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  1. The best results I have are from the routine/s I am using now. I've been using them for almost 2 years and my physique has improved a lot. My main program is a modified 5x5 program I have made for myself- 3 day split, Chest, back & abs Shoulders, biceps & triceps Hamstrings, quads & calves I pick 2-3 exercises per body part and generally train everything once per week. I alternate that workout with a HIT/DC program, same bodypart split but all single set exercises with some rest/pause sets and heavy negatives added in. I also do less exercises, 1-2 per bodypart. These have worked better than anything else I've tried in the past
  2. Shouldn't be a problem really, even though the Aussie Dollar is very weak at the moment, I am happy to pay
  3. I would take it first thing upon waking and last thing at night on an empty stomach. I agree with xJohanx that it is not something you can "feel" but I still think it is useful for recovery.
  4. I'm in too, let me know how I can order it from you, bearing in mind I'm in Aus. too like SydneyVegan. Looks like something I can't resist
  5. Maybe if you pick one main compound movement to do 5x5 with and then one other compound exercise to do a work set with a couple of rest/pause sets. That should work out ok, like doing squats 5x5 and then leg press 1x8-10 and 1-2 rest pause sets to failure. It would be a little more volume than the DC but some people just don't respond to such low volume, high intensity stuff exclusively and this may work better- I may even try it, thanks for the idea
  6. I use the 5x5 program, or my modified version of it, as my main training style for 7-8 weeks or so then I go back to the HIT/DC style for 3-4 weeks or so, although I may stay on one style for a bit longer at times. I try for max lifts in the HIT phase and the more intense style helps give my muscle growth a big boost. I just keep alternating between the two for the most part, even up to contest time.
  7. I tried it by the book for about 2 months, using the stretching protocol that was part of it too. I got some good results, particularly strength wise but found that the order of exercises, smallest to biggest, compromised the main compound movements too much. I ended up changing the order of exercises and rearranging the training split from a two day to a three day. I also reduced the amount of rest/pause I was doing and just kept more single set heavy compound exercises, so it deviated a bit from the DC protocol but found I could recover quicker and I didn't feel so tired. I still use this style of training on and off between the 5x5 stuff I normally do, as I feel the 5x5 is better for strength and then I can try maximum lifts when I go back to this modified DC/HIT program. I also kept up the stretching from the DC workouts which I think really help keep injuries away
  8. I agree with Veganessentials that DC and even HIT style of training is good for maintaining muscle, especially on a cutting diet. Some people may not find it effective because the load on the muscle is brief and the strain on the nervous system is very high. I agree with Fallen_Horse that a 5x5 may be the way to go for you for now, even maybe a 5x3 for a compound movement you really want to bring up. It will mean you are not going to absolute failure but putting a lot of load on your skeletal muscle and from my experiance it doesn't leave you feeling so drained. I personally use both the HIT and a 5x5 program, alternating between the two
  9. Looks like more Temple Grandin work on exploiting animals and making people feel better about it because the animals are "happy". It may be a step in a direction but I don't know if it is the right direction for the animals involved
  10. I hear you, I didn't actually read that part (what vegans can learn) because it wouldn't open, I just started shooting my mouth off. I really don't like this "flexitarian" **** but I hope he does discover that a plant based diet can build a lot of muscle, he does seem to have a reputation in the bodybuilding world and people listen when he speaks.
  11. Are they the actual lessons we can be taught by omnivores? Number 1 is laughable. I don't know if they can teach us about weight training, I mean there are a lot of omnivorous athletes who don't know much about correct weight lifting form and many vegans who train correctly. I would have figured it would be vegans who could show omnivores more varieties of protein sources. I mean there are many other sources of protein than beef, chicken, tuna, eggs and whey powder. I can see omnivores have a much larger variety of supplements at their disposal but whether they work is another matter, besides many are animal derived.
  12. As has already been said I think a more relaxed meal once a week helps keep things on track and can turn what may seem like a marathon diet into shorter, more manageable weeks of clean eating.
  13. If your goal is bodybuilding you could get away with doing some heavy isolation movements first, like flyes before bench press, lateral raises before military press etc. It may be the change to kickstart some more growth. From a weightlifting or powerlifting point of view, I think it is wise to focus your energy on the compound movements first because they are the most taxing. Even though you have some favourite exercises you don't like to leave out, maybe skipping them every now and then will help keep you motivated to hit them hard over the long term and you may find some other exercises you really like.
  14. Looking at her is going to give me a heart attack
  15. Thanks for the compliment! I'm glad I can motivate someone to train legs harder
  16. I take essential amino acids during my workouts, creatine on and off and also some extra minerals, like zinc, calcium and magnesium when I'm dieting and doing a lot of cardio. I take a protein powder and lots of greens supplements but I look at those as being more of a food rather than a supplement per se. I think you are right in the questions you ask yourself, supplements are just that and you really only need to take what you can't get from food at that time. As for ZMA, I haven't tried the ZMA product as I can't find ones in veggie caps, so I usually take a seperate zinc and magnesium supplement, adjusting the dosages because the zinc in most ZMA's is pretty high for what I need. As for beta alanine, I never got much out of it because I generally train for power rather than endurance, hence I prefer creatine. There seems to be some good feedback on it from other athletes though.
  17. Hey mate, I don't think it is vegan. The NAC in it would most certainly be derived from pigs. I think most people like that product because it has about 7g of tyrosine per serving, so it would really give a kick in the pants. I do know the ALR WTF i vegan friendly, well atleast the Australian version is. They have reformulated a lot of their products to remove the animal derived ingredients, mostly because we have a large Muslim population who don't use gelatin and things like that. Maybe give that one a shot.
  18. Thanks heaps for the comments, I'm very happy to be up on the website with such good company. I have a Polish background, so I guess it's just as close to Germany! I appreciate the compliment but I think there are a few others that could have that claim next to their names It's very much appreciated Robert and Richard, I'm glad to be next to such great company
  19. I would like to do that! I think people will be abe to see that it isn't all that difficult to become competitive in bodybuilding as a vegan. I'll have to update my avatar pic, that one is 2 years old now!
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