Tucker: Portland Pumps

I’ve been having some downtime visiting family back in Oregon for almost two weeks now. It’s been fun and refreshing to be back home and seeing friends and family.

One of my biggest priorities while here was to get a few sessions in with Noel Fuller, who did my diet for the show I just competed in. I’ll be doing a national level show in the next 6 months and he and I will be working together again for off season and prep.

His philosophy is all about keeping it simple, and it’s true with the diet and training. Training was a big switch up, I came in and said I wanted to hit chest and bi’s for the first day, so he just walked over and stood at the bench press. I hopped under and got some reps with the bar, and then warmed up really quickly to some sets of 10-12 with 225 and 245, with only 30 seconds rest between sets. We went over immediately to the smith incline and did the same thing for 3-4 working sets, then hammerstrength incline, then hammerstrength wide grip press. That was chest…. all in about 15-20 minutes. We hit biceps after with some DB curls, then two types of machine curls, one with elbows high and one with elbows low, then we were done. He helped Julie with legs after that and got done in the same amount of time. We got there late, had time to change, hit the workout, and had some time to BS afterwards, all within the 60 min training session block, or basically two 25 minute sessions for both of us.

shoulders and triceps and back day were pretty similar – some machine multi jointed stuff and a couple iso movements and then done. I’ll go up one more time to see him to hit legs before I leave Oregon, and I have a feeling it’ll be similar.

It’s been a great learning experience and there will be some good stuff to take from it. The style works – his wife is a figure pro and she only trains 30 mins per session 5x per week, and he’s helped a handful of pro men BB’s over the years as well, but during a conversation he emphasized to do what I know works for me. This was nice because I’ve learned so much with the 1020life program style, I didn’t want to abandon something I know works so well. I’ll give his style a go for a while and figure out what I like and how I can use it for myself…. I already have a feeling that the really quick rest periods and some of the tips he gave me during training will carry over well.

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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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