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  1. Too much tofu possibly? It is made of beans - some people forget that.


    I don't eat tofu.


    You might have an allergy to something, so your body may have trouble digesting a certain food. That's my guess anyways.

    I've heard that gluten can create those symptoms of bloating and pains. I'd also question legumes since those can be difficult to digest as well.

    I'm a little bit biased against those two things(gluten and legumes), because they give me problems as well (I use to have bloating and abdominal pains).

    I'd try to figure it out sooner than later though. I unfortunately didn't have the foresight to question my symptoms so I suffered for a long time without knowing why (and maybe did more damage).

    Try removing certain foods that are questionable and see how your body responds.


    The strange thing is that it happens randomly though. Some days I can eat whatever and be just fine, and other days I am bloated like crazy. I hardly eat gluten, though I do eat some wheat germ in the morning which has never given me problems before.

  2. Yesterday's training…


    Week 4, Day 1 of The Cube:











    Snatch-Grip Deadlifts: (was supposed to be from a 2″ block but I didn’t have one)





    Squats: (up 2 reps per set from 2 weeks ago)

    bar x bunch






    Front Squats: (low rest)






    Workout was good, but everything was a little bit rushed since I didn’t have long before I had to get back to work.

  3. Keep things switched up! Also keeping a log of EVERYTHING is a huge help. Ever since I started working out I wrote everything down in a notebook...how reps felt, if something was difficult, if something felt off, etc. It kept me on top of everything and I could make sure that every day I would try to do a little better, even if it was just one or two extra reps, better form, an extra set, etc.


    Above all, the mind controls pretty much everything. Strengthen your mind and you strengthen the body!

  4. Okay, so here's the deal.


    I have been strict vegan for 4 weeks now. The first 3 weeks felt AMAZING. But now over the past couple days, out of nowhere, I've been getting some rather serious bloating and abdominal pain, likely gas pains.


    I'm wondering if there is a way to get rid of this? Or how long will it take for me to adjust?


    Could it be that I am just not drinking enough water with all the fiber I'm ingesting?


    Any help is appreciated! Thanks in advance!

  5. 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.


    Nicely done!!

  6. THE CUBE - Week #2 Day #2



    Pause Bench (1″ off chest):


    bar x lots








    Full-Range Bench:






    Incline DB Press:


    25′s x2x20




    Close-Grip Bench:







    Band Flyes


    3×15 (monster mini)




    Tricep Band Pressdown:







    So. This session could have gone a lot better, but last night at work we were having fitness challenges at the gym, which I participated in to gain more participation from members…so I ended up doing:


    2 min plank

    2 sets of chin-ups

    25 pushups

    23 reps with 75 lbs. on the bench press


    Didn’t miss any weight or reps on training today, but it was definitely a little harder since I was a bit fatigued, and I haven’t eaten much today.


    BUT no rest for the wicked! And crying is for pussies.


    Rest tomorrow, and SO PSYCHED for squats on Friday!!



    Ab picture from this morning, just for funsies:



  7. Hi everyone!!


    So a little background about myself. I'm a powerlifter, and a carnivore turned vegan. I am loving this lifestyle and have felt the best that I have in 10 years. So glad to have found this website so that I can get to know other vegans who lead a fit life.


    I want to prove to everyone who doubts veganism that you CAN be strong, lean, and mean WITHOUT meat and/or animal products!


    I compete in the 60kg division, and my goals for my upcoming meet in June are:


    Squat: 292

    Bench: 145

    Deadlift: 314


    Eventually, I would like to turn a 750 lb. total into a 800 lb. total before I turn 23 (3 years from now!)



    I recently started working with Brandon Lilly and his "Cube Method", and I am loving it so far. I'm on day #2 of Week 2. Roughly 14 weeks out from my meet, and I'm very excited to see how it turns out.



    Anyway, follow along if you'd like, and I will try to update as frequently as I can! Benching in about 2 hours. Time to fuel up.

  8. Depends. I started up Brandon Lilly's Cube method recently so I am still adjusting to the volume, and of course feeling much more soreness than I usually would. It varies but usually every time I switch something up or add in more volume I get more sore.


    I find that lots of fresh fruits and veggies help with DOMS. Also BCAA's, creatine, sleep, foam rolling, and stretching!!

  9. Good goals ~ your bench and squat seem really disproportionate though? You're only just benching a little over your bodyweight, but that squat is massive ?!


    Are you male or female?


    Do you mean me? Lol. If so then yes I am female. I have a really weak bench.



    Nice! That's some serious weight to throw around at 130#!


    Thanks! Hoping for more by the end of 2013

  10. 308 @129 lbs

    Sorry if this is too lewd, but if that avatar is you, then I think some of the boys here will need to go change their pants.


    And you need to post the rest of your lifts on the Strength Table!


    308 @129 lbs


    Solid deadlift for sure.



    Solid deadlift, and if that is you in your avi... WOWSERS!




    (that's not directed at you james haha)



    LOL thanks!

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