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post #1501 of 1565
Oh mine started way earlier than that. I was about 23 when I began to realize I was starting down the path of my father's obesity. My friend recommended a Navy/Army training book. I did the 30 days beginner course twice and in two months I went from 185 to 155.
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Hey Amos, so what was your process for approaching a film as big as Blade Runner 2049?
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Yep. First major shift in adulthood was in my early 20s. I suddenly couldn't devour six slices of pizza like I could in my teens.

 

Next major shift was mid-to late 30s. 

 

#itgetsworse

post #1504 of 1565

This is a casual thread. Let's keep it derailed!

 

Same here. I was super skinny in high school and could eat whatever I wanted. Then around the age of 26-27 I realized I had grown a bit chunky. Since graduating high school, I had gained about 80 pounds/36 kg. Now, I'm 6'1" so 80 pounds didn't look horrible on me, but 211 pounds/95 kg was quite a bit of weight nonetheless. I decided it was time to change my life, so I started working out -- mostly weight lifting. I dropped about 61 pounds/27 kg at first, and then I settled in at about 165 pounds/75 kg.

 

That was over ten years ago, and I'm still around 165. I work out 4-6 times a week and can eat almost whatever I want....but now that I'm nearing 38 years old there are exceptions. Two years ago I became vegetarian with a little pescatarian thrown in once or twice a month. It's been a pretty smooth adjustment -- until carbs are factored in, and increased carb intake can be massive for vegetarians. If I have a carb-heavy week, I gain a little in my midsection. Adding peanut butter to protein shakes has become a big no-no. I can still burn off that weight pretty quickly, but it's still not as fast as it used to be. Plus, now that I'm starting to experience knee pain, it makes certain fat-melting cardio more difficult.

 

Honestly, my biggest curse is dealing with being an ectomorph. There was a point in my life when I was working out with a personal trainer twice a day/four times a week while eating about 5,000 calories a day, and I still wasn't gaining a pound. Puzzled the hell out of my trainer, but that discussion is really for another thread. I'd love to be a lean 180, but I think that's just not in the cards for me -- especially now that I'm vegetarian.

 

In the end, if you want to lose weight, burning more calories than you eat is generally the best rule of thumb. However, it varies for everyone. Just stick to it and realize that "diets" are the absolute worst. It must be a lifestyle change and you've got to be ready to commit to it.

post #1505 of 1565

I'm going to revolutionize the diet industry with the book that I'm writing called 'THE ELF DIET'.  It's very simple...Eat Less Food.

 

I'll make millions.

post #1506 of 1565
I'm sorry y'all. I'm behind way too many of the derails around here..
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I'm sorry y'all. I'm behind way too many of the derails around here..

 

What would the Goonies look like if they were on a diet and directed by JJ Abrams?

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I'm sorry y'all. I'm behind way too many of the derails around here..


I was just teasing you. It happens to every thread. I think is the last thread that derailing matters!

post #1509 of 1565

We should almost make an all purpose DERAIL thread.  You can go in there and post anything that you want and everyone can take the conversation as far as they want OR invoke topic whiplash with a random derail.  It'd be interesting to see how 'stream of thought' it would end up being, especially since it would have zero constraints to it in terms of topic.

post #1510 of 1565

JKJ would have a stroke.

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We should almost make an all purpose DERAIL thread.  You can go in there and post anything that you want and everyone can take the conversation as far as they want OR invoke topic whiplash with a random derail.  It'd be interesting to see how 'stream of thought' it would end up being, especially since it would have zero constraints to it in terms of topic.

 

It would turn into a Batman thread within five posts.

post #1512 of 1565

It's so bad.

post #1513 of 1565
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It would turn into a Batman thread within five posts.

 

Eh.  We all know which Batman movie(s) you're talking about, so close enough to satisfy CHUDwin's law.  

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I can make anything about Batman..
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I can make anything about Batman..

 

GO.

 

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GO.



They weren't kidding when they said that Joker origin reboot would be dark and disturbing.
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GO.


People like that are probably why we'd need a Batman.

Or...alternately, they could've been extras in the weird charity auction scene in Batman & Robin and I wouldn't have blinked an eye..
post #1518 of 1565
A bad day at the office gets pushed over the edge by Bronie cosplay pics

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 My Jr year of college is when all the Mountain Dew caught up to me and gave me a gut. To this day I'm still trying to get rid of it. When I first joined a Planet Fitness I went from 190 TO 174. Then I got into the habit of eating whatever I wanted and believing that I would just burn it off at the gym. Of course I put the weight back on. I think I have lost a few pounds, but I haven't weighed my self in a while. I just wanted to give it some time so hopefully I would see a good result.

post #1520 of 1565

Mid 30s for me.  I blame the kids.

 

I've lost the bulk of the weight that I put on, but getting rid of the belly and love handles is nigh on fucking impossible (snickers milkshakes regularly are not helping this)

post #1521 of 1565
My secret was bike commuting.... After slooowly morphing from a 160 lb us student to a 200 lb college student to a 230 lb grown ass man, I went from nigh 240 to a hair over 200. Lack of support at home kept it from dropping further, and current life challenges have me back up to 240.

I'm only 5'9" but wide framed so my dream target is about 180-185. Less than that and I'd look like I was wearing shoulder pads.
post #1522 of 1565

...not hockey padth?

post #1523 of 1565
I've been steadily putting on weight over decades, with regular resets back to fitness up to about ten years ago. I've not seen the inside of a gym for about a decade and drink too much. The total collapse of my fitness did coincide with the kids, but I can hardly blame them for their father's lack of self discipline and impulse control.

I blame my parents instead. They aren't around any more to defend themselves.
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getting rid of the...love handles is nigh on fucking impossible

This is my biggest problem too. Even at my best, these have always been a pain in the ass. I have a short torso, so it makes it look like I have Tom Cruise syndrome.

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 My Jr year of college is when all the Mountain Dew caught up to me and gave me a gut. To this day I'm still trying to get rid of it. When I first joined a Planet Fitness I went from 190 TO 174. Then I got into the habit of eating whatever I wanted and believing that I would just burn it off at the gym. Of course I put the weight back on. I think I have lost a few pounds, but I haven't weighed my self in a while. I just wanted to give it some time so hopefully I would see a good result.


Quit Planet Fitness, join a strength focused gym.  Problem solved. 

 

As a matter of fact, a strength focused gym is a problem solver for the lot of issues. You focus on strength, gain muscle in the process (which ups and maintains the metabolism, burns fat while you rest and allows you to pick up your calories; besides making you a happier, joyful person), and you forget about all the issues you had previously (with food, for example). Its a magical thing. And lifts all these stresses and worries you had because your focus is on getting. stronger. And strength is totally utilitarian. The benefits spread to all parts of your life. 

 

So there. 

post #1526 of 1565

The High Priestess of Swole hath spoken. 

post #1527 of 1565
Yeah thats what Im doing at the mo. Mixed up with skipping, running and swimming for cardio.

It is making a difference but is achingly slow.

I look at old photos of myself without an ounce of fat on my body (while eating nothing but junk and drinking litres of coke a day) and curse age. Nothing fucks you like time as the Onion Knight said.
post #1528 of 1565

Also: love handles

 

 

They're (and other so-called "hard to lose" body fat like belly fat), part of this rule (which for over 25 years, has never been proven wrong to me):  First on, last off

 

Meaning: fat you've had the longest will be the last fat you lose and the hardest. 

 

So, you trick your body. Sure, cut calories, but include into your intake: good fats like nuts and nut butters (yes, peanut butter or rather, natural peanut butter), extra virgin olive oil, flax seed, even to some extent butter. I like to cook my steak in butter and when I'm cutting down, I switch over to EVO. 

 

Even when competing and in pre-contest, I include EVO and nuts. My snacks are a handful of almonds, twice a day.


Edited by smugbug - 9/14/17 at 1:54pm
post #1529 of 1565
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Yeah thats what Im doing at the mo. Mixed up with skipping, running and swimming for cardio.

It is making a difference but is achingly slow.

I look at old photos of myself without an ounce of fat on my body (while eating nothing but junk and drinking litres of coke a day) and curse age. Nothing fucks you like time as the Onion Knight said.


I've been questioning this age thing for awhile now. Reason being, with all this talk of people living longer and how 40s are the new 30s, etc., wouldn't how are body ages be affected? Like, the metabolism wouldn't slow down when we hit our 50s. At least, not in how the body use to in years past.  

 

Personally, I've never believed in the whole age affects us physically thang. My last bodybuilding contest at 39, I beat chicks a decade younger than me.  I use and used my age in a more positive way: I train smarter and I use my rest days/times more efficiently. Now, at 51, I train just as hard as I did twenty years ago. And my gains have been quicker (yeah, I know that muscle memory is probably due to much of it), so there's been no slow-down with me. And I know I am not the exception. 

 

Just thinking out loud.

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Quit Planet Fitness, join a strength focused gym.  Problem solved. 

As a matter of fact, a strength focused gym is a problem solver for the lot of issues. You focus on strength, gain muscle in the process (which ups and maintains the metabolism, burns fat while you rest and allows you to pick up your calories; besides making you a happier, joyful person), and you forget about all the issues you had previously (with food, for example). Its a magical thing. And lifts all these stresses and worries you had because your focus is on getting. stronger. And strength is totally utilitarian. The benefits spread to all parts of your life. 

So there. 
This is the only bit of advice I've EVER given anyone when it comes to weight lifting. Especially if they come to me saying something like. I want sick traps or I just want a six pack and bigger chest. I tell them just work out to get stronger. Try to get stronger in all ways. Every part of you. And what you want will just fall into place. And no one ever takes my advice. I'm sorry....does it look like I'm doing sets of 12 with 305 on the bench because I DON'T know what I'm talking about?
post #1531 of 1565
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This is the only bit of advice I've EVER given anyone when it comes to weight lifting. Especially if they come to me saying something like. I want sick traps or I just want a six pack and bigger chest. I tell them just work out to get stronger. Try to get stronger in all ways. Every part of you. And what you want will just fall into place. And no one ever takes my advice. I'm sorry....does it look like I'm doing sets of 12 with 305 on the bench because I DON'T know what I'm talking about?


Within reason. To also: spend less time in the gym.  And lower your reps. And focus solely on the task at hand. And stop doing the piddly bullshit exercises and work on bench, deadlift and squats (and their variations).  If there's a weakness in any of those lifts, do asessory work that will strengthen those lifts.  And since I'm on a roll, stop talking and doing "core work".  You'll work your midsection plenty with the big three.  

 

And eat. food. 

post #1532 of 1565

Unfortunately I am a believer that people are slaves to their body chemistry in a major way. Some changes come easy, some come hard and some never appear to come no matter how hard you try.... To give you an example, I've been working on my awful chicken calves forever and despite the fact that I go to the gym 6 times a week for about 2 hours at a time and throw in extra calf workouts on non-leg days I've only ever been able to turn them from skinny calves into skinny calves that look really cut. If there's a magic bullet I sure as hell haven't found it.

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Unfortunately I am a believer that people are slaves to their body chemistry in a major way. Some changes come easy, some come hard and some never appear to come no matter how hard you try.... To give you an example, I've been working on my awful chicken calves forever and despite the fact that I go to the gym 6 times a week for about 2 hours at a time and throw in extra calf workouts on non-leg days I've only ever been able to turn them from skinny calves into skinny calves that look really cut. If there's a magic bullet I sure as hell haven't found it.

That's your problem.

post #1534 of 1565

Everyone has a genetic limit to what they can achieve naturally.  99.999999999999% of people don't come even close to that genetic limit, so it's a non-issue for them to think about. 

 

That being said, fucking calves are fucking nearly impossible to add mass to if you have high muscle insertions, those motherfuckers.  I'm making a big push for 1500 pounds raw (no straps, no weight belt, no knee wraps, etc.), no PEDs, combined squats/deadlift/bench before I turn 41 next year and my fucking calves are STILL smaller than some jackasses who decide to stroll in one day from the couch they've been sitting on for most of their lives.  

post #1535 of 1565
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.... sets of 12 with 305 on the bench because I DON'T know what I'm talking about?

 

That's practically cardio at that point.  Move that weight substantially up, do fewer reps.

post #1536 of 1565
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That's your problem.

 

Yeah I know, but it's not nearly the first thing I've tried. I'm currently at "throw as much weight at it as I can" phase because I'm feeling desperate.

post #1537 of 1565
I've long believed that you can get in great shape and have an impressive body with ONLY a chin up bar, push-ups and squats. Whatever other work outs you're doing, that's great....but DO THOSE THREE. Lat pull downs if chin-ups aren't a possibility yet..
post #1538 of 1565
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I've long believed that you can get in great shape and have an impressive body with ONLY a chin up bar, push-ups and squats. Whatever other work outs you're doing, that's great....but DO THOSE THREE. Lat pull downs if chin-ups aren't a possibility yet..

 

Swap out "bench-press" for push-ups, and you're right. 

post #1539 of 1565
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Swap out "bench-press" for push-ups, and you're right. 

 

I did bodyweight calisthenics for a while and it's really impressive what you can achieve without any weights at all.

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Swap out "bench-press" for push-ups, and you're right. 
My bench press didn't go up significantly until I started doing tons of push-ups....so I'm big on those. Plus I word it that way to drive home to people that have only like....a chin up bar and a couple heavy dumbells that they DO have all they need to work out real well. If you have a bar and a bench then by all means....throw that in there..
post #1541 of 1565
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I did bodyweight calisthenics for a while and it's really impressive what you can achieve without any weights at all.

 

Bodyweight training can be very effective for many, many things.  If you want to build muscle mass, however, it is beyond proven that training with weights is far superior.  It's not my opinion, it's just reality.  

post #1542 of 1565
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My bench press didn't go up significantly until I started doing tons of push-ups.....

 

It's very likely that you were failing to target your anterior shoulder and/or triceps sufficiently in the weight room.  Likely your push-ups helped you get those areas up to par.  

 

Or, you were simply in the "anything I do regularly is going to get me stronger" phase of weight-training which for most people lasts 3-5 years.

post #1543 of 1565
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Yeah I know, but it's not nearly the first thing I've tried. I'm currently at "throw as much weight at it as I can" phase because I'm feeling desperate.


Here's the thing. You walk on your legs. You're supported by your legs. Which means: calves. Your calves are getting work every. day. Every. day. you walk. stand up. 

 

By the time you (or anyone, for that matter) decides to train their calves, their calves have received so much work, that they're toughened fibers.  Sometimes, just not training them in the gym works. Besides, you're already training them with leg work. With squats and deadlifts, too. 

 

Ever tried dynamic jumping? Jump rope? Rather than weight training. 

post #1544 of 1565
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It's very likely that you were failing to target your anterior shoulder and/or triceps sufficiently in the weight room.  Likely your push-ups helped you get those areas up to par.  

 

Or, you were simply in the "anything I do regularly is going to get me stronger" phase of weight-training which for most people lasts 3-5 years.


Seriously, whenever someone tells me they're having issues with bench press (like not getting any stronger), I tell them to do two things: increase their incline work AND perform push ups.  

 

Works like a dream. 

post #1545 of 1565
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It's very likely that you were failing to target your anterior shoulder and/or triceps sufficiently in the weight room.  Likely your push-ups helped you get those areas up to par.  

Or, you were simply in the "anything I do regularly is going to get me stronger" phase of weight-training which for most people lasts 3-5 years.
I had a phase where I started out when I was really going about it unintelligently. I was in the obsessive "try to eat only healthy stuff" "worry over every little work out" stage that I'm sure more than me has experienced. The absolute best thing you can do for yourself (provided your goal is gaining strength, weight and size...which was my goal)....is stop over thinking that shit so much....eat EVERYTHING....and go there to lift heavy...but also not start beating yourself up if you miss a day or don't stick to your work out plan as rigidly as you feel like you're supposed to. Basically just not take all that shit so seriously. That alone did WONDERS for my gains..
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Here's the thing. You walk on your legs. You're supported by your legs. Which means: calves. Your calves are getting work every. day. Every. day. you walk. stand up. 

 

By the time you (or anyone, for that matter) decides to train their calves, their calves have received so much work, that they're toughened fibers.  Sometimes, just not training them in the gym works. Besides, you're already training them with leg work. With squats and deadlifts, too. 

 

Ever tried dynamic jumping? Jump rope? Rather than weight training. 

 

Cycling 5 months out of the year and taking 4 flights of steps 3 times a day, 5 days a week does more for my leg strength and definition than using the machines at the gym.

post #1547 of 1565
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Cycling 5 months out of the year and taking 4 flights of steps 3 times a day, 5 days a week does more for my leg strength and definition than using the machines at the gym.

 

Gym machines?  Never use 'em.  

 

What were you cycling?  TRT or something more exotic like Tren/Win/Andro?

post #1548 of 1565
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Cycling 5 months out of the year and taking 4 flights of steps 3 times a day, 5 days a week does more for my leg strength and definition than using the machines at the gym.

 

And so do squats and deadlifts. 

 

But cycling is the bomb for leg strength. Yes. It is. However there are different types of strength. Cycling strength is going to be different than an olympic lifter or even power lifter. And what a cyclist needs is to build a strong upper body to assist the prime movers (legs). It ain't just the legs you should be working on. 

post #1549 of 1565
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But cycling is the bomb for leg strength. 

 

I'd probably go with squats as the bomb for leg strength.  

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What were you cycling?  TRT or something more exotic like Tren/Win/Andro?

 

I have to admit I don't understand what you're asking. I ride between 15-50 miles a week on my 24 year old Giant road bike. Elevation change is a few hundred feet each ride.

 

 

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And what a cyclist needs is to build a strong upper body to assist the prime movers (legs). It ain't just the legs you should be working on. 

 

I do stretches/exercise every morning that works on biceps, triceps, and pecs. And my weekly workout, other than 25 minutes on the elliptical, is focused on upper body strength. (I did research and my work out as far reps, time between, etc., is about strength, not definition.)

 

I'll never win any competitions or have six pack abs but you've seen my photos in this thread. I maintain good strength and shape, even with these relative moderate efforts.

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