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 Post subject: Before/After
PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2008 12:34 am 
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I didn't really realize the intensity I would have in working out, so I didn't really bother with too many pictures in the beginning. But here are the few before/after pictures I have.
2 months before I started working out:
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3 months after I started working out:
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Me at about 9 months into working out:
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Me Now(approx 2 years in):
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I have been maintaining for the last year since I got into college, but my lifts have started going up little by little since then.


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 Post subject: Re: Before/After
PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2008 1:09 am 
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Awesome progress man! Keep up the great work!

Mind if I ask about your diet and training routine?

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 Post subject: Re: Before/After
PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2008 1:10 am 
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that is impressive for nine months, good job


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 Post subject: Re: Before/After
PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2008 2:09 am 
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Well if you bare with me, I'll try to make my workout history as succinct as I can.
Summer 06- Got a gym membership, broke arm first week of summer, familiarized myself with gym equipment but was limited greatly in what I could do, so I got nothing done.
Sept 06- Fully healed, Started going 3-4 times a week. I didn't workout triceps or back at the time. I had chest, bicep, leg, and shoulders days, though I would end up doing full body workouts simply because I had no clue what I was doing.
October 06- Starting going daily(aka 6-7 days a weeks), started to build better routines, got to chest/shoulders/triceps, bicep, back, and leg days.
December 06- Started going 2x a day, after a few personal training sessions, I honed in on what I ought to be doing. I created a 3 day routine. Day 1.1-Bicep, Day 1.2- Back, Day 2.1- Chest/Shoulders, Day 2.2- Triceps, Day 3.1- Legs, Day 3.2- Abs/ running if I felt like it. This is period of time I made amazing gains, though I rarely mixed up the routine, I kept doing it until Summer.
June 07- Switched back to daily workouts since I was working full time. Though would sometimes make it 8-10 times a week thanks to weekends. I had a pretty stable workout regimen by then and I considered myself pretty well versed.
Sept 07- Have since been on a 4 day split with Biceps, Chest/Triceps, Shoulders and Back, and Legs.


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 Post subject: Re: Before/After
PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2008 2:10 am 
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My diet was probably not a strong point during the time. I essentially lived on frozen food most of the time since I would be too tired most of the time to bother with cooking food( not to mention I could only cook about 4 solid dishes.) I guess frozen food were pretty healthy, since they consisted of a lot of stir fry and lean cuisine pizza. Since I was consuming mainly frozen stuff, I only got about 1100 calories from 2 frozen meals, 500 calories from breakfast and about 5-700 calories from a post workout protein shake. My protein shakes were/are just 2 servings of soy protein with 32 Oz of soy milk, so it was mostly vegan, though as a vegetarian with a semi-lactose intolerance there are very few degrees of separation left before I become a vegan out right. .


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 Post subject: Re: Before/After
PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2008 2:11 am 
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My current routine is a bit ridiculous, since I enjoy endurance workouts. For example, my current bicep routine lasts about 1.5 hours and is below in sequential order:
Drop set dumbbell curls from 50lb to 5 lbs with 5 pound increments.Going back up to 25lb(half of initial weight) to finish.
4 sets of seated EZ bar preacher curl-15-12-9-6-increasing the weight
4 sets of rope hammer curl- 15-12-9-6-increasing the weight
4 sets of seated dumbbell curls-15-12-9-6-increasing the weight
3 sets of standing straight bar 21's increasing the weight with back against the wall
4 sets of standing two arm cable curls-15-12-9-6-increasing the weight
1 set of wide grip pull ups
1 set of chin ups

I certainly do not recommend anybody do that routine, because it is A LOT. My biceps have become so resilient that I have a hard time getting them to be fatigued beyond anything 5 minutes rest wouldn't cure.


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 Post subject: Re: Before/After
PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2008 2:58 pm 
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dude amazing progress

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 Post subject: Re: Before/After
PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 3:23 am 
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Your muscles look stunning. 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Before/After
PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 2:13 pm 
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Awesome! I especially love your arms!

Great progress!

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 Post subject: Re: Before/After
PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 3:01 pm 
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Holy crap dude!! That's crazy progress!

Would you mind expanding a bit more on your diet - maybe what you ate when you first started vs. what you eat now? (Calories, protein, carbs, fat, etc.) Do you have any guidelines you try to stick to or do you just wing it?

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 Post subject: Re: Before/After
PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 9:55 pm 
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Thanks!
Well normally people do the whole bulk/cut deal. But I was fairly inexperienced, and that actually allowed me to go through with it without doing the cut/bulk cycles and just putting on straight muscle.

As far as my diet, it was essentially the same as it was before. When I first started I wasn't drinking soda but that was as much dietary restrictions I put on myself(other than being a vegetarian of course 8) ) that I can think of. I was a high school kid who didn't really know how to cook(now I can a little, but am too lazy most of the time) and my workout schedule was designed in such a way that I never ate dinner with my parents anymore. I am actually eating the same kind of stuff I was eating before, and the big major difference is that now I am getting a 70g of protein, 700 calorie soy milk+soy protein shake post workout along with the other stuff I ate(almost all of it was lean cuisine pizza, amy's meals, or some sort of stir fry). So I was getting around 1g per lb, and I still am. Um I have a fairly high metabolism and when I started I was running every leg day. I have since intensified my workouts greatly, so the cardio aspect isn't really needed to keep my body in check since I burn a TON of calories lifting as much as I do. I still definitely indulged myself in some of my favorite(chips and dip and so forth), but its one thing for a person who is skinny to be doing that versus someone who doesn't have as low a body fat to start out with.

Just to make sure you picked it up, I do NOT think of myself as a dietary expert in any sense, and am probably even less knowledgeable than you. I have gained a lot of knowledge about fitness in this process, but because of my metabolism I really didn't need to do a whole lot more than just "eating more."


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 Post subject: Re: Before/After
PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 11:30 am 
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You look great


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 Post subject: Re: Before/After
PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2008 1:59 pm 
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Im totally jealous and proud of you! You deserve free vegan body building shirt for life.

By any chance would you happen to be Turkish?

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 Post subject: Re: Before/After
PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2008 3:04 pm 
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Really, really impressive. Keep it up!


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 Post subject: Re: Before/After
PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2008 3:30 pm 
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BodhiDave85 wrote:
Im totally jealous and proud of you! You deserve free vegan body building shirt for life.

By any chance would you happen to be Turkish?

Nope I am Indian... though down in Texas I get "Hispanic/Mexican" a lot( mostly when I wear my hat).


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