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Up until my mid fifties I loved to lift at 5 a.m. right after rolling out of bed. On an empty stomach, too. Now, I need life to lube the old joints throughout the day and I lift at 4 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
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Up until my mid fifties I loved to lift at 5 a.m. right after rolling out of bed. On an empty stomach, too. Now, I need life to lube the old joints throughout the day and I lift at 4 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
That's funny, I lift at 3:00 M-W-F right after work, things are still loose and I'm in the right state of mind.
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Missed Wednesday because of building a chicken coop. Hope to get it in tomorrow, but I'm not sure now.

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Supersetted benches and curls, finishing in about 15 minutes or so. Man, my biceps were burning after the final set!
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Up until my mid fifties I loved to lift at 5 a.m. right after rolling out of bed. On an empty stomach, too. Now, I need life to lube the old joints throughout the day and I lift at 4 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
I'm lifting every third day. Seems to work best for my joints and muscle recovery.

I don't have any energy when I wake up, so I need a good breakfast to lift with any performance at all. I work out of a home office, so I usually get busy pretty early, then about 9-10am I dash down to the workout room and try to knock it out in 45 min.

The only other time of the day, where I have had success is about 2pm, after lunch.

But remember, I am trying to loose 3 lbs a week and energy to perform is at very narrow windows.


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Been overdoing it around here, trying to get caught up on projects. Not much energy left. So I got in my close grip only. Gotta leave in a few to pick up a rototiller from a neighbor since the FFA usually tills my garden and can't this year for the obvious reason.

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I hope this helps with my recovery this week.
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I felt much better today, although still tired from starting the tilling process on my garden which is about 10K square feet. Whew. Thankfully, the rain stopped me today and allowed a bit of rest.

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Been overdoing it around here, trying to get caught up on projects. Not much energy left. So I got in my close grip only. Gotta leave in a few to pick up a rototiller from a neighbor since the FFA usually tills my garden and can't this year for the obvious reason.
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I felt much better today, although still tired from starting the tilling process on my garden which is about 10K square feet. Whew. Thankfully, the rain stopped me today and allowed a bit of rest.

I am in the same boat, with the Honey-do list and my own list. We are camping over the Memorial Weekend, and the pickup needed some maintenance, so I dove in yesterday. With 108k miles, I needed to change out the serpentine belt and do a brake pad job all the way around.

If it isn't work on a vehicle, it is work on the property... and regardless, I am spent when finished.

This is the exact reason I have to lift in the morning.

Good on ya for getting the garden in! We are only growing Anaheim Chilis and Tomatoes in large planters this year.


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It gives us something to do, John! Not sure if keeps us young or ages us prematurely.

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DB's are getting easier. Not much weight yet, but when I first restarted them I could barely get the 35s for one set of ten. Now the last set with 45s are as easy as the first set with 35s.
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Worn out from all the work around here, plus my daughter and her family spent the weekend. Time to rest up from two rambunctious granddaughters!

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That's it. I was tired enough I almost didn't lift. Next Monday is 5 sets of 5 with 276, which should be fine.

It's raining today, but we'll be back in the garden tomorrow trying to get it planted.

On a side-note, yesterday my right knee needing a replacement became "live." It wasn't like a stabbing knife going into the joint each time I step, it was the impact of a swinging axe. Wow! Feels better today, however.
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Wow, complete exhaustion this week. Approaching or over 90 while I was hand tilling and putting my garden in. I'm about 85% finished and hope to get it done by mid-week. It's large for the tiny tiller I use, but looking good!

I was simply too worn out to lift after Monday which was abbreviated. Not sure if I'll lift Monday or Tuesday for my heavy day, it'll depend on my energy levels and the heat supposed to be moving our way again. Today was a little of what I missed both Wednesday and Friday.

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Can't complain about anything. Even my knees cooperated this past week except one. Squats felt very good and my form is finally coming back! Nice thing about the SSB bar is how it mimics a front squat but with the bar on your back. Yes, it cuts back on weight, but really puts the stress on the quads and hamstrings, while taking it off the shoulders which haunts every bench pressing powerlifter in the world.
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.......Even my knees cooperated this past week except one. Squats felt very good and my form is finally coming back! Nice thing about the SSB bar is how it mimics a front squat but with the bar on your back. Yes, it cuts back on weight, but really puts the stress on the quads and hamstrings, while taking it off the shoulders which haunts every bench pressing powerlifter in the world.

Yeah I sure like the body position of all the pics I see of lifters using SSB. Wish I had room for one of these bars in my tiny little workout room.

And the reason I lift free weight, parallel squats in general is the overall workout I get in my core, just being able to balance and handle the weight really helps with my overall strength.
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I'm a big fan of front squats after burning out following 15 years of very hard and heavy back squats. I still remember that particular set of squats that made me rack the bar and walk away until just recently with the SSB.

Anyone who enjoys their shoulders should naturally gravitate to an SSB. They will thank you!
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