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Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Claghorn, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. MGoCrimson

    MGoCrimson Senior member

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    I would add a lot of scapular retraction/depression work into that routine to balance out the pressing motions and to help ward off any future postural issues from working at a desk all day.
     


  2. jungleroller

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    not after 6 months or a baby
     


  3. Monkeyface

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    Haha, that would only be possible with steroids, and even then it would be very tough! I prefer to stay natural. I'm at 88kg with about 15-18% fat at the moment. I just starting cutting fat for summer.

    I'd like to get to 95kg with 8% fat. So, that means I'll have to gain at least 10-15kg of muscle. The maximum amount of muscle you can gain is about 1kg a month, so ideally it would take me 1.5 years, but realistically more like 3 years.

    Gaining muscle is much harder than losing fat. If you eat right and exercise you can lose about 0.5-1kg of fat a week.
     
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  4. Rudals

    Rudals Senior member

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    From August 9, 2013.
    This is a 38R Zegna's slimmest line. I cannot zip up the effing pants anymore. "SIGH"
    [​IMG]
     


  5. Monkeyface

    Monkeyface Senior member

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    That's a very bad routine for gaining muscle. Start with getting the 3 basic exercises right: barbel squats, barbel bench press and and barbell dead lifts. Add some some pull ups for your back, and maybe military press for your shoulders.

    It makes no sense to focus that much on your biceps with curls, while it's one of your smallest muscles. Your triceps are about twice size for example, so dips or pull downs would be needed to balance it out. Anyway, isolation exercises such as curls aren't really necessary for beginners.

    Aim to do 3 sets of about 10 reps for all exercises, an heavy enough so that you can just manage to do the last rep.

    You should look into Starting Strength or comparable beginners routines if you're serious about gaining some muscle. Besides, the more muscle mass you have, the more calories you burn at rest, so the easier it is to lose fat.

    Jump roping is very good for losing fat, so keep doing that.
     
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  6. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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    noodles, sell it on the forum. You could get $300 to 600 out of that one if it's in good condition. A recent model Zegna in a staple color will hold its value fairly well

    Do it for the sake of getting it out of your closet, and focusing on what fits you. Don't need ill-fitting stuff laying around.

    Plus, you can reinvest in what fits.

     
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  7. Rudals

    Rudals Senior member

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    More like 2 years or a baby.

    Ugh. Wow, you're seriously into bodybuilding. Good for you.
    I usually just weigh myself and if I am off target, I just skip a meal or reduce my intake AND exercise.
    That was pretty dumb because I was exercising off of an empty stomach.
    Now, when I had control over what I ate, I stayed away from ALL carbs (rice and noodles) and sugar (candy and sodas).
    I would eat veggies, almond milk, chicken breast, filet mignon, and fruits.
    Now, all that is tossed out the window and now I am eating choc-chip cookies, cheese cakes, rice, ice cream, smoothies, pastas (tonight), and on and on it goes.

    1/2 a kg is probably a pound if I am correct. Too lazy to google it.
     


  8. Monkeyface

    Monkeyface Senior member

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    1kg is about 2.2 pounds, so you're correct. Your single eating pattern sounds very good for gaining muscle and is just healthy in general, low carb and high protein. Maybe subtly bring up healthy food with your wife?

    Bodybuilding is a hobby for me, just like clothes. I enjoy lifting weights, and the health benefits are a bonus, just like I enjoy wearing nice clothes and well thought out combinations, and the fact that I look well dressed (most of the times!) is a bonus.
     
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  9. Rudals

    Rudals Senior member

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    Now that my ties collection is in fairly good shape, I say it is time to efffing drop the bomb on my suit collection.
    Kill that [email protected] child Zegna suit and sell 2 RLBL suits.
    Then start over with a nice suit from NMWA or bespoke from Field.
     


  10. luv2breformed

    luv2breformed Senior member

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    I have an ice cream problem. I just finished off the last of it last night though, so that a good thing. . . . . wait.
     


  11. Rudals

    Rudals Senior member

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    There's nothing better than a nice warm chocolate chip cookie...oh no...I am walking out to get one right now.

    @Monkeyface
    I have mentioned that I really need to control my diet. She's packed me tofu and apples for lunch this entire week. Then a potato salad...bummer.
     


  12. New Shoes1

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    Building muscle looks great in casual clothes and at the beach, but is a real bitch for buying OTR suits. I lifted seriously for 17 years until the kids came along and I couldn't spend 6 days a week in the gym anymore. Now, I do a modified routine a few days a week where I hit the basics in lifting lighter weight, but do so without any breaks or rest so that my heartrate stays in my target zone. It gives me definition and keeps me fairly lean as the lifting increases your metabolism due to your body having to work to build your muscles back up. I've never taken supplements or additional protein, so have no advice to give on this.

    As for buying suits, my advice is to avoid buying a significant number of suits/jackets at one time. If you're a five suit wardrobe guy, buy one every year. If you need 10, buy two every year. And always buy what fits you at that time, not what you think will fit if you lose weight or get back into the gym This will prevent you from buying clothes you hope to fit into or having to buy an entirely new wardrobe at one time due to nothing fitting.

    My final advice is that you may end up pushing yourself into MTM or bespoke if you keep it up long enough. I have such a disproportionate difference between my chest and back that I essentially need a 44L in front and a 40L in the back. For years, I just bought a 42L and called it a day, until Despos pointed this out as the reason for my lapels bowing and throwing off the fit of the jacket. It's MTM for me from now on, now that I see how much better it looks in the front.
     


  13. luv2breformed

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    In all seriousness, MF I could use some advice. I carry my extra weight in my thighs and hips so I am trying to lose about 10 lbs. However I'd like to add a little bit of muscle in the chest as I really lack any pectoral definition. I am basically doing 1 mile a day (I hate running), additionally several basic exercises like wall sits, planks etc. I rotate Chest/Tri and Back/Shoulder/Bi days throughout the week. I do NOT have access to a barbell or anything major like that. I am pretty much doing some basic dumbbell exercises plus a couple of machines. I've adjusted my diet to remove ice cream as of last night . . . :p

    Anything I'm missing?
     


  14. Rudals

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    MF is the expert but how about squats or cycling?
     


  15. Monkeyface

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    Thank for showing the perspective of someone who's been lifting for a long time! I'm noticing that my lapels are starting to bow, and OTR is already tough because most trousers are too slim in the thighs. I'm more than ok with MtM/bespoke being my only options in the future. I think I'd move towards that regardless of my body type.
     


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