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  1. I just got the NOW Foods Methylcobalamin tabs and will report if I feel any better. I've stopped drinking coffee and gave myself a 5 days off the gym.
  2. I got my B12 tested. It was 331 with referent values 246-991, so I'm closer to the low end and might use some B12 suplements. Do you think I could judt go and get a shot of B12?
  3. I eat some nutritional yeast fortified with B12. I also ordered some B12 methylcobalamin tablets. I was going to start a new program on Sunday - two times a week training with a personal trainer but now I think I might need to postpone that and take a break. I can't imagine how I overgrain as I don't go to the gym more than 2 or 3 times a week. I did start train8ng with shorter rests between repetitions and this might have put more strain on my body.
  4. Hey guys, I need your advice on some issues I've been having lately. Today I felt quite bad and got my ass to the hospital. They said my BP was 100/90 and heart rate was 100. I felt dizzy and even the cardiologist couldn't figure out what's wrong as my cardiography seemed normal. They suggested I get my GGT levels checked. I'm thinking I kight have B12 defficency. I get tired quickly during excercise and feel dizzy overall and can't concentrate. I measured my BP now and it is 105/65 but heart rate is 90 bpm. I usually have 110/70 and heart rate of 65-75bpm when at rest. I had an assesment workout yesterday and didn't eat much after that. My trainer suggested that I might not be getting B12. He is not vegan and he said he gets a shot of B12 every month as it is not absorbed very well and even meat doesn'tdeliver enough. Has anyone gone through something like this. I have been working out for 3 years but it's only recently that I am having some tough time recovering. I almost fainted the other day about an hour after workout and I had a shake and a meal. Btw I'm not completely vegan - I eat butter and cheese ocasionally. No eggs or fish and no meat in 10 years.
  5. I'm thinking of getting NOW B12 Methylcobalamin 1000MG tablete - do you think they will be absorbed better or I should look for another source. I'm thinking of getting B12 injections, but I've heard they were quite painful.
  6. Hey guys, I 'm feeling some symthoms that may or may not be connected to B12 deficency. I wat nutritional yeast with B12 ocasionally and I'm not a complete vegan - I eat butter and rarely some cheese or yoghurt. I'm thinking of getting a B12 spray - can you recommend a brand that is sold on ebay? I was also thinking about magnesium - which is the best way to get magnesium, as I've heard capsules are not very effective.
  7. I'm also taking a non vegan additive now - it's called flexcode and it has hyaluronic acid, MSM, glucosamine and hondroitine and I'm not quite sure if it's good or not. It's not vegan for sure.
  8. I had my paratohormone checked a year ago, but it was fine. I might check my testosterone as well. Any other hormone that might be related to that?
  9. Hi folks. I'm 32 and started doing sports quite late - about 3 years ago. I've been going to the gym, running and some swimming. About 16 months ago I had my first serious injury - pulled ligaments on my right knee while running and had to rest for more than a month and never fully recovered (still hurts when the weather gets bad/rains). My joint feel inflamated too sometimes, again mostly when the weather is bad. I had some tests for arthritis, but I haven't been diagnosed with anything. I'm vegetarian, but only eat dairy products from time to time. I'm doing cleansing with only raw vegan food and water for two-three weeks each year and some shorter periods of raw vegan diet as prescribed by a well known local nutritionist, as I had some issues with cholesterol (yeah, vegetarians can have bad cholesterol too) and some other liver&bowel related issues (I was diagnosed with IBS). Anyway. Just a couple of days ago I busted my other knee while I was stretching after a run. Tried to touch my toes and snap... pulled the same ligament. I remember a slight click followed by some pain when I squatted as I was putting something on the ground just a week ago, so I might have finished it off with that stretch. A friend of mine suggested I was putting too much pressure on my joints doing deadlifts and weighted squats at the gym and I tend to believe he's right - he has quite a bit of experience with sports. It might be due to me sitting too much at the computer (work related), as I have been told that my hamstrings are quite shortened and I'm lackong flexibility in that area. I also have some back related issues - that's one of the reasons I squatted that deep with weight in my hands the other day. The therapist I'm visiting said it might be related to me sitting on the chair too much. So two really nasty problems and some potential ones (right shoulder hurts sometimes, wrists too). I don't want to sound like a whiner here, but mostly want to get some advice. I'm thinking some of my injuries might be diet related, as they both happened after a clense. I'm afraid that I'm loosing too much muscle mass in my legs during these periods and I might have to stop doing them. So can you reccomend something that can help with restoring joint/ligament tissue, as gelatine based products migh be off limit for me. I'm currently using something called regenovex, but it has some animal products in it and I don't actually think it helps anyway - after all, the injury happened while I was taking it.
  10. pulsin.co.uk - their pea protein is much better than others, although it's a bit more expensive. Other cheap pea proteins are made in China and they taste awful. Stay away from bulk powders - I ordered a 2.5 kg bag and it was awful. They also have hemp protein, which I think is a side product from cold pressed hemp oil - it's basically the slush that's left. I havent tried it, as I prefer whole hemp seed. I'd also try amazon.co.uk, as they stock Pulsun's powders too and I don't imagine it will be that hard to get it delivered in France. I use a courier that has an UK based office and delivers to my country every week.
  11. I actually have a knee injury - I pulled some ligaments and bruised my meniscus while running so It kinda makes sense why not weigted squats (I do love that exercise and the feeling I get after doing it). I don't feel any stress to my knees with the leg extensions - it was actually one of the first exercises I did when I was recovering from my injury. I don't have back injury that I know of, but still I have some lower back pain from the endless hours on the computer (my job requires that) and some exercises, like the ab wheel don't feel that great to my back too. As for the deadlifts - well, he is concerned that with the little practice I have, I'm still not quite ready for it, as I might start adding more weight and end up injuring myself. He thinks that back extensions work well enough as a replacement to deadlifts to some extent. Sometimes I wonder - I was almost 100kg and I was able to squat, bend and pickup things then. What's the difference between that and squatting/deadlifting 30 kg, when I'm 70kg now?
  12. Well, today I discussed those programs with my trainer, but he advised me not to do deadlifts and weighted squats just yet, but to focus on higher reps. The workout we made today was : 1x20 frontal leg extension with 5 kg only - 20 reps each leg, then another 15 for each leg, then 3x15 with 9 kg each leg separately again and then 10 reps each leg (the 15-10 reps are without rest) So it's basically 1x35 and 3x25 Then own body weight sqats - 3x12 (3 reps normal and 3 reps slow) Leg press - 3x12 (the goal was 15 but I culdn't do that) the weight we used was abut 40-45 kg Back leg extension (3x15, using about 30kg) Neutral (hand parralel) grip pullups (3x5) 3x Superset of 10 wide grip pulldowns and 10 wide grip , well can't describe the machine but it's similar to barebell rows. 4x20 back extensions 3x pushups until I hit the floor 3x single handed rope triceps extensions - one hand until failure, then the other and once again each hand without resting, again until failure. 3x10 concentrated biceps curls with a 10kg dumbell. I'm going to do a similar routine with about 2 days rest inbetween (Monday, Thursday, Sunday) while trying to maintain my swimming sessions at least once a week. P.S. @Kora, the link you have posted leads to some supplement site, but it seems they have taken down the article.
  13. Here's some more info about me: viewtopic.php?f=48&t=35764 I'm not quite familiar with terminology, so I might say I gain weight eaasily, but mostly fat. As you can see from my above post, I was pretty fat at 98kg, and lost at least 10-15 of it due to a simple tooth problem and change in eating habbits. I've been vegetarian for at least 7 years (I do eat dairy rarely). As I haven't been into sports before and as a kid, I might say I'm startnig from scratch. Started going to the gym about 3 years ago, but the first year I didn't do much progress. Last summer I was 78kg and then lost about 10 kg after an intense 2 week fasting. I've been pretty steady between 71-72 kg for some time now (I did a fasting this year and lost about 2-3kg, which I gained back in 2-3 weeks. I will discuss the transition to full body workouts with my trainer, as he is pretty sceptic about my diet, but then again - he won't stop me.
  14. Well - I need to gain about 4-5 kg, which will not all be muscle I guess. Then it's time cut. Problem is, that I don't really gain muscle very easily, but tend to gain fat. Not sure which type I am. I'm 72 kg and 177cm high, so I don't want to gain more than 5 kg. I've been doing splits for most of the time and they work good only when I'm working out with a personal trainer. Supersets work very well for me too. Not sure exactly what I want to achieve, my first goal being healthy. I seriously need to gain some more strength (I can't do a proper wide grip pullup set without cheating) and maybe, just maybe, gain a bit of muscle mass.
  15. It's personal trainer, sorry for that. I was actually looking at the The Fast Start A/B Full Body Workout, but forgot to write it down so I went by memory. As of strength - I'm definitely a beginner, as my bench press is probably not more than 130-140 lbs (havent tried a one rep bench in a while), and my deadlift, well, havent tried more than 120 lbs, as I'm afraid I could injure myself as I've just starded to perform it. I think for now I'll just stick to the fast start, but really need to resist the urge to "modify" it. I'm also doing some swimming in between, which makes the bulking part a bit tricky.
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