Adam Gethin Begins The Ultimate Bodybuilding Journey (Part 3)!

It's great to be back, less than a week away from the show which I was to compete in. Yes, I am not going to compete... this time. Here's the latest in my bodybuilding journey series.
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Article Summary:
  • Neil Hill has taken me on as one of his athletes.
  • I elected to skip this contest to focus on putting on size.
  • Neil felt that my condition was well presented.
  • It's great to be back, less than a week away from the show which I was to compete in. Yes, for those who didn't acknowledge the 'was' in the latter, I am not anymore going to compete... this time.

    As I pointed out in the last piece, Neil Hill has taken me on as one of his athletes. However, by being involved with Neil I take everything he says very seriously. Neil felt that my condition was well presented and he said my separation was particularly well developed for the age that I am.

    The one aspect which would see my struggle on stage against my fellow competitors was the fact that I am natural in an unnatural class which would mean I would be drastically outsized. This was a fair assessment and a professional honest one which is much better value than someone from the local gym saying "you look like Dennis Wolf."

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    The point of this series was that I would show how you too can walk on stage natural, and do yourself justice. Therefore, we both agreed that giving it a year under the strict guidance of Neil will see me looking much more competitive.

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    Arriving At The Dungeon
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    Moving on. On the 3rd of September I drove out to Tenby to meet up with Neil, my cousin Kris, IFBB pro Marika, Mark Price and a whole host of other competing bodybuilders to train at the 'Dungeon.' That gym is like no other; it looks as intimidating as 'Godzilla on steroids'.

    We all arrived in convoy at the Library, where the gym is located underneath. One by one, we stepped down the stone stair case, leading down to the gym's entrance where there was a strong stench of freshly squeezed urine. This was due to the 'toilet' (a corner by the stairs) being located just outside the door. Maybe this was intentional, to prevent anyone from wanting to leave when the 'going gets tough' for some fresh air.

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    Whatever the case, sure as the sun rising tomorrow is, it was devastatingly hardcore. As we all congregated in the second weight room, Neil had each of his athletes strip their trunks to pose, showing a life's worth of dedication and pain.

    Each and every one looked fantastic, all showing particularly impressive glutes and hams, a trademark of Neil's. Following on from this, Neil was interviewed by Kris, with an in-depth conversation regarding competing and training with some of Neil's history in there too.

    It's well worth checking out. While that was been done, there was an air of immense mutual respect for each other's knowledge and achievements, another bulging plus to bodybuilding's portfolio.

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    Training At The Dungeon
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    Now there was nothing left to do. Most of the bodybuilders had left, and had gone to satisfy their stomachs needs (or their muscles and minds). All that was left to do for Kris, Neil, Marika and I was to train. And boy did we.

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    All That Was Left To Do For Kris,
    Neil, Marika And I Was To Train.

    As I always bang on about, intensity is the key to growth in the gym. My training is intense, at least I thought. This grueling leg workout began with a few 'warm-up' sets on the leg extension and leg curling machines. Then each of us did three working sets on the leg extension station.

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    Intensity Is Key To Growth In The Gym.

    The set went like this; scream all the way to 15 reps, then we would lighten the weight (not enough though) then do another 10 reps, lighten it again then go for another 10. That was crazy painful, but then we would put the weight back up again then do partial reps which is a new treatment to my poor legs.

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    Partial Reps Were A New
    Treatment To My Poor Legs.

    The rest periods were short, the intensity was through the roof and it was clear I was in for a prison sentence worth of pain and more pain again. After that Neil directed us to the leg press, which stared back at you as if to say "here comes the real pain." Now as I said, the extensions were excruciating, but nothing could have prepared me for this.

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    The Intensity Was Through The Roof.

    Again we did three 'warm-up' sets which were hard enough I might add. Then came my first working set which was what I would imagine like giving birth would feel like. Just to get through it I had to shout and scream every decibel from my sore voice box. My instructions before hand were a minimum of 20 reps, which I thought was insane considering the weight was well over 200KG. So when I finally arrived at number 17, my legs were bleeding like I was hemorrhaging, but I focused on the number 20. Yes, I got there.

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    Here Comes The Real Pain.

    Neil's words were something like, "Come on then, now it starts." Oh yes, I ended up getting to something like 32 reps continuously stopping and starting. After I was finally granted permission to stop (although my legs literally couldn't have pushed anymore, they were jelly in a true physical sense) I nearly fell over, my head was pounding like an African tribe drum... I was in one h#ll of a state.

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    My Legs Were Bleeding Like I Was Hemorrhaging.

    Initially I went to throw up and get some fresh air outside. However, I found a comfy place to try and get rid of this pulsating headache, in the form of a cold stone staircase, the same one which led me to this place of pain. While I rested, Kris' voice echoed out of the doorway, attracting two, middle aged women to question me in an abrupt way as to what 'on earth is going on down there?'

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    I Found A Comfy Place To Try And
    Get Rid Of This Pulsating Headache.

    Due to my condition, my response was brief, "It's a gym!!!" Then another man passing by asked in a concerned tone, "What have you taken, are you diabetic..." I could only groan back, but should I have had the opportunity to reply again I would have asked, "Have you never trained legs with that lot in there?" Seriously it was sick.

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    I Could Only Groan Back.

    Furthermore was that Kris kept calling me things which all in one way or another equated to a 'wimp' and said if I didn't get back in there he would 'tell the whole family.' This shows what pedigree these guys have, their focus and determination is second to none and as I have heard Kris say, he would 'challenge anyone to follow' him in the gym. I can see why, I couldn't, not by a long shot.

    My attempt to rejoin the session was weak and I was finished. For days to come, I was unable to walk. Training to this standard is 'no-holds-barred', insane and there is never any sympathy spared for the individual who is in too much pain to even function. It was one h#ll of an experience, and one I will be having on a regular basis in attempt to grow for next year.

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    Intense Leg Workout
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    • Leg Extensions:

      • Warm Up: 3 x 30
      • Sets 1, 2 & 3:
        • 15 Reps Then Drop Weight
        • 10 Reps Then Drop Weight
        • 10 Reps
        • 10 Reps With Full Stack

    • Leg Curls:

      • Warm Up: 3 x 30
      • Sets 1, 2 & 3:
        • 20 Reps Then Drop Weight
        • 10 Reps Then Drop Weight
        • 5 Reps
        • 10 Partial Reps

    • Leg Press:

      • Warm Up: 3 x 20 (Fast)
      • Sets 1, 2 & 3:
        • 20 Reps Then Rest
        • 5 Reps Then Rest
        • 5 Reps Then Rest
        • 5 Reps Then Rest
        • 2 Reps Then Rest

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    Conclusion
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    So I must leave now, its time to eat. May I thank you for continuing to come back and read my material and hopefully enjoy it. If you need anything you have my email, I have recently started to sell training and nutrition programs. Let us meet again in a couple of weeks, to see where I am as far as gains go.

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