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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

Watch me smash a 300 lb. deadlift which I did earlier today…

Here I am smashing an easy 300 lb. heavy single to end my deadlift session with earlier today. After nursing a minor upper left leg injury for a few weeks, I felt I was good enough to get back into some serious lower body work and that’s what I did this weekend.

Since a few weeks ago, I was able to smash a 290 lb. deadlift heavy single, I predicted that I would be able to smash a 300 lb. deadlift that I was trying to get back to. Here I am doing just that. Me smashing a 300 lb. deadlift single. Keep in mind, though, this is not a new P.R. Just a heavy single.

After this, I realized that I never plateaued at all in my deadlifting. It was my left leg injury that was holding me back like I was saying. Since I’m able to do 300 lb. singles for deadlift now, I could probably pull even more than 300. In the video above, that lift was a little shaky but I was able to lock it out pretty smoothly anyways.

Now my legs are wicked ass sore. My legs aren’t too friendly with walking up and down the stairs now, lmao… so I’m gonna be like this for a few days. My legs are sore ’cause I settled down on the lower body lifting for a few weeks but I feel real good. It’s just that deadlifting is so addicting and it’s so hard to stay away from, I can’t help myself. LMAO!!!

I think the left leg injury came back a little bit but not so bad. I’ll get right back to settling down on the lower body lifting so it can go away for good ’cause I’m sick of feeling it. I thought my leg was good enough to get back into heavy lifting again but jumped into it too soon again. I was proud of today’s lift, though. Now I’m on the road to 400 lb. deadlift and I think I can get there in 2020.

I love powerlifting.

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 290 lb. deadlift… just did it today…

So, since my left leg and hip pain seemed to be gone this weekend,  I decided to get back into heavy deadlifting today and did real good, btw. I ended my deadlift session with a 290 lb. heavy single finally. My left leg and hip pain came back a little bit after this but not as bad as it was before. Maybe I should have waited to let it heal fully before jumping right back into heavy lifting again. I’m proud of the lift but I think my deadlift startup might be off a little and I gotta figure out a way to make the hips to stop rising first. Maybe that’s why I got the hip pain ’cause of that?

I’m still proud of today, though and was glad I was able to smash a 290 lb. single finally. It made me realize that I didn’t lose any strength at all. I guess it was the minor leg injury that was holding me back.

Welp… back to settling down on the lower body work until everything heals completely. I thought it was all fully healed ’cause it felt like it. Guess I should have given it more time. Oh well, I killed it today on deadlift and was still proud of the session either way.

Kev

The key to getting rid of lifting injuries faster is that you gotta stop putting weight on it… either stop training it or go super light…

Admittedly, I’ve had the upper left quad injury for  months and stupid me, I just kept working out the lower body through it. Like I said before, that’s not gonna make injuries go away if you keep training that body part that is hurt. It’s gonna stay there the more you keep training it. So to make injuries go away faster, you gotta stop training that body part completely for a while or just lift super light weight. I mean super duper light.

On leg day yesterday afternoon, I ended up doing barbell squats after all but only did 60 lbs. for 8 reps only on each set. Then I did leg ext. machine and leg press machine training the right leg “only”. That seems to have done the trick. My upper left quad don’t seem to be hurting anymore as of this moment. When I had the injury, it’ll start hurting when I stand for a long time and the pain seems to be gone now when I stand.

I might be good enough to get back to heavy deadlifting again this weekend. I’m taking a day off of gym just to make sure the leg pain is gone for good, if it is, I’ll get back to killing it on deadlift tomorrow by getting back into heavy sets and few rep sets.

When your legs are hurt, you still gotta stop the deadlifting ’cause deadlifting takes a lot of quad work.

I didn’t need to go to a doctor at all ’cause the injury wasn’t that serious… it was minor. I wish I’ve thought of this a long time ago and the injury would have healed a long time ago. My bad, lessons learned next time, though. The hip pain is gone and now the leg pain seems to be gone.

I want to be completely injury-free for deadlifting so I can really bring my numbers up for the next powerlifting meet at Albany Strength in Nov. There was gonna be a powerlifting meet in Albany on Aug. 30th but it ended up getting cancelled. I’m gonna do the meet in Nov. instead, I think.

Hopefully I didn’t lose more deadlifting strength, though. I’m pretty sure I didn’t but 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

Here’s my latest deadlift video… me going for a 285 lb. heavy single… felt good and easy…

Man, today was a killer deadlift session. Today, I’ve done 2 sets of 255 lbs. for 5 reps each. Then I did 260 for 3 reps and then 265 for three reps. For the next set, I did 280 for a heavy single which felt easy and then ended my deadlift session with a 285 single.

This is my last deadlift session for a long while ’cause I’m going on vacation next week which means that next week, I’ll be taking a full week off of weight lifting. I really need it. I haven’t had a week off of weight lifting in a real long time so next week is a perfect week to take one.

Just two more days of workouts this week and then I’ll be done working out for a while ’cause I need a break from it. Next week, take a full week off from the gym totally.

Some of you may think that’s bad but it’s not. You may ask will I lose muscle and lose strength? No. In fact, I will get a lot more of both ’cause you’re giving your body time to rest and heal which is what I need pretty badly. When I come back from vacation, I’ll probably be a lot stronger.

It’s okay to take a week off from weightlifting once in a blue moon, just don’t over do it, ya know? I take a week off from weightlifting in the gym like once or twice a year. Not a whole lot.

Just gonna do leg day and arm day this week and that’s it for a while.

Today was a killer deadlift session and I’m on fire again. Since I was able to smash a 285 lb. single then my estimated p.r. on deadlift would probably be 300. I’m trying to get to 300 lbs. for more reps but I’ll get there soon. Hopefully I get there this Aug. if lucky enough.

I am feeling stronger and stronger on the big three: squat, bench and deadlift. It feels amazing. Glad I got into powerlifting!

Kev