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  1. Mikkei, below is a link to some pics from the 2007 show when I was as small as I stated: viewtopic.php?f=46&t=7994 Just remember, it's not how much you weigh . . . but how much you look like you weigh
  2. I know I haven't been very active on this site in awhile . . . but just letting everyone who knows me be aware that I'm still kickin' it VBB style!! I hope to try and compete again later this year. We'll see what the cards have lined up for me. I did my first show in the summer of 07 and weighed between 120-125 lbs on stage. I know . . . very small!! For this show this past weekend I weighed in at 139lbs. So I have had a productive 1.75 years off from the stage. I hope to get some better pics than what I have right now from the show. When I get some I'll post a couple. Keeping rocking out everyone.
  3. Day 3 of full body workout 3 sets of 10-12 reps Incline cable chest fly High cable cross for rear delts Wide grip lat pulldown Low cable bicep curl Smith machine reverse grip bench press Really, Really weird leg press/hack squat machine? (it did the job) Seated horizontal leg press calf raises ABDuctor machine Seated unilateral hamstring curls This was a good workout. I went to the gym at 6:30 pm after working all day. I was on my feet a lot today so the legs felt tired. Hence, why I hit them last instead of first. The weird leg press/hack squat machine actually felt really good on my back and knees. Not pain or discomfort at all. My knees have been bothering me ever since I started using the new leg press in my gym and they got rid of the old one. The old one I believe was a cybex squat press. This was the best feeling machine ever. i loved the way this thing felt. I'm still pissed they got rid of it. Anyway, I'll keep trying this other machine. My quads felt pumped after I got off of it.
  4. Day two of full body workouts 3 sets of 6-8 reps each Deadlifts Hack Squat Decline DB press T-bar row (with chest supported) Dumbell side lateral raises Hammer strength preacher curl Cable triceps pressdown BB shrugs *Good workout. I have been going to the gym late (6:45 - 7:45). I'm used to going at this time in the morning, so it's a nice change.
  5. This was very interesting. The author - Mark Tarnopolsky - is very well respected and so is his research. I have read quotes from other bodybuilders that say they do not cycle their creatine. I still do, just to extend the container a bit more.
  6. Today was the start of my new lifting split. I'm going to try a full-body routine for the next 8 weeks. It will be a 3-day per week program. I'm hoping that lifting only three days per week will enable me to pack on some more weight. Lifting 5-6 days per week burns a lot of cals. Today was 3 sets of 5 reps of the following exercises: (Following along if you'd like) Squats Lying ham curl Incline smith machine press Seated wide grip cable row Seated military barbell press Lying triceps extension with olympic bar Standing olympic bar curls Roman chair leg raises (3 sets of 25 reps) Weights were fairly low today. My plan is to start below my 5 rm and by week eight beat my previous PR for each exercise. Weds will be the same sort of format (1 exercise per body part) but with a higher rep range (6-8 reps) Friday will be the highest reps (10-12) I've never done a split like this before for more than a couple of weeks. I'm interested in seeing the progress I will make.
  7. BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: i MAY compete in another show next spring. I found out that in the NPC they have a bantamweight class, which is 143.25 lbs and under. I think I could do very well in this class. After the last show, I learned that I look small next to bigger people (big suprise). But there was nobody at that show my size. I would really like to see how I look next to people my own weight vs. my own height. The show I'm looking at is in NY during the middle of April. The final call will be based on a couple of factors. 1. What happens with my body this summer. I'm weighing in at 160 lbs right now. I'd like to get to about 170 lbs by November and then start cutting around then or December. 2. The other factor depends on how school goes. I start my master's degree in the fall and I have a lot on my plate. I will see how much time I have to devote to this. For those of you who have not dieted down before, it takes a lot of work and that is an understatement. I'll keep everyone posted. Maybe I should change the name of this journal?
  8. By popular demand, I took some pictures yesterday. I jumped on the scale (158lbs) and then ran outside. First, here is a link to some older pictures. viewtopic.php?t=10850 http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/kurtjs/5-23sidetri-1.jpg http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/kurtjs/5-23rearrelax-1.jpg http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/kurtjs/5-23abs-1.jpg http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/kurtjs/5-23frontrelax-1.jpg http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/kurtjs/5-23handsMM-1-1-1.jpg As you can see, I've gained 30 pounds. Mostly in the face!! When I look at myself, I notice the legs have gotten bigger, but so has my waist! I've been doing a lot of deads and squats. Hopefully I can maintain this size and maybe lean out a bit this summer. Stay tuned for more updates.
  9. Josh, there is no doubt that school isn't a lot of work. But I really enjoy it. Lots more schooling to come. But that's a whole different story The new routine will be a full body split. I'm going to lift three days per week (Mon, Weds, Fri). Each day I will pick one exercise for a body part, and do 2-3 working sets (quads, hams, chest, back, bis, tris, shoulders, [either abs, traps or calves depending on which day of the week]). Mon rep range will be low (2-4), Weds moderate (6-, and Fri higher (10-12). I will do the same exercises every Mon. The same exercises every Weds. The same exercises every Fri. The key is to always progress. Strive to get at least more reps with the same weight or increase the weight (even if it's 2.5 lbs). Thus, I'm starting beloew my maxes and then hopefully matching them, and then blowing past them. We'll see how it goes. I'm giving myself at least 8 weeks with this split. I need to mix it up a bit. If I like how it feels and the results that I'm getting, I'll stick with it for the rest of the summer.
  10. HEY-HO everyone. I know it has been while and too much has happened this last month to go into detail. Things are going well, here are some of the key points: -I graduate with me BS tomm morning (May 23rd) -I currently weigh 157 lbs in the eve and 154/5 lbs in the morn (I weighed 125 when this school year started back in Sept). -My caloric intake is around 3600-3700 cals per day -Lifting has been going very well. Hands down the strongest I've ever been. I hit 225 lbs on the front squat this week. -Hopefully this summer I can keep gaining mass and strength. I would love to hit a solid 160 lbs by summer's end. It will be tough cause I eat all day and I'm going to be working a couple of different jobs this summer. Meals will be tough to squeeze in. I'll make do. I'll update lifting soon. I start my new routine June 1st. I go to a conference all next week, so that will be my recovery week.
  11. I always see the football players at my school do hang cleans, power cleans, and hang snatches. I've never done them, but the guy I've lifting with wants to start implementing them next semester (in the fall). I'll think about it. I agree with what has been said, it's all about form, body awareness, and power! Best of luck to anyone who starts doing them.
  12. Josh, I haven't popped on here in awhile, and this was one of the first threads that I saw. I've been thinking about trying this myself (3 x per week full body). I think Daywalker used to do this. the HST. Let me know what you find.
  13. Things are crazy right now. I defend my undergraduate thesis this week. If anyone has done this, you know how I feel right now On a really funny note, I had to take a study break about 10 minutes ago and so I put my name into YAHOO! just for gits and shiggles. Look what I found: http://www.getoutdoors.com/goblog/index.php?/archives/2701-Vegan-Bodybuilding.html I have no clue what the hell this site is about. All I know is that I think this dipsh*t is saying I'm on steriods. Thanks, you made my weekend!
  14. The toxic avenger strikes again!! http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/kurtjs/Toxicavengeronesheet.jpg
  15. Someone on the board asked me about my current nutrition, since I haven't posted my meals in a while here we go Meal 1 Gemma protein Nutribiotic Rice Protein Oats Ground Flax seeds Grapefruit Meal 2 Gemma Protein Rice Protein Brown Rice Apple Meal 3 (30 mins before workout) Pre-workout cocktail Mainly waxy-maize-starch (60g) BCAA Meal 4 (Immed. post workout) Same as above Meal 5 (about 1 to 1.5 hours after post workout shake) Soy Boy Tempeh Potato Green Beans Meal 6 Same as above with less potato Meal 7 Vega Steamed frozen veggies Meal 8 (right before bed) Gemma Protein Rice Protein Peanut Butter Calories = 3336 Fat = 60 g Carbs = 447 g Fiber = 75 g Protein = 252 g I went to a good conference in Boston on Friday. http://neacsm.org/updated/spring2008/meetingsframe.htm Some good info. For me, these meetings are more about networking and getting my face out there. It's working . . . people know me. Lifting is going well. Just started a new split for the next 8 weeks. My last 8 weeks before spring break I really focused on the squat, deadlift, and flat bench. I hit new PRs in the dead and flat bench so I'm pumped to do it again. I'm really trying to bring up (strength wise) my bent over row, incline bench, and front squats. I'd like to break 200 lbs on the front squat and would love to hit 225 lbs. We'll see what happens.
  16. I hear you. I stick to reading the training articles and don't even bother looking at the eating ones. But supplements ones i do read.
  17. that's really cool. what's his username? rdandrew
  18. One of the authors posts on here. He is a vegan bodybuilder: Ryan Andrews, former dietitian at the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center, is trained in Exercise Physiology (BS, MA, CSCS), Nutrition (MS), and Dietetics (RD, LD). After leaving Johns Hopkins, Ryan began working with Dr. Berardi as the Director of Research for Precision Nutrition, Inc. He's a nice guy. I've PMed him many times before.
  19. Thanks Josh. I'm just rying to keep up with your sweep and lat spread!
  20. That's hilarious. If you look in the bottom pics, my face gets pretty fat as well. I once heard that was becaues of low test. but I never really looked it up. I think some people just store fat differently.
  21. M.P.A. Magic Players Anonymous Back in the day . . . Red Burn Baby . . . it’s all about the ball lightning!! I bought some Urza’s stuff and then they just put out too many new sets and I could keep up ($$$$$) with it. It was fun though. All me neighbors and brother played. Still have them all. Maybe if I sold them I could fund my grad school?
  22. Thanks Rob. You will surely see me in Boston. Hopefully we can actually hang out this time. I'll plan my time better when the fall rolls around. Thanks VP. Keep up the work yourself for your upcoming photo shoot. How's the buckwheat protein treating you? Thanks Harley. Hopefully the next time you see me (or lift with me) I'll be throwing around some bigger weights than the last time. That's the goal, right?
  23. Thank you Thanks for the comments. I know I need to work on the delts in additon to everything else. Next time I'll hit more poses and we can see where the arm development stands There are so many people on here that motivate me, I'm glad that the role can be reversed at times Clean bulking is the way to do it. The bottom line is I will compete again and that just means whatever I gain (fat) will have to come off again. Why even put it on to begin with? It also means less cardio come prep time Nobody ever lost a show because their lats were too big
  24. So the "before" pics were from 12-13-07. The "after" pics were from 3-14-08. I weighed about 130lbs in the before and about 145lbs in the after. Still have a long way to go!!!!!! http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/kurtjs/kurtinlab12-13-072-1.jpg http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/kurtjs/kurtinlab3-14-075.jpg http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/kurtjs/kurtinlab12-13-071.jpg http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/kurtjs/kurtinlab3-14-072.jpg http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/kurtjs/kurtinlab12-13-075.jpg http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/kurtjs/kurtinlab3-14-074.jpg
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