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#43267 - asotil
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(02/23/2016) [-]
ITT: Post your progress

Last Monday my squat max was a shitty form 8 second grind 295. Wednesday through Friday I hit 315 for a single consistently improving my form. Today I managed to get 315 for 2, and followed it with a 335 max with minimal form breakdown according to my spot. After that I did some trap bar deadlift and after applying copious amounts of chalk got 425 for 3. Finally we hit some 3 count pause bench, 215lbs 4x6. The weight was too light and the rep range too low and instead of feeling like I was working it just felt like an inconvenience, made worse by the fact that God of Rage is a fucking lie and I experienced the hardest crash of all time without even getting the advertised pump, and literally fell asleep on the ride home

All in all today was a good day. Bulgarian method is working very well for me, right now I'm almost stronger than I've ever been, and will be as soon as my squat break 355 hopefully within the next month
#43272 to #43267 - nwbballplayer
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(02/23/2016) [-]
Been running an upper lower/PPL hybrid with days focus on powerlifting or bodybuilding. Eating like 4000 calories a day and trying to gain weight until end of march, then doing a cut while running X Factor Advanced. Bench is shit but it's getting better, and adding tons of volume is doing wonders. Couple days ago did 345lbs squats for 3x3, then pause deficit DL for 3x8 with 315lbs. Tonight, did 3x3 DLs with 375lbs, the did pause squats with 245x10, 255x10, and 265x10. Stats are 245 pause bench, 375 squat, 415 DL at roughly 205-208lbs.
#43271 to #43267 - marinepenguin
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(02/23/2016) [-]
Lost 12 pounds here at training. Still been liftin, maybe 4 or 5 times a week. Started a new program so no new big PRs just yet. But I have been seeing my deadlift and squat form improve very very well these past few weeks working with lower weights and doing them more often.

I've been leaning out like crazy from all the extra activity too. Constantly carrying at least 20 pounds of gear, hauling weapons, walking 5-6 miles every day at least, running all the time, eating super clean, etc.
#43264 - asotil
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(02/23/2016) [-]
Do not use God of Rage pre workout. I'm on 4 fucking scoops right now, I haven't felt any sort of pump at all during my workout, and I'm about to fucking fall asleep on this bench
It is a fucking waste of money
#43265 to #43264 - marinepenguin
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(02/23/2016) [-]
>Not using Neon
>Not using Mr. Hyde
>not using #SX-7 Shatter
>not using M1 extreme
>not using Jacked Original formula

It's like you aren't even trying bro
#43266 to #43265 - asotil
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(02/23/2016) [-]
>Didn't see it
>Exchanging for it tomorrow morning, gib flavors
>What
>I'm not military fam
>I enjoy having an organic circulatory system

It was within my price range and the flavor sounded ok. Progress thread coming up
#43270 to #43266 - marinepenguin
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(02/23/2016) [-]
Other than the last one, they're all actually pretty good. I'd recommend them. You'll like Mr. Hyde.
#43262 - asotil
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(02/22/2016) [-]
I may have a problem

Lately during my Close Grip sessions, generally on my last set right before my last rep, I get this weird feeling in my right bicep of all things. I go down for the last rep, get about halfway up, and suddenly my right arm just gives out. It's not even fatigue or heavy weight, this happened with 175 the other day which flew up no problem for every rep of every set beforehand, except for the very last one, and only because of my right bicep. Any explanation or a fix would be great, I'm using a Texas bar with my index finger about an inch from where the bar becomes grooved

Moving on, last week I hit my first 315 squat single since last June, and hit it 4 days consecutively. Today I hit it for a double. Regulars were mirin
#43260 - nsfwcontent
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(02/22/2016) [-]
Diet Query

Is there a meal that I could eat every day that would keep me healthy?
e.g. could I eat a certain amount of chicken, rice and vegetables every day and have a healthy diet?

Not bothered about taste or getting bored of it or anything, just want a meal I can eat each day without having to waste time creating something different each day to maintain a healthy diet.

For years eating has seemed more like a chore than anything else and was wondering if there was a 1 big meal to eat throughout the day or same 3 meals every day I could eat to stay healthy at the same time. Rather than have one meal one day and another the next could I just buy 7 lots of the same ingredients every week and have the same meal every day or prepare 7 meals to eat throughout the week.
#43276 to #43260 - Sewallman ONLINE
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(02/23/2016) [-]
Keep in mind what's lean and what has complex carbohydrates.

Poach up 6 eggs, make some oats (or whole grained toast) and that should be your breakfast.

For lunch, chicken and rice is fine.

For supper.. Try out some crab meat. The shit is very high in protein and is superrr fucking lean.
#43269 to #43260 - dvmaster
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(02/23/2016) [-]
I eat 5 - 6 eggs everyday + oats with a sliced banana and milk, that's been my breakfast for about a year now.
#43250 - Sewallman ONLINE
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(02/22/2016) [-]
Do bigger pecs help cover pectus excavatum?

Pic related. It isn't my chest but it's what pectus excavatum looks like.
#43254 to #43250 - Sewallman ONLINE
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(02/22/2016) [-]
Forgot picture
#43255 to #43254 - Sewallman ONLINE
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(02/22/2016) [-]
Here is a diagram of how it's already f7ckong with my gains
#43256 to #43255 - marinepenguin
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(02/22/2016) [-]
No it doesn't.
#43257 to #43256 - Sewallman ONLINE
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(02/22/2016) [-]
Damn.

I guess I'll have to get the surgery then to fix it.
#43258 to #43257 - marinepenguin
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(02/22/2016) [-]
Yeah I have it to a very mild degree, and my big chest makes it look a little worse actually.
#43277 to #43258 - Sewallman ONLINE
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(02/23/2016) [-]
I'm talking to some people at the mayo clinic (the guys who made that diagram) on Wednesday about correcting it.

My concerns is whether or not I'm going to be able to keep lifting (I'm a month in and seeing remarkable results for a month.. Probably just muscle memory from when I was in high school and lifting.) and if I'll still be able to work.
#43278 to #43277 - marinepenguin
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(02/23/2016) [-]
Likely not while recovering from the surgery for at least a few weeks I'd say.
#43279 to #43278 - Sewallman ONLINE
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(02/23/2016) [-]
That's what I'm thinking.
#43259 to #43258 - Sewallman ONLINE
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(02/22/2016) [-]
I've got about a good 3 inch dip in mine. I've always been incredibly self concious about it.. Today my brothers and wife were making fun of me about it, saying it proves to show that I'm heartless.
#43247 - Elk
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(02/22/2016) [-]
After tomorrow, it will have been a week since I last drank a soda.
#43251 to #43247 - Sewallman ONLINE
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(02/22/2016) [-]
Nice! I used to drink 4 liters of mountain dew a day. I'm down to a can of soda every other day - Only if I'm somewhere besides home or the gym.

It's hard.. But just think of the health benefits.
#43261 to #43251 - Elk
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(02/22/2016) [-]
Nice! How long have you been off of that?
#43263 to #43261 - Sewallman ONLINE
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(02/22/2016) [-]
About a month. I'll have a few red bulls here or there, but that's mostly for the caffeine since I'm awake for 20-22 hours daily doing stuff.
#43242 - yiffcario
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(02/22/2016) [-]
Is there anything (besides surgery) that can be done about loose/excess skin? It's not horrible like I got lipo or something but it's upsetting having it after all the diet and exercise.
#43252 to #43242 - Sewallman ONLINE
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(02/22/2016) [-]
Skin will get tight again on its own after some time passes... But get swole and fill with muscles.
#43249 to #43242 - asotil
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(02/22/2016) [-]
Lift weights, get swole, fill with muscle
#43248 to #43242 - Elk
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(02/22/2016) [-]
I think that lifting weights helps. I might be wrong about that.
#43241 - zanntaggerung
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(02/21/2016) [-]
I started 5x5's at the beginning of this year because I kept falling off from splits I had come up. The other day I benched 135 lbs for the first time in my life and tomorrow I'll be squatting 200 (not sure if I managed that back in high school). I know it's not much to most here but my skinny ass feels accomplished so far.
#43268 to #43241 - narddogg
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(02/23/2016) [-]
Congrats m8, 135 lbs on the bench is my current objective for the 5x5 program
#43253 to #43241 - Sewallman ONLINE
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(02/22/2016) [-]
I just reached 145 after only being able to bench 70 a month ago. Be proud every time you go up.. It means you're doing good.
#43238 - anon
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(02/21/2016) [-]
why does blood go into my head when i bench??
(Obviously a begginer)
#43240 to #43238 - marinepenguin
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(02/21/2016) [-]
Blood pressure increases when you lift weights, some people just get red faced. Personally I don't.
#43237 - anon
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(02/21/2016) [-]
So lets say you put a 25 lb plate on both sides of a barbell. Are you lifting 69lbs or 94lbs?
#43239 to #43237 - marinepenguin
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(02/21/2016) [-]
A 45 pound barbell would make it 95 pounds. 45+25+25 equals 95
#43231 - midnighteyes
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(02/21/2016) [-]
So, this is something I don't talk much about anymore.
I've struggled with my weight almost my entire life. Up until I was about 19 years old, I was clinically obese. Some factors were out of my control, many were my own ignorance. And for the most part, I've always been self-conscious about my weight and appearance. When I was 20 years old, I began my journey to finally get myself into shape. From various nutritional supplements, to different eating habits and exercise habits, I tried everything I could to find something that worked for me, yet I always seemed to overthink myself out of striving for goals. Lately, I began trying a new approach of just not overthinking things and just doing it. I've started going back to the gym 2-5 times a week and I've changed my eating habits. Over the last month of this new approach, I've found myself truly enjoying the ride and just going with the flow and I feel like I've finally found the right method for myself. I'm so much happier, healthier and I feel so much better about myself and have more energy than I ever have in my life. And although I'm not 100% where I want to be, noticing the progress is just as exciting.
#43236 to #43231 - narddogg
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(02/21/2016) [-]
That's some real solid progress m8, how much weight did you lose?
#43243 to #43236 - midnighteyes
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(02/22/2016) [-]
75 in total, but gained 25 in muscle. When I lost all the easy fat, I realized I had no muscle tone because I almost never exercised. Needless to say, I changed that habit quick.
#43244 to #43243 - narddogg
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(02/22/2016) [-]
Gif says it all
#43245 to #43244 - midnighteyes
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(02/22/2016) [-]
Thank you, man.
Here's another one that shows how scrawny I was before I started going to the gym.
I don't know how to describe it, I was just smooth. I wasn't fat, but I had very little muscle tone so nothing stood out.
#43246 to #43245 - narddogg
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(02/22/2016) [-]
I understand what you're saying. I went from being chubby to being scrawnier than you are in the picture to the right. Plus, I'm about 5'8 so I feel the scrawniness was a bit amplified. I haven't been lifting that long so I still have quite some way to go, but I definitely understand what you're saying
#43234 to #43231 - noticing
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(02/21/2016) [-]
nice one bro
#43232 to #43231 - marinepenguin
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(02/21/2016) [-]
Nice job brosef
#43233 to #43232 - midnighteyes
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(02/21/2016) [-]
Thanks, dude!!
#43227 - maddboiy
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(02/20/2016) [-]
So after being stuck on 1x5 at 90kg for my Deadlifts i managed to hit 100kg (220lb) at 1x5 yesterday, so fucking happy with myself even though it ain't much it's still a victory in my book.
#43228 to #43227 - the one and only ONLINE
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(02/21/2016) [-]
Any new record is worth getting excited about. Keep it up, youll do double your body weight unless youre 50kg already then aim for 3x your body weight on dl.
#43226 - asotil
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(02/20/2016) [-]
Failing that last rep on Volume day
#43229 to #43226 - the one and only ONLINE
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(02/21/2016) [-]
Was it pull ups?
#43230 to #43229 - asotil
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(02/21/2016) [-]
Bench

You pull with your shoulders you goose
#43225 - cupotruth
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(02/20/2016) [-]
Thinking about getting cut, know a good deal about lifting but not enough about dieting (I try not to eat high octane crap and get enough protein but I've never measured it), there a good way to maintain around the same muscle mass while losing fat? (I know there will always be some loss when you go lower calories but I don't want to lose too much)

I don't mind if it's slow going, I've learned patience.

hlp pls
#43235 to #43225 - nwbballplayer
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(02/21/2016) [-]
Honestly, the best way would be to not go crazy on your caloric deficit. If you instantly just drop your calories way down, it's going to affect your cut negatively. Other than that, eating enough protein, taking BCAAs, and possibly throwing in some HIIT cardio are great ways to preserve muscle during a cut.
#43224 - marinepenguin
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(02/20/2016) [-]
I've lost about 12 pounds while here already. I'm eating maybe 5000 calories a day from what I can average out, and I down PBJs and protein shakes before bed, but my activity level is so high from training that I'm still losing weight. I don't mind too much, since I'm lifting weights and pretty much gonna get shredded from all the lifting and running I'm doing.
#43220 - asotil
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(02/20/2016) [-]
I almost did a pull up
#43219 - asotil
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(02/20/2016) [-]
I'm gonna do a pull up
#43217 - mataleao
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(02/19/2016) [-]
Hey guys, I was wondering if anyone could give me some advise. So I've been doing strength training and martial arts for a while now and I decided that it was time for me to move from strength training to something a bit more specific for my goals. I was wanting to do strength movements followed by calisthenics for body mobility, strength, and power. I was going to use my martial arts, jump roping, and sprinting for conditioning. My big issue is that I don't want to spend too much time in the gym(as it will take away from my martial art), but I firmly believe that strength and conditioning are important to martial arts. Any advise in how i should organize it? I was thinking a 3-4 day gym split with 3 or so days of conditioning.
#43214 - bombadier
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(02/19/2016) [-]
Any one have any experience with Bold And Determined's Body Of A Spartan programme?