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Paul T @pault040264

Competed in my first bodybuilding competition in July 2013 at the tender age of 49 LOL.
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I lift weights 5 nights / week.
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Contributorgold Paul T Guess what peeps??? It's Sunday so it must be weekly update time ;) My week starts on a Sunday with my quadriceps session and this week is no exception. Last week went well training and nutritional wise. I got my body composition measured and I am quite happy with were I am starting this years competition prep. Stating a month earlier at 11.6% which is a little lower than last years start.
A while ago I set myself a personal target of leg pressing 500kg (1103lb) x 8 reps, well, this morning I got 502.5 kg (1108lb) x 8 good, clean and deep reps (no assistance from spotters). Happy with that LOL. So what's next? I hear you ask... Well I am going to concentrate on my prep. First comp is 31st May with the NPA Southwest regional qualifier. I'll not be doing so many shows this season 3 qualifiers was too many and too much travelling / expense.
On another note, I found out that I passed my A&P module of my level 3 PT course. That (for me) is the hard part done LOL.
"Lift long and prosper"

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Contributorgold Paul T Another week of training completed and a new one started with my quads session this morning. A new PB and well on my way to reaching my target of 500kg x 8 reps on leg press. I got 490kg this morning so have two sessions left in which to achieve my goal. Now switching to my contest prep diet, I want to be in at least as good a condition as when I finished last season for my first show this year. (dates TBC). My PT course is opening my eyes a little with regard to protein intake, it looks like I may have been overdoing it somewhat. I am going to try getting my protein through my food intake rather than supps, I will be using BCAA, creatine, glutamine, HMB in an intra workout drink. I'll let you know how it works out LOL. Have a great day peeps :)
"Lift long and prosper"

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Contributorgold Paul T Happy Sunday my friends. Time for my weekly update again. It has been a somewhat strange week this week, not been feeling 100%. Headache all week and a "bloated" feeling. Work has been busy and I was studying for my A&P exam (yesterday). But........ got my training done and made some progression. Today I felt a little better and managed a new PB of 475kg x 8 on 45 deg leg press. Getting closer to my target of 500kg on 1st Feb.
Nutrition is starting to tighten up, cutting out snacks and treats and getting back to clean eating again. Cardio started this week with 3 x session on the concept 2 rowing machine. I row for 20 minutes at as brisk a pace I can manage achieving close to 5km in the 20 minutes. It is amazing how quick aerobic fitness falls off when you stop that form of training. Hopefully the improvements I will make will help me feel better as well as torching the bodyfat :)
Have a great week end peeps

"lift long and prosper"

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Must be the kitchen sink to go on top of that leg press next ;0)

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Contributorgold Paul T Good day peeps!! First post of the new year. Leg day (quads) again for me, my first in a week or two due to the Christmas festivities. Lot's happening in my world right now. #3 Grandchild was delivered just before the Festive season, I am working at establishing a PT business, and studying for my Level 3 pt course. This weekend sees the start of my contest prep for 2015. Nothing drastic at first, just the elimination of those little treats that have crept back in over the last couple of months so it with a heavy heart that I will be saying farewell to my two friends Ben & Jerry ;) LMAO. I will also resume a supplement regime after a break since my last show. Again, nothing too fancy just the basics and sticking with what worked for me last year. My training routine will remain "as is" with the addition of cardio in the very near future and posing practice on non cardio days. (new music for this year).
Have a great week my friends :)
"Lift long and prosper"

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Contributorgold Paul T Time for my weekly update. Lot's happening in my world this week. My 3rd grandchild was delivered on Wednesday, a beautiful baby boy of 8lb 9oz. A very proud gran'pa :). I am also getting closer to working (part time) as a PT by registering with REP's and gaining insurance. I have also ordered some essential kit to start me off. Training is going well. Nutrition is still relaxed (but sensible). I am getting stronger which at my age is a bonus LOL ;).
I have also created a Facebook page for my PT peeps (www.facebook.com/PT1964).
Legs (quads) again this morning and added 5kg to my PB on leg press. Aiming for 500kg x 8 by the end of January.
Training over the Christmas break will be a challenge, but I am sure I will get my session done, one way or another lol.
Looking forward to starting my contest prep in the new year, although, I will sorely miss my new found friends Ben & Jerry ;)

Have a great Christmas my friends.

"Lift long and prosper"

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Congratulations on the brand new person Paul! Happy Christmas to you all!

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Contributorgold Paul T Sunday lunchtime in my world can only mean it's update time. Just smashed legs (quads) with a PB leg press of 1003lb x 8 reps (455kg). Happy bunny right now :)
Training is going well overall with some distractions here and there. Diet is a sit was last week, clean (ish) with treat foods as and when I want them. My pre contest prep starts on January 1st. TBH I am looking forward to getting lean again. Things are moving forward with my PT course. I am also working quietly in the background on my PT profile page. I just registered with REPS and have designed myself a logo. Over the Christmas break from work I will get my "uniform" printed. (pictures to follow) . Lots of research to be done before I go "live" but looking forward to giving something back to the gym world. I may not be a champion but I do have experience of overcoming illness / injury. I hope I can inspire others in similar situations to also win their own battles with health issues.
"Lift long and prosper "

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Contributorgold Paul T Happy leg day peeps!! Mine was a cracker :) Pushed hard again, getting closer to my target 8 rep leg press figure. I want over 1000lb by Christmas. Today I got 8 clean, good, (no spotter) reps with 970lb. I may go for it next weekend :)
I am still not measuring my nutrition nor sticking to any real plan. I am just eating clean food (mostly) but allowing those foods that will be denied me after Christmas. I plan to be starting next seasons prep from a lot better point than this year. I don't intend to do so many shows, 4 was too many when spread over a period from July to end of October. But... hey ho, you live and learn lol. Currently nursing a bad triceps strain (both arms). Pressing moves seem OK but any form of tricep extension causes excruciating discomfort. Was even sore to rest my elbows on the desk at college yesterday. I think I may take extra time to stretch carefully before training arms next.
"Lift long and prosper" my friends. Have a great weekend :)

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Contributorgold Paul T Good morning peeps :)... Well it's Sunday so it's weekly update time. Just smashed my leg (quads) session. Getting closer to the magical 1000lb leg press x 8 with each week. Added another 11lb today to get me to 950lb x 8. A total of 112,634lb was moved in a little over an hour today. Legs are a tad wobbly LOL.
Been struggling a little lately as my blood clotting factor has thrown a wobbly since the last comp I did. Blood thinning meds have been adjusted and I now feel more like my normal self. Unless you are on these meds (basically it is rat poison) it would be hard to understand how bad it can affect you at times. But....... hey ho. I am alive, I can lift, and my little issues are nothing when compared to some others. My thought for this week is .... Bad things happen, they don't need to define you. How you react to those bad things is what defines you. Never, ever, ever give up. Remember slow progress is STILL progress. Have a great week peeps.
"Lift long and prosper" :)

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Contributorgold Paul T And so starts another week in the gym. My week starts with a quads session. Slowly getting back up close to my PB on leg press of 455kg (1003lb) x 8. Today I got 425kg (936lb) x 8. It is almost exactly 1 month since my last comp of the year and what a tremendous year it has been. 3 trophies and an invite to compete at the NPA British Finals. More than I could have hoped for twelve months ago. I have had 4 weeks of casual eating and light training, it is now time to get my game head back on. Time to tighten up the nutrition and lift big (well, as big as an old fella can lol). Going back to my home gym this week. No more messing about waiting for kit / changing routine to fit in with others. Quads will be done at the commercial mainly for the leg press sled. I will also go back to doing short cardio sessions (maybe 3 x / week) as I feel my fitness has dropped off a bit. Have a great week peeps.
"Lift Long and Prosper"

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Do you have a special machine then for the leg press, don't think you could fit that much weight on the one at my gym unless you are getting a couple of friends to lie on top of each side too! :0)

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Haha :) Damian. I can get 8 x 25kg plates on each side of the machine, I then start stacking plates on the sled.

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Contributorgold Paul T Tried the new workout routine..... not too enamored by it tbh. I will be going back to what I know has worked for me in the past. One body part per day, split over six days (separate day for hams, glutes and calves). Also back to training at home rather than commercial, I always have the option to change occasionally just to keep things fresh.
PT course is going well and back on track after my time away. Time to get back on the game, not long to go before prep starts again for next years shows. Eating well at present. Meals are clean (for the most part) but not counting anything right now. The mirror will be my guide until after the Christmas holidays, then it all gets very serious again. Still hovering around 6lb above my last stage weight, so not gaining too much fat. Next year I will be starting from a far better position than last season.
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Contributorgold Paul T Hi, need some help please.. I am visiting Florida shortly for a two week business trip. I need to find a gym local to ...Residence Inn Tampa Suncoast Parkway at NorthPointe Village 2101 Northpointe Parkway Lutz Florida 33558 USA Anyone know of somewhere decent that does temp membership or pay / visit? Thanks in advance :)

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Contributorgold Paul T Finally home, unpacked and fed after the weekend....
I competed in the NPA British Finals (master over 50). I didn't place in top six but had a wonderful time competing against 9 of the top over 50's in Britain. It has been an amazing season for me. 3 trophies and an invite to the finals. Competing for a National title in only my 5th ever show is an accomplishment in itself. I cannot be disappointed in any way. I have learned loads and improved steadily with each show and was at my best on Sunday. Now comes some down time. I have a two week trip (with work) to Florida starting on 26th October so I get some sun too LOL. I'll be in the Tampa (ish) area so looking for a gym close by. I am staying at a place called Lutz, FL 33558 if any of you know of somewhere, please let me know :)

Some early pictures to follow with official show pics later this week

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Contributorgold Paul T And...... with that heavy leg session done and dusted, I am on the final run in to the show in 7 days time. I have given this my all, everything done to my plan. Will the plan be good enough?? All I can say is I am now the leanest I have ever been. I can do no more (this time). I have learned so much this year, some good, some not so good. But.... any lesson learned (no matter how painful) is good. Having taken and passed a nutritional qualification, I am planning my attack for next season already. This sport (bodybuilding) is less about the gym and more about what happens in the kitchen. Lifting weights is the easy part LOL. As for next weekend..... I fully intend to enjoy the experience. I have no illusions of placing so feel no pressure right now. To compete at the NPA British Finals against top class opposition is (for me) victory enough. 8 years ago I nearly died, 3 years ago I almost lost my whole left leg. In my case.. it is ALL about the journey :D

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