I don't intend to still be going hard in my 40s - I look forward to one day being off the hamster wheel of cut / bulk / maintain / repeat. At 34 now I see probably another 4 years going all out before settling down to mostly maintenance for good.Thanks for that! Reason I ask about your age is I’m always interested in how long people want to keep pushing for size. That is to say, do you still intend to be blasting and bulking in your 40s? I’ve always had 40 in my mind as my cutoff for gear use but who knows how i’ll feel when I get there.
Bonus question: are you the biggest dude in your gym?
I don't intend to still be going hard in my 40s - I look forward to one day being off the hamster wheel of cut / bulk / maintain / repeat. At 34 now I see probably another 4 years going all out before settling down to mostly maintenance for good.
I usually am the biggest guy in the gym but I don't train at any of the specialized places where most of the real bodybuilders are.
I do PPL with 2 workout for each:Let’s talk training!!! What’s your usual split. Working sets a week/day, intensity stuff, log book???
Yes, on my heaviest 2-3 sets of whatever press I'm doing - Smith flat, Smith incline, Hammer Strength flat / flat wide, or Hammer Strength incline.Do you use the sling shot every bench day ?
Good thread this. Really interesting. Could you explain how you have dieted down so quickly and successfully, whats your approach?
Yeah I’m dry interested in how u diet down so quickly. Touch on that a little bit if u don’t mind
I've dieted down quicker every year and this was the fastest - Dexa scan was just under 10 weeks from starting and it likely would've been the same at 9 weeks. In years past I've eased into the diet by tapering carbs down but this year I went straight into it by taking carbs from whatever I was consuming to 0 the next day.
I've dieted the same way for years - 0 carbs Monday through Friday, eat pretty much whatever on the weekends. I truly enjoy eating just protein / fat and when I'm done being a huge bodybuilder some form of keto or CKD is how I'll eat for life. Also, knowing that I just have to make it to the weekend to get some normal food makes it very easy to stay on track - I never cheat or have weak moments during the week.
Weekday diet the last few weeks:
- 2 scoops True Nutrition custom protein mix
- 8oz. 98% ground beef
- 7oz. chicken breast
- 1 scoop True Nutrition custom protein mix
- 5oz. 98% ground beef
- 5oz. chicken breast
- TOTALS – 1,144 calories / 222g protein / 0g carb / 20.5g fat
- Over the last 3 weeks I did fat loads 1-2x a week as needed, usually Wednesday and Friday
- 3 - 16oz. nuts, usually cashews
- Bowl of PB2, sunflower butter, protein powder, and sugar free chocolate syrup
- Muscle gets depleted of fat just like glycogen so when you’re deep in a hard diet fat loads are needed
- My typical signs for a fat load are being flatter than normal and having weight drop too fast, which always happens for me in the last 3-4 weeks of dieting
- Saturday is:
- Brunch at a restaurant – steak and eggs, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, etc.
- Dinner take out or at a restaurant – sushi, fried rice, Mexican, steakhouse, etc.
- Dessert – ice cream, protein powder, cookies, whatever I’m craving
- Sunday is:
- Breakfast at home
- Dinner at home, usually with leftovers from breakfast and dinner on Saturday
- Dessert – same thing
- I approach cardio like this - what takes LESS effort, performing cardio or not eating as many calories?
- Obviously it's not eating as many calories
- In a diet, whatever takes LESS EFFORT is what I want to do since my energy resources are so constrained
- I think most guys could get away with less cardio if they didn't eat so much out of fear of losing muscle, being flat, being hungry, etc.
- The most cardio I did this diet was 57 minutes in a day, and that was just because I was killing time while my girlfriend was making dinner
- The most cardio I consistently did this diet was 45 minutes a day
- I typically do a 30 minute walk first thing in the morning
- I live in a gated community on a hillside and walk loops around it
- With how it's situation on the hill, it ends up being about 20% incline, 20% decline, 60% flat
- I then do the rest of my cardio on a Precor elliptical after lifting - never any resistance or incline
- I don't track steps, calories burned, NEET, any of that stuff
- I just track the minutes of cardio I'm doing and continue to increase them through the diet
Yes, on my heaviest 2-3 sets of whatever press I'm doing - Smith flat, Smith incline, Hammer Strength flat / flat wide, or Hammer Strength incline.
I also use it on Smith military press.
I credit using the Slingshot with having 0 aches and pains in my shoulders, elbows, and wrists, which in turn has let me keep moving heavier weights year after year.
It does come from the powerlifting world. Think of it like knee wraps for the upper body - it's made of similar stretchy material so it can help getting out of the bottom. It also keeps the elbows fixed in place, key stability needed for big lifts.what exactly does the sling shot do? I thought it was more of a power lifting thing. Thanks