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by Grumpy David » Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:06 am

strawberry float legs. It's all about developing the Johnny Bravo body. :datass:

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by Saigon Slick » Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:16 am

About to jump back into weights - the goal is to be lean though, not big, so not really sure what to do beyond a lot of cardio as my last workout regime led to me puffing out in a way I wasn't happy with. Anyone got any ideas?

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by Brerlappin » Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:52 am

Corazon de Leon wrote:About to jump back into weights - the goal is to be lean though, not big, so not really sure what to do beyond a lot of cardio as my last workout regime led to me puffing out in a way I wasn't happy with. Anyone got any ideas?


Cardio and bodyweight fitness. Try the recommended routine over on Reddit.com/r/bodyweightfitness

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by Saigon Slick » Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:28 am

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Corazon de Leon wrote:About to jump back into weights - the goal is to be lean though, not big, so not really sure what to do beyond a lot of cardio as my last workout regime led to me puffing out in a way I wasn't happy with. Anyone got any ideas?


Cardio and bodyweight fitness. Try the recommended routine over on Reddit.com/r/bodyweightfitness


Cheers mate, will look it up. View to starting this evening so will keep thread updated.

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by SandyCoin » Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:27 am

I am now starting to put on weight, which is pretty damn annoying. I used to be a fatty back in the day, but have been relatively thin for a while now. Certainly not toned by any means, but a good weight. But since moving to Germany I seem to have started to get a bit chubbier, especially in the love handles. I'm muffin topping like a mummy strawberry floater. I'm surprised as I ate a lot more bread and delicious food when I lived in Italy but seemed to not put weight on at all. I wondered whether it was my diet, but I think I eat pretty well. A good balance of vegetarian and meat meals. Decent portions etc.

I'm not sure whether I am drinking any more than usual or just now I'm 30 I can't drink as much as before. Anyway, I struggle to exercise as I have a slipped disc and sciatica, which means no stuff like running (this was a big reason I lost weight years ago). So does anyone have know any home fitness videos or anything that aren't too damaging on the knees etc. I'm gonna try get back into swimming, although I hate public pools and they are relatively expensive :dread: .

My gf has put on weight too and we both kind of mentioned it to each other yesterday that we were expanding a little bit. My damn jeans barely fitted :fp:

I know getting into exercise is a bit difficult, but I don't want to get back to how fat I was as a teenager :dread: .

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by Grumpy David » Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:48 am

SandyCoin wrote:I am now starting to put on weight, which is pretty damn annoying. I used to be a fatty back in the day, but have been relatively thin for a while now. Certainly not toned by any means, but a good weight. But since moving to Germany I seem to have started to get a bit chubbier, especially in the love handles. I'm muffin topping like a mummy strawberry floater. I'm surprised as I ate a lot more bread and delicious food when I lived in Italy but seemed to not put weight on at all. I wondered whether it was my diet, but I think I eat pretty well. A good balance of vegetarian and meat meals. Decent portions etc.

I'm not sure whether I am drinking any more than usual or just now I'm 30 I can't drink as much as before. Anyway, I struggle to exercise as I have a slipped disc and sciatica, which means no stuff like running (this was a big reason I lost weight years ago). So does anyone have know any home fitness videos or anything that aren't too damaging on the knees etc. I'm gonna try get back into swimming, although I hate public pools and they are relatively expensive :dread: .

My gf has put on weight too and we both kind of mentioned it to each other yesterday that we were expanding a little bit. My damn jeans barely fitted :fp:

I know getting into exercise is a bit difficult, but I don't want to get back to how fat I was as a teenager :dread: .


Sciatica is a strawberry floating bitch. I wouldn't even swim with it. Get on diclofenic potassium (combine with red wine for a good time) and just do long walks until you feel you can trust your back pain to not flare up.

If you have a park nearby with a pull up bar, I'd suggest just hanging from it, might ease the pain.

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by SandyCoin » Wed Aug 30, 2017 12:52 pm

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SandyCoin wrote:I am now starting to put on weight, which is pretty damn annoying. I used to be a fatty back in the day, but have been relatively thin for a while now. Certainly not toned by any means, but a good weight. But since moving to Germany I seem to have started to get a bit chubbier, especially in the love handles. I'm muffin topping like a mummy strawberry floater. I'm surprised as I ate a lot more bread and delicious food when I lived in Italy but seemed to not put weight on at all. I wondered whether it was my diet, but I think I eat pretty well. A good balance of vegetarian and meat meals. Decent portions etc.

I'm not sure whether I am drinking any more than usual or just now I'm 30 I can't drink as much as before. Anyway, I struggle to exercise as I have a slipped disc and sciatica, which means no stuff like running (this was a big reason I lost weight years ago). So does anyone have know any home fitness videos or anything that aren't too damaging on the knees etc. I'm gonna try get back into swimming, although I hate public pools and they are relatively expensive :dread: .

My gf has put on weight too and we both kind of mentioned it to each other yesterday that we were expanding a little bit. My damn jeans barely fitted :fp:

I know getting into exercise is a bit difficult, but I don't want to get back to how fat I was as a teenager :dread: .


Sciatica is a strawberry floating bitch. I wouldn't even swim with it. Get on diclofenic potassium (combine with red wine for a good time) and just do long walks until you feel you can trust your back pain to not flare up.

If you have a park nearby with a pull up bar, I'd suggest just hanging from it, might ease the pain.


I've had it around 6 years so sadly don't think it's going anywhere any time soon. Drugs didn't do much apart from mess with my head :dread:

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by Grumpy David » Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:35 pm

SandyCoin wrote: sciatica :dread:



Sounds like they had you on pills which are based on morphine. Those made me feel sluggish. Although worked especially well with red wine!

Try diclofenac potassium, it needs a prescription but it helped me so much more than the original painkillers I was given.

If you've had it for so long and it hasn't gone, have you not had physio or a surgical referral?

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by SandyCoin » Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:16 pm

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SandyCoin wrote: sciatica :dread:



Sounds like they had you on pills which are based on morphine. Those made me feel sluggish. Although worked especially well with red wine!

Try diclofenac potassium, it needs a prescription but it helped me so much more than the original painkillers I was given.

If you've had it for so long and it hasn't gone, have you not had physio or a surgical referral?


I've had physio, but can't really afford to have it done like...3 times a week. I was going weekly and it eases it a bit for maybe a day, but then just goes back to how it was. I've had injections in my back, but that did nothing, and they said it wasn't bad enough to have surgery (I can still move and do stuff normally, just....it hurts)

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by jamcc » Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:09 am

strawberry float's sake. I've been making decent progress on Stronglifts for a few months and I was starting to notice real improvements in my physique (bigger arms and less chest fat are the main things), along with some much-appreciated compliments too.... only for me to injure the tendon above my right knee. :fp:

My GP said no exercise involving my right leg for 4-6 weeks, so that's no squats, deadlifts, rows and overhead presses presumably. I think the only Stronglift exercise I can do is bench.

I've been doing some chin ups and dumbell stuff at home like some sort of injured war veteran but can anyone suggest anything further I can do to stay swole and burn fat??

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by jamcc » Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:14 am

Corazon de Leon wrote:
Brerlappin wrote:
Corazon de Leon wrote:About to jump back into weights - the goal is to be lean though, not big, so not really sure what to do beyond a lot of cardio as my last workout regime led to me puffing out in a way I wasn't happy with. Anyone got any ideas?


Cardio and bodyweight fitness. Try the recommended routine over on Reddit.com/r/bodyweightfitness


Cheers mate, will look it up. View to starting this evening so will keep thread updated.


If you want to burn body fat, cardio is by no means your only option - diet and weights alone can make a huge difference.

Do an intense weights program (like Stronglifts) - when you get into it you will sweat and feel physically tired after workouts. Also, reduce your intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates (bread, pasta etc). Oh and reading Sandycoin's post above, yeah, reduce alcohol intake too - I'm convinced that our booze culture is largely to blame for our terrible obesity levels in this country.

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by shadow202 » Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:16 am

After working out last night, a workout I regularly do on a Monday I've seemed to have done something to one specific part of my back. Halfway down the right hand side I have a lot of discomfort

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by Saigon Slick » Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:50 am

jamcc wrote:
Corazon de Leon wrote:
Brerlappin wrote:
Corazon de Leon wrote:About to jump back into weights - the goal is to be lean though, not big, so not really sure what to do beyond a lot of cardio as my last workout regime led to me puffing out in a way I wasn't happy with. Anyone got any ideas?


Cardio and bodyweight fitness. Try the recommended routine over on Reddit.com/r/bodyweightfitness


Cheers mate, will look it up. View to starting this evening so will keep thread updated.


If you want to burn body fat, cardio is by no means your only option - diet and weights alone can make a huge difference.

Do an intense weights program (like Stronglifts) - when you get into it you will sweat and feel physically tired after workouts. Also, reduce your intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates (bread, pasta etc). Oh and reading Sandycoin's post above, yeah, reduce alcohol intake too - I'm convinced that our booze culture is largely to blame for our terrible obesity levels in this country.


Cheers for this - reducing sugar is probably the hardest bit of the whole thing. Wouldn't surprise me if beer was to blame for an awful lot of weight issues here but booze is not an issue for me, I rarely drink alcohol. Any ideas for replacing bread and pasta? Pretty much my staple diet. :lol:

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by Brerlappin » Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:03 am

jamcc wrote:
Corazon de Leon wrote:
Brerlappin wrote:
Corazon de Leon wrote:About to jump back into weights - the goal is to be lean though, not big, so not really sure what to do beyond a lot of cardio as my last workout regime led to me puffing out in a way I wasn't happy with. Anyone got any ideas?


Cardio and bodyweight fitness. Try the recommended routine over on Reddit.com/r/bodyweightfitness


Cheers mate, will look it up. View to starting this evening so will keep thread updated.


If you want to burn body fat, cardio is by no means your only option - diet and weights alone can make a huge difference.

Do an intense weights program (like Stronglifts) - when you get into it you will sweat and feel physically tired after workouts. Also, reduce your intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates (bread, pasta etc). Oh and reading Sandycoin's post above, yeah, reduce alcohol intake too - I'm convinced that our booze culture is largely to blame for our terrible obesity levels in this country.


Ive just started a program called Whole30 with my wife. Its marketed as a complete overhaul of your eating habits, rather than a diet. But it means you cant have any sugars, at all, very limited carbs, no dairy, etc. Its supposed to help with stomach issues by "resetting" your stomach, and after a month you can slowly add stuff back to your diet. I'm looking forward to seeing what, if any, results there are when combined with my workouts too.

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by jamcc » Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:18 am

Brerlappin wrote:
jamcc wrote:
Corazon de Leon wrote:
Brerlappin wrote:
Corazon de Leon wrote:About to jump back into weights - the goal is to be lean though, not big, so not really sure what to do beyond a lot of cardio as my last workout regime led to me puffing out in a way I wasn't happy with. Anyone got any ideas?


Cardio and bodyweight fitness. Try the recommended routine over on Reddit.com/r/bodyweightfitness


Cheers mate, will look it up. View to starting this evening so will keep thread updated.


If you want to burn body fat, cardio is by no means your only option - diet and weights alone can make a huge difference.

Do an intense weights program (like Stronglifts) - when you get into it you will sweat and feel physically tired after workouts. Also, reduce your intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates (bread, pasta etc). Oh and reading Sandycoin's post above, yeah, reduce alcohol intake too - I'm convinced that our booze culture is largely to blame for our terrible obesity levels in this country.


Ive just started a program called Whole30 with my wife. Its marketed as a complete overhaul of your eating habits, rather than a diet. But it means you cant have any sugars, at all, very limited carbs, no dairy, etc. Its supposed to help with stomach issues by "resetting" your stomach, and after a month you can slowly add stuff back to your diet. I'm looking forward to seeing what, if any, results there are when combined with my workouts too.


Sounds great. I eat a lot of dairy though as I don't have any issues with it and milk/eggs are great and cheap protein sources. On the other hand, a lot of people are intolerant to dairy, so I see why they've included it.

Corazon - have a look at the Paleo diet too. I loosely follow that. Potato and rice/rissoto are decent mainstream alternatives, and then you have more left-field stuff like lentils etc. And then you can go absolutely wild with 'good' carbs like green vegetables, aubergines, cauliflower etc.

As for the sugar thing, the less you eat it the less you'll crave it. I also find that chewing (sugar-free!) gum satisfies any rare urge to eat ice cream etc. Bit gay maybe but it really works.

Honestly, if you follow a decent/intense workout program and make those changes to your diet I'd be astonished if you don't lose body fat pretty rapidly.

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by Saigon Slick » Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:03 pm

Did my first arms and chest workout for a long time there - I've not lost as much strength as I thought I would have(was able to do 3x8 chest press at 50kg - used to do 3x6 at 65kg) but I can already tell I'll be feeling it badly tomorrow. :lol:

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by jamcc » Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:07 pm

Corazon de Leon wrote:Did my first arms and chest workout for a long time there - I've not lost as much strength as I thought I would have(was able to do 3x8 chest press at 50kg - used to do 3x6 at 65kg) but I can already tell I'll be feeling it badly tomorrow. :lol:


Are you using the machine or free weights?

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by Saigon Slick » Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:38 pm

jamcc wrote:
Corazon de Leon wrote:Did my first arms and chest workout for a long time there - I've not lost as much strength as I thought I would have(was able to do 3x8 chest press at 50kg - used to do 3x6 at 65kg) but I can already tell I'll be feeling it badly tomorrow. :lol:


Are you using the machine or free weights?


Always free weights. I include the bar in the weight also - barbell chest press. Still struggle with the fear when doing dumbbell exercises after I nearly lost a finger a few years ago.

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by souljahsstory » Tue Sep 05, 2017 2:18 pm

Brerlappin wrote:
jamcc wrote:
Corazon de Leon wrote:
Brerlappin wrote:
Corazon de Leon wrote:About to jump back into weights - the goal is to be lean though, not big, so not really sure what to do beyond a lot of cardio as my last workout regime led to me puffing out in a way I wasn't happy with. Anyone got any ideas?


Cardio and bodyweight fitness. Try the recommended routine over on Reddit.com/r/bodyweightfitness


Cheers mate, will look it up. View to starting this evening so will keep thread updated.


If you want to burn body fat, cardio is by no means your only option - diet and weights alone can make a huge difference.

Do an intense weights program (like Stronglifts) - when you get into it you will sweat and feel physically tired after workouts. Also, reduce your intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates (bread, pasta etc). Oh and reading Sandycoin's post above, yeah, reduce alcohol intake too - I'm convinced that our booze culture is largely to blame for our terrible obesity levels in this country.


Ive just started a program called Whole30 with my wife. Its marketed as a complete overhaul of your eating habits, rather than a diet. But it means you cant have any sugars, at all, very limited carbs, no dairy, etc. Its supposed to help with stomach issues by "resetting" your stomach, and after a month you can slowly add stuff back to your diet. I'm looking forward to seeing what, if any, results there are when combined with my workouts too.


That eating programme sounds like dodgy and another one of those fads. It also sounds like it'll be more difficult than you think. If you get the results you want from it. Awesome. If not. I'd look up Macro Lean on facebook and watch a few of his videos. I've managed to lose 5-6kg and around 2.5inches on the waist in 3 weeks, just by tracking my macros and counting my calories and without having to really make any sacrifices in regards to limiting my foods. His whole ethos is, there are no bad food, just bad portions and 3 weeks in it feels less like a diet plan and more a lifestyle change which will help me hit my goals.

Totally think you should check his stuff out. He's got a few videos that spell out the bullshit people spout to win over your hard earned cash. The constant cycle of crap that goes with it.

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by Saigon Slick » Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:04 pm

Macro Lean is pretty good - been watching some of his stuff the last few days. I generally find that tracking calories and keeping them at around 2,000 per day means that everything else balances out quite well. I definitely overdo it on the carbs though - think that's where I've piled on the weight over the past few months.

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