My Story With Pics & Questions....
I’m fairly new to the forum, but have been training for a few years, but thought id stick it in this section, as i class myself as a beginner compared to most in here!
I’ve always done Judo, cycling and a bit of weights, but in the last year or two I’ve stepped up the weight training, getting more serious as time progressed, as I didn’t like the way my body was going! I was weighing 15 stone and B/F was at a level I really didn’t like...
Ive attached some pictures which ive taken along the way, not as many as I would’ve liked but enough to spur me on when you think ‘am I changing’?
In an attempt to step up the training and because I wanted a new challenge, I started MMA 2 years ago, which provides a great 2hr cardio/full body session.
Moving house and being a good 15 min drive from the nearest gym, coupled with the fact I work in London and don’t get back till 6:30 – I decided to build a home/garage gym. Started of with the usual array of York equipment (Bench and multigym + free weights) and recently sold all this and opted for the Powertec multi leverage gym (after extensive research), which after only owning for 3-4 weeks I’m really impressed with.
Training alone, the inability to push myself unspotted, I felt was hampering any real gains.
I have also been watching what I eat for probably the past year also, not as intensely as some but trying to maintain a healthy well balanced diet – will go into more detail later....
I got down to 13.5 stone at one point, but it was at the cost of some muscle. I’m now training with heavy weights (for me) in an attempt to gain some size. I know I should but I don’t weigh myself religiously, id say I’m 14.2 stone now approximately.
I supplement and have done throughout, using USN IGF-5 protein, Creatine EE, and fat burner caps, BCA’s, multi-vits.
Ok – My training is now as follows:
Mon – MMA 2 Hrs
Tue – GYM 1 Hr
Wed – Rest
Thur – GYM 1 Hr
Fri – Judo 1.5 Hr
Sat – Rest
Sun – 40miles+ on bike / GYM
Often Sunday will be either bike or gym, rarely both.
At present I’m following roughly something like big Al’s mass training workout (started 2 weeks ago)
Diet wise I don’t diet specifically but in very rough terms:
On an average day I have Breakfast (5:30am) (weetabix with sugar and s/s milk) – cereal bar mid morn 8:30, protein shake with oats mixed with water (11:00), throughout lunch: 2 tangerines,1 plum, 2 cold chicken drumsticks (skinless), lunch = tuna or chicken mixed with light
mayo, cucumber, tomatoes, salad, celery, bean salad, + 2 hot skinless Chinese chicken thighs. Apple at 5pm, Healthy evening meal – chicken/steak, vege etc. Protein shake with water & Semi skimmed milk before bed. I'm quite self disciplined and rarely cheat with the diet...
My workouts are enjoyable and provide me with a good pump. I've noticed an increase in what I can lift – flat bench press is 160kg x 3 to fail, inc/dec bench 130kg – I know I use a leverage system, so those weights are not as much as that in real terms but it gives an idea. Just ordered an additional 290kg of weight (due today) so will be able to elaborate on these figures for squats, deads etc.....
I have noticed that I have started to put on weight slightly, despite no change to my diet. I have consciously reduced the cardio slightly with the aim to retain some size (muscle not fat!). If I understand this right, lifting heavy weights should soon counter this slight increase in fat? I felt that with the amount of cardio I was doing, it was at the detriment to any muscle gains despite loading with protein before (sometimes) and after (always).
The protein I take is chosen on taste mainly, I get it reasonably priced from a friend who’s a nutrition rep, but is there any difference between what I buy and the ‘lesser’ priced proteins?
Should I be taking any other supps, considering egg white? Tried test booster for a while and didn’t notice a massive difference, used NO Explode for a while also....any recommendations welcome.
Should I change any aspects of what I eat? Or don’t eat? Training?
If there’s any tips or advice that anyone wishes to provide – they will be gratefully received.
post edited by designer1 - 2011/04/14 07:44:47