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    returning to training after 10yr gap

    competed during the late 90's and decided on a two week break ...... i have now returned to regular training and supplement side of things have changed! any advice you can give would be gratefully received.

    at 172cm tall i competed at 79kg, with 28 inch waist, 47inch chest, 30inch quads and 18inch calfs, biceps and neck.

    im now in my mid 40's 84kg and still lean. i have a good diet plan and need advice......

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    Re: returning to training after 10yr gap

    Welcome, whats your Q mate.

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    Re: returning to training after 10yr gap

    would fokin like calfs 18"

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    Re: returning to training after 10yr gap

    whats your reasons for a 10 year gap? You must had been very dedicated to got to a stage where you was competing

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    Re: returning to training after 10yr gap

    I feel like iv had a ten year gap. My wieghts are crap at the moment.

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    Re: returning to training after 10yr gap

    i decided to compete to see if i had the will power, not for the training etc but to see if i could stick to a diet. all those hours in gym and cardio for a handful of £20 trophies (lol), seems mad now but never say never again. im hoping all that stuff about muscle memory is true.

    i rupture L5 disc in my spine hack squating. used to do leg extensions/ hamstring curls then hacks at 225kg for 10- 15reps all the way done and stopping at the top just before locking out, no wraps and just an olympic weightlifting belt.
    nhs really sucked so used pain meds and kind o fell away from the whole gym lifestyle.

    ref calve workout- i used to do donkey calve raises 100kg dropping eventually to 50kg as i reached failure. followed by single leg standing raises, 25 reps a leg for 4-5 sets. dont know if it works for everyone but it worked for me and my training partner.

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    Re: returning to training after 10yr gap

    Very good stats! We are basically the same height and at over 30kg heavier than you off season shape i only have slightly larger measurements!

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    Re: returning to training after 10yr gap

    Quote Originally Posted by tribalegs View Post
    i decided to compete to see if i had the will power, not for the training etc but to see if i could stick to a diet. all those hours in gym and cardio for a handful of £20 trophies (lol), seems mad now but never say never again. im hoping all that stuff about muscle memory is true.

    i rupture L5 disc in my spine hack squating. used to do leg extensions/ hamstring curls then hacks at 225kg for 10- 15reps all the way done and stopping at the top just before locking out, no wraps and just an olympic weightlifting belt.
    nhs really sucked so used pain meds and kind o fell away from the whole gym lifestyle.

    ref calve workout- i used to do donkey calve raises 100kg dropping eventually to 50kg as i reached failure. followed by single leg standing raises, 25 reps a leg for 4-5 sets. dont know if it works for everyone but it worked for me and my training partner.
    Do you have pics? of you on stage? Thats good weights for a bodybuilder, I actually do similar calf training like yours, think it does work well

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    Re: returning to training after 10yr gap

    back in those days all the pics were in black and white (lol) there might be a couple kicking about. if i find any i'll scan them in.

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    Re: returning to training after 10yr gap

    I've just took it back up after 10 yr break due to a hernia and shoulder probs.
    Does'nt it feel good too be back.
    My calf training is preety much the same and mine are about 18" too so it must work, I think working them to faliure works best if you can stand the pain.
    I think the supplement side of things is loads better than 10 yrs ago.
    This forum is a brillint place for information, these people really know their stuff

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    Re: returning to training after 10yr gap

    I myself had a 7yr break from the training/competing from 81-88 due to work comitments; setting up home and family ect
    Then in 88[at 40] I returned to training with a comitment to compete as I had through the 70's, [as an example] it took just 9mths to reach placing 3rd in the Britain final plus other top placing
    I just followed my training plans as before, the only differance was that I worked more on my diet still the same 6-8 meals per day,just a differant intake, but I did train somewhat harder and more intence
    I'm saying this as you have been there before and no doubt have the knowledge of what works for you and your physique,
    The only advice I can give is just ease yourself back into the training and build up the sets and take 1or2days off between w/out, forget what poundages you did before that will come in good time, eat clean and well,and most!! enjoy your training, you'll see some great results as your old M/bellies should respond well

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    Re: returning to training after 10yr gap

    thanks for the motivation. beginning to remember all the joys of calve training.....
    all going well i'll get back on stage but will do so when ready, no rush. any suggestions how to reduce my forearm pump? my forearms are passing 16 inch and look completely out of proportion.......(nothing to do with self stimulation 8-))

    my diet is good, 6 meals spaced throughout the day, my training will get better and with help from forum members i will continue to improve and grow......

    t

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    image of my first comp

    hi, just found a pic of my first ever comp which was at clydebank, glasgow. i came second to mate who trained at the same gym.

    i am the wee dude on the RIGHT. sorry for the size and quality of the image, i am not that it literate.
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    Re: returning to training after 10yr gap

    Here you go, resized and cropped.
    All the best on your training, seem to know what you doing. You plan to compete again or just recreational?
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    Re: returning to training after 10yr gap

    many thanks for the resizing taintedsoul,
    i will continue to gain some size and shape. i am getting some useful advice from this forum so who nose... i wont kid myself on when i am ready i'll go for it.

    t

 

 
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