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#4412366 - 03/23/18 02:29 PM Re: The SimHQ Diet and Training Thread - everyone feel free to join [Re: RSColonel_131st]  
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Curl bars are great, much more comfortable than doing curls with a barbell.

My bench numbers depend on consistency, and right now with so much going on (mainly back-to-back road trips) I'm not doing so well. At my best I can bench 130 lbs. [60 kg] (including 10 lbs. bar), 3 sets of 10. Even when I'm staying consistent, if I'm not feeling it that evening, my wife might have to help me with the last 2 or 3 reps on the 3rd set. I've never progressed passed this weight, not even possible as I'm maxing out the capacity of my bar and bench (I've tried a little more weight before and it's kinda scary).

Right now I'm being "lazy" and inconsistent (skipping workouts), pressing 120 lbs. (54.4 kg) 2 sets of 10. However, I am working on form and speed, trying to do each set as slowly as possible, adding to difficulty. Also, I don't want to chance hurting myself before NYC next month, the biggest vacation we've ever taken (years in the planning). I'm also not running at all on pavement right now, only brisk walking, with a little running on the treadmill when the mood hits me.

When we get back into full swing after NYC, I'll post our actual clipboard progress charts (like the blank ones I show in an earlier pic).

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One thing you might consider is a smaller utility/multi-bench like the gray one you see in my previous pic a page or two back (at the head of my full bench). Also, look at the posters I show, the second one came with that bench. You can do almost any of the exercises with dumbbells as you can with a barbell, and you don't need a full bench.

Sometimes when my wife goes first (we rotate, since the weights are setup for whoever went last) I don't feel like swapping out weights on the curl bar and instead I grab a couple of dumbbells to do my curls, mixing it up a little. That's what my charts are about, not just keeping up with weights, but making sure we mix it up for each major muscle group.



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#4412453 - 03/23/18 08:31 PM Re: The SimHQ Diet and Training Thread - everyone feel free to join [Re: RSColonel_131st]  
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I need new pants!

I've been traveling a lot for work lately, and decided I need to go pants-shopping. When I remove my belt for the security check they fall off now! Eeek!

First World Problem biggrin

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Originally Posted by EAF331 MadDog
I need new pants!

I've been traveling a lot for work lately, and decided I need to go pants-shopping. When I remove my belt for the security check they fall off now! Eeek!

First World Problem biggrin



Order myself a pair of these today, no belt needed!

https://www.amazon.com/Dickies-Mens-Denim-Bib-Overall/dp/B075JTWKK8


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#4412524 - 03/24/18 04:06 AM Re: The SimHQ Diet and Training Thread - everyone feel free to join [Re: RSColonel_131st]  
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Nothing like forfeiting your favorite pair of jeans when they become too big at the waist and bunch up under your belt!

My 80's-ness is showing, but I find overalls can be quite sexy (females only, though wink )...

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Even though the day is done
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#4412529 - 03/24/18 06:53 AM Re: The SimHQ Diet and Training Thread - everyone feel free to join [Re: RSColonel_131st]  
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Well, I'm here to report:

From: waist size 48
To: waist size 38

Shirt size from: 3XL
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I've got about 15 more pounds to go.

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I'm the one on the right.

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#4412606 - 03/24/18 06:04 PM Re: The SimHQ Diet and Training Thread - everyone feel free to join [Re: RSColonel_131st]  
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Hey Mark,

60kg for three sets of ten is pretty nice, I'm far away from that.

So, I just bought a weight bench with situp leg bar. That's gonna fit nicely into the same space as the crosstrainer and the weights, so then I'll have my small fitness-corner and no more abusing the living room couch as a stand-in.

Need to check how much weight is safe to have on the curl bar when I use it for bench pressing as I have no spotter. Currently starting with about 30kg, which I figure is okay as I can always drop one side of the bar to the floor if I can't hold it.

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Great work Ghost!

RS, why not use dumbbells instead? Safer that way with no spotter and you can come a little further back without a bar hitting your chest.
I think I saw something about that on a really good youtube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/user/JDCav24/featured


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#4412630 - 03/24/18 09:36 PM Re: The SimHQ Diet and Training Thread - everyone feel free to join [Re: RSColonel_131st]  
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Kryp, yes that would be an option. I like the ease of taking up and putting down a single bar better, however I notice that my curl weight and press weight is anyway too different. Gonna get some rubber mats to protect the hardwood floor, then figure out how many kilos I need per hand...

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Ghost shrinking his waist by 10"...major kudos! cheers

RS, I've been casually lifting weights for years now. At your age and fitness level, you'll pass me up in no time! smile

Yeah, it's nice to have a spotter, but a woman can never be 'one of the guys,' at least not in my case. I remember in early high school, the kid across the street would come over and we'd work out on my father's bench (similar abilities). We knew how to spot each other, using only our pinkies to assist and only when we had too, making sure the lifter was still giving everything they had, while trash talking them the entire time. biggrin My wife gets too concerned when I'm struggling, like I'm going to drop the weights on myself, and is too quick to grab the bar and pull up on it. Even if I was by myself and couldn't get the bar back up, it's not like 130 lbs. (60 kg) is going to seriously hurt me, I can roll it off my chest if I had to. And forget about trash talking, no giving or receiving, nothing more than polite encouragement when what I really need sometimes is R. Lee Ermey screaming in my face! biggrin

But I do have a spotter at least, as well as a dedicated workout partner (taking turns being the motivator), and at my age it's probably best that I don't push too hard. Plus she agrees that AC/DC's "Back in Black" is excellent workout music (that album goes back a long ways with us).



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The sun is in the east
Even though the day is done
Two suns in the sunset, hmph
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#4412679 - 03/25/18 07:59 AM Re: The SimHQ Diet and Training Thread - everyone feel free to join [Re: RSColonel_131st]  
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LOL Mark, I get the difference.
Do you really think 60kg wouldn't cause some damage?

Checked with a scale yesterday and during pushups I have 59kg pressure on my hands.

That's double of what I have in weights now. I just hate the fact that so much energy there goes into abs and other muscles, so I hope the bench gives me better focus on chest.

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Did a 15km walk yesterday, 20km today. smile

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Progress for me slowed again lately. Still at the gym 6 days, sometimes 5 if life interferes, so I blame my diet. Looking back at my app, I think I’ve taken too many liberties, although I’ve never been bad. Enough to halt progress though.
So, decided to give intermitent fasting a go to get moving again. 16 hours not eating, all calorie intake over 8 hours, 11-7. Nothing crazy, I think the magic is in simplifying things to cut out those little insulin spiking bits through the day. Lots of water and black coffee, those are fine. Eat smart for meals and snacks during the 8 hours.
3.5 lbs lost this week, I’m back on track! That’s even after my cheat meal the day before—- a massive cheeseburger, fries and shake. Had to properly test a new place. LOL
I may do this 8/16 another week and then drop a couple of hours more from the eating time. I know some do 4/20 but I doubt those workout too for weight loss. The test will be seeing similar results this week. All I ask for is 1.5-2 lbs/week and I’m happy.


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Wow Kryp, that sounds harsh. How many kcal do you take during those eight hours?

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Same as usual, a little under 1700 calories, except for my cheat meal day, but that's still not more than 2000 on that day.
It isn't that hard, you're asleep for the most part anyway. Just means putting off breakfast, which is something I miss, but for the bulk of the day it's pretty normal.
Surely I won't lose that much again, but then I don't know why I would've lost more water weight than usual since nothing has changed other than timing of meals.
I think I just needed something to shake things up a bit to get the ball rolling again. I think your body gets used to things after a while.


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I try to stick with 1600 when dieting (sitting job, really hard to burn off unless I do excessive sports) but I'm impressed when you do 1700 and daily Gym. That really should drop pounds quickly.

How long have you been doing that diet? I found that after a month or latest two, the body will adapt. Best results for me where doing 2000/1200 days or so, so basically half/half. Seemed to me the body wouldn't throttle down.

Check out reverse dieting also if the term isn't familiar to you already.

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Originally Posted by RSColonel_131st
Do you really think 60kg wouldn't cause some damage?.


Maybe if I just let the bar go and dropped it on my head! biggrin

I'm not saying it would be comfortable but nah, I think I could get 130 lbs. (~60kg) off of me without injury. I wouldn't try much more than that though (like what Timothy probably works out with). You have me curious to try something during our workout tonight, I'll get back with you on that.



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If you make an experiment I'd be grateful biggrin

I can use dumbbells but I'd love to try a single bar also. Doing it all by myself has me worried. I do recon that tilting one side onto the floor should normally be enough to be safe up to let's say 60kg (leaving you with 30 or so to stabilize), but I really don't want to be the newspaper article about the neighbour found four weeks later when the apartment starts to smell bad... :P

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Originally Posted by RSColonel_131st
I try to stick with 1600 when dieting (sitting job, really hard to burn off unless I do excessive sports) but I'm impressed when you do 1700 and daily Gym. That really should drop pounds quickly.

How long have you been doing that diet? I found that after a month or latest two, the body will adapt. Best results for me where doing 2000/1200 days or so, so basically half/half. Seemed to me the body wouldn't throttle down.

Check out reverse dieting also if the term isn't familiar to you already.


I’ve avoided a real “diet” other than watching calories and cutting the junk. As in, no Adkins, sugar busters etc, just eating smart. Started last June, but didn’t know what I was doing. Ate better, but didn’t have many meals worked out. Worked out every other day, but not that effective since I was learning all of this. In Sept, I stepped it up to working out 6 days/wk and cut calories to about 1500. It worked well, but I feel like winter messed with me and I haven’t been as effective. I felt like I needed more calories rather than less so I went up a bit. My average for the week is fine so I don’t kick myself when I go over a few. Getting off of my diuretic precrip affected things a bit. I know my real weight is going down, slowly, but my water weight bounces around a lot. I’m down 56 lbs, but I want my progress to pick up again like it used to be.


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RS, I owe you an apology...you were right. smile

With my wife hovering over me and before starting my workout (while at full strength), I lowered the bar to rest on my chest (130 lbs. [~60 kg]). I couldn't do it without continually pushing up, just enough to endure some discomfort, but I couldn't take the full concentrated weight on my chest. Then I tried rolling it past my stomach, while continuing to push up to keep the pressure bearable, but I couldn't do that either. What was I thinking? duh

What I would have to do, I think, would be to push the bar up on one end enough to rest the other end on the ground, then squirm out from beneath the high end. Man, I wouldn't want to have to do this, and even that might be difficult with fatigue (assuming that's why I can't lift the bar back to the holder to begin with). This has been an eye-opener for sure. I normally don't worry about a spotter unless I'm doing more than two sets (getting weak on the third), but I don't think I'll chance any of it again. It's been a long time since I've worked out alone anyway, so if she's away for whatever reason, I'll substitute with dumbbells or another exercise.



The rusty wire that holds the cork that keeps the anger in
Gives way and suddenly it’s day again
The sun is in the east
Even though the day is done
Two suns in the sunset, hmph
Could be the human race is run
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Thanks for checking, valuable info - and glad you didn't get squeezed smile

That's what I meant... tilting the bar at an angle so one end does come to rest on the floor might help a bit. Some people advise leaving the locking nut off so you could drop the plates. Rolling it downwards seems a good way to end your love life. So I suppose doing it on my own alone in the apartment is really not clever.

So that's sorted then... dumbells for chest and trizeps, and curls for the biceps where it isn't a risk. Added advantage that I don't need to use the same weight or switch plates.

Or I guess I could get a spotter. Redheaded preferable. biggrin

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