Follow along!

Tonight I am going to give y’all a look into the routine that I am doing on my gym days! I am going to list it out in its current form, a 5 day routine. Since I am just fresh back into the gym though I am only doing the 3 compound days. I have set it up to have isolated days once I am fully back into the swing of things. I am not trying to over do it right out of the gate. 

SO on to the routine!

Mondays: Squats, Barbell flat bench press, Barbell bent over row, Dumbbell Shrug, Cardio

Tuesdays(Isolated): Seated behind head tricep extension, Bench dip, Seated alt. dumbbell curls, Seated alt dumbbell hammer curls, Seated alt, Inner bicep curls, Standing barbell behind the back wrist curls, Seated dumbbell reverse wrist curls, Standing barbell calf raise, Seated machine calf raise, Lying leg raise, Oblique crunch, Decline crunch

Wednesday: Cleans(no press), Incline dumbbell bench press, Dumbbell bent over row, Stiff leg deadlift, Cardio

Thursday(Isolated): Barbell preacher curl, Reverse preacher car, Incline ez bar tricep extension, Barbell skullcrusher tricep extension, Seated barbell reverse wrist curl, Seated barbell wrist curl, Calf press, Dumbbell calf raise, Bicycle crunch, Lying leg raise

Friday: Pull Up, Decline bent arm dumbbell pullover, Standing barbell shoulder press, Deadlift, Cardio

You will notice some gaps aka listing just “cardio”. it is for you to decide what type of cardio you like to do so you can keep it fun. Reps X Sets is your choice as well. I have been doing 4 sets of 10 reps on the compound days and 2 sets of 10 reps on the isolated days. Do what works best for you. Experiment with different set x rep ranges. Overall though just have FUN doing it. 

 

-JP

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No Soreness Here!

Its time for another update boys and girls! I have stuck with my timeline of starting at the gym on July 1st. I got an official weigh in at 225lbs, which is in the range of where I was when I tried to get into bodybuilding when I was in my early 20s. The major difference between then and now is that back then I was lean and mean. I know I will get back there with a quickness though. 

Some things I have noticed right away that differ from back in the day- Soreness is nearly non existent! I am not really holding back in the gym either. I am not entirely sure that this is due to the diet completely but i don’t know what else to attribute it to. Back in the day I was into tons of protein shakes and meat, meat, meat. I got big and bulky and was ALWAYS sore the day after a workout.  Now, 1 week in the gym and I feel great! 

My body weight has stayed consistent at 225lbs, but my belt on my pants has already moved in a notch since last week. I say that is a big WIN in my book. I will post again this week with the routine I have created for the gym so anyone can follow along if they desire. Tonight I leave you with my magic pre-workout drink recommended by my mom. This stuff is magic!

You will need a juicer (I use a Hurom)

1 beet

2 apples

4 carrots

1 fairly large chunk of ginger

I only use organic fruits and veggies. My opinion is, why spend the time to juice if you’re going to allow yourself to ingest the junk chemicals they spray on the non organic stuff. After you extract all of the juice, strain out the pulp if you want or drink it down. It is great either way. 

Give this a try and see if it helps with your after gym soreness! So far i’m saying it’s pure genius!

 

-JP

San Jose “Fit” Expo

OK OK Before someone shoots me on this one let me say that despite the title of this post I did have a great time at the fit expo and took a peek into the current world of bodybuilding. I haven’t been to a show in roughly 10 years and things have changed a LOT. 

Now for the explanation as to why I titled this post as I have. I was expecting to see a huge amount of FIT people and this is where obviously everyone has a different view on what it means. Lets start with the definition of fitness 

fit·ness  

/ˈfitnis/

 
Noun
  1. The condition of being physically fit and healthy.
  2. The quality of being suitable to fulfill a particular role or task.
 
Synonyms
suitability – aptitude – convenience – pertinence

My problem lies within the first part of the definition. That magic word HEALTHY up there. Now don’t get me wrong I am far from the healthy I aspire to be, but I just can’t see how the food that I watched people eating during/before the show can possible be considered healthy. Can the dude that can’t even scratch his own back jog a mile? I just don’t see it. Rice Cakes with crappy squirt-on jelly. Tupperware full of boiled meats of all sorts. Very few veggies tossed in the mix. No vendors promoting cardiovascular health other then some weighted jump rope. 

There were minimal vendors promoting an organic or vegan lifestyle. Actually there was 1, Nutiva. Great Hemp seed protein supplement! Damn though, only 1, are you freaking kidding me?!

Overall I am doing this as an experiment and a challenge with my brother mixed with a fun way to get truly healthy as I see the meaning of the word. 

What does healthy and fit mean to me? Simple, to be able to live a highly active lifestyle with minimal injury and sickness. I want to be able to do this for as long as possible. 

We all have our own beliefs in this world of fitness and health of course. This is what makes the world great. I just hope that people understand that the crazy crash diets done before their shows are not the only methods to lean out and I plan to show that to any disbelievers through out this life long experiment I have taken on. 

Keep your mind and body strong. Keep your goals in sight. Keep them realistic and most of all have FUN!

YOLO.

-JP

 

It ain’t so bad!

Whoa! I am in my 3rd week of vegan eating! Where has the time gone? One thing I have learned in my day job is that it takes 21 days to create a habit. It is a pretty well known method called the 4 disciplines of execution. It has been 16 days of my NEW habit and it is going GREAT. I feel that it is already a habit of my life to eat this way. I enjoy it and it feels wonderful knowing that I can/am doing it well! For anyone that is staying away from vegan eating because you think its to hard, trust me, if I can do it ANYONE can. I had been eating meat for nearly my whole life prior to this new adventure. Give it the 21 days it deserves and you will notice a drastic change within yourself and the way you see things. The cleaner the food that enters your body, the cleaner your body and mind feels. 

The NEXT step of my adventure is the bodybuilding piece. I have been out of the gym for a VERY long time and the pictures I will post of my “starting body” next week will show just how out of shape I have gotten. Why am I waiting until next week to post pictures you may ask. July 1st is my goal date for entering the gym again after a ~4 year hiatus and I wanted to document my real start. I will post frequent update pics too in an effort to show just how quickly the changes take place. Obviously if you try this yourself your mileage may vary. Do not forget that I did lift with a goal of bodybuilding years ago. My base was already there and quite large, I anticipate muscle memory to be good to me! We will all see! (Bring back my big 19.5″ Guns!)

Thanks for following along with this adventure that my brother and I are joining in. I cant wait to show myself and the world that this is doable!

-JP

No Skinny Vegans!

I manged to get some pictures taken of me over the weekend.  I am not totally psyched with my progress, but it is satisfactory.  When I started lifting weights in October 2012 I weighed 140 pounds.  Last time I checked my weight it was bouncing at the 170 mark.

I know that this is not all muscle.  Before I came back from India last year I bought some very nice pants.  By the end of December the pants no longer fit me.  I did not just out grow the waist, but my legs can hardly fit into the skinny things. It feels so good out growing clothes.  I can not remember the feeling especially from my adult life.  I have been wearing the same pants that I got before I started college up until last winter; not any more.

I have always had a problem eating.  If I could go without eating I would love it.  Eating is a hassle and takes too much of my time.  Though my life revolves around the growing of food I really wish I could  thrive without actually having to consume any.  With that being said I eat a lot and seeming all the time.  I do not want to out line my diet in this post but I think I am getting close to 4000 calories a day.  Each meal I see something else that could be added to get a little more calories but it takes time to build up the amount of food that can be consumed .

The meals that add the most to my frame are my amazing green super smoothies.  To create:

2 mangoes (my tree is rocking right now)

1 banana

1/3 cup hulled raw sunflower seed

3 tbs hemp seed

1 tbs coconut oil

Many leaves chocolate mint

a hand full of sunflower sprouts

Throw all of this in a vitamix or nutribullet, let it rip and then get ripped.

-Daniel

My Muscles 1 My Muscles 2 My Muscles 3 My Muscles 4

 

Is it supposed to be like this?!?

Vegan is great! Let me explain myself in a bit more detail though!

It has been only a bit more than a week since I took on a vegan diet. The first few days were a bit difficult while at work, but at home was a piece of cake (Oooooooo Cake!). I need to get a bit more creative in what I cook, but so far im loving how I feel! I still haven’t taken the time to weigh myself and don’t really care to before I get back into the gym (the goal for that is still July 1st). I am sure I have lost weight though, not just because I feel lighter, but because people are already telling me I look different. To touch on that, I FEEL different. I cant completely explain it but there is a sense of more clarity in my day to day life. It is a great feeling and I cant wait to see what many more weeks, months, and years will bring.

There is, however, some MAJOR detoxing going on in my body. I wont get all graphic for the followers reading this blog, but I would say if you’ve been a long time meat eater, get ready for a few days of detoxification and make sure a bathroom is nearby! The competition with my 2 boxer dogs over who can make the biggest stink is pretty fierce in the house. Totally feeling sorry for my girlfriend!

One other little detail, I have noticed that some cravings I used to have are now gone. The biggest craving being the constant want for crap sugars. I do still eat some things with coconut sugar and/or cane sugar, but I am lessening my intake daily.

I will leave y’all with one last little thing! My yummy breakfast that I’ve been eating for my work days!

1 cup of organic slow cook oats

1/4 cup of an organic trail mix (usually one with many almonds, sunflower seeds, dates, and raisins in it)

1 teaspoon of organic coconut sugar

1 and 1/4 cup of water

I let this sit on the counter overnight covered (I don’t cook it)

Taste is awesome and very filling! Helps me get through the long days of running my ass off for cars in my day job.

-JP

Vegan. No problem!

If someone were to ask me who was my biggest inspiration to “go vegan” is would be my big brother.  I have been vegetarian for the majority of my life.  J.P. and I both grew up in a house where our mother was vegan and father ate as he liked.  We had influences in both directions but one thing that was for sure, crap food could rarely be found in our home.

My mother has been vegan before I can remember. I would have kept eating the occasional cheese and homemade yogurt and scoffed when I heard that I should do otherwise.  I did not give up diary due to any physical intolerance of it; the environmental and social impacts seemed much more intolerable.  I made a challenge to my brother half-jokingly as he was leaving Florida on his vacation; I said that if he were to go vegan I would do the same.  When I heard that he was giving up meat as of last week it was bitter sweet.  I was thrilled that my meaty bro was going veggy, but I was sad that I would have to give up dairy.

Funny thing about this is that I made the switch before my bro.  I got a miscommunicated message from my mother that he had his last meat meal last Thursday.  I started Friday morning officially though I had not had any dairy for a few days.  Today when writing this I realized I could have eaten some expensive blue cheese over the weekend.  I am not too disappointed.

I write more soon.  I will include the things that I have been eating, my workouts, and even some pictures of my progress.  I have been lifting  weights since I got back from India in October of 2012.  I have gone from 140 to 170 pounds.  I weigh more than I ever have before.  Though I am not as strong as I was in high school I am thicker and more muscled than ever. There is still a long way to go, but I am pleased  and happy with the progress.  Now eating plant based I will be able to approach my physical goals with a clearer mind and hopefully healthier body

-Daniel