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Ben2285 10-08-2008 04:31 PM

Ben2285's never ending quest of self-improvement
 
Hey guys as promised I'm starting my journal up today... This is just a heads up, once I get back from class I'll get everything goin.

Venom 10-08-2008 04:57 PM

Sweet, look forward to reading this. You should tell us more about yourself when you get a chance!

Ben2285 10-09-2008 01:44 AM

Alrighty lets get this thing started!

First I'll give everyone a little background on myself, what I do, my interests, etc...

My name is Ben (obviously), I am a senior nutrition major at West Chester U in PA, I am a natural competitive bodybuilder (hoping to get a pro card within the next few years), and I am a Certified Sports Nutritionist through the ISSN (where I had the pleasure of meeting and hanging with Gabe and Jake at their conference this past summer). I love science, especially of nutrition/metabolism and anything that I can apply to muscle hypertrophy and strength or body comp. I plan to continue my education next year in Grad. School studying Nutritional Biochemistry/Metabolism though I have to admit I'm a bit intimidated.

Okay now that you know a bit of my background we can talk about the fun stuff.. I am currently off season and trying to add as much LBM as possible. I follow a split very similar to that of Layne Norton. Here is an idea of what it looks like:

Monday: Upper Body Power
Tuesday: Lower Body Power
Wednesday: OFF/ Rest or HIIT Cardio
Thursday: Upper Body Hypertrophy
Friday: Lower Body Hypertrophy
Saturday: Usually a weak point day where I will focus on any part I feel is lagging or sometimes I take off.
Sunday: OFF/ Rest of HIIT Cardio

That is not a very detailed description but once I start logging my days it will give you a better idea. I also will switch programs up every once in a while or incorporate new techniques depending on my goals.

That brings me to my next important point of this journal. Setting and Achieving Goals. But we can't go there without first telling you where I am now.

Present Goal to be Surpassed ASAP
Bodyweight: A Fairly Lean 212 A Fairly lean 220
Deadlift: 565 x 1 600 x 1
Squat: 415 x 5 445 x 5
Bench: Somewhere around 300 x 1 315 x 1

Now I am no powerlifter and my main focus is to also increase many measurements but I feel tracking strength progressions will be a better short term indication rather than measurements since they take significantly longer to show themselves (at least for me!). My main focus right now is to increase my Bench Press, and Pretty much my entire body mass but moreso my upper chest, bi's and tri's.

To end this long intro I will leave you with some pics and vids.

Morning of my show summer 07':
http://bodyspace.bodybuilding.com//i...256792orig.jpg

Stage pic:
http://image69.webshots.com/669/4/20...9gbuRTk_ph.jpg

Recent back shot from a week or so ago:
http://image55.webshots.com/755/0/21...9zdaOmr_ph.jpg

I'll get the vids up in a bit...

Venom 10-09-2008 02:25 AM

I thought you were the "Ben" from the ISSN conference...very happy to have you here!

I did not know you were that strong, bro...that is crazy. Great job. Really looking forward to reading your journal.

Ben2285 10-09-2008 02:42 AM

Hmm don't know what happened to my last two pics.. I suppose webshots doesn't work to link to?

Quote:

Originally Posted by Venom (Post 861664)
I thought you were the "Ben" from the ISSN conference...very happy to have you here!

I did not know you were that strong, bro...that is crazy. Great job. Really looking forward to reading your journal.

Hah yep thats me, I'm happy to be here! Thanks man, unfortunately my bench obviously struggles.. Definitely stay tuned!

Commander 10-09-2008 01:25 PM

Awesome leg developmemt! I am looking to Layne Norton for lots of my information and inspiration currently so I can't wait to read your log.

will-work4andro 10-09-2008 06:17 PM

logged in Big Ben

Ben2285 10-09-2008 06:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Commander (Post 861706)
Awesome leg developmemt! I am looking to Layne Norton for lots of my information and inspiration currently so I can't wait to read your log.

Quote:

Originally Posted by will-work4andro (Post 861738)
logged in Big Ben

Very happy to have you guys here!

In a few hours I have Upper body hypertrophy...

In the meantime here is the recent pic I was trying to post before:
http://bodyspace.bodybuilding.com/im...023622orig.jpg

And here are links to my an old deadlift vid, and my new squat PR.
415 x 5 Squat
545 DL

Venom 10-09-2008 10:53 PM

Nice big B!!

Link 10-09-2008 11:34 PM

Wow what a change in a year, looking good


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