Eli Blahut - Chest - 6/710

Eli Blahut’s "Trainin' Insane Chest Routine" Written by: Eli Blahut Photos By: Bill Comstock Date of entry: 6/7/10 Age: 22 Height: 5’5” Weight: 190 pounds Profession: Bodybuilder, Masseuse and Human Being Years training: 9 Today, June 7, 2010, at Gold’s Venice, I am training my chest. I'm 12 days out from stepping onstage at the Jr. Nationals in Chicago and 19 days out from the West Cost Classic in El Monte, California. I only get 2 more chest workouts before the Jr. Nats, and my focus is on building overall density with specialization on the upper and outer portions of the chest to create a more dramatic side chest and front double biceps pose. What you will see in the pictures that follow is the part of me that I only allow to be seen when I train. The intensity can sometimes feel overwhelming, but god I love it. Today I am the strongest I ever have been in my life, and I will challenge my chest and my mind to perform to the best of its ability, even on no carbs, cardio, and with reactivated bulging discs in my back from a recent car accident. I love the challenge, there is a very real chance of further injury if I am not fully present, but I will not live in fear, I will try my best and so be what takes place. My biomechanics must be perfect. My focus, pure. My heart, strong. My muscles, ready… LETS DO THIS * I love developing my entire musculature and challenging myself to give as much attention to each muscle as possible. They all have something to say and deserved to be heard and developed. * The bodypart I hate training: I could never…to hate a bodypart, god, what a disgrace that would be to myself. * I spend an average of 45 minutes training per workout. * The most challenging part of today's workout was... keeping my biomechanics in line to not aggravate bulging disc injuries while still providing an aggressive overload stimulus to my muscles for them to respond with growth. * I spend around 10 minutes before the workout visualizing everything that I will be doing, and asking my muscles what it is they need. I calm myself down and take long deep breaths to oxygenate my body as well. It is important to be as calm as possible until the perfect time; the most intense set. * I train an average of 8 times per week pre-contest. Incline dumbbell press Warming up. Writing down which weights my body is guiding me to warm up with, and as I thought about pressing 150s, the most I will have ever tried, a feeling of inspiration overcame me and a poem came to fruition. I do this because I want to… Because I can. Because what I feel inside needs expression, Needs acknowledgment, empowerment, control. I do this because god****et its worth trying, Worth pushing. Limits can be broken, and I prove this, but not as a purpose But as a consequence of my passion, My fire… My heart… My love. Gearing up and staying as focused as possible. Every angle and position of the belt and wrist support straps makes a difference in my overall performance. Getting em’ up! KEEP GOING! BREATHE! FLEX! RESIST! BREATH! FLEX! RESIST! “God, what a feeling! We did it, baby! Makes me want to cry, the feeling of overcoming limitation is just incredible” It ain’t over yet. I am just getting warmed up, grabbing the 90s before my full strength has recouperated and performed reps as quick as possible with near-perfect form to full failure, then without setting the weights down, twice more, I will attempt to reachieve failure. Now that is a challenging feeling! Incline dumbell flyes Focusing on generating pure rage, unattached from thought. visualizing and generating more emotion, this is the most I have ever tried to do on this exercise. I thought I was done, but I got the intution to grab 45s and perform quick explosive reps with a consistent rhythm and form to full failure. “Practicing the art of observation and checking up on my progress.” If only you could feel what I feel, you would understand. Weighted dips Getting a deep stretch without incurring collar bone, rotator, or elbow pain on this exercise is a good feat to attempt. It means all the tension is right where it should be, baby. Machine press Gotta keep on feeling it. Continually making a note of my performance, feelings, rep speed and rhythm and any other observations I may have. Machine flyes Now it is time for what I like to call the eternal set. There is no known rep range, failure time, rep speed or rhythm or strategy. The only strategy is do what feels best and keep going. Never stop until its done and when you think its done, keep going until it is really done. You only get 1 chance, 1 set. View image I ended up doing 46 reps. I believe around rep 15 or 20 my mind was telling me to stop, giving me all sorts of reasons. It is amazing what the mind will think when we try to take it beyond habit. Fact is, I was feeling my muscles, making them work, and I wanted to see how far i could take it. I paid special attention to keeping my joints safe and the movement natural. After around rep 30 my mind stopped trying to interfere and a rush came over me. I went faster and faster. Ever time I reached failure, I never let myself set the weights down but stretched the muscle as much as possible. It felt very good to know that I had done my absolute best in that moment and for the workout. A great ending! And a great beginning to new development! At the end of the workout my muscles feel pumped, my mind sharp, my central nervous system confused and its time for cardio! I stopped not because I wanted to, but because I felt it was smart to. It ain’t over yet, I don’t want it to be…but for now its time to burn fat, eat, nap and recouperate. Thank you for following along, Be Well ~ And if you would like to contact me you can find me on Facebook, go to my website (which is in the making) @ www.eliblahut.com, or send me an email to contact@eliblahut.com.


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