Tucker: No bars, no legs

Current status: I’ve just begun prep for NPC Nationals in November. I’m all moved in here down in LA and training at Golds Venice. I’m seeing Craig Liebenson who’s a chiropractor that specializes in athletic rehab for my knee and back which have been bothering me. I’m going to make a separate write up about what he and I have been up to, but needless to say it’s been very eye opening. He’s given me some answers to a lot of the little nagging injuries that keep coming back when I start going hard and it’s made me very optimistic.

Craig assured me that my knee isn’t actually injured, but just irritated and I can start legs up whenever I feel ready. I’m going to hold off for a little while longer just to be sure. My back/neck bothering me is almost better since seeing Craig, but it’s keeping me from squats or deads, so at this point I’m basically just doing the workouts you see all physique boys doing…. And ya know what? It’s been pretty fun! Getting a really nice and controlled pump without worrying about what kind of weight you’re using what so ever is really nice. I feel very mentally relaxed when I go in there, and I’m just hitting a few exercises per bodypart, getting a good pump and heading out.

I’ve already put on 6 lbs from last week so I’m just under 200 lbs now, so I’m going along just as planned…. You know our motto, unless there is a need to change, don’t change anything. Everything feels good and I’m excited to increase the intensity and get after it soon. Until then though…. Training like a pretty boy has its merits.

Back day –

Wide grip hammer strength pulldown 4×10-15

Reverse grip hammerstrength pulldown 4×10-15

Underhand hammerstrength row 4×10-15

Nifty seated machine row similar to cable row thing 4×10-15

High rep lat pull down 3×20

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Tucker Loken is a Bodybuilder turned Powerlifter turned Powerbuilder from Eugene, Oregon. He did his first bodybuilding show when he was still in high school, and has been training male and female competitors for shows since 2011. Several years ago he decided to take a step away from his normal routine and learn how to get strong. He worked with Brian for 9 months, added 200 pounds to his raw total and qualified as an Elite lifter in the 220 pound weight class. He returned back to bodybuilding much stronger and now incorporates the 10/20/Life philosophy into his training to keep himself healthy and making continual progress in the Big 3 as well as adding size and shaping his physique. Now part of Team PRS, he brings his unique expertise of nutritional knowledge and how to balance Bodybuilding with Powerlifting to help athletes achieve their best potential.

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