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    After the job ended, I got busy again. Two months with NO exersize at all outside of some carpentry and housework. Here's me near the end, Sept. 20

    ...and a week of cutting and very light 15's got me here:

    ...and today I've finished 7 workouts of 15's...beginning to show a little recovery:

    OBSERVATIONS:
    I lost a LOT of strength, gained fat.
    Every set is a cardio set - no VO2max at all.
    Any gains right now are memory of course. But I wonder if there isn't hypertrophy even with light weights after reaching former size. I guess I'll find out.
    Metabolism is still sluggish. Wasn't that great before anyway though.
    I do because I can.
    I can because I do.

    Squat, bench, chin, deadlift, dip, row. The rest is secondary.
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    You look ready for a comeback. I think the 'muscle-memory' gains will be great for both of us after long layoffs.
    Don't forget diet issues, thats half the battle.
    One thing I have learned is that the key to good progress in the mirror is watching what I eat. I am giving myself 12 weeks of HST and some more conservative eating and I should get the 'ripped' look going. I no longer care so much about size as much as being lean. I am turning 30 soon, and as you older guys know, the older you get the harder it is to get lean. So my goal this HST cycle is to get lean and stay lean. No more fast-bulking to 215 and all that crazy stuff. It works great for strength but I want washboard abs before I try to gain any size.
    -Carl
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    Quad the build and and frame is there.

    Nothing that about 2 months of lifitng want bring right back out.

    Looking at your avatar you look like a moose...looking at the current pics it looks like you have just not trained in a while.

    I am sure that muscle memory will kick in real soon!

    Take the SD to its advantage and maybe start with a 2 week cycle of 15's and ease back into the heavy weights!
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    Thanx guys. I just DID the two weeks of 15's and started the tens today. I just got tickled enough at the immediate reward of MM - enough to get over the embarrassment of letting myself turn into a lardbutt. Overnight.
    One key thing: I feel better. That'll keep me going.
    I do because I can.
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    Glad to see your back at it.

    p.s. *I wouldn't **** with you if I saw you on the street!
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    Actually I can see good.

    Delt developement as well as traps and biceps and good forarm developement.

    On the last picture your delt and trap tie in looks good!
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    not to mention bowling pin forearms. The other carpenters must call you Popeye.
    -Carl
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    You're not so bad. Heck, if you were to stand on your head, you'd have the same figure you had in high school...
    Age: 67 Height: 5'2' Weight: 145 lbs
    Pull Up -- BW+55 March 13, 2011
    Dip -- BW+55 January 30, 2011
    Bench Press -- 150 lbs. March 12, 2009
    Front Squat -- 215 lbs. January 20, 2011
    Back Squat -- 285 lbs. January 30, 2011
    Deadlift -- 345 lbs. January 26, 2011

    ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    High school? You mean there was something back before "High" school? I can't remember that far!

    I can't remember what I had for breakfast yesterday.
    I do because I can.
    I can because I do.

    Squat, bench, chin, deadlift, dip, row. The rest is secondary.
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    <div></div><div id="QUOTEHEAD">QUOTE</div><div id="QUOTE">You look ready for a comeback. I think the &#39;muscle-memory&#39; gains will be great for both of us after long layoffs.</div>

    This is why I don&#39;t mind losing some muscle during a good cut. I have muscles with great memory.

    <div></div><div id="QUOTEHEAD">QUOTE</div><div id="QUOTE">High school? You mean there was something back before &quot;High&quot; school? I can&#39;t remember that far&#33;

    I can&#39;t remember what I had for breakfast yesterday. </div>

    Unfortunately, my brain lacks much of any memory.





    Quad... nice going, you can see some change in definition.
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