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» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)18-07-2019 @ 15:02 
Post Edited: 18.07.2019 @ 15:03 PM by Martin1956
I actually felt more energised than usual today, but that was cancelled out by the nerve pain in the arm.

Bench
Normal warm up to 100 for 2
120 for 1 - hard
130 for 1 - easy
135 - fail
120 for 2
110 for 3
100 for 4
90 for 5

Dumbbell Arm Curls
20s for 8 x 5 sets

Finish.

Could have done more reps strength-wise, but when the arm is like this it's the reps that really hurt. I tried 135 because 130 felt so easy, but it wouldn't go. Three weeks training before the Scottish Bench. A lot of work to be done and I need to start hitting the supplements again.
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)15-07-2019 @ 19:15 
Recent Training

Saturday

Bench
Usual warm up to 100 for 2
120 for 1
130 for 1
135 for 1 (some daftie touched the bar)
135 for 1 (so I did it again - right on my limit)
100 for 8
Finish

Today

Bench
Normal warm up to 100 for 2
120 for 1
130 for 1
Finish.

The forearm gave me more pain today than in recent weeks, even wrapped tight, so a planned escapade in a shirt had to be cancelled.

My coaching proved very effective though... Happy
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)11-07-2019 @ 18:33 
A hectic day, but I managed to fit in some lifting. Bench only, no time for anything else, but there will be plenty of dark days when I can catch up. Keeping my bench ticking over is the only training objective at this time of year.

Bench
Bar for 10
40 for 8
60 for 6
80 for 4
100 for 2
120 for 1
132.5 for 1 - just
122.5 for 2 - make that a 'just'as well
112.5 for 3
102.5 for 5
Finish.

Everything felt heavy in the hand today, even the 40s and 60s, so I was pleased to hit all my numbers. I'll be doing it again on Saturday morning, with company. And hopefully more oomph.
» An old, fat fool starts a log. Hope no-one minds (Go to post)11-07-2019 @ 18:25 
Fatpete said:
Very true, I recall many who have come and gone, there really aren't that many who stick with it, just a very few who don't have serious time off or just give up.
It gladdens my heart that there are people who can see some wisdom in these ramblings of mine, I am sure many feel that I am just making excuses. Just as Cook mapped Australia I am sailing largely unchartered waters and hopefully may leave a clue or two for those who follow.
I appreciate your post very much. Thank you


I keep kidding myself that I have the youth gene and lifetime pbs are still to come. Please don't shatter the illusion. Wink
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)08-07-2019 @ 17:48 
Billytheold said:I work at a country club. Lawyers, rich people are in a daze crushing balls on the driving range. The want you to keep the den caddy’s full but won’t stop swingin the drivers. This makes me like the sport of golf less. What really ticks them off if they don’t strap their clubs on the golf cart and they leave and their clubs blast off the ground! I am good at looking concerned!


Golf can be very elitist and off putting. In the Outer Hebrides it's certainly not. Cheap memberships, all welcome, including ladies and juniors, no dress code, and the members even help with course maintenance. It's a sport here, not a social networking opportunity or a rich man's playground. Happy
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)08-07-2019 @ 15:04 
After two weeks off trying to be a golfer, and with some trepidation, back to what I am comparatively better at.

Bench
Bar for 10
40 for 8
60 for 6
80 for 4
100 for 2
120 for 1
130 for 1
120 for 2
110 for 3
100 for 4
90 for 5
80 for 6
70 for 7
60 for 8
Finish

The 130 wasn't quite on my limit, but close enough to discourage me from going any higher.

No curls today. Instead, I mucked out the sheep and probably worked the arms even more. Now I have a month to get myself into some sort of shape for the Scottish Bench Championships, although the real targets are the British events early next year with, hopefully, a good winter training phase behind me and no Lithuanian flu.
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)25-06-2019 @ 15:36 
Post Edited: 25.06.2019 @ 15:37 PM by Martin1956
Nothing too strenuous today, but then balancing work doesn't always have to be. It just has to be done. I wasn't up for heavy rows to start, so today's session was done in reverse order.

YTWLs

Band work for 20 x 3 sets on the four four, and 20 x 5 sets on the Ls, which closely correspond to shoulder horn work

Lateral Plate Raises

Sides - 2.5 for 20 x 3 sets
Fronts - 2.5 for 20 x 3 sets

Facepulls

30 for 10 x 5 sets

Seated Rows

70 for 15 x 3 sets

Finish, now off for a walk.
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)24-06-2019 @ 16:35 
Post Edited: 24.06.2019 @ 16:36 PM by Martin1956
I only trained bench once last week, and probably won't train at all next week, so it was important that I got a session in today.

Bench

Bar for 10
40 for 8
60 for 6
80 for 4
100 for 2
120 for 1
140 for 1 - just
130 for 1
120 for 3
110 for 4
100 for 5

Dumbbell Arm Curls

20s for 10 x 5 sets

Finish

Energy levels were good at the start but dropped after the 140. I was tempted to stop, but increased the rests and kept going. Glad I did, not a bad maintenance session when all's said and done. Slightly frustrated that I can't get 130 for 2 after doing 140. But that will come. If I can maintain 140 over the next couple of months I'll be well set to build strength levels over the winter.
» An old, fat fool starts a log. Hope no-one minds (Go to post)24-06-2019 @ 16:29 
There you go then...

SWING
Swing smooth, swing slow, swing soft, swing easy
And watch it soar into the sky, and hang, and hang, and hang some more.

Swing smooth, swing slow, grip soft, grip easy
And feel release into the air, and watch it almost touch the sky.

Swing hard, swing fast, swing strong, with effort
And watch it traipse along the ground
Or veer into some bush or stream
Never, ever to be found.

Swing harder, faster, swing with anger
Muscles, sinews, flexed and bulging
Same again, unending torment
Trying too hard, trying just too hard.

Swing smooth, swing slow, without a care
And watch it soar into the air.
If sea winds blow, and waves come crashing on the rocks below
Swing even smoother, change your tools
And watch as other inflamed fools
Try far too hard, for no reward.

As you hit into a gale, that forces you to walk bent forward
And screams at them, “Try harder still!”
Try not at all, try not to care, try not to laugh at their despair.

Swing smooth, swing slow, swing soft, swing easy
Try not to try, try not to care
And watch it soar into the air.
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)20-06-2019 @ 17:26 
Not many words needed today, but I worked hard enough for all that.

Seated Rows
70 for 10 x 12 sets (3 sets with each grip)

YTWLs
Band work for 20 x 3 sets with each of the 5 movements

Dumbbell Arm Curls
20s for 10 x 3 sets

Finish

Boring but essential.
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)17-06-2019 @ 17:52 
A little later than normal, for various reasons including tardiness.

Bench
Bar for 10
40 for 8
60 for 6
80 for 4
100 for 2
110 for 1
120 for 1
130 for 1. Easy, so
140 for 1, where did that come from?
130 for 1, should have been 2 but the first was a grinder
120 for 3
110 for 4
100 for 5
Finish.

I was in no mood/shape for the 5 sets of 8 that the programme suggested, but during the maintenance season a programme is just a guide. I decided to go heavy instead and was rewarded with a 140 that I wasn't anticipating at the beginning. But the 130 went up so effortlessly I had to give it a go. Very pleased with where I am right now.

I should have done curls as well, but ran out of time and energy. Plenty time to fit them in during the week.
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)14-06-2019 @ 16:12 
Bench
Bar for 10
40 for 8
60 for 6
80 for 4
100 for 2
120 for 1
130 for 1
135 for 1

Dumbbell Arm Curls
20s for 10 x 5 sets

Finish

I planned to do bench sets with 110, but as I unracked for the first set my body screamed that I didn't have enough energy. So I listened and managed to fit in some curls instead. I also played with my newly acquired triceps bar, but, just as cable pressdowns hurt the forearm, so did skull crushers, even with just the bar (10Kg). So it goes into storage for now.

Pleased with the 135. If I can maintain that over the next six weeks I'll be happier still.
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)13-06-2019 @ 16:51 
A much needed balancing session today. I've missed several back workouts because of golf and the need to keep my bench ticking over, but am keenly aware that it was a lack of balance that brought about most of my injuries. I kept the weights pretty light, it was more a case of just using muscles again.

Countdown and Twelve Angry Men were my background tracks today, and Julius and Baz were my training companions. Baz likes the garage, Julius was getting jealous. At one point he butted him out the door and then closed it.

Seated Row - sets of 10 with 60,65,70,75,80
Lat Pulldowns - 50 for 10 x 5 sets
Face Pulls - 30 for 10 x 5 sets
Waist Pulls (band) for 10 x 5 sets
Side Lateral Raises and Front Lateral Raises - 2.5 for 20 x 3 sets
YTWLs - band work for 20 x 3 sets on each of the five movements (300 reps)
Finish

Don't feel particularly tired, never really exerted myself too much, but exerting myself was never really the plan today. I hope to fit in my second bench session of the week tomorrow. Meanwhile, my legs are getting much, much stronger with all the golf, which is also working wonders for my general fitness and waistline. Why can't we have twelve month summers...?
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)11-06-2019 @ 16:12 
I wore elbow sleeves throughout as the relentless golf is causing elbow pain, but I got away without the floss band.

Bench
Bar for 10
40 for 8
60 for 6
80 for 4
100 for 2
120 for 1
130 for 1
110 for 7 - inside rings
110 for 7 - little finger
110 for 7 - third finger
110 for 7 - second finger
110 for 7 - index finger
Finish.

I planned to do arm curls, but a combination of low energy, time restriction and sore elbows prevented me. Not to worry. Delighted that the 130 went up so easily, and that I managed to get all my 7s, given how hard 6s were last time. The last set is always dodgy, as I have to remove the safety racks because the grip is too wide, but just about managed it. 8s next time will be tough though...

As a maintenance session, happy with today's work.
» A Hebridean Diary (Go to post)11-06-2019 @ 16:10 
Billytheold said:I understand the fact of getting older and training. Carrying a sandbag the other day, forearm and wrist left side swelled up and now I am in pain. It was an innocent not crazy training g session. The pain started when I woke up the next day???


The trick is to forget your age and assign the pain to other reasons. Happy

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