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Not many greens today, aside from those in Vega. Not a very raw day for me at all actually. But I feel pretty heavy so that is good

 

I'm actually going to try to map out my nutrition program in a lot more detail and shop in advance, prepare foods ahead of time, and all that stuff that I used to do and that I should be doing if I want to get results.

 

Then I can be a Green Machine!

 

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c210/VeganBodybuilder/Bulk-1.jpg

 

Photo taken by Ravi

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How about if I send you the weight I need to lose? In Ayurveda they say a nap after lunch will add weight. I've heard sumo wrestlers diet on work out days then gorge and lay around on alternate days off. Putting the body in super efficient fasting mode is why many "dieters" gain weight, slowing their metabolism by waiting too long between eating. So much has to do with the balance of intestinal fire. (I know you're not hoping for a sumo physique and the weight I need to burn isn't the kind you want) Please don't mind my sophomoric observations and comments, Guru-ji.

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Yeah, Ravi did a nice job

 

I trained legs today and it was a lot of fun.

 

I completed:

 

4 sets of leg press

 

4 sets of narrow foot position leg press

 

4 sets of lunges with 100 pounds

 

4 sets of leg extensions

 

All were for about 8-10 reps. It took about 1 hour exactly.

 

Then I had 2 burritos, some bread and now I'm going to have a bit of fruit.

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I really hope I can squat and deadlift soon. In fact I was thinking about that today at the gym. I was thinking that I should give it a try with light weight. When I do lunges, I deadlift the dumbbells of the ground to get started. Granted, it's only 100lbs but it feels really good to be doing that movement, even if it is just one rep to get me going for my set of lunges.

 

I really need to be more consistent in the gym. I'm eating quite a lot these days, which is good. I mean, I'm really packing it in there some days but I need to be at the gym more often! I'll search for that thing called "focus" and let you know when I find it

 

I pushed it pretty hard today, some grunting, some squinting, some explosive movements. All good things.

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I really need to be more consistent in the gym. I'm eating quite a lot these days, which is good. I mean, I'm really packing it in there some days but I need to be at the gym more often! I'll search for that thing called "focus" and let you know when I find it

 

Dude, I'm totally opposite. I have no problem getting to the gym. Actually I've been hammering it these days. Been cycling in the heat too and cutting rest times so endurance is through the roof. But putting away the calories seems to be hard to do lately. I don't know why. I think it's because I'm so busy, and lazy, but I've been trying to plan out the meals to get those calories in. Been hitting 4000 kcal on a good day, which is what I was hitting on a bad day while I was gaining lots of mass. I haven't stepped on a scale in ages, I'm actually kind of afraid to, after the breakup and losing weight, I'm really hard on myself if I sense failure. Just got to eat more.

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I'm the same way about the scale! When things are going well, I step on the scale 5-10 times a day. When things aren't going well, I'm scared and I only step on the scale with shoes and a sweatshirt or something like that

 

No worries man, we'll both be back in action in full effect soon!

 

Remember anytime you have a long weekend from school, feel free to fly on out and get some training sessions done out here in Portland. We can help each other out.

 

I'll try to get in to the gym in a little while. Gotta head out now and run some errands.

 

Train Hard Eat Plenty!

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There was a time when I was hardcore! I wrote this a while back:

 

True Intensity

by Robert Cheeke, Vegan Bodybuilder, July 21st 2004

 

Whenever I hear someone say, “My workout today was really intense,” In my head I’m thinking, “Yeah right.” We all have our own perception and ideas about measurement of intensity. What is intense for one person may be a walk in the park for another person. I can imagine that walking up a steep hill for 30 minutes would be quite intense for

someone who is overweight, and it would just be an ordinary stroll for

a trail runner.

 

I think the word “intensity” gets thrown around too loosely. Just like the words, “great, excellent, and awesome,” which are all way over- used. Right here and now I want to explain what “True Intensity” is.

 

Allow me to tell you a story. When the moment came that I decided to take bodybuilding seriously I had to start training seriously; and that is precisely what I did. In 2001 I was preparing for a bodybuilding competition and learned first hand what True Intensity was all about. Before leg workouts I would be nervous and have butterflies in my stomach. This is typical of sports competitions, games, and some practices, but not so common for a simple workout. The problem was, it wasn’t just a simple workout; it was a test of my own courage and strength. I was walking into the gym knowing in the back of my head, that I might not be walking out under my own power. I pushed insane amounts of weight for my size and bodyweight. If you were to look at me, you’d think my eyes were about to pop out of my head or you’d think to yourself, “is this guy crazy?” I would often weep from the pain of training with this kind of intensity and occasionally vomit during or after the leg workouts. Is this normal? Not for average people, but for elite bodybuilders it is very familiar

territory.

 

There is nothing like pushing your body beyond its normal physical limitations. When your mind takes over and you convince yourself to go harder than you ever thought possible, it is one of the best and most powerful feelings you can ever experience. When you scream through the pain and tears roll down your face, and upon completion of the last rep all you can do is lie there motionless trying to regain your breath and control of your body; you know you are training with True Intensity.

 

When people tell me that they are training hard but are not achieving their desired results I know they are not training with intensity, or perhaps their diet is lacking. I believe people when they say they train hard, anyone can do that. But when you step into the world of intensity you will see results; you have to. If you aren’t than you need to take your nutrition program seriously and make the dedication to nutritional excellence just as intense as the workouts. In 2001 when I started this intense odyssey I achieved great results and was pleased with what I was able to accomplish. In a short time I made huge gains because I wasn’t satisfied until I was certain that I was the hardest working person in the gym.

 

There are a few limitations with true intensity as there are with anything. To take your training to the next level requires an accurate evaluation of what your body can handle. On a few occasions I had to learn the hard way. I have collapsed under the weight while doing squats, I’ve been crushed by the hip-sled leg press more than once, and I’ve hurt my shoulder and biceps from taking the intensity a little too far. Recognize the difference between pain from the quality of intensity and pain from muscle injury. This is very important and should be taken seriously. It is all a waste if you work really hard in the gym achieving results only to have it all go away from a careless injury.

 

If True Intensity is controlled it can lead to the greatest workouts of your life, respect from others in the gym afraid to give it their all, and bodybuilding results you only dreamt about before discovering this method of training. I don’t mean to suggest that you throw up after each workout or have to be helped out of the gym to get home, but push yourself harder and harder each time until you feel that you are truly training with intensity.

 

True intensity does not only refer to training but encompasses your entire lifestyle. When it comes to intense nutrition this includes drinking a gallon of water a day, eating enough calories and protein to compliment your workouts and put on muscle, and taking advantageof

supplements that may assist your bodybuilding progress. This also means preparing meals so you don’t miss an opportunity to eat during the day and carrying supplements with you. This also means that you take care of yourself and get enough rest and sleep and stay away from things like alcohol, smoking and things that will inhibit your

progress and not allow you to reach your full potential.

 

Train with intensity, passion, desire and purpose and I have no doubt that you will see your physique transform the way you’ve always hoped it would. Leave everything in the gym, go home, eat and be proud of your efforts. Then go to sleep. You deserve a nice rest because you know that tomorrow is going to be a big day and you might even have butterflies in your stomach before your workout. Then you know you are training with True Intensity.

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A few years ago, you wouldn't have wanted to be around me........or you would have really wanted to be around me.

 

I was a different person back then. I hope to get part of my intensity back. Even, I get a little bit back, I'll be on the right track!

 

As SydneyVegan.......I still have some intensity in me! I think a few others have seen signs of it.

 

I wrote a lot of inspirational stuff back in the day.

 

Here is another piece. Some like it, some don't. I still need to refine it:

 

We are Bodybuilders

by Robert Cheeke, Vegan Bodybuilder, September 15th 2004

 

When bodybuilders travel we are often on the receiving end of many odd and strange looks from the public. Not just because we have larger than average physiques, chiseled with rock hard muscle, but because we have behaviors that are foreign to most people. Observers stare and watch as we pull out protein bars from our fanny packs on the airplane and consume not one, but perhaps two or three at a time. We carry around a suspicious powder with us, only to add water, shake it up, and use it as another protein supplement to stimulate more muscle growth and enhance our physiques.

 

We care not what others think because we find solace in the fact that there are thousands out there who understand our determination and struggle to maintain what we’ve worked so hard to achieve. It is through grueling hours of sweat, and punishing weight-training sessions, that the foundation of our muscular body is based upon. We take what we’ve been given and fuel ourselves with the highest quality foods produced by Mother Nature to enhance every aspect of our being. We are never satisfied with how our body looks, and we’re always searching for improvements and paying close attention to detail. We are not content with our work ethic, continuously thinking of ways to demand more from ourselves.

 

Moderation is not a word in our vocabulary, and we strive for as close to perfection as is possible to attain. We are not abnormal, but we stand out in a society of mediocrity and contentment with low levels of individual success. We are driven to succeed and overcome many barriers that keep the average person down and deterred from attempts to accomplish significant feats.

 

We are true, passionate athletes worried not by how our competition compares to us, but how we compare to our prior selves. We are forward thinking individuals paving the road for followers who have an innate instinct to better themselves and the intrinsic motivation to pursue the bodybuilding dream. We don’t just push heavy weights around; we push ourselves to our physical and mental limits. We raise the standard of excellence everywhere we go. We live to inspire others, creating dreams within them. We are warriors in the gym, chefs in the kitchen, and the masters of our own destiny, forming our own legacy.

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I just finished training abs.

 

I spent about 45 minutes training. I know some say it's too much, but I was having fun.

 

I did

 

5 sets of lying leg raises

 

5 sets of hanging leg raises

 

5 sets of core bridge work

 

4 sets of machine crunches

 

A few sets of side crunches

 

I just finished an energy bar and then it's time to shower and head to Corvallis for the weekend. Free Fruit coming up! My dad as peaches, pears, plums, apples, etc. fresh on trees at his house! All you can eat!

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We are Bodybuilders

by Robert Cheeke, Vegan Bodybuilder, September 15th 2004

 

When bodybuilders travel we are often on the receiving end of many odd and strange looks from the public. Not just because we have larger than average physiques, chiseled with rock hard muscle, but because we have behaviors that are foreign to most people. Observers stare and watch as we pull out protein bars from our fanny packs on the airplane and consume not one, but perhaps two or three at a time. We carry around a suspicious powder with us, only to add water, shake it up, and use it as another protein supplement to stimulate more muscle growth and enhance our physiques.

 

We care not what others think because we find solace in the fact that there are thousands out there who understand our determination and struggle to maintain what we’ve worked so hard to achieve. It is through grueling hours of sweat, and punishing weight-training sessions, that the foundation of our muscular body is based upon. We take what we’ve been given and fuel ourselves with the highest quality foods produced by Mother Nature to enhance every aspect of our being. We are never satisfied with how our body looks, and we’re always searching for improvements and paying close attention to detail. We are not content with our work ethic, continuously thinking of ways to demand more from ourselves.

 

Moderation is not a word in our vocabulary, and we strive for as close to perfection as is possible to attain. We are not abnormal, but we stand out in a society of mediocrity and contentment with low levels of individual success. We are driven to succeed and overcome many barriers that keep the average person down and deterred from attempts to accomplish significant feats.

 

We are true, passionate athletes worried not by how our competition compares to us, but how we compare to our prior selves. We are forward thinking individuals paving the road for followers who have an innate instinct to better themselves and the intrinsic motivation to pursue the bodybuilding dream. We don’t just push heavy weights around; we push ourselves to our physical and mental limits. We raise the standard of excellence everywhere we go. We live to inspire others, creating dreams within them. We are warriors in the gym, chefs in the kitchen, and the masters of our own destiny, forming our own legacy.

 

 

That is awesome Robert! I love this part:

 

"We are true, passionate athletes worried not by how our competition compares to us, but how we compare to our prior selves. We are forward thinking individuals paving the road for followers who have an innate instinct to better themselves"

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Thanks man. I really enjoy writing and I do a lot of that style of writing. It's all over the main website and in articles on some other websites and in magazines.

 

I think I'll do more writing soon because I'll be on lots of airplanes on a national speaking tour. Plenty of time to think and write!

 

Today I'm 183 lbs. That is good for me because I got down to about 173 during Vegan Vacation. Anytime I get really stressed out and busy I drop weight So 183 is a good place to be and I will hopefully be over 190 weeks down the road. I'm eating quite a bit these days so hopefully I can sustain that. I'm also trying to do some compound exercises to help gain some muscle. My training has just been so-so because I didn't make it a priority. I've been working hard on this important speaking tour. I know I can handle both, I just need focus and organization.

 

Time to sleep now. Early start tomorrow.

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I trained biceps and triceps today. It was done in about 45 minutes. I think it was my last workout at my current gym and then I'll switch over to 24 Hour Fitness where everyone else from this forum in Portland trains. So that will be fun

 

I warmed up with some machine biceps curls and then went into dumbbell curls, hammer curls, EZ bar curls, and reverse EZ bar curls. All for about 6-12 reps, usually around 8.

 

Then I went into the triceps training and did some cable push-downs to warm up and then some skull crushers and dumbbell kick-backs.

 

After the workout I had a burrito and then dinner with a bunch of other forum members, including at least 3 visitors from out of town (Hero, Speaklow, bvp663). Thanks to Jessifly for organizing it. She rocks.

 

Anyway, I'll keep on bulking but I'll be at a raw food festival for 3 days and then will slow me down a tiny bit, but I'm sure it will be great for me and great fun.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Guess who returned to the gym today? Yeah, I finally made it back. My membership expired at my last gym so I joined the gym loveliberate, lotus, xdarthveganx, jessifly, gkleinman, and others attend. I busted out a leg workout and then visited the sauna, steamroom and hot tub for a good hour.

 

Leg press x 4 working sets

 

Lunges x 4 working sets

 

Leg extensions x 4 working sets

 

Hamstring curls x 4 working sets

 

Calf raises x 4 working sets

 

 

Good times to be back in action making it happen!

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Great to See you are getting in some good workouts even though you are on the Road a lot.

Glad you have added a few pounds (Go those Pancakes), but even happier to hear that your stress levels have dropped.

Keep it up Robert, you inspire a lot of people,

I'm Training harder than I have in a long time, and that all comes down to you... (Except when I do Cardio, then all I hear is Flanders inside my head talking about power belly's)

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