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Germany's Ass
14 days ago
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Welcome to r/Fitness Community Campfires! You can read the original announcement thread by clicking here.

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This week's topic: Developing Discipline in Training and Exercise

Over and over on r/Fitness, the topic of "motivation" comes up and is almost always answered with some version of "Motivation is garbage. Discipline is better". This thread is for those who have taken the time to develop discipline, grit, perseverance, staying power, and so on as it applies to their pursuit of physical fitness goals. What did you do to train and develop these attributes in yourself? What worked and what didn't? What did you struggle with and how did you overcome it?

Note: Comments to the tune of "I just always had it" are not useful contributions to this Campfire. Do not make them.

Posted by
Germany's Ass
10 hours ago
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Dingo seems to be slacking so get your dunce hats out and so on.

Read the Wiki, no dumb jokes, etc.


I train every morning before work - I use it as a reason to not drink every night (so suggesting to switch from mornings to afternoons just won't work). I've been doing 5/3/1 Beginners for 5 months. My teenage son wants to start going to the gym in the afternoons, 3 days a week. We will probably have him doing Phraks GSLP (modified) from the wiki. My question has to deal with me going to the gym twice a day, 3 times a week. He wants to have someone actually work out with him (me), but I'm not sure at what level I should be training with him.
Since it'll be the 2nd workout of the day, and not matching up with my current routine, should I keep it light and med-high reps? I'd like to gain something from this, but I know that over training will lead to quick fatigue.


Hi guys. A bit about me: I'm in my 30s, average height and about 207 lbs. I was overweight tk start the year and I'm down from 260 pounds so I've been on a deficit for a lot of the year with some diet breaks. I was going strong going up by 10 pounds a week 1x5 on deadlift but at about 350 pounds I've failed to complete my set on two consecutive weeks.

My other main lifts are bench 225 5x5 (struggling to finish these sets too and been stalled at 225 for a month), OHP 155 5x5, squat 310 5x5 (no struggles yet). Any suggestions? I assume I need more accessories.


Hello everyone!

Progress pic!

Let me start this off by saying I've been lifting for around 8 years now. In the beginning, I did the classic bro split of 5 days a week, one muscle group per day. I built up a decent foundation of size and strength that way but eventually got really bored with it after about 5 years. The next 2 years were more experimental as I was playing around with changing up my rest times, rep ranges, types of workouts, volume, intensity, etc. I wasn't enjoying my workouts until I started doing a 6 day PPL routine. After about a solid year of running this, I've been hitting good numbers (for me at least) while still maintaining my weight. It took a lot of trial and error, but I'm finally happy with where I'm at so I've decided to share my achievement with ya'll.


Mon - Push A:

  1. 5 x 1-5 Barbell Bench Press (1RM is 235 lbs)

  2. 4 x 3-5 Barbell Push Press

  3. 4 x 3-5 Barbell Close-Grip Bench Press

  4. 2 x 8-12 Incline Dumbbell Bench Press

  5. 2 x 8-12 Lateral Raises

  6. 2 x 8-12 Rope Pushdown

Tues - Pull A:

  1. 5 x 1-5 Conventional Deadlift (1RM is 405 lbs)


So over the summer I did 4 day nsuns and while I made a lot of progress, I wanted to try something new for a little bit, so I switched to a full body workout programmed by a powerlifting coach. Now, I want to drop the coach and go back to 5 day nsuns, but I wanted to see how bad some change would affect my results from the program.

  1. Would it be fine to move the T2 workouts a day forward? I would rather do deadlift then CG bench instead of bench then CG bench. And the same for other days so it's more full body days. Would this affect my.progress drastically? Accessories would stay the same.

  2. If I am transitioning from conventional to sumo as my main deadlift form, should I make both deadlift days sumo days or should I have my conventional day be sumo and my sumo day be conventional?

  3. How important are the last 2-3 drop sets? My workouts are taking an increasingly long amount of time and I found it hard to do 18 sets of compounds daily. Would dropped the last 2-3 sets make a huge difference?


Assuming that you eat at your normal intake with a healthy variety diet, when does your muscle start to fade away if you completely stop your lifting routine?

Is it possible to maintain all your muscles without lifting or working out at all or does it start to fade at all?


Current One Rep Max's are
275 Bench
325 Squat (squat is my weakest lift, mobility issues in my hips and knees hold me back)
430 Deadlift
155 OHP

I've really made progress in the past 4 months that ive been on nSuns 5/3/1. I think i want to stay on it for another few months because i really like the size/strength i am getting. I have this personal goal of hitting 200lbs. (i used to weigh 160 when i started lifting 1.5 years ago).

But I'm not sure when the right time to switch would be so that i can "look" the best. It sounds vein but the reason i started lifting was to look better. I was skinny fat for the longest time. On average along with diet and some HIIT, how long would it really take to get that cut look from a PHAT/PHUL program? Are we talking 6 months, a year, two years? I just want to know what to expect and plan for.


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