"Things That Grind My Gears"

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    May 13, 2012 3:15 PM GMT
    In the spirit of that item the Peter Griffin did ...

    ... what really grinds your gears?


    For me:

    - The difficulty I have in gaining muscle mass - particularly my arms and chest. That and getting to a point where my 1RM on bench press is over 225# (which seems to be nearly a beginner point of working sets for most guys... icon_evil.gif )

    Right now I'm stuck on 2x195 unspotted, and 1x205 spotted.

    Grrrr.
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    May 13, 2012 4:54 PM GMT
    poorly adjusted derailleurs
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    May 13, 2012 4:55 PM GMT
    Same...that it isn't particularly easy for me to gain muscle mass, or even fat for that matter..

    I've always been so against the use of steroids/test boosters/etc. but lately I just can't help but consider it. It would be one thing if I hadn't already exhausted just about every other option...but I just can't seem to eat enough to keep up with how much/how hard I work out.
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    May 13, 2012 4:55 PM GMT
    Just sip on the roid trigger, it's what all the cool kids do.
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    May 13, 2012 5:10 PM GMT
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    May 13, 2012 5:12 PM GMT
    mayBbignow said
    dontknowwhy saidJust sip on the roid trigger, it's what all the cool kids do.


    And let that pretty dick shrink? Oh hellz no, ho.


    Steroids don't actually make your dick shrink. It is your balls that shrink because they no longer have to produce as much testosterone.
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    May 13, 2012 5:21 PM GMT
    Mj31588 said
    mayBbignow said
    dontknowwhy saidJust sip on the roid trigger, it's what all the cool kids do.


    And let that pretty dick shrink? Oh hellz no, ho.


    Steroids don't actually make your dick shrink. It is your balls that shrink because they no longer have to produce as much testosterone.


    My stones ain't the biggest boulders in the quarry, but I likes them the way they are. This alone is a huge factor in my keeping away from the juice.

    I might try looking into test boosters again, although you'd think I might have plenty of T to spare given the way I've been needing to plow the fields of ass lately.

    Side note: intense sex involving fucking a 200# muscle bottom by picking him up from the bed and slamming him into a wall to stand-fuck him for 15min before having to go horizontal again... does not mix well with deadlift/squat day.

    Major league muscle soreness the day after that lol...
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    May 13, 2012 6:03 PM GMT
    On the topic of gaining muscle mass. I have tried the whole "eat big and lift heavy" mantra that some guys love to throw around.

    What really annoys me when I bring up the subject that genetics have a HUGE factor above all else. They brush it off with comments such as "Oh, you're not working hard enough" or "You're not committed enough". Especially from the meso crowd (this is from other fitness/bodybuilding sites BTW, not this one). icon_rolleyes.gif

    Must be nice to look at a dumbbell and get ripped.
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    May 13, 2012 6:05 PM GMT
    Chad1985 saidOn the topic of gaining muscle mass. I have tried the whole "eat big and lift heavy" mantra that some guys love to throw around.

    What really annoys me when I bring up the subject that genetics have a HUGE factor above all else. They brush it off with comments such as "Oh, you're not working hard enough" or "You're not committed enough". Especially from the meso crowd. icon_rolleyes.gif

    Must be nice to look at a dumbbell and get ripped.




    Okay, this is coming from an ectomorph...so don't take any offense, but they're right. The genetics argument only goes so far. Scott Herman is an ectomorph, but he is pretty big at this point...it just takes a massive amount of commitment to get there.

    It really does come down to tracking your calories and making sure you are eating enough to break through the plateau...for my goals, I should be eating about 5/6,000 calories per day...but with the way I eat, I'm probably only getting half of that, if even. Especially since I'm all about clean bulking...it's gonna take massive amounts of chicken breast and broccoli to get anywhere near 6,000 calories.
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    May 13, 2012 6:12 PM GMT
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    Chad1985 saidOn the topic of gaining muscle mass. I have tried the whole "eat big and lift heavy" mantra that some guys love to throw around.

    What really annoys me when I bring up the subject that genetics have a HUGE factor above all else. They brush it off with comments such as "Oh, you're not working hard enough" or "You're not committed enough". Especially from the meso crowd. icon_rolleyes.gif

    Must be nice to look at a dumbbell and get ripped.




    Okay, this is coming from an ectomorph...so don't take any offense, but they're right. The genetics argument only goes so far. Scott Herman is an ectomorph, but he is pretty big at this point...it just takes a massive amount of commitment to get there.

    It really does come down to tracking your calories and making sure you are eating enough to break through the plateau...for my goals, I should be eating about 5/6,000 calories per day...but with the way I eat, I'm probably only getting half of that, if even. Especially since I'm all about clean bulking...it's gonna take massive amounts of chicken breast and broccoli to get anywhere near 6,000 calories.


    I know I brought up the subject before. But it's expensive to eat that much.
    Scott Herman, like any other fitness guru out there are sponsored, so he has more disposable income towards his diet. That and most likely having a solid history of being active.
    If you and I were getting paid to workout, we would have similar physiques as Scott.
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    May 13, 2012 6:13 PM GMT
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    Chad1985 saidOn the topic of gaining muscle mass. I have tried the whole "eat big and lift heavy" mantra that some guys love to throw around.

    What really annoys me when I bring up the subject that genetics have a HUGE factor above all else. They brush it off with comments such as "Oh, you're not working hard enough" or "You're not committed enough". Especially from the meso crowd. icon_rolleyes.gif

    Must be nice to look at a dumbbell and get ripped.




    Okay, this is coming from an ectomorph...so don't take any offense, but they're right. The genetics argument only goes so far. Scott Herman is an ectomorph, but he is pretty big at this point...it just takes a massive amount of commitment to get there.

    It really does come down to tracking your calories and making sure you are eating enough to break through the plateau...for my goals, I should be eating about 5/6,000 calories per day...but with the way I eat, I'm probably only getting half of that, if even. Especially since I'm all about clean bulking...it's gonna take massive amounts of chicken breast and broccoli to get anywhere near 6,000 calories.


    I know I brought up the subject before. But it's expensive to eat that much.
    Scott Herman, like any other fitness guru out there are sponsored, so he has more disposable income towards his diet. That and most likely having a solid history of being active.
    If you and I were getting paid to workout, we would have similar physiques as Scott.


    For me, I guess I am fortunate that the expense isn't really the issue...it's just that I find it difficult to eat an entire meal, and then force myself to eat another entire meal an hour later when I'm still full...I feel like it's draining to eat that much.
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    May 13, 2012 6:15 PM GMT
    Try really being thwarted by genetics. Being an endo-meso with health issues that preclude heavy lifting, most cardio and any and all possiblity of even testosterone therapy or boosters. I've had to build this bod mostly with 2500 calories per day of food. If I could do plenty of cardio, lift heavier and take in 6000 calories per day I know I'd be both lean and bodybuilder-big. It's hard to break through barriers and plateaus with legitimate limits.
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    May 13, 2012 6:27 PM GMT
    Seriously, genetics is a bitch. Take for example, my brother and his best friend, back in high school. They were the same height and weight. Trained together, ate together, wrestled together, wore each other's clothes (no homo ;) ) . My brother could lift a bit more, but overall, he just got sort of thick. The friend grew the ludicrous mellon biceps, six-pack abs, ginormous pecs. It used to drive my brother crazy.
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    May 13, 2012 6:30 PM GMT
    Okay...don't presume that I don't know what I'm doing, I was just throwing out two arbitrary foods that are a regular part of my diet.
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    May 13, 2012 6:30 PM GMT
    People that can eat whatever they want and still look amazing. Me, I eat super healthy and give up most carbs and still gain weight. (sigh)


    Also, as mentioned above - the expense of trying to eat lean/healthy proteins....

    It's becoming a financial hardship at the moment.
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    May 13, 2012 6:31 PM GMT
    7Famark said
    Chad1985 said
    7Famark said
    Chad1985 saidOn the topic of gaining muscle mass. I have tried the whole "eat big and lift heavy" mantra that some guys love to throw around.

    What really annoys me when I bring up the subject that genetics have a HUGE factor above all else. They brush it off with comments such as "Oh, you're not working hard enough" or "You're not committed enough". Especially from the meso crowd. icon_rolleyes.gif

    Must be nice to look at a dumbbell and get ripped.




    Okay, this is coming from an ectomorph...so don't take any offense, but they're right. The genetics argument only goes so far. Scott Herman is an ectomorph, but he is pretty big at this point...it just takes a massive amount of commitment to get there.

    It really does come down to tracking your calories and making sure you are eating enough to break through the plateau...for my goals, I should be eating about 5/6,000 calories per day...but with the way I eat, I'm probably only getting half of that, if even. Especially since I'm all about clean bulking...it's gonna take massive amounts of chicken breast and broccoli to get anywhere near 6,000 calories.


    I know I brought up the subject before. But it's expensive to eat that much.
    Scott Herman, like any other fitness guru out there are sponsored, so he has more disposable income towards his diet. That and most likely having a solid history of being active.
    If you and I were getting paid to workout, we would have similar physiques as Scott.


    For me, I guess I am fortunate that the expense isn't really the issue...it's just that I find it difficult to eat an entire meal, and then force myself to eat another entire meal an hour later when I'm still full...I feel like it's draining to eat that much.


    I agree, that's why it takes me so long to gain weight. I can't force myself to eat when I'm still full.
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    May 13, 2012 6:34 PM GMT
    There comes a point where you have to just realize that your body is programmed by your unique genetics. A lot of the eating and lifting will never get you to where you desire to be. Small gains can be made, but unless you go on some major juice you will always remain within a certain weight range. Just get in the best shape you can for your body type and be happy. Don't become obsessed with it because that is not healthy.
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    May 13, 2012 6:42 PM GMT
    COJONO saidThere comes a point where you have to just realize that your body is programmed by your unique genetics. A lot of the eating and lifting will never get you to where you desire to be. Small gains can be made, but unless you go on some major juice you will always remain within a certain weight range. Just get in the best shape you can for your body type and be happy. Don't become obsessed with it because that is not healthy.


    ^I agree with this.
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    May 13, 2012 6:44 PM GMT
    COJONO saidThere comes a point where you have to just realize that your body is programmed by your unique genetics. A lot of the eating and lifting will never get you to where you desire to be. Small gains can be made, but unless you go on some major juice you will always remain within a certain weight range. Just get in the best shape you can for your body type and be happy. Don't become obsessed with it because that is not healthy.


    Very true, it's taken me 5 years to put on 50 or so pounds. I've gotten as high as 195, but the minute I slowed down my diet it was gone within a month and I was back to 180. This is apparently where my body wants to be.
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    May 13, 2012 6:47 PM GMT
    It Grinds my gears when topic discussions get off topic... JK! haha.

    I guess maybe it grinds my gears that i'm a vegetarian and trying to gain some mass. Its a steady climb but in the end I am happy with the gains i've made and look forward to the continued reward of working out, even if its not largely visible! Plus I prefer to work on being defined rather than bulky, which I guess i'm fortunate enough that my genetics lean towards!
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    May 13, 2012 6:49 PM GMT
    COJONO saidThere comes a point where you have to just realize that your body is programmed by your unique genetics. A lot of the eating and lifting will never get you to where you desire to be. Small gains can be made, but unless you go on some major juice you will always remain within a certain weight range. Just get in the best shape you can for your body type and be happy. Don't become obsessed with it because that is not healthy.


    Wrong.

    Sounds like a defeatist attitude. Scott Herman doesn't juice.
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    May 13, 2012 6:55 PM GMT
    Cutting fat is very hard for me to do... I hate having this excess on me!
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    May 13, 2012 6:58 PM GMT
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    ManishVegas saidIt Grinds my gears when topic discussions get off topic..

    They all do. This is RJ.


    Hahah i've figured that out real quick. That's why i wrote JK and then proceeded to go off topic to join in the fun! icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 13, 2012 7:04 PM GMT
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    COJONO saidThere comes a point where you have to just realize that your body is programmed by your unique genetics. A lot of the eating and lifting will never get you to where you desire to be. Small gains can be made, but unless you go on some major juice you will always remain within a certain weight range. Just get in the best shape you can for your body type and be happy. Don't become obsessed with it because that is not healthy.


    Wrong.

    Sounds like a defeatist attitude. Scott Herman doesn't juice.


    You seem obssessed with Scott Herman. And there is really no way of knowing if he did or not.
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    May 13, 2012 7:25 PM GMT
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    Chad1985 saidOn the topic of gaining muscle mass. I have tried the whole "eat big and lift heavy" mantra that some guys love to throw around.

    What really annoys me when I bring up the subject that genetics have a HUGE factor above all else. They brush it off with comments such as "Oh, you're not working hard enough" or "You're not committed enough". Especially from the meso crowd. icon_rolleyes.gif

    Must be nice to look at a dumbbell and get ripped.




    Okay, this is coming from an ectomorph...so don't take any offense, but they're right. The genetics argument only goes so far. Scott Herman is an ectomorph, but he is pretty big at this point...it just takes a massive amount of commitment to get there.

    It really does come down to tracking your calories and making sure you are eating enough to break through the plateau...for my goals, I should be eating about 5/6,000 calories per day...but with the way I eat, I'm probably only getting half of that, if even. Especially since I'm all about clean bulking...it's gonna take massive amounts of chicken breast and broccoli to get anywhere near 6,000 calories.


    I know I brought up the subject before. But it's expensive to eat that much.
    Scott Herman, like any other fitness guru out there are sponsored, so he has more disposable income towards his diet. That and most likely having a solid history of being active.
    If you and I were getting paid to workout, we would have similar physiques as Scott.


    For me, I guess I am fortunate that the expense isn't really the issue...it's just that I find it difficult to eat an entire meal, and then force myself to eat another entire meal an hour later when I'm still full...I feel like it's draining to eat that much.



    Right now I am working with an intermittent fasting plan as opposed to the 6 x 1000cal. meal per day model (which was less problematic for cost ad it was for the inconvenience of all the damned cooking).

    But a similar problem lies in taking in 2500cal as a late lunch and 3500cal for dinner.

    Putting down all that food in one sitting seems counter to what my body actually wants to ingest, i.e. feeling nauseous afterward.

    And of course the nagging feeling that eating so much isn't going to make losing that last patch of lower ab fat any easier.