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    What is Metamorphosis?

    "a change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one."

    How does undergoing Metamorphosis pertain to this?

    Well, I simply want to get stronger (which would mean it would change my organism as a being), and undoubtedly so my body will go under some body compositions; whether it'd be getting leaner or getting bigger. I guess metamorphosis relates to the stress-recovery-adaption cycle; the living-organism undergoes some stress for the need to recover and then I guess you'll eventually make some adaptions resulting you into becoming more stronger and changing you into something a little more different than what you were before i.e.
    (metamorphosis)

    Is this going to be a log?

    Yes, of course it's going to be a log; of my training, philosophies, feelings, and thoughts. I may record some footage for youtube down the line; just not ready at the moment and don't have much expenses to do...

    I'll start tracking my training very soon and I'll give more details later on... As to programs I'll be running.

    My stats?

    Age: 22 (going to turn 23 on the first of May).
    Height: 5'10" (178cm)
    Weight: 253lb (115kg)
    Bf%: 31%
    Squat: 407lb (185kg), Bench: 297lb (135kg), and Deadlift: 454lb (206kg)...

    Injuries?

    I've ran SS twice, but had gotten golfers elbow from not making a proper shelving between my traps and rear delts for the low bar back squats. Strained my pec twice from benching, tweaked my shoulders a few times on the press, and also some S.I. pain from dead-lifting. I've also been squatting high-bar/beltless and benching close-grip ever since then... Still doing conventional deadlifts of course. Potentially, I feel that my squat with low-bar + belt would be sitting at 440lb+ and bench with a normal grip possibly 315lb+. Change to different variations of the big lifts to avoid injuries and of course had a short stint with Olympic Weightlifting; which is as to why I'm weak... At times I've also stopped lifting.

    What's your training style going to be?

    Out of bodybuilding, powerlifting, olympic weightlifting, crossfit, and strongman; I'm leaning towards becoming more of a powerlifter because I simply just love doing the very eminent basic movements; I've dabbled a bit in olympic lifting and I didn't enjoyed it as much as doing basic static heavy barbell training. My training is going to be like 70% powerlifting and 30% bodybuilding; however, it may change in the near distant future to either one of the other disciplines. I do believe in fact people change; may try new things, want different things, and seek new challenges.

    So I guess It's time to undergo some transmutation...
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    Okay, program I've been doing was Madcows 5x5 intermediate. I'm five weeks into the program... So my lifts would be record as weight x reps x sets.

    On Tuesday (4/11/2017) (Earlier of this week...)

    Squat(lbs): 170 x 5 x 1
    210 x 5 x 1
    255 x 5 x 1
    290 x 5 x 1
    340 x 5 x 1

    Bench(lbs): 130 x 5 x 1
    160 x 5 x 1
    190 x 5 x 1
    225 x 5 x 1
    255 x 5 x 1

    Rows(lbs): 90 x 5 x 1
    110 x 5 x 1
    130 x 5 x 1
    155 x 5 x 1
    180 x 5 x 1

    No accessories...

    Today (Thursday 4/13/2017 was a light workout for me)...

    Squat(lbs): 170 x 5 x 1
    210 x 5 x 1
    255 x 5 x 2

    Press(lbs): 45 x 5 x 1
    65 x 5 x 1
    85 x 5 x 1
    110 x 3 x 1
    130 x 3 x 5

    Deads(lbs): 220 x 5 x 1
    260 x 5 x 1
    300 x 5 x 1
    340 x 5+ (10) x 1 PR

    Accessories: Cable Curls 50 x 10 x 2 and Tricep Pushdowns 100 x 10 x 2

    One more workout to end week 5! This coming Saturday...
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    Last night I didn't have a car to go the gym with.

    I just went to the gym this morning... Sunday (4/16/2017) - Intensity Day

    I'm using kilo (kg) plates, but I use pounds (lb), and round it up to the nearest fives or fahves (if anyone wants to know that...), and I write the date down of how Americans would read it as...

    Squat(lbs):
    170 x 5 x 1
    210 x 5 x 1
    255 x 5 x 1
    290 x 5 x 1
    350 x 3 x 1 (felt surprinsly easy...)
    255 x 8 x 1 (Gased...)

    Bench(lbs):
    130 x 5 x 1
    160 x 5 x 1
    190 x 5 x 1
    225 x 5 x 1
    265 x 3 x 1 (gonna shoot for an all-time PR this coming Tuesday hopefully for a new 5RM)
    190 x 8 x 2 (missed load it on the first set with 187.5 and I had one of the 2.5lb plates missing)

    Rows(lbs):
    90 x 5 x 1
    110 x 5 x 1
    135 x 5 x 1
    155 x 5 x 1
    185 x 3 x 1 ( PR: this is going up alongside my deadlifts )
    135 x 8 x 1

    Accessories: DB Side Laterals 25 x 10 x 3 and DB Rear Delt Flies 25 x 10 x 3.

    The workout felt great, but the bench press was really tough today, and I definitely grinded for all 3 reps lol... Had a good morning anyways .

    And...

    Vision:

    "As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death" ~ Leonardo Di Vinci
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    Didn't had access to the car on Tuesday so... On to Wednesday...


    Wednesday - (4/19/2017) - Medium/Volume day

    Squat(lbs):
    175 x 5 x 1
    220 x 5 x 1
    260 x 5 x 1
    305 x 5 x 1
    350 x 5 x 1 (Felt hard... I squat high bar beltless, lol...)

    Bench(lbs):
    130 x 5 x 1
    165 x 5 x 1
    200 x 5 x 1
    230 x 5 x 1
    265 x 4 x 1 (Failed miserably... I kept hitting the rack; tried going for the second set, and didn't even get one rep? wtf... That really pisses me off lol)

    Rows(lbs):
    090 x 5 x 1
    115 x 5 x 1
    140 x 5 x 1
    160 x 5 x 1
    185 x 5 x 1 (Felt hard again, a lot of people were waiting (felt kinda rushed as well), and the gym is fairly crowded...)

    Wasn't in a good mood for accessories; I skipped it... Gonna try going shooting for 265lb on bench for 5 reps on Friday (It's going to be my very first lift; I want to get that out of the way...).

    Vision:

    "Just remember once, you're over the hill you begin to pick-up speed." ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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    Wasn't good today... Had a job interview; rushed the workout... Gonna do squats, press, shoulder raises, and arm work tommorrow... PR'ed on Deadlifts and well for bench I failed again (but even worser...). Not much more things to say...

    Bench(lbs):
    130 x 5 x 1
    165 x 5 x 1
    200 x 5 x 1
    230 x 5 x 1
    265 x 3 x 1 Failed even harder, lol...

    Deads(lbs):
    220 x 5 x 1
    265 x 5 x 1
    310 x 5 x 1
    355 x 5+ (10) x 1 PR'ed again

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    4/22/2017

    Squat(lbs):
    175 x 5 x 1
    220 x 5 x 1
    255 x 5 x 2

    Press(lbs):
    45 x 5 x 1
    65 x 5 x 1
    85 x 5 x 1
    110 x 6 x 3
    85 x AMRAP (8) x 1

    Accessories: some arms...

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    4/24/2017 - Monday - Heavy/Intensity Day

    Felt pretty strong today... However, I heard my left pop on the last set of 8s; Felt a little pain... Hopefully, its nothing serious.

    Squat(lbs):
    175 x 5 x 1
    220 x 5 x 1
    260 x 5 x 1
    305 x 5 x 1
    355 x 3 x 1 (Felt good)
    260 x 8 x 1 (This felt harder than the previous set with 355 lol... My left knee popped)

    Bench(lbs):
    130 x 5 x 1
    165 x 5 x 1
    200 x 5 x 1
    230 x 5 x 1
    270 x 3 x 1 (Felt good, but I don't have high expectations... I'm hoping I'd get atleast 4 reps with it next time or 5 reps would be amazing...)
    200 x 8 x 1 (Triceps started fatiguing)

    Rows(lbs):
    90 x 5 x 1
    115 x 5 x 1
    140 x 5 x 1
    160 x 5 x 1
    190 x 3 (6RM) x 1 (It felt so easy that I decided to go for 6 reps)
    140 x 8 x 1

    Accessories: Just some shoulder raises.

    I need to start training my hamstrings more to balance out the quad gains... Unluckily, I can't low bar squat due to golfers elbow. Gonna do some sissy like single leg dumbbell stiff-legged deadlifts (a bit of balancing would be evolved) and I'm not gonna record it here; hopefully this could prevent future knee problems (especifically as to what had happened to my left knee today; I'm very concerned of that) for the upcoming heavy sessions.

    Gonna go into my seventh-week of Madcows Intermediate, gonna do another cycle of Madcows intermediate; the next Madcows Intermediate cycle I'm gonna AMRAP on the last set of Bench (as I've been recommended from someone to do on deadlifts and its been working out very well for deads)... Then onwards to Advanced Madcows and in the near distant future move on to DUP/RPE/Autoregulation type training. I do think there's something special with doing sets of 5s; as its cross-sectional for both size, and strength gains. Eventhough, DUP/RPE/Autoregulation type training as its deemed to be a lot more superior...
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    The left knee pain; I've worried about showed up on my last second set (stopped at 3 reps)... Just as when I'm going into PR territory for squats; my left knee acts up! great... Gonna have to do light squats and some Romaninan Deadlift's for the next two session... Gonna give mid-bar squats a go (instead of high bar squats which leads to knee issues and low bar squats leading to elbow/shoulder/hip issues for me lol) and instead of breaking at the knees (I'm gonna break at hips; use hip drive to bear the load properly and take pressure off my left knee). Andddd Another problem occurred... A pec strain...

    4/27/2017

    Squat(lbs):
    175 x 5 x 1
    220 x 5 x 1
    270 x 5 x 1
    310 x 3 x 1 (left knee died on the third...)

    Bench(lbs):
    135 x 5 x 1
    170 x 5 x 1 (felt achey)
    200 x 8 x 3 (pec stained started to act up; decided to avoid it and get some volume/hypertrophy)

    Accessories? Well some RDLs (to mend my knee problem), rows, and shoulders.

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    Well, turned 23 years old today. Good news is that my knees are feeling okay now; just mid-bar squat, letting my hips raise before my knees, and kind of working around my knee issue. Squatted with a belt today as well (may I've felt like I lost some strength with not much squatting done last week); breezed through it. Now, the bench press severed a lot... That's okay; as long my squats is good and I should heading into PR territory for squats soon (the next two coming weeks). After this cycle of Madcows; I'm planning to do straight sets of 5x5 on bench (for mondays) and work up to 1-3RM on Fridays (Assisted/Switched/swapped around with Close-Grip bench)... Gonna keep OHP (pressing) on Wednesdays; before benching (regular/closegrip).

    5/1/2017

    Squat(lbs):
    180 x 5 x 1
    225 x 5 x 1
    270 x 5 x 1
    310 x 5 x 1
    355 x 5 x 1 (Felt good)

    Bench(lbs):
    135 x 5 x 1
    165 x 5 x 1
    205 x 5 x 1
    235 x 5 x 1
    270 x 2 x 1 (One rep less than last time, lol... Can't wait for the next cycle; so I get to deal with this stupid bench plateu. Otherwise, I'll keep pushing through)

    Rows(lbs):
    095 x 5 x 1
    120 x 5 x 1
    140 x 5 x 1
    165 x 5 x 1
    190 x 5 x 1 (Felt hard; gonna use chalk next time)

    Accessories? Shoulder raises, Curls, and Pushdowns...
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