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  1. Im getting tired of my diet! Im a little under 6 weeks and dont know how the f**k im gonna make it. My proteins and carbs are a little higher this year than last and my fats are down, but im craving anything and everything with fat in it!


    I guess whatever you cut down on you're going to crave. I like to keep my fats up a little more and mostly have fibrous carbohydrates. I don't have cravings all that much but I do have a couple of espressos a day too and that seems to help a bit. Dieting is never easy but I guess fighting through all that is what separates us from the average person.



    Have been training well recently, everything is clicking at the moment and am in my best shape ever with still 3 weeks to go. I've been pushing hard to keep my lifts up but haven't felt like my body has been beaten up after workouts as has been the case with previous contest preps.

    Weekends workouts -

    Saturday -

    Front squat - Bar x 5

    60kg x 5

    100kg x 5

    120kg x 3

    Hang snatch pulls - 40kg x 5

    50kg x 3 x 5 sets - I need to work on getting the second pull right and not just muscle the weight up so I will keep using light weight to get the technique right.

    Snatch balance - 40kg x 3

    60kg x 2 x 5 sets

    Renegade rows - 24kg x 6 x 3 sets

    Hanging leg raise - 10 x 3 sets


    Yesterday -

    Hang clean pulls - Bar x 5 x 2 sets

    40kg x 5

    60kg x 3 x 6 sets - Same as with snatch pulls, technique needs some work.

    Behind neck jerks - 40kg x 3

    60kg x 3

    80kg x 1

    90kg x 1

    105kg x 1 - PB

    Squats - 60kg x 5

    90kg x 5

    110kg x 5 x 3 sets

    Bench press - 80kg x 5

    110kg x 3 x 3 sets

    Pullups - 6 x 4 sets

    Skullcrushers/barbell curls superset - 35kg x 10 x 3 sets (10 reps for tri's, 6 reps for bi's)


    Meals have been consistent and the diet is working well at the moment.

    Meal 1 - Sunwarrior (1.5 scoops), Sunwarrior activated barley (1 teaspoon), raw cocoa powder (2 teaspoons), handful raw pepitas and cashews and teaspoon of coconut oil. Mixed in bowl with water to make fudge like consistency

    Meal 2 - Tofu (130g), broccoli, 6 olives

    Meal 3 - Same as meal 2

    Meal 4 - Pre/during workout drink - 15g BCAA's, 5g extra leucine, 2g beta alanine, Vega sport, coconut water

    Meal 5 - Post workout - 2 scoops Sunwarrior, 1 teaspoon activated barley, 5g creatine, 2 teaspoon cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon coconut oil

    Meal 6 - Bowl of fava beans, coleslaw (just shredded cabbage and carrot - no dressing or anything) 6 olives, broccoli

    Meal 7 - 10g BCAA's, coconut water, magnesium powder and handful of raw pepitas.


    Don't know how many calories I'm consuming but either way I'm still getting leaner and my weight is sitting around 79kg, which will be around contest weight. Still need to get around to taking photos, just doing the regular bodybuilder thing and checking my progress in mirror for now.

  2. Had a training session this morning, first proper session in nearly a week. Did some unnecessary powerlifting stuff (band deadlifts) with a mate of mine and ended up injuring my neck and tearing the callouses off one of my hands. Stupid but painful.

    Felt good to train properly this morning, have just been doing squats and some other bodybuilding movements in the last week to keep my condition but feels good to go heavier again.

    Was essentially a whole body routine.

    Snatch balance (drop snatch or whatever it's called) - Bar x 5

    30kg x 3

    50kg x 3 x 2 sets

    60kg x 3 x 6 sets

    Front squats - 60kg x 5

    80kg x 5

    100kg x 5

    110kg x 5

    120kg x 3

    130kg x 2

    Bench press - 80kg x 5 x 3 sets

    Close grip chinups - 6 x 3 sets

    Kettlebell tricep extension - 16kg x 8

    20kg x 8

    24kg x 6 x 3 sets

    Hanging leg raise - 10 x 3 sets


    Yesterdays food -

    Meal 1 - 2 scoops Sunwarrior (unflavoured), cocoa powder, raw almonds and Brazil nuts, maca powder, goji berries. Mixed all together in a bowl with some water added.

    Meal 2- Lentil burgers (cooked plain lentils, TVP, nutritional yeast, chia seeds, coconut butter) with grass and tomatoes

    Meal 3 - Same as meal 1 but basically halved everything

    Meal 4 - Same as meal 2 but had broccoli instead of the grass

    Meal 5 - Amino acids, coconut water, activated barley, spirulina

    Meal 6 - Tempeh (fried in coconut oil), broccoli, olive oil


    I'll keep my diet similar to this up until competition day (about 4.5 weeks away). I've cut out some of my fats, i.e. cocoa butter and my calories are a bit lower - not that I'm really counting.

    Starting to look lean now, I'll start taking comparison photos soon

  3. Trained this morning, have been feeling pretty strong considering I'm dieting and losing weight. Have decided I will compete in the bodybuilding shows in April and May. Weighed in at 79kg this morning, lightest I have been in a long time.


    Workout this morning -

    Light squats, deadlifts and high pulls to warm up

    Cleans - 40kg x 5

    60kg x 4

    70kg x 3

    80kg x 2

    90kg x 1

    95kg x 1 x 2 sets

    Jerks - 40kg x 3

    60kg x 3

    70kg x 2

    80kg x 2

    90kg x 1

    95kg x 1 - Heaviest I have done but was a bit of a press out so wouldn't count strictly.

    Dips/pullups - 6 x 4 sets - superset the two

    Hanging leg raises - 10 x 2 sets


    Diet -


    Meal 1 - Small piece of dark chocolate and handful of cashews

    Meal 2 - Protein shake. Sunwarrior, activated barley, spirulina, maca powder

    Meal 3 - Lentil burger, broccoli, avocado

    Meal 4 - Sunwarrior shake, small piece of dark chocolate - a lot of my calories are coming from the cocoa and coconut oil in the chocolate I make, so my overall calories are reasonably high, even though my meal portions are not huge.

    Meal 5 - Tempeh, silverbeet, broccoli and small bowl of cashews and almonds

    Meal 6 - Marinated tofu, broccoli, avocado

  4. I just use the Pro Tan stuff. There's really not much else around where I'm from and most others have lanolin and stuff so I stay away. Atleast pro tan doesn't test on animals but their quick bronze stuff is not vegan friendly. I just use the overnight competition colour and put on about 4 or 5 coats - I'm pretty pale skinned normally.

    Good luck!

  5. I agree the warming up and the stretching helps it is just hard to make yourself do it consistently.


    Agreed. I think it is paying off now, I'm getting less sore and feeling pretty good.


    Trained this morning, the weekend was a bit hectic with family stuff so didn't get to fit in all my training.

    Had a good workout today though, still feeling very strong even though I've lost a lot of weight from dieting. I'm sitting just under 80kg now, which is the lightest I've been in a long time but also probably the leanest I've been too, including my comps. Guess I need to diet for longer from now on for the bodybuilding shows, as this is proving.


    Workout was -

    Cleans - Bar x 6 x 2 sets

    40kg x 3

    60kg x 3

    80kg x 3

    90kg x 2

    100kg x 1 x 2 sets - equal pb but first time I've gone that heavy catching in full squat.

    70kg x 3 x 3 sets

    Jerks - Bar x 5

    40kg x 3

    60kg x 3

    80kg x 2

    100kg x 1 x 2 sets

    60kg x 3 x 3 sets

    Dumbell bench press/row superset - 35kg x 6 x 3 sets

    Hanging leg raises - 10 x 3 sets


    My diet from yesterday, similar as usual

    Meal 1 - Handful of cashews, small piece of dark chocolate (my high protein choc)

    Meal 2 - Nutmeat, lentils, tofu, spinach leaves, cucumber and olive oil

    Meal 3 - Protein shake - Sunwarrior, coconut water, maca powder, cocoa powder, chia seeds and an apple

    Meal 4 - Tempeh, broccoli and avocado

    Meal 5 - Same as meal 1 but less cashews and had some goji berries

    Meal 6 - Same as meal 2. Didn't really have much time to cook, so just used canned organic lentils and nutmeat. I try not to eat too much nutmeat, as much as I like it, I'm not a huge fan of eating a lot of gluten.

  6. sorry to hear about the injury! great to have you back!


    Thank you MaryStella!


    Glad to see you posting!


    Yeah, I'll try to be more consistent, it's good to be back around here


    Trained well yesterday, injuries are healing up. Have started to do a lot more stretching and warm ups, I figure my lack performing basic stuff like that is the reason I keep getting injured.

    Yesterday's workout -

    Jerks - Bar x 5

    30kg x 5

    50kg x 3

    70kg x 3

    80kg x 3 x 3 sets

    Squat cleans - Bar x 5

    40kg x 3

    60kg x 3

    70kg x 3 x 6 sets

    Floor press/bentover row superset - 60kg x 5

    90kg x 5 x 3 sets

    Ez bar curl/skullcrusher superset - 50kg x 8 x 3 sets

    Hanging leg raises - 10 x 3 sets


    Had a higher calorie day on Saturday, just a bowl of pasta with olive oil and parmazano vegan cheese, some veggie chips and a vegan sausage roll.

    Yesterday was my regular diet.

    Meal 1 - Vegan burger (soy and wheat protein based), seaweed salad, avocado and some grass ( I think it's what it's called, in Greek it just translates into grass - which is basically what it is)

    Meal 2 - Small piece of dark chocolate, pecans and goji berries

    Meal 3 - Tempeh, olive oil, greens (broccoli, spinach and more grass)

    Meal 4 - Amino acids, coconut water, Vega sport, Beta alanine powder, creatine and an espresso

    Meal 5 - Sunwarrior, apple, cocoa powder, coconut water, maca powder, creatine

    Meal 6 - Dark chocolate, cashews and goji berries

    Meal 7 - Same as meal 1

  7. Joel- your meals dont look very big... are you eating large or smaller portions?


    My meals are not all that big, I eat about 150-175g serves of tofu/tempeh or whatever. Fats make up a lot of my calories. I'm really not all that active to justify eating too much more protein though. It all seems to work for me.


    snatch grip deads! I find those so much tougher. what do you think about them?

    snatch grip deads! I find those so much tougher. what do you think about them?


    I like doing them as much, if not more so than regular deadlifts.



    Finally back online, haven't really had much internet connection recently plus had another injury - this time my trap, which I hurt somehow reverse cleaning the barbell because I can't really drop the weights where I train.

    Had a light session this morning, still practicing the olympic lifts which I'm finding really helps with cycling and my bodybuilding training.

    Just did snatches and a few other light exercises.

    Snatches - Bar x 5 x 2 sets

    30kg x 3

    40kg x 3

    50kg x 3

    60kg x 2 x 6 sets

    Squats - 100kg x 5 x 3 sets

    Pullups - 6 x 3 sets

    Band pushups - 6 x 3 sets

    Dumbell curls/ Overhead tricep extensions - 15kg x 6 x 3 sets

    Leg raises - 10 x 3 sets


    My diet has been clean, I'm dieting for a couple of shows in the next couple of months, which I'm still undecided on but am going through the dieting either way.

    Yesterday's meals were -

    Meal 1 - Protein custard/shake - Sunwarrior, cocoa powder, maca powder, cashews, coconut oil and agave syrup. Ate it like custard.

    Meal 2 - Lentil burger - Lentils, wild rice, nutritional yeast, chia seeds. Ate it with half an avocado, spinach and tomato

    Meal 3 - Tempeh, broccoli, olive oil

    Meal 4 - Protein shake - Sunwarrior, BCAA's, apple, spirulina, creatine and beta alanine powder

    Meal 5 - Dark chocolate and cashews

    Meal 6 - Tempeh, spinach, olive oil


    I've pretty much been eating similar meals for a while now, kind of dieting without really putting too much thought into it. As progress slows down I'll look at reducing calories here and there but I'm still losing weight at the moment, down to 80-81kg in the morning, easily on track to get below 80kg in the next couple of months. I'm hoping to keep as much strength as possible dieting like I am.

  8. Does anyone know if BCAA's (Branch Chained Amino Acids) are animal derived? BSN brand specifically I guess...


    I know some brands use animal derived aminos and others use plant derived. It's best to ask the individual companies to be safe. I don't know about BSN, looking at some of their products it doesn't look like they are really trying to create anything for the vegan market.

  9. I always get excited to see what your up to when you post. I am glad to hear the back is on the mend.


    Thank you MaryStella, I intend to post more when I have more frequent access to the net


    I've been training consistently all through the holiday season, I'm considering competing in the early year bodybuilding shows so have been keeping in pretty good shape.


    Morning session today -

    Snatch grip deadlifts - 60kg x 8

    80kg x 5

    100kg x 3 x 2 sets

    130kg x 2 x 2 sets

    Overhead squats - Bar x 5

    40kg x 3

    60kg x 3 x 3 sets

    Incline bench press - 60kg x 5

    90kg x 5 x 3 sets

    Dumbell skullcrushers - 22.5kg x 8 x 3 sets

    Barbell calf raises - 60kg x 12 x 3 sets


    Yesterdays meal -

    Meal 1 - Tofu, mixed greens, olives

    Meal 2 - Protein drink, made into custard consistency (Sunwarrior, coconut water, Flax seeds, Coconut butter, Cocoa powder, Maca powder, agave syrup, cashews)

    Meal 3 - Lentil burger, broccoli, olives

    Meal 4 - Amino acids, creatine, coconut water, spirulina, Vega sport and one apple blended in

    Meal 5 - Same as meal 1

    Meal 6 - Protein chocolate, blueberries, cashews, almonds

  10. Just stopping by to say hi....haven't been online much lately but been talking about you when talking to others about big vegan dudes! Thanks for representing so well


    Thank you Robert!


    Kind of random, but I had a dream that you came to my school to do a presentation on bodybuilding/strength training. My teacher had no idea you were a vegan, and was shocked to find out you were.


    Haha!! Yeah, it's nice to prove people wrong like that



    I've been training pretty hard recently, haven't had access to the internet much so haven't been keeping track of my workouts like I should.

    My back has healed up ok, just not keen to push myself on heavy deadlifts yet.

    Still messing around with random training sessions, haven't come up with a program I'm happy with yet.

    Here is my training session from yesterday.

    Cleans - Bar x 5

    40kg x 3

    60kg x 3

    80kg x 3 x 3 sets

    Overhead squats - 40kg x 3

    60kg x 3 x 3 sets

    Snatch grip deadlifts - 60kg x 3

    100kg x 3 x 3 sets

    Bench press - 60kg x 5

    110kg x 3 x 3 sets

    Close grip chins - 8 x 5 sets


    Diet is still much the same, had a higher carb day on the weekend, ate some rice and vegetable, vegan curry pie and some pumpkin pie thing (just pumpkin and some other vegetables fried in olive oil). I've been staying around 3-4kg above my contest weight and have been feeling pretty strong eating the way I have for the last couple of months now. I'll keep my off seasons like this from now on.

    Yesterday's meals were -

    Meal 1 - Protein custard (for want of a better word) - Sunwarrior powder, agave nectar, raw almonds and cashews, cocoa powder, maca powder, coconut butter, flax seeds and spirulina (only a teaspoon). I blend it up and keep in fridge overnight, tastes really nice.

    Meal 2 - Lentil burger (made my own with the vegan burger mix and just soaked and cooked some lentils to add to it, cooked on grill so I didn't need any oil). Ate it with some beetroot and kale and avocado.

    Meal 3 - Seaweed salad and tofu

    Meal 4 - Amino acid drink during training. Aminos, creatine, Vega sport, half a lemon and half a lime.

    Meal 5 - Protein drink. Sunwarrior, blueberries, strawberries, creatine, maca powder, chia seeds.

    Meal 6 - Same as meal 2, no avocado though as I had piece of my dark chocolate which has enough fats in it.

  11. yeah o-lifts! nice! I think they will work out great for you. Just watch your back on those romanian deadlifts!


    Yeah I figured I would give them more of a go, I can't really do too much powerlifting stuff at the moment (don't know if I really want to really focus on it too much anyway) and weightlifting will have plenty of carryover into all the cycling I do and also strengthen some of my weakpoints in my bodybuilding, like upper back thickness which I lack.

    I don't really go very heavy on the Romanian deadlifts so my back feels ok doing them, unlike regular deadlifts.


    Had a session last night, bit of everything again - I haven't made up a program yet.

    Kettlebell swings - 20kg x 10 x 3 sets

    Squat cleans - Bar x 3

    40kg x 3

    80kg x 1 x 3 sets

    Push press - 40kg x 3

    70kg x 3 x 3 sets

    Front squats - 90kg x 3

    120kg x 1 x 3 sets - felt heavy so just did singles. It's the heaviest I've lifted since I got back into training.

    Paused bench press - 60kg x 3

    90kg x 3 x 3 sets

    Rope climbs - x 2, don't know how high the climb is but ceiling is pretty high I guess

    Trunk twists - 10 x 3 sets


    Diet was pretty much the same the whole week. Today will be my "refeed" day so might have some lentil or vege burger wraps or something. Haven't really had the desire to carb up, been feeling pretty strong and energetic on my usual daily diet but I'll probably enjoy it eating once I start

  12. I'm finally back to some sort of structured training, I've just been mucking around with the weights for the last couple of weeks. My back is feeling ok, still not doing heavy back squats or deadlifts and might leave them out for a little while still.

    I've been practicing the olympic lifts and doing some kettlebell stuff, things that won't aggravate my back too much.

    I'm going to start my 5/3/1 program again but relegate back squats and deadlifts to assistance exercises and focus more on power cleans, push presses and snatches as my main exercises. As strange as it may sound, they don't give me any discomfort in my back, unlike heavy deadlifting at the moment.

    Today was just a bit of everything again but at least I managed to journal it, so it's a start.


    Overhead squats (full snatch on first rep) - bar x 5 x 2 sets

    30kg x 3

    45kg x 3

    60kg x 3 x 3 sets - Not a very heavy weight but I'm still a weightlifting novice so snatching 60kg is very hard. Should be good for building up my upper back.

    Incline press - 70kg x 6 x 2 sets - 2 second pause on each rep

    Romanian deadlifts - 70kg x 6 x 2 sets

    Dips - 25kg x 8 x 2 sets

    Close grip chins - 10kg x 8 x 2 sets

    Swiss ball crunches - 10kg x 12 x 2 sets


    Diet - I've been pretty strict with my diet, I'm 3kg above my contest weight so look pretty lean but feel stronger now because I'm eating a bit healthier.

    Yesterday -

    Meal 1 - Dark chocolate (cocoa butter, raw cocoa powder, Maca powder, agave nectar, raw almonds, raw pepitas, Sunwarrior protein powder) with handful dried cranberries.

    Meal 2 - Vege burger (vegan burger mix and added broccoli, chia seeds and red onion) with spinach, tomato, avocado and lentil sprouts.

    Meal 3 - Sesame seed bar (just black sesame seeds rice syrup - going to start making my own soon) and Sunwarrior shake.

    Meal 4 - Aminos, Vega sport, apple, creatine and phytoplankton smoothy. Had it in freezer for a few hours so turned out like a slurpy. Tastes pretty good when training in 30 degree temperatures.

    Meal 5 - Tofu (marinated tofu cubes) with broccoli and raw beetroot and avocado.

    Meal 6 - Same as meal 1 but also had dried blueberries too.


    I can pretty much use this diet for cutting before my comp, the calories aren't too high even with the chocolate and sugars are pretty low.

    I'm having one refeed day a week where I drop my fats and increase my carbohydrates, it seems to be helping to keep me lean.

  13. Damn dude... your legs are so thick and massively huge that when you stand straight up it makes it look like you dont even have knees. It goes Quads then Calves...


    Can I be like you when I grow up?


    Haha!! Thanks mate!

    I still get marked down for being too bottom heavy, my symmetry gets thrown off a bit because my legs are too big. I barely do anything for legs compared to what I used to do, it's all genetics really.


    photos r very impressive!


    Thank you MaryStella!




    I love seeing your pics and your success!


    Great stuff man!


    Thank you Robert!



    Still not training properly yet. I've been going to the gym but really have just been mucking around with the weights and haven't been following a structured program. No leg or back training, apart from pullups. I've been cycling a lot so my conditioning is still good.

    The back pain is easing off slowly, I'm just getting impatient to start training properly again.

  14. Started back on the 5/3/1 program today, bench press day. May have to postpone it again though as my back has flared up again - it's very frustrating.


    Bench press - 40kg x 10

    60kg x 5

    95kg x 5

    100kg x 5

    107.5kg x 5

    Incline dumbell press - 45kg x 5 x 3 sets

    Snatch grip upright rows - 60kg x 5 x 3 sets - was like a high pull but I couldn't lift much as 60kg was more than enough to deadlift off the floor today.

    Close grip floor press - 70kg x 6 x 4 sets

    Jacknives - 12 x 3 sets


    So far today I've eaten the following -

    Bowl of raw dark choc, goji berries and raw almonds - portions of each were pretty small

    Amino acid/Vega sport mix during training

    Lentil burger with green beans, kale, cherry tomatoes and alfalfa sprouts.

    I've got another meal of the lentil burger and veggies and then will have a sunwarrior shake later on and also some more of the chocolate, almond and goji mix.

  15. Almonds have a fair bit of arginine too. I agree with Ruz, wholefoods are the way to go. I've never got much from the "nitric oxide boosters" (in terms of muscle pumps), above what I get when I don't use them (which is most of the time). So in regards to your question, I personally don't see any noticeable difference.

  16. I always tend to keep my carbohydrates on the lower side, I prefer to just use amino acids around training time and then eat a higher protein based meal soon afterwards (generally tempeh and broccoli with some sort of fat source, usually avocado). There is some evidence to suggest that keeping carbohydrate levels down after training will keep insulin sensitivity higher. Whether or not that is the case, for a bodybuilding workout glycogen levels aren't depleted all that drastically, so protein would be the first priority in my opinion.

  17. http://i664.photobucket.com/albums/vv3/Kirk1000/26.jpg




    Here are a couple of photos from the comp that I won, I'll have some more soon, just been pretty busy.

    I mucked up one of the photos when resizing it so it's a bit small. I'll put some more up soon.



    Went back to training yesterday, still not properly yet but feel a lot better.

    Trained legs, back and biceps.


    Split squats - 40kg x 6

    80kg x 3 x 3 sets

    Front squats - 60kg x 3

    80kg x 2 x 5 sets

    100kg x 2 - I did all my reps with a 2 second pause at the bottom, couldn't bring myself to bounce out of the bottom of the movement, plus I was watching the weightlifting championships and was inspired by the way the lifters can power out of the bottom after they look like they are stuck.

    I had tried the 100kg after one set of the 80kg but felt it too much in my back, so went back to the 80's and just kept it at doubles.

    Pullups - 6 x 4 sets

    One arm chins - 6 x 2 sets

    Seated dumbell curls - 17.5kg x 6 x 2 sets

    Trunk twists - 10 x 2 sets - Really felt like awkward doing this, lower back is still too tight.

    Jacknives - 12 x 2 sets

    Step ups - 10kg dumbell (x 2) x 12 x 3 sets - Did them explosively and went up on my toes for each rep, did them as a calf exercise.


    Diet is good, have lost the desire to cheat now, guess it's a case of "what you can't have you want more and vice versa". I'm more happy to just try different vegetable and legume combinations, rather than eat pasta and pizza and stuff that I banished while dieting.

    Hopefully this week I'll be able to get back to trying the 5,3,1 program.

  18. There's not much caffeine in it, at least not compared to what I was having when I was drinking a lot of coffee.


    I've had to have a forced lay off for a couple of weeks, my lower back is playing up a lot. I haven't had any problems for a while now but I guess all the heavy lifting has taken it's toll.

    I've just trained once in the last week and it was just basically bodyweight exercises like pullups and dips which don't really aggravate the pain any further.

    It should be good in another week or so, i just have to rest up a bit.

    Diet has still been good, have been sticking to moderate protein with a little bit more sugars from dried fruits and stuff, fats are lower now too, mostly coming from avocados, nuts, olives and dark chocolate.

    I'll have some photos up soon, just had to get some help putting them onto the computer, I'm still not all that good with that stuff.

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