Posted by jM | Posted in My Body Transformation | Posted on 18-08-2010-05-2008
Alright, well here I go, into a whole new brand of training. For those that haven’t read my starter posts or the about me page or don’t know me. I BRIEF (I promise I will try to keep it short and simple) background.
I was athletic all my life. I played sports competitively throughout school and during my time in the US Navy (2001-2006). I started to get a bit out of shape at one point while I was in the Navy mostly just from starting in on some bad eating and I started playing a few online shooting video games competitively and the two didn’t go over well with my physique. After a few months of gaining bodyfat I nipped that in the but and got back in shape. I was a trainer and a fitness enhancement program facilitator and later coordinator for commands I was working at in Navy. That means I ran workout sessions to get people who had failed their fitness tests as well as command workout sessions for everyone where I worked, as well as helped to organize, plan, and implement the program in general. From 2006-2010 I started eating poorly and really slipped, peaking at over 250 lbs and over 30% bodyfat. At that point I’d had enough and decided to start living healthy again.
That early March, 2010. Here we are, 20+% bodyfat later, 50 lbs later, and I’m finally back with the kind of physique I had in my early 20′s. According to bodybuilding proportions charts for my height and weight (6 foot 2, 200lbs) I am pretty much dead on for my “optimum” proportions. Most measurements within fractions of an inch, my calves and thighs being slightly larger, forearms and neck being the only parts that are a bit small.
I started getting interested in bodybuilding as a sport. I never had that totally ripped six-pack look. I was always more muscular and at 200-215lbs with 10% bodyfat, it meant I had enough fat to cover my abs from being hard defined, but I was always solid and muscular looking. I always just sort of figured that would be how I would always look. Recently I’ve decided to throw that idea out the window, and I decided I was going to sculpt the exact physique that I want through bodybuilding. I’m new to many of the weights exercises, but I’m not new to pushing myself or testing the limits of my body. I also have a pretty solid base to start building from, so I decided to skip the 2 days a week full body beginner weight lifting type of routines, and jump straight into some more hardcore stuff. I modify it, and I have some older, experienced bodybuilders to lean on for form advice and to help me make sure my major lifts stay on point.
I simply didn’t feel that I needed to start with some super simple and basic. I know about human anatomy, I was a bodyweight coach back when I was a trainer, but I know about the muscle groups, their functions, how to target them, I know about how to work the body, ab0ut healthy recovery, etc. Basically I’m new to DOING the exercises myself, and to the FORM, but I’m not new to the concepts or the techniques used in bodybuilding.
That said, I’ll post more on my specific routines and such, and I’ll continue to track things. I know I took a month and a half between posts, but I needed time after the Xtreme Fat Loss Diet to just see how my body reacted to some healthy eating patterns and different types of workouts, and to decide what to do next from a workouts standpoint.
By the way, for those who are curious. During Xtreme Fat Loss Diet, and since then, I made STEADY GAINS in both muscle strength AND size while maintaining a calorie deficit. I’ve lost over 30 lbs since May 24th, 2010. I’ve sinced gained about 5-6 back but that has been solid muscle gain and that has been since late June when I stopped the diet and just switched to good, healthy, clean eating. For all of those “It is impossible to build muscle without a calorie surplus and lose weight (fat) without a calorie deficit” people out there, I encourage you to get in touch with me and I bet we can figure out a way for you to do some similar things as to what I’ve done to break that whole concept right in half.
I’ve got a few posts coming up specifically for people who, like me, are doing this whole body transformation thing starting from farther up on the bodyfat spectrum. These are going to tackle some external negativity issues, and the all-important mindset barrier issue. I’ll do videos for these as well I’m sure, so check back for that!