Anyone hit the gym often here? (in Off-topic)


Joel September 21 2009 10:15 AM EDT

I go to Texas Gym - vaunted as the #1 no-frills gym in America. Mine is in Mesquite, Texas near Dallas. I would like to know who all the strong people are here on Carnage Blender. Maybe we can even compete in real life with each other! I'll post my stats:

Bench Max: 260lbs. x1

Bicep Curls Max: 70lbs x1

...and thats all I really do as of now.
I also work my back and shoulders but they aren't impressive yet.
I will soon be working out my legs and begin working on my abs.

Oh and the force of my hand-grip strength is 180lbs right hand and 175 left hand.

I can't wait to see who all is stronger than me! I love competition!

Neo Japan September 21 2009 10:49 AM EDT

BENCH: 225 X1

CURLS: SINGLE ARM - 50 X10
BAR - 125 X10
PREACHER BENCH - 80 X3

LEG PRESS: 400 X 10 (WANT TO TRY MORE)

SHOULDER SHRUGS: 225 X 10

BACK: 80 X 10

TRICEPS: FREE WIEGHTS 65 X 10
MACHINE 195 X 10

Joel September 21 2009 11:48 AM EDT



Pretty good arm strength Neo Japan! Let's see: I usually do 9 reps of 50lbs. for curls but it is becoming too easy now since I can repeat the set 2 more times after going through 6 other different bicep exercises. You may be stronger with the bar because I really focus on 1-arm curls: I do 12 sets of 3 different bicep exercises that I use only 1 arm with and just 1 workout and 4 sets of the straight curl-bar.
I think I can do close to 10 times with the curl bar 225lbs but not if its not the very first thing I do that day, lol.
With two arms going the muscles are worked differently and if you do more of those than with just one arm, then you will be stronger with both much more than with one.

Leg Press! You can do more leg-press so don't hesitate! 400 is not that heavy compared to the 1000's of pounds I hear people saying they do, in fact I can probably do that weight about 3x maybe and I haven't gotten into a leg routine yet.

Shoulder Shrugs! Do you use that machine that you just stack weights on either side, then stand between the bars and lift? Or do you use those huge barbells, lol, that would be much more difficult.

Back! I really want to know what back workouts you do! I'm very new to these workouts and I only do two kinds right now: A machine I sit down at and put my stomach against a pad, grab the handles in front of me and with 90lbs. I slowly pull the weight back (4 seconds back then 4 seconds forward again). My second one is free weight barbells 25lbs. each; I put them in front of me about 3-4 inches from my body, then I move them in a straight line out to my sides (4 seconds out then 4 seconds back to starting position). And those are just for my Upper back! I need to learn more!

Triceps! What exactly is it that you do? Close in grip, elbows in with the bench-press bar? Or just with barbells? I don't know how much I can do, I got mine big by doing pushups with my elbows close in to my ribs. What machine do you use? I can't think of one off the top of my head, lol.

Neo Japan's Ranking:

Bench: 2nd place

Curls: Tied for 1st place with Joel

Leg press: 1st place!

Shoulder shrugs: To be announced once judging has finished!

Back: To be announced upon judging and clarification of the exercise!

Triceps: To be announced upon judging!


This is the current ranking! I want everyone to post their body weight and height too. My height: 6'0" weight: 235lbs.
This is to get a good power to weight ratio. Also, the shorter your arms and legs the easier it is to lift weight ;)

I want to everyone to post their stats here! I hope to make a page in the wiki with all the results and ranking.

Revs September 21 2009 12:02 PM EDT

I'm loving this! It's like a Tank competition in RL. And our CB statisticians can rank various aspects of strength to see who might win in a gladitorial arena. Personally, I think I benched 200lbs once in my life, like my junior year of college. However, I can run 26 miles, so i think I'd kick butt in evasion. You might be stronger, but you can't catch me. ;)

Now . . . where's the RL mage thread? I'm wondering how my disappearing coin trick will match up against Novice's "pull my finger" trick.

Joel September 21 2009 1:07 PM EDT

Nice running skills Revs! If you had a bow then you could probably keep combat in ranged indefinitely, lol. I've got good reflexes, reaction speed, and timing so you'd have to stay out of range!

I think its a great idea to have some overall strength ratings given to those who post so that we could put those stats into CB form to see who would win! What makes it awesome is that we could improve ourselves as well and maybe overcome those who could beat us before!
Those of us that know martial arts could have 'Unarmed Combat' as a skill etc. That would double the depth of participation with the CB site: The CB game and these Converted/Unconverted strength statistics!

Kompton Kidd September 21 2009 1:13 PM EDT

If it matters, I can do 40 diamond pushups in a row.

Demigod September 21 2009 1:24 PM EDT

I've mastered the art of Sit-Downs. I can do about 80 reps in a day, and I can hold the Lounge position on the couch for an hour at a time pretty easily. And I'm not sure what "running" is, but if it involves cheese balls, you've got yourself a competition.

I haven't had a gym membership in probably 5 years. I used to rock the abdominal machines, and many of the triceps exercises, but my weakness was inclined benchpresses (angled past 90-degrees). I slacked off real workouts for rock climbing, kayaking, and biking, but that wasn't the same, and I've really stopped doing those, too.

Joel September 21 2009 1:24 PM EDT

Very good Aftermath! I could do about that many 3 months ago. Right now I could probably do that or more :-)

So far Neo Japan is about tied with me and Revs can run a 26 mile circle around me. How much do you weigh Aftermath? It really counts with push ups since its a bodyweight workout. I weigh 235lbs. so each of my push-ups is worth more than push-ups by someone who weighs 180lbs.

Demigod September 21 2009 1:26 PM EDT

Ah, pushups... I used to do 85 at a time. It's a shame I'm not 18 anymore.

Kompton Kidd September 21 2009 1:26 PM EDT

I'm 167. 6'1. I'm tall and lanky. Kind of hard to put on weight. Slowly, but surely I guess.

Joel September 21 2009 1:30 PM EDT

Well, Demigod, it seems you have a very good base of fitness in your recent past. You can start again any time! After Highschool, where I first started working out, I didn't lose much strength, and after maybe a year of pretty inconsistent workouts at home without weights I found that I had actually increased in strength upon my first gym visit. It is never too late to become strong! Just start it nice and easy and don't overwork yourself; eat and sleep alot and be consistent.

Lord Bob September 21 2009 1:34 PM EDT

"Anyone hit the gym often here?"

I should, but I don't.

Right now I'm way too out of shape, and none too pleased about it.

Joel September 21 2009 1:34 PM EDT

I think you just have to eat more Aftermath, lol, sounds too simple, heheh. Sleep and eating are sure weight gainers obviously, but be sure to not mix aerobics and cardiovascular with the same day of weight training. Also, eat alot after a workout, before bed, and immediately after you wake up!

Neo Japan September 21 2009 1:35 PM EDT

for back, i put left arm and knee on a bench, and pick up weight with right arm and slowly bring it up to my side with a wrist flex at the end, lower, rinse repeat.

shrugs I use a benching bar, put 2 plates on each side, hold bar at my waist, hands shoulder width apart, shrug, then roll shoulders back each time. usually on fourth set I find myself not doing the roll.

triceps, i laydown on a bench, use a short, curvy bar, press it, then slowly bend my elbows bringing the bar to the top of my head, then bringing it back up. A good way to burn out tri's is to do this, then hold weight at center of stomach and push up and away really fast.

machine tri;s is one of those pully machines where the bar is above you, like the shoulder pull down machine, but a much smaller bar, and you stand, not sit. pull bar all the way down, then lift up by bending elbow, only bring to 95 degree angle, then bring back down.

6' 275 pounds 27% body fat, but I carry it well.

Eurynome Bartleby [Bartleby's] September 21 2009 1:36 PM EDT

This is what happens every time I start to exercise again:

Week 1: My whole body aches. I'm rusty. It'll get better.
Week 2: Aches less. Hey, this is getting much easier.
Week 3: DAMN! This is intense! Look what I can do, and I'm not even sweating!
Week 4: Raaaaah! I could go on forever! Man, I feel like punching the walls right now. Blblblblblbllb!

Week 5: Ugh...even moving my little finger hurts. My whole body is broken! Please kill me now.

Then I drop my exercise routine for six months.

Gunny Pew Pew [Red Permanent Assurance] September 21 2009 1:49 PM EDT

Max bench was either 240 or 260 lbs twice. This is without a spotter, going past just tapping the chest, and only minimal breathing was allowed by my standards. The wonders of the body when the mind thinks their being is below par.
Arm curled 60 lbs twenty times and more every other day I went into that workout area.
Max squat would be guessing 450lbs - 610lbs, proven with this ancient molding wood 8'x8' garage door section wet from the night before. Someone had to help guide the top of that monster out the opening, but I count it considering. Don't remember any big squat numbers besides 460lbs with an unknown number of reps, guessing 10. Though I did do seventy two leg presses of 125lbs for school testing. Why 72? Coach stopped me after I did the last 21 with one leg.

Here's the knee-slapper, did all this in 7th & 8th grade, a great deal was done in secret, and none of which pushed a limit. Personal weight at the time was 209+lbs which people thought I lied about. Made me happy at the times when people said I looked 175lbs.
I've always been that strong turns out. Before I graduated, was told took two nurses holding me to keep in the plastic tub-cart the night I was born, so I wouldn't roll out a third time. Kept in a tent(cage)until noon the next day. Was caught both times! :P Would swim a quarter of a day great deal of the time until I was 7 and moved. Once moved started Kung-Fu at the same age and practised until about 9 years old, so not a total mutant. Was told "You don't know your own strength!" literally all my life. Can't imagine a few issues coming from that preaching. -.-
Don't expect me to prove any of this. Don't expect me to try for max anytime soon. Don't expect a picture of me anytime soon. Quit working out about sophomore year. Since I can't do any of those numbers anymore I feel ok being taken on faith in CB as well as real life.

BHT September 21 2009 2:09 PM EDT

Bench: 235 x5 (all the weights I have at home)
Curl: 40 x10 (biggest free weight i have)
Leg Press in high school i was doing 400+

Gandalf September 21 2009 2:25 PM EDT

I'm only 17 and not very big built so just work with what i have really..
Always been into excersizing, been running properly for few years now, though quit the club due to study best time of 5k was 17:20 not too bad.
Been weight training for about a year, dont compare to what you guys do, big monsters haha. Take whey protein every day. Weight train 4 times a week, this includes of only 4 excersizes-

Bicep curls 13.5KG 10 reps x 4 sets. Shoulder shrugs 17KG 15 reps - not enough weight to do reps of 10 x 4 sets. Excersize were u have weights by your side and raise outwards then hold. 10.5KG same reps, sets etc and then. the triceps excersize were u hold dumbbell behind your neck then raise.

Do abs nearly everyday along with diamond hand press ups which are harder than normal ones.. Any tips ill gladly take and i don't train on back or legs yet.. Is there actually any safe free weight back excersizes out there?

Adminedyit September 21 2009 2:26 PM EDT

i tried lifting weights once, they were too heavy...

Cube September 21 2009 2:29 PM EDT

Used to do water polo. Damn that was good fun, amazing exercise too.

SimplyNic September 21 2009 3:20 PM EDT

Before I injured my knees again...

Bench: 220 x 5
Bicep Curl (1): 35 x 5
Bicep Curl (2): 80 x 5
Hip Sled: 600 x 5
Leg Press: 450 x 5
Back Squat: 330 x 5
Front Squat: 275 x 5
Calf Raises (bar weight 120): 10 reps
Shrugs (Bar): 245 x 5
Shrug (Dumbbell): 90 x 5
Good Mornings: 220 x 5
Military Press : 220 x 3
Push Press: 240 x 3
Dips (Added weight 30 pounds): 10 reps

I'm missing out on stuff but can't rightfully remember what it is lol. Now I don't really have the knee strength to go to the gym quite yet again. Hoping I can go back sooner or later.

AdminG Beee September 21 2009 4:37 PM EDT

6'3, 260lbs.

I lift 20 pints of lager in about 6 hours most weekends with my friend Jim (never seen it spelled Gym before). Lifting them can be tough but "downing" them is the fun part.

Does that count..? :)

QBRanger September 21 2009 4:44 PM EDT

6'3" 220 lbs

Used to work out like a madman, 6 days a week.

Then I got married and had kids, so little time now to work out.

Got my bench to 345 x 1, no bounce/a real press. Forgot all the other maxs.

Stopped doing squats early in my weightlifting days as it was causing me lower back pain. Switched to leg presses to work those muscles.

Joel September 21 2009 5:17 PM EDT


Wow! I see some really strong people here!


First, thank you Neo Japan for that awesome clarification! 6' 275lbs! Thats a nice weight!

No wonder you're so strong, and if you carry it well that means you're mostly muscle!



Eurynome Bartelby, your experience is the exact thing my little brothers always do and is

the reason for my philosophy 'Take it easy and sleep a lot'. This philosophy is important

to me and many other's successes.



Gun! Wow! You remind me of my big brother! Except he still works out and is now at the

top of his 220lbs weight class in powerlifting. He, though, was always a weakling but with

incredible energy and will! In middle school he joined the football team and began working

out. Now he can bench 500lbs., squat and deadlift 700lbs., and power-clean 500lbs. I have

always been the strong one since birth, but I never had any focus. I started in Highschool

for 6 months and got up to 220lbs. in weight doing 235lbs. bench press and 60lbs. 1-arm

curl. The rest I didn't really do much of.
In conclusion I'd say that you've forgotten more strength than we've ever had, lol, unless

someone later posts his current stats being higher. Your previous strenght is a good goal

for us to reach for though and I for one will be trying to surpass it. For ranking

purposes, though, you'll have to get to the gym and test youself; I'm really curious about

how strong you still are!



Nice stats BHT! I can do 245lbs. 3x so I think that you may be equal to me in Bench! Thats

another tie, now in Bench-Press! You should buy bigger dumbells to increase your biceps'

strength, wroar!



Gandalf, good start! So about 30lbs. x10 curls means you can probably do 50lbs. x1.
37lbs. shrugs x10 so maybe 60lbs x1. I'll put you in the ranking for those two. I still

need the weight you use for shoulder and triceps that you said you exercised.
Just look online for back workouts; I trust the body weight "Superman" back workout, just

look it up.
Diamond push-ups are really good for chest, but add some variety with incline, reverse-

incline, and wide push-ups.
I will soon begin working my abs, which will probably make look much fatter when I start to

gain the muscle, lol.



Simply Nic, it sounds like you haven't been out for long, but just let me know how long

you've been out exactly so I can judge wheather or not your posted stats are able to be

judged as your current stats. If they are, then you are pretty strong!

I'll post the current Ranking in my next post.

Joel September 21 2009 6:11 PM EDT


Leg Press: 400 x10 Neo Japan 1st place - waiting on confirmation of time away from Gym by Simply Nic for the next ranking.

Curls: 50lbs. x10 Joel - Tied 1st place
50lbs. x10 Neo Japan - Tied 1st place
40lbs. x10 BHT - 2nd place
30lbs. x10 Gandalf- 3rd place

Bench: 225lbs. x10 Joel - 1st place
235lbs. x5 BHT - 2nd place
225lbs. x1 Neo Japan - 3rd place
Shoulder Shrugs: 225lbs. x10 Neo Japan - 1st place, May change after I go to the Gym today.

Back-one arm dumbbell 'Pull back': 80lbs. 1st place, will probably remain so even after my gym visit, lol.

Machine-'Pull-Downs'(Triceps)- 195lbs. x10 Placing to be decided upon my return from the gym.

Well! I'm going to the gym now!

Joel September 21 2009 6:22 PM EDT

Weight and Height of ranking individuals:
Neo Japan: 6' 275lbs
Joel: 6' 235lbs
BHT: Unknown
Gandalf: Unknown

Weight and Height of possible other participants:
Aftermath Dynasty: 6'1", 167lbs.
AdminG Beee: 6'3",260lbs.
QBRanger: 6'3", 220lbs
Simply Nic: Unknown
[CB1]Gun: Unknown
Eurynome Bartleby: Unknown
Revs: Unknown
Demigod: Unknown
Lord Bob: Unknown
Adminedyit: Unknown
Cube: Unknown


I would like more people and numbers! I know there are plenty of you guys out there in CB2! I want to see a guy that can beat us all in every area!

Chaos Griever September 21 2009 7:43 PM EDT

I'm not much into the weights, and I couldn't give you numbers. I've been realtively fit.. I starting to Train for a fight actually. My college has a fight club with a couple people from Combat arts in the army, me I'm just learning the ropes I was a high school wrestler, and a bit of Ju-jitsu..

Specs:

6'5
240lbs

Some numbers [From my high school, journal. xDD!
Bench Max 200lbs [weak..]
Leg Press 300lbs
LOTS OF running
And getting mt butt kicked my my boxing instructor.

Nothing special, I do quite a bit of running. Not much weights..
Ohhh and 26.1 Body fat last time I checked, I'm slimming down at the moment for 225lbs, But I might have to catch weight at 235lbs. T_T

I should work out more, with weights. =]

SimplyNic September 21 2009 7:45 PM EDT

Sorry about getting back to you late.
Body statistics back when I was lifting;
Height 5'10.5
Weight: 220 pounds.

I've been out for about about a month and a half or so.

Admin{CB1}Slayer333 September 21 2009 8:02 PM EDT

A million pounds, infinite reps. Also, on weekends I hold the planet in the sky to give Atlas a break.

iBananco [Blue Army] September 21 2009 8:19 PM EDT

You mean hold the sky up from the earth. Obvious fake.

AdminTitan [The Sky Forge] September 21 2009 8:30 PM EDT

Do you mean 70 one arm, or 70 on a bar for curls?

I do 235x3 bench, and around 95x5 curls for a bar.

Joel September 21 2009 9:44 PM EDT

I do 70 lbs with ONE arm; a one-handed barbell.

I'm back from the gym so... UPDATED STATS!!!


Curls: 50lbs. x16 Joel - 1st place
50lbs. x10 Neo Japan - 2nd place
40lbs. x10 BHT - 3rd place
30lbs. x10 Gandalf- 4th place

Bench: 225lbs. x10 Joel - 1st place
235lbs. x5 BHT - 2nd place
225lbs. x1 Neo Japan - 3rd place
Shoulder Shrugs: 290lbs. x10 Joel - 1st place
225lbs. x10 Neo Japan - 2nd place

Back-one arm dumbbell 'Pull back': 80lbs. 1st place, I still haven't found my max yet.


Machine-'Pull-Downs'(Triceps)- 195lbs. x10 Neo Japan 1st place, I think I did the wrong tricep workout to find my max: I did the cable machine with the rope grips that hangs a little above your head. I grabbed it then pulled it down to chest level and then extended my elbows pulling the rope towards the ground. I just realised what machine you use: a machine that you sit down at and tuck your knees under some pads as you push the bars on each side of you down. Is that the one you do? Because with the standing up pull-downs I can do
105lbs. 10x but with the machine that I think you may be using I can do over 200lbs. I'm not gonna post that until I finally get my exact max.

Back-one arm dumbbell 'Pull back': 80lbs. 1st place Neo Japan, I haven't tried do do this one yet but I think I know how; I'll try it next time I go to the gym.

Leg Press: 400 x10 Neo Japan 1st place, I still don't know my max.

For Simply Nic I would need him to go back to the gym since he hasn't been there for more than a month. You can lose a lot of strength in a month and a half. I know you can't go back until your injury clears up, but I think you can get back to where you left off pretty quickly.

TheHatchetman September 21 2009 10:13 PM EDT

back in high school (almost 7 years ago, when did I get so old?! o.O), I couldn't fit enough weights on the leg press to find out my max. Never been much for bench-pressing, though I've done a lot of roofing, some floors, and various other jobs requiring "heavy lifting" and have yet to come across a situation where I've needed more strength than I had... 6'6" 230lb, and while I'm not an athlete by any means, I'm in about as good a shape as I wanna be ^_^

Burton September 21 2009 10:15 PM EDT

Used to go about 4-5 times a week before summer. Slacked during summer and going to start going everyday this week.

Joel September 21 2009 10:54 PM EDT

I'll post the personal data of the ranking and non-ranking individuals.
Going to bed now! Gotta get plenty of sleep!

Weight and Height of ranking individuals:
Neo Japan: 6' 275lbs
Joel: 6' 235lbs
BHT: Unknown
Gandalf: Unknown

Weight and Height of possible other participants:
Aftermath Dynasty: 6'1", 167lbs.
AdminG Beee: 6'3",260lbs.
QBRanger: 6'3", 220lbs
Simply Nic: 5'10.5" 220lbs.
HavocSyndrome: 6'5" 240lbs.
TheHatchetman: 6'6" 230lbs.
[CB1]Gun: Unknown
Eurynome Bartleby: Unknown
Revs: Unknown
Demigod: Unknown
Lord Bob: Unknown
Adminedyit: Unknown
Cube: Unknown

Adminedyit September 22 2009 5:17 AM EDT

5'7" 190 pounds, quit smoking 3-4 years ago and now my sedentary lifestyle is catching up to me

blackshadowshade September 22 2009 6:59 AM EDT

I'd be on the mage side here. Currently, my lifting consists of carrying two kids, one on each arm: 12 kg and 8 kg.

However, give me the fireball spell and watch it go BOOM!!! ;)

Marlfox [Cult of the Valaraukar] September 22 2009 7:25 AM EDT

Watch your children go "BOOM" or...?

Joel September 22 2009 11:16 AM EDT

Alright, I've got some updated weights and heights here:

Weight and Height of ranking individuals:
Neo Japan: 6' 275lbs
Joel: 6' 235lbs
BHT: Unknown
Gandalf: Unknown

Weight and Height of possible other participants:
Aftermath Dynasty: 6'1", 167lbs.
AdminG Beee: 6'3",260lbs.
QBRanger: 6'3", 220lbs
Simply Nic: 5'10.5" 220lbs.
HavocSyndrome: 6'5" 240lbs.
TheHatchetman: 6'6" 230lbs.
Adminedyit: 5'7" 190lbs.
[CB1]Gun: Unknown
Eurynome Bartleby: Unknown
Revs: Unknown
Demigod: Unknown
Lord Bob: Unknown
Cube: Unknown
Blackshadowshade: Unknown
Marlfox: Unknown

Anyone who posts here I will list in the possible participants section if they don't initially post any weight-lifting stats.

AdminTal Destra September 22 2009 11:32 AM EDT

I don't work out near as much as i did when i was in high school, my best bench max was 275lbs, my one arm curl was 40lbs, leg press was 500lbs (though only once, usually 450 x10)

im 6'4" and about 250 lbs

Joel September 22 2009 7:38 PM EDT

Slight update.

Weight and Height of ranking individuals:
Neo Japan: 6' 275lbs
Joel: 6' 235lbs
BHT: Unknown
Gandalf: Unknown

Weight and Height of possible other participants:
Aftermath Dynasty: 6'1", 167lbs.
AdminG Beee: 6'3",260lbs.
QBRanger: 6'3", 220lbs
Simply Nic: 5'10.5" 220lbs.
HavocSyndrome: 6'5" 240lbs.
TheHatchetman: 6'6" 230lbs.
Adminedyit: 5'7" 190lbs.
Tal Destra: 6'4" 250lbs.
[CB1]Gun: Unknown
Eurynome Bartleby: Unknown
Revs: Unknown
Demigod: Unknown
Lord Bob: Unknown
Cube: Unknown
Blackshadowshade: Unknown
Marlfox: Unknown

Cube September 22 2009 11:20 PM EDT

Oh, I'm 6' 180 lbs.

I don't bench, but I'll see what weights I can do next time I go to the gym.

Joel September 22 2009 11:25 PM EDT

Awesome Cube! I'll be awaiting your results!


Weight and Height of ranking individuals:
Neo Japan: 6' 275lbs
Joel: 6' 235lbs
BHT: Unknown
Gandalf: Unknown

Weight and Height of possible other participants:
Aftermath Dynasty: 6'1", 167lbs.
AdminG Beee: 6'3",260lbs.
QBRanger: 6'3", 220lbs
Simply Nic: 5'10.5" 220lbs.
HavocSyndrome: 6'5" 240lbs.
TheHatchetman: 6'6" 230lbs.
Adminedyit: 5'7" 190lbs.
Tal Destra: 6'4" 250lbs.
Cube: 6'0" 180lbs.
[CB1]Gun: Unknown
Eurynome Bartleby: Unknown
Revs: Unknown
Demigod: Unknown
Lord Bob: Unknown
Blackshadowshade: Unknown
Marlfox: Unknown

Joel September 26 2009 1:30 PM EDT

Last night I found that I needed to bench more weight the next time I visited the gym! My routine is as follows:

Bench-Press: 205lbs. x9
Incline-Bench: 135lbs. x9
Reverse-Incline: 205lbs. x9
Fly-press Machine: 90lbs. x9

I usually do that for my first set; I do four sets of what I listed. Usually I have to go down in weight with one or more of my workouts, but this time I didn't have to! I didn't even feel like I would need a spotter the whole time I was at the gym!
Before I increase my Bench-press weight I will increase my Incline-Bench and my Fly-press Machine's weight first. I am very careful to not over-work myself.
Seeing me progress further makes you all want to start hitting the gym, right? By the way, it only took me about a year to get this strong. Just invest a year in your weight-lifting routine and you will see results like this! A routine that is not too hard or demanding is what you should make for yourselves. I will post my routine for every muscle group in my next thread.
I'm also going to make a new post soon that lists the kind of diet strategies that I use and various other tips.

Joel October 1 2009 4:26 AM EDT

I'm back from the gym again so... UPDATED STATS!!!


Curls: 50lbs. x16 Joel - 1st place
50lbs. x10 Neo Japan - 2nd place
40lbs. x10 BHT - 3rd place
30lbs. x10 Gandalf- 4th place

Bench: 225lbs. x10 Joel - 1st place
235lbs. x5 BHT - 2nd place
225lbs. x1 Neo Japan - 3rd place
Shoulder Shrugs: 290lbs. x10 Joel - 1st place
225lbs. x10 Neo Japan - 2nd place

Back-one arm dumbbell 'Pull back': 80lbs. 1st place, I still haven't found my max yet.


Machine-'Pull-Downs'(Triceps)- 195lbs. x10 Neo Japan 1st place, I'll be finding my max soon.

Back-one arm dumbbell 'Pull back': 95lbs. x10 Joel 1st place!
80lbs. x10 Neo Japan 2nd place

Leg Press: 400 x10 Neo Japan 1st place, I'll find out next time I hit the gym.


Has anybody else improved their max? I'm very curious about how fast others are growing!
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