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  1. 6 points
    Emperor G_D

    Starting Anew

    So the bells thread seems dead and it seems pointless to put my personal workouts in there-especially since fuck those crazy 500 per day workouts. Y'all are crazy. I am feeling really good. I've been pushed into a low carb/keto 16:8 by my doctor. A single day in and my PP glucose is down over 20 (into the low 80s) and my waking fasting glucose is also in the low 80s, which is a change of almost 40. I think I'm going to keep hitting the kettlebell 3-4 days per week and hit the dumbbells 2 of those days with a kettlebell Tabata to close it out. I got 3.5 rounds of my 20-10 tabata today. lol Workout is pretty generic, but requires nothing but dumbbells (or a KB, or a 45 plate): Floor Press (3x15 to start) DB Row (3x15) Weighted situp (doing crunches for now) (3x10) Renegade Row (never done before-doing this weightless for now) (3xwhatever I can do) Goblet Squat (45) (3x15) Overhead Press (3x15) RDL (3x15) KB Tabata 20:10 (goal is 8 rounds, got 3.5 today)
  2. 3 points
    ozzman

    For Whom the Bells Toll

    Being in possession of KBs is great, I don't have an excuse. Other than, damn. Really 3 months of no regular exercise and my HR shoots up and I'm exhausted for the rest of the day. 100 kb swings, 50 push-ups, and 50 curls. 15 minutes or whatever 3 songs was.
  3. 3 points
    Burton

    Starting Anew

    I appreciate this version of you. Good job man and keep it up
  4. 3 points
    STENDEC

    GF's "CS Goes Pubic" Log

    Indeed. Looks white White. 😜
  5. 3 points
    STENDEC

    Starting Anew

    w00t!
  6. 2 points
    STENDEC

    GF's "CS Goes Pubic" Log

    I was reading his post from the bottom up and was trying to figure out why you thought he was lucky to get his phone stolen...
  7. 2 points
    Growth Factor

    GF's "CS Goes Pubic" Log

    07/03/20 OHP WEEK 4 OHP 95x8 115x6 135x5 165x5 <-- RPE 9.5 155x7,6 <-- "" 135x9 RPE 10 ** SMITH JM PRESS (3D machine, heavy barbell) 90x4x10 BO BB ROWS 225x12,12,10 NAUTILUS PULLOVER 210x10,10,9 CYBEX SEATED TRI PUSHDOWN 59.5x10,10,8 <-- 4 second eccentrics As I mentioned before I had an intense day on Wednesday, followed by a sleepless night, so yesterday was off the table for lifting. I was even having problems doing some basic tasks and lifting heavy but lightweight things in the lab, like a centrifuge bucket that's about 15-17lbs. I wanted something a little aggressive for the arms/triceps, but I was lazy, so I opted for eccentrics on the tricep extension machine. I'm still feeling it. I had a great workout, but something weird happened in that I developed a pain around the elbow after overhead pressing. I am not sure what that's about, if I did something wrong on OHP or if it's a sign of something else. It also affected me during the last set of barbell rows (not the reason I stopped) and the pullover at the very end range of motion (partially contributed to me stopping, but mostly because I was rounding my upper back). Nothing else to really report. Had a nice day and am planning on squatting tomorrow in the A.M. with a friend.
  8. 2 points
    ozzman

    For Whom the Bells Toll

    I'm at a place on vacation where they have KBs. I've been doing my swings. Also, I just bought 4 different sizes (all the sizes that they have) Beware, shipping is very expensive. Goldens Cast Iron
  9. 2 points
    STENDEC

    Starting Anew

    Nice job Sam...shaving off almost 10% of your BW is no small accomplishment!
  10. 2 points
    Burton

    Liftin' weights and other shit

    Other things: I've realized I need a hobby of some nature. I used to enjoy helping my roommate with Warhammer miniatures so I bought my first starter kit today. I'm gonna get them Friday and I'll go to a games shop this weekend and get some starting paints and supplies. I think it'll be good for me to have some kind of thing I do where I get to make things
  11. 2 points
    AlwaysForward

    I'm Back Bitches

    I don't know what happened the next week but he just got it right. He said he was pissed at his sister and everything seemed to click. Of course, it was my worst day in this new cycle, everything was off. I was dizzy, neck and pressure was off the hook. Its been humid and storming here so the weather changes really screw with me. I made an appointment with a new DO who does all kinds of PRP therapy, prozolone etc. This is what she covers: https://www.summitmedicalgroup.com/doctor/kcardamone/ I'm not interested in your standard nerve blockers or epidurals. I know they cause damage over time and my father and brother are still are screwed up with them. I am also seeing a doctor about the medical weed card in PA. For 2 or so of the different types of symptoms I deal with it helps a lot. Anyway, we got it in late but here is today's session, for once we were both feeling good. FB 1 x 8 @95pds 1 x 8 @115pds 1 x 6 @125pds 1 x 6 @135pds Inc DB 3x8 @30pds DB Flies 2x8 @15pds Overhead rope pulls 2x10@30pds V-bar pull dows 3x8@40pds My FB is coming along nice. The boy seems to have clicked, his working sets last chest session were hitting 65pds. I wanted to get him over 80 by the end of the summer. He freakin hit 95 for reps after going 75. 85 prior. At 15, he's still only 5, 3" (an inch shorter than me) but hes about 7 pounds heavier. Stronger too. If he sticks to it, hes got a natural frame for it and I think he's finally starting to like it.
  12. 2 points
    Growth Factor

    Starting Anew

    Interesting approach and remarkable progress so far! Particularly thrilled with the changes in diet and you seeing a subsequent transformation. Hope you continue to see good things from this.
  13. 2 points
    Growth Factor

    GF's "CS Goes Pubic" Log

    20/06/22 DEADLIFT WEEK 3 DEADLIFT 225x5 315x5 405x2 455x3,1<-- RPE 9.2-9.5 both sets PIN SSB GM 205x3x10 DB GOBLET SQUAT 80x3x12 REVERSE HYPER 40x3x10 <-- I should probably try for more reps next time. I like the traction as well as the activation AB WHEEL BWx3x10 I am feeling all sorts of soreness today. Unusual glute soreness + ab soreness is always a strange combo to have. You almost feel injured but without the pain. I've been going to the gym most days with a friend from work. She only started lifting this year, and we started up at the gym together around Feb or March. She hadn't kept up with anything like I had during quarantine (I just didn't post it all, and it got bad, but I was still active), so she lost a lot during the interim. She's a smart girl and a quick learner though. Before quarantine I was able to fix her deadlift mostly, but there was something a little off about her positioning. As for her squat, it wasn't good. Having resumed back in the gym about 2 weeks ago, her form on both has turned around greatly. Her deadlifts are looking good and strong, and we figured out she just needs a heel lift to fix her squat. Her goblet squats with her heels on a plate look gorgeous. She's a grad student on a grad student budget, so she's purchasing things pretty slowly. I advised her to probably look into a lifting belt first before special shoes because she can always lift her heels on a plate. But there aren't public use belts at this gym, and anyways, might be a bad play to use them if there were any, at least right now. So I'm happy with her progress as well as mine. I may have mentioned this in my first post about my return to Gold's, but lifting again has had profound changes in my mood and my body. I feel much happier again, and I feel really motivated to go to the gym and do all of my exercises. It is also inspiring me to be better about my diet and eating good protein while making sure to hit something around where my calories should be. In addition, my test levels must have been going down during quarantine in spite of my quarantine buddies because right now it *feels* like it is through the roof. I feel more adventurous and risk taking, in a good way so far, and my sex drive is out of control. I thought I felt it sliding away so it's good to feel it back.
  14. 2 points
    Emperor G_D

    Starting Anew

    Also, lowest scale-weight in at least a half-decade: 330. That's 20 pounds since zombie apocalypse and 1 week into actually changing my eating habits. I started the week at 337.
  15. 2 points
    AlwaysForward

    I'm Back Bitches

    Lost track of what week I'm in which is a good thing. My flat bench is around 110pds working sets. Shoulder presses are @30pds and I started squatting with just the bar. My seated and lat pulldowns are at 90pds. I'll have to watch the lower back with squats. Especially with all this sitting. My plan this time around is a walking program. Slow walking for an hour or so on the treadmill on off days to keep shit moving. I also ice shoulders, back and neck after each lift. The boy is hovering around 65pds fb working sets and I got him up to 15pd shoulder presses. He's hitting the 30-40 pd range on his rows but had a real tough time on the squat. He can't get his ass out and kept saying his arms hurt (not from weigh, just the odd way he has to hold the bar). He hit the bar for reps. Hes strong but the problem is between his ears. He is starting to fill out nice though. I told him I want him to put his hands behind his head and practice a squat in from of a mirror until he gets that ass out. I cant push him until his form is right, his torso is curving the wrong way, the same as when we did sissy squats.
  16. 2 points
    Word. Regarding gyms, yeah, I'd agree they are definitely not paragons of cleanliness. The above was my attempt to commiserate with them about the state of closures and the comparison between their businesses and others. Again, you go to a supermarket, or hell, even a gas station mini-mart (which were open in my state), and you've got people stacked on top of one another, maybe wearing a mask, with no sense of anything being or having been cleaned. In contrast - and again, I can only speak about my franchise of Gold's - things were done quite differently here.
  17. 2 points
    Emperor G_D

    For Whom the Bells Toll

    I'm still going- Monday I did 14Sx20R in 23:50. 118avg HR 152max. Yesterday my family packed up and headed out to Golden Gate park for some time away from the heat and home. Today is going to be another 95-ish day, so got a quick session in before meetings and heat. I got 12Sx20R in 17:35(!). 119avg HR 144max. I had no rest periods longer than 60 seconds. Felt great. Tomorrow is in the ~90 degree range, too, so I might take tomorrow off. I feel like between 20 pounds lost and the KB work, my cardio abilities are profoundly improved. I'm not as afraid of stairs any longer, either. Hope y'all are still up to no good and having decent results.
  18. 1 point
    https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/30/health/declining-eyesight-red-light-scn-wellness/index.html This caught my eye *puns!* Some of the commonish health problems we seem to suffer from don't make a lot of sense to me. The idea that everyone (myself included) who needs Rx vision correct would just be bumping into things and half blind centuries ago doesn't float with me. The same with the number of kids with asthma, allergies, or gluten intolerance. The recommendation we should all essentially live in a cave and cover every square inch of skin when outside to avoid cancer also does not make sense to me. You cannot tell me that is what nature intended. Years ago when looking down that line to thinking I came across some information that infrared light stimulated cell turnover. I can't recall if we discussed that on the forum or not. I think it was related to P51 kinase, but its been a minute. The picture the research seemed to be painting IIRC was that early morning exposure to sunlight provided this health benefit which most of us do not get and may mitigate some of the issues we then experience from sun exposure in general. I'm curious if this might work the same way. If we take away the Internet and TV for our entertainment and spent the evenings and/or mornings watching the sunset/sunrise, I wonder if it would improve vision or mitigate vision loss. For a more modern take, I'm curious what would happen if I modify my smart bulb routine in the bedroom to shine red light on me while I'm sleeping so all this potentially happens automatically.
  19. 1 point
    STENDEC

    Food Finds

    This stuff is good. I've actually been eating their "power cups" which are 10g heavier and consequently have a little more of everything. Makes a decent, quick hot breakfast. Remarkably, they have managed to put pea protein in something and not make it taste like peas...
  20. 1 point
    Normally I just respond back to these types of requests with an attachment and the link to sci-hub. Unfortunately, I can't locate this study. Tried using google image search, too, and nothing.
  21. 1 point
    Emperor G_D

    Starting Anew

    Woke up at 320.6 this AM. Did some working out: Kettlebell ladder Swings and Pushups 10/1 9/2 8/3 7/4 6/5 5/6 4/7 3/8 2/9 1/10 5:27 Run/Walk 5:30 Woo. Big fast today. Started early last night-nice 4th feast was big and full of tri-tip and green beans-so had no pre-bed snack. I will try to go for 18 or 19 hours.
  22. 1 point
    Growth Factor

    GF's "CS Goes Pubic" Log

    20/07/04 SQUATS WEEK 4 SSB SQUAT 155x5 205x5 245x5 285x3 belt 335x3 RPE 9, great form 295x8,6 RPE 9 on both LEG PRESS 5PPSx10,10 GHR BWx9,8,6 TANK PROWLER THINGY 180x80 yards both ways, for shits and giggles No abs so I could hike and swim.
  23. 1 point
    Emperor G_D

    GF's "CS Goes Pubic" Log

    Don't be looking for any real content from following me. I think it's been almost 2 years since I posted something original. I kind of miss having something to post, but alas...unless people want to watch a fat sweaty man do KB swings until death, there's not much to publish. Be careful out there, Rolly. Don't need to get dead for a thrill...
  24. 1 point
    Growth Factor

    GF's "CS Goes Pubic" Log

    lol I saw! I will hit you back soon if I didn't already. I almost died today hanging out at the river with some friends, lol. I had had a long day already with an intense squat workout with some dumb cardio thrown in the mix, but while at the river today I asked a friend to show me a rock you could climb to to then jump out into the river. Well, it was hard to get to, especially for a big guy, swimming upstream some rapids. I jumped once and that was great, but the second time I got pulled away and under by an eddie, tumbled over and through some boulders, and hit my head on one. I was able to catch myself on a different boulder to stop and recoup myself. But my knee feels like dog, and I bet my head will hurt tomorrow. Was a good learning experience at least. Also, it was a tremendous amount of fun. I do feel old now, but I do have to remind myself I had an intense squat workout and need to now consume an absolutely vast amount of calories.
  25. 1 point
    Emperor G_D

    Starting Anew

    Last few days have been fun. I've been on PTO, and I've gone fishing, and seen some more of our beautiful county parks with my family. Didn't catch shit, but that's OK. Good, clean, budget-friendly fun. Worked out today. 17 total sets: S1-S9: 26 reps, 48 second rests S10-S14: 26R, 55-60 second rests S15-S16: 25R, 60 second rests S17: Bonus set! 16R 430 total reps in 17 sets. 25:45 total time. Just shy of 15K lbs swung. Avg HR 125, Max 156 My RHR for the last week has been from 58-63. My guess is that this is a beneficial side-effect of (mostly) lower insulin or inflammation or mass, or all three. Weighed 322 in the afternoon yesterday, and predictably after 2 days around my wife and kids with no structure (work), I've fallen off a bit and yesterday I had carbs all afternoon long. My fasting glucose was (predictably) higher than even before I went keto/fast as 136. I've only ever seen 130s a handful of times in a few months. I guess the system doesn't like swinging back and forth like that. lol I see my fat doc on Monday, so I'll need to rein it in for the next few days to get a good weight for her.
  26. 1 point
    I went camping with a colleague years ago and I had never seen him in glasses but I guess I knew he wore contacts. The first night, he took out his contacts and put on his glasses and his eyes looked like they were in the next county his glasses were so thick! When I commented he said these were the "new" type of lenses that were about 20% thinner and lighter than his old lenses...
  27. 1 point
    Woah. My distance vision is 20/15 but I need +2 readers now for anything closer than arm's length.
  28. 1 point
    I just bought this and my plan is simple. At night, while I am brushing my teeth, turn off the bathroom light and use the mirror to shine the red light into my eyes for two minutes.
  29. 1 point
    Emperor G_D

    For Whom the Bells Toll

    You're the only one doing the full 500 with the set/rep scheme in the program, but I'm still swinging, and still enjoying it, and honestly, reaping the rewards. My RHR has dropped from 70-73 to 58-63. So significant. I also went keto, lost 15 pounds since starting, and fast 16-18 hours per day, which probably influences it maybe more than the cardio, but still. It all started with swinging a kettlebell...
  30. 1 point
    Burton

    Liftin' weights and other shit

    I'm kind of there right now with you. I was 230-240 when I graduated college and felt great there. I had done much less cardio (and not walking 5-7 miles per day to and from class) for the first few years out of college and was between 255 and 270 and felt good. Somewhere down the line I just stopped caring and I don't even know why so I'd love to get back into that 275 territory and evaluate how I feel and go from there.
  31. 1 point
    AlwaysForward

    Starting Anew

    I was just trying to math in my head (which is always a mistake) but wow Sam. That is an accomplishment!
  32. 1 point
    Burton

    Liftin' weights and other shit

    My neurologist just said "it's not your meds, go see an eye doctor". So I'm just doing that for diligence. Still have a headache which is my most notable concern because I've only had three vision issues. I'm just not one to get headaches so that's throwing me off that I've had one for weeks now
  33. 1 point
    Growth Factor

    GF's "CS Goes Pubic" Log

    Agreed. It was particularly nice because it helped a lot with my pace. I think at times we might go a little too fast, and sometimes a little too slow, but on average I think I was lifting at a rate of once every 3-4 minutes (outside of squats), which was even faster than when I timed myself before quarantine. Things might get better towards the end of the summer, but by then I know my school is reopening its gym. She's a student and will likely just lift there for free rather than pay for a membership at Gold's. I dont know, though. If nothing else we might still dabble on the weekend. I am lifting with another person on the 4th at least.
  34. 1 point
    AlwaysForward

    Starting Anew

    Good shit man. If you every get to a point where you can knock out a 24, it can really help keep you in Keto. I am saying this after I have failed miserably myself but that taco bell just came right at me. Both times...
  35. 1 point
    Burton

    Liftin' weights and other shit

    Been working out. It's going well. My buddy's programming is doing me good. Got a clean 4 sets of 2 for 245 with the transformer bar the other day, bench is back up to 175 deads are nearing 300 again. Certainly not gonna impress anyone but seeing as how I was squatting 135 pounds prior to the gym reopening and barely getting 135 on bench I'll take it. I have some videos but there's no point in that. The form looks good. Slightly concerned about life. I've had a headache for about 2 weeks straight and I'm getting minor disruptions of my vision. Things like color distortion (things looking washed out/the brightness is turned down?), Had some thing Sunday night after I got up to pee while sleeping where I had a pulsating green and red blob in my vision for about 3 minutes. Today after looking at a Post-It, everything had a halo of yellow around it for about two minutes. Hopefully that isn't bad news. Got an appointment with an eye doctor tomorrow to verify it isn't something with my eyes or migraines or some shit. But my headache isn't bad. It's like background noise where I can 100% tune it out if I want. Have gotten light headed a bunch lately and every now and then I have a bit of a slow time focusing when I look at one thing and then change to a new depth of field. Doesn't seem like it could be nothing but I hope it is.
  36. 1 point
    Burton

    Liftin' weights and other shit

    Been working out. It's going well. My buddy's programming is doing me good. Got a clean 4 sets of 2 for 245 with the transformer bar the other day, bench is back up to 175 deads are nearing 300 again. Certainly not gonna impress anyone but seeing as how I was squatting 135 pounds prior to the gym reopening and barely getting 135 on bench I'll take it.
  37. 1 point
    Emperor G_D

    GF's "CS Goes Pubic" Log

    You need to eat. Also, you need some sun. lol ❤️ you.
  38. 1 point
    STENDEC

    GF's "CS Goes Pubic" Log

    Looking strong!
  39. 1 point
    STENDEC

    Auricular Vagus Nerve Stimulation

    So recently I purchased a more sophisticated fitness band that does continuous HR monitoring and something I noticed is that when I am using the e-stim on my ear, my RHR drops by 15-18 BPM....which makes perfect sense but also reassures me that this is actually activating my vagus nerve and improving my parasympathetic tone.
  40. 1 point
    Emperor G_D

    Starting Anew

    Met with an endocrine specialist today. He wants me on clomid (my old friend) and would consider getting me off in a year if the levels stay up. It's an interesting plan and I'm going down that road. Considering jumping on HCG for a few weeks or months, too. Might be good to give the nuts some love.
  41. 1 point
    Emperor G_D

    Starting Anew

    I'm basically keto, but not trying for any specific goals aside from <50g CHO/day and doing a 16:8 (or more) per day. Yesterday I got to 18 hours, but found myself hungry at 2330 and needed another snack before I could get to sleep...as a result, I'm still fasting today. lol My kcals are pretty low though...haven't been above 2K more than once this week. Hopefully that will make some changes in fat/scale weight. Keeping my kcals and CHO low have led to great biometrics...RHR is super low, BP is low as well. Feeling good.
  42. 1 point
    STENDEC

    Starting Anew

    That doesn't seem at all unreasonable during moderately vigorous exercise.
  43. 1 point
    STENDEC

    Starting Anew

    Nice work! I suspect that if you actually ate 350ish g of PRO your glucose numbers would not be as good because of hepatic gluconeogenesis.
  44. 1 point
    Emperor G_D

    Starting Anew

    Today's meal total: Yesterdays:
  45. 1 point
    Burton

    Liftin' weights and other shit

    It's good. Lots of strong people, good environment, supportive people. Quality equipment and they run it well.
  46. 1 point
    Burton

    Liftin' weights and other shit

    I've been working out. Got set back to zero after the shutdown. Here's a set of deads and a set of squats. It's certainly not perfect but I'm working on getting my movement capabilities back and it'll happen slowly but surely Deads: https://photos.app.goo.gl/5rWYyf9FuqPN2fDd9 Squats: https://photos.app.goo.gl/sto23YXuvw6N44Xy8
  47. 1 point
    ozzman

    For Whom the Bells Toll

    I'll be the voice for the rest of us. Let's start with acquiring equipment. Its almost literally impossible. I got a 10 lb and I was patient to get my 40 lb one from Amazon. Delivery by June 10. Yesterday. I got an email that said sorry, we'll let you know when we can ship it. What a relief. I don't have to do this terribly hard thing because of equipment. But in reality it turns out that working out consistently is hard. It's a good thing that testosterone injections allows you to be in shape and not have to work out. For a dad bod. For a muscular dad bod.
  48. 1 point
    You're at Joe's gym? Before the COVID thing, I genuinely liked him. After watching him grandstand and preen himself for publicity put a bit of a sour taste in my mouth, but since I like Joe, that will probably fade with time. Sorry to hear you're having a tough time with Elvis. Getting the ashes might make you feel better. The gym will probably be a good outlet for you as well. Counseling is never a bad idea.
  49. 1 point
    Burton

    Liftin' weights and other shit

    lol. Yeah, that will happen. So, my state is hella stupid so gyms and shit are opening again. Well, already open. So I'll be going back starting tomorrow. I suppose I should be concerned about the coronavirus but my gym is small and they've actually put in place some genuinely useful precautions. Which is unexpected for a powerlifting/serious type of gym. Normally the people who run them are meatheads to the extreme so the difference kinda shocked me. I think my gym is good in that Joe is a good dude and his other partner comes from a background in business and it's possible, law so they're gonna not have their heads in their asses. In the end, I obviously know a gym isn't really the kind of place where the risk is low but I need this. Since Elvis, I feel like I can't get my feet underneath me. My brain is some kind of weird combination of like 30 different emotions all at once. I need the outlet for my anger to make something feel normal again. I felt like I was starting to get something back to normal but they called a few days ago for us to come pick up his ashes from the funeral home. I tried to stop by some day last week, don't even remember when. I pulled into the parking lot, started crying and couldn't even make myself get out of the car. Adrienne and I were doing some errands Friday and she said we should go get them and I begged her not to. I just don't know how to get my head around the fact that I'm gonna get a box full of ashes and that'll be all that I'll ever have of him again. So yeah, I need the outlet of the gym right now. It's been there for me over the years every time I've felt like this so in spite of the risk, I suppose it's necessary. I also think I'm gonna look up some grief counseling options for me. I'm pretty sure my insurance covers mental health counseling.
  50. 1 point
    Sanction

    Gut Microbiome Extinction

    Ras could mail us little packets of his pig's snot
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