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    Monday

    Incline bench 6 sets
    Hammer strength press 4 sets
    Reverse underhand overhead extension 4 sets
    Rope extension 4 sets
    Peck Deck superset with ez bar behind the neck extension 3 sets

    Side lateral raise superset with underhand extension 3 sets

    After an extended break I'm still in pain in my lower back. With the holidays and new years coming I don't know what I can do right now except deal with it. After the new year I promised myself I would go to the dr and get everything checked out. Also think I had a vertigo attack over the weekend which sucked. Anyway, the workout here was pretty good. I've been doing a real good job of staying heavy until the end of the workout where I do some movements just to get some blood in the muscle. Also threw in just a touch of shoulder work because I missed the gym Saturday.

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    I hope you're feeling much better very soon, Young Gotti. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a speedy recovery, young man.

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    Tuesday

    Basketball

    Wow so this was the most I've played on any of the Tuesdays yet. We showed up to the gym with only 4 guys, got a 5th and just kept winning so we just kept playing. I can tell I'm getting the rust off too since I played a lot better than I have. Getting back into the groove of things feels nice. We won 3 games in a row but on the 4th game, no one on our team had legs. We couldn't hit any shots, barely getting back on defense, it was a bad but we all didn't care, it was time to leave.

    Usually the day after basketball I'm super sore and my lower back hurts but it's been hurting for over a week now anyway. But my ankles feel fine and I'm not super tight. I did foam roll before bed last night and used a heating pack on my back for a bit before bed, not sure if any of that is truly helping. Hopefully the soreness doesn't kick in during the day.

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    Wednesday

    T bar row 6 or 7 sets
    Straight bar pulldown 4 sets
    DB curl 4 sets
    Preacher curl machine 4 sets
    Lat pulldown superset with DB hammer curl 3 sets
    Rope cable row 4 sets

    Lower back is still in pain so again I opted again deadlifts. But to be honest once it's warm a bit I think I could do some light deadlifts. Squatting may be more painful than deadlifts. Anyway, once I got going on the t bar my back didn't hurt too much but you can notice a slight loss of strength. The rest of the workout went well. My back was already sore from basketball but it didn't really seem to mess with the workout overall which I was thrilled about.

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    Every time I feel any soreness or twinges in my back I try to stretch a little more (I should do more) and I can 'pop' my lower back in, as it were, against a power rack. Providing I warmup well I'm usually good to go. That and rest
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    Thursday

    Leg press 6 sets
    Box jumps 3 sets
    Seated Calve raise 4 sets
    Leg extension 4 sets
    Seated Leg curl 4 sets

    Lower back felt much better than it has which gives me hope. I didn't want to risk it and squat and then have it hurt again so I decided to check myself and just do leg press again, until I don't feel any pain. I did go really heavy on the leg press, it felt amazing going heavy again, but a little pain in my knees. I also dont' like box jumps as I don't see a point in bodybuilding for them, however with playing basketball I want to be explosive and since I'm short rebounds are not my thing so I figured if I could improve on jumping at all it would help.

    Overall I'm happy with the workout and the workouts I had this week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mobster View Post
    Every time I feel any soreness or twinges in my back I try to stretch a little more (I should do more) and I can 'pop' my lower back in, as it were, against a power rack. Providing I warmup well I'm usually good to go. That and rest
    yeah the beginning of my workouts I've started hanging from the pull up bar and using the lower back and extension and kind of just hanging there to hopefully pull the back. I foam rolled the other night for the first time in awhile and used me lacrosse ball as well.

    I'm feeling better, not 100% yet but hopefully a few more days and i'll be back

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    Saturday

    Shoulders

    Sunday

    Basketball

    So Sunday I had a ton of running around to do. I am good with getting Christmas shopping done early however some last minute things came up. I had to go to a local brewery at noon on Saturday, they had a beer release I wanted to get and it's near my gym. However I overestimated the amount of time it would take me to do my other running around and got to the gym way to early. I ended up doing a lot of accessory work to kill time.

    Sunday we got enough guys to play and early morning game and it felt awesome. I knew I could then not feel nearly as bad eating like a fatso later that day. It also was the first time where my lungs were not burning during the games. Felt really really good.

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    Looks like your cruisiong right along here mate! Glad to see you doing other sports activity outside the gym as well! I do OCR 4-5x a year myself to keep up my general athletics the same way.

    Happy Holidays mate!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joshua H View Post
    Looks like your cruisiong right along here mate! Glad to see you doing other sports activity outside the gym as well! I do OCR 4-5x a year myself to keep up my general athletics the same way.

    Happy Holidays mate!
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    Tuesday

    Basketball

    Worst experience with basketball since we started to play. Probably because school was out but there was so many ppl at the gym. We had to wait to get a game and even then you had to win to stay on the court. I think the local community college basketball team was there so they basically ran everyone out of the gym. Our team was probably the 2nd best so had they not been there we could of had some good games. Anyway I did play a few games but not the normally constant running that we usually get.

    My shoulders are sore this morning and I don't know why. I get sore from basketball but not usually in the shoulders which I feel is odd.

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    Thursday

    Squat 6 sets
    Standing calve raises 4 sets
    Box jumps 4 sets
    Leg press 4 sets

    Haven't squatted in 2 weeks and I felt it. My form wasn't crisp, the weight felt heavy, and my body wasn't moving right. But it did feel good to do them again after a short break and I didn't have pain in my lower back which was good. Also the rack I used was weird, I put it at my normal height and it felt lower, racking and unracking felt like I had to bend down a lot more than normal. Anyway the rest of the workout went pretty good. Box jumps are getting easier and easier for me which was nice and I was glad to be able to fit in the leg press to get some more time under tension on my upper legs than just regular squats.

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    Tuesday

    Flat bench 6 sets
    Incline bench 4 sets
    Rope extension 4 sets
    Underhand reverse extension 4 sets

    Cable crossover superset with single arm underhand extension 4 sets

    Solid workout, nothing great but also not bad. The bench felt good and smooth, shoulder didn't bother me so that was good. I didn't press my luck with any crazy strength numbers but I felt what I did was still a solid output. Actually I had a really nice pump going on in my chest and then in my triceps. Got in a little more volume than I planned too.

    I will be starting to use Dermacrine tonight as well so I will keep updates on that as we go forward.

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    Wednesday

    Basketball


    So I really thought we weren't playing basketball this week. We have a group message and no one really seemed interested. One guy said he was going to go play regardless so I said I would join him. I thought I made a mistake and that there was no way we were going to get a game but after waiting for like 15 minutes we played for about 2 hours straight. Also played some guys that were way better than I am so I had a good run.

    Last night I did not sleep well at all. I was extremely sore from the games. My neck was sore and my left lat was super tight. This happened the first time I played but hasn't really been a factor again until last night, I am super sore right now.

    As far as the Dermacrine, the first few pumps on Tuesday night looked like the product was thick and you didn't need very much lotion. But it must of been the beginning of the bottle because last night 3 pumps was a lot of product and somewhat soupy and runny. It's a lot to spread over the chest and shoulder region. However this Dermacrine appears darker than I remember. Years ago it was a yellowish color, now it's more brownish. Also no real smell that I notice.

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    Thursday

    Squat superset with straight bar pulldown 4 sets
    Box squat superset with chest pad t bar row 3 sets
    Standing calve raise superset with lat pulldown 3 sets
    Step ups superset with rope cable row 2 sets

    The lack of sleep really caught up to me. After taking in 200mg's of caffeine before my workout, I ended up yawning throughout the workout. I couldn't get my body to do what it needed to do, pain in the groin when I squatted, my left lat still super sore and took more time than it should have to loosen up. All in all my body just was to beat up to have an effective workout. That's why I did the box squats, the regular squats didn't feel right, I didn't feel like I was getting deep enough so I pulled out the box to make sure.

    However it wasn't just me at the gym moving slowly. I don't know if maybe it's the freezing temperatures but it seemed like a few of the guys weren't moving at full speed and lifting what they usually do. So maybe the bitter cold played more of a factor as well.

    Either way tonight after work I'm going home and resting. It's super cold so on goes the sweats and I'm getting on the couch and not leaving it.

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