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Greetings! Military guy from VA

Posted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 8:00 am
by knomad56
What's up everyone, my name is Dave and I've been vegan since Jan 14th, 2011 after having read The China Study. My vegan standpoint is more of a nutritional one than ethical but I'm on board with a harmonious life with our animal buddies for sure :)

Just a little info about me, I'm 32 years old born and raised in Philadelphia, PA and have been living in Hampton Roads, VA since 2000. I've been in the Navy for 14 years and am currently a Chief Petty Officer (E-7). I love the outdoors, kayaking, camping, mountain biking, trail running, etc... anything with a beach, pool, or trail is cool with me! I've been married for 8 years to my super hot wife Ashley and we have two kids: Enzo (6) and Roman (4) and we have 3 dogs Daytona (11 y/o boxer mix) Chino (10 y/o beagle), and Chili (1 y/o black lab/golden retriever mix).

I've been athletic my whole life but have struggled to battle back poor genetics and a family-wide history of heart disease, cancer, alcoholism, hypothyroidism, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. As you can see, veganism resolves a lot of these issues hence my decision to live that life!

At 5'7" and 200lb my body composition is not exactly where I want it to be. I'm an natural endomorph with mesomorphic traits and build muscle easily and fast, as well as the negative side of gaining fat fast and having a hard time getting rid of it. At this point I'm about a month + into lifing again and will post some pics soon of my current state. Reading Roberts VBB&F book has definitely given me some excellent direction but being in the military and having standards to meet I cant work purely bodybuilding and exclude cardiovascular fitness as well so I'm working a combination of the two as my primary fitness goal.

This is kinda turning into a novel so I'll stop here and say a hearty hello and nice to meet everyone.

Dave

Re: Greetings!

Posted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 11:14 pm
by stcalico
Hi Dave.

Sounds like you have an engaging work and home life! Dogs and kids should take care of the cardio portion of your workout shouldn't they. ;)

Welcome to the group.

Re: Greetings!

Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 3:44 pm
by knomad56
Thanks! Glad to be a part of the community :)

Re: Greetings! Military guy from VA

Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 4:23 pm
by vegan_rossco
Welcome aboard dave! I love that you went into detail mate youll fit in just fine here.
Any chance you'll be making a log of your training? If so I look forward to following along, all the best
Ross

Re: Greetings! Military guy from VA

Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 6:03 pm
by knomad56
Ross, here's the program I'm using for 60 days as I readjust to lifting again. Additionally, I'm running 3 miles a day. I'm about a month in at this point and I'm seeing great gains every single day! Key is to start with a weigh that you can do 10 perfect reps with, then only increase when 15 reps can be completed per set.

DAY 1

WARM UP 15 MIN CARDIO
COOL DN 20 MIN BIKE

DIPS 2x 15-20 reps
PULL UPS 2x 10 reps
SQUATS 2x 10-15 reps
CRUNCHES 1x FAILURE
CALVES 1x 50 reps

**one day rest**

DAY 2

WARM UP 15 MIN CARDIO
COOL DN 20 MIN BIKE

BENT BARBELL ROW 2x 10-15 reps
STANDING BARBELL PRESS 2x 10-15 reps
DEADLIFT 2x 10-15 reps
CRUNCHES 1-FAILURE
CALVES 1-FAILURE

**one day rest**

As this is just an intro forum, I'll continue the log in a separate thread in the appropriate location :)

Re: Greetings! Military guy from VA

Posted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 2:39 am
by vegan_rossco
Looks good to me bud! :) I'll be sure to follow along then

Re: Greetings! Military guy from VA

Posted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 12:17 pm
by C.O.
Hey Dave, Congrats on 2 1/2 years of veganism. Sounds like you have some work ahead of you to put it but your mentality is in the right place, you'll get there. Keep pushin'!

-Dylan

Re: Greetings! Military guy from VA

Posted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:43 pm
by knomad56
Log started here: viewtopic.php?f=24&t=35708