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 Post subject: Another scrawn guy
PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:39 am 
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Hello vegan friends,

I have always been underweight but pretty athletic, I feel my age becoming a factor and I have to start to turn it up to keep feeling youthful and avoid the onset of aches - I turn 28 this year. I currently take a weekly ballet conditioning class and a weekly aerial circus class. I do a bunch of workouts at home through the week; some days are just 60-90 mins self-guided contortion training, some days I'll just do some pullup sets. I also work up a sweat dancing around my living room alone at least a couple of times a week haha. I have never been into lifting weights or even been in the type of gym that isn't for gymnastics, I prefer body weight exercises.

My major goal is to do a wall-flip by the end of the year, which seems a bit different to the lifting goals of most people on this forum, I'd also like to get my splits down and into overspilts and finally gain some bulk. I think my major problem has been a calorie deficient diet although I eat really clean.

I am going to work my way through the Beachbody Programs - starting Monday with 'insanity' and also try to find a sport in my area, that isn't too expensive, as I find I get pretty motivated by competition.


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 Post subject: Re: Another scrawn guy
PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 7:21 pm 
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Sounds like some great stuff. What's your name and where are you from by the way?

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 Post subject: Re: Another scrawn guy
PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 8:45 am 
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28 is still quite youthful. I'm pushing 38 and feel better now than I did at 28. :D

I've seen a good amount of ballet in my day and many of those dancers are ripped - it's a great look and good goal. However, there is divide between eating clean and being deficient in calories. Dance and body weight movements burn massive calories and you need to take in more than you burn off to make gains (i.e. bulk up a bit). As a vegan you need to work a bit more to get the calories you need to be an athlete. Fruits, brown rice, nuts, avocados, and cereal grains (and yes, suppliment protein). One can not make gains on greens alone. Eat more, drink water all day, and get solid, consistent sleep.

Also, even though you're not the "gym" type, there are likely things you could do that would help with your dance and your wall flip goal. Take a look at the olympic lifts - the clean and jerk and the snatch. These two lifts create explosive power in your legs and do good for your upper bits as well. A lot of these lifters bust out back flips like no big deal and have a vertical leap to be envied by NFL running backs and NBA players. And if you examine the men and women in the lower weight classes they are built like gymnasts - not refridgerators. These two lifts would likely translate to improved dance in better leaping ability, throws, and catches (sorry if my terms are incorrect, I'm a lifter and not a dancer).

Good luck and here's hoping you flip out soon!


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 Post subject: Re: Another scrawn guy
PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 5:02 pm 
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Great to have you on here, welcome to the VBB community. Hope you enjoy the forum and I'll look forward to seeing you around posting more. Enjoy MF.

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