Closer to God: Fitness Past & Present
If Code can have one then so can I! Antares spurred me on to do this so I figured why not. Looking back at the road can be a good thing. This will be a little place to look back on as I set new goals, achieve new milestones and post the occasional showoff photo or two
Fitness has always been something I've looked up to, thought about and wanted for myself. Everyone wants the beach body or to look like the GQ coverboy. During my coming out process, I decided to start working out. I basically ate almost nothing for a month and a half. Probably 1400 calories a day. I just ran on the treadmill or elliptical til my legs were jello. This lead to me dropping 21 pounds and weighing 140 pounds at my lightest. Defiantly not healthy for a guy who is 6'3. After I came out to family and friends, I was getting alot of comments about how thin I was. Here is a photo of me from August 2007, when I was at my lightest.
At this point, I stopped working out. Coming out is a roller coaster and that ride lasted for awhile. I really needed to focus on defining my on existence in this new, gay world I was living in.
Fast forward to November 2007 and on a whim I went to a gym near my job and got a tour and membership. At the time they had a deal on 6 personal training sessions, so I figured might aswell. General anxiety basically kept me out of the gym for the first month and a bit. Scared of the unknown, looking dumb due to not knowing the exercises or proper forms they should be done with. I was unsure how the personal training worked. I basically paid for it and left, nothing was ever said to me about it again. Near the end of December I got a call from my trainer wanting to book my sessions up. We set the date for January 7th and were going to workout 3 times a week.
My trainer turned out to be a decently hot 21 year old guy. Defiantly helped keep me interested. My first 6 sessions taught me alot. Learning proper form and different methods of working out. At the end I wasn't ready to go out on my own so I ended up hiring him for 6 months. In some ways, it was a waste and some ways it's exactly what I needed. I learned my way around the gym, gained some strength and confidence in that I knew what I was doing. In regards to Nutrition, he wasn't much help. He suggested I just "eat" and that the gains would come. Eating entailing McDonald's and garbage like that. That resulted in me researching nutrition on my own. I've spent hundreds of hours on forums, reading studies, papers and others personal experience with diet and training.
Training ended in April, which brings us to now. I've been working out by myself since April, eating a very strict diet and making sure to hit the weights 5 times a week.
Current Training, Photos, Goals, Stats Etc
Photos, November 08
Training, November 08
Supplements: I don't really believe in supplements, but a little boost never hurt.
I use the following:
Generic Multivitamin: 3 per day
Generic Calcium : 2 per day (lactose intolerant)
Cold Filtration Whey Protein : 2x30g shakes per day
Micellular Casein : 1x30g shake per day (Pre-Bed)
My lifts are nothing impressive, I just make sure to destroy the muscle group and I always feel stronger the next week. Progress can be a slow process.
Monday: Chest + Abs
Bench Press: 2xSets of 12 @ 125 Pounds, 2xSets of 10 @ 135 Pounds
Incline Bench Press: 2xSets of 12 @ 95 Pounds, 2xSets of 10 @ 105 Pounds
Incline Dumbell Press: 2xSets of 12 @ 30 Pounds, 2xSets of 10 @ 35 Pounds
Decline Bench Press : 2xSets of 12 @ 125 Pounds, 2xSets of 10 @ 135 Pounds
Nautilus Incline Bench: 2xSets of 12 @ 65 Pounds, 2xSets of 10 @ 80 Pounds
Tuesday: Arms + Abs
Standing Ez Bar Curls: 2xSets of 12 @ 60 Pounds, 2xSets of 10 @ 70 Pounds
Short Bar Cable Curl: 2xSets of 12 @ 70 Pounds, 2xSets of 10 @ 80 Pounds
Standard Mach Curl: 2xSets of 12 @ 60 Pounds, 2xSets of 10 @ 70 Pounds
Stand Hammer Curl: 2xSets of 12 @ 20 Pounds, 2xSets of 10 @ 25 Pounds
Rope Pushdown: 2xSets of 12 @ 60 Pounds, 2xSets of 10 @ 70 Pounds
Close Grip Pushdown: 2xSets of 12 @ 90 Pounds, 2xSets of 10 @ 100 Pounds
Overhead Dumbell: 2xSets of 12 @ 50 Pounds, 2xSets of 10 @ 55 Pounds
Dips: 2xSets of 12 @ 10 Pounds, 2xSets of 10 @ 0 Pounds
Wednesday: Shoulders + Abs
Shoulder Press: 2xSets of 12 @ 25 Pounds, 2xSets of 10 @ 30 Pounds
Machine Press: 2xSets of 12 @ 50 Pounds, 2xSets of 10 @ 60 Pounds
Upright Row: 2xSets of 12 @ 40 Pounds, 2xSets of 10 @ 50 Pounds
Front Lat Raise: 2xSets of 12 @ 10 Pounds, 2xSets of 10 @ 15 Pounds
Dumbell Shrug: 2xSets of 12 @ 50 Pounds, 2xSets of 10 @ 55 Pounds
Thursday: Back + Abs
Lat Pulldown: 2xSets of 12 @ 105 Pounds, 2xSets of 10 @ 120 Pounds
CG Pulldown: 2xSets of 12 @ 90 Pounds, 2xSets of 10 @ 105 Pounds
Compound Row: 2xSets of 12 @ 75 Pounds, 2xSets of 10 @ 90 Pounds
Back Crunch: 2xSets of 12 @ 25 Pounds, 2xSets of 10 @ 35 Pounds
Pullup: 2xSets of 12 @ 30 Pounds, 2xSets of 10 @ 20 Pounds
T Bar Row: (Still practicing form, Unsure of Weight)
Friday: Legs + Abs
I haven't been working out legs due to biking an obescene amount during the summer months, but during winter I hit em hard. I'll be formulating a routine later this week.
I do this 5x a week.
Cable Crunches: 130 Pounds x 4 sets
Ball Crunches W/ 25 Pound Plate: 4 sets to Failure
Ball Plank : 4x til Failure
Crunch Machine: 65 pounds x30x2, 80 pounds x15x2
My original goal was to hit 160 pounds, I just did that yesterday (woot!). The next step is to just lift as heavy as I can, be very strict nutrition wise and add as much weight between now and March31st. Starting April 1st I'm lowering my daily calories by 650 and doing cardio 5x a week. Going to lean out as much as possible for the summer! hoping to be 165-170 and 5% bodyfat.
Right now, with adding muscle I eat 3,355 calories. This breaks down to:
77G Fat, 377.2g Carb, 312 Protein
The body can't use 312 grams of protein in a day for regeneration, but the thermogenic effect seems to keep me lean and I don't have to worry if I'm getting enough. Here's my meal plan:
4 Eggs (2 yellows, 4 whites)
2xEzekiel Raisin Bread
2 TB Organic Peanut Butter
1 Cup Brown Rice
200g Mixed Veggies
2 Tins Tuna
2x Ezekiel Sesame Toast
1Cup Brown Rice
30g Casein Protein