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Max-Mex
09-04-2003, 08:01 PM
10/8/02

Arms both around 14.5" (flexed)
Forearms: 12 1/4" (flexed)
Chest: 41" (hope i measured this correctly) (not flexed)
Thighs: Both 22 3/4" (not flexed)
Calves: This is messed up but I measured twice to be sure
Left - 15 1/2" (both not flexed)
Right - 16 1/8" (have no idea how that could have happened)

I also weighed myself today and got my BF%. Weight is 175.5 lbs. BF% is about 25%.


9/04/03

Arms: 15"
Forearms: 12.5"
Chest: 42.5"
Thighs: 24"
Calves: Left - 16" Right - 16.75"

Weight: 182
BF: 27% (i use a BF monitor so this is probably not accurate)

The first 3 photos are before pics.

Max-Mex
09-04-2003, 08:02 PM
Chest and Back before.

Max-Mex
09-04-2003, 08:03 PM
Legs before.

Max-Mex
09-04-2003, 08:03 PM
Calves before.

Max-Mex
09-04-2003, 08:04 PM
Full Body front and back, after.

Max-Mex
09-04-2003, 08:04 PM
Chest biceps, after.

Max-Mex
09-04-2003, 08:05 PM
Back, after.

Max-Mex
09-04-2003, 08:05 PM
oops, forgot pic.

Max-Mex
09-04-2003, 08:06 PM
Legs front and back, after.

Max-Mex
09-04-2003, 08:07 PM
Quads, after.

Max-Mex
09-04-2003, 08:07 PM
And finally, calves after.

steveo
09-04-2003, 08:37 PM
Awesome improvement.
Legs are looking very strong. Calves are insane.

Chest needs some work.

Overall very good progress. Keep up the good job.

Xand
09-04-2003, 08:44 PM
Dude, your calves are insane. Great work.

BCC
09-04-2003, 09:21 PM
Very nice improvements. Legs were strong before, but even stronger now.

Also, a little off topic, but I like the quality of the pictures, what kind of digital camera are you using?

RG570
09-04-2003, 11:39 PM
your leg genetics, espescially calves, are really killer. it's cool to see somone else who has naturally good quads. good improvement overall. :thumbup:

Mik
09-05-2003, 05:05 AM
Great improvements man. As it has been said your legs and calves are definitely your strong points but great improvement overall. Keep up the great work.

Max-Mex
09-05-2003, 07:42 AM
Thank you everyone for the comments. Legs have never really been a problem for me. I inherited them from my dad. He has really nice quads. I think I got the calves from my mom.

I think my back looks worse than my chest. I have improved in strength but size seems to be the same. I have a feeling that in order for me to see huge improvements in my chest, I'll need to be benching at least 250 or more for reps. I'm sure my legs will continue to grow at a good rate. Another year will tell.

Chase: It's a Minolta DiMage 5. I also used a Minolta 5600HS(D) flash. I set the camera on a tripod and pointed the flash at the ceiling. For the photography buffs, 1/4 sec shutter, 4.5 apeture, 100 ISO setting.

Beast
09-05-2003, 10:49 PM
Lots of Mexicans have huge calves... you are not an exception to that! :D

chris mason
09-06-2003, 08:32 AM
You look good. I agree, your legs look great.

One thing, to me, if this was your first year of training, your progress seems to be quite poor to me. In your first year of training, assuming you train properly, you should be able to add more than 1/2" to your arm (assuming your bodyfat stays similar as your's seems to have). Maybe we can take a look at your routine and see if we can make some improvements.

Maki Riddington
09-06-2003, 03:08 PM
Poor, meaning that your progress is good, but could be improved.:)

Max-Mex
09-06-2003, 08:26 PM
I understood what he meant, not as an insult. :)

The only reason I can think of why my upper body didn't get better than lower, other than genetics, is that I was out of commission for about 3 months. Well sorta out of commission. I hurt my back at the start of the year and had to rehab for about 3 months. I was still able to do legs but heavy weight upper body. I don't think I lost any mass, but I know I didn't gain any on my upper half. I did gain weight overall. After one year, I figured out I gained net about 10 pounds of LBM.

Hopefully I'll be able to do a full year, injury free. Maybe this time I'll see better results.

Chris, my journal is kinda half ass because I didn't put in anything for about 6 months. I still have to put in my arm workout and 2nd leg routine. Then you can get an idea of what I was during that 6 month period. As far as eating goes, I was trying to cut. I weighed about 196 in March and got down to 182.

chris mason
09-07-2003, 08:50 AM
Maki trying to be PC:p . You understood me correctly Max. Had you trained regularly prior to this previous year? If not, then I really do think the progress was poor irrespective of what you mentioned. Your first year is when you should see the best steroid free gains of your lifting life. Again, this assumes you are training correctly. My first 6 months of training (roughly) were essentially wasted with a routine which consisted of way too much volume. When I corrected it, my gains went through the roof. That is my point. As for your legs, they were a strong point to start with, I think their progress should have been huge as well (more so than your upper body).

Do yo want me to take a look at your routine and make any suggestions? I would be happy to.

Max-Mex
09-07-2003, 09:36 AM
That would be great but again, the journal is for the most part incompete. I have been going to the gym for 2 years but the last year has been my first time doing any kind of serious routine. 1st year was spent really learning, bad and good habits. 1st part of the second year was at least an attempt, but way too uch volume, which resulted in an injury.

Once I get 2 more entries into my journal (leg day 2 and chest day), then you can get an idea of what a full routine is for me. This will give you a better idea of what may or may not be the problem.

kinetixtrainer
09-07-2003, 11:05 AM
Like everyone else has said "Legs look great"

Chest seems to be your weak point. Keep at it and it will show.

good work.

X-force24
02-27-2004, 03:05 PM
Good calves man. Us latin are blessed with that :clap:

Max-Mex
02-27-2004, 11:35 PM
wow, this came up from the grave. Thanks X-F.

Saint Patrick
02-28-2004, 12:00 AM
I missed this thread the first time around. You've got yourself a set of wheels to be proud of M-M.

Max-Mex
02-28-2004, 07:23 AM
Thanks Pat. Been working on the hams lots more and it's nice to feel some shape back there now. Calves are up to 17" now and legs are very close to 26". I think most of my leg increase is due to ham size. That's what I hope anyway. I've been seeing more shape in my quads as well. Come September I'll post some new pics.

Dedicated
02-28-2004, 10:00 AM
Thanks Pat. Been working on the hams lots more and it's nice to feel some shape back there now. Calves are up to 17" now and legs are very close to 26". I think most of my leg increase is due to ham size. That's what I hope anyway. I've been seeing more shape in my quads as well. Come September I'll post some new pics.
Dam 17 thats awesome. I wish I had calves like yours heh, I probably never will, well maybe. You better be ripped in those September pics! Well, or close to it heh.

Max-Mex
02-28-2004, 04:31 PM
Well cutting is not my strong point. I'm generally leaner around that time of the year, but nowhere near ripped. Takes too much effort and I'm kinda lazy. Either way, we'll see how it goes this time around. I'll be bigger and stronger either way.

harryhoudini66
02-28-2004, 05:00 PM
I have the same problem Mex. My calves and hams are good but my quads suck. But I think we all know how to fix that.

Shutup and Squat!

Max-Mex
02-29-2004, 12:08 AM
My quads dont suck! It's my hams that suck!

:D

And yes I agree: Shut up and squat!

bill
02-29-2004, 07:50 AM
I believe your bf is lower than 26 I guessing teens ":? anyone else

LuvDaPump
02-29-2004, 10:23 AM
I would definitly say less than 26%
Considering his build, height, and weight I would guess 17-19.

MM looking good. Work on the Upper body like you have the lower and you'll be nicely balanced. I hope you have a trouble free year. Genetics do contribute but give yourself some credit. I think I've got pretty good calves but I work them very hard too. It's funny how folks say some parts are genetic yet those with reps standing calf raises using the whole stack that has small calves.

Max-Mex
02-29-2004, 06:59 PM
Calves are odd because they don't necessarily have to be big to be strong. I'm fortunate to have both. My upper body has been a work in progress and I have seen good results since those pics were taken. My 4 month bulk yielded some good results in size and strength. I hope that when September rolls around again, if I'm leaner the results will be more dramatic when I take new pictures.

dxiw
03-12-2004, 08:20 PM
yea i have weird genetics..my legs are all muscular and i dont do **** for them... of my 3+ years of lifting i've only started donig leg stuff a month ago..and theyre growing like mofos..their around 26 something inches naturally w/o working them out much

Hockey66
10-27-2004, 11:22 PM
Wow.. Those are some monster calves

It would take me years of work to get to where you are in your BEFORE photos

GMCtrk
10-28-2004, 12:09 AM
Chest biceps, after.

nice improvement, but I just wanted to say, I wish there was some other way to rate biceps except for the circumference! I, like you have 15" biceps flexed, except my arms are probably a lot smaller than yours and my bicep is like a baseball lol.

BigNic
10-28-2004, 12:20 AM
nice improvement, but I just wanted to say, I wish there was some other way to rate biceps except for the circumference! I, like you have 15" biceps flexed, except my arms are probably a lot smaller than yours and my bicep is like a baseball lol.
good point. Ive seen some 16 inch arms that look huge. And then 16 that dont look too impressive at all (like mine).

Nito
10-29-2004, 04:05 PM
Gj on the calves :clap:

toughguywannabe
10-31-2004, 12:13 AM
u have a body like a soccer player.. huge freaken legs..

ryuage
10-31-2004, 04:59 AM
another resurrection from the dead.

Max-Mex
10-31-2004, 03:30 PM
well i did post a link to it on my other post, as a reference.