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Davy_Baby9
12-25-2008, 07:58 PM
So, it has been a long time coming, I have been lifting for a few years and really don't have anything to show for it. I was doing the wrong exercises, was not doing any compound lifts, and was never consistent. Last year around this time I was battling hardcore anxiety and depression problems. On top of that was college, women problems, and some financial problems from work, etc. I was in a rough spot, I though exercising and weight lifting would lift me out of my rut, and I was correct. :) On january 7th I started and haven't taken more then a week off since then. I went from being 5'6" weighting 135 lbs able to bench 70lbs, deadlift 80lbs, and squat 60lbs, to now benching 245, deadlifting 325, and squating 330lbs and weighting in at 161 lbs. It's nothing to brag about, but I am really proud of myself, and I now laugh at people who said I couldnt do it, or I take this too seriously, now that most people can tell I lift, with my clothes on lol.

I have a Muscle and Fitness subscription for free because I found some good deals online. Anyways, on the cover of the Feb 09 issue, there is a dude that to me, has the ideal body that I want. I think that is a good goal, I just don't know how long it is going to take to get there.

Right after I first started at 135lbs
http://picsorban.com/upload/img301.jpg
http://picsorban.com/upload/img352.jpg

Sorry for the lack of pics when I was just starting out, I really didnt want to take any pics of myself, I felt bad just taking my shirt off.

Abs just from doing squats and deads
http://picsorban.com/upload/abs6.jpg

About 3 months ago
http://picsorban.com/upload/lockerroom.jpg.jpeg
http://picsorban.com/upload/arms2.jpg

Most recent, about a month ago...at 161lbs
http://picsorban.com/upload/legs208.jpg
http://picsorban.com/upload/picture 0100.jpg


Picture from the magazine
http://picsorban.com/upload/fitness2.jpg

azma
12-26-2008, 06:17 PM
YEAHHHH BOYYYY

It looks like you know exactly what you're doing. That's fantastic. I think the defining characteristic of that guy on your magazine cover, aside from ab definition, is his trap size -- they're huge.

By the way, you coulda warned me about that sixth photo....

Davy_Baby9
12-26-2008, 08:49 PM
YEAHHHH BOYYYY

It looks like you know exactly what you're doing. That's fantastic. I think the defining characteristic of that guy on your magazine cover, aside from ab definition, is his trap size -- they're huge.

By the way, you coulda warned me about that sixth photo....

Thanks man. Its been awesome. I am also at the point where I have been doing it for so long, that I don't ever plan on stopping until I get pretty old.

I just basically do heavy compounds in my barn, and eat above maintenance, but not enough to give me a gut. Lately I have been eating everything in sight, in hopes to gaining alittle more this winter.

Sorry about the sixth photo, I didnt realize it was that bad, I edited it.

Torrok
12-26-2008, 09:55 PM
well great job so far. you're definatley getting there.
just make sure you keep to those compound lifts, squat squat squat, and deadlift, and row especially if you want those traps.

Davy_Baby9
12-26-2008, 10:29 PM
well great job so far. you're definatley getting there.
just make sure you keep to those compound lifts, squat squat squat, and deadlift, and row especially if you want those traps.

My traps suck though. I do heavy bent over rows 3 times a week and it doesnt seem to be doing anything to the traps at least. I also hate doing squats, and only do those those once a week, but I love doing deadlifts and do those twice a week.

I added in a shrug routine to help the traps, I guess time will tell if that will work.

Twirl
12-28-2008, 09:29 AM
do power cleans or hang cleans, awsome compound exercise that helps it all

youngguns
12-29-2008, 10:01 AM
do power cleans or hang cleans, awsome compound exercise that helps it all

ditto. those 2 exercise pound the living **** out of my traps.

Davy_Baby9
12-29-2008, 11:37 PM
lol, I was doing power cleans for the first time last night and while doing a set I was thinking "wtf, how is this going to help my traps??? All I feel it is in my arms" Then today it feels like somebody was using the back and sides of my neck as a punching bag.

Thanks for the suggestion!!

youngguns
12-30-2008, 08:13 PM
if you feel the power cleans in your arms then you're definatly doing it wrong. go on youtube and look for some videos.

ZenMonkey
12-30-2008, 09:36 PM
Power Cleans are a very complex lift. It is also completely worth learning.