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Been training now 6 months. Constructive criticism and advice welcome!

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2009/07/19 18:20:01 (permalink)

Been training now 6 months. Constructive criticism and advice welcome!

Been visiting this site for a while now and you seem like a nice knowledgeable lot, so I thought Id post up some progress pics and ask for some good advice going forward.
 
I started working out mid February and Ive been pleased with my progress so far but have ALOT more work to do and want to make some good sustainable gains in the future. Im at the gym 3-4 nights a week for a good hour and Im loving every minute to be truthfull. Ive slowly introduced new moves into my training as Ive read about them and got more confident in performing them correctly. I generally do all parts of my body every week but mix it up with no strict days to work certain body parts. I usually do what aches the least ;o)
 
I just introduced squats into my routine and have ached now for 3 solid days! It really does use over 200 muscles in your body, I can feel them all!
Used to do 3x12 or all exercises but have recently changed to doing 5x12 with the same weights as I was doing before.
 
I never had the drive to work out in my 20s but Im 31 now and sick of being skinny. I've started eating about twice as much as I used to and sticking to healthy natural foods too. Ive gone from 147lbs to 155lbs/160lbs which I keep bouncing between now... frustrating. I seem to be gaining musle still but not seeing any sustained weigh gain. A typical days food is:
 
7am - 3 weetabix
9pm - 2 x wholemeal bread with peanut butter
11am - Phd Synergy protein shake with milk
1pm - Pasta and chicken salads
4pm - Another shake
7pm - Gym
9pm - Steak or chicken with veg, potatoes
11pm - Sometimes another shake.
 
All advice or constructive critism is welcomed!
 
So heres my progress since mid February (6 months)
 
After first 2 weeks of training:
 

 
 
Pic from mid April (2 months in)
 

 
Taken in the last week
 
 
post edited by PiranhaUK - 2009/07/19 21:20:24
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    Re:Been training now 6 months. Constructive criticism and advice welcome! 2009/07/19 18:30:38 (permalink)
    Severve lack of food after your 1 o'clock meal till your next meal at 9.

    Why is this?
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    Re:Been training now 6 months. Constructive criticism and advice welcome! 2009/07/19 18:42:19 (permalink)
    Oops missed off a 6pm snack pre gym, usally have cottage cheese and crackers or more often than not half a protein shake. I usually have another shake post workout too. I should make more of an effort eating real food but I work long hours and often find it difficult to prepare food ahead of time.

    I may substitute my mid afternoon shake with some soup perhaps, what do you think?
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    Re:Been training now 6 months. Constructive criticism and advice welcome! 2009/07/25 20:29:36 (permalink)
    looking good for 6 months of training. what sort of benchpressing you doing?

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    Re:Been training now 6 months. Constructive criticism and advice welcome! 2009/07/25 20:45:06 (permalink)
    Awesome progres mate!   you should be proud with the results so far!  

    one thing - breakfast is lacking a bit, you need to start the day with a decent amount of protein.   It has been 8-9 hours since the last time your body has had a protein intake so it is quite an important time.   5 or so eggs would be ideal, but if that is not an option then at least adding a shake with your cereal would be good.


    What does your training routine look like?
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