Achieving Gym Goals

  • Fullhouse

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    Apr 15, 2015 2:38 AM GMT
    I thought I'd start a thread where we can share our achievements at the gym. I am not sure if one has already been started. If so, I apologize for doubling up.

    I'll start:

    Today I hit a goal at the gym. For the first time in my life, I moved the big weight at the bottom of the scale from the 100 mark to the 150 mark. I know this does not sound like much, but I have been between 135-140 lbs (5'9) since high school (20 years). The last few months I have really been trying to add some mass. Not easy for a hard gainer like me. For the last 2 years, I have added about 6 -7 lbs, not much progress. I started some new supplements about a month ago, and I have put 3-4 lbs. in that single month. I still maintain about 4-6% body fat.

    I know this is a small gain compared to some of the results you guys get, but it was big for me.

    I hope this forum will serve as a place we can share our accomplishments and support one another. If you don't have something nice to say, please move on!
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    Apr 15, 2015 11:07 PM GMT
    I think I'm gonna have to open a thread for ectos on how to gain weight effectively because you guys are clearly doing it wrong.
  • Fullhouse

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    Apr 16, 2015 2:28 AM GMT
    bachian saidI think I'm gonna have to open a thread for ectos on how to gain weight effectively because you guys are clearly doing it wrong.


    Bachian: All advice is appreciated and accepted. Feel free to share here or privately via email. I'd love some helpful hints!
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    Apr 16, 2015 4:03 AM GMT
    Interesting topic.

    I'm Chuck Gudgel. I live in The Colony, TX, and work with critical IT infrastructure. Feel free to google me.

    I started lifting when I was 14, 1974. I was 5'5' and about #155 at the time. When I graduated high school I was around #175. I'm just completing my 40'th year of lifting. I was first a member of LA Fitness in 1991, where I still train today.

    When I was younger, I did a few power lifting competitions, but, never really competed very much. I've trained for a number of shows, but, only been in one. Folks say I'm one of the best pros that wasn't.

    In my late 20's and, again, in my late 40's and early 50's I weighed #230. Right now, at 54, I weigh a fairly lean 200.

    I often train twice a day, doing cardio in the morning, and lifting in the evening.

    I've had two heart surgeries. If you keep up with science you know that was not the result of AAS, but, of genetics, and, perhaps diet and stressors. 2 days after open heart surgery, June 13, 2013, my cardiac team asked me to compete again. Just nine months after open heart surgery I was in contest shape. (That's my profile picture.)

    My gym goals have been marked by many milestones, especially after open heart surgery. I'm actually better in many respects than a few years back. I get more compliments at 180 than at 230. It takes a while for one to have that a-ha moment where you think you're big. I had one friend ask me to move to Houston so he could make me 250, and...I thought about it. 250 at 5'5" would have been large, to be sure.

    I was studied by the NSCA in Lincoln for being so big when I 28. I am NOT the product of AAS from a young age. In fact, quite the opposite.

    As I get older, I'm smarter around my lifting; much better at it. I'm training for The Texas State Championships now, and.I actually follow through;..if I win, I could go on to Masters Nats, and...in theory...get my pro card at 55. (I'm not leaving my lucrative day job. LOL)

    The latest research from AHA, The American Urologists, and JAMA says a 57% reduction in CV events by testosterone users over non-users. Two other studies just found 0 risk increase. If you're over 28, or so, TRT is a good option for good health.

    Bodybuilding has taught me discipline, patience, research, persistence. Life / being a gay activist / open heart surgery has taught me about walking into, through, above, and beyond our deepest challenges.

    The body heals. The mind gets better. We learn life's lessons.

    The total of my two heart surgeries was $219,000. I received a grant from The Baylor Foundation, and I'm one of their favorite patients. My cardiac team loves to show me off.

    Milestones have been pretty amazing the last 1.5 years..going from barely able to walk; to lifting just two weeks later; to picking up my laptop; to picking up a gallon jug of water; driving; doing dips; to getting stronger than I was before. You live for the milestones.

    I have the scars that didn't kill me.

    As far as the gym goes...best advice for gains: eat. Period. Study hypertrophy. Read. It's all science, and some genes. Put both together in the right way, and you cannot fail. Plan for success.

    #BeKind #NOH8 #LoveMyBeatingHeart #LifeIsWayTooShortToBeInTheDarkCloset #LiveLife
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    Apr 16, 2015 4:33 AM GMT
    Congrats to everyone so far icon_smile.gif

    I started at 130 about 4 years ago. I struggled a bit learning the balance of training and diet, diet being the hardest.

    I got up to 205 over the winter, but way too much bodyfat (bad diet!). I decided to reboot, have been doing cardio and slowly cutting to get to 8-10% bf.

    My biggest accomplishment is NOT looking at the scale to gauge progress.. now I look at body shape/fat to visualize the progress and I feel a lot better about the process icon_smile.gif
  • bishop65

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    Apr 16, 2015 3:57 PM GMT
    Nice goals and accomplishments, fellas! My recent victory is that I dead-lifted 410 pounds a few weeks ago. I want to DL 450 by the end of the year... I just started Olympic lifting so I may have to re-adjust that.

    Chuckystud--you are an amazing individual! Reading what you posted makes me look forward to my 50s!

    My only advice is that you should lift smartly. When I was younger ?I made some stupid mistakes and I"m paying for them now. Also, have fun with it... I think of lifting as a journey and not a destination.

  • Destinharbor

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    Apr 16, 2015 4:13 PM GMT
    Be careful. I don't actually think it's possible to add 3-4 lbs in one month and still be 4-6% body fat. I applaud the interest and effort but be careful. Think of a 4 lb beef roast. That's a lot of meat! And you might want to read up on healthy bf levels. 4-6% may be a bodybuilder's goal at showtime but it isn't considered healthy for more than a very short time. And your body needs some reserve to grow on, not just muscle but the hormones and transportation systems of the body need it, too. Every year I learn more about what works and what doesn't. Keep reading and lifting!
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    Apr 16, 2015 4:37 PM GMT
    ^

    It's likely he's just recovering what he once had. Muscle memory is very fast. This kind of body fat % is acceptable for ectomorphs.
  • Destinharbor

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    Apr 16, 2015 4:51 PM GMT
    Well, it certainly looks good^^^^. I used to be an ectomorph but then about age 35, a switch flipped and I started gaining. Now, the scale that used to be to warn me about weight loss serves other functions. lol
  • Fullhouse

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    Apr 17, 2015 1:48 AM GMT
    Great conversation guys. Some of your accomplishments are pretty amazing, and definitely inspiring.
    The advice, concern and compliments are appreciated. I am glad that everyone is being supportive of one another.

    At this point I am not very concerned about my body fat %. The highest BF % I've ever recorded was 7%, nearly 20 years ago during my freshman year of college. Although I did not put on "the freshman 15" in actual LB's, I think that is how my body dealt with the poor diet that all (most) college freshmen deal with, and I did develop the softest middle I have ever had. I was not doing any exercise at the time, and I could tell. I honestly have not been trying to cut fat in any way, it has just happened. I have not seen any medical effects of the low BF%, but as and athletic trainer and kinesiology major I know what to look for. I have done the research. Everything I have read says that 4% is still in the normal range of essential body fat, especially for ectomorphs like me. Women tend to see more negative effects of extremely low body fat than men. At this point I think I am in the clear, and as I eat more, trying to add some healthy mass, I can expect that BF% to rise (slightly) and I am willing to accept that.
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    Apr 23, 2015 5:52 AM GMT
    not to bash you op but the supplement you took that made you gain weight that fast most likely made you gain like 85% water, 10%fat and 5% muscle. I wouldn't focus so much on trying to gain weight fast and rather stick to hitting a constant caloric surplus and try to gain about 1-2 lbs a month.

    My goals in the gym would probably be
    hitting a 315 squat
    225x 5 bench
    a few weeks ago I hit a 415 deadlift.

    Started lifting at about 180lbs of pure fat lol then got down to around 120-130ish then started building muscle. Hit the 200 pound mark over this past bulk was pretty fat though like 18-19% bf.

    Goals for the end of this year.
    -Get to around 6-8% body fat
    -Compete in amateur mens physique
    -495 deadlift
    -315x5 squat
    -225 ohp
    -250x3 bench
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    Apr 23, 2015 7:01 PM GMT
    All this seem really awesome. I have been for about a year now and I understand I have been doing a lot of stupidity. Started with a 3 month program and then moved to do whatever I found. After that I decided to start a more strength gain full body routine and it rally helped me although after a while I felt really burnt out and I stopped for a few weeks. Now I am back and didn't start as strong but definitely feel as if my progressive overload is going better and I feel as if now I really complete my workouts and heading to an actual direction. Also, doing cardio after workouts even if is not my favorite thing.

    My goals are to squat 225 by next month and by September get to 275 lbs, I am currently at 185x4; bench 225, currently 155; deadlift 275/315, currently at 245; overhead press 185, urrently at 115.

    I know, my lifts aren't strong but definitely aiming to do more. I am 5'8'', 160.3 lbs., and about 13-14 bf%.

    I took a test that states I am a mesomorph. Maybe this doesn't matter and I might need a solid plan to work with.
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    Apr 25, 2015 10:53 PM GMT
    I honestly & sincerely don't understand why gaining weight is such a big goal with so many guys when most could stand to lose a few pounds. icon_question.gificon_question.gificon_question.gif I like being an ectomorph, it helps me stay quick. And my "unusual tendon strength" makes me able to shock a lot of guys when we get our fight on. I'll take being strong over being bulging all over the place, any time. Mirror kissers - stop hatin' and deal with the reality that you're probably causing long-term damage with your urge to put on weight you don't need so you can "look good" by some warped standard. (Sometimes studying to be in a health care field makes for too much knowledge. And that can be a dangerous thing. haha)

    If you're ego deficient and try to make up for it by pushing scrap iron around, no faze to me. I have no problem comprehending how it can feel awesome to some people to say "I'ma deadlift, squat, bench, or whatever XXX pounds by next year" and then achieve it. You have my respect & support although this isn't something I can relate to. Loud cheers to the dudes here who are in that department, or are all about running faster (again, WTF is the big deal) or mastering a more difficult boulder climb (whatever) or you name it. At the end of the day it's all about giving your brother a pat on the back when he sets his mind toward accomplishing something worthwhile and then getting there. icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 26, 2015 9:13 PM GMT
    Well, my goal of squatting twice my body weight was "achieved" but since it was on the Smith machine, I deemed it fraudulent, so I know I must start over on the free-weight and work towards my body weight. On another note, I'm working towards 800 lbs. on the squat press as I'm currently at 750. I genuinely can't confirm if my legs are strong, though. I also managed to max out the low row machine as well.

    Concerning other goals, I wanted to improve my cardio, which I believe has improved after doing some running on the treadmill (I'm usually a bit winded after walking up the stairs to my apartment, but now not as much), and I can kinda run at 7.0.