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    Progress pics from bodyweight only movements

    Thought I'd post some progress pics of my post cut to demonstrate most things are seemingly based on diet.









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    There might not be a huge difference, but the cut didn't last that long. My workout routine consisted of specific bodyweight only movements and sprints. I achieved similar results with this compared to when I was using heavy weights at the gym.
    First Bulk pics VS Starting pics, take a look!! http://www.wannabebigforums.com/show...=1#post1616109

    Progress pics of a cut using bodyweight only movements http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...45#post2405745

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    Impressive work mate, did you loose any strength in your lifts? Do you still lift heavy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiff View Post
    Impressive work mate, did you loose any strength in your lifts? Do you still lift heavy?
    I'm sure I lost some neural adaptions on my core lifts. But those gains or reductions are simply due to muscle memory and not muscle loss.

    I did lift heavy, yes. I did bodyweight movements that allowed me to only get 2-5 reps but I did them throughout the day.

    I wasn't able to hit the gym for awhile which really sucked, so I gave this a shot with the assumption that tension is tension as long as I can manipulate the level of it to some degree.
    First Bulk pics VS Starting pics, take a look!! http://www.wannabebigforums.com/show...=1#post1616109

    Progress pics of a cut using bodyweight only movements http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...45#post2405745

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    The second picture is much darker and you also look much more tan, it's really hard to genuinely compare them. My honest opinion is that if you lost weight, you lost muscle. You appear a little smaller in the arms and more cut around the delt and some more definition in the stomache I think but that really hard to tell. You chest looks more muscular in the first pic and the second it somewhat appears to be of softer composition. Why were you unable to hit the gym? Will you be able to get back into it or do you plan on just keeping a fit lifestyle as you have been?

    Sorry to comeoff as a downer, I have no doubt you worked hard and you should be proud of doing your best under the circumstances provided.

    It's pretty commonly accepted that to retain as much muscle as possible you need to lift like you do to build as much muscle as possible. I wouldn't want anyone to be misinformed to believe BW resistance is sufficient at retaining muscle on a prolonged calorie deficit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Behemoth View Post
    The second picture is much darker and you also look much more tan, it's really hard to genuinely compare them. My honest opinion is that if you lost weight, you lost muscle. You appear a little smaller in the arms and more cut around the delt and some more definition in the stomache I think but that really hard to tell. You chest looks more muscular in the first pic and the second it somewhat appears to be of softer composition. Why were you unable to hit the gym? Will you be able to get back into it or do you plan on just keeping a fit lifestyle as you have been?

    Sorry to comeoff as a downer, I have no doubt you worked hard and you should be proud of doing your best under the circumstances provided.

    It's pretty commonly accepted that to retain as much muscle as possible you need to lift like you do to build as much muscle as possible. I wouldn't want anyone to be misinformed to believe BW resistance is sufficient at retaining muscle on a prolonged calorie deficit.
    I think I disagree a little. I'm not seeing a loss of size. And my measurements did not decrease..only my weight did. Tape really doesn't lie.. but mirrors and lighting certanily do :P But I do appreciate your opinion and you're someone I would want to go to for honest opinions.

    Well, on a cut, you typically lose as least SOME muscle..but even then, if you didn't workout, you would probably typically lose 75/25 to fat/muscle. I didnt lose a ton of weight for the second pic either.

    The BW resistance I did allowed to to hit 3-5 reps, tops. Thats exactly the same amount of tension I had used to build it up in the first place. I just used a different tool.. and I believe that tension was sufficient since it was extremely heavy just like weights would have been. While I don't advocate what I did forever, I do think it was acceptable provided that tension was tension in this case.. at least in the sense of how many reps I could perform. The only downside was I couldn't provide the same tension to more specific body parts. And I never would try to crank out really high rep bodyweight movements in the hopes that such little tension stimulus will prevent LBM losses. We both know how that would turn out...but like I said, I was struggling with even 3 or 4 reps of what I did.

    I love the gym, and I'm able to go back now. For a few weeks, I lost transportation and had to come up with around 500 bucks for new tires. It sort of wiped me out, lol. But all is good now and I'm back in the gym. I'm just thankful my gym membership is so cheap. It was 200 bucks for 2 years.

    And for now, I'm thinking about following a typical ketogenic diet for another small cut before I start gaining again.
    First Bulk pics VS Starting pics, take a look!! http://www.wannabebigforums.com/show...=1#post1616109

    Progress pics of a cut using bodyweight only movements http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...45#post2405745

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    oh, forgot to add, I'd also like to do another bulk down the road, but not a bulk in the sense of what most people think. I'd like to take a more gradual approach because honestly, I just really don't like putting on more fat than needed..

    Anyways, thx for the reply
    First Bulk pics VS Starting pics, take a look!! http://www.wannabebigforums.com/show...=1#post1616109

    Progress pics of a cut using bodyweight only movements http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...45#post2405745

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    Your waist shrunk drastically between those 2 pictures. The weight loss actually makes your chest look much bigger.

    I'm curious as to what movements you were doing that made a bodyweight movement hard at 3-5 reps?

    The picture in your avatar looks solid, when was that taken and what's the difference in BW with the avatar picture and the 2 pictures above?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Time+Patience View Post
    Your waist shrunk drastically between those 2 pictures. The weight loss actually makes your chest look much bigger.

    I'm curious as to what movements you were doing that made a bodyweight movement hard at 3-5 reps?

    The picture in your avatar looks solid, when was that taken and what's the difference in BW with the avatar picture and the 2 pictures above?
    The movements I had to do were handstand pushups, 1 handed pushups(with a chain wrapped on my neck), 1 arm pullups, and 1 legged squats while holding something heavy.

    In my avatar, I'm only 147 lbs there I think a lot of people get caught up on weight on the scale instead of actual appearance.

    I'm just happy I can get back to the gym now, lol.
    First Bulk pics VS Starting pics, take a look!! http://www.wannabebigforums.com/show...=1#post1616109

    Progress pics of a cut using bodyweight only movements http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...45#post2405745

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    If you have a chain around ur neck its not just a bodyweight movements... just pointing that out.

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