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post #33961 of 48554
Going to post before and after photos and just preface this by saying after two years (1 year of experimenting/messing around, and 1 year of noob gains) that I am not at all too pleased from an aesthetic point of view. My strength then and now is dramatic, yes, but I think after reading through all the updates in this thread, which to be quite honest seems geared towards power-lifters and bodybuilders, perhaps I had a flawed idea of what my goal really was. I would categorize myself as a regular dude looking to get fit, be one of the "bros" if you will. But hell, posters like Charly, TKJG, MarkI et al are all very inspiring not to mention helpful, which really motivated me but perhaps not in the right direction in achieving my own goal. Also, I was not expecting paying ~$350 for another 2 year gym pass this month, and told a dude at the gym I might just take the rest of Sept. off. redface.gif

On the other hand, I don't want to move backwards.

In Styleforum fashion, I think the clothes and silhouette will tell a better picture (next to nudes), and being tailored clothes gives a better idea of the change.

Before
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After
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I wear size medium and 34 waist pants now. Prior was a small and 30ish waist. No more slim, tapered trousers. I have to wear 8" taper or more without looking pear shaped. Before photo is with 7" taper, after photo is with 8"

  • Before: ~147 lb
  • After: ~ 160 lb
  • 3 main lifts: Squat = 185 lb, Bench Press = 165 lb, Deadlift = 275 lb (I could not lift shit before)

My routine was pretty strict IA SPBR but I did drop the ab work out because I just did not see any difference/progress (my stomach did feel slimmer I guess). In hindsight, perhaps it would have given me a more solid core to help with my squat. I just was not sure or confident about what ab workout to do so just dropped it. I did variations of OHP as well but my main upper body presses for shoulder & traps was sitting shoulder press with dumbbells. I incorporated lateral raises as well.

To be brutally honest, my upper body really lagged behind the lower and as a result today I feel like my wide hips are further accentuated. Sucks
Only upper body I am happy about is probably my back. Feels great though my posture can still use a lot of work.

If anyone can give me a routine that can really work my chest, traps, and shoulders I'm all ears. Considering dropping squat/DL altogether .. I am going to just 'bro it out.' I'm really jealous of you guys who have these heavy squat/DL but still manage to have skinny look legs, or have an upside down pyramid physique. I see a lot of dudes like this at the gym and just makes me really curious. *ahem* fuji




tl;dr
I am happy with the strength/noob gains but I need to balance my overall body proportions
post #33962 of 48554
Thread Starter 


Fucking hate my gym

tl;dr they gym "upgraded" to a new location where they reserved 60% of the already limited floor space for PT-only sessions where they massage their clients on the floor, and reduced the number of benches and squat racks to just 1. There are no additional oly bars so if you want to do rows or deadlifts you have to steal a bar from the squat rack, bench, or incline bench.

I've started doing all my lifts at the opening to the PT-only area, so they have to walk around me to get in and out.
post #33963 of 48554
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Originally Posted by gettoasty View Post


tl;dr
I am happy with the strength/noob gains but I need to balance my overall body proportions

you will find:

  • wearing pants that are slim fit requires pleats. Otherwise loose or antifit is required. For tailored clothes though, pleats are an absolute necessity.
  • forget about wearing clothes that focus on a nipped waist. This will only accentuate your hips. Instead, just make sure clothes hang from the shoulders - even if they're loose at the waist, the drapiness in that area will hint at a large drop. There is no need to do more than hint towards a good drop. Anything else and you look curvaceous.
  • Who cares about vanity, just wear what you like and enjoy it. It doesn't need to look objectively good or be "aesthetic" (really, wtf does that mean?). enjoy working out and enjoy shit that you like. People who are obsessed with looking good as opposed to wearing what they like have no style - they might look good in pictures but it doesn't translate IRL.

happy for you fistbump.gif

one final point - don't wear spread collar shirts unbuttoned. Get button down or club or point collar shirts.
post #33964 of 48554
had my plastics rotation on surgery

craniofacial is fucking boss


downside, gyming it only once a week so i can dominate the shelf exam
post #33965 of 48554
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Originally Posted by gettoasty View Post



If anyone can give me a routine that can really work my chest, traps, and shoulders I'm all ears. Considering dropping squat/DL altogether .. I am going to just 'bro it out.' I'm really jealous of you guys who have these heavy squat/DL but still manage to have skinny look legs, or have an upside down pyramid physique. I see a lot of dudes like this at the gym and just makes me really curious. *ahem* fuji

tl;dr
I am happy with the strength/noob gains but I need to balance my overall body proportions


Squat and deadlift with a such a wide stance that your legs aren't actually doing anything. Was squatting in a nice hammer strength rack a few days ago, I think it's a fairly common one, but the base of it's raised off the floor so only the 4 corners of it were touching the floor. I was squatting bare foot so I could get my feet underneath the rack. Dat feel when your feet are wider then the plates.


Srs I only train the squat and deadlift for strength, between 3-5 reps for squats usually with very long breaks and few sets and then some lighter high rep assistance like straight leg deads with 225 for like 15-20 and then bro out the upper body stuff. High volume, tonnes of pressing movements and pull ups.
post #33966 of 48554
I saw a big post by GT and without reading it I guessed..

"Long drawn out post about how he needs another routine or wants to change something up or crying about how pudgy he is? AMIRITE?"
post #33967 of 48554
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Originally Posted by mrchariybrown View Post

I saw a big post by GT and without reading it I guessed..

"Long drawn out post about how he needs another routine or wants to change something up or crying about how pudgy he is? AMIRITE?"

Actually he posted about how he happy he is to be pudgy with the progress anyone can make on a full-body routine in 2 months with proper diet.
post #33968 of 48554
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Originally Posted by Eason View Post

Actually he posted about how he happy he is to be pudgy with the progress anyone can make on a full-body routine in 2 months with proper diet.

Followed by asking for a new upper routine teacha.gif

Just keep working at it toasty. My progress has been slow too, but not giving up smile.gif
post #33969 of 48554
Progress is progress I guess. But damn its already been a year? End of November will be my one year. Since I took off time to relocate and try and fix my shoulder. But before that I was a weakling for 7 months with thoughts like "I'm going to stop once I deadlift 300lbs BC I don't want to be too big"
post #33970 of 48554
Part of the "slow" mentality was recalibrating my expectations for what reasonable progress was too.

Should I be bouncing out of the bottom of my regular squats or get a slight pause like on bench? I'm not doing paused squats, just curious for normal ones.
post #33971 of 48554
Yea, to be fair the internet seems to expect crazy transformations. I guess it's even a good thing that GT was able to workout for a year straight. I've seen so many nerds walk into my gym who do their first day of starting strength and never show up again.

Edit: I still want to bully the hell out of GT for being such a pansy though.
Edited by Coldsnap - 9/12/13 at 8:39am
post #33972 of 48554
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Originally Posted by Eason View Post

Actually he posted about how he happy he is to be pudgy with the progress anyone can make on a full-body routine in 2 months with proper diet.

Read it and got to the part about dropping squat/DL. musicboohoo[1].gif
post #33973 of 48554
When I stopped worrying about getting fatter I started getting stronger. I'm def a little doughier now but it's nothing that can't be managed in a cut

GT def has a little bit of a donk but all that means is he can fall back on lower body stuff and still make gains. You cant make an omelette w/o breaking eggs... you can't get strong naturally w/o gaining some (easily losable) fat
post #33974 of 48554
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Originally Posted by Coldsnap View Post

Yea, to be fair the internet seems to expect crazy transformations. I guess it's even a good thing that GT was able to workout for a year straight. I've seen so many nerds walk into my gym who do their first day of starting strength and never show up again.

There is nothing I love more then seeing someone at the gym doing there first day of SS trying to do power cleans with 30kg, doing a reverse curl and leaning far as fuck back
post #33975 of 48554
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Originally Posted by fuji View Post

There is nothing I love more then seeing someone at the gym doing there first day of SS trying to do power cleans with 30kg, doing a reverse curl and leaning far as fuck back

Haha, for real. Makes me think powercleans should never be in SS. I've never seen a beginner do it right and it's with only like 90lbs, wondering if they are getting anything out of it.
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