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    The back arch isn't difficult but it works the lower back muscles and flexes the spine in the opposite direction an affiliate's spine is usually flexed

    By the way, I'm also doing ukemi, from a standing position on hard floor. Ever did that?

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    footing around London?
    I'm no long distance runner so I'm out.

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    I've just started the p90x3 workout, on the 10th day now, fining it much easier to stick to as it 's only 30 mins a day as opposed to almost an hour a day for insanity and the old p90x, highly recommended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanHorvat View Post
    The back arch isn't difficult but it works the lower back muscles and flexes the spine in the opposite direction an affiliate's spine is usually flexed

    By the way, I'm also doing ukemi, from a standing position on hard floor. Ever did that?


    I'm no long distance runner so I'm out.
    Believe it or not, I do that roll all the time. Forwards and backwards with straight legs.

    I'm also a weights person so I will pass on the jogging - I did find that there is a gym in my franchise 3 stops away from the hotel on the tube so I will be using that in the mornings. It's a bit silly but it actually made me excited. The hotel gyms never have what I need so I never end up exercising during these things.

    Also, wouldn't want to slip over in front of everyone
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    Quote Originally Posted by Renee View Post
    Believe it or not, I do that roll all the time. Forwards and backwards with straight legs.
    Cool! It's a bit of a surprise, I thought you're only about lifting weights, but I'm glad you're doing these things as well. I find these exercises so useful that I strayed far from going to the gym to do bench press. Perhaps I can't work as a forklift but I sure can punch with perfect precision even when entirely off balance, and that's the kind of thing I want from my body and my workout.

    But yeah I need more strength, that's why I started this calisthenics workout and I hope I'll be able to do some spectacular stuff on the bar this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanHorvat View Post
    Cool! It's a bit of a surprise, I thought you're only about lifting weights, but I'm glad you're doing these things as well. I find these exercises so useful that I strayed far from going to the gym to do bench press. Perhaps I can't work as a forklift but I sure can punch with perfect precision even when entirely off balance, and that's the kind of thing I want from my body and my workout.

    But yeah I need more strength, that's why I started this calisthenics workout and I hope I'll be able to do some spectacular stuff on the bar this year.
    Not at all! Weights are what I love more than anything, but I do other types of exercise too which calisthenics would greatly benefit
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    Right I thought I'd resurrect this thread again.

    How is everyone going?

    I have had a bit of a bump in the road since I got back from London. I started working myself a bit too hard and not having any rest days so burnt out and needed to take a week off.

    I'm back though now for a couple of weeks and this morning did a comparison shot and was pretty happy with it.

    4 weeks difference. The top photo is 5 weeks ago. Bottom photo is last week. BOOM.
    I find my shoulders and biceps are probably the easiest part to grow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renee View Post
    Right I thought I'd resurrect this thread again.

    How is everyone going?

    I have had a bit of a bump in the road since I got back from London. I started working myself a bit too hard and not having any rest days so burnt out and needed to take a week off.

    I'm back though now for a couple of weeks and this morning did a comparison shot and was pretty happy with it.

    4 weeks difference. The top photo is 5 weeks ago. Bottom photo is last week. BOOM.
    I find my shoulders and biceps are probably the easiest part to grow.

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    as you saw at LAC (when I caught you perving at me lol) <---joke for the over sensitive types, Im proper out of shape now, although due to my high protein diet my guns are still looking not to bad as well as my shoulders. wouldn't be able to lift anywhere close to what I was a year back but going to blast the training again by next month once I hit the booze on the head again

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    Impressive job here Renee!
    The toughest is the ab and legs for me.
    I get lazy squatting or dead lifting

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    I actually love leg day! It's my favourite. I wish I could go heavier with legs.

    Because I have bad knees (due to touch football and bad form plyometric lunges) my legs and bum are two things I find very hard to grow. Although the last dexa scan I had told me that I've gained muscle in my legs and ass and I can see 3 of the muscles in my quads sometimes as well as some shape around the bottom of the quads near my knee, so I'm happy with that and my lifting weight is progressing slowly. At least it is not standing still. Occasionally when I am bending forward I can see the muscles in my hamstrings at the back of my legs too. That is far less often than the quads though.

    Abs - well I do them every day. Core strength is very important for so many things and I definitely have a very strong core (and killer obliques if I do say so myself :P)

    I had to take a week off legs because I think I overstretched my hamstrings and where the bum and the legs meet feels like its going to tear. It's getting better but I still need to be extra careful.
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    I actually started a "program" adding leg exercises in every session.
    1 exercise. So it spreads it over the week and makes it less tough to go for.
    But yep, i agree, important one.

    I never did much abs as they are naturally ok, but as i gain muscle around (shoulders, arms, pectoral) i'm thinking that boosting those would not harm!

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    Quote Originally Posted by louie.wilson View Post
    I never did much abs as they are naturally ok, but as i gain muscle around (shoulders, arms, pectoral) i'm thinking that boosting those would not harm!
    Abs come through via diet mostly. If yours are ok already then you must have a good diet and be pretty lean.
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    Been limiting carbs over the past 2 years. But that does not bring volume, only allows to get leaner.
    Next step is try to work a bit on those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renee View Post
    Right I thought I'd resurrect this thread again.

    How is everyone going?

    I have had a bit of a bump in the road since I got back from London. I started working myself a bit too hard and not having any rest days so burnt out and needed to take a week off.

    I'm back though now for a couple of weeks and this morning did a comparison shot and was pretty happy with it.

    4 weeks difference. The top photo is 5 weeks ago. Bottom photo is last week. BOOM.
    I find my shoulders and biceps are probably the easiest part to grow.

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    WOW nice work !!
    I'll do my best not to upset you... because with these muscles the last think I want to get is a punch in the face

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    Quote Originally Posted by louie.wilson View Post
    Been limiting carbs over the past 2 years. But that does not bring volume, only allows to get leaner.
    Next step is try to work a bit on those.
    Are you limiting carbs for any particular reason?

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    WOW nice work !!
    I'll do my best not to upset you... because with these muscles the last think I want to get is a punch in the face
    I'm a lover not a fighter
    To be fair, I probably could knock someone out with these cannons
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    Quote Originally Posted by Renee View Post
    Are you limiting carbs for any particular reason?
    Just for the sake of getting leaner.
    The main side dish here is Rice. And the main reason why Filipinos have pretty fat bellies is... because of rice
    So after 2 years of struggling and starting to gain "bad" weight, i decided to cut it. Low sugar (which is a carb but well), low carbs.
    Helps maintain a lean body, and i believe is anyways better for health.

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    Quote Originally Posted by louie.wilson View Post
    Just for the sake of getting leaner.
    The main side dish here is Rice. And the main reason why Filipinos have pretty fat bellies is... because of rice
    So after 2 years of struggling and starting to gain "bad" weight, i decided to cut it. Low sugar (which is a carb but well), low carbs.
    Helps maintain a lean body, and i believe is anyways better for health.
    Have you tried replacing the bad carbs with good carbs? I.e. low GI carbs.

    Brown rice, quinoa, oats, sweet potato, pumpkin, broccoli, cauliflower etc. I imagine they would have lots of fresh vegetables there if the cuisine is similar to other asian countries?

    I know how hard it is to get lean and people will try almost anything. I've managed to lose about 10% body fat all while still eating carbs so I know it can be done. Everyone's body is different though and some people react differently to carbs than others. I'd never recommend a ketogenic diet to someone who is not prepping for a competition or who is not a diabetic because of the side effects of long term ketosis though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Renee View Post
    Right I thought I'd resurrect this thread again.

    How is everyone going?

    I have had a bit of a bump in the road since I got back from London. I started working myself a bit too hard and not having any rest days so burnt out and needed to take a week off.

    I'm back though now for a couple of weeks and this morning did a comparison shot and was pretty happy with it.

    4 weeks difference. The top photo is 5 weeks ago. Bottom photo is last week. BOOM.
    I find my shoulders and biceps are probably the easiest part to grow.

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    Mate, good result!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renee View Post
    Have you tried replacing the bad carbs with good carbs? I.e. low GI carbs.

    Brown rice, quinoa, oats, sweet potato, pumpkin, broccoli, cauliflower etc. I imagine they would have lots of fresh vegetables there if the cuisine is similar to other asian countries?

    I know how hard it is to get lean and people will try almost anything. I've managed to lose about 10% body fat all while still eating carbs so I know it can be done. Everyone's body is different though and some people react differently to carbs than others. I'd never recommend a ketogenic diet to someone who is not prepping for a competition or who is not a diabetic because of the side effects of long term ketosis though.
    Not yet, but yep that's part of the plan.
    I have to admit i'm not such a good cook, which make everything more complicated
    But i'll keep those in mind and have a look. It's not that easy to find such things in the Philippines, but i'll have a look in some healthy options store and see.

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    You eat primal/paleo Louie? I've been training now for about 5 months, have gone from zero exercise to 4 or 5 days a week of training. When i started out I was unable to do 1 pullup unassisted; I can now do 5 sets of 5 with 10kg and can do 1 rep max with 22.5kg (last time I tested which is about 6 weeks now). Can also deadlift 2.5x my bw and squat about 1.7x my bw.

    When i started training I had 23% body fat, am somewhere around 14% now. I eat low carb, high fat, apart from training days where i eat oatcakes, sweet potatoes and other "good" carbs. White rice is seen as an ok one, neither good nor bad, brown rice and other wholemeal are all big no nos (for me and the diet plan I follow), which is based loosely on Primal diet. I love dairy too much to ever consider going full paleo.

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    What side effects would those be Renee. I've done it over the years a few times, I have friends that live a lifestyle around it, (me as well atm) and I don't see any long term side effects. Most of us saw abnormalities in the first 2 weeks, but after the body switched to keto it went back to normal with a lot more energy, a lot less desire for food and fat going down in rapid rates.

    Ofc you get exhausted mentally, I know my last cheating meal was 2 large pizzas, 8 slices of cheese cake and 2 beers, all eaten in the spawn of 20 minutes. Did not sleep that night from overeating .

    Lots of BS materials on this topic on the net where most researchers confuse diabetic ketoacidosis with nutritional ketosis. Not to mention the claims about liver/kidney damage. Hey go research protein powders and amino acids and you'd find tons of negative/harmful effects of those too on the net, with little to non-existent evidence.
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