Thread: I can't seem to get anywhere!
02-04-2013, 08:17 AM #31
02-05-2013, 07:37 AM #32
02-05-2013, 10:16 AM #33
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Anyway, you need to stop making so many excuses. If you want it bad enough you will do it. You say you don't have time, I don't have time either, but I make time. I work as an RN and do volunteer work, my work days can be 13 hours long, I still make time. I make time to eat, lift and prepare my food. Everyone is busy, we all have reasons that make it difficult for us.
As far as being "skinny" goes, as a woman i have nowhere near the levels of testosterone that you have and I am still able to make significant gains. Why?? Because I work my butt off, eat and I don't make excuses. Oh and at the moment I am eating about 2700 calories a day, so 2000 calories is WAY to little for you.Wasn't on here for awhile…. had my son in October of 2013 and now I'm back!!!!
02-05-2013, 11:00 AM #34
02-05-2013, 01:57 PM #35
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Eat 300-500 kcal over maintenance, make sure you hit your minimum protein/fats
Lift using mostly compound movements (Bench press, rows, squats, chin-ups, deadlifts etc.) with some isolation movements where its needed
Make sure you are increasing your lifts regularly (progressive overload)
Sleep well every night with not a single source of light or sound near your bed, do not wake up for any reason. Take a piss/sh!t before you sleep to make sure you have uninterrupted sleep. 6-9 hours should do.
Stretch regularly to avoid injuries and increase flexibility. This is important.
Use weights you can actually handle, you want to stimulate your muscles, not lift everything as if your goal is simply to move the weight. Have some sense of a mind-muscle connection.
Do this for 3 months, if you still are not the slightest bit stronger/more muscular then get your test levels checked.
Quit blaming anything/anyone other than yourself for your failures.
02-06-2013, 12:34 PM #36
By applying a plethora of knowledge, that I've acquired over a long period of time, it requires me one to two days to see a significant change in body composition. This is, obviously, by applying the proper physiological practices that I've learnt and removing all the non-proper ones that I've identified in both body and behaviors.
The net result of applying the proper practices and removing all the non-proper ones will yield exponential results and thus is why I can see changes so fast. By properly manipulating hormones, low-carbing and meditation fat melts off as though it was the bodies only task.
Obviously, you haven't decided what to do yet. Or else you'd do it and would direct yourself towards to proper catalysts that would enable you to acquire the un-decided goals you don't have. Don't expect to see much sense in what I just said, since your indecisiveness also does not make sense to me.
In any case, look past the surface, study, practice, study, practice, work, work, work and have some luck!"I'll have a double big mac combo...with a DIET SODA!"
I'm on a diet.
02-06-2013, 01:24 PM #37
OP I feel your pain about slow progress. The truth is if you're human, biologically you are capable of building muscle and burning off fat. They are both fundamental to human survival. With that said some of us are dealt a better hand of genetics for these particular processes than others, so yes some people will pull them off with relative ease and without much effort in the diet department. It sucks, I know. But they still work hard to achieve their goals, just we have to work harder. Perhaps you aren't pushing hard enough in the gym, too.
Keep at it, have a little bitch and a moan but bring to mind your goal(s) and reasons for pursuing them, think about the end result and how awesome it will be to finally achieve it.
Never ever give up. Suck it up and get the hell back into it.
Last edited by Braveheart999; 02-07-2013 at 12:09 PM.Lift. Eat. Sleep. Repeat = Awesomeness.
Goal: 180lbs & 10% by the end of 2013.
02-06-2013, 08:06 PM #38
I mean if I can't have it why keep pursuing failure? I don't know where to put my mind if one day I'm old and still doing the same crappy stuff and asking where is this really going & still hold on to a silly dream!
Last edited by kris2pe; 02-06-2013 at 08:18 PM.
02-08-2013, 01:11 AM #39
If you're really having trouble eating over 2000 kcals (I saw you mentioning you're doing 2500 atm: keep at it!) perhaps try including some full fat milk. Yes I know it's not ideal but at least it's a start. Perhaps even some semi-skimmed. It's got fats, protein and even some carbs. I wouldn't say try doing a gallon of milk a day because I think that takes things too far but drinking some of that stuff might help you reach the 3000 kcal line.
Let me sum up some pro's you've got going for ya:
1. You've got experience lifting.
2. You're still in your 20's\30's (recently saw some dudes doing amazing stuff, natty, @ 45+)
3. You're short. Once you start making progress you'll fill up quite easily. I'm about 6''1 so my progress, regardless of age, will look much slower in the mirror.
If you can get into eating larger portions\supplementing with some milks & shakes I'm 100% sure you'll make progress.
If you STILL don't: go to a doctor if possible. There is, an extremely small, chance there might be something wrong with your hormonal balance. I myself am quite low in natural test production for instance even though I'm only 23 years old atm.
Keep at it man I'm sure you'll get there.
PS: Yes normally in the coming years aging should start to affect your natural hormone production. You can, however, keep your hormone levels higher than what they're supposed to be by:
1. Working out with heavy weights.
2. Making sure you ingest enough fats as the digestion of certain fats increases testosterone production.
02-17-2013, 03:06 PM #40
02-17-2013, 06:03 PM #41
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02-18-2013, 05:59 AM #42
Bench Press 3x8
Push Up failure
Lying ez bar ext 3x8
Back Squat 3x20
leg extention 3x10
Pullup I can only do 3 lol~
Dumbbell Pullover 3x10
Standing Dumbbell Lateral 3x12
Incline Hammer curl 3x8
Seated Dumbbell Curl 3x8
I am trying I have notice that drinking a liter of milk a day has improve my strength level just abit!
02-20-2013, 04:59 PM #43
02-21-2013, 04:37 AM #44
02-21-2013, 05:33 AM #45
OP, I'm the same height as you and I'm losing weight weekly on 2,000 calories per day (female). Just to give you perspective of how little calories that actually is when you weigh & measure it I'm also 29.
Nobody has hours per day to just sit around and train and eat. None of us. The difference between those who succeed are those who make the time (4am, 11pm if need be) and those who sit down and stuff the food needed. It is very easy to eat 500+ calories alone of something like peanut butter or nuts, and do that 2x a day if you're desperate.
If bodybuilding was so easy and came so quick, everyone would be huge and fit. Do you have the time and dedication for this? Only you can decide.
Your workout program is bad. View the workout program section for more. You are neglecting your lower body and overemphasizing your upper body with poor progression. The best way to succeed in this is to take advice from those with proven knowledge - pick up a copy of Starting Strength and start over.
02-21-2013, 05:57 AM #46
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02-21-2013, 06:17 AM #48
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2000 calories isn't going to get you much gains, if any. I cut at 2200 calories a day, losing 2 pounds a week consistently. If you want to grow, you have to eat! Don't give up, educate yourself, learn more about nutrition, setup a plan and follow it for 2 weeks and then re-evaluate.
02-21-2013, 07:06 AM #49
02-21-2013, 08:52 AM #50
02-21-2013, 09:04 AM #51
But yeah w/ calorie counting I am able to figure out how much I'm actually eating.
I just feel that sometimes its tedious I live in another country having to figure things by myself is hard. Worst is that most of you guys DON'T GET IT!
02-22-2013, 03:38 AM #52
Do all this for eight weeks and see how that goes. Don't get paranoid about putting too much fat on, you can cut it later.
02-22-2013, 05:51 AM #53
I"m not quite sure if I can get 250g of protein cause even at 200g I'm already struggling!
Last edited by kris2pe; 02-22-2013 at 06:45 AM.
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02-22-2013, 10:24 AM #55
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02-22-2013, 04:53 PM #56
Wow.. This thread is so frustrating!
Protein: 1-1.5g per pound body weight
Fat: 0.3-0.5g per pound body weight
Carb: fill in the rest of your cals with this.. You should be aiming for roughly 250-500 calorie surplus per week. For you I'd look to gain between 2-3 pounds per month and adjust caloric surplus accordingly. Your weight may plateau on the same surplus after a few weeks and if this occurs simply increase calories to keep that monthly gain going.
Training: focus on progressive overload, meaning increasing either weight, reps, or sets each workout for your main lifts (squat, deadlift, bench press, military press). Google a program called 'starting strength' or 5/3/1, this will allow you to focus on these main lifts trying to improve each week. All the other fluff (curls etc.. Leave them for now and focus on main compound movements).
STICK TO A PROGRAM! Meaning let the program work for at least 6 months, do not program hop. This is the fastest way to spin your wheels and gain no progress!
You say you've been training 4 years and still can only do 3 pull ups?? You need to take people's advice and stop being defensive my dude!
Don't worry about meal timing.. 2 meals a day, 7 meals a day, makes no difference just hit you macros for the day and your good!
Look forward to seeing the changes in a years time bro..
02-22-2013, 07:23 PM #57
1.) No time? I do carpentry and work 12 hours a day work out and sleep and work again.
2.)Aging? Age doesn't matter for ****.
3.)Genetics? Look at other ppls progress u think its cause of their genetics?
4.)Cant eat enough calories? Seriously, eat more meals with more calories, **** 2 hot dogs without buns or anything have 540cals.
5.)No one to train with? You only have 1 friend with "perfect" genetics?
6.)You are so attention hungry that your not taking the time to learn what people are trying to tell you.
7.)Your body will go as far as your mind is willing to take it, everyone can tell you how to do it properly but if you dont listen and try and make excuses how are you hoping for gains.
In all honesty my heart goes out to you but the battle is not with your body but with your mind. Good luck to you.
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