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Redefining Dad Bod (JMaier31)

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#3133

Sounds like now your motivation isn’t the academy, but rather the people in it.

My peers are my motivation at this point. I refuse to be a small/weak dude. In a perfect world, every 21 year old guy should be at 15% bf or lower with a 2x bodyweight deadlift. It’s completely possible for any 21 year old guy to do that, given a little dedication for 6-8 months. But the reason that so few people can do that is because people are lazy.

Like Arnold said, a good body cannot be borrowed, stolen, rented, bought, or faked. You need to earn it, and it’s a walking resume for your work ethic.


#3134

That’s a heck of a statement. Arnold is the man.

@JMaier31 wish I somehow could do something to make you like running.
How about doing some cross fit style workouts, and incorporate 100 or 200 m runs in to them.
Like 5-6 rounds of something for time, and trying to beat the previous time.


#3135

I tried something like that in the past and it turns out that I can’t do much more than a jog during a WOD. I can run up to about a minute. After that, I’m ready to stop.


#3136

11.14.18

Woke at 240.2 lbs. I’m knocking on the door of the 230s again.

Today’s workout is pretty much the same as Monday’s but with different exercises. I’ll probably try doing incline bench with 1.5 reps after seeing an article about them yesterday.


#3137

Shoulder Overhaul and Daily Dose

WARM UP
Recumbent bike 5 minutes 1.23 miles

LYING LEG CURL
90 x 20
90 x 10+5 rest/pause

SQUAT
135 x 5
225 x 1 x 5 sets

DEADLIFT
225 x 3
315 x 2
375 x 1 x 5 sets
superset with
LEAN AWAY LAT DB RAISE
20 x 10 regular lat raises for warm up
20 x 10 x 4 sets ea arm

CABLE UPRIGHT ROW (SA)
20 x 10 x 4 sets each

MACHINE PULL DOWN
90 x 20 x 3 sets
Tried the Hammer Strength Iso Lateral Pull Down and that’s a no go. I’m learning that neutral and pronated grips are tolerable but supinated grip (biceps emphasis) is problematic.

INCLINE BENCH 1.5 REPS
135 x 8
135 x 8
135 x 5
Triceps failed me. That’s odd because that never happens but I haven’t exactly been doing a lot of arm work.

CONDITIONING
1 ugly game of pick up basketball. It took 20 minutes.

My legs felt heavy and they burned while playing. I guess yesterday’s running took its toll on me. Deadlifts were also kind of taxing. I’m not sure if it’s fatigue or trying to superset them with the delt work. I didn’t do any delt work during the last two sets and they were much better.


#3138

And you think I’m the odd beast. Well done man


#3139

big MAN


#3140

11.15.18

Woke at 240.2 lbs again.

Daily Dose

SQUAT
45 x 5
135 x 5
205 x 2
225 x 1 x 5 sets

DEADLIFT
185 x 3
275 x 1
345 x 1
375 x 1 x 5 sets
Not fun tonight. My lats are sore and it felt like they were going to rip loose from the insertion point. This is only day three of the official program but I can tell I’ve been doing it for a week. We’ll see how it feels in another week or two. I might have to alternate or drop squats if it beats me up too much. Tomorrow is Daily Dose and clean pulls after conditioning and abs.


#3141

11.16.18

Woke at 239.6 lbs. I broke the 240 threshold but it’s not very satisfying. As I fattened myself up I was hoping I could fall back to 235 or 230 and be leanish (around 12% BF). I don’t think that’s going to happen. I’m beginning to worry that all of this was a waste of time and I’ll end up back at the same weight with the same BF. We’ll see.


#3142

I’ve read similar worries in your log before, but, surely you are progressing. Hang tough.


#3143

The worries have been experience in the past but I didn’t commit to gaining for nearly as long as I did this year. Hopefully by sticking with it I allowed some new muscle to develop and “mature” and it will stick around. My stomach looks terrible LOL! It’s not big but I have plenty of loose skin to grab. It’s weird. And I know it will take awhile for my body to absorb that so that it tightens up a bit. I might have something to bring to the T-ransformation Challenge after all.


#3144

Know the feeling, I have so much skin to grab onto. When I cross my arms I have skin folds near my armpits and when I crack my neck you can see wrinkles in my neck. Horrid!


#3145

Daily Dose

DEADLIFT
185 x 2
275 x 1
345 x 1
375 x 1 x 5 sets

SQUAT
135 x 5
225 x 1 x 5 sets

I went to hang up the keys to my patrol vehicle and a third shift sergeant told me I had to go back to work because we they were under staffed. I got off at 1945 instead of 1700 which pretty much destroyed my evening. I forced myself to do my daily dose at home but abs and conditioning will be missed. This is why my conditioning never gets better. I struggle to complete solid workouts on work days.


#3146

Do what you can do brother. You got quality work done, call it a win. Hell, you probably didn’t want to do anything.


#3147

You are correct. But my desire to not get off schedule on the daily dose outweighed my desire to do nothing. The workout took 15:30. I guess it’s easy to tell I value deadlifts because I skipped everything else and forced that.


#3148

11.17.18

Woke at 238.8 lbs. I expected to be down today because I didn’t eat much yesterday, but I wouldn’t have been surprised if it didn’t happen because I ate late.

I’m supposed to go to the gym on my lunch break (which usually has to be in the morning before it gets busy), but I’m not ready yet. Hopefully I get time to sneak down there.

Tonight I’m going to my first ever boxing matches. My co-worker and friend is fighting so I’m going to support him and see if he’s as good as he says he is. There are 10 or 11 fights total including a heavyweight match. It was initially going to be a title fight but for some reason that changed. I don’t really care. I don’t follow boxing so I don’t know who’s who or what’s what. My buddy sent me a photo of him with Sugar Ray Leonard yesterday. He’s calling the fight. I think it’s televised but I have no clue what station it would be on.


#3149

Sounds fun! You bringing the kids? :joy:


#3150

Yeah, that’s a big no on taking two kids under six to a boxing match at the casino…at $48 a ticket.


#3151

That’s exactly the strength of the daily dose program - do the most important lifts and move on with life. I also think deadlifts are the ideal exercise for daily dose. ActivitiesGuy’s strength (and perhaps lack of injuries) are testaments to that.


#3152

Watch you get hooked to boxing/MMA after this and start training. CALLING IT NOW.