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  1. Thanks for your replies and encouragement guys I've got myself sorted with vegan protein powder (contains rice, pea and hemp protein for a supposedly full amino acid profile!) and I'll be working on the rest of my diet over the coming weeks and months. Muchidna, you said the program doesn't matter too much? My main concern is whether I'm doing enough/too much exercise, and the right kinds of exercise. One I'm really not sure about is the hanging leg raises as it doesn't feel like I'm working my core very much. I should have mentioned before I'm looking to build strength and muscle mass
  2. Hi all, This is my first post on the forums so I wanted to first say hi and introduce myself. I'm ashamed to say that currently I'm not vegan, only vegetarian, however i am looking to transition to veganism by the end of the year, if not sooner. I found this website about a month ago and have to say I'm both impressed and inspired by you guys, and blown away by some of the results you've achieved. I'm relatively new to strength training. I've been trying it off and on for a number of years, read all sorts of information on the internet (a lot of it conflicting!) but for the most part, have failed to make any substantial gains. I recently turned 30 and have decided it's time to get serious and gain the kind of body, and fitness, I've always wanted. I've spent some time looking into a beginner program that will provide me with some respectable gains, but also motivate me to stick at it. I was wondering if you lovely people could give me any pointers as to whether this is a good place to start, but also whether there's anything I might want to change. I understand the basic concepts of progression and nutrition and have tried to incorporate that into my program: Stats: Age: 30 Weight: 147 lbs Height: 6' Program: Initially, I'm going for a full body routine 3x a week as I feel this will prepare my joints and tendons etc for an eventual 3 day split, but also keeps it simple in order to "re-wire" by brain to stick with the program. Cardio/warmup: 10 mins treadmill (progression via increase of speed by .1km/hr each session) Core: Choosing between hanging leg raises - 3 sets of 8-12 reps (add weight for progression) or "Scooby's Rotary Exercise" consisting of 45 secs for the following exercises: Left side plank, crunches, right side plank, front plank (2 sets with weight added for progression.) Back and Biceps: Machine assisted pull ups - 3 sets of 8-12 reps (progressing to full body weight pullups and eventually working up to 1 handed pullups. Weight added as and when required) Machine assisted hammer chinups - 3 sets of 8-12 reps (progressing to full body weight chinups and eventually working up to 1 handed chinups. Weight added as and when required) Chest and Triceps: Pushups - 3 sets of 8-12 reps (Progressing up to 1 handed pushups with elevated feet and weight added when needed.) Machine assisted dip - 3 sets of 8-12 reps (Progressing to full body weight dips, then weight added) Legs: Dumbbell squat - 3 sets of 8-12 reps (initially adding weight and eventually working towards 1 legged pistol squats) Cardio/cooldown: Rope machine (progressing by increasing distance climbed in 5 mins and increasing resistance) So that's it. Any advice from the more knowledgeable folks on this forum would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for taking the time to read this post, I look forward to getting more involved in this community as I make my journey to getting fitter and becoming vegan
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