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  1. Post them up in here and let's see if we can hit them


    MY goal? Hmmmmm. I'm at 385/550/605 (bench/squat/dead lift) and in the 1500lb. club. My total is 1540. I'd like to have my current weight of 248 drop to 220 and stay in the 1500lb. club. MAYBE 215 for my weight, we'll see.


  2. How much soreness do you all experience after workouts, and how long is the recovery time? Sometimes I am sore for days after a workout, especially if I go hard, and I don't know how to really alleviate it. Do I need to eat more? I feel like days I work out I eat a ton of food, but I am more sore than I have ever been. Or am I just being a baby about it? Any advice or stuff would be appreciated.


    It used to be thought that speeding recovery and preventing DOMS was as simple as increasing protein, fats and carbohydrates intake. Now, however, its clear that while repairing structural damage to skeletal muscles by nutritional means is relatively simple, controlling or reducing the inflammatory response to exercise and preventing or reducing the painful symptoms that come with DOMS is more complicated.


    Until recently, the only anti-DOMS recourse for athletes has been to use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) like ibuprofen. Unfortunately these over-the-counter pain killers stunt muscle growth2 and can damage the liver.


    Despite the risk of side effects, the medical community has considered the safety/efficiency ratio satisfying enough to accept the administration of NSAIDs. With recent data however such a practice should be seriously scrutinized.


    Using enzymes to combat DOMS is well established. A study by Innerfield in 1957 examined the anti-inflammatory effects of protease enzyme therapy and showed that protease enzyme supplementation may have anti-inflammatory effects.3 Unfortunately, absorption issues and the destruction of enzymes in the gut have severely limited the effectiveness of traditional anti-DOMS enzyme therapy.


    Typically, the absorption rate of orally ingested enzymes is low - with protease enzymes absorption rates ranging between 40% for bromelain and greater for mixed protease products4, and a rate of about 5% absorption for orally ingested sitosterols.5


    To solve these absorption difficulties, scientists added the ingredient piperine to enzyme mixtures. They found that piperine - an ingredient extracted from pepper - increased enzyme absorption by up to 60%!6,7


    Source: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/south127.htm

  3. Just got notification today that I placed 3rd overall out of 16 lifters with a Wilks score of 232.1 for the push/pull meet last month.


    Considering it was a last minute entry and I didn't train for it I was quite happy with that.


    Awesome man! Great job!

  4. Dude, I'd like to know who posted that 600+! Fess up so we can marvel at your awesomeness!


    I did.


    385 bench

    550 squat

    605 dead lift


    I'm 42 and do NOT take any supplements. Been a vegetarian and recently became a vegan.


    [email protected] working out correctly and NOT over training. I was 278 , now 248 (in 3 months!) and my worst fear was that I would lose too much strength. And here I am lifting more than I have ever lifted.


    I'm a firefighter/EMT. I mostly work out just so I can keep up with all the young guys on the department! lol

  5. Wow, all the replies truly show how "everyone is different"! What works best for some, don't work best for others.


    I take a combined approach. I am a power lifter, so I combine my Stronglift's 5x5 workout with the Max-OT Training (I'll keep it brief):


    I work out, full body, 3 days a week! But it's simply the power lifting exercises.


    2 a couple sets to warm up first!!!!!!



    *All sets are to failure*



    Squat (or dead lift): 2 sets of 12-15 reps

    Bench Press : 2 sets of 12-15 reps

    Military Press : 2 sets of 12-15 reps

    Bent Over Rows : 2 sets of 12-15 reps



    Squat (or dead lift): 2 sets of 8-12 reps

    Bench Press : 2 sets of 8-12 reps

    Military Press : 2 sets of 8-12 reps

    Bent Over Rows : 2 sets of 8-12 reps


    Friday ("Heavy Day"!):

    Squat (or dead lift): 2 sets of 4-6 reps

    Bench Press : 2 sets of 4-6 reps

    Military Press : 2 sets of 4-6 reps

    Bent Over Rows : 2 sets of 4-6 reps


    ***Every day I go into the gym, I add 5 more pounds to the exercise than what I had the last time I was at the gym. This follows the "you're not building muscles if you're not adding weight!"


    I don't do arm curls, or tricep exercises. I don't need to! My muscles grow in accordance to what I lift! This follows the "...if you can bring a muscle to grow two times per week instead of only once, you will grow 104 times per year instead of 52". And it WORKS.


    I'm in and out of the gym in less than a hour.


    I also agree to mix it up every 3 months to keep from plateauing.


    I'm up to 385 on bench press. 550 on squats. 600 on Dead lifts. I'm a Vegan and don't take any supplements.



  6. Answer: SPRINTS.


    Look at Olympic sprinters (They are huge/muscles) and look at your runners/marathoners, they are skinny with little muscle mass.


    I do "Crazy 8's". I sprint as fast as I can for 80 yards....walk back and do it again.. 8 times. My legs are blowing up!


    FYI, I am a power lifer squatting 550 and dead lifting 600 pounds. My bench is 385. I dropped 30 pounds in 3 months. AND, I'm a happy Vegan!


    Good luck with your training, everyone here has great advice! Find out which ones work best for you. You may notice that they will ALL work for you simply by mixing up your routines and following everyone's ideas posted on here for you.

  7. hey greg, with lifts like that looks like we'll be doing the learning from you! start up a training journal, it will be great to follow along!








    Hey Mike!


    LOL, I think all of my learning will be from you guys! What a great group of people, and so informative!


    My main concern was losing weight and losing my strength! A happy surprise that I feel like I have MORE energy and strength as we eat more and more vegan/raw!


    I'll definitely start a journal on here!


    Quick peek into my workouts without boring you: I do full body workouts 3 days a week. It's a mixture of the Stronglifts 5x5 and a few others that I have gotten gains from. Monday is my "light day" where I do 2 sets of 12-15 reps (Squats, Bench Press, Bent Over Rows, Military Press). Wednesday is my "medium day" where I do the exact same thing but my reps are in the 8-10 range. Friday is my "heavy day" where once again I do the exact same exercises in the 4-6 rep range. That's it! I'm in and out of the gym in an hour OR LESS! Of course I warm up, etc. I continue this workout for about 3 months then change it up so I don't plateau.


    Thanks for the welcome!






  8. Hi Greg! Welcome to the Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness forum! I wish you and your wife much success in your vegan journey! But, why wait? Start ASAP!


    Have you read The Engine 2 Diet book yet, written by Austin Firefighter Rip Esselstyn? Excellent book, and it might really inspire you, since there are so many references to your profession. Great book!


    Anyhow, welcome to the community and congratulations on your successes thus far!


    All the best,



    Thanks Karen!


    We are almost there! I switched to Almond Milk (LOVE IT!) and that was one of my main concerns (dairy).


    I will definitely check out that book, sounds great!


    Thank you for the welcome!



  9. 385 raw. I don't believe in "lifting shirts/straps/bands", etc.


    Working out with 350. I'm a big boy (258 and losing). Lacto-Ovo Veggie for 23 years then (until I was 34) then again 4 months ago (I am now 42). Converting to Vegan SOON!




    I'm now vegan and 248 pounds. I feel even STRONGER, believe it or not.

  10. Hi all!


    I was a vegetarian from the time I was 11 until I was 34. I am now 42 and have converted back to vegetarian about 4 months ago. I plan on being a Vegan by the end of the year (hopefully sooner!) as I still eat fish and eggs. My wife and I are going to convert to eating RAW as well. I would say I am more of a Power lifter.





    258 #

    Bench 385#

    Squat 550#

    Deadlift 625#


    I take no supplements (creatine, whey, or otherwise)


    I have lost no muscle mass since I have started my lacto-ovo diet/lifestyle. My energy has actually IMPROVED as well as my sleep. I continue to make strength gains, which was my main concern. Well, actually, I am fine staying where I am as far as strength, I was more worried about LOSING strength. I am a Firefighter/EMT here in the area and I need to stay fit and keep up with these young guys on the Dept. (who are kind enough to say that they are trying to catch up to me!).


    This looks like a great site and I hope to learn a lot from everyone here!





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