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 Post subject: Re: Get Ripped or Die Trying
PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 12:30 pm 
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Measuring bodyfat is pretty difficult. I dont really measure, I just go by what I see. The most accurate methods are pretty expensive. And most calipers are,rather inaccurate. Keep up the good work, youll get ripped in no time.

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 Post subject: Re: Get Ripped or Die Trying
PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 1:02 pm 
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SunWarrior wrote:
Measuring bodyfat is pretty difficult. I dont really measure, I just go by what I see. The most accurate methods are pretty expensive. And most calipers are,rather inaccurate. Keep up the good work, youll get ripped in no time.


Thanks for the tips. Maybe I should post a picture and have people guess?

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 Post subject: Re: Get Ripped or Die Trying
PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:39 pm 
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013:

Did a quick workout today as I needed to clean this place up before company arrives tomorrow. Will be taking the next two days off to drink a bit, but will try really hard to eat properly (best laid plans...?).

Turned into sort of a full body circuit today, with the following:

Jump Rope 2 Minutes

Pull-Ups 3 x 12
Pushups on Stability Ball 3 x 15

Repeat the Following Twice
DB Press on Stability Ball x 20 @ 70lbs
DB Overhead Press on Stability Ball x 15 @ 50lbs
DB Fly on Stability Ball x 20 @ 70lbs
Side Lunge x 12 @ 35lbs (each leg)
Walking Lunge x 12 @ 50lbs (each leg)
Front Squat x 12 @ 70lbs
SitUp V-Up x 20
Jacknife x 15 @ 25lbs

Having company is fun, but also a bit of a pain in the ass; especially when you have such a strict routine. Maybe this is a good thing because I feel like I've been dragging ass lately. Nice dinner tonight though...

5oz Beyond Meat
2oz Peas
4.2oz Green Beans
Sriracha!

Macros: 303.86 cals, 39.9g protein, 5.72g fat, 9.24g carb.

Until Saturday! (or Sunday if I'm still hungover)

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 Post subject: Re: Get Ripped or Die Trying
PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 6:11 pm 
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Sunday, August 25, 2013:

So I'm writing this on Sunday, not because I was too hungover to train yesterday, but because I trained like a badass (despite a hangover) yesterday, and forgot to make the entry :lol: Anyhow, yesterday I did kind of a mixed circuit of giant sets; some weights, some cardio, some bodyweight. I tried to focus on chest, core, shoulders, biceps and legs. Here's what I can remember:

Jump Rope 3 minutes

Situp V-Up - 1 x 20
Triple Situp - 1 x 10 (so, 30 total situps)
Stability Ball Pike - 1 x 20

Standing Arnold Press - 3 x 12 2 25lbs*
Bodyweight Pushups Three Ways (Standard, Diamond, Pistol Grip on Pushup Bar) - 3 x 20 (60 total, 20 of each)
Overhead Tricep Press - 3 x 15 @ 35lbs

Incline DB Press - 3 x 20 @ 35lbs*
Angled Lunge - 3 x 12 @ 25lbs*
Curls Three Ways (Bruce Lee Curls/Cross Curls/Seated Incline Curls) - 3 x 12 @ 25lbs*

Mountain Climbers - 30 Seconds
Burpees w/ Tuck Jump - 30 seconds

That finisher set really killed me, but I felt so much better afteward; especially considering all the junk food I ate over the last couple days... Saturday night included - a delicious spicy seitan sandwich, seasoned waffle fries, chips & guacamole. Man, it was awesome. No beer on Saturday, just Thursday and Friday of last week. I am actually looking forward to a dry spell.

Woke up this morning and had put on three pounds since Wednesday; probably all water weight. Good news is that my bodyfat % stayed put and I flexed in the mirror this afternoon and noticed the outline of my top two abs, AND that the outline of my serratus anterior was coming in! Really stoked to see that, especially when I'm feeling bloated. So, I had a great weekend with my wife, my friend, had some beer, cut loose a little.

I honestly think it was time to take a small break from the diet. I needed perspective, and to consume some extra calories for a bit. Also, I slept in today until almost 10:00am - something that hasn't happened in years, even when I was unemployed.

I hope you guys have a badass week!

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 Post subject: Re: Get Ripped or Die Trying
PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:24 pm 
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013:

Hot as hell out today, and with humidity to make me think I'm stuck in Satan's nutpouch. Sorry for the vulgarity...

Did a killer set tonight with my trainer, came home to whip up a nice tempeh curry - see below...

Upper Body Circuit

Round 1: (fight!)
Stability Ball DB Press - 2 x 12 @ 60lbs*
Renegade Row w/ Rotation - 2 x 12 @ 20lbs*
Sumo Squat to Lateral Raise - 2 x 12 @ 20lbs*
212 Dips (a/k/a NY Dips, a/k/a East Coast Crab) - 2 x 15 (2 count down, 1 count hold, 2 count up)
TRX Curls - 2 x 15

Rest 90 Seconds

Round 2: (fight!)
TRX Pushup to Pike - 2 x 15
T-Bar Row - 2 x 12 @ 90lbs + Bar
Stability Ball Military Press - 2 x 12 @ 30lbs (started @ 40lbs for 10, but that was just too damn heavy)
TRX Overhead Tricep Extension - 2 x 15
Squat to Hammer Curl - 3 x 12 @ 30lbs*

(* indicates weight in each hand)

Arms were shaking like Jell-O at the end of those tricep extensions. It was good to get back to work after a couple days off. Still feeling really hungry all the time, despite eating a little bit more.

Dinner was great! (I ate while I typed this out) Here's the recipe + Macros

Tempeh Tumbler
6 oz flax tempeh from Trader Joe's - cubed
4.9 oz asparagus - chopped
2.3 oz orange bell pepper - chopped
Organic Pea Shoots - handful or less
Rooster Chili Garlic Sauce - a lot
Trader Joe's Red Curry Simmer Sauce

Directions: Chop it all up, toss it in a pan, simmer until cooked through, throw it in a bowl, garnish with pea shoots, scarf.

Calories - 381.5
Protein - 34.83
Fat - 19.92
Carbs - 25.73


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 Post subject: Re: Get Ripped or Die Trying
PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 3:36 pm 
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013:

Core day. Did a nice circuit at home, as follows:

Warm Up - Jump Rope 3 minutes

Circuit -
(Round1 / Round2)

1. SitUp Vup x 20
2. Side Plank w/ Rotation x 15* / Stability Ball Pike x 15
3. Side Bends x 20 @ 35lbs*
4. Flutter Kicks x 15
5. Incline Leg Raise x 10
6. Jacknife x 15 @ 25lbs
7. Hanging Leg Raise x 15
8. DB Plank x 75 Seconds

Soup for dinner. Watched my coworker research how to "get fitter and thinner" online. No need to ask me for advice! :P :P :P :wink: :wink: :wink: :? :? :?

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 Post subject: Re: Get Ripped or Die Trying
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:40 am 
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Thursday, August 29, 2013:

Another core day, this time with the trainer. Good circuit - some of it brutal.

1. Squat/Lift/Press x 20 @ 90lbs (basically a barbell with weights on one end, stand at the end w/ weights, other end wedged in corner. Holding the bar, squat, lift to the chest, flip the grip, press above head, lower, flip again, squat)
2. TRX Knee Drivers x 20 each side
3. Side Plank on Bosu x 60 seconds*
4. Stability Ball Pushup to Plank x 15
5. Resistance Band Log Lifts x 20
6. Straight Leg Jacknife x 20 @ 25lbs
7. Plank Walk on Floor Ladder (brutal) x 60 seconds (Plank, down on each elbow, spread each leg, return legs, return to plank on hands, shuffle to next rung, repeat)
8. Decline Medicine Ball Tosses x 20 @ 12lbs

Repeat twice.

Honestly, I hate floor exercises like the plank walk. They are just so taxing. On the other hand, I loved the resistance band log lifts - it's just brute strength from the whole body. After this I went home and had some more soup. Probably didn't eat enough yesterday, but I did snack on some of that vegan cake from the day before, so I probably made up for it. I would love to take Saturday off as I haven't been sleeping very well this week due to some weird cough I've had (with no other sickly symptoms), but I haven't done legs at all this week, and would feel remiss if I skipped the opportunity. We'll see though, because this morning I felt like I could sleep all day.

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 Post subject: Re: Get Ripped or Die Trying
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:22 pm 
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Friday, August 30, 2013:

Day of Rest! Judge said to go home early (I clerk for a judge in Chicago), so I took her advice and hit the bricks! Came home to take a nap, and to make this awesome salad below. Can you spot all of the ingredients?

Here's a hint: Spinach, broccoli, english peas, green olives, garlic, peppadew peppers, carrots, beets, pickles, soybeans, a shake of vegan parmesan, and a tablespoon of Trader Joe's soy sesame ginger dressing. Demolished in minutes!

Off to bed! (or maybe some video games :wink: )


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 Post subject: Re: Get Ripped or Die Trying
PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 10:04 am 
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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Upper Body Day
1. BB Bench - 3x12 @145lbs
2. Upright Row - 3 x 12 @ 70lbs
3. Overhead Press - 3 x 12 @ 55lbs
4. Seated Close Grip Angled Lat Pulldown - 3 x 12 @ 105lbs
5. Low Row - 3 x 10 @ 120lbs
6. Wood Choppers w/ Rope Attach - 3 x 12 @ 50lbs
7. Squat - 2 x 12 @ 225lbs
8. Deadlift - 2 x 12 @ 120lbs

Felt really tired after the first two lower body sets here, and kind of gave in to my body screaming at me for rest. Honestly feeling kind of burned out on training at the moment. Had some average vegan pizza for dinner, and a few beers. Cheat meals always make me focus more on my diet, to the point where even though I am straying, I feel like I am mentally scolding myself.

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 Post subject: Re: Get Ripped or Die Trying
PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 10:09 am 
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Monday, September 1, 2013

Lower Body Day

Drank all day on Sunday, which was nice. Got to spend some quality time with my wife - finally. We have tough schedules, and rarely see two days in a row together. Tried to do three sets of the routine below, but felt absolutely horrible in the middle, so I had to cut back to just two sets of each.

0. Jump Rope - 3 minutes
1. Front Squat - 3 x 12 @ 70lbs
2. Side Lunge - 3 x 12 @ 35lbs
3. Pullups - 2 x 10
4. Stability Ball Pushup to Pike - 2 x 12
5. Angled Lunge - 2 x 12* @ 50lbs
6. Burpee to Deadlift - 2 x 12 @ 70lbs
7. Stability Ball Leg Rollups - 2 x 20
8. Straight Leg Jacknife - 2 x 15 @ 25lbs

Really thinking about going raw vegan for a while. I hate straying from my diet for more than one day, or one meal really. It makes me gain a ton of water weight (4lbs since Friday night), digestion gets all messed up, heartburn today, and generally feeling terrible. I feel like I need a vacation - and to whine less.

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 Post subject: Re: Get Ripped or Die Trying
PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:02 pm 
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Tuesday, September 4, 2013

Worked with trainer tonight, all upper body. Pretty decent workout that I am sure I will feel tomorrow. I kind of fell of the wagon taking the HMB supplement. I had to take 12 caps per day, which is ridiculous, and I always forgot. Plus, I kind of like feeling sore. Speaking of sore, my legs are screaming after Monday's training; especially inner thigh.

Here's the training, separated by sets:

Warm Up - 5 minutes treadmill walking, 5 minutes foam rolling on the legs.

1. Hammer Strength Incline Bench - 3 x 12 @ 130lbs
2. Incline Row - 3 x 12 @ 35lbs*
3. Reverse Curl to Shoulder Press - 3 x 12 @ 60lbs (w/ EZ Bar)

4. 3 for 3 Kettlebell Pushup to Rows - 3 x 8 @ 35lbs* (that's 3 pushups, hop in, three rows)
5. Bent Over Lateral Raise - 3 x 12 @ 20lbs*

6. Close Grip BB Bench - 3 x 12 @ 105lbs
7. Supinated Curls - 3 x 12 @ 30lbs*

(* Denotes each hand)

Came home and had some soup for dinner (corn chowder w/ potato; added some lentils for extra protein). Approx. an 1800 calorie day. Feels good to be back on the diet after a three day bender of beer and junk food. I gained four pounds over the weekend, but I am certain the majority of that is water. I tend to really hold on to water weight, which is really annoying. I felt kind of bloated all day, with a bit of a distended belly. Sometimes I wonder whether I will ever lose this tummy I have, or if it will always be there from a combination of my past obesity, and now my growing age. Any tips on dropping the belly fat without losing much strength would be awesome. I've considered going to the doc for bloodwork, and then possibly a nutritionist. Would a nutritionist be able to help much?

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 Post subject: Re: Get Ripped or Die Trying
PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 6:30 pm 
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Sorry on the super delayed reply, somehow I missed your response from before. Thanks for asking, my training is going okay. New soccer season starts soon so I'm going to be working my legs and adding in a little cardio to prepare, so I don't passout on the field or ask for a sub 5 minutes in...

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 Post subject: Re: Get Ripped or Die Trying
PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 8:22 am 
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C.O. wrote:
Sorry on the super delayed reply, somehow I missed your response from before. Thanks for asking, my training is going okay. New soccer season starts soon so I'm going to be working my legs and adding in a little cardio to prepare, so I don't passout on the field or ask for a sub 5 minutes in...

-Dylan


No worries man, I'm glad things are going well. I took a couple days off here to rest up, as I have been under a lot of stress lately, and probably overtraining/undereating. I played soccer from when I was 6 to 18; love the game. However, I seriously doubt I'd have the stamina to do a full 90. Is yours professional, for fun, college, or high school? I always played left side defender. What about you?

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 3:04 pm 
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Friday, September 6, 2013:

CORE DAY!

Really though, who doesn't love core day? About an hour before training I treated myself to an awesome kale/spinach salad, with a ton of toppings like lentils, kidney beans, peas, carrots, peppadew peppers, olives, and such...

Core Circuit: Repeat twice.

0. Warmup: Jump Rope 5 minutes
1. Sit Up V Up x 20
2. Side Plank w/ Rotation x 15 each side
3. Pike on Stability Ball x 15
4. Incline Leg Raise x 12
5. Flutterkicks x 15
6. Decline Situp x 15 @ 25lbs
7. Jacknife x 15 @ 25 lbs
8. Side Bridge x 15 each side
9. Reverse Crunch x 15

Felt really tired after the first set - probably too much jumprope. I feel like I should add more cardio to my workouts. I also feel like I should maybe take a rest week; keep training, but lower weights/reps to get some active recovery in. I have been trying to walk to and from the train every day, which is about .6 mile total. That's not much, maybe 20 minutes in all, or less, but it is better than nothing I suppose. I'll hit it again tomorrow with upper body. Have a good weekend everyone!

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 Post subject: Re: Get Ripped or Die Trying
PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 10:59 am 
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Saturday, September 7, 2013:

Weekend Warrior Day

Slept in this morning (til 8:00), which was awesomely refreshing. Made it to the gym before 9:30, and found that there were only five barbell clips available. Apparently many of them either broke, or were stolen over the last month. Employee there said "we should have some in by next month." Dude, next month?!? It's only seven days into September!!! WTF. Also noticed the usual suspects of total morons and assclowns with bad attitudes were there today. I swear, one day when I am rich, I'll have my own gym. No ab crunch stations, no people dropping weights in front of signs that say DO NOT DROP WEIGHTS, no people doing shoulder press on a bench in the squat rack, no people doing only deadlifts in the squat rack, no people lifting too much weight for their level of advancement and looking like idiots.

Anyhow, enough of the complaining...

1. DB Bench - 3 x 12 @ 65lbs each hand
2. Overhead Press - 3 x 12 @ 55lbs
3. Assisted Pullup - 3 x 12 @ 45lbs assistance (so approx. 120lbs of weight lifted)
4. Front Raise (a/k/a Driving the Bus) - 3 x 12 @ 35lbs
5. Bulgarian Split Squat - 3 x 12 @ 70lbs (are these ever not the biggest bitch of all time?)
6. Side Lunge - 3 x 12 @ 35lbs
7. Decline Bench - 3 x 12 @ 105lbs
8. Assisted Dips - 3 x 12 @ 45lbs assistance (120lbs weight lifted)

Was going to add three sets of twelve of both Medicine Ball Slams and Standing Arnold Press, but felt like I have been pushing myself too hard lately; plus it was damn near 11:00am, and I don't want to spend my whole day off in the gym. Decline Bench felt pretty easy, probably could have added at least another ten pounds, maybe fifteen. I want to run through my mental catalogue of exercises and try not to repeat so much week by week.

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