Lot's of updates. I haver had some major issues with my left bi-cep tendon and my shoulders recently. Mainly just inflammation from hard training and pushing volume/frequency. I am a big fan of voltaren gel but I haven't used it since moving back. I bought a tub and put loads on all over my shoulders and arms last night and it made a massive difference. I will carry on applying it every day and I will also have a few days off the gym over Christmas to help matters as well.
I started 4mg Pitavastatin pre bed and so far it's fine. Well it causes some very mild stomach pain and my appetite has lowered but nothing too bad so far. One of the main side effects associated with statin use is muscle weakness. I am using 10,000IU vitamin D daily and I think that is a great way to help offset and possible issue a statin could cause in that regard. I have also doubled up my dose of ubiquinol since starting Pitavastatin as statins lower coenzyme q10. So far I am feeling good so I am pleased and I will carry on with the protocol and hopefully I can even improve my cholesterol profile as I grow.
I have trained the last 3 days and done pull, legs and push. Legs was brutal but I am recovering fast due to my diet (intra nutrition etc), sleep and my hormones building up. I am also limiting my working set to a few each body part so I keep an eye on the overall volume for every leg day. I am doing hack squats at least once every 2 rotations and I go to complete failure (stuck at the bottom) every time. Today was similar to the push workout listed above but instead of the last machine press we dome some barbell presses with slow negatives to finish chest off. Instead of the standing shoulder press we also done some plate loaded shoulder press and went up to 3pps (machine feels heavy). Ended the later with a drop set with 3pps, 2pps and 1pps.
I had my mate take some pics of me post workout but they have turned out much worse than I had hoped. He can't take pics and was taking in all the background. He said he can just zoom in afterwards and crop them but they haven't turned out well. I am very hairy as well but I wanted to get an updated pic. I was looking super full but it hasn't really come out in pics but I will get many more done over the next few months.
Is it the lighting or does your muscles look more denser?