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Fitness, Lifting, Nutrition, and All That Good Stuff

ZackeryZackery Member, Secret Squirrel Posts: 279 ✭✭✭✭ - Eminent
edited November 2019 in The Universal Membrane

I've noticed on the Achaea Discord server that a lot of us are pretty heavy into fitness, weightlifting, powerlifting, etc., from folks who compete to those looking to start hitting the gym and looking for pointers.

So! I figured we could use a fitness thread. Somewhere to ask questions, brag about new PRs, get form checks, share resources, post gym selfies/progress pics, talk nutrition, all that good stuff.

Obligatory reminder to keep things positive. No body shaming, fatphobic language, or just general meanness. The only belligerence should be belligerent positivity :angry:



  • RyzanRyzan Member Posts: 59 ✭✭✭ - Distinguished
    zac, you’re bootyful 

    that being said, I haven’t hit the weights regularly since Canadian thanksgiving, rip gainz
  • ArchaeonArchaeon Ur mums house lolMember Posts: 1,472 ✭✭✭✭✭ - Grand Achaean
    On holiday in texas. Will get fat. 
  • TahquilTahquil Member Posts: 4,615 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Hi. I'm here for the self-improvement on a lighter scale, please!

    I'm not confident enough to hit a gym, so in the past week I've downloaded a few apps to test that give set workouts in the comfort of home. I'll stick the ones I find worth it and easy to follow here for anyone else who wants to try them out. Maybe if there are people out there scared to go to a gym you'll want to do some light bedroom stuff with me? (Giggity).

    Currently I've dedicated myself to an app called Splits in 30 Days - Splits Training. Because I sit at a desk most of my time I have short tendons in my legs. When a lot of workout regimes start with a warm up of touching your toes and you can barely reach mid-shin it becomes a bit disheartening... not to mention squats... omg I just can't get my ankle to bend like that (guys seriously wtf).

    If somehow after the 30 days I can do the splits it would be amazing, I am doing the routine more just to help with joint flexibilty. I have shitty ankles and shitty hips but maybe I can make them a bit better. So far the routine have been very easy to follow and light, the diagrams are informative, and the trainer prompts give tips and god blessed count-downs for when you're not sure how much longer you need to press on.

    HOWEVER : The first day the last exercise in the routine is this weird frog pose on the floor and you're suppose to pulse back and forth to stretch out your hip flexors and I just laughed and made ribbet sounds then laughed again and failed. Cannot shake the thought of a frog air humping the floor. That's my only complaint so far.

  • NaminoNamino Member Posts: 295 ✭✭✭✭ - Eminent
    I frog hump as part of my stretches for leg day erry time.

    Here's a squat, 455 x 2. I've hit 475 x 2 since this but the struggle is too embarrassing to post.


    The power belly is also shamefully real...
  • ErylEryl Member Posts: 354 ✭✭✭ - Distinguished
    I’m gonna need more pictures of beautiful achaeans working out for reasons.
  • CooperCooper Member Posts: 5,840 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    I'm lifting this taco to my mouth. 

  • AustereAustere TennesseeMember Posts: 2,379 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Cooper said:
    I'm lifting this taco to my mouth. 
    Sometimes my mom makes me pickup all my toys without helping. She just sits there. "Come on mom, these legos aren't going to pick theirselves up".
  • JacenJacen Member Posts: 2,325 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    I started trying to get in shape back in June, for the first time in a decade. I've been well overweight for long, long time, but when I left my lecturing job (on my feet, walking around all day) for a programming job (desk job, and it doesn't help that we've got tons of free snacks), things started to get worse. Added another 10-20 lbs in the year since I started, got up to about 267 lbs at 5'9".

    So back in June, started doing P90X, and cut back on how much I ate ( didn't really cut anything out, just scaled back). I'm down to 215 lbs now. Still a long ways to go, but I haven't been at this weight since I was 20-ish.

    Unfortunately, I've slacked off on the cardio since the cold weather and daylight savings hit. Definitely need to pick back up on that.
  • AegothAegoth Member Posts: 2,973 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Yo, what protein powders do you guys use? I generally use Five Star Whey Isolate. I can't seem to find any Casein protein at the market =/ Suggestions?
  • ZackeryZackery Member, Secret Squirrel Posts: 279 ✭✭✭✭ - Eminent
    I like Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey a lot. It looks like they have a casein version, too, but I haven't tried it.
  • NaminoNamino Member Posts: 295 ✭✭✭✭ - Eminent
    edited November 2019
    I use MyProtein Whey Isolate. You can buy big packages and because they're bagged and not tubbed, they end up being much cheaper than most other protein powders, while maintaining a very high quality.

    I recommend anyone shopping for protein use to this site: https://labdoor.com/rankings/protein/quality

    It's an independent lab that does Mass Spec on commercial protein products to assess how accurate their labels represent their contents, determine their safety, and their value (g protein/dollar). They do other supplements too.

    Edit: ...Yo if I throw my referral code for MyProtein in this chat would that qualify me as a grade A asshole? :lol:
  • ZackeryZackery Member, Secret Squirrel Posts: 279 ✭✭✭✭ - Eminent
    Yes, yes it will. But do it anyway.
  • AegothAegoth Member Posts: 2,973 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    oho, I might actually switch to MyProtein
  • NaminoNamino Member Posts: 295 ✭✭✭✭ - Eminent
  • AchillesAchilles Los AngelesMember Posts: 2,634 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Going to just post some high level stuff for starters to just get (or maintain) fit.  Bodybuilders and strength focused is a different regimen.

    Do one or more of these things:
    Download a calorie counting app (I use my fitness pal) and input your calories intake before you go to bed.
    Get a fitness tracker or an app to track how many calories you are burning.

    Read labels, start tracking macros (fat, carbs, protein intake mainly).  Eat fresh and organic as much as possible.  Follow 80/20 rule (80% home made meals, 20% eat out), the restaurants are packing salt and sugar into foods because they care about you coming back, not about your nutrition.  Salt and sugar is cheap (and bad for you), use spices as much as possible.  Replace things as you go (ie yams instead of white potatoes) with a healthier variation gradually, this way you won't hate your new nutrition plan overnight.

    Keep healthy snacks available (I love turkey jerky as a filling snack between meals)

    Eat whole fruits, avoid juices.  Whole fruit a lot more filling, juices have a lot of the nutritional benefits removed and packed with sugars.

    Find out your basal metabolic rate, this is important as everyone is different based on body fat/lean muscle composition.  Add about 300-500 calories to this number based on your daily non exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT).  This is how you will know how many calories you currently burn per day without working out.  Calories in versus calories out is the key to fat loss.

    Join a gym that offers classes/group training.  It takes about 21 days for most people to build up a habit.  You'll get motivated, some instruction and you don't need to find a workout buddy (who will likely flake and drag you down).  This is how you'll find a routine you can keep.  My advice, do a early morning class before the kids/work/excuses get in the way.  Nothing is going to eff up your routine if you workout at 5am.  You will have time to go home, get the kids ready, prep for your workday.  You will not only lose weight, you'll set your day off on the right step which will cut down on your caffeine dependency and improve your mental health and mood.

    Do some cardio for 30 minutes 5 days a week.  Can be spin class, running/walking, HIIT, rowing, climbing, grappling.  The key is to get your heart rate up for an extended time, it will burn calories and improve your overall heart health.

    Sleep 7-8 hours per day, you'll recover faster and burn a lot of calories while you sleep.

    Drink half an ounce of water for every pound you weigh (200 pounds, drink 100 oz of water) and .8-1g of protein for every pound you want to weigh (200 pounds, 160-200g) of protein.  This will help you maintain the lean muscle you do pack on.

    Men, aim for 12-18% body fat.  
    Women, aim for 20-30% body fat.

    Body types and genetics vary for everyone.  Don't worry about others, this is a personal battle.  You versus you, fuck the haters.  The biggest part of finding something that will really work for YOU is finding a Why?  Why am I working out at 5am on a Saturday?  Why did I leave my comfy warm bed at 5am?  You need a strong why to motivate you.  Revenge body from a break up?  Doctor's order?  Want to look awesome on social media?  Have running a marathon on your bucket list?  Want to be healthy for your children?

    Almost 75% of men and 66% of women in the US are overweight or obese.  Don't feel ashamed, you aren't alone.  But do something about it rather than blaming others or finding excuses.  Take ownership of your situation and just do something about it.

  • QuillionQuillion Member Posts: 7
    Funny coming across this thread. I've been working out pretty heavy since June, and had actually just posted my progress results on social media. Figure I'll share them here as well. This is without proper dieting and just lifting really hard.

  • ZackeryZackery Member, Secret Squirrel Posts: 279 ✭✭✭✭ - Eminent
    edited November 2019
    That's just since June, and without force feeding 4k cal/day?! I know I said to keep this thread positive but I straight up hate you.
  • QuillionQuillion Member Posts: 7
    Taco Bell, and Whataburger :smile: But, I'm really trying to focus on making better eating habits, and actually eating more now. I just started a personal training certification course through NASM last month, more so for self benefit. So, curious to where I can get to.

    Also as far as anyone being nervous about being judged or anything in the gym. Ain't no one gonna judge someone at the gym, atleast at the gyms I've gone to. Everyone has been friendly, and offered tips here and there. Everyone there is there for self-improvement, and thats the name of the game.
  • PyoriPyori Member Posts: 2,124 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    edited November 2019
    Quillion said:
    Funny coming across this thread. I've been working out pretty heavy since June, and had actually just posted my progress results on social media. Figure I'll share them here as well. This is without proper dieting and just lifting really hard.

    Somehow you look absolutely nothing like I thought you would.
    Even stranger, you look very much like an old friend from high school.

  • NicolaNicola Administrator Posts: 906 Achaean staff
    James Smith is amazing when it comes to perspective and approach, I recommend watching any of his videos. Do not watch when children are around, he is very NSFW.
  • ZackeryZackery Member, Secret Squirrel Posts: 279 ✭✭✭✭ - Eminent
    Haha I just checked out his video on meal plans - I dig it.

    To add a few more recs:

    I'm a huge fan of Squat University. It's run by a physical therapist who really knows his stuff. Really great videos for improving technique, increasing mobility, all that good stuff.

    @jujimufu on instagram is hilarious. He doesn't do instructional videos or anything, but is just one of the funniest dudes on the internet with his various hijinks and/or shenanigans.

    Lift Vault is one of my favorite resources. They have spreadsheets for a bunch of lifting programs - it's a must-use if you're a spreadsheet nerd like me. You can just pop open the Google sheets app on your phone and easily track your lifts. They're pretty in-depth and well organized. A lot will estimate your 1RMs, include graphs to visualize your progress, etc.

    EatThisMuch is a good reference for getting started with nutrition. It will suggest a macro range based on your body and goals and has some recipes, as well. And for tracking your intake, MyFitnessPal is helpful and easy to use.
  • ZackeryZackery Member, Secret Squirrel Posts: 279 ✭✭✭✭ - Eminent
    To go in the opposite direction, does anyone have any recommendations for actually putting nutrition goals into action? My biggest challenge is getting enough calories in per day - mostly because I don't know how to cook. Any recommendations for finding easy recipes that are good for bulking?
  • CaelanCaelan Member Posts: 2,833 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    I think you will find some options here:

    Www.mcdonalds.com and www.burgerking.com.

    If you want something a little healthier, try chipotle.com.

    (Sorry, not much else to add to this thread. It took me getting ass cancer and 3 months so far of chemo to hit my goal I worked on for over a year prior). And my doctor literally said the calories from fast food were very much spmething I should add into my diet since I hate fast food.

  • TorrentTorrent Member Posts: 320 ✭✭✭✭ - Eminent
    edited November 2019
    Package of frozen chicken breasts, crock pot, plastic bottle of salsa, pour in crock pot. Cook for 8 hours, tada!! Its not hard  to start cooking for bulk or cutting, there are a couple meal plan videos that helped me when I was working out. It also helps to plan your meals out for the week, so make like Sunday your food prep day for the week. This really helps!
  • TreyTrey Member Posts: 4,891 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Sparingly on the salsa that sounds dope - not that I don't love salsa, but it can have a ton of sugar.

    Currently my unhealthy ass is doing keto, which seems to be working out pretty well, and I recently ramped up how committed I was, so hopefully that picks up the pace as well. I'm an impatient son of a bitch.

  • TelinusTelinus Member Posts: 337 ✭✭✭✭ - Eminent
    Zackery said:
    To go in the opposite direction, does anyone have any recommendations for actually putting nutrition goals into action? My biggest challenge is getting enough calories in per day - mostly because I don't know how to cook. Any recommendations for finding easy recipes that are good for bulking?
    Calculate how many calories you want to eat/need to eat to maintain or bulk. Work out the macros for each part (carbs/fats/proteins) then work out how much of each thing you need to eat in weight - e.g. 200grams of chicken would be around 60 grams of protein and 7 grams of fat and around 330 calories. Work out your meals based on this and spread how much you need to eat across them.

    Follow a simple slow cooker recipe (season chicken, chuck in slow cooker and forget about for 8 hours) and you'll be laughing. It's a pain initially to work everything out if you want to really manage everything, but between youtube slowcooker/meal prep guides and just web searching the calories/macros in each ingredient it can become really easy, if a bit boring to bulk-prep meals.
  • LyrinLyrin Member Posts: 247 ✭✭✭✭ - Eminent
    I can definitely recommend Scooby's Workshop (https://scoobysworkshop.com/) for people looking to get started.

    Pretty good advice and tools that are free and from a guy who appears to be in it for altruistic reasons rather than $.

    I started a fitness kick at the start of the year, and used his meal planner (http://www.custommealplanner.com/) for figuring out calories & macro ratios, and his home workouts (starting with beginner https://scoobysworkshop.com/beginning-workout-plan/) to progress from total noob status for lifting.

    Have gone from 84kg (185 lbs) to 68kg (150 lbs) and ~24 to 13% body fat using this site as the prime source of guidance.

  • ArchaeonArchaeon Ur mums house lolMember Posts: 1,472 ✭✭✭✭✭ - Grand Achaean
    Lmao scoobs is quality. Funny dude. 
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