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      06-14-2019, 12:30 AM   #793
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I always find that taking 2-3 months out of the year, putting a cap on my max weights, and working on volume progression (increasing reps, lowering rest times, etc) really seems to motivate me and renew my "vigor" for this sport.

Besides giving the joints a break, your body actually responds to the difference and you still make progress.

Unfortunately, I developed bronchitis and an ear infection last Saturday after dodging everyone at work who had been dropping like flies. So I haven't been to the gym in almost 6 days. It's killing me.

But as evident by the time of this post, I'm also haven't been sleeping the last few nights. I've spent it up watching TV and reading just trying to control the cough. I rarely get sick.....and guys this shit hit me like a train.

I was just getting full swing into my diet, starting to see some nice changes, and this happens. Now I feel "soft", and I look in the mirror and feel like I'm wasting away because I have no appetite.

I can't wait to get back at it!
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Hang in there, get as much rest as you can. Stay hydrated.

You'll be on the other side of this before you know it.
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I always find that taking 2-3 months out of the year, putting a cap on my max weights, and working on volume progression (increasing reps, lowering rest times, etc) really seems to motivate me and renew my "vigor" for this sport.

Besides giving the joints a break, your body actually responds to the difference and you still make progress.

Unfortunately, I developed bronchitis and an ear infection last Saturday after dodging everyone at work who had been dropping like flies. So I haven't been to the gym in almost 6 days. It's killing me.

But as evident by the time of this post, I'm also haven't been sleeping the last few nights. I've spent it up watching TV and reading just trying to control the cough. I rarely get sick.....and guys this shit hit me like a train.

I was just getting full swing into my diet, starting to see some nice changes, and this happens. Now I feel "soft", and I look in the mirror and feel like I'm wasting away because I have no appetite.

I can't wait to get back at it!
Yeah Iím in one of those 2-3 month phases myself. Squatting, deadlifting, everything is staying under 75-80% 1RM and just going for high rep sets 8-12. All about longevity.

Best of luck with the bronchitis, that SUCKS.
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Hope you feel better soon Rmtt. It happens to all of us eventually. Sometimes you canít avoid the sick bug.

My most recent was with allergies, like really bad. Had to take some time off from training even missed a few days of work. I swear my allergies get worse every year!
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Thanks guys. Like I said, I'm one of those that hardly ever get sick. When I am, I tend to be antisocial. Unfortunately....it's also when the nurturer in my wife comes out....when I want to be left alone.

I'm just ready to get back into training. Also, since I had never had an ear infection....I wondered why I felt so off-balance recently. Odd feeling.
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Garage session for me today before I head to Orlando with the Wifey and kiddo. Be there a few days so the question is....do I workout or not while Iím there?????
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Yup, I did. The resort we stayed at had a great gym. Did an early FathersDay workout before a pool day with the family.

Was able to do some chest/biceps and metabolic conditioning circuit, wasnít bad actually.

Hope you all had a good Fathers Day!
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I need to get back after some rowing. My consumption is up. I'm best at making my belly grow
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Front squats today....working sets up to 3x3 at 305. Felt heavy today.

Then power cleans and squat cleans off blocks.
PC-working sets 3x3 at 205
SC-working sets 3x3 at 225

Happy with the numbers.
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First day back in the gym today after being out all last week from being sick. I ended up losing 6lbs, but actually set a personal best in my incline bench that I haven't done in a few years.

I've got about 7 weeks before my beach trip, so time to try and use this break as a catapult to keep adding strength while leaning up as long as I can!

After missing meals and coughing for most of the week...all my abs are showing again for what it's worth.
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Get a tape worm now and really clean that fat up.
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I'm trying! Bad thing is my appetite is back with a vengeance, and I'm back on my diet which is about 3300 calories right now.

I wish I could be like one of those guys that get lean as they "grow" into a show or contest!
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I hear you, dont know my calories but guessing could do 4-5 no problems. Just track my protein and then rest not too crazy about.
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Gained a few pounds over past month. Good weight, Iíve been more consistent with getting more food/calories in.

How do you guys feel about cheat days? Especially at our age. Good? Bad? Beneficial?
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Depends what you mean by cheat I am eating enough dont feel like adding more crap, dont even wanna have a beer. If you mean fat or sugar already eat that not being super clean right now
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Gained a few pounds over past month. Good weight, Iíve been more consistent with getting more food/calories in.

How do you guys feel about cheat days? Especially at our age. Good? Bad? Beneficial?
Firm believer in flexible dieting to prevent cheat days, but after dieting the past few months and I have done a few "Refeed" days just to keep my metabolism up and running. With leptin plummeting it helped me to go the distance with the last few weeks of the cut.

Overall I think they are a bad habit but if I do have one it's after a big squat day or something.
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Gained a few pounds over past month. Good weight, Iíve been more consistent with getting more food/calories in.

How do you guys feel about cheat days? Especially at our age. Good? Bad? Beneficial?

My thoughts are that they are fine when you are in a calorie deficit and need to stimulate your thyroid after dieting for awhile. In fact I find that the leaner I get, the more of them I can actually get away with as your body tends to partition the calories better when your insulin levels are typically lower on average.

During a bulk I think they can be detrimental as you are already in a surplus and your body is in "storage mode".....but I'm also not anal about trying to be in 100% shape year anymore.

When you are maintaining, I think they are acceptable 1-2 times a week as long as you are replacing the calories you are normally eating and not going into a surplus which can cause BF to creep up on you if not careful.

But overall...I feel that if you stay within a shape that allows you to use a small deficit and be back where you want in 3-4 weeks without killing yourself....you are good.

Is that confusing enough? LOL. JMO of course and I am not an expert...just know how my body is!
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Does gaining a lb a day sound right ? I'm looking to star on my 600lb life.
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LOL...I actually caught that show for the first time last night during one of my "sleepless" episodes. I think they had a marathon going on.

Kind of shocked that the Dr. criticizing these people didn't appear to be in the shape I thought he would be in.....But I guess he is older and he actually does help these people if they follow his guidelines.

Kind of like walking into a gym and them introducing you to one of their personal trainers...and you are in way better shape than they are. But in his situation, there are always in worse condition than him or they wouldn't be needing him!
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Up 2 lbs in 3 days I'm gonna have to take some turbo lax.
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It's just your body adjusting to the new diet. If you were only ensuring you were hitting your protein and letting everything else fall where it did before...it's more than likely mostly water as you probably have increased your carbs.

Most people I have dealt with in the past did it differently than what you were doing. They guessed at everything and usually when that happens they are eating more carbs and fat than what they think, and under-eating protein. And if trying to gain weight they aren't typically hitting total calorie goals at all.

It's a lot harder to eat a certain amount of protein for a lot of people as it is more "filling". You have to chew a lot more to get 1 - 1.5 grams per pounds of BW a day and you get full more quickly and stay feeling that way for longer.

That's why most people your size have to revert to supplements....or else you would be eating constantly just to hit your requirements!

I grew out of eating the typical 6 meals a day years ago. Now I eat maybe 4. But that's still 60 -70 grams of protein per meal not including your other macros. I feel better eating 30-40 grams at a serving and supplementing the rest!
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