Progress Update and Random Training Thoughts

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Photo credit goes to Jkfid.


What’s up guys? Hopefully you’ve been having a good week so far.

It’s definitely been a busy one for me as I’ve got a lot going on, so this post will be short and sweet. I just wanted to give you an update on how my training is going, as well as post more progress pictures.

I’ll start by saying that Carb Backloading continues to be awesome (if you haven’t seen my last progress post, check it out here). The freedom that it provides is so convenient and practical; even during really busy times like this past month, I am able to stick to the diet without becoming a fucking drone.

Also, I’ve moved to a strength based routine, and it’s one that I should have switched to much sooner, and that’s Madcow’s 5×5. If you haven’t heard of it, here is a good explanation and layout of the program.

It’s very basic, and great for intermediates looking to add some size and strength.

Recently, I’ve been doing programs more focused towards hypertrophy, and some upper/lower splits with good results; but I feel that I need to get back on the strength training grind while packing on some mass in the process.

So, here are some of my recent progress pictures.

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My physique has come a long way (see where I was before), and I still have a long way to go. That’s the great thing about weight training. I am always pushing myself to get better and there’s always room for improvement.

I’m about 175 pounds here, and based on the pictures, I really need to focus on putting on some size.

To be completely honest, I feel that my progress hasn’t been as good as it should be; and I think I know the problem.

There is a condition called Former Fat Boy Syndrome (fitness writer and coach JC Deen writes about it extensively here), and its been coming on strong as of late.

The basis of this “condition” is that I am so concerned with putting on excess fat that don’t eat enough to grow. As someone who used to be fat, this is a real concern as I never want to be in the position I was months ago.

This is a huge problem, and it’s a mental block that I need to overcome if I want to get the most out of my training.

Some adjustments that I’m going to make are eating more carbohydrates (in the post workout window), and eating a lot more calories on off days. Hopefully these adjustments will help me to overcome Former Fat Boy Syndrome, and I can make the most out of the hard work that I put in on a daily basis.

With that, I’ll bring this post to an end. I hope you enjoyed the post, and if you have any questions about my training or nutrition, please drop a comment or shoot me an email and I will be more than happy to help.

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