anything to help with grip and that sucked. I felt like I might injure my left bicep if I kept messing around.

60 x 10
65 x 8
70 x 6
75 x 4
80 x 7
These leave a lot to be desired. I might just stick work cable rows.

100 x 10
110 x 5
100 x 8

superset with

30 x 12, 10, 8 + 20 partials

Meant to do 10, 8, 6, 4, 2+ on pull downs but the superset tanked my performance. If I was healthy then I’d do AMRAP pull ups.

Reverse x 20
Hammer x 10
Regular x 10 with some cheating

My last two workouts are one of my options for this little challenge of consistency. I wrote out one push day and one pull day. If I run this then I will alternate the days and only train on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I will continue to run this trial program until I’m released to train like normal. At that time, I will be forced to make a decision for my challenge.

I’m watching the CrossFit Games and I’ve always thought it would be cool to be a badass like these athletes. I have three hybrid programs written by Ryan Fischer who calls them high intensity interval bodybuilding programs. There are more than enough workouts to run from September through the end of the year. It would be a good opportunity to finally commit to a CrossFit style program and run it with no options of quitting. My biggest hang up is that there isn’t necessarily a planned progression on any particular lift. The programs will be ballbusting so I don’t need to worry about not making any progress. I really feel drawn to them because I’m not all that comfortable with them. I need to get out of my comfort zone and see what I can do.


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When you’re cleared to go back will you need to ease into things or will you be able to do whatever movements?

Like after my surgery I was told I could overhead press, but maybe just bench for a while, so my shoulder “got used” to it, even though it was exactly necessary.

I’m not sure yet. It’ll depend on how my PT progresses between now and then.

Edit: if I go with the CrossFit type program then it won’t be a big deal. I can scale weights. The problem right now is all of the movements that can’t be modified. I would just have to replace them and there isn’t always a suitable replacement. Burpees, rowing, jump rope, push ups, pull ups, etc.

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Well, I have some disappointing news. I finally measured how much creamer I’ve been putting in m coffee lately and it’s not good. I’ve basically been drinking 200 calorie cups of coffee… about four to six per day. :man_facepalming:

Today was meant to be a high carb day and I’ve succeeded by eating tons of junk - chicken and waffles for lunch and leftover pizza. I’ll try again tomorrow; it’s a low carb day.

Here’s a snapshot of my training plan for the next five weeks. Ignore the finishers and complexes. Those are ideas for the future. I’m just going to do a simple push/pull until I’m released. I’m really leaning towards the CrossFit Bodybuilding stuff for my challenge.

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I actually like them sometimes. I prefer the chest-supported T-bar row, but these are ok in a pinch. I have to go pretty light and get very high on the bench to get what I want out of them.

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It’s the one armed factor. It’s just not the same.


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Woke at 213.8 lbs.

6.38 miles, 30 minutes

Spent all afternoon watching the CrossFit Games and figured I’d better get my butt outside and do something. I supposedly burned 313 calories so that should offset the three drinks I’m about to have for dinner :smile:.



Woke at 210.8 lbs. I guess yesterday’s hunger was worth it. I was a little over on my carbs and under on everything else. Today is a high carb day. It might actually be tough to eat enough carbs. That has me questioning the point of carb cycling. If I struggle to eat enough one day, and feel deprived on the other, then what am I doing? But then I realized that I’m not comfortable with this, and that’s exactly why I need to suck it up and just do it. I’ve never done it before and it could be what I need to actually see some changes.

If I can get my body fat down between now and September 10th, then I would feel comfortable taking on a very small surplus during my commitment challenge. I would be combining the HIIB training with carb cycling to really test Ryan Fischer’s programs, and myself.

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Push Day

85 x 10 each
95 x 8
105 x 6
115 x 4
125 x 4

superset with

55 x 10
60 x 8
65 x 6
70 x 4
75 x 4
I might swap these out for regular DB OHP. My elbow gets angry on the eccentric and that would be much lighter on OHP. That’s why this is a trial program.

50 x 10
55 x 8
60 x 6
65 x 4
70 x 0
Couldn’t get the first rep. If I could overcome that first rep then I probably had three in me.

366 x 18, 18, 18, 15, 13, 11, 9, 11
This might be the last time you see this as well. I can squat on the Smith, and that might be better for my health. I start to feel weird things during the late rounds of this - like my lower back working and a strange sensation in my right hip (the one with the torn labrum).


60 x 19, 10, 9

20 x 15, 12, 8 + 15 partials

40 x 16, 10, 8

Another good session. I’m not sure how my upper body is faring. My legs are getting torched and the lateral raises are stimulating my left delt. I’m not sure about the rest, though. Single arm training is awkward.

Yo!!! What’s up brother? I’m back from the dead. I need to start a new training log but wanted to check in with you on what you’re up to (I’ll go read through some of your log).


It’s a ghost!

Man, I’ve been through a lot since you started your hiatus. It looks like you stopped logging back in February of '18, so I’ll start there.

After my hip rehab, I began training normally in late March of 18. In June I hit new PRs or matched old ones on the big three lifts. Deadlift - 545, squat - 370, bench - 305

My shoulder started getting cranky and my conditioning was crap after that program so I tried some CrossFit type stuff for a bit. The first time I did front squats I had pain in my hip again. I still battle that now, but that derailed the rest of 2018 for me. Everything was trial and error, rest, modifications, etc. I didn’t really have a solid approach to my training.

I tried my last ever bulk last year. I was 217 when I had hip surgery in Dec 2017. I topped out at 250 in October. I’m now 210-213. I don’t know if I added any muscle, but once I started cutting I couldn’t stop until I reached the physique you can now see in my avatar.

In October (when I was 250), I dunked while playing basketball and had a pop in my shoulder. It turns out that I subluxed my biceps tendon in my right shoulder. It wouldn’t stay in the groove anymore so I had surgery June 5th. Tomorrow marks the nine weeks point of my rehab for that. I’m on light duty at work and still unable to lift with my right arm. The summer has just been a maintenance program of legs, left arm, and cardio on the machines.

That pretty much covers everything in a nutshell. I just started a new Challenge in the Bigger Stronger Leaner thread. It’s a commitment challenge. Pick a program and run it from September through the end of the year. It’s for people like me who have training ADD.

Welcome back! Hope all is well. I saw a post about a shoulder surgery in the T-ransformation thread from '18. Hopefully you’re all healed up with no long standing issues. I think I also saw a post about a new job and moving?

Edit: I saw your replies in Duke’s log. Livin in Florida temporarily and healed up from a shoulder debridement, but not training. I just tagged you on Instagram. I’ll be doing Ryan Fischer’s High Intensity Interval Bodybuilding stuff. It looks like I’m going to puke a lot, but it’ll be good for me. If brutally hard training is your thing then I’d be happy to have you “train with me” starting around September 10th.



Woke at 212.6 lbs. Guess that’s my “full” weight. I was pretty close to nailing my nutrition yesterday. I came in a little low on fat and protein (but I ate enough protein for my liking). I was a little over on carbs, but I consider that a win since it was tough to get them all in. Today is 2300 calories with 20% of that being carbs. I brought scrambled eggs with T-bone steak, stir fry veggies, and shredded cheese for meal #1.

Won’t be able to start until September 30 when I’m done with Best Damn High Volume Workout for Natties. But I’m up for the challenge all the same.

Was planning on running the same program as last year (Beyond 1.1 & 1.2). But may take advantage of the challenge opportunity to do something new …

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