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Colin Wilson
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No worries, age was relevant in that it is irrelevant to the outcome and the process...if that makes any sense. People have been very positive. Some think I have gone too far and think I should have stopped at around 220 but I set the 10% goal and wanted to finish. Most of them don't understand the concepts that we do or our motivations so i didn't pay them much mind. They just care about the scale numbers while I was more concerned with the BF% and the tape measure. I learned that 10% is a hell of allot leaner then I gave it credit for. No wonder everyone gets shit for "Guess my BF%" posts. I would have sworn to you that I was around 17 or 18% when i started and it was 22.2%. I also believed that I would end up being around 215 at 10% and ended up at 194. You can call me educated now I guess.

Anyway, my original plan was drop to 10% get healthy and be able to say I did in once in my life then go back to power lifting at a lower weight class and keep my diet in check. Now that I am here I am thinking that I should take a year or two and work on bringing up my lagging body parts (Now that I can see them semi clearly) as Roman outlined in his last article. My shoulders, arms, and quads all need size to get to that X factor he writes about. So I am going to stay at this weight for about a month and let my body set some maintenance levels and then do a really clean slow bulk to put on some more size. ultimately if I do it right I would like to be around 215 at 10%BF long range goal. Actually doing a local BB show would be a cool bucket list item to cross out if it worked out that way. Guess that all depends on if my skin can bounce back from the weight loss, that is a suck factor about being older. Suggestions are welcome here, I am kinda of still struggling with the "what now" question myself.

I really did developed an appreciation for this form of training. It takes allot more mental discipline then I was giving it credit for. My apologies to all the BB'ers I may have pissed off over the last 10 years being so dogmatic about my own training, lol. Power lifting appeals to me for the pure sexiness of being able to grab a big weight and moving it once. Doing all the circuits and difficult movement variants took allot of mental discipline to push through even with really light weight then getting up for a big lift. I had big-o-rexic issues the whole time. Having a 40 pound DB kick your ass when you are used to holding 400 or 500 pounds in your hands messes with your ego for sure. Developing the discipline was very satisfying. I hit every Rep and never missed a workout for 6 months. I may have looked like a drunk sailor doing overhead Bulgarian splits squats but i got the reps in dammit, lol.

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gborlase
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Join date: Dec 2011
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Colin,

Is your training log over in the Over 35 Lifters Forum? I was interested in seeing your program and nutritional breakout. That transformation is exceptional and inspirational, especially when I realized you didn't start until June!

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Colin Wilson
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Thank you for the encouragement, I appreciate it. I did not keep a detailed log this time only for the reason I paid John to train me and I didn't feel right about taking what he does to make a living and throwing it out on the Internet. However in my thread "An IT guy" in the over 35 forum on about page four he came in and answered some questions and he and I will do a write up about it in the next month or so. His weight loss formula's were printed in his article here on t-mag and his size ratio's were also just printed a month or so ago. So all the information is out here.

John was awesome to work with. If you are stuck in your training I highly recommend him. I think if you are stuck in any of the different training disciplines getting a coach is the best thing to do if you're serious about it. I will probably hire a Power lifting coach within the next two years as I go back to do that while trying to maintain my physique goals....

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dianab
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Colin Wilson wrote:

I really did developed an appreciation for this form of training. It takes allot more mental discipline then I was giving it credit for. My apologies to all the BB'ers I may have pissed off over the last 10 years being so dogmatic about my own training, lol. Power lifting appeals to me for the pure sexiness of being able to grab a big weight and moving it once. Doing all the circuits and difficult movement variants took allot of mental discipline to push through even with really light weight then getting up for a big lift. I had big-o-rexic issues the whole time. Having a 40 pound DB kick your ass when you are used to holding 400 or 500 pounds in your hands messes with your ego for sure. Developing the discipline was very satisfying. I hit every Rep and never missed a workout for 6 months. I may have looked like a drunk sailor doing overhead Bulgarian splits squats but i got the reps in dammit, lol.


LOL this is great! Very impressed with the changes you have made but even more impressed with your ability to get over not lifting heavy. I'm trying to come to terms with that myself and finding it to be very difficult.

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putter2712
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looking great dude, but you need the 'before' facial hair back imo x

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2busy
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That's an awesome transformation, Colin.

Gives an 49 yo guy some inspiration!

Yes, age is all in the head. I had a older guy tell me that I needed to slow done with what I was doing. That when you get old you have to take things easy.

I told him to fuck off.

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Colin Wilson
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That is awesome, I lol'ed at that! If you look around the gym the guys "taking it easy" always look the same at any age.


Here I colored the goat and now I am not as depleted as I was at the end of the cut. I think the initial photo just looked allot older due to the grey and the depletion...

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Colin Wilson
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Up to 10.1% BF @198 body weight. Feeling allot better and looking allot less depleted here.

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Professor X
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You look better less depleted.


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Colin Wilson
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Thanks X I appreciate the feedback. Trying to gain some strength and size back now while keeping the BF below 14%. I lost allot in my squat but bench and DL are not to far off where I was at 260 lbs.

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Colin Wilson
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Been doing 5/3/1 BBB to get ready for a meet in May and trying to add so more size. I added a 1" to my shoulders and a 1/2" on my quads since Dec. Here is an Update pic I am at 10.7% bf @ 202.4

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Colin Wilson
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Here is a shot from theback. On a realated note any tattoo guys have any thoughts on how or what I can do to punch this Atat up? It needs something but I have no idea what....

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Professor X
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Good back shot.

Need more rows.

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CNK827
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Great transformation. I'm 25 and feel the need to push it more after reading you thread. Thanks!

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Colin Wilson
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Thanks for the encouragement, I appreciate it!

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maineiac42
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Fantastic progress!

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heavythrower
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collin, I know I have already commented a lot on your transformation, as I followed your progress on facebook, but I wanted to take the time to tell here in front of all our T-Nation acquaintances how blown away at how good you did.

I wish I had half the dedication that you have, and you look great, and most of all, you sound like you FEEL great.

your a stud,

michael

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heavythrower
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Professor X wrote:
You look better less depleted.





agreed.

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Colin Wilson
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Thanks Mike! Funny thing is while I was doing the metabolic work outs nothing hurt and I hated the work outs. I switched back to some heavier lifting and I get tendinitis in both elbows but love the work outs. I am seriously considering giving up the power lifting all together after my next meet and try to learn to love the healthier lifting.


This getting old thing blows big time...

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bignate
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This thread is full of good. COngrats

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Colin Wilson
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Thanks Nate appreciate the encouraging comments.

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Colin Wilson
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Update Pic 17 April 2012 , 208 in this Pic, Post work out about 11% BF here...

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Murph14
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Wow Colin, beastly pic! You're doing incredible and seem to really have the nutrition down. Great gains.

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Colin Wilson
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Thanks Murph, I just maintained the same eating habits/patterns that John taught me during the cut and increased calories and protein on weight bearing days.

I do have to admit the Pic was taken post work out so I was still flush with the pump.

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Excellent transformation!

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