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Gym Story Saturday

Gym Story Saturday

Hi! Welcome to your weekly thread where you can share your gym tales!

I wish girls looked at me the same way I look at myself in the gym mirror on arm day

I've been going to the same gym for about 7 years now. There are two women who work out together who I've seen there for as long as I've been going, but I've never had a conversation with them much beyond "sorry, excuse me" when our lockers are next to each other. They do mostly cardio with a little abs/light weights/stretching after and though they come and leave together, one might be on a bike while the other's on an elliptical, etc. I assumed they were just friends/gym buddies for literally years until the day I happened to see one give the other a quick kiss goodbye in the locker room one day.

Well, the last couple weeks, I noticed the older one was in the gym by herself every time I saw her. It crossed my mind that, among other possibilities, maybe they had broken up. Then last night, they were there together again. And I felt...relief? And this, Reddit, is how I realized I am emotionally invested in the personal lives of my gym regulars who I don't even know.

They do...it’s called disgust. ;)

This is not your usual story about making sure you rack your weights when you're done.

It's been a shitty year for me personally, professionally, and in the gym. About a year ago I had to move to take care of my parents, give up several promotions at work, and switch gyms. Around that time I felt a weird twinge in my back but tried to ignore it. After a few weeks I couldn't lie down anymore, and when I tried to get up my back would seize up so badly I couldn't walk. In my nearly 25 years of lifting, I'd never felt anything like that.

I was advised to cut back on lifting, which turned into not being able to go at all after my parents both took turns for the worse. Given how sedentary I became, and not being able to dial back eating from 2500+ calories a day just to maintain my weight, I started to put on the pounds and lose muscle. Not a great combo at my age, especially after I'd worked so hard to get down around 10% body fat a year before.

About six weeks ago things started to improve to where I could find time to train and be physically able to lift again. Whereas before I was safely in the 1000 pound club, I knew I'd have to rebuild all of my main lifts, though the one that I was most concerned about was the bench. It was always my ego lift, starting when I was 15. Before I got hurt my 1RM was three plates, and I used to do two plates for reps. Now I'm looking at a naked bar and worried about getting even that up. So I did what I always do, I went about methodically building my lifts back up, benching three times a week, 5x5, adding 10 pounds every week, and grinding.

But I was weak. Weaker than I'd expected. My grip strength was gone and I was so very tired. From life. From the gym. From everything. But I persisted. Today was my third bench session of the week. I was meant to do 5x5 at 185, but when I got to the bench someone had forgotten to re-rack their 2 plates. I was already exhausted from cardio and from being up way too early, so I just said fuck it an crawled under the bar to test myself. My old bones creaked, my hands filled with sweat, and I started to doubt myself the instant I went for the liftoff.

And I put that shit up nice and smooth.

After one rep I bolted right up and looked around, astonished, hardly believing what just happened. I started to grin like an idiot, crawled back under, and tried to do it again. And again. And again. Easily hitting triples for eight sets. I felt like the strongest person in the gym. Which I clearly wasn't since someone had left the plates on the bar in the first place. But I was fucking He-Man in that moment.

Now, I'm not going to lie, the last set was a grind. But I did it. I broke through my mental barrier, my physical limitations, and made this old body do what it used to do. Sure, it's not six sets of 10, but it will be again.

So, of course, I did the most obvious thing after I was done. No, not run around and high five everyone in the free weights area. Not take a selfie with the plates on the bar. Not even send a text bragging to my friend who's a PT.

No, I fucking re-racked those plates and wiped off the bench.

Rant Wednesday

Rant Wednesday

Welcome to Rant Wednesday: It's your time to let your gym/fitness/nutrition related frustrations out!

There is no guiding question to help stir up some rage-feels, feel free to fire at will, ranting about anything and everything that's been pissing you off or getting on your nerves!

Cuz I'd rather just complain on the Internet like a normal person.

At the gym last night. Me and 2 teenage boys there, maybe 16 years old. Snap chatting their workout away. Okay, that's fine. Do what you want. I'm doings lunges across the gym. One of these kids is taking a video of me. Tries to be subtle, but is not at all subtle. I don't know if he was showing his buddies my sick form or throwing shade on my poor form. Either way, I didn't appreciate that.

Just say something

Some people come to the gym straight from somewhere else so don't bother to take their make up off because they don't get very sweaty

My 1 year PPL and eating poorly progress

My 1 year PPL and eating poorly progress

hit the shoulders my dude

Regular press, front and lateral raises... those should be a good start. Good for you!

Any recommendations? I never feel them in any of my workouts.

Hey man, you look a lot better and also happier in your current pics. Congrats on the progress so far, keep it up! Mind posting your main lift numbers??(Just seems like any progress post is incomplete without em :)

Murder Dungeon Gym Presents 1.5 Year Update 1,515 lb Total

Murder Dungeon Gym Presents 1.5 Year Update 1,515 lb TotalHi, lifting fans! Here’s my third update. I’m a 36-year-old, 5'11", 230lb dude. In May 2016 I turned 35 and the kiddos were running me ragged (they have so much energy!). I wanted to set some sort of physically active goal and lifting ended up fitting well. Here’s where I am today:


525 Squat
425 Bench
565 Deadlift
255 OHP


GOALS

My current goals are to hit these numbers by May 2018 (my 37th birthday):


585 squat
455 bench
605 dead
275 OHP


PROGRESS

I started out pretty well this year, but it’s been getting a lot harder. I kind of feel like I’m hitting a wall. At this point, I can’t say I’m super confident in hitting any of my goals. Here’s a summary of my progress, so far:


Starting - No idea about 1RMs. I just started with 10x10 at 135 for SBD. 
7 months – 1125 total - 405/315/405/205 – 215 BW - Post
1 year – 1310 total - 425/385/500/225 – 225 BW - Post
1.5 years – 1515 total – 525/425/565/255 – 230 BW


TRAINING

I’ve been running nSuns 531LP since January. I made a few tweaks to the base program along the way, as discussed in this spredsheet. My accessory work consisted of rows/pull ups every day, GHR on lower days, triceps push downs on upper days. 

ATYPICAL ASPECTS OF MY TRAINING


No scheduled rest days. I just run 4 basic days, continuously. 
No formal deloads (although the resets certainly make some days much easier than others). 
Lift all day. I lift and work at home, so I’ll start around 6am and usually finish up by 8pm. 
Focus on volume. E.g. 40ish sets of bench/bench variations per week.
Few accessories (other than back work and triceps pushdowns). Since I’m not time-limited, I can do a lot of heavier compounds and rest accordingly.
Back work every day.


WHAT’S WORKED WELL FOR ME


Setting unreasonable goals with a 1-year timeframe
Practicing heavy singles – These are a skill
Not getting caught up in details – I think 90% of the discussions online are about the last 10% that matters. To me, the most important part of training is simply putting in a lot of work every week. The factor that I pay the most attention to is the number of hard sets per week. I view all the percentages, reps, sets, variations, rest times, etc. as simple mechanisms to help manage fatigue/recovery. I know that’s overly simplified, but keeping it simple has helped me put in time under the bar instead of time with spreadsheets. I liked the nSuns sets/reps, so I just ran with it instead of trying to figure out why every aspect was the way it was. Sometimes I’d add weight or do 1 more/less rep, or whatever. 4 months later, it never mattered if that one hard set was 3 reps or 4.


PHYSIQUE, WEIGHT, NUTRITION

I don’t have any physique or body weight goals. I eat 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners. I don’t track calories or macros. I am not lean. I don’t really have physique pics, because that’s not an interest or goal of mine. But I always get asked about it, so here are some screen grabs from training videos and one pic from talking about man boobs with /u/gatorslim - Pic 1 - Pic 2 - Pic 3

WHAT’S NEXT?

IDK – I stopped nSuns 2 weeks ago. It’s an awesome program - I just want to try something different. This was purely to combat boredom. I’ve been doing a 6 day rotation with higher reps, more variation, and less frequency for straight SBDO. It’d been a nice change of pace. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!

That’s about it. Thanks for taking a look. Hopefully, I’ll post a successful update in another 6 months! :) 

Cheers!
Murder Dungeon Gym Presents 1.5 Year Update 1,515 lb Total

Hi, lifting fans! Here’s my third update. I’m a 36-year-old, 5'11", 230lb dude. In May 2016 I turned 35 and the kiddos were running me ragged (they have so much energy!). I wanted to set some sort of physically active goal and lifting ended up fitting well. Here’s where I am today:

525 Squat 425 Bench 565 Deadlift 255 OHP GOALS

My current goals are to hit these numbers by May 2018 (my 37th birthday):

585 squat 455 bench 605 dead 275 OHP PROGRESS

I started out pretty well this year, but it’s been getting a lot harder. I kind of feel like I’m hitting a wall. At this point, I can’t say I’m super confident in hitting any of my goals. Here’s a summary of my progress, so far:

Starting - No idea about 1RMs. I just started with 10x10 at 135 for SBD. 7 months – 1125 total - 405/315/405/205 – 215 BW - Post 1 year – 1310 total - 425/385/500/225 – 225 BW - Post 1.5 years – 1515 total – 525/425/565/255 – 230 BW TRAINING

I’ve been running nSuns 531LP since January. I made a few tweaks to the base program along the way, as discussed in this spredsheet. My accessory work consisted of rows/pull ups every day, GHR on lower days, triceps push downs on upper days.

ATYPICAL ASPECTS OF MY TRAINING No scheduled rest days. I just run 4 basic days, continuously. No formal deloads (although the resets certainly make some days much easier than others). Lift all day. I lift and work at home, so I’ll start around 6am and usually finish up by 8pm. Focus on volume. E.g. 40ish sets of bench/bench variations per week. Few accessories (other than back work and triceps pushdowns). Since I’m not time-limited, I can do a lot of heavier compounds and rest accordingly. Back work every day. WHAT’S WORKED WELL FOR ME Setting unreasonable goals with a 1-year timeframe Practicing heavy singles – These are a skill Not getting caught up in details – I think 90% of the discussions online are about the last 10% that matters. To me, the most important part of training is simply putting in a lot of work every week. The factor that I pay the most attention to is the number of hard sets per week. I view all the percentages, reps, sets, variations, rest times, etc. as simple mechanisms to help manage fatigue/recovery. I know that’s overly simplified, but keeping it simple has helped me put in time under the bar instead of time with spreadsheets. I liked the nSuns sets/reps, so I just ran with it instead of trying to figure out why every aspect was the way it was. Sometimes I’d add weight or do 1 more/less rep, or whatever. 4 months later, it never mattered if that one hard set was 3 reps or 4. PHYSIQUE, WEIGHT, NUTRITION

I don’t have any physique or body weight goals. I eat 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners. I don’t track calories or macros. I am not lean. I don’t really have physique pics, because that’s not an interest or goal of mine. But I always get asked about it, so here are some screen grabs from training videos and one pic from talking about man boobs with /u/gatorslim - - Pic 2 - Pic 3

WHAT’S NEXT?

IDK – I stopped nSuns 2 weeks ago. It’s an awesome program - I just want to try something different. This was purely to combat boredom. I’ve been doing a 6 day rotation with higher reps, more variation, and less frequency for straight SBDO. It’d been a nice change of pace. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!

That’s about it. Thanks for taking a look. Hopefully, I’ll post a successful update in another 6 months! :)

Cheers!

Thanks! I wish I would have started at 25!

I really never considered 35 old until reddit. All the posts like "30 year old lifters, how do you manage to not turn to dust and die?!?!" were a little surprising to me. :)

Cheers, buddy!

Awesome progress, though can lifting in a murder dungeon really be considered natty?

Well, it was "Pretty Princess Gym" last week. Do those cancel each other out or combine to make me double cheating? Cheers, buddy!

Im 25 and age 35 kinda scares me. Not that much now... Keep up the good work!

I (33/m) was sexually assaulted (on video) by my fitness instructor then banned from the Gym just for reporting it (he was fired too)

I (33/m) was sexually assaulted (on video) by my fitness instructor then banned from the Gym just for reporting it (he was fired too)

Talk to a lawyer. Seriously

The SFPD were phenomenal, they agreed with my assessment of the situation, confiscated the evidence and may still press charges.

Can't say enough good things about them.

thanks, I think so too. I did nothing wrong. I was courteous, professional and patience during the gym's so-called investigation. They banned me for no stated or legitimate reason, just cause they said it was their right.

And I know of 9 people so far also assaulted at Equinox, some in the exact same room where I was hurt and Equinox management totally ignored or covered-up the previous assaults and harassment.

Call the police?

Gym Story Saturday

Gym Story Saturday

Hi! Welcome to your weekly thread where you can share your gym tales!

Went back to gym after a month of being lazy/rest days. Turns out my gym tripled the size of its free weight section, 2 power cages with DL platforms, 4 squat racks, 2 Smith machines, 18 benches, dumbells as far as eye can see. Everything else was replaced with newer versions. Amazing!

Managed to hit myself in the face with a dumbbell this week. Ironically it was whilst doing a concentration curl.

Last week I encountered a couple of girl friends from high school, and they started complimenting my body and whatsoever. But it meant nothing compared to when head-shoulders-knees-and-toes gym bro said that my delts belonged in a tank top.

There's a super jacked guy at the gym who is constantly twitching and shouting nonsense. Not sure if preworkout, cocaine or tourettes. He seems nice enough though, usually shouting a 'you alright?' as a greeting to passersby

2 year transformation from 130 to 185 (M/18/5'10.5/185)

2 year transformation from 130 to 185 (M/18/5'10.5/185)

Before and after : https://imgur.com/gallery/AJzC0

So to start off this transformation was about 2 years and a couple months, I started around 130 pounds and today I currently weigh around 185-190 pounds(I have been bouncing between the weights for a while)

Diet: So as far as diet it's pretty much been the same exact principle thru out the 2 years and that's been eat as much as possible while making sure to keep a somewhat healthy diet. If there is one thing I do plan to change for this upcoming year it's to clean the diet up a bunch and really focus on meal planning that way I can make sure that I'm hitting my calories and keep consistent with it. Some advice I can give to anyone having trouble gaining weight is to drink shakes, they are easy to get down and generally are really easy to pack tons of calories into.

Training: When I started I followed a bunch of different plans from bodybuilding.com, the one I saw the most progress during that first year was Arnold's blue print to mass, really enjoyed the added volume compared to most the plans I had followed and it was honestly a lot of fun. As of now and for the most part of this past year I've been following a chest/biceps, back/traps/triceps, and leg split. I've kinda tailored something for myself that puts focus on my weak points. My workouts usually go something similiar to this

Chest/Biceps Rotator cuff work 2x20 pec fly(get blood into the pec) 4x6-10 bench press 4x6-10 smith machine incline press 3x12-15 incline dumbbell fly 3x10-20 decline dumbbell press 5x15-20 cable fly Warmup biceps 4x15 dumbbell Curl 3x10 preacher Curl 3x15-20 cable Curl 3x8 hammer Curl

Back/traps/triceps 4x8-12 t bar Row 4x8 lat pull down 3x10-15 underhand cable Row 3x15 v bar pull down 3x20 straight arm lat push down 4x6 at the knee rack pulls(traps have seen massive growth from this especially) 5x10-20 tricep rope push down 3x12 single arm tricep rope push down 4x8-15 overhead tricep movement

Legs:(I have recently ditched back squats do to lower back issues every time I revisit them) 4x10 lying leg curl 3x15 seated leg curl 3x12 single leg curl 2x20 stiff legged deadlift 4x10 leg press 4x15 hack squat 5x20 leg extension 5x10 seated/standing calf raise

Although it's a ton of volume I've seen a ton of growth from it and most importantly I enjoy it! If you don't enjoy your routine/training it's really gonna take a tole on your consistency

And incase anyone was wonder my b/s/d Bench --> 300 (touch and go) Squat --> 365 (atg) Deadlift --> 405 x 15 (don't really do deads anymore but if I do it's strictly high rep)

Final thoughts/advice/and this years goal: My biggest tip I can offer although I kinda touched on in the last paragraph is that you gotta find a way to enjoy this, to many times did my consistency suffer because I thought I had to be doing every last thing in training to get that extra 1% difference when all in all the secret was to just tailor a program that I was excited to do every day and one that I enjoyed. Another tip is to set both short term and long term goals and WRITE THEM DOWN, last year I wrote down I wanted to be 185 pounds by this time, it kept me focused and those days I felt lazy I remembered that I have a deadline I need to meet, as far as this upcoming year goal wise is to compete in a teen classic physique comp next summer, this has got me more motivated and excited to fix the diet up and train hard.

I do apologize for the big block of text that probably made no sense knowing how shitty my grammar and spelling can be. I appreciate anyone that did read thru this and if anyone has any questions feel free to pm me or ask down below :-).

/sub/pubertyfitness

Great lats and back looks thick af

You're on a list now

Dude I honestly started laughing the more I scrolled down. You got big AF, well done.

Edit: Laughing because I didn't expect it.

Rant Wednesday

Rant Wednesday

Welcome to Rant Wednesday: It's your time to let your gym/fitness/nutrition related frustrations out!

There is no guiding question to help stir up some rage-feels, feel free to fire at will, ranting about anything and everything that's been pissing you off or getting on your nerves!

My hatred for your cheating, lying, manipulative bullshit is the best preworkout I've ever had. Fuck you.

The best revenge is getting sexy as fuck.

My wife said “You’re going to the gym again? You don’t want to get like ‘scary big’ do you?”

Guess it’s time for a divorce.

Swoleshamed by your own wife. Plenty of fish in the sea.

It takes months to lose muscle mass so long as you're still eating enough. If you really lost 20 lbs in 14 days, go see a doctor.

Gym Story Saturday

Gym Story Saturday

Hi! Welcome to your weekly thread where you can share your gym tales!

remember how stupid the average person is - now realise half of them are stupider than that.

don't worry about that guy.

Male compliments mean more than female compliments at this point

Finished leg press, turned around took a bottle, drank from it, put it back, didnt look like my bottle, it wasnt my bottle. Dont think the bottle owner saw it though so happy days

Dude don't just write the first half of a porno and not finish it.

Rant Wednesday

Rant Wednesday

Welcome to Rant Wednesday: It's your time to let your gym/fitness/nutrition related frustrations out!

There is no guiding question to help stir up some rage-feels, feel free to fire at will, ranting about anything and everything that's been pissing you off or getting on your nerves!

6 cable machines in the gym, only 1 goes over 90kg, an old plastic woman is working out on it with 15kg, I wait till she's done with the series and ask:. - "Sorry, this is the only rope in the gym that goes over 90kg, I can put your handle on the other cable machine and you do there?". - "I'm already here and I like to be here, sorry"

She puts the headphones back and goes for another set, I have a WTF look, have no idea why she wouldn't want to change but anyway, since it's my last exercise I just go on the side and wait for her, like, 3m away, messing on my phone, she then takes the headphones off and says:

"Look here honey, if you're just gonna keep staring at me it will just make me take longer."

I just raise my eyebrow and back at looking at the phone.

I wouldn't hit that even on a years drought, no idea what goes through the head of a person like this.

Making broad negative generations about a race based on your observation of a few of them does not even begin to be welcome here and I can't even imagine why you thought it would be.

Banned for Rule #1.

I called my gym bro out on something he did and now he isn't talking to me.

This isn't a rant, I'm just really sad :(

My left knee is fucked up and I still did squats, leg press and stuff today.

Am female.

Maybe you're just being a little bitch

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