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  1. Deadlift PB

    Mate I’ve come here just flicking through the forum’s pages, when I stumbled on your post. I pressed play, I saw your lift, I heard your expletives, and I have to say, I was so damn impressed with everything I saw and heard. Brother I have to give credit where credit is due. You’ve done something that only true Champions do, and I think that neither you nor the good members of this forum realise exactly what just happened. I wrote a small article here a while back now, relating to training under the most unfavourable conditions..., on purpose. Some would call it chaos training. Do you have any idea how much physical and mental energy is required to perform a 1RM? Of course you do, all the Champs on here do. Well we all know what happened (thanks to your expletives), the phone died, and instead of killing your attitude with it, it ignited it instead, and you Sir were smoking it, killing it, you were on fire. You could’ve gone the other way and called it a day, especially when you’ve already achieved what you’ve set out to achieve ... but no, not you! You came back like a fighting bull, and broke that bar off of the platform as if it wasn’t even there ... that Sir takes guts, it takes a particular attitude to do what you did, and you deserve all the credit and praising you’re getting from this stranger right here ... because it’s people like you, who inspire others with that rock solid determined (never die) Champion attitude of yours. Well done, and I sincerely wish you the best of health, and many more awesome lifting to come, like the lift you were kind enough to share with us here Sir.
  2. I’ll make this very short and to the point mate. The title of your post is about been frequently at the gym but unable to build muscle. To that my answer is it’s how rather than what you do in the gym that really counts. The “what” would be the program the good members of this forum are assisting you with, my focus is on the “how”, that’s the effort that you put in and the way you apply yourself towards a/any program. Secondly, I’ve quoted you above. If you re read your own words carefully, you’d find an answer there in. You don’t eat “on and off” do you? How about work? Do you work “on and off”, or are you a lot more consistent than that? Training is no different, sure you’d need to have some discipline, and I’m sure you have (otherwise you wouldn’t be here), but more importantly, discipline’s favourite fuel is to have a goal, and we all know now that you do have that ... the only thing missing from this whole gaining muscle equation, is to replace the “off” with more of the “on”, and you’ll be building muscles before you know it. Ok, so my post did drag on ... nothing’s new here ! All the best to you mate.
  3. Routine while gym is shut

    Good afternoon to you mate, I hope you and your family are keeping safe in this crazy world we’re living in now. I’m fine thank you for asking. I’m still working, which is a blessing these days when soooo many much more deserving than I have been laid off work. Wishing you and everyone reading this, a safe return to normality in the near future.
  4. Routine while gym is shut

    Yes Sir, an increase in frequency would be most appropriate under the circumstances. What circumstances? No, it’s not because the gym is shut .., rather, it’s because the intensity has been reduced (I’m suspecting it would be), and that’s the direct effect of weights vs your own body weight. To clarify the “why”, the reasoning behind my reply above, it’s because of the following: a higher frequency to one’s training is no more or less than a tool ... as there’s nothing magical about high frequency in and of itself. In fact, this particular tool can have you stop training altogether due to injury or illness, if abused rather than used for its optimal purpose. What is the main purpose of a higher frequency application then? It’s to inject a higher volume of work into one’s overall weekly workouts. What does that mean and why would this tool be dangerous if abused? Because higher volume requires less intensity (less weight on the bar not less effort though). This now brings us full circle to home/body weight training vs actual weights. Since the implication here is less intensity by default, it makes perfect sense to increase the frequency in order to compensate for it. All the best to you Sir, Edit: I made mention of the word “dangerous” when discussing high frequency training above. This danger lies when the trainee believes he could still engage in high intensity training whilst utilising this formidable tool, a tool that was created out of necessity in order to factor in more workload over the duration of a weekly training program.
  5. No Sir I would not recommend. These people have just shot themselves in the foot with their ad. They’re talking about stinging nettle leaf extract, then attributing what stinging nettle root extract does as benefits. I’ve just exposed one of their lies to you, which means mistrust and a kiss goodbye. You wish to raise your testosterone? Raise your egg yolk consumption for one whole week, as well as your saturated fats like butter and ghee, whilst reducing your sugar and total carbohydrates consumption. After that week, sit back and analyse how you felt both mentally, physically, including your libido and/ or having thoughts of a sexual nature. Take care.
  6. Weight gain question

    MV, you’ve been training for three months, multiple that by four and really see how you’ll look and feel in twelve months. The above is in a way similar to weighing yourself everyday, vs weighing yourself once a week. You’d get a much more accurate readings when you allow for some time to elapse, as opposed to pushing for what your head wants over how your body prefers to operate based on the law of homeostasis. Coming to the fat or muscle issue now; it’s both, and here’s a formula that’ll put your mind at ease. A slight surplus in caloric intake is going to see you gain some weight, and a slight deficit in caloric intake is going to see you drop some weight. Your visits to the gym and/or the effort you apply in challenging your muscles with resistance training, will play the role as the determining factor of how you’ll look, irrespective of weight gained or lost. In other words, the ratio of muscles to fat gains is determined by what you do in the gym. A state of caloric maintenance coupled with weight training over a time period, would shift the ratio of your body composition in favour of muscles over fat, leading to a faster metabolism as a result ... requiring an increase in caloric intake (for a new maintenance number now) to allow for some new energy for the muscles gained. A caloric surplus (coupled with resistance training), is going to see you gain both muscles and fat, however due (and based on effort applied in said training), you’d gain a higher ratio of muscles to fat. A caloric deficit (coupled with resistance training), would see you maintain your muscles (because you’re using them), whilst dropping in fat mass. Here you’ll look sharper and more defined with muscle separation etc. All the above takes some time, hence I began by saying, please multiple your 3 months by 4, before you really get a true sense or a more honest picture of where you stand. The kitchen determines whether your body weight goes up or down ... the gym determines how it goes up or down. Both are important elements in your quest for a better you. All the best to you mate.
  7. Advice needed

    I read the above ... twice. My conclusion is that your first post on UK-M was predominately one of self-analysis. I can't judge that; you've already judged yourself ... all by yourself. "Feedback" (as I've already said), has been presented by you. "Advice" ... on what exactly Pat? I mean what is it exactly that you wish to achieve, that I, or my fellow members on here can provide you with some relevant advice? There's a difference between driving in order to take in and enjoy the scenery, and driving to get to a particular destination with some serious purpose. Cheers, and all the best for 2020 mate.
  8. First ever cut and tips

    Honestly mate, I didn't come here to share with you about "properly" no. What is properly anyway? Forget different types of people with all their differences, because even you today, are not the same person of yesteryear and tomorrow. So why am I here, what have I got to offer you if not "properly"? An approach ... that's all. My approach for this moment in time, answering and based on what you've written. Let's see if I can be of some help to you ok ... I highly respect that statement. With this type of mentality, you and I may be closer to my type of approach than you think. I'm all for muscle, because muscles "talk", i.e. they're an active system, having an effect on your endocrine system, your blood sugar metabolism, your thyroid, and the list goes on. If I can throw one single sentence at you then leave, it will be this: think muscle building/maintenance, instead of losing fat. Thinking that way (muscle building/ maintaining), would see to it that in the long term, your overall body composition would be in favour of a higher muscle ratio to fat, and never the other way around. Ok, so the above was bit of an introduction, let us go deeper now ... Bravo, you're on the right track with this kind of observation. A bodyweight fluctuation of/between 91g to 136g per day is nothing to write home about, as it comes and goes based on whatever. It is the consistent weight gain or loss that we need to consider with any manner of seriousness. You have three options/three approaches before you: 1. Focus on a caloric reduction/deficit. 2. Focus on a caloric deficit through exercise alone. 3. Focus on a caloric deficit through both diet and exercise. 4. Focus on a caloric maintenance with an increase in exercise activity. My preference (not the easiest unless you have the attitude for it), though the best for body recompositioning would be approach #4. Frankly speaking, if you look at the four approaches, you won't be wrong if you thought that number 2 and number 4 are twin brother. This reason for this similarity will be made clearer in a minute. We've established that your maintenance caloric intake sits around the 3000 cal mark correct? What's with the 2500 calories then? Ok, so you wish to create a caloric deficit by using approach #3 from the 4 possible above approaches correct? I have to say, it's one of the easiest approaches and most popular too. Easiest and most popular does not equal better or optimal, and since most people keep on using this particular approach, and since these same people keep on using this particular approach (no typo), yes I'm repeating myself Jake, because this approach is most often repeated over and over by the same people ... why if it works so damn well and is most effective hu! Notice somewhere above, I wrote the two magical words ... "long term". Anyone can get you ready for a Hollywood acting role (if you were an actor) in months flat (either gain weight or lose weight) ... similarly, I can get you to fit into your new (or old) suite size in a very short amount of time ... but none of these approaches are ever meant for "long term" Jake. If you want a quick fix, stop reading here ... add a full stop. If on the other hand you want a body that is proportionally muscular, with a good ratio of muscle to fat, then keep on reading Sir. Jogging is a form of cardio. Call it what you will ... if your heart is pounding and your lungs are screaming for oxygen, then that is cardio. You may jog for 30 minute. What would that do to your cortisol level? Cortisol eats muscles for breakfast. Less muscle = less bodyweight ... but have we won the battle and lost the war, or what exactly? I want to win the war, I know you do too. So is there an approach that would eat fat for breakfast by increasing the rate of your metabolism, and at the same time maintain each and every muscle fiber you fought to gain previously? You bet there is , otherwise I've just wasted my time and yours both ... that's not the way I operate. Enough talk ... let's do this: 1. Maximum calories for maximum energy at workouts is what we're after, i.e. 3000 calories and not 2999 (you get the picture). 2. No muscle eating cardio a la jogging or similar. What's left mate?! Enter the SQUAT! I've just suggested to my friend Anna to include this beast in her leg day workout, to gain some serious leg/butt size. In your case, you're going to go lighter and faster. We've had World class sprinters/long jumpers from Great Britain train with us at the A.I.S in Canberra when I was Olympic weightlifting. and I can assure you, these muscular men weren't jogging or doing any form of "cardio" that did not involve some kick-ass resistance to go with it. You wanna get your heart your lungs your muscles into cardio mode ... great, squat and rep the hell out of it Jake! 3. Squats 4x25 or 5x20, with a weight you can manage to lift in an explosive manner/fast and continuously ... unlike Anna, there won't be any rest-pausing here since the weight is manageable enough for you to maintain motion. Please tell me now ... would these extra squats eat into your 3000 calories of maintenance? You bet your ass they will! Would these extra 100 squats total reps eat into your muscles? Hell no ... but they might just add some. Would these extra squats help to rev up your metabolism by taking it to a higher operating gear? You bet. Would these 100 extra squats make you lose weight? Mmm, well ... if they did, what type of weight would they be eating into would you think Jake? You've heard of use it or lose it right? Well, doing all these squats, do you think you'd be using it or killing it a la jogging cardio? If I want maximum energy for training, and yet, I don't wish to add any extra weight onto my body, would it make sense for me to reduce my caloric intake (risking a drop in metabolic rate), as well as having a drop in my overall energy to train appropriately to get the job done properly? No it wouldn't make sense, but (as I've said earlier), it would make the job easier ... and we've agreed that, easier does not mean better in the long term. So that's what I would do Jake ... I'd maintain my maintenance caloric intake (of 3000 cal), yet introduce the muscle sparer and fat devourer that is the high rep fast squats. Frequency (weekly) frequency of these blocks of squats. If you're losing weight too quick, back off/reduce the frequency. If you're not losing or changing body composition (which I'd doubt), then increase the frequency slightly and gauge. Play it by ear, and it'll be easier when you start the ball rolling mate, you'll know, just as you now know that you need 3000 calories for your bodyweight to stabilise. Give it a go, you've got nothing to lose except some fat, and all to gain, in more ways than one. All the best to you Jake ... take care mate.
  9. Anna’s log the sequel lol

    Hello Anna, I hope you're well and in high spirit (for bit of a change). If you allow me to come in for just a moment, I'd like to suggest few tweaks to you that I know would serve your purpose well. What is my purpose Fadi? To acquire some sick (and thick) set of buttocks, coupled with some thick ass legs. Would I be on the right track with that, lovely lady? If you agree, here's my recommendations: Let's change those 5 sets and 40 reps total, into ... 1. Squats: 2x20 You've still got your 40 reps, but what a difference this massive change would bring! You will be using all your body's energy systems in this, the most brutally shocking method ever devised by lifters we call the 20 rep squat set. We're always using our three energy systems, however the ratio differs and the intensity differs ... this 20 reps would take all way up to the next level where only the few would dare to tread ... I see you as one of those few, so ... Ok Anna, usually I would say, pick a weight you can manage for 15 reps, and do 20 reps with it. However since I'm after some initial success, I'd ask you to pick a weight that you can just do 20 reps with ... then after some rest (no less than 4 minutes), you perform your second set. What this does now, is it'll give you a marker//a target to shoot for, by increasing the weight on your next workout, until you get to that stage where the weight you pick, would be good for about/between 10-15, but you drag it to 20, with some rest-paused reps (because you'll be forced to, and that's quite normal, because your breathing will become almost unbearable!). This occurs due to fatigue in the stabiliser muscles, and the fact that you're running intensely in the Aerobic Respiratory zone. As I'm sure you know Anna, bodybuilding is a three way mechanism, one of which relies on muscle metabolic waste, a la 20 rep squats, and perhaps that's why many bodybuilders (I was one), add a tremendous amount of leg size once they inject some insane 20 rep squats into their routine. Moving on ... Romanians remain as is. I'd kiss hug and say goodbye to the above, because if after the 2 sets of 20 reps squats, and some Romanian deadlifts to boot, you still have energy to spare, I'd much rather see you indulge with a 3rd set on the squat, and perhaps one more Romanian. Why Fadi won't I lose muscle this way? No Anna, but I assure you you'll gain plenty more opportunity this way by increasing your ability to recover, and this to me means a better chance for more muscle gains. Doing more and more would only eat away into your much needed recovery, and please trust me, a beast that is a 20 rep set of squats, demands time and deserves the respect in order to give you back for the effort you've put in ... nothing is free in this life, and it's only fair that you get the leg size that I know you want so much to have, when you apply the proper effort during those 20 reps, that will pay you back accordingly if you but only recover by eating resting and chilling. That's why I've come here Anna. I'm nearly done writing an article on what I consider to be one of the best methods to add some size to your butt and legs ... coming soon. BTW, you may alternate these 20 rep sets with your other 8 rep sets. So if you train legs twice per week, on one occasion you go for what I'm suggesting to you here, and in your second workout (or vice-versa), you do your 8 rep sets. Might look like this: Monday: 5x8 Thursday: 2x20 Look after yourself and thank you for reading.
  10. Not sure what I am doing wrong...

    Shift your eyes to the left ... now read the words you've written, somewhat describing your avatar. I read "Getting HUGE! I'm going right for the cause, with no nonsense. The above attitude (because our words and actions are a manifestation of our attitude), is where we need to begin mate. Let me change this to read ... to get stronger, what I do, needs to matter. How's that for starters? You're craving an increase in strength, yet instead of writing your post under the strength sub-section of UK-M, you chose to write it under the "Natural Bodybuilding" sub-section of the forum. Subconsciously I'm suggesting to you, is that yes you do want to get stronger, but your love for looking a certain way is standing in the way of that goal Sir ... I don't mind if you tell me I'm wrong or that I'm way off the mark. When I was Olympic weightlifting, muscle size did not feature on my radar ... it did not even exist. Your love for looking a certain way ... your deep (possibly hidden fear ... until me exposing it to you right now), may be the "what" that has been stopping you from eating in a certain manner to not only gain some serious strength, but more importantly, to recover from what a strength orientated workout would demand from your body. Generally speaking, strength athletes don't fuss over the nitty gritty the way a true bodybuilder does ... perhaps your training partner has figured that out intuitively, because he's simply giving his body what it requires and not what he thinks it requires, based on a certain look .... you need to stay lean mate ... that was a hint. If your wish was t get strong in squats, do you do what I used to do as an Olympic weightlifter, or do you include exercises pertaining to bodybuilding and "completeness"? Similarly the deadlift, the overhead press, the bench, etc. Focus on what you need and not on what you want. Let e put this another way. Focus on what an increase in strength requires of you, and not what other sport demands of you ... getting stronger is not complicated, please don't make it so or think it is so Sir. All the best mate.
  11. Feeling lost...

    Congratulations mate (I've got few of these coming your way), so get ready ... So you're feeling lost ..., some people are lost but aren't feeling it. Tell me now, was my praise of your "awareness" worthy or not? I'd say yes it was. Have you seen the man by the side of the road with his car broken down? He wasn't after a new car, he was simply after a little initial push from someone who gave a damn. Here, receive your second congratulations mate, you've stopped, called out for help, and now you're getting that initial push to get the wheels turning. Why is that so important and why is it simple yet not simplistic? Because it takes a huge effort to get few tons to move initially, than it takes to keep that same tonnage moving ... wouldn't you agree mate? Here, you've got that initial push to get the wheels turning ... it's much easier from here onwards. This is easy, yet most seem to get it wrong (with good intentions mind you). Why is that you ask? Put simply ... because we have forgotten what it is to be a kid again, we forgot that child within all of us, because we have all grown up and become macho men ... all to our own detriment, when all that was truly needed, was some tapping into that child that lives within each and everyone of us, no matter how mucho the exterior may come across. So, what does a child want ... what does a child crave, what does a child need? I tell you mate ... he wants a tick, he wants a stamp on his little hand, he wants some kind of approval ... that's all he wants craves and needs. Instead, we do the exact opposite as adults ... we build a huge tall wall around us, and expect to climb it with ease ... on the first go too. This type of pressure we unnecessarily place upon ourselves is so damn unfair, we deserve to fail. Want to succeed, get that tick, coupled with some turning wheels? Great, do this... Give yourself an initial task that you know you would succeed in ... anyone tells you that makes you a sissy is welcome to call me out on it. If you want to discourage someone from doing something, make sure that that something is taxing to the hilt to ensure failure no matter what. On the other hand, if your wish is to encourage someone into doing - into moving - into getting off the couch ... then give them something achievable, because you can always turn up the heat once the initial flame has been lit enough to become a raging and unstoppable fire later on. That is all mate ... Now go open your front door and go for a walk for 10 minutes, then come back home and give yourself a pat on the back for achieving/completing this "easy" task successfully. Can you do that for me please? My help to you from down under Oz, is very much an external type of help or encouragement. I need you to feel that encouragement from within, and that can only be felt if and when you begin to achieve little (seemingly easy) tasks, gradually progressively and consistently. All power to you mate ... take care.
  12. Recommendations for a beginner

    "Mass", the type you and I like to have, does not come from (say) a protein shake (or a ton of protein), or a million calories, no Sir ... similarly that same type of "mass", is not found in some loaded syringe, loaded with all that is viewed to be the state of the art in the world of performance enhancement drugs, no. The mass you're after, is to be found first and foremost within you, and it's called effort, and it's usually put into full practice in a place called a gym, for that's the one and only way you will be able to manifest this catalyst (we call hard ass training) into the kick ass mass that you and I are seriously talking about in our friendly discussion here. Let's add a bit more to the above now ..., as that was just my simple way of introducing you to the non-bullsh*^t territory I'd like you to visit. Yes ... will elaborate in a minute. No, unless you become a different person within (say) 6 months of starting the routine I've suggested to you. You have two systems going on inside of your body, one of them is 100% useless without the tip-top shape of the other (and never the other way around). The system we're interested in right now (to help us in building that foundation I told you about), is none other than your mighty nervous system. This nervous system will thrive when you feed it two of its favourite foods; the first is called "learn", and the second is called "pattern" or "path". Put these two together and you'll get learn a pattern/learn to follow a particular pathway. I'm not against any program routine or system. What I'm very much against is the lack of emphasis on what matters most and when. What matters most is the building of some serious foundation, and as any sane human being would tell you, a foundation is what something is built upon, as that's the law and reality as we know it today. You've asked me about "variation" and whether there was a need for it ... is it necessary you've asked. Sir, once you've built your foundation, it's no longer about a "need" no, it's more about a "want" now. In other words go ahead, do as you like, add the style that you fancy, make every floor of that 100 stories skyscraper different from the one below or above it, the sky is the limit ... why (?!), because now you can, now you can afford to build the way you see fit, because you've built yourself a rock solid foundation where all your 100 levels would sit safely and comfortably ... but first the foundation, as this Sir is non-negotiable, and that's the land of no-bull! It's never going to be the same, because you're never going to be the same. Gradual Progressive Overload will be your aim. By "gradual", I mean the bare minimum increment increases in load on the bar. Give yourself time to improve and don't rush it ... a cake needs time to cook and rise, not some higher oven temperature to hurry the process. Weighing around the 70kg mark, I've asked you to reach a 140kg squat. If you were to add a mere 2.5kg onto the bar for three weeks straight, before backing off on the 4th week (backing off by reducing the volume of work by half for example), before going at it yet again on week 5 and so on. Doing that, would (could) see you reaching the 140kg squat by September 2020 (a training time span of about 9 months), adding about 7.5kg each month. If that's not a goal to work hard for I don't know what is. Please look again at the link I've shared with you above to get some ideas on how you may wish to apply your progressive overload. A minimalist approach is what's needed right now in order to fulfill the criteria that is the "teaching' and "reinforcement" of that repeated movement pattern your nervous system will optimally thrive on. You start to chop and change exercises now (at the beginning), or on your way to meeting those lift numbers I projected for you above, and it'll take you forever to achieve what is very much achievable in the short term, if you but stick the course giving it its due effort and focus. Best to not complicate it, by throwing at you (unnecessarily) all the exercises in the book, and expecting you to be very proficient in playing not just the guitar, but about 20 other musical instruments as well ... so brutally unfair you'd agree! Focus on one instrument, and become a machine by owning it like no other ... then (and only then), you may venture out and doing your thing playing your own gig ok. Time to stop thinking and start doing ... go take the plunge and get back here on UK-M, telling us what your best 1RM are on the lifts I've include for you. Would be a good start if you could squat your own bodyweight (say 70kg) in awesome form. I'll leave it here, thanks and all power to you reaching those numbers Champ.
  13. Recommendations for a beginner

    Your enthusiasm is very impressive, so let's see if we can take advantage of it and make it work for us. No. No, but don't be discouraged..., on the contrary, you ought to be encouraged that there's not a (one) plan that covers all, but rather a plan to get you moving into one of the best positions you could ever hope for. That position is called FOUNDATION. Skyscrapers are a plenty, but none would exist without one hell of a solid foundation, wouldn't you agree? So now that we've gotten our feet solidly on the ground, let's see what we're going to build... At 72kg and 19 years of age, these are the numbers you ought to be owning within a span of 12 months (if not before): Squats: 140kg Bench: 100kg Deadlift: 160kg Military press: 50-60kg Now to the plan: Workouts 3x/week Squats 3x8 Bench 3x8 MP 3x8 Deads: 3x8 BB curls 3x8 Add weight progressively but never at the expense of losing lifting form. Here's a detailed way to apply gradual progressive overload. Read digest apply accordingly: Eat real food, e.g., potato is more real than white pasta or white bread ... a whole egg, a piece of chicken, a piece of meat, is more real than meat sausages and cold cuts. You get the idea. Why twice ... why not 3x/day or even 6x/day ... no joke, I know lifters who trained like that, however 99% of them fell by the way side, despite been loaded to the hilt with steroids. These were the potential skyscrapers that never made it past the foundation ... better to be more realistic by doing what you can recover from without resorting to extreme measures. Train with a goal in mind, focus and be realistic; eat rest and recover ... then repeat ... easier said than done ... except for a determined skyscraper. All the best to you mate
  14. Thanks mate. I'd much prefer to talk about the fundamentals of getting big and/or strong, instead of a training routine, of which there are thousands out there if not more. So what is a "fundamental" to getting bigger and stronger muscles then? Put simply: it is load times time under tension. Now based on what you're really after from your training (size or strength), will be the deciding factor whether you want to heavily emphasise the load being used, or the time under tension a particular muscle is placed under, to overcome whatever load you subject that muscle/group of muscle to. Again (and I do know that I'm sounding "difficult"), what actually is an exercise? There are hundreds if not more right! It's better when you look at an exercise as nothing more than a "way" to loading a particular muscle, or some particular group of muscles. That's it. I've written before on this forum, that there's a huge difference between lifting a weight and working a muscle. One looks at what you ought to be lifting (to stimulate/work the muscle), whilst the other focuses on what you can maximally lift. Barbell curls come to mind here. Do you pick a weight that would work your biceps, or do you simply lift that weight, with your main focus being on actually "lifting" it. Lifting it or working it (the choice is yours), would determine your end results ... don't be like many (having much smaller arms than that big man in the corner there curling those "light" weights), because he truly know the difference between how much he can lift, and how much he should lift, i.e. the optimal load vs the maximal load. I'll stop right here before this really drags on. Take care mate.
  15. Cardio ... it's a word that gets thrown around without much thought behind it. I think most have gotten the wrong idea about what cardio's purpose really is, no thanks to pro bodybuilders, who are seen clinging to their favourite treadmill machine in some gym somewhere. Yes, they are filmed doing this when preparing for some bodybuilding contest. I'm sure we've all seen it. Some would read the above and may conclude, that I'm knocking a long treadmill walk (a form of cardio exercise), as being bad or wrong. That's not what I'm saying, however what I am saying is, this form of exercise (cardio), is less than optimal if one's main purpose is losing body fat. Again I must remind you that I am not referring to pro bodybuilders here, or heavily enhanced athletes, Ok then, if not cardio, what is the optimal way ... a better approach if you like, to losing body fat (over simply losing bodyweight)? Well, it all starts with your approach. Do you think hey I wanna lose fat (not the best approach), or do you think hey, how do I gain (or maintain/preserve) as much of my lean mass as possible? You see good people, cardio is awesome if your priority is maintaining heart/lung health, but weight and resistance training are much better suited for increasing and maintaining muscle mass. Mmm, so what mate, why are you making such a big deal out of this anyway? It's because muscle mass, is your number one body tissue that actually burns calories. If that wasn't enough, your muscle mass (gained/maintained through weight/resistance type of training), is the only tissue that has the added benefit of boosting your metabolism right after a workout and beyond ... a boost/a s**t up in gears in the revving of your metabolism, is a nice way of saying goodbye to your stored fat, whilst simultaneously preserving as much muscle mass as possible. In simple and plain English, and a bit of extract of an article I'm writing on maximum glutes, the foundation of functional sexiness... Long distance runners (joggers if you like too ... a la cardio), have no ass, lifters and sprinters have a great one. Squats, lunges, and deadlifts, make a great butt; jogging and prolonged sitting, makes a great butt disappear. Please do reflect on that last paragraph above, and feel free to tell me I'm wrong, I really don't mind ... just provide me with (say) an Olympic long distance runner (cardio), who looks in any way shape of form similar to a 100m or a 200m sprinter, male of female ... and you'd shut me up for good. I've seen how world class sprinters train, and I've seen how long distance runners/joggers train, and it's like chalk and cheese ... and the visual impact/the visual results of the two athletes speaks volume of what cardio does and what weight/resistance type of training does to your overall look. Cheers.