I realized I’ve never posted about my gym habits.
I’ve been lifting for about 15 years now. Love it. My best habit. I currently visit the gym about 3-4 times a week for 75 minutes: 2 days to the gym, 2 days rest.
There is a learning curve involved: learning about muscle groups, different exercises, diet, work-out schemes, hypertrophy etcetera etcetera. While I am no expert, I’ve learned a thing or two about working out.
I do rope skipping as warm-up.
Compound exercises are best exercises. Compound = big lifting. Think squats, deadlift, benchpress and overhead presses. Mark Rippletoe’s Starting Strength was my bible for a couple of years.
Here’s my current stats on compound exercises, everything in kg (x2,2 for lbs):
Squats: 9x body weight, 8x20kg, 7×40, 6×60, 6×70, 6×70, 6×72.5, 6×72.5
Bench press: 9×20, 8×40, 7×60, 6×62.5, 6×65, 6×65, 6×65
Deadlift: 9×40, 8×50, 7×60, 6×70, 6×75, 6×75, 6×75
Overhead press: 9×15, 8×20, 7×25, 6×30, 6×35, 6×35, 6×35
The gym aficionado will notice: not extremely high weights. What can I say, I’m a skinny guy, although less skinny because of the gym. Without lifting I’m about 69 kgs, currently I am at 75 kgs, which in large part is because of Weight Gain shakes.
I do a bunch of other exercises including pull-ups, but the 4 compound exercises are my core and I structure everything else around it.
Because I am skinny I must also do plenty of isolated exercises for upper arms, underarms and neck, otherwise I look out of proportion.
People say: isn’t lifting just the same thing over and over? Well, sort of, although I try not to get stuck in a rut. I alternate exercises, try different things, lift with different people, that sort of thing.
Lifting has a ridiculous amount of advantages. Besides the obvious ones, looking good, feeling strong, having energy, there’s also hidden advantages.
Lifting is, besides steroids (which I now know is the same thing as TRT), the most effective way to raise your testosterone. And a man with raised testosterone is just not the same as a man with lower testosterone; it is the difference between the Eternal Virgin and Chad. You notice the effect in many ways: mechanically you walk more upright, you raise your neck, you rest your arms in a wider pose. You are more alpha — not only do you know you can beat up most guys in a 1v1 (thus also the appeal of martial arts) but you wouldn’t mind getting in a fight just to prove it, which is an immense departure from the ‘I can’t get into a fight, think of the medical bill!’ virginal mindset.
Women, incidentally, love high T men. Something about being a rough gruff man allows women to role-play their feminine side to the max, which they love.
Related to this is my personal finding that it is much more natural to be high T without jacking off than with jacking off, which is a bit counterintuitive because high T increases your sex drive. I think it goes back to monkey tribes, where the alpha male saw no need to jack off because he would ejaculate in a female anyway, whereas the beta male had to jack off in order to lower sexual aggression and not get into trouble.
So, if you have that alpha high T going on, not only do women enjoy a fair bit of sexual aggression, they are disappointed if you do not display it because you just jacked off into your sock 3 times. So I’m getting used to that.