28yo Lazy Alcoholic wants to be strong

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  1. HarshlyIrish

    HarshlyIrish White Belt

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    Backstory:

    Used to be active back in the day. Long distance running & martial arts mostly. Left it behind due to work and the relationship I was in taking all my time. Moved jobs and moved on from the relationship and started drinking very heavily. Pretty much partying and fucking up for five years.

    Seven months ago I move into a new spot and I find a girl that blows my mind. So...starting again.

    I played around with weights for the last seven months on and off trying to find my ground. It was brought to my attention that my form sucked on everything :redface:

    Found a trainer who actually knew what he was talking about and I should be on track with my squat/deadlift/bench form. I'm about 6ft and weight about 84kg.

    Goal is to squat/bench/deadlift twice my bodyweight.

    My numbers suck but fuck it. Have to start somewhere. So here we go.

    15/07/2010
    8.00pm

    Box Squats
    50kg x 5
    70kg x 5 x 5

    Deadlifts
    92.5kg x 5 x 5

    Pull Throughs
    100kg x 5 x 3

    Overhead Press
    40kg x 5 x 3

    Ring Pull Ups (Ouch)
    5
    3
    2

    Face Pulls (Cable Machine-couldn't make out the kgs. I'll find out later)
    6 plates x 5
    9 plates x 5 x 4

    Dips
    BW x 5 x 3

    Knees to Elbows
    7
    4
    3

    Cable Crunch (Not sure if I did the form right on this)
    100kg x 10 x 3

    Plank
    45 secs


    I usually cycle to and from work which is about 5.5km (round trip)
    And cycle to and from the gym about 4.6km (round trip)
     
  2. Oblivian

    Oblivian Aging Platinum Member

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    Good luck. I quite the heavy boozing after years of drinking between 12-24 beers per day. You'll be amazed at how much progress you can make with your training.
     
  3. HarshlyIrish

    HarshlyIrish White Belt

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    Thanks for the good wishes Oblivian. I've already cut back on the drinking something crazy. I'm not too worried about the time it takes to get to a decent numbers. I'm in it for the long haul!
     
  4. Garden

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    Good work

    Keep focusing and fuck shit up
     
  5. Uchi Mata

    Uchi Mata Preaching the gospel of heel hooks and left kicks

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    Keep your chin up man. Your numbers aren't that bad (except maybe the dips), you're just out of shape. I can tell you from experience too that you'll drop a lot of weight by not drinking. It takes a long time, especially as you get older. I waws seriously injured training in 2005 and didn't start BJJ and serious weight lifting again until 2009-2010, and I was astonished by how much harder it was to get good cardio but how much easier it was to get stronger than when I was 22 (I'm 28 now as well). Good luck.
     
  6. HarshlyIrish

    HarshlyIrish White Belt

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    Cheers Garden,

    Fucking shit up is the plan! :icon_twis
     
  7. HarshlyIrish

    HarshlyIrish White Belt

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    I'm defo out of shape but it feels good to be proactive about getting my shit together.

    I'm gonna have to do some weighted dips and start bringing up my numbers. Not sure if the gym has vests...if not then I'll just chuck a chain around my neck with some weights and see how it goes!

    I wasn't expecting it to be easy at 28 but I'm not too worried about it. I think I have more enthusiasm and focus now than I could ever have had when I was younger!

    Thanks for the well wishes and support.
     
  8. HarshlyIrish

    HarshlyIrish White Belt

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    Started in the gym...squats felt great...halfway through my second set of deadlifts I hear "Five minutes till closing!"

    Thought the gym was open till eight...apparantly its six on a sat. Sickened!

    Box Squats
    30 x 5
    72.5 x 5 x 5

    Deadlifts
    95 x 5 x 3


    Gonna try and sneak down tomorrow to do upper body...feel like I cheated!
     
  9. HarshlyIrish

    HarshlyIrish White Belt

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    19/07/2010

    8.15pm

    Cycle to Gym 2.2km

    Box Squats
    50kg x 5
    75kg x 5 x 5

    Deadlifts
    95kg x 5 x 5

    Pull Throughs
    100kg x 5
    110 x 5 x 2

    Bench
    50kg x 5
    70 x 5 x 5

    Inverted Rows
    BW x 7
    BW x 5
    BW x 3

    Push Ups
    20
    15
    10

    Grip Training (Just holding onto a dumbell for 60secs)
    35kg x 60 secs

    Cable Crunch (Form sucked on these)
    100kg x 10
    130kg x 10

    Cycle Home from gym 2.2km

    Box Squats felt really good today. Deadlifts went well although had a bit of a sore lower back for a few minutes afterwards but then it just disappeared...think my form was a bit shaky on the 2nd and 3rd set.

    Disappointed with Inverted rows but sure I'll get there eventually.

    Thought I might as well put down my food/supps as well. Any advice appreciated! Oh and coffee is crap instant coffee. Not that strong!

    7.40 5 eggs / 4 bacon / pint of milk
    9.00 coffee with milk/sugar
    11.20 coffee with milk/sugar
    13.30 musli with milk & tin of tuna + coffee with milk/sugar
    15.30 coffee
    17.00 protein shake (5g creatine & 80g of whey protein & pint of milk)
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    18.10 fried meat dumplings with 4 scrambled eggs and small portion of salad (yoghurt/mayo/springonion/tomatoes/cucumber)
    19.40 ZMA & caffeine tablet
    20.15 Gym
    22.30 Protein shake (same as above)
    22.45 Small portion of salmon & pint of milk
    23.00 Lemon and giner tea with honey
    23.15 ZMA

    Edit: Forgot to put the cycling in.
     
  10. HarshlyIrish

    HarshlyIrish White Belt

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    20/07/2010
    18.20

    Had some free time before collecting the girlfriend and felt in great form so dropped into the gym and tried to do some HIIT on a treadmill.

    Warm Up 6mins
    1.30mins x 3 x 14.5km
    30secs x 2 x 17.5km
    Warm Down 6 mins

    30 Crunches
    45 second Plank
    45 second Side Planks
    20 Bicycle Crunches

    I had to stop after the second 'sprint' as my lower back was killing me. Haven't felt anything like that before when running...think it was the deadlifts I did on Monday. Had to stretch a good bit before it relaxed a bit. Anyway...I might give it another go on Thursday.

    Food:

    8.00 5 Eggs / 3 Bacon / Pint and half of milk

    8.30 Cycle 2.9km to work

    9.00 Coffee with sugar

    11.00 Coffee with Sugar

    13.00 Brown Bread roll with chicken/ham/cheese

    15.00 Lemon & Ginger tea

    17.30 Cycle 2.9km Home

    17.50 Protein Shake (5g Creatine / 80g Big whey) & Caffeine Tab

    18.05 Cycle 2.2km to gym

    18.20 HIIT Workout (attempted)

    20.00 Steak (rare)/mushrooms/chips with pepper sauce

    22.00 Half a tin of salmon with a pint of milk

    23.30 ZMA
     
  11. HarshlyIrish

    HarshlyIrish White Belt

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    21/07/2010

    20.00

    Cycle 2.2km to gym

    Box Squats
    30kg x 5
    72.5kg x 5
    77.5 x 5 x 4

    Deadlifts
    60kg x 5
    80 x 5 x 2

    Pull Throughs
    110kg x 5
    120kg x 5 x 2

    Overhead Press
    52.5kg x 5 x 3

    Face Pull
    100kg x 5 x 5

    Ring Pull Ups
    5
    3
    2

    Dips
    BW x 8 x 3

    Knees to elbows
    7
    2
    Wrapping came off the chin up bar so couldn't finish the set

    Cable Crunch

    100 x 100 x 3

    Cycle 2.2km home


    Last set of Squats were hard and the overhead press made me feel like a pussy. Other than that all went well.



    Food:
    7.30 4 eggs / 4 bacon / salad (yoghurt/mayo/cucumber/spring onions/tomatoes)

    8.30 Cycle 2.9km to work

    9.00 Coffee w/sugar & milk

    11.00 Coffe w/sug & milk

    12.15 Lemon & Ginger Tea

    13.30 4 Small Chicken Thighs with BBQ sauce / Musli with milk

    17.30 Cycle 2.9km home

    18.00 Protein Shake (5g creatine / 80g Big Whey Protein)

    17.30 Caffeine Tablet & ZMA

    20.00 Workout

    22.10 Protein Shake 95g creatine / 80g Big Whey Protein)

    23.00 Three lamb burgers / Patatoes / cabbage with beetroot & garlic salad

    23.30 ZMA
     
  12. HarshlyIrish

    HarshlyIrish White Belt

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    23/07/2010

    18.15

    Face Pulls
    130kg x 5 x 5

    Bench
    50kg x 5
    72.5 x 5 x 3
    72.5 x 4
    Final lift I had to do the roll of shame :(

    Inverted Row
    8
    6
    3

    Push Ups
    20
    15
    10

    Dips
    Bw x
    6
    5
    3

    Grip
    37.5kg dumbells x 60 secs

    Cable Crunch
    140 kg x 10 x 3
    (Not sure if these are doing anything for me)



    Felt really crap today. Don't know why. Maybe I'm not eating enough or getting enough sleep. Two days off.
     
  13. Lifter

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    I'll be keeping an eye on this. You're off to a good start, keep it up!
     
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    HarshlyIrish White Belt

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    Cheers. Looking forward to lifting heavy.
     
  15. Carongt

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    Hey man congratulations on the newly found inspiration to get in shape. Reading your original post I find alot in common with myself. So far you seem on the right track but just a couple words of wisdom from someone whose been there. First off its obviously definitely dependent on the person but when you say you've cut way back just be careful with that. I had times when I was drinking no where near what I used to and it was obviously better for me, but the fact that I was still drinking some could lead to the occasional binge that would fuck up my training. Still nowhere near as bad as it was but for me at least it was still better for me to leave it alone altogether. And secondly you had one major quote that concerned me. "Seven months ago I move into a new spot and I find a girl that blows my mind. So...starting again. " I completely understand this because thats the same thing that helped me with my transformation, an amazing girl. The only thing I'll say on this is you've found a reason to improve yourself. Now make that improvement for yourself and not anybody else. I found myself in the exact situation and was going great until the relationship ended and was left wondering "wtf do I do now." Now I'm not saying that will happen but I realized after that I was doing it for all the wrong reasons. I was doing it all for her and not realizing that hey I'm the most important person in my life. This may sound a little self indulgent but ultimately its the only way you'll continue to improve yourself through hard times and adversity.
     
  16. HarshlyIrish

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    Had to work late last night so didn't get to train. Will defo be hitting the gym tonight!!!

    On the upside...got a promotion!!! :icon_twis
     
  17. HarshlyIrish

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    Thanks Carongt,

    When I say I've cut back I mean I've cut back hugely. Instead of drinking every night till I can barely stand I'm down to drinking maybe once a week...if at all. And even then I'm not consuming even close to the amount I was during the night. I don't want to cut it off completely because I enjoy the socialising and if I keep it limited to just a few beers I really enjoy myself without going overboard. I'm sure there will be nights when I let go but I think thats cool as long as they are not regular. The training has been a great inspiration for saying no to a shot of jager :icon_chee

    I can honestly say that my girl changed my life but I'm not doing it for her. She was the catalyst. She just hit me with some home truths and made me take a look at the man I was and the man I wanted to be. I've always told her that if we broke up I've already got more out of this than I could have expected and it is true. I've made my goals for me and I'm training for me. It's a great feeling. I know its easy to say all this while I'm sitting happy in the relationship and if we broke up it might hit me in a way I'm not expecting but this is how I feel at the mo!

    Lets hope that six months down the line I'm not looking back at this post and going 'Ouch...naive!' :redface:

    Don't think so though!
     
  18. HarshlyIrish

    HarshlyIrish White Belt

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    27/07/2010

    19.30

    Box Squats

    50kg x 5 (Warm Up)
    75kg x 5 x 5

    Deadlifts
    97.5 x 5 x 3

    Pull Throughs
    120kg x 5
    130kg x 5 x 2

    Face Pulls
    140kg x 5 x 5

    Ohead Press
    55kg x 1 (don't know what happened but weight felt unreal heavy)
    40kg x 5
    45kg x 5 x 2

    Ring Pull Ups
    6
    3.5
    3

    Dips
    Bw x 8 x 3

    Cable Crunch
    140kg x 10 x 3


    Was unhappy with my OH press. Weight felt very heavy. Don't know what happened.

    Don't think I'm doing the cable crunch correct as I don't seem to be getting any reaction from my abs and I'm pretty certain my core isn't all that strong. Gonna start doing seperate ab workouts in the mornings on my off days.
     
  19. HarshlyIrish

    HarshlyIrish White Belt

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    29/07/2010

    15.00

    Box Squats
    50kg x 5 x 2
    77.5kg x 5 x 5

    Deadlifts
    100kg x 5 x 3

    Pull Throughs
    140kg x 5 x 3

    Bench Press
    40kg x 5 x 2
    50kg x 5
    75kg x 3 x 5

    Face Pulls
    140kg x 5 x 5

    Push Ups
    30
    15
    10


    Squat felt comfortable and the deadlift felt great! Felt like I could easily lift more but still wanna go slowly and surely. Realised afterwards that the big three are PR's!!! Nice feeling.

    Benchpress felt aweful. Seems like my pushing strength is a bit of a disappointment but sure that's why I'm in the gym. Don't know what happened with the face pulls. Felt really really heavy. Usually don't have any trouble with them. Was shocked when I finished the first set!!!
     

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