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Great workout yesterday; Strength loss; New photograph.

I only took a week off from lifting, but it felt more like a month. I was so excited about yesterday’s workout (current split and training routine can be found in yesterday’s update) that I was thinking about it all day long. When the time to lift finally came, I cranked up the music and as I walked into the gym I felt like I could deadlift a car… Unfortunately, reality came crashing down pretty… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, July 10, 2007 by

Training begins today – details; Rediscovering a favorite recipe.

The week I took off from training has totally recharged my batteries. I woke up this morning and the very first thought that entered my mind was, “Deadlifts”. Because my goal over the next few months is to build strength and not necessarily mass, I’m going to be doing mostly big, compound moves with very heavy weight and lower reps. I’ll also be doing a small amount of isolation work, but the isolation training will… [Read more]

Added Monday, July 9, 2007 by

Weekly measurements; Company dinner at “Seasons 52”.

It’s Sunday, and time for my weekly measurements… This week my scale weight is 194 pounds. Comparing this figure to last week’s end of cut weight of 186.6 pounds is pointless. The reason is, of course, because last week I was totally “dry” for my pictures. I dropped about 4 pounds of water in the days leading up to my end of cut pictures, and gained it right back the day after I took the… [Read more]

Added Sunday, July 8, 2007 by

Attacking genetic weaknesses.

I postponed last night’s scheduled cheat meal and had chicken and broccoli instead. Tonight Lisa and I will be attending a company dinner, and I will be indulging a bit there. I’m still going to eat as healthy as possible, as I’ve already had a couple of cheat meals this week (my post-cut celebration day, and again on the 4th of July). One thing is for sure: I’m feeling stronger and more energetic than I… [Read more]

Added Saturday, July 7, 2007 by

“Summer Progress” update; Hitting those lagging muscle groups.

I revised my “Summer Progress” photo comparison so that all the pictures were taken in July at 1-year intervals. There has been a noticeable change for the better in my overall body composition over the past year. I attribute this change largely to the progress I’ve made with my lats and my delts. It’s pretty amazing what a huge difference bringing up a couple of lagging muscle groups can make to our bodies. If body… [Read more]

Added Friday, July 6, 2007 by

New “Favorite Thing” item: the Schwinn 231 Recumbent Bike.

I forgot to mention in yesterday’s update that I performed my first real cardio workout on my new recumbent bike (Schwinn, model 231) this past Tuesday afternoon. It was a 14-minute HIIT cardio session. I did 45 seconds intervals: 45 seconds at level 6 going at a moderate pace, followed by 45 seconds going “all out” on level 10 (there are 16 levels of resistance). I read the instructions, and it’s possible to create up… [Read more]

Added Thursday, July 5, 2007 by

Happy Birthday, America; Changes to my summer meal plan.

Today America celebrates her 231st year of Independence! Happy Birthday, America! This morning I’ll be doing some cleaning and yard work, but the rest of the day will be spent relaxing and celebrating. We’re having some family over, and we’ll all be having burgers on the grill & a few drinks. Later we’ll probably watch a movie and then check out the fireworks. I hope my fellow Americans also have an enjoyable and safe Independence… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, July 4, 2007 by

Week off from lifting; Taking a vacation this month.

I was looking through my workout logs yesterday, and it’s been nearly 3.5 months since I’ve taken a week off from lifting. I was looking forward to my workout yesterday, but I decided that the smart play would be to go ahead and take this week off from lifting (I’ll still be doing my scheduled cardio). I think that taking a little break while eating my maintenance diet will do wonders for my strength. Also,… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, July 3, 2007 by

Cheat day report!

If you missed yesterday’s update, my six-month cut is finally over! I reached my goal of 6% body fat, and am now maintaining while building my strength in preparation for my upcoming bulk, which will start on October 1, 2007. You can check out all the details, stats and photos by reading yesterday’s update. Yesterday was a very rare “free day”. Basically I allowed myself to go nuts, and indulge in some foods that I… [Read more]

Added Monday, July 2, 2007 by

2007 Cutting Phase is OVER!

The past six months have been extremely challenging, educational, rewarding and, at times, quite difficult. I did not miss even one workout over the past six months, and that is something I’m very proud of. Believe me, there were times when I really wanted to blow off my workout and just kick back, order a pizza and drink a bottle of wine. I also went the entire six months with only 3 or 4 cheat… [Read more]

Added Sunday, July 1, 2007 by