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I’m gonna be posting full body progress bodybuilding photos real soon…

Just for fun, I decided to take a photo of myself wearing nothing but boxers and doing a bodybuilding pose for the camera. When I saw the pic, I was actually pretty impressed of what I saw. Not being egotistical or arrogant or anything but I really was impressed of what I saw that I decided to throw it on my instagram stories to see what kind of reaction it got. The reaction turned out GOOD and I got a few more instagram followers because of it.

For that reason, I think I’m definitely gonna be posting a lot more bodybuilding progress photos. I’ll be doing full body progress photos. I’ll be showing it all off. However, though, I’m noticing that posing in boxer briefs isn’t gonna do it so sometime this summer I’m going to be ordering a pair of bodybuilding trunks.

Some people may think that what I’m about to do pretty soon is pretty egotistical and arrogant and some are gonna be offended but whatever. After years of hard work in the gym, why hide what you got, ya know? That’s what bodybuilding is here for to begin with. Build muscle, get lean and you can show off your hard work. Why hide it?

I may never compete for the bodybuilding stage but I will show off like that for photos. I want to show it all off… upper body and lower body. I’m getting more chest development and my pecs are improving greatly so I think it’s finally time to do a photo shoot like this. I’ll take a series of pics of me trying to pose like a pro-bodybuilder.

I think it’ll be fun and it’ll be interesting to see what kind of reaction these photos will get.

While I am a full time powerlifter now, I still see myself as more of a bodybuilder, though. I may never be a “Mr. Olympia” but I would like to get that look. That’s what I’m aiming for.

Kev

Not doing so good on squats and deadlift lately but killing it on bench… wonder why that is??? Am I plateauing? I could be, not gonna lie…

I tried maxing out on the big three lifts this week but wasn’t very good again. I’m killing it on bench. My bench numbers are going up as I just smashed a whopping 165 lbs. pr. on bench this week. Not quite at 170 lb. bench yet but I’ll get there in a few weeks. I’m on the road to a 200 lb. bench. Looks like I won’t get to 200 lbs. in time before the Aug. 30th push/pull meet at Albany Strength but I’m still gonna try to get there.

As for squat and deadlift… the squats, I had to go do lighter weights so I can get the correct depth that the USAPL asks for. The right depth for the USAPL is that the upper leg area and crease of the hip needs to be lower than the top of the knee. I hit that depth and it’s very tough. I couldn’t smash a 150 or a 140 lb. squat when I tried so my estimated pr on squats right now is about 135 lbs. I’m gonna take my time and really bring up my squat numbers this summer.

The same goes for deadlift. I still can’t get over 300 lbs. again. I did it once in the past but can’t seem to do it now. I think I’m plateauing on deadlift and I’m going to figure out a way to bust through it. Maybe I keep deadlifting the same weights every week ’cause you don’t want to do that. I gotta keep adding more weight everyweek and mix it up and I will start doing that from now on.

When I train for strength in powerlifting, I do 5 sets of everything on the big three and started training for 1 – 5 reps. I used to start with 8 – 10 reps and go 1 – 5 later in the sets but from now on, I’ve been doing 1 – 5 reps for each set. I feel that I’m getting pretty close to 300 again ’cause a few weeks ago, I smashed a 280 lb. for a double and a 285 lb. for a heavy single. Someday I want to start doing 300 lbs. for more reps and I’m gonna take my time to get there. I can get there this summer if I’m lucky enough. Just gotta find a way to break out of this plateau and I’ll be back on fire before you know it.

Every powerlifter goes through plateaus, even the greatest powerlifters of all time go through ’em. We all have our bad days in the gym and at the powerlifting meets so I’m not mad about it. I’ll find a way to get back on track on deadlift so I can fucking kill it at the push/pull meet in August. At the push/pull meet in August, I’m hoping to smash over 300 lb. so I’m gonna take my time and come up with a plan.

When you “plateau” in the gym, it means you notice a decrease in strength like staying the same or going down. You don’t want that in powerlifting. I want to become a great deadlifter and don’t wanna mess it up.

Kev

Bad gym etiquette… totally out of control and getting much worse???

Yeah, commercial gyms are all over America now. Chances are, you probably have a public gym in your local town. Commercial gyms are very popular and mainstream in America. Yeah, a lot of people go to them but at the same time, I’m noticing that local gyms all over the place are slowing down. Gyms have a lot of members. There are some members of gyms that work out week after week and there are those who go to a gym for a while and then give it up later.

I’ve been going to the gym for over 10 years now so I’ve seen all that goes on. When you go to a public gym where there will be other people around, you’ll have to realize that you’re going to see a lot of weirdos and also see a lot of careless people about a public place.

Every time I go to my local gym, it’s amazing to me how many people don’t care to re-rack their weights when they’re done with a piece of equipment. Happens all of the fucking time. Each time I go to a gym and it still happens, I’ll see people just leave weights on a bench press, a leg press machine and people leave weights on a squat rack too. I’ve seen people leave dumbbells at the other side of the gym and didn’t bring it back to the rack and I’ve seen people put number of dumbbell racks way out of order of the way they’re supposed to be in. Also, people leave trash behind all the time.

When I see this stuff, I have no problem putting the weights back and picking up trash even though I didn’t leave them there just to show respect to a public gym. Yeah, there are staff members that work at the gym but they don’t go around picking up trash and putting the weights back after people leave ’em. When the place is slow, the staff just sits at the front desk being a lazy bum and there is no gym director (the boss/supervisor). There is a gym director but this person is hardly ever around.

I love my Greenwich gym but the place is a mess and gym etiquette is horrible in this place. People are real dumb for sure. Not only people not re-racking weights and leaving trash behind is a real problem… it gets worse here. Equipment hogging is a real problem here… people taking forever to use something when I need to use that thing… people taking forever on a piece of equipment pisses me the fuck off. Your sets should only take like 20 or 30 minutes… not an hour or over. People talking on their cell phones during their workouts gets annoying. That real chatty person trying to chat me up while I’m working out also pisses me off and it’s happening more and more. Look, I enjoy talking to people at the gym but not during my workouts, y’all. I’m fine socializing with people before or after my workouts but during is a no no.

Another thing that gets on my nerves is people super-setting. You see people super-setting at gyms all the time. You know what super-setting is that’s when people do a workout after another without rests in between… they switch back and forth. You need to use a piece of equipment and you think that person is done with it and nope. This person says he/she is still using it due to “super-setting”. So dumb. I’m probably one of the very few who don’t “super-set” ’cause I think it’s dumb and useless. “Super-setting” is just a way for ego-lifters to piss off others in the gym. I don’t super-set. I do my 4 sets of 12 reps on a workout, finish that and move on to the next workout.

Also dropping dumbbells to the floor continues to be a problem. Guys doing dumbbell chest presses or shoulder presses on a bench and they just drop heavy dumbbells to the floor. They don’t realize that it’s disrespectful to the dumbbells. Those things are expensive and when you break ’em, you could be paying them for the gym. Also, you could hurt someone dropping dumbbells to the floor.

While people at gyms are dumb and wacky, I just go to the gym and do my own thing. I don’t worry about everyone else and what’s going on. People just don’t care about public places and they are not smart at all when it comes to the gym.

I would love to make my own home gym but I can’t as of this moment which is why I go to a public gym but if I ever did make my own home gym…. say goodbye to gym memberships. Having my own home gym is a dream of mine, though. You don’t really need much for a home gym. All you need is a power rack, a bench, barbells, weights, dumbbells and that’s pretty much it. You can get all that stuff cheap on craigslist or even yard sales. I would love to get a home gym so I no longer have to deal with people’s shit at a public gym.

Bad gym etiquette is getting much worse. It’s crazy.

Kev

 

It’s de-load week at the gym and feeling really good too!!!

Yeah, it’s de-load week at the gym this week. Yesterday I did a very light chest day and early this morning I did a very light leg day. Seriously, I lifted everything pretty light and only doing about 8 reps on everything. I am noticing the difference between heavy days and lighter days. On the lighter days, you don’t feel as fatigue which feels awesome really.

As a powerlifter, I think I’m going to need de-load weeks more often and I think I will start having a de-load week after every 3 weeks of heavy lifting. Sounds good to me.

Some of you may say… “But you can’t get muscle gains and strength gains having light days”. Of course you can. Its important to have light days ’cause it helps give you plenty of time for the muscles to repair and recover quicker. That’s why “De-load” weeks are very useful.

It really is a bad idea to lift super-heavy week after week nonstop ’cause it’s bad for the nervous system or the CNS is what they all call it. I’m glad I took a de-load this week and I’ll take another de-load week next week too ’cause I really need it. Honestly, I did feel a little beat up doing all that heavy lifting and now I’m feeling a lot better.

After the two de-load weeks are all over, I’ll probably get my strength back for bench, squat and deadlift. Doing de-load week for squat, I finally got the depth right and I will keep doing squats this way from now on.

Gotta leave your ego at the door sometimes ’cause it’s important to have those light weeks. You can get muscle and strength gains doing light lifting… don’t listen to those idiots that say you can’t.

Kev

Physique update… I’m loving what doing more barbell work have done to me lately…

Here’s my latest bodybuilding progress. Well, training in powerlifting too is really helping my physique as you can see. Getting into bench pressing full time really have helped my pecs, big time. I’m finally getting the look I wanted.

As you can see, I got a pretty good six pack going so I must be pretty lean. At the gym today, I just checked my bodyfat percentage and it’s about 15% percent now which is considered lean. Honestly, I don’t really need to get any lower in bodyfat ’cause in reality getting lower than 10% would be pretty dangerous.

Maybe I might be ready for the bodybuilding competition stage after all? I don’t know, lmao… only kidding. I would never compete for the bodybuilding stage and once again, I just want the look.

I’m happy with what I look like now, though. Still got a lot of work to do. I want my pecs to be a lot bigger but gonna take my time.

Kev

So glad I got into powerlifting training, totally worth it and it’s helping me…

I’m very happy and thrilled that I got into powerlifting. I used to never want anything to do with barbell training in the past and just wanted to do mostly dumbbell stuff. Now I’m doing a lot of barbell work lately.

Not only that I’m doing barbell work with bench press, squats and deadlifts… I’m starting to do a lot more barbell work with other workouts too. Lately, I’ve been doing arm curls with barbells instead of dumbbells. I’ve been doing seated overhead presses with barbells for shoulders ’cause I like that more. For back workouts, I’m starting to do bent over barbell rows ’cause they help with deadlifts. I’ve also started doing the barbell hip thrust for glutes but I gotta get the form right still.

I used to hate doing “barbell” stuff when I was younger but now I’m doing barbell work like crazy and it’s all paying off. I’m getting “gains” and getting stronger a lot lately. As for the bench press, I used to hate that workout too but now I’m loving it. My chest is beefing up because of it and I’m starting to get the look that I always wanted… a bodybuilder kind of look and I’m getting it. My chest is looking pretty good lately and really starting to shape up the way I want it to look.

A lot of lifters say that Dumbbell presses are more effective than bench press? In my opinion, I think it’s the other way around. I’m liking barbell bench more to be honest with you ’cause the bench is helping me. Those that trash the bench press don’t know what they’re talking about ’cause they are always trashing the best workouts that “work”, I don’t know why.

I have a powerlifting meet coming up at the end of March and I’ve been getting prepared for it. I want to be at my best at this meet and make sure I won’t “miss” any lifts and get “three” white lights on everything. I’m also hoping to really bring up my numbers for this meet so I got plenty of time to work on that still. I also gotta stop losing weight ’cause I’ve been losing some pounds lately and that’s not good for powerlifting. I think it’s time to start bulking up and I’ve already started doing that. When you bulk, you don’t want to eat random things and stuff your face ’cause you’ll just get fat still. You still need to eat healthy but eat more healthy food instead of less and I plan to do just that to bring up some pounds. I’m hoping to become 150 lbs. before the meet, maybe more.

I’m getting stoked for my next meet and I promise I will bring it and put on an even better show than the last two. Again, I don’t really care to win awards when it comes to powerlifitng. It’s all about challenging myself… seeing if I can lift heavier weights than yesterday. That’s what it’s all about, ya know? I’m just doing powerlifting just for fun. It just gives me something to do and it allows me to compete in an actual “sport” since I never played in any sports over the years.

Kev

Should transgenders be allowed to compete in powerlifting? No definitely not…

There’s an interesting debate in the powerlifting community on the internet that blew up this week. The story going around that trans-woman (or man, whatever this person is), JayCee Cooper tried to register for USAPL in hopes of competing in their meets but his registration was denied by USAPL simply because he’s a transgender woman or a man pretending to be a “woman”. Sorry, I’m calling this person what he really is.

Of course, there are some mixed opinions on this. There are some that agree that transgenders shouldn’t be allowed to participate in powerlifting competitions and there are some that think they should be allowed. From w hat I’m seeing, it’s mostly die-hard liberals, feminists and the LGBT community opposing USAPL on banning transgenders.

Predictably, these liberals, feminists and LGBT people are trying all they can to destroy the USAPL’s reputation by accusing them of changing the rules after this Jaycee Cooper complained.

Whenever someone wants to side with USAPL on their decision to ban transgenders, the hardcore left will slam them for it. They tell the truth that competitors should compete in their own genders that they were originally born as, these leftists would attack them and defend the transgenders.

Read these articles to see what’s going on:

http://www.citypages.com/news/powerlifting-federation-doubles-down-on-policy-excluding-trans-women/505092342

http://www.citypages.com/news/minneapolis-powerlifter-told-she-cant-compete-because-shes-trans/505041582

https://www.outsports.com/2019/2/1/18204036/usa-powerlifting-trans-athlete-policy-jaycee-cooper

I think USAPL did a smart move. I’m totally siding with them. Why would you want to have a man pretending to be a woman competing in a powerlifting meet? It’s fuckin’ silly if you ask me. There’s a pretty good reason why there are “men” and “women’s” divisions to keep genders separate. A man in the women’s division lifting way heavier weights than the rest of the women, that would be unfair for the other women in the division and it would make all the male competitors look bad. Seriously, why would you want to see a muscled up men in a women’s singlet, wearing make-up lifting heavier weights than everyone else? A man winning all the top awards in the women’s division would be unfair and it’s totally cheating for sure. That’s why USAPL are against this. They are smart and finally some common sense for once.

If you’re a man pretending to be a woman, that’s fine. That is your business, NOT mine but when you want to come in a powerlifting meet and compete in the women’s division that’s a problem. How silly would it be when most women in the powerlifting meets can only bench like 200 lbs or a little over and then you have a transgender woman benching over 500 lbs?

I really hope the USAPL sticks to their guns and doesn’t cave into the leftist and LGBT community. The LGBT community are going to fight this pretty hard and they already are ’cause there is an online petition going around hoping to get them to lift this ban.

I was thinking about registering to the USAPL pretty soon so I can compete in their local meets myself and I probably will but if they cave to the pc police then I might change my mind. Die-hard leftists want to ruin everything for everyone nowadays.

Kev