Tucker: Temptation

This week was rife with temptation. The pancakes and goodies last week helped tide me over for a little bit, but after a few workouts back I was back to feeling pretty tired. They brought in a big thanksgiving potluck spread at work and as you can imagine, it was torturous. I didn’t want to be rude so I got into the turkey a little, but if I was set loose I could have cleared out all the cookies and desserts too.

I’m usually pretty big on telling people that your prep needs to be manageable and you shouldn’t be feeling super crappy and weak too far out, but if you want to get to a new level that you haven’t been to before, a degree of suffering is necessary. There have been a couple days I’ve barely wanted to get off the couch, but it is what it is. I’m at the weird point in cravings where it doesn’t matter how full you are, you just want cheat food. Even when I eat lots of veggies or oatmeal and feel stuffed from the fiber, I could still pound down a dozen donuts if given the chance. I’m leaner than I’ve been before though and when you see the changes, it all feels worth it. I’ve got a few weeks left till the show I want to do, so all I’ve gotta do is stick it out until then.

The short workouts are still going well. I blasted legs yesterday in 35 mins, and had to lay down for a while at the gym afterwards. Once I got home I was feeling really nauseous and laid down again before eating. I wrapped up in a blanket and even the dog was a little concerned haha. I was dead at the time but woke up today feeling pretty good so I think the volume and intensity was just right.

Still warming up with a thorough core and prehab/rehab warm up and then keeping the workouts to 30 mins or so.

Side raises SS w/ front raises
Machine side raises SS w/ close grip machine shoulder press
BB shoulder press
Single arm DB rear delt raises
Machine rear delt flies

Stair stepper – 5 mins
Abductor machine SS w/ adductor machine
Single leg leg curl SS w/ lunges
Lying hamstring curl SS w/ low bar squat
Leg extensions SS w/ leg press

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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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