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Summer of Strength

wildmanwill84 June 24, 2013

Goal Setting.  We all know how important it is to set goals.  We set goals for all aspects of our lives.  You all know my big mac daddy goal of becoming of an IFBB Pro Men’s Physique competitor.  That’s the BIG goal, and with that comes lots of smaller goals to get there.  Think of them as steps on a ladder.  The big goal is at the top but you have to take one step at a time to get there.  This week is focusing on the current small goal, increasing strength, or as I prefer to call it the summer of strength.  Throughout the rest of the summer I will be focusing on increasing my strength.  Coach Steve and I are going to focus on three key strength movements as forms of measurement.  The Bench Press, The Barbell Squat, and The Body Weight Pull Up.

This week I am going to preform my 5 rep max on these movements, and through calculations we will be able to see what my 1 rep max is.  Then through the course of these next months I will be training and eating to improve those strength numbers.  Coach and I have chosen to focus on strength for many reasons.  The biggest reason focusing on increasing strength will in turn build lean muscle tissue along with some much needed leaning out.  Think of it as three bird’s and one stone.  Increase strength, increase lean muscle tissue and decrease in excess fat tissue.  Pretty much a win, win, win for the next few months.  I’ve never done strength training like this; in fact I have never done a 1 rep max test of any kind.  So I am very excited to focus on these goals and what it takes.  On the next blog I will be posting the current strength numbers.  So stay tuned and excited for that.

As with any training program there is one major factor that must always be followed.  Say it with me… PROPER NUTRITION!!  I can lift all day long and press as much heavy weight as I want, but if I am not feeding my body properly I can kiss any kind gains good bye expect the gain of the expanded belly fat.  For the summer of strength my macro nutrient count is 50% carb, 35% protein and 15% fat based on a caloric intake of 3,500 calories a day.  Which equates to 437 grams of carbs, 306 g of protein and 58g of fat.  I’ll keep you all up to date how that is going as well.

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I’ve provided some pics that are 6 months apart.  Shoulders and back are wider.  Chest is getting tighter and belly is getting smaller.  Still a lot of construction to go, but I’m a lot closer today then I was 6 months ago.


Stay positive my friends,



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