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  1. Pure awesomeness! He's one of my favorite weightlifters. Here's another interview, with a transcript translated to english where he talks more about it. Apparently he's doing it just because of health reasons...but hey, pretty cool nonetheless. http://www.allthingsgym.com/dmitry-klokov-interviews-ilya-ilyin/
  2. Was looking for info on vegan weightlifting shoes and found this thread...and also these shoes: http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/275-2075381-3448045?url=search-alias%3Dshoes&field-keywords=do+win+gong+lu+II&rh=n%3A355005011%2Ck%3Ado+win+gong+lu+II Anyone here has tried them? Details on those shoes: Olympic lifting shoe with solid wooden heel Non-slip rubber outsole Closure: hook & loop Heel Height: 2.5 centimetres Material Composition: Mesh - Synthetic Leather Velcro metatarsal strap for extra stability Worn by Gold medal winning Chinese team in Beijing Cheers!
  3. Hey! I haven't posted since November, but I've kept count of (most of) my push-ups. +1,704 60,242
  4. Hi! I'm a vegan of about 3 years. Shortly after going vegan I lost a lot of weight - 58 kgs (around 128 lbs) at my lowest. About a year ago, and after dislocating my shoulder, I decided that it was time for me to grow some muscles, both for my shoulder's sake and because I wanted to defy the skinny-vegan stereotype. I started with 65 kgs (143lbs)-bodyweight and a very convoluted workout. I have only been able to workout with a pair of dumbells, a backpack full of everything I could put on it, a multi-purpose machine at my building's "gym" at first (before the rope got cut) and everything else I could do with my own bodyweight. My goal was to gain 10kgs-bodyweight by the end of the year. A friend took some pictures of me on April last year (after two months working out), but the sucker didn't send them to me and he's on Spain now, so the 'before' pics will have to wait. I did reach my goal of gaining 10 kgs. by mid-November, but I've lost a little weight after that because of traveling overseas (not working out and eating poorly), not working out due to a tendinitis after that, and not much working out since due to sheer laziness. I haven't checked, but I might be weighing around 73 kgs (161 lbs.) Took these pictures on February 26 (day before the huge earthquake here.) http://i40.tinypic.com/29prj82.jpg http://i44.tinypic.com/6du32p.jpg http://i41.tinypic.com/2m6tws9.jpg http://i41.tinypic.com/2uf6nf5.jpg So, now I'm going to join a gym at last, and begin with the 'Starting Strength' program. I hope to post some progress on the upcoming months. My goal is to get stronger and gain at least 5 kgs. in the next 3 months or so. After that I'll try to get ripped (which will probably be the biggest challenge for me.) Feel free to comment and advice critically! I know I have to train my legs harder (I've always been lazy on them). I also have weak/skinny calves and forearms though I'll put some blame on my genes for that. On these pictures it does look like my right-side is bigger in general, though I don't know if the lighting might be responsible for some of that. And of course, I have a lot of fat that could be gone, but I'll work on that later. Anyway, I should stop writing now!! This is getting boring. Cheers!
  5. Uh-huh! And the "Thats why I had to stop drinking. Cuz when I start drinking is when I stop thinking" part. Not that I feel identified with that... ...but yeah.
  6. I've noticed that at the end of my shoulder workouts, my left shoulder fails earlier than my right. My question is, should I do some extra-work just for my left shoulder? Thanks.
  7. Thanks. So, obviously it depends on how much one eats, but with a regular smoothie, then, an hour should be enough?
  8. Lately I've been having a 'light' smoothie (just banana and soymilk) about 5 minutes before a workout. I've felt quite good doing this but I still wonder whether this is too short before the workout and, if so, why? I began to do this after reading about the positive effects (in terms of muscle gaining) of having a higher level of aminoacids in the bloodstream while working out. My bad that I haven't checked the science behind this but it sounded reasonable. Does any of you have any data and/or arguments for or against this position?
  9. Marc, I’ve been steadily getting stronger (adding weight and/or adding reps and/or reducing resting time between sets), but in the first couple of months I didn’t gain much weight. In the first month I gained about 2 kgs. in a 10-day span, or so, but then I lost them. Besides the obvious reason (not eating enough calories) I didn’t know the importance of the rest time between sets. So I’d do one set, rest until I felt COMPLETELY recovered, which could take up to 5 minutes (or even more!) and then do another set. I could spend almost 2 hours exercising this way. Then I read something about keeping the rest between sets as short as possible (from 30 to 120 secs. depending on the exercise, muscle group, etc.) so I tried it in my leg-workout day. Needless to say, I felt like I was going to die. I wanted to throw out for at least an hour after I finished. So I realized that I hadn’t been working out with any intensity at all. Once I began to train like this (and improved my calorie intake) I began to make some good progress (and I also reduced the time I was at the ‘gym’ to 40-50 mins.) So I’d say that the more ‘visible’ progress came after the third month of training. Btw, if you feel like you eat a lot, but still lose weight, you should try eating more calorie dense foods. Try adding vegetable oils to your meals (ideally flaxseed oil, for its omega-3 content – if you don’t have any, olive oil is also a good option) – these oils provide a fair amount of calories without adding bulk to your meals. Also try drinking fresh-fruit juices or smoothies after finishing your meals, and between meals. How heavy are your dumbbells? And what kind of exercises did you do with them? ¡Saludos!
  10. I think the whole liking the 'before' version has more to do with being used to see someone in a specific way. I remember when I was a kid seeing an aunt, after quite a while; she had lost tons of weight since last time I had seen her. I thought she looked scary, I didn't like it at first. Too thin! (Of course, too thin compared to the previous image of hers that I had in my mind.) After a while I got used to see her this way and she didn't look scary anymore. Actually, she looked a little better. After a few years seeing her thin, I got to see a picture of the 'before version'. Damn, THAT shit was scary! She looked totally unattractive back then. In comparison, she was a hottie now! So you see, it might take time for some of the people that knew the 'before version', but I bet my a** that no one meeting you know, would prefer the before version. I know I'm one of the many 'droolers', and if I had the guts to bare with the crappy weather, I'd go to Finland and marry you!
  11. Hey there, Marc! I began to lurk into this forum about 6 months ago. I’m 1,75m and, at the time, my body-weight was 65 kgs, like you. At the beginning I only had access to the small “gym” room of my building, which basically consisted of a multi-purpose machine, a stationary bike, a declined bench, and some weird machine to do rows. I also had an old pair of dumbbells, which don’t even have the same weight! (one is about 8 kgs. and the other 9kgs., so I have to always do even number of sets, interchanging dumbbells every set to work the muscles ‘evenly’). After a couple of months I only had the dumbbells, because the multi-purpose machine’s rope decided that enough was enough. Anyway, I’ve been working out with the dumbbells (there are a lot of exercises, for pretty much all muscle groups, that can be done with dumbbells), a backpack filled with anything I could fill it with (mainly for squatting), and doing weight free exercises like chin-ups, pull-ups, push-ups, etc. Now, my body-weight is 73kgs, and although I’m far from having an amazing physique I’ve been able to gain muscle mass and stay away from the skinny-vegan stereotype. So, my fellow-beginner’s advice, read a lot on this website and forum (you can start by checking some of the members’ logs), check videos on the internet of the different exercises available paying special attention to proper technique, get some dumbbells and/or a barbell (if you can’t go to a gym, that is), and workout consistently. Also, eat more! I’ve increased my consumption of legumes, seeds and other calorie-dense foods (avocados, nuts, olives, bananas, etc.), added 1 or 2 more meals per-day (which was really hard at the beginning), and I have at least a couple of smoothies (usually using bananas, soy milk, brewer’s yeast, flaxseeds, and spinachs – but the ingredients can vary upon your likes and dislikes) throughout the day. (I haven’t taken any supplements, besides the fortified soymilk and breakfast cereal.) Oh, and rest! That’s all. I know that how I've done things is far from ideal, but not all of us can't afford 'ideal'. I suppose the more experienced girls and guys can give you more advice and/or correct any rubbish I might have suggested. =)
  12. Hey, great surprise to find your post trying2bvegan! I don't think there's much to add. There's something that still puzzles me. Why on earth would we want to go check what our closest relatives in our evolutionary lines are eating to find an answer on how to acquire proper nutrition, when we have a whole scientific field dedicated to find out what the nutritional needs of humans are, and how we can obtain those nutrients? I think we get trapped too easily in 'naturalistic fallacies' when trying to make an argument. Both, the ones who try to justify the enslavement and exploitation of other animals by labeling it 'natural', and the ones who reject it arguing the opposite, don't seem to grasp the utter futility of trying to get ethical conclusions out of "nature". Also, I know this might look a little like 'nit-picky', but our ancestors aren't doing anything these days. They went extinct some time ago. Gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and the rest of our contemporary fellow primates aren't our ancestors. We share a common ancestor with them. Perhaps this was simply a bad choice of words, but I think it's important to correct it since language is a powerful tool, and in this case it can create or further current misunderstandings about evolution.
  13. So what your saying is that for bad people to do good things that takes religion? Nah, that would take a 'miracle'. Wait! That could be religion! Yaaay!
  14. I don't think I get your point. Perhaps a little less sarcasm and a bit more argumentation would be helpful. My point is simple. If someone really (REALLY) believes that there is creator of the universe, who happens to be infallible (omniscient, omnipotent, you name it), and not just that, but that 'he' also wrote a book where 'he' outlined what's good and bad, what ought to be done and what not, then the logical conclusion is that if you follow that you cannot be on the wrong. Even more, if you don't want to get punishment, you OUGHT to follow it. So if your 'holy book' says that you must (not only can) kill children who disrespect their parents, then you ought to do so, and you cannot be persuaded otherwise. Or if the same book says that you must kill your neighbor and his whole family if he works in the 'sabbath', again, you've got a moral obligation to do so. The direct link between religious dogma and these immoral behaviours cannot be any clearer. As I've said already, I'm not implying that everything about religions is nonsense (although the percentage is quite high in some of them) or that religious individuals are, necessarily, 'bad' or 'nonsensical'. But it is clear that if someone really, REALLY, believes in something they purport to be 'holy word' then you cannot be surprised when they act on it nor can you expect to persuade them. The latter because that's the whole point of having 'faith'. Not even the biggest amount of evidence or rational argumentation can persuade you to drop your faith, since it represents that 'something' that allows you to believe something without any reasons. Of course, getting rid of religious dogmas won't solve every problem. I quote Steven Weinberg: "With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion." We could dispute the use of the words 'good' and 'evil' here, but I think we should rather focus on the general point trying to be made, which I think is more important. Again, the difference between religion and, say, science, is that while the latter is merely a 'tool' the former is a 'motor'. And there's also the issue, as I've argued before, that religions make claims about the universe and how it works without providing any evidence to support it or serious explanation about its mechanisms. These claims can be disputed and refuted by science. So I don't know if one can make 'judgements as to which book is better' (we would have to define specifically what we mean by 'better' and what the parameters are), but we can surely assess whether a particular book is based on evidence or not, and we can assess whether the arguments therein made are valid or not. In short, whether there are good reasons to believe it or not. Also, I don't think there is any evidence of such thing as a 'non-self-fashioned between someone's ears' book. Anyway, I think I've explained these points ad nauseum now, so I won't repeat them anymore. Take care. BTW, DaN, earlier I genuinely asked about something you said in regards to science 'not yet having the tools' to answer certain questions (I think you mentioned 'the afterlife'). Now I'm not sure if you were implying that religions do have these tools, so if you don't, nevermind; but if you do think so, could you tell me what do you believe those tools to be?
  15. DaN, I'm glad to see that there were just misunderstandings messing between us. Cheers!
  16. The same can be said about a religious institution. As explained a couple of times already, the difference is that these individuals do not base their actions on a scientific 'holy book'. Their ethics are not derived from it. That difference is extremely important with religious institutions and those who abide to them.
  17. Hey, thanks! I'm glad to see it wasn't just DaN and I reading this! Ha! I can get very lengthy and boring at times.
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