Now or never: Taking it to the next level



  • I've been coasting for a while now, not really having any clear goals and training regularly but not giving it everything. That was until I was totally schooled the other day by a former Canadian bodybuilding champ.....who also happened to be a rather small female. Anyway, just the few exercises she insisted I do blew me apart and I want some more of that. I want to see what I can really acheive.

    For the first time in my life I've got myself a PT (same woman, I insisted on that) and while my new life starts on Monday I've already started the diet. Its not too bad (no more pasta and yogurt sigh) but I'm not much of a cook so it will be more of an organisational challenge than anything else. The cheat meals on the weekend are also a welcome addition.

    The PT has described the training routine as torture which makes me nervous but amped at the same time. At the risk of sounding too kinky, I like the good type of pain.

    I've never kept a training log so I thought TSF is as good a place as any to do it. The program will be for six weeks and I'm extremely excited about what the end result will be.

    Onward into the breach........



  • Good luck! Sounds like you are in for a fun time.

    Post what you end up doing with your diet, I hate cooking so I'm always on the lookout for good ideas to improve the diet that take little effort.



  • Personally I'm not much into mixing pasta and yoghurt, must be an acquired taste. Good luck on the workouts, and post your beginning weight-and weight updates every week (day!). Remember, you can always push yourself harder and if you're consistent you are sure to make good changes.

    Also, egg whites are the perfect snack meal, easy to microwave and healthy. Just add a bit of salt.



  • Cheers fellas.

    Just got a rude shock. Was just going to go to the gym for a light session today but the PT clocked me and decided to start the program right away. And to start off we went straight to.....farking crossfit!!! I ran 16km a few weeks back but that was nothing on this. It looks so much easier on youtube . Those burpies right after the box jumps are the worst. God knows what awaits me next week.

    Kirwan: I've only got the outline of the diet so far but will post it in full when I get it on Sunday. Theres some interesting stuff like celery with peanutbutter (organic of course). I also have to get some plant enzymes (whatever the hell they are).



  • RS welcome to the club. You will find great information from all the guys in this forum and also (at least I my case) great inspiration as well.



  • Burpees are a cccccccccccccccccccccccuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuunnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnt of an exercise. Did some this morning ( wow, talk about being old and responsible ) before making my sons toast. I've been doing em three days a week for a few weeks and they are awesome for conditioning and fitness. Fuck going for a run, those'll kill ya in such a shorter period of time.



  • First “official day” and being legs I thought it might be the easiest. How absolutely retarded of me to think that.

    Am walking like bloody Steady Eddie right now. Started off with a fast 11 degree incline on the treadmill for about 5 minutes and then went on to squats, lunges, extensions and something else I forget the name of. I’m certainly getting my money’s worth from this crazy little Hitler.

    Can’t wait to see whats in store on the morrow......



  • Diet is also up. Nothing special really:

    Oatmeal+ honey + vitamin C drink
    Crispbread with peanutbutter
    Chicken/steak/fish + rice/sweet potatoes+ broccoli
    Celery + peanutbutter
    Chicken/turkey/fish + veggies
    Protein shake before bed

    Losts of water and certain vitamins/energy drinks are also included. Cheat meal on weekends. Could be worse.



  • Good stuff mate.

    Love celery and peanut butter - goes so well together.

    Watch the sugar content in those energy drinks though, some can be pretty horrific!



  • [quote name='JK' timestamp='1350413752' post='317972']
    Good stuff mate.

    Love celery and peanut butter - goes so well together.

    Watch the sugar content in those energy drinks though, some can be pretty horrific!
    [/quote]

    Cheers. Yeah it aint bad.

    Energy drinks only really before and during workout. They certainly arent recommended for those who dont train. They're also apparently murder on the teeth.



  • Legs sore as hell this morning but I managed to hobble to the gym.

    Shoulders and calves today. Absolutely ripped apart. Calves on fire now and I bet the shoulders will follow tommorrow.

    No let up however. Crossfit on Wednesday....

    Not sure how that will be possible considering I can barely walk at the moment.

    I hate it but I love it 🙂



  • Legs and lower Ã¥rse on fire today. Even a slight tap from my angry 4 year old was agony. Am walking like Edward Norten in American History X when he was done over by the nazis in the showers.

    Cross fit and abs today.

    Crossfit was

    50 kettlebell swings
    15 body raises (lying down on back with rope thingy)
    10 pushups
    100 stepups (50 for each leg)
    25 reps on skiing machine (simulates the arm motion used by xcountry skiers)

    X 3

    This was farking agony. The step-ups in particular are hell on earth.

    The little shedevil didn’t let up though and my abs are now destroyed as well.

    A damn good workout all round but I don’t think its possible to do crossfit alone. Far too tempting to pull the pin. I often look forward to lifting weights or having a jog but I will never look forward to that.



  • Chest and biceps today.

    This was a phenomenal workout. Guns and boobs well hammered.

    Really wish I'd got myself a PT years back. In fact I'm absolutely kicking myself. There are so many little things that I didnt know which have been so much help.

    Ah well. Better late than never....



  • Bit of catch up here.

    Friday: Back + triceps

    Really good workout. I havent done deadlifts for years and it was great to get proper schooling on the right technique etc. Really stupid of me for avoiding this. Triceps included skullcrushers which I have also purposely avoided but have to acknowledge the effectiveness of. Bit risky without a spotter though.

    All in all a great first week and finished much stronger than I started. Learnt heaps and apart from the crossfit can't wait for next week.



  • Saturday: Cheat meal.

    Lunch was a bit delayed so was farking starving when I set to it. Came home and smashed some beef nachos and coconut ice cream. Unfortunately was following the AB game at the same time and the food turned to ashes in my mouth as the game came to an end. Felt a bit weird afterwards. Not sure if that was the junk food or the week catching up with me.

    Was back to diet on Sunday which included tuna steaks for dinner. Damn those things are nice.

    Back to it on Monday. Bring it!!!!



  • [quote name='Rancid Schnitzel' timestamp='1350844184' post='319455']
    Bit of catch up here.

    Friday: Back + triceps

    Really good workout. I havent done deadlifts for years and it was great to get proper schooling on the right technique etc. Really stupid of me for avoiding this. Triceps included skullcrushers which I have also purposely avoided but have to acknowledge the effectiveness of. Bit risky without a spotter though.

    All in all a great first week and finished much stronger than I started. Learnt heaps and apart from the crossfit can't wait for next week.
    [/quote]

    Deadlifts truly are the king of exercises....well either them or Burpees depending on my mood.



  • [quote name='MN5' timestamp='1350856288' post='319496']
    Deadlifts truly are the king of exercises....well either them or Burpees depending on my mood.
    [/quote]

    Burpees are evil eeeeevvvviiilll I tells you.Deadlifts are great though.



  • Back to legs today and have hit an unfortunate snag. Seems like my hammy hasnt healed properly since last week and I was seriously hindered today. Being the fool I am I have no doubt made it worse. We'll see how I pull up tommorrow.

    Its a shame because I was really fired up for the squats and lunges today. I can see now why people love to train legs. Good to also see that my form etc is fine without my Personal Torturer.

    Despite the restraints the legs still feel like jelly so they at least got a decent workout.



  • Shoulders and calves.

    Back to PT today because I want to concentrate on the shoulders. Tough but awesome as usual.

    Havent been too keen on shrugs in the past due to rotator cuff issues (seeing a pattern here, I have been a pussy), but smashed them today.

    Thigh still sore so was careful with calves but they still copped a fair hammering.

    My arch nemisis crossfit tommorrow....



  • Noice bro, noice!

    What did you PT have you doing for shoulders. Aside from shrugs I'm a fan of standing/seated barbell press and arnie dumbbell presses (seated, arms rotate as you push up).

    lol crossfit, did you see the article on the news last night? it was about the nationals. Looked BRUTAL!!