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Still no deadlifting and lower body work until left leg heals 100%…

Another week of skipping deadlifting and leg day workouts. I hate it so much and it’s pissing me off but it’s the best thing I can do if I want this left leg injury to go away completely. It is getting better, though. Slowly but surely. I can tell whether or not I still got it by either standing for a long time or even sitting. I don’t need no doctor ’cause I know it’s a healable injury so I’ll recover it fine by myself.

I could get back to deadlifting and lower body work if I wanted but I’m not gonna ’cause if I did then the injury would come back and would take even longer to heal. It’ll probably take a few more weeks to get rid of it.

As I soon as I do heal 100% and when I’m completely injury free, I’m gonna get back to serious lower body lifting. Get right back to deadlifting and squatting so I can prepare for my first USAPL powerlifting meet whenever that will be. I don’t know if I’ll do a USAPL meet this year but definitely sometime in 2020. I just want to give myself more time and bring my numbers up on the bench, deadlift and squat.

I might lose a little bit of muscle and “strength” but I’ll be back on fire real soon. It’s crazy, ya know. I rarely get injuries in the gym and I haven’t gotten injured in a long time. How did I get this minor leg injury? I blame the leg press either that or doing so much for the legs. I’m gonna have to cut out some quad exercises so I won’t get it again.

My leg is getting better the more I don’t put weight on it so I’ll give it a lot more time.

I brought my gym days back down to 3 days a week but as soon as my leg fully heals, I’ll get right back to 4 days a week as soon as possible. When you have a leg injury you gotta stop deadlifting ’cause the deadlift takes a lot of leg work. The deadlift targets the whole lower body pretty much.

As soon as my leg heals completely, back to some serious lifting. I think I’ll take a whole month of Nov. off of lower body lifting so I can give it more time. Sounds like a good idea, I think.

Kev

So glad I skipped leg day last week, no regrets… will do the same this week…

Man, maybe stopping lower body workouts completely is a good thing after all ’cause the left leg injury is already feeling better. Starting to go away already. Still feel it a little bit but way better than before. It’ll probably only take a few weeks for it heel completely but I think I need a full month off of lower body workouts to give it plenty of more time.

I don’t think I’ll lose any strength but even if I did a little bit, I’m not so worried about it ’cause when I come back from the injury I’m gonna train harder than ever.

My goal for Deadlift is that I want to be able do 300 lbs. for more reps. I’m not quite there yet but hopefully I’ll get lucky enough to get there before the year ends. Just got to wait for this minor leg injury to go away and then I’ll start doing some serious deadlifting again.

I didn’t get the leg injury from deadlifting, I got it from the leg press I think. I blame it on that.

I’m signing up for the USAPL this week and want to start doing USAPL meets soon so I gotta be completely injury free for them. I’m hoping to do the Northeast Ironbeast USAPL meet in January and probably gonna. Just gotta get rid of this damn leg injury.

Kev

Hate to skip leg day this week but it’s the best I can do…

I rarely skip leg day and I haven’t done that in a long time but if that’s what is gonna take to get rid of my left hip flexor injury then so be it. It is probably the hip flexor that is hurt a little bit. Hip flexor upper quad area under the hip is slightly hurt a little bit. I probably got a slight tear or a pull or something but it’s getting better already since I stopped the deadlifting. If it doesn’t heal fully in a few weeks then I’ll wait longer. I’ll do whatever it takes for it to heal 100%.

This injury isn’t a big deal so would probably take 2 or 3 weeks to heal completely. I just won’t train the lower body for a few weeks.

My upper body is real good now so I can continue to train the upper body but lower body I’m gonna need a little break from.

Yup, in the rules of bodybuilding and powerlifting if you’re feeling any pain anywhere, you gotta stop ’cause you’re not going to get rid of the injury if you continue to work out through it.

I’m sick of feeling it and gotta do what I gotta do… it sucks ’cause I wanna get back into serious deadlifting.

Kev

Think I need a break from deadlifting, squatting and quad lifting until my minor leg injury heals all the way… yep, still got it…

Yup, like the title says I think I need a little break from deadlifting, squatting and training the quads completely until my minor left leg injury heals completely. Both of my quads are completely fine, though. I think what’s hurt is my left hip flexor is what they call it. The upper thigh area on the left leg, that’s the hip flexor I think. The injury is not superbad, I’m good enough to walk around and move but I should have gave it a lot more time off. Starting this week, no deadlifting, no squatting at the squat rack and no quad training of any kind until my leg injury heals all the way. It’ll probably take two or three weeks or a little more.

I can still train the lower body when it comes to leg day, though. I can still train the calves and the hamstrings but not the quads.

My left shoulder weakness is gone, my left shoulder is 100% good so now I’m back to regular heavy lifting on the upper body… but the lower body I need to settle down for a while again. I’ll take time off of training the quads until it heals 100%.

The human body is weird, ya know? At one point, you think the injury is gone and once you get back to lifting heavy, you get it back. I should have waited a lot longer and I will this time. Still have it a little bit but not terribly bad. I just want it gone completely so I can get back to heavy deadlifting again.

Injuries are frustrating and annoying but I do get ’em admittedly. Once in a blue moon, that happens. I just don’t panic. Keep staying positive and just keep moving, staying active. That’s what you want to do. When you’re injured from the gym, you shouldn’t be lazy and be bed ridden ’cause of it. You gotta keep moving and keep going about your day ’cause that helps heals the injury too.

I don’t go to the doctor ’cause all they’re going to do is give me orders to stay out of the gym and I can’t do that. There are ways to work around injuries. You can either train light weights or not train the hurt part at all. I’d suggest not training the hurt part and that’s what I’m gonna do. Like I said in the past, you want injuries to go away faster, gotta stop putting weight on it and I’m gonna do just that. The reason I had it for a long while ’cause I keep putting weight on it by continuing to workout through it and I gotta stop that but deadlifting is addicting, though. No more of that for a while.

It’s okay to take time off from barbell training once in a blue moon but the only reason you should take time off is when you’re either injured or sick. Don’t take time off from barbell training just because you feel like it and want to slack off from the gym.

I might be doing another powerlifting meet at the Wilton YMCA ’cause there’s another one of those in Nov. and I want to be completely injury free for this one. I didn’t hear anything new from Albany Strength so I think I might be doing the YMCA meet instead.

I love powerlifting. It’s an amazing sport and you can’t keep training through injuries even minor ones. Gotta stop that. If you want to smash your big lifts, gotta be completely injury free 100%.

Kev

 

Full body fitness progress pics… Enjoy!!!

I thought I would finally show off my full body fitness and bodybuilding progress. Click through the 4 pics in my Instagram pics above and you’ll see I don’t skip leg day. After a little over 10 years of bodybuilding, I never really showed off my lower body work until now.

Admittedly, I was a little nervous posting these pics since I’m wearing nothing but boxer briefs but turns out people had no problem with them and they’re getting some pretty positive feedback on my physique which feels good.

This is what over 10 years in the gym, looks like y’all. It may not look much but hey, maybe muscle building is a slow process but I think I look pretty damn decent here. I finally got the “bodybuilder” look that I wanted.

I posed in boxer briefs ’cause that’s the only type of underwear that I have. Would I ever pose in bodybuilding trunks or speedos so I can show off my FULL leg work from top to bottom? Yes I would! Like the instagram post says, that’s what bodybuilding is here for so you can show off your hard work in the gym.

Yeah, yeah, yeah… some assholes out there will look at my pics and may think I’m some sort of ego-driven attention whore but fuck ’em, ya know? I’m sure some are gonna make fun of me but once again, fuck ’em. I’m not upset with critics and trolls anymore like I used to be. If you’re getting critics making fun of your bodybuilding goals then chances are they are probably a fat fuck or a skinny person with no muscle that is jealous of you so pay no mind to ’em.

Bodybuilding is a journey and a lifestyle. You should be able to show off what you got and there’s nothing wrong with it.

Enjoy the pics. I love what I do.

Kev

Bench press doesn’t give you chest gains, hey??? That’s not what I’ve been experiencing…

There are a lot of bench press critics out there and I can’t understand why. Many aren’t fans of the flat barbell bench ’cause they claim it doesn’t give you big gains but that’s not what I’ve been experiencing. The bench seems to be helping me pretty good as you can see here. Starting to get the look that I want ’cause of it. I am feeling my pecs getting bigger week after week.

When I first started bodybuilding, I was struggling to grow my chest. I didn’t have much pecs at all in the past but lately, I finally started to figure it out. I feel it’s important to do other chest exercises other than the flat bench.

I’ve learned that you gotta do both the pushing and squeezing movements. I’ve also learned that you gotta get a full contraction by squeezing the chest hard at the top which I’ve also been doing. I’ve also been doing the incline barbell bench, dumbbell flies on bench, dumbbell press on bench, cable crossovers and started doing dips. All that seems to be helping me greatly.

Doing heavy bench press around the 1 – 5 rep ranges seems to be helping too. Some say that doing heavy sets and few reps is only for strength building yes but it can build muscle too, of course.

Don’t listen to bench press critics ’cause they’re all full of it, in my opinion. I think it’s one of the best chest exercises ever and they don’t call the bench the king of all workouts for no reason.

I do want to get giant pecs but that’s gonna take some more time and I’m not gonna rush. Just be patience and keep working for it. I’m finally starting to get that “bodybuilder” look which is what I was after all along.

I did all of this by myself… with no personal trainer and no workout partner. I never used steroids either and no supplement products at all. Just good eating, staying dedicated and consistent. You stay dedicated and consistent, you’ll reach your goals that you want.

I look pretty good here but still got a lot of work to do and I’ll always have a lot of work to do. Even though I consider myself a powerlifter now, I still train like a bodybuilder. I can’t give bodybuilding up. I do both powerlifting and bodybuilding.

Kev

Think I need a few weeks off of barbell lifting until my minor injuries heal completely…

So this week, I decided to take a week off of barbell lifting completely. When your body is hurting and you don’t have it then that means that your body is telling you that you need to settle down on barbell lifting. I’m gonna do just that. Take a short break from barbell lifting of any kind.

I won’t stop lifting weights and going to the gym but I’ll stop training the body parts that are hurt like the upper left quad on the leg and my left shoulder is still bothering me a bit too. The injuries are not superbad, just very minor and tiny. So this week at the gym, I only trained the right shoulder only and for leg day, I didn’t bother doing barbell squats at all and only trained the right quad.

That seems to be helping and I’m already feeling better. Yep, like I said in a post before… you’re not gonna heal injuries by continuing to workout through them. When you feel pain, you gotta stop training that body part and stop putting weight on it.

I probably won’t do any deadlifting at all this week either. No bench press next week and will do light lifting on chest with dumbbells and machine instead. If your shoulders are hurting, you gotta stop bench pressing ’cause the bench works the shoulders pretty good.

These injuries are not all that bad… like I said, just “minor”. I’ll stop training those hurt body parts for a week or two and then I’ll be good.

I’m not worried about losing lifting strength ’cause usually when lifters come back from an injury, they usually come back even stronger and their pr’s on the big three usually go up too. Why? It’s ’cause you gave your body time to heal and got more muscle ’cause of it. Getting lifting injuries isn’t always a bad thing really… there can actually be some pretty good benefits getting minor injuries when lifting.

For the next powerlifting meet in Albany, I want to be completely injury free for the next one so I can smash my best lifts. I want to be able to smash 300 lbs. or over on deadlift so in order to do that, you need to be injury free.

Like I said, my injuries aren’t that bad so I won’t need a doctor or anything. I’ll be good in a week or two hopefully.

If you’re injured from the gym, don’t panic. You don’t have to stop lifting in the gym for a while when injured, there are ways to workout around the injuries. Just workout the body parts that aren’t injured… that way you won’t lose muscle and strength. If I’m not completely better next week, I’ll give it a third week. I want these injuries gone completely so I’ll give them even more time.

Getting injuries in the gym suck and yes, I do get ’em once in a while and everyone else does too. Like I said in a post before, when people claim they don’t get lifting injuries they are probably lying. Why would people lie about injuries and keep it to themselves? Well, ego for one thing. They’ll never admit publicly that their form sucks and they don’t want to look ridiculous. It’ll make them look weak if they admitted they got injured in the gym so they’ll never talk about injuries publicly.

I’ll be good in a week or two hopefully. If not then I may as well go see a doctor and see what’s up but I don’t need one for now.

Kev

Watch me smash a 165 lb. bench at the gym… on the road to 200 lb. bench…

Here’s me smashing a 165 lb. bench which seemed pretty easy. If I’m able to smash an easy 165 lb. bench press then my estimated personal record could be either 170 lbs. or 175 lbs… maybe even 180 if I’m lucky enough!

As you can see I’m getting real close to 200 lb. bench pr… and I could probably get there at the end of this year or maybe even sooner. That’s the goal. My goal is to be able to smash a 200 lb. bench pr.

I got to really bring my numbers up for upcoming powerlifting meet at Albany Strength.

As far as my left leg injury goes, it seems to be perfectly fine now. I don’t feel any pain standing for a long time now which is a good thing so I might be good to get back to heavy lifting on the lower body this week. The injury didn’t really come back after I pulled that 290 lb. deadlift, it just made my legs wicked sore for a few days. That’s what happens when you settle down for a few weeks which I did. Now the leg injury is gone completely, I think, I’m pretty sure it is. We’ll see on leg day this week.

Kev

Gonna have to stop deadlifting and squatting for a little while ’cause I have a slight hip & leg injury unfortunately…

For the first time in a long time, I have an injury but it’s not terribly bad and it’s not that serious. I won’t go to the doctor ’cause all the doctor is gonna do is tell me to stop going to the gym and that’s one thing I can’t do. Yeah, I have a slight hip and leg injury… it’s on the left side. I won’t stop working out at the gym but there are ways to work out around the injury… you can still workout the parts that are not injured. For example, I can still train the calves, I can still train the hamstrings and I can still train the right leg only but not the left leg.

Some of you my ask, how did I hurt myself a little bit? For the leg injury, I blame the leg press ’cause I’m not a fan of the leg press and for the hip injury, I blame deadlifting on that ’cause maybe my form was off a little bit?

Honestly, I had the leg injury for a long while and was trying to figure out a way to get rid of it. Earlier this summer, I took a week off when I was out on vacation. That didn’t really heal it all the way. Then when I came back home, I started training with light weights to see if that will do it but nope, even training with lighter weights will make the injury come back or make it worse.

So I thought, “Fuck it… mabye I’ll take a little break from barbell work completely” until the injuries heal completely. That’s the idea, I guess. When you’re injured, you can’t continue to train that hurt body part ’cause that’s not gonna make the injury go away. It’ll go away if you stop training it and you need to stop training it until it goes away completely.

It sucks but I gotta do what I gotta do. It’s probably gonna take me a couple of weeks or a little more to heal the injuries all the way.

It’s weird ’cause I stayed pretty consistent with barbell work for a long while and now I think I’m gonna have to stop for a few weeks but I won’t stop working out. I’l just move on to machines and dumbbell work. I think it’s a good idea for me to take a little hiatus from barbell lifting completely ’cause my left shoulder is bothering me a little bit, too… haha.

I haven’t had a lifting injury in a long time but no regrets getting them, though ’cause you can learn something from them. Getting injuries may make you want to take form more seriously ’cause bad form is the main reason people get lifting injuries.

I’m not terribly bad so don’t worry so I won’t need any crutches or anything.

I want to be completely injury free when lifting the big three: deadlift, bench and squat. So once my injuries heal completely, I’ll get back to barbell lifting asap and get back to heavy lifting. It may be a few weeks or a whole month, we’ll see.

Kev

Still not a fan of Scooby but this is actually one of his best videos, can’t help myself but actually agree with him on this one! “Eat Real Food”!!!

When I first started bodybuilding & lifting weights, I used to obsess with supplements and protein powders. I used to spend a lot of money on them month after month. I used to believe supplements and protein powders were the way to go in order to get ripped and get big muscle. Now I avoid supplements and protein powders like the plague and I don’t do that shit anymore.

I agree with Scoob 100% that so many bodybuilders and other types of lifters are so brainwashed into thinking that supplements are the way to go. A lot of them have so many chemicals in them that can be dangerous for your body, anyway. Some of them can be loaded with sugars and they can make you fat as well.

Since I gave up supplements completely, I now prefer to build muscle from real food. Eating good and clean is not hard. To get protein all you need to do is eat that from meats like chicken breast, pork, steak, ground turkey, fish, etc. When it comes to chicken and protein, the only chicken you want is chick breast. You want to stay away from fried chicken, chicken legs, bbq chicken, chicken wings, etc. ’cause they are too fatty. Chicken breast is the best way to go. Another good protein source is a few dairy products like lowfat cottage cheese and greek yogurt which I also eat a lot of. Get protein from eggs or egg whites as well.

You still need your good carbs ’cause you don’t want to eat just a high protein diet only… you gotta have your complex carbs like fruits, vegetables and whole grains which I eat a lot of.

You also need your good fats like nuts (preferably almonds), avocado and natural peanut butter.

It’s not hard to eat clean at all and what I listed above is all you pretty much need. I eat a mostly clean nutrition and from mostly real food.

I do have cheat meals ’cause you don’t want to avoid junk food completely ’cause you gotta have balance. I don’t go too crazy with junk food. Only junk food I still like to have is ice cream, sometimes fast food, chinese and pizza. I also consider Cliff Bars a cheat meal ’cause I like those too.

I hate that so many lifters and gym goers are so naive into thinking that supplements are the way to go. The reason so many buy a lot of supplements and brainwashed by it ’cause of sites like bodybuilding.com and tnation that does nothing but ram supplements down our throats. The same with the muscle and bodybuilding magazines that are out there, they promote supplements heavily too.

Another reason I stopped buying supplement’s ’cause they are overpriced. They can be pretty costly around $25 – $35 or over and I can’t afford to buy them on a monthly basis when I run out. What’s even crazier is that you’ll see a lot of lifters using more than one supplement product which is dangerous for your body, in my opinion.

I can’t take supplements anyways ’cause my doctor gave me orders to stop using them for my own health reasons which I will not get into details about. That’s okay, though ’cause supplements are a waste of time and money.

The only supplement I need for my workouts is a nice hot cup of green tea and drink cold water throughout the day which I do both of those.

I agree with Scoob, “Eat Real Food”. Finally, Scoob posted a great video which I agree with totally on. You can still build some serious muscle by eating real food. I’ve been doing it and it works wonders for me. You should try it too.

Kev