Have To Change Gyms.....what Now?

Discussion in 'Hypertrophy-Specific Training (HST)' started by Luke matthews, Mar 4, 2018.

  1. Luke matthews

    Luke matthews New Member

    Hi Guys

    I am 1 week into my 4th cycle and my gym has gone bust. I have to join a new gym which is fine but my problem is that I established my RM’s with that pin loaded equipment. The new gym I am joining has different equipment and the weight at the end of the cable is not the same.

    As I am in a deconditioned state I can’t re-establish new RM’s with the new equipment.

    Any advice from the experts?

  2. Old and Grey

    Old and Grey Super Moderator Staff Member

    Guess and go forward. You will not lose much, if anything. Bodybuilding and health is a life long project. Missing a few days or weights will make no difference in the long run.
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  3. _Simon_

    _Simon_ Member

    Ah right, I reckon train at home ;D, cheaper! I've save bucketloads from it, but I'm a bit confused, so do the weights plates or blocks not have the weight listed on them? Or they're different increment weights to the increments you've setup in your cycle? I'd just go roughly the closest to what your increments are, I'm sure they can't be far off.

    It's actually good that you're only the first week into the cycle, I'd even just start the cycle again from the start when you've sussed out the equipment etc.

    Good luck!
  4. Luke matthews

    Luke matthews New Member

    The pin loaded machines do have the weight on them but machines are different. Some have the weight listed as the weight of the plate in the stack and some are weight at the cable. For example, 50 kg could be the weight of the stack or could be at the end of the cable. It’s different depending on how many pulleys are in the system.

    I think I am going to follow O&G and just get as close as I can. I should get within a few kg. As long as I am still getting progressive load and the right frequency I should still do ok.

    Just a pain in the butt though. This was going to be my cycle where I get the result I am looking for.
  5. Browner

    Browner Active Member

    @Luke matthews You could use AMRAPs to determine an estimated 1 rep max.

    For example load it up with a weight that you think you could do 5-8 reps with, then do as many reps as possible (without sacrificing form to much) then multiply that weight as per the chart below. It wont be 100% accurate but should be in the ball park. Or you could use RPE's but that is slightly more tricky to gauge if you haven't had experience with it before.

    Or better yet sack off the pin loaded machines and grab the barbells and dumbbells ;) .

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  6. Luke matthews

    Luke matthews New Member

    Thanks for that Browner. I only use pin loaded machines for exercises such as lat pull down & seated row and legs (unfortunately can’t do squares/SLDL as I have a lower back problem).

    I use barbells for others.
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  7. Browner

    Browner Active Member

    There is a lot to be said for using squats and deadlifts for helping lower back pain, problems and injury's. start light, body weight squats if necessary. If you can do a body weight squat without pain you could slowly start adding load/weight, even if it is just a light dumbell goblet squat then slowly progress up to barbell squats with the empty bar. if you can squat the empty bar without pain then ad a small bit of weight.
  8. mickc1965

    mickc1965 Well-Known Member

    Did you get your projected rep maxes sorted?
  9. Luke matthews

    Luke matthews New Member

    Well, in a way. I had to estimate the load for my 4th workout, increment it to the 15rm and calculate 10 & 5rm’s from that. So a bit of guess work. If I got the load wrong it will affect my weights for the rest of the cycle but not much I can do about it.

    Different equipment feels different in terms of ergonomics as well. All in all, sh!tty scenario but I’m chugging along anyway. Will be interesting to see the outcome. Thanks for asking.
  10. Old and Grey

    Old and Grey Super Moderator Staff Member

    Don't obsess! All will be OK. Just be consistent. And do not judge one workout to the previous or even one cycle to the previous. You are not going to lose anything in the long or even medium term. RELAX! If you stress you WILL lose. Train for yourself and not for any one else.
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2018 at 8:07 AM
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  11. Luke matthews

    Luke matthews New Member

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