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On the set of the Living Dead


#1

Latest update:
(Thanks for reading!)

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27.02.15
Torn ACL 3-4 months ago.
Intense Rehab on the legs accordingly.
Push/Pull for upper body snuck in around rehab which is main priority.
BW dropped to 65kg post op.
Currently back to a steady 68kg (same as pre injury), but with more mass up top, and less size in the operated leg still.
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CT's 6wks to superhero Star Complex program
Pausing on 531 briefly

(Log title inspired from capt needa)
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Mid section focus, reduce the belly.

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OP:
Hi all from Australia.

My (metric) details:
35 Years of age
168cm
66kg

Current PR's
OH Press 38kg x 8
DL 51kg x 8
Bench 60kg x 8
DL 61kg x 6

I have a basic gym setup in the man cave at home including (home-made) squat rack/chinup bar.

Plus a bench with bench press arms, leg curl/extension attachment.
I started going to a commercial gym many years ago during uni days where I was rake thin (underweight) and put on some reasonable (to me) muscle, but my training back then was pretty loose, I had a routine written for my by the manager, but no weight steps/increments or real understanding of the human body vs reps and main lifts.

Have been on a weight training hiatus for many years (wife, travel, house reno's), but been back weight training in earnest for the past 9 months solid.

Of those 9 months, 5 months solid on a 8- 12 rep full body routine 3 nights a weeks, then after 12 reps, increase weight slightly and back to 8 reps, etc.

Having since found T-Nation, I have switched to Jim's 531, and have been on this for 4 months. Currently into cycle 4, week 2.


T3hPwnisher's Log
#2

Must remember to bring in my logs from home to work so I can add them here!

Cycle 1 Week 1

Started light, PR’s at end of week 1:
OHPress 34kg x 5
DL 43kg x 12
Bench 50kg x 13
Squat 47kg x 11


#3

Recapping:
Plus supplementary weights, 4 sessions each week.

Cycle 3 Week 1

OHP 36kg x 10
DL 47kg x 10
Bench 57.5kg x 8
Squat 51kg x 8

Cycle 3 Week 2

OHP 38kg x 7
DL 45kg x 9 (error on my weight calcs)
Bench 61kg x 5
Squat 54kg x 6

Cycle 3 Week 3

OHP 40kg x 7
DL 52kg x 8
Bench 64kg x 3
Squat 57kg x 6

Cycle 3 Week 4
deload

OHP 26kg x 5
DL 33kg x 5
Bench 41kg x 5
Squat 36kg x 5


#4

Cycle 4 Week 1

Mon OHP
29kg x 5
34 x 5
38 x 8 *PR

Pullups 4,7,6, chinups 5,5
40kg fireman carries 60,60,60 seconds
pyramid finisher 10kg DB 10-1 chest press and bent over row superset

Tues DL
39kg x 5
44 x 5
51 x 8 *PR

good mornings 20kg BB, 3 x 12
hanging leg raises 10,10,12
pyramid finisher 10-1 push ups & 5kg DB swings x 20 superset

Wed Bench
45kg x 5
53 x 5
60 x 8 *PR

DB Row 50kg 3 x 10

Thurs Squat
42kg x 5
49 x 5
55 x 6 *PR
Then off to cricket training


#5

Cycle 4 Week 2

Mon DL
35kg x 5 warm up
42 x 3
56 x 3
61 x 6 *PR
35 x 5

hanging leg raises 15,15,15
40kg fireman carries 50,65,60 seconds

Tues OHP
25kg x 5 warmup
32 x 3
35 x 3
41 x 7 *PR
25 x 5

lateral raises 5kg DB 5 - 1 with holds
single arm raises 15kg x 10, 20kg x 10
bent over flys 5kg DB 3x10
chinups 5,5,5

Thurs Squat
42kg x 5
49 x 5
55 x 6 *PR
Then off to cricket training

Fri Bench
45kg x 5 warmup
49 x 3
54 x 3
63 x 6 *PR
45kg x 5

DB chest press 10kg DB 5 x 15
DB Row 20kg 3 x 10
40kg fireman carries 70,60,55 seconds


#6

Cycle 4 Week 3

Mon DL
45 x 5
51 x 3
57 x 7 (stuffed up calcs last week & went too heavy)

hanging leg raises 15,15,15

Tues OHP
20kg x 7 warmup
35 x 5
38 x 3
43 x 6 *PR
35 x 5

dips 5x15
pull ups 4,5,6,5,4,5 (29 total)
40kg fireman carries 80,75,65 seconds *PR

Thurs Bench
45kg x 5 warmup
53 x 5
60 x 3
65 x 7 (stuffed up calcs added 2kg for main lift)
67 x 4 *PR
45kg x 8

Then off to cricket training

Fri Squat
45kg x 5
50 x 5
55 x 3
62 x 7 *PR
45 x 5

lunges 6kg DB 3x10
leg curls 17.5kg 5x10
ab wheel 5x12


#7

Cycle 4 Week 4 DELOAD Week

Wed (DL and OHP combined)

OHP
18kg x 5
23 x 5
28 x 5

22kg 5x10

DL
25kg x 5
30 x 5
35 x 5

Hanging leg raise 3x15

Dips 3x15


#8

I’m in. What template are you using? I totally recommend you to read Beyond, there’s a lot of new ideas, such as the 7 week cycle, FSL and joker sets.


#9

Starting Cycle 5 tonight, essentially running with 531 BBB.

Will check out beyond in the coming weeks for sure.

Have put on a few kgs in the last month (consuming extra mass bulk shakes, 2-3 per day) ontop of my normal healthy food intake.


#10

Last week: Cycle 4 Week 4 DELOAD Week

Thurs (Squat and Bench combined)

(numbers at home, easy session though)

Then cricket training.


#11

Cycle 5 Week 1

Mon DL

25kg x5 warmup
35 x5 warmup

45 x5
51 x5
55 x12 (85% of 90% 1RM, felt awesome too, could’ve snuck a few more solid reps in but left it at 12) Amazing what a few rest days does (noting plenty of trenching and shovelling in the yard on monday)
45 x 5 warmdown

Hanging Leg Raise 10,7,15,10,15
Goodmornings 20kg BB 5x10
Pyramid finisher 20KB swings with 5kg DB then Pushups 10-1 (200 total swings)


#12

Commenced taking creatine this week.

Cycle 5 Week 1

Wed OHP
warmup
std 531 with last set:
41kg x 7 (last rep was awful but got it out - note to self, don’t get distracted between sets. ie - turning the compost pile over, or checking on how the paving sand has set!)

pull ups 6,6,6,6,6 then chinups 6,6 (42 total)
dips 5x12

40kg fireman carries 65,60,60 seconds


#13

I’m in!

As you say, similar lifts so should be interesting to see how we both progress. I don’t think we can far wrong with 531.


#14

Cycle 5 Week 1

Thurs Squat
warmup
25kg x 5
45 x 5
53 x 5
60 x 8

Then (final) cricket training for the season.


#15

Cycle 5 Week 1

Mon Bench
warmup
45kg x 5
45kg x 5 (close grip)
47 x 5
55 x 5
62 x 7

DB Chest Press 10kg 5 x 10
DB Row 20kg 5 x 10

Abs - 100 situps (decline bench)


#16

Cycle 5 Week 2

Tues DL

25kg x5 warmup
46 x5
53 x5
59 x9 (left a few reps in the tank)
25 x 5 warmdown

Hanging Leg Raise 5x10
Goodmornings 25kg BB 5x10
20kg KB swings 3x10

Plenty of foam rolling the morning after too, along with my daily morning full body stretches


#17

Cycle 5 Week 2

Wed OHP
25kg x 5 warmup
33 x 5 (should have only been 3)
38 x 5 (should have only been 3)
43 x 8 *PR (last rep ugly as fk)
33 x 5 warm down

pull ups/chin ups alternating and supersetting (with dips - below) 5,5,5,4,5,5,6,6 (41 total)
dips 5x10


#18

Cycle 5 Week 2

Thurs Squat
warmup
45kg x 5
50 x 3
56 x 3
63 x 8 *PR

Lunges
8kg DB 5 x 10
Leg curls 16kg 3x12
Abs 100 situps

Fri Bench

warmup
45kg x 5
51 x 3
58 x 3
65 x 7


#19

Cycle 5 Week 3

Mon DL
warmup
45kg x 5
50 x 5
55 x 3
62 x 7 *PR

Good mornings
20kg BB 5 x 10
Hanging Leg Riases 5 x 10


#20

Cycle 5 Week 3

Tues OHP
25kg x 5 warmup
36 x 5
40 x 3
45 x 8 *PR
25 x 5 warm down

pull ups 8 8 7 7
chin ups 6 6 8
(50 total) - happy with this, feeling stronger, and upping my pulls to that 50 mark.

dips 5x10