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  1. Ryan, we are going to have a PlantBuilt powerlifting team for 2014.... Any interest? Shoot me an email to discuss more if you want. It's pretty exciting actually!
  2. We're looking for new members to represent vegan bodybuilding, cross fit and powerlifting for 2014! Our team is slated to compete once a year and the next competition is July 26, 2014. We are accepting applicants worldwide, as long as you can commit to making it to Austin, TX USA to compete with our team next summer. Hope to see some of you applying. Here are the details! : Passionate about veganism? Looking to inspire others by competing with a team of fellow vegan bodybuilders, powerlifters and cross fitters..? Now is your chance! For the next two weeks, we are accepting applications for PlantBuilt. We are looking for driven and dedicated individuals who want to dispel the myths that vegans cannot build muscle and perform at a high level in sports. While we are accepting both new and seasoned competitors, there are only a limited number of spots available and the final decisions will be made through a private voting process. We look forward the possibility of having you on our team and wish you the best of luck! APPLICATION FOR PLANTBUILT, VEGAN MUSCLE TEAM 2014 (entries will not be accepted after 10/21/2013, no exceptions)
  3. @RC & Mini Forklift , thanks!! Trying my best Haven't updated here in awhile but i've still been training hard I've also been hard at work organizing our team of vegan athletes. Vegan Olympia 2013 will be the largest gathering of vegan muscle at one show that I know of!! There are 20+ confirmed competitors, many of whom are forum members and well known. We are going to make this an annual event also! We are not accepting any more team members for the 2013 comp however come fall, we will be accepting new members for the 2014 meet up. For more info, check us out at http://www.PlantBuilt.com Ok, so here's my update. I am currently 12 weeks out from competing. Phase 4 / 5 starts today. During the first 4 weeks, I will be attempting to train 2x a day. Since I was losing body fat rapidly, I slowed down the cutting process. I am guessing that i'm around 12% bf or less. Here are my stats weighted out against the last measurements on February 2nd. May 5th measurements: Weight 186.5lb (-11lb) Bodyfat: 12% May 5th 2013's measurements (current) Calves: 15.75" Same Quads: 24.5" -(2.5") Hips: 39.5" (-1.5"!) Waist: 32.75" (-1.75"!) Arms: 15"(+.5) Forearms: 12"(-.5) Chest: 42"(-2.5) Shoulders: 48(-.5") Current workout 8 reps, 4 sets per exercises, drop sets on the last 2 sets for each exercise Adding in cardio again to start losing more bodyfat again. Cleaned diet up even more. Monday: AM Weighted Pull ups (6 sets) T-Bar Wide Grip, Lat Pulldown O-Ring, DB Rows, Bodyweight Pull ups (6 sets), Standing Calf Raises, Sled Calf Raises, DB French Presses, DB Tricep Extensions PM 20 min cardio Weight Pull ups (6 sets), Lat Pulldown O-Ring, Sled Calf Raises, DB French Presses, stretching Tuesday: AM BB Flat Bench, BB Decline Bench, DB Flat Bench, DB Decline Flyes, DB Incline Flyes, BB Preacher Curls, Standing DB Curls, BB 21's against a wall, Decline behind the neck weighted crunches, decline ball toss crunches, BB wood chops PM 20 min cardio DB Dec flyes, DB Incl Flyes, BB Flat Bench, BB Preacher Curls, Stdg DB Curls, Dec weighted crunches, stretching Wednesday: AM Deadlifts, Lying leg curls, single leg curls, good mornings, weighted hyperextensions, bb forearm curls, rev bb forearm curls, standing calf raises, sled countdowns PM Yoga Studio, Restore and Renew class Thursday: AM Weighted Pull ups (6 sets) T-Bar Wide Grip, Lat Pulldown O-Ring, DB Rows, Bodyweight Pull ups (6 sets), Behind the neck weighted decline crunches, Ball Throw decline crunches, pendulums, weighted dips, db french presses PM 20 min cardio Weight Pull ups (6 sets), Lat Pulldown O-Ring, Behind the neck weighted dips, DB French Presses, stretching Friday: AM bb preacher curls, standing db curls, bb curls countdowns, one arm seated tow rope pulls, one arm reverse pec dec, seated bb military press, seated db military press, incline bb press / standing one arm db press superset, cable flyes, incline db flies / inc bb press superset, dec db flyes / dec db press superset, standing calf raises, sled calf raises PM 20 min cardio BB Preacher curls, BB curls countdowns, one arm tow rope pulls, Cable DB Flyes, Incline DB Flyes, Dec DB Flyes, Incline DB Press, Sled Calf Raises, Stretching Saturday: AM: Squats, lunges, weighted behind the neck decline crunches, pendulums, leg extensions, stiff legged deadlifts, lying leg curls, single leg curls, hockeys / gripper superset, bb forearm curl / gripper superset, rev bb forearm curl PM: 20 min cardio squats, squat machine one legged, lunges, leg extensions, single leg curls, weighted behind the neck decline crunches, hockeys / gripper superset, stretching Sunday: REST!! LET'S DO THIS!!!
  4. hemlock don't look back and congratulations on making so many positive choices that will continue to benefit yourself and of course the world around you immensely. I look forward to seeing you on the forum and hope you enjoy your time here
  5. Oh no dresende, what happened..? I am glad you are remaining positive. That's the only way to get through it. There are so many modifications you can make to work around any injury. It's challenging but I know you like a good challenge and you will keep going. Get it!
  6. Phase 1/5 is OVER. Beginning Phase 2/5 starting tomorrow. Beat myself up pretty hard over this last 3 weeks to make some important goals happen and it appears that it all worked out. My main priority was bodyfat loss and to add some conditioning / endurance to my routines. Trained 2x a day with cardio and weights every day without a break for 3 weeks. Just took 3 days off to rest and recover (Fri-Sun) and getting ready for the next "bulking" routine. I didn't create the workout yet but I will be later today and sharing it, of course. Cycled off creatine for the last 2 weeks and going to start up again for the next 8 weeks. I may or may not cut out the cardio for a little bit as well as up my calories all depending on what my body starts to do. I don't want to shed body fat too quickly as not having much fat on you makes it harder to build muscle. It will be a week to week analysis with adjustments made as needed. My goal was to be between 190-195lbs before starting the next phase and this morning I weighed in at 192.6lbs. Success! Something else that is very noteworthy is that I dropped another 1.5" off my waist in just the last 8 days!!! Things are going well and I am right on track for our competition in July. Although I am nervous, it is normal to be. Although I haven't consistently trained over the last couple of years, I have for the last 6 months and I will do the best with what I have come showtime. It's ON
  7. Phase I/5 , Week 2/3 Completed. This week was brutal but I made it through pretty much every scheduled workout! Took a break from cardio yesterday as my body wanted a rest. I'm also helping my friend move and he has 25,000+ records in his 2nd floor apartment. Needless to say, it is is a workout in and of itself. meal program & the amount of cardio in this routine has been SPOT ON. *Dropped from 208lbs 2 weeks ago to 197lbs this morning. *I have a cheapo $15 floor scale that shows bf% so who knows how accurate it is but I am using the same one to measure and it has shown a decrease from 19% to 16% bf. The biggest indicator is measurements which were just taken. I've included Dec 29th 2013 measurements as a point of reference: Measurements (inches): Calves: 16.25" R, 16.25" L Quads: 26.5" R, 27" L Hips: 42.25" Waist: 36" Arms: 14.25" R, 14.5 L, (Flexed: 15.75" R, 16" L ) Forearms: 11.75" R 12.5 L, (Flexed: 12.5" R , 13.25" L) Chest: 44.5" Shoulders: 48.25" Neck: 16" February 2nd 2013's measurements (current) Calves: 16.25" R, 16.25" L (same) Quads: 26.5" R, 27" L (same) Hips: 41" (-1.25"!) Waist: 34.5" (-1.5"!) Arms: 14.25" R, 14.5 L, (Flexed: 15.75" R, 16" L ) (same) Forearms: 11.75" R 12.5 L, (Flexed: 12.5" R , 13.25" L) (same) Chest: 44.5" (same) Shoulders: 48.50" (+.25") Neck: 17 ? (hard to take this measurement on my own) As you can see, there has been some definite bodyfat loss without much sacrifice in regards to size. This will of course change as I continue to lean out to 3%-4% bf for our competition at the end of July. 13 workouts this week and have trained for 11 straight days so far without rest. I am scheduling 2 rest days next sat-sun to heal up proper before phase II. I am still looking to be between 190-195lbs by the end of next week. If it happens, I am going to stay on track with this meal program. If I come to a halt, there will be some changes made to make sure everything is happening aggressively and in time for July. Can't stop, won't stop.
  8. Too bad we didn't get to hang much on Saturday. Perhaps next meet up
  9. @Dresende @Robert Thanks!! @Mini Forklift Thanks mate! It will depend but my guess is that i'll be show ready at around 75-80 kilos. @Captfit We haven't came up with an official name for what we're doing but basically there are at least 15 dedicated vegan competitors that have agreed to compete at the same show together against other omnis so we can make a stand together. If all goes well, we may make this an annual gathering. If anyone wants to join us, it will be in Austin, TX. If you want to commit to the group, email me for more info as i'm helping to organize this and we'll get you the details Last Major Bulking Phase is over. Missed some updates here but to sum things us a bit, i'm going to get into talking about the next workout. Created a game plan for now to showtime and broke it up into 5 Phases. Phase 1/5 is a 3 week program with mainly high intensity sets and a lot of volume. From a high of 208lbs bw, i'm already down to 201lbs as it's time to start leaning out. I am looking to be closer to 190 by the end of this phase. PHASE 1 MEAL PROGRAM -While I didn't really monitor my bulking phase closely that just ended, I was eating a minimum of 4000 calories a day and 175g of protein a day from whole foods mainly (some processed stuff too) and plant based whole food supplements which can all be found at VeganProteins.com: Sprouted Brown Rice Protein Vitamineral Greens Vitamineral Earth Ormus Greens Pre Workout Energizer Recovery Accelerator Ph Buffered Creatine (not tested on animals) -Current program is eating between 2700-3000 calories max daily and about 230g of protein. Still using the same combination of supplementation with the exception of creatine (I cycle this 8 weeks on 2 weeks off for 3/4 of the year) NO refined carbohydrates, NO oil, NO sugar will be allowed from here on in. There will be a "cheat" meal here or there for special occasions like Valentines Day, events, etc but for the most part no and it will only get more rigid as it gets close to show time. For exceptional results, I will need to take exceptional measures to get there. PHASE I WORKOUT: (repeating each daily workout 2x a day with the exception of Sunday) -3 sets per exercise and 15 reps per set unless a diff set range is specified. -Starting to do cardio again 15minutes a day 2x a day. I may increase this number as needed to lean out at the right pace. Sunday Traps, Calves, Core (AM workout only) BB Shrugs, Plate Loaded Shrugs Ankle Rolls (20repsx2sets), Seated Calves (2reps slowx4), Sled calf extensions(1set, x10,x9,x8,x7......x1) Decline weighted crunches, Ball Throw crunches Monday (Chest) (AM and PM workout) Incline DB Press / Incline Pushups SuperSet Cable Incline Bench Flyes / Incline Pushups SuperSet BB Decline Press / Incline Pushups SuperSet Tuesday (Upper Back / Tris) (AM and PM workout) Wide Pullups / Narrow Pullups / Medium Chinups / Narrow Chinups (superset) Seated Rows Wide Grip DB Rows Tow Rope tri extensions DB Tricep Extensions Wednesday (Biceps, Core, Rear Delts) (AM and PM workout) 7's, BB Bi Curls (x10x9x8x7......x1) Seated Row Tow Rope pulls (to the neck), Reverse Dumbbell flyes Decline Crunches, Ball Throw Crunches, Wood Chops Thursday (Calves, Chest, Traps) (AM and PM workout) Ankle Rolls (20repsx2sets), Seated Calves (2reps slowx4), Sled calf extensions(1set, x10,x9,x8,x7......x1) Incline DB Press / Incline Pushups SuperSet Cable Incline Bench Flyes / Incline Pushups SuperSet BB Decline Press / Incline Pushups SuperSet Plate Loaded Shrugs, Behind the neck BB shrugs Friday (Core, Legs) (AM and PM workout) Lying Leg Curls, Romanian Deadlifts, Single leg curls Decline Crunches, Ball Throw crunches Squats / Leg Extensions superset Saturday (Back, Triceps, Rear Delts) (AM and PM workout) Wide Pullups / Narrow Pullups / Medium Chinups / Narrow Chinups (superset) Seated Rows Wide Grip DB Rows Tow Rope tri extensions DB Tricep Extensions Seated Row Tow Rope pulls (to the neck) Reverse Dumbbell Flyes Finished week 1/3 on this phase yesterday and feeling sore as HELL but good
  10. Week 7 / 8 on my final bulk before our competition in July is over. Phew! One more week left and I having the most fun with my strongest lift as of late, Deadlifts. Upped my 1rm from 465lb to 485lb in one week! I shot for 500lb but after hoisting 485 off the ground there was no chance of it. I also haven't fully rested my legs and back before attempting to hit a 1rm yet, so the goal next week is to fully rest my legs and go for the gold at 500lbs. It may not be possible right now but i'm sure going to try. I have definitely gotten closer to my old pb on deads of around 545-565lbs I believe. Some other highlights for this week: BB Bench Press 245lbs x 4 on set 8 BB Bicep Curls 120 x 4 on set 8 Sled Work for legs this week, 520 x 6 on set 8 (felt light but stuck with this weight since I haven't done them in awhile) After Week 8, i'm going to take 2-3 days off and then begin a short 3 week routine with 15 rep sets. Following that, I think i'll probably be training at a 8-10 rep range for more hypertrophy. It isn't time for longer conditioning training. I'll save that for later. Honestly, I really need to map out the game plan for now - July (competition time) with both training and diet. Up until now, i've basically just been lifting and eating big and mainly focusing on higher protein intake. I'll give the higher protein intake a break come August. Excited about the next couple of months. Currently weighing in around 203lbs in the am dry (down from my high of 208lbs, 3 weeks ago) Commence the cutting process!!
  11. Very similar interests. Welcome to the forum. Aside from combining fitness and veganism together, everyone here is pretty tight knit. I don't post as often but I always come back. This is home for me. I also got into veganism first for health and later found out about factory farming and embraced the animal rights aspect of it. It becomes a lifestyle for the eco friendly, healthy, compassionate individual that truly wants to make a difference. You've made a good choice here. Hope you enjoy your time on the forum and look forward to seeing you around on the threads.
  12. Way to burn it out Treesize I'll be in touch within the next 3 days about meeting up together for "Vegan Olympia" Let's do this!
  13. Rain aside, hope you had a nice walk. As long as it's warm outside, it can be nice to be out in the rain
  14. Welcome to the forum VAvikingchick ! It was nice to hear your story. I wish that bbing shows focused more on bbing for women too. When I start getting upwards 1g of protein per lb of bw and I want to keep calories low, I use protein powders. There are other ways to do it however this is the way that has worked for me. I'm excited to hear more about your goals and how you will work to blast through them. See you on the forum!
  15. I am looking for a good ab routine come the end of January. Is it better than the ab ripper x?
  16. @C.O. It definitely feels like I am non stop eating at times. 3000 calories is a good figure to hit and if it isn't getting you where you need to be, go up gradually at the rate of 500 calories. Do it once a week until you are seeing the gains you want based on what your body is asking for. @dresende I know you'll make it, you're too determined of an individual not to! Week 6 (12/31 - 01/05) This week did not go the way I planned. I went down to NYC to visit family who came in from CapeTown, South Africa. I had never met my cousins before so I didn't want to pass at the opportunity. They were really genuine and it was a lot of fun! Mon - Thurs (no workouts) As frustrated as I was with the time off, it did me a world of good. I am always pushing myself a bit further than I should and so the rest really helped me out. Got back at it on Friday with a double workout and then hit the gym today. So in essence I got about 50% of my routine in and some good rest. Ready to go at it again full force on Monday! Still looking to try and hit a 500lb deadlift on week 8, the final week of this routine. It may or may not happen. Currently, the most i've put up is 465lbs but that was also after a lot of heavy work sets and without my legs being fully rested from Squat day.
  17. Hello and welcome to the forum my friend. I hope you enjoy your time here. Thanks for sharing your background and story. Congrats on the going vegan and reaping the benefits of a heart healthy, plant strong and compassionate way of living Have fun setting up your home gym. It sound like it is going to be awesome!! Oh and your english is a OK!
  18. Wish your trainer good luck attempting to avoid early onset osteoporosis due to a dairy and meat centric diet. sheesh At least they are pushing you in the gym. I have never trained with TRX on the regular but the couple of times I used them I thought they were fantastic. Admittedly though, i'm addicted to iron Keep at it Daniela!
  19. Way to get in there for a post holiday workout. Impressive numbers too man! Good resting pulse rate also. I think mine is usually in the high 50's if i'm not doing a fair amount of cardio and/or laying off caffeine. Here's to 2013 and more gains!
  20. @dresende As cool as that would be for us I feel it would be isolating vegans from competing with everyone else. We are looking rather to infiltrate a natural bodybuilding show and all compete together against other omnivores. That are about 15-20 of us on board so far. I need to get it organized and as soon as I do, we'll be updating on it regularly @Mini Forklift Thanks mate. Hope you have a happy and safe one too. Here's to 2013! Week 5 of 8 Recap (Final Mass Bulking Routine) Clocking in at 208lbs in the am dry. Probably put on a couple of lbs on what I call a holiday bulk! I usually compete at around 160-175lbs depending on how much muscle i've put on my frame. That being said, I will need to start slowing down my caloric intake come next week so drop weight gradually. No need to waste hard earned muscle tissue. I will probably start to gradually reintroduce some cardio as well. It all depends on where i'm at by mid january. Measurements (inches): Calves: 16.25" R, 16.25" L Quads: 26.5" R, 27" L Hips: 42.25" Waist: 36" Arms: 14.25" R, 14.5 L, (Flexed: 15.75" R, 16" L ) Forearms: 11.75" R 12.5 L, (Flexed: 12.5" R , 13.25" L) Chest: 44.5" Shoulders: 48.25" Neck: 16" BB Bench Press: 235lb x 4 on set 8 Deadlift: 465lb x 1 on set 9 Squat: (went for Hack squats this week - 250lbs of plates loaded x 6 on set 8 Front BB Shoulder Press: 170lbs x 3 on set 8 *Showed up the day after xmas to train which is usually an off day for me to make up for taking off on xmas and.. the gym was already closed since 5pm. Bummer! I didn't realize the hours would be shortened after xmas. Not making that mistake next week. Checked ahead on the hours for m-w *Got xmas eve's workout in the day before and doubled up my routine on Saturday to make up for a forced day off. Last workout of 2012 is on Monday and we are doing squats so rest assured it'll be a good one!!
  21. @Mini Forklift. I have flirted with the idea and back in the day I had even considered moving to Columbus, OH to train at http://www.westside-barbell.com if they would take me in. It looks like a lot of hard work but oh so much fun! Went in a different direction though. Perhaps one day but for now i'm focused on bbing Haven't updated weekly but have still been on my A+ game for the most part. Week 3 highlights 8th set of squats = 305lb x 4 8th set of BB Bench Press = 225lb x 3 9th set of deadlifts = 445 x 1lb (went for 455lb x 1 on 10th set and failed) 8th set of seated bb front presses = 160lb x 4 8th set of weighted dips = 60lb x 4 Week 3 highlights Went indoor rock climbing on my birthday with thendanisays Found a new passion!! 8th set of squats = 315lb x 4 8th set of BB Bench Press = 230lb x 4 9th set of deadlifts = 455 x 1lb (went for 465lb x 1 on 10th set and failed) 8th set of seated bb front presses = 165lb x 6 8th set of weighted dips = 65lb x 4 *Went from no static stretching to stretching 3-4x a week for at least 15-20 min each session! Still doing ballistic stretches before every workout. *still weighing in between 205lb - 210lb. Going to evaluate how many weeks out I am from competing soon and perhaps start to slowly cut down. Don't want to start the process late and then lose too much muscle. I usually compete at between 160-175lbs.
  22. Hello and welcome to the forum TxTom!! It's really nice to hear of your accomplishments by getting onto a plant strong diet. Hope you enjoy your time here and looking forward to seeing you on the threads.
  23. Hope the benefit goes well on Sat! Let's go snowboarding this winter. I am SO down. Nick is too. Just let me know a week or two in advance and if I can swing the $ i'll be there. Haven't gone out yet but i'm looking to for my Bday next fri 12/21.
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