Body Style

The photo here is the type of look I’m going to achieve. I need a little motivation from time to time, and this is good for me to think about.

Greg Plitt was on more covers of more magazines for 5 years. No longer with us, Greg remains an inspiration. He was 6’1″ tall. I’m 6’4″ tall. I should be able to get somewhat close to this ideal. My muscle bellies are probably just a little longer. The key is symmetry and proportion. With those in mind, I’ll continue to work.

Another possibility is working as a fitness model. At my age, I should be in demand, as the older guys begin to realize that life after 40 doesn’t have to a slow slide into the grave. Instead, let’s build vibrant health that we can bank on for 100 years.

Greg Plitt

Assault on 300 Pounds

Here’s the way to get to this lofty goal in the bench press.

12 week bench press cycle: Train once per week every Wednesday.
Phase I
Week Power Grip Wide Grip Narrow Grip
28″ 32″ 22″
1 140x8x1 120x10x2 110x10x2
2 150x8x1 130x10x2 120x10x2
3 160x8x1 140x10x2 130x10x2
4 170x8x1 150x10x2 140x10x2
5 185x5x1 165x8x2 145x8x2
6 195x5x1 175x8x2 155x8x2
7 205x5x1 185x8x2 165x8x2
8 215x5x1 195x8x2 175x8x2
9 225x3x1 205x5x2 185x5x2
10 235x3x1 215x5x2 195x5x2
11 245x2x1 225x5x2 205x5x2
12 260×1 None None
Phase II:  Reestablish Homeostasis: Dumbbell Bench: 1 sec pause low.
Weight is per dumbbell.
Flat bench Incline bench
1 60x10x3 50x10x3
2 65x10x3 55x10x3
3 80x6x2 70x6x2
4 85x6x2 75x6x2
5 95x4x2 80x4x2
6 100x4x1 85x4x1
Phase III:  Assault on 300
Power Grip Wide Grip Narrow Grip
28″ 32″ 22″
1 215x5x4 185x5x2 175x5x2
2 225x5x3 195x5x2 185x5x2
3 235x5x2 205x5x2 195x5x2
4 245x5x1 215x5x2 205x5x2
5 255x3x4 225x3x2 215x3x2
6 265x3x2 235x3x2 225x3x2
7 275x2x2 245x2x2 235x2x2
8 285x2x1 255x2x2 245x2x2
9 300×1

Hormone Replacement Therapy Starts Today

Today I saw Dr. Sadeghi again after the results of the blood tests. I’m starting Testosterone in a prescribed amount, IM injection. I started the first dose today at 5 p.m. From now on, I’ll inject each evening before or after shower time and before bedtime. Two other special drug cocktails have been created, but I cannot recall their names. Once they arrive in the mail on Tuesday, I’ll update this blog.

Before And After Photos

Age 56. I need some help.

I don’t have an after photo yet, so here’s the before. This is age 56, photo taken on June 10, 2017. I’m on a scuba diving adventure aboard the Cee Ray dive boat. In the cup is orange juice, and on the plate is a sweet roll. Tons or carbs are eaten between dives, as this particular activity really sucks the energy out of your body. I’ll get another pose like this in 90 days and we’ll see how things are coming along.

Personal Chemistry Evaluation

Visited with Dr. Sadeghi on Friday, June 9, 2017. She has ordered certain chemistry evaluations as part of my complete body makeover. As we age, our hormones also age. To my friends who are following my progress, I am providing a complete transparent play by play. Many are curious as to how this will all play out, as am I, especially. I will keep everyone up to date.

Here are the tests ordered:

DHEA Sulfate


Free Estradiol

Free T3

Free Testosterone

Sex hormone binding globulin

AM Cortisol

Complete metabolic panel

CBC with diff

Hemoglobin A1C

NMR LipoProfile


Testosterone, total

Thyroxine T4, Free

Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy

To support the above, the following diagnosis codes have been provided: 

E29.1 — Testicular Hypofunction

R63.5 — Abnormal weight gain

R68.82 — Decreased libido

K22.2 — Esophogeal obstruction

G47.01 — Insomnia due to medical condition

E66.9 — Obesity, unspecified

R53.83 — Other fatigue

Blood will be drawn on Wednesday, June 14, at 10:30 a.m. I will be fasting when the blood is drawn. Results of these tests will determine the cocktail prescribed, and my own work on my self will determine my personal health outcome. Stay tuned.

Cru Cafe Opens

The grand opening of Crü Cafe is Friday, June 2nd. We stopped by today for a soft opening. Had sandwiches, coffee, and pastries. There’s a large heavy wood table for 8, smaller tables for couples or singles.

An enviting couch is placed with a low table in front of a faux fireplace. This could be very comfortable in the winter months, and was certainly looked good on this particularly warm summer-ish day in May.

Music in the styles of Frank Sinatra and Harry Connick Jr. played on the sound system.

The owner, Izell, was a Marine and served in Afghanistan. Supporting our wonderful American-owned businesses here at home is a pleasure. Her daughter brought food and drinks to our table, was very personable, and along with her mom was willing to accommodate the desires of two somewhat choosy individuals.

I made the suggestion to include lemon bars, because they’re my favorite, and I would stop by often just for those tasty delights. Hopefully they follow up and include them in their mix of pastries, sandwiches and hot and cold beverages.

Crü Cafe is located in Mission Viejo, in the old Von’s shopping center on Los Alisos, just down the road from the Ayres Suites you can see from the 241 Toll Road. It will a good place to stop at early or late. Very nice environment, food was excellent, and service fantastic. I know they’ve signed a 5 year lease, so wishing them every success. So far, excellently done.

Click here for their Facebook page. 


Calculating Dive Weight

Divers must add weight to overcome the natural buoyancy of their exposure suit and air cylinder, the air in their lungs, the type of water they’re in, and their experience level.

A nice calculator exists at Dive Buddy dot com. Just plug in the numbers, and you will be shown the amount of weight you need to overcome buoyancy. Try it out. It’s at least a starting point. You may need to experiment with adding or subtracting weight during your various dives.

The calculator allows for your weight, experience, exposure suit, scuba tank, and water type.

Click here to visit the Dive Buddy calculator.   (Link opens a new window.)

Why Choose Sea Stallion Scuba?

I was looking for a place close to home to do my scuba training. A place that would fit my schedule, be easy to work with, and have some personality. A shop where I could get my questions answered, even the ones I didn’t know I had.

I picked Sea Stallion Scuba after typing “scuba training” into Google. It came up as a location close to my workplace, and not too far from my home. Thinking it would be worth checking into, I stopped in after work.

Jules greeted me with a cheery hello. At first she thought I was an instructor looking for a new BC. Not sure how that happened, but after giving her proper info, she quickly understood I was a total diving newbie looking to get started.

I must have spent a solid hour just asking questions. She answered every one of them and never put any pressure on to make a decision about anything. Just cheerfully went about sharing her passion for diving.

Fortunately for me, there was nobody else in the shop that day. Maybe not the best for them, but for me, having her undivided attention was crucial to my success.

Before I left, I purchased a mask and snorkel. I felt I needed to begin a pact with myself to “do this.”

The next day, I was back. I signed up for classes and a boat dive off Catalina. And bought a regulator.

Then I bought a wetsuit, a BC, fins, gloves, booties, my Octo, and a computer. I mean, I did a total dive package, purchasing like a crazed person. I didn’t want to do my training in rented gear.

Overall, Sea Stallion took in nearly $4,000 from me alone. I was happy to hand over the money.

The bottom line is simple. If Jules had not been as gracious and sweet as she was, I may not have pulled the trigger like I did. I don’t know what I would have done or not done. Sales is a funny thing. The customer often doesn’t know what is really wanted or needed. Sometimes the customer just has cash to burn, and wants the best stuff. Other times they may be on a budget.

Regardless of the customer’s means, what is most important is that the sales person, Jules in this case, treats them with decency and makes them feel important. There is a desire to be treated well, and to strike up a relationship with the dive shop people, that can only be met by people who sincerely care about other people. Or, if they really don’t give a shit, they fake it really well. I can see through the fakery, however, and so can others.

I highly recommend Sea Stallion Scuba. In fact, one of my work mates is using them for her training now. And a couple of other friends are going on the boat dive to Catalina, at my recommendation. See how one thing leads to another? I’m sure Sea Stallion Scuba will benefit from Jules’ exemplary actions over and over again.

Finally, I should mention Steve. He was just as helpful, and knows the technical stuff inside out. A great guy. Should you visit the shop, I hope you find your experience to be as great as I have found mine.

First Scuba Tank Purchase

Stopped by the scuba shop today and bought a new steel Faber 80 cubic foot tank. Looked into the brand, and discovered they’re made in Italy, with hundreds of thousands of cylinders made.

Why steel instead of aluminum? Primarily because steel doesn’t change buoyancy as it is depleted of air, like aluminum does. With aluminum, the diver becomes more buoyant as air is used up in the cylinder, making it a little more tricky to achieve consistent buoyancy throughout a dive.

Steel tanks have thinner walls, but are heavier before you get in the water. This doesn’t really affect me, and wasn’t a concern when I was considering steel vs. aluminum.

So now my system is complete. All I need to do is show up for the next beach dive and get it done. As soon as my knee is healed, I’ll be in the water.

Now I just need to find some great stickers to put on the new tank to really make it complete. My name and phone number are probably a good idea as well.


XS Scuba Faber High Pressure Steel Tank Features

  • XS Scuba Faber High Pressure Steel Tank
  • Nitrox Ready Up to 40%
  • Most Widely Sold Cylinder Type
  • Great Buoyancy Characteristics:
    Buoyancy Full: From -2.42 lbs. to -9.41 lbs. (-1.1 kg to 4.3 kg), Size Dependent
    Buoyancy Empty: From -1.2 lbs. to 2.35 lbs. (-0.54 kg to 1.1 kg)
    Buoyancy Better for Back Inflation Style BCD’s (Wings)
    Shed the Lead
  • Weight: From 28.3 lbs. to 42.4 lbs. (13 kg to 19.4 kg)
  • Diameter: From: 7.25″ to 8.0″ (10 cm to 20.3 cm)
  • Height: From: 20.8″ to 26.85″ (53 cm to 68 cm)
  • Construction:
    Deep Drawn Chromium Molybdenum Steel
    Triple Protected Zinc Sprayed
    Epoxy and Polyurethane Painted
    Round Bottom Cylinder
  • Note:
    All Faber Cylinders Meet Certificated Specifications of US Department of Transportation (DOT) with Special Permit Number 13488
    Meet Specification of the Transport Canada (TC) with Special Permit Number SU7694-237
  • XS Scuba PVD Pro Valve
  • Standard Yoke Outlet with Spin-Out DIN Insert Converts to 230 bar (3,336 psi) DIN Outlet
  • 1/4″ Hex Key Wrench Removable DIN Insert
  • 3/4″ – 14 NPSM Standard Inlet Threads
  • 1.5 Hand Wheel Rotations from Fully-On to Fully-Off
  • 5/32″ Hex Key Dip Tube Included
  • Tough Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) Finish
  • Same Finish Found on High End Watches and Faucets
  • Durable Scratch Resistant Finish gives Valve a “Tech Look”
  • Service Pressure: 3442 psi (240 bars)
  • New Unique Color Coded Safety Hand Wheel
  • Red” Valve is Completely Of
  • Green” Valve is Completely Open and Ready for Divin
  • Chrome Plated Durable Brass Valve Stem
  • Teflon Coated Valve Seat
  • O-Ring Sealed Bonnet
  • Easy Grip Rubber Hand Wheel