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Old 05-15-2013, 01:41 PM   #801
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Thats awesome GO BECKY!!!

I'm starting to see good results myself, Randy even said my booty was looking smaller and more toned!
these last 10 pounds are a Bitch! Here we go with more cardio! lol
Ain't that the truth lol. Once you get the hang of it steady fat loss is a piece of cake and then out of the blue your body say's that's enough and it all comes to a hault. It's a built in mechanism of self preservation. That's when you use every trick in the book and bust your butt but it will come.
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Thats awesome GO BECKY!!!

I'm starting to see good results myself, Randy even said my booty was looking smaller and more toned!
these last 10 pounds are a Bitch! Here we go with more cardio! lol

I'm watching you on FB - you're doing great and I know you'll get the result you want cause you won't quit!! You are truly an inspiration


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Ain't that the truth lol. Once you get the hang of it steady fat loss is a piece of cake and then out of the blue your body say's that's enough and it all comes to a hault. It's a built in mechanism of self preservation. That's when you use every trick in the book and bust your butt but it will come.
No change in weight today, but there were a few too many "life happens" days recently. So I'm back on track with calories and busted it today. I should hopefully see another LB next week-hopefully

Thanks y'all for being here to help and encourage. I have never felt better in my life
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So I said I would share my gf's story....

Below is a picture of my girlfriend at age of 28...before twins, life, etc...



At this point in her life she was competing in sprint triathlons.

As of September 2012, at 39 years old, she was 200lbs and she is only 5'2". We met online...through conversation she knew how important working out and living a clean lifestyle was to me so she posed the question if I'd be interested in dating someone who wasn't in the best shape but would make the commitment to get back into even better shape than before. I said absolutely.

Before she started I told her first thing to do would be buy the book Body For Life by Bill Phillips, read it, and follow the eating guide and chart the intensity of her workouts. I also told her cardio is great but she needed to incorporate weights into her workout. I told her to look in the gym and look at the different body types...the ones using weights and the ones only doing cardio and ask herself which one she'd rather be. I also told her (like the book says) she needed to push....This is one of the biggest problems I see in the gym, both with people doing cardio and lifting weights. They just go through the motions....

And so it begins. She getting up at 4:30 in the morning and goes to the gym to run. Then goes home and gets ready for work, works, and goes back to the gym in the late afternoon early evening for weights and has done this pretty much 6 days a week since the end of September. She also follows the book with regards to food intake. She eats 6-7 times a day.

As of March 31st she weighed 131lbs. She has gone from a size 12-14 to a size 2-4. Her weight today goes between 129-131 and she is about to make an even more serious effort to get to 120lbs by June 26th which is when we are going on vacation. She mostly does interval training on the treadmill...slow jog (5.0 mph) for a min then sprints at 12mph for a minute. She does this for 30 mins. Sometimes she just runs for 30 mins at an 8.0mph pace.

Weights wise she has a 155lb bench, a 275lb parallel free squat, a 395lb high box squat, a 265lb deadlift. I am so proud of her. The intensity she trains with inspires me so much to do even more.

I'll take a current pic and post it soon, along with one from her plus size state.

You can do whatever you put your mind to and I'll leave you with this video.....

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So I said I would share my gf's story....

Below is a picture of my girlfriend at age of 28...before twins, life, etc...



At this point in her life she was competing in sprint triathlons.

As of September 2012, at 39 years old, she was 200lbs and she is only 5'2". We met online...through conversation she knew how important working out and living a clean lifestyle was to me so she posed the question if I'd be interested in dating someone who wasn't in the best shape but would make the commitment to get back into even better shape than before. I said absolutely.

Before she started I told her first thing to do would be buy the book Body For Life by Bill Phillips, read it, and follow the eating guide and chart the intensity of her workouts. I also told her cardio is great but she needed to incorporate weights into her workout. I told her to look in the gym and look at the different body types...the ones using weights and the ones only doing cardio and ask herself which one she'd rather be. I also told her (like the book says) she needed to push....This is one of the biggest problems I see in the gym, both with people doing cardio and lifting weights. They just go through the motions....

And so it begins. She getting up at 4:30 in the morning and goes to the gym to run. Then goes home and gets ready for work, works, and goes back to the gym in the late afternoon early evening for weights and has done this pretty much 6 days a week since the end of September. She also follows the book with regards to food intake. She eats 6-7 times a day.

As of March 31st she weighed 131lbs. She has gone from a size 12-14 to a size 2-4. Her weight today goes between 129-131 and she is about to make an even more serious effort to get to 120lbs by June 26th which is when we are going on vacation. She mostly does interval training on the treadmill...slow jog (5.0 mph) for a min then sprints at 12mph for a minute. She does this for 30 mins. Sometimes she just runs for 30 mins at an 8.0mph pace.

Weights wise she has a 155lb bench, a 275lb parallel free squat, a 395lb high box squat, a 265lb deadlift. I am so proud of her. The intensity she trains with inspires me so much to do even more.

I'll take a current pic and post it soon, along with one from her plus size state.

You can do whatever you put your mind to and I'll leave you with this video.....


How true this is. Many people don't succeed only because they don't commit themselves, they have the tools and knowledge yet still don't do it. Always an excuse or I'll do it tomorrow. I think those who try and give up do so because it's hard work, no one said it was easy, you just have to put your mind to it and do it.
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How true this is. Many people don't succeed only because they don't commit themselves, they have the tools and knowledge yet still don't do it. Always an excuse or I'll do it tomorrow. I think those who try and give up do so because it's hard work, no one said it was easy, you just have to put your mind to it and do it.
Might sound cheesy but...

Times during the year, when I get in a rut, I watch the Rocky movies...

"there is no tomorrow"...
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I weighed in at 225 this morning!! Talk about a success so far.

10 Weeks ago I was between 253-255. It has been an awesome journey. But I am still 25 pounds from my goal weight.
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I weighed in at 225 this morning!! Talk about a success so far.

10 Weeks ago I was between 253-255. It has been an awesome journey. But I am still 25 pounds from my goal weight.

Sounds like you're well on your way, your goal is well within your reach, keep on going and you will get there.
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I decided back in January after it hit me that in one year I would be 50 that I wanted to bench press 200% of my body weight on my 50th BD, in my baseline day in early January, I weighed in at 236 and bench pressed 315 lbs, now I'm only 5'9" so it was safe to say I needed to be two inches taller to be round, but I do have natural upper body strength. Either I could get alot stronger (470+ Bench) or lose weight. I also had slightly elevated BP and cholesterol, so I chose both. As of Friday, I am now down to 194 and my bench has not been adversely effected, still at 315 with a strict competition lift, I can now run 2 miles in under 19 minutes, and all my vitals are good. My goal is to lose down into the mid 180's and then build back to low 190s, so I must get my bench near 400, I'm a little ahead of my schedule, but with the summer and work travel, it will be close. 5 days a week in the gym and a big nutrition change (Herbalife) and I'm on my way. I don't know how many HP the 40+ lbs have been worth, but I expect quicker 1/4 mile times this summer.
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I decided back in January after it hit me that in one year I would be 50 that I wanted to bench press 200% of my body weight on my 50th BD, in my baseline day in early January, I weighed in at 236 and bench pressed 315 lbs, now I'm only 5'9" so it was safe to say I needed to be two inches taller to be round, but I do have natural upper body strength. Either I could get alot stronger (470+ Bench) or lose weight. I also had slightly elevated BP and cholesterol, so I chose both. As of Friday, I am now down to 194 and my bench has not been adversely effected, still at 315 with a strict competition lift, I can now run 2 miles in under 19 minutes, and all my vitals are good. My goal is to lose down into the mid 180's and then build back to low 190s, so I must get my bench near 400, I'm a little ahead of my schedule, but with the summer and work travel, it will be close. 5 days a week in the gym and a big nutrition change (Herbalife) and I'm on my way. I don't know how many HP the 40+ lbs have been worth, but I expect quicker 1/4 mile times this summer.
That's still something to be really f'n proud of.

Not to rain on your parade, and I hope you get it, but from where you are at now, doing it without chemical enhancement, a 2x BW bench probably won't happen unless you have benched that much before.

But I will tell you, the quicker you learn (and you may already know) that the strongest muscle must be the triceps, then the upper back and rear delts the quicker you will get stronger in the bench. I wish you good luck!!
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I weighed in at 225 this morning!! Talk about a success so far.

10 Weeks ago I was between 253-255. It has been an awesome journey. But I am still 25 pounds from my goal weight.
You are doing am awesome job! Keep it up!
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That's still something to be really f'n proud of.

Not to rain on your parade, and I hope you get it, but from where you are at now, doing it without chemical enhancement, a 2x BW bench probably won't happen unless you have benched that much before.

But I will tell you, the quicker you learn (and you may already know) that the strongest muscle must be the triceps, then the upper back and rear delts the quicker you will get stronger in the bench. I wish you good luck!!
No chemicals in the plan, many years ago, my personal best was 385 raw in a competition. I feel strong, I think only injury will keep me from it, I don't seem to recover as quickly now. I'm all tri's can't grow a bicep to save my life...
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No chemicals in the plan, many years ago, my personal best was 385 raw in a competition. I feel strong, I think only injury will keep me from it, I don't seem to recover as quickly now. I'm all tri's can't grow a bicep to save my life...
What did you weigh? Starts getting really tough when you get to a close to a 2x BW bench. Kind of like build an NA Camaro. With a good amount of work you can get low to mid 11 car. But getting that car in the 10'a is a totally different ballgame.
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You are doing am awesome job! Keep it up!
I am. I am currently sitting at 16% body fat. My Goal is a relative number but essentially keep cutting until I hit between 5-7% body fat. Which should put me around 200-205 ish, I am trying to include muscle loss into this.
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What did you weigh? Starts getting really tough when you get to a close to a 2x BW bench. Kind of like build an NA Camaro. With a good amount of work you can get low to mid 11 car. But getting that car in the 10'a is a totally different ballgame.
Depends.... Also it heavily depends on the type of training you are doing.

What type of routine are you working off of?

I know that right now, With the severe calorie cut I am in everything feels heavy however I still am strong and/ or stronger with repitous weights.(ie. benching 225 etc) However once i get to the heavier weights not having the extra balance weight is throwing me off.

If you are doing some sort of russian or 5x5 training you may be able to get to 375 soon.

I know that right now, every single set I use is 225 and above at 11-15 reps. I usually do 4 medium grip flat, 3 incline, 3 decline, dips, then finish up with close grip. I use 225 and above on every set. Let me tell you I am exhausted, However I feel so damn strong its awesome.
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Depends.... Also it heavily depends on the type of training you are doing.
Not really...when you get to around that strength level (and 3x bw on the squat) it gets very, very difficult. I agree the training program is important and most people have no clue how to get maximally strong for 1 rep.

Again...the difference between a 194lb man benching 390 vs 365 (2x bw vs 1.9x bw) is absolutely huge.
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I am. I am currently sitting at 16% body fat. My Goal is a relative number but essentially keep cutting until I hit between 5-7% body fat. Which should put me around 200-205 ish, I am trying to include muscle loss into this.

Trying to reach 5-7% body fat and increasing strength to the degree you want is no easy task. Generally speaking, building strength/muscle and loosing fat are two different strategies. It can be done but the small details become very important, especially with nutrition. Everything you eat should be nutrient dense with absolutely no empty cals. Nutrient timing is also critical. Eating/drinking carbs and proteins pre/post workout to support muscle growth is essential as well as a good dose of casein protein before sleep. If in a caloric deficit as needed for cutting you will eventually burn out and loose strength. Carb cycling may be the ticket.
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I decided back in January after it hit me that in one year I would be 50 that I wanted to bench press 200% of my body weight on my 50th BD, in my baseline day in early January, I weighed in at 236 and bench pressed 315 lbs, now I'm only 5'9" so it was safe to say I needed to be two inches taller to be round, but I do have natural upper body strength. Either I could get alot stronger (470+ Bench) or lose weight. I also had slightly elevated BP and cholesterol, so I chose both. As of Friday, I am now down to 194 and my bench has not been adversely effected, still at 315 with a strict competition lift, I can now run 2 miles in under 19 minutes, and all my vitals are good. My goal is to lose down into the mid 180's and then build back to low 190s, so I must get my bench near 400, I'm a little ahead of my schedule, but with the summer and work travel, it will be close. 5 days a week in the gym and a big nutrition change (Herbalife) and I'm on my way. I don't know how many HP the 40+ lbs have been worth, but I expect quicker 1/4 mile times this summer.
I weigh right at 165 and bench 265 currently. I can get it for about 3 reps and I'm done (after doing 3 sets of 225). I'm very strong for my size and don't think I can bench 315 let alone 330. I'll be watching you to see how you do it.

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I am. I am currently sitting at 16% body fat. My Goal is a relative number but essentially keep cutting until I hit between 5-7% body fat. Which should put me around 200-205 ish, I am trying to include muscle loss into this.
Coming from someone who got down to about 6% bodyfat last summer, it's not fun. Once the body gets in to single digit body fat it thinks it's starving. You'll get to a point that nothing seems to work and you end up cutting calories and carbs further to get those last few % and it's pretty miserable if I'm honest. I had bouts of memory loss I cut my carbs so low. I'd wake up in the morning and couldn't remember what I had for dinner or what I watched on TV. I felt kinda buzzy all the time too. I've decided 8% is gonna be my limit from now on. I just wanted to see how low I could actually go and 6% was enough for me to throw in the towel.

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Trying to reach 5-7% body fat and increasing strength to the degree you want is no easy task. Generally speaking, building strength/muscle and loosing fat are two different strategies. It can be done but the small details become very important, especially with nutrition. Everything you eat should be nutrient dense with absolutely no empty cals. Nutrient timing is also critical. Eating/drinking carbs and proteins pre/post workout to support muscle growth is essential as well as a good dose of casein protein before sleep. If in a caloric deficit as needed for cutting you will eventually burn out and loose strength. Carb cycling may be the ticket.
Good advice here. Especially the carb cycling. That always seemed to work well for those last few % I was trying to get rid of. I'm at about 10% BF now and headed back to 8% for summer.
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Trying to reach 5-7% body fat and increasing strength to the degree you want is no easy task. Generally speaking, building strength/muscle and loosing fat are two different strategies. It can be done but the small details become very important, especially with nutrition. Everything you eat should be nutrient dense with absolutely no empty cals. Nutrient timing is also critical. Eating/drinking carbs and proteins pre/post workout to support muscle growth is essential as well as a good dose of casein protein before sleep. If in a caloric deficit as needed for cutting you will eventually burn out and loose strength. Carb cycling may be the ticket.
CFD, great info man! However I am not the one trying to bench twice my body weight. I am just trying to lose the weight. I just have him an instance of my training.
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Coming from someone who got down to about 6% bodyfat last summer, it's not fun. Once the body gets in to single digit body fat it thinks it's starving. You'll get to a point that nothing seems to work and you end up cutting calories and carbs further to get those last few % and it's pretty miserable if I'm honest. I had bouts of memory loss I cut my carbs so low. I'd wake up in the morning and couldn't remember what I had for dinner or what I watched on TV. I felt kinda buzzy all the time too. I've decided 8% is gonna be my limit from now on. I just wanted to see how low I could actually go and 6% was enough for me to throw in the towel.
I may never get to that 5%-7% but it is a goal I have always wanted to attain. However, If i get down to sub 10% and have define abs then I may say screw it.
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I may never get to that 5%-7% but it is a goal I have always wanted to attain. However, If i get down to sub 10% and have define abs then I may say screw it.
Right around 10% is where the abs start to show definition. 5% is very difficult and cannot be sustained for long. The body requires some fat stores to maintain itself and 5% is right at the point that is required, anything less than that or even maintaining it for a period of time is unhealthy. Even the most defined body builders or fitness models don't get much lower than that and is only for competition purposes and they put some fat back on post competition.
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If anybody could do it and it was easy, it wouldn't be a challenge, and yes I know it won't be easy, and at 50. So I'm a realist and I know things could be a stretch, so no problem listening to reality, but I'm optimistic. Been benching since I was a freshman in HS, I really thought the weight loss would be the hard part, that has turned out to have happened faster than I thought and with little loss of strength. Monday and Fridays are heavy chest and arm days with emphasis on tris, traditional flat, inclined and declined bench pyramid up and down. Wednesday is chest and arms with doing something different and or non-traditional, bar stripping, reverse grips, negatives, etc. 20 minute run everyday, Tuesday and Thursday back and legs. Doing the Herbalife meal replacement (with additional protein) now but will switch to Herbalife24 stuff in about 5 more lbs. My last personal best was in a 220 lbs weight class so I was probably 205ish as I was trying to get into 198s and didn't. I still have 7 months, I really want the 4 plates on each side, so we'll see. And 225 today for sets of 14, 8 and 3 (concentrated on form and breathing). When the big attempt is made, I'll post pics/video.
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Not really...when you get to around that strength level (and 3x bw on the squat) it gets very, very difficult. I agree the training program is important and most people have no clue how to get maximally strong for 1 rep.

Again...the difference between a 194lb man benching 390 vs 365 (2x bw vs 1.9x bw) is absolutely huge.
Yep it is... That's why I'm going for 405. Where you at in GA?
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Right around 10% is where the abs start to show definition. 5% is very difficult and cannot be sustained for long. The body requires some fat stores to maintain itself and 5% is right at the point that is required, anything less than that or even maintaining it for a period of time is unhealthy. Even the most defined body builders or fitness models don't get much lower than that and is only for competition purposes and they put some fat back on post competition.
Well I want that 10% goal soon!
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Yep it is... That's why I'm going for 405. Where you at in GA?
Good for you!! 4 plates is a ton especially for someone drug free, 200 and under, and "older".

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