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Gen. Chat “GETTING HUGE! (OB Fitness Thread)” by The Naniwa Tiger

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Oshi 24 months ago on 04/20/12
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I'm not trying to 'get huge' by any means (goal is ottermode), but my chest measurement is up an inch (38->39) and my biceps 2.5 inches (10->12.5), while my waist and ass have trimmed 3 inches each.

I need to figure out my 1RM's next time I have access to a gym. All I know is 30 pushups, 10 pullups; and I could only do like 8 pushups when I started my fitness plan, and couldn't do a single pullup til November.

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Senator Hideki 24 months ago on 04/28/12
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Still not trying to get huge, like Oshi, but man... just doing regular pushups and long hikes up super steep hills has had a noticeable impact on my upper body definition and energy level.

Best choice I've made in my adult life, seriously.
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vlyandra 23 months ago on 05/02/12
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P90X makes me so sore. I keep catching myself slouching but when I straighten up my chest hurts~
 
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Innateight 23 months ago on 05/02/12
I do this Max Capacity training thing 3 times a week and go to the gym for cardio on the weekends. I also take a meal replacer with this rasbeary supplement thing added into it. Ive been doing this for about 2 weeks , but other than getting sore, i haven't lost any weight. You guys got any ideas to help out?
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John Booty 23 months ago on 05/02/12
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I've started doing the "protein shake after workout" thing.

I was skeptical about this forever; I already eat plenty of protein and figured the post-workout protein thing was just a way for people to sell new fitness product crap.

Casual research shows that nutritionists endorse it, though. And hey... shakes taste good. Tentatively, I think it works. I feel like I recover a lot better after workouts.

We'll see if I build strength faster this way. I have that 5K run in July and I gotta start training now.
PS: I already walk about 10 miles a week on the hills in my neighborhood; I just need to start running more of the route.
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Quul 23 months ago on 05/02/12
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Do you only take meal replacers, or use them a majority of the time? If so, that could be your problem. Diet and exercise go hand and hand, so with a strong workout routine you need a strong well balanced diet. All the food groups, etc.

Also, weight loss can take time. Maybe your weight's just fluctuating?
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John Booty 23 months ago on 05/02/12
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Innateight said:
I do this Max Capacity training thing 3 times a week and go to the gym for cardio on the weekends. I also take a meal replacer with this rasbeary supplement thing added into it. Ive been doing this for about 2 weeks , but other than getting sore, i ...


This is the classic dilemma, right? Especially for guys since we put on muscle. This sounds like a pretty solid workout routine. If you're doing all this exercise and the number on the scale isn't changing, I'm sure you're gaining muscle and losing fat.

What's your goal here? To make the number on the scale change, or to look and feel better?

Especially for dudes, the notches on your belt often are a better way to monitor progress than the numbers on the scale. So how's that goin'?
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nomad 23 months ago on 05/02/12
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John Booty said:
I've started doing the "protein shake after workout" thing.

I was skeptical about this forever; I already eat plenty of protein and figured the post-workout protein thing was just a way for people to sell new fitness product crap.

Casual...


Thats just B.S., taking protein before or after doesn't matter, your body doesnt work that way, it doesn't “know” what you just ingested it just breaks it down and turns it into energy. Your body doesnt all of a sudden realize you just ingested protein so it will send it to your muscles. In fact, more likely it will take that protein and use it as energy and basically just burn it, you're better off taking a sports drink mixed with creatine right after you worked out to replenish your energy since your body will be craving calories to restore its energy levels.

The key top protein is to take it consistently during the ENTIRE day so that your body has protein at all times in the system to rebuild your muscles and even then 75% of the protein you ingest is just turned to fat/energy to burn, 24% is pissed out, and 1% is actually used to rebuild muscle.

Protein shakes are NOT steroids, theres is NOTHING out there that will act like steroids and give you gains immediately, building muscle is a slow process, consistency (in your diet and your workout) is the key!

PS: Just to clarify, its not BAD to take protein right after you workout as long as you calculate that protein as part of your ENTIRE DAYS worth of protein, just taking 1 shake after you worked out wont do shit other than give you energy to burn.
PS: And to add more info, you basically need 1 to 1.5 grams of protein per lbs of bodyweight. So if you weigh 180, you need 180 grams of protein divided throughout the ENTIRE day.
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John Booty 23 months ago on 05/02/12
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Haha no dude I'm not expecting steroid-like gains... god damn. And nothing you pour into your mouth is going to make muscles appear, duh.

I'm just noticing I'm less sore after workouts if I do the protein thing. So I can put in a little more work.

Anecdotally, it just seems sports medicine has been leaning toward post-workout protein.
http://...usatoday.com/...009-02-11-protein-recovery_N.htm

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John Booty 23 months ago on 05/02/12
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Now.... if only I had a free, limitless source of protein.

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nomad 23 months ago on 05/02/12
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John Booty said:
Haha no dude I'm not expecting steroid-like gains... god damn. And nothing you pour into your mouth is going to make muscles appear, duh.

I'm just noticing I'm less sore after workouts if I do the protein thing. So I can put in a little more ...


Cool man, also, the #1 advice that no one can give you is, DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU. If it actually helps you makes you less sore, then keep doing it!

Everyone's body works in different ways and responds in different ways, of course there is the general everyone "eats, shits and sleeps" but people DO react differently to different stimuli!

Keep it up man!
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K-Devil 23 months ago on 05/06/12
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I am down 10 lbs since I started in late March. Clothes I couldn't wear at all are within striking distance (a bit tight, but I can put them on), and a pair of pants I could barely wear are comfy now.

For the record, my trainer has me eating 6 meals a day, approximately every 3 hours from when I wake until when I go to bed. Protein shakes and bars are part of four of those, but breakfast, lunch, and dinner all involve real food. In short, it's what nomad described- the shakes and bars are part of a steady intake of protein throughout the day.

Be careful of sugar alcohols- lots of protein shake mixes and bars use them, and too much will wreak havoc with your digestive tract.
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John Booty 23 months ago on 05/07/12
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nomad said:
Everyone's body works in different ways and responds in different ways, of course there is the general everyone "eats, shits and sleeps"


I do all three at the same time, bitches.
PS: First, I love seeing everybody working hard and making progress. This thread has made me happy for a lot of people and it's given me a lot of inspiration.

I want to take a little temporary detour in this thread. I want to ask everybody: what do exercise and eating right mean to your state of mind?

For me, the best part of paying attention to this stuff is how the body supports the mind. As geeks or nerds or whatever we are, it's so easy to just focus on the mind - but man, the things we do to our bodies really affect our minds.

I feel so much more peaceful and focused when I get my exercise in and I'm eating right.

I know some people who feel that improving your body basically amounts to caving in to the ridiculous standards that the media craps all over us. I wish I could get them to experience what exercise does for the brain, mind, soul, or whatever we're calling it at the moment.
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vlyandra 23 months ago on 05/07/12
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Running is my meditation. I get crabby and anxious and depressed if I don't run regularly. I was seeing a therapist for a while and they were like "You know, it'd be cheaper for you to buy a new pair of running shoes than keep going through therapy, since running works so well for you."

So yeah. Running is the best. Also, junky food makes me feel, well, junky. Greasy food makes me sick, and too much sugar makes me anxious.
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Izeekial 23 months ago on 05/07/12
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I don't know about everyone else, but I feel like one part artist and one part comic book hero. Knowing the feel of power as I deadlift over 500lbs or curl 70lbs dumbbells for reps is the most amazing feeling to have. Seeing action stars on screen everyone thinks is huge and realizing that they are tiny in comparison (new Bane, I'm looking in your direction) is awesome. I also agree with vlyandra on the meditation part. There is a sense of calming once I start focusing on my goals during training. I'm probably the most extreme example here so it will be interesting to see how everyone else feels their experience to be.
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nomad 23 months ago on 05/07/12
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John Booty said:

I want to take a little temporary detour in this thread. I want to ask everybody: what do exercise and eating right mean to your state of mind?


Stress levels are way lower, I've found that exercising has risen my patience levels by 100, I used to be woud up all the time and had no patience at all, someone would say something and I'd blow up immediately, now, I can take things in and just shrug most of it off, probably because I get all my "anger" out by lifting and pushing, seems to liberate all my built up stress, its a great outlet.

Confidence. I feel more secure with myself, in a pure vain way I look at some people my age or even younger that look way older then me and feel an extreme boost of ego. That confidence makes me happier as a person, I guess its subjective, but for me it does wonders!
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K-Devil 23 months ago on 05/08/12
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I'm not that much of a beast, but the fact that I can actually do deadlifts without aggravating the old back injury is a huge deal to me.

While I admit part of my motivation for this is looking good for LA, the main thing was I was sick of feeling tired, weak, and irritable.

I keep marveling at just how much I am capable of. I'm doing stuff I thought I couldn't do because of my old injury, yet two days later I don't feel hurt, only worked.

It doesn't matter what anyone else is doing. All that matters is where you were on Day 1, where you are now, and where you'll be down the road.

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fangy 23 months ago on 05/22/12
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I've been making a lot of changes in my life and daily routine. I cut out soda, I quit smoking (haven't had one in a few weeks), I take targeted pills to supplement the vitamins/acids/fiber I don't get every day, I eat way healthier, I drink a stupid amount of water, I work out 5 times a week, and I have been running (for the first time in years). I actually jogged a full 10 minutes without breaking my stride one bit. While 10 minutes doesn't seem like much, for an ex-smoker of 10 years, that's fucking awesome and yes, I'm proud of myself.

One of the biggest helps in this whole process has been a coworker of mine named Jamel. He's been working out with me and cheering me on. Having a person help and go through the same stuff with you is awesome and really inspires you to keep at it.
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Shadowhood 23 months ago on 05/27/12
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Totally posted this picture in the wrong thread before (as I didn't know this one existed)

This is my one month before/after from the 4 Hour Body diet, and my own dumbell weightlifting/ push ups/ whatever

7.5 inches from the waist lost, and 31 lbs lost

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Shadowhood 22 months ago on 06/14/12
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In between six and seven weeks, 10.5 inches lost from waist, need to buy new pants for work. Still got a gut but... my moobs are shrinking.

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