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  1. Right on!! Pain is only an illusion, and the only thing fear does is make a person miss out on great opportunities. The only thing you should be afraid of is feeling like a pansy because you didn't push yourself as hard as you could have. I'll be thinking about both of your stories when I do my squats tonight. Keep it intense Mike
  2. Welcome to the group! I like your outlook on variety. I too have a strong affinity for changing things up as much as possible. I've found that I operate much better when I incorporate variety into almost every aspect of my life. I even like to switch off between three different types of toothpaste and shampoo . Mike
  3. To be honest, I think your arms (and entire physique) would benefit more from compound movements like pullups. If pullups don't make your bi's scream in agony, chinups probably will- and both will work your back. If you add some pushup for your triceps and chest, then bada bing, you have a well-balanced, toned upper body you can take to the beach. Mike
  4. Here's a link to the SEALs workout I mentioned. It's not as intense as what you'll probably receive from Lean and Green, but I think it would get you in great shape for free. It involves a lot of running, pushups, pullups, situps (which you could replace with leg raises) and swimming (which you could replace with cycling). http://navyseal.s5.com/workouts.html Mike
  5. If you're strapped for cash, you could really get in good shape for free by doing pushups, pullups and leg raises. There's a navy seals workout that involves those three exercises (situps instead of leg raises) plus running. It depends on if you're looking to bulk up or get "cut." Mike
  6. Sounds kinda cool. I would think it would be good for your stabalizer muscles, since the weight would shift. I still think that good ole' iron is your best bet, though. It's predictable, allows you to take your time and perfect your form and it's easy to gauge your progress by adding weight. Mike
  7. I don't have much experience with multi-gyms, but I would think you could buy some free weights along with a barbell and dumbbells for the money you'd invest in the multi-gym. Depending on your budget, you might also be able to pick up a squat rack and/or weight bench. Personally, I think that would be your best bet, because you can use free weights from your current stage right up to the advanced stages of weight training. Mike
  8. Happy birthday, Richard!!! You're the coolest vegan guitar-playing ninja I know Mike
  9. Happy Birthday, Robbie!!! Thanks for paving the way for other vegan athletes! Mike
  10. Thanks, Jessifly!! I've heard great things about a lot of the movies on your list. I think it's cool that you included a "children's" movie. Kids are some of the wisest and most inspirational people around, so it comes as no surprise to me that some movies made for children can teach adults important lessons as well. Johan, I love those types of movies! I still get "Eye of the Tiger" in my head almost every time I train. I'm trying to cut back on my responses so I don't hog the thread, but I can't help but comment on all of these great suggestions. Mike I edited this post, because I hadn't seen Johan's response when I first replied...
  11. If you feel comfortable with your form, you could always do a Smolov squat cycle. That depends how important your squat numbers are to you, since Smolov really minimizes how much training you can do for the rest of your body. There are a few other squat-specific cycles you could try as well that take about two months. Again, it depends if a significant increase in your squat is worth taking a break from training other body parts. Mike
  12. Dude!! How did I not recognize that license plate??? What an awesome view at the top of Camelback Mountain. I've just gotten into hiking; there are so many great places to hike around here. On the 21st, I'll be hiking at the Grand Canyon. Here's hoping I'm in decent shape . Sorry about getting off-topic. That view was just so cool that I had to find out where it was. Mike
  13. They made a sequel to "What the Bleep?" ?!? Right on! I will definitely rent that one. I really like all of these suggestions. There were a few that I've seen bits and pieces of and have been really interested in watching. It looks like I'll be spending a little time on the Netflix site. Thanks, everybody!! Mike
  14. Thanks, Jack! I love the name "SuperAntiSpyware." With a name like that, it must be good . I'll have to check it out. I haven't had a chance to do any work on it yet, but I'm making this Saturday my computer cleaning day. Good times! Nice avatar. Where was that pic taken? Mike
  15. Three movies that have really made a significant impact on me have been 1) Peaceful Warrior 2)What the Bleep Do We Know? and 3) Waking Life. I'm trying to find more movies that will really make me think and hopefully inspire me to look at certain things differently. Does anyone have any suggestions? Mike
  16. Yeah, life can be hectic, but that's part of what makes it fun. I work 40 hours per week and am pursuing an MBA, so I can relate to you guys. I've just decided to make time for my physical fitness. A came across a study once that stated that a person who exercises regularly is able to accomplish in 7 hours what would typically take a "non-exerciser" 8 hours. So, in a way, we're saving time by making time to train. SV, if you want a physique people are going to marvel over, I guess you'll just have to train more in less time. Mike
  17. Thanks, BW! My comp is older than a few of my relatives, so it may be time for a cleaning and defragging. My antivirus software is up-to-date and hasn't detected anything, so maybe this is more a case of "old age" and dust. I'll check it out. Mike
  18. Nice sig, JW. I always liked the joke about the vegans changing a light bulb, too. Is there a vegan joke site I don't know about? Mike
  19. I know what you mean, Potter, though I'm not sure if our definitions are the same. To me, being motivated will make you start something but being driven will make you finish it. It takes motivation to sign up for a race and prepare for the training, but you have to be driven to go through all of the training and complete the race. Either way, I'm glad to know so many people on this forum who are both motivated and driven. Ravi's web site is awesome! I definitely plan to visit it again. I really enjoy the article about breathing through your nose. It's something I'll keep in mind during my next run or hike. Mike
  20. Thanks TL. I'll give it a shot . I forgot about ad-aware. I used to have it and liked it a lot.
  21. Thanks! I forgot to mention that I also have CleanUp. Is that the same as crap cleaner?
  22. My computer has been running very slooooowwwwllllyyyy lately, and I'm afraid some sort of virus/spyware may be to blame. I already have AVG Free and Spybot installed, both of which haven't detected anything. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I might clean my system out a bit? Mike
  23. Pink, that is one twisted sig . Very cool Wikipedia entry. I did some research on Alexander after reading that link. He has made quite a name for himself and brought a lot of attention to vegan bodybuilding. Way to go, man! Also, Rob and Ryan have both been HUGE influences (no pun intended) for me personally. It's great to see all three of them recognized in the Wiki world. Mike
  24. WELCOME, AURA!!! I used to spend a lot of time on bodybuilding.com (not as a member but just doing research), and I remember being thrilled when I found this site. I'm glad you found us . Mike
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