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  1. cover says "with Bill Dobbins" and i'll bet you Billy did most of the writing. speculating on his drug use cannot be said to be "completely inaccurate" as no one really knows what or how much he took. according to one biographer he took dbol since 13. the point i guess i was trying to make is that following trainign advice for the genetically-enhanced is silly.
  2. I think Arnold's book was mostly ghostwritten, and from what I remember the nutrition advice wasn't that great. He did have a great physique but remember he was on grams of testosterone and dianabol, according to some sources he took it since the age of 13. impossible to build a body like that and still maintain health. i will post more good books tomorrow, too tired right now
  3. from what I understand of Crossfit, it is common to do olympic lifts for time, either against a clock, against other people or trying to beat your previous record. the olympic lifts are technical and NOT appropriate for conditioning purposes, as crossfit seems to use them. you want to do them when you're fresh and focused. so i would say if your crossfit location does this-- then it is unsafe
  4. Notice I didn't say D2 is ineffective and dangerous, just that it's not natural (which seems like a philosophical contradiction given most people here eat a vegan diet at least partially for this reason) and less effective than D3. Regarding your point on UV being dangerous: I could link you to studies on sun exposure vs sun avoidance, discuss the relative merits of high serum 25(OH)D3 over UV avoidance, discuss sunscreen, specify the (rather small) amount of UV exposure necessary for D3 production, mention the opinions of various dermatologists, talk about optical isomers of D3 that boost mood and are produced from UV exposure but not supplementation--- but, suffice to say, the whole of human (and most species') evolution would argue against UV being "dangerous"... just sayin'. edit: I guess I would concede that UV is dangerous. I mean, theoretically, you can kill yourself by drinking water, so this does make water "dangerous" in that it has the possibility to create danger to one's health.
  5. Cyanocobalamin is not the preferred form. Cyanocobalamin does not affect homocysteine methylation. Since vegans have elevated homocysteine levels (you can google this for studies), methylcobalamin would be the better form, as well as other methylating nutrients like B6, folate, TMG and creatine. Read here: http://www.drinkyourvitamins.com/images/stories/dyv_pdf/hpomethylation_olaloa.pdf and here: http://www.drinkyourvitamins.com/homocysteine-the-key-to-heart-attack-stroke-cancer.html Although these links are from a commercial source (Ola Loa vitamins) they are written by Dr. Richard Kunin, a well-respected orthomolecular physician. here's another: http://www.naturalnews.com/020019.html Although I am LOATH to link to NaturalNews, this is a good interview. This is good advice on the B12. A few sublingual tablets per month (1000mcg of methylcobalamin) elevated my B12 to very high levels as well. As far as the D2 goes, you should be aware it's an unnatural form of vitamin D. It's not normally found in the body and is not as effective as D3 in raising 25(OH)D levels. We know about how much D3 the skin produces, and we know about how much D3 that equates to in supplement form. We know D2 is not natural, not as effective-- about all it has going is that it's vegan. So my recommendation would be to use a tanning bed that specifically emits the UV wavelengths that produce vitamin D. here's a link to a google site search of Vitamin D Council: http://www.google.ca/search?q=d2+site%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.vitamindcouncil.org%2F&hl=en&biw=1229&bih=491&num=10&lr=&ft=i&cr=&safe=off&tbs=
  6. Hello all. Haven't been on in a while, but I need to solicit some advice. This might be a longish post, but if you can read it through and give me some feedback it would be much appreciated! I've been working out for over a year, made some good gains. In December of 2008, for a few reasons, I started drinking heavily (heavily being the key word) and lost a lot of strength/gained fat. I slowly got back into working out late February and have gotten back to maybe 80% of where I was. I'm 6'2" and 208 lbs. The problem is, I need to LOSE FAT. I'd estimate my bodyfat is no lower than 17% and maybe even higher. I want to keep building muscle but to do this while losing fat is difficult. But if possible I'd like to accomplish both as nearly as I can. Here are some options, as I see them: 1) Go on a program geared toward fat loss, i.e. fasted morning cardio and maintenance weight training later in the day. Go on fat-loss diet. Use healthy fat burners like flax oil and yerba mate. 2) Weight train intensively. Eat clean but enough to gain strength/size. moderate fat loss may be accomplished 3) Try to do both 1 and 2: do fasted morning cardio, then weight train later in the day. eat clean. try to gain muscle/lose fat. Which one of the above would be best? Also, what are some good weight training programs? Obviously there are lots of opinions, but my friend is singin the praises of German Volume Training. seems like overkill to me, but who knows. The thing is, I'm not blessed with good fat setpoint genetics. Even when I exercise a lot/eat well, my bodyfat is still higher than I would like it. It frustrates me that some guys can drink dozens of beers and eat fast food, and still have a six pack. Any advice you can offer would be appreciated.
  7. Sleep quotas are biologically set, so what is 'not enough' for someone may be enough for someone else. I think I get around 8 or so.
  8. Ginger is a 'common spice and wonder drug' according to one expert. It is also mentioned in The Thrive Diet as helping with post-exercise soreness and recovery. I had been taking New Chapter's Zyflamend product as a daily anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, and not really noticing too much in the way of results. Lately I have been consuming vast quantities of freshly grated ginger. The recipe for my dressing can be found here: http://www.veganbodybuilding.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=14846. Anyhoo, this seems to have made all the difference. I estimate that I am taking in anywhere from 1-2 tablespoons of fresh ginger per sitting, a couple times per day. I am less sore and have faster recovery. Thought I would report this so others can try it and share their results.
  9. For those of you that like Asian noodles as much as I do, here's a neat recipe. I do up a bunch and leave it in the fridge. I love it on soba noodle salad with some bok choy and green onions. Here's how to make it (don't have an exact recipe, so adjust to taste): o 1 part soy sauce o 1 part rice bran oil o 2 parts rice vinegar (or can use apple cider) o 1-2 tsp of mirin (Japanese sweetened cooking sake) o 1-2 tsp of hot sauce (I like sriracha) o Dash of shichimi togarashi o A ton of fresh grated ginger (the finer the better) Combine everything in a jar and shake well. Keeps well because everything is fairly stable. Refrigerate and use a spoon to serve so you get the grated ginger goodness. Enjoy!
  10. I really enjoy yerba mate. It seems to have different effects than coffee, even when the amount of caffeine is comparable. It makes me feel awesome. Something about the combination of moderate amounts of caffeine, chlorophyll and amino acids adds up to equal awesomeness. I'm sipping on some right now. Caffeine can be a dual-edged sword. It is a proven performance enhancer, but when overused it definitely does bring you down. So I cycle it-- a couple days off each week, and take a week break every few months. Also I use adrenal support like maca and schisandra to keep its deleterious effects to a minimum. But even so, I've never noticed any negative effects from yerba mate like I did with coffee and tea.
  11. thanks, this is so cool. I had a chill bday with friends and family. I got a pillowcase and almond butter for presents. All in all, a good birthday.
  12. ZMA is vegan if you get in in a veggie cap, and creatine is vegan as well. Animal Pak and Muscle Milk are not vegan. Not sure about the others. Nothing in the NOxplode formula jumps out as being not vegan, but you never know. I've taken it in the past and wasn't impressed enough to bother checking if I could take it now. Welcome to the forum.
  13. Yeah, I heard from the Vega area rep that you'd be there. I might try to get there if I can. I'd love to meet you in person!
  14. For me it depends on the location. At home, even in this California heat, I don't run the AC. I just walk around in my boxers. When going out, I always wear pants, even in summer, so if I'm at work it can get quite warm. Plus I'm drinking yerba mate all day, which raises my metabolic rate and generates heat. I wear some nice breathable khakis with a polo shirts or a light material longsleeve button-down. I had problems with freakish oversweating until recently, when I started drinking coconut water. That seemed to fix it. So my long-winded answer is 76.
  15. I wouldn't worry too much about the BMI. It's just a number that doesn't apply to lots of people. Focus on decreasing your bodyfat while maintaining muscle. You will be healtheir for it, whatever the BMI says.
  16. Damn, Matthew seemed like an okay guy until now. I mean, even if he needed work, why would he do the 'beef: it's what's for dinner' voice? It's just cheesy.
  17. I hear some guys have had success with sesamin while bulking. I started running it a few days ago; I'll let you know how it goes. Also, coleus forskohlii is good for promoting lean body mass. I'm getting some tomorrow, and I'll report back.
  18. I love how you can see how many people are online. Good work, team!
  19. Anyone ever try triphala powder? not exactly appetizing. also, most Chinese herbs in a decoction are downright rancid.
  20. Me Pablo. Me vegan. I'm 23 and have been vegan for a few months, a few times before that also. I'm trying to build muscle. Super interested in health and fitness. Work as a vitamin consultant at a nutrition store; demo for Vega sometimes. Other than that, I sleep and bodybuild. And drink yerba mate.
  21. Uh, you said you owe me 10,000 dollars and a metric ton of Vega. Just holding you to your word.
  22. Clove oil is pretty high, as I recall. ORAC is simply one laboratory measure of a particular antioxidant (oxygen-radical-quenching) in a substance. In the real world there are other factors, such as synergies of antioxidants; as well, there are other types of radicals as well.
  23. I'm not a physiology expert, but I know that people's metabolisms can vary greatly, whether due to diet or genetics. This shouldn't be used as an excuse, it's merely a fact. I know what you mean about grocery shopping. Here's a suggestion: figure out what you like to eat, that's healthy. Then write it down so when you go to the store you can buy a bunch of it. Remember, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail-- or somesuch.
  24. I must admit, I just eat the premade Vega bars. They're so good. I can eat 3 or 4 a day.
  25. I'm looking to cut after my bulking, and I think I will probably supplement with 7-keto, coleus and yerba mate. Ephedrine makes me have bad tinnitus. 7-keto looks to be reasonably safe, and although there aren't a lot of human trials, it's not too expensive to try, especially when you get half off wholesale through employee buying. I will let you know how it goes.
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