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hungry4more
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Join date: Nov 2007
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Elite within a year sounds very reasonable for you BG, especially if you perfect DLing that much more over that timespan. Glad to have you.

Falcon, it is interesting to see how many of my friends that are serious about lifting smoke weed on a semi-regular basis, it's always funny when you see issues like weed/steroids/etc from the more "reasonable" perspective. Now for purely legal reasons, I'd keep talk about that in here to a minimum. There's PMs for a reason.

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KosanFalcon
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Join date: May 2011
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hungry4more wrote:
Elite within a year sounds very reasonable for you BG, especially if you perfect DLing that much more over that timespan. Glad to have you.

Falcon, it is interesting to see how many of my friends that are serious about lifting smoke weed on a semi-regular basis, it's always funny when you see issues like weed/steroids/etc from the more "reasonable" perspective. Now for purely legal reasons, I'd keep talk about that in here to a minimum. There's PMs for a reason.


UPDATE: I have since quit for personal reasons. About 20% that I need a new job.
Yeah, I hear you on keeping certain things on the DL. I definitely give less of a crap about things than I should sometimes. Advice duly noted. :P

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PeteTheSkeet
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Join date: Jul 2010
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Fresh meat here. I started training when I was 14 with with a poorly put together body part split. THrough highschool I lifted without any sort of idea about programming. Senior year I discovered 531. Soon after this I caught the hiv (lowerback went complete ape shit on me). This injury probably spurred from reckless hitting in football(spearing, being a human missle, etc.) I spent the next year and a half being Capt. Upperbody and struggling with figuring out what I can and can't do in and out of the weight room. The diagnosis was a collapsed disk at L5-S1 if anyone is curious. Last fall, after recovering from another back relapse summer of 2010 i started back squatting, slowly. I've been front squatting on the crappy end of submaximal recently and am continuing to try and push the weight slowly. I've started to add light sumo deadlifting to the mix to see how my back handles it. For now I'm not really chasing weights on my lower lifts. Just trying to get keep my legs stronger so I can be awesome when time calls to be awesome. I still train heavy on my pressing, despite not enjoying bench as much as some do.

I spent the last semester in school getting pudgy and vag like while also losing my sense of self worth and sense of self in general. Upon returning home I looked up and didn't like who I was and what I looked like so, like all the other times things have gotten shitty, I got back to doing real work in the weight room. Right now I'm training every other day, full body. There's no reasoning behind this. I just wanted to. When I get back to school and my baller weight room up there I'm planning on starting an Ed Coan bench program. So there it is.

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Stronghold
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Join date: Dec 2006
Posts: 6213

PeteTheSkeet wrote:
Fresh meat here. I started training when I was 14 with with a poorly put together body part split. THrough highschool I lifted without any sort of idea about programming. Senior year I discovered 531. Soon after this I caught the hiv (lowerback went complete ape shit on me). This injury probably spurred from reckless hitting in football(spearing, being a human missle, etc.) I spent the next year and a half being Capt. Upperbody and struggling with figuring out what I can and can't do in and out of the weight room. The diagnosis was a collapsed disk at L5-S1 if anyone is curious. Last fall, after recovering from another back relapse summer of 2010 i started back squatting, slowly. I've been front squatting on the crappy end of submaximal recently and am continuing to try and push the weight slowly. I've started to add light sumo deadlifting to the mix to see how my back handles it. For now I'm not really chasing weights on my lower lifts. Just trying to get keep my legs stronger so I can be awesome when time calls to be awesome. I still train heavy on my pressing, despite not enjoying bench as much as some do.

I spent the last semester in school getting pudgy and vag like while also losing my sense of self worth and sense of self in general. Upon returning home I looked up and didn't like who I was and what I looked like so, like all the other times things have gotten shitty, I got back to doing real work in the weight room. Right now I'm training every other day, full body. There's no reasoning behind this. I just wanted to. When I get back to school and my baller weight room up there I'm planning on starting an Ed Coan bench program. So there it is.


Oddly...familiar...

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Maiden3.16
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Join date: Jan 2011
Posts: 2398

-cut and pasted from me starting a whole new thread introducing myself in t-cell like a complete newb

First off, thanks for the invite.

I started PIP(pipes in progress program) when I was 17 and 150 pounds. This pretty much consisted of literally working out every muscle group every day on a workout bench in our garage until I was so worn out that I would have to take a day off. I would pretty much do one or two exercises for each muscle group. I did this until I graduated high school and then finally changed things up. As I started moving up in weight the workouts became too much and I was burnin out.

I then moved to a two day split. Chest/Bis/Tris, then Back/Shoulders/Legs. I did this until I was 21. This got me to about 180 pounds. I still did about two exercises for each muscle group. I still never researched anything on weightlifting at this point, just kept trying to increase my lifts. I also never deadlifted or squatted at this point. Also, everything was 3 sets of 10. If I got it, I moved up in weight the next workout.

I did the two day split until a strong buddy of mine convinced me to do one muscle group a day. At first I thought this was absolutely crazy and did not think it was possible to get stronger only working a muscle once a week. I did find out, however, that it is. I realized to get the best bicep workout, do just biceps. To get the best tricep workout, do just triceps. So on and so forth. I also started pyramiding my weight/reps (10,6,4). Weights increased quite a bit doing this. Oh yeah, I started deadlifting and squatting! This pretty much got me to where I am now, though I have changed some things.

Currently 5ft.8 205 working on a four day split- Chest & Bis/Back/Shoulders & Tris/Legs. Tryin to gain some fuckin weight right now also. Would like to be 215-220. Just recently started paying attention to my diet.

Ok not such a quick intro, my bad.

Again thanks for the invite and good luck to everyone.

EDIT: also wanted to say these forums have been great for advice, especially if you look in the right places and listen to the right people!

-To add to this I have gone from the four day split here to a three day push/pull/legs split 6 days on, 1 off. I havent hit every muscle group twice a week for a long time and it has been a good change for me. Also started box squatting in place of squats a little over a month ago and love it. Just feel like I progress and recover from them faster. I actually look forward to training legs now that I do them twice a week. Right now I am at 210ish down from 217. I am going to lose a few more lbs. and set myself for a nice bulk over the holidays. The BOI has been awesome keep up the good work everyone.

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Jimbo51
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Join date: May 2011
Posts: 155

Hey ya'll, new to the group. Started Lifting a little in middle school for baseball and football, continued lifting in high school and got pretty strong but after football ended senior year i got lazy as fuck and did absolutely nothing.

Got back into lifting last year (freshman year of college) and now lift about 5 days a week. I am stronger than i ever have been and hit 2 new PR's this week. A 425 Dead and a 300 Bench.

Here is a vid of me doing 405 on dead for 2 reps


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Jab1
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Good to have ya onboard Jimbo!

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Jimbo51
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Join date: May 2011
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thanks jab, good to be part of the group

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samoth2
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Join date: Jun 2010
Posts: 1111

Hey BOIs, a quick introduction from me.

I'm 21 years old, from Denmark and I am currently studying economics at the university.

I began my lifting career 1.5 years ago, inspired by Arnold, but I found lifting "heavy" weights fun, so I am now focusing on PL.

Stats:
Weight- Approx 180 lbs
Squat- 363 lbs
Deadlift- 385 lbs
Bench- 198 lbs (Weak)

Goals:
I am planning to enter a meet in february and would like to hit a total of around 1100 lbs. Otherwise being big and strong is the goal.

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Jab1
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Welcome samoth! Looks like you've got a great squat there.

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samoth2
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Thanks Jab.

I don't know if I would call my squat great. But it certainly is my best (and favorite) lift.

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elmore18
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Join date: May 2011
Posts: 388

First post on here will be posting training tonight, here it goes...

23 years old, 5'9" 210 Been training seriously for around a year and a half, I have however been working out my whole life but misguided. I spent a lot of time doing crossfit because while I was in the military it was the thing to do lol. I recently competed at an spf meet with a 390 squat, 260 bench (barely missed 300), and a 450 deadlift(piece of cake). I am currently training to gain strength and maintain the bare minimum of conditioning.
Goals for this year are a 405 squat, 300 bench, and a 500 dl. Oh I forgot to mention I was formerly following 531, and I am now training with a powerlifter at my gym.

Here is a vid of a recent dl pr

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GoldenChild
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Join date: May 2010
Posts: 221

Hey brothers, new on the corner as of this week.

Shit I canā??t believe it but I have been training for about a decade Iā??m 27 now so obviously started around 17. For the first half of my career I made good progress in terms of size I peaked at about 97kg not the leanest but not the fattest either. Now during this time I like most beginners used a bodybuilder type template minus the legs. At this time I had no real solid plan or direction I just knew I wanted to be bigger and stronger. Also in terms of knowledge I had zero I never really learned anything from anyone in the gyms I attended (small commercial gyms) , I never really read much and I ate complete rubbish all the time but i was consistent.

The second half of my training career has been much improved when I hit 22 I leaned out and was quite light for me (75kg) and have bulked pretty much ever since then with a few long bouts of maintenance. Suffice to say I am bigger and stronger now (apart from my legs they still suck) and have learned loads along the way.

My main goal currently is to hit 120kg bodyweight by Jan 1st 2012. Iā??m about 2.5-3kg away hopefully you guys can motivate me to get there.
Thatā??s it from me.


Thanks for the invite.

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EndersDrift2
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Welcome aboard golden child, looking damn good in that Av man, you've got some big ass delts.

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Spidey22
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Join date: Jun 2009
Posts: 3992

Hey guys, just got invited in here by Hungry4More. Excited to be part of the such a motivational group.

For a little background, I started lifting senior year of HS, at 6'2" 135lbs with a crappy bench in my room, doing a stupid routine, not eating, and having 90% of my routine based around my abdominals. lol. I ran cross country, track, and played B-ball in High School. Literally as slow-twitch as one can get (ran a 4:56 mile after half a season of track, and skipping most practices. LOL) so I was drawn to lifting because I've never been big or strong.

Got to a real gym freshmen year of college, 'bulked' AKA ate like shit and didn't make enough strength gains to accompany the scale weight (felt ANY weight was good weight) and ended up a chunkier then need be 220.

In the last year, have really got down my diet, and started lifting not with the intentions of just being sore, but instead on progress (dumb it took so long to realize that). So right now, here is where I'm at:

20 years old
6'2" years old
188 lbs last time I checked, and decently lean. I'd assume sub-15%?
Bench-185x4
Squat-270x5
DL-380x3

I didn't Bench or Squat hardly at all that first year or so, because I'm tall and lanky and not good them naturally. Hoping to have a 1.5xBW Bench, 2xBW Squat, and 2.5xBW DL by the end of this year. Hopefully I get bigger, leaner, and stronger overall as well.

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Jab1
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Good addition, welcome!

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goochadamg
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Join date: May 2007
Posts: 1470

I've posted here before, but I've been away for a while.

I've been lifting for nearly 5 years now, yoyo'ing body weight & strength due to a variety of reasons (mostly related to clinical depression).

I recently had a NASTY flare of Ulcerative Colitis, which lead to me being out of the gym for nearly half a year. I started back in February, barely able to squat 185. Tonight, I hit 325x20. I plan on doing another PL comp in the fall (no particular meet chosen yet). I'm stronger than ever, despite my huge setback.

I'm following 5/3/1, with some heavy singles thrown in every so often.

I'm not stopping. Ever. Again.

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hungry4more
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Dang man. Props to getting back on the train, you make us proud. Have you been sticking to higher rep ranges for squats since coming back, or was that just more of a milestone type thing?

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goochadamg
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hungry4more wrote:
Dang man. Props to getting back on the train, you make us proud. Have you been sticking to higher rep ranges for squats since coming back, or was that just more of a milestone type thing?



Thanks. I was having trouble recovering from my workouts due to medicine, so I set my squat too low doing 5/3/1. I was going to stop at 10 reps, so as not to totally wear myself out, but ... well, you know how it is. Once I hit my 10th rep I decided I wanted 20, so I did 20. A nice milestone, definitely. The last high rep set of squats I did was 225 for 25.

I just crushed 475 tonight:

I'm planning on hitting 500 in the fall, but I seem to be ahead of schedule; not that I'm complaining.

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jake_j_m
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Appreciate the invite here.

Most of my childhood I was reasonably active playing football (soccer, for you yanks) fairly regularly but I didn't step into a gym until I'd been 16 for a few months (outside of a couple of sessions on a rusty weight bench and a few dumbbells in our cellar with my dad).

That summer I really got into 'working out' at an initial 5ft 10" and 133lb. I started off doing 100% machine work and literally working every body part every day.. I can't remember the exact time frame but I eventually found myself creeping into the small free weights section more and more frequently, I was getting my advice from Men's Health magazines and message boards so I gained very little strength in this time, but took my weight up 15+lbs from noob gains relatively quickly and found if I worked out but didn't really eat any more I got super ripped.

My memory sucks but my transitional period after complete noob zone was being 17ish, when I started actually trying to gain strength and really focus on eating enough calories to gain bodyweight. I remember using both starting strength and Chad Waterbury's 'anti-bodybuilding hypertrophy' around this time. I created my initial 'strength base' in this time, which was still very weak by most accounts, but I was glad to be getting up 'the big 3' numbers a little at lack. I still look largely untrained at this point, especially upper body wise.

Once I hit 18 I was finally starting to 'get it' a bit and started having reasonably good bodybuiling style sessions and building strength, by the end of my first year of University (just about turning 19) I had 4pps for reps deadlift and a slightly less noobish squat/bench.

Since around that time I have been T-Nation learning more and more and have experience with 5/3/1 and smolov for squat/bench, as well as performing a ton of bodybuilding training and in the last 6+ months using a lot of John Meadows/Mountain Dog Training principles in order to see some pretty legit gains.

I'm currently:
- About 190 morning weight (my highest weight so far has been 198, but I'm bigger/leaner now)
- Still 5 10
- 375 Squat, 237 Bench (hoping for 250~ maxing this week), 502 DL

My current goals are:
- Carry on bringing up bench and squat
- Carry on gaining weight/size
- Find a PL meet this year
- Diet for natty BB show starting from early 2013

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MiJuggernaut
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Join date: Jul 2008
Posts: 282

ew to the brotherhood toady-
My story is simple, I was always a fat kid, then a fat adolescent. In my family we loved food food and used it to celebrate and to ease our woes, or even when we were bored. Then in middle school I found wrestling, which helped me control my weight and helped my self esteem.

I learned unhealthy ways to cut weight weight and won a greco-roman state championship and wrestled for the national team. I even continued on to wrestle a year in the best junior college team in Michigan with a winning record. I never trained with weights and was never really lean. Then wrestling and other sports were over and I began getting fatter and fatter by the year.

It got to its worst when my son was born a little over four years ago. My friend who had wrestled on my team and always been in my shadow came back after six years in the military looking fit and said"Hey, what happened to working, you look like shit man." I realized he was right and began learning all I could about training and nutrition.

When I started I could not run fifty yards and was on many medicines, at least six, for asthma. My triglycerides were borderline high and my doc was talking about meds for that. I started at 5'7'' and 285lbs of blubber.

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MiJuggernaut
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Long story short I am no longer on any meds and my labs are perfect. I work full time as an RN in a level 1 trauma center and am a father and still find time for 6 workouts a week including weights and cardio.

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Consul
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Join date: Feb 2012
Posts: 1244

That's quite the transformation, MiJuggernaut! Welcome to the BOI; I look forward to seeing your training.

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Achilles of war
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Join date: Jun 2008
Posts: 1156

Hi guys, H4M invited me here. I like to workout here and there.

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browndisaster
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Where in MI do you train juggernaut?

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