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Loco   Canada. Feb 04 2018 20:50. Posts 20587

This is my favorite old school death metal album. The main lyrical theme is anti-christianity (they used to be Christians).

This is my favorite current death metal album of the old school sound revival (seeing them with Ruins of Beverast etc. soon):

They both make for really kickass workout music.

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RiKD    United States. Feb 05 2018 20:46. Posts 6892

That Converge album man. It was like I blacked out and lifted heavier weights than I have in a really long time.

RiKD    United States. Feb 06 2018 02:20. Posts 6892

Man, so my goals are all over the place. I get into these modes where I am loving the strength training. I got a comment on my arms looking good in a tank top but I am a bit marbled, a bit doughey so does it really matter if my arms look good and then I want to go full tilt and start doing all sorts of lateral raises and bicep curls and tricep pressdowns to really get the arms pumped up but that seems so silly when I am already gassing out in BJJ pretty hard. I am attempting to do the impossible of gaining strength and size and losing fat. I might just be able to do it as I am coming back into it with the potential for those beginner gains. I don't know. We will see. The biggest weakness is the gas tank in BJJ (and trying to remember techniques...) but I am having a hard time building it up. I guess I just have to keep going and keep sparring. Ughhh, it's such a challenge. I just have to do it. I know I have to do it so I should just do it. Just like waking up at 5am to get a lift in. I just have to make these things habit and I will be doing pretty well for myself.

Loco   Canada. Feb 06 2018 08:44. Posts 20587

Converge is in a category of its own when it comes to metalcore. All of their albums are incredibly consistent. It took me a long time to really get into them but now I think it's some of the best gym music.

Fat loss is done through diet. You can do some extra cardio after a weightlifting workout or in the morning when your glycogen stores are empty and that will help it along a little bit, but diet has to be the focus.

RiKD    United States. Feb 06 2018 12:25. Posts 6892

Yeah, I can't outrun my mouth. How do I support the gainz though?

Training jiu jitsu on less calories (and paleo) I just did it. I don't know how I just did. I was under the voodoo of paleo that I could just do it with out any calories or carbs or flat out fasted. Now, I am a big baby and need all the macronutrients all the time. At least I have been keeping it to mostly good fuel.

Loco   Canada. Feb 06 2018 12:58. Posts 20587

You support the gains by eating around maintenance or slightly more. Your body will naturally recompose itself given enough time. It's pretty straight-forward stuff. You don't have to cut calories. It'll just go a lot faster if you cut out processed junk and/or add some cardio after your workouts.

Loco   Canada. Feb 08 2018 14:11. Posts 20587

Since you're really into aesthetics and a manic kind of training, and you're naturally going to walk around at a higher body fat than most people who are into aesthetics, I think you would love Alphadestiny. He's really knowledgeable about training and he's not a dumbass on the nutrition side as well. Here's a recent interview that goes into his philosophy:

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Loco   Canada. Feb 08 2018 15:32. Posts 20587

RiKD    United States. Feb 08 2018 22:56. Posts 6892

I have never seen a Jefferson Rack Pull before. Wtf? What a strange exercise. Seems pretty beastly he lifted that regardless.

I will watch the other one probably tonight.

RiKD    United States. Feb 09 2018 03:32. Posts 6892

  On February 08 2018 13:11 Loco wrote:
Since you're really into aesthetics and a manic kind of training, and you're naturally going to walk around at a higher body fat than most people who are into aesthetics, I think you would love Alphadestiny. He's really knowledgeable about training and he's not a dumbass on the nutrition side as well. Here's a recent interview that goes into his philosophy:

Is that supposed to say "since you're not really into aesthetics"? You are correct in that I will be walking around at a higher body fat % than the aesthetic crowd. I have been 10-12% and that was nice but it's hard seeing myself getting there or lower anytime soon.

I am about an hour into the vid. Pretty good discussion. I am very much intrigued by his training protocol. I am a little turned off by the neck and trap obsession though. I don't have the desire to be big and massive. I have trained neck in the past for BJJ and would add it into a repertoire. I think one of the reasons I don't really train traps is I was a part of a conversation in high school with some "hot girls" that were talking about how guys love to train traps but they think it's stupid. I have trained traps. It is actually something I am genetically gifted in. If I started doing rack pulls, db shrugs, trap bar shrugs, farmer's walks, etc. they blow up but I am not really going for that. I'll definitely check out his site/youtube/whatever to see what he does for his training and GPP though. It is definitely superior to what I am currently doing. 2x strength training per week w/ some GPP like 2-4x a week would fit in nicely I think. I am still trying to figure it all out.

Loco   Canada. Feb 09 2018 09:49. Posts 20587

It's supposed to say what it says. You've talked a lot about your looks, clothes, beard oil, etc. You've just said " I got a comment on my arms looking good in a tank top but I am a bit marbled" so clearly it matters to you.

His program is obviously not for you right now since he's an advanced lifter but I thought you might enjoy some of his points and the motivation. I also thought since you're fascinated with Jokko and he looks massive that maybe you were gearing yourself towards that. You've also mentioned wanting to do a lot of accessory arm work which isn't what you should prioritize if you're focusing on strength training.

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RiKD    United States. Feb 09 2018 12:08. Posts 6892

I did enjoy a lot of the points and motivation. It got me re-tooling my program.

If I were to have a goal it would be this except I don't think it is a realistic goal to get that big AND shredded AND that good at BJJ. (Gordan Ryan, probably the best no gi submission only player in the world):

RiKD    United States. Feb 09 2018 14:32. Posts 6892

Above would be more of an ideal than the goal. The lacked.

Did a back workout to Immolation today. It was pretty cool. Did some new exercises. AlphaDestiny is right. I think even beginners need to rotate exercises. It avoids central nervous issues and burnout.

RiKD    United States. Feb 10 2018 00:19. Posts 6892

Actually looking at that picture I don't need to be that shredded or that vascular. I don't need striations that is for sure. I would be happy with the before pic and some semblance of skill and confidence on the mats. The ability to roll with confidence and relaxation and not feeling like I am going to die due to poor cardio.

RiKD    United States. Feb 11 2018 18:23. Posts 6892

Dead Congregation and Ruins of Beverast will be a helluva concert. Muh man.

Loco   Canada. Feb 12 2018 13:35. Posts 20587

Yep, lots of other good bands as well but I'm going mainly for them.

RiKD    United States. Feb 12 2018 19:55. Posts 6892

Alexander Leonidas is an interesting character. I like his training stuff. My goal isn't just to be huge and massive though. I do prefer some aesthetics and functionality. He has some cringey stuff on the about me page. I think even just the name "OutAlpha" and "AlphaDestiny" is a bit cringeworthy. One of the articles was a bitter rant about eating out for breakfast and how cheap and efficient he is. I was thinking bro, going out for breakfast is fun. We don't care if they charge $10 for french toast. Another one was how direct and bold he is in dating but the story was about how he basically confidently told these women off and then alluded that the hot one was into him. I was guessing he was like 25 and chalk it up to that. 700 lb. trap bar deadlift is hard to argue with though. I keep debating whether or not I am going to go on his novice program.

I pulled 295 trap bar deadlift today which felt pretty good. Not too much struggle but it was heavy for me. I thought if I went for 2 I might black out. I went up to the 36kg kettlebell for swings which was too heavy for me so I dropped back down to the 32kg and did more reps. I love both these exercises so much which I think is why I just stick with them. I continue to get the gainz so why not? Post workout meal is a protein shake with creatine and pumpkin oatmeal with blueberries. I'll probably end up at Chipotle for my next meal and then my nightly meal has been a protein shake with berries and almonds. I hope we actually get to some techniques tonight at BJJ. I think it is nice for overall training to get a good warmup in and actually train some fundamentals instead of just straight rolling all the time.

One thing I think is nice is I trained push yesterday pretty hard. That gets everything in an anabolic state and protein synthesis good. So, then this morning I train deadlift + kettlebell swings and that gets me in an anabolic state and protein synthesis to make gainz on everything. If I take some days off here and there and don't overtrain BJJ it seems to be a good system for now. I probably grow on just about anything now. I am sure there are better progressions out there than what I am doing but this seems to be working so far for what my goals are.

Loco   Canada. Feb 12 2018 20:06. Posts 20587

I never read his website. Yeah, the alpha stuff is stupid, but at least he's not one of the people who uses it to advance a vile agenda (like the alt-right). I agree with him on most things though, including living cheap. That doesn't mean you can't treat yourself once in a while, but doing that regularly is terribly wasteful and won't help you meet your goals. Plus, you have to work for it. I'd much rather work less and spend less than work more to spend more.

RiKD    United States. Feb 15 2018 03:50. Posts 6892

Man, I gotta say it is a relief to get through that BJJ training tonight. I am training with all these big guys and it is tiresome. BJJ really is mentally and physically challenging. I mean really challenging. I am looking forward to get back to the iron tomorrow. The iron has it's own mental and physical challenges but it doesn't fight back, there are rests. If some 240 lb guy is smashing me in side control there is no rest. I am trying to escape or just relax and that doesn't even include these scrambles that get your heart rate up. Sometimes I just lose positions because I just don't have it in me. It makes me feel weak. I just have to keep doing it. I hope to unleash some of this frustration on the weights tomorrow. I can relax a little bit and get the peak contraction and the tension on the muscle. Get into that state everybody loves. Get that pump going. Get out of there feeling good. Get some protein in me and some food and on point to crush the day.

RiKD    United States. Feb 15 2018 14:18. Posts 6892

Got a decent sesh in this morning. I could have gotten a bit more out of the bb row but it's noted and we can go a bit heavier next time.


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