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Tankman4411
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hey stu, you said that some of my body parts were a little out of proportion. could you elaborate for me brother. i would love to know what you think my weaknesses are for an informational stand point. you are only as strong as your weakest link. if i know what you think they are i can better prepare.i respect what you have to say, and like the fact that you are taking time to follow my thread.
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I don't think you need to worry about leaning out, seems you know what to do, i.e. from 297 to 255 in 3 months!

Water is a final week issue, don't sweat it until then.

Dang, I'm 5'10" as well, you have a TON more mass than me, once you are lean you will look unbelievable.

I can't see the posing video that Waylander and Thoughts mentioned because I am at work, but I am guessing it is the Skip Hill video, if so, I know that is packed with great info. It really helped me.

Is the stairmill work fasted?

I can't see your pictures at work, but I plan to check it out at home sometime and offer any feedback I can.

Best of luck to you!

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OK, just checked the pictures.

You are going to look incredible, 'nuff said.

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Tankman4411 wrote:
hey stu, you said that some of my body parts were a little out of proportion. could you elaborate for me brother. i would love to know what you think my weaknesses are for an informational stand point. you are only as strong as your weakest link. if i know what you think they are i can better prepare.i respect what you have to say, and like the fact that you are taking time to follow my thread.
thanks
tank


Firstly, let me stress that nothing is truly 'weak', merely an issue with other areas being so dominant. For example, my own legs aren't horrible, BUT in comparison to my upper body, they're always something I need to focus on.

The real acid test will come down to how much size you can actually retain as you come into condition though. My only real concerns in terms of areas you should do your best to bring up while prepping would be hamstrings and calves. Sure your quads could use a bit more sweep, but again, it's because your torso and arms are so well developed (horrible, I know-lol.)

I don't usually suggest people bother with splitting their hams and quads during a cut, but
in your case, it wouldn't be a bad idea if you were to ask your coach's thoughts on the matter.

Keep posting pics as you go, I'll certainly do my best to pop in and give you my thoughts if you'd like.

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You wear the same Vibram FiveFingers as I do :)

You're looking great, I'm looking forward to seeing your progress.

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Thanks for the input stu and timm. My coach agrees with you for the most part. She wants me to bring up my chest and hamstrings.
Weighed 246lbs this morning. Feeling a little tired and weak but that is expected. Happy about the way everything is going. Will through up some update pics next week.

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How is the diet laid out big man? How does it compare to off-season for you?

Good luck with the contest!

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With the close guidance of a knowledgeable coach, you should be DOMINANT at almost any local show level.

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Working a 16 hour shift today so I will post my diet up tomorrow. The diet is actually pretty easy as far as the eating. The prep is what sucks. It takes up about 4 hours on my off day cooking all the food for the next five days.

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Awesome, will be following. You're carrying a ton of mass, should be an amazing end product.

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Your a beast! Good luck with your competition goals of 2012.

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Huge. My only advice would be work on posing from the get go so that when you're on stage, it feels as natural as possible. Seems at local and regional level shows, a great physique can have a poor showing if the posing (and conditioning) is off. Watch Youtube vids (both posing specifics and dudes just doing their thing on stage) to get a feel for it, keep practicing, tweaking, etc. Sounds like you've got some good people in your corner. Excited to see the changes as you drop into the bodyfat into the single digits.

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i cant get this video to post. will post my diet tomorrow

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Here are some update pics. My wife is out of town so this is the best I could do. Weighed 245lbs this morning.




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the chest fat i am carrying is driving me crazy. anybody have any input on how to get rid of chest fat.

anyway here is my diet.

days one and two

1. 3scoops protein,1 cup frozen mixed berries,1/3 cup steel cut oats.

2. 8oz ground turkey,2cups green beans

3.7oz chicken breast, 1/3 cup brown rice, 10 aspragus spears

4. 8oz ground turkey, 3 oz sweet potato

5. 3 tilapia filets, 1 cup green beans, 1tsp flax oil

6. 7oz chicken breast, 4 egg whites, 10 aspragus spears

7. 4oz ground beef, 4 egg whites, 10 asparagus spears

day 3

1. 2scoops protein,2 cups frozen fruit,4 egg whites, 1/2 cup steel cut oats

2. 7oz ground beef, 1/3 cup brown rice, 1 cup green beans

3. 7oz chicken breast, 1/3 cup brown rice, 10 aspargus spears

4. 2 scoops protein, 1 cup frozen fruit

5. 2 tilipia filets, 4oz sweet potato

6. 7oz chicken breast, 1/3 cup steel cut oats, 1 cup broccoli

7. 8oz lean steak, 4 egg whites, 10 aspargus spears

rinse and repeat. if you have any questions just ask....

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Tankman4411 wrote:
the chest fat i am carrying is driving me crazy. anybody have any input on how to get rid of chest fat.



Diet and cardio brother - once you get lean enough those pecs will be poppin! Seriously thick as hell - you're going to look ridiculously awesome leaned out.

Good luck with the rest of your prep.

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Your rear lat spread and that front relaxed pic you posted are just awesome.

Im sure you'll do well and im looking forward to following this one.

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SkyNett wrote:
Tankman4411 wrote:
the chest fat i am carrying is driving me crazy. anybody have any input on how to get rid of chest fat.


Diet and cardio brother - once you get lean enough those pecs will be poppin! Seriously thick as hell - you're going to look ridiculously awesome leaned out.

Good luck with the rest of your prep.


Agreed, it will come off, you just have to be patient.

I personally like prowler/sled work for "cardio" with most of my fat loss coming from extra sled work and gradually cutting carbs. I truly think it worked wonders, I don't just use it for legs, I do presses and rows as well.

As usual, I am at work and can't see pictures, I will check them out later.

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Tankman4411 wrote:
the chest fat i am carrying is driving me crazy. anybody have any input on how to get rid of chest fat.



I have the same problem, sucks especially when putting on weight. Can't really do shit about it except for get to low bf like others have said. Shoulders look round as hell man.

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After looking at the pictures I wouldn't stress your chest at all.

Hopefully some other vets can chime in, but as I was getting lean the first time (late 2010), I still thought my chest was fat, then I came to realize it was just gravity. Pecs are naturally going to sag if you aren't flexing which makes them appear fatter than they are. Trust me. Once you get leaner, start feeling around your pec when it is flexed, you will be surprised, it will always feel leaner than it appears due to the sagging from just being relaxed. My two cents.

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Thanks for the input on the chest thing. Well I am off to bed lots of cardio,eating,lifting,and posing to be done tomorrow. Meeeting with my coach tomorrow. Will let you know what she says. Thanks again.

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Hey Tankman, anyone stepping on stage with you is fighting for second place!
Looking at your diet the only thing I could suggest is increasing the amount of fats, would be worth checking that with the usual experts.

Good luck
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Alright, I have a new question. So during the day at work I am dragging ass all day. I can barely get through the day without dosing off, but then when I finally get home and get to lay down to catch some sleep I wake up three or four times during the night and I am extremely restless through the night. Anyone else have any experiences similar to this? This has only been happening maybe two or three times a week, but when it happens it really sucks. I don't take stimulates after 2pm and I am in bed by 9pm. Also during the day I usually feel better up to an hour after I eat.
Tank

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Tankman4411 wrote:
Alright, I have a new question. So during the day at work I am dragging ass all day. I can barely get through the day without dosing off, but then when I finally get home and get to lay down to catch some sleep I wake up three or four times during the night and I am extremely restless through the night. Anyone else have any experiences similar to this? This has only been happening maybe two or three times a week, but when it happens it really sucks. I don't take stimulates after 2pm and I am in bed by 9pm. Also during the day I usually feel better up to an hour after I eat.
Tank


Yes, it has happened to me. If you find yourself restless at night, I suggest not fighting it. Just get up, turn on a dim light and read for a few minutes to help relax. If I lay there for more than a few minutes and start to get stressed, I will get up and read until I actually fall asleep reading.

Also, don't force yourself to go to bed at 9pm if you still feel awake. Better to stay up a bit longer doing something relaxing than to force yourself to lay down and toss and turn.

Regarding energy during the day, are you drinking enough water? I find drinking tons of water really helps energize the body. For example, I am on my peak week for contest prep and depleting today. In spite of having very little carbs today, I didn't drag all day because I was drinking over 2 gallons of water. I have no science to back this up, it is purely anecdotal, but I think being super-hydrated seems to allow your body to function optimally.

You mentioned you feel better after a meal, so the obvious question that comes to mind is: are you cutting out too much carbs or calories for where you need to be right now?

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Ok, have not posted in a while but the cutting is going well. Unfortunately I have a question. I was doing heavy wide grip Decline bench press to weighted dips and I strained the crap out of my bicep. It hurts really fucking bad. I strained it three days ago, no discoloration or swelling but i can't use my bicep or even do a push up. I can still pose with a little pain. Any ideas on how to try and get this injury healed realativly quick. Headed to my Chiropracter as I am typing this. Going to also buy some croquet balls and try to do some release techniques. Also thought about getting it poped with cortisone and baby it for a few weeks. Any ideas or recommendations would be helpful.
Thanks
Tank

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