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Fitness Club Thread #1: "Do You Even Lift" Edition
Posted: Posted July 6th
Edited July 6th by Cruinn-Annuin



What is the GTX0 Fitness Club?

It's a thread where everyone is invited to post their workout regimen and/or diet, then follow up whenever they fulfill or fail it. Whenever you complete or skip a workout, whenever you have a cheat meal or stick to your diet, you should post here. By regularly socializing with other people seeking to better themselves, we will promote mindfulness through accountability. This thread is also for exercise and nutrition advice, support and general information as needed (read: a bunch of stupid fitness memes).

Well, let's go. Post routines, diets, PRs, goals, or whatever else you're working on.

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Routine:

Tuesday and Thursday, though I want to add Saturday when I get the chance to:

Overhead Press 5x5
Push-Up 5x5
Squat 5x5
Bent-over Row 5x5
Deadlift 5x5
Shrug 5x5
Calf Raise 5x5
Burpee 5x10
Running 20-30 minutes

All other days:

Run through one set of all the lifts with the lightest weight in the morning to help me wake up. Other than that, rest.

All days, when idle:

Grip training.

Diet:

No sodas
No candy (though I do eat bitter chocolate)
No junk food (beef jerky, Doritos, etc., though I do occasionally eat Saltines or corn chips if I need some quick salt)
No alcohol

For cheap protein, fiber, iron, etc.:

Yes sardines
Yes oatmeal + peanut butter

And the biggest and most recent additions:

No red meat
No processed meat



I haven't had soda, candy or junk food for like five years. I haven't had alcohol for several months. I haven't had red meat or processed meat for a couple of weeks (and it's easier to cut out than I thought).

Been smashing the weightlifting. Been doing that for a couple of months now; I've taken to it more than I thought I would. The solid resistance is fun to push against, though. While I admittedly lift light, I don't plan on worrying about PRs or bodybuilding. It's getting me gains and that's all I ask for.

Last I checked my weight (couple of weeks ago), I was at 170. I want to hit 180, but I've plateaued pretty hard due to my very uncooperative appetite.

Edited July 6th by Cruinn-Annuin
Cruinn-Annuin

At the moment I'm in limbo physically because my job is physically-intensive and a 12-hour shift. When I get more of a sedentary job I'm looking forward to going back to progressive to-fatigue training. At the moment I'm at least in damn good shape and pretty strong. I'm considering doing training once every two weeks because I get a nice 3 off days in a row which should be enough time to recover before work. Ideally sometime after I get my next car and next job, so hold me to that!

My diet I've mentioned elsewhere but it looks something like this:

  • no sugar
  • no starch
  • no fruit (this isn't a strict rule, sometimes I like a nice black plum but most of the time I just don't want sugar)
  • no overly processed junk
  • good amount of meat, preferably lean though I do prefer my beef fatty
  • hardboiled eggs
  • lots of fat in the form of dairy (cheese, butter, sour cream) and white sauces
  • I try to keep my vegetable oil consumption as low as possible, but that's not currently in the budget so there's been a lot of salad dressing and mayonnaise lately. Would like to switch all of this over to olive and/or coconut oil someday but that's going to take a lot of food prep and learning time or maybe finding a whole foods store nearby.
  • sunflower seeds, peanuts
  • one cup of whole milk and one 6g carb square of 85% dark chocolate per day. Recently I've discovered some new milk types that have less carbs so my milk consumption will probably go up. Also going to look into cocoa nibs so my chocolate consumption can go up.
  • Lots of leaves, at least every other meal.
  • Botanical fruits like roma tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, mushrooms.. though I'm in a phase where I want less of these, other than mushrooms which I eat quite a bit of.
  • liberal amounts of herbs and spices

    Biggest change to my diet lately is that I'm trying to maintain my weight, which seems to require eating as often as possible (or close). My diet kills my appetite for very long stretches of time so this takes some work to pull off. But I have been successful in staying in a 175-179lb range for the last 3 months.

  • Edited July 6th by Xhin
    Xhin
     

    though I do occasionally eat Saltines or corn chips if I need some quick salt


    Here are my go-to calorie-free salt sources:

  • popcorn salt (seriously this stuff is delicious, it's like eating doritos without the chip)
  • soy sauce (lite soy sauce tastes better imo). Doesn't require refrigeration, so convenient.
  • broth, which you can make into a kind of soup or add it to stuff or just eat pinches plain.

  • Posted July 6th by Xhin
    Xhin
     

    My diet is still a work in progress. Here are some changes I'd like to make eventually depending on budget and other factors:

  • Find a good low-carb milk (working on this).
  • make the switch to grass-fed milk, provided it has that anxiolytic effect (haven't had much luck with this)
  • switch to grass-fed dairy across the board unless this impacts the fat content too much (though I guess I could boost stuff with grass-fed butter)
  • grass-fed meats
  • better quality eggs
  • make my own sausage / ultra-fatty meat products
  • make my own oil-based sauces from olive and/or coconut and/or avocado oil and/or ideally butter and/or tallow (where possible)
  • continue to cut down on added sugars and added starchy fillers wherever possible
  • bulk-prep, chop and refreeze meat and go nuts with it. Was doing really good with this, but can't use my oven anymore, so looking into things like grilling meat instead.
  • continue to experiment with new vegetables, new herbs/spices, new recipes

  • Posted July 6th by Xhin
    Xhin
     

    Since I started my own keto diet two weeks ago I have felt better and have boundless energy and no appetite ever. For months I was steadily gaining weight, I was about 200 last July and after my grandmother died in November I went through depression where I used food as my primary crutch and went up to around 260. My brother died a couple weeks ago and I decided it was over. I wasn't going to let family death kill me too. Since Keto-ing and lifting I am down to 255 which isn't a huge loss of weight, but the main thing is my cravings are totally gone and my anxiety about food is nonexistent, and I usually have an eating disorder so that's huge. Also I have been bulking up on muscle which is heavier than fat so I have a theory that if I wasn't lifting I would be much lighter than I am due to this diet. Also my own depression is gone and for the first time in years it isn't coming back.

    Edited July 6th by I killed Mufasa
    I killed Mufasa
    long live the king

    My goal is actually to do higher reps of light weights because I want to be fit and trim rather than a tank, but I can't say that being a tank would be sad considering that I am used to being a submarine. XD

    If I stayed 250 and all of it was muscle that would be alright with me.

    Posted July 6th by I killed Mufasa
    I killed Mufasa
    long live the king

    My only exercise is living in a six-flight walk-up. Maybe it's a blessing in disguise, really.

    Posted July 6th by Agis
    Agis
     

    I followed the 5x5 routine back in my undergrad and made a lot progress. My biggest barrier was always caloric consumption. I reintroduced junk food to my diet (within reason) in order to make gains.

    I plan to take up resistance training again now that I'm finished my post-secondary studies. I just need to deal with a few priorities, like transitioning to a new job and moving in with the gf. At the moment, I'm completely sedentary.

    Posted July 6th by Esprit
    Esprit
     

    the main thing is my cravings are totally gone and my anxiety about food is nonexistent, and I usually have an eating disorder so that's huge. Also I have been bulking up on muscle which is heavier than fat so I have a theory that if I wasn't lifting I would be much lighter than I am due to this diet. Also my own depression is gone and for the first time in years it isn't coming back.


    That's great! I'm glad to hear this.

    My goal is actually to do higher reps of light weights because I want to be fit and trim rather than a tank


    You won't accidentally become a tank by lifting closer to your capacity, but it depends on exactly what kind of weight you're talking about.

    I did see a study recently that said that people that were overweight could trade fat for muscle at caloric maintenance much easier than people who already had a lower BMI, so you've got that going for you.

    Posted July 6th by Cruinn-Annuin
    Cruinn-Annuin

    I reintroduced junk food to my diet (within reason) in order to make gains.


    I am determined to not do dirty bulking, though that would make my 180 goal a lot easier. Working in a pizza kitchen makes that even harder to resist. Sometimes I make a big veggie pizza and eat it, though.

    Posted July 6th by Cruinn-Annuin
    Cruinn-Annuin

    I'm gonna eat a pizza and drown my self in my favorite soft drink as my interview was nerve racking .


    gonna do cardio for I can get be a Cardi-B

    Posted July 6th by S.omh.
    S.omh.
     

    Where is Nullfather anyway?

    Posted July 6th by I killed Mufasa
    I killed Mufasa
    long live the king

    Don’t really have an eye where to start with exercising other than walking more. I also really don’t have the motivation to do anything anymore.

    But, for now my diet looks like this:
  • No sugary drinks. (Just plain o’ water)
  • No junk food (I mostly eat cookies and candy. I dislike chips and anything salty.)
  • Less instant meals (Ramen, Stoufers, Easy MAC, etc) and more “real” food.
  • I haven’t had the desire to drink energy drinks in a long time or alcohol. Although, I did buy some wine to try (Arbor Mist) and ended up not liking it.

  • Posted July 7th by Castrael
    Castrael

    I forgot to post on Tuesday when I did my exercise, but I definitely smashed it. Didn't get the crazy runner's high that I did last Thursday, but hopefully I will tonight.

    Posted Thursday by Cruinn-Annuin
    Cruinn-Annuin

    I took it easy today. I was already worked from cutting wood with a bow saw all afternoon, so I did three sets instead of five. Still did all my Burpees and running, though. The run was actually really good. The time flew past. I've been experimenting with a different running form and I think it helped.

    Posted 2 Hours ago by Cruinn-Annuin
    Cruinn-Annuin
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