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Updated: 2018-03-07T07:35:40.937-08:00


WildEndurance: 100km through the Blue Mountains in one weekend 2-3 May 2009


Posted by Duncan Cassidy on Tuesday, February 03, 2009. Visit Duncan Cassidy's BodyDaemon Journal.
Proper training starts today, as I am still acclimatising back into the Australian summer from the European winter I will not be not pushing myself to 100%. That starts next week.

To further explain what I am doing I have taken the following from the WildEndurance website.

WildEndurance: the new standard. 100km through the Blue Mountains in one
weekend, raising funds to save the planet.

WildEndurance is a unique trekking challenge for teams of 4-6 people.
Experience the stunning beauty of the Blue Mountains World Heritage
area - while raising funds to protect our wonderful wild places.

This will be a no holds barred account of how my training progressed. Currently I feel fat and out of shape, funnily enough, I look fat and out of shape also. Over a month of no training and eating excessively (closer to two months if I'm completely honest) has left me worse than I have ever felt or looked before.

Today I start again, let it begin.


Monday, January 19, 2009


Posted by lizwinfrey on Tuesday, January 20, 2009. Visit lizwinfrey's BodyDaemon Journal.
I'm still feeling pretty crappy today, sore throat, tiredness, headaches etc.  Recovering from a cold pretty much sucks.  I weighed myself this morning at 10 and was 206.6.

I polished off the last of the chocolate cake today.  It had to go and right now, it did wonders to help cheer me up.  Now that it's gone, no more cheating on my proper nutrition (I hate calling it a diet, since I want to try to eat healthy every day for the rest of my life).

My hand / wrist RSI problem - update


Posted by jim on Saturday, January 10, 2009. Visit jim's BodyDaemon Journal.
Found out a little more about what's going on with my hand.

Apparently I have mid-carpal instability. When I was younger I broke my arm and since this was during adolescence, apparently the growth plates hadn't fused and the bone healed 'flat' (it should be curved).

As a result my wrist subluxes all the time which is stressing out the ligaments and leading to instability.

Up until now this hadn't caused me pain, but now it seems to be. This is likely a result of some/all of the following:
  • I haven't been lifting due to my shoulder injury thus have lost a significant amount of forearm muscle and strength.

  • Due to the shoulder injury (right) I've been using my left hand more

  • I've been doing an awful lot of keyboard work over the last 18 months, more than usual

  • Chronic build-up of inflammation

I was advised that at some point in the future I'll probably need corrective surgery, but this doesn't have to happen for a while, certainly not in the next year or two.

Here's a link with some more information about mid carpal instability (warning: Graphic images of surgery are there, don't look if you are squeamish)

Fortunately it does't feel as bad at the moment, and using a Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard really seems to be helping:


General update


Posted by jim on Wednesday, January 07, 2009. Visit jim's BodyDaemon Journal.
I've not written anything for a while so thought I'd update with how things are going.

No real change, but I am attacking the plan I formed with my physiotherapist which is comprised of:
  • Medial glute work
  • Massage of the lateral retinaculum
  • General glute activation work (eg: bridges)
  • Quad exercises with an emphasis on the VMO
My knee feels the same, but my medial glutes are definately getting stronger. I'm going to see my physio in about 10 days and get him to observe the changes in my pelvic tilt and posture. Hopefully I'm dropping my hip less.

Not much has happened. I had my MRI Arthrogram today and will see the consultant to review the results next Wednesday - so until then I won't know anything else. Until I know what's happening with it I am not doing any shoulder exercises as I don't want to make things worse.

I had a bit of a scare with RSI in my hand. It was so bad I thought I'd broken my wrist! Fortunately it feels a lot better now. I've got a Microsoft ergonomic keyboard and it's helping a lot.

Real life is busy for the next few days but I'll be back to adding new features very soon. Next things to be done are going to be:
  • A few new reports (I want a 'time spent doing cardio' report, and 'distance travelled in cardio'

  • Lots more exercises videos

  • Tidying up of the exercise libary

  • A more flexible way of recording exercises - so you'll be able to record as much information as you want in terms of distance, time, resistance etc. This came about when recording farmers walks - I got to thinking that some cardio exercises may involve resistance, and some resistance exercises may involve duration / distance. So once this is done, you guys can record exactly which information you want to. Exercises will have defaults (eg: by default 'running' will show distance and duration, but won't show resistance or reps!) - but you can tweak these
Hope you are all well. Not sure anyone is reading this, but still :-)

one last push


Posted by Dimebag on Monday, January 05, 2009. Visit Dimebag's BodyDaemon Journal.
Going to make one final push to cut again, this time I really want it.

I've got a good healthy diet sorted out and I'm going to be doing a mixture of weights and CV. The key is clearly consistency and I've got to stop pissing around being dissapointed that I dont get anywhere in a week and watch what I'm putting into my face.

Starting off well, 2 good workouts in 2 days, i'll see how I feel at the end of the week as to how sustainable it is.

I want to be lean! I will be lean.

PS - Thanks for new gloves Ad, it doesnt half make grip more difficult though putting a fairly thick barried inbetween you and the bar...



Posted by jim on Friday, December 19, 2008. Visit jim's BodyDaemon Journal.

I wasn't happy about having to have another MRI Arthrogram on my shoulder because, to be frank, they're not very pleasant. Having lots of needles rammed in my shoulder isn't my idea of fun.

Still, it needs (re)doing - even though I only had one 6 weeks ago - before the surgeon can tell me what's wrong, since the quality of the last scan was so poor (so a day of my life wasted there).

It was meant to be happening on the 24th of December.

I just got phoned and now it can't be done until Mid January.

Which means it's going to be at least 3 weeks extra before I know what's wrong with my shoulder..




Posted by Dimebag on Thursday, December 18, 2008. Visit Dimebag's BodyDaemon Journal.
I keep swaying back and forth between wanting to cut and wanting to get bigger, knowing full well the whole time the only way i'll improve on either is really down to diet and consistency. The latter I lack.

I saw a couple of older pictures of me when I was at a really lean 12 odd stone and I want to get back to that sort of definition. For that reason I am subbing my morning and lunch time meals for protein shakes and eating one healthy meal in the evening of lean meat and some lean carbs if I feel like it. Oh and lots of water. Lots.

I'm going to keep this up over the christmas period, it should be workable because I'm not too bothered about eating Christmas lunch etc, this isn't designed to make my life a misery. I'll be keeping up as much as possible at the gym going the days I can until the new year and we'll see if 3 weeks of subbing protein shakes in for meals will make a noticeable difference. Evidently I know it will take longer to achieve what I want but I want to see if its sustainable and worth it.



Posted by SERAPH on Wednesday, December 17, 2008. Visit SERAPH's BodyDaemon Journal.
Oh noooooo....



Posted by jim on Tuesday, December 16, 2008. Visit jim's BodyDaemon Journal.
My MRI arthrogram is booked for my shoulder on 24th December, so not much is going to happen between now and then.

Left knee feels OK.

Right knee is very, very clunky and keeps subluxing. Its not too painful its just popping a *lot* at the moment.



Posted by jim on Sunday, December 14, 2008. Visit jim's BodyDaemon Journal.
No knee or shoulder news today. (right) knee is very clicky. I've been on my feet a lot this week so I'm taking it easy.

Did a lot of cool stuff on BodyDaemon today, including the 'Photos & Videos' tab, which is new.



Posted by jim on Saturday, December 13, 2008. Visit jim's BodyDaemon Journal.

Personal situation

Not much happening today knee or shoulder-wise. I'm not going to do anything shoulder-exercise-wise until I've had the MRI scan done.

Eating has been OK - managing to stick to food plan (low carb, lots of protein, veggies and healthy fats) with no problems. The scales say I've lost 8-10 lbs over the last 5 days though most of that is going to be water.

Haven't done today's knee rehab workout yet, I'll post it when I do.

I feel optimistic about making progress, which is the main thing.


Made some changes to the site today. I've modified the 'Reports' section to feature a new way of viewing reports. I think it's a lot better. Interested to hear what other people think...

Today's update


Posted by jim on Thursday, December 11, 2008. Visit jim's BodyDaemon Journal.
Right. I have finally finished the article I've been working on for the last few days. It's not easy to try to remember a timeline of the last 5 years.

I haven't got much to add beyond the article, since not much time has passed, but I've managed to stick to my new improved diet over the last few days and have actually lost about 5 lbs though obviously it's mostly going to be water weight from not eating as many carbs.

Went for a long walk today (it's the only form of cardio I can do), covered what I believe to be about 7 miles. It's annoying because it's not challenging on my lungs / heart / etc.. at all, but it's going to be using calories and hopefully 'waking up' the slow-twitch fibres in my legs, so it's worthwhile.

I will write more over the next few days.

Feeling a little more optimistic about things in general

Meeting with surgeon


Posted by jim on Friday, December 12, 2008. Visit jim's BodyDaemon Journal.
I had my meeting with the surgeon today.

He was great - very understanding and spoke to me at length about my options for both the right knee and shoulder.

I will do a 'part 2' article explaining these in depth, but the upshot is:

Right Knee
He thinks it's simply a case of patella maltracking. My options are basically:
  • Attempt to rectify through physiotherapy;
  • Have a lateral release.
I'm not keen on the lateral release idea yet, so the plan is to attack physiotherapy with every ounce of energy I have for the next 6 months, and if there's no improvement, go for the surgery.

Right Shoulder
He says the pain I'm getting does not fit the profile of arthiritis and seems to be due to a mechanical fault. He's spotted 2 things on the MRI scan that may be be causing me problems:
  • What appears to be a cartilidge 'ulcer', which may require Microfracture;
    (noted as a Cystic Lesion in previous findings)

  • It looks like some of the labrum has partially detatched from the glenoid.
Both of the above can be rectified surgically which is great news. However the MRI scan that led to the above findings is apparently not of the best quality, so he wants to re-do the scan. So the plan is:

  1. Have the scan re-done;
  2. Review the findings;
  3. Make an informed decision to proceed with surgery.
Unless the refined scan paints a drastically different picture it looks like more surgery is inevitable.

Having said that, up until today I had been told my shoulder was 'as good as it's going to be' - so this is a dramatic improvement. Marcus Green has fixed my left knee before, and I have every faith he will do as much as is possible to improve things in my shoulder.

So - now I wait for the scan. I'll try to get it before Christmas.

In the meantime:
  • No upper body exercise at all as it may make the damage worse;
  • Lots of leg rehab workouts, doing whatever I can that doesn't hurt;
  • Continue dieting to lose some of the excess weight;
  • Try to remain positive.



Posted by SERAPH on Monday, December 01, 2008. Visit SERAPH's BodyDaemon Journal.
Starting a new routine, after a weeks recoup. This one's a mon-thurs
movement isolation type o thingy. So eg chest, tric, wrist / lats,
bicep, hammer etc. Based on 4 major compounds, isolations and

Was doing about 8 weeks of 2weekly full body workouts (2
different ones) with a standard weight for every exercise to let the
smaller'uns catch up while giving a bit of low impact strength training
for the larger groups.

Shoulder problems :-(


Posted by jim on Friday, November 14, 2008. Visit jim's BodyDaemon Journal.
I'm having a rubbish time with my shoulder.

There's a post about it in the forum - so I won't duplicate any information here.

If anyone has any words of widsom or encouragement I'd love to hear them, as I really feel like I'm fighting a losing battle.




Posted by jim on Monday, November 10, 2008. Visit jim's BodyDaemon Journal.
This is just a test. I want to check my blog is publishing to blogger OK.

Excuses, all I'm hearing is blah blah blah I'm weak.


Posted by Duncan Cassidy on Wednesday, November 05, 2008. Visit Duncan Cassidy's BodyDaemon Journal.
Meant to do the following circuit today but a visit to the doc this morning ended up with me being put on a table (surgical bed) and a biopsy conducted on a suspicious sunspot on my chest. Doc advised that it would probably not be a good idea to do any strenuous activity for 24 hours just to let the body deal with the fact that a 8mm wide x 12mm deep chunk of flesh was removed from my chest. Find out in a couple of weeks at the latest if it is cancerous. Anyway this is what I was meant to do:

5x Sprint starts + 7 KTE's (Knees to Elbows)
6 rounds, then
5 x sprint starts + 7 Ring Push ups
5 rounds, then
12 x Squat @ 40kg + 12 KTE's
4 rounds, then
5 x Sprint Starts + 5 x Heave (pull up, chin up)
3 rounds, then
5 x Sprint Starts + 5 x Burpee
2 rounds

Rest 5 min then
10 x 24" Box Jump + 10 x Wall Ball @ 8kg min height 10'
3 rounds



Posted by Dimebag on Wednesday, September 03, 2008. Visit Dimebag's BodyDaemon Journal.
I've been led to question the idea of a "hard gainer" recently. I was under the impression that I might be such a person who finds it hard to put on weight because of their genetic make up.

I think recently the situation I've found myself in has opened my eyes, you need 3 things to make a fire they say... fuel, oxygen and ignition.

I think its the same for growing bigger, my components are again fuel (food), oxygen I would substitute for rest and ignition... training.

They're all about equal in weighting in my mind now. If you don't have enough of one you either get a shit fire or nothing at all... same for growing.

Recently I've been eating like never before, seriously stupid amounts of food and its costing me a fortune, however, if you look at my body stats page you will see that I'm clearly growing, and fast too.

In the last 3 weeks I've put on nearly 8 lbs in weight from force feeding myself enough protein and food in general. I'm not hanging back on anything, I eat anything in sight to ensure I dont have a negative calorific deficit at the end of the day.

I'm feeling it too, today I managed 130kg for 8 in my deadlift set and it didn't feel terribly hard at all. I'm gonna go on until I hit my target weight (which is only 2kg away now for about 2 months more of training) and then I'll re-evaluate. If I keep growing like this without hitting a plateau i'll just keep training until I get as big as I want then cut. That should keep me happy for a while.

Cutting however, will not.

Why does fitness matter to me?


Posted by lwilsonesq on Friday, August 29, 2008. Visit lwilsonesq's BodyDaemon Journal.
I actually got into fitness in my late teens and early 20s because I was convinced it would help me to enjoy a better quality of life for longer as I got older.  I had in mind that it would be cool to get bigger and look better, but mostly I just didn't want to end up like all the older people (50+) that I knew. 

Now that I am in my 50s I am really glad I got into keeping fit.  I never did gain all that bulk that my 20 year old self would have liked, but now I couldn't care less about that.  I still manage to run a 10K every other day at about 7 minutes a mile and I can still lift a lot of weight for a very skinny guy.  At 51, skinny's not such a bad thing!

this is just a test


Posted by jim on Monday, August 25, 2008. Visit jim's BodyDaemon Journal.
i want to check this appears in blogspot

New Gym


Posted by adsy on Friday, August 08, 2008. Visit adsy's BodyDaemon Journal.
Finally got a home gym with neighbours! Bought a power rack with a chin up bar plus a 145kg barbell. We have a lock up in the compound down from my house so it has all been put down there. It has lighting and we can play i pod music so the atmosphere is good. Found additional approx. 100kg in 1 inch diameter weights there so with cheap E Z and straight bar should be all set. Have a couple of dumbbells up to about 14kg for now. Will get a medicine ball and have a punch bag up and ready. Getting a free bench and possibility of making a platform for olympic lifts if we can get a few safety mats. With all that and the compound itself for space to sprint and try strongman events such as tractor tyre flips the workouts should be excellent.

stemming van de dag


Posted by raffaella150 on Tuesday, August 15, 2006. Visit raffaella150's BodyDaemon Journal.
er is niets aan doen vandaag en dat is niet slecht maar als wij thuis kunnen blijven was ook beter!!! 
het is ferragosto, het regent en het is ook koud...wat een saaie en triste dag!!! 
ik heb niet zo veel zin om te trainen, ik wil me in leven voelen, maar ik voel te depressie

COMING SOON! (2 days)


Posted by jim on Tuesday, August 15, 2006. Visit jim's BodyDaemon Journal.
- A very nice blog control (see picture) 
- ability to transfer your custom exercises to the main listing 
I'm excited about the blog/message control, should make the site a lot easier to use, and the content richer. 

Well Rested


Posted by icey on Wednesday, August 16, 2006. Visit icey's BodyDaemon Journal.
Had 5 days off from training, it killed me to do it, but it was needed to get rid of my niggling little injuries which seemed to be popping up all over my body. Got back in the gym today, hit the compounds (bench, sqaut, deadlift) and made some great gains and a personal best! So quite happy at the mo!



Posted by jim on Friday, August 18, 2006. Visit jim's BodyDaemon Journal.

I'm testing the new blog editor.

A couple of bugs made it up but by and large all is looking good

sorry for the horrible fonts i just want to check the various features work