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Re: Strength Vs Size

#31 Postby sosso » Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:03 pm

What does the V symbol after your name stand for?

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#32 Postby Mini Forklift Ⓥ » Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:04 pm

Just a vegetarian symbol, a few groups here in New Zealand use it.
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#33 Postby sosso » Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:05 pm

Do you plan to stop eating fish and eggs?

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#34 Postby Mini Forklift Ⓥ » Sun Jan 22, 2012 11:43 pm

sosso wrote:Do you plan to stop eating fish and eggs?

Definately, at some point I will make the shift to full vegan. Eggs I hardly eat, maybe a couple a week. I haven't drank milk for years; I sometimes use either rice/almond milk but mainly I use a milk substitute that I mix up with water:

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http://www.alfafoods.co.nz/AboutUs/Features/tabid/44320/Default.aspx

Right now being Pesco Vegetarian is working well for me, and I don't want to seem too restrictive with my foods as I have a 3yr old and 5yr old (both girls), so it's crucial for my wife and myself to be teaching them the importance of a healthy, balanced & varied diet.

They already know that "Daddy doesn't eat meat", so I'm holding off the veganism until they're a little older and I can explain my reasonings for doing what I do :)
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Re: Strength Vs Size

#35 Postby Mini Forklift Ⓥ » Sun Jan 22, 2012 11:48 pm

MattSxvx wrote:Very impressive lifts.

Thanks Matt, they're a good starting point. I'm really going to be working hard this year, especially on my bench and squat which I consider to be my weak points.
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Re: Strength Vs Size

#36 Postby Mini Forklift Ⓥ » Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:58 am

MONDAY 23rd JANUARY
BODYWEIGHT: 145
TRAINING TIME: 4.15pm
DURATION: 50mins
COMMENTS: Another decent session this arvo

WEEK: HEAVY
RESTING PULSE RATE: 44

APPETITE: GREAT
PRE WO NUTRITION: 550cal shake + 2 x tsp greens powder
POST WO NUTRITION: Protein bar + large bowl of salad, veges, potato & kumara

ANCILLARY WORK

HAMMER STRENGTH ISO ROWS
2PPS x 12
2.5PPS x 12
2.75PPS x 10

PAUSED CGBP
BAR x 20
110 x 10
132 x 8
176 x 4
200 x 3

EZ B.BELL STANDING MILITARY PRESS
BAR x 20
55 x 12
99 x 10
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Re: Strength Vs Size

#37 Postby Mini Forklift Ⓥ » Mon Jan 23, 2012 5:05 am

Leg day tomorrow, always look forward to training legs.

I'm into my heavy week, so there will no doubt be some big leg presses and heavy squats working my way up to some doubles & singles. I'll be needing a strong organic coffee before that session...
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#38 Postby Mini Forklift Ⓥ » Mon Jan 23, 2012 4:50 pm

A few more photos, my two angels Misa & Bree and a couple of magazines I've been featured in.

Well, I'm pretty surprised that from the amount of heavy benching I did on Sunday as well as the CGBP that I hit yesterday, I have no soreness. I was expecting at least a little DOMS :roll:

Hoping for a busy day at work, will have to train legs tonight after the kids are in bed. Probably won't get to the gym until at least 9pm.
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Re: Strength Vs Size

#39 Postby Mini Forklift Ⓥ » Mon Jan 23, 2012 5:14 pm

Max deadlift from last week, 418lb.



Bodyweight was 144lb. Lift went up fine although my hips are too high, is something I'm working on correcting.
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Re: Strength Vs Size

#40 Postby Cown » Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:44 pm

I started reading your journal but got distracted when I saw 'spicy mushroom balls' listed as part of your pre-workout meal one day... What are they and how do I get/make them?! lol Mushrooms are one of my favourite things to eat, and spice can only make them better.
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Re: Strength Vs Size

#41 Postby Mini Forklift Ⓥ » Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:48 pm

Cown wrote:I started reading your journal but got distracted when I saw 'spicy mushroom balls' listed as part of your pre-workout meal one day... What are they and how do I get/make them?! lol Mushrooms are one of my favourite things to eat, and spice can only make them better.

I have no idea how you make them !!

I order them from a vegan restaurant I eat at, they come in a spicy sauce with vegetables and coconut rice, they look kind of like the TVP you can buy but tastes 100 x better !! Sorry I can't be of more help ~ I'll ask them how they make them next time I go there. And thanks for checking in on my journal :D
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Re: Strength Vs Size

#42 Postby Cown » Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:51 pm

Oh, and I noticed that you use opposite grips for your deadlifts..Do you find that more beneficial? I've just always gripped both hands the same, even when I competed.
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Re: Strength Vs Size

#43 Postby Mini Forklift Ⓥ » Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:01 pm

Cown wrote:Oh, and I noticed that you use opposite grips for your deadlifts..Do you find that more beneficial? I've just always gripped both hands the same, even when I competed.

I find I can generate a little more power after the weight gets above 315. I do train DL's sometimes with purely an OH grip, but for the heavy work I always alternate. The powerlifting club that I lift at tend to emphasise that kind of DL with all of their training.

If you take a look at all the top Deadlifters today the majority would be using a mixed grip. One of my inspirations is a guy called Richard Hawthorne; pound for pound he is one of the strongest men in the world and is on of the Top 10 deadlifters in the world right now. To me, that is perfect technique and what I am striving towards.



I find watching any of his lifting incredibly inspiring, and shows just how much I work I have to do with my own lifting.
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Re: Strength Vs Size

#44 Postby Mini Forklift Ⓥ » Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:24 am

My YouTube channel is in my signature and if anyone wants to find me on Twitter, I'm here:

https://twitter.com/#!/miniforklift

A few hours away from really hurting my legs :shock: Am at the start of my 'heavy' week... triples, doubles + a couple of 1RM's on squats are always fun. Will write up the session tomorrow morning as I'll likely be stuffed by the time I get home and all my blood will be in my legs haha.
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Re: Strength Vs Size

#45 Postby Mini Forklift Ⓥ » Tue Jan 24, 2012 3:29 pm

In case any of you are wondering what I do for a living, well there's a few things actually. My main 'job' is I own a health store. I'm also a Personal Trainer of 10yrs (specialising in triathlon & powerlifting), and a sports journalist writing for both magazines and websites. Here's a couple of my magazine articles...

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Interview with Pro Triathlete Andrea Hewitt

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Coffee and its relationship to sports performance

Website articles...

http://www.pumpingfit.com/the-basics-of-powerlifting/
'The Basics Of Powerlifting'

http://1vigor.com/article/ultrarunning-hydration/
'Hydration is an Important Element of Ultrarunning and Endurance Racing'

Probably the interview I enjoyed doing the most was getting to hang out with four-time Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington. Just a really humble, amazing and funny woman :popcorn:

http://www.chrissiewellington.org/media-archive/ironwoman-extraordinaire/
(The PDF link to the full article is at the bottom of that page).

As a sidenote... great training session last night, will need a bit of recovery time get over that one! Will type it up later on.
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