Elite Totals & Golden Oreos

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  1. Go Away

    Go Away TID Board Of Directors

    Dec 28, 2011
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    TID family,

    I am Go Away: a father, husband, illustrator, overeater and powerlifter.

    I have competed in two PL meets, my first being with wraps and totaling 1390 (@ 292.2 lbs) and my second meet being without wraps, a year later, totaling 1559 (@ 287 lbs).

    About 4 years ago I started showing signs of early diabetes. Numbness in limbs, shortness of breath... I got up to 303 lbs and was just a big-for-nothing, digging ditches to support my family. The numbness and incessant lower back pain scared the shit out of me and I decided to get in the gym to get a six pack and be able to run around with my kids.

    I ran all types of magazine workouts, got conned by the worst supplement companies out there spending tons of money on powders and pills... doing quarter squats and superset after superset. I had been creeping on TID for months and months reading all types of articles and spying on the different training journals, always looking for the secret I would need to quickly become an Adonis.

    Shortly after becoming a member many people asked me questions as to why I was doing certain workouts. They wondered why I would do something like leg curls before squats or why I never changed the amount of weight I lifted. I had no idea why - I was following the templates put out there by the "greats".

    I've lost 60+ lbs in six months, I've put on 40 lbs in five months... I've gone from a 46" waist to a 40", then back up to 44"... Eating is a problem for me, training intensity is not.

    Fast forward four years later and here I am: an art student aspiring to make my passion my profession while also being obsessed with lifting heavy shit.

    Competition bests are a 563 squat without wraps, a 396 bench and a 600 deadlift. My gym bests are a 640 squat with wraps, a 630 deadlift and a 410 bench.

    I have run many different programs with varying results:
    Six months of 5/3/1, 6 months of a modified version of Westside (decent gains), a novice Sheiko cycle (bigger legs), two rounds of Destroy and Flood (bigger everything), two cycles of Cube Method (lots of injuries and missed lifts), two cycles of the Lilliebridge Method (awesome progress with a two month stall) and four months of my own Daily Undulating Periodization programming (50+ on my gym total).

    I train without the help of anabolics and will be running Bully Yoga, a powerlifting program from the training coaches at Strength First Boston, for the next 12 weeks.

    This past winter I had a two month gym hiatus while I was moving to a new house and nursing a nagging lower back injury. Beer, pizza and lots of late nights had me going to buy new pants and bigger shirts. I ballooned up to 315, the heaviest I've ever been, and I felt like dogshit.

    My New Year's resolution was to get to a healthy weight and stop ****ing around. Enter: keto dieting. I'm running CarbNite by John Kiefer and have dropped 20 lbs since January 4, 2016. I've gone down a pants size, had to readjust my Inzer belt one notch and am sitting at a BF% of 26.83.

    The dietary goals are to reach 18% BF, to lower my resting heart rate and to see how I look/feel and adjust accordingly.

    The more important goal is to get an Elite with-wraps total in a prominent federation.

    Day 1 of Bully Yoga begins now.

    Thanks for all the help thus far,
    GA

    P.S. Golden Oreos > Original Oreos
     
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  2. Go Away

    Go Away TID Board Of Directors

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    Monday - March 7, 2016
    SFB Bully Yoga
    Wave 1 // Week 1

    Super D Shoulder Stuff

    Good Mornings
    135 x 5
    135 x 5
    135 x 5

    Iso-Leg Curls
    25's x 25

    Conventional doubles @6 til @9
    135 x 5
    135 x 5
    225 x 2
    315 x 2
    365 x 2
    385 x 2
    405 x 2 @6
    405 x 2
    405 x 2
    405 x 2
    405 x 2
    405 x 2
    405 x 2
    405 x 2
    405 x 2
    405 x 2
    405 x 2
    405 x 2
    405 x 2
    405 x 2 @8
    *undershot this pretty bad. Got into a rhythm around set 10 where everything was firing. Coincidentally my phone died after the 10th set smh. I have videos of everything leading up to that, minus a few of the second reps because the phone kept falling when the first rep's weight dropped. Lifting by yourself is definitely a challenge...

    Double-paused Bench 5 x 5 @8 til @9
    135 x 5
    185 x 5
    225 x 5
    235 x 5 @8
    235 x 5 @8
    235 x 5 @8
    235 x 5 @9

    Paused Deads
    315 x 5 @8
    335 x 5 @9 (conditioning is in the shitter)

    Fatigue Drop 10%
    295 x 5
    *lower back started hurting; went straight to stretches of the psoas and hamstrings. Felt better after stretching but didn't wanna push it. Was in there for almost two hours lifting.

    Deads felt great though
    Came in early to get a wellness exam taken. Did all this before I started my workout. Got flexibility (12.5), grip strength (right arm = 56, left arm = 55), curl-up volume (got 40 strict curl-ups until form went to shit - that's when they shut it down) , push-ups in a minute (36 in 40 seconds... Then I couldn't do one more) and blood pressure (130/88).

    Next up were the skin fold tests:
    Triceps - 15
    Subscapular - 24
    Chest - 17
    Abdomen - 46
    Thigh - 30

    295.2 lbs, 6'0"
    BF% = 26.93
    FFM = 219

    Healthy levels suggested by many are saying 16-18% BF, with 18% putting me at 263 lbs, assuming I maintain my lean body mass while dieting. My tentative goal by Summer has been 265, meaning 30 more pounds of fat to go.

    Not all that bad. Time to get to work.
     
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  3. Pawghunter

    Pawghunter VIP Member

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    Golden Oreos? Get outta here with dat chit. Other than that I am number 1 in your new log. Keep up the great work and keep getting stronger.
     
  4. PillarofBalance

    PillarofBalance Strength Pimp Staff Member

    Feb 27, 2011
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    In 4 gains

    GTFO with the golden oreos.
     
  5. Pawghunter

    Pawghunter VIP Member

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    Mega stuff normal Oreos for the win.
     
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  6. JoeFriday

    JoeFriday VIP Member

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    Why oreos when you can go for pecan sandies?

    Also, illustrator, huh? Have an online portfolio?
     
  7. RAIDEN

    RAIDEN VIP Member

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    I'll be following along man. Mostly creeping. And I hope you are eating those Oreos with milk :D
     
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  8. MARTY313

    MARTY313 VIP Member

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    That's a lot of volume! :dbells: I hate training by myself too, it's like you have no one to show off for. I also hate good mornings!

    But I love mega stuffed Oreos!
     
  9. TenaciousA

    TenaciousA VIP Member

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    Golden oreos. **** haven't we already established those suck SO much?

    And I am uber proud of you. As a fellow lifter with serious eating issues, I know how it is.

    I mean sincerely, PM me if you need to vent.
     
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  10. UncleAl

    UncleAl VIP Member

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    Reasonable goals. Good work ethic. Excellent coach. You will do this.
     
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  11. Kimm4

    Kimm4 TID Lady Member

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    I'm excited for you and will be following for sure!
     
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  12. BrotherIron

    BrotherIron TID Board Of Directors

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    You gunning for an elite total in APF?
     

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