I was going to say the same, very noticeable progess!
Keep plugging along
3 months ago I dropped most carbs out of my diet except for fruits and veggies. I'm not a no carb guy but a low carb guy now.
Hit the gym 5 times a week on average just as I did before. However, I have made a concerted effort to up my work out intensity just a little.
Went from 204 lbs to 179 lbs and still dropping despite lifts going up. Waist size went from '34 muffin top' to '30 loose'.
So, in a sense I was/am exactly where you're at. Some muscles after many years of lifting all covered up by fat.
It's amazing how much better it looks especially for us 'older' (lol) folks to be on the lean side. I'm 39.
Keep up the good work!
Thanks guys. I guess since I see myself everyday and I am my own worst critic I have been dissappointed in my progress. Feel it in my looser pants but dont see it in the mirror/scale.
Had my carb up on Saturday and did cardio at 6am, chest at lunch, and shoulders/triceps after work. Felt like total crap doing chest. All the carbs made me feel bloated and lethargic. pre-workout didn't help much. Evening workout was better but I gave myself more time after I had lunch so that may have helped. Next carb up if I do it I will just add some fruit to each of my meals instead of the oatmeal/fruit/rice.....
Taking Sunday off and will hit legs on Monday.
Great progress dude!! I hit 40 this past January. I'm not as lean as I wanted to be @ 40, but I'm still happy that I look better than ALL of my old high school buddies. I got a late start w/ kids, (4 & 2), so I HAVE to stay in shape for them.
Keep up the great work!!!
Enhanced, I have other important dates after my birthday in Jan. In April I will come back and attend my daughters last cheer competition in Myrtle Beach. If things work out I will take my wife on an overdue honeymoon in late July/early August. After that I can set goals for Christmas or my 41st birthday. Have to keep setting goals to give myself something to work for. Already thinking of goals I want to accomplish by my 45th birthday, professional, familial, and physically. I hate running but I used to be a long distance runner in high school maybe try for a marathon when I turn 45.
I know and love what you are talking about your high school buddies. I check out facebook every now and then to see what they are up to and yea it feels good to be in better shape than them. I admit I get slack sometimes due to my commitments but I never go too long between gym memberships. I have too much respect for myself (wife would say narcissistic) to allow myself to get that bad. When I see a picture such as the first one I took it turns to self loathing and kicks me to do something about it rather than giving up.
I started late with my kids too. We just got married in March of 2011 and have four kids total. She has a 7 year old from previous marriage and together we have all boys; a 4 year old, 2 year old, and 3 month old. So I have to stay in shape to keep up with them and my younger wife, lol love you baby (I know she comes over and reads this). Good health is important when every year we keep having kids and I have to push my retirement back another year!
Updates: diet has been good. Having trouble sleeping some nights. trying to go to bed about 8pm so I can get up at 3am and talk to my wife for a few hours then go back to sleep or I just get up and go do cardio (maybe 1-3 days a week). Backing off incline for chest since I am still getting some discomfort in my right shoulder. Left elbow still has some lingering pain but is better since I do really light weights. The Anabeta Elite gives me a crazy sore pump especially on leg day. Love the look after a workout. I can see the progress except for biceps due to reduced effort. Going to the gym at lunch for back and chest on their respective days and I hit arms and shoulders after work. Received my Andro series so I am ready to go after this 4 week run of DAA, EP, and AE for an 8 week run followed by PCT which should put me about the time I go home in December. When I return I will run DAA, EP, AE, and C20 through my birthday. Next morning I can drag my ass out of bed for cardio I will get my weight and start logging my weights. I did this every month or so at my old gym to gauge progress.
Just saw this thread...following from here on out. Good luck bro. Stay safe.
Thanks everyone for your support.
I switched my diet back to IF and will stay low carb with occasional carb splurges. I decided to make the switch so I could do more fasted cardio and let’s face it I am having a hard time getting up and doing it after I talk to my wife at 3am.
New daily routine is: talk to wife about 3am to 4 or later some days. Go back to sleep and get up at 730 for work. Take 3gr DAA, BCAA, 1 scoop of Cissus, and 2 Perform. Go to work and sip on BCAAs, I mix Purple Wraath and RecoverPro till noon. My noon workout is cardio, chest, or back. I take 2 Anabeta Elite before my chest or back workout. Otherwise I take the AE 4 times a day. After my workout I eat and take my other AE and Erase Pro. Go back to work and eat about 4pm. The first few days I was warming up what I used to get for breakfast but I feel too full for my afternoon workouts so I am playing with what I will eat at this time. Today I am doing a whey shake, banana, and yogurt. After work about 6-630pm, I do my 2nd workout. On back day I will work my rear delts/biceps, on chest I do shoulders/triceps, and my 3rd day is when I work legs and I would take my AE before and after on leg day. After my workout I eat dinner and maybe talk to the wife and kids before I go to bed between 8-9pm and take 2 Perform then.
My workouts usually depend on what equipment I can use and I vary the sets and reps. Sets are 3-6 sets with warm-ups and reps go from 5-25 but I usually stick around 8-15 for most things. Back starts with pulldowns or pull-ups. Followed by 1 arm Smith Machine rows or DB rows. Next is BB rows and/or Kroc DB rows. I superset wide grip t-bar and close grip cable in the cable crossover either standing or sitting on the ground. I do close grip pulldowns on the lat pulldown but I pull to my chest and get a good stretch. I finish with straight arm pulldowns with either a straight bar or rope. I try for lower reps on the rows 8-12 and higher reps on the other exercises.
For chest I start with the Hammer Strength to let my shoulder warm up. I do the decline, then iso-bench, and finally incline with lighter weights. Follow it up with incline cable flyes before I do the free weights. Depending on time and crowds I will do flat, decline, and incline with either bb or db. Usually I get a smith machine and do incline supersetted with flat or get a FI bench and go with DB.
Rear delts and biceps I like to alternate. I start with bent over DB raises and follow up with preacher curls both wide and close grip for biceps. Been doing high reps for this letting my elbow/forearm get better. Mix up rear delts with more bent over cable raises, upright rows, or face pulls or whatever they are called. Biceps is curls with ez bar and dbs various ways.
Shoulders/triceps I always start with 1 arm DB raises followed by heavy straight bar pressdowns. From there I mix it up and alternate leaning cable raises, skullcrushers, lots of cable tricep work from various angles, dips, and usually finish at the Smith or shoulder press. I superset presses behind the neck and in front and do higher reps of 12-18. Lastly is close grip bench and cable kickback.
Legs is front squats, leg press, leg extension, leg curl, and depending on how that’s stupid nerve down the back of my leg feels I finish with straight leg deadlifts.
Next picture update after my current 4 week run before I try the Andro series. Weight was about 214 when I weighed at my noon workout. I feel like I am losing and look forward to seeing some progress with the next pictures.
Sorry it has been a while but September is our year end so I am working late and just got back from training class last week. Even though I was out I still had emails and phone calls to make.
Updates: Splurged a little on the diet and had schnitzel and a few beers while I was in Germany. Worked out two of the days, second day dropped a 35 lbs plate on me ankle. Swole up and bruised pretty nice which sucked since I walked to the class from my hotel. Took an extra day off this week for recovery. Weight has gone back down from the cheat meals and I am tracking about 212 lbs. While here, I am sticking to working out at noon and following it up with my big meal. BCAA in the morning and I do a secondary workout after work around 6-7pm.
Looks wise I am seeing improvement and noticing some crazy veins popping up like in my calves today. Joints are feeling better with the fish oil and cissus. I am looking wider and next week I should take some more pics. Having some distractions back home I am dealing with right now. Looks like I may be coming home for a few days to take care of things.
Hopefully I will find time to get back into being more detailed with my logs in the next few weeks, at least I should find time starting in October. I will start the Primordial Performance run on the 20th give or take a few days.
nice progress...good luck im 41 myself...once you get over 40 it seems like everything takes twice as long as it did when you were younger..keep up the good work
My birthday goal is always more sex. So far at age 47 I'd say I'm meeting that goal.
Nice thread. I'll be following along.
Todd - great torso. Not too big, and nice and lean without being freaky. That's my goal the next 5 years
Last week things got derailed and I had to go home for family reasons. Only went to the gym once and only part of my diet I stuck to was the fasting. Takes about 30 hours to get back and forth to the states and I didn't get much sleep during that time.
BJE, sex is not a problem for us as the 4 pregnancies in the last 4 years can attest. I think its why she wanted me to takes this overseas assignment so she could get a break and get her body back to where it used to be.
Purelife, guess I have to work twice as hard then... hhmmm I wonder if my boss would notice if I went to the gym 4 times a day.
Today I am back in my old routine now that I am back. I didn't go to the gym since I had to work late. Tomorrow I start back into my usual gym at lunch and follow up workout after work. Each workout is followed by a meal with a snack during the middle of the afternoon. I will take update pics this weekend and start the Andro cycle tomorrow. I still have some EP and AE but I can use them in my Jan cycle before my birthday.
Here is a story about my run in with customs in Germany and supplements. I was getting on the plane to the states and when they ran my bags through the x-ray they asked to see it. I said sure, they looked in and pulled out all my supplements and confiscated my Erase Pro, Anabeta Elite, and Perform. They didn't look at the ingredients but just read the labels and if it said anabolic, hormone, or anything similar they took it. I had to go to the back, get wanded and researched while they called customs. 7 guys show up and they start looking through my stuff and talking. Finally the one in charge came over and we talked. He asked where I was going and about the supplements and finally let me go with everything since I was passing through but I was told they were illegal. So for everyone bitching about the US policy (and granted our govt does need to stay out of some of our business) its not as bad as some of the EU. They never looked at ingredients but the name of the company (Anabolic Innovations for Perform) or what words they used on the label.
listen my friend forget about all these supps just man up eat and train hardcore bin your scales give yourself 6 months and get ripped . if it was easy everyone would do it .
Pics taken first thing this morning. Today is day off. Since coming off the EP my joints are feeling better so I should see my legs and biceps coming along now. I will continue to mix up the rep ranges but feel more comfortable heavy for low reps again. Last three days were: legs, back/biceps, and yesterday was chest with light shoulders/triceps at night. Last night the gym was packed, I have never seen it so bad. 6-8 people standing around or taking turns on the bench. You could barely move in the free weight area.
Diet is going good with large meals after my workouts. Primarily 10-12 oz of fish or beef, sometimes turkey for variety when the others aren't available. Salad with ranch and some type of veggies like greens, peas, or broccoli depending on what is served that day. For dessert I have egg salad with a couple scoops of egg, relish, onion, mayo, and jalapenos. Just started PP Andro cycle couple days ago.
Now that year end is over I hope to get back to a more normal schedule. Workouts and diet suffered a little. I probbaly needed the time off since I have been go go go so much with the 2 a days. Last few days been missing the family alot, seems my 2 year old has figured out how to call me on skype and does so every day. Feeling borderline depressed and having a hard time with my intensity in the gym between that and the last few stressful days.
Today was legs at lunch and we are having a going away dinner tonight so no evening workout. Did a carb up at lunch with 2 chicken breast sandwich, peas, rice, my egg salad with just a touch of mayo, and skim milk. Knee is feeling alot better after the Erase Pro. Still eating two big meals after my workout within my feeding window. I usually have a snack about 3-4pm.
Tomorrow is back at lunch and traps, rear delt, and biceps after work. Thursday is chest at lunch and shoulders/triceps after work. Friday will be either day off or repeat three day cycle. Weight is about 215 lbs and doing the early morning mirror check it looks like the belly fat is shrinking. I cut back on my calories the last week because I was so busy with work that I had to ruch some workouts. Cardio is hit or miss still but I am hoping to make up for it with diet.
Last few days have been good. Cut back on my portions at the DFAC. Sticking to my 3 day rotation with days off as needed. Weight was 217 when I went to the gym at lunch today to work legs. So I am seeing a weight increase while belly fat looks like it is slowly shrinking. Pics in about 2 weeks. go dawgs.
Had a bug the last few days, gotta be more careful eating out of country. Switching up my workout routine. Moved shoulders to their own day so I could focus on them more. Doing chest and shoulders the same day was killing me. Chest day I start with Hammer Strength before moving to free weights in an effort to loosen it up before going heavy. I will have progress pics in the next few days, work has been crazy with 12 hour days.
Attached pics taking yesterday and front shot was this morning. Sticking with 4 day routine with day off as needed. Cutting back on calories and added in a few meals of carbs though the week. Joints all feel good, shoulders feel better working the day after chest instead of the evening after chest workout. Hoping to see more progress with shoulders in the next month. Only thing bothering me is my right knee still so I don't go heavy on squats or leg press. Had legs at lunch today and ate breakfast for first time in a few weeks because legs make me want to puke training fasted.