This is an opinion website that offers information of a general nature and none of the opinions should be construed as advice. Nothing contained within the site is the advice, opinion or otherwise the view of any host, owner, server or other provider of services to Good Looking Loser. Nothing stated shall be construed to serve as a replacement for competent advice from professionals.
Affiliate Disclosure: At absolutely no expense to you, if you make a purchase, we may receive commissions from some links on this website. That is how our community supports itself. I don't recommend anything that I have not used personally or believe in. Thanks!
Purpose of this log:
1) accountability (don't go the gym too often or for too long)
2) to ask for help (pretty sure my deadlift form is still shit - I'll take a vid next time I go)
3) so I can lack back on my progress.
I'm ~6 foot and have never weighed more than 155 pounds. I currently weigh 145 pounds. My goal is to be 180 pounds at 8% bodyfat.
I'm not 8% bodyfat now, but everyone on my style log says I need to gain weight so I'm bulking first and then I'll cut.
Here are the highlights from that aritcle for myself to remember:
Gym = 45 min max
Failure on 4th-7th rep (12 for squats)
One tough thing is I can't access my usual gym for the next few weeks. My building has dumbbells up to 25 pounds and pretty much nothing else. So I guess I'll be trying out bodyweight exercises til then.
I go to the gym 3 times a week and I plan on going tomorrow. Will update post workout.
What I do is go to a gym that gives a $5-$10 24 hour pass or take advantage of the 3 free day trial period offered at most major gyms. However, make sure you give them a burner number. I went to one gym that costed $10 for the day. since it was 24 hours and not just "the day," I came in again at an earlier time and got two sessions in for $5.
Of course all the frugality people will hound at me for this only to later pay >$5 for booze at a bar.
@Resurrection, Thanks for the tip. Went to a real gym today and definitely had a much better workout.
Felt like a fatty tho, lol. I was huffin and puffin on my last exercise, had to stop one set early to make sure I wasn't going to puke and ruin it all.
Also, I started doing stuff at zero rest but it still took me 50 minutes to get it all done (supposed to limit myself to 40 min). Hopefully I'll be able to gain weight anyway cuz I don't want to do less than I'm doing.
I'm nervous my squat form is still shitty (I've injured myself once in the past from squatting). So I'm giving myself homework this weekend: I need to watch videos on how to squat, and practice, by Sunday evening. Will report back then.
Watched these videos on squatting and thought most of them were super useful. I'm going to watch the deadlift and bench press vids next.
(I don't think my form is very good for those either, which scares me into lifting nothing for deadlift and just makes me a tad more cautions benching.)
Proper grip (not useful, see above):
how to (art):
how to (many):
Also, I only got about halfway thru my routine today because I compelled myself into approaching a really hot fitness chick and left right after. Actually succeeded in being there less than 40 min tho. I'll just add the missed exercise to next gym sesh.
Also, I got a guy to take a vid of me deadlifting. I'll do that again next time after I've practiced what I think i need to do and then ask for feedback. Will do same for squatting.
14 August 2016
Bench press (flat, barbell): 1x12x45, 1x8x85, 1x8x90, 1x8x95, 1x8x100, 1x4x105 (could've done more but my left shoulder bone thingy was not happy so I decided to be cautious).
Candito's vids are best if you want to keep it simple. Having a couple of cues in mind keeps you from trying to focus on too much at once. If you really want to go in depth, Alan Thrall's vids are the best I've seen. I don't like the way Rippetoe teaches the squat at all.
Rippetoe only talks about squatting in the context of powerlifting, and very rigidly IMO. When I learned to squat, however, I found high bar shoulder width stance to be the most comfortable for me personally. Candito in particular has talked about "hybrid squatting" and slight variations through his lifting journey, & I think having this perspective/flexibility is very helpful for the individual to find what works for them. If low bar/powerlifting style works well for you, great, but I hate trying to crease myself into that position where my arse is so far back and I feel like I'm doing more of a good morning than a squat.
I just hate the way this squat looks
compared with this
... even though these are both low bar. I always felt like a complete retard squatting until I watched Candito's two minute squat video where he said "break at the knees before the hips" & all of a sudden a lightbulb went off in my head, technique fell into place & squatting actually became fun.
Not trying to attack the guy personally or anything, but I think his approach sucks.
Edit: "Drive that ass up" - to this day I have no idea wtf this even means.
The torso is usually more upright with a knee break. That means the knees travel more over the toes, which makes the movement more quad dominant. This is an olympic style squat.
When you break with the hips and sit back there won't be as much knee travel and the movement becomes more posterior chain dominant (back/glutes/hamstrings). This is the style almost every powerlifter uses as you're usually stronger with this variant (depending on leverages)
Both are fine, but I agree, a olympic style squat is a lot more athletic looking. For someone looking to build muscle and become stronger overall I'd go with the olympic style tho to hit the quads.
"Motivation is fleeting and easy to rely on because it requires no concentrated effort to get. Motivation comes to you, you don't even have to chase after it.
Discipline is reliable, motivation is fleeting. The question isn't how to keep yourself motivated, it's how to train yourself to work without it."
The GoodLookingLoser.com forum offers visitors the ability to exchange information and thoughts. Nothing contained within GoodLookingLoser.com forum is the advice, opinion or otherwise the view of any host, owner, server or other provider of services to GoodLookingLoser.com or of Goodlookingloser.com itself. Nothing stated shall be construed to serve as a replacement for competent advice from professionals. Visitors are to make their own independent inquiries before acting on any information contained within the website forum.
I didn't think the "Get Hung" guide would have girls eyeing my bulge. It did.
I didn't think that your exercise and diet advice would have girls checking me out. It did.
I DEFINITELY didn't think that your hair-loss prevention would fix my hairline. Not in a billion years. It mother fucking did. You saved me a crazy amount of time, a ton of money, unnecessary pain, and destroyed my #1 source of anxiety. DESTROYED IT.
Kratom is next!
To anyone reading this, follow through, read this material, APPLY this material, and enjoy life.