Straughany Starting From Scratch.

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  1. Straughany

    Straughany Consectatio Excellentiae Top Contributor

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    Alreet guys havent been on the forum for a while but think now is the time to come back.

    ive been training for a few year now and not really got anywhere, last year when i decided to actually put my mind to it i started to achieve, i was dropping the fat and gaining some muscle at the same time and was loving what i was seeing, this spurred me on so much and i was training 5-6 times a week and enjoying it.

    I finished 3rd place in a TM transformation comp, I achieved a bench press of 100kg and a squated 110kg and this was something i never thought i would possibly do, then towards the end of the year things started to go wrong.

    I was training and was in constant pain in my hands, feet, knees and right elbow (an "injury" that i have had for about 18 month now) I eventually bit the bullet and went to doctors and sports injurys specialist, diognosis was arthritis in aformentioned body parts, this pissed me off because i am only 32 years old and in my opinion way to young to have arthritis but hey ho i had to just get on with it.

    Another problem i have is i keep putting my lower back out, apparently this is because my body is more formed on my right side than my left and this kept putting strain on other side. i was advised to cut my training down to 3 times a week and to go lighter on the weights until pain eased.

    I done what was advised but I was still in pain even when not training and sitting in the house, i would just stand up and pain shot through my knees, when i wrote the pain shot through my hands, in the end i thought "Fvuk it" and stopped training altogether, weights, running and kickboxing all shit canned.
    lost what muscle i had gained, gained all fat i had lost and back to square one.

    So New year, New journal fresh start, havent trainied properly since october ish, although i have been back in the gym to try see where i am at.
    Obviously i have lost a lot of strength, struggled with 80kg bench press, felt a bit pain in my knees and struggled on 70kg squat, deadlifts are just non existant although this is mainly down to form.

    So..... Starting from scratch, I'm going to re start and train as if i have never trained before, i'm going to start off with where i am at now and gradually move up the weights, i am going to try get my form as perfect as i can and one of the main things i'm going to do is add in a lot of core work, this should help with the back issue.

    I am not going to pressure myself with any goals just yet, i just want to get back in the gym and start enjoying it again, i suppose you could say my goal is just to get some strength back and then get stronger.

    i'll worry about physique changes later down the line although i will be eating good clean foods, i have quit alcohol until my holiday in july so i'm hoping these two combined will help with the physique change any how.

    I'm going to be doing 5x5 routine but after completing the 5 sets on the body part i'm going to add 2/3 sets of of higher reps (advice on this would be appreciated as i dont know if it will work)

    @Simon could you please make this my training log, i think there is a way i can do it myself but not sure how, thank you.
     
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    Welcome back lad :)

    I shall ofcourse pop in an abuse you daily in the form of rigorous verbal torture , with a delicacy and poetic touch that can only be described as angelic.

    It is my way :)




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    Welcome back mate :D I will be following your training log with interest :cool:

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    all the best mate,

    like i said, no pressure just go and enjoy your training and dont get too upbeat about weight etc
     
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    cheers mate, wouldnt expect anything less.
     
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    cheers scott, hopefully this will be more successful than the others :lol:
     
  7. Straughany

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    My man.

    cheers brother, thats the plan mate to just enjoy and see what happens.
     
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    Morning TM

    well first training session completed today, didnt do the 5x5 because i'm still reading up on it, didnt realise it included squats every session, all be it only 3 sets every session (starting strength format) but think i will still give it a blast and if its to much on knees then reasses.
    I imagine my routine is going to change regularly depending on mood :lol:

    so today i went to see where some of my stuff is at an to be honest its worse than first thought but i'm not worrying about that.

    Started with Bench press, wanted to try get 3 sets of 8.

    Bench-
    85kg, 5
    80kg, 5
    70kg 6

    so thinking next session i can mebys start at 75kg and aim for either 5x5 or 3x8

    Then due to there being no free weight facility to do incline work i needed to try use a machine we have, not the most comfortable machine in the world so mebys think sack this off and just do incline DBs instead.

    Incline machine-
    Plate number 12 which says 55kg- 8/6/5

    Pec Dec- I know some people dont rate this machine much but i quite like it to finish off the chest.

    plate number 11- 5 reps
    plate number 10- 8/8/6

    (ill try get weights for plate numbers and log them in future)

    Seated Dumbell shoulder press-
    22kg- 8/8/6

    I like this exercise, i prefer it to standing barbell, if i do the 5x5 i realise i will need to do the standing barbell press though.

    Upright Row
    using EZ Bar, not sure of weight of the bar so dont count it.
    35kg- 8/8/8

    Skull crushers
    again using EZ Bar, not sure of weight of the bar so dont count it.
    22kg 8/8/7

    Tricep pushdowns
    25.5kg- 12/7/7

    so that was it, i aimed to get 2 exercises per bodypart then if time permits add another exercise in but today that wasnt possible.
    enjoyed it though, it was hard but it wa fine.
    i thought after seeing how bad i have become in since having a 5 month lay off i would be disheartened but i wasnt, like the title says start from scratch and thats where my mind is so no dissapointment at all, only way is up.
     
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    Good to have you back old boy!
    Glad your back at it and not throwing in the towel and getting all disheartened, mate just enjoy your training and do what you want to do, at the end of the day none of us depends on any of this for a living.
    Will be following!
     
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    Cheers beast mate, i think thats the main thing to just enjoy and let what happens happen.
    thanks for following bud.
     
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    Just done a bit of cardio, 25 minutes bag work then a couple laps of a football pitch with a few sprints involved and ending on a light jog round the field doing 2 laps which was about 1.3 mile.
    I got the taste in my mouth that i used to get when i could run 8 mile and i used to eat haribo then whilst on the run, bit of an energy rush, so i got home and ordered a 1.1kg tub of haribo :lol:
     
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    Can't beat the bag for cardio mate!:fight:
     
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    Love it mate, nothing better.
     
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    gym done today, had to be a quick one cos i needed to go to work but i did get to try some squats out and see where i was at.
    Done the squats first so i could get them in incase i ran out of time.

    Squats:
    warm up sets done first, then:

    80kg 5/5/5
    the last rep i really struggled on but got it up, i wasnt expecting been able to do 80kg so surprised myselr, knees wernt to bad bit of pain but nothing excrutiating, i', going to move the squats up only by 2.5kg each session.

    Lat pulldowns
    a few warm up sets then:

    plate number 11 which is 70kg. 5/5/5/4/3

    seated rows:
    plate 11 (no weight listed) 7/6/6

    Oblique raises
    (not sure if this is the name, its where you get a 20kg plate in each hand and move from side to side :lol: )
    3 sets of 10 each side.

    Barbell shrug:
    60kg 8/8/8

    Barbell curls:
    20kg 8/8/8 (these really effect my arm, when palms are up, fine when i do stuff like z bar curls cos hands on an angle)

    had to shoot of to work at this point although i did go to do some DB Curls but struggled.

    conclusion from today, i am going to do biceps on chest day and triceps on back day.
     
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    Forgot to fill in for Yesterdays training session.
    like i said last chest session, i'll move down to 75kg and aim for either 5x5 or 3x8, i decided to go to the 5x5 route, my training now will consist of 5x5 for squats, bench, overhead press, rows and deads then for all other exercises aim for 3x8.

    Bench: 75kg
    5/5/5/5/3

    Overhead press: 40kg
    5/5/5/5/5

    Pull ups:
    5/3/3/1/0

    Incline Dumbell press: 28kg DB
    7/5/2

    Z Bar upright row: 37kg (not counting weight of bar as not sure how much it weighs)
    8/6/5

    Z Bar Curls: 30kg (not counting weight of bar as not sure how much it weighs)
    8/5/3

    DB Side raises: 10kg
    7/5/4

    Standing DB Curls: 12kg
    8/8/7

    so after a few sessions i now know the weight i can do for each exercise (still need to find out dips, rows and deads weight) so i have a start figure to go on, summit to look back and compare to at the end of the year.

    Pull ups were difficult due to my arm, each pull up felt like my right arm was ganna explode.
     
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