Tucker: Leg day naps and benching in slippers

An interesting week of training indeed! This was my last week in Oregon, so we drove up another couple times to see Noel and train at Foster Fitness.

Leg day

I pretty much knew the leg routine he was going to put me through, but that didn’t make it suck any less. I’ve been put through killer leg workouts before where the pace was crazy and every set was to failure, but I haven’t trained like that in forever. Day in day out training like that will only beat you up, but every once in a while a little bit of crazy helps mix things up and keep you sharp.

We started with squats and added around 50 lbs to the bar each set until I got to 365 for around 10 reps. The leg workout before that one I had topped out at 315 for sets of 10 so it’s nice to see my strength coming back each week after taking that time off.

As per usual the rest periods were super short, and usually just enough to catch my breath, throw another 25 on each side and get to it. We moved over to the squat machine and then leg press after that. I kept my feet around hip width and pretty low on the platform so that I could isolate the quad, specifically the medial quad and overall lower portion of the thigh. I wasn’t pushing much weight because I was focused on isolating, so Noel gave me some shit when he increased he weight for the final set –

“Oh good, you’re finally lifting more weight than girls in here…”

Thanks boss.

Once quads were done we moved onto lying leg curls and seated curls. My quads were so friggin pumped that the most painful part of the lying curls was the pad cutting into my swollen and sore legs.

After those were all finished up I laid on the ground for a while and my hamstrings were buzzing like crazy. It felt like a cross between a vibration and pins and needles. I tried putting my feet up, bending my knees, lying flat etc. it just took a while for the blood to go away so they would feel normal. I pulled up a bench and closed my eyes for a while and actually drifted out for a minute or two a couple times.

The recovery process took just as long as the workout – 1pm warm up and start working out, done by 135-140, lie on ground until 150, then lie on bench until 215. I was toast afterwards and ate slow and hung out until almost 3 by the time I was ready to leave.

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Chest day

This was another quick paced day and more or less the same as last time. The biggest difference was that I had worked chest only a couple days prior, and a couple days before that. My chest was tired and sore, but I felt like this would be the best time to train with Noel because when your muscle is sore and you work it again, you can feel it in a whole new way. You might not stimulate a whole lot of growth because it isn’t recovered yet, but you can definitely feel it which will carry over to the next workout when you’ll be able to feel even better again.

Foster fitness is a pretty chill environment so we brought the dog up and I was wearing slippers while shuffling around from bench to incline smith to hammer strength machines, and then two biceps machines and DB curls.

Comfort is key when trying to stimulate muscle, so that's why I opted for slippers, lululemon soft joggers and a 10/20/Life shirt for my chest day…. just do happens the slippers match the shirt which match the inzer elbow sleeves ???????? I worked chest a few days before so I stuck to 225 for reps which moved quick at first, and then fizzled out and slowed down big time after a handful of reps. Incline hammerstength press finished it off, and by the end my chest was numb… I could see the weight moving and I knew I was pushing, but it was basically Noel doing it by the end and I was smoked. #bodybuilding #powerlifting #powerbuilding #1020powerbuilding #1020life #powerrackstrength #teamprs #teamtucker #cleaneating #diet #fitness #fitnessaddict #fitspo #fitfam #健美 #举重 #锻炼身体 #减肥 #肌肉 #slippers #lululemon #yoga #comfy #gains #bench #chest

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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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