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Is Nippard with Gymshark? Ffs, absolutely hate that brand and everything they've created in the fitness industry, tbh.

Edit - says I can't open the link.
Doubtful, his ex Robin basically left him for the owner of gymshark.

I wouldn't follow anyones programs from gymshark besides Chris Bumstead, who is way better than being sponsored by a company like that.

Everything about the athletes is sickening, I've watched some of the videos just because Bumstead is in them and they all come across fake as fuck, they're like clones and their only emotion is over the top happy.
The guys on gymshark now are just teenagers on sarms with big social media followings.

Not looked at the programs but it's rare to see any of them train hard and I'm convinced they only do leg and glute days, I'd be surprised if any of them followed a program
 
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Doubtful, his ex Robin basically left him for the owner of gymshark.

I wouldn't follow anyones programs from gymshark besides Chris Bumstead, who is way better than being sponsored by a company like that.

Everything about the athletes is sickening, I've watched some of the videos just because Bumstead is in them and they all come across fake as fuck, they're like clones and their only emotion is over the top happy.
The guys on gymshark now are just teenagers on sarms with big social media followings.

Not looked at the programs but it's rare to see any of them train hard and I'm convinced they only do leg and glute days, I'd be surprised if any of them followed a program
I'm convinced there isn't much science behind a typical hypertrophy programme. Absolutely convinced of it. Strength, yeah definitely, but you won't find any of the gym shark people with strength programmes, I guess. But you can add size by doing pretty much anything in the gym, if that's the only goal.

I'm absolutely convinced you could do a programme with no free weights or compounds, just do cables and machines and could create an OK physique, as long as progressive overload is employed. I wouldn't try it through fear of wasting my time and obviously I have no fucking clue what I'm talking about here, but my overall point is that most programmes focused on hypertrophy are worthless imo. Lift some stuff up and make sure you progress from last week and your body grows, surely.

I'll put this bit in our book @mandela
 
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I'm convinced there isn't much science behind a typical hypertrophy programme. Absolutely convinced of it. Strength, yeah definitely, but you won't find any of the gym shark people with strength programmes, I guess. But you can add size by doing pretty much anything in the gym, if that's the only goal.

I'm absolutely convinced you could do a programme with no free weights or compounds, just do cables and machines and could create an OK physique, as long as progressive overload is employed. I wouldn't try it through fear of wasting my time and obviously I have no fucking clue what I'm talking about here, but my overall point is that most programmes focused on hypertrophy are worthless imo. Lift some stuff up and make sure you progress from last week and your body grows, surely.

I'll put this bit in our book @mandela
Bang on, man.

Actually been thinking about the book a bit lately. When watching Athlean-X videos he always gets felt tip pens oot and draws on himself to show how muslces move/work so i was thinking that we could get Craig in to draw on him. For pictures in the book, know? Which then got me thinking more. You ever pick up a pen and you kinda scribble in the corner to see if it's working/get the ink flowing, but always out the way in the corner of the page, well Craigs penis would basically have to serve as the corner of our page just to check the pens are working properly before we move onto the glutes and take pictures.

Been thinking about this a lot.
 
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Bang on, man.

Actually been thinking about the book a bit lately. When watching Athlean-X videos he always gets felt tip pens oot and draws on himself to show how muslces move/work so i was thinking that we could get Craig in to draw on him. For pictures in the book, know? Which then got me thinking more. You ever pick up a pen and you kinda scribble in the corner to see if it's working/get the ink flowing, but always out the way in the corner of the page, well Craigs penis would basically have to serve as the corner of our page just to check the pens are working properly before we move onto the glutes and take pictures.

Been thinking about this a lot.
Fucking giggling here next to the missus ffs. Explaining why drawing on Craig's penis is so funny isn't going down too well.
 
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Bang on, man.

Actually been thinking about the book a bit lately. When watching Athlean-X videos he always gets felt tip pens oot and draws on himself to show how muslces move/work so i was thinking that we could get Craig in to draw on him. For pictures in the book, know? Which then got me thinking more. You ever pick up a pen and you kinda scribble in the corner to see if it's working/get the ink flowing, but always out the way in the corner of the page, well Craigs penis would basically have to serve as the corner of our page just to check the pens are working properly before we move onto the glutes and take pictures.

Been thinking about this a lot.
That fuckin killed me! Just reading it with no idea where its going then bam, I'm having my penis drawn on.

I'm with you and smudge on the subject of programming. I know guys who are 100percent on program, log everything to the dot and theyre ifbb pros and they'd swear by logging. Then you have guys who just go in and do what they feel is right, one of my favourite physiques in the UK doesn't track his weights or anything, just goes in and has a hard session. I think programs for hypertrophy are good to keep you consistent at the start but I do think eventually you just kinda know what you need to get done.
 
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Seriously considering changing routines up, doing push-legs-pull-legs, but instead of doing a pull day at the gym I'll go bouldering instead. I'm not sure if this is absolutely fucking retarded or not, but I'm getting kind of restless only having the one hobby at the moment. I feel like I want another physically goal in life, you know?

Bouldering translates pretty well to a pull day, right? I don't really want to add bouldering on top of doing a conventional push pull legs type routine, because that'll probably be too much tbh.
 
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I'm convinced there isn't much science behind a typical hypertrophy programme. Absolutely convinced of it. Strength, yeah definitely, but you won't find any of the gym shark people with strength programmes, I guess. But you can add size by doing pretty much anything in the gym, if that's the only goal.

I'm absolutely convinced you could do a programme with no free weights or compounds, just do cables and machines and could create an OK physique, as long as progressive overload is employed. I wouldn't try it through fear of wasting my time and obviously I have no fucking clue what I'm talking about here, but my overall point is that most programmes focused on hypertrophy are worthless imo. Lift some stuff up and make sure you progress from last week and your body grows, surely.

I'll put this bit in our book @mandela
Completely agree with this. Anyone can get a physique just by watching what they eat and being active.

It's just a bit boring exercising for the sake of exercising imo.
 

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Seriously considering changing routines up, doing push-legs-pull-legs, but instead of doing a pull day at the gym I'll go bouldering instead. I'm not sure if this is absolutely fucking retarded or not, but I'm getting kind of restless only having the one hobby at the moment. I feel like I want another physically goal in life, you know?

Bouldering translates pretty well to a pull day, right? I don't really want to add bouldering on top of doing a conventional push pull legs type routine, because that'll probably be too much tbh.
As long as you're pushing yourself at bouldering and not fannying about on simple routes i don't see why not, man. When i went i'd always be throwing in unnecessary pull ups and row types movements just to make sure i was getting the work in.
 
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As long as you're pushing yourself at bouldering and not fannying about on simple routes i don't see why not, man. When i went i'd always be throwing in unnecessary pull ups and row types movements just to make sure i was getting the work in.
That's what I'm worried about really. The better you get the more technique you use instead of just pulling yourself up like a retard which is how you'd get the most muscle gains.

Maybe I can just try going once a week and see if it interferes with the gym training too much.
 
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That's what I'm worried about really. The better you get the more technique you use instead of just pulling yourself up like a retard which is how you'd get the most muscle gains.

Maybe I can just try going once a week and see if it interferes with the gym training too much.
While yeah as your technique improves you'll end up using less strength on some moves, I'd assume you'd also start doing harder routes which require explosive moves like dyno's as well as more routes that require extreme grip strength like the Rose move. So there would still be a physical element but it might not target your lats and back like you'd want it too. But I'm sure while your there you could throw in some pull ups and front lever pull ups if needed.

Been thinking of doing bouldering once per week this year as my program does allow an extra day training to focus on weak points or something else you want to cross train in but I've never bothered to do the extra day. Though to be honest it's finding the time to fit it all in that would be the biggest problem for me.
 
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Bench session today managed 8 reps with 77kg on my 8 rep max test which I was happy with. Then went full retard on my working sets, they were going so well, did my first AMRAP set which was a piece of piss then realised I'd racked the wrong weight and it was 10kg lighter than it should of been lol. Rest of workout went well.
 
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Workout just done

Dumbbell pairs, sets of 20, with a 90 second sprint between sets

BOR 20kg
Reverse Fly 7.5kg(1)
Right Row 20kg(1)
Left Row 20kg(1)
Good Morning 12.5kg(1)
Hyper Extensions 7.5kg(1)
Alternate Curls 12.5kg
Alternate Hammers 12.5kg
Bicep Curls 7.5kg

Felt good, the rows I had to grind out at the end, but still kept good form, everything increasing by 2.5kg next week.
 
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I feel like I've never been as motivated as I am right now.

Well since I've been in a relationship anyways. I was pretty motivated when I was single spending 10 hours a week in the gym lol.
 
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My first pb in a year and I'm 6kg lighter than when I hit 190kg, Well 2 pbs and i did the double first so maybe I can hit 192.5kg soon

Nice, that looked so heavy, I can't even imagine feeling that much weight on my back let alone holding that over my chest.

Your range of movement is so short compared to mine, I really need at some point to slowly widen my grip, mine is very narrow at the moment.
 
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Nice, that looked so heavy, I can't even imagine feeling that much weight on my back let alone holding that over my chest.

Your range of movement is so short compared to mine, I really need at some point to slowly widen my grip, mine is very narrow at the moment.
Yeah it felt fairly heavy, I've done 200kg to a 2 board and that felt like a house in my hands like the difference was huge. My rom is fairly big compared to a lot of powerlifters but that's not saying much ha, not ideal for chest development I don't think but I get that from other movements. I'm maximum legal grip so just on the outside of the ring. The lifetime goal is 200kg but I do think I'd have to let the bodyfat fly up to hit it.

Cheers smudge, it was a wee warm up before the top sets