Tucker: New place, new pumps


I haven’t posted in a while because I’ve been so pre occupied with everything else going on, I’ve barely been able get any workouts in.

I took a couple weeks off as we were moving to LA and getting everything settled in. You really can’t underestimate the toll that mental stress takes on your body. Between packing things up, driving down, getting furniture, arranging and putting everything into its place, a couple weeks went by FAST.

Now that that’s all finished up…. Training can begin!! I’ve got just under 20 weeks until nationals down in Miami, and I plan on making all of them count. I’m training at Golds Venice, and it’s exactly what I needed. I feel like a little pussy every time I walk in, and there’s always someone to look up to or someone better than you… In this case, many.

I got a couple sessions in last week, but stuck to machines only. I wanted to try out all the new stuff and see which ones I like, as well as making sure my joints are healthy and I’m not going to stress my body out too quick. It’s worked great and I was getting some solid pumps and I’m feeling better each day.

Sleeping on different beds every couple weeks didn’t help things either while we were traveling, so I’ve got some tight muscles that I’ve been rolling, stretching, and getting some work done on later this week. The machine work is really nice because I can feel it flushing blood into the stiff muscles from past injuries and getting everything moving, without hearing and snaps or pops from my joints.

After all the back and forth of staying with family, lifting off and on, and traveling, my body comp has steadily declined. I’m waking up in the low 190’s at this point, and in the past that would have really freaked me out. However, since this last year has been frought with such intense illness back and forth and I’ve seen how quickly my body responds after only 3-4 weeks of consistent training and diet, I’m not really worried at all. It sucks walking around like the little guy, but just keeping in mind that I’ve done this before and in a few months I’ll be lean and mean helps a lot.

As far as actual workouts, I’ve been keeping it very simple and fun. I can’t remember all the machines besides hammerstrength, but a few of them were the cybex and nautilus ones…

Chest and Bi’s –
Neutral grip seated flat chest press 4×10-15
Normal grip incline machine press 4×10-15
Decline pec deck 4×10-15
Single arm machine curls 4×10-15
Machine preacher curls 4×10-15
High elbow machine curls 4×10-15

Shoulders and Tri’s
machine shoulder press 4×10-15
Neutral grip machine shoulder press 4×10-15
Machine side raises 4×10-15
Machine wide grip high rows SS w/ machine underhand rows for rear delts and traps 4×10-15
Single arm machine triceps push down 4×10-15
High elbow machine push down 4×10-15
Low elbow machine push down 4×10-15

It all sounds very repetitive, but each machine had its own flavor that it added to the workout. Believe it or not there are still a bunch more for each muscle group that I haven’t tried yet so I’ll be working on those this coming week.

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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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