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  1. Welcome to the forums, Abhay! -Chris
  2. Thanks, Josh! I felt a bit of a flu bug coming on Friday... it seemed to be going away over the weekend. Then, late last night it hit me big time. I was totally out of commission today... Stayed home and watched a couple movies and ordered delivery. Hopefully this will be gone tomorrow and I can get back to business. -Chris
  3. 1,012lbs is nice man!!! Totally inspirational. -Chris
  4. That's actually one of the reasons I like watching it. It's just fun to watch somebody so huge working with a weight that's not much more than what I work with. Especially when I've got better form. I can knock out 10 reps per leg with 135lbs, or 6 reps per leg with 155lbs. I go down until my back knee is 2" from the ground on each rep. I would think 185lbs would be "light-weight" for you, potter! Didn't you used to squat really heavy? -Chris
  5. Sunday January 27, 2008: Workout 4 of 36 Bent-Over BB Rows: 10 x 155lbs 10 x 165lbs 10 x 165lbs Incline DB Press (palms-in): 10 x 75lb DBs 10 x 80lb DBs 9 x 80lb DBs (these exercises were performed as compound sets, with 90 seconds rest between each exercise/set) Close Grip Low-Pulley Rows: 10 x 150lbs 10 x 160lbs 10 x 160lbs Pushups (medium grip on knuckles): 20 x bodyweight 16 x bodyweight 16 x bodyweight (these exercises were performed as compound sets, with 90 seconds rest between each exercise/set) Wide Grip Pulldowns: 10 x 180lbs 8 x 180lbs 10 x 160lbs Incline Cable Crossover: 10 x 50lbs 10 x 60lbs 10 x 60lbs (these exercises were performed as compound sets, with 90 seconds rest between each exercise/set) Seated Rear Delt Machine: 10 x 135lbs 9 x 135lbs 8 x 120lbs Donkey Calf Raise Machine: 11 x 225lbs 10 x 210lbs 10 x 195lbs (these exercises were performed as compound sets, with 90 seconds rest between each exercise/set) Didn't get adequate rest last night, and had poor nutrition today. I'm not the type to let that stop me though... Workout took 49 minutes. I am tired and sore. A quick check of my log says I made progress compared to the last time I was at this point in my cycle but I'm too beat to write about it. Last night, I woke up three times with crazy tight/sore quads and had to massage and stretch them. ATG Squats are no joke... -Chris
  6. I like this video of Ronnie doing lunges... He looks as rocked after this set as he does after squatting 800lbs! Granted he probably squatted 800lbs before doing this... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EpattQUwyM Not as funny as some of the other stuff out there, but lunges really suck and watching this keep me motivated... -Chris
  7. Welcome to the forums! Not knowing any other vegans in real life must be tough... Hanging around here should help a bit. -Chris
  8. I have to agree with VeganEssentials on this one. If Nike really cared about the environment they would be incorporating recycled products into all their shoes, not just the one's geared towards environmentally conscious consumers. IMHO, $185 for a pair of shoes manufactured overseas in some country with questionable labor standards is totally ridiculous. And like potter said, they're unbelievably tacky... -Chris
  9. Ethanol from trash would be really good. Here's an interesting excerpt from a radio program (FSRN) I heard last week: Indonesia has been forced to take emergency action to calm unrest over record Soya Bean prices. The commodity hit an all-time global high of 13 dollars a bushel last week, an increase of almost 90 per cent on last year's level. Indonesian prices have risen even higher. The rise is a partly a result of US farmers reducing the soy crop to grow more corn for bio-fuel. The Indonesian government is now looking at subsidizing the product and giving incentives to local farmers. As Rebecca Henschke reports from Jakarta, the rising prices have had a dramatic impact on the country's poor. here's a link to article/audio clip: http://www.fsrn.org/content/skyrocketing-price-soy-creates-unrest-among-indonesia%2526%2523039%3Bs-poor -Chris
  10. Saturday January 26, 2008: Workout 3 of 36 ATG Squats: 10 x 185lbs 10 x 185lbs 10 x 195lbs Lying Ham Curl Machine: 10 x 120lbs 10 x 130lbs 12 x 240lbs (different machine) (these exercises were performed as compound sets, with 2-4 minutes rest between each exercise/set) BB Lunges: 10 x 135lbs 10 x 135lbs 10 x 135lbs Straight-Leg Deadlift: 10 x 185lbs 10 x 185lbs 10 x 195lbs (these exercises were performed as compound sets, with 2-4 minutes rest between each exercise/set) Plate Loaded Leg Press: 10 x 410lbs 10 x 410lbs 10 x 410lbs One-Leg Ham Curl Machine: 10 x 50lbs 10 x 60lbs 10 x 60lbs (these exercises were performed as compound sets, with 2-4 minutes rest between each exercise/set) Seated Calf Press Machine: 21 x 400lbs (full stack) 15 x 400lbs 14 x 400lbs One-Leg Calf Raises: 6 x bodyweight 10 x bodyweight 10 x bodyweight (these exercises were performed as compound sets, with 90 seconds rest between each exercise/set) So I've been working on my flexibility for the past few weeks by sitting in the full (ATG) squat position several times throughout the day. I've made some progress so I thought I'd give ATG Squats a try tonight since I've always just gone to parallel before. It feels REALLY GOOD to go super deep like this!!! I can totally see myself squatting like this from now on... My quads feel way more stimulated than usual. If I can get up to 225lbs doing ATGs I will be very happy. Lunges almost killed me. I forgot how taxing high rep lunges and squats can be... My heart rate was just over 180 after the second and third sets. I really like using the BB for lunges when I'm compound/supersetting them with deadlifts because it gives my grip a chance to rest between deadlift sets. I can't always do this since my gym gets pretty busy at times, but it was pretty empty tonight so I took up two stations without anyone bothering me. Workout took 68 minutes to complete. -Chris
  11. The thing that makes my jaw hit the floor is guys who pop their pimples or blackheads in the weight room. The other funny thing I see is this guy at my gym who will approach the mirror and start "checking himself out"... Then he adjusts his clothing this way and that... For a long ass time!!! He gets totally lost in it. This dude always manages to get in my way when I'm trying to put DBs back in the rack or whatever. It's just funny to me how he can be so lost in the mirror that he doesn't see me standing there with a pair of 100lb dumbells waiting to put them back in the rack that he's blocking... LOL
  12. I also woke up feeling ill this morning... I was chatting with someone the other day who was complaining about their 24 hour flu and it occured to me that I haven't gotten sick in close to eight months! Now this... ARRRRGH -Chris
  13. Thursday January 24, 2008: Seated DB Curls: 10 x 45lb DBs 10 x 45lb DBs 11 x 40lb DBs Lying DB Tricep Extension: 10 x 35lb DBs 10 x 30lb DBs 10 x 30lb DBs (these exercises were performed as compound sets, with 90 seconds rest between each exercise/set) Concentration Curls: 10 x 35lb DB 10 x 35lb DB 10 x 35lb DB Tricep Kickbacks: 10 x 35lb DB 10 x 35lb DB 11 x 35lb DB (these exercises were performed as compound sets, with 90 seconds rest between each exercise/set) Reverse Grip EZ-Bar Curls: 10 x 80lbs 10 x 80lbs 10 x 75lbs Dips (Tricep-Emphasis): 20 x Bodyweight 16 x Bodyweight 15 x Bodyweight (these exercises were performed as compound sets, with 90 seconds rest between each exercise/set) Seated DB Overhead Press: 8 x 60lb DBs 10 x 55lb DBs 9 x 55lb DBs Upright Rows: 10 x 95lbs 10 x 95lbs 10 x 95lbs (these exercises were performed as compound sets, with 90 seconds rest between each exercise/set) Workout took 55 minutes tonight. My shoulders are pretty much rocked. Going from 5-6 rep sets to 10 reps sets really sucks given that I have to drop weight on all my exercises, but my muscles are definitely destroyed, so I must be doing something right. Looks like I'm up 5-15lbs on most my exercises compared to last time I was in this phase of my workout cycle (about 7 weeks ago). Tomorrow is a leg day, which I'm dreading because I'm going to have to squat really light to squeeze out 10 reps. -Chris
  14. The last couple times me and my gf went to rent movies, this was one of the ones we were deciding between. I think I heard a radio interview with somebody involved in the production of the film some time ago, and I've been meaning to watch it ever since... -Chris
  15. That's pretty cool... I can't see spending $100,000 dollars on a car, but hopefully some high-profile celebrity types will buy it and raise awareness about alternatives to internal combustion engines. If we could transition to more environmentally sound methods of producing electricity (solar, wind, or hydroelectric power rather than coal, petroleum and nuclear) and utilize electric cars like this, this could really help reduce carbon emissions!!! -Chris
  16. Here is a quote from their product literature: So, basically, the "effective ingredients" are: - BCAA powder - L-Glutamine - Citrulline Malate - Vitamin B6 It also contains: Natural And Artificial Flavors, Citric Acid, Acesulfame Potassium, Sucralose, Yellow #5, Red #40 (this varies slightly for each flavor) FYI - Many artificial colors (Red #40 for instance) are derived from coal tar or petroleum! Red #40 is Banned in EEC (European Economic Community). Green #3 is Banned in EEC. Blue #1 is Banned in France and Finland. Yellow #5 is Banned in Norway. Yellow #6 is Banned in Norway and Sweden. Information regarding this is easy to find... A quick google search will yield many topics on the subject. Here is a link I found with just a quick search on the subject: http://www.feingold.org/Research/dyesinfood.html I take L-Glutamine and BCAA, as well as multi-vitamins and CEE. By buying these in bulk, I'm able to avoid products that contain a bunch of ingredients that I can do without. All the "effective" ingredients in this product can be ordered individually if you wish to consume them without the added "junk". -Chris
  17. Gerard, According to Avi's profile, he starting olympic weightlifting when he was 17 years old. It sounds like there were times that he didn't have access to proper equipment, but after 1984 that wasn't a problem for him (according to his profile). He is now 48 years old, which means he has probably been training for close to 24 years with access to a good gym. And he has the foundation of olympic weight training to build upon. I would attribute his success to hard work and consistency, rather than genetics. Everybody is different with regards to what type of programs give them the best results. I think it's best to try different programs to see what works for your body type. -Chris
  18. Others have made good suggestions. Doing cardio first thing in the morning, before eating anything works really well for me. Your body basically goes straight to burning fat when you do it like this. This article explains some of the science behind this, as well as offering some other good suggestions: http://www.t-nation.com/readArticle.do?id=927737 HTH, Chris
  19. Welcome to the forums, chindian! -Chris
  20. Welcome to the forums, Kumaran! I'm an ectomorph too, and like you I worked out for many years with little change to my physique (6'2" @ 175-185lbs). I've recently found a well-designed program that really works well for my body type, and I've been logging my workouts in the "Online Training Logs" part of this forum. I'm up to 215lbs right now. There's a lot of good information here, so I'm sure you'll find something that works for you! -Chris
  21. Wednesday January 23, 2008: One Arm DB Rows: 10 x 100lb DB 10 x 100lb DB 10 x 100lb DB Incline DB Press: 12 x 70lb DBs 12 x 75lb DBs 10 x 80lb DBs (these exercises were performed as compound sets, with 90 seconds rest between each exercise/set) DB Pullovers: 12 x 50lb DB 12 x 55lb DB 12 x 60lb DB Dips (forward lean for chest emphasis): 12 reps w/bodyweight 14 reps w/bodyweight 12 reps w/bodyweight (these exercises were performed as compound sets, with 90 seconds rest between each exercise/set) Wide Grip Pulldowns: 12 x 170lbs 12 x 170lbs 12 x 170lbs Incline DB Flys: 14 x 40lb DBs 12 x 45lb DBs 12 x 45lb DBs (these exercises were performed as compound sets, with 90 seconds rest between each exercise/set) Bent Over Lat Raises (incline bench): 12 x 25lb DBs 12 x 25lb DBs 10 x 25lb DBs Plate Loaded Seated Calf Press: 15 x 135lbs 14 x 135lbs 12 x 135lbs (these exercises were performed as compound sets, with 90 seconds rest between each exercise/set)[/b] It's been close to two months since I've done any high rep work, and I was definitely working hard tonight! I was surprised that I didn't have to drop the weight on the one-arm rows. Went really wide and deep on the incline DB flys and it felt good. Workout took 50 minutes. I've haven't taken any CEE for almost two weeks, so I'll probably start up with that again tomorrow or the next day. My chest and lats are totally destroyed and are twitching non-stop. -Chris
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