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    Default 43 Year Old Powerlifter Isn't Competing for a While - Just Trying to Get SWOLE!

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    Peace everyone! This is my first time keeping a log in this section, at least since the training logs got split into sections (yes, I've been around here that long ). As the title indicates, I've been competing in powerlifting - all USAPL - for quite some time. I did my first meet in 2008. My most recent was April of this year, and I had regressed quite a bit, mostly due to inconsistent training and eating. Over the next several months, training got more sporadic, my weight fluctuated, and I got weaker.

    So for now, my focus is training for size. My goal is to regularly wake up weighing 229 mostly muscular pounds after a full night of sleep. I expect that I'll eventually compete again at some point, and I want to be as close to the 231 lbs weight limit as possible. If I get back on the platform in 2020, the earliest will be USAPL Mid-Atlantic Regionals, which have been in August the last 3 years.

    I weighed 215.2 lbs on Sunday morning after a weird night of "sleep". It was 214.6 the week before.

    I've been experimenting with some high intensity training (HIT) recently, but in the last 2 weeks, I decided give a dedicated effort to Doggcrapp (DC) training for the next few months. It has been around for about 20 years, at least in the public domain. You can google it for all of the details, but the most important elements IMO are:

    1. Split the body in half, and train 3 times per week alternating between workout A (basically upper body, minus direct biceps and forearms) and workout B (biceps, forearems, legs). This allows you to train the entire body 3 times every 2 weeks. Each bodypart gets a 3-exercise rotation, so there are 6 total workouts (A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, B3).

    2. One exercise per body part, with one legit work set per exercise.

    3. On most exercises, go to legit failure, and use a rest-pause protocol on your work set.

    4. Extreme, sometimes weighted, stretching after each exercise, or at the end of each session.

    5. Beat your log book, meaning each time you do an exercise (every 2 weeks) always try to get more reps, or add a little weight.

    If I don't waste time in the gym, then I can get these sessions done in about an hour. The relatively short sessions, the high intensity application, and not having to think about my programming for a while are main factors driving me to give this a shot for at least 6 weeks. If I'm not making any progress on anything, then I'll switch things up. For now, here's what my first DC session looked like (text and video).



    Thursday, November 14, 2019 - Workout A1: Chest, Shoulders, Triceps, Back Width, Back Thickness

    1. Incline Barbell Bench Press - done in rack
    bar/8
    95/8
    145/7
    165/5
    Rest-pause set: 185/10 + 3 + 1 with static hold at the end (14 total reps at 185)
    Pec stretch: 60 seconds in bottom of flat flye position w/20 lbs DBs

    2. Overhead Press
    bar/10
    95/7
    Rest-pause set: 115/9 + 3 + 1 with static hold & slow negative at the end
    Shoulder stretch: 60 seconds stretching on bar in the rack

    3. Close grip bench press
    115/10
    155/5
    Rest-pause set: 175/10 + 3 + 2
    Triceps stretch: 1 arm at a time, holding the bottom position of an overhead extension, 20 lbs DB, followed by another pec stretch (same as after bench press)

    4. Pullups - overhand, "kind of wide" to "medium" grip
    2 warmup sets (7 reps each set of pushing off ground, controlled negative)
    Rest pause set: 11 + 5 + 4
    Lat stretch: 60 seconds of hanging from the pullup bar

    5. Seated Cable Row - neutral grip
    110/10
    Rest-pause set: 190/10 + 5 + 4
    Lat stretch: 60 seconds hanging in the bottom of an inverted row
    Last edited by K.Diesel; 11-21-2019 at 08:05 PM. Reason: I was falling asleep while posting it, and it showed.

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    Default Doggcrapp: Day 2, Workout B1

    If you're not familiar with this training program, there are a few exercises that don't get the rest-pause treatment. Most of those exercises are on the "B" days. Reps for calves are done with a negative and stretch at the bottom of 5 seconds each. Anything that would compromise your lower back, or put you in danger of hurting yourself also get the straight set to failure treament. And as much as I've come to like this one set to failure style of training, at my age I'm erring on the side of caution with things like squats, deadlifts, and their variations. I'd rather stop one rep short of failure than have a technical breakdown, or a muscular-skeletal breakdown. With that said, here's how it went on my first lower body day on Doggcrapp.

    Sunday, November 17, 2019 - Workout B1: biceps, forearms, calves, hamstrings, quadriceps

    note: exercises numbered 1a/1b mean that I alternated sets of each exercise.

    1a. Standing E-Z Bar Curl (bar is 20 lbs)
    bar/7-8 x 2 sets
    50/10
    Rest-pause set: 70/14 + 6 + 4

    1b. Total Gym Ab Machine - upper body is in a fixed position, legs are on a sled pad, and you draw your knees into your chest
    5 sets of 20

    2. Standing E-Z Bar Reverse Curl
    bar/10+
    50/18
    Biceps stretch: 60 seconds, hanging from barbell at shoulder height in the rack


    3a. Bent-leg Calf Press - did these on a leg press, in an effort to mimic seated calf raises. Not sure if it worked or not.
    90/12 - normal, deliberate pace
    180/10 - normal, deliberate pace
    270/13 - DC style w/slow negatives and long stretches.

    3b. Seated Leg Curl
    50/20
    110/12
    Rest-pause set: 140/16 + 7 + 8 - only got 8 on the last round because the ROM was much shorter than on the previous rounds.

    4. Squat
    bar/8, 8 - flat shoes and naked knees on first set. Switched to Oly shoes and put on knee sleeves before the 2nd one.
    135/6
    205/5
    275/4
    335/4
    375/3 - added wrist wraps on this set
    405/6 - added belt on this set
    315/12

    One of the hallmarks of the DC system is the "widowmaker" backoff set for quads, which is supposed to be 20 reps. I did 315 x 20 a few years ago, and I didn't expect to get it here. But I didn't think I'd get 405 for 6 either, so I figured I'd just try it out. Not sure if I'm going to drop the weight to 275 next time to make sure I get 20, or see if I can beat 12 with 315.
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    Default Doggcrapp: Day 3, Workout A2

    I wanted to get this done on Tuesday, but I'm glad I made myself go to the gym last night. It's the first time in months that I've trained 3 times in any 7 day window. I feel like I put in some work, but nothing hurts and I'm not tired or sluggish. Small deposits add up over time.

    Note - the way I did the bench press isn't exactly what DC dictates. In fact, DC doesn't recommend the flat barbell bench press at all. But the caveat is that if you're going to do it, tuck your elbows like a powerlifter. I won't be on a platform for quite a while, and I'm not doing any heavy singles, doubles or triples anytime soon either. But I want to maintain some practice with the lifts, and 4-6 reps is heavy enough to keep tabs on how I'm doing.

    Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - Workout A2: chest, shoulders, triceps, back width & thickness

    1. Bench Press - done in rack
    bar/10 x 2 sets
    95/6
    145/6
    185/5
    225/4
    255/5 - added wrist wraps on this set. Would rate it a 9.5-10 RPE. I probably could have done 5 reps with 1 more kg on the bar, so that's why it might be 9.5 instead of 10.
    Rest-pause set: 215/10 + 3 + 2

    2. Seated DB OHP - twisted wrist during the lift, so neutral position in the bottom and pronated at the top
    30's/10
    Rest-pause set: 45's/13 + 5 + 4

    3. Lying E-Z Bar Triceps Extension
    bar/10
    50/10
    70/7
    Rest-pause set: 80/10 + 4 w/slow negative on last rep + 2 w/"forced" 3rd negative - I went for a 3rd rep in that final round, and it had no chance. So I pulled the weight to my chest, pressed it up, and did one more slow negative.

    4. Pulldowns - used the the double triangle, close-grip handle
    110/12
    160/9
    Rest-pause drop set: 190/9 + 180/5 + 170/5 - added Versa Gripps for this set
    Drop sets aren't part of the program. I overshot the weight on the work set. It was moving fine, but I didn't like the way the tendon on the inside of my left elbow felt. I'll go with 175 on the work set next time, with a plan to get 20+ total reps.

    5. Chest Supported Row - I like this apparatus because I can put 1 foot on the floor and the other on the platform. My chest and lungs feel better that way. Neutral grip.
    135/8
    Rest-pause set: 165/8 + 5 + 4 w/static hold after the last rep

    Decline Sit-Ups - I just spread these around the workout, between sets of the other exercises. No real pattern to it.
    15, 15, 20, 15, 20, 15 - 100 reps total
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    Default Doggcrapp: Day 4, Workout B2 (w/modification)

    Saturday, November 23, 2019 - Workout B2: biceps, forearms, calves, hamstrings, quads

    1. Machine Curls
    no pin/10+ reps
    25/11
    50/9
    rest-pause drop set: 70/9 + 60/5 + 55/5 w/static hold & slow negative at the end

    Because I frequently feel a strain on the inside of my right my right elbow (tendonitis?), I think I should have started lighter here. I'll do the whole work set at 60 the next time I do this exercise.

    2. Reverse Machine Curls
    35/15

    I'm not sure if I mentioned this before, but forearms don't get rest-paused. They get a single, "high rep" set to failure.

    3. Calf Press - straight legged, on leg press
    90/15
    180/15
    270/15 - done DC-style w/slow negatives and long stretches

    Like forearms, calves are also done as a straight set.

    4. Snatch-Grip Romanian Deadlift
    135/12
    225/10 - started using Versa Gripps here
    275/8
    325/8 @9.5 RPE - added belt here
    275/12 @9.5 RPE

    5. Sumo Deadlift - switched from flats to Oly shoes
    275/4 - ditched the belt, and went over/under on the grip (bare hands)
    335/2
    385/2 - went back to the Versa Gripps here
    425/1 x 8 - used a belt, and completed the singles in 8:55 from the end of the 1st to the end of the 8th.

    6. Leg Extension
    80/6-10 (don't remember)
    rest-pause set: 120/16 + 12 + 10

    The modification was using deadlifts as a quad exercise. In normal DC protocol, they're used as a back thickness exercise on one of the A days. At my gym, I have very little equipment, lunges now make my knees hurt, and I don't particularly like front squats. So my hope is that by doing deadlifts with an elevated heel in a sumo stance (almost my squat stance), I can hit my quads adequately if I focus and flex my quads at the top of each rep. Since I perform working sets of deadlifts as singles (a few reasons behind that), I thought throwing in leg extensions as a rest-pause finisher could be a substitute for the dreaded "widowmaker".

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    Default Doggcrapp: Day 5, Workout A3, plus thoughts on manual labor

    It's taking me longer than I want to get YouTube videos done, but here is the last session with squats (B1), with commentary about the pros/cons of doing squats first in a session vs last.



    I don't know what's happening on Tuesdays. This was supposed to happen after work on Tuesday, but I got home from work around 8pm, sat on the sofa, and next thing I knew I was waking up at 10:30pm and still had to work on Wednesday. So I just called it a night, and got in there last night.

    Speaking of work, I don't think I've mentioned that I'm a mailman, and I do anywhere from 6-9 miles of what I call "urban hiking" every day, depending on overtime. I've been lifting and doing this job for 13 years. So for any of you who do strenuous, manual labor, know that there's hope for getting bigger and stronger while burning loads of calories day in and day out. I was lifting for about 2 years before this line of work, and got up to about 190 lbs before I started around Memorial Day 13 years ago. By Labor Day, I was down to 165 lbs. It took time, experimentation, and it has not been a linear path, but it can be done. I peaked at 223 lbs last April. I weighed 216.6 this morning.

    Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - Workout A3: chest, shoulders, triceps, back width, back thickness

    1. Decline Bench Press
    bar/10+
    95/10
    135/8
    175/6
    rest-pause set: 205/12 + 5 + 2

    I've avoided decline bench presses for many years, mostly because every other bench I've done them on has your feet off the floor, as the benches have been more of a decline bench press with your feet hooked under pads. Turns out my new gym has a bench on which I can do them with my feet on the floor, and that makes a world of difference. I liked these a lot, and look forward to doing them again.

    Did the pec stretch on the decline bench with 25 lb dumbbells. Held in the bottom position for 45 seconds.

    2. Shoulder Press Machine - did these with a neutral grip, but didn't sit all the way back against the pad to keep my hands in line with my shoulders instead of in front.
    50/12
    90/10
    rest-pause set: 130/17 + 7 + 4 w/static hold on 4th rep

    I need to bump the weight to 140 next time. This was my first time using this machine.

    3. Lying Triceps Cable Extension - put a bench in front of a cable station, lowered all the way down. Used rope handle.
    35/15
    rest-pause set: 55/15 + 8 + 5 w/slow negative on last rep of each part

    4. Pullups
    jumped up to negative/8 underhand
    rest-pause set: BW/15 + 5 + 3.5 w/static hold at end (can't count that last rep as a full rep)
    Work set was shoulder width, neutral grip, and using Versa Gripps

    5. Chest Supported Row - overhand grip
    90/7
    135/7
    rest-pause set: 170/9 + 5.5 + 3 w/static hold on last 2 parts. Used Versa Gripps on this set

    6. Abs - spread these throughout the workout. It's just easier to list them like this.
    Total Gym apparatus: 20 reps x 4 sets
    Decline sit-up: 20 reps x 1 set

    Waited until the end to do the "extreme stretches" for back (vertical and horizontal hang), biceps and shoulders.

    I felt much more rested and probably had a better session by waiting another day. However, one of the DC tenets is training 3 days a week. The whole idea is supposed to be high intensity and high(er) frequency. Can a mailman get to the gym after work on Black Friday? We'll see...

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    Default Doggcrapp Day 6: Workout B3

    Monday, December 3, 2019 - Workout B3: biceps, forearms, calves, hamstrings, quads

    1. Seated DB Curl - back against pad
    10's/15
    20's/10
    30'8/8
    rest-pause set: 35's/15 + 5 + 3

    I didn't need this many warm-ups for dumbbell curls. I just haven't done them often enough to know what weight to use for the work set. I'll go 20's-30's-40's next time.

    2. Seated Hammer Curl
    a few feeler reps w/20's, maybe 5-10
    rest-pause drop set: 35's/7 + 30's/5 + 25's/4

    I should have used the 30's all the way through. Next time, I'll use those. Also, forearms are supposed to be a straight set, so I botched that.

    3. Calf Press - on leg press
    90/15, medium tempo
    180/15, medium tempo
    270/10 x 2 sets, DC tempo - on each rep, squeeze and contract at the top, 5 second negative, and 5 second stretch at the bottom. These sucked.

    4. Sumo Leg Press - wide stance, only heels on platform, flat shoes, no knee sleeves
    180/12
    270/10
    360/13 @9 RPE - when I read that this was a suggested hamstring exercise, I didn't believe it. I get it now. Not sure how I feel about them though.

    5. Leg Press - medium stance, Oly shoes, knee sleeves
    360/8
    540/6
    625/10 @9.5 RPE
    500/20 @10 RPE

    I finally did a legit 20-rep "widowmaker" for the first time in a very long. I had to pause (didn't re-rack) at reps 7, 12 and 16. Now I really get why DC calls for doing stuff like squats and leg presses last. I didn't want to do anything but go home, and since I was done, I could.

    Note
    So far, I haven't really been doing DC training. The idea is high intensity with high(er) frequency, and lower volume. You're supposed to train 3 times every 7 days, hitting the entire body 3 times every 2 weeks. For a variety of reasons, it has taken me 18 days to get through sessions that should have been completed in 14 days. Now that I've gone through a full cycle of the workouts, I get to see if I can "beat the logbook", and improve weight and/or reps on each exercise the next time.

    My goals for the next 2.5 weeks are to 1) do all 6 workouts in 14 days, starting tomorrow or Thursday, and 2) do the same exercises from workouts A1-A3 & B1-B3 with a little more weight, or the same weight for a few more reps.

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    Default Doggcrapp, Day 7: Beginning the Battle Against the Logbook

    Before I start the log from my last session, I'd like to share a video I just posted. Starting with a bench press set of 255 x 5, it contains clips from the A2 session on 11/20, along with my thoughts on training frequency for people in my age bracket. Please take a moment to check it out, and let me know what you think.



    Now that I've completed a full cycle (6 workouts) on the Doggcrapp format and established starting points on every lift (3 per bodypart), it's time for me to start focusing on "beating the logbook". This mantra is a cornerstone of the DC program, and in some way or another, it should be the cornerstone of any strength and/or hypertrophy program. It's just another way of prescribing progressive overload. In this case, the goal is that each time you do an exercise, you try to lift more weight with the same reps as the previous time, or more reps with the same weight.

    Since I'm running a pretty hard sleep deficit right now, and the rep totals from the first time around weren't especially high, I decided to keep all of the weights the same as the last time I did the A1 session. So yesterday's goal on everything was at least 1 more rep on everything.

    Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - Workout A1 (2nd time): chest, shoulders, triceps, back width and thickness

    1. Incline Bench Press - done in rack
    bar/15, 10
    95/10
    150/7
    rest-pause set: 185/11 + 3 + 2 w/10 second hold near the top of the very last rep.
    +2 total reps from last time.
    2. Overhead Press
    bar/10
    85/8
    rest-pause set: 115/10 + 4 + 2
    +3 total reps from last time.

    3. Close-Grip Bench Press - still in rack
    115/10
    155/7
    rest-pause set: 175/11 + 3 + 2 w/slow negative on the very last rep.
    +3 total reps from last time.

    4. Pullups - overhand, slightly wider than medium
    "jump" to negative/10
    rest-pause set: BW/12 + 10 + 3.5 - range of motion got shorter near the end, but not so short that I couldn't count it at all
    +4.5 reps from last time.

    5. Seated Row - neutral grip
    130/10
    rest-pause set: 190/12 + 7 + 4
    +4 reps from last time.

    I did not get to any abs in this session. I'll make them up on an off day.

    Overall, I'm very happy with how this went. I beat the book for everything I did before, so that sounds like a victory that I'll glad. But the biggest victory might be that I got to the gym twice in 3 days. God willing, I'll be back at it on Saturday.

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    Impressive training, as always, K.D. I'd been looking for your log over in the competitor's section; glad I stumbled on it here.

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