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Welcome to the Fitness thread. This is a spiritual successor to the Fitness Federation.

I'm building a new thread so I can combine everyone's fitness objectives and progress so we can get motivated in our goals.

The thread is free form, people can post freely. Still, one type of post will stand out, and it's our Fitness card. The fitness card will follow the template in the next section (below the =====). We'll update our fitness cards over time via new posts (copy-pasted), to maintain our statistics with new information in a bold-underlined font (headings and headers are always bolded). In the first card, everything will be in normal font, but as we post updates, they will be in normal fonts, with new info in bold-underline. You will find my fitness card example in the next section. Notice that the pictures are there to help us show progress or new tools to help us in our objectives, let's try to focus them on our objectives. And remember, Arnold is watching.

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Thoughts & Perspective

I started getting serious about fitness about 10 years ago shortly before I joined my first Tough Mudder competition in 2011. Fitness to me was a way of breaking the shackles of different illnesses I had developed during my early adulthood, because I led a sedentary life. Ranging from muscle pains to constantly catching colds, my body was asking for change. I had always snubbed fitness as a thing for people who focus on the outside, until I realized that it was fundamental for my health, both physically and emotionally. I began working out using bodyweight exercises (no machines), running, swimming, mountain climbing, biking, and it was all working well on my cardio and shape. About 4 years ago, during 3-month stay in Ukraine, I decided to get serious about putting on muscle, and so I decided to finally learn to use the machines and to stop snubbing them. During that time, I was going to the gym for 4 hours per day, and pushed my levels far. Recently with the social distancing, I started feeling physically bad again, because I was losing my tools to keep healthy, since the gyms were closed. So I decided to set up a gym at my home, and friends came over to work out at my place while the gyms were closed.

Fitness is helping me feel alive and strong, and now my goal is to build a good figure I am happy to wear. Most importantly, I'm targeting my abs. My body in general looks strong enough, but I want to build my core to have a nice 6-pack. That's what I'm working on right now.

In the past I tried the Keto diet, which was a great challenge and made very interesting changes to my energy levels. Now I changed to veganism + fish (Vegan Pescetarianism), and I feel like I lack nothing in my diet (I take a few necessary supplements to stay healthy). I am not concerned with eating meat when I am away from home, since I'm really doing it to manage my body weight and fat so I focus on my diet choice when eating at home, which is 95% of the time.

Objectives

Date Set Objective Frequency Resources Ongoing/Achieved
2020-Mar-30 Restart weightlifting, maintain avg. weight levels Twice a week Achieved
2020-Mar-30 Regular 30-minute jogs Twice a week Ongoing (currently at once a week)
2020-Jul-04 6-pack abs strategy Daily 6-pack abs 1 Starting

Diet and Weight Stats

Weighing Date Weight Diet
2020-Jun-01 210 lbs. Omnivore
2020-Jul-01 198 lbs. Vegan Pescetarianism
2020-Jul-04 196 lbs. Same + fasting

Pictures

Picture Date Description URL
2020-Jul-04 Abs, the beginning
2020-Jul-04 Finess room (Arnold frame)
2020-Jul-04 Fitness room (wide view) - the clear area on the floor is for the yoga mat to be rolled out onto for various exercises.
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Some things I have observed over the years.

Every fitness sport except pure strength is a waste of time. Forget about cross-fit, zumba or whatever if physique is your main goal.

Eating is prohibitive for muscle gains. Every training day two steaks and three eggs or gtfo. Good diet with bad sport is better than bad diet with good sport.

You have to choose between weight loss or muscle growth if you remain natural. It is impossible to grow muscles while losing weight. Natural body building is a cycle of overeating (bulking) to gain muscles and fat, followed by fasting (cutting) to melt the fat and expose the muscles. Real Olympic strength athletes look chunky and undefined aka the natural strong man look.

Weight loss is best achieved by fasting (cutting). No need for additional sport unless you like sport.

All lean & big muscles guys are roiders. They will tell you about pumping iron but it's all about the roids. Arnie was not natural. 



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I started this year to diet and workout for real. I started at around 128kg, which for me came dangerously close to a bad threshold. Not that I was fat, but I did start to get chubby and my belly was more than noticeable. I have also been not at all fit, seeing how I was panting after stairs and short bike rides.

My not at all planned program had two components, food and moving more. So here is what I did:

Before my diet I did not worry about my food intake at all, like really absolutely did not care about anything. I ate what I wanted and when I wanted and snacked throughout no matter how many meals I had that day. The reason behind that is not boredom or obsession, but simply because I just really like eating food and tasting new things. Food is so much more to me than just nutrient intake. It's part of my lifestyle and I certainly would consider it as an elevated hobby. That lead me to eat about 3 meals a day in sizes that would completely fill me. Accompanied by sweet juices and energy drinks (also water) and the occasional snacks I brought from Japan. My diet was always high carb, high sodium and lots of red meat. No extra fruit or vegetables. The only reason I did not completely blow up into a balloon is my still pretty strong metabolism.

So when I started my diet I restricted myself to only two meals a day. A medium sized lunch and medium sized dinner. Dinner no later than 9pm. I also forewent snacks completely and tried to substitute chicken for red meat wherever I could. I also checked all of my food for calories and restricted myself to the ones with the fewest. I did all of this based on will power. It sucked a bit that I had to eat less but it was surprisingly not as hard as I thought it would. Medium sized meals fill me almost as good as really large meals and whenever I went to the fridge for a snack I just stood there and then closed the fridge again. I also started to drink tea a lot to fill my need for flavored drinks. I do like water but I really do need some flavor at some point. Wen things got harder and I started to get really strong cravings I turned to my best friend, the cucumber. I always liked fruit and vegetables but it's almost such a hassle with preparing them. Cucumber and tomatoes are perfect, though. They don'tr need to be prepared, taste great, are filling and have close to no calories. So that helped a lot. Some days when the cravings get too strong I do treat myself with a slightly larger meal but those days are rare.

Adjusting my food intake already dropped my weight quite a bit but I wanted more of it. I wanted to increase my fitness and strengthen my muscles to increase my metabolism. The bad thing is that as you lose weight, you will also decrease your natural calorie consumption, so you either have to eat less and less to get the same results or lose more through activities and more muscle mass. So I started out with just trying to move myself more. Walk more, skip escalators and elevators wherever possible and even do some additional moving, for example walking stairs at work during a break. It didn't do much, but it did do something. The most that it diod was to get me into the mood for cycling again. I bought a kickass road bike last year but I barely used it. So I decided to do it more seriously again. In the past I've been doing bike tours of 150km+ per day and I wanted to get there again. So I just started out on my weekends doing smaller tours and increasing it bit by bit. I did not overdo it and my current plan is to get on my bike about every 3 days and every few weeks do longer tours on the weekend. It was really nice seeing my fitness progress both on the bike and off. A good benchmark for me are my stairs at home. I live on the 6th floor with no elevator. Before I started working out i was always out of breath reaching the top each day. I keep my bike in my flat so I have to carry it up the stairs. At first I did not manage without having at least one short break on the way up the stairs. Forward 5 months later and I have no issues hucking my bike including heavy luggage up the stairs without any break, even after a long and exhausting ride.

So where am I now and where do I want to go?
Currently I feel very fit and I weigh in at around 110kg. The belly is still visible but noticeably reduced. I use my bike regularly and just recently scaled one of the bigger mountains in my area. I also want to get into hiking more, as well as some mountain biking down the line. My weight goal for now is about 95kg, or 100kg with more muscle mass. I want to completely lose my belly and become more toned. I want to see my abdominals again after over a decade. I do not plan on building muscle beyond what I need for cycling, so strength training won't happen at all.

Another big goal for me is to eat more again, since I really miss my bigger sized meals from the past. I hope I can get to a good shape and rhythm that will allow me to eat more again while maintaining same muscle mass and weight. Of course if I'll ever see my weight increasing I'll put the stops, especially now that I know how easy it actually is. My whole transformation happened in the span of 6 months and I am confident that I'll come very close to my end goal by the end of the year.

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My objective is to stop being obese

Aiming to be around 55kg. Was 61kg in January and now I'm up to 65kg (I'm gonna blame coronavirus (and laziness)) so it's not going well so far. Been exercising more again lately, just need to start eating healthier. Much less pizza for one thing!



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vivster said:

I started this year to diet and workout for real. I started at around 128kg, which for me came dangerously close to a bad threshold. Not that I was fat, but I did start to get chubby and my belly was more than noticeable. I have also been not at all fit, seeing how I was panting after stairs and short bike rides.

My not at all planned program had two components, food and moving more. So here is what I did:

Before my diet I did not worry about my food intake at all, like really absolutely did not care about anything. I ate what I wanted and when I wanted and snacked throughout no matter how many meals I had that day. The reason behind that is not boredom or obsession, but simply because I just really like eating food and tasting new things. Food is so much more to me than just nutrient intake. It's part of my lifestyle and I certainly would consider it as an elevated hobby. That lead me to eat about 3 meals a day in sizes that would completely fill me. Accompanied by sweet juices and energy drinks (also water) and the occasional snacks I brought from Japan. My diet was always high carb, high sodium and lots of red meat. No extra fruit or vegetables. The only reason I did not completely blow up into a balloon is my still pretty strong metabolism.

So when I started my diet I restricted myself to only two meals a day. A medium sized lunch and medium sized dinner. Dinner no later than 9pm. I also forewent snacks completely and tried to substitute chicken for red meat wherever I could. I also checked all of my food for calories and restricted myself to the ones with the fewest. I did all of this based on will power. It sucked a bit that I had to eat less but it was surprisingly not as hard as I thought it would. Medium sized meals fill me almost as good as really large meals and whenever I went to the fridge for a snack I just stood there and then closed the fridge again. I also started to drink tea a lot to fill my need for flavored drinks. I do like water but I really do need some flavor at some point. Wen things got harder and I started to get really strong cravings I turned to my best friend, the cucumber. I always liked fruit and vegetables but it's almost such a hassle with preparing them. Cucumber and tomatoes are perfect, though. They don'tr need to be prepared, taste great, are filling and have close to no calories. So that helped a lot. Some days when the cravings get too strong I do treat myself with a slightly larger meal but those days are rare.

Adjusting my food intake already dropped my weight quite a bit but I wanted more of it. I wanted to increase my fitness and strengthen my muscles to increase my metabolism. The bad thing is that as you lose weight, you will also decrease your natural calorie consumption, so you either have to eat less and less to get the same results or lose more through activities and more muscle mass. So I started out with just trying to move myself more. Walk more, skip escalators and elevators wherever possible and even do some additional moving, for example walking stairs at work during a break. It didn't do much, but it did do something. The most that it diod was to get me into the mood for cycling again. I bought a kickass road bike last year but I barely used it. So I decided to do it more seriously again. In the past I've been doing bike tours of 150km+ per day and I wanted to get there again. So I just started out on my weekends doing smaller tours and increasing it bit by bit. I did not overdo it and my current plan is to get on my bike about every 3 days and every few weeks do longer tours on the weekend. It was really nice seeing my fitness progress both on the bike and off. A good benchmark for me are my stairs at home. I live on the 6th floor with no elevator. Before I started working out i was always out of breath reaching the top each day. I keep my bike in my flat so I have to carry it up the stairs. At first I did not manage without having at least one short break on the way up the stairs. Forward 5 months later and I have no issues hucking my bike including heavy luggage up the stairs without any break, even after a long and exhausting ride.

So where am I now and where do I want to go?
Currently I feel very fit and I weigh in at around 110kg. The belly is still visible but noticeably reduced. I use my bike regularly and just recently scaled one of the bigger mountains in my area. I also want to get into hiking more, as well as some mountain biking down the line. My weight goal for now is about 95kg, or 100kg with more muscle mass. I want to completely lose my belly and become more toned. I want to see my abdominals again after over a decade. I do not plan on building muscle beyond what I need for cycling, so strength training won't happen at all.

Another big goal for me is to eat more again, since I really miss my bigger sized meals from the past. I hope I can get to a good shape and rhythm that will allow me to eat more again while maintaining same muscle mass and weight. Of course if I'll ever see my weight increasing I'll put the stops, especially now that I know how easy it actually is. My whole transformation happened in the span of 6 months and I am confident that I'll come very close to my end goal by the end of the year.

Thank you for coming to my TED talk.

How tall are you, if I may ask?

Also; great work! I've recently gotten back into something of a rhythm with training and diet. I've never viewed weight as goals as such, I'm 193 centimeters tall and have a very wide frame so I've always been heavy, regardless of my level of fitness. Right now, I'm sitting at 110-112 kilos as far as I know. I try to get a good workout at least once every other day, sometimes more often, but my job makes it difficult to adjust sometimes. I work 24,5-hour shifts and they can be immensely taxing mentally. After some of these, I feel quite tired and I might not have had time for a sizeable breakfast which means I won't have much energy at the gym. In addition to the gym, I try to walk at least 10 kilometers every day when I can, regardless of the weather, sometimes I walk 15 kilometers in a day.

My current training is quite simple; I build around compound exercises first and foremost, and I alternate between chest + back and shoulders + legs. I used to be fairly strong in my younger days (I competed briefly in local Strongman competitions and tried some powerlifting), so I sometimes feel weak when lifting, but then I remember both my age and my considerably lower bodyweight in comparison. As far as eating goes, I eat lots of good fats and protein, and I try to stay in a mild-to-medium caloric deficit daily. Body recomposition is possible, but it's harder, takes more knowledge and patience, and requires some clever timing with meals and especially your carb intake. The whole process is simplified if you have a background in strength sport or other athletics and can rely on some degree of muscle memory. I eat 4-5 meals per day, most of them quite small, and I avoid eating about two hours before bedtime since if fucks up my sleep. My go-to pre-workout breakfast is a large bowl of oatmeal with quinoa and a banana, it's a perfect mix of slow and fast carbs and gives me a short-term boost as well as stamina in the gym.

Right now, I don't have a particular goal, I've found in the past few years that when I set goals and don't achieve these, I tend to lose motivation. So for now I'm just going with the flow. Another issue I sometimes have is that I feel as if my physique is too slow to change, this is largely due to my tall and broad frame, 5 or even 10 kilos of muscle make less of difference on me than most and I have a really hard time looking properly fit. I tend more towards the bulky or "power fat" side, all this is simply due to the Square - Cube Law, but it annoys me (I mentioned this briefly in another, unrelated thread recently). My smaller friends always looked "better", but I was always stronger overall (but not relative to my weight though).



Ever since I moved cities, I have been unable to go to the gym due to coronavirus. If I did go, I would have to exercise with a mask on and die of heat stroke/ destroy a mask every time. I don't have any equipment, but I do have a bike. I bike to work every time, unless it is raining too hard, then I just walk. I haven't been able to weigh myself but at the end of my gym experience I was actually on an annoyingly downward trend of weight loss. I went from 90kg to 70kg. Lately I have been able to eat more and I feel like I have a good amount of weight gained, but I lost a lot of muscle.

At my job, I do get some small opportunities for a bit of exercise. I have taken that opportunity to do my favorite exercise: the Pull-up. Before I could do 20 consecutive quite easily, and I was surprised that I could still do 10 after 3 months of doing 0. In addition there are these poles that I like to climb like a rope. Currently I can climb up the pole using my legs, but I want to get strong enough to only need my arms. So that's the goal!



Thank you for coming to my TED talk.

How tall are you, if I may ask?

I'm 1.92m with a wide frame. A lot of my current weight is in my thighs due to all my walking and cycling. My current weight goal is only so that I have something palpable to aim for. My real goal is getting rid of my belly and moobs and if that means I end up above 100kg that's fine too. Since I've shed 15kg off my body I don't feel hindered by weight anymore.



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vivster said:

How tall are you, if I may ask?

I'm 1.92m with a wide frame. A lot of my current weight is in my thighs due to all my walking and cycling. My current weight goal is only so that I have something palpable to aim for. My real goal is getting rid of my belly and moobs and if that means I end up above 100kg that's fine too. Since I've shed 15kg off my body I don't feel hindered by weight anymore.

We seem to be built very similarily then! My waist tends to be wide, my Erector muscles grow really thick, I also have very large calves. Since my shoulders and chest are very wide, the waist will look more or less proportionate overall. Also; big legs are the shit! 100 kg's on a wide frame at our height isn't that much, I was 102 kilos at my lightest after surgery, I felt weird weighing that little. I've generally weighed above 100 kilos since age 14 (which is also when I stopped growing). At my heaviest, I was about 137 kilos, but also carried a considerable amount of muscle.