Weight Lifting: Amazing Lifestyle Change

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    So, when I was 16 years old, I looked at weight lifting cause I seen some of my older friends growing into beasts before my very eyes. A friend of mine was about 165, but his arms where the same size as some people's waists. He was a natural body builder at the high school level. He had a huge diet (he ate like a beast, but it was all healthy food) because he was bulking to 180.

    Anyways, I became inspired, and have been lifting, and started lifting 6x a week about 2 months ago, and I am now at 5"5 170 with about 17% Bodyfat, and I'll have that down to 10% before I go to BMT this summer. That is a big change from 205 with like 30% bodyfat I had over a year and half ago.

    I wonder does anyone else here weight lift competitively, or regularly? I have seperated mine as such:

    Mon-Chest/Tri +Jogging
    Tue-Back/Bi
    Wed-Legs/Abs +Jogging
    Thurs-Tri/Chest
    Fri- Bi/Back +Jogging
    Sat-Legs/Abs +General Fitness [Push-Ups, Pull-Ups, Flutter Kicks, Sit-Ups, Ab Wheel, etc]
    Sun-Rest

    General Fitness is to help get my scores up for the PT test mostly, but it is probably the roughest day on me, it gets insanely tiring. Especially if you consider I am going to be re-starting my boxing training which is 2 hours Mon-Thursday.

    Anyways, what do you guys do?
     
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    I am training for my second marathon.

    and where's Abel?
     
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    Cain, I'm proud to hear you're doing something physically responsible, and rewarding.

    I didn't seriously begin lifting until I was 21, and then really never stopped (although I have slowed, considerably. Since I started late, and had other things to distract me (family, job) I never did it professionally, however your schedule looks great.

    The one thing I'd suggest is not trying to bulk up as much as increase your CV (CardioVascular) stamina.

    How far are you jogging, and what are your times?
     
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    Haha never heard that one before. I remember my parents honestly thought about naming my brother Abel haha.

    Oh no no no, I am not bulking, god no. I have to get to 150, and stop there and build as much Cardio & Lifting Stats as I can. I am anti-bulking cause the USAF will not allow me to go over 165. They said to be below 160 would be a miracle for me to do for them.

    I do 2 miles, but it's slow jogging, my main goal is to just get my body use to normal cardio, before the Air Force DEP I never ran/jogged. I am keeping it at a slow 2 miles, then I am going to increase it to maybe a mild 2 miles, etc.
     
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    Excellent: I would suggest a good track or treadmill. Avoid Injury.
     
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    Yea, I hate treadmill, but I use the park, they have a rough track, but it is really a good track. It works my ankles a lot, and that is something I need a lot. It is pretty rough in the cold weather, but I wear warm clothing and am fine.

    Thanks for the advice Samson.
     
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    I too hated the treadmill...until I put a cable TV in front of it.

    With digital readouts, you can get good pulse rates and calorie burn. This allows an accurate record of progress, however incremental: Ideally, you'd like to see progress (time shaved, and or increased pulse each time you run, even if it's only a second or two)

    With the manual treadmill setting, you can adjust speed and incline: Doing this every 5 minutes or so also keeps me from getting bored.
     
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    The ones at my new gym have tv's but I am usually too busy focusing on staying alive lol. I really just prefer the outside woods, and working hard on up-hills and idk, it just feels like I get more of a burn in it, and I feel better when I am able to stop and look back and know I did 2 miles.
     
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    I began lifting when I was also sixteen years old. I was a venture scout and was already looking to join the Canadian military so I thought it couldn't hurt.

    I have learned quite a few things in the interim. You are lucky in that your body was already used to containing size, bulk and weight. Far easier than the skinny ectomorph who wants to put on ten or twenty pounds but can't accomplish it.

    Less is more. By the time I reached two hundred pounds with a 34" waist I found that the bulk muscle needed to be defined.

    I learned to use two thirds of the lift in eccentric lowering and one third in concentric raising. I gained far more strength from this training and I bypassed barriers that I had for years. Before push/pull I was not able to reach greater than 300 lbs for bench reps.

    With push/pull (and some creatine monohydrate) I hit 375 for reps and did so in seven months. So, I gained ~75lbs on my bench (strict bench) with the push/pull and creatine. When I gained this strength, my size increased and I stopped the creatine. My size decreased, but the strength maintained and it took time to bring the size back up again. Since the creatine adds another water molecule to the muscle cells, it stretches them and now all one has to do is fill that cellular membrane with muscle to gain the size back.

    You seem to be doing well, but it's hard to say without photos. I still lift, but just to stay in shape now.

    Have you looked at push pull? Chest and biceps. Back and triceps, etc? I agree that if you have always had a problem with weight gain (of grease that is) then your high degree cardio is necessary to keep the bodyfat in check.

    Do you follow a change up? How often? How drastic?

     
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    By the way, how many weightlifters does it take to screw in a light bulb?

    Four.

    One to screw in the light bulb, and three to stand around telling him how cut and pumped he looks while doing it.

    :lol:
     

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