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Thinking of going back to bodybuilding....
« on: February 02, 2020, 08:05:46 PM »
Feeling like shit walking around at 285 lbs at 52 years of age and chasing numbers.

Everything hurts.

Plus I don't wanna have a heart attack.

Just went to a new gym today and holy hell it has everything.

Seriously thinking of going back to a more traditional bodybuilding routine and dropping 50 lbs.

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Re: Thinking of going back to bodybuilding....
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2020, 08:40:07 PM »
My joints actually feel better just doing the big 3 for low reps.

I've always been on the edge but when I trade evening beers for evening cardio it's literally only 4 weeks until a huge change.

The mental switch is the hardest, you can't just "cut back" or "add cardio."
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Re: Thinking of going back to bodybuilding....
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2020, 08:42:54 PM »
Cutting back on calories and beer starting tomorrow. Actually started cutting back on the beer last week.

I'll see how the training goes.

Really the thought of doing a strictly bodybuilding routine does not appeal to me.  It's fucking boring.

But walking around at 275+ at my age doesn't feel sustainable either....
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Re: Thinking of going back to bodybuilding....
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2020, 09:01:44 PM »

Really the thought of doing a strictly bodybuilding routine does not appeal to me.  It's fucking boring.


A "strictly bodybuilding routine" is terrible for health and joints. I've known you for like 10 years and your training has only changed once in that time. I would shop around for a program, it's gonna be irritable, uncomfortable and annoying for awhile but those changes are good for heart health and living long enough to buy clothes for Grandchildren.
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Re: Thinking of going back to bodybuilding....
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2020, 09:07:12 AM »
You know Jim that doesn't sound like a bad idea, I'd like our summer get together's to have some longevity to them. 275+ is a lot for the heart to deal with especially as we age regardless if it's muscle of fat.

I have to agree with Bando, wise words of wisdom I'd say.

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Re: Thinking of going back to bodybuilding....
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2020, 02:44:32 PM »
My joints actually feel better just doing the big 3 for low reps.

I've always been on the edge but when I trade evening beers for evening cardio it's literally only 4 weeks until a huge change.

The mental switch is the hardest, you can't just "cut back" or "add cardio."

So true. The mental is the hardest thing for me. I have gotten so lax on training and diet for about the past year. I keep trying to get back in the gym on a regular basis and eat better but it's become such a (bad) habit I'm having a harder time that usual breaking.  :(


Good luck Jim. Hope you can find a good program to stick with.
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Re: Thinking of going back to bodybuilding....
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2020, 05:16:20 PM »
Interesting.
Priorities shift as time passes. for sure.

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Re: Thinking of going back to bodybuilding....
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2020, 06:43:51 PM »
Wanted to respond to this.   Things a little nuts on the home front, but wanted to say that whatever you choose, I will help out and or share experiences in whatever way I can.

We have had surprisingly similar paths to and then from and then back to the gym.   Much much respect to all your hard work over the years.   

I wont add my own bias but I can share experiences.  It has not always been the easiest decision, but I have no regrets now 4+ years after switching directions.

I am here for just about anything if you want to bounce ideas off.   


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Re: Thinking of going back to bodybuilding....
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2020, 09:06:42 AM »
Welp,

Getting serious about cutting some fat.

Yesterday's food/calories: 

Breakfast: protein shake made with 50/50 2% milk and water & 1.5 scoops whey isolate

Lunch:  6 scrambled eggs with some fresh-made salsa for flavour

Dinner: Potatoes and roast beef

Beers:  NONE

Going to do this for a while and see how things go....
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Re: Thinking of going back to bodybuilding....
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2020, 12:37:28 PM »

Beers:  NONE



:eek:


No shit!  I think it's been like well over 9 years since I went a whole day without any beers at all.
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Re: Thinking of going back to bodybuilding....
« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2020, 02:16:48 PM »

Beers:  NONE



:eek:


No shit!  I think it's been like well over 9 years since I went a whole day without any beers at all.

Trading beer time for cardio time yields results that are rare for a natty. About 4 weeks to abs for me. 
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Re: Thinking of going back to bodybuilding....
« Reply #12 on: February 13, 2020, 09:12:10 PM »
So when does this start? I see you're still doing the big 3 for low reps which isn't an ideal bodybuilding  workout.
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Re: Thinking of going back to bodybuilding....
« Reply #13 on: February 13, 2020, 10:36:17 PM »
So when does this start? I see you're still doing the big 3 for low reps which isn't an ideal bodybuilding  workout.

Dude I am old and change takes time.

I had zero beers this week until tonight but only because we took tomorrow off work.

I did shoulders today and used MACHINES.

You may STFU now.  :D 
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Re: Thinking of going back to bodybuilding....
« Reply #14 on: February 13, 2020, 10:45:44 PM »
So when does this start? I see you're still doing the big 3 for low reps which isn't an ideal bodybuilding  workout.

Dude I am old and change takes time.

I did shoulders today and used MACHINES.

You may STFU now.  :D

I did 15 or 18 sets of shoulders today with 12 rep sets. Pump was amazing.  8)
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