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  1. Well, you guys have finally got me. I no longer trust store fish or chicken. Low fat dieting is not going to cut it anymore, not when I have discovered it's possible to grow your own spirulina in a fish tank. I'm finally on board with the vegan thing. Let's do this.
  2. Why would you want "help" with your aggression? Most people are much too passive and emotionally dependent.
  3. Deadlifting: Well, I don't fully have my strength back yet. I initially noticed I was sick when I could only pull 350x2.5 despite pulling 330x15 earlier that week. With that experience fresh in my memory, I was a little reluctant to start working with 350. I did find that my grip seems to have suffered a good bit from this last illness, and so it was still difficult for me to get more than two or three reps. Last time I stopped after only a few pulls because something just felt "off" in a way that I knew exactly what was happening, but this time I wasn't dismayed: since I couldn't do any 10 rep sets or any of that, I did a bunch of triples, doubles and singles with 350 just to get my volume up. My plan is a progression something like this: 350xMx3, 350xMx1->350xMx5->350x10->350x15+ where M is the number of sets you can do without working to failure. There's something interesting here in that if I can pull this off successfully, I will officially have mastered progression at every rep range, starting all the way down from a single heavy triple and working with it all the way until I can do an entire continuous set of 15-20 reps with that same weight. I don't think this will be as big of a feat as I may be imagining though, because really all I need to do is have my hands grow back to where they can hold a heavy weight for many reps. My back and legs can already take it.
  4. Today I got my first front lever with my legs sticking out. I'm now practicing doing my martial arts while running and doing novice level parkour. You know, seemless transitions between the one and the other. Never going to become an IRL Jackie Chan/Solid Snake hybrid if I don't train that way. Today I overhead pressed. Got 155x13. That's surprising to me since I was so weak when I was sick lately. I expected my strength would waste away, but I only lost about 1 rep. After one more lift I should hit 15+, after which I should be working with 175x10 and going from there. Sick. Oh, and while we're at it I figured out the solution to breathing while lifting, in case I hadn't already mentioned. All I had to do to make weight lifting feel even more effortless was to disregard all common advice about breathing technique. Everyone advocates exhaling while you push on the weight, but that just leads to a poor man's valsalva maneuver, like a valsalva maneuver in denial. I instead find it more natural and simple to INHALE on the positive and then exhale on the negative. It goes against all advice on breathing technique ever given since time began, but it works great. It turns out my father did the same thing, and since he used to be monstrously strong that means I must be onto something good.
  5. I'm back from being sick. Time to start working out again. I'm still at ~201-202. Hoping another few days of going to bed hungry will put me sub-200. As for lifting, my strength in some areas has returned fast. I did upright rows with 135, aimed for 10 but only got 2x8. Next round I'll aim for 135x10, then 135x15+. I kinda feel like post illness I ought to start with the smaller muscles and work up to deadlifts from there. Not sure why but it's a gut feeling and I will go with it. That said, I plan next to do kickbacks and curls, then chest, then get back to overhead pressing and deadlifting. Interestingly enough my levers are easier now. Not sure why.
  6. Today: 201.8. Goal: 185 I've been sick so I haven't been lifting, I've pretty much lost a week. It doesn't bother me though because I'll get it back quickly.
  7. Today I weighed in at 202.5. In other words, I've broken my weight loss plateau by using my liver theory. I'm rapidly coming to the conclusion that a bunked liver is the source of most of today's epidemic health problems, including not only internal ones like heart disease and hypertension but external junk like obesity as well. I'm growing to strongly believe that in order for body fat to be lost from your body, your liver must first starve a little bit or the fat on your body won't even be touched. I've now known several people who have hit insurmountable multi-year weight loss plateaus that they have instantly and dramatically broken the second they did any kind of liver cleanse or started trying to do anything for their liver at all, and I am one of them. I will come back with some kind of pubmed sources or other justification for this idea, but whether or not I do that it seems experientially true. -the liver is responsible for converting free fatty acids into other forms of energy -"The liver is the major site for converting excess carbohydrates and proteins into fatty acids and triglyceride, which are then exported and stored in adipose tissue." (translation: if you're fat it's because your liver dictates it) -the liver is also the site where protein is processed before use, being converted into nonessential amino acids, as well as where it's converted to urea if unneeded. In other words, eating bodybuilder amounts of protein may be overloading your liver. Eating less protein (more like 100g/day) and gaining size and strength gradually may be better in the long run for health reasons. -This whole article from the Intermittent Fasting community on the subject: http://www.theiflife.com/speed-up-your-metabolism-fatty-liver-disease/ This article confirms almost everything I've ever said on the subject of nutrition and your liver: So in summary, I am right. They then go on to discuss how to fix the problem: So, in summary, the reason I have broken my weight loss plateau is not because I managed to tweak my macros or do more cardio or any of that, it's because I'm finally undestroying my liver and it's rewarding me with effortless weight loss. Now if you'll all excuse me, I have deadlifting to do.
  8. Hit 330x15+ deathlift. Now working with 350. I have also regained my motivation to lift again, mostly after somebody who does cleans with 40 lb dumbbells and works his back with a back extension machine set to 120 pounds tried to convince me that Convict Conditioning can make a person strong enough to deadlift a car despite not having any exercises that target the lower back. This is not somebody who can deadlift a car. On that basis I have regained my motivation for lifting weights rather than getting most of my training via calisthenics. In fact, I am exploring an entirely new area of weight training, and that is the holistic effects or at least blood pressure mitigating effects of proper breathing while lifting. I'm training my whole body one lift per day using my own home brewed 20 rep protocol, and now I'm focusing on controlled negatives and natural, relaxed breath during the exercises. I feel better when I lift this way, and I do not feel the uncomfortable heart pounding head rush feeling I used to get during certain full body exercises. I wonder in fact if I haven't been unintentionally using a "vented" valsalva maneuver the whole time, using the same glottal stop to build intraabdominal pressure but with a slight venting of air so as to create the illusion of natural breath. I always kinda held my breath during sets - who knows, maybe my earlier brush with hypertension had nothing to do with diet and was actually a result of poor breathing technique during lifting. I may never know, but I know I can't hurt anything by improving the way I breathe as I exercise. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna hit some lever pullups, shower and sleep. In the absence of the equipment required for pullovers, front lever pullups are amazing on the lats. Same general movement around the shoulder joint, but the length of the lever is multiplied by two. It's like the lat version of attaching weights to a 5 foot pole for chest flies.
  9. I have beef with the people who run that site.
  10. That sounds pretty subjective. How are you so sure you're right?
  11. When they are unable to perform bodyweight routines, I have a simple but extremely effective program that will allow them to build up to pushups, pullups etcetera using negative repetitions. It allows them to build up to these feats in sometimes as little as one or two weeks with diligent practice. Not trying to be argumentative but I'm pretty sure rapidly building up to doing full deadhang pullups for reps is going to cause them to gain more strength than using light weights because they're comfortable.
  12. Women honestly don't even need to work out with weights except for their lower backs. The difference in strength between their upper bodies and mens' upper bodies is such that normal calisthenics will give them far above average strength. If I were a woman, for the sake of convenience alone I'd comprise a workout of the following: -pushup variants -pullup variants -dip variants -handstand pushups -situps/dragon flags/other ab moves -pistol squats -high volume kicking/leg raising exercises -deadlifts (calisthenics neglects the lower back) That would be more convenient, as almost all of it can be done without any equipment at all. In the unlikely event somebody decides to actually listen to me for a change, I'll be happy to explain how absolutely anybody can quickly and aggressively build up to completing any of these moves in case they're unable to do them.
  13. Since people seem ill inclined to actually respond to the things I post in my training journal, I'll log some of my other thoughts here in this thread and see how it goes. Item of business #1: Tonight I hung out with my girlfriend and several people roughly our age. I'm 25. My girlfriend I believe is 24, and some of the other people were also roughly mid 20's. Two men were 26. They were complaining about "getting old" and lacking energy etcetera. I was floored because in my way of thinking, I'm at least another DECADE from my physical prime. At age 45 I intend to be stronger and more fit than I am right now. I have no idea why 26 would be considered "getting old" by anybody. I came to realize that it amazes me how much we humans try to hide from our age, because we hide not from the things that make aging suck but from the visible appearance of aging. People put on their makeup and dye their hair and get plastic surgery and so on to make a fat, weak, decrepit body appear youthful, when they could just as well let their face/head go completely natural but instead invest their time into eating well and exercising, and while looking "older" they would have the actual essence of youth - speed, energy, flexibility, strength, durability, good health. By having your priorities in different places, you can change over from being a tarted up walking corpse like most people over age 30 to actually being a vital and youthful human being. I guess what I don't understand is why people hit a certain milestone in their lives (usually graduating highschool or getting married) and then decide "well, my time is passed, time to get fat and rot away until I physically meld with the couch in my living room." I have personally met men in their MID 60's who can and will beat the crap out of young men in their 20's. My own father was still pulling some amazing feats of strength most people my age can't even touch when he was 58. You reap what you sow - whatever your goal is, whatever you put effort into, that will be your reward. I, who exercise diligently and constantly try to get stronger, more flexible, more coordinated, more enduring, who eat very well and take some extra precautions for the sake of my health, I expect that I might end up like the "old men" I've observed - gray haired but none the worse for wear. People who invest into their bodies with bad food, a sedentary lifestyle and a defeatist attitude will get exactly what they have been moving towards - a crippled body doomed to premature death. There's hardly any excuse to suck, age is in your head in my opinion. Run, climb, swim, lift, throw, work, stretch, dance, fight, tumble. We as aspiring bodybuilders are in just that same business - to build a body up in every dimension to the level we want it to be at. The body was meant to be used, use it and you will be rewarded, maintain it and you will be rewarded even greater. Frankly, if I can get a little bit personal, I don't understand how a woman could have sex with her husband if he was a couch potato - why would she want to? Why would a man be attracted to a wife who was a landwhale or a nasty skeletal ghoul? Vegetarianism and yoga have been creating hot old ladies for time eternal, and weight lifting and good diets have been making normal men into silver haired Greek gods since the dawn of man. When I am "old," I intend to be this guy but without the bad MMA: Through diet and the physical culture, we can get the most out of life. I just don't understand how anybody can think otherwise.
  14. Today was good. I went to a haunted house with my girlfriend and some of our friends. It was totally badass and was an excellent experience. Exercise today: Deathlift: 330x12, 330x5 <-should only be one more workout until 330x15+, aka time to start working with 350 One arm chin negative: 10x/arm Straight bar dips, legs in an L-sit: 20, 15, 10 <-These rape my triceps whereas I don't even feel them on parallel bar dips. It wasn't a bad day at all. I think from now on I'm gonna alternate deadlift/arms and deadlift/upper back/chest. Need to hit planches more. Will do that and stretch hard tomorrow.
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