As I did not lift weights to be competitive, but purely for the health side, my stats are incomplete.
Biceps - 15.5"
Waist - Before: 36"
Biceps - 16.25"
Waist - After: 32"
Why I Got Started
OK, I always wanted a 6-pack and good arms. And I've been lifting on and off for the past 8 years. However, after my sickbed in which I nearly died, I had a new mission to get healthy again and a new appreciation for life. I also became a follower of Christ and my whole life-focus changed. I just wanted to make the most of the body God has given me and to do it for his glory.
How I Did It
How does the expression go?
My health had a bit of a setback in December 2005 and I could not consume solids. But it was a blessing in disguise, since it helped me to really getting ripped. For the whole month I drank just protein/meal replacement shakes and my workout program stayed on track.
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I stuck to my routine day in and day out.
I started initially working out at my home gym (which is well equipped). But when you reach a certain level, you need the encouragement of other dudes working out around you to push you to the limit.
My supplement list was not designed to enhance muscle, but to add to health benefits.
I used the following 3 times per day:
- Flaxseed Oil
- Alpha Lipoic Acid
- Green Tea Extract
- Saw Palmetto
- Melatonin (to help sleep better)
Sample Week Of Diet
- No alcohol!
- 4L water per day.
- VERY little carbs.
- No animal fat.
- Fair amount of good fats (omega3/6 - Flaxseed Oil + Fish fats)
Since we run our own business, time is at a premium and my diet is nearly every day the same and quite boring.
- 06h00 (upon waking up) - meal replacement shake
- 09h00 - Bowl of oats with fat-free yoghurt
- 12h00 - Green Salad with whey shake and a fruit
- 15h00 - Whey shake with fat-free yoghurt and a fruit
- 18h00 - Meal replacement shake or fish with green salad
- 20h00 (just before bed) - pure protein shake (slow release)
Sunday mornings, me and wife will have a nice oily breakfast (eggs+bacon, etc...)
No Cheating in between.
Sample Week Of Training
I change my workout routine frequently to make sure my muscles stay in guessing mode ...
Working out 6 days in a row and then 1 day rest.
Focus on a single muscle group per workout (Alternating between Abs and Calves every 2nd day after my main muscle group workout).
Working each muscle to failure on 8th rep of each set and nearly always do 4 sets per exercise (sometimes 5).
For all muscle groups I am doing 4-5 different exercises per workout, changing the exercises regularly.
Rest very little in-between sets. (30sec to 1 min)
Warm up VERY WELL! before starting with routine with light weights + 5 minutes on the treadmill.
A bit more about my bicep workout:
- Seated Alternating Dumbbell Curls (Shown Standing) - 4 sets of 8 reps each arm.
- Standing Alternating (Concentration) Cable Curl (Machine), pulling cable from bottom upwards - 4 sets of 8 reps each arm. Slow deliberate movements concentrating on feeling the burn in the bicep.
- Barbell Curls - 4 sets of 8.
- Standing alternating dumbbell hammer curls - 4 sets of 8 with each arm.
- To finish off, Seated alternating dumbbell concentration curls - 4 sets of 8 with each arm.
I believe my success is 80% due to dieting/supplementing correctly and 20% due to exercising.
Suggestions For Others
My big change around came after I faced death and had a new appreciation for life and became a follower of Christ. So it was relatively "easy" for me to stay on track because my whole life changed.
So what I do suggest to others is to change a couple of your bad habits as well when you start working out and make it a worthwhile change to become a better person on all aspects of your life. It makes it a worthwhile change and in my opinion makes it easier to stick too.
If you just want more muscle or to look better, it is a shallow target you set for yourself and as such makes it so much easier to bale out off.
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After 17 Years Of Marriage We Are Blessed With Our First Baby.
Working Out Will Be More Difficult Now.
But I Am Not About To Throw The New Body Away. Stay Tuned ...
If you take a decision changing your life for the better in things that really matters and just as part of it also start living more healthier and enhancing your body it is a decision that carries much more weight and makes is that much more worthwhile to stick too.
Hope this helps brothers!