So as some of you may know from my intro, I was very much involved in fitness and on went on the bb scene for a hot minute a long time back. The last 1 3/4 yrs, I was basically an absentee from the gym and the last year, I did zero, so I consider myself starting like a noob very out of shape.
I do believe, however, in muscle memory and so I expect my results to be above average from the norm. Just to get an idea of:
1. where my level of fitness came from
2. to protect whatever is left of my deflated ego
3. to show where I want to get back to and excel past
here are some old shots. I will give brief explanation and then I will post the before and after pics of my return to the gym.
The pictures are from my first (and only, alas) shot at competing. My first real achievement. They were taken in september 2002. I was an omnivore but I was a doing tremendous amount of vegetable juicing, mostly kale juice, which influenced a trend toward a more vegetable based diet. I weighed 163 pounds:
These next set of pictures are taken in October 2004, nothing special, just maintained a fit and lean body and wanted to keep trim. I worked out fairly regularly but nothing crazy. I was pretty much entirely vegan. A couple of slip ups but for the most part, I wanted it. I weighed about 175lbs.
In these pictures, I consider them my 'biggest' gym accomplishment. While I was not shredded or in competition shape, I was lifting serious weight and the size came with it, though all I cared about was sheer strength. max bench was 405lbs, max squat 585lbs, max deadlift 545lbs. I was also completely vegan and about 80% raw, or perhaps even more. I weighed around 195lbs.
Okay, now the disaster pictures. I took off from exercise and overate for a little over a year. I have a tendency to eat voraciously and genetics to keep putting on weight very easily. Bad if you are dormant. Though I went and still am 100% raw, the weight wanted to stick on me. I decided to get back into the gym on Jan 1, 2008 and I have exercised every single day since. I have only took perhaps 3 days off of resistance training and I have done some sort of cardio practically every day as well. Alot of cardio actually.
My weight on Jan 1st was 195, and it is just about the same right now, I am around 198 lbs. I found it troubling that I could not lose weight but on the plus side I packed on some decent muscle in a very short while and I only expect much more to come. I hope to lean out though as I am very self conscious about my extra bodyfat, I actually despise it and am extremely self conscious. I am used to a much higher level of fitness. I intend on getting back to around 170-180lbs but I will also intend to put on alot of muscle. It's kind of a contradiction, so I guess I'll just roll with the punches. Well here goes. Please be nice
as I have been working my ASS off!!!!!!!!
These pics were taken today, so it has been 49 days of work.
To see what a brief overview of what I do in the gym, you can go to this thread:viewtopic.php?t=9693
These are the stats, as I took measurements beforehand:
Chest: 39" --> 40 1/2" +1 1/2"
Shoulders: 46 1/2" --> 48" +1 1/2"
Arms (Same): 13 1/4" --> 13 3/4" + 1/2"
Neck: 15 3/4 --> 16 1/4" + 1/2"
Waist: 36" --> 36 1/2" + 1/2" (ugh, WHYYY!)
Left Forearm: 11 3/4" --> 13" +1 1/4"
Right Forearm: 11 1/4" --> 11 1/4" 0
Left Calf: 16 1/4" --> 17" +3/4"
Right Calf: 15 1/2" --> 16" +1/2"
Hips: 42 1/2" --> 43" +1/2
Left Thigh: 26 3/4"
Right Thigh: 26 1/4" -->better symmetry! both 27"
I was happy about all the drastic increases in size. However, I was very disappointed that my waist expanded slightly. Could it be because of the muscle increase in my lower back from all the deadlifting? It seems like my stomach looked flatter and people said I looked leaner but these number tel a different story around the midsection.
I also would like my hips to slim down a little but I recognize that I am an extremely hardgainer with lower body so I expected everything to increase no matter what on the lower half.
I really have to do something about evening out my forearms, the imbalance is out of control and I attribute it to heavy duty racquet sports over the years and now as well.
Well That's it. Next pics will be take in about 2 months. Hopefully I will increase numbers in key areas and lean out aggressively areas appropriately as well.
I started a new workout today, will post accordingly when I get a chance.