Unexpected 3 Days Off

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Hitting the gym today after 3 days off… last Monday I went to see a physio for a shoulder pblm I have been having for years. To be exact, since 2012. That’s the last time I went to see a physio for it. As it turns out I have a really bad perception of time. At my visit when asked when I last had it checked I replied ‘a couple years ago’. Anyway he worked on my shoulder for an hour then offered up 3 exercises I have to do. One as part of my warm up, one between every upper body set and one at home. Nothing complicated. He also told me to avoid a few types of shoulder exercises until things gets better. Anyway on Tuesday I worked out and noticed I was feeling more pain then I had ever felt.. took my usual Wednesday off, tried again Thursday and realized it was probably best to give myself a few days off… so took friday, saturday and sunday off. We shall see how it goes today.

Weekend Workouts

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It’s been a while since I posted but I have been consistently training. On weekdays. What I haven’t done consistently at all is weekend training. It was sporadic and this weekend I decided enough is enough and I trained as well. I mean summer is around the corner.. am I right?

Sure, there is still some of the white stuff out there but u can see the green fighting to come out!!! 🙂

I had a fantastic workout both days. I am an early riser so I have a really good breakfast.. kill an hour or so and then hit the gym for a good 1.5hr workout.

I have changed it up a little.. I used to focus solely on cardio Mondays and Fridays.. I no longer do that. It’s all weight training all the time and I break the week by taking Wednesday off.

I also decided to try the following two products..the powdered peanut butter in a shake… amazing.. the carne diem… we’ll see in a months time!

Creatine and HGH

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I wrote in an earlier post that it was time to cut down on the amount of supplements I spend money on. I am now down to whey protein, real food, creatine and hgh. Creatine is not new to me. Over the years I have been on creatine more times than I can remember. HGH on the other hand is new. I came across an article in muscle and fitness for this factor-9 product. It clearly was an ad but I figured I might as well give it a go. I’ll always try something once. As you can see by the claim on the bottle which I circled a 682% mean increase. Wow. How amazing and legit is that?!! That’s the main reason I decided to buy. NOT. We all know that’s a load of crap.. maybe if you are on your deathbed and you need a boost! Here’s what I can tell you after 30 days. Factor-9 is a waste of money. I have taken the capsules per instruction and I have seen or felt nothing that tells me this product works. As for the creatine? It works. I have been taking both together so how do I know it’s the creatine? Simple. I have experience with creatine. Over the years I have taken it in powder format but this is the first time trying capsules. In both cases I felt a thickness happening and strength increase but with the capsules I don’t feel bloated. Needless to say, I will not buy factor-9 again and I am not even sure that I will finish the supply I have now. The creatine, I will continue to use.

Full disclosure: when I decided to buy factor 9 I did it based solely on the advertisement. I ordered from bodybuilding.com and within days I received it. It was only after ordering it that it dawned on me to see what the reviews were on bodybuilding.com… yes. Sometimes I have brain farts… Anyway, the majority of the reviews were bad. You can add me to that list.

Someone More Forgetful Than Me?

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I may have found someone you might be more forgetful than me. Like all gyms, our gym requires you to wipe down benches and machines after use. They have several areas where you can grab some paper towels and cleaning liquid to use if you don’t have a towel. This woman who I believe to be in my age bracket was working out on the machine right beside me. After she was done she walked to grab some paper towels. The walk couldn’t have been more than 10 steps round trip. When she came back she didn’t wipe down the machine she was on but rather the one to the left of it. Oh well. Shit happens.

A Benny Hill Moment At The Gym

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There was a total Benny Hill moment at the gym today. Some guy was preparing the smith machine but needed the bench as well which was not exactly right behind him but slightly to the left of him. While he was prepping the bar with weights someone grabbed the bench and went across the gym with it. The guy turns around to grab the bench and it’s gone. He’s confused. He looks around in bewilderment. He looked around with his hands by his side, actually doing a full 360, a few times.. eventually he comes to terms that maybe the bench was never there ;). Lol… so off he goes to find a bench.. while he’s searching, two guys come and take residency of the machine he prepped. Guy comes back and he can’t help but laugh.. however, the gents were nice enough to give up the Smith machine for him. And rightfully so.

*imagine all this play out in super fast speed with the Benny Hill theme music*

Too funny.

Not Everyone Is Cut Out To Be A Trainer

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Or should be. Let’s face it, nowadays it seems everyone and their grandma can be a trainer. All you have to do is take a look at how many ‘trainers’ are on Instagram. All ready to offer you training programs and nutrition tips all without having to meet them. I mean I guess it’s possible. Right? I have also lost count the times I’ve seen so called trainers spending 95% of their clients time with their head looking down at their cell. These customers are throwing their hard earned money away.
Yesterday I saw a different spin to this. There’s this trainer at my gym. I think she’s been there since the start of 2017.. so not long. Anyway I do see her go around the gym soliciting women to participate in what looks like a circuit training of sorts in a section of the gym. I also don’t know why she seems to be selective of the women she asks. I assume there is some reason. Anyway – a woman who I haven’t seen before at the gym was walking around looking somewhat confused and so decided to approach this trainer. She asked this trainer some question, I assume, and in an indifferent way the trainer gestured towards some equipment. This member kinda shrugged her shoulders, nodded Ok and went her merry way. While she walked away, the trainer looked her way and made this facial expression like ‘what a strange question’ or maybe ‘what was that all about?’. I don’t know. I am just guessing here.. regardless, it’s quite possible this member was at a loss and genuinely was looking for help. That’s no way to react. This trainer should have been more helpful. To boot why didn’t she ask this member if she would be interested in attending her session? I mean at the time this member approached her she was going around trying to get participants. Am I right? One thing is for sure I would not give her a penny of my hard earned money.

Holiday Season: A Danger To Your Bottom Line

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One might think that I am talking about $$$.. sure, during the holiday season we tend to spend a lot more cash and not just on gifts but I am in fact talking about the other bottom line; your waist. That’s right, your waist. Or mine I should say. I was off for a week and a half and while home I found myself snacking ALL THE TIME!!! Thank god for the gym.

That is all.

Early New Years Resolution

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So I am in forties and I started gym life in my twenties. I have always been fascinated by body building. Believe it or not as a kid my interest in muscles and body building started with seeing the Hulk both in comic books and TV. Lou Ferrigno was my inspiration. I am no bodybuilder. Never was. Never will be. I do enjoy weight training but I could never achieve that. Not naturally atleast. Over the years I have taken and tried so many supplements. When I think about all the money I have put into these supplements I think it would have much cheaper if I had just gone the way of steroids. I certainly think the results would be way better than they are today. Anyway, all this to say that it’s time for me to bring it down a BIG notch how much money I spend on supplements. I don’t like to throw away my hard earned cash and I know I have done so many times over but having said that yesterday I decided to clean house a little. Gone are the following…

Yes, I could have just tried to finish them but I don’t want to. Truth is I haven’t used these supplements in a while now.

I do believe in supplementation so my stable will be a small one. Protein, creatine and this new carb ‘real food’ I started a few weeks back. I also just purchased a HGH product. I am in my forties after all so I will give it a try and see how legit it is. In a months time if the results are there even if small I will write about it.

Start Of My Xmas Break?

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So why the question mark in the title? Well let me tell you why. Today was supposed to be my first day of my x-mas break. Only returning to work Jan 3rd. I was so excited for the break because my plan was to hit the gym like it’s going out of style. Two things happened.

1) I woke up with a nasty migraine. It is now 710pm and I still have it.
2) I got called back into work to deal with some sensitive customer related issues. Full day.

So ya, great start!!