This summer is dedicated to lifting and proper nutrition! Since I have plenty of time on my hands, I plan to do things right. I will be lifting 5 days per week (Monday through Friday).
I have been working with the 4-to-6 rep range and have been making gains. Some people do not like this rep range, but I found it to my liking. I will be using this rep range for all the big compound movements (Some exercises will have a different rep range).
Keys components to my Program:
- 1) Fast positive/slow negative
- 2) Perform full range of motion
- 3) Hold the point of contraction for 3 seconds
- 4) After desired sets are done for a body part, I will flex and hold that muscle for 30 seconds then slowly return the muscle to rest for 10 seconds. These things are done to really work my muscles and increase each rep's effectiveness!
Saturday: Saturday, I will practice posing. I hope to compete in the future, therefore, I need to practice posing. Here is what a friend of mine, competitive powerlifter had to say about posing:
"This is often neglected by many bodybuilders but is essential to winning contests. We often see bodybuilders on stage and don't realize the effort that goes into posing and how truly hard it is. Most people know how to flex their biceps but learning how to control the other muscles is not as easy as one might think. Don't forget when you are on stage and you are doing say a front double bicep that the biceps are not the only thing being viewed. Your abs have to be flexed or vacuumed (I prefer the vacuum in the front double bicep) as well as your lats brought out and thighs tensed. If you have particularly large deltoids that overshadow your biceps the arms should be brought up a little higher to compensate. Arnold had wide hip insertions so many times in a contest he would slant his hips to one side to compensate.After hearing that, I decided I needed to start practicing my poses. As you can see from reading that quote, it takes practice to become a good poser. I will be practicing flexing and posing for about 30 minutes.
The hardest thing to learn to flex is probably the back and rear deltoid area because it is hard for you to see what is going on. I used to take a mirror and mount it slanted high on the wall across from a large mirror in my gym so I could view my back. The abs are also not easy for some to learn how to control. Many forget to exhale the air from their body prior to crunching those babies. When you are flexing the abs also don't forget to flex the legs. Learning how to properly display your physique can make the difference between winning and losing in a contest and I have seen several competitors in my time with TOTALLY AWESOME physiques that were beaten by guys with lesser physiques because they didn't know how to display what they had. Becoming a good poser takes hours and hours of practice and will not only help you display your physique to it's best advantage but will also aid in bringing out muscle quality and definition."
Since I do not have to wake up for school (BONUS!), I will be able to get more sleep, 8-to-10 hours. Whenever I feel I need it, I will take a nap. As we all know sufficient rest is needed for our bodies to grow. I will be setting my alarm clock for 8 a.m., but hopefully I will not need it to get up.
Here is the list of the supplements I will be taking:
Let me start off by saying, I WILL BE EATING A LOT OF FOOD! As I said before, my main goal is to gain mass. When I say mass, I mean muscle not fat (I am sure you knew that). Therefore, I will keep my saturated fats and sugar low. I plan on 42.5% of my calories coming from protein, 42.5% from carbs, and 15% from fat. Keeping my percentages that close will be hard, but I will try.
Here is an outline of the meals I know I will be eating. I will be eating more of course :), and supplement schedule:
8:30 AM Breakfast~
I use ½ a cup of egg beaters for the egg requirement
2 TBSP 100% natural peanut butter
(This is what I do, cook the pancakes, warm the peanut butter up in the microwave so it is nice and gooey, pour the peanut butter over the pancakes, and eat. These are tasty!)
5 grams Micronized Creatine in water
5 grams GL3 in water
11:45 a.m.Post Workout~
For my post workout nutrition and an explanation on why I set my post-workout meals the way I did check out my Post Workout Nutrition article.
Either flank or another kind of lean steak or lean ground beef or fish with corn and/or broccoli
5 grams GL3 in water
VP2 in 8 oz. milk
10:30 p.m.~Hopefully in bed :)
As I said before, these are the meals I know for sure I will be eating, I will no doubt eat a lot during this time. Some foods I will include in my diet are:
- Lean Ground Beef
- Beef! (Ex: Flank, Lean ground beef)
- Mixed Nuts
- Tuna Noodle-Egg White noodles, 2 cans of tuna, 1 can cream of mushroom
I will also be drinking 2 gallons of water a day. One reason for drinking this much water is because I will taking creatine.
Perhaps the most important element to my program is the music I will be listening to. I have chosen songs from varies Rocky soundtracks. For example Eye of the Tiger. These songs really motivate me. I will also listen to Metallica's S&M album. It is important to pick music that motivates you, not what motivates someone else.
Week of 6/25/01
This is my first workout after my recovery week (eating bad and not lifting). On every rep I made sure to pause at point of contraction and to do a slow negative.
I paused for 3 seconds before trying to stand up. This put more overload on my legs to try to straighten.
I went light here because I am having trouble feeling this movement in my hams and was experimenting a little.
Held for 3 seconds at the top of this movement. Slow negative.
Done with bar in position like squats, but here I lift my calves.
This was an intense workout! As I said before I went a little lighter today, but it was still excellent. Focusing on each rep and sticking to my objectives is what gives this workout its intensity.
Calories: 3,000, Protein: 311 g 42 %, Carbs 294 g 39%, Fat: 64 g 19%
My percentages were very close to what I was aiming at. If you would like to see exactly what I ate, you can email at email@example.com
Excellent range of motion, held for 3 seconds at point of contraction, slow negative
Really squeezed triceps at the top of the movement
The best triceps exercise I have ever done! Today was the first day I preformed this exercise to a T. When it was time to attach the triceps rope, I could barely hold my arms up long enough to do it.
Excellent range of motion and stretch.
MY ARMS WERE PUMPED! I was too wasted to do abs, so I decided to do them at 4:00 PM.
Really focused on the abs
Calories: 3400, Protein: 340 g 41%, Carbs: 340 g 41%, Fat: 70 g 18%
As I have said before, I am concentrating on a full range of motion and stretching my muscles. In the past I have sacrificed this to use heavy weights. Everything felt Great Today!
Calories: 3400, Protein: 336 g 40%, Carbs: 380 g 45%, Fat: 60g 15%
First time doing these in a while. Definitely getting into the grove. I'll try 300 next week.
Great Lat Stretch!
Again, great stretch Wide
First Time doing this:
Calories: 4000, Protein: 350 g 35%, Carbs: 450 g 45%, Fat: 80 g 20%
Friday~Chest & Abs
I worked out today at 7:45 PM because I worked with my Uncle today installing windows. It threw off my schedule, but hey I made $100.
70 pounds was too heavy for the Incline DB Press for the range I wanted. I really came down and stretched my chest. Man I LOVE Decline Dumbbell Press! Excellent exercise! I went low on the flat bench press so I could really target my chest on every rep.
Diet (Remember 10 hours of manual labor):
Calories: 5000 (probably a little more), Protein: 357 g 29%, Carbs: 520 g 42%, Fat: 165 g 29% JEEZ! Blame it in McDonald's Breakfast Menu ... seriously.
*Key Concept of my Training*
I am not using the heaviest weight I can handle, rather the heaviest weight that will give me the best range of motion and feel. Example: Inclined Dumbbell Press - I could easily use 80-pound or 90-pound dumbbells, but I would not be able to get as good a stretch at the bottom of the movement of squeeze my chest as long at the top of the movement.
Next week I am changing my percentages. I'm not totally sure to what yet, but I am thinking about 50% carbs, 35% protein, and 15% fat as well as consuming 4,000-4,200 calories.
Why I Am Writing These Articles
I am writing these articles so others can see my experiences. Hopefully you will be able to gain something from reading my next few articles. Whether it deals with nutrition, supplements, training, or attitude, it is not important as long as you gained something. I will try to go more in depth in my next article. This is my first week on this program, so it is a learning experience for me as well.