Bodybuilding.com’s Project Mass – Day 43 – Strength Based Leg Day – Plus, I Hit A 1000lb PR

ronnielegpressGreetings, all.

Today is the start of a de-load week, in which the volume is ramped down to give the body a bit of rest before getting back in action. In the strength department they call for 2 sets of 3, but I just can’t do that. That’s practically not working out, so I ramp things up a bit, but still don’t go full tilt like usual.

I did hit a PR today. Of course, you’ll have to click “continue reading” below to find out what it is. I know, I know, no one creates suspension like your boy, Caliber Hitchcock.

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Bodybuilding.com’s Project Mass – Day 42 – Hypertrophy Based Pull Day – Plus, Ladies, Don’t Shy From The Weights

dorian-yates1Greetings, all.

I recently noticed that I now have 50+ followers, which absolutely blows my mind. I honestly didn’t expect to get this many, this fast, especially with zero advertisement. I really can’t thank you hip cats enough for the support, corny and cliche as that sounds. I truly appreciate it.

One thing I noticed is that a healthy portion of my followers are women. Clearly, since they’re digging the writing of Caliber Winfield, they’re clearly insanely brilliant, with impeccable taste. Really though, what I wanted to talk about is how great it is to see women hitting the weights. For years and years I’ve heard women say they don’t want to lift weights because they don’t want to get bulky, as if doing 3 sets of 10 with 50lbs on a chest-press machine is gonna turn them into Ronnie Coleman or something.
For those that don’t train with weights, lemme tell you, you aren’t going to get bulky unless you absolutely pursue it with unstoppable determination and some hormone therapy. Most women can’t look big unless they hop on the drugs, so you clearly don’t have to worry about it. What happens when you lift is that you become toned, you get healthy, shapely muscle, and are instantly a bad-ass.
You aren’t going to become vascular, and instantly loss your butt and chest. Instead, those very things become more enhanced, and as you age, tend to defy the laws of gravity without any help from a surgeon. You don’t have to worry about “if I hit the weights, people are gonna laugh at me because I don’t have abs and can’t lift very much” that so many, both guys & girls, seem to fuss over. No one in the gym laughs at anyone, unless they’re some pompous jack-ass that thinks they’re Mr. Olympia. Anyone who is trying to better themselves is instantly respected in the gym.
Besides, most guys don’t want a girl to have abs. A flat stomach is just fine, but you do not need to be cut-up by any means. One of the big reasons we find it sexy that you lift is because of the dedication behind it. It’s very easy to be a cardio bunny. But it’s difficult to truly kick-ass at weightlifting. It requires trial & error, program development, practicing form, tracking progress, time, dedication, and a slew of other things we find hot.
So, if you’re thinking about hitting the weights, then by all means please give it a shot. I think you’ll find it a hell of a lot more rewarding than just standing on that boring elliptical machine for 30 minutes.
For those that are already hitting the weights, then I salute you, as you’re all bad-asses.

Alrighty, let’s get it.

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Bodybuilding.com’s Project Mass – Day 40 – Hypertrophy Based Leg Day – Plus, John Cena Is A Beast

jay-cutler-leg-workoutGreetings, all.

One of the reasons I got into bodybuilding was my love for pro-wrestling. Along with action movies & comic books, I grew up my entire life watching burly dudes kick about 10lbs of ass per square inch. In this day age there’s one guy who stands above all in strength & size, and that’s John Cena. He started out lifting as a teenager, and due to a fantastic work-ethic & genetics, he grew up to become an absolute beast. Along of guys can be insanely cut, but not huge, and a lot of guys can be huge and not all that cut. He happens to be both, as well as other-worldly strong. Much like Arnold, he’s a guy I look up to for his accomplishments, as well as all that he does in the gym. Today I thought we’d take a look at a few of his lifting videos.

Alrighty, let’s get it.

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Bodybuilding.com’s Project Mass – Day 39 – Strength Based Pull Day – Plus, Why You Need A Workout Notebook

pull-ups-ve-chin-upsGreetings, all.

One of the things that bother me in the gym is when I see people working out without a notebook, or any means of charting their progress. Really? You want to better yourself, and you’re keeping zero track of how you’re doing? I see these people coming in every week, doing the same exact exercises, same weight, same reps, and you wouldn’t have any idea they lifted or were at all into fitness.
I’m not saying that by simply tracking your workouts you’re gonna add 50lbs of lean mass, I’m saying that by tracking your workouts you’ll add 60lbs of lean mass. Honestly though, by not tracking your workouts, you’re not taking this venture very serious. You’re not that dedicated, so obviously your results are going to suffer. Imagine if you wrote down that you did 4 sets of 10 on the flat bench press, at 185lb. Would you really be happy coming in the next week and simply doing the same shit? I would hope that you’d look at your notebook, see “4 sets of 10 – flat bench – 185lb”, and think about how great it would be if you could do the same sets & reps, only with 5 more pounds on that bad bitch.
It’s adding little things like this to your life that will help to build grit. To help build something inside you that relishes a challenge, that makes you want to constantly succeed and do better than before, no matter how miniscule the advancement or victory.

Alrighty, let’s get it.

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Bodybuilding.com’s Project Mass – Day 38 – Strength Based Push Day

arnold-incline2_570_334_c1Greetings, all.

Supplements are a big part of bodybuilding & fitness, I’d say just as big as the actual weight-lifting portion. They have a supplement for just about every category you can think of. Pre-workout, during-workout, post-workout, 3 hours, 47 minutes & 12 seconds after the workout, a billion different amino acids, proteins, test boosters, GH boosters, sleep catalysts, and whatever the hell else they can make a buck off.
Now, naturally I believe there are some supplements that are essential, and people should use. My basic rule of thumb is if you pronounce an “ean” in the name, then rock on. Such as protEAN, amEANo acids, creatEAN, and so forth. Of course, if something works for you, then use it.
However, one supplement I just can’t recommend is the pre-workout. You’re jacking up your heart rate & CNS, and over time you’re gonna need more and more and more, to the point people actually get addicted. Greg Valentino [look him up, cool dude] was using so much of it that that while at a funeral he was hugging his now deceased friend, and when he pulled back the body was covered in blood. Greg’s nose had started pouring blood, one of the side-effects from taking so much pre-workout.
You guys don’t need that kinda crap. You can get as much of a rush & focus from a simple cup of coffee, or a little caffeine added to your pre-workout shake.  You don’t need all the extra chemicals they add in order to pad the profile.
Of course, if you’re digging the pre-workout buzz, and don’t find you need to constantly up your dose, then tell me to go to hell with my recommendation. I just want beginners, or those who’ve never gone the pre-workout route to really give it some thought, and act on the side of caution.

Alrighty, let’s get it.

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Bodybuilding.com’s Project Mass – Day 37 – Strength Based Leg Day

ronnielegpressGreetings, all.

After my post about how mothers don’t live at the gym, so stop expecting them to pick up your crap, I walked in this morning to find the pre-made barbells strewn about the place, dumbbells all over the gym. I had no choice but then to wait on top of the Smith Machine, purched like Batman, and wait for the next person to leave a piece of equipment laying around, so I can yell at them in my Batman voice that ends up sounding more like The Macho Man. Because I’m not the hero my 24 Hour Fitness needs, I’m the hero it deserves. I’m the Fat Buff Knight.

Alrighty, let’s get it.

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