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Ray’s Fitness Diary – Buddy Training

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Hey there, how’s it going? Remember me? After completing a cutting programme last November, I finished off the year by training with my friend Dom. These sessions were largely based around the Push Pull Legs protocol, and kept us both ticking over nicely as 2015 drew to a close. We enjoyed training together, and so we asked…

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Ray’s Cutting Diary – Programme Review

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The time has come! After a gruelling twelve week cutting programme this final post will take a look at the endeavour as a whole and pick out the good and the bad. What did I like, what didn’t I like, what lessons have I learned etc. The Good Stuff I can do it! Seriously. I…

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Ray’s Cutting Diary – Week 12

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Here we are – the final week! The rep range is going down to 5-8, which means the weight is going up. I want to make sure that I don’t let the heavier loads psych me out, as it’s been a while since I’ve lifted this heavy. I also want to make sure I’m really…

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Ray’s Cutting Diary – Week 11

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Cloud goes up, cloud goes down. Or rather, weight goes up, reps go down. Let’s get it on. Day 71 – Chest/Back/Shoulders/Calves   I’ve decided to start warming up with a little rowing instead, owing to my slightly stiff hip and a general desire to just change things up to keep it interesting. Good effort….

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Ray’s Cutting Diary – Week 10

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Time for week ten, which is also the second week of this microcycle. That means the reps are going down (from 12-15 to 10-13) and the weight is going up. The idea is for weight increases across the board, but with a slight bit of rep range overlap there’s scope for me to keep the…

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Ray’s Cutting Diary – Week 9

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Welcome to week nine, and the start of a fresh microcycle. We’re leaving the intense 20 rep structure behind, and moving on to a three session rotation: Session 1 – Chest/Back/Shoulders/Calves Session 2 – Legs/Abs Session 3 – Biceps/Triceps/Calves For the first week of this cycle I’ll be working with a 12-15 rep range, but…

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Ray’s Cutting Diary – Week 8

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Week 6 brought 3 sets of 20 reps, before I tackled 4 sets of 20 reps in week 7. Can you guess what I’m doing this week? Day 50 – Chest   I still have the slightest of sniffles, but other than that I feel complete fine. Any failures today will not be blamed on…

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