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Weekly stats; Back injury update.

Sunday, November 16, 2008 by  
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It’s “Measurement Sunday”, and time to evaluate my progress over the past week. Let’s get right to it!

My scale weight this morning is 207.2 pounds, which amounts to a 1 pound gain over the past week. That’s the least amount of weight I’ve gained in one week since I started bulking, but just about what I’m looking for. After seven weeks of bulking I’ve gained a total of 12.2 pounds, which is an average gain of 1.74 pounds per week. Let’s take a look at this week’s measurements and body fat reading…

My body fat reading this morning is 12.9% (as measured by the Fat Track PRO Digital Body Fat Calipers). That’s basically the same as last week – just a .1% increase. Good.

This week’s measurements (as measured by the MyoTape) show solid progress over the past week. This week I gained a quarter inch on my chest, a quarter inch on my quads, a quarter inch on my forearms and a quarter inch on my arms. I also gained a quarter inch on my hips (it’s the lunges – my butt is growing). My waist measurement remains unchanged from last week.

Overall progress? Over the past seven weeks I’ve added a half inch to my forearms, an inch to my arms, 1.5 inches to my quads, a half inch to my calves and 1.75 inches to my chest.

It feels good to finally have my arms back up to 17 inches (cold/unpumped). Also, adding almost 2 inches to my chest is something I’m very happy about because my chest was starting to look really weak before this bulk. My lats are looking much wider now, and my quads (which always grow quickly) have forced me to break out my “big boy” jeans (as Lisa calls them) even though my waist still fits just fine in my smaller jeans. Obviously my stubborn traps are not covered by these measurements, but I’m hitting them with everything I have, and I expect (please!!) to see some visible progress in next month’s progress photos.

All my stats, past and present, can always be found on the stats page.

My back is feeling markedly improved this morning! There is still quite a bit of pain when I move in certain ways, but I think I’ll be able to do most of my workouts next week. Deads, squats, lunges and cleans are out for at least another week or two, however. I think that I’ll be able to do my supplemental trap workout this afternoon, but I’m going to have to play it safe and do traditional shrugs only; power shrugs would place too much strain on my injured lower back.

Enjoy your Sunday!

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