What is your biggest problem area when it comes to training?

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  1. Quote Originally Posted by chi_town
    Not sure if I agree with time management being the problem. Some would argue it's about priorities and or dedication and commitment. Maybe time management is a crutch many of us use as an excuse. Hmmmmmmm. Just a thought.


    -- Chi
    Could be, guess that depends on the person. Right now I work M-F 9-5 then have night classes M-Th 6 - 9, so I get home around 10. Makes attempting to fit it all in a challenge regardless of how I choose to approach it, which lately is with the utmost dedication to diet, considering I have to make time to eat


  2. I am with jweave
    Motivation. Sometimes I look at how much weight I have gained and say f#$k!
    I need to lose, but sometimes it's not there-the motivation. I could use all the excuses in the world -work sixteen hr shifts, grad school, 1 1/2 hr commute to school and work, both ways and GF is a junkfood eater (shes 22yrs so it doesn't show.) But me... But if I want it bad enough I will do it!! I almost always get half way where I want to be then slack, a cheat meal here, a cheat day there, then a cheat week and then I am totally off my diet.I WILL GET INTO SHAPE THIS SUMMER. end of rant
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  3. My biggest problem is injuries, and trying to train through them. Or letting the body part rest until it feels fine, then going to the gym and beating the **** out of it and starting all over on trying to let it rest again. Also I NEVER do cardio . I just don't like it. I always think it's gonna rob my strength gains, and everytime I go to the gym with intentions to do cardio I rack my brain trying to find a muscle that's not sore, and end up working that.
  4. The evil pantry


    1)
    I have 3 little girls and my wife has the pantry packed with Oreo's, Fig Nutons, Cereals and list goes on and on. I'm 38, so that **** sticks to me like glue. All you young college guys, trust me, get in the habit of eating well, because your metabolism will slow down. My willpower is fine on the weekdays, but the weekends it's tuff, I hear those crappy carbs calling my name behind that door. If she wouldn't buy it then I would be fine, but she just tells me to f*ch off, the stuff is for the kids.

    2)
    Sleep, I get up at 0445 four days a week and do 50 minutes of fat burn on the elliptical machine (HR @ 127bpm). Then I work for 10hrs, I get in the gym 3 days week in for weight training in the afternoon. At night, by the time we get the kids down to sleep, and I review what’s on this board, it's 2300hrs.

    3)
    Bobo hit the nail on the head, cutting the last 6% is like grades, you work your ass of for the 4.0 and then all it takes is one bad test and it's screwed. My last 6% is pure diet and I'm gonna need Bobo's help to get me there. Not sure what to do without losing too much LBM.

    4)
    Injury, my life story, hmmm, let's see, 3 back operations, 1 elbow, 1 knee, and my tendons on my elbows are shot to hell. 20 years of MMA fighting takes it's toll. My back is the main problem, doing dogcrap's routine is out of the question, lifting very heavy is not option, so I hope Bobo's got a solution for gain LBM without going heavy.

  5. My biggest problem is getting to the gym when im not on any stims/pre workout boosters.

    The most enjoyable part of my workouts is usually the drive to the gym, getting into "The Zone". When i drop some EC, or Ritalin, or whatever im using, i know that 30 mins later i better get in the car and start driving.

    If im bulking and not using anything, then i know i can just say "I'll leave in 10 mins" and then 10 becomes 20 and soon i just put it off till the next day.

    Once im in the gym i feel great, and have all the energy in the world, but its that whole getting to the parking lot and walking through those doors that i have the problem with.
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  6. My main concern is drying out for competition.. I've tried carbbing up early, later, dropping water to 0 the day of, herbal assistance.. If I can get dry, my condition would be sick.. Did I mention how tiny my waist would look?

  7. putting fat on only in the belly region.. and wanting to cut because of it, but I'm very lean everywhere else

  8. Overtraining. Easy to fix.... but damn, i enjoy lifting too much. Dont follow me brothers
    Sage

  9. Quote Originally Posted by bigpetefox
    My main concern is drying out for competition.. I've tried carbbing up early, later, dropping water to 0 the day of, herbal assistance.. If I can get dry, my condition would be sick.. Did I mention how tiny my waist would look?
    Must be a bitch to have a waist that small.

    You doing a local show Pete?

  10. Quote Originally Posted by Bobo
    The title says it all! It can be anything: Overall Nutrition, lack of time, improper form, meathead syndrome (using to much weight), spending to much money (I've done that), etc......

    I want to get an idea what people's biggest concerns are.
    My biggest prob is not knowing what I should know, you follow? in other words, I feel like sometimes I spend to much time researching topics that are pointless or following a workout schedule that isnt optimum for reaching my goals just because I didnt know any better. I am a smart bro and a quick study. just think I could progress exponentially if I could work with someone who has already been were I am. let me know when you put something together.
    hailz,
    Pestis

  11. Will be starting Monday. I will post a thread this weekend explaining everything.
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  12. Quote Originally Posted by Ivan Drago
    Must be a bitch to have a waist that small.

    You doing a local show Pete?
    I might, not sure.. If not, there's always the NH NPC in september..

  13. Diet:

    I have trouble with what to eat and what time to eat (scheduling meals around my day)

  14. I can solve that
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  15. Quote Originally Posted by IronMike
    Diet:

    I have trouble with what to eat and what time to eat (scheduling meals around my day)
    same here, for cutting and bulking.

  16. my major problem in lifting is my back and biceps, they have been at about the same strength for a year now, probably because im not squatting and deadlifting but still i should be gaining strength with these exercises:
    Lat Pulldowns ALL 3 to 4 sets
    Seated Rows
    DB Rows

  17. Its probably the WAY your exercising. You need to train (different type of hypertrophy)according to your goals and have a nutrition plan than corresponds to that training.

    If your looking to increase stregnht you need to work on ratios and exercise that increase neural stimulation rather than pure hypertrophy.
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  18. Such as???

  19. Do I give everything away?!?!!?!?


    There isn't one exercise, its the way you exercise. Like I siad before I need to know what is goals are. Does he want size AND strength or just strength. Strength based workouts require less time under stress and less calories. They generally are more explosive and less time is spent on the negative. This can be done with any exericse so anyone saying that one exercise makes you stronger is mistaken. It just usually that compound exercises force you to do the exerice in a ratio that is condusive to strenght gains rather than pure hypertrophy.
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  20. Man I'm getting tired of editing my posts. I really need to improve my typing.
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  21. Does this mean that a mass goal would be more time spent on the negative? Yes, I'm trying to pump you for info. I knew it was a crime but I did it anyway.

  22. Hmm....I forget....





    Could be, but then your diet changes to.
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  23. Quote Originally Posted by Bobo
    Do I give everything away?!?!!?!?


    There isn't one exercise, its the way you exercise. Like I siad before I need to know what is goals are. Does he want size AND strength or just strength. Strength based workouts require less time under stress and less calories. They generally are more explosive and less time is spent on the negative. This can be done with any exericse so anyone saying that one exercise makes you stronger is mistaken. It just usually that compound exercises force you to do the exerice in a ratio that is condusive to strenght gains rather than pure hypertrophy.

    Must .....find....dictionary.....

  24. Quote Originally Posted by Bobo
    Hmm....I forget....





    Could be, but then your diet changes to.

    Damn, you're vague.
    Good way to reel the customer in though. I'm already sold but I wouldn't be worth your time right now. When Jan rolls around, I'm gonna be relying on you to make me into a monster.

  25. Quote Originally Posted by Beelzebub
    Must .....find....dictionary.....
    If you could see my eyes right now and how blooshot they are, you would understand my typos.

    This is also proof that I type what is in my head. If I talked to you on the phone, I would talk the same way
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  26. Quote Originally Posted by Beelzebub
    Damn, you're vague.
    Good way to reel the customer in though. I'm already sold but I wouldn't be worth your time right now. When Jan rolls around, I'm gonna be relying on you to make me into a monster.
    But the answer I gave is what he needs to do. Work on training that increases neural stimulation than hypertrophy. Explosive exercises with a short negative for pure strength. Its not one exercise, its the way you exercise.
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  27. I read you man. I was just trying to get more info out of you regarding my goals. Figured I'd hijack the thread for little.

  28. My major problems now is staying out of the gym. I'm in the Army deployed at Kuwait in support of OIF. Its not hard to watch what I eat, and to eat often. We have a huge food selection and I can get food in to go boxes to have in between breakfast lunch and dinner. The gym here is also great. Much better equipment that my gyms in Germany, where I'm normally stationed. Plus theres several squat racks here. I used to bitch nonstop about having to wait for that one squat rack at the gym in Germany. For some reason, the army's gyms in Germany can afford literally 60 pieces of cardio equipment and 8 benches, but only one squat rack .

    Its great for training down here tho. When I got here six months ago I was about 260 with about 18% BF and now I'm 250 with about 11 or 12% BF. I haven't actually measured the bodyfat, but its a guess. I can see 4 out of my 6 abs, and I heard at 10% you can see all of them. I haven't even cardioed most of the time I was here. I guess being outside in 125 degree weather every day will cut you up . I limited myself to 4 days a week lifting in the gym...I seriously overtrained when I first got here. I was like a kid in a candystore, working out every day. Not much else to do around here.

  29. i think my biggest problem is psychological. i'll do a bulk period for 1-2 months, and about halfway through i feel that i'm getting too fat, so i switch gears halfway through and eradicate the gained bf AND the muscle that i gained during that time period. same with a cutter, when the shirt sleeves aren't as tight as they used to be i panic and visit sledge's little shop of wonders

    right now is a perfect example i'm winding up the usual cutting cycle for the summer 6-pack, but my weight dipped dangerously close to going under 200, so i panicked and ordered bottles of m4ohn, justifying to myself that "the ban is near, might as well.... it'll help with cutting anyways."

  30. I work the night shift (8:00PM to 8:00AM) on M/Tu/W/ and every other Su. After work, I go home and watch my 2 girls. I get about 3.5-4.5 hours of sleep (broken up) and then I go back into work. I try to stay with a normal M/W/F split since I have zero free time on the week-ends. In a few weeks, I switch ends of the week and will be doing Th/F/Sa and every other Su. I'm looking forward to this since my wife will be home on week-ends and I can actually get some real sleep. Lack of sleep is hurting my recovery. Its not really affecting my workouts since I can easily motivate myself to hit the weights (home gym).

    So, to get to the point, my problem area is rest. I've dropped 50 lbs and kept it off since last late July. I'm frustrated because I've been keeping my calories in check, diet clean, and committed to training but I believe I've plateaued because of the lack of rest. Not much I can do right now but continue to push through. As mentioned before, I'm hoping that getting back on week-ends will help me push past this since I'll be able to get 6-7 hours of sleep.
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