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HOUSE OF PAIN - 2016

Discussion in 'Fitness Journals' started by IROC-Z, Jan 14, 2016.

  1. Seltzer

    Seltzer Elite Member

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    I'm interested in seeing your set up, but can't help you with picture posting since I haven't done it a long time.
     
  2. macdiver

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    The way I upload pictures is when posting next to the post reply button is an upload file button. I click there then browse for the picture and upload. I have to use my phone for this as the pictures are not on my tablet. You will get a choice for full size or thumbnail.
     
  3. IROC-Z

    IROC-Z Raw Bench Daddy

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    I'm still not able to add a picture to my posts. Very strange. I used to upload pictures all the time.

    Anyway, my new set up for doing partial DL's is working great. I've used it 3 times now, and have had no issues at all.
     
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    Todd, I uploaded a picture a week or so ago for the first time in a long time and found the procedure much "clunkier" than what used to be the protocol. I'm short of time right now, but I'll try to figure out what I did and relate it.

    Glad you've found a way to DL without issues.

    Lastly, have a great Father's Day!
     
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  5. Justitia

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    Being a fellow back-sufferer - so glad your work-outs are going so well. I am amazed- given what I've been dealing with lately, that working out properly helps a lot...
     
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  6. IROC-Z

    IROC-Z Raw Bench Daddy

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    As usual, I haven't logged workouts all summer. Still been hitting the gym almost daily, though. My strength levels have been fantastic as of late, in fact, I'm almost feeling like my workouts have been too good to be true. Kind of waiting for the other shoe to drop...….

    My son (now 14 years old), has been working out twice per week. I still have him on a steady diet of squats and pushups. For squats, he's mainly doing them with a hip belt and squatting off blocks for a greater range of movement. I also do lots of hip belt squats, and I've found that whatever weight you're using for reps on regular back squats, you can use about half that weight with the hip belt. My son is currently using 80 lbs. for sets of 40-50 reps with the hip belt, so I'm thinking he should be somewhere in the range of 160 lbs. for reps if he was doing back squats.
     
  7. Seltzer

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    Holy cow, that's a lot of squat reps. He's strong with a lot of muscle endurance.

    Nice to read that your workouts are going so well. :-)
     
  8. macdiver

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    Even though you are not posting, good to hear you are still lifting. Often silence here means the person quit working out.

    Your son squats more than me. :bb:
     
  9. IROC-Z

    IROC-Z Raw Bench Daddy

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    Thanks guys! The reason my workouts have been going so well, is because my lower back issues haven't flared up in several months. I'm really hoping I finally have that under control.

    My son really digs the higher rep stuff, especially when it comes to squats. He says he likes the burn he feels when he stays in that 40-50 rep range. It's certainly not ideal for building strength, but it's definitely not going to hurt him either. Whenever he hits 50 reps, we add 2.5 lbs. the next workout, and we work back up to 50 again. That's his system, and he enjoys the heck out of it!
     
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    IROC-Z Raw Bench Daddy

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    Once again, it has been way too long since I updated. Lost my brother-in-law at a very young age back in October, and things have not been the same since. He was my older son's godfather and they were extremely close, so this has been really tough for him to process.

    My workouts have actually been going fantastic. I'll be hitting a couple bench press contests this winter, but the main focus of my training is going to be for a huge grip contest that's coming up in September. It's a two day event, and will have most of the top athletes in the U.S. in attendance. Invitations for this event were sent out back in the summer of 2017..........so nobody can say they didn't have enough notice!:lol:

    My son's workouts are also going really well. We're still focusing on what we call his "big three". That would be squats, pushups and pullups. He's looking forward to track season this spring, and he's hoping to be the number one thrower for his school. What's tough for me is that I can't actually help him a whole lot because when I was his age I played baseball, and unfortunately, that is during track season. So I have no experience or knowledge when it comes to shot or discus. That just leaves me with the task of helping him to continually get stronger, and his coach will have to help with his throwing form.
     
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    My condolences about your BIL.

    Glad your workouts are going well and hope your training continues to do so as the contest gets closer.

    Your observation about your son's track training resonated with me because I distinctly remember the first time I couldn't help my daughter, the older of my kids, with something. It wasn't in academics or athletics, but in piano playing. The academic stuff I knew and in the case of sports not only played, but did some coaching, but I knew nothing about playing piano and me and wifey just had to leave everything up to her teacher. It was a bit of a revelation, but all turned out well as I'm sure it will with your son.
     
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    IROC-Z Raw Bench Daddy

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    Had a nasty head/chest cold this past week, so that limited my gym time a little bit. With that said, I was still able to get in a few very short, yet productive workouts. Cardio was a no go, but I'm planning to hit the stationary bike and some jump rope this morning to make up for it. Also going to start adding some ab wheel work back into the mix. I still feel like that is the best thing for my core strength, not even sure why I got away from it over the past year.
     
  13. IROC-Z

    IROC-Z Raw Bench Daddy

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    Still plugging away. Rolled my ankle this past week, and it swelled up like a balloon. I guess I never realized how a bum ankle can limit just about everything a person tries to do in the gym......including just about all upper body work.

    My son is still working out with me on a regular basis, although he's in the midst of track season right now, so we've cut his home workouts back to only once per week (every Sunday). He hits it so hard at daily practice, that I figured it would be counterproductive for him to add anything else along with that. His goal was to be the top thrower at his school, and he seems to have accomplished that, but the problem we're finding is that most of the meets they go to don't have any shot or discus events. I haven't really been able to get a decent explanation for why, but I have to assume it's for safety issues. This has forced my son to take up the long jump as an alternate event, and he's been doing pretty well at it. The last meet he took 3rd out of 18, so he was very thrilled with that placing.
     
  14. IROC-Z

    IROC-Z Raw Bench Daddy

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    Haven't updated since spring. While my journaling has been quite inconsistent, my workouts have been just the opposite of that. I turned 50 this past summer, but I'm happy to proclaim that I have yet to see any noticeable drop in strength. Recovery times continue to go downhill, but I've been able to adjust to that by dropping volume a bit. You always hear that after 40 you're going to start losing muscle and strength, but I've become a believer in the fact that consistent workouts over the years can postpone that process for a long time. Don't get me wrong, I realize that at some point we will all start slipping a bit, but consistent workouts, combined with semi-decent nutrition and being smart about recovery, sure do seem to make a world of difference.

    My older son is now 15, and he continues to workout with me several times per week. He didn't go out for basketball this season, mainly due to the fact that he knew he wouldn't see a whole lot of playing time. The coach told him he would make the team, but probably wouldn't see many minutes of game action, so he decided to spend the winter focusing on his workouts and getting ready for the upcoming track season. I would give anything to be able to recover from workouts the way he can!!!!!!

    Happy 2020 to all of my friends at JSF!
     
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    I totally agree that one can't completely reverse the aging process, but the factors you mentioned certainly can slow it down. I call it fighting the good fight. :-) Beyond fitness for fitness' sake, it's nice to be able to physically engage with your kids as both of you age and if you're like me you know plenty of folks your age, to say nothing of my age (61) who don't have that option. Recovery is an issue onto itself; my daughter (27) and son (24) takes what seems to be minutes to recover from something that would take me half a day, but I'm much better off than I would be just sitting on the couch eating potato chips.

    Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year to you and your family.
     
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    IROC-Z Raw Bench Daddy

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    While my posts have been sporadic the past five years or so, I still enjoy JSF just as much as I did back in the early days. The traffic here isn't what it used to be, but the quality of people is still just as awesome as ever. Hard to believe that this is coming to an end, but I think with the advent of Facebook and most people moving over to that platform, it's become difficult for fitness blogs/forums to survive. I've made some really great friendships here, and I hope to continue many of those relationships even after the final days of the forum. I just want to send out a big thank you to everybody I've interacted with and learned from over the years, and I wish all of you the very best.

    John Stone, if you're reading this...…...Thank you so much for everything you've done and all the sacrifices you've made to keep this community up and running for so many years. I know we didn't always agree on everything, but I've always had a ton of respect for you and I wish you well. You'll probably never realize the huge impact you've had on so many of our lives, but what you did here is simply amazing!
     
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    well said.
     
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    On the subject of setting up another forum. I've had a play around with ProBoards forum software and managed to set something up that I think would work quite well. I'll invite a couple of members to look at it in the next few days. If nothing else it could be a test to see what one of the options looks like.
     

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