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  • I've been going to the gym for 3 straight months now. Before this, all I cared about was my band and my music. And then I realized I need to make some changes. There has been a lot of improvements in the past 3 months not just on my physical aspect but most importantly on my mental state of being.

    The pitfalls of being an aspiring musician is to fall into a false sense of coolness. Wherein you try your best to be an individual thinking that it is the coolest thing in the world yet unknowingly you become part of a continuous cycle of imitation and bad decision.

    This is my story..
  • -Pushing Gains-

    Woke up at 3 pm. Had a quick snack (oatmeal, banana and coffee). Then went to the gym. Warmed up and stretched for 5-10 mins then started my routine. As I was setting up the Olympic bar, one of guys in the gym asked me "Why do you always do SQUATS?" So I told him, "I always start with SQUATS".

    I'm a big believer that SQUATS is the king of gym exercises. It amazed me that with just a simple movement it can activate your whole body and push it to grow.

    First time I heard of SQUATS, it was like an urban legend in the gym. A number of them were telling me that It was the best for getting maximum gains but it can be dangerous to your back if done incorrectly. Now this is just a really small gym (props to kuya Joey!) so there's not a lot of people doing SQUATS. But then, I had a chance to talk to some of the older guys who introduce me to the 5X5 routine and that's when I learned how to do SQUATS.

    When I first started learning how to properly SQUAT, I had a few bad habits that I needed to unlearn. The biggest was the curving of the back. For some people (like me) the down phase of the movement can be quite unnatural which causes the back to curve . I remedied this by first, keeping my form in check; second, pushing my chest out; and third, by making sure that my elbows are not flailing backwards. Those three things really change the way I perform SQUATS.

    Now, I understand that whatever that applies to me, may or may not be effective to others. And I am not a trained professional when it comes to this so please, to anyone reading this: Please do not take this as an advised because I am not in the position to give one.
  • Emman1986Emman1986 Posts: 1,819B-Class
    welcome brad! sa loob ng 3 months at yan ang stats mo, malakas ka bro ;)

    good luck sa goal and keep on squating..
  • rtravino29rtravino29 Posts: 1,549
    welcome brah!

    The biggest was the curving of the back. For some people (like me) the down phase of the movement can be quite unnatural which causes the back to curve . I remedied this by first, keeping my form in check; second, pushing my chest out; and third, by making sure that my elbows are not flailing backwards. Those three things really change the way I perform SQUATS.

    what do you mean by flailing bro? hehe! IMO, pushing / keeping your chest out ( as well as keeping your back tight ) will keep out your back from curving. Also, this is one of the basic fundamentals on executing the squat exercise properly.
    A number of them were telling me that It was the best for getting maximum gains but it can be dangerous to your back if done incorrectly.

    definitely true ( together with bench press and deadlift ) if you want to gain muscle mass in a short period of time, master this BIG 3, and your good to go. The reason for that is because this are all compound exercise, it hits multiple muscle group in a single exercise / movement.
  • -Anniversary-

    No workout for today. It was supposed to be a regular day for me. But lo and behold the gym is close. Alas, it's the gym's anniversary today. So to everyone from "J n J" Happy 5th Anniversary!.

    I was supposed to write a litany about drinking and how people get sidetrack easily with quick fun. But I decided against it. TO EACH HIS OWN.

    end.

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    @Emman1986, thanks brother. I'm not sure about strength coz honestly I have no one to compare. Besides, most of the guys in the gym look at me funny coz I'm the only one doing squats and deadlifts.

    @rtravino29, thanks for the inputs. Flailing. Well, when I started squatting I tend to push my elbows backward. I think a video can help me explain better check this out:
  • -Start Over-

    It's been 3 months since I started going to the gym and I've learned a lot and improved a lot since then. That's 12 weeks of continuous training and it has given me gains that I hardly thought possible. Yet I have not reached my peak. I have been going over a few articles here to see if I can change or update my routine but the number of possibilities staggers me.

    This is where I need your help guys. Right now my goal is to become big. If you guys can give me a few pointers It would be highly appreciated.
  • CoreCore Posts: 2,508B-Class
    erwinbrion wrote:
    "...I have been going over a few articles here to see if I can change or update my routine but the number of possibilities staggers me.

    This is where I need your help guys. Right now my goal is to become big. If you guys can give me a few pointers It would be highly appreciated."

    Relay your current program.
  • rtravino29rtravino29 Posts: 1,549
    , thanks for the inputs. Flailing. Well, when I started squatting I tend to push my elbows backward. I think a video can help me explain better check this out:

    the vid shows an individual doing a high bar squat (normal to close stance), but if you will be doing a low bar / hybrid squat, flailing the elbow is needed to make a shelf for the bar. :)

    whatever works for you brah, what works for us might not work for you and vice versa, as long as you're comfortable with the squat your into, your good to go :)
  • Core wrote:
    erwinbrion wrote:
    "...I have been going over a few articles here to see if I can change or update my routine but the number of possibilities staggers me.

    This is where I need your help guys. Right now my goal is to become big. If you guys can give me a few pointers It would be highly appreciated."

    Relay your current program.

    @Core, thanks brother. Right now I'm using a modified 5X5:

    Monday
    Squats
    chest
    triceps

    Tuesday/Thursday
    calves / abs

    Wednesday
    Squats
    DL
    chins / pullups
    biceps

    Friday
    Squats
    shoulders
    triceps
    rtravino29 wrote:
    , thanks for the inputs. Flailing. Well, when I started squatting I tend to push my elbows backward. I think a video can help me explain better check this out:

    the vid shows an individual doing a high bar squat (normal to close stance), but if you will be doing a low bar / hybrid squat, flailing the elbow is needed to make a shelf for the bar. :)

    whatever works for you brah, what works for us might not work for you and vice versa, as long as you're comfortable with the squat your into, your good to go :)

    @rtravino29, thanks brother. haven't tried the low bar squat yet.
  • -Monday Madness--

    Just to change things up a bit. I decided to start the week with Squats/Back combo. And to add more flavor I added another routine for the back and biceps.

    Squats (deloaded) 40x5 50x5 60x5 70x5 80x5
    Chin ups (bw) 5X5
    DL (deloaded) 50x5x5
    Bent Rows 50x5 60x5 70x5 80x5 90x5
    Dumbbell Pull Over 50x8x3
    Ez bar curl 40x8x3
    Two handed Hammer Curls 20x8x3
    Reverse cable curls 40x8x3

    15 mins abs routine

    I have added a picture I took earlier after my wo.
    1195oip.jpgHere's another one. Sorry for the resolution, my phone's camera sucks.

    current weight: 155lbs

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  • CoreCore Posts: 2,508B-Class
    erwinbrion wrote:
    Right now I'm using a modified 5X5:

    Monday
    Squats
    chest <
    triceps <

    Tuesday/Thursday
    calves / abs <

    Wednesday
    Squats
    DL
    chins / pullups
    biceps <

    Friday
    Squats
    shoulders <
    triceps <

    What exactly are the exercises involved in those muscle groups?
  • @Core, thanks brother. here's the breakdown.
    Monday
    bench press
    decline bp
    dips
    skull crushers
    triceps pushdown

    Tuesday/Thursday
    Barbell Seated Calf Raise
    Smith machine standing calf raise
    15 - 20 mins of abs (mostly crunches and wood chopped)

    Wednesday
    Standing bb bicep curl
    Hammer curl
    reverse curl

    Friday
    Military Press
    Dumbbell Side Laterals
    Rear Dumbbell Raise
    same triceps as monday
  • CoreCore Posts: 2,508B-Class
    erwinbrion wrote:
    Right now I'm using a modified 5X5:

    Monday
    Squats <
    chest
    triceps

    Tuesday/Thursday
    calves / abs

    Wednesday
    Squats <
    DL
    chins / pullups
    biceps

    Friday
    Squats <
    shoulders
    triceps

    What's your plan on these 'squats'?
  • @Core, thanks brother. Honestly I don't really know. Right now I'm just maxing them out - adding 10 lbs almost every session. As of today, I've raise my PR to 90 lbs.
  • rtravino29rtravino29 Posts: 1,549
    you're squatting 3x a week?SL 5x5 ( modified) bro?
  • CoreCore Posts: 2,508B-Class
    erwinbrion wrote:
    Right now I'm using a modified 5X5:

    Monday
    Squats <
    chest
    triceps

    Tuesday/Thursday
    calves / abs

    Wednesday
    Squats <
    DL
    chins / pullups
    biceps

    Friday
    Squats <
    shoulders
    triceps

    Are you lifting on all of these in max-effort? Or the subject difficulty of these Squats of each days varies?
  • @rtravino29, thanks brother. Yes SL5x5 but I modified it a bit.

    @ Core , thanks brother. That's a good question. I always stick to what my program dictates. So If I can't complete a set I deload back to my previous PR then work my way up again. But as of now, I'm able to raise it at least 10 lbs every week.
  • -back-streets-back monday jam-

    Squats 50 1x5 60 1x5 70 1x5 80 1x5 90 1x5
    DL 100 1x5 150 1x5
    chin ups BW 5x5
    Seated Row 80 5x5
    Standing Bicep Curl (EZ bar) 50 3x8
    Incline Bicep Curl 25 3x8
    Reverse Cable Curl 50 3x8

    10 mins Abs routine
  • -late entered Wednesday-

    Squats 60 5x1 70 5x1 80 5x1 90 5x1 100 5x1
    BP 90 5x1 100 5x1 110 5x1 120 5x1 130 5x1
    Decline BP 90 5x1 100 5x1 110 5x1 120 5x1
    Skull crushers 40 8x3
    triceps pushdown 60 8x3

    5 mins abs routine
  • Masala MakerMasala Maker Posts: 476B-Class
    Minor Threat!
    Hi man! Good luck sa fitness goals! Nakakatelate ako kasi bago pa ang lahat ang inaatupag ko lang ay going to shows and writing a zine and trying to make my band work.

    Bigla ako na excite nung may nakita akong SXE related post. Kala ko normal preppy guy lang na ginagamit yung "straight edge" na tag kahit di naman nakakapag associate sa counter-culture. So ano pinapakingan mo? Youth crew stuff like YoT, Gorilla Biscuits? Mga Earth Crisis? Ano yung name ng band mo?
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