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 Post subject: Re: Joel's training journal
PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 10:47 am 
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Kind of random, but I had a dream that you came to my school to do a presentation on bodybuilding/strength training. My teacher had no idea you were a vegan, and was shocked to find out you were. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Joel's training journal
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Just stopping by to say hi....haven't been online much lately but been talking about you when talking to others about big vegan dudes! Thanks for representing so well


Thank you Robert!

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Kind of random, but I had a dream that you came to my school to do a presentation on bodybuilding/strength training. My teacher had no idea you were a vegan, and was shocked to find out you were.


Haha!! Yeah, it's nice to prove people wrong like that :)


I've been training pretty hard recently, haven't had access to the internet much so haven't been keeping track of my workouts like I should.
My back has healed up ok, just not keen to push myself on heavy deadlifts yet.
Still messing around with random training sessions, haven't come up with a program I'm happy with yet.
Here is my training session from yesterday.
Cleans - Bar x 5
40kg x 3
60kg x 3
80kg x 3 x 3 sets
Overhead squats - 40kg x 3
60kg x 3 x 3 sets
Snatch grip deadlifts - 60kg x 3
100kg x 3 x 3 sets
Bench press - 60kg x 5
110kg x 3 x 3 sets
Close grip chins - 8 x 5 sets

Diet is still much the same, had a higher carb day on the weekend, ate some rice and vegetable, vegan curry pie and some pumpkin pie thing (just pumpkin and some other vegetables fried in olive oil). I've been staying around 3-4kg above my contest weight and have been feeling pretty strong eating the way I have for the last couple of months now. I'll keep my off seasons like this from now on.
Yesterday's meals were -
Meal 1 - Protein custard (for want of a better word) - Sunwarrior powder, agave nectar, raw almonds and cashews, cocoa powder, maca powder, coconut butter, flax seeds and spirulina (only a teaspoon). I blend it up and keep in fridge overnight, tastes really nice.
Meal 2 - Lentil burger (made my own with the vegan burger mix and just soaked and cooked some lentils to add to it, cooked on grill so I didn't need any oil). Ate it with some beetroot and kale and avocado.
Meal 3 - Seaweed salad and tofu
Meal 4 - Amino acid drink during training. Aminos, creatine, Vega sport, half a lemon and half a lime.
Meal 5 - Protein drink. Sunwarrior, blueberries, strawberries, creatine, maca powder, chia seeds.
Meal 6 - Same as meal 2, no avocado though as I had piece of my dark chocolate which has enough fats in it.


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 Post subject: Re: Joel's training journal
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I always get excited to see what your up to when you post. I am glad to hear the back is on the mend.

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 Post subject: Re: Joel's training journal
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I always get excited to see what your up to when you post. I am glad to hear the back is on the mend.


Thank you MaryStella, I intend to post more when I have more frequent access to the net :)

I've been training consistently all through the holiday season, I'm considering competing in the early year bodybuilding shows so have been keeping in pretty good shape.

Morning session today -
Snatch grip deadlifts - 60kg x 8
80kg x 5
100kg x 3 x 2 sets
130kg x 2 x 2 sets
Overhead squats - Bar x 5
40kg x 3
60kg x 3 x 3 sets
Incline bench press - 60kg x 5
90kg x 5 x 3 sets
Dumbell skullcrushers - 22.5kg x 8 x 3 sets
Barbell calf raises - 60kg x 12 x 3 sets

Yesterdays meal -
Meal 1 - Tofu, mixed greens, olives
Meal 2 - Protein drink, made into custard consistency (Sunwarrior, coconut water, Flax seeds, Coconut butter, Cocoa powder, Maca powder, agave syrup, cashews)
Meal 3 - Lentil burger, broccoli, olives
Meal 4 - Amino acids, creatine, coconut water, spirulina, Vega sport and one apple blended in
Meal 5 - Same as meal 1
Meal 6 - Protein chocolate, blueberries, cashews, almonds


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 Post subject: Re: Joel's training journal
PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 10:24 pm 
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snatch grip deads! I find those so much tougher. what do you think about them?

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 Post subject: Re: Joel's training journal
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Joel- your meals dont look very big... are you eating large or smaller portions?

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 Post subject: Re: Joel's training journal
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Joel- your meals dont look very big... are you eating large or smaller portions?


My meals are not all that big, I eat about 150-175g serves of tofu/tempeh or whatever. Fats make up a lot of my calories. I'm really not all that active to justify eating too much more protein though. It all seems to work for me.

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snatch grip deads! I find those so much tougher. what do you think about them?
snatch grip deads! I find those so much tougher. what do you think about them?


I like doing them as much, if not more so than regular deadlifts.


Finally back online, haven't really had much internet connection recently plus had another injury - this time my trap, which I hurt somehow reverse cleaning the barbell because I can't really drop the weights where I train.
Had a light session this morning, still practicing the olympic lifts which I'm finding really helps with cycling and my bodybuilding training.
Just did snatches and a few other light exercises.
Snatches - Bar x 5 x 2 sets
30kg x 3
40kg x 3
50kg x 3
60kg x 2 x 6 sets
Squats - 100kg x 5 x 3 sets
Pullups - 6 x 3 sets
Band pushups - 6 x 3 sets
Dumbell curls/ Overhead tricep extensions - 15kg x 6 x 3 sets
Leg raises - 10 x 3 sets

My diet has been clean, I'm dieting for a couple of shows in the next couple of months, which I'm still undecided on but am going through the dieting either way.
Yesterday's meals were -
Meal 1 - Protein custard/shake - Sunwarrior, cocoa powder, maca powder, cashews, coconut oil and agave syrup. Ate it like custard.
Meal 2 - Lentil burger - Lentils, wild rice, nutritional yeast, chia seeds. Ate it with half an avocado, spinach and tomato
Meal 3 - Tempeh, broccoli, olive oil
Meal 4 - Protein shake - Sunwarrior, BCAA's, apple, spirulina, creatine and beta alanine powder
Meal 5 - Dark chocolate and cashews
Meal 6 - Tempeh, spinach, olive oil

I've pretty much been eating similar meals for a while now, kind of dieting without really putting too much thought into it. As progress slows down I'll look at reducing calories here and there but I'm still losing weight at the moment, down to 80-81kg in the morning, easily on track to get below 80kg in the next couple of months. I'm hoping to keep as much strength as possible dieting like I am.


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 Post subject: Re: Joel's training journal
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sorry to hear about the injury! great to have you back!

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 Post subject: Re: Joel's training journal
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Glad to see you posting! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Joel's training journal
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sorry to hear about the injury! great to have you back!


Thank you MaryStella!

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Glad to see you posting!


Yeah, I'll try to be more consistent, it's good to be back around here :)

Trained well yesterday, injuries are healing up. Have started to do a lot more stretching and warm ups, I figure my lack performing basic stuff like that is the reason I keep getting injured.
Yesterday's workout -
Jerks - Bar x 5
30kg x 5
50kg x 3
70kg x 3
80kg x 3 x 3 sets
Squat cleans - Bar x 5
40kg x 3
60kg x 3
70kg x 3 x 6 sets
Floor press/bentover row superset - 60kg x 5
90kg x 5 x 3 sets
Ez bar curl/skullcrusher superset - 50kg x 8 x 3 sets
Hanging leg raises - 10 x 3 sets

Had a higher calorie day on Saturday, just a bowl of pasta with olive oil and parmazano vegan cheese, some veggie chips and a vegan sausage roll.
Yesterday was my regular diet.
Meal 1 - Vegan burger (soy and wheat protein based), seaweed salad, avocado and some grass ( I think it's what it's called, in Greek it just translates into grass - which is basically what it is)
Meal 2 - Small piece of dark chocolate, pecans and goji berries
Meal 3 - Tempeh, olive oil, greens (broccoli, spinach and more grass)
Meal 4 - Amino acids, coconut water, Vega sport, Beta alanine powder, creatine and an espresso
Meal 5 - Sunwarrior, apple, cocoa powder, coconut water, maca powder, creatine
Meal 6 - Dark chocolate, cashews and goji berries
Meal 7 - Same as meal 1


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 Post subject: Re: Joel's training journal
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I agree the warming up and the stretching helps it is just hard to make yourself do it consistently.

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 Post subject: Re: Joel's training journal
PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 9:18 pm 
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I agree the warming up and the stretching helps it is just hard to make yourself do it consistently.


Agreed. I think it is paying off now, I'm getting less sore and feeling pretty good.

Trained this morning, the weekend was a bit hectic with family stuff so didn't get to fit in all my training.
Had a good workout today though, still feeling very strong even though I've lost a lot of weight from dieting. I'm sitting just under 80kg now, which is the lightest I've been in a long time but also probably the leanest I've been too, including my comps. Guess I need to diet for longer from now on for the bodybuilding shows, as this is proving.

Workout was -
Cleans - Bar x 6 x 2 sets
40kg x 3
60kg x 3
80kg x 3
90kg x 2
100kg x 1 x 2 sets - equal pb but first time I've gone that heavy catching in full squat.
70kg x 3 x 3 sets
Jerks - Bar x 5
40kg x 3
60kg x 3
80kg x 2
100kg x 1 x 2 sets
60kg x 3 x 3 sets
Dumbell bench press/row superset - 35kg x 6 x 3 sets
Hanging leg raises - 10 x 3 sets

My diet from yesterday, similar as usual
Meal 1 - Handful of cashews, small piece of dark chocolate (my high protein choc)
Meal 2 - Nutmeat, lentils, tofu, spinach leaves, cucumber and olive oil
Meal 3 - Protein shake - Sunwarrior, coconut water, maca powder, cocoa powder, chia seeds and an apple
Meal 4 - Tempeh, broccoli and avocado
Meal 5 - Same as meal 1 but less cashews and had some goji berries
Meal 6 - Same as meal 2. Didn't really have much time to cook, so just used canned organic lentils and nutmeat. I try not to eat too much nutmeat, as much as I like it, I'm not a huge fan of eating a lot of gluten.


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 Post subject: Re: Joel's training journal
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Trained this morning, have been feeling pretty strong considering I'm dieting and losing weight. Have decided I will compete in the bodybuilding shows in April and May. Weighed in at 79kg this morning, lightest I have been in a long time.

Workout this morning -
Light squats, deadlifts and high pulls to warm up
Cleans - 40kg x 5
60kg x 4
70kg x 3
80kg x 2
90kg x 1
95kg x 1 x 2 sets
Jerks - 40kg x 3
60kg x 3
70kg x 2
80kg x 2
90kg x 1
95kg x 1 - Heaviest I have done but was a bit of a press out so wouldn't count strictly.
Dips/pullups - 6 x 4 sets - superset the two
Hanging leg raises - 10 x 2 sets

Diet -
(yesterday)
Meal 1 - Small piece of dark chocolate and handful of cashews
Meal 2 - Protein shake. Sunwarrior, activated barley, spirulina, maca powder
Meal 3 - Lentil burger, broccoli, avocado
Meal 4 - Sunwarrior shake, small piece of dark chocolate - a lot of my calories are coming from the cocoa and coconut oil in the chocolate I make, so my overall calories are reasonably high, even though my meal portions are not huge.
Meal 5 - Tempeh, silverbeet, broccoli and small bowl of cashews and almonds
Meal 6 - Marinated tofu, broccoli, avocado


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 Post subject: Re: Joel's training journal
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Awesome - can't wait to hear how your upcoming shows go!

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 Post subject: Re: Joel's training journal
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good luck with the shows. your diet and training look great.

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