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    Well.... my back has regressed to being bad again :lol: Lots of pain and I can't really bend at all.

    Had physio this morning and she wanted to take more x-rays, but I am 100% certain it's a muscular problem. She got a spinal specialist to look at my other x-ray and he thought everything looked fine too.

    She also showed me how to properly deadlift so I am getting on that with full confidence :top: Turns out my form was pretty much spot on, just need to remember to keep my chest up and tuck my pelvis in at the top of the rep. :dumbells:

    Because of the pain, I've been keeping it light the last couple of days. Some very gentle cycling yesterday and some very gentle pilates today.

    I've just realised I didn't fill in Thursday and Friday last week :eek3:

    Thursday was arms - I upped my weight to 3 x 10 8kg dumbell chest press and hammer chest press. :woo: This is all I remember :lol:

    I also did TrX rows, face pulls to help with my shoulders/posture, tricep pull downs, press ups and press ups on a box to try and do the full range of motion from my toes. I can still only do two proper press-ups which is getting frustrating :cry:

    Friday I did a lot of cardio - 2k m row , 15 minutes on the bike and then physio balancing exercises. :yep:
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    (Original post by Puddles the Monkey)
    Well.... my back has regressed to being bad again :lol: Lots of pain and I can't really bend at all.

    Had physio this morning and she wanted to take more x-rays, but I am 100% certain it's a muscular problem. She got a spinal specialist to look at my other x-ray and he thought everything looked fine too.
    Get better soon.

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    (Original post by Hydeman)
    Get better soon.
    Cheers! It's okay, it's just sore!

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    It's always 50/50 for me whether it's cry or crying and I always get it wrong :lol:
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    Didn't update....

    Couldn't do much last week cos of ye olde back however I'll update as much as I can remember :yep:

    Arms - I was really happy because I got up to 9kg dumbell chest press, woo! :dumbells:

    Legs - did leg day, also started doing 16kg kettlebell deadlifts which is nice on my lower back.

    Monday this week I did spin, yesterday was Pilates and for some reason it hit me hard, my abs are really sore now :lol:

    Today I did legs:

    10mins walking max incline
    3 x 15 sandbag squats - I really need to find out how heavy that sandbag is.
    3 x 10 10kg lunges
    3 x 10 16kg deadlifts
    40 hip thrusts with 10kg weight

    It's probably time I start using a bar rather than sandbags :sad:

    I also feel like my whole routine is just lacking focus and drive. I'm switching gyms at the end of this month so I'm going to write myself a brand spanking new shiney routine

    Nutrition has been hit and miss. I've totally, totally failed on the no sugar thing. :sigh:

    Stretching has been okay... slow, slow improvement.

    I'm at my goal weight & measurement though :yay:
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    :yay:

    I've been so bad at updating... :ashamed:

    Friday was circuits - made us do legs, I was really sore after :lol: Many squats, lunges and jumping squats with a sandbag.

    I found out that red sandbag is 15kg, which is as I thought. Time to upgrade... I'm gonna have to start using a barbell I think (noooo! scary....) because the next sand bag size up is huge and I don't think it will physically fit on my shoulders as they are very small. :afraid:

    Monday I did cardio - spinning. I worked really hard, heart rate was up, felt a bit weird/anxious :lol: I was happy with this. :dumbells: Because my cardio has been lacking recently.

    Yesterday was Pilates so lots of core stuff. Went well.

    Back is still painful, but I think it's getting better - physio wanted me on ibuprofen for three weeks but it didn't help and just makes me feel sick so I stopped.... :erm:
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    I want to eat the world! I am so hungry all the time at the moment.

    Wednesday was leg day :dumbells:

    10 mins tradmill max incline

    3 x 15 15kg squats
    3 x 10 9kg lunges each leg
    3 x 10 10kg viper squat/burpee thingies with shoulder press & press up at the bottom
    2 x 20 9kg hip thrusters
    3 x 10 16kg kettlebell deadlifts
    3 x 10 16kg kettlebell sumo squats

    Sadly, my legs were not sore after this :argh: I know I keep saying it but I really need to up my squats weight but it's too scary :ashamed:

    Thursday was arms

    1km rowing

    1 x 12 9kg dumbell chest press
    2 x 10 8kg dumbell chest press

    3 x 10 TrX press-ups
    3 x 10 6kg face pulls
    3 x 10 6kg tricep pull downs
    3 x 10 15kg lat pull downs
    3 x 10 6kg dumbell rows in press-up position (this was hard!! but fun)
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    (Original post by Puddles the Monkey)
    I want to eat the world! I am so hungry all the time at the moment.

    Wednesday was leg day :dumbells:

    10 mins tradmill max incline

    3 x 15 15kg squats
    3 x 10 9kg lunges each leg
    3 x 10 10kg viper squat/burpee thingies with shoulder press & press up at the bottom
    2 x 20 9kg hip thrusters
    3 x 10 16kg kettlebell deadlifts
    3 x 10 16kg kettlebell sumo squats

    Sadly, my legs were not sore after this :argh: I know I keep saying it but I really need to up my squats weight but it's too scary :ashamed:

    Thursday was arms

    1km rowing

    1 x 12 9kg dumbell chest press
    2 x 10 8kg dumbell chest press

    3 x 10 TrX press-ups
    3 x 10 6kg face pulls
    3 x 10 6kg tricep pull downs
    3 x 10 15kg lat pull downs
    3 x 10 6kg dumbell rows in press-up position (this was hard!! but fun)
    Keep it up, keep it up!!! :dumbells: :excited:
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    (Original post by Puddles the Monkey)
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    You didn't tell us your starting & current weight. Also you're height
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    Keep it up, keep it up!!! :dumbells: :excited:
    :lol: Thanks! I have one good thing which is that I can start to see the hint of a middle ab now. :lol:

    But my weights are so low! Looking at other people's blogs they're all lifting way way more than me - I just have no idea how to increase. I want to go up to 20kg for my squats but I can't lift that amount on to my shoulders. How do people manage that if they don't have a work out buddy?
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    (Original post by TheQuester)
    You didn't tell us your starting & current weight. Also you're height
    I was about 57kg when I started the blog, now at around 60.5kg. I'm 5ft 8 :woo:
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    (Original post by Puddles the Monkey)
    :lol: Thanks! I have one good thing which is that I can start to see the hint of a middle ab now. :lol:

    But my weights are so low! Looking at other people's blogs they're all lifting way way more than me - I just have no idea how to increase. I want to go up to 20kg for my squats but I can't lift that amount on to my shoulders. How do people manage that if they don't have a work out buddy?
    I read these for inspiration! You are doing way more than me I imagine the best thing to do is what feels right for you, without pulling every muscle in your body that is

    You're doing great!!! :hugs: Just worry about yourself :yep:
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    I was poorly last week and then it was Easter so it's been a bit of a fail.... :ashamed:

    Tuesday

    Pilates

    Had physio - got an appointment with a spinal specialist in a few weeks :argh: I have a lack of stability in my left hip joint. :shakecane:

    Wednesday

    I'm focusing a lot on getting my lunging form perfect, specially with my lame left leg. :yy:

    10 mins walking max incline

    I did 10 walking lunges on each leg between the following sets:

    3 x 10 15kg squats
    3 x 10 20kg kettlebell deadlift
    3 x 10 14kg sandbell slams with push up
    3 x 10 still lunges on each leg
    3 x 20 10kg hip thrusts

    Today

    1km rowing

    3 x 10 8kg dumbell chest press
    3 x 10 8kg dumbell hammer chest press
    3 x 10 6kg tricep pull down one arm at a time
    3 x 10 8kg face pulls
    3 x 10 TrX back fly
    3 x 10 trx push up
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    (Original post by Puddles the Monkey)
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    I've noticed Thursday is your Arm day, but you include your rows on that day. Any reason why?

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    If you are rowing on an ergometer and you are treating it an arm exercise, this suggests you are doing it wrong. Wrong technique on exercises could potentially lead to injury. If you want to treat it as an arm exercise, you are better off doing weighted barbell rows with a supinated grip
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    (Original post by hezzlington)
    I've noticed Thursday is your Arm day, but you include your rows on that day. Any reason why?
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    If you are rowing on an ergometer and you are treating it an arm exercise, this suggests you are doing it wrong. Wrong technique on exercises could potentially lead to injury. If you want to treat it as an arm exercise, you are better off doing weighted barbell rows with a supinated grip
    Ooooh, no I just do it as a warm up. I'm not very good at it though :lol:

    I need to do more cardio :getmecoat:
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    (Original post by Puddles the Monkey)
    Today

    1km rowing

    3 x 10 8kg dumbell chest press
    3 x 10 8kg dumbell hammer chest press
    3 x 10 6kg tricep pull down one arm at a time
    3 x 10 8kg face pulls
    3 x 10 TrX back fly
    3 x 10 trx push up

    Big respect for doing this mate! I think I may have to start a blog soon , my numbers are still quite low though on my weighted callisthenics (dont want to seem like an even bigger noob at this then I think I am xD) and I need to get my nutrition sorted out (buying more almonds and milk ASAP)

    But hey youve made great progress, almost 2 months ago you were doing:


    '3x10 7kg dumbell chest press' instead of 8kg, so you've effectively chest pressed 8x10x3-7x10x3=240-210=30 kg more

    Same with you hammers, you're now on 8 instead of 7 so 30kg more collectively on those too!

    For arms that means youve increased your lifting overall by around 60kg+ Congrats!!!

    Also, you said you did '3 x 2 proper pushups followed by 3 knee pushups' before, hows the progress on those?
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    (Original post by Puddles the Monkey)
    Ooooh, no I just do it as a warm up. I'm not very good at it though :lol:

    I need to do more cardio :getmecoat:
    I'm a former rower looking to get back into rowing next year so I need to get some serious mileage in myself.

    Rowing on the ergometer is a great workout if done correctly. It is one of the most brutal forms of cardio because it is a whole body exercise, however, the arms only do about 30-50cm worth of movement. Rowing is a pushing sport, not pulling. Most of the power you apply comes from pushing (driving with) the legs/lower body and the arms only contribute to a small amount of the total movement (right at the end of the movement).

    I see people sliding back and forth aimlessly or pulling with their arms on ergs (rowing machines) and it's just nowhere near as effective as the proper full movement.

    Once you get the technique down, it's a serious fat burning/cardio improving tool.

    In response to your query about how do people load the 20kg bar onto their shoulders on their own, it's usually done in a squat rack where the bar is already set up at shoulder height.
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    Big respect for doing this mate! I think I may have to start a blog soon , my numbers are still quite low though on my weighted callisthenics (dont want to seem like an even bigger noob at this then I think I am xD) and I need to get my nutrition sorted out (buying more almonds and milk ASAP)

    But hey youve made great progress, almost 2 months ago you were doing:


    '3x10 7kg dumbell chest press' instead of 8kg, so you've effectively chest pressed 8x10x3-7x10x3=240-210=30 kg more

    Same with you hammers, you're now on 8 instead of 7 so 30kg more collectively on those too!

    For arms that means youve increased your lifting overall by around 60kg+ Congrats!!!

    Also, you said you did '3 x 2 proper pushups followed by 3 knee pushups' before, hows the progress on those?
    Ahh thank you!! :cry2: This was so motivating! :lol: It's quite nice when you add everything up like that :woo:

    Shouldn't feel bad for having low numbers... you just have to go at your own pace (also it's better than too heavy weights and getting an injury...) :dumbells: What kind of workouts do you do?

    Well.... proper pushups are still tough but I can now do knees-pushups properly and with good form so I think there has been improvement there. I'm using TrX more and more to build the strength in the full position because you can adjust the height. I was using boxes but the way your hands are placed on the box felt weird/unnatural to me.
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    (Original post by hezzlington)
    I'm a former rower looking to get back into rowing next year so I need to get some serious mileage in myself.

    Rowing on the ergometer is a great workout if done correctly. It is one of the most brutal forms of cardio because it is a whole body exercise, however, the arms only do about 30-50cm worth of movement. Rowing is a pushing sport, not pulling. Most of the power you apply comes from pushing (driving with) the legs/lower body and the arms only contribute to a small amount of the total movement (right at the end of the movement).

    I see people sliding back and forth aimlessly or pulling with their arms on ergs (rowing machines) and it's just nowhere near as effective as the proper full movement.

    Once you get the technique down, it's a serious fat burning/cardio improving tool.

    In response to your query about how do people load the 20kg bar onto their shoulders on their own, it's usually done in a squat rack where the bar is already set up at shoulder height.
    That's awesome. Were you rowing in races and stuff?

    I'm pretty good at driving with my legs - it's the little pull at the top of the movement that's tough. I can't seem to get my speed above 2:30/500m unless I pull the handle upwards into my chest which I don't think is correct... :erm:
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    (Original post by Puddles the Monkey)
    That's awesome. Were you rowing in races and stuff?

    I'm pretty good at driving with my legs - it's the little pull at the top of the movement that's tough. I can't seem to get my speed above 2:30/500m unless I pull the handle upwards into my chest which I don't think is correct... :erm:
    Yes, I won my 3rd/4th Regatta (competition) when I was 19. :excited:

    I pull into just below my sternum.

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    (Original post by Puddles the Monkey)
    Ahh thank you!! :cry2: This was so motivating! :lol: It's quite nice when you add everything up like that :woo:

    Shouldn't feel bad for having low numbers... you just have to go at your own pace (also it's better than too heavy weights and getting an injury...) :dumbells: What kind of workouts do you do?

    Well.... proper pushups are still tough but I can now do knees-pushups properly and with good form so I think there has been improvement there. I'm using TrX more and more to build the strength in the full position because you can adjust the height. I was using boxes but the way your hands are placed on the box felt weird/unnatural to me.
    Haha no problem, you're progressing really well and I bet in a few months you'll have a good old Greek god body:dumbells:



    For my workout, Im doing weighted callisthenics, so adding pseudo weights in my weight bag and doing push ups, chin ups, incline variations, squats, pseudo pistol squats, stuff like that :lol: (keeping reps below 12 maximises mass and strength over endurance)

    (for cardio I swim, play badminton, martial arts and streetdance)

    Ive heard some good things about TrX so hope that continues well, I barely have any equipment, just a chin up bar, stairs for incline exercises and my imagination and determination :woo:
 
 
 
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