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    nice lifting. sorry to hear about your eye problems.
    i wish you could figure out those elbow problems when you squat.
    i think we just got one of those safety squat bars.
    i bet those would be easier on your elbows, but you probably don't have access to one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jmama View Post
    nice lifting. sorry to hear about your eye problems.
    i wish you could figure out those elbow problems when you squat.
    i think we just got one of those safety squat bars.
    i bet those would be easier on your elbows, but you probably don't have access to one.
    Thanks. That's why I like the Smith machine. I don't have to worry about keeping the bar on my shoulders and so there's much less stress on my elbows. Some of us just were not made to use standard-size equipment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frither81 View Post
    I want to see a pic of your back.
    I bet it's insane, you move a lot of weight PP!
    You got me curious so today I took some back shots and uploaded them to my Winter Album.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PowerPixie View Post
    Thanks. That's why I like the Smith machine. I don't have to worry about keeping the bar on my shoulders and so there's much less stress on my elbows. Some of us just were not made to use standard-size equipment.
    So true about standard sized equipment; I don't know about you but I can barely reach the lat pulldown handle to the degree that it makes it impossible for me to use the machine at all...I just about get a grip, after jumping up, on the one side which off-sets the other side, and the staff are no help in that department either; I had considered, if I wanted to use it again, making a member of staff pull the handle down for me

    The menopause thing, from what I read, women's estrogen goes down and our testosterone increases, because of the lowered estrogen, I assume and apparently it's one of the reasons that we then hold fat in the midsection rather than the hips...so I've read.




    Great session, as always, PP

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    Thanks Babs.

    I stand on the seat of the Lat Pull Down in order to get a grip on the handles. One guy showed me how to pull the cable halfway up so that the handle came down lower but that's useless when pulling a heavier weight. I prefer to stand on the seat. LOL! Then I drop down and hook my legs under the lap bar. It's quite a production, but it works.

    My not fitting into most of the equipment is why I'm having such trouble with the Bench lately (ever since they got new benches, which are too high).
    And why I don't use most of the machines either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PowerPixie View Post
    I stand on the seat of the Lat Pull Down in order to get a grip on the handles. One guy showed me how to pull the cable halfway up so that the handle came down lower but that's useless when pulling a heavier weight. I prefer to stand on the seat. LOL! Then I drop down and hook my legs under the lap bar. It's quite a production, but it works.
    ha ha.
    yeah, i can totally relate to this.
    when i sit down on the lat pulldown machine i can barely reach it without lifting my butt off the seat.
    it's such a pain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PowerPixie View Post
    You got me curious so today I took some back shots and uploaded them to my Winter Album.
    I want to see these said pics!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jmama View Post
    ha ha.
    yeah, i can totally relate to this.
    when i sit down on the lat pulldown machine i can barely reach it without lifting my butt off the seat.
    it's such a pain.
    you are such a butthole... hahaha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frither81 View Post
    I want to see these said pics!
    View Profile...then go to Album called "Winter"

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5kgLifter View Post
    View Profile...then go to Album called "Winter"
    aha! Thanks!
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    And HOLY SHIIT! You are ripped!!!!!!

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    Fasted Friday Workout

    Because I had a noon appointment for my annual physical that required a "fasting blood test", I didn't eat breakfast or drink my usual cup of Cafe Bustelo. Instead, I had some jasmine green tea which was okay but not what I prefer first thing in the morning. I was concerned about how much this would impact my workout, but I needn't've worried.

    I do 20 minutes on the Precor, but not HIIT since I did that yesterday. Instead, I lope along at 175-180 Strides Per Minute. By the time 15 minutes has passed, I'm up to 190-200 SPMs and it feels pretty good. Fridays are my catch-up day for whatever I feel is lagging. Since I'll be doing Arms later, I like to warm up with two big exercises: bench and barbell rows. I'm careful to position myself on the bench so that the bar is directly over my chest. It means that the top of my head is just parallel with the edge of the bench. I knock out two sets of 20 reps. I can probably do 3 sets but start to hesitate at rep 15. I really don't want M coming over and grabbing the bar so I rack it, take 5 breaths and then knock out another 5 reps.

    I like the Reverse Grip BB Rows, but my back is still a touch achy from the real Squat attempt on Wednesday. I don't like that feeling so I go slow and easy. After 135 lbs and 12 reps, I debate whether to up the weight for less reps. I definitely don't want to do sets today. And I don't want to hunt around for the 2.5 lb plates either so I grab a pair of 5s. That's 145 lbs. I'm good for 8 reps. Yay! I absolutely know that there are guys trying not to stare. I so don't care. Just stay out of my way.

    Now for the stuff I don't do quite so well. I figure I can do one shoulder exercise on Fridays. Last week it was Bent Over DB Flyes. Today it's BB Shoulder Press. I know I can do a set at 30 lbs so I use that as a warm up. My shoulders click loudly on the press motion because I can hear it through my tunes. I use the 40 lb BB for the next 3 sets. My right shoulder is a little sore today and I don't want it to be a lot sore. 40 lbs is perfect for the Rip Crushers that are next. 40 lbs is all I can manage for the 12 rep sets. I know I'm grimacing throughout the entire three sets because it's that hard. But 40 lbs is light for BB Curls. I do one warm up set, swap it for the 50 lb BB, then add a pair of magnets to bring it up to 55 lbs. Three sets! Yay!

    I drop back to the 40 lb BB for the Reverse Grip BB Curls. Okay, I can do better so I add the magnets and get three more sets of 20 reppers. Yay again! My arms are shot but I try to do Pull Ups anyway, just because the Smith machine is vacant and it's the only place I can do Pull Ups in the entire gym. It's diminishing returns: 8, 7, 6. At least I did them. My elbows aren't happy but I'm sure they're going to be screaming at me later because they're the weak link in this movement.

    I look up at the clock and figure I've got time for 20 minutes of LISS and the one recumbent bike I actually fit in (the seat comes forward all the way instead of being stuck halfway) is free. I pedal, read my email and the online forums. Got to go shower! The gym scale reads 111.4 lbs but I'd already weighed myself this morning and was surprised to see 108.6 lbs and 20.2% BF. It's a nice surprise for the end of the week. My husband actually made it home last night although he has to leave again Sunday afternoon, which means he won't be part of the Cub Scout march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade. No, that'll be me and my son and whichever other scouts show up. But he's 13 lbs lighter from working nights, eating only one meal a day and trying to make use of the hotel gym equipment. Yay!

    I'm 9 minutes late to the doctor's office but no one's in a big rush. There's blood and urine, EKG, hearing test, blood pressure and a silly survey about whether you've noticed any mental issues with yourself. WTF? The doc says it's good I've only put on 2 lbs since my last annual, and that women in general gain a lot of weight and fat in the five years after their periods stop. Five years? After five years, she says things seem to settle down, but everyone's different. No hot flashes or night sweats? Naw, I just feel a little blush sometimes. That's about it.

    The doc also tells me that since it's been a year since my period, it's time to do a Bone Density Test, so I've scheduled that for a day in April. Oh, yeah, and I should probably go see my OB/Gyn, and make that appointment with the glaucoma specialist. It's only when I get back to my car that I realize how goddam hungry I am. Good thing I have a high protein beverage in my cooler that I drain on the spot. If all goes well, I'll be back at the gym with my son in tow tomorrow to play on the cardio machines.

    Fasted Friday Workout

    20 min Precor elliptical = 2.02 miles

    Flat Bench Press
    12xbar (45 lbs)
    12x75 lbs
    20, 20, 15, 5 x 95 lbs

    RG BB Rows
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    12x95 lbs
    12x115 lbs
    12x135 lbs
    8x145 lbs PR Yay!
    12x115 lbs

    BB Shoulder Press
    12x30 lbs
    3x12x40 lbs

    Rip Crushers
    3x12x40 lbs

    BB Curl
    12x40 lbs
    12x50 lbs
    3x12x55 lbs PR Yay!

    RG BB Curls
    20x40 lbs
    3x20x45 lbs PR Yay!

    Pull Ups
    8, 7, 6 (wow do these hurt after curls)

    20 min LISS on LifeFitness recumbent bike = 2.19 miles
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frither81 View Post
    And HOLY SHIIT! You are ripped!!!!!!
    LOL! Thanks!
    (No, I WISH I was ripped. I'm just big right now.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by PowerPixie View Post
    LOL! Thanks!
    (No, I WISH I was ripped. I'm just big right now.)
    Are you BLIND???
    Your jacked!

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    Nice session and PRs, PP! Have to agree with Frither about the ripped/jacked part


    "Do you have mental issues?" now how many are going to say "Oh yes!" even if they did have any or notice any..."I'll just sit here, I won't even harm that fly" (Psycho, just in case I got the wording wrong or some people don't connect the end scene)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frither81 View Post
    Are you BLIND???
    Your jacked!
    Quote Originally Posted by 5kgLifter View Post
    Nice session and PRs, PP! Have to agree with Frither about the ripped/jacked part
    Thanks! but I can see that I'm not as lean as I used to be... I actually dug out older back photos for comparison.
    (But I am DEF bigger and stronger than I used to be.)

    and here's my proof...
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5kgLifter View Post
    "Do you have mental issues?" now how many are going to say "Oh yes!" even if they did have any or notice any..."I'll just sit here, I won't even harm that fly" (Psycho, just in case I got the wording wrong or some people don't connect the end scene)
    It's worse than that... they asked about illegal drug use such as heroin, meth, crack, etc. Do you drink too much. Do you suffer from memory loss (how would I know?) and have you or are you depressed, hearing voices, having disturbing thoughts?

    And I asked the receptionist if people actually answered yes to any of this, and she said one woman was so ticked off by the questions that she purposely put down a bunch of "Yes, I'm crazy" answers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LayzieBone085 View Post
    All abord the PR Train!!!
    Thank you for noticing
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    Daaaaayum!!! That is one kick ass back and shoulder pic Pixie!!! Just keep doing whatever it is you are doing. It is working great Crazy or not hahaha
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    Hey PP, your training log link, in the profile takes people to the main forum page not your log wrong url has been set there.

    http://www.muscleandstrength.com/for...-Profile-Links

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    Uh oh! Lemme see if I can fix that.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KD5NFW View Post
    Daaaaayum!!! That is one kick ass back and shoulder pic Pixie!!! Just keep doing whatever it is you are doing. It is working great Crazy or not hahaha
    Thanks KD!
    I'm sure trying to move more weight and until my joints start to complain too much, I'm succeeding. Yay!
    (Taking am entire month off from my standard routine has been unexpectedly good for my training.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5kgLifter View Post
    Hey PP, your training log link, in the profile takes people to the main forum page not your log wrong url has been set there.

    http://www.muscleandstrength.com/for...-Profile-Links
    Quote Originally Posted by PowerPixie View Post
    Uh oh! Lemme see if I can fix that.
    Okay, I relinked my log page but I think it's just going to put one right at this post. But better than it was.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PowerPixie View Post
    Okay, I relinked my log page but I think it's just going to put one right at this post. But better than it was.
    Yep, but they can go back to your first page from this point if they want, unless you go to the first page of the log, copy the url there, then go paste that link which will take all viewers to the first page, either way, at least it sends people here now

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5kgLifter View Post
    Yep, but they can go back to your first page from this point if they want, unless you go to the first page of the log, copy the url there, then go paste that link which will take all viewers to the first page, either way, at least it sends people here now
    Yay! Thanks
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