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Old 08-03-2006, 12:00 AM
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After some thought I decided it was time to keep a journal here. I wanted to keep track and share my challenges, victories and even losses as I struggle along that path towards the goals I have so longed to achieve.

A little about myself to begin. I am 26 years old, married with two children and work as a car audio/sercurity/starter installer. I stand in at 5'4" and am currently 165lbs at a bf% which is far above what I would like to be.

I initially picked up the iron ( well, vinyl I guess technically) when I was 15. Being shorter I wanted to workout to get stronger, not let anyone pick on me. I lifted sporadically on and off through my teens and into my 20's. I gained a good base on my upper body but that was about it. I ignored lower body work. To add to it, my calves are incredibly small and weak due to some challenges from Spina Bifida which I was born with, fortunately affecting me a little as possible.

Some of you who may have known me from before or who are even reading this now may be thinking, why? Why the change and wish to dedicate my life now to this? Why am I ready to declare myself dedicated with so many failures in the past? I am ready now. I have never been ready before. In my past I did alot of things which were damaging for me and in reality continued to haunt me even after I left them behind. I left certain substances behind, but never truly filled the place they once occupied in my life properly enough before. Because of this, I continually failed. Goals were never set or planned towards properly. My achievements were aspired towards for many of the wrong reasons. I know today that I am ready not just for bodybuilding but for life. I can also proclaim that it was not I that readied me for this new outlook and ability towards life, but God. My life has been touched in ways unimaginable by Him.

I look forward to getting to know alot of you here on the board alot better and value your input. I welcome any and all feedback regarding my workouts, but keep in mind that I am not a monster yet. My workouts at this point are far from hardcore, but that does not mean that is not what I am aspiring to. I value my body and will work it forward as it allows me to take on more grueling and challenging workouts.

I will share some of the specifics of my goals, shorter and longer term at another time and value anyone's input into how to achieve them as well.

That is all for now. Tonight is legs and I am just finishing off my pre workout meal.....time to hit the weights!
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Old 08-03-2006, 12:46 AM
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Workout hard tonight and good luck!
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Old 08-03-2006, 01:05 AM
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I have felt this way once before. And not too long ago I started lifting serious again. I bought a ipod and music has been revving me up everytime!
lol good luck with your goals and tear them weights up!
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Old 08-03-2006, 09:38 PM
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Last nights workout:

3 x 10 squats
4 x 12 leg extension
3 x 10 deadlifts
4 x 12 leg curl

4 sets failure standing calf raise ( 18,12,10,10)
4 sets reverse calf raises 16, 14, 12,12

Nothing fantastic, but did the trick for me.
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Old 08-04-2006, 12:44 AM
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Im looking forwards to reading your journal!
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Old 08-04-2006, 02:43 AM
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Started my workouts today with a 30 min bike ride, while pulling my two kids in their bike trailer, probably close to an extra 100 lbs or so.

As evening came on, I headed down for my shoulder workout which went like so......

Overhead press 4 x 12
Dumbell upright row ss/w l laterals 3 x10 of each
Front plate raise 4 x 10
Overhead shrugs 4 x 10

Going to be working towards starting a new split to begin next week. I will post it as soon as I finalize it.

I will also post more on my diet as I move along. Right now I am supplementing only with whey, but will likely bring creatine into the mix soon.
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Old 08-07-2006, 10:40 PM
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Back around after a few days away camping for the long weekend....it was fantastic.
Initially I felt bad about missing a few days of workouts just after getting back into the game, but I settled into it and had fun. The only workouts I had were a few laps at the pool.
Back at things with legs again tonight. Over the weekend, I was thinking about my needs physically right now. I am in a position where my primary focus is on strength building and general fitness. For example, I injured my elbow playing a bit of baseball on the weekend. My joints, tendons, ligaments etc are not used to doing work like this. If I were to jump onto a hardcore program and just give it all I had, I would surely injure myself.
This led me to the thought of changing to a full body style workout for a while, training with mainly compound movements to build strength and work my body into it. If anyone has had experience with these, or in getting their body into this type of shape feel free to give advice or comments.
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Old 08-14-2006, 02:14 AM
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Time to put in an update for the week.

My elbow is feeling quite a bit better. I haven't used it strenuously this week so only a little work will tell for sure. Not being able to lift was torturing so isntead I focused on cardio. I biked 13k for four days. It felt great.

Tomorrow is back to the weights. I'll be starting with legs and gettings a feel for my elbow as I stack the weights. I'll move on from there and if neccesary just go super light. I may be wrong but it feels like using it lightly helps it out.

I've decided on the following split for now. My main focus is fat loss and building my legs. As soon as I can get down in weight I'll switch to a clean bulk for a good chunk of the winter.

Monday: Morning-jog Evening-quads,hams,calves
Tuesay: Morning jog Evening-Chest,abs
Wednesday: Morning- Back,calves Evening: Baseball
Thursday: Morning-Jog Evening: Shoulders, traps,abs
Friday: Morning-Jog Evening-Biceps,Triceps,calves
Saturday: Morning-Off Evening: Olympic Lifts

Please let me know what anyone thinks. The jogs are not going to be anything huge by any means. Will start off with light jogs at around 5-10 mins, maybe 15 max and progress as my body allows.
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Old 08-15-2006, 09:39 PM
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Gave the legs their go last night. Went like so...

Squats ss/w sissy squats 3 sets
Leg extensions 3 sets
Deadlift ss/w leg curl 3 sets
Standing calf raises ss/w toe raises 3 sets

Felt great. I am looking to begin adding more volume as my body feels more and more able to handle it with each workout.
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Old 08-20-2006, 09:45 PM
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Just a quick message....computer is down and out for awhile. Managed to get online at my inlaws. Workouts have been going well this week. As I keep consistent I feel more and more drive entering into the next workout. Will keep workouts posted again when I get my computer back.

See ya till then!
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