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Random health and exercise thoughts

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by Eason, Dec 20, 2009.

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  1. Benesyed

    Benesyed Senior member

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    I feel like derm would put an end to my ebay kopping
     


  2. Coldsnap

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    Benes I think you should just hang out where you are. IMO the extra 2-3% is not worth it for the huge hassle and strength loss. I think you would look great if you stayed where you were at and tried to add a few lbs of muscle.
     


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    gonna call you moneybags TK from now on
     


  4. Benesyed

    Benesyed Senior member

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    problem is how my body puts on muscle is very unaesthetic (to me atleast). Especially with full body and compound lifts, goes to back and thighs, makes me look like a turtle. When I was 5 lbs lighter i was relatively strong (bench at 280, deadlift at 460, deep squat at 280, probably a little higher for parallel).

    II just want visible lower abs and a physique between a runway model and an underwear model. I think I can do that and have respectable (though not impressive) strength.

    edit: I was 165 lbs @ 5'' 10'', for reference
     
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  5. Coldsnap

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    True, if that's the physique you are going for then godspeed you. You should try manipulating your carbs then.. its miserable. You can check out carbnite, that's an extreme way of being super low body fat % without killing yourself and it was written for people who stand on podiums and underwear models.
     
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    I wasn't suggesting the shoes for lifting but for running, and maybe using in a pinch but apparently no one runs in here.

    Bene, I'm on the same boat as you, rather be aesthetic than strong. Carbnite is essentially atkins with a CBL cheat night a week, it gets pretty annoying after a couple of weeks of eating so much fat and protein also if you're prone to constipation or have other digestive issues its prob not for you/ You could also look at zigzag at -30% on off days and +20% on training days, think GN has a link for a good zig zag calculator. Essentially would you rather deal with the hassle of counting cals or the hassle of eating no carbs and pretty much not being able to eat out or drink.
     


  7. Benesyed

    Benesyed Senior member

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    Ill try to eat less carbs. I usually have a peice of chocolate (a real piece not a bar) or a small piece of baklava after a meal/. I'll cut that out. My biggest set back for eating less is usually the feeling of hunger which then makes me think am i over restricting cals?
     


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    Simply just eating "small portions" and guessing won't take you anywhere in the long run. The biggest fault with that approach is that you simply do not know if your doing it right (eating too much / little) and therefore you are constantly worrying.

    Buy a scale and measure your food.
    It may feel a bit weird and a lot to take/learn in at first, but once it becomes a habit there's no looking back. After some time, you'll be able to eat most stuff (sometimes even that chocolate [​IMG]) if you just hit your daily macros. Also, you'll be guaranteed to make progress.

    For your goal, I'd do a calorie zig-zag with surplus on workout days and deficit on rest days. If you want to drop fat, change the surplus to maintenance on workout days.

    Workout day: Maintenance calories - medium to high carbs, low fat
    Rest day: 80% of maintenance calories - Very low carbs, medium to high fat
    Protein intake is the same both days and should at least equal your bodyweight (1 g per pound).

    I believe you know most of this stuff, but I'd say this way of eating is very doable.
     
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    I'm not sure I completely agree with the first part of your post. You can get a pretty good sense of whether you are eating too little or too much by how much weight you lose or gain. If you are trying to cut and not losing weight, eat less.

    I'm sure on the margin some of these more involved diets work better than my approach but its just too much effort for someone like me. Measuring all your food? C'mon.
     


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    Yeah, of course you can do it that way but it doesn't seem as eefective to me. Also, while you might be able to figure out how many calories you should be eating, it's gets a lot harder if you care about macros and more in depth stuff.

    I've always been an over-analytical control freak so measuring food just makes me feel better about it, lol.
     
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    Hey guys, question about 5/3/1. This past week was the "3" week, and on my last set I was able to get 6-7 reps for each of the four main lifts. Is this normal or should I be struggling to get any more than the three it calls for? Can I possibly up my calculated maxes moving into the next wave or should I stick to the 5 lb. increase upper body and 10 lb. lower body and just stick with the program as it was designed? Just looking for some advise from anyone else who has used this program. Thanks.
     
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  12. Coldsnap

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    I did 5/3/1 for a year. Trained with someone who has done it for 4 years, now switched to the cube method. He stresses in the book and everyone who has been successful with it also says that it's best to start out low. If you are cranking 6-7+ reps on your 3+ reps that's fine, you are right where you need to be; do the standard increases. Just keep your form in check and enjoy the ride.
     
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    Nobody who is serious about losing weight gets by with guesstimating how much they are eating.

    And by serious, I mean those who get to sub-10% BF and don't lose all their LBM in the process.
     


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    Pulled 405 for a triple tonight (previous PR). Got over zealous and tossed on 455. Pulled about 3in of the ground and dropped it. Then ended up pulling 425lbs for a fairly easy PR single. Hhhnnnnnggg
     


  15. Benesyed

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    yo tk what speciality are you looking at?
     


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