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Husky Again!!!

Discussion in 'Fitness Journals' started by BJ, Aug 31, 2009.

  1. BJ

    BJ Active Member

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    Time to start the official bulk! I am excited! :spaz:

    I look back and am amazed by my progress in my cut, so I am really looking forward to the results from a bulk.


    The Goal
    I am thinking that I would like to end up ~180 with a low enough bf% that I can see my abs. That said, I am just going to take this month at a time and see how my body is reacting... adjusting accordingly. I am thinking that I will probably have to cut, bulk, and cut again before I get there... we'll see

    Activity
    Still using HIT lifting... still on the universal machine at work during lunch. I know that many think I could get a better workout if I would go to heavy compounds, but let me tell you... it wouldn't be better because I probably wouldn't do it. For now, this is the only time I have. I will though, start scoping out the specialized routines in the New HIT book... see what I can adapt to the equipment I have at work.

    Diet
    I have been ~1600 - 1800 for a lot of my cut... seemed to work really well. Starting today at 2450... increasing 250 / week to 3000. Will see what my body tells me after a few weeks at 3000. Bring one the food :drool::eat:

    Supplements
    I already did the creatine loading phase described in the HIT book... no more sugar water thanks :spitwater: Will continue with 5g of creatine / day

    Also taking Nitrean and Optimum Nutrition Whey

    Other than that, just a multi, fish oil, and flax oil pill... and my MonaVie
     
  2. BJ

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    Had a GREAT workout today... about time! :bang: last week was really flat.

    More comfortable with the straps on pull downs and rows... they certainly make it a lot nicer!

    Seems like military press has been stuck at the same weight / rep range for too long... I go in telling myself that this is the workout every time, but my arms lock up right around 9-10 reps every time :mad:

    On calves I have been doing full reps followed immediately by 1/2 reps followed by full reps (no breaks... continuous motion) to make up for the lack of weight. Any other suggestions (I am using all that the machine has to offer)

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  3. Akira-Kai

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    All the best for your bulk! Hopefully don't do what I did and cave into massive post-cutting cravings!
     
  4. BJ

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    Food for today... (I don't plan to do this long term, just long enough to get into the habit)

    Input is welcomed...

    I am shooting for 60/20/20 or 50/30/20... not sure yet

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    And I just finished grilling 6 chicken breasts, and 3 steaks... have about 10 cube steaks on the smoker along with a big sirloin :drool:
     
  5. BJ

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    Today's workout wasn't so hot... not enough sleep last night... fighting the first cold of the season. I quit early :(

    Going to do this workout one more time on Friday then start hitting some of the specialized routines out of the HIT book... thinking chest first.

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  7. BJ

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    OK... back from the long weekend. Today's workout was a KILLER! I did the specialized chest workout from the New HIT book. wowee! Everything through the negative pushups was without a break between each exercise

    I also tried squats on the machine for the first time.... went with a low weight so I could be sure on form... will increase it next workout.

    I will do this workout 4 times (well, 3 more) total over this week and next, then back to the full body workout for 2 weeks.

    Food is still going good... shooting for 2750 cal / day this week, then up to 3000 next week. Going to stick at 3000 for a couple of weeks to see how it goes.

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  8. BJ

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    I am sore today!!!! :claphigh:

    My chest is hurting. AWESOME!
     
  9. BJ

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    Today's workout was good! Can't wait to see the changes that I know my body is going to undergo by working out hard and eating a lot (of clean food of course)

    All the way up to 3000 calories next week :eat:

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  10. BJ

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    Question for everyone (the one or two of you that read this :lol:)

    Should I take mid-month progress pics or wait til the end? The scales have only moved a couple pounds.

    I have reasons for and against...

    FOR
    I've want to see the results... been on creatine since the last two weeks of August

    AGAINST
    I haven't really been eating that much more (2450 calories for one week now 2750 for another)... don't think that would be enough to show significant results. (Although I was at 2200 the last two weeks of Aug)
     
  11. BJ

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    I've been a slacker at updating this week... too busy at work!

    Anyway, completed the specialized chest routine today (4 workouts in 2 weeks). Plan is to go back to a full body routine for 2 weeks then do another specialized routine for 2 weeks... keep rotating through full body and specialized until I complete...

    back
    shoulders
    upper arms

    That will take me almost to Christmas...


    I am now eating 3000 calories and intend to stay at that level for a while. Weight is going back on... my waist feels a little bigger, but I keep telling myself that I can & will cut again after I add the muscle.

    The extra calories have helped with progress in the workouts... weights keep going up!
     
  12. BJ

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    Here's the workout file...

    (Oh... and I talked them into buying a pull up and dip station at work :D Excited to have some new equipment... now if I could just get a leg press sled)


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  13. BJ

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    and here's the bulk progression...

    6 Month Graph
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    2 Month Graph
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  14. Akira-Kai

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    Personally I would (and do) take a progress pic once a month, every month. It's just another part of the routine to keep you on track.
     
  15. BJ

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    I was a big time slacker over the weekend... didn't really track anything, didn't drink enough water. :o :doh:

    Oh well... get over it and keep going


    Going to do a full body routine for this week and next... 3 days a week. Here's today's workout...

    Doing the negative chins and dips sure was a lot of work!

    Didn't guess right on several of the weights... get it right on Wednesday

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  16. BJ

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    HOLY CRAP... This workout is a killer! :eek: Need to talk to the guy that came up with this one :lol:

    The huge difference in weights on deadlifts and shrugs is because I went from using the machine to using free weights. I am only recording the weights added and not including the weight of the bar. (Not really sure how much a standard curl bar weighs).

    I was sore on Tuesday from doing this Monday... hate to think about what I'm going to feel like tomorrow...

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  17. BJ

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    Overall I am happy with my bulking progress so far... I can definitely tell I'm getting stronger... weights keep going up.

    I am adding a bit more belly fat than I wanted to, but I know that I can lose it later. (Already proved that to myself).

    I really do not want to slow muscle growth down, so I will continue with the 3000 calorie diet.

    I can't wait to see my end of month pictures... just a week and a half away! I am expecting to be able to tell a difference (well... especially the belly fat :doh:)

    Still taking creatine and using Nitrean. Outside of that I am taking a daily multi and drinking MonaVie... no other supplements. Considered RESULTS from ALN, but think I will just stick with creatine for now.

    Any recommendations from anyone?
     
  18. CA$ON

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    BJ,


    When I started adding more fat in my diet it seemed to help lean me up a little bit. I like RESULTS better than regular creatine. I take creatine 500 powder everyday (5g). If I had the extra cash I would be taking RESULTS. I liked drink RESULTS while working out, gave me a little energy.

    Have you considered a fish oil supplement?
     
  19. BJ

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    I was thinking about ordering some RESULTS today actually... might do it in a few days. How much fish oil do you recommend? My wife has been taking the tablets... I do occasionally (and flax seed oil)
     
  20. CA$ON

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    I take 2-3 a day of fish and flax. My fish oil is from AT LARGE. The flaxseed is from walmart. Also I take 2-3 Multi V's (atlarge) a day. Every big meal I take these pills.
     

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