RealFolkBlues

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  • Birthday 02/27/1985

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  • Location Asheville, NC

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  1. Hey guys! Haven't posted in a month of Sundays, but hope everyone is doing well! A cursory glance shows many of the same old faces, and I'm sure you guys are crushing the weights/goals and making them your bitches as you fine people always do! My own progress has been all over the board, though mostly good.  Too much to post right now, but I'll try and catch up with you guys soon.   Speaking of MAGFest, we gonna do a MAG workout? I was super bummed to miss it last year, and I want to make sure I have my shit together for it this year.
  2. MAGFest 2016

    I'll be there, and I won't even be staffing that much this time!
  3. Good work again, zircon! I'm sure there will be more hairy man pics to come.   Soul Splint: how's Romanian deadlift for you? That's what I've been doing, and it seems like at least there's less action on the knees, if not necessarily less stress.   I've been busy as hell so I haven't had much chance to log in here or Fitocracy even.  I need to get on it, I suppose.  My cut has been going okay, if slow.  It's hard for me to really keep to IF and my calorie count given two jobs, a four year old, and a 21 year old girlfriend who is not bound by the same dietary and time restrictions.  Less qq, though, more pew pew.  I know.  My lifts have mostly gone okay considering that I am usually working around 2000, 2100 calories a day (at least a few hundred under what I figure I should be at.)  It's hard to know, really.  My activity level is all over the place from day to day.  Like I've said before, my life's a mess right now.  Still though, I made all my new 1rms: 225 bench, 285 squat, 165 push press, 345 deadlift.  I got squashed a lot though, on my 5's and 3's.  That was mostly on my upper body stuff, so next mesocycle I'm going to keep the same targets for bench and push press.  I probably will make my goals for push press and squat for the year, but I'm really not too worried about it for bench and haven't set one for the deadlift.  405 lol? No idea there.
  4.   Nice progress!   Have you got any sort of yard or outdoor space? That's might be good for weight space if you have to.  Also, if you have space for deads (granted with a non-Olympic bar,) it would seem you have room for bench and press, though you might have to get creative on how to rack your weight.  I would suggest maybe some cinder blocks.  At the weight you can put on your bar right now, you should have room for that I would think.  It's kind of hard to visualize.   @zircon: Hell man, nice work.   Those hacks looked nasty to me.  The first two or three might have been a little high, but the end seemed pretty legit.  Also, as you say, that's a lot of weight.  Leave some plates for the rest of us!
  5. @zircon: Good work again on that bench.  You went from 185x2 to 215x1? Was the 185x2 just where you felt comfortable stopping at that point?   Also, your incline bench is that much higher than your flat? I generally find the incline a lot harder than flat, even if it is on a machine.   Meanwhile, I got squashed hardcore on my squat max last month, and hard on my push press 5's this month, but man it has felt good to be a gangster this week.  Did my squat 1rm weight for 2 reps on Sunday (possibly could have done 3 but didn't want to overwork myself,) and got my push press 3's and 1rm over the last week.  Persistance pays off, my friends.  It's tough on those squash days, but man it feels good when you make it.  Totally worth it.
  6. Good job on raising that bench. I'm doing my cut now and thus far haven't seen too much hurt on my lifts, but I got squashed on my power jerk the other day hard and it didn't feel good. I bet going the other way is a lot more fun. Nice hack squat! You're going down to parallel, right?
  7. @zircon: I don't work from home either, and while I don't have a humongous appetite, I can certainly eat, especially when the right foods are around. Top of the list for me are pizza and sweets. To that point, though I feel like IF is working really well on cutting my cravings. Did I mention that my second job that I just got is at a pizza place? So, for the last two days, I've been working for several hours around pizza, pasta, wings, and yesterday some cupcakes, and feeling very little craving for them. I don't know, my calorie count is somewhat short, and I was moderately hungry by the time I left (my body is still getting used to the routine, after all,) but I really felt little desire to eat any of what I saw. I guess maybe some of it at least is the psychological fulfillment I get from feasting during my window. After two big meals, I don't feel any need to eat because I know I've already spent some time doing so.
  8. A lot of the research is pretty new/questionable at the moment, but again, anecdotally there's lots of evidence to the above. For me, it's mainly just convenient. Grazing seems pretty nice, but I really just have a hard time with compliance. My schedule is a mess on any given day, but I can make two big meals work. Add to that that it seems to be leading to both feeling better and working in a caloric deficit, and I figured it was worth a shot. I also was scared, because I can be a real ass when I'm hungry (not as bad as my brother, but still,) but thus far being mindful and supplementing with water and caffeine has been fine for the few times I've been hungry. I do look forward to when my body just "knows" when it's time to eat.
  9. No doubt. I gotta get more into the full method, with my meal and exercise placement, but for now, the 8 hour feeding window is nice. I've patterned my eating off of James Clear's plan of two big meals, which has been great. It's a ton more convenient and I just feel better. I also figured you would appreciate I'm doing more back training now, too.
  10. Jeezum crow, Modus. Between that and the pics, you're a manster. Nice work, guy! I feel you, too, about life being messy, but gainz being something to take pride in. Slowly but surely, I'm approaching being strong. To that point, I have changed up my routine quite a bit over the last few days, actually. So, last week I got a second job, which is neat, cuz I needz those money gainz, yo. Natch, though, that's going to cut into my lifting time. Soooo, I started doing two major lifts in one session on Saturday, and continued the trend yesterday. I kind of like it, to be honest. I'm doing less assistant lifts and ab work, but man, I feel good doing dead lift again, and it's pretty quick. Also, circumstances arose that made it convenient for me to just go ahead and start up intermittent fasting (IF.) I'm on the LeanGains method (16 hour fast, 8 hour feed,) and thus far, I love it. I'm tracking my stuff on MyFitnessPal, as well, and have been doing two big meals mostly. This is only my fourth day on, so far, but I can see how this might be my new thing. I'm also reading a book on IF by Dr. John Berardi, which is pretty good.
  11. Can we form a brute squad from the OCR Fit Club? I volunteer.
  12. Great work, bro! Lol, your 3RM's are the same weight or more than my 1RM's. You're a manster. Seriously, though, everything here looks doable to me. That OHP might be hard, but like you say, you're always training shoulders, and there's a lot of year left still, so I wouldn't worry about it.
  13. Oh man, it looks like a lot of us have had a tough go of it lately. For me, this past week's lifts have been good (3's week is not the worst,) but I got squashed on my 5's of bench and squat the week prior (5's week is the worst,) and have gained like 4 pounds of fat over the last couple of weeks. It's okay, I let my discipline slip and ate a bunch of nonsense that my girlfriend fed me. I'll get it off just about as fast, probably, and plan to start my actual cut here in May, methinks. I'm a little bit out from then, still, but when it comes time to cut, how should I modify my lifting schedule, if at all? I don't think I would be able to effectively continue increasing my weights, so I'm wondering what ya'll recommend as far as that goes. @zircon, Neblix, XPRT: Hang in there, fellow bros! @Modus: are you fairly certain you haven't got fat anywhere else? Regardless, the stomach fat is the last to go, and you've got to do some serious caloric deficit to get it off. That's your body's starvation account, for when we can't get any mammoths and we still have to outrun the saber-toothed cats.
  14. Good job, man! Looking beast mode. Thanks to you and zirocn for the pizza alternatives! They sound pretty good.
  15. Jazz appreciation thread anyone?

    Bump. So, I got into this guy earlier this week. Pretty cool, methinks. He's a jazz pianist who takes influences from Armenian, Indian and other folk music, scat, and metal riffs. Very rhythmic music, for sure, which is great to me as a drummer, but I feel like he's got a decent sense of melody as well when he wants to bring it.