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Oh man I had no idea. Very sorry to hear about that. I can honestly say I know exactly what you went through. Same thing happened with my first son. He was born with horrible bruising all over his body. Rushed to Children's Hospital were he spent 8 days in the NICU. He had an extremely rare condition called NAIT - Neonatal Allo-immune Thrombocytopenia. Essentially he was born with zero platelets in his blood. It's a rare condition where the mother's immune system sees the baby's platelets as hostile and destroys them in utero. We had no idea and it's so rare the doc had never seen it before. 3 emergency transfusions later and he was fine. Once out of the womb his body was no longer under attack and able to make platelets on his own and he is 100% healthy today. My "baby gains" kicked in about a month after we go home so there is still hope for you!
Glad everything worked out for your family. As unpleasant as the NICU is they are very good at what they do.

Our son had a rash they thought could be HSV which we found out can be pretty dangerous for a newborn. Luckily it ended up being a benign newborn rash but that week took a lot out of me. I wouldn't wish the NICU on anybody. He's all good now so I'll just have to remind him when he's older and giving me attitude.

If your telling me having more kids will make me stronger I may change my mind on this vasectomy.
 

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Thursday 8/11/22
Push - Intensity

Incline BB Press
175x8,4 145x8

HS Lying Chest (weight is per side)
90x7,7 70x8

Dips
BW+25x8,6 BWx9

Floor Press
145x9,7 135x8

OHP
115x6 105x7,5

V Bar Tri Ext
80x9,9,6

Y Raise
15x20,15,13

First day at the new gym. Excited to have access to some new machines, a hack squat and glute ham raise. Was kind of packed but it was the grand opening so hopefully it dies down.
 

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Friday 8/12/22
Pull - Intensity

BB Row
215x8,6 185x10

Lat Pulldown
160x7,6 130x9 (Not feeling like I'm getting a ton out of these. May switch for a machine or switch my grip to underhand.)

Cable Row
160x8 145x9,7

BB Curl
90x7 80x6,5

Rear Delt Fly Machine
110x16,13 100x15

Rope Curl
70x16 100x10 120x8 (searching for the right weight. Will start at 120 next go around)
 

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My boy getting after that weight son!


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Friday 8/12/22
Pull - Intensity

BB Row
215x8,6 185x10

Lat Pulldown
160x7,6 130x9 (Not feeling like I'm getting a ton out of these. May switch for a machine or switch my grip to underhand.)

Cable Row
160x8 145x9,7

BB Curl
90x7 80x6,5

Rear Delt Fly Machine
110x16,13 100x15

Rope Curl
70x16 100x10 120x8 (searching for the right weight. Will start at 120 next go around)
On the lat pulldowns.
It could be how you’re pulling.
Try a grip a little wider than shoulder width start with elbows flaired and pull with your elbows in and down to where they are tucked at your side at the bottom of the movement if that makes sense. Also remember to keep your chest up
 

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On the lat pulldowns.
It could be how you’re pulling.
Try a grip a little wider than shoulder width start with elbows flaired and pull with your elbows in and down to where they are tucked at your side at the bottom of the movement if that makes sense. Also remember to keep your chest up

This 100%, great advice RiR0. One thing I always do before the pull also, I engage my lats, basically contract right where I want to be working and then pull and get my reps in. It helps to isolate and keep the other muscles from assisting as much. The more you do it, the more normal it becomes. Becomes that natural mind to muscle connection. I literally used to close my eyes on reps and imagine the physiology of the muscle as I went through the rep and how it should look. Helped me keep from just going through the movements when I was distracted or zoned out for one thing or another.


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Glad everything worked out for your family. As unpleasant as the NICU is they are very good at what they do.

Our son had a rash they thought could be HSV which we found out can be pretty dangerous for a newborn. Luckily it ended up being a benign newborn rash but that week took a lot out of me. I wouldn't wish the NICU on anybody. He's all good now so I'll just have to remind him when he's older and giving me attitude.

If your telling me having more kids will make me stronger I may change my mind on this vasectomy.
Yeah NICUs are not fun. Luckily we had an apartment available onsite at the hospital that we stayed in. We had to move out every morning though in case a newborn came in with a more serious condition and those parents needed the room. Luckily that didn't happen and we got to stay there with him every night.

Glad to hear your little guy is ok. These are the experiences no one ever tells you about. You always hear about the regular births or how hard someone's wife had to push or maybe a c-section story. Nobody every tells you what can go wrong and put your newborn in the NICU for a week.

As for more kids making you stronger I'm not sure there's a positive correlation there lol. At least not while there young. I got the huge boost from my first one. By the time the second rolled around I was drinking coffee all day to keep up and my training suffered. At the last powerlifting meet I ever did both my kids and wife were in the audience. I unracked 804 to squat and my 2 year old yells out "go daddy". It shook me to the core. I loved hearing his voice but every doubt in the world entered my mind after that. "what if I get hurt, can't work, etc". I broke down crying after squats and told my wife I was done. I didn't lift for 10 years after that. Once the fear creeps in and takes over you are done in powerlifting, especially with the squat.

I got back into it when I turned 40 and have been going hard every since. The boys train with me and it's awesome. I don't have the fear of getting hurt anymore but I also don't compete anymore. I just love lifting heavy and training and it's even better when my sons join me.

Well that was a long answer. Just on a roll after a good workout today. Glad to see you've got a new gym to enjoy along with your new son. Enjoy every minute of it.
 

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Yeah NICUs are not fun. Luckily we had an apartment available onsite at the hospital that we stayed in. We had to move out every morning though in case a newborn came in with a more serious condition and those parents needed the room. Luckily that didn't happen and we got to stay there with him every night.

Glad to hear your little guy is ok. These are the experiences no one ever tells you about. You always hear about the regular births or how hard someone's wife had to push or maybe a c-section story. Nobody every tells you what can go wrong and put your newborn in the NICU for a week.

As for more kids making you stronger I'm not sure there's a positive correlation there lol. At least not while there young. I got the huge boost from my first one. By the time the second rolled around I was drinking coffee all day to keep up and my training suffered. At the last powerlifting meet I ever did both my kids and wife were in the audience. I unracked 804 to squat and my 2 year old yells out "go daddy". It shook me to the core. I loved hearing his voice but every doubt in the world entered my mind after that. "what if I get hurt, can't work, etc". I broke down crying after squats and told my wife I was done. I didn't lift for 10 years after that. Once the fear creeps in and takes over you are done in powerlifting, especially with the squat.

I got back into it when I turned 40 and have been going hard every since. The boys train with me and it's awesome. I don't have the fear of getting hurt anymore but I also don't compete anymore. I just love lifting heavy and training and it's even better when my sons join me.

Well that was a long answer. Just on a roll after a good workout today. Glad to see you've got a new gym to enjoy along with your new son. Enjoy every minute of it.
I've never unracked a weight that could kill me so I don't know what you were feeling in that moment but I'm glad you you found your way back to the weight room. Even better that you can get to share it with your boys. I hope I am as lucky as you are.
 

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Monday 8/15/2022
Legs - Intensity

High Bar Squat
305x7 285x8,7

Hack Squat
135x8,7,7 (Weight is per side. Looking forward to pushing these)

RDL
285x6,7, 275x7

GHR
x6,8,7 (Took a little bit for me to get it set up right but excited to have these in the rotation.)

On vacation this week so I may drop the volume days and enjoy the time with the family.
 

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Monday 8/15/2022
Legs - Intensity

High Bar Squat
305x7 285x8,7

Hack Squat
135x8,7,7 (Weight is per side. Looking forward to pushing these)

RDL
285x6,7, 275x7

GHR
x6,8,7 (Took a little bit for me to get it set up right but excited to have these in the rotation.)

On vacation this week so I may drop the volume days and enjoy the time with the family.

Definitely enjoy time with the family brother. Get in what you can get in, but don’t let it be a priority this week. I hope you have a great vacation with them.


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Been lifting but have been busy at home and work. This is going to be a bit of a workout dump because I do use this log if I forget my notebook.

8/22/22 Push - Volume
Incline DB Press
75x12,7 65x8,8

Flat DB Press
80x10 70x10,10 60x13

Free Motiion Pec fly
40x15,13 30x15,15

HS MTS Shoulder Press
90x9 70x12,11 60x10

Skullcrusher
80x13,12,8 60x15

Overhead Tri Ext
100x15 70x15 50x17
 

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8/23/22 Pull - Volume
DB Rows
95x15,11 80x16,11

Lat Pulldown
130x10 115x8

Cable Row
130x11 115x15,13,12

Seated DB Curl
40x12 30x15,13,12

Back Raise
100x15,15,12,10

HS Preacher Curl
50x15 40x15,15

8/24/22 Legs - Volume
Walking Lunges
50x15,15,13,8

Cybex Lying Leg Curls
150x10 130x12 110x14,10

Hoist Leg Ext.
145x22,20,20,18

Hoist Rotary Calf (5 count at top and bottom)
105x14 145x8 125x8 85x8
 

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8/25/22 Push - Intensity
Incline BB Press
185x5 165x8,6

Hoist Plate Loaded Chest Press (weight is per side)
115x8,7 105x9

Dips
25x8,7,5

Floor Press
155x7 145x8,7

OHP
115x6 105x5 95x7

V Bar Tri Ext
90x8 80x9,6

Band Pull aparts
x75

Lateral Delt Raise
10x15,15,15
 

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8/26/22 Pull - Intensity
BB Row
225x6 195x9,7

Lat Pulldown
160x10,8,7

Cable Row
175x7,6 160x10

Hoist Plate Loaded Preacher Curl
75x12 90x8,7

Rear Delt Machine
150x13 130x16,13

DB End Curl
75x10,6 55x10
 

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8/30/22 Push - Volume
DB Incline Press
75x13,9 65x11,8

DB Flat Press
80x10 70x14,10 60x14

HS Pec Fly
85x16,13 70x16,13

HS MTS Shoulder Press
90x12 70x11,11 60x12

Skullcrusher
80x11,9 60x15,12

Overhead Tri Extension
100x16 70x17,14 50x15

Face Pulls
50x25 60x25
 

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Looks like a good day man. Way to get after it


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8/31/22 Pull - Volume
DB Rows
100x12,11 90x12 80x13

Life Fitness High Row (weight is per side)
55x16,14 45x15,12

Seated DB Curl
40x14 30x15,11 25x15

45 Degree Back Extension
100x15,15,13,8

Rope Curl
100x15,9
 

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