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Htargett's Log


#1

I'm a first year medical student in the UK. Time is tight, but I'm still aiming to train as often as possible in a bodybuliding manner.

I've been training on and off for a couple of years. I got sucked into the whole TBT thing for a while, but I've seen the light :wink:. My training has been shite for these years, so I'm trying to learn what I can from the forums; I'm reading a lot of T-Cell threads.

Please feel free to criticize in a constructive manner or offer advice.


#2

HOLIDAY TRAINING
I on't have regular access to a gym at home, so training will go to pieces in the next four weeks. I'm going to try out a few new things and just try to stay active. I'm dog tired from my last semester, so I'm recuperating and getting back my mental strength.

Today was Chest/Shoulders/Triceps. I was training at a new gym, as I've just come home from university for the Easter break. I tried out the "Perfect Rep" for some of the exercises. I didn't try the rapid eccentric, as I'm not comfortable enough with my form to try this yet. Focussed on an explosive concentric.

I know these lifts are weak, but I'm trying to progress each week.

Warmup
DeFranco Agile 8 and Simple 6. Felt much better after this. Very stiff in back, shoulders, neck this morning.

Primary Chest Exercise

* Flat barbell bench press
* Perfect rep style:
      o Explosive concentric
      o Sets of 3 reps until max force point
* Reached 60Kg x 3 (max force point)
* Felt so energised. Weights flew up. Felt like a massive caffeine rush. Nervous system amped!!!

Primary Shoulder Exercise

* Military Press
* Perfect rep style:
*
      o Explosive concentric
      o Sets of 3 reps until max force point
* Reached 60Kg x 1 (max force point). Weights felt too heavy at 60Kg. Got 50Kg x 3.

Primary Tricep Exercise

* Bodyweight close grip dip
* Avoided failure. Focussing on rep quality. Explosive concentric to full lockout on each rep.
* Clavicles felt a little pain, but not crippling.
* Shoulders fine - lower volume before dips helped this?
* 4 sets of 3, followed by 2 sets 2.

Medial delts accessory

* Delt raise machine
* 4 sets of 10 at setting 30.
* Good pump. Felt nice.

Chest Acessory

* Hammer Strength Decline Bench.
* Absolutely love this machine!!! Best chest contraction of any exercise I've done.
* About 6 sets of 3-6 reps. Working weight was 60Kg.

#3

Today was leg day. Decided to try out the front squat after looking at Marauder Meat's incredible Youtube movies.

Warmed up by jumping rope.

Worked up to 6 sets of 3 with 60kg. Feels like my core strength is holding me back, so this needs work

Ordered Eric Cressey's Maximum Strength last night. Can't wait for this to arrive.


#4

I've spent the last few days reading the threads about Prof X and C_C's training and I have realised that I've been doing everything wrong. When I get back to university next week, I will be starting a new training split.

C_C mentioned some interesting splits for those with little time in the So MANY Complicated Training Systems thread:

"Hmmm. Whenever work, family or whatever interferes (i.e. whenever the slaves get it into their heads that they should have rights too... Fools! Who earns the money here, huh? :), or when I'm just kind of fed up with more complex stuff or whatever, I tend to fall back to a 3-way split and train whenever I want (can be 3 times a week if I have little time, or up to 6 times if I feel like it... Can even go twice a day if I really feel great, but that usually doesn't happen... Basically, it's a very flexible routine)...

Fav variants would be
(most recent incarnation)
-Chest, Tris, Quads (no back squats in that case, would go with front or hack or zercher)
-Back, Hams, Abs
-Delts, Traps, Bis

(trusty yates-split that many of my trainees and guys I'm helping out have fallen in love with)
-Chest, Bis, Tris
-Legs, Abs
-Delts, Back

(yates modified for several reasons)
-Chest, Back
-Legs, Abs
-Delts, Arms

Any of these will do... 2 and sometimes 3 exercises per muscle-group (back, perhaps delts), only one for traps in my case, all ramped (often the first exercise being heavy, CT-ish ramp in fives or threes... Second being done in eights or tens or in a regular, old-school BB ramp... And what people now call auto-regulation is done on all exercises, though that's 3 syllables too many for such a simple thing).

As I said, I train whenever I feel like it and have the time, can vary a lot from week to week, made some great progress that way and when the ramping is done right, you leave the gym feeling fresher than when you entered it :slight_smile:
Even the progression sort of takes care of itself. "


#5

By the way, Maximum Strength is a fantastic book. The mobility and recovery stuff is particularly noteworthy, and the section on nutrition is based on Berardi's stuff, which is a definite plus. I didn't like the fact that the intro made the case for strength training by making derogatory and unfounded statements about bodybuilding. But overall, it's a great read from a very capable coach.


#6

Well, I feel I've been neglecting this log. I did my first proper body part split this last week, and I'm loving it. I can hit all my body parts with sufficient volume. A year or so of TBT has left me with some severe weaknesses (relatively speaking :wink:). My rear delts are ridiculously weak. Hopefully, my split will help undo the damage.

I'm doing a five way split. I did Chest and Triceps, Back, Legs, Shoulders, Biceps and Abs. I suck at isolation movements. Bloody TBT. I didn't know you could feel so much pain (the good kind) in a muscle.


#7

Currently using a body part split. Hitting all the muscles at least once a week. Trained back and shoulders together for the first time a couple of days back; really liked it.

Trained legs today. Was very stressed today, so killed it on front squats. Didn't have much time 'til gym closed, so I chucked in some hamstring curls (lower back dead after front squats, so GMs/Dls not a good idea) and some hanging leg raises for abs.