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


    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.
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    diet is my biggest problem. I tend to add a lot of fat while bulking, and lose to much muscle while cutting, its a viscious cycle. =\
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    That can be stopped. But this is a common mistake.
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    I would have to agree...Staying lean when bulking, keeping muscle when dieting. Everybody's body is different, but I tend to have very small room for error between the two.

    This is also an expensive habit! Food, supps, etc.
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    Designing diet plans that are laid out for bulking, maintenance, and cutting. Listing each meal and what their nutritional values are.

    Also, finding what works best for me. As in which training program to follow and when to implement it.
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    1. Meathead syndrome. I can't help myself when I see a hot chick so I lift heavy.
    2. Cutting is a bitch for me, I need to stay disciplined with my plan but I eat lots of junk food due to social circumstances.
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    Spending too much money is definately a bad one for me. When I caught wind of the upcoming prohormone ban, I spent close to 1000 bucks on a stockpile of various ph's in the first month and I'm still spending more when I see great reviews for other **** I haven't tried yet. And to make it worse, Sldge keeps lowering his prices. Goddamn you, Matt.
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    Overall I'd say dietary discipline. Right now its lack of gym time..and no I can't rearrange my schedule, I'm just not in town enough.

    I'm a supplement junkie. Have to budget myself each month as I like to experiment with new goodies. Beats experimenting with drugs ..or does it?

    Need a wee bit more training discipline. Tend to neglect abs and cardio but overall I stay fairly proportional..at least until I post pics someday and am eaten alive, lol.
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    I'd say working legs. I ruptured a disk at T12-L1 when I was 18, then C5-C6-C7 last year. Had to have a three inch plate put in. I can't handle the pressure on my neck now and doing the sled irrates my lower back. I have to decide to do legs and not be able to get out of bed(with out being doped up) for 2-3days or just dont do any heavy training.

    If you were wondering how I did that to my neck, it was the meathead mentality. I was doing the 110lbs dumbells on seated over head press. I didn't lose form. Doc said that I was probably out of line and the pressure from lifting that much weight pulled the disk to one side causing a herniation onto a nerve. Worst pain you can imagine. Couldn't turn my head. Couldn't sit upright. No possible way to get comfortable.
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    Being fat-a-phobic. I can't seem to bulk to a good size before I start thinking to myself "****, im just gettin fat", so i start cutting again ending up where I started.
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    So would most of you agree that the main concern is either diet related or can be fixed with dietary adjestments?
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    For me it is overtraining. With running a school and weight training I have to balance a fine line.
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    Not enough sleep. I feel like my recovery and lean gains would be better over the long haul if I got 7-8 hours a night instead of the 5-6 I routinely get.
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    intv have you looked into some supplementaition for helping this? If you don't get enough there some products that might help the amount you get more productive.
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    getting too fat, then too small, tired of this ****
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    Quote Originally Posted by surferdude26
    Being fat-a-phobic. I can't seem to bulk to a good size before I start thinking to myself "****, im just gettin fat", so i start cutting again ending up where I started.
    Take many pictures. The problem is you look at yourself everyday and its really tough to assess actual change apart from what "think" is changing.
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    Keeping my diet on track on the weekends. I just don't eat enough good foods (or food in general) and when I do get calories, I rely too much on shakes.

    During the week it's good because I'm at work and have a set schedule where it's close to the same day in and day out. On the weekends, I work at nights at a bar, and I sleep in late, so my eating schedule is all out of whack.

    In terms of actual training, changing my routine. I seem to get one routine, and stick with it for too long, even when I'm not seeing gains. I am slowly learning to be more open minded in terms of routines, and when something stops working, change it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scotty2
    getting too fat, then too small, tired of this ****
    Classic. This is often a problem with those who use enhaning agents to as their mindset tends to think they can get results in a quick amount of time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobo
    Classic. This is often a problem with those who use enhaning agents to as their mindset tends to think they can get results in a quick amount of time.
    I take all the time in the world, never rush. Cut for 7 months, go as slowly as possible, still end up losing too much size IMO. When I bulk, I only go about BWX18, 40/40/20, bery few cheats, still get too fat. Like I said, getting tired of this ****.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivan Drago
    Keeping my diet on track on the weekends. I just don't eat enough good foods (or food in general) and when I do get calories, I rely too much on shakes.

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    This can be helped by adjusting your training schedule (depeding on goals of course) to allow for those weekend slip ups. Its basically designing a program based on hormonal responses so that those excess calories do the least amount of damage.
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    Weekends is def. where i mess up too. being home with the wife and kids does not make dieting easy - wether it be bulk or cut.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scotty2
    I take all the time in the world, never rush. Cut for 7 months, go as slowly as possible, still end up losing too much size IMO. When I bulk, I only go about BWX18, 40/40/20, bery few cheats, still get too fat. Like I said, getting tired of this ****.
    Yes but I know for a fact your not happy in many of those seven months and eventually its gets to the point your frustrated and say "the hell with it". Cutting should never last for 7 months (there is difference between cutting and dieting).
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    My biggest problems are sleeping and getting enough food in my body during the week. I have a tendency to stay up way to late and then wake up 4-5 hours later for work. I have been trying to take advantage of my time and nap as much as possible but my female counterpart gets pissed when I nap cause she thinks it is why I stay up to late. Then with food, I lose track of time throughout the day and sometimes just cram **** down whenever I can. For the most part its healthy **** but I like a good chalupa or cheeseburger once every blue moon.

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    nutrition...hard to intake enough calories/protein...hard to eat clean during a cut...hard to cut period, as my supply of food (college cafeteria) is 99.999% carbs
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    I can say that I've finally tweaked my diet to work for me and followed it, as well as training for the most part. Besides that:

    1. lack of sleep (hard to "fix" unless I consider unemployment and quitting college)
    2. skipping cardio (would do it in the morning but this involves #1)

    So basically time management for me. IMO the 2 biggest problems for most trainees are diet and time management (i.e. prioritizing according to need, etc.).
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    I'd say diet is a main issue. Cutting is hard, period. And eating clean foods can be expensive. Buying in bulk is important at the grocery store but it's still a pain in the ass. Also after my stressful week at work I just wanna go out and get hammered to unwind so it sets me me back a little. It also effects the recovery time of the muscles worked on friday so it's a double slap. Extra calories and longer recovery. Damn but I need a nice cold yuengling lager or 15.
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    trainning chest and shoulders. these are my weak points. when I train back I really enjoy it, because I can move some respectable wieght, when I am doing chest I don't put as intencity into it, nor do I fallow a decent chest and should plan. I also have a hard time eating good. I is hard for me to eat every 2-3 hours. too often is the case that I grab some romen noodles instead of chicken and rice or that kind of thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carpe Diem
    when I am doing chest I don't put as intencity into it, nor do I fallow a decent chest and should plan. I also have a hard time eating good. I is hard for me to eat every 2-3 hours. too often is the case that I grab some romen noodles instead of chicken and rice or that kind of thing.
    Well there is your problem - focus danielson and gains will come. but really - try changing up your chest routine. switch ramen noodles for microwave packs of oatmeal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobo
    So would most of you agree that the main concern is either diet related or can be fixed with dietary adjestments?

    *Eating last bit of deep fried fish burrito after fasting most of the morning*


    Hmmm, maybe.
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    My 2 major problems:
    1. Training alone so pushing to limits can be difficult.
    2. Getting stuck in between wanting to gain more muscle/size and wanting to get leaner.
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    My diet is so fine tuned that people think I'm crazy...lol. I'd have to say my problem area is sleeping right. I normaly get 7-8 hrs but sometimes I get as little as 2 hrs. That is easy enough to fix though. I just have to get in bed....to sleep that is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by size
    My 2 major problems:
    1. Training alone so pushing to limits can be difficult.
    2. Getting stuck in between wanting to gain more muscle/size and wanting to get leaner.
    That goes for me as well.
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    number one on your list size is a big factor for me too. Especially since there is no hammer equipment at my gym......
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    My problems occur on the 'ends' of my bulk/cuting programs. Towards the end of my bulking period I tend to slow down gains of LBM and add a higher lb portions of fat. When I'm at the end of my cutting period I lose LBM at an increased pace as I hit around 8% and cutting to lower percentages takes a heavier toll.

    I probably need a good diet 'tweak' as I hit these limits, but I tend to follow what got me to that point.

    I also will probably never get the proper levels of sleep as I tend to only run about 5-6 hours a night...but I consider it the less evil as opposed to diet and training issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahq

    I probably need a good diet 'tweak' as I hit these limits, but I tend to follow what got me to that point.

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    Thats probably your problem. You'd be amazed at what a small adjustment can do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by size
    My 2 major problems:
    1. Training alone so pushing to limits can be difficult.
    2. Getting stuck in between wanting to gain more muscle/size and wanting to get leaner.
    This goes for me as well. My diet can kind of suck at times too, I have been having pretty good luck with ckd fo the past year, but right now I am tired of it and just trying to watch what I shove in the gullet. Protein/carb or Protein/fat never carb/fat. Hopefully I can keep the fat off that I lost. My sleep is the worst, I have a kollicy (sp?) 1 year old that is letting me get about 4 to 5 hours at night, I find that melatonin helps me get to sleep but its the staying asleep thats not happening.

    I have given up trying to train with other people, I tried a couple of weeks of dogg crapp with a coworker over the winter, they guy wanted to change the routine up every damn workout. Could never get into a groove with it.

    I really need professional clown lifting/diet/training help
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    It'd be nice if one could clone oneself so you could always have a WO partner who's always on the same page.
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    I would kill my training partner then. He's would be an *******.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobo
    I would kill my training partner then. He's would be an *******.
    LOL! I guess I would also. I can't stand myself.
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    1. Diet. I've got the bulking thing down, cutting OTOH...
    2. Rest/recovery. What can you do other than the best you can?
    3. Training partner. Back in the day I used to train with my brother, and that was about as good as it got. Just wish I hadn't wasted those days with a ****ty ass volume routine and subpar diet. But now he's in Southern California and I, am not.
    4. Strength gains. I'm honestly not satisfied in that regard, but I guess any gains are good gains.

    I too am looking forward to this Clown Posse.
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