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Training and Diet Log for February 1, 2005


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Awake at 11:30AM Meal 1 (12:30PM):

  • Omelet with Onion, Tomato, Mushroom, Ham
  • Two Tacos with Cheese & Sour Cream
  • Bowl of Mixed Fruit (Orange, Pear, Watermelon, Peach, Cantaloupe, Pineapple)
  • Broccoli
  • Glass of Orange Juice

Meal 2 (5:30PM):

  • Hot Pork
  • Potatoes
  • Turkey Noodle Soup
  • Bowl of Mixed Fruit (Orange, Pear, Watermelon, Peach, Cantaloupe, Pineapple)
  • Glass of Orange Juice
  • Glass of 1% Milk

Meal 3 (7:00PM):

  • Shephard's Pie
  • Mixed Beans

Meal 4 (9:00PM):

  • Chicken Breast
  • Bowl of Oats
  • Banana

Meal 5 (12:00AM):

  • Chicken Breast
  • Bowl of Oats
  • Banana
  • Protein Shake (23 grams)

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Back / Triceps
Exercise Sets Reps
Triangle Bar Lat Pulldowns 5 8-12
T-Bar Rows 5 8-12
Triceps Pulldowns 4 8-12

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Overall, today was a good day. Given that I am a senior university student with a 100% course load and a thesis project underway, this is far more than I should ever expect for myself. So many magazines make bodybuilding out to be easy - and I guess in a sense it is. As long as you eat X amount of the right foods at time X throughout the day, and workout using such and such basic exercises with so many sets and so many reps, as well as good the required amount of rest, keep fluid intake high, and keep a positive attitude - you should do well. But exactly how easy is that? Easier said than done...Being as busy as I am, hoping to eat five meals in a day is expecting a LOT. However, I think it would help my cause significantly if I started waking up a little earlier during the day. In fact, I think it could speed up my gains all the more quickly. So that is something that I have been trying to do (easier said than done once again). Even has one too many articles that make bodybuilding out to be easier than it is - so I'm quite guilty of it. Bodybuilding is easy in many ways, but the difficulty is having the time to do the easy things requried to make it all happen. Hard and intense training, to me at least, is quite fun. I don't consider it "hard" because I love doing it so much. The nutrition aspect is a lot harder to me, but even then, it can be enjoyable and a great learning experience. But in terms of practicality - that is where things get tough. ESPECIALLY as a student. Students predominantly have more stress than many other segments of the population, as we have our full time course schedules to deal with as well as the homework and studying that we take home, and in many cases, part time jobs or other responsibilities on top of that - it gets tough. So if I can workout and eat at this level every day throughout the semester, I will be quite happy.

My goal is also to eat 5-10 servings of fresh fruits and / or vegetables daily. Sometimes I forget to do this, but I always try my best (some days are just better than others).

I trained back with triceps today which was sort of a mistake (I meant to train chest with triceps yesterday, and back with biceps today). Since I mixed things up yesterday, I decided to change it today as well. Starting next will, it will be chest/triceps (Monday) and back/biceps (Tuesday). I may also train biceps tomorrow during my regularly scheduled hamstrings / quads workout. We'll see how my biceps are feeling and how I'm doing for time.

Overall, training was ok, but it is very obvious to me why my gym is mainly filled with recreational lifters and not as many people who take it seriously (serious bodybuilders, if even local ones). The gym is so crowded, that on many days, my workouts consist of "doing whatever weight / machine is free." This is really not a great attitude to take for those serious in their commitments with Bodybuilding. In any case, as I said, my nutrition for the day was satisfactory, and so was my training. I always seek to improve it, but today was ok. As I said, being busy, and working out at a crowded gym are big hurdles, but no need stressing out over stuff outside of your control. So I'm happy, and look forward to the workouts to come.

Take care,

Matt Canning

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