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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’?
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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.
 
Thanks
post edited by designer1 - 2011/04/14 07:44:47
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    designer1
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    Re:My Story With Pics & Questions.... 2011/04/03 08:20:52 (permalink)
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    Also if anyone has any workouts based around the Powertec Multi System, i'd be interested to see them.....thanks
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    Re:My Story With Pics & Questions.... 2011/04/06 21:02:51 (permalink)
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    I don't mean to step over the line but how much did that gym cost? :-)
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    Re:My Story With Pics & Questions.... 2011/04/07 00:08:54 (permalink)
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    Smokey, they are roughly £1000 from what i have seen, from new. And many places make you buy the weights separately. But you can get 125kg for just over £100. Unless you go for a second hand one they could be around 700 depending where you find it haha.
     
    Anyway. designer1 congrats on the progress, very impressive. The work station you have you can still do most basic movements that you normally would. In fact, you can, just get yourself an extra Olympic bar for deadlifts and your set. 
     
    Something very basic i found you could do, 
    deads-alternated with squats each workout.
    bench press
    close grip pulldowns 
    calf raises
    military press
    bicep curls
    crunches
    triceps pushdowns.
     
    3sets of 10. 
     
     
    Frankie NY also have a great workout..
    WORKOUT 1 

    Squats
    Bench Press 
    Rows 
     Curls, or Chins 
    Grip or Ab Exercise 

    WORKOUT 2 

    Overhead Presses 
    Deadlifts 
    Dips 
    Wide Grip Chins 
    Grip or Ab Exercise 
     
    This is also good if you get an extra day for the gym, working it 1,2,1. 2,1,2 etc etc. 
     
    Hope this helped.

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    Re:My Story With Pics & Questions.... 2011/04/07 07:39:21 (permalink)
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    Jecko is right - with the prices etc
    Thanks for your input guys, I got an Olympic bar with the gym, so am good to go! Cheers for the workout suggestions.
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    Re:My Story With Pics & Questions.... 2011/04/07 09:18:55 (permalink)
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    I think am gunna need a bigger garage and get me self one of them...
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    Re:My Story With Pics & Questions.... 2011/04/13 11:21:42 (permalink)
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    Lol I'd love to be able to afford myself a gym like that
    Anyways fella you should be well proud. you look ****hot imo.
     
    Hope my current cut gets me somewhere near that shape..
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    Re:My Story With Pics & Questions.... 2011/04/13 20:18:28 (permalink)
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    Hi D1,
    Thought i'd check in on your journal....i think you're due another post?!
    Just looking at your diet, not sure how many g's of chicken/steak/tuna/scoops of whey, you're having at one time (as to account up your protein intake) but you could really do with some at breakfast time (5.30 or with cereal bar)
    Also, plum doesn't have a "b" on the end like thumb - haha sorry, just made me chuckle!
    Lacking in EFA's - do you supplement any flaxeed or Omega's 3 & 6?
     
    So you're looking to gain some size now?
    IMO, you're doing quite a lot of Cardio during the week with Judo, MMA etc all serious calorie burners, make sure you're eating ENOUGH to compensate all those lost calories so you are able to grow.
     
    By the way, you've made brilliant progress in the past 2 years...look like a different person!!
    Will be poking my nose in here - keep posting
    OH, and welcome to MT x
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    Re:My Story With Pics & Questions.... 2011/04/14 08:04:09 (permalink)
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    Hi - Thanks for all your input, much appreciated.
    Sarah - Thanks, and yes your right - Protein is lacking early in the morning, something i will look at.  Protein = 1.5 scoops if USN IGF, tuna is always 1 'normal size' tin, chicken intake varies - will try to work out average.
    EFA's - I dont supplement these at present but have just ordered some BCA's from my friendly nutrition rep! (will these do the job or do i need to look at more - if so what would you suggest pls)?
    Plum is now corrected! - must try harder!
    Im pleased with progress so far, also have some whey coming which will hopefully help with things. I will post up a recent pic - harder to notice changes now tho....
    I really welcome any advice / criticism - and appreciate you taking the time to post.......thank you
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    Re:My Story With Pics & Questions.... 2011/04/15 13:35:39 (permalink)
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    Latest pic...
    I have looked into the BCA / EFA with a few searches on here but can someone elabourate as to what i may/may not need please.
    I have BCA's on their way (ordered)...
    Some people say they are essential some say you get what you need from your diet?
    Also when discussing EFA's they seem to work on a ratio - Hows that work!?!?
    Thanks

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    Re:My Story With Pics & Questions.... 2011/04/15 13:41:34 (permalink)
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    Lookin good dude! Keep it up!
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    Re:My Story With Pics & Questions.... 2011/04/19 12:53:48 (permalink)
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    incredible change how did you get your tattoo to go from your right arm to your left arm
     
    you have definetly got leaner and more ripped.
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    Re:My Story With Pics & Questions.... 2011/04/25 23:58:37 (permalink)
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    buzzer

    incredible change how did you get your tattoo to go from your right arm to your left arm

    you have definetly got leaner and more ripped.

    I was just about to post the same thing, can't be camera can it???
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    Re:My Story With Pics & Questions.... 2011/04/26 07:55:17 (permalink)
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    Some pics were taken in a mirror, some were taken by someone....
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    Re:My Story With Pics & Questions.... 2011/04/26 08:23:06 (permalink)
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    did you buy your leverage gym off someone secondhand by anychance?
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    Re:My Story With Pics & Questions.... 2011/04/26 08:25:03 (permalink)
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    I did yes.....
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    Re:My Story With Pics & Questions.... 2011/04/26 08:26:53 (permalink)
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    from wildsworth? i sold one the same abit back
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    Re:My Story With Pics & Questions.... 2011/04/26 08:28:35 (permalink)
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    No - mine came from Southend
    Great pieces of kit......
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    Re:My Story With Pics & Questions.... 2011/04/30 15:59:01 (permalink)
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    Hiya - just wanted to post a couple of links to articles on Fats for you.  If you have any specific questions though I suggest posting in the Diet forum (or whichever relevant forum) to get a better and more detailed response!
     
    Good Fats, Bad Fats: http://articles.muscletal...icle-good-bad-fat.aspx
     
    EFAs: http://articles.muscletal...ntial-fatty-acids.aspx

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