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  1. Hey, More Israelis here, cool. Did you get officially recognized by the army as a vegan? You should if you haven't so far. It's kind of an intentionally difficult procedure (doable) but they give you like extra 600 NIS per month to buy food. ...and then you don't have to wear leather shoes either. Oh, and also, you can bring anything that needs cooling with you quite easily. Just freeze like 2-3 bottles of 1.5 litters and wrap them and the food in a clean sweater or a towel or something like that (for insulation) and put it in the middle of your bag. Like carrying a cooler, only practical.
  2. Hi all, Does anyone here have a recipe for a protein bar, Builder's-style? I'm thinking it can be a decent choice for an easy, healthy(ish), high in protein vegan snack, while away from home (or a sweet harmless treat). I don't live in the US, but I found an ebay listing where buying in bulk + international shipping adds to a reasonable price per bar (though kinda high altogether). So I'm considering it, but I'm wondering if they're possible to make at home and get a somewhat similar product. Does anyone have any experience with it? Does it sound like a legit nutritional choice, having one of this once in a day or two? Thanks..
  3. Just a quick comment if you don't mind. There's no need to consume protein before the weights. Might be better to replace it with similar amount of carbs.
  4. if you're in DC, go check out sticky fingers!
  5. What kind of protein powders do you guys use? Are there any specific benefits to a source? (I'd imagine that pea/rice proteins might not be "whole" by themselves, is it at all true?) I've been mixing up roughly even amounts of soy, rice and pea protein (with fruit and stuff) for my post workout shakes, imagining it's a decent combo, supplementing each other. Is it a good idea? Or is it possibly better to use a specific kind every time or possibly the same source for a period of time?
  6. a few ideas - well, cutting down the amounts of soy is a def a good idea, but if keeping some, maybe use different seasoning and textures? basically trying out new recipes. seitan could also be an alternative, it can be quite varied. rice and pea protein in shakes as well. plain flavor + adding some fruit / juice and it tastes perfectly fine.
  7. As for gloves - I found a very decent pair in a regular sports store, simply checked the material. Lots of them are made of synthetic breathing fabrics now. Mine were made by Nike, got it quite cheaply in some outlet.
  8. I'm voting for a split routine too. More recovery time and a chance to work harder on each muscle group. What I've been doing recently is splitting into (in this order) - legs + abs day, upper body day, cardio day, rest day x repeat This way I'm getting a legs' days of rest between the legs and cardio so it doesn't hurt and 3 days rest before working the same muscle group again. I guess you need to figure how much rest you need and what fits your daily schedule to decide. I think what you're talking about when saying different kinds of strength is endurance vs concentrated effort. Like rock climbing, rowing a boat etc vs weight lifting. But I doubt that 8 vs. 15 reps at the gym actually makes much of a difference in those fields, as they are significantly longer in duration.
  9. I've been working out on a pretty regular basis for a few years up to a year ago, eating mostly healthy and so on, which was great. In the past year I've been traveling non stop, never staying very long in one place. Eating lots of junk and not working out. Lately I've been missing working out and I think it's time to quit sugar. I tried body weight training for a bit but never stuck to it, so now I'm thinking about getting a 24-hour gym membership or the like. I guess some of you work out there and I have a few questions about it I'll be happy to get feedback on: There's no problem using the same card in any of their clubs, right? Does anyone know how easy it is to cancel the membership later on? I'll be leaving the US in a few months. How well are they generally equipped and how busy do they get? Is there any other gym network that lets you use the same membership card everywhere (Canada included would be perfect)? I'm not perfectly satisfied with 24h amount and location of gyms. Any other advice, esp from someone moving around a lot would be welcomed 10x
  10. That's cool... I'll be around October 5th over there.
  11. Oh cool. Every new vegan place is good news. I'll be in Memphis in about a month, I'll try to come over!
  12. Thanks, but that's not my question. I'm not a newbie, it's not an "I'm afraid to get too masculine, so should I use the weights at all" question. I'm using them and will keep on doing so, the question is how and how much / what to do differently. So it's simply a "how to maintain" question. I work out both my biceps and my legs.... and my back and my abs and so on for that matter. What I still haven't figured is how do I achieve the balance of not gaining and not losing while still working out (a deliberated plateau)? How do I figure how to find it?
  13. Not sure this is the right subforum, but this post includes a photo so what the hell. Here's some info: 21 y/o F 170cm/59kg no idea how many calories per day I consume (don't count) or what's my fat% mostly weight training (3-4 times a week, usually 4). trying to incorporate some cardio, usually once a week, sometimes twice. [attachment=0]2.JPG[/attachment] So here's the deal, I'm pretty satisfied with where I am at now. I don't want to gain more muscle (don't want to crash the "too much for a girl" verge) and I don't want to get skinnier/fatter. What do I do to keep my mass without losing or gaining? How much iron is enough just to maintain (I always keep lifting more weight over time. it's kinda fun & nice to see progress, but I don't think I need anymore muscle). How much cardio is enough? Basically, how to maintain?
  14. Honestly, I think you're entering the overtraining zone. 4 times lifting a week is ok, but 7 days of cardio seems too much to me. I'd lower it down to 5-6 at most. Get there gradually, as well. Stay away from the gym at least one day a week (but no more than 2 I suggest) and give your body a complete rest. Go do something fun. It'd keep your motivation from burning out, give you more free time and allow your body to recover. Also, watch your diet goes without saying (is that why you haven't mention it? ). Eat healthy, don't consume too many calories. However, don't under-consume calories. If you're going to work out as heavily, you're going to need lots of energy. Plus, losing weight a bit slower is a lot healthier (no loose skin issues, the weight tends to stay off unlike with many crash diets) There are no tricks here. If you're going to follow the workouts and diet you're going to see great results. It's a simple math. I'm with chrisjs on the Brad Pitt comment, Pitt doesn't have lots of mass on Fight Club. You'd probably be more muscular than him (if you take the weights seriously). This isn't a bad thing. Good luck!
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