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Wow, good job. Were you feeling quite ill afterward?


hhmmm why were you doing an eating comp?


Yeah was not feeling good afterwards, was probably a stupid thing to do considering I have a comp in about 10 weeks.

It was MVS versus the German vegan strength team eating comp

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We're not sure yet, still waiting on the Germans.

Between 6 of us (there were 7 but we took the average of two guys) we ate over 56000 calories for the day. Crazy stuff!!


Here's some of what I ate


Vegan sheppards pie with a bit of tomato sauce



Dark chocolate



That's 4 vege schnitzels ( I had 8 in total)



ABC spread, vege chips and rice cakes



Spinach leaves and hummus ( I ate that with the schnitzels)



Sheppards pie - I still like this!



I still like these too!


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wow! can't wait to hear how your comp goes!


Thanks MaryStella, I'll make sure I keep posting progress pics (not food pics) from now on


I've never heard of ABC spread but it sounds delicious!


It's just Almond, Brazil and Cashew nut spread. It's nice but not so much after eating a whole jar in a day


you were aiming for 10,000 calories!!!?? I can't get near to half that in a day!


Haha.. there normally isn't any need to!!

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I knew I'd find your log. Love you're training Joel.


the powerlifting club is a real drag sometimes. I like having the MVS guys there but if we're all doing different things, it can get a bit boring.


I know exactly what you mean. I think there's been quite a few times this week when Andy and I have had to keep our mouths shut and refrain from hitting someone haha.


Powerlifting club can be both good and bad.

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You've ventured into the darkside Pat!! Be careful or else you might start doing concentration curls and leg extensions and turn into a bodybuilder!!

You're right about the club, just got to take the good with the bad.


Powerlifting club training last night

Trunk twists - 10 x 2 sets

Close grip bench press - 50kg x 6

80kg x 6 x 6 sets

Deadlifts - 60kg x 8

90kg x 5

127.5kg x 8 x 3 sets

Pullups - 10 x 3 sets

Squats - 50kg x 8

65kg x 8 x 3 sets

Glute/ham raises - 10 x 3 sets


Meal 1 - Tempeh, spinach, olive oil

Meal 2 - Vega shake

Meal 3 - Lentil burger, spinach, chia seeds

Meal 4 - Preworkout drink, carnitine, yerba mate, amino acids (during training)

Meal 5 - Lord of the Fries chips (a bit of a cheat meal - no more from now on till the comp)

Meal 6 - Sunwarrior shake, added some more aminos and creatine

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I try to stay around the 2500 calorie mark at the moment but each day varies slightly.


Trained at my parents garage gym yesterday.

Speed bench press - bar x 20

60kg + 2 10kg chains x 3 x 8 sets

Pullups - 6 x 3 sets

Hang cleans - 60kg x 3 x 3 sets

Squats - 60kg x 6

100kg x 3

140kg x 2

170kg x 1 - decided to try and go heavier for a change, felt pretty good, I could have probably gone a bit heavier

Barbell calf raises - 60kg x 12 x 3 sets

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I'll get some pics taken this week and post them up, still a couple of months out so not in any decent shape.... yet.


Had a workout at the powerlifting club last night.


Bench press - 60kg x 6

90kg x 3

122.5 x 3 x 6 sets - managed to get through the sets quite easily, next week I will start off heavier and try push through as many sets as i can

Board press - 110kg x 5 x 2 sets

110kg x 3 - The first two sets were paused but not for long enough, the third set I tried for 2 full seconds at a dead stop which was very hard. Got a bit of help on the fourth rep and a lot on the fifth.

Dumbell shoulder press - 37.5kg x 5 x 3 sets

Deadlifts - 70kg x 8 x 3 sets

Squats - 60kg x 8

90kg x 6

115kg x 8 x 3 sets - still not dropping fast enough, I need to get this right with the heavier weights so when I wear wraps I will be able to drop into the hole deep enough. My legs were so sore after the first set (shouldn't have squatted the previous day) and I struggled through the 3 sets.



Meal 1 - tempeh, hummus, spinach

Meal 2 - homemade protein bar (I got some recipes from Mike Mahler for some protein bars) it had Sunwarrior powder, nut butter, ground flax seeds and almond milk. I crushed some fresh walnuts and also some wheatgrass and mixed it though before refridgerating it. They are nice.

Meal 3 - Lentils, tomatoes, spinach and olive oil

Meal 4 - Pre workout drink, carnitine, amino acids

Meal 5 - Vega shake, chia seeds

Meal 6 - vege burger wrap with hummus and spinach

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Thank you Veggieprincess

My competitions are in September and October, I aim to do a couple of bodybuilding shows and have a powerlifting comp around the same time.


Trained last night at my parents garage gym again.

Was a back, shoulders, arms and abs workout.


Seated goodmornings - 40kg x 6

85kg x 6 x 3 sets

Supinated grip bentover rows - 65kg + 2 chains x 10 x 3 sets

Hit tyre with slegehammer - 10 reps each side (changed grip) x 3 sets

Dumbell skullcrushers - 15kg + 2 minibands x 8 x 3 sets

Supinated grip chinups - 6 x 3 sets

Decline crunches - 15 x 3 sets

Leg raises - 12 x 3 sets


Meal 1 - Tempeh, chia seeds, spinach

Meal 2 - Homemade protein bar

Meal 3 - Lentil burger, spinach, avocado oil

Meal 4 - 2 falafels, hummus, salad

Meal 5 - Pre workout drink, carnitine, aminos

Meal 6 - Protein bar, 50g walnuts extra, aminos and creatine

Meal 7 - Lentil burger, mixed steamed vegetables (beetroot, spinach, green beans, spinach), olive oil

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Powerlifting club session last night.

Close grip bench press - 60kg x 8

90kg x 6 x 6 sets

Lying twists - 10 x 3 sets

Deadlifts - 85kg x 6

110kg x 3

130kg x 6 x 3 sets

Pullups - 10 x 3 sets

Squats - 70kg x 8 (or 6 - can't remember) x 3 sets

Glute/ham raises - 8 x 3 sets

Decline situps - 10 x 3 sets


Diet was much the same as previous day, dieting is still easy at this stage

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Just a quick update with Saturday's workout, have been flat out so not much time spent on internet.

Took a few progress pics and will post up in the next couple of days.


Speed bench - bar x 10

70kg x 3 x 8 sets

Bentover row (on bench) - 70kg x 12 x 3 sets

Dumbell front raise - 15kg x 6 x 3 sets

Barbell curls - 35kg x 6 x 3 sets

Barbell calf raise - 60kg x 15 x 3 sets

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Finished work too late yesterday to get to the powerlifting club in time, ended up training at another gym for a change.

Was still able to continue my program and actually had a good session.

The session was heavy bench and heavy squats.

Bench press - Bar x 10

60kg x 6

100kg x 3

125kg x 3 x 4 sets

122.5kg x 3 x 2 sets

Board press - 115kg x 4 x 3 sets - went heavier and used a lower block than normal

Dumbell shoulder press - 36kg x 6 x 3 sets

Deadlifts - 80kg x 6 x 3 sets

Squats - 60kg x 6

100kg x 3

140kg x 6 x 3 sets - went heavier than program stipulated but felt strong and probably could have gone a bit heavier. Maybe it was because I was at a gym where I was the biggest and strongest person that I didn't feel as intimidated as I sometimes do at the club.



Meal 1 - 2 Lentil burger wraps with hummus and spinach

Meal 2 - Vega shake with acai berries, phytoplankton and cocoa pieces

Meal 3 - Falafels with silverbeet and chia seeds

Meal 4 - Spelt pasta with parmazano vegan cheese and olive oil and basil

Meal 5 - pre workout drink, carnitine, amino acids

Meal 6 - Amino acids, creatine, spirulina

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Here are a few photos, I'm about 10 weeks out from comp. I think i should come out looking pretty good by comp time







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