Well, it has been a quick minute since I have BLOG’d about fitness and/or my personal fitness journey. I thought now would be a good time to say some stuff.
I have not made any major changes in my routine in quite a while. Last time I did this I was coming out of retirement to do a powerlifting competition. I was doing well until my nervous system crashed out and my gains went very backwards.
Complications from my lack of treatment and care for my type
2 diabetes. So now the list continues. Type 2 diabetes, low testosterone, the
bad back, Chronophobia, and now Persistent Depressive Disorder… I am also having digestive issues and insomnia pretty bad. I really haven’t worked a normal
scheduled full-time job since fall of 2017.
So after my body stopped responding, this was around Fallish
of 2018, I went back to a 4 day, 3 muscle group, high volume, lighter weight a
week approach. By spring I started taking my insulin again and I put on weight
for the 1st time in 4 years, almost 10 lbs. My body did wind up adapting to the
insulin and I have dropped weight again. I weighed at 139-140, fasted, the
other morning. I do not feel small though.
I went back to basics… I started doing “Maximizing
Muscular Intensity,” starting with a weight that was in the 10-12 rep
range, after I would start at Rep 1 moving forward with a medium, paced positive
and really working the negative and moving my rep speed faster with each rep.
By rep 12 or so the negative is nearly impossible and my positives are getting
shorter and shorter.
I started attacking my sets like this. The only problem I
was having was it was taking wayyyyyyyyy tooooooooooo long to get through my
workouts. So, 2 weeks ago I made the choice to cap my sets per muscle group to
6-9, with no more than 9 sets and no less than 6 per muscle group. I also
changed muscle group days.
So now, Monday is Legs, Biceps, Triceps for a total of
around 23 sets for the workout. I do not count dropsets or supersets as separate
sets. It is just one Giant Set to me. Tuesday is Chest, Back/Lats and
Shoulders. Again, same concepts.
After 2 weeks. I already feel like my all-round body shape
is much more pronounced.
I have also cut back on warm-up sets and changed from a
massive stimulant preworkout to a non-stim preworkout.
Again, my body seems to be responding nicely. I repeat
Monday/Tuesday on Wednesday/Thursday and take Friday-Sunday off completely. I
do different workouts, for Example on Tuesday when I hit chest I do all
dumbbell and cable work, no bar work and Thursday’s chest is all bar work. So
everything is getting hit here and there.
Instead of doing 4 sets of something I am doing 2 and that’s
I know I just dumped a lot of stuff on here about me, my ailments
and my training principals.
To dummy it down even further, just slow down your reps. The
negative is just as important as the positive movement. You do not have to
muscle everything up or rep everything out.
What you see online with powerlifters and bodybuilders is
for the cameras. In most cases, people do not train that way to get their
results. Plus, they have a team of people there to guide them, tell them when,
spot them, food prep, sponsorship aka get paid. I have none of that.
I train alone, I no longer train others. My journey is a spiritual
war. I am not gonna be a movie god or any of the sort. I just train so I can
stay looking young and do not rip someone’s face apart when they give me shit.
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