Back into it



  • Just spent the morning reading some of the threads in this forum and must say... I'm inspired.

    Basically, I want to put on about 10kg and dramatically improve my overall strength and power for next rugby season (which may be my last). The kicker is, I've got a beach holiday planned for next April and want to be nice and cut.

    Since about this time last year I've lost about 10kg through work stress, personal life stress, smoking, drinking, not eating and not lifting any tin.

    So it's time to get back into the gym, cut the unhealthy shit and get to my former healthy self.

    I'll keep the updates coming and post questions as and when they come to me.

    Wish me luck.



  • luck!!



  • And some luck from me too.

    get in to it mate!



  • Good to see this energy rubs off on others.

    About Three weeks into it now, I lost 3kgs, tummy looks a bit flatter. Even the wife was surprised.
    I mean if she could see the difference...something is working.

    Good luck and stay committed, Junior.



  • First session back into it after a huge weekend on the piss and stuffing my face full of food. About half a kilo heavier than last time on the scales (3 weeks ago?) so encouraged.

    Tonight did chest, back, bis, tris and abs. Getting closer to my "baseline" upper body strength, but still enough off of it to keep me really hungry.

    Speaking of which, having some trouble really settling on my approach. Obviously, carbs are important for any serious weight gain, but I have a strong desire to get absolutely ripped for April's beach holiday. Any suggestions?

    Tomorrow night, legs, shoulders and lower back. Really looking forward to my first set of squats in about a year!



  • [quote name='junior']First session back into it after a huge weekend on the piss and stuffing my face full of food. About half a kilo heavier than last time on the scales (3 weeks ago?) so encouraged.

    Tonight did chest, back, bis, tris and abs. Getting closer to my "baseline" upper body strength, but still enough off of it to keep me really hungry.

    Speaking of which, having some trouble really settling on my approach. Obviously, carbs are important for any serious weight gain, but I have a strong desire to get absolutely ripped for April's beach holiday. Any suggestions?

    Tomorrow night, legs, shoulders and lower back. Really looking forward to my first set of squats in about a year![/QUOTE]

    That could very easily be the effects of the alcohol. Speaking from experience you can train so much harder, and put on a better type of weight if you lay off the piss. You dont have to go cold turkey, but if decrease your intake it could help your cause



  • [quote name='Chubby13']That could very easily be the effects of the alcohol. Speaking from experience you can train so much harder, and put on a better type of weight if you lay off the piss. You dont have to go cold turkey, but if decrease your intake it could help your cause[/QUOTE]

    This is what I need



  • carbs to grow - if you want to grow fat, yup!

    Protein for the muscles, carb to fuel them and your workouts!!

    Decent breaky - get stuck into whole grain rolled oats, protein powder, 3 egg whites blended and added to the mix - HUGE bowl of food, and sets you off.

    Lay of the bread - lunchtime carbs with your salad and chicken / tuna / steak some kumara or pumpkin that you cooked the night before...!



  • [quote name='BartMan']carbs to grow - if you want to grow fat, yup!

    Protein for the muscles, carb to fuel them and your workouts!!

    Decent breaky - get stuck into whole grain rolled oats, protein powder, 3 egg whites blended and added to the mix - HUGE bowl of food, and sets you off.

    Lay of the bread - lunchtime carbs with your salad and chicken / tuna / steak some kumara or pumpkin that you cooked the night before...![/QUOTE]

    That seems like an aweful lot of food. How do you stomach it all?



  • looks big, eats small, never seems to last long enough!! just a habit now. SHould check out our dinners at the moment - enough food on our plates to feed a small platoon of Japanese WW2 veterans for a week I reckon. 300g chicken, 300g stir fry veg (on BBQ, YUM), 200g kumara or potato (yes, potato, first time for 3 years that spud has been back on the menu).



  • Over the last 2-3 weeks Ive been switching my eating to healthier options (I refuse to call it a diet, because I dont want it to be a short term thing), having chicken, salad and kumara/pumpkin/brown rice for lunch, plus fruit and protein shakes throughout the day and that would be the hardest thing. Im just not used to eating that much food. Its used to slightly smaller amounts but with bread to fill me up. With saying that though I havent found that ive missed bread, or suprisingly energy drinks at all.



  • yeah, I forgot about that - it does seem mad the amount of food you eat. Ness's mum can't understand how we eat so much yet lose weight stay lean etc. And 'you're always eating'! You do soon get used to it though! And the prep, it seems if you're not eating, you're cooking, if you're not cooking, your preparing, and if you're not preparing, your putting together shopping lists for the things that you have forgotten!!



  • An update: so did my first set of squats in about a year and... I loved it! Only did 70kg, but got nice and deep and form was great. Would like to have done more reps in each set but by about the 8th my toes started cramping!

    Anyway, had a couple of days off at the end of the working week - more piss. Really just got to plan my whole week and stick to it - grog included.

    As for diet, I'm slowly weening myself onto it and all the bad stuff in my cupboards / fridge will probably be all consumed by the end of next week. Will weigh myself on Friday and let you know how much I've put on.



  • Yeah bro, Squats are primo! hmm were you rocking forward a bit? that could explain the toe cramp (lol). If the first movement is your arse going backwards then that seems to keep you solid on your heels. I wear really flat (chucks etc) shoes for my squats and DL's. I found running shoes have too much cushioning in the heel and it felt a bit odd at heavier weights.



  • Use to get that a bit too when I was squattting in runners. Been using chucks for about 6months and they are great!



  • old runners with all the cushinioong gone are fine too I have found in the past! But rip into it, squats - the best way to build a body!



  • I used to squat in bare feet when I worked out at a mate's gym. Changed gyms and the got asked to put my shoes back on. I was assured it was for safety reasons and not because my feet stink.



  • In the groove now with both my training and diet and, just quietly, I'm fucking loving it.

    Big challenge is the drinking. Basically a write off for a whole 24hrs after that. Can't wait until the silly season is over, really.



  • Been a whole since I contributed to my own thread so I'll give you an update.

    Still not curbed the drinking as much as I would like but think I will be dong the Feb fast. Basically I'll go two weeks without a drink and then probably have 3-4 sessions within the space of a week. Not huge benders, but big enough to mean that if I make it to the gym the next day I'm usually feeling pretty weak.

    Diet is pretty much good. I give myself one breakfast, one lunch and one dinner a week where I can eat whatever I want, usually find myself not taking the dinner option and instead having a couple of lunches a week of sushi or a baguette.

    Training is also regular and I'm really starting to get stronger. Still not quite where I'd like to be the squats, but I will get there. Building my routine around a day of chest and back followed by a leg day. Alternate week to week whether I work my shoulders or arms with my legs or my chest/back.

    In terms of my weight - I'm stagnating but in a good way. Pants are loose but haven't dropped any weight - still weigh about as much as a damp towel, though. Getting a few looks and compliments about my physique too - always a nice experience!



  • weight is the killer to get the mind around, the look and feel just as important, and if people noticing in a good way - all good!


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